Our Integrative Medicine Experts
Ronald Glick, MD
Dr. Ronald Glick is medical director of UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine. His training is in psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and pain management. Dr. Glick is involved in research on acupuncture and prolotherapy — a musculoskeletal injection technique. His clinical practice focuses on integrative approaches to chronic pain management and integrative psychiatry.app
Neal Ryan, MD
Dr. Neal Ryan is director of the UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine and the Joaquim Puig-Antich Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Ryan's clinical and research work has involved the study of depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety in children and adolescents, and chronic disorders in which stress and environmental factors play an important role. He also has a strong background in medical education.
Jeanette Adams has more than 20 years of health care management experience.
Deanna Burkett, MA, MS, RYT
Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher
Deanna Burkett is a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, mindfulness meditation teacher, consultant, and masters-level mental health professional, trained in the delivery of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Deanna teaches Mindful Yoga, MBSR, and mindfulness meditation classes at the Center for Integrative Medicine.
Sari Cohen, ND
Naturopathic and Nutritional Counselor
Sari Cohen, ND, obtained her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has undergraduate degree in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from Dartmouth College. Ms. Cohen provides naturopathic care at the UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine in Shadyside, Pennsylvania to people of all ages with both acute and chronic diseases. The naturopathic modalities used include nutrition, botanical medicine, and nutritional supplementation. She is an adjunct professor in the Integrative Health Studies at Chatham University, in Pittsburgh. Ms. Cohen founded a naturopathic clinic with four colleagues in New Hampshire. She is the author of an article, "Melatonin, Menstruation and the Moon," that was published in The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients.
James Donnelly, MA
James Donnelly has more than 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist. His practice focuses on individuals who are experiencing health or emotional problems as a result of childhood abuse or neglect or posttraumatic stress symptoms occurring in adulthood. He uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), cardiac coherence training, Gestalt therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Gywnn Goldring, MSW
Dinnie Goldring is a psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples, and families. Her work is based on a holistic perspective that incorporates mind, body, and spirit. Treatment specialty areas include pregnancy and postpartum related issues, living with an auto-immune disorder and other chronic illness, relationship issues, general depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. Ms. Goldring uses a psychodynamically based approach that integrates Gestalt therapy and mindfulness and she uses her past experience -- serving as a midwife in many cultures -- in the therapy process. She also leads the group, “Mindfulness-Based Anxiety Reduction."
Carol Greco, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Dr. Carol Greco has more than 20 years of clinical experience and has worked in research for more than 20 years at the University of Pittsburgh. Her areas of research include Mindfulness Meditation, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), psychological approaches to pain management, mind-body and cognitive-behavioral therapy approaches to health and disease, and developing patient-reported measures of the nonspecific, contextual factors in treatment that can promote healing. Dr. Greco's clinical work focuses on mindfulness meditation and behavioral medicine approaches to pain and stress management. She is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor and has taught the Center's MBSR program for over 12 years.
Deborah Grice Conway, PhD
Deborah Grice Conway has more than 25 years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist, treating depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, and health conditions exacerbated by stress. Her work is based on a holistic perspective that incorporates the mind, body, and spirit, and focuses on the client's strengths. Treatment specialties include medical hypnosis, cardiac coherence biofeedback, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive behavioral therapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and mindfulness techniques. In addition to her work at the center, Dr. Conway is also a clinical instructor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a Professor of Psychology at the Community College of Allegheny County, and an adjunct faculty member in Chatham University’s Integrative Health Sciences program, where she teaches Mind-Body Medicine. She is a core faculty member and meditation instructor at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY.
Ayurveda Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, and Ayurvedic Marma Therapist
Kerry practices Ayurveda, a refined system of mind body medicine, in the northeast region. Kerry has helped hundreds of people with health issues regain health and harmony. She is known as a dedicated, gifted and astute healer within the patient community. Years of experience have given her a deep and keen understanding of the elemental metabolic constitutions and their imbalances in people. Her compassion, skills in listening and observation, added with her expertise in the art of Ayrurvedic pulse reading, make her an intuitive and collaborative healer. She loves what she does and works closely with all her clients. Her practice has taught her that Ayurvedic treatments, based on the science of life, work to support patients to heal in a very gentle ways that patients come to embrace as a way of being. Her clients often come with anxiety, insomnia, weight problems, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, joint pain, ADD or simply want to learn preventative everyday health. Clients leave with a renewed sense of hope, vitality, and energy. Kerry is certified with the National Ayurveda Medical Association as an Ayurveda Practitioner and with Yoga Alliance as a Yoga Teacher.
