Meet Our Care Team

Staff includes Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, one of the country’s leading integrative physicians with over twenty-seven years of experience. Cancer Center for Healing is owned by Center for New Medicine, and is located in offices connected to the Center. Center For New Medicine is a state-of-the-art, full-service integrative medical clinic. Patients receive access to a whole range of complementary therapies, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Vitamin C IV’s, and advanced medical technology usually only found in major hospitals and universities.

Cancer Center for Healing’s integrative cancer treatments are unique. We offer conventional standard-of-care treatments, laboratory work and diagnostic imaging, consultations with our Integrative Medicine Specialist and, if appropriate, chemotherapy. However, we combine those treatments with advanced integrative medical protocols that not only reduce the adverse side effects, but actually make the conventional approaches work more effectively.


Our Team

Leigh Erin Connealy, MD

Leigh Erin Connealy, MD

Leigh Erin Connealy, MD attended the University of Texas School of Public Health, and then attended the University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School. She completed her post-graduate training at the Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Connealy soon realized that conventional medicine had very limited returns and did not always improve the health of her patients, who were hungry for alternative approaches to improve their health. This led her to study integrative and complementary therapies, and since then she has revolutionized the landscape of medicine. Dr. Connealy feels that we must treat the patient with the disease and not the disease of the patient. She has discovered that many factors contribute to the disease process; therefore, many modalities must be used to reverse it. She makes this happen every day in her multi-disciplined, state-of-the-art clinics.

Dr. Connealy treats the WHOLE person, and is open to all potential treatment possibilities. She has over twenty-seven years of experience in finding the ‘root cause of an illness’, and has taken numerous advanced courses, including homeopathic, nutritional and lifestyle approaches, while studying disease, chronic illness, and cancer treatments. Dr. Connealy has been asked to lecture on numerous subjects and to educate other medical professionals on her findings throughout the years. She has a true passion to change her patients’ health, and give them a new lease on life.

Dr. Connealy started Cancer Center for Healing to provide cancer patients access to some of the world’s most technologically advanced medical equipment, which is usually found only at select university research hospitals.

To learn more about Dr. Connealy, visit ConnealyMD.com.


Bita Badakhshan, MD

Bita Badakhshan, MD

Raised in Sweden, Dr. Bita Badakhshan moved to Southern California in 1996. Upon arrival in the U.S. she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California Irvine. Subsequently she attended Graduate Medical School at St. George’s, and finished her Family Medicine Residency Program at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. After a brief stay in the New York City area, Dr. Badakhshan returned to Southern California in 2011 to accept a position in the Woodbury Medical Group, Sand Canyon Urgent Care, and Kaiser Permanente in California’s Orange County.

Dr. Badakhshan has obtained extensive experience in both primary and urgent care, treating occupational injuries, and aesthetic procedures. She holds the deep belief that the optimal way for her patients to achieve healthy lifestyles is through preventive health measures, and endeavors to promote such measures at every opportunity in her everyday practice.

However, Dr. Badakhshan has come to the realization that conventional medicine can only do so much. She strongly advocates treating the person as a whole, striving to find the overall root cause of the condition. Her underlying philosophy is to take this holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment rather than simply covering symptoms with medications. Under the mentorship of Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, Medical Director at the Center for New Medicine in Irvine, CA with 30 years of experience in the field, Dr. Badakhshan has placed special career focus on cancer prevention and integrative cancer treatments.

A member of the American Board of Integrative Holistic medicine, Dr. Badakhshan has a true passion for nutrition and maintains the powerful belief that food and its natural ingredients can be applied as alternative medicine. In addition, she is a certified personal trainer and strength training has developed and honed her interest in the values of good nutrition. That is, she realizes the importance of eating well and exercising, which both play an integral role in an individual’s well-being. According to Dr. Badakhshan, the key to a healthy lifestyle is maintaining a positive mental attitude – the single measure that offers the best prescription for lifelong fulfillment.

Dr. Badakhshan doesn’t just “talk the talk” regarding holistic medicine and a healthy outlook; she truly “walks the walk” – holding an active lifestyle that includes yoga, beach volleyball, skiing, and a passion for consuming organic and whole foods. At the same time, she still finds time to enjoy the finer things in life such as red wine, dark chocolate, and cheese plates.


