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Dr. Connealy 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, CA.
Fluent in English & Spanish
Ann Lee, F.N.P., M.S.N. graduated from Yonsei University’s School of Nursing, the highest-ranked nursing and medical schools in Korea, where she trained under the theories of modern western medicine. After receiving a Master’s in Nursing, she completed the Post-Master Family Nurse Practitioner program at UC Irvine in 2002.
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.
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, M.D. 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.
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.
I embarked on my career at an early age. As a competitive track athlete and State Champion, I used many alternative methods and nutritional support to enhance my performance. After graduating from Yuba College, CA, I naturally fell into a career in the Health Club industry.
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.
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.
Virginia Dixon, CEO of Tender Hearts Enterprises (T.H.E.), and Founding Director of The Healing Site, facilitates Discipleship Counseling and Spiritual Formation at the Center For New Medicine, under the auspices of Leigh Erin Connealy, MD. Specializing in Brainwave Optimization and Discipleship Counseling for clients whose reasons for referral range from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, attention problems, and more.
Dana graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a degree in Public Relations. Having worked alongside Leigh Erin Connealy, MD for the past 20-years, Dana shares Dr. Connealy’s passion for health, especially integrative medicine.
As the Director of Patient Services of Cancer Center For Hope, Dana has made it her life passion to help cancer patients improve their quality of life by treating each patient with personalized care.