Meet the Clinical Services Team
Our consultants are at the forefront of Functional Medicine. They have extensive training in Functional Medicine, Nutrition, and Dr. Tom O’Bryan’s 4 Pillars of Health methodology (Structure, Biochemistry, Emotion, and Electromagnetic Fields). Additionally, our consultants continue to educate themselves on the latest research findings through the work of Dr. Tom O’Bryan and other highly regarded thought leaders in the field of Functional Medicine. Our approach to healing parallels the latest scientific evidence.
The consultants at theDr.com also have additional expertise in interpreting functional laboratory testing. In fact, our team specializes in interpreting your results within “the bigger picture” of health and are able to identify potential false interpretations and lab errors.
Our consultants focus on addressing the whole person rather than the disease and in creating authentic partnerships between the client and consultant.
Our team looks forward to working with you!
MA, MS, CNS, LDN
Michelle Ross, the Director of Clinical Services for theDr.com, is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, a Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist*, and Certified Gluten Practitioner. She has completed all seven advanced practice modules required for practitioner certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).
Graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Bridgeport, Michelle holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and a Master’s Degree in Education from Pacific Union College. Michelle’s graduate school thesis focused on the complexity of gluten-related disorders and the potentially devastating effects of gluten on the body. She has been extensively trained in the advanced interpretation of functional testing and Dr. Tom O’Bryan’s protocols for addressing autoimmune diseases, gluten- and wheat-related disorders, and microbiome health.
Michelle’s training in Functional Medicine has given her a strong focus on the person as a whole, not just a set of isolated symptoms. This training, combined with her unique talent and nurturing manner, inspires Michelle’s clients to make lifestyle changes that can totally transform their lives.
Dr. O’Bryan refers to Michelle as “The Teacher of Teachers” as her elementary school teaching experience helped her develop the skill of communicating with easy-to-understand examples and analogies.
* State of Pennsylvania
PharmD, MS, CNS, LDN
Pooja Mahtani is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, a Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist*, and a Certified Gluten Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine from the University of Western States and a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Rutgers University. Pooja has also completed all seven advanced practice modules required for practitioner certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).
It wasn’t until Pooja’s own health struggles that she discovered the immense healing power of functional medicine. Today, she views the human body as a vastly complex network of interdependent systems that when in balance, create optimal health. With the right combination of nutrition and lifestyle changes, Pooja believes that optimal health is within reach for everyone.
Pooja has been extensively trained in the advanced interpretation of functional testing and Dr. Tom O’Bryan’s protocols for addressing autoimmune diseases and gluten- and wheat-related disorders. In addition, she continues to stay abreast of the latest research by attending multiple nutrition and functional medicine continuing education seminars throughout the year.
Her areas of personal interest include gut, immune, and hormone health.
* State of Pennsylvania
MS, CNS, LDN
Barbara Sobel is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, a Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist, and a Certified Gluten-Free Practitioner. Barbara holds a Master’s of Science Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health. She has completed all seven advanced practice modules required for practitioner certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), and is certified in Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training.
Barbara’s interest in functional medicine began as she navigated her own personal health challenges. She sees the body as a set of interconnected systems that work together in harmony. With a diet based in nutrient-dense whole foods, optimal sleep, relaxation, social support, and the right amount of exercise, those systems have the foundation they need to heal and flourish. She strives to empower and support her clients as they create diet and lifestyle habits to support optimal health and wellness.
* State of Pennsylvania
Tiffanie Westlie is the Client Coordinator and Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach for the Clinical Services Department.
In addition to her extensive administrative background as an Executive Assistant within the Technology and Digital Marketing spaces, Tiffanie is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC). She received her training and graduated from the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. She is currently working towards her National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) certification, as offered by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).
Tiffanie is the first point of contact for our clients. Her administrative role is answering general questions and scheduling appointments. She also offers coaching sessions as part of theDr.com’s Functional Medicine Essentials and Premier Programs. Tiffanie’s passion for Functional Medicine, fueled by her own health journey, and years of experience in administration, make her a valuable addition to the Clinical Services Team at theDr.com.
Melissa Mersch is the Lab Test Coordinator for the Clinical Services Department. She assists clients with all aspects of the testing process including scheduling blood draws, providing testing instructions, uploading test results to the client portal, and other support as needed. She works directly with Michelle Ross to coordinate timely review of all results.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University and has an extensive background in customer service and management.