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.
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.
Sari Cohen, ND
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.
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 Ayurvedic 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.
Karl Holtzer, MD, MS
Dr. Karl Holtzer is a pediatrician by training, who has extended his practice to adults. He has a master’s degree in nutrition. He specializes in functional medicine, which offers a unique approach to the management of individuals with chronic health problems. He appreciates the opportunity to dig deeper and identify root causes. His approach centers on helping people make changes in their diet and health behaviors.
Barbara Ivanko, LCSW
Psychotherapist, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher (MBSR), Yoga Teacher
Barbara has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for more than 20 years, and has been teaching MBSR since 2012. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University in 1994 and has a post-graduate certificate in East/West Psychology. She is also a 200-hour yoga instructor. She uses cognitive behavioral therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), dialectical behavioral skills (DBT) and mindfulness in her approach with clients affected by depression, anxiety, ADD, addiction, grief and loss, stress and trauma. Barbara helps her clients uncover the strength and goodness within themselves while teaching skills that allow them to live a life that feels meaningful, capable and content.
Brittany Kail, BSBA
Brittany Kail has over 14 years of customer service which includes 8 years working as an Office Manager for Mercy Behavioral Health, managing their busiest outpatient site. At the Center for Integrative Medicine, she is the Administrative Manager, directing a program of over 25 staff members.
John Laird, ND
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.
Khara Lucius, ND, FABNO
Khara Lucius completed her Bachelors of Science in Biological Science at Ohio University, and her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. As a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, she has specialized experience in naturopathic support for cancer patients. She consults with people of all ages and has a special interest in helping those with chronic conditions to achieve better wellness.
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.
Angie Phares, PA
Integrative Health Coach
Angie is a certified Integrative Health Coach from Duke University, and is also trained as a Physician Assistant and Yoga instructor. By partnering with patients as a Health Coach, she motivates and supports health behavior change through a structured process involving inquiry, personal discovery and accountability. Health Coaching is not just about physical well-being or lab results, it is about the whole person: values, goals, work, relationships, fulfillment and life purpose.
Luann Scarton, RDN, LDN, CLT
Integrative Dietitian Counselor
LuAnn is a Registered & Licensed dietitian specializing in functional/integrative nutrition. She has been working towards a master’s degree in Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine from the University of Western States & has a BS in Clinical Dietetics & Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of nutrition.
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 practiced therapeutic massage since 1992. Her main focus and passion is Lymph Drainage Therapy and education for lymphedema management. Erin also has advanced training in Craniosacral Therapy in both Upledger and Biodynamic techniques. Erin is educated in a number of other modalities as well; including Pregnancy and Post-Partum Massage, Healing Stone Massage, Dolphin Micro-Current Point Stimulation, Kinesiotape, and Swedish. Erin brings a unique blend of therapies, her background as a dancer and athlete and her commitment to helping each individual achieve their best health to each session.
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.
Caroline Sterling, MIBS, GPCC, PCC
Drawing from her own 25-year yoga and embodied awareness personal practice, Caroline’s teaching style is warm, adaptive and grounded in exploring the possibilities of the present moment via the breath. Modifying yoga to the needs of her students, Caroline creates a class environment that is both nurturing and accessible to a rand of participants.