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

  • Lisa Nguyen

    Lisa Nguyen, M.D.

    Dr. Lisa Nguyen has been practicing medicine for twenty years. She focused on general obstetrics as an OBGYN and previously worked with Nava Medical Director, Dr. Douglas Lord. It is through Dr. Lord that she has expanded her protocol to include a passion for integrative wellness. A Maryland native, Lisa stayed true to her roots, securing her undergraduate and medical degree through the University of Maryland. Dr. Nguyen has three children and as a busy working mom, still makes time to support her local Vietnamese community and enjoys spending time with her family following the Maryland Terps.

  • 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.
  • Susan Jenkins

    Susan Jenkins

    Susan graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1981 and completed her residency at Duke University in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She began her career as a Physician with Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health. In 1991 Susan launched her private practice in Prince Georges County and has remained in practice for the last 16 years. She has served as a Physician credentialing committee member for Humana & Aetna and her professional affiliations include Fellow of The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology , The Bayard Carter Society, National Medical Association, Med-Chi, and the American Medical Association.

    Dr. Jenkins’ publications include:

    1. Jenkins, S., Olive, D.L., Haney, A.F.: Endometriosis: Pathogenic implications of the anatomic distribution. Obstet Gynecol 67:335, 1986.
    2. Teal, L.N., Olive, D.L., Jenkins, S., Bernhisel, M.: Mild Endometriosis andinfertility: Evidence of a causal relationship. Abstract presented at TheAmerican Fertility Society Meeting 1986.
    3. Haney, A.F., Jenkins, S., Weinberg,J. Brice: The stimulus responsible for theperitoneal fluid inflammation observed in infertile women with endometriosis.Fertil Steril 56:408, 1991.

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.

Therapists 

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.

  • Lindsay Cribbs

    Lindsay Cribbs

    Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in nutrition and integrative health. She has been practicing nutrition with a heavy interest in plant-based nutrition. Lindsay loves Nava because of the holistic approach to health; treating the whole body and not just the symptoms. She loves helping people achieve their health goals through dietary changes and by addressing potential psychological blockages that could be holding them back from making changes. During her free time she spends as much time as she can in nature. She enjoys playing tennis, biking and also volunteers at a local farm sanctuary.
  • 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.
  • Ana Goldseker

    Ana Goldseker

    As Director of Nutrition, Ana Goldseker plays a key role on our team of Integrative Wellness Directors. As a result of her diverse background in nutrition and food preparation, Ana is well-versed in the details of managing a healthy eating lifestyle and has developed Nava’s proprietary nutrition programs to help impart her knowledge to others. Collaborating with Nava’s other Directors; Ana has created ways to seamlessly incorporate weight loss and nutrition initiatives into our integrated wellness plans. She is energized by Nava’s innovative approach, and enjoys working alongside practitioners in different fields who share the goal of attaining whole body wellness. As well, Ana oversees all of our weight loss and nutrition-based programs, and counsels, teaches, and treats clients for optimal nutrition. Years ago, Ana was personally impacted by the benefits of integrative medicine, and has been involved in the field of holistic nutrition ever since. Suffering from a number of symptoms, and getting nowhere with her physicians, Ana sought care from integrative practitioners who were able to listen, diagnose, and treat her. With her motivation to help others, and her belief and knowledge that food can be a source of healing, Ana’s career as a certified nutrition expert was born. After completing her education as a Certified Nutritional Consultant with the Trinity School of Natural Health, Ana continued her training, studying food preparation and consulting at Gingko Leaf, a nutrition and cooking school. While based in Los Angeles, CA, Ana trained with mentors, such as Hermein Lee, a celebrity nutritionist. She also owned her own catering company, and worked as a personal chef. After relocating to Baltimore, MD, Ana launched Mindful Nutrition, a nutrition counseling business, offering a variety of services to individuals and families. As a Certified Nutrition Expert, Ana teaches the importance of self-care by providing customized nutrition plans that focus on whole foods, supplements, meal planning, and being a smart consumer. Using a practical approach to healthy eating, Ana’s nutrition plans are designed to be manageable—not overwhelming or guilt-inducing. They are effective, yet practical, and contribute to a balanced lifestyle. Her innovative customized food programs can be put into daily practice, emphasizing the consumption of nutrient-dense whole foods and the elimination of highly refined foods—consistent with the philosophies of Weston Price, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, and raw foods and Paleo teachings. Committed to these standards, she is also a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Ana knows that balancing her career is just as important as balancing her life—she schedules her fun and prioritizes her life. Spending time with her daughter, husband, and rescue dog rank at the top of her list, but she also thoroughly enjoys time spent experimenting with foods in the kitchen.
  • 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!
  • Joda Coolidge

