Meet Our Staff

We are dedicated to our personal approach in all areas of our practice. Get to know us before we get to know you! All of our staff are highly skilled, and well trained in their respective practice areas. We love what we do and it really shows! Come see for yourself – you will see why we are so passionate about what we do!


 DavidCifraDr. David Cifra, DC Dr. Cifra has over 20 years of chiropractic experience. He is the owner of Cifra Disc Institute which specializes in non-surgical spinal decompression to treat serious neck and back problems with dramatic results. Dr. Cifra is a member of the American Spinal Decompression Association. This is an affiliated group of doctors unified in their goal to bring non-sugical spinal decompression to their communities.  Dr. Cifra utilizes attndemorkel procedure (NSD method) to treat back pain, sciatica, leg pain, herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, bulging disc, tingling, numbness, arm pain, neck pain, and some patients with spinal stenosis and failed low back syndrome. For more information on this exclusive procedure visit his website at

MelissaWeinbergerMelissa Weinberger, DC, RN With a varied expertise in nutritional consulting, chiropractic care, yoga and nursing Dr. Weinberger method of practice takes on more of an overall wellness approach.  She combines chiropractic care, nutrition and yoga to achieve the health and wellness goals set by each patient. She has been trained in the fields of functional neurology, biochemistry, applied kinesiology, acupressure meridian therapies, dietary, yoga, and lifestyle modification methods. She also has been trained in pediatric and pregnancy chiropractic techniques. She enjoys working with women who are interested in improving their health before, during and after pregnancy as well as children. The rapid changes in the body occurring during pregnancy and in growing children require monitoring to make ensure the body is optimally keeping up with these changes. The teachings of Weston A. Price and Ayurvedic Medicine strongly influence her dietary and lifestyle recommendations as she follows these principles in her own life. Her ultimate goal is to empower each person to take full responsibility for their own health and become an informed healthcare consumer. For more information on Dr. Melissa Weinberger visit her website at



SamiSami Bati L.Ac, MD, MS, NLP, CCH, GMM Sami Bati blends his knowledge of eastern medicines such as acupuncture with his clinical western medical experience in neurology, immunology, surgery and ophthalmology. His therapy sessions treat a wide range of mental and physical imbalances, traumas as well as post surgical and burn scaring. He blends an array of techniques that include acupuncture, cupping, microcurrent electrical and magnetic therapy, Tui Na, visual Qi Gong, Am Mo, Shia Tsu, facial reflexology, meditation, as well as energy and spiritual work to treat patients. He is a pioneer in genetic nutrition to improve health through diet. Dr. Bati also uses hypnosis to balance a vast majority of acute and chronic, physical and mental disorders including weight issues, addictions and pain.  Fluent in six languages, Dr. Bati’s degrees and certifications are from Harvard, Brown and Kona University, NYCC, SUNY, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), China, Russia and Canada.

AnnGreenbergAnn Greenberg L.Ac, M.Ac., Dipl. Ac Ann received her Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine over 18 years ago from the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture and an advanced degree from The Traditional Acupuncture Institute U.K.  She has extensive  knowledge of herbs, has taught at the Academy for 5 Element Acupuncture and also practices the NADA Addiction protocol.  In addition she has spent the last 34 years investigating different somatic disciplines such as Cranial Sacral work, Medical Qi Gong, Acupressure, Meditation, Iyenger Yoga and Trager Psychophysical Integration and Mentastics.  Ann skillfully integrates these practices depending on the individual needs of each person she is working with.  Ann also holds a BA degree in psychology. To learn more about Ann’s practice in Ithaca, NY visit

