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Meet the Spark Health Team

Get to know your partners in wellness. Our multidisciplinary healthcare team uses collaboration as the foundation for forming effective care circles that address patient concerns and identify strategies for helping each individual body reach its full potential.

Elizabeth Romero, MD, MJ-Health Law

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Elizabeth Romero attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and is a Diplómate of the American Board of Family Medicine. In addition, she earned a Masters of Jurisprudence in Health Law from Loyola University in Chicago and is finishing her Master of Business Administration at University of Notre Dame, Mendoza School of Business.

Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND, FABNO

Director of Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Aliza Cicerone earned her Doctorate in naturopathic medicine (ND) from The National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, and holds additional board certification in naturopathic oncology (FABNO). She completed an integrative oncology residency, where she did extensive training in cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, and dermatology, in addition to operating her own oncology practice. Dr. Cicerone believes a combination of conventional and naturopathic medicine is the key to achieving long-term health.

After her residency, Dr. Cicerone worked as a staff physician at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in conjunction with medical doctors, acupuncturists, dietitians, mind-body counselors and physical therapists to provide patients with comprehensive, integrative care. Dr. Cicerone believes that a combination of conventional and naturopathic medicine is the optimal way to give patients long-term health and wellness.

A California native, Dr. Cicerone moved back to the San Diego area in 2013 to bring personalized natural medicine to Southern California. She works with patients with a variety of health concerns, including thyroid abnormalities, hormone therapy, digestive disorders, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A focal point of her practice is cancer treatment and survivorship, where she uses evidence-based natural therapy in combination with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to minimize side effects, provide immune system support and reduce the risk of recurrence. Dr. Cicerone is a member of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Society for Integrative Oncology.

Dr. Jennifer Zeglen, ND

Naturopathic Doctor & Clinic Director

Dr. Jennifer Zeglen helps people get their health back in balance and empowers them to create the life they want. After completing pre-medical training at UCLA, she earned her Doctorate in naturopathic medicine (ND) from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She operated her own successful family medicine practice for 10 years before joining the SPARK team in 2016. She has consistently blended conventional medical knowledge with natural medicine to create a holistic, individualized focus to patient care.

As a family medicine provider, Dr. Zeglen has specialized in integrative care for all ages and a wide variety of conditions. Areas of her focus include hormone balance, metabolic health/weight loss, autoimmune disease, digestive problems, and pediatrics. Her goal is to uncover the root causes of illness, and design treatment plans that are strategic and do-able. Dr. Zeglen uses a combination of diet changes, exercise, supplements, homeopathy, hormone balance, and health coaching to achieve success.

When away from the office, Dr. Zeglen enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Dr. Zeglen is a member of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association and the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Dr. Christina Bradshaw, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

A New Jersey native, Dr. Christina Bradshaw earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry with a double minor in chemistry and spanish from Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Her passion for medicine and science led her across the country to attend medical school at Bastyr University here in San Diego.

Dr. Bradshaw focused her clinical rotations on dermatology and aesthetics, autoimmune disorders, digestive conditions, and men’s and women’s health. Dr. Bradshaw has done comprehensive training in micro-needling and injections, and loves working with patients of all ages for skin care prevention, treatment, and maintenance.

Dr. Barbara Ivos, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Barbara Ivos received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of San Diego and went on to Naturopathic Medical School to receive her Doctorate at Bastyr University California. She has additional training in IV therapy, musculoskeletal manipulation, heavy metal, and toxicity. Her passions include addressing the root causes of mental health disorders, hormonal health, digestive health, and regenerative medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Ivos enjoys spending time outside in nature, at the beach, dancing, yoga, and taking her dog Leo on adventures.

Dr. Svetlana Voloshin, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Svetlana Voloshin’s passion for medicine began in her teens. However, she had not heard of naturopathic medicine until she was faced with health issues of her own. After having a severe reaction to “the best medication” for her condition, she worked with an ND for two weeks and began to see her thyroid levels improve.

To this day, she believes there are natural ways to improve, reverse, and remit autoimmunity. With a bachelor’s degree in biology from George Fox University in Newberg, OR, under her belt, her growing passion for naturopathic medicine led her to pursue her Doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in San Diego.


