Dr. Nicholas Parasson ND
Dr. Parasson is a licensed and board-certified Naturopathic Physician. He graduated from Bastyr University Medical School, the world’s leading academic center for advancing knowledge in natural medicine, located in Seattle, Washington. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ohio University. Dr. Parasson has received additional training in applied kinesiology (muscle testing), environmental medicine (which focuses on chemical sensitivities and detoxification of environmental pollutants) and infectious disease.
While Dr. Parasson treats all health conditions of all ages, he has special interest in men’s health, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, adrenal/thyroid conditions, environmental medicine, oncology (cancer) and infectious disease including Lyme disease. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs discussing a wide variety of health topics. Dr. Parasson enjoys golf, yoga, traveling and reading (especially about current medical literature).
Dr. Julie Flynn ND
Dr. Julieann Flynn is a licensed and board-certified Naturopathic Physician. She graduated from Bastyr University Medical School in 2003. Dr. Flynn received her Bachelor of Arts in Zoology/PreMedicine from Miami University. Prior to joining SNWC, Dr.Flynn trained with a family practice physician and received additional training in functional medicine to better understand the biochemical causes of disease. She also received additional education and certification in Cranial Sacral Therapy, a gentle form of body work.
Dr. Flynn treats all health conditions and enjoys working with patients of all ages from newborn to geriatric. Over the past 11 years of practice Dr. Flynn has developed special interest and skill set in pediatrics, women’s health and endocrinology.
Dr. Flynn emphasizes creating treatment plans that are effective while still being manageable in a busy life. Dr. Flynn utilizes allergy testing and hormone testing to personalize her approach to her patients. She works with chronic digestive issues, hormone imbalance, depression, anxiety and fatigue among many other conditions. She has done numerous community lectures on topics such as inflammation, pediatric health, gluten intolerance, menopause and natural hormone replacement.
“I am passionate about naturopathic medicine because I have seen what amazing changes can take place in a person’s life when they are healthy. My goal is to help my patients optimize their health so that they can go out into the world to do the work they need to do, so that they can be the best person they can be.”
Dr. Flynn lives her philosophies of natural medicine including eating a gluten- and dairy-free diet and participating in regular yoga practice for stress relief and exercise. Dr. Flynn is married and the mother of four children. She enjoys anything that gets her outdoors including hiking, biking, skiing and running.
Angela Karvounides ND
Dr. Karvounides is a licensed naturopathic doctor. She graduated, with honors, from accredited naturopathic medical school, The University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. While in school, Dr. Karvounides earned the Clinical Excellence award chosen by faculty for her outstanding clinical performance and dedication and studied under renowned naturopath, Dr. Peter D’adamo. She has also completed an additional 2-year course of specialized study in classical homeopathy from The New England School of Homeopathy. After becoming licensed in the state of Connecticut, Dr. Karvounides completed a one-year residency where she treated a broad range of health conditions for patients of all ages.
Dr. Karvounides sought her degree to assist and empower patients in their journey towards optimal health and wellness. Her passion lies in integrating modern medicine with traditional, effective natural therapies in an effort to identify the root cause of illness and imbalance that can affect one’s quality of life. Dr. Karvounides is committed to using her education and clinical expertise to empower patients while providing individualized care to meet each patient’s diverse needs. Clinical focus: Opus23 Nutrgigenomic specialist, weight loss, cholesterol and glucose management, endocrinology, skin and digestive conditions, autoimmune disease, women’s health, pediatrics, anxiety/depression, chronic fatigue, stress.
Dr. Karvounides is a proud member of the Ohio Naturopathic Doctors Association and the Institute of Naturopathic Generative Medicine (INGM).
Jessica Ward, Office Manager
Jessica began working at Summit Natural Wellness Center in July of 2014. She has previously worked in a variety of healthcare settings with a focus on health and wellness. She received her B.A. in The Promotion of Health and Wellness from Hiram College in 2010. In her spare time she is a lover of animals, enjoys singing, reading and hiking with her husband and her dog.
