Meet the Staff

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).

Health Professional

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.

Jessica Ward

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.

Lauren Berendt L.Ac.

Lauren graduated with a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a Tui Na certificate from the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2012. Lauren graduated from a 4 year program condensed into 3 years of full time study and internship with a completeion of 3,146 total hours. During school, she had a special interest in Peripheral Neuropathy due to Chemotherapy and Radiation treatment, and wrote her Master's Project describing her findings and treatments implemented on her own patients with such conditions. “I am very blessed in that I do what I love for a living. I deeply enjoy connecting and getting to know everyone I work with (whether human or animal); I always treat my patients as the individual they are. People describe me with a compassionate and kind disposition which my patients appreciate. Currently, I have a special interest in treating women and children, as well as pain maintenance.” Some of Lauren's experience includes: Diplomat of Acupuncture, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), #153263 LAc, State Medical Board of Ohio, License #65.000274 RVT, Ohio Veterinary Medical Board, License #1996 MAcOM, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Clinical Internship (Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) Asian Bodywork Therapy/Tuina Certification from ASAOM Reiki 1 and 2 Usui Tradition Celtic Herbal Studies: Brighid's Academy of the Healing Arts Please refer to the following link for more information on the varying levels of education of Acupuncturists and other health care professionals who are at this time legally able to perform Acupuncture: Know Your Acupuncturist verified by healthprofs.com

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.

Robin Vaughn MA, Colon Hydrotherapist/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.

Dawn Bailey

Dawn is our Spa Manager and has held positions in management and skin care throughout her career. She is passionate about providing patients and clients with skin care products and services that lead to a healthier, younger you on the inside and out.

Adam Varga

Adam has been a medically licensed massage therapist since 2010.  Originating from the spa environment and gaining many additional modalities he is able to tailor any session to what the client needs.  His approach is creating and maintaining an environment that encourages the body to relax, let go, and heal naturally.  Including Swedish, and Therapeutic massage, Adam is fluent in Hot Stone, Lomi Lomi, and Aromatherapy applications.  He is also certified in Reiki II of the Usui Shiki Ryoho lineage.  He is both professional and sensitive to the needs of each individual client.  Adam finds great reward in helping others unwind and reconnect with themselves.

Christina Shipman

Christina is our licensed managing esthetician. She attended Brown Aveda in Rocky River.  She also underwent additional training in herbal facials and plant based skincare. She personalizes healthy, natural skin care by ensuring that the products she uses are free of toxins, paraben, glycol, and sodium lauryl laureth sulfate. See more on our Facials & Hair Removal page. "My passion for skin care makes my job an enjoyable experience everyday.  I believe that investing in our skin is an investment that lasts a lifetime."