Physicians and Medical Staff

At Nava, we not only expect our physicians to be experts in their field, but also to share our passion for holistic and integrative medicine. Our doctors must also be compassionate and patient-centered with excellent bedside manner.

Simply put, when you come to Nava, you come to the best.

We can’t wait to meet you!

Team Members

  • Douglas Lord, M.D.

    Douglas Lord, M.D.

    As our Medical Director, and one of the first physicians to join the Nava Health & Vitality Center, Dr. Douglas Lord has made significant contributions to our Center and its founding principles. Dr. Lord has helped develop and implement the Nava Method™—Nava’s proprietary approach to total body wellness. He has also been instrumental in liaising with other expert practitioners to successfully implement Nava’s range of therapies, treatments, and products.

    In his role at Nava, Dr. Lord is responsible for maintaining Nava’s innovation and for creating the best experience for clients by ensuring they have access to the newest and best advances in integrative wellness. He achieves this by identifying and developing strategic partnerships in the field, and acting as a facilitator between Nava and various providers.

    Doug’s passion for health and wellness is evident in both the way he lives his life and in the way he practices medicine. He is eager to share his extensive medical knowledge and experience with other Nava Directors.

    Since he was raised to value a healthy, active lifestyle and has always had a strong interest in medicine, it was only natural that Doug chose to become a doctor. After graduating from Loma Linda University Medical School in California, Doug completed his residency program at George Washington University in Washington D.C. Since then, he has acquired over 40 years practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area where he also introduced the innovative concept of family-centered obstetrics. Over the course of his career, Doug has developed the reputation as a highly respected practitioner and an expert in cutting-edge surgical techniques.

    Along the way, Doug gained exposure to integrative medicine and realized how narrow and limited his view had been as a traditional doctor. Always taught to think outside the box, and with a natural instinct to question everything, Doug became interested in learning more about the field of integrative medicine. He pursued his interest, training at the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, and went on to study integrative medicine at the Sajune Institute of Regenerative and Restorative Medicine in Orlando, FL. Passionate about learning, teaching, and helping people, Doug is very involved in using scientific methods to help individuals lead healthy lives. He is excited about the opportunities for wellness and the extended resources that Nava offers its clients.

    In order to balance out his busy career, Doug maintains an active, healthy lifestyle. He describes himself as an avid golfer and travels regularly with his family, taking adventurous trips around the world to see how the rest of the world lives.

  • LaKeischa McMillan

    LaKeischa McMillan, M.D.

    LaKeischa Webb McMillan earned her undergraduate degree in Biology (cum laude) from Oakwood College, now Oakwood University, and continued on to Loma Linda University School of Medicine, where she graduated in 2001. LaKeischa completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and entered group practice in 2006. LaKeischa’s philosophy is aligned with Nava’s mission of empowering clients to aim for life at a 100%, never settling for less. Her emphasis is on preventing chronic diseases through integration, education and lifestyle changes. She is the host of the show HouseCall with Dr. Mac. LaKeischa lives in Maryland with her husband Wendell II and their two children, Wendell III and Skylar Nicole. She enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her family.
  • Nayo Wills

    Nayo Wills, M.D.

    Dr. Nayo Wills has been sharing her passion for health, wellness and alternative therapies through the practice of medicine for over ten years. Dr. Wills received her M.D. at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She also holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia. Dr. Wills was an early adopter of integrative medicine, embracing the synergistic effects of eastern and western medicine and has seen the positive impact they can have on people’s lives.
  • Ina Grundmann, M.D.

    Ina Grundmann, M.D.

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Team Members

  • Alison Eissler

    Alison Eissler

    Alison Eissler is focused on preventative medicine through nutrition, fitness education, and integrative medicine. In addition to her practice at Nava she has experience as an adult/gerontology nurse practitioner. Alison received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and MSN from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She is a former level III clinical nurse with experience in neurology/neurosurgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her masters’ clinical rotation at the University of Maryland Medical Center Emergency Department and Surgical Prep Center, and the Primary Care Clinic at Chase Brexton Health Services.

    Outside of work, Alison is a Cross Fit Level 1 coach and enjoys exercising, traveling, and spending time with her fiancée and American Bulldog.

  • Lynn Dudley

    Lynn Dudley

    As a Nava Director, Lynn Dudley ensures that protocol development for all our service and therapy areas is aligned under our proprietary Nava MethodTM and focused on achieving total body wellness for every client. With over 18 years of experience in the healthcare field, Lynn brings to Nava an extensive background in healthcare management and organization, specializing in integrative medicine and wellness.

