The experienced healthcare providers at NIVA Health specialize in helping relieve pain and addressing your toughest symptoms with natural remedies to help you avoid surgery and stay off medications. At NIVA Health, we work hard to exceed your expectations.
Please take a moment to learn more about our team of providers below.
Dusty, a Melbourne native, has joined the NIVA Health Melbourne team as a Clinical Case Manager. He was originally a high school band teacher in Jacksonville, FL but moved to the healthcare industry to share his passion for wellness after making radical changes to his health. While he no longer plays the french horn regularly, you can always find him noodling or strumming on something that makes noise when he's not prepping for a powerlifting meet or watching the game.
Dr. de Leon is originally from Baltimore, MD in 1994 he moved to Palm Coast, Florida where he still lives today. He finished college at the University of Maryland at College Park Class of 1983. In 1987 he graduated from Medical School from West Visayas State University College of Medicine. He went on to have residency training at Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore, MD where he graduated in 1994 from the Internal Medicine Residency Program.
Dr. de Leon went on to work as a Primary Care Physician for Florida Health Care Plans for the past 27 years in Palm Coast, Florida. He is now the supervising physician for the Florida NIVA Health offices.
In his free time he enjoys boating, fishing and golf. He loves to eat seafood and enjoys his way around the kitchen to cook varies dishes.
Dr. Easley is an accomplished physician with vast and comprehensive medical knowledge. NIVA Health is honored to have him as the Supervising Physician for the Woodstock, GA office. He has been certified by the American Board of Family Physicians since 1978 and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians since 1993. With over 45 years of experience, his emphasis and insistence on providing the very best quality care has never wavered. He continues to be well respected among colleagues and patients alike for his medical expertise, integrity and delivery of exceptional and compassionate care.
Heather was born and raised, and currently resides in Lake City, FL. She graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in 1999. Heather worked in Labor and Delivery while going back to school for her Master's of Science in Nursing, and graduated from the University of Florida in 2003. She has more than 20 years in the medical field and has experience in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, weight loss medicine and cosmetic/aesthetic medicine.
She is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Heather has a passion for making people feel like their best selves, and living their best lives. When Heather is away from work you can find her floating down the river, boating, reading a good book, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying puppy snuggles from her labrador retriever, Harper.
For over 14 years, Dr. Rafael Foss has been a distinguished leader in the field of wellness lifestyle programs, natural pain treatments and cutting edge therapies, including anti-aging and aesthetics services. Over 40,000 people have enjoyed the health benefits and transformational power of Dr. Foss’s health centers, now collectively known as NIVA Health. According to Dr. Foss "to doctor means to teach" and teaching healthy lifestyle choices and lifestyle potential is his top priority. Dr. Foss grew up with many health challenges, including allergies, asthma, and severe back pain due to scoliosis. These challenges drove him to create a pathway to better health for himself and to share that path with as many people as possible. His passion empowers others to live their full expression of health and thereby positively impact themselves, their families, and their community.
Dr. Foss is the founder of NIVA Health, which has become one of the nation’s premier and fastest growing natural health centers. He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CW, FOX, and many talk radio stations across the country to share his knowledge. Dr. Foss’s approach focuses on supporting and utilizing the body's ability to heal itself by creating and maintaining homeostasis within the body.
Dr. Foss received his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from S.U.N.Y. Albany, NY. He is a board certified chiropractic physician and completed his studies in applied kinesiology. He received a Doctor of Pastoral Science and Medicine license from the Professional Wellness Alliance and received training under the Carrick Institute Neurology Diplomate Program. Dr. Foss is also a member of the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, a non-profit that serves the community on a regular basis through educational talks with a focus on disease prevention.
Dr. Foss, his wife Alina, and their daughter currently reside in Jacksonville, Florida. His family enjoys going to the beach, exercising, and experimenting with delicious and healthy foods.
Aya is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in acute coronary care, wellness and aesthetic medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies at Wayne State University where she obtained her first degree in Biological Sciences. To further her education, Aya received her second degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters in Nursing, both from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Aya’s patients appreciate her for her calm and caring demeanor. She enjoys building a relationship with her patients and providing them with a safe, comfortable and rewarding experience. Her passion for regenerative health and wellness motivates her to care for her patients through their journey to meet their optimal health and wellness goals.
Dr. James Joseph is a board-certified family medicine physician who has specialized in regenerative medicine for more than 20 years.
Dr. Joseph received his medical degree from Michigan State University in 1998 and then completed a fellowship in regenerative medicine. He has completed additional studies in stem cell harvesting, orthopedic application of stem cell therapy, and advanced aesthetics.
He is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Dr. Joseph is the Supervising Physician for the Michigan and Illinois NIVA Health offices.
Dr. Jason Lamarche attended the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, ON, Canada to study biology. After graduating with an honors bachelor of science in biology, he moved to Dallas, TX in 2006 to attend Parker College of Chiropractic. He graduated with his Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2009. During his studies at Chiropractic College, he studied various subjects such as anatomy, physiology, radiology, neurology, pathology, microbiology and many others. Dr. Lamarche earned a certification at Parker College as a Certified Clinical Chiropractic Neurologist in 2009.
Dr. Lamarche decided to attend chiropractic school after his father was diagnosed with a heart and lung condition that was so bad he was given 6 months to live. Medicine had no answers for him. He went to see a chiropractor who found that his spine was out of alignment and was putting so much pressure on the nerves going to his heart and lungs, it was causing those organs to shut down. Once he went through a series of spinal adjustments, his health was restored back to normal.
