Meet Our team of Professionals at Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland
PhD, RPh, BCPP, CPh
Professional Thermographer and consultant pharmacist Dr. Catherine Onuoha was classically trained to appreciate Western Medical techniques at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV). The PhD she earned at MCV is a dual discipline doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology. After receiving her PhD, Dr. Onuoha pursued pursued a research position in the field of neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research (WRAIR).
Once her research at WRAIR was completed, Dr. Catherine found work in academia to be rewarding. Dr. Catherine held professorial posts for more than a decade, teaching within public and private institutions. Her teaching charge was to educate fledgling professionals across many medical specialties (Pharmacists, Nurses, Doctor of Orthopedics, Anesthetists, and Physician Assistants).
Throughout her academic years, Dr. Catherine dedicated some time each week to consultations with a patient base either within hospital clinics or in outpatient settings. Patient care continues to hold priority in Dr. Catherine’s work week. She is passionate about providing her patients compassionate, need-based medical care from a functional and natural healing perspective.
Although Dr. Catherine portends professorial work is meaningful, in fact, she loved it–a wee voice of intuition began working within her during 2014. To honor and trust this intuition, she began searching clinic work environments and was resolute in her quest to devote all of her time to patient care.
In January of 2015, Dr. Catherine joined Carol Chandler D.O.M. at the Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland. The two formed an easy collaboration since they share a similar vision of homeopathic healthcare in accordance with Natural and Alternative Healthcare methods.
Carol Chandler, D.O.M. and Dr. Catherine collaboratively have continued the tradition of utilizing Thermography as a powerful discovery tool to help clients far and near our community to achieve optimal health. Dr. Catherine is professionally trained to use Thermography as a unique tool to transduce physiologic changes. Dr. Catherine secondarily completed a rigorous training regimen under Dr. Carol Chandler a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Master Herbalist.
Since April of 2015 Dr. Catherine has assumed responsibility for running the Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland and seeing patients here at this clinic. While Dr. Catherine sees patients here at NMC and runs the day to day operations, she is assisted by her physician supervisor Doctor Justin Strittmatter who oversees medication/treatment decisions.
Peter Stoyanov, ARNP
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Peter is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner who has been serving in the medical field for over 20 years in a variety of roles. Peter’s early background comes from his home country of Bulgaria where he received a Master’s degree in Medicine from Thracian University and worked as a physician. After moving to the United States, Peter furthered his education in the field of nursing and went on to receive a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Florida International University and a Master’s degree in Family Practice from the University of South Florida. Since moving to Florida, Peter has shown his dedication and responsibility to his field and patients by serving in a number of Nurse Supervisor roles monitoring patients and nurses to ensure proper care. Recently, Peter’s focus has been on providing direct patient care as a Nurse Practitioner as he served in both a primary care hospital and at detention facilities for juveniles and inmates.
Throughout his career, Peter has been a strong proponent for proper patient and family education as he works personally to make sure patients and their families know what is happening and why. Peter’s foreign background and multilingual abilities make him especially adept at knowing the difficulty of communication and the importance of mutual understanding. Peter’s other proficiencies include: wound care, diagnosis and assessment, medication prescription and monitoring, as well as an expertise in the areas of Tuberculosis, COPD, and Asthma. Peter is also working to expand his knowledge and skill set as he is currently enrolled in a program to become a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Peter’s interest in functional medicine goes back to his early work as a physician in Bulgaria where he specialized in internal and preventive medicine. While Peter’s recent experience has been in larger medical facilities, he is very eager to go back to his roots and practice holistic medicine in a more personal manner.
Patient Care Coordinator and Operations Manager
Nursing School Graduate
Kenneth Chukwuemeka previously attended Union University in pursuit of a Masters degree program in Social Work and BS degree in Nursing, before moving to Florida for family reason. Expanding his knowledge, Kenneth also briefly attended Polk State College and MedTech Institute.
The strong desire to help make a difference in people’s lives and his caring and empathetic nature is what led him to a career in nursing. Also, Kenneth believes in healing the patient from a root- cause analysis perspective while taking the holistic medicine approach, After graduating from nursing school, Kenneth joined Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland and MyLife Preventive Imaging Center, in the role of Patient Care Coordinator and Operations Manager. Kenneth is also a Clinical Thermographer (CT).
Nam Jeon, D.O.M.
Nam graduated from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine with Master’s degree. He is Korean and studied in China and has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for twenty years, in the Midwest and Alaska before moving to Florida.
Nam is licensed in the State of Florida and certified by NCCAOM (the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).
He has been treating patients with complaints ranging from musculoskeletal pain (low back pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, bursitis, arthritis), neurological disorders (stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, migraines), and addiction (alcohol, drug, nicotine). He also teaches stress management and mindful meditation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine can be utilized as an alternative for patients with chronic conditions, who do not respond to western methods, or cannot use drug therapies due to sensitivities. It is particularly beneficial to those patients with pain, who cannot undergo surgery or anesthesia.
The holistic approach of the Traditional Chinese Medicine is comprehensive, and assesses the individual patient as a “whole person”, instead of treating symptoms. The goal is to assess all contributing issues, that may affect the patient and their state of wellness, and to create a treatment plan to bring the mind, the body, and the spirit into harmony and balance once again.
Dr. Nam has also authored a number of books on acupuncture and Eastern medicine:
Alexandra Clinton, D.O.M
Alexandra graduated from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine with her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine. She has advanced training from the PLA Military Hospital in Beijing, China and has studied in private practice in Chicago before settling in Lakeland.
Alexandra is licensed in the state of Florida and certified on the national level by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She also holds an Advanced Certification in Acupoint Injection Therapy, which allows her to perform the injection of herbs, homeopathic formulas, nutritional supplements and vitamins.
Alexandra uses her knowledge and experience in both traditional Chinese Medicine and Herbology to effectively treat the person as a whole, focusing not only on the treatment of health problems but also the prevention of them. She uses a combination of acupuncture and herbal formulas, along with dietary and lifestyle counseling to effectively treat patients with complaints ranging from musculoskeletal (low back pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, bursitis, arthritis) and neurological disorders (stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, migraines) to gastrointestinal (indigestion, constipation, diarrhea) and circulatory disorders (high blood pressure, high cholesterol) using gentle, natural methods.
Alexandra accepts Cigna, United Health Care and BlueCross/Blue Shield insurances.
B.A., Clinical Thermographer
Darla earned a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Xavier University and spent 7 years in Sales and Business Marketing. Darla joined the Natural Medicine Center as a Clinical Thermographer in April 2015. Darla performs most of the thermal scans done at MyLife Preventive Imaging and The Natural Medicine Center. She is also trained in natural living and herbal medicine. Darla is the Case Manager at MyLife Preventive Imaging and handles the Marketing Department at The Natural Medicine Center. Darla is currently working toward a holistic nutrition certification. She hopes to provide cutting edge and ever-growing nutritional services and advice for the company for years to come.
Dr. Justin Strittmatter
M.D., Clinic Supervisor
Dr. Justin A. Strittmatter, MD is the oversight physician for Holistic Care and Recovery / DBA Natural Medicine Center. Dr Strittmatter received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport LA, and has been in practice for more than a decade. Strittmatter reviews patient charts via a shared software with his local clinician, Catherine Onuoha, PhD. Collaboratively, patient care decisions are made by Drs Strittmatter and Onuoha, for optimal wellness in patrons visiting the Natural Medicine Center.