JenniferWatersJennifer Waters Dipl.Ac., L.Ac. Jennifer’s formal education includes a Bachelors degree from Friends World College and a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Oriental Medical Institute of Hawaii. In addition, she studied with Rosita Arvigo to become a Certified Maya Abdominal Therapist as well as Tinka Smith and Dr. Jane Smolnik of the Solas Academy to become a Quantum Light Energy Coach. All of this training informs her clinical practice. She is a life long learner, a Qi Gong and meditation practitioner, who loves to travel and visit exotic health food stores.  She has over twenty years of direct, hands-on experience helping people overcome chronic and acute injuries, stress related symptoms, and offers a comprehensive anti-aging facial rejuvenation treatment series guaranteed to bring about a more youthful appearance. Her unique combination of acupuncture, Maya Abdominal Therapy, Acu-Graph Meridian testing, Quantum Light Energy, and Elizabeth Van Buren Essential Oils, is designed to eliminate unwanted symptoms in as few sessions as possible. To learn more about Jennifer’s practice visit


Chiren Light Therapy, Live & Dry Cell Microscopy

DensieDenise Abda MT (ASCP), HC, IMA Certified Biontologist Denise’s introduction to holistic health and wellness began after exhausting traditional therapies for her own health problems. Through research into nutrition and understanding the awareness of acid/alkaline balance for the body, she teaches the importance for food choices and how it affects your health. Ms. Abda is a graduate of the University of Scranton with a BS in biochemistry. Prior to becoming a health consultant, she was employed at Community Medical Center in Scranton, PA as a Medical Technologist (MT), certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology. She further her education by studying under world-renowned microbiology, Robert O. Young, MS, DSc, PhD, ND at the pH Miracle Center in San Diego, CA, earning her certification in Microscopy (IMA) in 2003. She also graduated from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC where she earned certification from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Her expertise of over 15 years in the wellness industry includes identifying acid/alkaline balance in the blood through education and demonstrations of the “New Biology”. In her practice she reveals the single most underlying cause of disease in the over-acidification of the body by lifestyle choices in nutrition and health. Ms. Abda conducts 3-6 month programs for individuals and groups in addition to promoting wellness through a series of informative topics.


Massage Therapists

TheresaTheresa Grosso, LMT  Theresa graduated from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in 2005. Her work is fueled by her life long passion for a healthy, natural and strongly effective lifestyle. She is trained in Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Oncology, Ashiatsu, Thai Massage and Swedish. Theresa offers tailored treatment based sessions for clients to enhance the body’s natural balancing and regenerative processes. She enjoys bringing the benefits of massage to clients of all ages ranging from active athletes to those in hospice care.


Seth Merrill, LMT  Originally from Saratoga Springs, Seth graduated from the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy in Albany, NY in 2004. He has since enjoyed a career working alongside medical professionals and in upscale spa settings. Using a variety of modalities, Seth’s refined technique assists clients in reaching their goals from relaxation to regaining or maintaining their optimal physical ability. In his free time Seth enjoys cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, running, hiking and camping.


Kelly Scott, LMT  Kelly is a native of East Syracuse and graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2007.  She moved to Houston, TX to teach high school art for three years.  Kelly pursued her interest of the human body at the Texas School of Massage and later also graduated from the OSTM. Kelly has a passion for helping clients decrease their pain and discomfort through the holistic benefits of massage.  She utilizes a combination of Swedish and Deep tissue techniques along with individualized care in each massage she performs.  Kelly is excited to be providing quality massage to anyone in need.


CarlySpetrinoCarly Spetrino, LMT Carly finds giving massage almost as therapeutic as receiving it. She has a deep respect for the need to balance activity with rest to allow the body time to heal and return to wellness. Carly is a graduate of Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, licensed to practice in New York and is a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. She has participated in deep tissue continuing education courses and is also a certified level 1 Reiki practitioner. Carly enjoys being outdoors, dreaming of her next grand travel adventure, spending time with family and friends, and growing in her spirituality is one of her great priorities.