Robin Vaughn MA, Colon Hydrotherapist, Detoxification Specialist, Phlebotomist
Robin graduated from Northcoast Medical Academy in Kent, Ohio with her diploma in Medical Assisting in 2009. Robin also served as a Nationally Registered and Certified Phlebotomy Technician since 2010. She is CPR-certified through the American Heart Association. She underwent her Colon Hydrotherapy Technician training through I-ACT, the International Association of Colon Hydrotherapy.
Robin is proud to offer colon hydrotherapy to patients seeking an alternative to pre-colonoscopy chemical laxatives which dehydrate your body and can cause cramping, pain, and time off work. Any patient seeking good health should consider colon hydrotherapy. See our Colon Hydrotherapy page for more details.
Christy Rollyson, Licensed Acupuncturist, Reiki Master
I began my career in the health industry in 1999 as a medical assistant. I worked with patients in a very clinical setting and began to question how our medical system functioned. I knew that Western Medicine was necessary but began to wonder if something was missing. After a period of time, I felt burnt out and disconnected with the patients we cared for. It was time for a change. I began working for a chiropractor in 2003 and found a new approach to health, wellness, and patient care. I felt rejuvenated in a practice that referred out to Western doctors and also added a holistic approach to self-care and wellness. My eyes were opened to a new approach! I felt compelled to look into ways I could take my past knowledge and add in this new information and began searching and found myself studying essential oils, reiki, meditation and other methods of alternative self-care. Eventually I discovered acupuncture and in 2011 graduated with a Master’s Degree in acupuncture.
I am truly thankful for this path and how it has helped my family with issues stemming from routine care to anxiety. Two of my three children were born with some medical issues and alternative care has provided me with a way to help strengthen their health. It has given me a passionate desire to help children and families with planning care to maintain health and wellness. May each year bring us closer to those goals we set for ourselves and our loved ones.
Leigh Ann Wise, Licensed Massage Therapist
Leigh Ann has been a licensed massage therapist for 11 years, operating her own private practice in North Canton. Whether the goal is relaxation or therapeutic in nature, she uses an integrative approach combining Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, Trigger Point Therapy, basic Myofascial Release and more to help facilitate client wellness. As a certified Integral Yoga instructor, she is also able to draw upon the yogic principles of breath work, relaxation, and stretching to further enhance long-term well-being. She is also a certified Reiki practitioner, trained in Auricular Therapy, and taught massage therapy for 7 years at Stark State College.
Linnell Reed, Certified Reflexologist
Linnell Reed has been practicing reflexology since 2005. She completed training from New England Institute of Reflexology in Onset, Massachusetts in November 2004 with over 376 hours of specialized work. Additionally trained in the science-based Manzanares Method ™ of Reflexology with continuing education of 16 hours in June 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. CE credit approved by the American Reflexology Certification Board for Provider POO118. She has a heart for helping people achieve a sense of well being, relax and restore balance in the body, one sole at a time.
Megan Cole, Operations Manager, Marketing & Communications Manager
Megan began working at Summit Natural Wellness Center in 2019. Previously, she spent five years as a photographer, videographer, and communications manager for an international non-profit organization. She had the privilege of traveling the globe to capture and share stories of the lives of children being changed through receiving education, food, and hope for a brighter future. She looks forward to her work here with a passion to see patients come to a place of healing and wellness.
Carol Werner, Licensed Massage Therapist
Carol Werner has been licensed as a Massage Therapist since 2008 and offers clients customized therapeutic massage to address injury, reduce discomfort, and enhance well-being. Her initial training in neuromuscular therapy was at the National Institute of Massotherapy in Akron, Ohio. Carol’s continuing education and training in various massage modalities is focused on the art of healing based on a foundation of science.
Carol is also a graduate of Ohio State University and holds a master’s degree in Health Arts & Science from Goddard Collage in Plainfield, Vermont. Prior to practicing massage full time, she worked in health education and community health. Carol specializes in deep tissue, swedish, pregnancy, and lymphatic massage.
Hallie Herchek, Office Assistant
Since graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from The University of Akron in 2020, Hallie has continued to harbor a passion for learning about, practicing, and servicing others with a variety of modalities in the world of health & wellness – always, ultimately, with each individual’s quality of life in mind.
With her additional years of experience being immersed in local, luxury day spas, she looks forward to providing each and every guest with a holistic experience that is based in healing and tranquility.