John Laird, ND
Naturopathic and Nutritional Counselor
John Laird provides services in naturopathic counseling. He received a degree in anthropology at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Mr. Laird is a graduate of the John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle, Washington, and completed an internship at the Government College of Ayurvedic Medicine in Mysore, India.
Jessie Violet Larson, LMT
Licensed Medical Massage Therapist
Jessie Violet Larson is a licensed medical massage therapist with advanced training in anatomy and pathology. She is a graduate of the Advanced Medical Program at the School of Massage Therapy. She enthusiastically continues her lifelong path of education with a focus on better assisting those living with cancer. In her travels, she has studied healing therapies from around the world which she incorporates into every massage session to individually suit each client. Ms. Larson is a dedicated therapist and Reiki Master who brings with her years of experience and a love for her work.
David Lesondak, BCSI, KMI, LMT, SST
Structural Integrator, Myofascial Specialist
David Lesondak is a structural integrator and has been in private practice in the greater Pittsburgh area since 1992. His main area of interest is applying myofascial approaches to provide lasting relief from pain and to improve performance. He did his formative training at Kinesis in Maine, where he went on to serve for five years as an associate faculty member and media consultant. With "Anatomy Trains" author, Tom Myers, he published, "Anatomy Trains Revealed," a DVD exploring fascial anatomy. David's video skills and interest in the emerging science of fascia have led to other projects including the Third International Fascia Research Congress and a relationship with the Fascia Research Project at the University of Ulm, Germany. David also lectures and teaches internationally.
Daniel Shawn Miller, DC
Dr. Daniel Shawn Miller provides chiropractic services. He received his doctor of chiropractic degree at Palmer College and has been practicing for more than 15 years.
Sharon Plank, MD
Integrative Medicine Physician
Dr. Sharon Plank is board-certified in family practice and provides integrative medicine services at the center. She completed fellowship training in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona, under the directorship of Andrew Weil, MD. Dr. Plank's areas of work include prevention and management of heart disease and osteoporosis as well as women’s health problems. She directs the Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies program at the center and provides medical acupuncture services.
Michael Schneider, DC, PhD
Dr. Michael Schneider is a doctor of chiropractic and has been in practice for more than 25 years. His areas of interest include soft-tissue and myofascial treatment and rehabilitation approaches to chronic musculoskeletal problems. He has a PhD in rehabilitation science, and is on faculty in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Schneider also is involved in National Institutes of Health-funded research.
Kate Sherman provides Shiatsu treatments and teaches classes on shiatsu and wellness at the Center for Integrative Medicine. Shiatsu developed in Japan and stems from ancient Chinese Medicine. This touch therapy has been called 'acupuncture without needles' and is as effective in relieving a wide variety of complaints. Kate has been in practice since 2007. She has a Master's Degree from Chatham University in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Erin Simon, CMT, LLC
Erin Simon has been in private practice since 1992, and has training in Swedish massage, craniosacral therapy, pregnancy and postpartum massage, lymph drainage therapy, and lymphodema complex decongestive therapy.
Stacy Simon, PhD
Stacy Simon, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who serves as the program director of the inpatient trauma disorders unit at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC. She received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and completed postdoctoral training, specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. Dr. Simon integrates acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches into her work. She provides individual psychotherapy to adults with anxiety, depression, and problems with emotion regulation.
Tricia Smith, LAc
Tricia Smith, LAc, provides acupuncture at the Center for Integrative Medicine. She works with pain management and specializes in the use of acupuncture treatment of myofascial trigger points. In addition, she works with patients whose conditions include sleep disturbance and hormonal problems. She is board-certified in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
K.K. Teh, LAc, MAc
K.K. Teh provides acupuncture services at the center. He has master's degrees in acupuncture and Chinese medicine and psychology. His practice interests include pain management, sports medicine, general health problems, and stress-related conditions. He uses a balance method, which includes treating certain conditions with fewer needles. Mr. Teh is board-certified in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Alicja W. Walczak, MS
Biofeedback Practitioner and Movement Therapy Instructor
Alicja Walczak provides cardiac coherence training, biofeedback, synergistic body-mind therapy, and movement therapy. She has a degree in exercise physiology with an emphasis on relaxation and biofeedback from the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, Ms. Walczak completed training with Ilana Rubenfeld and her Institute in Rubenfeld Synergy. Ms. Walczak also teaches yoga classes at the center.