Meet our Community of Contributing Doctors and Practitioners
Our doctors and practitioners are now your resources! The expertise they share is a combination of both higher education and their brick and mortar practices.
Karen Urbanek, CEO Holistic Health Educators, HHP, TNC, HHC and MOM!
If you are looking to be motivated, understand the AMAZING human body and create a life of great health and vibrancy - you just found who can help! Karen Urbanek has a history with getting back to the basics of health. As a young girl she was diagnosed with epilepsy. Years later, while pregnant with her first child, she wanted off all medications. She took her health back into her own hands and within months of self-teaching, exhaustive research, and diet changes, she was forever medication and seizure free.
She knows first-hand just how powerful the body is and how quickly it can and will heal if properly understood from a cellular level. Her self-discovery has become her life-calling; a passion that has helped countless thousands of people worldwide heal their bodies, their spirits and share what they've learned with others. She wants that joy, ease and energy that comes with amazing health for everyone, which is why she devoted her life to teaching others the science of the body in an engaging, easy-to-comprehend and entertaining way. She excites and motivates everyone to listen, and to make great changes in their own lives!
Karen is the author of two books and the creator of the prestigious Therapeutic Nutritional Counselor Certification course, Holistic Health Coach certification and the Human Body Master Guide. Karen's TNC and HHC Certifications have impacted thousands. It is science, biology, and education from not only Karen, but her fellow colleagues.
Karen resides in Southern Utah with her husband, Roger. They have 11 children and 13 grandchildren.
Great Health? IT'S A CELL THING!
Dr. Jeffrey Essen, ND
Dr. Essen is a graduate of the International school of Naturopathy in Santa Barbara, CA, with a practitioner’s certificate in Naturopathy and Holistic Healthcare. Prior, he graduated from Southwest State University with a B.A. in International Marketing and obtained a certificate in massage therapy from the Minneapolis School of Massage & Bodywork.
He wasn't done yet! He then graduated from the Nutritional Therapy Association of Olympia, WA, with a practitioner’s certificate in Nutritional Therapy, and as a Certified Gluten Practitioner from THEDOCTOR.com.
Dr. Essen holds certifications in the following continuing education workshops: Functional Endocrinology, Functional Bloodwork Evaluation, Functional Neurology & Brain Chemistry, Integrative Blood Chemistry, Aromatherapy, Essential Oil Chemistry, Microbiome & Dysbiosis, ONDAMED therapy, Live Blood Cell Darkfield Microscopy, and a 6-part Autoimmune series.
He has also studied Native American healing and entheogenic emotional release.
Dr. Essen teaches a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner course certified by the Association of Natural Health and will soon be available right here at HolisticHealthEducators.com.
You can see why we love this great Naturopathic Doctor!
Dr. Essen lives with his family in Minnesota and enjoys cooking, lure coursing with his dog Stirling, and bicycle rides.
Hope Zvara, Functional Fitness & Fascia Release Expert, Yoga Instructor, Motivational Speaker
Breath, Body, and Belief are the pillars of Hope’s mission to Help Others Purposefully Excel. A nationally recognized speaker, best selling author and lifelong yogi and core integration expert. Hope's expertise help assist people both on and off the mat.
Her early struggle with a life threatening eating disorder and then the loss of her first child led to fully guiding others to a life worth living.
Turning yoga on it's ear. Physically, Hope specializes in functional movement mechanics, full core integration exercises, and mindfulness and yoga that are accessible to everyone.
Hope has owned and operated Copper Tree Yoga Studio since 2006 in Wisconsin.
She is the creator of Core Functional Fitness and runs a full access online movement studio.
Hope has trained with some of the top leaders in functional fitness: Katy Bowman, Leslee Bender, the Grays Institute, Stott Pilates, Phi Pilates, is a certified meditation teacher and is a Experience Yoga Teacher at the 500 level, having taught more than 15,000 hours of classes and taken more than 5,000 hours of training's.
Expect to find live and online classes and training's with Hope to expand your mind, move your body, and feed your soul.
Through every aspect of Hope’s teachings her message is a reminder to all those listening that there is good in all things and that no matter how hard it gets you should never lose hope.
