Ronald Glick, MD
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.
Leslie Lesoon, Ph. D., MPAS, PA-C
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.
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 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.
Carol Greco, PhD
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.
Sari Cohen, ND
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.
Dinnie Goldring, LCSW
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.
Deborah Grice Conway, PhD
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.
Amanda Hunt, Dipl.OM, L.Ac
Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Amanda graduated from Pacific College of Health and Science New York, where she obtained her master's in Oriental Medicine. She is Board-Certified nationally by the NCCAOM(National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) to practice Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.
She practices Acupuncture to support and improve quality of life by combining Traditional and Contemporary forms of Acupuncture to help strengthen the body's effort to manage itself more productively by stimulating our innate self-regulatory and healing mechanisms.
Amanda specializes in musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, peripheral nerve disorders/neuropathy, nervous system disorders, and infertility.
Karl Holtzer, MD, MS
Functional Medicine Physician
Dr. Karl Holtzer is a pediatrician by training, who sees children and young adults. He has a master’s degree in nutrition and specializes in functional medicine, which offers a unique approach to the management of individuals with chronic health problems. He is an Institute For Functional Medicine—Certified Practitioner, reflecting his expertise in this area. 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. Dr. Holtzer utilizes advanced laboratory testing to help him with his diagnosis and treatment plans. He does not function as a primary care physician, but works in a collaborative and consultative capacity.
Barbara Ivanko, LCSW
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.
Brittany Kail, BSBA
Brittany Kail has over 15 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.
John Laird, ND
Dr. John Laird provides services in naturopathic counseling. He received a degree in anthropology at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dr. 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. He has had over 30 years of experience as a naturopathic physician. He is an Associate Professor at Chatham University teaching in the physician assistant program.
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 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.
David Lesondak, BCSI, ATSI, FST, VMT
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.
Khara Lucius, ND, FABNO
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.
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 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.
Dezza Pastor, ATSI, E-RYT
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.
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, MS, RDN, LDN, CLT
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.
Tricia Smith, Lac, MAc
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 fibromyalgia, neuropathy and Bell's Palsy. Tricia specializes in using acupuncture techniques to release myofascial trigger points and is an ongoing student of Dr. Richard Tan's Balance Method of Acupuncture. She is board-certified in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
K.K. Teh, LAc, MAc
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.
Brenda Unghajer, RN & LMT
As the most recent addition to staff at UPMC Center of Integrative Medicine, Brenda is aiming to make massage truly a complimentary service to your health care needs. Massage therapy has proven to be beneficial in so many ways and she can’t wait to share her years of health care and massage knowledge with you!
As a massage therapist, she aspires to make massage more accessible to those that need it (everyone!). She also wants to help educate her clients and potential clients on ways to maintain self-care practices both on and off the massage table.
How did she find her way to massage? Well, she said “it’s been quite a journey”. Brenda has been a nurse since 2008, acquiring several degrees along the way including a dual masters degree, but something was missing for her. Three years after graduating from Waynesburg University, she took a leap of faith and started attending CCAC Massage Therapy program and she hasn’t looked back. Massage therapy is everything that she could’ve imagined it to be and she is so excited to be here. From learning new modalities, to helping future massage therapists grow and treating clients, massage therapy is her true passion.
Alicja W. Walczak, MS
Biofeedback Practitioner and Movement Therapy Instructor
Alicja Walczak provides cardiac coherence training, biofeedback training (excluding neurobiofeedback), and yoga therapy.
She has a Master 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, life style, nutrition, and meditation. Within the last 2 years she 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.
Craig A. Weimer DC, CCSP, DABCO
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.
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.