Integrative Medicine Doctors
At Nava, we not only expect our Nava care team physicians to be experts in their field but also to share our passion for preventive and integrative medicine. Our integrative medicine doctors must also be compassionate and patient-centered with excellent bedside manners.
What Sets NAVA Apart?
- Cutting-Edge Expertise: Our medical team comprises experts who have undergone rigorous training in Nava’s innovative approach to healthcare. This means you can trust that you’re receiving care that is at the forefront of medical advancements.
- Precision Personalized Medicine: We believe in treating the whole person, not just isolated symptoms. Our integrative approach considers your unique medical history, lifestyle, and individual needs, ensuring a comprehensive plan tailored just for you.
- Focus on Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement: Hormonal balance is crucial to overall well-being. Our specialization in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy allows us to address hormonal imbalances effectively and with precision.
- Evidence-Based Practices: Our techniques are grounded in solid scientific research, patient outcome data, and proven methodologies. You can have confidence that the treatments you receive are backed by evidence and delivered by skilled professionals.
Simply put, when you come to Nava, you come to the best.
We can’t wait to meet you!
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.
Douglas Lord, M.D.
As a Certified Functional Medicine Physician, I love collaborating with my clients to support optimal health. I enjoy listening to my clients and their bodies to maintain and/or restore wellness. It is my intention to be a supportive and compassionate physician for all of my clients.
I really practice what I teach. I start and end my day with meditation and spiritual practices. I eat well, and move often. I also make a point to create space and time in my life for the people and experiences that bring me joy. I travel as much as I am able, as I love to see new places and expose myself to new experiences. Lastly, I am always looking to learn something new and stretch my limits.
- Undergrad: University Of Virginia
- Medical school: Thomas Jefferson College of Medicine
- Residency: Washington Hospital Center
- Board certification: American Board of Internal Medicine and Certified in Functional Medicine.
Nayo Wills, 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.
LaKeischa McMillan, M.D.
As a Naturopathic Medicine doctor, I use an evidence-based integrative medical approach to improving health outcomes. I enjoy using natural and conventional medicine best to help patients become the best versions of themselves.
I stay happy and healthy by going to the gym and working as much as possible. I enjoy lifting weights and swimming. I am also a foodie and enjoy discovering new restaurants and recipes with friends and family.
- St. Mary’s College of Maryland
- Hood College M.S. in biomedical School
- Frostburg State University M.S. in PA Studies
- Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (SCNM)
- SCNM / Center of Family Health
Calvin Richards ND, PA-C.
Dr. Joseph Gurrala has been practicing Anti-Aging Medicine using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy in Northern Virginia since 2010.
Dr. Gurrala completed his medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, and has Residency training in Psychiatry from Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Gurrala’s unique background enables him to use an integrative, holistic treatment approach to help patients improve their health and quality of life.
Dr. Joseph Gurrala
Integrated Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants
At Nava Health, we pride ourselves on offering a revolutionary approach to healthcare that goes beyond traditional methods. Our dedicated medical staff is highly skilled in Nava’s proprietary integrative medical approach, specializing in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
Being a Family Nurse Practitioner has helped me to give back and share my advanced knowledge with people to help them achieve their health goals and feel their absolute best. Having a nursing background working in intensive care with neonates has molded me into a gentle provider, avid listener and trusted provider. I provided care for families and their children at the most vulnerable times in their life and always made sure I gave my very best each and every day. My current career path has lead me to an exciting and rewarding approach to medicine.
Knowing how precious life is from my background in critical care, I believe we should all aim to thrive not just survive. People deserve to feel vibrant and live full lives- capable of having energy for relationships, healthy food preparation, enjoyment of life’s variety and indulging in a restorative night of sleep at the end of a balanced beautiFULL day. I feel grateful and enthusiastic to work for a company where I can use my talents combined with Science to empower clients at NAVA to live with vigor. I have a carefully curated and evidence-based set of tools at my disposal to help our clients lead a lifestyle I advocate for and believe in and I can’t imagine a more rewarding career path.
Family is very important to me and makes me feel supported. Like most of us, being around positive people, pets, or spending time outdoors in nature really gives me a boost. I stay mentally healthy by being organized and setting goals for myself. I love the saying “be firm in your goals, but flexible about how you achieve them.” Being flexible allows one to be adaptable to change and make refinements along the way. It allows being opened to Science and new, innovative ways of doing things. Finally, I stay happy and healthy by not comparing my journey to other’s. I hope to inspire my clients to do the same and give them tools to follow their own special path and individualized plan of care. At the end of the day, I believe we are only in competition with ourselves. “Better than yesterday” is my healthy mantra.