Dr. Steve Mertz, DC

Chiropractor, Natural Pain Management

After years of private practice and incorporating different staff training methods; Dr. Mertz developed proven systems that allowed staff to perform high-level job skills while keeping centered focus on the patient. Upon coaching hundreds of practices to their success goals, Dr. Mertz began opening multiple integrated practices.

Dr. Mertz enjoys collaborating with other healthcare professionals and learning different holistic treatments for various health conditions. He is an accomplished golfer and enjoys mountain bike riding. Dr. Mertz has been married to his wife for 26 years and has two daughters in college.


Dr. Lamby Ginakes, DC

Director of Natural Pain Management

Dr. Ginakes attended the University of Manitoba for his undergraduate work in pre-med. He received his chiropractic degree in 1993 from Northwestern Health Sciences University, at which time he moved to San Diego and became the owner/center director for Integrated Medical Centers from 1995 to 2017. He joined Spark Health after a company that he founded with Dr. Steve Mertz was acquired in 2020. To this day, Dr. Ginakes continues to oversee natural pain management services.

Patrick Astourian, MSPA-C

Orthopedic Physician Assistant

Patrick Astourian is a physician’s assistant with over 29 years of experience in urgent care, rheumatology, and orthopedics. Before graduating with his masters degree from Samuel Merritt University, he was a USAF medic for 8 years. Patrick has given hands-on musculoskeletal training to multiple doctors in pain management, PM&R, rheumatology, sports medicine, and orthopaedics. As a speaker and author, Patrick has teamed up with the Boston ACR convention to share his knowledge via online training programs and has published books on musculoskeletal ultrasound guided injections.

Dr. Paul Lally, PT, DPT, SCS

Physical Therapist

Dr. Lally received his undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University of Tennessee and his Doctorate in physical therapy from University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Shortly after graduation, he worked in Athens, GA, concentrating on helping patients with sport and orthopedic restrictions. While in Georgia, Paul completed the requirements for and passed the board exam for his SCS. After spending 2.5 years in that position, Dr. Lally joined Spark Health to build out the physical rehabilitation program and act as the point person for musculoskeletal issues.

He specializes in treating patients experiencing pain that affects body function and patients having issues with balance, vertigo, neurological function, and sprains and strains. In addition, he also sees healthy individuals who are looking to increase their activity levels and become more resilient to injury.

Dr. Kim Zevin, DPT

Visceral Physical Therapist

Dr. Kim Zevin graduated from the University of Southern California with a Doctorate in physical therapy in 1998. She worked in outpatient orthopedics and aquatic therapy prior to transitioning into pelvic physical therapy.

As a pelvic therapist, she learned how organs above the pelvic floor affect the pelvic organs and pelvic floor muscles which led her to attend the Barral Institute for visceral manipulation. Visceral manipulation is a type of manual therapy that works to increase mobility, tone, and motion of the viscera and connective tissues after they’ve been restricted due to surgical scars, adhesions, illness, posture, or injury. Releasing these organs and tissues can help restore organ function, alleviate pain in surrounding tissues, and repair structural integrity of the entire body.

Dr. Zevin went on to study Craniosacral Therapy at the Upledger institute, where her studies were focused strongly on releasing stored emotions in the body’s organs and tissues. After that coursework, she wanted to learn more about how to treat the head and brain. That led her to train with Dr. Bruno Chikly, French M.D, D.O. who developed The Lymphatic Drainage and The Brain Curriculum.

She is able to treat a wide range of digestive issues—including GERD, irritable bowel disease, constipation, bloating, gastritis, and SIBO—head issues—including concussions, migraines, brain fog, and TMJ—and chronic pelvic issues—including endometriosis, pelvic pain, bladder incontinence, prostate dysfunction, chronic pelvic pain, and more.

Dr. Pepe Hernandez

Medical Research & Content Specialist

Dr. Hernandez received his Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry but his interest in how the brain works to guide behavior led him to obtain his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He completed his post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania where he focused on understanding learning and memory functions as they relate to aging, stress, addiction, social behavior and other cognitive processes. He enjoys working with seniors with dementia, medical writing, wildlife rehabilitation, and all things outdoors.

