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Cleveland Clinic's Center for Integrative Medicine offers care in several specialty areas and is continuing to grow!
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Acupuncture

Jamie Starkey, LAc

Lead Acupuncturist, Center for Integrative Medicine

Jamie Starkey earned a Bachelors degree in Biology, University of Toledo, and a Masters level degree in Acupuncture, American Institute of Alternative Medicine. She further enhanced her clinical training by completing a Clinical Internship at Guang AnMen Hospital in Beijing China, Acupuncture and Moxibustion Outpatient Department, an affiliate of the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a Diplomate of Acupuncture, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and holds her acupuncture license from the Ohio State Medical Board. Additionally, she is a Level II Reiki Practitioner. Jamie has served as the Secretary of Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM) 12/06-12/08 and a member Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM) 12/05-Present.

Jamie offers Acupuncture here at Cleveland Clinic with a focus on women’s health, oncology, acute/chronic pain management, stress-related disorders and acupuncture clinical research. “I take great pride in being a clinician of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I strive to help patients discover the ability their body has to heal itself when properly supported and brought back into a balanced state of health and wellness.”

Yaser Abdelhamid, LAc

Yaser Abdelhamid received his Bachelor of Sciences and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Cleveland State University, and his Master of Science in Acupuncture and his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine degrees from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA after having attended nearly 3 years of conventional medical education and training at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, OH. He was 4 years in-residence when completing the naturopathic medical school curriculum with an ensuing 4 years in-residence when completing the acupuncture curriculum under the supervision of Medical, Osteopathic, Chiropractic, and Naturopathic Doctors, as well as Licensed Acupuncturists. His training included a strong focus on Complimentary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine therapies spanning a spectrum of modalities including the use of nutraceuticals, homeopathy, diet and lifestyle counseling, and 8-Principle Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture.

Yaser is a Diplomate of Acupuncture through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and holds his license to practice Acupuncture from the State of Ohio Medical Board. He has practiced acupuncture in several locations and in a variety of settings East, West, and South of the Cleveland Metropolitan area for the past 10 years. His clinical focus is broad with specialties that include but are not limited to:

  • General Health: improving energy, sleep, and memory
  • Pain Management: including post-trauma, post-surgery, and migraines
  • Female Fertility: with or without IVF
  • Mind and Mood: including anxiety, low mood, stress, phobias, and OCD
  • Digestive Distress and Dysfunction: including heart burn or reflux, constipation or diarrhea, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, and Gallbladder and Liver issues
  • Prevention Acupuncture: utilizing acupuncture as a preventative therapy for a whole host of conditions, but especially in relationship to immune system function

Yaser has authored chapters for textbooks of medicine, as well as professional articles on Unani Medicine (ancient Graeco-Arabic medicine) in pier-reviewed journals. He has given numerous presentations about the place acupuncture has on the corporate campus as part of company Wellness Programming to a variety of interested businesses and their employees.

He enjoys reading traditional philosophical and spiritual treatises from around the world with a critical eye towards humanity’s underlying Sophia Perennis (‘Universal Wisdom’), and loves spending time with his wife and six children.

Susan Deng, LAc

Susan Deng joined Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, bringing more than 16 years of experience using acupuncture to manage a full range of medical conditions, including: musculoskeletal disorders, nervous system disorders, fibromyalgia, pain, anxiety, depression, sciatica, arthritis, diabetes, chronic low back pain, heart disease, weight loss, smoking cessation, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, and more.

Susan practiced medicine in China before coming to the United States. She is a graduate of the Sun Yi San University of Medical Science, in Guanzhou, China, where she studied General Medicine. After graduation, Susan spent eight years as a physician at the Guangdong Rehabilitation Hospital in Canton, China. She continued her education earning her Diploma in Acupuncture and Herbology from the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, in Canton, China.

After Susan came to the United States, she earned a Diplomate of Acupuncture, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and she was awarded her Acupuncture License from the Ohio State Medical Board. Ms. Deng is a lifetime member of the Ohio Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (OAAOM).