Mary Ellen Shannon, MD

Mary Ellen Shannon, MD

Mary Ellen Shannon, M.D. initially graduated from Northern Illinois University and received a degree in nursing and a minor in chemistry. She worked as a registered nurse while continuing her education at the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School. She completed a residency at the Phoenix Integrative OB/GYN residency program in 1991.


Virginia Von Schaefer, MD

Virginia Von Schaefer, MD

Dr. Virginia Von Schaefer, MD has practiced medicine and surgery for over 25 years. She is now a retired general, vascular and trauma surgeon who has been providing bio-integrative consultations to patients of all ages in a variety of clinical settings. She joins the staff at CFNM in an effort to bring a broad range of patient care, experience and knowledge to this progressive community of caregivers. Her passion is utilizing the basic principles of cell biology and biochemistry to solve medical problems. Her focus is to evaluate and treat the whole person, taking into account the mind, body, and spirit connection to restore biochemical balance.

Dr. Virginia came to study medicine while living in New York City and working as a fashion buyer. Her first pregnancy turned out to be a tumor and resulted in a septic delivery of a possibly cancerous growth. The experience of this event opened her eyes to the practice of medicine and motivated her to quit her job, return to school to study science and prepare to go to medical school.

To that end, she attended Columbia University undergraduate school and majored in biochemistry and cell biology at the height of new discoveries in cellular anatomy and physiology. She had her first child as a “pre-med” and was the first woman with a child to be accepted to Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons medical school in NYC. Her second child was born during medical school and her next three children were born during internships in both Internal Medicine and Surgery.

She completed surgical training at an affiliate of Cornell University in NYC, specializing in Trauma Surgery and came to California in 1994 to complete a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Harbor UCLA. One year after completing the program she sustained a total spinal cord contusion at C4 C5 and had to stop actively practicing surgery.

In the process of her recovery she turned back to her original passion, cell biology and biochemistry. With new inspiration and insight she explored the world of metabolic treatment using principles of biochemistry, endocrinology and nutrition.

Biochemically oriented medical problem solving can be applied to:

  • Cancer Prevention and Cancer Treatment
  • Anti-aging, Hormonal Replacement
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Addiction Disorders
  • Metabolic Imbalance, Low Energy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Osteoperosis, Osteopenia
  • Family Medicine
  • Diabetic Vascular Disease (arterial and venous insufficiency)
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Men’s Health Issues, Prostate


Jolly-Gabriel, PhD

Jolly-Gabriel, PhD

Dr. Jolly-Gabriel is the Executive Director of the South Bay Hyperbaric Center (SBHB) for Oxygen Treatment at Center For New Medicine and Cancer Center For Healing. Prior to creating the SBHBOT, Dr. Jolly-Gabriel was the founder of the hyperbaric oxygen therapy program at Whitaker Wellness and Director of Hyperbaric Medicine for 10 years.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a well-established treatment for cancer and other diseases. Through breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room, patients lungs’ can gather up to three times more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. The patient’s blood carries this pure oxygen throughout the body to stimulate the release of growth factors and stem cells. The release of the stem cells and growth factors promote healing.

Dr. Jolly-Gabriel has worked in the area of Hyperbaric Medicine since 1980. He worked in excess of fifteen years with Dr. David Hughes-London England Hyperbaric Oxygen Institute. He has studied in London, Aberdeen, Scotland and California with internationally renowned doctors, developed research facilities in California, working in Africa and Romania and made great strides in research as well as the application of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). He has also worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India.

Dr. Jolly-Gabriel has worked along side Dr. Richard A. Neubauer in the US, a pioneer in this field of Hyperbaric Oxygen Medicine. Dr. Jolly-Gabriel was commissioned by Dr. Neubauer to create the Richard A. Neubauer Research Institute for the advancement of Hyperbaric Oxygen Medicine of which Dr. Jolly-Gabriel is currently the President.

South Bay Hyperbaric Center at Center For New Medicine has strived to develop and maintain the leading clinical center for hyperbaric therapy. Unlike many hyperbaric therapy centers, our patient treatment staff is composed of licensed medical professionals. Under the same roof as our hyperbaric treatment systems are leading specialty physicians and state-of-the-art acute critical care facilities.

