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Staff - Our Dynamic Team
  
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David Sollars, Clinic Founder and Medical Director

David Sollars, M.Ac., Lic.Ac., H.M.C., Clinic Founder/Medical Director, CAM PPO Provider, is a diplomat for the North American Homeopathic Master’s Clinician Course and the International Federation of Homeopathy. He has had the privilege to study and be influenced by many remarkable homeopaths including Lou Klein, Rajan Sankaran, Jan Scholten, Roger Morrison, Richard Moscowitz, Phil Bonnett, and Ted Chapman. He holds a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine and is certified in both Shiatsu and Tui-Na Oriental massage. He graduated from The New England School of Acupuncture (NESA). He is a frequent lecturer and consultant for hospitals, insurance companies, patient support groups, and hosted a local television show on alternative medicine. He has been a practicing health care provider for over 21 years in the Boston/Merrimack Valley area, offering a wide range of healing options for his patients’ continuing health care.

He is a member of The New England Homeopathic Academy; The Massachusetts Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine—Board Member (1991-95); The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists; Fibromyalgia Network Provider; The New England Pain Association; Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts; The National Center for Homeopathy; The National/New England Speaker’s Association; and continues in his commitment to international and community service as Past-President of the Andover, Massachusetts Chapter of Rotary International, Current Chairman of the Board for Challenge Unlimited, an Andover, MA-based therapeutic riding program, and Past Treasurer for the Integrative Medicine Alliance.

He is the author of the newly released The Complete Idiot's Guide to Homeopathy (R) and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acupuncture and Acupressure (R).  He has been a contributing editor for such books as Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, The Root of Chinese Qigong, and Eight Pieces of Brocade—Improving and Maintaining Health. Mr. Sollars is a senior editor for Natural Standard, a medical research writing collaborative, whose group recently published Herb & Supplement, Evidence Based Clinical Reviews and Herb & Supplement, The Clinical Bottom Line.

Mr. Sollars has combined his experiences from over two decades of practicing patient care during the continuing evolution of integrative medicine to offer a unique range of consulting. He is Past-President of Catapult Coffee, an herbal-enhanced coffee product with national distribution. Companies wishing to create or expand their footprint in the natural marketplace will value his knowledge of the health oriented marketplace, business development, and extensive background in natural product formulation. He is a national speaker and private consultant for developing business models for integrative medical practices.


 
CONDITIONING / FITNESS DEPARTMENT
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Art McDermott

 
Art McDermott, CSCS, USAW, owner of Matrix Strength & Fitness
, a private training center specializing in personal training, nutrition, fitness transformations and sports preparation. Art has been involved with strength sports for over 25 years. During that time, he has participated in over 23 National and World Championships in three different sports, as well as 2 Olympic Track & Field Trials.

Among his accomplishments are:

Adjunct Professor – University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Department of Health and Environment. Presently teaching “Exercise Prescription and Program Design”

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification. Originally certified in the first exam in 1985

USA Weightlifting certification

4 Time NCAA All-American in Track & Field and a member of several US International Teams

New England All-Time record holder for both the shot put and discus

Speaker at the 2005 NSCA National Convention
Art has authored multiple articles on various strength-related topics, having written for Milo Magazine, Powerlifting USA, the NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal, Pure Power Magazine. Art recently co-authored the first science-based research on modified strongman training methods with low back expert Professor Stu McGill, Waterloo University, Canada to be published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. He has also co-authored book “Applied Strongman Training for Sport” with world-renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin.

To contact Art directly, please call 978.509.3580


 

NUTRITION DEPARTMENT
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Kim Dorval, RD, LD

 
Kim Dorval, RD, LD, CAM PPO Provider,
Nutrition in Motion founder, is a gifted educator and motivator. Her knack for identifying her clients’ specific lifestyle challenges and creating a plan for successful improvement is one of her many strengths. Before founding Nutrition in Motion, Kim spent several years as both an inpatient and outpatient dietitian at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH. She knows that education is the backbone for behavior change. However, Kim also understands the critical need to provide her clients with motivation and support. Kim’s expertise is in treating metabolic disorders such as thyroid disease, diabetes, insulin resistance and difficulty losing weight despite diet and exercise. Other areas of practice include cardiovascular disease, weight management, and gastrointestinal disorders.