Yanming Huang, PhD, LAc

Yanming Huang studied at Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Wuhan, China, for five years and received his medical degree as an honor student. After graduating from the medical university, he enrolled as a graduate student at Tongji Medical University, China. During his three year graduate program, YanMing completed his training and thesis to earn his Master of Medicine degree. For several years, he held a staff position as a physician at The Hospital of Tongji Medical University. Subsequently, Yanming left China to study at the University of Leuven, Belgium where he earned his PhD in Medical Science. He is also licensed as an acupuncturist in Belgium.

He has published chapters in several books and over thirty original articles on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine in peer-reviewed journals.

Yanming is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and licensed by the Ohio Medical Board as an acupuncturist. He has experience with patients who have diverse backgrounds and various conditions. He offers Acupuncture here at the Center for Integrative Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Specialties include pain disorders, stress, menopause, infertility and other chronic conditions.

Galina Veresciak Roofener, LAc

Galina is a Nationally Board Certified, Ohio & Florida States Licensed Acupuncturist. She has over 24 years of experience in health care, including 10 years of work in a hospital rehabilitation department with challenging, multi-diagnosed patients. 
Galina V. Roofener received her Degree in Oriental Medicine from East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, FL; Doctor of Naturopathy degree from Trinity College of Natural Health. Warsaw IL; studied towards Bachelor of Art of Education in Klaipeda, Lithuania; Nursing Degree from Medical College #3 St. Petersburg, Russia. Over the years she received multiple Certifications in various modalities of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

She has a special interest in integrative preventative and rehabilitation medicine. In her practice she focuses on improving quality of life for cancer patients, autoimmune conditions, digestive disorders and women’s health.

Galina has a great passion for teaching. For the last 2 years she volunteered teaching Medical Qi Gong (Chinese system of medical exercise) as a part of clinical research for Cancer patients and caregivers at Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa FL. Recently she served as an Instructor of Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology at Aveda Institute, Florida. In 2006 she was awarded Top Performing Educator of Aveda Institutes. In Lithuania she held a faculty position at Klaipeda University. Also, she is a published author and speaks English, Russian, and Lithuanian.

Jared West, LAc

Jared West obtained a bachelor's degree from Earlham College and a Masters level Acupuncture degree from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine where he graduated summa cum laude. He is certified as a Diplomate of Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Jared is also a Licensed Acupuncturist by the Ohio State Medical Board. Jared currently serves as President of the Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM) where he is also a member. Jared was first introduced to Chinese Medicine in 1991 when he began studying qi gong and tai qi. He traveled to China in 1995 to continue this study. His appreciation for the breadth of Traditional Chinese Medicine continues to shape his practice today.

"Acupuncture is foremost a holistic medicine. It is extremely effective at addressing specific conditions such as migraines, back pain, allergies, and infertility. However, the greatest benefit of acupuncture is its ability to improve all of the aspects of a patient's health. My goal is to help patients find that place of greater balance and well-being." - Jared West

Jared specializes in the treatment of stress related conditions, addiction recovery, sports therapy, and pain relief.

Chiropractic Care

Andrew Bang, DC
Andrew Bang, DC

Andrew Bang, DC joined the staff of the Center for Integrative Medicine in January of 2013. Dr. Bang graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX. While completing his clinical internship, he lived in Bogota, Colombia for 3 months treating professional and Olympic athletes in all types of sports and was recognized as the top intern of that rotation. Before moving to Cleveland, he also had the opportunity to be one of the team Chiropractors for the Texas Wranglers (Semi-pro Basketball team).

Dr. Bang treats back and neck pain, pelvic pain, shoulder, elbow and wrist pain, hip, knee and ankle pain as well as guides patients in diet and lifestyle modification. He has advanced training in muscle work, nutritional therapy and extremity manipulation.