Over the years Dr. Jolly-Gabriel and Center For New Medicine has treated thousands of patients with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and has obtained hundreds of formal accolades from these patients as well as his peers in the field. We welcome the opportunity to share these success stories and testimonials with you and compare parallels with your current health challenges.


Martin Bales, LAc

Martin Bales, LAc

Martin grew up working with his father, Maurice Bales, at Bales Scientific, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of medical devices. Maurice’s first two machines were infrared cameras — the same model that Martin uses in his practice today. His father’s second invention and popular medical device was the Photonic Stimulator — the machine used for photon therapy.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Martin returned to work with his father for a few years, this time helping to both engineer the machines and train doctors how to use them. Martin decided he liked working with patients more than engineering project management, so he decided to return to school to study Traditional Chinese Medicine — acupuncture, Chinese herbology, and other modalities.

Over the course of Pacific College’s 4-year master’s program, Martin studied the effects of photon therapy in combination with acupuncture for pain management. He was very impressed with the results and now offers this innovative combination therapy at the Center for New Medicine.

Dr. Bales has worked extensively with cancer patients, starting with a 1 year internship on the Oncology floor of Rady Children’s hospital in San Diego. At Cancer Center for Healing, Dr. Bales runs the Photon, Class IV Laser, PEMF, and Acupuncture therapies for Cancer patients. These therapies provide both primary and adjunctive-focused treatments to address increasing bioavailabity of Hyperbaric Oxygen and IV therapies and providing non-invasive pain management when needed.


Mark Jones, DC

Mark Jones, DC

Mark Jones, D.C. has joined our fantastic team of doctors! He will be implementing cutting edge therapy technologies to assist in helping our patients reach their optimal health goals.

There are incredible advances in what is termed Electro medicine/Neurophysiology. Dr. Jones will be immediately implementing treatment utilizing SCENAR a Bio Electric Medical Device. The SCENAR Device is FDA approved and was pioneered in Russia over 35 years ago, to serve as an active means to monitor and treat their Cosmonauts during space travel.

The technology is based on the premise that the human body is an electro- chemical system. The system can be modified by introducing specifically targeted electronic signals in the body. This stimulates new cell production and cell repair, along with facilitating pain modulation. The healing process is further accelerated by the body’s release of neuropeptides and regulatory peptides as well as endorphins. Our patients will appreciate the treatment as painless and non-evasive. The SCENAR devise helps and supports the body in reactivating its’ own healing mechanisms, resulting in accelerated results.

SCENAR INDICATIONS

  • Immune System
  • Endocrine System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Digestive System
  • Circulatory System
  • Muscular-Skeletal System
  • Respiratory System
  • Stress Reduction
  • Headaches
  • Skin Care
  • Arthritis


Molly Fini, HC

Molly Fini, HC

Molly has long understood the connection between optimal health and natural living. Growing up on an organic ranch in Southern Idaho — a generation before the term “organic” became a cultural mainstay — she developed a passion for nutrition and wellness. It was at the University of California Irvine, studying Psychology and Nutrition, where she began to understand that the emotional is as important as the physical when it comes to health. Refining her focus to the intersection of mind and body, Molly became an unwavering advocate for her clients — viewing herself as a guide in each person’s individual health journey.

Molly subscribes to the philosophy that each person is special, and has a unique confluence of emotional and physical factors that affect overall health. It is her job to identify these factors and chart a course toward recovery, guiding each patient down their individual path toward wellness. As a certified 3-D Body Scan Practitioner, a technology employed by NASA that evaluates the body’s needs from head to toe on a cellular level, Molly is able to identify — with extraordinary accuracy — specific deficiencies contributing to an individuals’ suboptimal health. Molly also employs Bio-Meridian Scanning when evaluating her clients and patients, allowing her to determine imbalances and how to correct them — providing a unique perspective on the state of one’s energetic health. Through these tools, Molly is able to quickly and thoroughly identify the lifestyle and environmental impedances to each person’s optimal health.

