- Joseph Shaw Jones, MD
- Gene Schlank, DDS
- Robin Ann Ridinger, MD, ABIHM, ABFM (BC/BE)
- Ehsan Arani
- Jacques de Broekert, PsyD(C), CSAC
- Bonnie Coberly, CHC
- Carol Ann Damon, RN
- Habibeh Daryab
- Carole Ewens
- Peter J. Ewens
- Farrin Ighani-Ghejelou
- Craig P. John, DC
- Donna C. King, B.S., C.M.T.
- Teresa Owens
- Eugene Spence, Lic. Ac., Dipl. Ac.
- Lori Thomasson
- Melissa Thomasson
- Carla Zamon, NCTMB, LMBT, Cert. IR
Joseph Shaw Jones, MD
Medical Director, Substance Abuse, Cancer Program
Board Certified Addiction Medicine
Board Certified Internal Medicine
Joseph Shaw Jones, MD is the medical director for Natural Horizons' integrative substance abuse program, Horizons of Hope. He also oversees the integrative cancer care program, which includes IPT (Insulin Potentiation Therapy). Dr. Jones was Board Certified in Addiction Medicine in 2004. He is experienced in ambulatory detoxification from drugs and alcohol and the medical management of symptoms withdrawal.
Dr. Jones also provides internal medicine services at Natural Horizons, specializing in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders and high blood pressure. A native of North Carolina, Dr. Jones graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1984. He subsequently completed his Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology fellowship at Wake Forest University Medical Center, and practiced as a gastroenterologist for 10 years. He is also a member of the American College for the Advancement in Medicine (ACAM).
Dr. Jones provides the following services at Natural Horizons:
- Cancer treatment (low-dose chemotherapy)
- I.V. Chelation therapy
- Substance Abuse/ chemical dependency treatment
- Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
- General Internal Medicine
- Thyroid disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
Gene Schlank, DDS
Director of Dentistry, General Dentistry
Natural Horizons is pleased to have Dr. Gene Schlank on our team as our new Director of Dental. Dr. Schlank has more than 3 decades of experience in complete dentistry, providing a comprehensive range of services in differing settings including private practice, multiple doctor group and corporate practice. During that time he has helped thousands of patients with their dental needs. Dr. Schlank has a passion for sharing his knowledge and caring for his patients, and enjoys providing dental care at our mutli-facted dental clinic.
Understanding the technology and new innovations in the field of dentistry are of keen interest to Dr. Schlank. He focuses on incorporating current clinical advancements through “conservative dentistry” with an integrative approach. He emphasizes these concepts in his approach to patient care during dental health diagnoses, treatment plans, cosmetic treatment, periodontal care, implants and laser dentistry.
Dr. Schlank received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Ohio State University. He also served as a clinical assistant professor and the University of Maryland Dental School and has contributed to international dental research.
Robin Ann Ridinger, MD, ABIHM, ABFM (BC/BE)
Holistic Family Medicine and Women's Health, Board Certified Integrative Holistic Medicine, Family Medicine (BC/BE)
Robin Ann Ridinger is a new addition to Natural Horizons integrative medical staff. She is a Board Certified Family Physician with 20 years of experience in outpatient family medicine. Her knowledge and experience with both conventional and holistic medicine make her an incredible addition to the Natural Horizons team.
Dr. Ridinger received her medical degree at the University of Iowa and completed her Family Medicine residency at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.
Dr Ridinger embraces relationship-centered care which encourages individual’s uniqueness, needs, and insights into their health and wellbeing.
Dr. Ridinger has a broad scope of practice that includes:
- Optimization of Health: striving for the highest level of function which includes balancing physical, mental, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual aspects creating a state of vitality and wellness that is much more than the presence or absence of disease.
- Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion: identifying and decreasing risks especially for diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Women’s Health and Wellness: including bio-identical hormone therapy.
- Acute and Chronic disease management: with medical and integrative treatments that relieve symptoms and seek out underlying causes.
- Integrative Medical treatment of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and Lyme Disease.
Ehsan Arani has over 30 years of medical experience and joined Natural Horizons in 2003. He is a medical assistant in the infusion services lab at Natural Horizons and helps care for patients in our comprehensive cancer therapy program.
Ehsan has a wealth of training and experience in both the conventional and holistic fields of medicine and brings a true integrative approach to Natural Horizons. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree in Tehran, and graduated from the Homeopathy College of Cananda and the Toronto Institute of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
Jacques de Broekert, PsyD(C), CSAC
Horizons of Hope Program Director, Clinician
Jacques de Broekert, PsyD(C), CSAC, is the Program Director and Clinician for the Horizons of Hope intensive out-patient treatment program located within the offices of Natural Horizons Wellness Center. Additionally, he maintains a private psychotherapist practice in Reston, Virginia where he specializes in individual, couples and family psychotherapy with an emphasis in addiction treatment, eating disorders and disordered eating patterns, and obesity related issues.