"My ultimate goal for every patient is to help them do what they want to do, when they want to do it. I accomplish that by finding the root of the problem, using an effective treatment plan in the office and complementary home therapy."

Tracy L. Segall, BA, LMT

Tracy earned her massage therapy license in January 2006 after she received her Certificate in Massotherapy from Cuyahoga Community College in 2005. Tracy has focused her studies and practice on deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, Myofascial release, Muscle Energy Technique, Post-Isometric Relaxation, sports and pregnancy massage. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Eastern Michigan University in 1997. Tracy has educated future massage therapists at Cuyahoga Community College, and Stautzenberger College where she was the Program Director for the Massage Therapy department for three years.

“I believe that every body needs a massage. Whether it is for relaxation and comfort or healing from an injury or preparing for an upcoming event, massage can prevent long-term issues by working out the smaller issues today.”

Holistic Psychotherapy: Individual & Group Programs

This group also supports Hypnotherapy, Interactive Guided Imagery, and Mind/Body Coaching.
Tom Gigliotti MA LISW-S, ACHT

Lead Holistic Psychotherapist, Center for Integrative Medicine

Tom Gigliotti's education includes a Master of Arts in Social Work and Family Studies from the University of Chicago 1985, and certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy from The Center for Cognitive Therapy in Beachwood Ohio 1991, Interpersonal Psychotherapy from the University of Iowa 1999, Executive Leadership from Case Western Reserve University 2000 and Rational Behavioral Hypnotherapy San Francisco 2004, and Advanced Hypnotherapy from the Wellness Institute in 2008. Tom is a practicing Reiki Master having trained with William Rand from the International Center for Reiki training in Michigan.

The Center for Integrative Medicine allows Tom the ability to weave his educational endeavors in a seamless way. "16 years of psychiatric research at The University of Pittsburgh and Case Western Reserve University provides me with understanding of the value of outcome based results that are supported by clinical research; therefore, problems of the mind-body are best addressed by bringing to the patient the best of medicine, psychology, spirituality and art."

Tom’s career focus has been the integration of transpersonal psychotherapy honoring the healing energy within all patients. He offers exceptional personal care using these novel treatments that lead patients to transformational healing of the mind, body and spirit.

Jennifer Dudich, LISW-S, CHT

Jennifer Dudich is a licensed clinical social worker, clinical hypnotherapist, yoga teacher, and Reiki practitioner. Her Master’s Degree in Social Work was completed at Cleveland State University and she obtained her advanced heart-centered hypnotherapy certification through The Wellness Institute in Seattle Washington. Currently, Jennifer is progressing through the advanced levels of Integral Breath Therapy. Jennifer integrates many years of experience working in a variety of private mental health settings as a therapist, supervisor and administrator. She also has extensive training in Social Responsibility Therapy and has provided training in this modality at a number of national conferences.

Jennifer brings an enthusiastic approach to patients seeking alternative means of healing and transformation. She is particularly interested in coaching individuals who wish to incorporate mind, body, and spiritual interventions to empower themselves to make the necessary changes for a healthy and balanced way of living.

Kellie N. Kirksey, PhD, LPCC-S

Kellie is a Licensed Clinical counselor with more than 25 years of experience counseling and teaching both nationally and internationally. A long time advocate of healing through creative avenues, she is a Holistic Psychotherapist with the Center for Integrative Medicine.

Maura Lipinski, LISW-S, CHT

Maura is a licensed clinical social worker and clinical hypnotherapist whose education includes a Master of Social Science Administration from Case Western University, a Master of Arts in Education from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has many years of experience working with children and families in a variety of child-serving programs in Pennsylvania and Ohio and as a consultant to residential and treatment foster care programs on a national level. As an international training committee member, she had the opportunity to work on an international level with colleagues from various countries related to program development centered on innovative practices.