    In addition to her role as Director of Medical Operations at Nava, Lynn serves as Physician Assistant and Practice Administrator for the Columbia, Md.-based Sivieri Wellness Center, where she has worked for more than 10 years.

    An active member of both the American and Maryland Academies of Physician Assistants, Lynn is a Certified Clinic Thermographer and holds certifications in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. She received her master's degree in Health Sciences, Physician Assistant from George Washington University and her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland College Park.

    Lynn enjoys staying active with sports and dancing, as well as reading and spending time with friends and family.

  • Lauren Cano

    Lauren Cano

  • Rebecca Chaudhry

    Rebecca Chaudhry

Registered Nurses

Team Members

  • Debbie Tracey

    Debbie Tracey

  • Helen Safdie

    Helen Safdie

  • Vartan Stepanian

    Vartan Stepanian


Our therapists are held to the same standards as our physicians - they must be exceptional in their field, be committed to our vision of helping you holistically reach your health goals, and provide compassionate, patient-centered care.

One of the things that sets Nava apart is our collaborative approach to health. Our therapists may specialize in one aspect of your health, but you can expect that all of the therapists who help you will be coordinating and communicating to make your treatments as effective as possible.

That’s something you won’t experience anywhere else.

Nutrition/Life Coaches 

Team Members

  • Ali Boone

    Ali Boone

    Ali Boone is a Registered Dietitian, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Certified Life Coach. Using a whole foods approach, she focuses on strengthening digestion, gut health, blood sugar control, adrenal function, hormone balance, and immunity.

    Ali uses nutritional therapy to get to the root cause of ailments rather than just treating the symptoms. She has worked with clients to reverse diabetes, overcome weight loss plateaus, improve gastrointestinal conditions, remove digestive stressors, reduce anxiety, increase energy levels, and improve memory and cognition.

    Having overcome her own health obstacles after being diagnosed with Lyme's Disease, she helps clients heal with food, manage the internal and external stressors, incorporate more self-care, and find a balanced lifestyle.

    Ali works closely with her clients to create structure and establish short-term and long-term goals that are achievable and sustainable. She prides herself on building relationships with her clients and empowering them to take back their health and wellbeing.

  • Stephanie Misanik

    Stephanie Misanik

    Stephanie is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, and mom of three. At the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she received an education in over 100 different dietary theories and coaching techniques that incorporate simple and sustainable lifestyle and dietary changes to improve health, lose weight, improve mood and energy levels, and feel amazing in your body. Stephanie specializes in gut health and believes in a holistic approach to nutrition, with a deep knowledge that nutrition extends far beyond the plate. Stephanie's career as a nutrition expert began years ago after having her third child. She was significantly overweight and suffered from severe gut dysbiosis, extreme fatigue, depression and brain fog. She decided to take her life back and dove into the field of nutrition, learning how to heal the body with food. Through incorporating specific lifestyle and dietary changes, Stephanie lost 100 pounds, restored her gut health, drastically improved her mood and energy levels and completely transformed her life. She found a passion for healing the body with food and now dedicates her life to helping others have their own personal health and nutrition transformation at Nava.
  • Jessica Ernst

    Jessica Ernst

    Jessica has been a nutrition counselor and wellness coach since 2009, working with private individuals and wellness centers in the DC metro area. As a Nutrition Expert with Nava Health and Vitality Center, Jessica spends most of her practice guiding patients through a variety of programs that are tailored to their medical needs. Her areas of expertise in weight loss, fitness nutrition and whole foods based programs have been very successful in helping her clients regain optimal body composition and well-being while creating a transition to a long-term healthy lifestyle. Through her years of study and experience in holistic therapy, Jess has been able to share with many the importance of self-care, physical fitness and balanced eating through educational workshops, one-to-one consults and social media. Jessica is a busy wife and mother of three children, ages 5, 7 and 9 and is attune to the stress and demands of our fast-paced metropolitan area. Her passion for transformation through her own fitness and wellness journey has led her to help others find ways to get healthy and stay healthy for life!
  • Laura Kelly

    Laura Kelly

    Laura Kelly joins Nava Health and Vitality Center in providing patients with evidence-based nutritional counseling and wellness advice. Laura is a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Nutrition Specialist. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science & Biology from George Washington University. She went on to complete a Master's of Arts degrees in Psychology from Naropa University and a Master’s in Science degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College. Laura is also a 200 hour registered yoga instructor with certifications in prenatal and children's yoga.

