Our Providers

Michael Allen, MD Holistic/Integrative Pediatrician

Linda Lazar Allen, CAMT Craniosacral Therapy and Emotional Healing

Tammy Hayden, Office Manager

 

INDEPENDENT PROVIDERS PRACTICING AT CENTER FOR LIVING HEALTH

Suzel Deer RN BSN, NAET Practitioner

Jignesh Bhakta, DC  Chiropractic

Deena Newman, Art Therapy

Cynthia Hoven,  Eurythmy Therapy

 

 

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Michael Allen, MD

Board Certified in Pediatrics

 

Board Certified in Holistic/Integrative Medicine

Board Certified in Anthroposophic Medicine

Holistic, Anthroposophic and Conventional Pediatrics

Dr. Michael Allen  has been practicing Pediatrics in Sacramento since 1992. The importance of looking beyond conventional medicine, to healing the whole person was first imparted on Dr. Allen in medical school at the University of Arizona, where he studied with Dr. Andrew Weil.

The need to look beyond conventional medicine came again to Dr Allen  through his best teacher, his son Kieran, who was born with cerebral palsy and seizures. When western medicine proved ineffective alone, Dr Allen began learning complementary and alternative treatment modalities to help his son – and they greatly improved his quality of life. He soon discovered that the patients in his practice also asked for and benefited from these new techniques and practices. Kieran unexpectedly died in August of 2003, two weeks after his seventh birthday.

Understanding the gift that his son’s life and death brought to him, Dr Allen was motivated to begin a comprehensive study of Holistic medicine, and later became Board Certified as a Holistic Physician. It was also during this time that he realized that he needed to take time to heal and be with his family. The time was well spent, as Dr Allen and his family emerged stronger, healthier and happier because of their experience. During this sabbatical, Dr. Allen also began his formal training in Anthroposophic Medicine, a form of holistic medicine. He is now one of only two pediatricians in the United States to be Board Certified in Anthroposophic Medicine.

In 2009 he opened the Center for Living Health, a dream he and his wife Linda, who practices craniosacral therapy at the Center, have held for many years. Dr Allen is very excited about practicing medicine and serving in the capacity as a healer once again, and would like to thank all of his former patients who have waited patiently for his return. He feels continually blessed by the light of his daughter Morgan, who attends Sacramento Waldorf School, and all that his son Kieran taught him.

Dr Allen’s Training includes:

Medical School: University of Arizona

Pediatric Internship and Residency: Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Board Certified in Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics

Board Certified Holistic Medicine, National Board of Integrative Medicine

Board Certified Anthroposophic Medicine, Physicians Association of Anthroposophic Medicine

Consiousness Studies with Dennis Klocek -Rudolf Steiner College

Rudolf Steiner College – selective classes of the Foundation Year & Teacher Training Year

Chikly Institute: Heart Centered Therapy

Upledger Institute: Craniosacral Therapy

John Barnes: Myofascial Release

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Linda Lazar Allen

Craniosacral Therapy, Heart Centered Therapy and Acupressure Emotional Healing

Linda works with adults and children, and is known for her nurturing touch and ability to discover and gently release tension and trauma in the tissues that can cause pain and dysfunction, allowing the entire body to relax and self-correct.  She also specializes in working with emotional difficulties such as grief/loss, depression, anxiety and stress.

A journey of growth and healing led Linda to bring her gift of compassionate healing into practice.

The birth of her son Kieran and his diagnosis of cerebral palsy and seizures awoke her and husband Michael, a holistic pediatrician, to a path of self-discovery. They turned to craniosacral therapy (CST) when western medicine failed to help their son. After witnessing CST’s profound effects, she took a class to help her son, only to realize that this was her heart work.

Linda’s inner journey continued with the death of her son at age seven. She once again witnessed how powerful and healing these therapies in her own healing and grief, notably the depth of healing reached through Heart Centered Therapy (HCT). She now integrates HCT into many of her sessions as a tool to gently help identify and transform the emotional component of disease in the body, without reliving the trauma. She is a teaching assistant for HCT workshops around the country.

Linda brings to her sessions the love and knowledge that this work can make a difference, and honors the memory of her son’s journey through her practice.  Sessions with Linda help can stimulate healing life forces, restore balance and harmony, and address constitutional problems.

“I wanted to be able to share the power of this work with others. To help others feel comfortable in their bodies, and to help not only release the traumas that we hold, but to reveal the gifts within so we can understand why it had to happen.”

The Center for Living Health is the culmination of a dream Linda and her husband have been holding since their son led them outside the box of conventional medicine. She credits her son and her daughter Morgan, a student at Sacramento Waldorf School, whose light and wisdom blesses her daily, as her greatest teachers.