Maura has held various clinical and administrative positions throughout her career, with an emphasis on individualized care that builds upon the strengths of each patient. A special interest in projects and research in the field of equine therapy has led to her to a deeper belief in the healing aspects of nature in treatment and recovery. Combining the principles of holistic wellness with evidence-based medical and psychological practices is an opportunity for individuals to define the types of treatment that can be most beneficial and supportive to their needs, thereby leading to a richer, fuller understanding of themselves. The practice of Hypnotherapy through the Center for Integrative Medicine, allows Maura to blend her lifelong interests related to energy work, meditation, nature and traditional therapies, to support healing.

Tricia Miller, LPCC, CHT

Trisha is a licensed professional clinical counselor with over 9 years experience in working with traumatized children, adolescents and families. Trisha graduated from Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio earning a combined bachelor and masters of art in Behavioral Science/ Counseling and Human Development with a concentration in mental health. Trisha has held a variety of positions over her career including supervisor of multiple community based programs focusing on delivering optimal care to clients from a strength perspective. Trisha is a certified hypnotherapist with advanced training. Trisha has had training in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectic behavior therapy. Trisha has a passion in helping clients transform and heal themselves by incorporating both evidence based and creative interventions to integrate mind, body and spirit.

Mershona Parshall, LISW-S, ATR-BC

Mershona is a clinical social worker, registered- board certified art therapist, neurofeedback therapist and clinical hypnotherapist. She integrates many years of experience working in a variety of psychiatric, out-patient mental health, and private practice settings to assist individuals and families in their journey towards healing and wholeness. Mershona holds a masters degree from Case Western Reserve University and has obtained extensive post graduate training in somatic psychotherapy, attachment theory and treatment for attachment disorders, and neurotherapy. Mershona is also the director of a non-profit organization working with the Shipibo tribe in the Peruvian Amazon.

Tom Seggio LISW-S, ACHT

Tom received his Master of Science in Social Administration Degree from Case Western Reserve University and his undergraduate degree is in psychology from the University of Akron. He is licensed by the State of Ohio to practice psychotherapy. Tom has completed post–graduate work at the Cognitive Therapy Institute in Ohio.

Tom guides individuals in exploring their inner potential to heal themselves of emotional distress such as depression and anxiety. He also helps individuals resolve trauma issues that contribute to unhealthy, undesirable, repetitive behaviors, compulsivity and addictions.

Kathleen Usaj, MSSA, LISW-S, CHT, NBCCH

Kate is a licensed clinical social worker, ODE licensed school social worker, and clinical hypnotherapist. Her education includes a Masters of Science in Social Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University and thirty post-graduate hours in various therapeutic modalities. Kate is certified as a Heart Centered Hypnotherapist by the Wellness Institute/ Seattle, Washington and the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. She also holds certification as a Child Light Yoga instructor. Kate has studied Reiki with International Reiki Institute Senior Teacher, Carolyn Musial, and Integration Process Breath Therapy with founder Carol Lampman.

The Center for Integrative Medicine allows Kate to continue to expand her 20 year career focus to implement evidence based interventions for children and families struggling with challenging issues affecting their physical and mental health. She utilizes these interventions to support clients to identify, manifest and sustain their own healing. She is committed to offering her clients’ transformational healing grounded in mind, body, spirit practices intertwined with traditional therapeutic interventions.

Integrative Medicine Consults

Lyla Blake-Gumbs, MD
Lyla Blake-Gumbs, MD

The Center for Integrative Medicine welcomes integrative medicine physician Lyla J. Blake-Gumbs, MD. She began seeing patients at our Lyndhurst campus in May 2013.

Dr. Blake-Gumbs is an integrative medicine specialist with an interest in energy balance and chronic illness. She seeks to collaborate with patients to both maximize their current level of wellness and discover root causes of any existing “dis-ease”. Trained as a Family Physician, she has undertaken additional training and experience in both Integrative and Functional Medicine theory and practice. Common conditions she treats include IBS, depression and anxiety, autoimmune diseases and weight management issues. Her focus is on lifestyle behaviors and she believes it is essential to meet patients where they are in their current quest for health while helping to navigate them toward their individual goals.

