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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 more than 12 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 V. Roofener is a Nationally Board Certified, Ohio & Florida States Licensed Acupuncturist and Oriental Medicine Practitioner.

Galina serves on the State Medical Board of Ohio’s Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Advisory Panel on the subject of Chinese herbs and other modalities of Oriental Medicine. She is a member of the Hospital-Based Practice Task Force Committee advisory panel for the National Certification Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Visit: www.NCCAOM.org

Currently, Galina works for the Cleveland Clinic as an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. Cleveland Clinic was one of the first to open a hospital-based herbal clinic in the U.S. to round out its integrative medicine services and provide supplementary options for patients seeking a holistic, natural approach to their care. She has a special interest in integrative, preventative and rehabilitation medicine. In her practice, she focuses on improving the quality of life for cancer patients, autoimmune conditions, digestive disorders and women’s health.

She has over 27 years of experience in health care, including 10 years of work in a hospital physical rehabilitation department in Lithuania with challenging, multi-diagnosed patients. Her duties included, but were not limited to, acupuncture and kinesiotherapy with a focus on medical Qigong, medical massage and balneotherapy.

Galina received her Oriental Medicine degree from East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, FL; Doctor of Naturopathy degree from Trinity College of Natural Health in Warsaw, IL; Nursing degree from Medical College #3 in St. Petersburg, Russia; and studied towards Bachelor of Art of Education in Klaipeda, Lithuania. Over the years, she received multiple certifications in various modalities of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and holds a special certification in Homeopathic Point Injections for beauty and pain management.

Galina has a great passion for teaching. Presently, she is an NCCAOM-approved continuing education provider and talks at many conferences. In the past, she served as an Instructor of Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology at different schools in the U.S. In 2006, she was awarded Top Performing Educator of Aveda Institutes. She held a faculty position at Klaipeda University in Lithuania.

Galina speaks English, Russian and Lithuanian languages.

Susan Veleber, LAc

Susan Darling Veleber, LAc, LCH earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, her Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University and completed a post-graduate internship in Chinese herbal medicine at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s Shu Guan Hospital in the People’s Republic of China working in the Internal Medicine, Gynecology and Pain departments. She is certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology (Dipl.OM) and serves on the NCCAOM Hospital-Based Practice Taskforce. She is a licensed Acupuncturist and Oriental Medicine Practitioner (Chinese herbal medicine) by the Ohio State Medical Board.

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, Susan held a staff position as Acupuncturist and Instructor of Medicine in the General Internal Medicine Division at the Mayo Clinic utilizing acupuncture for a full range of medical conditions including acute and chronic conditions, post-operative pain control, palliative care, and clinical research in the inpatient and outpatient settings. She was among the first acupuncturists to become a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM) and specializes in treating fertility and pregnancy. Susan was an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University and clinical supervisor in the Bastyr Chinese Herbal Dispensary. She has spoken on integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine with standard care for numerous conditions at national medical conferences and educated medical residents, fellows, physicians and nurses about Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Susan is certified in Five Element Acupuncture, Craniosacral Therapy and Aroma Acupoint Therapy, which combines the properties of essential oils with the actions of acupuncture points within the theory of Chinese medicine. She uses acupuncture to manage a full range of medical conditions including: pain and injury management, digestive disorders, oncology support, migraines, fibromyalgia, stress related conditions, autoimmune conditions, gynecological disorders, female and male fertility, pregnancy support, and prevention/wellness.

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."

Thomas Torzok, DC
Thomas Torzok, DC

Thomas Torzok, DC joined the medical staff at Cleveland Clinic in 2008.  Dr. Torzok is a 1999 graduate of New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, New York.  He earned designation as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) in 2004 and has since worked with the United States Olympic Committee through their volunteer medical program, caring for Olympic and Paralympic athletes.  Dr. Torzok is also a member of the US Figure Skating National Provider Network, and assisted in the coverage of the 2009 US Figure Skating National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Torzok's medical interests include running and athletic injuries, musculoskeletal disorders including neck and back pain, tendinopathies and peripheral nerve entrapments.  He uses a variety of techniques individualized to each patient's unique problem.  Dr. Torzok has extensive training in the latest soft tissue and manipulative techniques.

"Treatment should focus not only on pain relief, but aim to restore functional capacity, allowing patients to participate in and enjoy their favorite activities".

