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Our Team

NorthShore’s Integrative Medicine Program is staffed by a collaborative, dedicated team of professionals of board-certified physicians and expert practitioners. Team members meet regularly to review patient care and bring collective experience together for individualized treatment plans.

Our team includes: Integrative Medicine physicians, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Integrative Counseling and Psychotherapy, Integrative Bodywork, Therapeutic Yoga & Meditation and Herbal Medicine Counseling.

Integrative Medicine Team

Integrative Medicine Physicians

Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD, ABOIM
Medical Director, NorthShore Integrative Medicine Program
Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Dr. Mendoza Temple is the Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Program, a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and a board-certified Family Practice Physician. She combines the tools of modern Western medicine with safe, evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine to achieve optimal health and symptom reduction. She believes that excellent nutrition and regular exercise are the foundation to good health, and she advises her patients on the specifics to set that foundation. When herbs, vitamins, homeopathy, acupuncture, counseling, guided imagery, massage, Yoga, prescription medications, or specialty referrals are needed, she makes precise recommendations with thorough, verbal and written explanation.

Dr. Mendoza Temple works collaboratively with her patients’ primary care, specialty physicians and holistic practitioners to ensure safe and effective treatment plans. She sees adults, children and expectant mothers.

She received a B.A. in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Following medical school at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, she completed Family Medicine residency training at Northwestern University, serving as Chief Resident during the third year. She then completed a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the supervision of Dr Andrew Weil, internationally recognized as the lead pioneer of Integrative Medicine, concurrently finishing a two-year fellowship in Family Medicine Faculty Development at Northwestern University Medical School. She loves teaching medical students and residents the art of combining holistic practices with conventional medicine.

As Medical Director since 2006, she leads one of the largest, most established teams of holistic practitioners in the Midwest. Dr. Mendoza Temple is the mother of three vibrant young boys and somehow manages to also take care of herself.

Dr. Mendoza Temple sees patients at the Park Center in Glenview.

Leslie Mendoza Temple, M.D.
Mina Lee Ryu, MD, FACP, ABOIM
Dr. Mina Lee Ryu is an internist with a primary care & consultative practice in integrative medicine that focuses on preventative medicine and women’s health. She believes that the healthy balance of mind, body and spirit are integral parts of healing and living well. Her practice combines the best of conventional medicine and proven healing traditions from around the world to safely and effectively achieve optimal health. After her internal medicine residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, she completed the Kennamer Fellowship in Internal Medicine at UCLA with a concentration in Integrative Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. She is a graduate of the Fellowship at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine where she studied under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Weil. Prior to joining NorthShore in 2008, she had a successful practice at Cedars Sinai Medical Group in Beverly Hills. Dr. Ryu is board certified in internal medicine & integrative medicine. She is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents.

Dr. Ryu sees patients at 1000 Central Street, Suite 640 in Evanston and at the Park Center in Glenview. 

Mina Lee Ryu, M.D.
Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark, MD
Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark is a physician board certified in family medicine and integrative medicine and fellowship trained in maternal child health. She sees adults, children and expectant mothers. The coordinator of Integrative Medical Education, she also co -directs the Culinary Medicine Project at the Pritzker School of Medicine University of Chicago, where she teaches an innovative nutrition and cooking skills course to medical students with a chef. Dr. Maker-Clark is the founder and chair of the annual spring Food as Medicine symposium at the Chicago Botanic Garden, an event that brings in nutrition experts to educate physicians and the public. 

Dr. Maker-Clark received her BA in English Literature from Northwestern University and graduated from Rush Medical College as president of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. After completing her family medicine residency at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, she completed a fellowship in Maternal Child Health and joined a robust obstetric focused family medicine faculty at the Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, CA before coming to North Shore in 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Maker-Clark relies heavily on the use of food as medicine in her approach to healing, as well as herbs, botanicals, breath work, conventional medicines and healing practitioners in the community, and visits with her reflect this listening centered, integrative approach. Dr. Maker-Clark has always held the belief that any meaningful healing must involve the mind, body and spirit, and that whenever possible the most natural and least invasive intervention serves the highest good of the patient She speaks nationally on topics around food and nutrition, food justice and integrative approaches to chronic disease, and is deeply involved in the communities she serves.  She has always been active in teaching students and residents and feels that this is a very important part of furthering integrative medical work for the future. 

Dr. Maker-Clark is an active mother of three children, strives to be mindful of the need to live more slowly in a fast-paced world, and encourages her patients to do the same.

Dr. Maker-Clark sees patients at 909 Davis Street in Evanston and the Park Center in Glenview. 