As a passionate advocate for her clients, Molly tirelessly pursues continuing education — ensuring the individuals she’s working with have access to the most comprehensive and up-to-date care. Molly is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Certified Health and Nutrition Coach and Certified Phlebotomist. She has trained in Transcendental Meditation, Homeopathy, Nutritional Supplementation and Stress Management; as well as completed courses under licensed Clinical Lab Scientists in Understanding and Interpreting Laboratory Data as it relates to Patient Physiology and Disease Process.

When she isn’t working one-on-one with patients, Molly lectures on Prevention of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Prevention of Chronic Disease and How to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle. She also enjoys walking her dog at the beach, hiking and chasing her granddaughter around the park.


Liliana Partida, CN

Liliana Partida, CN

Liliana Partida has been in the Health and Fitness industry for over 23 years. She started off her career early in life, winning the 400 meter run State Championship. This launched her dedication to the Health and Fitness industry, and she has become a perpetual student of continuing education.

Majoring in Physical Education and minoring in Psychology, she has co-owned and operated one of the most successful all women’s health clubs in San Rafael, Calif. She has been certified by AFFA, ACE, and the Institute of Aerobic Research. She has trained aerobics teachers and lectured on weight loss in Spain, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Switzerland. As Staff Nutritionist for Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, she currently lectures on Metabolic Syndrome, Weight Loss, and Diabetes.

Liliana is certified in Nutritional Microscopy, Clinical Nutrition, Advanced Bio Energetic Testing, Kinesiology, and Destination Coaching. She has completed courses in Weight Loss Resistance, Detoxification, Stress Management, Anti-aging, Functional Blood Chemistry, Homeopathy, Reiki, Tai Chi, and Meditation. Liliana’s mission is to teach and be taught. Her greatest teachers have been her patients and students. She approaches each day with the intention to create success within herself and others. Her programs are based on clinical research and a lifetime of experience.

Using techniques such as food combining and eating right for your blood type and live blood cell analysis, the patient can have a look inside their immune systems. This analysis can reveal fungus, candida, bacteria, inflammation, plaque, nutritional deficiencies, and much more. When the patient is able to see their blood sample on a T.V. monitor, it is both very exciting and motivating. In reviewing a patient’s dietary and lifestyle habits Liliana makes nutritional, supplemental and lifestyle suggestions. In addition to feeling better following the suggested guidelines, the patient can look forward to “seeing” their progress on repeat visits.


Della Dosky

Della Dosky

Della’s compassionate demeanor and empathetic nature steered her into healthcare at a very young age, and only deepened as the years went on. As a senior in high school, she began working as a nurse technician in various hospital departments at a one of the most reputable health systems in Northern Virginia, where she was able to develop an extensive list of clinical expertise over the years.

While studying at George Mason University, as a major in Biology, with a minor in Biochemistry, Della’s life took a drastic turn when she was greeted with unforeseen health complications. She was diagnosed with Stage I Cervical Cancer at the young age of 21. Della had seen countless conventional Physicians and Oncologists, all of which were adamant in having her undergo conventional cancer treatments and surgery to resolve her diagnosis, but her intuition led her elsewhere.

During her professional experience on the Oncology unit, Della had witnessed how negatively high dose chemotherapy affected the patient’s physical heath along with the collapse of their emotional state, which detoured her from the conventional type of therapies. Although she has always had a very deep admiration for Physicians and other Medical professionals, her perception of conventional medicine was skewed due to the lack of educational resources her medical team failed to provide her and other patients who shared the same diagnosis.

She was never advised to meet with a nutritionist nor seek the expertise of any alternative treatments, and that’s when she took things into her own hands and began reading and intensely researching alternative cancer treatments and therapies. She read several texts that were intended for medical professionals and applied certain holistic practices and integrative healing techniques to her lifestyle. She had learned the importance of specific diets and nutritional supplements and implemented them in her own self-taught treatment regimen, while continuously educating herself on the endless therapies she could attempt to rid herself and others of this awful dis-ease. After several years of relentless fighting, researching, and learning, she became cancer free!