Undergrad: Misericorida University School of Nursing
Graduate: Duquesne University
FNP-BC (Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner)
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Ashley Beccaloni, FNP-BC
Sybille received her undergraduate training at the University of Virginia and then earned her Physician Assistant degree at Bethel University in 2015. After working in the emergency room for several years and seeing how patients with chronic diseases were only getting sicker with conventional treatments, she discovered functional medicine.
Sybille has completed training at the Institute for Functional Medicine, emphasizing whole-body health by combining proper nutrition, movement, and healing mind-body practices. She loves giving patients the tools and support they need to take charge of their health journeys.
Originally from Virginia, Sybille lives with her husband and dog in northwestern Florida. She loves hiking, going to the beach, and traveling. Sybille also loves to cook and try new healthy, yet delicious recipes.
Sybille Moore, PA
As a Certified Nurse Practitioner allows me the special opportunity to serve clients in a dynamic environment. I am very fortunate to see firsthand the benefits that clients experience, which truly enhance their lives. My work assists each client in being the best version of themselves. It is so enriching to provide people with the tools to succeed.
How I stay happy and healthy: I believe overall health is rooted in a balanced lifestyle. This includes healthy eating, a strong family support system, a proper work-life balance, and daily exercise. I am fortunate to have a supportive husband who is my best friend. I greatly enjoy going back home to south Brazil to spend time with family and help those who are less fortunate. My hobbies include assisting animals, going to the beach, and staying active. My greatest passion is helping others, whether an animal or a person.
Undergrad: Eastern Kentucky University (BSN)
Graduate: Chamberlain University (MSN/ FNP)
- American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
Narayana Pennington, MSN, FNP-BSN
As a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with the majority of my experience working in Pediatrics, I have been able to see the importance of healthy nutrition and a healthy lifestyle for proper growth and development. Also the importance of illness prevention in order to maintain your health and well-being.
I really enjoy providing my patients with education which allows them to become independent in creating the best version of themselves. I believe that a healthy mind and emotional state is as important as physical health, they are all connected. It’s very rewarding helping those in need and I look forward to continuing to do so as a medical practitioner at Nava Health and Vitality Center.
I’ve been a vegetarian for the majority of my life and I recently created an Instagram page sharing my healthy creative vegetarian recipes. I love being outside in nature and the sunshine. I love the beach and hope to live there someday. I enjoy spending time with my husband and son, gardening, exercise, photography and am a big animal lover. I really enjoy helping those in greatest need and am the co-founder and Medical Director of the Espwa Foundation that provides medical care in Cap Haitian, Haiti. This experience has been rewarding on so many levels and has really taught me to cherish the importance things in life.
Undergrad: Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania (BSN)
Graduate: George Mason University/George Washington University (MSN/ FNP)
- ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center)
Jennifer Schmidt, MSN, FNP-BC
Samantha attended Simmons College, obtaining her Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Samantha has an extensive background in the intensive care Unit, emergency department, urgent care, and Integrative Pain Management. Throughout these experiences, Samantha noticed the limitations of traditional medical care and began to explore additional avenues to medicine and healing, which led her to functional medicine.
Samantha is a passionate advocate for patient education and empowerment. She is dedicated to helping patients feel and look their best. She genuinely listens and addresses specific patient concerns to provide tailored recommendations and guidance to help achieve health and wellness goals.
In her free time, Samantha enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, their two Labradors, exercising, and getting outside whenever possible.
Master of Science degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Simmons College
Samantha Suller, FNP
I have been a nurse for three years and have enjoyed working at NAVA to expand my knowledge in integrative medicine. I enjoy helping clients with preventative care and helping them feel like their best self.
I enjoy walking my dog on nice days and receiving our IV therapies.
Education: BSN in Nursing
I have been a registered nurse since 2017. I graduated with my BSN from WVU and immediately started working in an Intensive Care Unit in Baltimore City. After four years, I was introduced to Nava and knew I needed to become part of the Nava Family! I have always been passionate about blending modern medicine and integrative health. Using both sides of the spectrum is essential in treating patients.
