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Clinic Personnel

Let the journey begin.

Maryland University of Integrative Health is dedicated to serving individuals who seek to learn the art of caring for themselves and each other in the course of life's journey. Through the Natural Care Center and throughout our Baltimore/Washington region clinical network, we offer more than 30 years of experience in delivering relationship-centered care in integrative medicine and healing arts. Since our beginning, MUIH practitioners have seen over 20,000 individuals and performed over 200,000 treatments.

We are pleased to offer the experience and healing presence of our staff and affiliated practitioners at the Natural Care Center.  To schedule an appointment, please call the Natural Care Center at 410-888-9048 ext. 6614 or send an email.
 

Deneb Falabella

Deneb A. Falabella, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)

Deneb A. Falabella is Assistant Provost for Academic Assessment and Accreditation at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). She previously served as Associate Director of MUIH’s Master of Acupuncture program from 2006 through 2011, and has been affiliated with the University since 1999. Her former roles include serving as a clinical supervisor and teaching as an assistant faculty member.

Ms. Falabella holds a certificate in Chinese herbal medicine, retains Diplomate status in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), is recognized as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist by the National Association of Detoxification Acupuncture (NADA), and maintains a part-time acupuncture practice at MUIH’s Natural Care Center. She also currently serves as chair of the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture and enjoys being engaged in the community and offering her experience and leadership in the profession.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Muhlenberg College and a Master of Acupuncture from MUIH.

Specialities: general practitioner

   

Aminah Keats, N.D., FABNO

Dr. Aminah Keats is a licensed naturopathic physician who is board certified in naturopathic oncology and has specialized in integrative oncology for over 10 years. Her goal with each patient is to create a personalized treatment plan that safely works to reduce side effects, support immune function, and offer a cancer-fighting benefit to individuals who are actively undergoing conventional oncology treatment. Dr. Keats also works with patients who are at a high risk for cancer, and those seeking naturopathic care for cancer prevention. She utilizes vitamin and nutrient therapy, botanical medicine, and diet and lifestyle counseling to create an individualized plan for each patient.

Dr. Keats received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Spelman College and completed pre-medical coursework at Rutgers University. Before completing a two-year, hospital-based residency in integrative oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Dr. Keats received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. Following the completion of her residency, Dr. Keats continued her work at Cancer Treatment Centers of America where she worked as a naturopathic oncology clinician and director of the naturopathic medicine department.

Dr. Keats holds her naturopathic medical license in the District of Columbia, Vermont, and Maryland. She is a member of the Maryland Naturopathic Doctors Association and the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

   
Charlotte Kerr

Charlotte Rose Kerr, RSM, RN, BSN, MPH, MAc (UK), LAc, DiplAc (NCCAOM)

Charlotte R. Kerr has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare as a nurse, assistant professor of nursing, consultant in public health, and practitioner and faculty member emerita at MUIH. She has served on the Presidential Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, the Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health Alternative Medicine Program, the White House Commission on Complementary Medicine, and the Governor's Acupuncture Advisory Council for Maryland. She has served on boards ranging from the American Visionary Art Museum to the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University, and was identified as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by The Daily Record.

Her service was acknowledged in 2016 by Surgeon General Vivek Murphy in a Certificate of Appreciation, and by Senator Barbara Mikulski in a letter thanking her for "persistent and tireless efforts in improving the lives of so many" and noting that her "work has had a transformative impact in federal health policy."

Specialities: general practitioner

 

Njeri Kai Jarvis, MS/RD/LDN

Njeri Kai Jarvis holds a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics and a MS in Therapeutic Herbalism with a focus on product design. She has been in clinical practice for 19 years, specializing in renal nutrition with sub specialties in endocrine, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal nutritional health. Njeri has done additional workshop study with Doctor Steven Cowan on Integrative Care for Autism Spectrum Disorders and utilizes best practices related to strengthening digestion and absorption, limiting food allergy/sensitivity and inflammation, while supporting immunity and strategic nutrient supplementation. In addition to practicing integrative and functional based nutrition in these areas, she has experience working in fitness/wellness and culinary nutrition as the former wellness nutritionist for the Kirov Academy of Ballet - DC and the current Manager of the Demonstration Kitchen for Fresenius Kidney Care - Chillum DC’s outpatient clinic. Other specialties include herbal research, having recently worked with the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia on the monograph Andrographis paniculata . She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their two daughters.