With over 8 years experience as a clinician Jacques has learned that it is never easy to find effective treatment for multiple problems and so he uses many different tools to treat individuals and their conditions. He is a graduate of George Mason University specializing in Cognitive and Solution Focused therapy. Among his areas of expertise are:
*Eating Disorders (Bulimia Nervousa and compulsive eating)
In addition, Jacques has conducted educational presentations to large and midsized corporations on topics ranging from healthy lifestyle choices, exercise, eating disorders, eating and dietary changes, sports psychology, motivational presentations, and healthy cooking.
Jacques is a practical, interactive, solution-focused therapist. His treatment approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. He incorporates a blend of conventional and alternatives approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client. He regularly incorporates meditation, inner visionary therapies, and faith based approaches to his practice depending upon client needs. With sensitivity and compassion, he works with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve life goals.
Jacques has seen that physical well-being is very dependent upon having a strong and healthy body. He has always used exercise as a bridge to improving a client’s life. He began working as a fitness instructor in 1981 and has been incorporating personal training in his therapy model since beginning private practice. He has been certified as a personal trainer since 1994. He trains clients in their homes and in area gyms.
Jacques is very active in a variety of sports including martial arts, boxing, and tennis. He maintains a strict adherence to a philosophy of personal fitness leading to overall personal wellness. He believes that a healthy lifestyle is a reflection of how we live our lives. For him fitness is a state of being both physically and mentally healthy and balanced.
*California Southern University, PsyD(C)
*George Mason University, MEd Counseling and Development
*Georgia Southern University, BS Recreation Administration
*Marymount University, AS Nursing (partial completion)
Professional Activities and Memberships:
*National Eating Disorders Society, Member
*American Psychological Association, Member
*World Anti-Aging Academy of Medicine, Member
*American College of Health Care Executives, Member
Bonnie Coberly, CHC
Certified Health Counselor
Bonnie Coberly is a Certified Health Counselor that received her certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University. As a holistic health counselor she has studied all the major dietary theories, such as macrobiotics, Ayurveda, low carbohydrate, low glycemic, raw foods and blood type diets.
In 2008, she founded Healthy Bites and Conscious Routes Wellness. Healthy Bites is an organic meal delivery service designed to make fresh, healthy food convenient for busy people. Healthy Bites prepares homemade meals featuring organic and local ingredients available for local pickup or home delivery. Conscious Routes Wellness provides a range of wellness services to individuals and corporations. Through her individual and corporate health coaching programs, Bonnie educates and inspires clients to choose whole and healthy foods that energize and support the body while helping them reach their health and wellness goals. Bonnie has worked in multiple areas of healthcare and wellness as a consultant for nonprofit organizations, schools, healthcare facilities, fitness centers and corporations.
Carol Ann Damon, RN
Director of Infusion Services
Carol Ann has over 30 years clinical experience with a critical care background. Fifteen years ago, she embraced the world of alternative and biological medicine. She now manages the infusion department and Natural Horizons’ IPT cancer care program, along with other orthomolecular therapies.
Training and Education:
RN Licensure, Cleveland OH, 1979
IPT training in Arizona, 2000
Habibeh provides support to the growing Natural Horizons dental team in a wide range of areas, including helping with crowns, fillings, implants, invisalign/orthodontics, xrays/images, and making retainers for dental patients. She became interested in the field of dentistry through a friend who is a dental assistant. She obtained her bachelors degree from her native country Iran and is originally from Afganistan. She has been providing support in the dental field for the last 3 years. In her free time she enjoys tennis and horseback riding, exercising and spending time with her husband in Northern Virginia.
Dental Department Administrator
Carole Ewens as Dental Department Administrator, has been a driving force behind the restructuring and growth of Natural Horizons’ Biological Dental program. Under Carole’s supervision the Department has grown nearly threefold in just two years. Carole is responsible for all patient related activity including patient relations, scheduling, treatment plan coordination, financial planning and hygiene recall.
Carole came to Natural Horizons with an extensive retail management background. Her retail career began with Bloomingdales, and then Raleighs, The Cosmetic Center and Victoria’s Secret, where she attained the position of Regional Manager. From there Carole joined her family’s home healthcare business, American Respiratory Associates, as its Office Manger for 16 years.
Carole has a simple philosophy in working with our patients/clients: “I learned a long time ago, that if you treat your customers with respect, and make them your highest priority each time you see them, they will be forever loyal to you and your company. This the entire staff carries out on a daily basis at Natural Horizons.”