Nikaya Kipp, HHP, INHC

Nutritional Specialist

Nikaya is passionate about helping people live vibrant lives. She has worked in the holistic health field for over 23 years, helping hundreds of people manage their pain and live in healthier ways.

Nikaya guides people with digestive issues, gluten intolerance, food sensitivities, and chronic pain to reach their ideal weight and increase their energy and vitality. Nikaya lives a gluten-free, mostly plant-based lifestyle, which has helped her to heal and thrive after she experienced the onset of an autoimmune disease.

Nikaya studied at both the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Heartwood Institute, and she is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. In her leisure time, Nikaya enjoys being in nature, playing and laughing with her young son, organic gardening, and creating magic in her kitchen.

Dana Kent, RD

Nutritional Specialist

Dana received her bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics from California State University-Chico and completed her dietetic internship at Napa State Hospital to earn her credential as a registered dietitian (RD). She is passionate about intuitive eating and finding ways to empower more people to establish a connection with the food they eat. Specializing in preventative nutrition education, she has enjoyed developing programs for children, pregnant women, and those managing diabetes.

In her spare time, she loves growing and cooking her own food, moving her body, and traveling. In fact, she spent 18 months traveling to 13 different countries—including India—where she became a certified yoga instructor.

Nicole Alexander

Medical Assistant

Nicole has worked as a medical assistance for over 20 years in traditional medical settings and alternative care practices. She is a natural caretaker and loves being able to support patients and provide them with a positive experience. Nicole's vibrant personality will put a smile on your face, and her gentle touch along with her personalized approach will keep you at ease while having your blood drawn or receiving vitamin injections.

Marissa Domanico

Care Coordinator

Marissa is a Licensed Cosmetologist and has an Associates of Science Degree in Medical Assisting. She is also a National Academy of Sports Nutrition Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and Certified Nutrition Coach. Marissa was born with a heart condition called Transposition of the Great Arteries resulting in six open heart surgeries, 3 pacemakers, and numerous other heart related procedures; she has been on a lifelong journey of pursuing and living her healthiest life possible. Spark Health aligns with her health and wellness beliefs. Besides living life to its fullest, she enjoys helping people reach their health and fitness goals, going to gym, hiking, spending time with friends, and one day hopes to go skydiving again, which will be her fourth jump. Marissa's family and 3 cats make her life complete!

Holly Mendell

Care Coordinator

Holly received her bachelor's degree in social and rehabilitation services with a minor in environmental biology. She has always had a passion for helping others, which has led her to pursue continued work with a number of nonprofit organizations and inspired her to join the Spark Health team.

She has volunteered her time with numerous organizations, doing everything from building wheelchair accessible tree houses to working as a fellow at a wildlife rehabilitation center and currently frequents the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. When she is not working at the clinic, you can find her at the gym, running various trail races, horseback riding, cooking, or relaxing by the beach.

AnnMarie Novak

Care Coordinator

AnnMarie is a native Minnesotan. During her free time she loves to spend time with her 3 children and friends and stays active by running and going to the gym. She is passionate about her job and takes the time to make our patients feel welcome, cared for, and part of the Spark Health family.

Judy Woodward

Phlebotomist

At Spark Health, we are committed to providing patients with an exceptional experience. We want them to have access to the best doctors, services, and team so they can easily reach their health goals. As our staff phlebotomist, Judy helps to ensure that needle-fear is a thing of the past!

 

Elizabeth Romero, MD, MJ-Health Law

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Elizabeth Romero attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and is a Diplómate of the American Board of Family Medicine. In addition, she earned a Masters...

Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND, FABNO

Director of Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Aliza Cicerone earned her Doctorate in naturopathic medicine (ND) from The National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, and holds additional board certification in naturopathic...

Dr. Jennifer Zeglen, ND

Naturopathic Doctor & Clinic Director

Dr. Jennifer Zeglen helps people get their health back in balance and empowers them to create the life they want. After completing pre-medical training at UCLA, she earned her Doctorate in naturopathic medicine (ND)...