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, Reiki and Manual Lymph Drainage. 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.”

Katy Mayher, LMT

Katy Mayher became a Licensed Massage Therapist under the Ohio State Board in 2005 after attending the National Institute of Massage Therapy.   She currently works as a Chiropractic Assistant/LMT and employs a variety of techniques for soft tissue release. Some include trigger point therapy, myofascial release, deep tissue massage, positional release, neuromuscular therapy and lymphatic drainage.  

Katy also studied Craniosacral Therapy I under the Upledger Institute and continues to keep up with the latest advanced techniques in massage therapy. She graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from St. Bonaventure University.

Holistic Psychotherapy: Individual & Group Programs

This group also supports Hypnotherapy, Interactive Guided Imagery, and Mind/Body Coaching.
Kathy Barringer, LPCC, ACHT

Kathy Barringer, LPCC, ACHT is a licensed professional clinical counselor with over 19 years’ experience in working with traumatized children, adolescents and families. Kathy graduated from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, earning a masters of science degree in counseling, with an undergraduate degree in psychology. Kathy has held a variety of positions over her career including juvenile corrections team leader, staff trainer for foster-care services in Kansas, department of corrections for young men, and faculty at several wellness facilities. 

Ms. Barringer has experience teaching heart-centered hypnotherapy in private and group settings across the US. Kathy has a passion to help clients with advanced trauma resolution, addictions, narrative therapy, mind/body, heart-centered hypnotherapy, and emotional dysregulations.

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 Lipinski, LISW-S, CHT, is a licensed clinical social worker and clinical hypnotherapist who holds an MSSA degree from Case Western University, an MA degree in Education from Duquesne University and a BA degree in Communication and Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. 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. 

The combination of holistic wellness with educational and evidence-based practices  provides the opportunity for individuals to define the types of treatment that can be most beneficial and supportive of their needs. The practice of Hypnotherapy through the Center for Integrative Medicine, allows Maura to blend her lifelong interests related to energy work, meditation, breath therapy, and experiential education to support healing.

Tricia Miller, LPCC, ACHT

Trisha is a licensed professional clinical counselor with over 10 years experience . 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 a passion in helping clients transform and heal themselves by incorporating both evidence based and creative, holistic and energetic interventions to integrate mind, body and spirit.

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.

Jillian Williams, LSW

Jillian Williams, LSW, Advanced Certified Hypnotherapist

Integrative Medicine Consults

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

Brenda Powell, MD, ABHIM, ABoIM practices integrative medicine in the model of personalized patient-centered care with attention to mind, body and spirit. She enjoys working with patients who want to create their healthcare program through nutritional supplements, mindfulness practice and holistic methods of healing.  Along with the other specialists at the center she creates comprehensive, individualized plans for treatment and wellness.

Dr. Powell is trained to treat children and adults. Her integrative approach has had success with a whole range of conditions, including digestive disorders, dermatological problems, fibromyalgia, chronic inflammation, and fatigue. In addition, she is an expert on menopause and women’s health.

Dr. Powell completed her training at Duke University Medical School and residency program. Her credentials include certification by the American Board of Family Practice and by the American Board of Integrative Medicine. She has published on alternative therapies for menopause, and she lectures nationally on integrative medicine. While at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Powell has managed a travel health clinic.  She has been an expedition physician to Peru, Belize and Nepal, and works with National Geographic as ship’s physician for adventure cruises. 

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 in adults 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 started 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

Naoki Umeda, MD is an Integrative Medicine specialist with an interest in cancer, Oriental Medicine, and root cause assessment. He is originally from Japan, where the average life expectancy is the longest in the world. He has more than six 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 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’ “self-healing power” and “self-adjustment function”, 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 fatigue syndrome, migraine, gastrointestinal disorders, allergy disorders, and mood disorders.

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

Lifestyle Medicine Consults

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, CHES

Jane Ehrman 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 certified in Interactive Guided Imagery™ and Intrinsic Wellness Coaching. 

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 relieve stress, prepare for medical procedures, improve productivity and make the mental shift to a healthier way of living and being.