    Throughout her life, Laura has had a lasting passion for health and wellness. She believes the simple act of preparing and eating food is a fundamental and foundation practice in caring for our selves and nurturing others. Addressing our relationship to food has the potential to not only improve our physical health, but also become an avenue for self-understanding, personal growth, and positive behavioral change. Laura’s strength comes from marrying her experience in psychology with her passion for biochemistry, leading to an integrative, multidisciplinary and individualized approach to treatment.

    This multidisciplinary approach is why Laura loves working at Nava. The Nava Method brings together many disciplines to help heal and support the whole body. Nava practitioners meet patients where they are in their health journey and help them find natural, holistic and lasting solutions.

    Laura lives in Gambrills, Maryland with her husband and twin boys. She enjoys being out in nature, playing with her boys, reading anything and everything, and spending time with family and friends.

  • April Romano

    April Romano

    April’s interest in health and wellness began when she lived in San Diego while teaching group fitness classes. Once realizing how eating certain foods impacted her daily workouts she decided to move back to her home state of MD and pursue her degree in Dietetics at University of MD, College Park. After graduating, she worked as a nutritionist for a medical food company whose focus was childhood food allergies and inborn errors of metabolism. In 2008, she started her own nutrition practice in Gaithersburg, MD, working mostly with weight management and exercise enthusiast clients. April loves NAVA’s integrative approach; knowing what each client’s needs are before she recommends a plan for them. She feels honored to work alongside some of the brightest health professionals and foresees great things for NAVA’s future. April’s other passions include street ministry, teaching fitness classes, and spending time with her husband and dog (son), Pete!


Team Members

  • Alissa Eggert

    Alissa Eggert

    Alissa Eggert, L.Ac., MSAOM, is a Licensed Acupuncturist, practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine, and trained Massage Therapist. She is a graduate of Bastyr University and a board certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine through the NCCAOM. For over 16 years, Alissa has combined a love for holistic medicine and travel to advance her understanding of how to provide quality healthcare. This range of experience includes training in hospitals, nursing homes, and community clinics as well as studying with local practitioners and healers from around the world. Alissa believes that the foundation of medicine should support healthy relationships with our bodies, our community, and our environment. Traditional Chinese Medicine shares this core value and continues to be an excellent resource for Alissa to help people tackle any problem, no matter how big or small.
  • Hena Shomali

    Hena Shomali

    Hena Shomali MS. L.Ac is a licensed Acupuncturist and Clinical Practitioner with a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Maryland Institute of Traditional Medicine (2003). She practices medicine with joy that is rooted in her own experience of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She comes to Nava with over a decade of practice and study in the world of integrative medicine with extensive experience working with fertility with premier hospitals.

    Hena specializes in women’s health, fertility for: women, men & same sex couples, healthy pregnancy and post-partum health. She has also trained under pioneers of auricular (ear) acupuncture for pain management and has an extensive knowledge of nutrition and vitamins.

  • Jason Burke

    Jason Burke

    Jason received a Master’s degree in acupuncture and herbal medicine in 2002, from Emperor’s College in California, one of the oldest Chinese medicine schools in the west, with an all-star faculty. Since then, he has spent thousands of hours learning from the best teachers around, including Sharon Weizenbaum, Jimmy Chang, Kiiko Matsumoto, and Suzanne Robidoux. During a two-year student internship, he treated over 300 patients, and completed his internship at an addiction treatment center. In his first year of practice he gained experience quickly, treating disadvantaged populations in Portland, OR. Later, he founded a busy pain clinic in Iowa City, North Liberty Acupuncture, where he specialized and excelled at resolving what were considered "hopeless" cases of chronic pain.
  • Katherine Lorenz

    Katherine Lorenz

    Attracted to the simplicity, power, and mystery of Chinese medicine, Kate decided to study acupuncture in order to offer its gifts to others. Kate received a Master of Acupuncture degree from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) in 2013. In addition to acupuncture, she incorporates Gua sha and cupping therapy into her practice to relieve pain and improve mobility. Beyond treating pain and the physical body, she especially enjoys using acupuncture to heal emotional, mental, and spiritual concerns.

    She also loves to work with clients to create changes to aspects of diet and lifestyle that are blocks to feeling well and living fully.

  • Lynne Vance

    Lynne Vance

    Lynne Vance is a dynamic wellness professional with over 15 years of healthcare experience. Through her study in the US and abroad, she combines holistic treatment methods with her knowledge of western medicine to achieve effective results for her clients. Her practice focuses on pain management and women’s health. She has successfully treated infertility, menstrual problems, migraines, symptoms of menopause, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, digestive complaints, back pain, stress, anxiety, depression, and more. Lynne has an education in acupuncture and Chinese herbology from Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, CA, with continued studies at the China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center and Advanced Certification in Constitutional Facial Acupuncture.