Although she dealt with a tremendously terrifying health scare, her diagnosis never broke her spirit. In fact- Della considers it a “blessing in disguise,” because even though she was facing a very detrimental point of inadequacy in her health, she never gave up her will to overcome it. Rather than allowing herself to be defeated by her diagnosis, she used it as a wake-up call to better herself and her health. And now- Della is helping others do the same, by coaching patients to take control of their health and adapting their lifestyle to allow them to live at the most optimal level.

Because of all she has learned throughout the years, she has continued to lead a very healthy lifestyle that incorporates a very well-rounded nutritional diet, in addition to natural supplements and vitamins while leading a very active lifestyle. Simply put- she practices what she preaches. In addition to her professional experience in medicine, and her personal experience on both sides of the medical spectrum, (being the patient vs. being the caregiver), she understands how the patient who is given this diagnosis may feel, but she also understands how to motivate, and encourage patients to help their morale and strengthen their fight against such an intimidating prognosis/diagnosis, while helping to educate them on all the treatment options and therapies that may be available to them.

Della regularly attends seminars and conferences, while consistently submerging herself into readings and research studies on many aspects of Holistic Medicine. She attended the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine in Washington D.C., and obtained certifications in both Holistic Nutrition and Holistic Health Coaching. She is also a certified personal trainer educated in prevention of muscle atrophy and cancer therapeutic exercise. She educates her patients on the importance of exercise, paired with proper nutrition, and how it is the strongest tool of prevention in the deterioration and rebuilding of optimal health.

She’s well versed in various aspects of clinical laboratory, specifically Endocrine and Biochemic lab testing, various natural and holistic therapies which include: Detoxification and Pathology of Disease, Quantum Human Science, Iridology, Homeopathy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques such as: Acupressure, Meridian Connection and Energy Medicine.


Natasha Zaloz

Natasha Zaloz

Natasha has over 18 years of experience as a Massage Therapist and Reiki Specialist. She has extensive experience in the Medical Field and prior to working with us at Center For New Medicine and Cancer Center For Healing she worked in Los Angeles for over 10 years at LA Chiropractic Center. 

Her educational experience consists of obtaining her license through LA Vocational School in Los Angeles, California; as well as, many continuing education courses in the past years in California, Hawaii and Thailand with world renown Massage Specialists.

Natasha provides the following services:

  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage with Hemosonic which is extremely beneficial with anyone with severe Auto-immune disorders; such as, Lyme, Lupus, and Cancer. This also is beneficial for Pre and Post Surgery and swelling or inflammation.
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Acupressure Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Relaxation Massage
  • Sports Injury Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage

REIKI

  • Energy Work
  • Stress Relief
  • Pain Relief
  • Anxiety Relief


Ariel Causey, B.S., MSN, FNP-C

Ariel Causey, B.S., MSN, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Ariel has been working and learning in the health care field for over 10 years. With her experience in functional medicine, medical-surgical units, and nutrition as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner, she provides quality care to all our patients. As Ariel garnered more experience in the medical field, working at chiropractor's office at age 15, she saw how the human body has miraculous healing power and witnessed the effectiveness of natural remedies, supplements, and allopathic medicine.

When Ariel began a pre-medicine track in her undergraduate studies, she saw physicians had a distancing in their work. Nursing, on the other hand, felt more compatible with Ariel's skillsets and values as she valued the one-on-one interaction with patients-- having the ability to guide them in variety of different ways using complementary and alternative therapies.

In her nursing program, she learned an important principle that is fundamental to her work today: "Bring kindness to all patients you come in contact with." That struck a note with Ariel, as she understood that the best way to heal those around her was by equipping patients with education and information. She learned about all available treatment options (not just the conventional ways) such as medications and alternative methods to soothe systems, cure, or eliminate health problems. With a number of family members with significant illnesses (chronic pains, anxiety, depression) in her family, Ariel was armed with knowledge on how to reduce those aliments with holistic approaches.

As an advocate for patients, Ariel wants everyone to learn how to be comfortable and happy. Every year that she is here on earth, she continually learns new ways to treat her patients and herself. Above all, she values a balance between personal health, wellbeing and happiness.

Ariel studied Cell and Developmental Biology at California State University Fullerton and received her Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nursing Practitioner (MSN, FNP-C) at California Baptist University, where she has given guest lectures about Pathophysiology.


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