Dr. Christina Bradshaw, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

A New Jersey native, Dr. Christina Bradshaw earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry with a double minor in chemistry and spanish from Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Her passion for medicine and science...

Dr. Barbara Ivos, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Barbara Ivos received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of San Diego and went on to Naturopathic Medical School to receive her Doctorate at Bastyr University California. She has additional training...

Dr. Svetlana Voloshin, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Svetlana Voloshin’s passion for medicine began in her teens. However, she had not heard of naturopathic medicine until she was faced with health issues of her own. After having a severe reaction to “the best...

Dr. Steve Mertz, DC

Chiropractor, Natural Pain Management

After years of private practice and incorporating different staff training methods; Dr. Mertz developed proven systems that allowed staff to perform high-level job skills while keeping centered focus on the patient...

Dr. Lamby Ginakes, DC

Director of Natural Pain Management

Dr. Ginakes attended the University of Manitoba for his undergraduate work in pre-med. He received his chiropractic degree in 1993 from Northwestern Health Sciences University, at which time he moved to San Diego and...

Patrick Astourian, MSPA-C

Orthopedic Physician Assistant

Patrick Astourian is a physician’s assistant with over 29 years of experience in urgent care, rheumatology, and orthopedics. Before graduating with his masters degree from Samuel Merritt University, he was a USAF medic for...

Dr. Paul Lally, PT, DPT, SCS

Physical Therapist

Dr. Lally received his undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University of Tennessee and his Doctorate in physical therapy from University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Shortly after graduation, he worked in...

Dr. Kim Zevin, DPT

Visceral Physical Therapist

Dr. Kim Zevin graduated from the University of Southern California with a Doctorate in physical therapy in 1998. She worked in outpatient orthopedics and aquatic therapy prior to transitioning into pelvic physical...

Dr. Pepe Hernandez

Medical Research & Content Specialist

Dr. Hernandez received his Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry but his interest in how the brain works to guide behavior led him to obtain his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He completed...

Nikaya Kipp, HHP, INHC

Nutritional Specialist

Nikaya is passionate about helping people live vibrant lives. She has worked in the holistic health field for over 23 years, helping hundreds of people manage their pain and live in healthier ways...

Dana Kent, RD

Nutritional Specialist

Dana received her bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics from California State University-Chico and completed her dietetic internship at Napa State Hospital to earn her credential as a registered dietitian (RD). She is...

Nicole Alexander

Medical Assistance

Nicole has worked as a medical assistant for over 20 years in traditional medical settings and alternative care practices. She is a natural caretaker and loves being able to support patients and provide them with a positive experience.

Marissa Domanico

Care Coordinator

Marissa is a Licensed Cosmetologist and has an Associates of Science Degree in Medical Assisting. She is also a National Academy of Sports Nutrition Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and Certified Nutrition...

AnnMarie Novak

Care Coordinator

AnnMarie is a native Minnesotan. During her free time she loves to spend time with her 3 children and friends and stays active by running and going to the gym. She is passionate about her job and takes the time to make our...

Holly Mendell

Care Coordinator

Holly received her bachelor's degree in social and rehabilitation services with a minor in environmental biology. She has always had a passion for helping others, which has led her to pursue continued work with a number...

Judy Woodward

Phlebotomist

At Spark Health, we are committed to providing patients with an exceptional experience. We want them to have access to the best doctors, services, and team so they can easily reach their health goals. As our staff...

What our patients are saying

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I love coming to my appointments at Spark. Dr. Bradshaw helped me through a very difficult time in my health. I actually look forward to seeing everyone who works there. This is an investment into my health and it is well worth it. I am now also bringing my 19 year old daughter and 18 year old son...I believe in it so much ❤️

– Julia Wisnoski

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I have been going to Spark Health for several years, I trust them 100% with my health. They are amazing, they go out of their way to help and I highly recommend them to anybody! Dr. Cicerone is the best! IV bags offer so many health benefits!

– Marisa Bloom

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In 2018 I was fed up with years of being misdiagnosed by my medical doctors. I finally sought treatment from Spark Health and my life changed for the better. Dr. Zeglen is just phenomenal. She explains the process in terms I could understand and follow along with.

– Kiya Duviella

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