Collaborating Practitioners

As part of an integrative practice, we believe that collaboration with practitioners at IFMAcolleagues in the community, and community organizations is necessary for successful, sustainable health care. We welcome sharing clients and learning from one another as we grow as a thriving network of healers.  Below are some of the individuals, practices, and groups that we have developed relationships with already. Some of these practices offer discounts to members of our Integrative Life Program. Follow this link to see the discounts that they provide.

Lara Diaz, L.Ac, Dipl.O.M. (NCCAOM) is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Lara received her four-year acupuncture and herbalism training at Daoist Traditions in Asheville, NC. She takes a holistic approach to health and has successfully treated a variety of acute and chronic conditions with Chinese Medicine from seasonal allergies, to pain reduction, to autoimmune disease and mental and emotional disorders. Lara employs a variety of techniques with her patients including Acupuncture, Chinese and Western Herbs, Cupping, Reflexology, and individualized Dietary Therapy. As an herbalist, Lara produces and sells customized original and classical Chinese herbal tinctured formulas for her patients.

Open Path Collective was founded in 2012, and launched in the spring of 2013, Open Path Psychotherapy Collective is a nationwide network of mental health professionals dedicated to providing in-office mental health care—at a steeply reduced rate—to individuals, couples, children, and families in need. Since our founding, Open Path has matched more than 9,000 clients across the country to affordable psychotherapeutic care. Additionally, Open Path has had over 20,000 students sign on to take one of our affordable online wellness classes.

Shannon Simpson, MA, LMFTA, SEP is a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate with more than ten years of experience in the mental and alternative health fields. She approaches therapy from a body/mind perspective. Shannon helps clients resolve issues relating to: anxiety, depression, ADHD, accidents, traumatic events, PTSD, and childhood trauma early attachment issues. Her goal is to help each client’s system return to health and wholeness. In her work, Shannon incorporates Somatic Experiencing, attachment theory, mindfulness practices and Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy. Shannon specializes in resolving early birth and attachment issues and empowering parents to raise resilient, “trauma-proof” kids. She helps mothers and babies recover from difficult birth experiences.

CoreyPine Shane, RH (AHG), Holistic Clinical Herbalist, is Director of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine and has been helping clients since the early 1990s by artfully blending Chinese and Western herbal traditions with a focus on local plants. As a seasoned wildcrafter he has extensive knowledge of local plant identification as well as medicine making.

He is an expert on herbal first aid and has extensive experience as a Street Medic and Wilderness First Responder.

David Bate, MD is a Board-Certified Family Physician with over thirty years experience. In addition to his medical work, he has been a student of complementary and alternative healing modalities his entire career. He carries Board certification from the American Board of Holistic Medicine and the American Polarity Therapy Association. He is also is certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner by the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute. Dr. Bate has special interest in the effects of trauma on body physiology, and his practice is dedicated to helping clients overcome the adverse effects of earlier trauma. Dr. Bate completed his training in Somatic Experiencing in 2008 and is currently in the Foundation Training in Pre- and Peri-natal trauma conducted by Dr. Raymond Castellino.

Kevin Pennell, is a licensed massage therapist with the State of North Carolina (LBMT #15765), a Professional Member of ABMP, and Board Certified nationally through NCBTMB. A graduate of New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts, Kevin practices integrated modalities of Clinical Massage Therapy including, TuiNa, Thai Massage, European Neuromuscular, Trigger Point Therapy, Acupressure, Active and Passive Release Techniques, Stretching, and Sports Massage. As a Clinical Herbalist, he applies the principles and works with Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, and Western Herbology to support Mobility and Range of Motion. Kevin is also a Certified QiGong Instructor, and Reiki Sensei (Usui Reiki Master), with an earned Bachelor of Arts degree from Spurgeon College. As a healing facilitator for over 18 years, he devotes his life to to create balance and harmony into the lives of his clients through integrated therapies. Massage and Bodywork Appointments are available with Kevin at East West Healing Arts in West Asheville.

Colleagues in the Community:

Jim-Biddle-MDJames Biddle, MD  A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1989, Dr. Biddle completed his residency in Internal Medicine in Portland, Oregon, in 1992. Dr. Biddle is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and also certified in Chelation Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Massage, and Reiki. His passion is combining the best of conventional and cutting-edge medical care. He has special interests in clinical nutrition, hormones, toxic heavy metals, and hyperbaric oxygen treatments. His passions include permaculture and sustainability.

Doah-Chabot-150x150Doah Chabot, LMBT RYT  Thai massage promotes relaxation, circulation of lymph and blood, healthy digestion and flexibility. During a Thai massage, the practitioner uses gentle pressure, stretching and assisted yoga postures, to work the body’s energy lines and acupressure points. A NC licensed massage therapist, Doah Chabot has been studying, practicing and teaching yoga and Thai massage since 2007. She has, as well, over 400 hours of study with the some of Thailand and the worlds most talented and devoted teachers.

Mark-Hoch-MD-150x150Mark Hoch, MD   Dr. Hoch’s journey to holistic/integrative medicine started in my first semester of medical school.  He realized that that he needed to go beyond the confines of western medicine to have a more complete understanding of health to truly help people to heal. Since that time in 1984, he has studied the health systems of the world to be able to offer his clients effective and safe methods of diagnosis and treatment for their health concerns. Dr. Hoch offers a variety of services ranging through osteopathic care, nutrition, energy medicine, and detoxification.


306574_813820-150x150Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine: The goal of the Blue Ridge School is to teach students how to see in a new way, using the vision of traditional cultures from across the globe including Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and native plant medicine. And ultimately that vision is this – treat the person with the disease, not just the disease the person has. Simply said, but the knowledge, wisdom and intuition behind this paradigm shift take months to learn, and a lifetime of practice. Ultimately it is a new way of looking at life.

25thforwebsite_000-e1372362340865Mountain Housing Opportunities: MHO is a private, non-profit community development corporation whose mission is to build and improve homes, neighborhoods, communities–and lives– and to build hope and dignity in the people we serve.

OM-Sanctuary-150x150OM Sanctuary (Oshun Mountain Sanctuary, Inc.) is a non-profit responding to the increasing number of people seeking to bring balance, health, and inspiration into their personal and professional lives. People around the world are waking up to the fact that a sustainable world and future begins with a sustainable individual lifestyle.

At this critical moment in human development, OM Sanctuary hears the call for a center that will provide profound support in these changing times.