Prior to joining our staff, Dr. Blake-Gumbs was Assistant Professor at the University Hospitals Case Medical Centers Family Medicine Residency Training program and later became a research training fellow at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. She then earned a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics there before joining the Cleveland Clinic in May 2013.

A graduate of Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, she went to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Parkland Hospital to train in Family Medicine. She is currently Assistant Professor at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Dr. Blake-Gumbs has participated in medical missionary work in the Amazon basin in Brazil and has lectured on the topic of Humanitarian Disaster Management in Central America. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Melissa Young, MD
Melissa Young

Dr. Young is an Integrative Medicine specialist. She completed a two-year Integrative Medicine Fellowship with the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson, studying with Dr. Andrew Weil, a pioneer in the field of Integrative Medicine. To help bridge the mental and emotional aspects of healing, She has done additional training in Mind-Body Medicine with The Chopra Center, The Center for Mind Body Medicine and the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.

Dr. Young received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York in 1995 and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City in 1998. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine. In addition to her Integrative Medicine background, she has training and experience in Functional Medicine. Dr. Young has written chapters on the Integrative Medicine Approach to the Prevention of Colon Cancer in the first and second editions of the Textbook "Integrative Medicine", by Dave Rakel, MD.

She emphasizes a holistic approach to healthcare with a focus on healthy lifestyle choices which include nutrition, physical activity, and stress management. All interventions are as natural as possible and may also include dietary supplements, herbs, hormone balancing, detoxification, and mind-body practices. She embraces an interactive, healing partnership between physician and patient with a focus on restoring balance within each person to achieve optimal health and wellness. Dr. Young looks for the underlying root cause of symptoms and helps patients in prevention of disease as well as treatment of complex chronic diseases. As each patient is unique, Dr. Young seeks to assess all aspects of an individual’s lifestyle, environment, emotions, beliefs, and social relationships which influence health and disease.

Dr. Young's special interests include nutrition with an emphasis on "Food as Medicine" philosophy which encompasses patient education on whole food choices, food sourcing and label reading as well as gluten intolerance, food sensitivities, detoxification, energy restoration, hormone balancing, migraine, and mood disorders.

Dr. Young provides one-hour Integrative Medicine consultations to create personalized treatment plans for patients at the Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst Campus.

Christine Spiroch, PhD, PA-C
Christine Spiroch, PhD, PA-C

Christine Spiroch joined the staff of Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine in the fall of 2011, after practicing for eight years in an integrative medicine private practice. She previously worked in the Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation Section of Cleveland Clinic.

She received her PhD in Counseling and Human Development Services from Kent State University, and received her Physician Assistant training through Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. Christine’s doctoral dissertation, Quality of Life in Patients with Advanced Cancer, was based on data collected as a member of the Palliative Care Service at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Spiroch helps patients manage chronic health conditions and strive for wellness. In her role as a “medical detective,” Christine helps patients to identify underlying imbalances that manifest as symptoms of disease and to provide education on healthy lifestyles. She is interested in seeing patients through Shared Medical Appointments (SMA). Christine’s special interests include food allergies, gluten intolerance and celiac disease, and nutrition. Christine enjoys public speaking and has done presentations on label reading, eating and shopping for foods to support various health conditions (such as diabetes, hypoglycemia, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, and food allergies), and strategies to balance your energy.

She has training in Eden Energy Medicine an is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Ohio Association of Physician Assistants (OAPA), and the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO).

Mallory Hatmaker, CNP

Mallory Hatmaker is a Certified Nurse Practitioner who joined the staff with the Cleveland Clinic Employee Wellness team in the fall of 2014. She received her masters degree from The University of Akron, and Bachelors of Science in nursing from The University of Toledo. She has been a staff nurse at the Cleveland Clinic since 2009, which have included positions on the Transplant Specialty Units, Medical Intensive Unit, and as a Lung Transplant Coordinator. Her medical interests include Nursing Wellness and Preventative Medicine.