Dr. Patrick Jones - DVM, Master Herbalist
Dr. John Thomas DNM, DC, CNS, CFMP, CHHP
Dr. John C. Thomas is a Functional Medicine Specialist who is an expert on how genetic factors affect chronic health issues such as ADD & Autism, autoimmune disorders, hormone imbalances, and digestive disorders. He is a Doctorate of Natural Medicine, a Doctor of Chiropractic, and a Certified Nutrition Specialist. He owns "Advanced Natural Healthcare and Genetics" located in Georgia. He has developed cutting-edge genetic-specific nutritional protocols designed to optimize energy, digestion, brain function, hormones, detoxification and more. Because of modern day technology, he is able to work with many patients worldwide.
Dr. C. Michael Bennett DDS, DABCP
Dr. Michael Bennett has practiced general dentistry for a number of years. During this time he realized that he has a special passion and aptitude for helping people with TMD, craniofacial pain, and sleep-disordered breathing. Because of this interest, he has limited his practice entirely to treating these issues. Dr. Bennett works with many other health professionals to bring improved health, relief of pain and a better sense of well-being to his patients. Dr. Michael Bennett is board certified by the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. Only a few hundred individuals in the world have obtained this status.
Dr. Bennett and his team are passionate about helping patients live happy, healthy lives. If you think you may benefit from his expert solutions, please don't hesitate to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Ray Andrew MD
With offices in Springville and Moab, Utah, Dr. Ray Andrew uses the tools of functional and antiaging medicine to help men and women with complex health problems transform their lives.
Graduating from Family Medicine residency at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Dr. Andrew moved to Moab, Utah, expecting to follow in the footsteps of the celebrated country docs of yesteryear. However, as patients increasingly referred their family and friends from hours away to “see the hormone doctor in Moab,” his outpatient practice became so busy that he could no longer deliver babies or take care of hospitalized patients.
This demand also prompted him to open an office in Utah County. Dr. Andrew attracts patients from all over Utah and several surrounding states who have repeatedly been told, “It’s all in your head” or “There’s nothing we can do for you.” After seeing an average of five other doctors and specialists, patients are relieved to finally discover solutions to their health problems. More importantly, their partnership with Dr. Andrew empowers them not merely to tame disease but also to create health.
Dr. Ray and his wife Annalen Andrew have six children and live and play in Moab, Utah.
Dr. David Altman D.C
“My life changed because of a chiropractic adjustment. My back pain was so intense, at 21 years old, I couldn’t even get into bed. I laid on the ﬂoor, in pain, all night. Two weeks after my ﬁrst adjustment, I was running all over town. Not only that, but my morning headaches were gone, my nightly insomnia was gone, and my energy levels were more than I’d had in two years.”
— Dr. Altman
When people ask Dr. Altman what he does for a living he usually tells them:
"I'm a chiropractor". That usually yields some entertaining answers.
But what he really wants to tell them:
I help people who struggle to get through the day with chronic pain and desperately want a healthy, vibrant body. I show them how to get more out of life, while at the same time making it feel simple.
Dr. M Shane & Liz Watt
Dr Shane Watt is a Chiropractor specializing in functional health. He has been educating his patients and the community for over 20 years. He graduated from Life West Chiropractic College in San Lorenzo, California in 1996 with clinical honors.
Chiropractic care is still his foundation in treating patients with back pain, neck pain, headaches, auto accident injuries, and many musculoskeletal conditions. However, they also help patients with disc issues. Incorporating nonsurgical spinal decompression has helped many clients avoid back surgery. Dr Watt helps with chronic conditions, such as Thyroid problems and Peripheral Neuropathy.
Dr. Watt is an avid learner and is always learning something new to help his patients. Keeping up on the latest technologies, he loves changing peoples lives for the better.
His wife Liz is a Holistic Wellness Expert who helps others create peace within their mind, body, and spirit.
Together they created Be Health Utah, a yearly Wellness Conference featuring a community of natural healthcare doctors, practitioners, and educators.
Dr. Watt and Liz are very active in sports, and have six amazing children.