    Joda Coolidge

    Joda Coolidge, Nava’s Director of Life Coaching, believes that anyone, through choice and action, can build a rich, full life marked by joy, engagement, and success. As a positive psychology coach, she helps people live their lives with purpose, in alignment with their beliefs and their own personal definition of success. She loves to take clients on a journey of self discovery, challenges them to identify barriers, and works collaboratively to build a realistic, achievable plan of action. Joda has a keen sense for helping clients identify what is out of alignment: career, health, or relationships. With her extensive personal experience as a counselor, coach, social worker, marketing executive, and business owner, she is unusually qualified in this field. Applying life, wellness, and positive psychology coaching skills, clients develop an integrated, balanced plan that guides them in making choices that, when executed, bring the joy and satisfaction in life that every one of us truly deserves. Joda has been passionate about well-being and wellness for over 30 years. After nearly two decades as a corporate marketing executive, Joda returned to her true love and founded Live Life Happy Coaching in Great Falls, VA. Joda earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Individual/Family Studies and her Graduate degree in Counseling from the University of Delaware. As a certified CTI and positive psychology coach, she has completed training through MBI, Inc. and received training from Gretchen Pisano of Sounding Board Ink, LLC, Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener of International Happiness, the Wholebeing Institute and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Additionally, she is a member of ICPA, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate and is in the process of receiving her certificate from Integrative Enneagram Solutions. Joda’s own personal happiest moments are spent having time with her husband and four adult children, savoring a cup of oolong tea, feeling the joy of a long run, finding hidden gems when traveling, and listening to the stories of people’s lives.
  • 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.

  • Carlos Dorsey

    Carlos Dorsey

    Carlos Dorsey is an accomplished health and fitness professional with over 15 years of integrative health and sports experience. As Nava's Sports Nutrition Expert, Carlos has developed new protocols and programs to meet the needs of clients who want to reach new levels of physical performance while managing a healthy eating lifestyle.

    In addition to his sports nutrition expertise, Carlos is a Certified Personal Trainer and Consultant and has helped countless individuals by providing wellness assessments and personalized fitness programs that are motivating, safe and effective.

    Carlos was named Best Fitness Instructor by Baltimore Magazine in 2014. He is a certified Institute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, a certified American Council on Exercise (ACE) Obesity Coach, and is certified in Nutrition for Longevity and Personal Training by The National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA).

  • 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!

Acupuncturists

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.

  • Lennox Morris

    Lennox Morris L.AC

    Lennox Morris is an experienced acupuncturist who for the past seven years, has practiced in New York City, North Carolina and now in Maryland. He received his Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and soon after graduating went on to own and operate his own practice. He is certified in the BioSet Allergy Elimination System and has advanced his acupuncture practice through implementation of the late Dr. Richard Tan balancing method. Over the years he has treated a wide range of ailments including, but not limited to pain management, digestive disorders, depression, weight loss, skin conditions, seasonal allergies, anxiety, and insomnia. Lennox has a passion for nutrition and has been a vegetarian for over fifteen years. He believes that empowering the patient should be the goal of every practitioner.
  • 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.

  • Nikki Richman

    Nikki Richman

    Originally from England, Nikki studied acupuncture in both England & America, receiving her Masters in Acupuncture from Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2013.

    Nikki is passionate about health and well-being and helping people feel their best. She specializes in Pain Management, Women’s health, sleep disorders, digestive issues and stress / anxiety.

    Prior to training as an acupuncturist Nikki worked in the psychology field for over ten years, and finds the combination of her psychology background and acupuncture very beneficial for people with emotional issues as well as physical symptoms.

  • 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.

Massage Therapists 

Team Members

  • Renee Royal

    Renee Royal

    Renée Royal, LMT began practicing therapeutic massage and bodywork in North Carolina in 2007 while pursuing academic studies in science. She is devoted full-time to helping others find relaxation, wellness, and mind-body healing though massage and yoga.
  • Corlissa Little

    Corlissa Little

    Corlissa has been a Board Certified, Licensed Massage Therapist for over a decade; her motto is “therapeutic touch for the mind, body and spirit”. As a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, she has always had a passion for understanding the human body, completing undergrad studies in Biology and Health Science, and understands the healing power and therapeutic touch through manipulation. She began her massage journey working with pro and semi-pro football players to increase their performance and has since; taught at Baltimore School of Massage, provided training & management at local spas, maintains a private practice, and is now a proud member of the Nava team. She specializes in customizing sessions to meet the needs of the client through the incorporation of various trained modalities like; Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports, Reflexology, and Trigger Point massage.
  • Bill Frein

    Bill Frein

    William ("Bill") Frein has been practicing massage therapy for over five years. He sees massage as a way of giving back to the community, now that he is retired from the Navy.