Carole enjoys spending time with her family, her two Golden Retrievers, Cleo and Chloe, and loves antiquing, shopping for clothes with her daughter and visiting spas.
Peter J. Ewens
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pete is a dynamic entrepreneurial visionary who is proficient in creatively designing or redeveloping corporate concepts, business models and strategic planning for startup, emerging growth and turnaround companies. Under his professional leadership, Pete has started, developed and grown five successful companies in his career, including an INC 500 company, with Natural Horizons being his fifth.
Pete’s philosophy in business is that “everything begins and ends with the right people within the business.” He considers the current staff at Natural Horizons his “ultimate all-star team” made up of people not only dedicated to fulfilling their roles within the center, but who are also passionate about the center’s mission and philosophy with complete focus on the patient.
Under Pete’s guidance Natural Horizons has grown exponentially in its eleven-year history. The building process continues through the development of innovative new wellness programs that are dedicated to unique and underserved populations of consumers who are seeking new and better ways of treating their illness or condition. These new programs include:
- Comprehensive Cancer Care
- Biologic Dentistry
- Women’s Wellness
- Horizons of Hope, Substance Abuse
- Healthy Horizons, Weight Loss and Management
- Pain Management
- Lyme Disease (under development)
Pete is dedicated to his family in his off time, and enjoys tennis, cooking, reading and portrait painting.
Farrin is a skilled dental assistant and supports the Natural Horizon’s dental team in all areas, including x-rays and all patient procedures. She became interested in working with the dental field while volunteering at a dental clinic in her native country Iran. After moving to Virginia, she attended NOVA college. She hopes to continue her education and gain her certification as a dental hygienist in the future. In her free time, Farrin teaches traditional Persian music, plays sitar in her band, as well as teaching painting to children and adults.
Craig P. John, DC
Dr. Craig John is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician whose integrative and holistic style of practice bring about true corrective change and balance to the body. A graduate of South Carolina State University with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, and a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from Sherman College of Chiropractic.
In addition to chiropractic, Dr.John brings extensive experience in nutrition, massage therapy, sport performance, corrective personal training, rehabilitation/therapeutics exercise program development, aquatic therapy, taping, strapping/bracing, custom orthotics, foot casting and molding, computerized muscle and range of motion testing, non-surgical spinal decompression and low intensity laser therapy.
Dr. John’s manipulation techniques include:
- Sacro Occipital Technique
- Toggle Recoil
- Charette (extremity adjusting)
- Geriatric and Pediatric Adjusting
Dr. John specializes in the treatment of:
- Chronic Pain Conditions
- Bulging/Herniated Discs
- Sciatica (leg pain)
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Spinal Stenosis
- Shoulder/Arm Pain
- Sports Injuries
Donna C. King, B.S., C.M.T.
Environmental Health Specialist, Bioenergetic Therapist
Specialty Areas include:
A Functional Health Evaluation is used to design comprehensive strategies incorporating naturopathic and homeopathic principles and bioenergetic techniques. Stressors are analyzed through the use of muscle function. This evaluation is not used as a medical diagnosis for disease identification. Health services are designed and delivered in order to manage stress, increase energy and optimize performance.
*Bachelor's Degree, Biology & Environmental Management, George Mason University, 1996
*Allergy Elimination Technique includes Ellen Cutler's BioSet and Pat Omiecinski's Metabolic Protocol for NAET, 2000
*Certified Massage Therapist, Board of Nursing in Virginia, 2002
*Touch for Health Instructor certification, 1977
*Potomac Massage Training Institute in 1985, Certificate
*Applied Physiology Certificate, 2006
Colon Hydrotherapy, Ion Detox Footbath Therapy
Teresa Owens is a certified colon hydrotherapist who also works with ion detox footbath therapy. She specializes in detoxification and weight loss. Her goal is to help effectively eliminate toxins from the body in a natural way so you can experience optimal health.
With the increasing exposure of toxins, petrochemical, heavy metals and other chemicals in the environment, a regular detoxification program including colon hydrotherapy and ion detox footbath therapy is beneficial to everyone. Colon Hydrotherapy, also referred to as colonics, is a therapeutic procedure that uses filtered water to gently cleanse the large intestine or colon. It helps remove accumulated waste, mucus, bacteria, gas, and other toxic matter by hydrating, softening, loosening and rinsing the walls of the colon. The Ion Detox Foot Bath gently detoxifies the body of pesticides, heavy metals, nicotine and other toxins through a unique and relaxing 30-minute foot treatment.