Jamie Foote - Cancer Survivor
Jamie Foote is a 42-year-old mom of two daughters, a wife, a health advocate, an entrepreneur, and an educator. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, learning about health, and making healing foods in her kitchen.
In 2010, Jamie was diagnosed with breast cancer. Rather than following her oncologist’s advice and taking the traditional treatment route, she stepped away and went on a journey to find her own health, and learn how to heal on her own. She has had amazing “non-traditional” doctors that have guided and helped her through some of the toughest times of her life.
One of the first things Jamie did after she found out about her diagnosis was switch to a plant-based diet. She would like to show you how she did it, and provide you with recipes that are easy to make and taste delicious!
Jamie has researched all kinds of diets, food and nutrition, energy medicine, alternative therapies, detox, meditation and more, and she is now here to share her nine-year journey with all of you.
Dr. Kory Branham D.C.
Dr. Branham's exposure to natural healing methods began early as his mother opened a health foods store in their home in Wisconsin in the 1960’s.
Also from a young age he was exposed to Chiropractic adjustments by his father who had attended McCoy Chiropractic Institute in Seattle, Washington, but was drafted into the Army during the Korean War before finishing school.
At age 19 Dr. Branham served a mission for the LDS church in both Toronto, Canada and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
On his return he attended undergraduate school at BYU and then did his Chiropractic studies at the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1980 and began his career first in Texas then in Detroit, Michigan where he spent 3 years working for Dr. George Goodheart. Dr. Goodheart was the founder of Applied Kinesiology which is a diagnostic technique using manual muscle testing to evaluate the body.
Through “AK” (Applied Kinesiology), a practitioner can quickly evaluate and integrate many different kinds of natural therapy and apply it to a patient very specifically.
Dr. Branham became certified as a Diplomat of the International College of Applied Kinesiology and has become a master of this technique. In addition to this technique Dr. Branham has studied and integrated many other healing modalities into his practice including cranio-sacral therapy, trigger-point release techniques, Neuro-Emotional Technique(“NET”), diversified adjusting, and functional medicine which utilizes functional hair, blood, and stool analysis to diagnose the patient. Dr. Branham moved to Utah and began practice here in 1986.
He is continually learning and experiencing new things and his philosophy in life and for his patients is to improve and maximize the quality of life for all so we can each have the most enjoyment and fulfillment of our time here on earth.
Dr. Rebecca Whittaker D.C.
She met and married Tyler Whittaker during her last year in under graduate school and continued with him to the renowned Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX. She graduated Cum Laude with her Doctorate in Chiropractic, gaining basic 100-hour certification in pediatrics, Chiropractic Acupuncture and Applied Kinesiology along the way.
Nancy Wolf LMT, CST
Nancy is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) specializing in CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and Intuitive Energy Healing. She was born and raised in Orange County, California, and now she lives and works in Southern Utah.
She has always had a love and passion for the sciences and especially the miracle of our bodies. In 1997 Nancy attended a massage school called Sensory Development Institute. Upon graduating, she continued her education by attending CST seminars through The Upledger Institute. By 2000 Nancy had found CranioSacral Therapy to be so powerful in finding and releasing "the causes," that she stopped giving Swedish and deep tissue style massages all together and has worked with just CST since then.
During the year of 2000, Nancy found teaching to be another one of her passions. She taught for 5 years as an instructor for the "Introduction to CranioSacral Therapy" course at Nevada School of Massage Therapy in Las Vegas. She continues to help lay a foundation for students by currently teaching in St. George at Zion Massage College, strongly encouraging those who love CST to continue their education with The Upledger Institute.
Nancy is known for her gentle, caring, and intuitive nature, helping clients of all ages feel safe and comfortable in their healing process. She has helped thousands of people with all types of problems over the past 22 years.
Jennifer Suiter - "Wart Queen" and Natural Skin Care Advocate
Jennifer is a mom & wife first. But when her husband Chris had suffered from crippling pain for almost 2 years, it was time to step up and do something about it! So, she rolled up her sleeves, did her research, experimented, and finally came up with the amazing formula that became Wart Paste.
