Megan is a certified nurse practitioner who has worked her way through all levels of healthcare, in numerous settings ranging form outpatient primary care, inpatient behavioral health, hospital acute and critical care, and interventional pain management. The closure of Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital opened a door to a new journey. After taking time to stay home with her youngest child, she initially completed extensive training in medical aesthetics and then, having seen the tremendous need in the community, completed an additional graduate degree through Northern Kentucky University as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
Joshua is a board-certified emergency medicine physician who on a daily basis sees the downstream untoward effects of environmental factors on the physical and mental health of people in the community. Recognizing the limitations of our current health system, he has developed an acute appreciation for lifestyle and preventive medicine as well as for novel treatments and care models to help people find relief. He graduated from Marshall University magna cum laude in 2010 and from Ohio University of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014. He went on to spend 4 years of dedicated training in emergency medicine at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown and Bethlehem Pennsylvania, during which time he served on several committees for health policy, the board of directors for Pennsylvania ACEP, and published articles and a book chapter on health policy and social determinants of health.
Changes in daily life over the past century are fueling the growing burden of chronic diseases, derived from an evolutionary mismatch between past human environments and modern day living. Today we are increasingly overfed yet paradoxically malnourished, sedentary, sunlight deficient, stressed, sleep deprived and socially isolated. Among the afflictions of affluence are obesity and metabolic syndrome with its associated cardiovascular co-morbidities, chronic pain, addiction, and numerous mental health disorders including major depression, generalized anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Further exacerbating these issues is the fact that our current medical system has evolved over the last few decades into a complicated morass of inadequate “sick care,” rather than a system that promotes prevention, health, and well-being. Physical and mental health are inextricably intertwined and are the result of a complex interplay of genetics, environment, behaviors, and social and economic standing. In an age of sitting indoors at desks, looking at screens, inundated with social media full of staged photos creating a sense of inferiority, when stress is at an all-time high, there is unprecedented need for interventions that help people regain hope and achieve their highest potential, to feel and be the absolute best version of themselves.