RDN, LD, IFNCP
Kellie Blake is a registered dietitian, licensed to practice dietetics in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and in 2018, she completed the training to become an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner. In 2015, Blake was recognized as a Top Ten Dietitian by Today’s Dietitian Magazine.
Blake is a fulltime psychiatric dietitian at River Park Hospital, located in Huntington, West Virginia. She uses a functional nutrition approach to mental health challenges and has been instrumental in making meaningful nutrition-related changes in the foodservice department of her facility. In addition to her clinical duties, Blake is the leader of the hospital wellness committee and promotes employee wellness by providing monthly wellness challenges. Blake creates fun challenges to keep her employees engaged and informed about the importance of nutrition and lifestyle change for overall health.
In addition to her work in psychiatry, Blake partners with Hospice of Huntington to help families and patients struggling with end of life nutrition decisions. She provides nutrition education to hospice staff and clients on how to use nutrition-related strategies for symptom management and quality of life.
Blake also has a private practice, NutriSense Nutrition Consulting, LLC, where she utilizes her functional nutrition training to assist clients in preventing and reversing chronic disease. In addition, she is the practice dietitian for the West Virginia Cornea and Cataract Center of Excellence where she provides personalized functional nutrition solutions for those with eye disease.
Blake has used functional nutrition to reverse her own autoimmune disease and is passionate about sharing the food as medicine message. Blake maintains a nutrition and lifestyle blog at www.nutrisensenutrition.com and shares her favorite recipes on Instagram @nutrisensenutrition.
ND, BA, IFMCP
Carolina Brooks, is a functional medicine practitioner who uses a systems biology and science-based approach to healthcare involving nutrition, genetics, herbal medicine, endobiogeny, and orthomolecular medicine. She has also trained in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, ear acupuncture for addiction cessation, coaching, neuro-linguistic programming, and hypnotherapy.
Brooks works to educate, support, and empower clients to take responsibility for optimizing their health. She has first-hand expertise in managing stress and improving energy levels in high-pressure working environments.
She runs her own clinic, Anthrobotanica, based in London, and works as a consulting practitioner for Holistic Heart Center of America. She consults wellness start-ups and clinics, formulates supplements, and has created herbal products for both the wellness and hospitality sectors. She runs corporate wellness programs and has developed educational courses for practitioners and the general public. She started her career in investment banking before establishing her consultancy practice in the wellness sector.
Melissa Carr is a registered Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), lecturer, and health writer. She has a degree in kinesiology and worked in medical research in Japan prior to her Traditional Chinese Medicine studies in both Canada and China. As a result, she loves to blend Eastern and Western natural health knowledge and therapies.
In practice since 2001, Dr. Carr enjoys working at integrative medicine clinics because she believes that coordinating health professionals can provide the best patient experience and outcomes. Having worked with some of the top names in sports and entertainment, Dr. Carr was chosen as one of the few acupuncturists for Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics and Paralympics, and also volunteered at the World Police and Fire Games.
As a passionate educator, Dr. Carr has been a teaching assistant for anatomy and an instructor for nutrition at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She now continues educating the public about natural health matters via lectures, including to Blue Cross, David Suzuki Foundation, Fraser Health Authority, and the University of British Columbia.
She is an advisory board member of Alive magazine, writes for several publications, and was a columnist for a Vancouver newspaper. She is now in the process of writing a book on nutrition from a TCM perspective.
Catherine Darley is the director of The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine in Seattle. Her clinical work focuses on the treatment of sleep disorders in adults and children using behavioral and naturopathic medicine. Additionally, she regularly trains corporate employees and emergency personnel on a variety of sleep, performance and safety issues.
Darley graduated from Bastyr University in Kenmore WA in 2002 with her naturopathic doctorate. Currently she is adjunct faculty at Bastyr University, and National University of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon, and has served on the board of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians. You can learn more about her work at www.naturalsleepmedicine.net. In her personal time she likes to be outside in nature with her loved ones.
MSN, APRN, DipACLM
Wendy Pecoraro has been a family nurse practitioner for over 20 years. She has worked in an urban emergency department for most of that time. Her practice in integrative care started to emerge in 2010, after attending multiple conferences through Harvard’s Institute of Lifestyle Medicine. It soon became apparent that most of her emergency department patients could have used some degree of lifestyle modification long before she saw them. In her last couple of years with the hospital, Wendy proposed and piloted a comprehensive wellness program for the employees, while attending Methodist College for a post master’s certificate in Wellness and Health Promotion.
This experience and education, along with a passion to care for the whole person, evolved into a natural partnership with Omaha Integrative Care. Pecoraro’s practice is based on the integrative care model, an approach that addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental influences that affect a person’s health.
Treatments that are natural and less invasive are used whenever possible. Health promotion and prevention of illness are at the forefront of this patient, family, and community-centered practice.
Pecoraro carries a commitment to the trauma-informed care model with her from her days in the emergency department and has an affinity for that population. She has additional training in centering healthcare and provides group visits for those patients living with chronic disease states. She is certified as a Lifestyle Medicine Professional through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She enjoys grand mothering, gardening, and the great outdoors.
Bill Reddy, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. began his career as an Aerospace Engineer, flight-testing helicopters with the U.S. Navy, putting satellites in space with the U.S. Air Force Space Test Program, and supporting the director of flight test for the Joint Strike Fighter program. He continued his education pursuing master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology and Systems Engineering at George Mason University.
He changed careers and studied acupuncture and oriental medicine under professors and graduates of Beijing and Shanghai medical schools in 1997 at the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese medicine. Since that time, he has been working on bridging the gap between acupuncturists and physicians and pioneering integrative health across the nation.
Reddy has served on the executive committee of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium for seven years and has been co-chair of the Federal Policy Committee for the past five years, and currently co-chairs the Education Committee. He has presented at national conferences, including the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, the International Congress of Integrative Medicine and Health, and the American Traditional Chinese Medicine Association, and is the author of over 100 publications. He enjoys tai chi and qigong, teaches Modern Arnis, and has a private practice in Annandale, Virginia.