Dr. Ronald Glick is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He serves as the Medical Director for the UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine. His practice is focused on integrative management of chronic conditions which have not responded completely to traditional western approaches, particularly around pain management and mental health disorders.
Dr. Leslie Lesoon earned her doctorate in Physiology and Endocrinology under Dr. Virendra B. Mahesh, D. Phil, Ph. D. from the Medical College of Georgia and her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Augusta University. She completed her Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training at the OMEGA Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Science, Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She serves as a medical provider with the University of Pittsburgh SHRS PACBACK Clinical Trial. Her professional interests focus on empowering others to be the best versions of their physical and emotional selves.
Dr. Neal Ryan is director of the UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine and the Joaquim Puig-Antich Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical and Translational Neuroscience. 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.
Research Director, Licensed Psychologist, Mindfulness Programs Director, Certified MBSR Instructor
Dr. Carol Greco is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine and Health and Rehabilitation Science. She has more than 25 years of clinical and research experience 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 is a licensed psychologist whose 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 13 years. Dr. Greco directs the Center’s mindfulness programs, including a new professional training in mindfulness teaching: MBSR Fundamentals.
Brittany Kail has over 20 years of customer service and management experience 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.
Our integrative medicine experts offer a variety of specializations:
Board-certified Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Amanda graduated from Pacific College of Health and Science New York with a master's in acupuncture and herbal medicine. She has specialized sports and orthopedic acupuncture training from Matt Callison's Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program based in San Diego, California, and Neurofunctional Acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction from Canada's McMaster University faculty members. She fully integrates her background in traditional and modern acupuncture styles into treatment, where she commonly treats pain and other health conditions.
Tricia Smith provides acupuncture at the Center for Integrative Medicine. She typically works with pain management but sees patients for a wide variety of health concerns. Special areas of interest are migraine, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and Bell's Palsy. Tricia specializes in pain management as well as neuro-acupuncture for acute and chronic central nervous system disorders. Her experience includes many years of myofascial trigger point training and Dr. Richard Tan's Balance Method of acupuncture. She is board-certified in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist
EngKeat is a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA), a three year master's program and one of the oldest schools of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the United States. EngKeat's post-graduate studies include completing a four month internship at the China Academy for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China and serving a fellowship as the team acupuncturist for the men's and women's crew team at Boston University. EngKeat has also worked as a research associate at Harvard Medical School consulting on psychiatric and acupuncture/fMRI studies. His other post-graduate interests include functional nutrition, yoga, and tai chi. EngKeat practices Tan's Balance Method and Battlefield Acupuncture, powerful yet minimal needling techniques that improves pain instantaneously.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Board-certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist.
Taffie received her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh and has worked as a therapist since then. Positions that she has held include supervisor of outpatient mental health, director of a substance abuse treatment facility and Director of Counseling at Point Park University. Seven years ago she expanded her work into a private practice with a focus on mood disorders, trauma and LGBTQ clients. She has a passion for the work she does as a therapist which includes complete acceptance of where a client is and where the client would like to be.
Dr. Deborah Grice Conway has more than 30 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 Technique (EFT) and mindfulness techniques. In addition to her work at the Center, Dr. Conway is 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.
Services available through Dr. Conway and the UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine may be covered by insurance plans. Please call for more information.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Eric Stern is a trained trauma-informed EMDR clinician with extensive experience in mindfulness, person-centered, dialectic behavior therapy and cognitive behavior therapeutic approaches. Eric Stern has a humanistic academic background, studying philosophy at U.C. Berkeley, with a Masters of Fine Arts in painting and sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and received his MSCP in counselling from Chatham University in 2017.
Dr. Daniel Shawn Miller provides chiropractic services. He received his doctor of chiropractic degree at Palmer College and has been practicing for more than 20 years. He is a specialist in the use of Gonstead Technique, an instrument guided approach to chiropractic diagnosis and treatment. He has served as chiropractor in a University of Pittsburgh research study on chiropractic treatment for acute low back pain.
Dr. Weimer was born and raised in southwestern Pa. and has practiced chiropractic in the region for over 30 years. He graduated magna cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. He has post graduate certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists and is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. Dr. Weimer treats patients utilizing several joint manipulation techniques, myofascial release and trigger point work, stretching and exercise prescription.
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.
Integrative Dietitian Nutritionist
LuAnn Scarton is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist with 25 years of experience working in the field of nutrition. She received a BS in Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Certified LEAP therapist.
LuAnn is passionate about using a combination of conventional and functional nutrition/medicine approaches to address the root cause of nutrition related aspects of disease. She has experience counseling a variety of ages and chronic conditions such as cardiometabolic, gastrointestinal disorders, and autoimmune disease.