After cleansing the body it is equally important to help your body to rebuild healthy blood cells and boost the immune system. Teresa believes that when the body has been cleansed and rebuilt with healthy foods, the pounds melt away and we have the tools to ward off disease.
Eugene Spence, Lic. Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Eugene Spence is a licensed a Board certified Acupuncturist with over 20 years experience in Chinese healing arts brings a wealth of knowledge to his practice. He has over 10 years of experience in western Medicine as a Medical Imaging Technologist. In addition to acupuncture Eugene offers a wide range of complementary therapy's such as Chinese herbal medicine, Tui Na massage, cupping therapy, micro-current electro-stimulation therapy, acu-point heat therapy known as Moxabustion and nutritional counseling based on the theory's of Chinese medicine. With his solid background in both Western and Eastern Medicine Eugene has a very effective, grounded and safe approach to the practice of Acupuncture.
Eugene Spence was raised in a medical family and was exposed to the healing arts from the time he was born. His father was a Doctor of Pediatrics and he had his office in a converted garage that was attached to their house. So as a child Eugene was surrounded sights, sounds and magic of a healing environment.
Education: B.A. in liberal arts , A.A. in diagnostic medical imaging technology , Graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture , National board certified in Acupuncture
Acupuncture treats a wide range of health issues including chronic and acute pain, Asthma, Allergies, Headaches, TMJ, Back and Spinal issues, Sciatica, Insomnia, Anxiety and Depression, Dizziness, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Addictions, Indigestion, Constipation, Sexual Dysfunction, Women's Health issues, Men's Health issues, Pediatrics and Preventive Health.
Lori Thomasson is the medical administrator at Natural Horizons and coordinates many activities for patients and practitioners at the center. One of her primary roles is to oversee administrative responsibilities for the comprehensive cancer care program, including coordinating patient treatment times, travel schedules, and overnight accommodations. She is a master scheduler and seamlessly coordinates schedules for patients and practitioners. Laurie acts as the medical assistant for Dr. Laura Asher. In addition, she handles aspects of insurance, billing and keeping track of supplement supplies and orders.
Lori is the consummate “glass is half full” person at the Center. She possesses a magnetism which all patients gravitate towards. It is fair to say that all patients love Lori for her jovial manner and her empathetic and caring attitude. She consistently goes out of her way in making each patient feel welcome, warm and comfortable here at the Center.
Lori is endowed with exceptional multitasking abilities, which are particularly valuable in her position when things are very busy. Prior to Natural Horizons, Lori held a number of responsible positions in collections, office management and administration. She is a native Virginian with 24 years in the medical field. Lori attended Northern Virginia Community College.
Lori spends her time off with her family which includes her two sons, a daughter, and her precious granddaughter, Trinity.
Melissa Thomasson joined Natural Horizons in March of 2011 and helps coordinate all daily activity within the Medical Department and the front desk of Natural Horizons. She is responsible for taking calls and properly routing them, confirming appointments, checking patients in, scheduling appointments, making travel arrangements for patients coming to the Center from out of town, coordinating all activity with each of the medical doctors including organizing charts, handling lab results, etc., and checking patients out after their appointment is completed.
When she is not helping patients at NHWC, she is taking courses to complete her degree in business administration. She also enjoys playing basketball in her free time.
Carla Zamon, NCTMB, LMBT, Cert. IR
Medical Massage and Bodywork Therapist
Carla’s mission is to promote universal health and wellness by providing Traditional Eastern and Western Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Techniques in a safe and comfortable environment. Her work began at five years of age in vibrational energy fields as a disciplined musician that led to her becoming an orchestral conductor. With decades of intense physical, emotional, mental and spiritual training, she realized how our own human bodies can be harmonized for health and abundance.
A nurse suggested that Carla develop her skills and abilities to provide Therapeutic Touch and Massage Therapy. Having followed this perfect advice, she feels she re-awakened to a whole new life path. After decades of training and her own physical rehabilitation, she found that Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork were a way to maintain her health, feelings of deep satisfaction and inner peace in day to day living environments. Whether you are looking for expert pain relief techniques, stress reduction or nurturing, therapeutic support during trauma rehabilitation or sports training, know that your time with Carla is all about you.
Carla has twelve years of experience in massage and bodywork therapies. Her services include:
- Massage Therapy (Chair Massage, Deep Tissue, Sports and traditional Swedish)
- Emotional Release
- Integrative Reflexology
- Oncology Sensitive Massage
- Reiki Jin Kei Do
- Therapeutic Touch
- Trauma Rehabilitation
In addition to supporting NHWC patients with their health and wellness, Carla also provides pro bono services for veterans and their caregivers through the Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services program based in Fairfax, Virginia.