To contact Kim directly: kdorval@nimnh.com


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Patricia Murray

 
Patricia Murray, RD, Med, LD, CAM PPO Provider,
has been a practicing pediatric dietician since 1983. Her work is centered on helping parents and their children focus on their total well-being with a personalized approach to nutrition and fitness. Patricia also specializes in developing nutritional programs for children with special needs including cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cardiac defects, seizure disorder, spina bifidia, PDD/Autism and other medically complex conditions. Patricia has been actively involved in Special Medical Services, a department of New Hampshire’s Health and Human Services where she developed its nutrition, feeding and swallowing program. She is a published author and frequently gives presentations on various nutrition topics related to children with special health care needs.

Patricia’s publishing credits include:

  • Co-authored a chapter in the ADA publication: Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Community Pocket Guide
  • Co-authored an article for Washington University’s Nutrition Focus Newsletter: Enteral Nutrition Management for Children with Special Health Care Needs

To contact Patricia directly: pmurray@nimnh.com


 

MASSAGE/BODYWORK DEPARTMENT
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Jack & Sona Barakitis

Jack and Sona Barakitis, CAM PPO Providers, are both graduates of the DoveStar Institute of Massage and Alternative Healing Arts. Both are Nationally Certified Bodyworkers, licensed in the state of Massachusetts, and members of American Massage Therapy Association.

Jack is approaching his 12th year as a massage therapist and 5 years as a Continuing Education Provider and educator teaching Kriya massage, Shamballa Reiki and anatomy and physiology. He has served on the board of directors for two non-profit foundations Head Heart and Hands of Savannah Georgia and Healing Haven Center for Women of Hilton Head Island South Carolina. Both foundations offered rehabilitation programs for abused women and children. Jack is a speaker advocating the benefits of massage, organic food nutrition and discourse analysis. Jack is also a massage expert on www.AllExperts.com with 11 nominations for expert of the month. He co-organizes Meetup groups with his wife in Reiki, and Conscious Communication – Liberate Your Life Through Your Language, a linguistics group created by Jack who has authored books on CD, based on his discovery of the transformative power of the spoken word. Jack also offers a Superior Men's support group inspired by the author David Deida. Over the past decade as a massage therapist, Jack has developed methods of helping clients achieve results by offering common sense solutions that guide to healthier living. His approach is to map out how your body stores tension then orient the therapy in a direction that is effective for you.

Sona is approaching her 6th year as a massage therapist and has received Certified massage therapist recognition from the Zlin Institute of Massage in the Czech Republic. School for Self Healing in San Francisco California and the DoveStar Institute of Savannah Georgia. Sona has the ability to create an environment for you to deeply relax into the nurturing dance and rhythm of her massage. Her intuitive approach to bodywork offers the experience to achieve physical and emotional well being. Sona also co-organizes Reiki and Conscious Communication Meetup groups with her husband.

With certifications in Kriya Massage, Shamballa Reiki, CranioSacral Therapy, Reflexology, Hot Stone, Neuromuscular, Couples Massage, and Pre- and Post-Natal Massage, Sona and Jack have the ability to offer an integrative approach by combining massage techniques into one singular massage designed for your individual needs. All products utilized in treatments are Certified Organic.

For more information please visit www.andoverintegrativemassage.com
 

 
PSYCHOTHERAPY DEPARTMENT
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Dr. Laura Hillman

 
Dr. Laura Hillman, Ph.D., LMHC, FOT,
has opened her practice within FirstHealth of Andover.  Dr. Hillman is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in work with older adolescents and adults.  Having begun her professional career in 1993, Dr. Hillman holds a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from Tufts University. 

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hillman, please call 978-470-1993.

 

 

 

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