 

Donna Koczaja, M.S., RH (AHG)

Donna Koczaja graduated from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) in 2014 with a Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism and a Post-Master's Certificate in Clinical Herbalism.  She was granted Registered Herbalist status by the American Herbalists’ Guild in summer 2018.  Originally educated as a mechanical engineer, she combines the rigor of her scientific training with the traditional healing art of herbal medicine to partner with her clients to uncover the root cause of their underlying health issues.  Also a Master Gardener since 2008, her primary interest is in inspiring others to improve their health and sense of wellbeing through the joys of gardening and the power of natural medicine.

 

Julia Romano, M.S., C-IAYT

Julia Romano is a Certified Yoga Therapist (M.S., Yoga Therapy, 2015; C-IAYT, 2016) and is trained in clinical psychology (M.Psy. 2013) and conflict management (M.A, 2011). She is faculty with the Maryland University of Integrative Health's Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy program, and works as yoga therapist with patients in Howard County General Hospital's acute care ward. Julia specializes in therapeutic yoga for stress reduction, and alleviation of the symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma exposure, as well as the prenatal and postpartum periods. Ultimately, Julia’s work of yoga as therapy rests in the unravelling of dysfunctional physical and mental patterns in the interest of cultivating compassionate presence, acceptance, and joyfulness.

   
S. Hunter Thompson

S. Hunter Thompson, B.A., M.A., M.Ac., L.Ac., NADA Certified 

S. Hunter Thompson is a graduate of the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now MUIH). He is Chair of the Theory Division of MUIH’s acupuncture and Oriental medicine program. Dr. Thompson has been affiliated with the University since 1997, and has served in many roles including staff positions such as Director of Alumni Relations. In addition to maintaining an acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practice at MUIH’s Natural Care Center, he is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member as well as lead teaching clinic supervisor.

Dr. Thompson holds a Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine, retains Diplomate status in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and holds Detoxification Specialist status by the National Association of Detoxification Acupuncture (NADA). He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lebanon Valley College.

Dr. Thompson brings his passion for holistic healing to his teaching and practice. His willingness to provide compassionate listening, along with his knowledge of Oriental medicine, are used to benefit students and patients alike.

Specialties: men’s health, pain, sports injuries, LGBTQ-related issues

 

Andrea Thornton, B.S. 

Andrea is a board certified and state licensed Massage Therapist. She has a bachelor’s degree from UMBC in Health Science and Policy. Andrea has been practicing massage since 1998 after completing her training at the Baltimore School of Massage. Using such techniques as Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy, Andrea aids the body's natural healing process for chronic muscle pain. Andrea has experience working with clients with many various health goals and conditions including post injury and postsurgical rehabilitation, stress management, back and neck pain, autoimmune disease, repetitive use syndromes, pregnancy and sports conditioning.

 
Rose Truby-Scharff

Rose S. Truby, D.Ac., L.Ac., 

Rose S. Truby has more than 20 years of experience as a licensed acupuncturist. She currently serves as an acupuncture practitioner at MUIH’s Natural Care Center and affiliated staff in the Department of Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, where she uses her primary training in acupuncture oncology from the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her specialties also include pediatric care, gerontology, pain management, mental health, and women’s health. Along with her private practice, Ms. Truby is an adjunct faculty member in the Master of Acupuncture program at MUIH. Ms. Truby received a Master of Acupuncture and Doctorate of Acupuncture from MUIH. Before becoming a licensed acupuncturist, Ms. Truby graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of Wooster, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and studio art.

Specialties: oncology, pediatric care, gerontology, pain management, mental health and women’s health