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.
Leigh Erin Connealy, MD
Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. is a prominent leader in the Integrative/Functional Medicine medical field (taking the best of all sciences, including conventional, homeopathic, eastern medicine and the new modern medicine). She is the Medical Director of two amazing clinics: “The Cancer Center For Healing” & “Center For New Medicine”. The combined (30,000 S.F.) clinics have become the largest Integrative Medical Clinic in North America and visited by patients from all over the world with 47,000 patients and growing.
Dr. Connealy created the Cancer Center For Healing as a result of the epidemic spreading of Cancer. Patients receive scientifically based treatments and receive integrative protocols. She has created an acute awareness for the need to focus on cancer prevention, providing unique testing to determine the early stages of cancer, years before a scan reveals or is recognized. Through sophisticated cancer testing, Bio field or Bio Energetic testing, including RGCC testing, and comprehensive blood panels, she and her skilled team, create personalized treatment plans for early to late stage cancer patients.
Dr. Connealy created the Perfectly Healthy brand of products that are manufactured by state-of-the-art GMP FDA approved facilities. All of Dr. Connealy’s proprietary blends allow for maximum absorption with the finest ingredients available. All perfectly healthy products support human optimization for each patient.
She has discovered that many factors contribute to the disease process; therefore, many modalities must be used to reverse it, and spending the proper time with each patient to allow for reversal of the disease. Dr. Connealy and her team of practitioners, make this happen each and every day at her multi-disciplined “state of the art” clinic, while providing quality of life treatments. Some of our treatments and services may be billable to major PPO Plans.
Dr. Connealy is the author of two books, “The Cancer Revolution” published in 2017, and prior to that the “Be Perfectly Healthy” book in 2009, and has revolutionized the landscape of medicine. In 2017, she was named one of the top 50 functional & integrative doctors in the country. Dr. Connealy began a TV Series as host of “Dr. Detective TV” airing on the JUL-TV Television Network which began in 2018. She writes for many publications including Townsend Letter a prominent medical magazine. She serves on the board for Dr. Josh Axe, ACAM and ACIM Connect.
Dr. Connealy has over 30 years of experience and has taken numerous advanced courses, including homeopathic, nutritional and lifestyle approaches, while studying disease, chronic illness, and Alternative or Integrative/Functional Medicine cancer treatments. In addition, Dr. Connealy imparts her wisdom in educating medical practitioners from all over the world; as well as, public speaking engagements, webinars and podcasts that include: The Truth About Cancer, a variety of series with Jonathan Otto, Sarah Otto, Nathan Crane and Dr. Mercola. She offers the most scientifically and technologically advanced equipment and protocols at her clinic located in (Southern California) Irvine.
A Personal Message From Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy
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.
Erich Acebedo, MD
Dr. Acebedo, obtained his medical degree at Cebu Doctors’ University, Philippines and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati affiliate Good Samaritan Hospital. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. He has taken advanced courses in Integrative and Functional Medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine, American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and Swiss Biologic Medicine through Dr. Thomas Rau of Paracelsus Clinic, Switzerland.
Dr Acebedo has experience in different hospital settings as a hospitalist, teaching residents and medical students on preventative care. He has also served in various outpatient clinical settings that focused on bioidentical hormone replacement, auto immune disorders, men and women’s health and cancer.
He was introduced to Integrative and Functional Medicine when he became a patient himself. He was physically active most of his life working and lifting weights. Suddenly, he noticed that his energy began to decline, and he felt tired. All blood tests that were done came back normal. He knew there was something wrong. Eventually, his friend referred him to an Integrative and Functional medicine practitioner. He found out that he had hormonal imbalance and heavy metal toxicity. With functional medicine approach, he was able to get rid of the toxicity, detoxify, and started bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Regaining his energy and happy with the results, he soon got interested and devoted his time in learning Integrative, Holistic and Functional approach and applied the principles to his patients.
