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.
Jessica Hutchins, MD
Jessica Hutchins, MD is a functional medicine expert who has expanded her practice to include women and men of all ages. Traditionally trained and board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, she now has brought what she has learned from treating chronic conditions like PCOS, anxiety, infertility, and menopausal symptoms in her practice in Northern California to her expanded practice at the Center For Integrative Medicine.
Functional medicine is a new way of approaching chronic disease. Dr. Hutchins looks at the root cause, not just the signs or symptoms. She evaluates the entire organism, not just specific organs. Dr. Hutchins combines personalized medicine using root cause analysis with whichever treatments may benefit each individual including referral to acupuncture, chiropractic, Chinese herbs, yoga or massage therapy and mind-body therapy. Nutrition is often the first and most important step in facilitating health for her patients. Her special interests include autism/ADHD, nonceliac gluten sensitivity and, of course, women's health.
Dr. Hutchins received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Denison University. She then received her MD from CWRU and completed her residency in OBGYN at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Additionally, she has had extensive addition training in integrative and functional medicine mostly through The Institute of Functional Medicine. She resides in Beachwood where she balances her work life with her duties as wife to Mike and mother to five children, Emily, Josh, Michael, Victoria, and Gabriel.
Dr. Hutchins offers one hour consultations at the Center For Integrative Medicine at the Lyndhurst campus.
Seema Patel, MD
The Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine welcomes integrative medicine physician Seema Patel, MD, MPH. She began seeing patients at our Lyndhurst campus in 2016.
Dr. Patel practices Integrative Medicine for all ages. She believes passionately about the Integrative Medicine approach, which looks at the root cause of illness and uses a systems approach to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes in order to optimize health. She treats patients with chronic diseases as well as healthy patients who want to maintain their vitality and improve their lives. Dr. Patel works with patients to customize an individual health plan to improve their well-being. She incorporates strategies that unite the mind, body and spirit - all needed for optimal health.
In 2008, Dr. Patel co-authored “Your Guide to Optimal Health, Creating Your Personal Wellness Wheel.” This book provides step by step instructions and interactive exercises to help readers create their Personal Wellness Wheel™, which consists of eight complimentary elements of health that operate synergistically and lead to a better quality of life.
She is fluent in Spanish and Gujarati (an Indian language).
Brenda Powell, MD
Dr. Brenda Powell is an Integrative Medicine specialist.
Dr. Powell received her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in North Carolina in 1988. She is board-certified in Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine. Her special interests include travel medicine, preventive medicine and women's health.
Dr. Powell joined the Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine in 2015.
Scarlet Soriano, MD
Scarlet Soriano, MD, ABIHM, EEM-CLP is a family physician and integrative medicine specialist with a focus on mind-body and energy medicine.
Dr. Soriano deeply believes in the unity between mind, body and spirit and partners with her patients to support a healing journey that involves the whole person. Her integrative approach weaves a wide range of healing modalities, including lifestyle interventions, energy healing techniques, breath work, guided imagery, nutritional counseling and the use of botanicals. She uses stress reduction and energy balancing techniques to boost the body’s own repair mechanisms.
Dr. Soriano has found her integrative approach to be effective in the overall management of a wide range of medical conditions including anxiety, obesity, digestive conditions, hypertension, fibromyalgia, and chronic musculoskeletal pain, among others. She enjoys working with patients across the age span, from pediatrics to geriatrics. Dr. Soriano partners with a variety of other practitioners to create a highly personalized holistic treatment plan for each patient. She is passionate about supporting each person’s unique journey towards optimal health and well-being.
Dr. Soriano starts with Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute in April, 2016.
E. Christian Tucker, MD
E. Christian Tucker, MD is a integrative medicine practitioner who focuses on the optimal functioning of the body and its organs with nutrition as the first step.
His approach involves a personalized, holistic and very individualized approach to patient care, addressing the underlying causes of disease using a systematic approach. Central to this approach is the therapeutic partnership formed between practitioner and patient empowering the patient to take full responsibility for their health.
Dr. Tucker’s background in anesthesia gives him a unique perspective on the interactions between health, disease, and the role of pain in so many of our daily lives.
Naoki Umeda, MD
Naoki Umeda, MD is an Integrative Medicine specialist with an interest in cancer, nutrition/food therapy, and therapeutic touch. He is originally from Japan, where the average life expectancy is the longest in the world. He has more than five years of experience providing Integrative Medicine for cancer patients (Integrative Oncology). After receiving his medical degree from a national medical school in Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Umeda trained as an Internal Medicine resident and Gastroenterology fellow in Tokyo. He then completed an advanced fellowship of Hepatology (liver disease) and a fellowship of Gastroenterology Oncology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Based on his experience of treating patients in "clinically tough situations" such as liver transplant recipients and cancer patients in advanced stage, Dr. Umeda became more interested in "whole person" and "Body - Mind - Spirit" care. He worked as an Integrative Medicine staff physician, and he combined Western Medicine with Eastern/Traditional Medicine such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, and Ayurveda. He realized this blend would produce a beautiful and great "synergy effect" to relieve both physical and spiritual pain, and to improve quality of life of cancer patients.
Dr. Umeda is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Gasteroenterology and Hepatology, and Integrative Medicine in Japan. His strong points include his wide experience of Integrative Oncology for all types of cancer; his knowledge of Japanese healthy food culture, such as fermented foods, tofu, or green tea; and his understanding of both the advantage and disadvantage of Western and Eastern Medicine. His aim is to maximize patients’ own “power of recovery” and he respects each individual’s belief and uniqueness. Dr. Umeda will tailor the personalized treatment plan not only for cancer patients but also for chronic disease patients including gastrointestinal disorders, migraine, mood disorders, and fatigue syndrome.
Dr. Umeda provides one-hour Integrative Medicine consultations to create personalized treatment plans for patients at the Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst Campus.