I love that our clients are dedicated to preventative care and are open to learning new ways to keep themselves healthy. It is cool guiding them along the way, too!
On my days off, I enjoy hiking with my two dogs and being surrounded by family & friends. However, I always find time to get out to the sunshine (with proper skin protectant, of course!) and ground myself by getting outside whenever possible.
West Virginia University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
I have been a Registered Nurse since 2017 but started my medical career as an LPN in 2013. I’ve worked with adult and pediatric populations in various specialties, from critical care to clinic work.
I always had a strong passion for natural, holistic care, and after nearly a decade in traditional medicine, I found NAVA and just knew I had found a good fit. There is a welcoming atmosphere and a good balance of eastern and Western medical modalities that can be tailored to suit specific client needs.
When I’m not at NAVA, you can find me at dance and various dance classes in the area, getting some delicious food in the city, or watching movies at home with my Morkie puppy and husband. I have a huge zest for life, so you may find me daydreaming about my next vacation.
Thankful to be part of the growing NAVA team!
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2019 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health in 2014. I was a labor and delivery nurse for three years before transitioning from the acute care setting to NAVA. I love helping people feel their best and witnessing our clients reach their wellness goals!
My hobbies include traveling, going to concerts, experiencing live theatre, and singing karaoke!
Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marymount University
Desiree Ward, RN
I was born and raised in Washington, dc. I have been practicing Medical Assistant and phlebotomy for over 20 years. I take pride in my work by making my patients feel comfortable through my phlebotomy skill and always ending with a smile.
Nava provides me with positive and continuous learning opportunities. In addition, I love working for Nava and coming to work every day to see my Nava family.
As an autoimmune ally and Functional Nutritionist, I prefer a blend of evidence based science, humor, and herbalism to find a unique and bio-individualized approach to nutritional counseling and holistic health. I prefer not to shout recommendations; YOU are the in the driver’s seat as an active participant in your care plan. With nearly five years of clinical experience, I have had the pleasure of working with thousands of men and women on a range of health challenges from weight loss to autoimmunity to hormone imbalance. Nothing makes me smile brighter than seeing someone take their power back and regain their health.
I love to spend time with my partner, three kids, and our dog, Buddy. We love to spend as much time as we can outside hiking or cycling together. When it’s too cold to venture outside, I love to cook with my daughter, Penelope. She teaches me so many fun flavor combinations!
Undergraduate – College of Notre Dame of Maryland, BA
Graduate – New York Chiropractic College, MSACN
Stephanie Misanik, MS, CNS, LDN
Nour Amri is a Licensed Integrative Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition Specialist, and a Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist. She earned her Master’s degree from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She also received her certification for mind-body medicine facilitation from Georgetown University School of Medicine. In her approach, Nour applies the principles of Integrative and Functional Nutrition, which emphasize healthy eating personalized to the client’s genetics, environment, lifestyle, and health concerns. She believes that food is not just about calories and energy; it provides information that would contribute to modulating health and disease and is a significant component of the emerging science of Epigenetics. Emerging research confirms that poor dietary habits and lifestyle can initiate various illnesses and autoimmune diseases.
She also works with clients on optimizing gut health, using food as medicine, and recommends therapeutic food plans and appropriate supplements that boost the immune system and nourish the body.
As a member of a multidisciplinary team of medical providers, she helps patients implement dietary and lifestyle changes by designing individualized nutritional plans and assessing their progress.
Nour Amri, CNS, LDN
Dana is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (DCN) and a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). Her passion for health and wellness started at a very young age and only grew stronger once she started working with patients in a professional setting.
Her passion for personalized nutrition and precision medicine eventually expanded to education and academia. She served as a Lead Student Nutrition Clinic Supervisor and Adjunct Faculty at her alma mater, Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she taught both Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health and Doctor of Clinical Nutrition Programs.
She joined the Nava Nutrition Team in 2014. She took a five-year advanced learning journey away from Nava in 2017 to expand her knowledge in laboratory science and serve as a medical education specialist for a clinical laboratory, Genova Diagnostics. During this time, she also served and continues to serve as a CNS Board supervisor and mentor. Dana’s clinical and research focus is on digestive health, neuroendocrine-immune health, natural hormone balancing, reproductive health, and fertility.
Dana re-joined the Nava Nutrition Team in 2022 and is grateful to be able to share her knowledge and provide support to patients who seek to improve and optimize their well-being through learning and understanding how nourishment may support their goals.