Over the years, he realized that conventional medicine has limitations especially in treating chronic conditions and cancer. He saw the devastating effects of chemotherapy and radiation in the quality of life of his patients. With several of his family members becoming diagnosed with cancer, he decided to focus his interest in Integrative cancer care. His open mindedness and willingness to learn led him to travel to several countries mostly in Europe, exploring advanced alternative treatments, speaking directly to cancer researchers, scientists, and learning from Integrative Oncologists how to treat cancer with the whole person approach. Dr. Acebedo is also dedicated to disease prevention, disease resolution, and wellness lifestyle through holistic, integrative and functional protocols founded in science.
He is an active member of the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine, Institute for Functional Medicine and Age Management Medicine.
In his spare time, he is involved in various fitness pursuits with his wife including martial arts, considers himself a “gym rat”. He lives a healthy lifestyle and is active in his church. His favorite quote is “God never created us to reach one level and then stop. When you stop learning you stop growing.”
Devanshu Thakore, MD
Dr Devanshu Thakore has been practicing medicine as a hospitalist for over 15 years. He graduated from AUC in 2000, and completed his residency at Michigan State University affiliate in Saginaw, MI. Working as a hospitalist Dr Thakore has gained an extensive knowledge of all aspects of internal medicine treating patients at ambulatory care setting at the urgent care to treating critically ill patients in the Intensive Care. His vast experience encompasses working at small community hospitals to large academic institutions. Currently, Dr Thakore leads the Hospitalist program as the Medical Director over the last three years at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. He has also been elected to be the Chief of Medicine over the last two years.
Heidi Arens, FNP-BC
Heidi is passionate about helping people achieve optimal health in every stage of life. She firmly believes that living a vibrant and purposeful life requires vibrant health. She is driven to better understand the unique characteristics, behaviors, and patterns that allow individuals to truly thrive—physically, mentally, spiritually, and relationally?” This curiosity combined with her desire to care for the whole person inspired her to enter the nursing profession.
Heidi received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2008. She has spent much of her nursing career at Scripps Health in San Diego, primarily caring for patients with cardiovascular disease. She has also worked extensively as a float nurse for 9 hospitals in a wide variety of specialties. Throughout her career, she has embraced numerous leadership roles working with interdisciplinary teams to improve care delivery, clinical outcomes, and patient satisfaction.
Although caring for people during an acute health crisis is incredibly rewarding, Heidi recognized that the majority of chronic conditions treated in the hospital are either preventable or largely reversible. She saw a need for a different approach that could help people address the root cause of illness and empower them to take an active role in transforming their own health. Heidi became a Family Nurse Practitioner because she wanted to gain the knowledge, skills, and autonomy that would allow her to make a greater long-term impact in people’s lives, as well as influence change in how our current health care model treats and prevents chronic illness.
Heidi received a Master of Science in Nursing from Azusa Pacific University and is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition to her conventional training, she is currently pursuing a certification in functional medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine. This training has equipped her with an entirely new set of tools to help identify the underlying causes of disease or dysfunction and partner with patients to restore and maintain wellness. For the past several years, she has been working in the field of integrative and functional medicine helping patients with gastrointestinal dysfunction, food intolerances, nutrient deficiencies, acute and chronic infections, mold related illness and other environmental exposures, autoimmune diseases, and hormonal imbalances. Heidi believes that achieving optimal health takes a village and she is honored to be part of a dynamic interdisciplinary team at the Center for New Medicine.
Outside the office, you can find Heidi in the yoga studio or gym, trekking mountains, traveling, listening to podcasts, watching Ted Talks, and finding fun ways to enjoy healthy, organic food.
Daniel Roney, DC
Dr Roney received his undergraduate degree with concentrations in Biology and Sports Medicine. While in school, he worked as an Athletic Trainer, and later at some of the top rehab hospitals in the country. The experience working in the hospital opened his eyes to how sick of a nation we really are. Dr Roney saw so many people being treated for conditions that were preventable. He made a decision, from that experience, to get into health care on the preventative side. It was then he decided to pursue a degree in Chiropractic. Although it was a very good introduction to the alternative health care way of thinking, he knew there was more to the story.