Training includes:

Bachelor of Arts, USC

Acupressure Institute of Berkeley: Certified Acupressure Therapist, Advanced Training Specialization Certification in Emotional Balancing

PAAM International Anthropsophic Medical Training Program

Chikly Institute: Heart Centered Therapy, Advanced level training in Brain and Neurosystem, Lymphatic Drainage

Upledger Institute: Craniosacral Therapy

John Barnes: Myofascial Release

Rudolf Steiner College –  classes in Foundation Year Training, Consciousness Studies with Dennis Klocek, Anthroposophic Counseling Psychology Seminar Intensive and workshops

Along with Linda’s formal training, she has also attended numerous classes and workshops on Neurologically Managing Sensory Processing Disorders,  Sensory Integration, Energy Medicine, Flower Essences and Essential Oils.  She incorporates elements of these therapies into her sessions as needed.

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  Jignesh Bhakta, DC

Advanced Family Chiropractic

Dr. Jignesh Bhakta has been serving the greater Sacramento area for over 22 years. He
has given Chiropractic care to thousands of people. He’s a member of Sacramento C.O.R.E., the International Chiropractic Association, as well Dynamic Essentials. He participates in local events such as health fares, spinal screenings to help educate the public about Chiropractic, health and nutrition. He volunteers his time & services at a local women’s shelter by offering Chiropractic care to women that might not be able to receive it otherwise.

He has adjusted a wide range of patients from new born baby’s to 98 years old women, he takes great care with every patient to adjust them properly and to meet their needs. He has helped many people with different kinds of concerns. Some with back and neck pain to sciatica, others with migraines or allergies and asthma. Chiropractic can help with a wide range of illnesses and pain. With his many years of experience he has the ability to work with the patient and help them make some great changes in their health to obtain optimum health.

He got in Chiropractic because of a fall which involved him climbing on a roof to eat plums and without notice the roof collapsed. Needless to say his teenage years in sports were not enjoyable until he received chiropractic care. With his loving family, friends & his team he is working on his mission to get people to live a better, healthier and a more enjoyable life. He wants to share the gift of Chiropractic with every person he meets, a life without pain and sickness.

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Suzel Deer, RN

NAET and Nutritional Counseling

Suzel a registered nurse with a B.S. from the University of Virginia. She holds a massage license and nutrition certificates. She is a Reiki and N.A.E.T. practitioner, and has studied many disciplines related to health. In recent years, she has devoted her time to working with allergy and nutritional challenges and focusing on re-teaching the body to do jobs it has forgotten. She also teach nutritional classes.

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Deena Newman, MA

Art Therapy

After receiving my degree in art therapy in Portland, OR, I worked for a few years with grieving families in a private setting and through hospice.  At the same time  my involvement with my son’s Waldorf School education deepened and I became acquainted with Rudolf Steiner’s contribution to understanding of the developing human being, and the role artistic activities play in that development.

My goal became to synthesize traditional therapy with Dr. Steiner’s Anthroposophical approach to illness and healing. To that end I moved to Fair Oaks in 2001 to study at the Rudolf Steiner College and work at the Raphael House, a therapeutic facility.  Finally to round out my education I attended the Anthroposophical art therapy training at Tobias  School of Art and Therapy in England.

In my practice I strive to accompany my clients on their journey toward health and wholeness.  Through various artistic methods and cultural practices, we explore the connection between our inner and outer worlds.  This may include Native American art, labyrinths and eastern mandalas. We utilize painting to refresh the soul and educate the mind. Observing and studying the development of plants provides an insight to the secret laws of growing organisms that can become a template for our own processes.

Whether you are a student looking for a deeper understanding of the principles of art or therapy, a family who has lost a loved one to death, a teacher wanting to expand your skills of the Waldorf arts in education, a parent with a child who is experiencing challenges in their social, emotional or educational spheres, or an adult going through transition or illness, you are welcome to come and explore this unique approach to self awareness.

 

Cynthia Hoven

Eurythmy Therapy

Cynthia Hoven received an MA degree in Human Behavior from St. Mary’s University (Minneapolis) in 2000. She completed her eurythmy training in Auburn, Ca in 1974 and the Curative Eurythmy training in Stuttgart, Germany in 1982. She founded and was lead teacher of the eurythmy training program at Rudolf Steiner College from 2002-2010. She has taught eurythmy and eurythmy therapy to hundred of people  in the course of three decades of work. She has worked in both private practice and clinical settings.

Tammy Hayden

Medical Assistant/Office Manager

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