LynnePotteigerLynne Potteiger, BA( Psych), LMT, has been a practitioner of Therapeutic Bodywork and Energy Healing since 1992. Her approach is gentle and holistic, facilitating healing, rebalancing and revitalization on all levels. She is an empath who is skilled at reading energy and emotions. She specializes in; Gentle Deep Tissue Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Neural Touch, EFT and Energy Healing. Her passion is providing clients with approaches to healing and lifestyle that facilitate balance, expansion, greater vitality and passion for life. Lynne holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and is a graduate of the Florida School of Massage and Natural Health. She is N.Y. State licensed and holds certificates in Craniosacral Therapy levels I&II, Zen Shiatsu Acupressure, Neural Touch, EFT and is a master level Reiki practitioner. She is also a Young Living Oil distributor/ educator, and a teacher of meditation practices for healing and spiritual development.

Lynn also does body-work and energy healing. Lynne’s body-work sessions are tailored to meet each client’s unique and ever-changing needs. With great care, she may apply Neural Touch, Gentle Deep Tissue Massage and Craniosacral Therapy. Neural Touch is a form of bodywork that uses a gentle rolling over of muscles and tendons to produce deep relaxation, an opening of energetic pathways, a reduction in pain and inflammation, a ‘reset’ to all systems, and improved structural balance. Deep Tissue work is gentle, slowly working through the layers of fascia and fibers to produce greater fluidity, and a reduction in soft-tissue pain and tension. Craniosacral Therapy gently addresses imbalance and restrictions in the cranium, spine, sacrum and surrounding soft tissue. A very gentle unwinding, rebalancing and re-setting takes place with this work.

When she offers Energy Healing, Lynne begins by reading the subtle energy systems, tuning into where there is imbalance. She then applies the necessary techniques to facilitate healing and revitalization. Chakra clearing and rebalancing, chi energy healing, guided imagery, and EFT are techniques that may find their way into an Energy Healing session.

ThomasClarkThomas Clark LMT, Thom connects with his clients with the intention of working together to achieve his client’s natural state of balance. He Utilizes Trigger Point Therapy, Connective Tissue Therapy, Shiatsu, and a Strong knowledge of the energy pathways to aid in his clients well being. A 2009 Graduate of Finger Lakes Massage School, Licensed 2010, A Reiki Master Teacher and Pranic Healer since 2002. Thom’s interest in energy work started in 1981 with Martial Arts. Studying both internal and external disciplines has given him a strong understanding of the effects blockages can have on the body’s energy pathways and overall well-being. Tom is a member of The Cloud Forest Association and The Internal Iron Palm Society since 2000. Tom acquired his Masters Certification in May 2001 and was honored by being inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in July of 2002. He ran the (Hombu) Head School for ten years before moving to Ithaca. Working with groups as well as privately my passion is to assist people in becoming more aware of their body’s needs, Reducing stress, achieving balance and living a free and happy life.

Energy Work Practitioners

MarieHallMarie Hall is certified in Reiki and  Sacred Childbirth. Her compassion is what draws people to experience her healing energy. Her own life experiences of seeking wellness brought her into the profession of holistic healing. Marie has seen and experienced first hand how energy can be harnessed to bring balance and clarity into one’s life. As a heart centered person she lovingly brings others to a place of openness to be receptive to growth and change.  Her energy work is founded in spiritual guidance and receptivity to facilitate connection to the subconsciousness.  In this relaxed state our bodies can shift back into balance and awaken to intuitively heal. Her work with pregnancy stems from her own journey as a mother of two beautiful children.  She supports women through natural healing to facilitate sacred childbirth.


 Lisa Porter EFT-CC, EFT-ADV Lisa is a seasoned practitioner of energy work. She draws from a diverse scope of modalities that include Emotional Freedom Techniques and Integrated Energy Therapy.  She is also a master of Reiki Master and is a Master Instructor for Integrative Energy Therapy. She approaches her work from a pure state of sacredness and reverence.