Outside of Nava, Dana loves spending time with her two Labradoodles. You can frequently find her outdoors with her two pups, enjoying nature, working on enrichment dog training, and preparing nutritious meals for them (pet nutrition is one of her latest passions).
Dana Filatova, DCN, CNS, LDN
Megan Copeland MS, CNS, LDN, is a practicing Clinical Nutritionist in the state of Maryland.
After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, she began her military career as an Animal Care Specialist. Upon completing her commitment to the U.S. Army, she was licensed as a massage therapist from the Holistic Massage Training Institute and then earned her Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Megan is credentialed as a Certified Nutrition Specialist and a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has achieved her Autoimmune Paleo practitioner certification. Megan is currently completing her Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner training from Functional Medicine University. In addition to working at NAVA Vitality, she runs a Metabolic Reset group program online in her private practice. In her time outside of the clinic she teaches Integrative Nutrition and Holistic Health to middle and high school students in their family’s homeschool cooperative.
Her research interests include nutritional support for growing healthy families and the use of supplements in clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease as well as autoimmune and gastrointestinal disorders.
Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids; their favorite places are the beach or a motocross track. She enjoys caring for their garden, tending to their dog, cat and chickens and getting her daily dose of sunshine.
- Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Greensboro College
- MS, CNS, LDN
Megan Copeland MS, CNS, LDN
As a nutritional expert in metabolic health and gut restoration, I specialize in using diet and lifestyle approaches to optimize hormonal balance and digestion for men and women of all ages and demographics. I emphasize client-centered care and deeply consider your life goals as well as personal health as we work together to formulate and refine your action plan. I encourage the use of supportive supplements and taking progressive actionable steps to help my clients take back control over their lives and achieve optimal health.
I love to spend time outdoors, eat delicious food, and have quality time with my friends and family. Otherwise, I’m usually getting an early start to my bedtime routine, meal prepping new recipes, and hitting the gym on a daily basis.
- Undergraduate – University of Delaware, BS
- Graduate – Logan University, MS
Thomas Prather MS, CNS, LDN
Throughout her decade-long pursuit of ensuring her patients have the care they deserve, Kathy Xydis has completed a Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health, been approved as a Licensed Nutritionist (LDN), and fulfilled the rigorous requirements of becoming a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS®). This is the most advanced certification for personalized nutrition practitioners. She is also a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition Candidate working on her residency (estimated year of completion: 2023).
Her aim is for every one of her clients to feel empowered and supported while being successful in the outcomes they seek. She follows the tenets of Functional Medicine, where she focuses on root cause analysis, and the patient is at the center of care. Her approach is Science-Based, Heart-Centered, and Individualized.
Kathy helps women and couples at the beginning stages of trying to conceive or struggling to get pregnant to fulfill their dreams of becoming parents.
Areas of Focus:
- Systemic Health
- Hormone Regulation & Endocrine Imbalances
- Digestive Health
- Sleep, Energy, & Performance
- Biochemistry &Functional Labs
- Lifestyle, Stress, & Mood
Education, Certifications, and Memberships
- Doctor of Clinical Nutrition Candidate (2023)
- Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health
- Board Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS®)
- Licensed Dietician Nutritionist (LDN)
- American Nutrition Association (member)
- Institute for Functional Medicine (member)
Kathy Xydis, MS, CNS, LDN, DCNc
As a (Doctor of) Clinical Nutrition and Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist, my passion is to empower people to take charge of their health and wellness using food, exercise, and lifestyle changes. I follow a functional approach to nutrition assessment.
I specialize in science and data-based personalized low-carb and targeted nutrition solutions for people, especially men, dealing with metabolic imbalances like diabetes, insulin resistance, and performance and cognition issues.
All of this is supported by the foundation of a healthy gut. My end goal is to uncover a fully energized individual who can do whatever they want for as long as they want to.
When not working, I love to travel, a tropical beach, artistic expression, my partner and cat, and lift heavy things and put them back down.
Engineering and Media
Masters and Doctorate at Maryland University of Integrative Health
Leandro Pucci DCN, MS, CNS, CKNS, LDN
I’m an integrative nutritionist aiming to provide people with the education, tools, motivation, and support they need to improve their well-being and live healthier lives. By identifying and targeting the root cause of one’s concerns and looking at the body holistically, I work with my clients to determine a personalized treatment plan that will yield sustainable results. The main pillars of my approach include gut health, hormone balance, and detoxification support.
