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Dr. Jennifer L. Jennings

DNP, MS, APRN, FNP-BC

Dr. Jennings DNP, MS, APRN, FNP-BC is the owner, CEO, and Medical Director of Cardea Health Integrative (CHI) in East Aurora NY, an integrative medicine practice specializing in infusion therapy, colon hydrotherapy, educational enrichment and other integrative therapies.  Its campus boasts 82 acres of hiking trails; a 3-acre pond and a nature infused healing space. 

Her clinical experience includes several years of level one trauma, neurosurgical critical care, emergency medicine, primary care, addictions and cardiothoracic surgery. In addition to her clinical experience, she spent 14 years in Academia, most recently as an Assistant Professor within the Graduate Department of Nursing at Georgetown University, School of Nursing and Health Studies in Washington, DC. At Georgetown, she has acted as a course coordinator and was appointed chair of the Evaluation Committee.

In addition, she has corporate healthcare experience, acting as a Corporate Manager of Clinical Education as part of the Nurse Executive team, servicing 5 hospital sites and overseeing all aspects of clinical education for the Health system with >10,000 employees.

Dr. Jennings has been appointed as “Expert Witness” in several malpractice legal cases and acted as editor for several clinical publications, and has also been appointed to various nonprofit board positions, currently as President for Buffalo Wellness Center.   She routinely volunteers her time providing care to the under-served population as well as various health and wellness initiatives.

She has been appointed a podium speaker at national conferences; has peer-reviewed publications in journals and was awarded a U.S. Patent andTrademark Office patent which was independently presented at the UNC Trauma Conference 2012.

Dr. Jennings was accepted to the prestigious and selective “Leadership in Integrative Medicine” educational fellowship at Duke University and is also pursuing additional fellowships with the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) and American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).

She certified as an Outdoor Emergency Clinician (OEC) as part of the National Ski Patrol, and has also completed 200 hours of Yoga teacher training at the “East Meets West” yoga studio, voted Buffalo’s finest studio.

She loves to garden, primarily perennial and vegetables, experimenting with medicinal and herbaceous plantings, feels at home in nature, especially kayaking, snow showing, skiing, hiking, biking and outdoor yoga.  Embracing “living off the land” she has chickens, apiaries, and fruit orchards that keep her busy and grounded. 


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Dr. Susan Nierenberg

DNP, FNP-BC, RN - Integrative Clinician and Mindfulness Based Counselor

She was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the SUNY at Buffalo School of Nursing. Her practice has included holistic integrative management of adult and pediatric patients in the primary care setting for over 25 years. Additionally, she has experience as a psychiatric nurse providing individual and group counseling in an outpatient mental health setting for 12 years. She has specialty training in mindfulness-based treatment modalities with John Kabat-Zinn.

Her most recent practice setting has been Sedona Holistic Medical Centre where she provided functional medicine based primary care as well as mindfulness-based counseling until its recent closing. Mindfulness-based strategies have been found to be effective for persons with chronic illness, pain, anxiety, depression and for those working to cope more effectively with chronic stress and addictive behaviors. Susan also is a volunteer with the Remote Area Medical Team travelling to areas in the nation that are medically under served.

Locally, she volunteers with the Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team as well as the Red Cross in providing disaster medical and mental health aid. She has presented at national and international conferences on the utilization of mindfulness and stress reduction practices to enhance physical and emotional health. 


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Michele Adams

RN, BSN, CHHC- Nutritionist

Michele Adams is a Registered Nurse, Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator, Holistic Health/Life Coach practicing with the foundation of Functional Medicine/Functional Nutrition.  Michele is an Essential Oils Educator and has a Level I & II certification in Reiki.

Michele has an A.A.S. in Dietetics, a B.S. in Nursing from Daemen College, Certification in Health Coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Certification in Life Coaching from American Association of Diabetes Educators. Michele has 1 year of Graduate studies in Nutrition & Functional Medicine under her belt from University of Western States, that will be applied as a Post Graduate Certificate once her competition of her Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S. in Nursing) is complete, which she is currently in the process of completing at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY.

Michele specializes in women’s health & family health, working with her clients, providing them the knowledge and tools they need to help themselves heal from chronic conditions. Helping women balance hormones naturally with diet, lifestyle, and environment.  Michele teaches them to dig for their root cause and no longer allows them to accept the simple band-aid effect of treating only their symptoms, while all along coaching on mindfulness and gratitude awareness.