Jim Perko, CEC, AAC

Jim Perko CEC, AAC is the Executive Chef for Cleveland Clinic Wellness and the Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine. Jim is a 1977 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY and one of four apprentices to the American Culinary Federation (ACF) 1976 US Culinary Olympic Team. Jim was a member of the 1977/78 US Antarctic Expedition cooking for scientist in Antarctica, executive sous chef for Marriott Hotels, executive chef for Bond Court Hotel in downtown Cleveland and in 1985 started his healthcare career as executive chef of Lakewood Hospital in Lakewood, OH. 

In 1988, Jim founded the National award winning Food is Knowledge program that is now a signature part of the Cleveland Clinic community outreach wellness programs. In the 2014/2015 School year Food is Knowledge reached 6,846 children in 89 schools, 10 School Districts, 8 community organizations and 20 early learning Head Start Centers.

In 1990 Jim became a member of the ACF 1992 US Culinary Olympic Team winning five gold medals from the United States tryouts, and competitions in England, Ireland and Germany. Jim and his teammates finished third out of 52 teams from 30 countries in the 1992 Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt, Germany.

Jim now serves as the Executive Chef for Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute collaborating with physicians and dietitians to develop evidence based Culinary Medicine, educating patients and the community how foods can be powerful medicine and still taste great. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or are newly diagnosed, Jim will take the time to personalize your diet restrictions with your taste desires and culinary abilities so you won’t compromise the taste of your meals or your health.

He is one of 114 current ACF certified Judges, 1991 ACF National Chef and Child Award winner, 1991 ACF Cleveland Chapter Chef of The Year, 2002 and 2012 recipient of ACF Cleveland Educator of The Year Award and 2006 ACF National True Spirit Award Recipient. Chef Jim Perko was Drs. Oz & Roizen’s YouBeauty.com’s culinary expert columnist for 4 years and creator of hundreds of delicious healthy recipes, many of which can be found in the Dr.Oz’s and Dr. Roizen’s YOU book series.

He is married 38 years to his wife Debbie; they have two married children and two grandchildren.

You can find Chef Jim Perko as a contributor on Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials.

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."

Wendy Paris, LMT

Wendi Paris, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist

Specialty Interest(s):
Swedish massage, pain management, neuromuscular therapy, cranial sacral therapy, pregnancy massage, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, headache and
migraine relief, injury/accident victims, chronic illness, Reiki

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."

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."

Culinary Medicine

Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD

Kristin Kirkpatrick is the manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, in Cleveland, Ohio. She is an experienced presenter, an award winning Dietitian, an Author and a television guest on both local and national shows such as the TODAY show, NBC Nightly News and the Dr. Oz show and has contributed to several national magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Runners World and Women’s Health. The Huffington Post named Kristin one of 25 diet and nutrition experts you need to follow on twitter.”

Her career began in Washington, DC, lobbying for Medical Nutrition Therapy reform with the American Dietetic Association Policy and Advocacy group. From there, she went on to become the Regional Coordinator of the Montgomery County (collaboration with NHLB (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute) Hearts N Parks program in Montgomery County, Maryland. During her time with Hearts N Parks, she designed, implemented and measured health promotion programs within the Washington, DC metro area.  

She presents on a variety of nutrition and wellness related topics and is a regular contributor on the Today Show, and the Dr. Oz show and serves on Dr. Oz’s medical advisory board. In addition, Kirkpatrick writes for The Huffington Post, US News and World Report, and is a featured expert on Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials blog. She can be found quoted in newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Fitness, Women's Health, Women's Day, Shape, Food Network, Costco Connection, TIME and Self and has also been a featured expert on NBC Nightly News and CNN Health.com

Kristin Kirkpatrick has over 20 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 of 2012, Kristin received the Ohio Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the year award and in 2013 received alumni of the year from her high school Gilmour Academy.

Beth Bluestone, MS, RD, LD

Beth Bluestone is a Wellness Dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. She’s been an instructor for several programs at the Wellness Institute including Lifestyle 180 and Lifestyle U. Prior to joining The Clinic, Beth worked as a Clinical Nutrition Manager at University Hospital Richmond Medical Center. Her passion for health, wellness, and nutrition, along with her desire to help others led her to a career in nutrition and dietetics.

Prior to healthcare, Beth worked in the financial services industry. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences from Ohio University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Akron Coordinated Program with a Bachelor in Dietetics. Beth holds a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management and licensed as a Registered Dietitian in the state of Ohio.

Beth’s interests include weight management, chronic disease prevention, integrative and functional medicine, and healthy cooking.