I love to spend time in the mountains, whether I’m hiking, skiing, or just relaxing. I try to make time for things I enjoy, like cooking at home with family or trying new restaurants with friends.
Undergrad: College of Charleston, BS in Psychology
Graduate: Maryland University of Integrative Health, MS in Clinical Nutrition
Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS)
Licensed Dietician Nutritionist (LDN)
Margaret Woodwell, MS, CNS, LDN
I earned my first Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Santa Maria University in Venezuela. Upon completing my first degree, I moved to the United States and worked in pharmacy for a few years. It took me only a short time to realize the need and the lack of information from the general population about managing their disease through lifestyle and nutrition.
Thus, I decided to return to school and further my education by pursuing my passion for nutrition at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. I graduated with a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health, then obtained the Certification Examinations for Nutrition Specialists (BCNS) and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LDN) so that I could help others navigate their health, nutrition, and wellness. Thus, my purpose is to share reputable scientific information in a simplified format and to teach others how to use food as medicine.
I believe there must be a balanced approach to health and wellness between conventional and functional medicine.
- Post Master Certificate Certified Behavior Analyst Candidate (BCBAc- 2023)
- Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health- MUIH
- Board Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS®)
- Licensed Dietician Nutritionist (LDN)
- Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy- USM Venezuela
Eliana Sanabria, CNS, LDN
Kathleen is a Licensed Dietician Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist with a Bachelor’s in Counseling Psychology and Masters in Clinical Nutrition. Her passion is working with individuals to improve their nutrition for mental health.
She works with people with various conditions, including weight management, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, hypertension, and inflammatory and digestive disorders.
In her free time, Kathleen enjoys hiking, traveling, and practicing landscape photography, and she tries to combine all three a couple of times a year with scenic hiking trips.
Kathleen Jones, CNS, LDN
Dr. Hall brings a food-first approach to his work with patients. His expertise ranges from the myriad manifestations of metabolic dysfunction, gut health, cancer, autoimmunity, mental health, and human development and optimization. In addition to a food-first approach, Dr. Hall utilizes focused nutraceutical supplementation as needed and an array of supportive lifestyle interventions to facilitate positive environment/gene interactions.
Dr. Hall has spent over a decade practicing and teaching meditation and yoga.
Dr. Hall believes the relational dynamic established in the healing container is as much of a part of the therapeutic unfolding as other more tangible aspects. As such, he takes the time to listen, guide and ask questions that support deep embodied insight, a reduction of resistance, and accelerated behavior change.
These skills come together as you work collaboratively to build a care plan that meets the needs of your unique circumstance.
When he isn’t lovingly in service to his patients, Dr. Hall is running trails and mountain biking, sitting in cold pools of water, swinging kettlebells, dancing with Spirit in his yoga practice, and trekking through the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia, his two savage children and most beloved partner.
Ryan Hall, DCN, CNS, LDN
Urmi is a board-certified nutritionist who believes in a holistic approach to enriching and optimizing one’s overall health. She believes that nothing matters more than the health of one’s family and oneself. She finds deep meaning through her passion for helping people improve their life’s quality. Urmi’s areas of expertise include weight loss, food sensitivities/intolerance, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, diabetes, GI discomfort, low energy, fatigue, and a plant-based diet.
In health, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, Urmi believes in meeting people where they are, listening, and uncovering the root causes of their concerns. From there, she helps co-create a customizable plan based on the client’s goals.
Urmi grew up in India and moved to the USA in 2002. She loves spending time with family and friends. She loves going on hikes and almost any activities out in nature; she also loves traveling and meeting new people worldwide.
Urmi Lakkad, MS, CNS, LDN
As an Integrative Clinical Nutritionist, Mary Kate works with you in a holistically focused manner to find the deep-rooted reasoning behind symptoms and illness. She utilizes natural healing methods, including food as medicine, quality supplements, movement, and stress reduction techniques to help support healing from the source.
With the varied nutritional information out there today, what to do with the foods you consume can get confusing. It isn’t very clear because true healing is never one size fits all, and every individual is unique. Nutrition is a science; it is medicine, and it is deeply personal – therefore, Mary Kate spends time with you to create a completely personalized plan to bring balance back to the body and mind. When we utilize essential nutrition, the body has the building blocks needed to function optimally, balance and heal.