Geeta Maker-Clark, M.D.
Dr. Ashwani Garg, MD
Dr. Ashwani Garg is a board-certified family medicine doctor in Lincolnwood, Illinois and is affiliated with NorthShore University HealthSystems, Evanston Hospital. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and has been in practice since 2003. Dr. Garg accepts several types of health insurance. He is one of 145 doctors at NorthShore University Health-Evanston Hospital who specialize in Family Medicine. He also speaks multiple languages, including Spanish and Hindi. Ashwani Garg, MD focuses on family medicine for all ages, as well as integrative medicine and lifestyle medicine. He treats a variety of illness with counseling on fitness, mindfulness, and plant-based nutrition, herbal therapies combined with pharmaceutical and usual medical care when appropriate. Dr. Garg has an additional board certification in lifestyle medicine and a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Institute of Nutrition.
Ashwani K. Garg, M.D.
Dr. Rebecca Weiss-Coleman, MD
Dr. Rebecca Weiss-Coleman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and practices Integrative Family Medicine at the Northshore Lincolnwood office.  Dr. Weiss-Coleman enjoys getting to know her patients on a personal level and partnering with them to individualize their care plans.  She completed her residency at Rush University Medical Center in 2003 where she served as chief resident.  She went on to complete a Faculty Development Fellowship at Cook County Hospital and an Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona under the direction of Dr. Andrew Weil.  She incorporates Integrative therapies such as plant-based nutrition, mind/body medicine, herbal therapies, breath work and specialty referrals as best meets the needs of each individual patient. 
Rebecca L. Weiss-Coleman, M.D.
Dr. Marcy Kamen, MD
Marcy L. Kamen, MD is a practicing Family Practitioner in Northbrook, IL. Dr. Kamen graduated from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 1989 and has been in practice for 30 years. She completed a residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. She currently practices at Northshore University Health Systems. Dr. Kamen integrates eastern and western medicine in her family practice with a focus on shared patient-centered decision making. Dr. Kamen accepts multiple insurance plans including Aetna, Medicare and Humana.
Marcy L. Kamen, M.D.

Pooja Saigal, MD, Integrative Family Medicine
Dr. Pooja Saigal is a board-certified family physician and a faculty physician with the University of Chicago Family Medicine Residency Program. A longtime Chicagoan, Dr. Saigal completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and her MD at Northwestern University. She subsequently completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Chicago, where she now serves as an assistant professor. She has completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Saigal offers comprehensive integrative medicine consultations to optimize disease management and overall well-being for adults and children; she also provides consultations during pregnancy and during cancer treatment. Dr. Saigal integrates alternative therapies into Western medicine in an individualized and evidence-based manner. She puts strong emphasis on nutrition and positive mental state as vital components of overall well-being; she also incorporates supplements, manual medicine, acupuncture, energy medicine, yoga, and various mind-body therapies, collaborating with other practitioners as needed.

Dr. Saigal sees patients at the Glenbrook Family Care Center in Glenview.

Pooja Saigal, M.D.

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Edgar Lim, MS, BS, Dipl.OM., L.Ac., ACI, NMT, NSCA-PT
Edgar is a licensed, board-certified acupuncturist. He also is certified as an auricular-therapist, neuromuscular therapist, NSCS-personal trainer and massage therapist. He holds an MS in Oriental Medicine and a BS in Exercise Physiology. Edgar uses a combination of acupuncture, massage therapy and exercise to promote optimal holistic health to patients of all ages. He enjoys his free time with his family, playing sports, traveling and carpentry.

Patricia Piant, DACM, Dipl.OM, L.Ac.
Dr. Patricia Piant is a licensed, national board-certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist who has been practicing in the healthcare arena for many years. Prior to practicing Chinese and Integrative Medicines, she worked in the pharmaceutical and other medical industries. This has given her a deep appreciation and first-hand experience of how powerful the combination of Western, Eastern and Integrative Medicines can be for people on their journey towards wellness. Dr. Piant is certified in Advanced Integrative Oncology from Memorial Sloan Kettering and is passionate about the collaborative program she helped found between Integrative Medicine and Kellogg Cancer Center. She partners with patients of all ages and a wide range of health needs including oncology, acute and chronic pain, immune disorders, women’s health, migraines, stress/anxiety, pediatrics, allergies and healthy aging.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends and raising monarch butterflies in her backyard.

David Vavrinchik, MSTOM, Dipl.OM., L.Ac.
Dave is a licensed, board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist. He has an MS in Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, where he also serves as a faculty member/instructor, and clinic supervisor. Dave treats a wide range of disorders including supportive cancer treatment, respiratory disorders, smoking cessation, stress, headaches, G.I. digestive issues. Dave specializes in musculoskeletal (muscle and joint) pain, which may include areas such as the neck and shoulder, back, elbow, knee, and foot. He has worked in health care for 25 years and is also a licensed Respiratory Therapist who worked in the areas of intensive care, home care, and as an evaluator of healthcare organizations for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). In addition, Dave is certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture (C.SMA). The C.SME program is nationally recognized as doctorate level training in orthopedic and sports medicine acupuncture.

Rena Zaid, M.S., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H.
Rena is a licensed, NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist and herbalist. In addition to her Chinese medicine education, she has completed advanced training through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; MD Anderson Cancer Center; and the Institute for Life Coach Training. Currently, Rena is part of a collaborative program offered by the Integrative Medicine Program and the Kellogg Cancer Center. The program addresses the special needs of cancer patients and provides a bridge between traditional and integrative medicine. Rena’s work stems from a commitment to helping people find balance in challenging situations, and to working toward the healthy integration of mind and body. She has a special interest in supporting individuals with cancer, and in helping patients with anxiety, depression, addiction issues, and psycho/emotional concerns. It is her intention to help her patients become fully engaged partners in their own healing process.

