Dr. Catherine Onuoha
PhD, RPh, BCPP, CPh
Professional Thermographer Dr. Catherine Onuoha was classically trained to appreciate Western Medical techniques at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV). The PhD she earned at MCV is a dual discipline doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology. After medical school, Dr. Onuoha pursued advanced neuroscientific training at the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research (WRAIR). Once her WRAIR residency program completed, Dr. Catherine found work in academia to be rewarding. Onuoha held professorial posts for more than a decade, teaching within public and private institutions. Her teaching charge was to educate fledgling professionals across many medical specialties (Pharmacists, Nurses, Doctor of Orthopedics, Anesthetists, and Physician Assistants).
Throughout her academic years, Dr. Catherine dedicated some time each week to consultations with a patient base either within hospital clinics or in outpatient settings. Patient care continues to hold priority in Catherine’s work week. She is passionate about providing her patients compassionate, need-based medical care from a functional and natural healing perspective.
Although Dr. Onuoha portends professorial work is meaningful, in fact, she loved it–a wee voice of intuition began working within her during 2014. To honor and trust this intuition, Dr. Onuoha began searching clinic work environments and was resolute in her quest to devote all of her time to patient care. In January of 2015, Dr. Catherine joined Dr. Carol Chandler at the Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland. The two Doctors formed an easy collaboration since they share a similar vision of homeopathic healthcare in accordance with Natural and Alternative Healthcare methods.
Dr. Carol Chandler and Catherine collaboratively have continued the tradition of utilizing Thermography as a powerful discovery tool to help clients far and near our community to achieve optimal health. Dr. Catherine is professionally trained to use Thermography as a unique tool to transduce physiologic changes. Catherine secondarily completed a rigorous training regimen under Dr. Carol Chandler a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Master Herbalist. Catherine assumed responsibility for running the Natural Medicine Center’s Herbal Pharmacy. The business collaboration has been seamless and engendered great patient feedback. Therefore, Catherine purchased MyLife Preventive Imaging and Lakeland Natural Medicine Center in April of 2015. Existing patients are rest assured that both doctors will remain available over a near-term interval. However, Dr. Carol Chandler plans to devote the majority of her time to marketing Med-Hot Infrared Imaging equipment, Dr. Catherine Onuoha meanwhile exuberantly accepts the opportunity to work with Central Florida patients at the Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland.
EMILIO ORTIZ, M.A., LMHC
LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR
Emilio is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Bilingual) with a genuine desire to help you retake control of your life, your marriage, your family, or even your relationship with your teenagers. Graduated from Interamerican University of PR (Cum Laude) with a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Specialty in Counseling. His 19 years of service in the field has taught him that there is HOPE; things CAN change; you can get BETTER instead of BITTER; there are options for you during times when things aren’t going your way and you feel like you’re fighting the world.
For the first two years of his career, he served as a Mental Health Counselor at an Outpatient Clinic in Manati, PR. As Lead Counselor in Multi-Family Interventions, he evaluated and counseled with patients as they dealt with a Mental Health diagnosis, and also with their families as their primary support system.
In 2000, he was hired by the Florida Department of Corrections, where for 16 years he served as a Mental Health Specialist in Outpatient and Inpatient Clinics. Emilio describes this experience as “quite an opportunity to see patients with troubled, traumatic pasts, come around and take hold of their lives! Many of these patients described this experience as ‘true freedom’, even from behind bars; proof that there are no limitations to life, when you’re geared by a genuine desire for change. Most recently he works with school-age children that have been identified as in need of Mental Health Counseling.
Through psychotherapy, he can help you cope situations that may be affecting your everyday life. His interventions may include a diversity of approaches such as Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT/CDT), Psychotherapy, Reality Therapy, Gestalt, Christian/Biblical Counseling, Supportive Counseling, etc.) in English or Spanish (your preference). He offers individual, couples and family therapeutic interventions and/or counseling.
Take the first step and call. With professional, confidential help in a secure environment, we’ll help you through, one step at a time.
Patient Care Coordinator and Operations Manager
Nursing School Graduate
Kenneth Chukwuemeka previously attended Union University in pursuit of a Masters degree program in Social Work and BS degree in Nursing, before moving to Florida for family reason. Expanding his knowledge, Kenneth also briefly attended Polk State College and MedTech Institute.
The strong desire to help make a difference in people’s lives and his caring and empathetic nature is what led him to a career in nursing. Also, Kenneth believes in healing the patient from a root- cause analysis perspective while taking the holistic medicine approach, After graduating from nursing school, Kenneth joined Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland and MyLife Preventive Imaging Center, in the role of Patient Care Coordinator and Operations Manager. Kenneth is also a Clinical Thermographer (CT).
Nam Jeon, D.O.M.
Nam graduated from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine with Master’s degree. He is Korean and studied in China and has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for twenty years, in the Midwest and Alaska before moving to Florida.
Nam is licensed in the State of Florida and certified by NCCAOM (the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).
He has been treating patients with complaints ranging from musculoskeletal pain (low back pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, bursitis, arthritis), neurological disorders (stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, migraines), and addiction (alcohol, drug, nicotine). He also teaches stress management and mindful meditation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine can be utilized as an alternative for patients with chronic conditions, who do not respond to western methods, or cannot use drug therapies due to sensitivities. It is particularly beneficial to those patients with pain, who cannot undergo surgery or anesthesia.
