Cardea Health Integrative

Where Empathy Meets Evidence ™


About Us

Envisage a medical practice and where your surroundings are serene, bright, and infused with natural beauty; the scent of essential oils and ambient music complimenting you in every space- and staff members that are kind, compassionate, empathetic, and knowledgeable.

Imagine healthcare providers that listen, connect, and embrace your healing journey every step of the way.  The owner of Cardea Health Integrative (CHI), Dr. Jennings, struggled with her own health challenges for 16 years - an autoimmune disease that educated her well in the complexities and drawbacks of the conventional/ allopathic model first hand.  She was bound and determined to embrace a different model in her own practice and career, one in which the patient always came first, with a keen emphasis on the provider/ patient relationship.   

Cardea Health Integrative (CHI) was founded in January of 2015, when the Preventive Medicine and Wellness Clinic was purchased from Dr. Robert Barnes and transitioned to Dr. Jennings’ ownership.  This initiated a rebirth of the well-established alternative practice, along with a new mission and vision and strategic plans for growth. 

Part of this ameliorated plan for growth included the consolidation of the 2 former locations (Dunkirk and Cheektowaga) into one destination wellness center.  The property was carefully selected to be in a central geographic location to our patients, where the local population would also have an interest in natural medicine, nutrition, and holistic healing modalities. 

This dream became a reality with the Twin Elms Estate, just outside the village of East Aurora. 

Although a perfect place to support this vision was hard to come by, the property at the ‘Twin Elms’ estate boasted 81.2 acres, a 3-acre pond, hiking trails, a large slate roof stable, and of course- the Georgian revival architecture and craftsmanship of its most prominent building. It required nearly a year of renovations to turn the stables into a modern integrative medical practice- and subsequently the new Cardea Health Integrative at Twin Elms opened its doors to patients on December 11th, 2017. 

This new facility was heralded concurrently with diversification and addition of new healthcare services and product lines.  This has included an addition of a functional chiropractor (Dr. Ray Cooley), another integrative provider to compliment Dr. Jennings (Dr. Susan Nierenberg), a HOCATT™ ozone sauna, infrared saunas, colon hydrotherapy, and space to be used for education and workshops. 

We welcome the opportunity to be a part of your journey.


"I probably would not be here today if not for what Cardea did to help my heart condition."

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