Integrative Counseling and Psychotherapy

Merikay Kimball, M.A., LCPC
Merikay is a licensed clinical psychotherapist. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Barat College and an M.A. in counselor education from Northeastern Illinois University. She received her post-graduate education at the Family Institute of Northwestern University. As a family systems practitioner, with over 30 years’ experience, she works with individuals, couples and families to help lessen the stress of health-related changes. Merikay is particularly skilled at helping people navigate the “rough waters” of change, providing a practical framework for living their changes well. She seeks to relieve anxiety, grief, and depression using Guided Imagery and Cognitive Behavioral techniques. Merikay also runs a group called "What’s Your Story?” This 6-week writing group guides participants to zero-in on their health challenges to reduce their impact. Research has shown that writing can help derive perspective and meaning from a life-altering event. We write to understand our own story, but we listen to understand one another’s story. No writing experience is necessary to join this group.

Charlotte Royal Walker, MSW, LCSW, LMT
Charlotte (Char) is an integrative psychotherapist who graduated from Loyola University’s Master of Social Work School. She is also a certified massage therapist who graduated from Chicago School of Massage Therapy. She completed an advanced certification in Integrative Oncology from Memorial Sloan- Kettering. Char uses traditional psychotherapy methods including cognitive behavioral therapy and combines it with mind/body techniques such as guided imagery and progressive relaxation as well as relaxing breathing techniques. Clients will have the opportunity to practice these techniques during her sessions. Char specializes in treating patients with anxiety, panic disorder, depression, heart issues, cancer, and has many years of experience treating patients with chronic diseases such as heart issues, fibromyalgia, migraine headache and chronic and acute pain disorders.

Integrative Bodywork

Annette Chamness, LMT, BCST, NCTMB
With more than 25 years of experience as a Massage Therapist and educator, Annette uniquely combines various styles of massage therapy with Bio-dynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Reflexology to tailor each session to the needs of her clients. Common goals include, facilitated deep relaxation, stress reduction, and pain relief, allowing the body to focus its energies on healing and increased function.

John Chamness, LMT, BCTMB
Since 1993, John has been practicing the art of massage therapy across a diverse population. He draws upon the comforting techniques of classic Swedish massage, the structural knowledge and specific deep release techniques of Neuromuscular Therapy and Myofascial Release, the rehabilitative techniques of Active Isolated Stretching, and the healing empowerment of Craniosacral Therapy to fit your needs in the moment. The results can be powerful changes in the body that facilitate healing and optimal function.
John's experience allows him to work comfortably with a wide range of people, from the very seriously ill to those seeking to improve their quality of life. He is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Certified in Craniosacral Therapy, and has completed advanced training in oncology massage, headache relief, and trauma work.

Polly Liontis, LMT, AOBTA-CP, HITA
Polly is certified by the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia as a Certified Shiatsu Practitioner, a member of the Himalayan Institute Teachers Association where she received her Yoga teacher certification, and a graduate of the Ohashi Institute in New York City. She completed her post-graduate training, specializing in Shiatsu for treating trauma and chronic conditions at Zen Shiatsu Chicago, where she serves as faculty member/instructor, and clinic mentor. Polly integrates Guided Imagery, Meditation, Breath instruction, and Therapeutic Yoga practices within her bodywork sessions, teaching her patients the skills necessary to take their body out of the stress response. This initiates the healing response and can help to alleviate musculoskeletal symptoms such as neck and back pain, shoulder and hip pain, sciatica, and pain in all the extremities, as well as taking the body out of the stress response and promoting deep relaxation


Therapeutic Yoga and Meditation

Jonathan Knipping , PT, DPT
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
Jonathan teaches the "Yoga for the Heart" class. Yoga has been shown to improve symptoms and quality of life in patients with atrial fibrillation.

The class uses a one-hour format divided evenly among pranayama (breathing techniques), basic asanas (poses), and savasana (deep relaxation).

Polly Liontis, LMT, ABOTA-CP, HITA
Polly completed her Himalayan Teachers Certificate in 1999 and has taught Yoga both in private instruction and group classes for 20 years. At North Shore, Polly’s clinical practice include individual Therapeutic Yoga and Meditation, to give her patients power over their own proactive self-care.

Diet/Lifestyle

Paulette Brody, RN, BA, CPT, CMES, CLE, NorthShore Park Center Program Director
Paulette is a registered nurse, certified personal fitness trainer, certified medical exercise specialist, certified aquatics instructor and certified lifestyle educator. She runs cardiac rehab phase III, First-line therapy and Healthy Transformation Lifestyle Medicine Programs to improve nutrition and cardiovascular fitness for patients with heart disease and weight management needs. Paulette also teaches Ai Chi: Balance, Harmony and Healing in the Park Center warm water therapy pool.

Nadia Khambati, RDN, LDN
As a registered dietitian and clinical nutrition specialist, Nadia understands the nature of chronic illness as well as how to implement behavior change to fit one's unique lifestyle with real food for real results. Private counseling and group classes are available depending on one's needs.