True nutrition should not be seen as a ‘diet’ in the way of restriction, guilt, or deprivation. Instead, it should be seen as the ultimate act of self-love. It’s a way of listening to your body, being mindful of one’s needs, and intentionally nourishing your body and mind daily.
Mary Kate received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Temple University and her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist, and Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner.
Over the last 11 years, Mary Kate has been dedicated to working in the Integrative Health and Functional Nutrition field. She enjoys connecting with her clients, truly getting to know them and their stories while working with them throughout their health journey.
Mary Kate Gowdy, MS, CNS, LDN
Colleen is a highly educated and experienced professional in functional nutrition and herbalism. Her educational background includes a Master of Science in Functional Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from Huntington University of Health Sciences. These degrees have given her a strong nutrition and human health foundation.
In addition to her education, Colleen holds several certifications demonstrating her expertise and specialization in various areas. She is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN), which showcases her proficiency in providing dietary guidance and nutritional counseling to clients. Colleen has also obtained a Clinical Botanical Medicine Practitioner certification from the East-West School of Planetary Herbology. This certification emphasizes her knowledge and proficiency in Western, Chinese, and Ayurvedic herbal treatments and formularies.
Colleen’s commitment to holistic health is further exemplified by her Integral Yoga International Certification from Wellbeing International Inc. in Maui, Hawaii. This certification indicates her understanding and incorporation of yoga principles into her practice. Additionally, Colleen is a certified Kriya Yoga Meditation Instructor, trained by the Self-Realization Fellowship. This certification reflects her expertise in teaching meditation techniques to promote overall wellbeing.
Colleen’s functional nutrition and herbalism expertise encompasses many areas, including gastrointestinal conditions, mental health conditions and stress-related issues, hormonal conditions, autoimmune conditions, and related health concerns.
Colleen DeSimone, MS, CNS, LDN
Jess graduated with her master’s from Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). She completed the requirements to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and is a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) in Maryland. She has also completed a post-graduate certification as a RECODE Certified Practitioner via the IFM Cognitive Health Training.
Before MUIH, she received a certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in Holistic Health Coaching (CHHC) and is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Jess also holds bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sport Studies from Towson University.
Jess uses science-based diet and nutrition therapies to support your health and well-being. She believes in an integrative personalized approach to health and healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, and spirit. Jess has worked with hundreds of clients in various settings to support many issues, including blood sugar, weight management, metabolic imbalances, mood, inflammation, digestion, food sensitivities, cognitive problems, and environmental toxicity. She will work with you in a collaborative effort to tailor an individualized nutrition care plan to support the root cause of your unique needs and concerns.
She enjoys cooking, traveling, and doing anything on or near the water in her spare time.
Jessica Quinones, MS, CNS, LDN
Eryka Clayton is a highly skilled and compassionate practitioner who believes everyone deserves to thrive. Eryka holds a Master’s in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Her approach is evidence-based Integrative Functional Nutrition.
She provides personalized nutrition considering the complexities of each individual’s unique genetics, goals, and lifestyle to get the best outcomes possible. Known for her strong communication skills and empathetic approach, Eryka fosters trust and actively involves clients in tailoring nutrition and lifestyle plans to individual needs. She is deeply committed to healing and optimization and takes pride in building step-by-step plans that have easy integration through nutrition education and lifestyle wellness support. She works with all ages, groups, and families to empower, achieve optimal health, and celebrate successes.
Eryka has a passion for prevention and performance nutrition as well as specialties in eating disorders, non-toxic living, food creativity, genetic predisposition disease prevention, weight stabilization, management of autoimmune conditions, eczema, and related skin conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, mental health and neuro-regeneration, hormone regulation, and cancer treatment and post-treatment remission support.
In addition to clinical work, Eryka is dedicated to mentorship. With a background in education and as a retired professional ballet dancer, she actively mentors young professional dancers and athletes when not working with NAVA clients. In addition, she speaks nationwide on Integrative Wellness and Performance Nutrition.
- MS, Clinical Nutrition, University of Bridgeport
- Institute of Integrative Nutrition Certified Practitioner
- Member of the American Nutrition Association (ANA)
Eryka Clayton, MS, CNSc.
Gina Cushenberry, MS, CNS, LDN, is a Licensed, Board-Certified Nutritionist. She earned her Master’s in Nutrition and Integrative Health at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Before attending MUIH, she studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and earned her certification as a Holistic Health Coach.