Pain Management

Hong Shen, MD

Hong Shen, MD  specializes in integrative holistic chronic pain management. She was trained in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Acupuncture. She blends her training in traditional medicine with a holistic approach to boost your body's natural self-repair process. 

Dr. Shen is interested in treating overall health and well-being through diet, nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and life style changes by empowering patients to take active roles in their own health. During your initial consultation Dr. Shen will spend time providing a comprehensive evaluation, she will look at the interactions that take place in your daily lifestyle including your work environment, diet and stress. She will then design a custom health plan that addresses all of your needs.

She believes that Integrative Pain Medicine provides a balanced approach by using a bio-psycho-social model to treat complex chronic pain issues. Alleviating chronic pain in patients involves more than just prescribing medications or giving steroid injections. A holistic approach that draws from various healing modalities to provide effective tools for pain management can be profoundly empowering. It can support a person’s transition from being controlled by chronic pain to living an active and fulfilling life despite experiencing pain. A critical aspect of integrative chronic pain management is to empower the patient to become the director of their own healing journey. This is done through education, lifestyle interventions and various therapeutic tools that a person can incorporate into their day to day life. If patients will benefit from any specific injection, she can refer her/him to appropriate pain management practitioner. She can also perform office procedure such as acupuncture, trigger point injection, peripheral nerve blocker, joint or bursar injection. 

Dr. Shen earned her medical degree from Suzhou Medical College in Suzhou, China. She completed an internal medicine residency at Hangzhou Red Cross Hospital in Hangzhou, China, an internal medicine residency at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio, and a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at MetroHealth Medical Center through Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

She is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as pain management. She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Shen is also trained in acupuncture.

Primary Care

Elena Borukh, MD

Welcome Elena Borukh, MD to Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. She is board-certified in internal medicine and sees patients of all ages -- as young as 16 and as young as 100. Her treatment interests include women's health, diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases. 

Dr. Borukh started at the Beachwood Family Health Center of Cleveland Clinic in January, 2001. She attended medical school at Andizhan State Medical Institute in Andizhan, Uzbekistan.

Yong Chen, MD

Yong Chen, MD is a board certified internal medicine doctor. 

Dr. Chen has a special interest in women’s health, life-style interventions for treatment of chronic disease, and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She uses personalized medicine in her routine medical practice, and is always seeking better ways to involve her patients in the management of their health issues.

Sandra Darling, DO

Sandra Darling, DO is a Preventive Medicine osteopathic physician. She received her medical degree in 2012 from Touro University California located in the San Francisco Bay Area. For residency she traveled to the other side of the country to complete her training in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Palm Beach County Health Department in West Palm Beach, Florida, graduating in 2015. Originally from the Chicago area, she is happy to return to the Midwest to practice primary care at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. 

In her clinical practice she focuses on prevention, both on the onset of disease including cancer and on the progression of existing conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, excess weight, and chronic pain. She will take an in-depth look at the role of lifestyle and psychosocial factors in the creation of imbalance. Going beyond the treatment of isolated symptoms, her osteopathic philosophy is to facilitate the innate healing process by considering the body, mind, and spirit of each individual. 

Dr. Darling will partner with her patients to help each person achieve a state of health and well-being. She concentrates on reducing overall inflammation, which wreaks havoc on the body over time. This is achieved through a healthful diet, enjoyable physical activity, a relaxation practice, minimized exposure to chemicals, and pharmaceuticals when necessary. As a natural teacher, she will take the time to educate her patients, allowing them to make informed decisions and take control of their health. She provides one-hour appointments for new patients, which includes a complete physical exam, and thirty-minute appointments for follow-up care at the Lyndhurst campus.

Daniel Neides, MD, MBA

Daniel Neides, MD, MBA is the Vice Chair and chief  operating officer of Cleveland Clinic Wellness. Dr. Neides is board-certified in Family Medicine. He earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from The Ohio State University, followed by a residency in Family Medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, OH. He earned his MBA from Washington State University. 

Dr. Neides was awarded the 1999-2000 Educator of the Year award by Cleveland Clinic 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 2007, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine awarded him the Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is coauthor of The Resident's Guide to Ambulatory Care, with the 7th edition published in 2015.

Josie Znidarsic, DO

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

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)

Wellness Locations

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