Barbara Tytka

RN

Barbara Tytka received her nursing education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and Sister’s School of Nursing. She has been a registered professional nurse since 1995. In 1999, while working as a medical-surgical nurse at Sister’s Hospital, she was introduced to alternative medicine. She began working as an IV therapy nurse under the direction of Dr. Robert F. Barnes at Preventive Medicine and Wellness Clinic. In 2001, Barbara completed the Great Lakes College of Clinical Medicine tech certification program. She has practiced as an IV therapy nurse and has researched and administered alternative IV therapies for more than 20 years. In addition to her work and training in numerous Integrative therapies, Barb has also worked as an urgent care nurse, obtaining certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.


Renee Peterangelo

RN, BSN

Renee Peterangelo is an IV therapy nurse who became part of the Cardea Health team in June of 2016. She is an experienced registered nurse of over 25 years. Renee graduated as a Registered Nurse from Sister’s School of Nursing in 1993 and later received her BSN at Daemen College in 2015. Her early nursing career began at Sister’s Hospital in newborn nursery and labor & delivery, and she later became a childbirth educator and home care nurse. Renee’s nursing passion is in advocating for the health, well-being, and care of every individual through a holistic mind, body, and spiritual approach. She is an active member of the American Holistic Nursing Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. In addition to her nursing knowledge and experience, Renee’s personal development includes over 9 years of Tai Chi & Qi Gong practice. She believes in an integrative nursing approach by using multicultural health-based practices, evidence-based practices, principles of holism, self-care, and interconnectedness as a way of living.


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Susan Morreale

RN

Susan  is an IV therapy nurse who became a part of the Cardea Health team in July 2018. She is a true wellness warrior advocating health and wellness for others as well as a Breast Cancer survivor thriver + business owner. 
Susan believes a woman should always appreciate herself and honor her soul in everything she does. 

She graduated from Niagara County Community college as an RN in 1985, and began her journey of nursing as a charge nurse at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on their  Med Surg floor where she later went on to create and lead their IV team. 
Sue has always believed in the mind/ body/ soul connection which led her to start her own business with her daughter and has integrated well-being of the mind, body, and soul into her businesses. 
Her Story + Her Sanctuary
Their mission is to provide a space in which beauty, experience, and wellness are supported by products that guide one’s journey to well being; to celebrate women and their stories, while inspiring and empowering others to live a happy, healthy, and grateful life; a space where women can gather and feel comfortable in their own skin.
Sue is a true believer in integrative health, and working at Cardea has provided an opportunity to incorporate all of her beliefs for the well-being of the mind / body/ soul into helping patients on a daily basis.

”Her beauty radiated with strength, grace and commitment. Commitment to living the best possible life she can and helping others along the way.” - Sue Morreale


Linda Tyczka

RN

Linda’s experience includes 33 years as a hospital-based Registered Nurse, 23 years in Pediatrics- of which the last 10 were in an Emergency Room. She has also been practicing colon hydrotheraqpy since 2008 after she received certification from the International School for Colon Hydrotherapy


Jonathan D. Phillips

Practice Manager

Jonathan is a veteran of the service industry, in which he worked for the previous 14 years.  His experience includes opening a total of 9 restaurants as a corporate trainer, including one location in Dubai, UAE.  Most recently, he worked as the Kitchen Manager and Head Chef at Mangia Ristorante and Caffe in Orchard Park.  Since joining the Cardea team in 2015, he has been able to connect his personal passion for health and wellness to the principles of service and efficiency he cultivated in his prior years.  He enjoys yoga, meditation, is an avid chess player-  and dreams of bringing a medicinal café concept to Cardea and the East Aurora area.  Food IS medicine!

 

 

Kaya Rucci-Bender

MHC-P- Holistic Therapist & Patient Coordinator

Many of us often hear the term "self-love", especially in a society saturated with trendy wellness movements that promise divine intervention. While adopting a healthier lifestyle is always beneficial, it is our connection with our inner self that cultivates genuine change and long-term growth.

Kaya specializes in joining clients on their path to self-love and -compassion by exploring triggers to uncomfortable thoughts and emotions, and assisting clients in learning how to manage the impact of such thoughts and emotions on one's freedom of choice. 
Kaya nurtures a nonjudgmental therapeutic environment that empowers clients to connect with their healing process. Although we all tell a different story, pain is universal. By rejecting negative self-talk; re-framing your narrative; setting boundaries; and saying "No" to toxicity without guilt, you will be one step closer to acceptance, forgiveness and holistic alignment. 
We all deserve to feel balance between the mind, body and spirit. We deserve to find our purpose and thrive in doing so. Remember: You have an innate power and ability to manifest your best life, all you must do is reach out and receive what is rightfully yours.