The holistic approach of the Traditional Chinese Medicine is comprehensive, and assesses the individual patient as a “whole person”, instead of treating symptoms. The goal is to assess all contributing issues, that may affect the patient and their state of wellness, and to create a treatment plan to bring the mind, the body, and the spirit into harmony and balance once again.
Dr. Nam has also authored a number of books on acupuncture and Eastern medicine:
Alexandra Clinton, D.O.M
Alexandra graduated from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine with her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine. She has advanced training from the PLA Military Hospital in Beijing, China and has studied in private practice in Chicago before settling in Lakeland.
Alexandra is licensed in the state of Florida and certified on the national level by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She also holds an Advanced Certification in Acupoint Injection Therapy, which allows her to perform the injection of herbs, homeopathic formulas, nutritional supplements and vitamins.
Alexandra uses her knowledge and experience in both traditional Chinese Medicine and Herbology to effectively treat the person as a whole, focusing not only on the treatment of health problems but also the prevention of them. She uses a combination of acupuncture and herbal formulas, along with dietary and lifestyle counseling to effectively treat patients with complaints ranging from musculoskeletal (low back pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, bursitis, arthritis) and neurological disorders (stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, migraines) to gastrointestinal (indigestion, constipation, diarrhea) and circulatory disorders (high blood pressure, high cholesterol) using gentle, natural methods.
Alexandra accepts Cigna, United Health Care and BlueCross/Blue Shield insurances.
B.A., Clinical Thermographer
Darla earned a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Xavier University and spent 7 years in Sales and Business Marketing. Darla joined the Natural Medicine Center as a Clinical Thermographer in April 2015. Darla performs most of the thermal scans done at MyLife Preventive Imaging and The Natural Medicine Center. She is also trained in natural living and herbal medicine. Darla is the Case Manager at MyLife Preventive Imaging and handles the Marketing Department at The Natural Medicine Center. Darla is currently working toward a holistic nutrition certification. She hopes to provide cutting edge and ever-growing nutritional services and advice for the company for years to come.
Lori Kucznski, LMT
Lori is dedicated to providing clients the beautiful feeling of well-being as well as relieving pain from client’s body and soul. Lori Kuczynski is the owner of Lakeland Massage & Skin Care and operates her practice from the Natural Medicine Center location.
Lori graduated from Sunset School of Massage Tampa FL (1997) as a professionally Florida State Licensed Massage Therapist (#MA24415). She is proficient in Shiatsu, Manual Therapy Sports Massage, Thai Massage, Myofascial Pain Syndrom (MPS) Therapy specializing in the use of Myofascial Release Foam Rolling technique, Medical Massage and Hot Stone massage.
She is a State of Florida Licensed Esthetician (#FB9724391) having trained at Travis School in Lakeland, Florida for Esthetician. She also trained in South Carolina for Biodroga skin care products. Clients love her Natural Face Lift utilizing the Dolphin Neurostim Microcurrent Point Stimulation device.
Lori is certified by ISFTA (International Sports & Fitness Trainers Association) as a Personal Trainer and Health Coach.
Lori’s main objective is to provide clients an exceptional massage and facial experience that will relieve stress, balance muscle tension stimulating wellness.
Winslow Elizabeth Dixon
Winslow began her career studying Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Piedmont International University. She was a school teacher for years until her own health started to plummet. Modern medicine provided no answers and after years of suffering she decided to explore alternative health solutions. She then began to discover the healing benefits of holistic and alternative therapies. This prompted her decision to further her education through the University of Natural Health and help others find the healing solutions she found. It is now her mission to guide her clients into better health with aromatherapy and nutritional education. She also has extensive experience in the field of geriatrics as a Medtech, Resident Coordinator and Dementia & Alzheimer’s practitioner.
Don’t be misled by what’s seen, heard, or felt around you. We live in a world of illusions. Life unfolds differently from what you envision. But, when you open your mind, the possibilities are ENDLESS.
As we each discover our own philosophy in life, our journey may take us in many directions. My main goal is to help others with daily trials and tribulations. As a person who grew up with an unrestful lifestyle, I feel empowered to a path to educate others to lead a peaceful life.
Studies conducted by Princeton University show that children living in below the poverty line have a smaller chance of school completion. Growing up below the poverty line myself I know the struggles. It was imperative for me to finish school; I was determined to be more than a statistic.
As I matured, I realized I wanted help people. I wanted to find a way to end human suffering. I am living proof that you can overcome whatever the world throws at you. I know what it’s like to struggle, but I also know what it’s like to pick yourself back up. My success has given me the confidence to be an active, vocal advocate for my beliefs without fear of disapproval. I have learned not only to trust others…I have learned to trust myself.
An educational background and experience have shaped me into a hypnotherapist who holds many important leadership roles. After obtaining a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology degree with a concentration in Philosophy from the University of SUNY Oswego, I strived to nurture young minds through education. Also, at post-secondary school at the American College of Education, where I obtained a Masters in Educational Leadership, I learned several leadership techniques. After post-graduate studies, I spent time studying with spiritual leaders, witnessing firsthand some of the greatest and most life-transforming miracles which lead me the Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy. The only State certified Hypnotherapy school within our state, I graduated with my certifications Hypnosis, Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Interpersonal therapy.