Dr. Jennifer L. Jennings


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. 


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.

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Renee Peterangelo


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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Linda Tyczka


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!

Lori Pusateri

LMHC- Patient Care Coordinator



Kaya Rucci

LMHC, Administrator