Mallory’s masters capstone project focused on identifying those at risk for developing COPD by use of a spirometer device; thus leading to early treatment and education for better outcomes in those suffering from this chronic disease. Mallory has a passion for preventative medicine, primary care and managing chronic health conditions through wellness programs. Mallory’s future plans will target the lifestyle management of healthcare workers with a focus on the Cleveland Clinic nursing staff.

Cleveland Clinic services the sickest of the sick and has some of the highest acuity of patient care in the nation. The nursing staff impacts our patients 24/7 when recovering from an illness or injury, more than any other service in our enterprise. Our motto of “Every Life Deserves World Class Care” can only be delivered if our nurses are treating themselves with that same mantra and monitoring their own body, mind, and spirit. Mallory wants others to feel the effects of health and wellness on a daily basis. The rewards of taking control of your own wellbeing can then be noticed in both ones professional and personal life.

Lifestyle Medicine

Mladen Golubic MD, PhD

Dr. Golubić is a graduate of the University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Croatia. He earned his doctorate from the same University following a five year post-doctoral fellowship at the Max-Planck Institute for Biology, Germany in the field of immunogenetics. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. His specialty interests include lifestyle medicine, cardiovascular disease reversal and integrative approaches to lifestyle-related cancer management.

Judi Bar, CYT, E 500RYT

Judi is the Yoga Program Manager for Lifestyle Medicine. She has brought the ease, benefits and simplicity of yoga to many wellness programs not only in Lifestyle Medicine but also in Employee Health. Judi also certifies students to become yoga teachers and yoga therapists.

Jane Ehrman, MEd

Jane has a Masters of Education in Health Education with an emphasis on mind/body medicine and did post-graduate training at the Harvard Mind/Body Medical Institute and Academy for Guided Imagery. She is also a certified Intrinsic Wellness Coach. Jane believes that in order to change your life, you have to change your mind. She looks forward to helping you learn effective mind body tools to ease your mind, improve your productivity and make the mental shift to a healthier way of living and being.

Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD

Kristin Kirkpatrick is a manager over Wellness Nutrition Services at Cleveland Clinic, an experienced presenter, an award winning Dietitian, an Author and a regular television guest on both local and national shows as well a contributor to several national magazines and newspapers.

Kristin Kirkpatrick has over 15 years of experience in the health management area, holds an MS in Health Promotion Management from American University in Washington, DC, and a BA in Political Science from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is licensed as a Registered Dietitian in the state of Ohio. In May, 2012, Kristin received the Ohio Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the year award. Kristin also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Cleveland Foodbank.

She presents on a variety of nutrition and wellness related topics and is a regular contributor on the Dr. Oz show and serves on Dr. Oz’s medical advisory board. In addition, Kirkpatrick writes for the Huffington Post, is the nutrition advisor on the YouBeauty web site and is a featured expert on Cleveland Clinic's Health Hub. She can be found quoted in numerous newspapers and magazines.

Jim Perko, CEC, AAC

Jim Perko started his when as a student at the Culinary Institute of America, he was chosen to be one of four apprentices to the 1976 US Culinary Olympic Team.

Jim’s career in health care began in 1985 when he took a position as the Executive Chef of Cleveland Clinic’s Lakewood Hospital. In 1988, Jim founded the National award winning “Food is Knowledge” program that is now a signature part of the Cleveland Clinic’s community outreach wellness and is taught in the Cleveland Municipal Schools district.