About halfway through schooling, he had a couple of personal battles to overcome. Dr Roney was diagnosed with a melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. He was following a very healthy lifestyle, but this really forced him to research why, at 28, he had a potentially deadly form of cancer. In addition, that same year, his father was diagnosed with lung cancer. At the time, the doctors said it was in the later stages and there wasn’t much they could do. He passed away three months after his initial diagnosis. Dr Roney and his father had perhaps the most influential conversation of his life before he passed. His opened up to him and admitted that he wish he would have taken better care of himself, and that he regretted this tremendously. The pain of this was, according to his father, worse than any pain he was going through physically.
This conversation, and Dr Roney’s own experiences, further solidified his conviction in helping people prevent disease. Dr Roney kept searching and learning ways to help people recover from, and prevent disease, naturally. It became a mission. Upon completion of his Chiropractic degree, he began to pursue courses in a somewhat new field called Functional Medicine. This changed his life as a healthcare provider. He learned how to heal a person at the cellular level, from the inside out. He believes strongly, based on years of studying and research, immune system dysfunction leading to systemic inflammation is at the route of most chronic disease, including cancer. It is the cause of autoimmune disorders, brain degenerative diseases, childhood neurological disorders, adult neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, neuropathy, and fibromyalgia. It is also implicated in thyroid malfunction, hormone imbalance, headaches, and chronic pain. Perhaps the most important concept Dr Roney learned is there are triggers that cause this immune system dysfunction, inflammation, and subsequent disease. These include poor digestive health, sensitivities to common foods, blood sugar imbalance, acute / chronic infections, hormonal imbalances, thyroid malfunction, adrenal fatigue, anemia, poor methylation, and heavy metal / toxic overload to name a few. If these are evaluated in every patient, and protocols are put in place to address these, the patient can and will heal. It’s a beautiful thing to witness and Dr Roney is thankful for the opportunity to help people each and every day.
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.
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.
Yukari Oshima M.S., LAc
Yukari Oshima has advanced skills using acupuncture techniques. She is a highly skilled Massage Therapist and Energy Healer who has helped over 15,000 patients find relief from chronic pain and many difficult medical conditions.
As a child with a sensitive touch, massage and healing was a natural calling. In Japan, Yukari studied sports training and education at Chukyo University in Toyota, Japan where she graduated and was credentialed to teach middle and high school students. A strong athlete, Yukari held the 6th highest ranking in Japan for fencing.
In 2000, Yukari moved to the US with her two small daughters, ages 3 and 6. She taught herself English and attended school for acupuncture at South Baylo University in Anaheim, California. She continued her education with leading acupuncture practitioners to learn many different techniques. Yukari, a natural healer, took courses in Energy Healing Body Talk, Reiki, Hado and Pranic Healing. With advanced training and extraordinary natural healing abilities, Yukari employs her healing skills together to weave acupuncture and energy treatments together, aligning with the needs and energy she feels from each patient.
Molly Fini, DNM
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.
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
- Energy Work
- Stress Relief
- Pain Relief
- Anxiety Relief
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.
Suzanne Kim, MD
Dr. Suzanne Kim, MD graduated from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA in 1997 and completed a residency in family practice at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, California in 2000. Her passion has always been preventive care and being an advocate for her patients in their pursuit for optimal health and wellness. After working as a Board-Certified Family Practitioner for several years, Dr. Kim realized that there were many patients for whom her training in conventional medicine did not provide adequate answers. This ultimately led her down a path of self-discovery into the fields of nutritional medicine, homeopathy, bioenergetic testing, and functional/integrative medicine. Along the way, she gained insight and understanding into the root causes of some of her own physical maladies as well as those of her patients who previously had poor or inadequate responses despite seeing many specialists. Since embracing a more comprehensive model in both the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, she started seeing results in previously difficult to treat cases.
Dr. Kim has further honed her skills and training in the prevention and treatment of cancer under the tutelage of Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. at the Center For New Medicine. She performs Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) as well as administers multiple IV therapies. In addition, she is a physician consultant for oncoblot laboratory testing and 23 and me genetic testing.
Dr. Kim also has a special interest in the treatment of Lyme disease. She truly believes that the key to success in overcoming chronic disease lies in the application of regenerative medicine.
Dr. Kim has a passion for patient cancer care and has worked with the Cancer Center For Healing for the past 8 years. Her philosophy is to treat each patient, based on their genetic, physical, mental, and spiritual makeup.