Dinnie Goldring leads the Mindfulness-Based Anxiety Reduction Program at the Center. Dinnie has been leading the MBAR group for over a decade and draws from her experience as an experienced meditator and psychotherapist in leading the group. In addition to her work at the Center, Ms. Goldring has a private psychotherapy practice where she specializes in working with women during pregnancy and the postpartum period, living with an auto-immune disorder and other chronic illness, as well as working with general anxiety, depression, and issues related to life-cycle transitions. She also provides trainings for therapists working in the perinatal period and leads consultation groups for therapists as well. Ms. Goldring's work reflects a holistic perspective, incorporating mind, body, and spirit, as well as her training as a Gestalt therapist and past profession as a midwife.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher (MBSR)
Dr. Kelly Beck, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor that specializes in using mindfulness-based interventions with a variety of disability populations, with expertise in people with neurodevelopmental disabilities. She is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and has over 9 years of experience teaching mindfulness groups for people with and without disabilities and chronic health conditions.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher (MBSR)
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. 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.
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 Pittsburgh 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 who brings with her years of experience and a love for her work.
Craniosacral Therapist, Somatic Educator
Angelica Singh is a craniosacral therapist and somatic educator with 22 years of experience in the mind/body field of study. She is a thought leader whose pathbreaking healing paradigm, The Embodiment Process™ has been featured in "O, The Oprah Magazine" and offered at the UCLA Medical Center. Her work has been facilitating individuals, groups, and institutions in embodiment, trauma resolution, and mindfulness. As a craniosacral therapist, Angelica specializes in resolving challenging pain and nervous system syndromes including anxiety, migraines, TMJ, and insomnia. She has been a leader in bringing trauma-informed paradigms to the fields of health care, wellness, and academia through her work as Co-Founder of the organization Embodying Your Practice™ and Embodying Your Curriculum.™ As a practitioner of the somatic modalities of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, pre- and peri-natal birth trauma work, somatic counseling, and yoga, Singh has facilitated hundreds of individuals on their journeys of emotional and physical healing to resolve elusive and challenging mind/body issues.
Dr. Sari Cohen obtained her doctorate in naturopathy from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005. She graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Dr. 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 along with lifestyle counseling. She is currently secretary of the PANP: the Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Cohen has also held positions as an adjunct professor in the Integrative Health Studies at Chatham University, in Pittsburgh, and as a technical adviser and consultant at Nutritional Frontiers. She is the author of an article, "Melatonin, Menstruation and the Moon," that was published in The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients.
Khara Lucius completed her B.S. degree in Biological Sciences at Ohio University, then went on to earn her doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005. She then started a general naturopathic medical practice in Manchester, New Hampshire, and also spent three years on staff at the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester. She went on to join the staff at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in 2011, where she spent 7 years focusing on integrative oncology care. She is a past board member of both the New Hampshire Board of Naturopathic Examiners and the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Her publications include “Integrative Therapies and Cardiovascular Disease in the Breast Cancer Population: A Review, Parts 1 & 2”, and “Combining Immunotherapy and Natural Immune Stimulants: Mechanisms and Clinical Implications”. She enjoys assisting people with botanical medicine, nutrition, lifestyle changes, and supplements.
Structural Integrator, Fascia Specialist
David has been helping people resolve chronic pain, recover from surgery, and improve their physical/athletic performance and capabilities for over 25 years.
He uses an array of approaches that target the fascia and the myofascial system including Anatomy Trains Structural Integration, Fascial Stretch Therapy, and visceral manipulation. David’s focus is to help you meet your health goals within a reasonable number of treatments.
David is also the author of the international bestseller, FascIa: What it is and Why it Matters (Handspring Publishing 2017). He lectures and teaches about fascia worldwide.
Structural Integrator, Yoga & Meditation Instructor
Dezza is a certified Anatomy Trains Structural Integrator (ATSI) directly under the tutelage of the school’s founder, Tom Myers, and his select senior instructors. ATSI is a type of structural bodywork that works on fascia to unwind your body’s habitual tension patterns, restoring its natural ease, balance, and resiliency. Her bodywork practice involves a series of sessions that involve slow, deep fascial manipulations coupled with movement and postural re-education. Beyond manual bodywork, Dezza also has extensive movement and mindfulness experience through yoga and meditation.
Tai Chi Instructor
Jon is the Assistant Instructor at Steel Dragon Martial Arts in Lawrenceville. He also teaches an after-school Kung Fu program at Reserve Primary School in Shaler, as well as ongoing Tai Chi classes at Shepherd Wellness in Bloomfield, and community-centered classes in Edgewood.
He trains and teaches in several different styles of Kung Fu including: Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan, Ying Jow Kuen, Bagua Zhang, and Xing-Yi Quan.
In 2012, he became the Senior Disciple of Chris Young under the Yin Cheng Gong Fa lineage.
Movement Therapy Instructor
Alicja Walczak has a master's degree in Exercise Physiology from University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, Ms. Walczak has received comprehensive training in Yoga Science from Himalayan Institute that covered: asanas, psychology, philosophy, anatomy, lifestyle, nutrition, and meditation. She has also completed special training in Advance Sadhana at the Himalayan Institute which qualifies her to offer yoga therapy to patients.
Ms. Walczak also provides advanced yoga instructions at the Center for Integrative Medicine.