Yoga, Breath Work and Meditation Instructors

Kelly Schalk, PhD Education, MS Molecular Biology, RYT  Kelly uses her education, experiential knowledge and compassion to provide Yoga practices that support others on journey to find wellness. Kelly has a PhD in science education from the University of Maryland with a background in cellular , molecular and microbial biology. Her M.S. degree is from the Wyoming where she also competed as a professional Nordic Skier representing Rossignol and the US nationally and internationally.  She offers Yoga, breath work and meditation to a  diverse clientele of athletes, people with chronic diseases, rehabilitating and joint replacement patients, and physiological conditions (anxiety, depression, learning disabilities and eating disorders). Kelly has studied various styles of Yoga such as Ashtanga, Anusara, Kripalu, Dharma, Yin & Yang Yoga along with breath work (Pranayama), meditation (Dhyana), and Qi Gong (movement of Prana/Energy). Some breath work modalities she works with are psychosynthesis somatic centering, holotropic and mindful movement.  Some meditation modalities she teaches are transcendential, body scan, slow motion prana, tonglen, metta/loving kindness and forgiveness. She shares with others ancient teachings that have helped her find supple strength, balance and deeper Peace.



Angie150Angela Massaro Angela Massaro is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner with a Bachelors in Science from Nazareth College, a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and a member of the International Association for Health Coaches. She is also a Teaching Artist for the “Say Yes” to education inner city school programs. She received her training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program.  Some of her teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.  She welcomes the opportunity to help all people empower their lives with proper nutrition.


Spiritual Workshop and Life Coach Leaders

ReneeCerioRenee Cerio is a teacher who is dedicated to creating positive changes in the world. Her passion to educate others towards inner peace is evident in the many workshops and gatherings she conducts and attends. In 2009, Renee began her training in the teachings of Louise L. Hay to become a Heal Your Life workshop leader. She advanced her certification to a personal coach in 2010. Renee creates, develops and presents programs on the mind-body connection, creative visualization and healing techniques for individuals as well as groups. Her passion is evident and she feels blessed to facilitate people to connect with their power within.


KarenPalumboKaren Palumbo M.Ed. Karen is a certified life coach for women and teenage girls. She has been a mother for the past 25 years, raising three amazingly strong, wise, loving and creative daughters. She offers her insights from experiences as a family life coach practitioner, as a mother and through her formal education. Her Bachelor of Arts degree in English is from Ithaca College and her Master of Science degree in Education is from Syracuse University. In 2009 Karen became a Certified Life Coach through Coach Training Alliance. She has worked in the holistic/alternative health field for more than 10 years as a Reikki II practitioner and Energy Worker. Karen seeks to empower others to trust their own knowing. Her sessions are designed to be fun, creative and uplifting, while empowering others to trust their own knowing


Transformative Movement

LindaFacciponteLinda Facciponte Linda is a graduate of New York University Ms. Facciponte holds a Master of Arts Degree in, aesthetic Education through the Arts with an emphasis on Dance Education and movement analysis and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. In addition she also holds Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children with a Dance Emphasis. Linda holds 2 permanent New York Certifications: Elementary Education (Nursery – 6th) and Dance Education (k – 12). At SUNY Brockport Linda studied with Garth Fagan, director of the “Bucket” dance company & choreographer of the Broadway Musical ”Lion King”. She has studied extensively in the following techniques: Cunningham, Horton, Graham, & Limon’. She has developed and taught dance programs in New Orleans LA, Jacksonville Fla, Rochester. N.Y., Syracuse NY & New York City. In addition to being the Artistic Director of the Studio, Linda is also Adjunct Professor at LeMoyne College where she currently teaches Pilates and Body alignment. She worked for over a decade as a dance teaching artist with the Institute for Aesthetic Education in Syracuse and in conjunction with Lincoln Center in New York City. She has earned award at the state level for bring dance to a New York State level of excellence. Mrs. Facciponte’s high standards and nurturing spirit are the driving forces that places personal growth and spiritual wellness above all else , as well as, in all of her endeavors. She has promoted many dance students into the dance world and personally assists students with academic placement into colleges, universities, and conservatories and graduate programs.