    Volunteer activities include a hospital mother-infant unit, an immersion program to learn Spanish and work in a local hospital in Honduras, and providing acupuncture and herbs to women with cancer at Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic in Oakland, CA.

    Additionally, Lynne is a Registered Nurse, Massage Therapist & holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing.

  • Peter Liebenthal

    Peter Liebenthal

    Peter obtained a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California. He has also undergone extensive training, traveling to China and Taiwan to deepen his knowledge. In addition to TCM, he also practices Japanese, Five Element and Taiwanese styles of acupuncture. Peter incorporates Chinese Herbal medicine along with dietary and lifestyle advice into his treatments. He is a general practitioner who specializes in internal medicine, pain management, infertility, gynecology, stress reduction, allergies, men's health, emotional imbalances, cosmetic issues and pediatrics. He is also a certified instructor of Wild Goose Qi Gong, a powerful self-healing practice.
  • Risi Idiokitas

    Risi Idiokitas

    Risi Idiokitas L.Ac., DAOM is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine currently practicing in Washington, DC and Maryland. She holds a Doctorate Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York, New York where she also received her Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Risi is a board certified Diplomat in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology from the National Certification Committee of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In addition to working at Nava, Risi maintains a private practice, and is an Integrative Medicine Specialist on the PANDA Palliative Care team at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
  • Shahrzad Taavoni

    Shahrzad Taavoni

    Shahrzad Taavoni, L.Ac, Dipl OM, M.A.T.C.M, B.S. has been practicing Acupuncture for over a decade and comes from thirteen generations of medical doctors and practitioners. She has had extensive training in qi cultivation including Tai Qi, Qi Gong, Pranic Healing and Reiki. She trained and excelled in the one of the most rigorous Acupuncture programs in the country, receiving her Master’s degree at Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles, California in 2006, where she completed over 3,300 hours of training. She is a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Shahrzad has also received extensive training in traditional Chinese herbology with over 450 hours of education from Yo San University and has been trained in Five Element Acupuncture from the Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland. She also received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park. She is passionate about inspiring others to live more fully by helping them achieve optimal holistic health.
  • Rachel Nevas

    Rachel Nevas

Massage Therapists 

Team Members

  • Alice Zetina

    Alice Zetina

  • Brennan Peroutka

    Brennan Peroutka

    Originally from Baltimore, Brennan has been practicing massage therapy since 2009 and has operated in various settings, from spas& traveling work to sports settings. He specializes in deep tissue techniques, sports massage, and assisted stretching.

  • Carl Schwartzman

    Carl Schwartzman

    Bringing 17 years of experience to NAVA, Carl began his career path in massage therapy by attending the Baltimore School of Massage in 1998. Since gaining National Certification, he has completed over 17,000 professional sessions and offers highly skilled treatments including myofascial work, deep tissue, Swedish, pre-natal, foot reflexology, and hot-stone massages.

    He specializes in reducing pain for those suffering from fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, and carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as back & neck pain.

    Carl has extensive experience working in a variety of medical practices. He has provided therapy to the staff of Howard County General Hospital, a plastic surgery practice, and spent eight years as a "Patch Adams" providing 5,000 massages at a dozen nursing homes. Carl appreciates the opportunity to educate clients towards their bodywork & wellness goals.

  • Cynthia Poch

    Cynthia Poch

    Cynthia graduated from the Baltimore School of Massage in March of 1999. She has worked in a variety of settings, including Chiropractors’ offices, corporate settings, and wellness centers. She specializes in chronic and acute pain by helping clients find ways to achieve an improved state of wellness. Helping people to relax and feel better is always her goal. In addition to specializing in Deep Tissue therapy & pain management, energy work has always been a fascination for her. She has studied Chakra Balancing since 2001 and also practices Prenatal Massage, Reflexology & level I Craniosacral Therapy. Working in so many diverse settings for over ten years has allowed her learn how to help people recognize what may be contributing to back, neck or shoulder pain especially from repetitive use.
  • Kathy Mahaney

    Kathy Mahaney

    Kathy graduated from The Baltimore School of Massage in 1993, where she continued to work as a teaching assistant for many years. She is passionate about pain relief and massage as a therapy. She developed her practice by partnering with local Chiropractors to assist their patients with their treatment plans. Her clientele has also included local triathletes, runners and various other athletes.