In 1998 Jim became Executive Chef for Cleveland Clinic servicing the Board of Governors and Medical Staff. Jim now serves as the Executive Chef for the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute where he is able to combine his culinary expertise with his passion for healthy cooking and living. Jim does this by teaching, creating and helping others in the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Lifestyle Medicine, Lifestyle 180 program, Lifestyle U program, public school districts, community venue’s and personal executive clients. He is one of 114 current ACF certified Judges. Jim Perko is Drs. Oz & Roizen’s YouBeauty.com’s culinary expert columnist and the innovative creator of hundreds of deliciously healthy recipes, many of which can be found in the Dr.Oz’s and Dr. Roizen’s “YOU” book series.

Massage

Vickie Bodner, LMT

Vickie has been licensed by the Ohio Medical Board as a Massage Therapist since January of 1996. She studied Massage and Shiatsu at the National Institute of Massotherapy. Other studies include advanced Craniosacral work with the Upledger Institute (including Pediatrics) since 1996 and continues her education with them as a teaching assistant several times per year. Vickie also has studied Reiki, Reflexology, Bodytalk, Energywork, Native American healing techniques, Traditional Chinese medicine and holds an Associate Degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Vickie's bodywork relieves aches and pains as well as reeducates the body's perception of pain resulting in relaxation and well being through body, mind and spirit.
"I believe the body will always choose to heal itself given the right circumstances. By creating a safe, nurturing environment my intention is to listen to what your body needs and support a good healthy life by accessing the best in yourself. Your health is priority".

Sharon M. Fish, LMT

Sharon graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Medical Massage. She has taken classes in Positional Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Sciatica Relief and Reiki, a wonderful healing energy therapy. She is also certified in Oncology Massage, and volunteers monthly at The Gathering Place. Sharon loves that she is in a field that she can continuously learn and better herself, and is proud in her ability to tailor each massage to the needs and goals of her clients!

Karen Mehollin, LMT

Karen received her massotherapy certification from Lakeland Community College and became licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board in 2004. Her specialties include chair massage, Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, pregnancy massage, deep tissue massage and myofascial release. " I love building a relationship with the patients and seeing them progress with each treatment."

Gilford Wayne Roberts, LMT

Wayne is a retired federal firefighter of 34 years with the Department of Defense. He is a certified personal trainer and fitness professional with the American Council of Exercise. Wayne obtained his license in massage therapy with the state of Ohio state medical board after graduating from the National Institute of Massotherapy. He is trained and performs Swedish relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, neuromuscular therapy, sports massage, chair massage and myofascial release. " I particularly enjoy providing relief from the discomfort of back and neck pain."

Colleen Kay Schadenfroh, LMT

Colleen obtained her license in massage therapy from the state of Ohio state medical board, graduating from the National Institute of Massotherapy. She is trained in the energy healing modality for Esoteric Healing. Esoteric healing is the science of healing though the energy field, utilizing spiritual healing principals and one can benefit physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Colleen is a Yuen practitioner and a Reiki Master and also performs Craniosacral, deep tissue massage, Swedish relaxation massage, positional release, myofascial release and chair massage. By utilizing her unique background in the Dental field and taking specialized training in Precision Neuromuscular therapy for the TMJ joint, Colleen offers a unique insight in the therapy of the TMJ joint.

Tracy L. Segall, BA, LM

Tracy earned her massage therapy license in January 2006 after she received her Certificate in Massotherapy from Cuyahoga Community College in 2005. Tracy has focused her studies and practice on deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, Myofascial release, Muscle Energy Technique, Post-Isometric Relaxation, sports and pregnancy massage. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Eastern Michigan University in 1997. Tracy has educated future massage therapists at Cuyahoga Community College, and Stautzenberger College where she was the Program Director for the Massage Therapy department for three years.

“I believe that every body needs a massage. Whether it is for relaxation and comfort or healing from an injury or preparing for an upcoming event, massage can prevent long-term issues by working out the smaller issues today.”

Linda Teage, RN, LMT

Linda has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from St. Louis University. She maintains her Ohio licensure as a Registered Nurse. She obtained certification in Massotherapy from Cuyahoga Community College and is licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board. She is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Linda practices basic Swedish massage as well as chair massage while incorporating other modalities such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release and muscle energy techniques. "I enjoy providing relaxation massage for stress relief as well as therapeutic massage to assist clients with musculoskeletal pain problems."