Gina has an unwavering passion for nutrition and helping others develop healthy lifestyle
changes. While she specializes in weight loss and management, she is skilled and trained to help her clients improve any medical diagnosis, such as diabetes, GI issues, food allergies/sensitivities, PMS, menopause, and hormonal imbalances.
Her life experiences fuel Gina’s desire to improve others’ dietary habits. That determination is passed on to her clients to stay motivated and successfully reach their health goals.
Gina enjoys playing tennis, gardening, traveling to tropical islands, and spending quality time with friends and family in her free time.
Training and Education
Maryland University of Integrative Health
MS Nutrition and Integrative Health
The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York City
Holistic Health Coaching Professional Training and Certification Program
New York University, New York City
Certification and Accreditation
Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS)
Licensed Dietician Nutritionist (LDN)
American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP)
Board Certified and Accredited Member
Punk Rope Instructor
ACE Certified Instructor
Gina Cushenberry, MS, CNS, LDN
Our holistic therapists are a large part of the Nava care team and 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.
Being a doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine, I see a person in a holistic way; a person who is in harmony with nature and people. I enjoy that each person I see has a unique history and background which apply to the diagnosis of the disease, along with symptomatic presentation he/she brings. The practice of acupuncture is based on this diagnosis to find specific meridians and treatment points. I strive to have mindful listening to help patients express their life, which for me is an honor to serve.
I enjoy the outdoors with my husband, walking around the neighborhood and finding new routes all the time. We try new recipes from all corners of the world, and drink various inexpensive wines with good reviews together with the meal.
- Doctor of Oriental Medicine, South Baylo University, Anaheim, CA
- Residency: Internship at Anaheim campus, South Baylo University
- Board certification: NCCAOM, California Acupuncture Board
I received my Doctorate of Oriental Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and I am a trained Chinese Herbalist and Acupuncturist. After receiving my acupuncture license, I completed training in Animal Acupuncture. I have spent years working with patients and seeing their lives improve as they experience relief from chronic conditions such as depression, pain, anxiety disorders, and insomnia.
I have a particular interest in helping survivors of trauma to gain tools to become empowered in their adult lives. As a practitioner, I use my skills to help patients transform their lives. My treatment philosophy is that Chinese medicine not only heals physical symptoms and pain, but also allows individuals to transcend the emotional, spiritual, and psychological frustrations that accompany contemporary life. I work to support clients’ greatest potential and to reach their health goals.
I love to travel and spend time in nature. I also love spending time with my two cats.
- Undergrad: BA in Cultural Anthropology- New College of Florida
- Graduate: Doctor of Oriental Medicine- Maryland University of Integrative Health
- Board certification: Licensed Acupuncturist- DHMH
As an acupuncturist, it is my privilege to show clients the amazing power of their body to heal, self-regulate, and restore balance. I work with patients to help them listen and understand their symptoms as the way in which the body communicates its wisdom. With acupuncture, I help people heal their body, mind, and spirit. I enable clients to live pain free, recover from physical and emotional trauma, reduce stress, improve digestion and energy, sleep better, learn to express emotions properly and approach life with balance, perspective, and ease.
I stay healthy and happy through my twice-daily Transcendental Meditation practice, frequent dance breaks with my daughters, exploring the outdoors with my dog, eating a mostly plant-based diet, and laughing as much as possible.
- BA Economics Grinnell College
- Ma Acupuncture Tai Sophia Institute (Maryland University of Integrative Health) L.Ac Maryland Board of Acupuncture.
Rachel Nevas Peled
I have been a massage therapist for 10 years. I am trained in structural integration, trigger point, sports massage, cupping, and a few other modalities. I integrate all the modalities to personalize your session to your needs. My approach is targeted to bring muscular balance, improve range of motion and identify areas that may be contributing to your current discomfort or work to prevent an injury.
I have trained in AIS and DNS. Both of which prolong the results of massage and educate clients in continued self-care. I have worked alongside physical therapists and osteopaths. I continue to build and share my knowledge with my clients so they may build a solid understanding of what their body needs to move and feel better.
I like to stay active. I believe the more stationary your life is the more pain you will be in. Breathing and meditation is key to decrease stress and help your body’s ability to heal its self. I like to keep a good relationship with family and God for my mental clarity and happy life.
