I am a board certified neurologist who has been in practice since 1998. I completed my medical education at Emory University in Atlanta, GA (1992), and post-graduate training at Emory Affiliated Hospitals, The University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University. In addition to my M.D., I have a Masters in Public Health (Emory-1991). Originally from New Jersey I live and work in Springfield, MO. I am married and have three grown children. I became interested in Functional Medicine while exploring my own health and performance as a cyclist, runner, and triathlete.
As Practice Manager and Functional Medicine Program Coordinator I have seen Sharlin Health & Neurology grow, evolve, and innovate health care delivery, and more importantly help our patients get the results they desire. I come from a family with a strong management and business background which played a big role in my educational and professional choices. I have a Bachelors in Health Administration, and over 10 years of experience in management and customer service. It has been an incredible journey to be with this clinic from the day we opened in November 2015.
I am an athlete and enjoy pushing my body and mind to reach a higher level of excellence. I have competed in Tough Mudder races, Urban Warrior races, MS 150’s, as well as various other running and cycling events. I was a competitive cheerleader, as well as a dancer. When I met my husband in 2011 his commitment to health and fitness matched my own, and this made it easy to stay on track. Today, we share this with our two children by setting the example for them. This passion to provide a well-balanced life for my family carries over into my working life, and my interactions with our team and patients. Here at Sharlin Health & Neurology we are interested in the entire person, mind, body and spirit. I think it is important to have all aspects of your life in working harmony so that we can provide the same experience to our patients.
I am a Licensed Occupational Therapist and have been in practice since 1984. I began my practice specializing in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. In 1991, I was the first therapist in Springfield, MO that attained the designation of Certified Hand Therapist from the Hand Therapy Certification Committee.
As I continued to work with patients and people with musculoskeletal problems, I became interested in learning specialized treatments and advanced training. In 2004, I earned certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies.
Around that same time I became more interested in the treatment of chronic pain. As I looked at what conventional conservative management of chronic pain looked like, I was disillusioned. That began my quest to learn more about how the body, mind, and spirit are affected by chronic pain. I am passionate about learning manual therapy techniques to help patients escape out of what seems like a never ending cycle of pain-depression-fear-anxiety, including limited activities and poor sleep.
Since beginning my chronic pain education journey, I have been trained/hold certifications in the following techniques & treatments; ASTYM (Augmented Soft Tissue Management), PRRT (Primal Reflex Release Technique), ART (Active Release Technique), MET (Muscle Energy Technique), PNT (Pain Neutralization Technique), NKT (Neurokinetic Therapy), MKT (Myokinetic Therapy), Craniosacral Therapy, Total Motion Release, Emotional Freedom Technique, Mindfulness training, and more.
I have been a featured speaker on several occasions at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Management, teaching manual therapy techniques to physicians to treat low back pain, neck pain, etc.
I believe in exercise and staying active. I enjoy running, hiking, and practicing martial arts. I have advanced black belts in Tenshi Goju Ryu Karate and am the Chief Instructor for the Springfield Aikido School. I am married, with 6 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
I am a registered and licensed dietitian in practice since 1991. My diverse experience includes pediatrics, sports nutrition, and inpatient clinical nutrition in a variety of settings. In 2009, I became more aware of how our food is raised and grown, the influence it has on our health, and the significance that food policy has on our food supply. My desire for understanding led me outside of a typical dieticians’ role. As a result, in 2012, I facilitated starting up the first food policy council in the southwest Missouri region. Building a connection between agriculture and heath was profound. By doing this I was able to draw from experiences in the community setting that fueled my passion for helping people maintain and improve their health in the hospital. My transformation of understanding is now being applied in the area of functional nutrition. I live on 10 acres in Ozark, MO where I am in the process of developing it into a biodynamic farm. I enjoy staying active on the farm and teaching people the connection between producing their own great food and how easily that food can be prepared in the comfort of their own kitchen.
I have a passion for helping individuals use exercise as a tool for improving their health. My experience as a physical therapist in healthcare settings over the past 20 years has been rewarding. But often I felt like my interventions were too late or my time with someone was limited by the duration of their hospitalization or a typical course of outpatient therapy. This led me to personal training. I believe we need to take an active role in our health, and exercise is essential medicine for maintaining wellness as well as recovering from illness. I enjoy helping people overcome the obstacles that have kept them from being their best. Many of the obstacles that stop us from achieving are more mental than physical. One my favorite things is to watch someone perform a task they told me they could not do. Everyone can improve their health with the right movement prescription.
As the owner of Sessions, a multipurpose training facility located on Hwy CC between Ozark and Nixa, I specialize in customized workouts to meet the specific needs of each client. My clients range in age from 8 to 86. The program at Sessions starts with an individualized assessment that includes a medical and fitness history, functional testing, body fat analysis, and goal-setting. Group sessions are limited to 8 people to allow for ongoing individualized programming.
I am a certified Emotion Code Practitioner, Massage Therapist, and Health Educator. Since 2014, I have been helping others overcome emotional trauma, negative belief systems, and raise awareness of our emotional health.
Like most practitioners, I found this path in search of my own healing. Over the years, I explored different ways I could improve my own vitality through diet, exercise, and relationships. Yet, I sensed there was still a missing link. It was emotions. No one had told me the energy of negative emotions could drain the whole system even when all the other lifestyle factors were dialed in. I set out to understand this more deeply and master ways to address this critical aspect of the matrix. As I released these deep layers of “static” as I call it, I experienced a transformation. I felt whole, and was driven to share my discovery with others.
Healthy patterns must be trained consciously. Throughout the process we need support, self-grace, a sense of worth, compassion, determination, and a vivid goal. I have supported many clients through the ups and downs, the doubts and successes, knowing when to work and rest. At times, it all begins with “I give myself permission to heal,” learning how to get out of our own way, out of the patterns of self-sabotage. I am excited to share my intuition and experience to help you become your best self, and witness as you transform your life.