Amanda Kaufman MD
*Is currently NOT accepting new patients*
Amanda is a family physician practicing integrative medicine for the whole family. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan where she also completed her family medicine residency. She was on the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School from 2005 until 2014. She is board certified in Family Medicine since 2005 and Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) since 2011. In 2017, Dr. Kaufman became certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine.
She is passionate about the negative effects of stress on health and use of mindfulness and meditation to thrive. Interests include preventative medicine, women's health, mindful parenting, child development, breastfeeding, bioidentical hormones, and transgender medicine. She incorporates elements of nutrition, manual therapies, aromatherapy, herbal medicine and traditional chinese medicine with the best of western medicine into her practice. Most recently she has begun offering ozone therapy. Ozone can be used for all kinds of problems; from ear infections to autoimmune disease to accelerate healing. She is married with three small children and enjoys walks in the woods and gardening.
Elisa Picken, MD
*Is currently accepting newborn and pediatric patients only*
Dr. Picken is a board-certified family physician specializing in integrative care for the whole family. She received her medical degree from Mayo Medical School at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. She then completed two years of residency training in the combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics program through the University of Michigan. Due to her desire to receive the best training possible for providing outstanding primary care services to patients of all ages, she completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. Upon completion of residency, she became faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School where she served from 2007 until 2017. She has been board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine since 2007 and certified in Integrative Medicine by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine since 2015. In 2017, Dr. Picken became board certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine. She is excited to work together with her patients to help them achieve their health goals.
One of her greatest joys is the privilege of being the mother of 6 children. When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her family on their sustainably run farm.
Sean Zager, MD
Dr. Zager is a board certified, integrative family physician who cares for patients of all ages. He completed his undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Michigan as well as a fellowship in integrative medicine through U-M's Department of Family Medicine. More recently, he has practiced in holistic and primary care settings in northern California and New Zealand, and he is excited to rejoin the vibrant integrative community of Ann Arbor.
Dr. Zager's aim in each patient's care is to find the most effective blend of conventional medical and holistic healing modalities, new and old. These modalities range from botanical and nutraceutical therapies to lifestyle modification (including nutrition, exercise, sleep hygiene and stress management) and mind-body techniques such as guided imagery (useful for many health goals including mood elevation, anxiety relief, habit change and overall equanimity). Dr. Zager is also well-versed in functional medicine, particularly as it relates to thyroid, adrenal and gastrointestinal health. Other interests include men's health as well as cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and autoimmune conditions.
In addition to visits for wellness/preventive care "check-ups" and the management of chronic health issues, Dr. Zager is pleased to offer urgent care appointments for children and adults (for acute infections, injuries, rashes, allergic reactions, etc.). When he is not in the office, he can be found hanging with his wife and son, strumming his ukulele, seeing live music, traveling, and communing with the great outdoors.
Prema Lindsay-Smith, LMT
Prema began studying massage therapies in the 1970s and has been a professional massage therapist and bodyworker since 1994. She is a licensed, registered nurse with sixteen years of experience in hospital and outpatient medical settings. Prema has provided educational training, workshops and lectures to professionals for twenty years.Her comprehensive massage training includes lomilomi, manual lymphatic drainage, neuromuscular therapy, shiatsu, sports, Swedish, Thai massage and certiﬁcation in reﬂexology and pregnancy massage. Prema's advanced training includes somatoemotional release and over twenty years of experience with craniosacral therapy - both modalities with the John Upledger Foundation. She has also been initiated in the second degree of Reiki Usui System of Natural Healing.
Prema is licensed by the state of Michigan and is certiﬁed by the National Certiﬁcation Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), Reﬂexology Association of Canada, Chicago School of Massage Therapy for prenatal and postpartum massage, and has advanced certiﬁcation for pregnancy massage with Body Therapy Associates. She also is certiﬁed for myofacsial and neuromuscular therapy by Chicago School of Massage and Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy.
Prema Lindsay Smith is also a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).
To learn more about Prema's practice click Inner Balance Therapy
Amy F. Saunders MD, MPH
*Is currently NOT accepting new patients*
Dr. Saunders is a board certified internal medicine physician. She received her MD degree and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Ohio State University, followed by a research fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Duke University. She earned a Masters in Public Health from University of North Carolina at the same time. Since 1992 she has lived in Ann Arbor and was an assistant professor of Internal Medicine at University of Michigan for 20 years. She is co-facilitator for the Faculty Scholars Program in Integrative Medicine and through this program developed rewarding collaborations with many excellent providers of complementary and alternative approaches.
Dr. Saunders offers high quality conventional medical care, diagnostics, and disease prevention. She combines that with broad understanding of integrative nutrition, energy work, manual therapy, and nonpharmacologic alternatives for management of chronic inflammatory conditions. She is married and has 2 daughters and 1 exchange daughter from Switzerland, and in her free time enjoys traveling, music, and gardening.
Susannah Parke, DO
Dr. Parke uses a holistic approach to treat dysfunction in the body. She completed her medical school training at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine in 2009, followed by an internship and then three-year residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Michigan. In 2014 she completed a fellowship year in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine / Neuromusculo-skeletal Medicine (OMM/NMM) at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Parke worked as faculty at the University of Michigan integrating traditional rehabilitation medicine with osteopathic manipulation before leaving to start her own practice focusing on osteopathic manipulative medicine. She continues as adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan in the department of PM&R and MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of OMM/NMM.
Dr. Parke uses a variety of techniques to treat patients of all ages. Her treatments include osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), exercise prescription and regenerative injections when necessary to stabilize injured joints. Dr. Parke also enjoys counseling on nutrition and lifestyle choices which are integral to overall body function and health.
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Abby Humphrey, Dipl Ac.
Ms. Humphrey came to acupuncture, as many do, through pain. An injury incurred in her dance career led her to an acupuncturist in Middletown, CT, where she was attending Wesleyan University. This experience inspired her in turn to Chinese Medicine as part of her bachelor’s degree work in East Asian Studies. Further explorations in complementary medicine brought her to the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy in New York City, where she received a Certificate in Massage Therapy, and to the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now the TAI Sophia Institute) in Columbia, MD. where she got her Masters in Acupuncture and Certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine. After moving to Ann Arbor, she co-founded the Center for Sacred Living, a collaborative healing space for practitioners of various modalities. She has expertise in acupuncture techniques for a broad range of health problems and recently received training in cosmetic acupuncture. She is married and has 3 daughters. She enjoys performing and teaching belly dancing. More about Abby ...
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Robert Piper, LMSW
Mr. Piper is a Michigan-licensed clinical social worker and long-time Ann Arbor resident. His clinical practice includes behavioral and mind-body medicine, as well as mindful psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. He is married with twin daughters, and three lovable cats.
Shannon Leslie Zager, LMT
Shannon Leslie Zager, LMT has been practicing the art of massage and bodywork as a career for over ten years. She is trained and certified in prenatal/postnatal massage, deep tissue and Swedish massage, neuromuscular/trigger point therapy, craniosacral therapy, Thai massage, energy healing, and is also a trained yoga instructor. With a strong understanding of anatomy and physiology and a keen intuition she has helped hundreds of people discover more freedom and comfort in their bodies. She worked for many years in the spas of Napa Valley and provided therapeutic treatments at an athletic center before venturing into private practice.
Shannon is also a pencil artist, a vegetable gardner, a devoted wife and a mother to a clever young boy.
To learn more about Shannon's practice click Mother Tree Therapeutic Massage.