I received my massage training at the Arizona School of Massage Therapy. I continue to train in different areas of massage and bodywork.
- National Certification for massage therapy.
I have spent over 16 years accumulating knowledge of massage modalities and energy work. I discovered bodywork through my College Varsity sport Lacrosse going to the athletic trainer.
I am passionate about helping clients with healing through therapeutic massage, whether the plan is stress management, pain management, or increase range of motion.
I also do Swedish, and Myofascial Release. I use these skills to address each client’s goals and needs. I have been with NAVA since 2016.
Holistic Massage Training Institute (HMTI), Baltimore, Maryland, 2006
- Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
- The Upledger Institute ▪ Cranial Sacral Therapy I & Cranial Sacral Therapy II
- Usui System of Natural Healing ▪ 1st & 2nd Degree Reiki
- The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach
- Saul Goodman ▪ Shiatsu Shin Tai
- Lymph Drainage Therapy- Chikly Institute
- Zero Balancing – Fritz Frederick Smith
Von Lee International School of Aesthetics – Pikesville, MD, 2018
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Bachelor of Science (BS): Biomedical Photographic Communications
University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Master of Science (MS): Health Care Administration
Board certification: Maryland Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
Maryland Licensed Esthetician
Before I started my Licensed Massage Therapist career, I enjoyed 20 years as a Teacher in Early Childhood, Adaptive Special Education, and a High School Track & Volleyball Coach for Baltimore and Howard County. My experience in sports and fitness as well as having an open minded approach to holistic health practices and self-care led me to discover the multiple benefits of therapeutic massage and how it help others do the same and improve their own quality of life.
As a Licensed Massage Therapist for the last 4 years, I believe it is important to take an integrated therapeutic whole body approach and understanding of the physical and neurological well-being of an individual’s needs. By practicing focused hands on techniques and using a combination of modalities, my approach to holistic health provides structural and muscular tissue balance as well as other physical and mental health benefits. My therapeutic massage can include but is not limited to reducing tension and stress, improving circulation, relieving muscular pain by identifying referral, receptor and active/inactive muscle functions, improving joint discomfort and mobility, reducing myofascial restrictions, promote injury recovery and prevention, increase range of motion, flexibility and overall physical movement. It is my goal to provide the most effective practices to promote the importance of self-care through tissue and joint manipulation as well as overall relaxation for a healthy and happier lifestyle.
I specialize in Swedish/deep tissue, body and structure, trigger point therapy, myofascial, Neuromuscular, Positional release, sports massage, injury recovery/prevention, Acupressure, Total body Stretch therapy, Light and Hydrotherapy.
How I stay healthy and happy:
I like to meditate, run competitively, and play volleyball. I coach High School and Club Volleyball, and I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.
- Graduated Licensed Massage Therapist from Steiner Institute of Massage Therapy
- Undergrad: University of MD Baltimore Co.
Certified in Early Childhood Education
Minor in Health Science and Policy
- Board certification: The Maryland State Board of Massage Therapy
My style of massage therapy is a Swedish massage with a blend of dance and kung fu. This combination allows me to flow very well over sore muscles as well as keep my hands conditioned for deep tissue massage. I also specialize in sports massage, Swedish table gymnastics, and hot stone massage.
How I stay healthy and happy:
I watch comedies & thrillers, practice king fu, exercise, explore museums and go on long walks. I also like to read and cook whatever dish piques my interest.
- Majored in Business Marketing
- Minored in Health and Fitness
- Regents Bachelor’s Of Arts from Shepherd University 2013
- Graduated from National Massage Therapy Institute in Falls Church, Va 2012
- NCBTMB Certification
- Maryland State Licensed
- Virginia State Licensed
Clinton (Eddie) Calhoun
Katie is a 2007 graduate of The Swedish Institute in New York City, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, former elite rower and proud military spouse. Katie holds a BA in Psychology from The Ohio State University where she received a full athletic grant for rowing.
In 2002, she went onto train for a spot on the US Rowing Team. After a career ending injury she wanted to help others heal through massage and training. Katie views each massage differently, where she incorporates stretching, Shiatsu, trigger point therapy, deep tissue and Swedish massage into every massage. Katie loves being a part of the healing process, listening to her clients and seeing her clients improve both physically and mentally.
- Maintaining a regular exercise routine, eating healthy and long walks with her dogs.
- The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
- The Swedish Institute for Massage, New York, NY