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.

Dr. Adam Friedman, MS, CSCS, CMT, ND

Dr. Adam Friedman graduated from Bastyr University Medical School with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and has always had a passion for learning. His other degrees include a Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University and dual Bachelors degrees in Pre-Physical Therapy and Psychology, also from Ohio University. Dr. Adam became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 1999 and has a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer certification. He has trained diverse populations such as athletes at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels, pediatrics, geriatrics, pregnant women, and patients with acute or chronic pain.

As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Adam utilizes the latest functional medicine techniques to gain a greater understanding of your needs, while maintaining naturopathic principles based on thousands of years of medical practice. He has practiced and lectured all over the world, from Hong Kong to rural Nicaragua and is fluent in Spanish.

In his more than 25 years of experience in health and wellness, Dr. Adam has become a fat loss specialist. He understands the importance of hormone balancing along with diet, exercise and lifestyle in the fat loss equation. Because every patient is unique, he has created a comprehensive fat loss program that can be tailored to your individual needs.

Dr. Adam sees health as a continuum that moves from illness through wellness to fitness. Let Dr. Adam locate where you are on that continuum and help you get moving in the right direction, away from illness and towards fitness, using the least force to get the most benefit.

In his free time, Dr. Adam enjoys playing soccer, yoga, reading, and playing the classical guitar.

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

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

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, Operations Manager

Dawn is our Operations 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.

Christina Shipman, Holistic Esthetician

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.”



Amanda Geibel, Licensed Massage Therapist

Amanda graduated from the Healing Arts Institute and has been licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board since 2008.  She believes in the body’s ability to heal itself and utilizes her expertise to assist in the process.  She combines intuition and technical skill in order to provide her clients with a thorough, soothing, and effective massage.  Amanda brings a diverse skill set and have worked within athletic, rehabilitation and relaxation settings.

She fuses clinically based deep tissue and myofascial techniques to calm, relax and reconnect the person as a whole.  Amanda is passionate about helping guests feel physically and emotionally self-aware both during and after their massage. Those who have benefited from her work are: pregnant women, athletes, chronic pain and migraine sufferers and anyone seeking overall wellness of being

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.

Jessica Carpenter

Jessica Carpenter is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT, RYT500), Health Coach, and Tension and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE®) Provider. After completing Pure Vitality’s training course and an internship with Becky Mauldin ND in 2016, Jessica also registered as a certified holistic health practitioner (CHHP). Jessica practiced massage therapy in Georgia for four years and has seven years of experience partnering with holistic and mental health professionals to support wellness goals. Complementary physical interventions can optimize results and provide empowering tools for clients to learn how to maintain their well-being. Jessica is currently a full-time student working toward her BA in Psychology and plans to begin a graduate program at Akron University in the fall of 2020. Her goal is to integrate her education for mental and emotional health with her experience as a bodyworker to create customized solutions that bring thorough and compassionate care to the healing journey. This powerful combination will support clients to take control of their health.

Doug Dearth Personel Growth & Wellness Coach

As a highly sought-after performance and development coach, Doug empowers individuals through his “action-oriented” approach, to discover and apply their personal power and gifts to living the life of their dreams.

Doug’s passion for transforming lives started when, as an an accomplished athlete, he became one of the most “in demand” health & fitness trainers in Hollywood, working with top movie stars, professional athletes and music icons. Doug then focused his attention toward the big screen where, as an actor, he worked with noted directors such as Stephen Frears, Bruce Berisford, Clint Eastwood and Harold Ramis.

In 1999 Doug started his producing career working with John Cusack’s New Crime Productions to deliver such films as “The Jack Bull”, “Grace Is Gone” and “War, Inc.” He then made his directorial debut in 2009 with the award-winning documentary “9000 Needles”. This film was Doug’s “aha” moment, discovering his passion to share stories about every day heroes, ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Doug went on to produce and direct the documentary “Under The Knife Abroad” for the critically acclaimed Vanguard Documentary Series on Current TV. He later produced and directed two sports documentaries, “Inspired To Ride” and “Long Road Home: The D.R. Diaries”. Doug then completed two one-hour TV specials for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and later a behind-the-scenes special for their new series “Into The Badlands”. He then moved on to shoot the docs-series “Cooper’s Treasure” for Discovery Channel.

Doug’s feature film directorial debut “Underdogs” was released in 2013 and he currently has two feature films in development, “Last Day” and “Three Dog Night”, both of which Doug will direct and produce.

When Doug is not making films he works one-on-one with clients, helping them to become unstuck, achieve their goals and live a high-performance, purpose-filled life.

Rate: $125.00 per hour.
Contact: 310.403.6309 to schedule an appointment or a free 15 minute phone consultation.