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Our Practitioners

Meredith Beaton Starr, MS, OTR/L

Meredith Beaton Starr, MS, OTR/L, is an Integrative Health Coach with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy as well as advanced training in Healthcare and Leadership Coaching. She has been practicing for the past twenty six years in a variety of settings and is an expert in pain management, stress management and helping clients to optimize their ability to function in home and workplace settings to achieve optimal health. Her work with clients is centered on helping to create and sustain behavioral changes in congruence with healthy and adaptive goal setting and achievement.

Carolyn Bernstein, MD,FAHS

Carolyn Bernstein, MD,FAHS is a neurologist with a subspecialty certification in Headache Medicine and is Fellow of the American Headache Society. She is a faculty member of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Neurology, and is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and North American Menopause Society. Doctor Bernstein’s interests include migraine disorders, hormonal headache and the use of integrative therapies in the treatment of headaches and pain, with a focus on lifestyle and wellness. She is the author of The Migraine Brain: Your Break-through Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health (Free Press 2008) and has edited and co-written two textbooks: Pain in Women (Springer 2012) and Medical Complications of Pregnancy (Springer, in press). She has lectured on headache and migraine locally, nationally and internationally.

Xiao Ming Cheng, L. Ac

Xiao Ming Cheng, L. Ac., is a senior TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioner who has worked for over 33 years in the TCM and Acupuncture field; he started his teaching life as a director of the Acupuncture Department in 1980 in Zhejiang University of TCM. After 1991, Xiaoming was invited to teach TCM, Acupuncture and oriental philosophy at the New England School of Acupuncture. He is also a member of the team that teaches the Acupuncture course for physicians through the Dept. of Continuing Medical Education at Harvard Medical School.

Xiaoming got his OMD degree after he graduated from Shanghai University of TCM, and got his license Acupuncture certification by NCCAOM and COA of Massachusetts. He is a guest Professor of Shanghai University of TCM and Hua Shan Hospital of Shanghai Medical University. Since 1992, he has had a busy private TCM and acupuncture practice in Brookline, MA.

Xiaoming Cheng has already published three significant clinical texts in Chinese: Acupuncture for Emergencies, Scalp Acupuncture, and Acupuncture Pathology & Point Prescriptions. He has also published his first English book of acupuncture and moxibustion (an acupuncturist desk reference book).

Jie Fan-Roche, PT, NCMT

Jie Fan-Roche, PT, NCMT, is a French-trained physical therapist with a US license as a nationally certified massage therapist who is fluent in French, Chinese and English. She integrates a variety of modalities, including craniosacral therapy, Chinese reflexology and acupressure and teaches Tai Chi and Qi-Gong. She is an Upledger Institute-certified CranioSacral therapist and certified instructor of the "Introduction to CranioSacral Therapy" workshop- a course appropriate for both health professionals and the general public.

Since 1990, Jie has been integrating these modalities into her work in Europe, China and the US, working for the last 5 years as a member of the Harvard-affiliated Integrated Care Center. Jie works with people of all ages, from newborns to the elderly. Her current practice focus is on CranioSacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release and Chinese reflexology. These techniques give Jie the opportunity to adapt to each client's needs. Her goal is to give each person a taste of a new way to approach their own body and the freedom to relax and express themselves, physically, emotionally or spiritually.

In her leisure time, Jie loves to play the cello, travel, read, and orchestrate her three boys' musical development.

Matthew H. Kowalski, DC

Matthew H. Kowalski, DC is a 1990 graduate of the National College of Chiropractic, where he also completed a two-year multidisciplinary residency in orthopedics . He is certified with the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics. Dr. Kowalski is the President of the New England Spine Institute, PC, with practices in Holbrook, East Bridgewater and Carver. He is an adjunct post-graduate faculty member of the National University of Health Sciences. Dr. Kowalski has co-authored chapters on "The lumbar intervertebral disc" and "Lumbar spinal stenosis" for Low Back Syndromes (Morris, ed.). His practice focuses on the evaluation and treatment of patient suffering with headaches, neck pain and back pain.

Donald B. Levy, MD

Donald B. Levy, MD, is the Medical Director of the Osher Clinical Center. He is a board certified internist and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He graduated New York Medical College in 1981 and completed his residency at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Levy taught Harvard medical students, interns, residents and fellows in a variety of roles for over 25 years and maintained a practice in primary care internal medicine until 2007. He worked at the Marino Center for Progressive Health in Cambridge, MA for over 10 years, where he served as Medical Director for one year, and then staff physician and Director of Integrative Medical Education. He helped the center to expand its multidisciplinary team of practitioners and to ally itself with local academic medical centers, hospitals and research organizations.

His professional interests include the use of nutrition and dietary herbs and supplements in medicine, the management of cardiac risks to prevent heart disease and the integration of scientific advances in modern medicine with the rediscovery and implementation of age-old principles and therapies that enhance the ability to heal and maintain good health.

Arthur Madore, LMT

Arthur Madore, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist with offices at the Caritas Carney Hospital. A graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute, he has chosen to specialize in the treatment of injuries and physical restrictions. His is the first hospital-based massage therapy practice in the state. He is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork with advanced certification in Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) and Feldenkrais-based Integrative Movement Therapy. He has been chosen as a research therapist for two Harvard studies on lower back pain.

Arthur has had extensive training in craniosacral work, myofascial release, as well as personal empowerment techniques such as guided imagery. For many years he has taught other massage therapists and physical therapists, massage, movement, and neuromuscular therapy as a staff teaching assistant for St. John NMT Seminars and the Somatic Training Associates. He is a longtime member of the American Massage Therapy Association and the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners.

Thomas Mecke, DC

Thomas Mecke, DC earned a Bachelors of Science degree from the State University of New York and furthered his education through a Master of Science in Forensic Science program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Doctor Mecke completed his chiropractic training at the New York Chiropractic College, where he was selected to participate in an internship at the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Rochester, NY. The VA program provides military veterans with comprehensive chiropractic services in a multidisciplinary, collaborative healthcare environment.

Doctor Mecke has an interest in sports science and human performance and is an accomplished athlete. He is trained in the Graston Technique® and is furthering his education with studies in The McKenzie Method® of mechanical diagnosis and treatment. Doctor Mecke has been working at The New England Spine Institute since 2010.

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