Anyone who knows Jennifer, knows that her purpose in life is to take care of people. She lives to make people feel loved. And to her True Love Skincare is simply a way to show that love to the world. Every day she is humbled at the effect her products are having on people’s lives. And now she greets every day as another opportunity to help her neighbors, even if they’re half-way around the world!
Ryan Brinkerhoff - Infectious Disease Specialist
Ryan Brinkerhoff is an Infectious Disease Specialist and the owner of InsideOut Hyperbaric + Wellness
The team at InsideOut Hyperbaric + Wellness focuses on providing the most personalized and innovative regenerative care to help their patients unlock their body’s maximum potential for health and performance.
Because they personally understand the frustration of not getting the personalized care needed for better health and wellness, they have created the InsideOut Patient Promise:
- The best evidence-based science for diagnostics and treatments
- The latest in regenerative solutions
- Care personalized to your unique health and wellness needs
- Care and service that is genuinely personable
- Commitment to provide you the support needed to achieve your goals
- Their dedicated attention and time
Ryan enjoys helping patients discover how the latest science and research supported diagnostics and treatments naturally unlock the body’s power towards better health and wellness.
Angela Saxton - Gemoligist, Foot Zoner, Emotion Code
I am a RN with 20 years experience, Reiki Master/Teacher, Foot Zone therapist & teacher, Certified in Crystal Healing & Crystal Reiki, EFT, Access Bars, Simply healed, Emotion Code, Wings energy work, AO Scanning, CPR Trainer NLP, Ho’oponopono & TNC practitioner.
My goal is to provide you with options for….you guessed it! Comfort, Healing & Balance for your body, mind, soul, and of course your fur babies!
IN MY SHOP YOU WILL FIND
Natural Stones and Natural Stone Jewelry I have Crystals of all shapes and sizes
Wrapped stones made to order or choose one that is already exactly what you need
Stones both polished and rough, common and hard to find as well as some amazing RARE stones you cant live without!
Pure Herbal Tinctures Made by me to guarantee their purity and effectiveness
Holistic Natural Healing Treatments Foot zones, Wings, Rapid Eye, and many more
Essential oils Butterfly Express and Doterra
Classes To become a master of your own health
Elyse Ipsen - Colon Hydrotherapist, Certified Health Specialist
With 30 years of extensive training in the Natural Health Field, Elyse Ipsen is a certified health specialist with a mission to empower her clients to help them heal themselves naturally.
As a young child, Elyse suffered with allergies and eczema. Her mother taught her the benefits of herbs and reflexology. She gained a passion and knowledge that she wanted to expand and share with others. She has come to know that it isn’t just about living, it’s about the quality of life you live.
Elyse Ipsen has been dedicated to the field of holistic health for all of her adult life and has studied at the Trinity School of Natural Health and the International Association of Colon Hygienists. She received her colon hydrotherapy certificate and was then trained as a digestive specialist. Subsequently, she took specialized training in biofeedback. She took further training in the trinity programs and became a certified natural heath professional.
Elyse offers personalized sessions to guide her clients though cleansing and transitioning to a better diet. She tests the bio energetic fields of the body to discover imbalances. She employs a variety of modalities in her healing practice including nutritional counseling, aromatherapy, chakra balancing, kinesiology and detoxification therapy.
Elyse's holistic vision and dedication to internal wellness have helped clients of all backgrounds and ages move toward their health goals. Her mission is to empower her clients who wish to enhance their internal and external wellness by cleansing and rebuilding their mind, body and spirit.
Brent Hirschi - Founder, GreenMe Smoothies
At the start of 2014, Brent Hirschi was 41 years old and weighed 175 pounds. That was a lot better than the 205 pounds he weighed a few years earlier, but Brent was still far from reaching his health goals.
By beginning each morning with a green smoothie, Brent has changed his life. He now finds himself craving healthy, nutritious foods (as opposed to the toxic, chemically engineered food his body used to yearn for every day).
At GreenMe Smoothies, Brent and his team pack can pack over a pound of healthy (and yummy) greens into each smoothie, making it quick and easy to get the nutrition your body needs and deserves.