    He believes firmly in the power of massage to support healing and well-being, and is excited to be a part of Nava's integrated approach. He also believes that massage is most effective when it is a collaborative effort between therapist and client -- when the therapist listens to the client, and tailors the treatment around their feedback.

    Bill has served as a volunteer massage therapist for Hospice of the Chesapeake, and now donates his time and skills at Joy Wellness Center in Baltimore. Outside of work, he likes to attend yoga classes whenever he can.

  • 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.

  • Carlos Dorsey

    Carlos Dorsey

    Carlos Dorsey is an accomplished health and fitness professional with over 15 years of integrative health and sports experience. As Nava's Sports Nutrition Expert, Carlos has developed new protocols and programs to meet the needs of clients who want to reach new levels of physical performance while managing a healthy eating lifestyle.

    In addition to his sports nutrition expertise, Carlos is a Certified Personal Trainer and Consultant and has helped countless individuals by providing wellness assessments and personalized fitness programs that are motivating, safe and effective.

    Carlos was named Best Fitness Instructor by Baltimore Magazine in 2014. He is a certified Institute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, a certified American Council on Exercise (ACE) Obesity Coach, and is certified in Nutrition for Longevity and Personal Training by The National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA).

  • Catherine Copeland

    Catherine Copeland

    Catherine is local of Frederick County Maryland, where she attended The Central Maryland School of Massage. She combines her extensive background in kinesiology & exercise science with massage therapy to help her clients achieve balance. She attended Towson University in Baltimore Maryland where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science in 2013.

    She is interested in fitness, outdoor adventures and spending time with her friends and family. She currently resides in Frederick, MD with her Fiancé Kevin.

  • Chevonne Paul

    Chevonne Paul

    Chevonne Paul, is an experienced Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). She is a certified Medical Massage Practitioner and her massage styles range from stress reduction massage & Ayurvedica to lymphatic massage. Chevonne has practiced with local Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Ayurvedic practitioners, as well as, health and wellness centers. Chevonne's mission is to support individuals by partnering with them to help achieve a healthier lifestyle.
  • 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.

  • Kelly Crites

    Kelly Crites

    Kelly is an experienced Massage Therapist with a background in personal training and as a CrossFit instructor. She is originally from Charleston WV and recently relocated to DC.

    Her massage work ranges from relaxation to specializing in sports and deep tissue work. She also has experience in trigger point and myofascial release. Kelly has worked on athletes from high school level to professional level. Kelly is a proponent of massage for relieving physical & emotional stress and strongly believes massage to be a viable modality for enhancing overall health and wellbeing.

  • 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.
  • Sherrill Gardner

    Sherrill Gardner

    Sherrill Gardner has been practicing massage, acupressure or shiatsu since 2003. She is a licensed massage therapist in the State of Maryland and nationally certified with NCCAOM (Nationally Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). Her Shiatsu work uses finger pressure applied to specific points and integrates the layers of body energy to include the physical, mental and emotional bodies. She seeks to find and treat the most appropriate level of the client’s energy system.

    She works with the client to address their concerns and achieve balance; and thus improve health and wellbeing in a holistic approach.

  • Valerie Lapcinski

    Valerie Lapcinski

    Valerie Lapcinski is a licensed massage therapist and nationally certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). Since completing massage school in 2002 which included coursework in Swedish, Myofascial, Deep Tissue and Medical Massage, Valerie has received additional training in Oncology Massage, Manual Lymph Drainage, Sports Massage, the AIS Method, Neuromuscular Therapy, energy work and a variety of other techniques. Valerie is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and the BodyMason Performance Therapy – Maryland’s Sports Massage Team.

    Her practice includes working with a diverse population of individuals including oncology patients and athletes. Her approach is therapeutic: working with the client to address specific issues to help them return to a state of homeostasis and general well-being.

  • 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.

Chiropractors 

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

  • Dawn Richardson

    Dawn Richardson

    Dawn Richardson has worked closely with dermatologists, plastic surgeons and their patients for more than 23 years. Dawn leverages her extensive industry knowledge and training to assist patients with the selection of skin care products and services best suited to their individual needs, skin types, and unique characteristics. She incorporates the latest cosmetic procedures along with state of the art technology into her practice. Dawn has helped many achieve and maintain gorgeous, healthy skin. She has built a successful aesthetic career with her distinctly individualized approach to skin health.

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