Dr. Kristen Latona, the owner of Natural Pain Management and Wellness, is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo where she earned her BS and Masters in Public Health. She is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College where she received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. She has had extensive training in biomedical sciences, public health, nutrition and pediatrics. In practice, Dr. Latona utilizes techniques including Diversified, Drop-Table, Flexion/Distraction, instrument adjusting, Sacral Occipital Technique (SOT), and soft tissue (muscles and ligaments) techniques comprising of Active Release Technique (ART), Graston Technique (GT) and is certified for Webster Technique for pregnant women.
Dr. Latona is also a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), a group for chiropractors with a specialty in treating infants, children and pregnant women.
Dr. Farooq completed her Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry at Montclair State University. She continued her education at New York Chiropractic College, attaining her Masters in Applied Clinical Nutrition and Doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine. For her last year of study, Dr. Farooq interned at NPMAW under Dr. Latona, so the whole team was very excited to welcome her on as another provider! Dr. Farooq employs many soft tissue techniques, a variety of adjusting styles and nutritional recommendations all from her unique background to ensure patients are receiving a holistic treatment plan, and returning to a normal, pain free life.
Mallory is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo where she received her BA in Psychology and minor in nutrition. She continued her education at D'Youville University where she earned her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Mallory is NBCOT board certified and a licensed OT practitioner in the state of New York. She specializes in orthopaedic injuries and rehabilitation, utilizing evidence based techniques and therapeutic exercise to help her patients regain function for performance of daily tasks.
Mallory is also passionate about early intervention and works with young children to help them participate in desired activities and achieve their developmental milestones!
Cynthia Juhre, RN, has enjoyed a career that has spanned three continents and has explored the rigors of science and the medical profession from the Western tradition to the Eastern doxology found in an ashram in India. As a registered nurse, she held the positions of patient care coordinator (head nurse) at Monteifiore Hospital in NYC, staff nurse in cardiology at Sisters Hospital in Buffalo, NY, and a staff nurse in a private OB GYN practice in Buffalo. She has studied yoga in the United States and India and is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor since 2001 and certified in prenatal yoga since 2003. As a licensed massage therapist she has delivered a variety of massage therapies including hot stone, cranial-sacral, deep tissue, reflexology and pre-natal massage. She believes in many types of healing modalities, especially in the innate healing abilities of one's body. She loves teaching yoga because of the implicit connection between body, mind and breath. She believes that our body will tell us what it needs: we only need to "hear" that message. She has previously worked with extreme weight loss patients at The Biggest Loser Resort.
Erin has been a licensed massage therapist in the State of New York since 1997. She was trained at New York Institute of Massage in Buffalo, NY where she had received over 620 hours of massage training. She has been strictly practicing medical massage, working with doctors in the pain management field, physical therapists and chiropractors for the last 15 years.
Nicole Piechalak is a licensed massage therapist in the State of New York with over 10 years of experience. She graduated from Trocaire College in 2010 where she earned her Associates in Applied Science with a concentration in Massage Therapy. She was recognized by the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College. Nicole has a passion for helping people reach their health and healing goals by providing treatment for medical conditions, injuries, or wellness maintenance. With a focus in deep tissue techniques, trigger point therapy and Swedish massage, she has a wide range of skills to be able to meet you where you are on your journey.
Dr. Shamus has been practicing various aspects of Eastern medicine for over two decades. He is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine's Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine doctoral program, and is a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture of The Northeast College of Health Sciences. He also completed his East Asian herbal medicine training at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies in Philadelphia, PA.
His interest in Eastern medicine was sparked at an early age when an acupuncture clinic opened up next door to his house, it was during this time that he realized acupuncture is what he wanted to eventually pursue as a life-long career. Not long after this chance crossing of paths, he began studying and practicing medical Qi Gong with 5th generation acupuncturist and medical qi gong practitioner, Grandmaster Tzu Kuo Shih, OMD, L.Ac.
His circuital route to acupuncture brought him through masonry, music production, geography studies at SUNY Geneseo, and over a decade of organic farming.
This path forged and solidified a life-long dedication to the importance healthy living and natural medicine plays in mental, physical and spiritual well-being, which he currently cultivates with his patients in Rochester and Buffalo, NY.