He is also certified in acupuncture. Acupuncture is a different approach compared to western medicine, and he himself was skeptical of whether or not it actually worked until he had a severe injury to both of his elbows. He had tendinitis that was so bad he couldn't even lift a bag of groceries. After trying everything, with minimal success he was thinking of going for a surgical consult, when a friend of his, who is an acupuncturist, offered to help him. After allowing her to treat him, his arms started to heal almost instantly. It was truly amazing. After that he felt required to learn this craft and now uses acupuncture on many of his patients.
He also served as the team physician for the Joliet Jaguars midget hockey team in 2009-2010. His main areas of interest comprise of neurology, pediatrics and lifestyle wellness. In his time off Dr. Lamarche enjoys playing hockey, golf, fishing and the outdoors.
Dr. Zack Stalnaker is a board-certified chiropractic physician.
Dr. Stalnaker received his undergraduate degree as well as his doctor of chiropractic from Life University in Marietta, Georgia – the largest chiropractic school in the world. In addition, Dr. Stalnaker has undergone training in diet, nutrition, and exercise and is certified in the SHINE protocol for the treatment of ADD / ADHD.
At NIVA Health, Dr. Stalnaker works with many athletes and has extensive experience working with pregnant women and pediatric patients. Dr. Stalnaker works in NIVA Health’s office in Jacksonville, Florida.
Dr. Stalnaker was drawn to chiropractic care after he sustained a neck injury while surfing. After a few months of chiropractic care, he found he had not only recovered from his accident but also solved health problems that had plagued him for decades: sinusitis, migraines, allergies, and acid reflux. He is now able to control these conditions without having to take medication.
Dr. Stalnaker is active in a number of professional organizations, including the Christian Chiropractic Association, Florida Chiropractic Association, and the North Florida Chiropractic Society.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, going to the beach, and working out.
Kristy was raised in Jacksonville, Florida and started her journey in the medical profession 24 years ago working as a Certified Nursing Assistant in long term care facilities. Kristy is also a United States Air Force Veteran in which she served 10 years as an Emergency Medical Technician/Flight Medic.
Kristy obtained her Master of Science in Nursing degree from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2015. Kristy is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Kristy's goal in patient care is to help restore and repair damaged cells with natural remedies in hopes to address the root cause of an individual's pain.
In her spare time, Kristy enjoys home improvement projects, spending time with family and friends and reading/learning new things.
Elisa graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree from Augusta University in May 2019, and moved to the Atlanta area in 2020. Since graduating, she has worked different leadership roles in the health and wellness industry. She is very excited to start her journey as the office manager with NIVA Health to continue her passion of providing quality patient care.
Outside of work, Elisa enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their four fur babies. She is an active member of her church choir and loves finding different ways to give back to the community. Elisa's hobbies are musical theatre, reading and cooking.
Amber started her 20+ years in healthcare as a CNA at Medilodge of Howell, transferring to a few other rehab facilities along the way. During her time working in healthcare she learned many different roles, which gave her the opportunity to advance to the Office Manager position. She thoroughly enjoys working with patients and staff, knowing when to be serious while also making it fun. As a mother of 3 beautiful children, two girls and one boy, Amber enjoys hiking, camping and being with family and friends. She has two fur pups Argos and Brick, both were adopted from the local animal shelter in Howell, MI. Having lived in Michigan for 35 yrs, Amber's lifetime family goal is to travel to all 50 states with her children. NIVA Health Novi is thrilled to have Amber as part of the team.
Michelle has an Associates of Arts degree from Jacksonville University. She is certified through NASM in personal and group fitness training. Prior to joining the NIVA Health family in 2015 she spent 4 years as a personal trainer helping clients lose weight and reach their fitness goals.
She is very passionate about sharing her knowledge of our programs that have specifically helped her overcome some of her own challenges with an auto-immune disease. She loves helping others and being able to share a program that changes lives!
Michelle lives near the beach in Jacksonville with her husband, teenage daughter and 8 year old son. Spending lots of time with her family, cooking, biking, and going to the beach are some of her favorite past times.
Lucy is currently attending Arizona State University, studying for dual Bachelor's Degrees in Biology and Anthropology. Growing up, she always wanted to become a medical examiner and perform autopsies for forensic cases like you see on TV shows like CSI and Forensic Files. Her medical career path began in 2016, when she managed a growing physical therapy office. There, she was able to help people heal from injury, surgeries and chronic pain. After learning how much of an impact she can make for others, she now knows that her place in the world is helping people get back to living their best life!
Cynthia has been in the Healthcare field for 30+ years working in long term care as the Business Office Manager, Admissions/Marketing Director and Social Service Director. She is a proud native Floridian, as her ancestors were one of the first Europeans to settle in all of America right here in St. Augustine. She enjoys spending time by the pool or the beach with her husband and their 5 children. Her hobbies include college football and NASCAR.
She is proud to be joining NIVA Health’s amazing team!
Shannon joins NIVA Health with 35 years in the healthcare industry starting out in Ohio as a medical assistant, mostly working in specialized medicine. Certified in travel medicine vaccinations with the World Health Organization and worked closely with the CDC for Infectious Disease Consultants in Asheville North Carolina. Relocated back to Florida to be close to family, Shannon has 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 amazon birds. She is an avid kickboxer and enjoys riding her motorcycle and playing softball.
If you have any additional questions about the NIVA Health team of healthcare professionals, give us a call at Your Local NIVA Office, and we’ll be happy to help. You may also request an appointment right now.