    Over the last 10 years, her focus has shifted to working with clients with fibromyalgia & other various pain management issues. She has had much success in bringing relief to those experiencing headache/neck issues & various other chronic musculoskeletal issues. Her training includes Muscle Energy Techniques, Myofascial Release, Deep tissue, and Swedish massage. She continues to expand her skill base with various modalities.

  • Lisamaya James

    Lisamaya James

    Lisamaya began her work in the bodywork field by studying energy modalities in the late 90's, becoming a Reiki II practitioner. In 2003, she furthered her practice by studying massage therapy. She has since provided massage therapy to various populations including, mentally/physically challenged individuals, elderly & spa clientele throughout hospitals, group homes, spas, private homes, and festivals. In addition, Lisamaya has been an educator for over 20 years as a technology trainer, high school teacher, and teacher in the field of spiritual development. Presently, she teaches at Holistic Massage Institute of Baltimore. Lisamaya brings her passion and energy with her desire to help facilitate an environment effective for wellness.
  • Margie Holly

    Margie Holly

    A licensed massage therapist since 2007, Margie joined the Nava team soon after opening. Fluent in all major massage techniques, her unique blend of active listening and intuitive touch provides clients with a restorative massage experience. Her favorite technique is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy(CST). This subtle, non-invasive modality works with the nervous system to unravel long-held physical and emotional patterns and gently activate the body’s innate ability to heal. Margie is passionate about working in concert with Nava’s therapeutic and medical staff to help clients achieve their wellness goals.

    “There is no other model like Nava,” she enthuses. “I love the team approach, successfully integrating multiple disciplines to offer our clients many paths to health and vitality.”

    Margie is also a member of Nava’s training team; ensuring new therapists are well-versed in Nava’s integrative approach to optimizing wellness

  • Robin Brownstein

    Robin Brownstein

    Robin Brownstein has been practicing massage therapy since she graduated from the Swedish Institute in 1990. Her 1st year of practice was in NYC, followed by thirteen years in LA and now twelve years in DC. Robin takes a body/mind/spirit approach to her work that includes integration and self-care. When not doing the work she loves, Robin is enjoying life with her partner, Peter, on the hiking trail and in the garden. She has also been known to play the violin when no one is around.
  • Zina Ford

    Zina Ford

    Zina Ford graduated from National Massage Therapy Institute in Falls Church Virginia. As a licensed Massage Therapist in Washington DC, she practices Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, sports, neuromuscular (trigger point therapy), hot stone massage, and Asian bodywork.

    She has a gentle yet firm touch that varies from light to deep. Through her experience working with with physical therapists and chiropractors, she incorporates active stretching and postural alignment work into her sessions. After receiving bodywork her clients feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and reborn.

  • Kenny Mills

    Kenny Mills

  • Ruth Lee

    Ruth Lee

  • Andrea Morales

    Andrea Morales

  • Kathy Anderson

    Kathy Anderson

  • Maya Hollomon

    Maya Hollomon

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith


Team Members

  • Jessica Wing

    Jessica Wing

    Dr. Jessica Wing is originally from Maryland where she received her Bachelors in Kinesiology at the University of Maryland. She then went on to train at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida, where she graduated summa cum laude and salutatorian of her class.

    Dr. Wing works with patients suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches/migraines, vertebral disc disease and a variety of other musculoskeletal disorders. She has a strong background in rehabilitative sciences, biomechanics and exercise physiology. Dr. Wing implements an integrated approach to health that includes many facets of care and is very passionate about helping people restore and maintain optimum health and function.

Pure Radiance and Sexual Vitality Consultants 

Team Members

  • Jessica Ernst

    Jessica Ernst

    Jessica has been a nutrition counselor and wellness coach since 2009, working with private individuals and wellness centers in the DC metro area. As a Nutrition Expert with Nava Health and Vitality Center, Jessica spends most of her practice guiding patients through a variety of programs that are tailored to their medical needs. Her areas of expertise in weight loss, fitness nutrition and whole foods based programs have been very successful in helping her clients regain optimal body composition and well-being while creating a transition to a long-term healthy lifestyle. Through her years of study and experience in holistic therapy, Jess has been able to share with many the importance of self-care, physical fitness and balanced eating through educational workshops, one-to-one consults and social media. Jessica is a busy wife and mother of three children, ages 5, 7 and 9 and is attune to the stress and demands of our fast-paced metropolitan area. Her passion for transformation through her own fitness and wellness journey has led her to help others find ways to get healthy and stay healthy for life!
  • Debbie Tracey

    Debbie Tracey

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