Primary Care

Daniel Neides, MD, MBA

Daniel Neides, MD, MBA is the Medical Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Dr. Neides is board-certified in Family Medicine and has practiced at The Cleveland Clinic since 1996. He earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Ohio State University, followed by a residency in Family Medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. He earned his master’s in business administration from Washington State University. He was awarded the 1999-2000 Educator of the Year award by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Medicine and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in 2002 for his dedication to medical student education. In 2004, The Cleveland Clinic Regional Medical Practices awarded him the Outstanding Educator of the Year. In 2006, Dr. Neides was named a Harvard-Macy Scholar and spent 1 month in Boston. He received multiple Scholarship in Teaching awards from Case Western Reserve University for his role in curriculum development. In 2007, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine honored him during commencement ceremonies with the Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is the co-author of The Resident’s Guide to Ambulatory Care, with the 7th edition due out in early 2015.

JosieZnidarsic

Dr. Znidarsic is a board-certified family medicine physician. She received her medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV in 2005 and completed her family medicine residency at St. John West Shore Hospital in Westlake, Ohio in 2008.

Dr. Znidarsic practices general family medicine with a focus on preventative medicine through healthy lifestyle choices. As an osteopathic physician, she believes that all aspects of body, mind and spirit need to be well in order for a person to be at their healthiest. By practicing a “whole person” approach to medicine, the patient is treated as more than the symptoms they present with. Nutritional guidance, physical activity, stress management and emotional support are key components to achieving overall wellness as well as establishing a trusted relationship with a physician.

Dr. Znidarsic works closely with the various specialties offered at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine. In doing so, she believes that the patient is provided with the most individualized and complete approach to their health care.

Dr. Znidarsic provides routine physical exams as well as follow-up and management of both acute illness and chronic disease at the Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst Campus.

Reiki

Colleen Kay Schadenfroh, LMT

Colleen obtained her license in massage therapy from the state of Ohio state medical board, graduating from the National Institute of Massotherapy. She is trained in the energy healing modality for Esoteric Healing. Esoteric healing is the science of healing though the energy field, utilizing spiritual healing principals and one can benefit physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Colleen is a Yuen practitioner and a Reiki Master and also performs Deep tissue massage, Swedish relaxation massage, Positional release, Myofascial release and Chair massage. By utilizing her unique background in the Dental field and taking specialized training in Precision Neuromuscular therapy for the TMJ joint, Colleen offers a unique insight in the therapy of the TMJ joint.

Sharon M. Fish, LMT

Sharon graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Medical Massage. She has taken classes in Positional Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Sciatica Relief and Reiki, a wonderful healing energy therapy. She is also certified in Oncology Massage, and volunteers monthly at The Gathering Place. Sharon loves that she is in a field that she can continuously learn and better herself, and is proud in her ability to tailor each massage to the needs and goals of her clients!

Vickie Bodner, LMT

Vickie has been licensed by the Ohio Medical Board as a Massage Therapist since January of 1996. She studied Massage and Shiatsu at the National Institute of Massotherapy. Other studies include advanced Craniosacral work with the Upledger Institute (including Pediatrics) since 1996 and continues her education with them as a teaching assistant several times per year. Vickie also has studied Reiki, Reflexology, Bodytalk, Energywork, Native American healing techniques, Traditional Chinese medicine and holds an Associate Degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Vickie's bodywork relieves aches and pains as well as reeducates the body's perception of pain resulting in relaxation and well being through body, mind and spirit.
"I believe the body will always choose to heal itself given the right circumstances. By creating a safe, nurturing environment my intention is to listen to what your body needs and support a good healthy life by accessing the best in yourself. Your health is priority".

For Appointments - 216.448.HEAL (4325)

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