Dr. Shafer completed his Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutritional Biochemistry graduating summa cum laude at The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida in 1988. He then graduated from Medical School at The University of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida in 1993. This was followed by a one year Internal Medicine Internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Returning to Gainesville in 1994, he completed his residency in Adult Neurology in 1997 at The University of Florida at Shands Teaching Hospital.
Professional activities include being the current Department Chairman of Neurology and Psychiatry at Indian River Medical Center, Medical Director of the IRMC Stroke Program, Secretary of the Indian River County Medical Society, Board Member and Physician Volunteer to the WE CARE indigent care program of Indian River County and Associate Professor of Neurology at Florida State University Fort Pierce, Florida campus.
Dr.Shafer is actively involved in Neurological Research of MS, Stroke, Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Disease and has completed and served as a Sub-Principal Investigator in over 50 National and International clinical research trials. Additionally, he is a Speaker Consultant and Advisory Board Consultant to several major pharmaceutical companies.
He and his wife Helen are active community supporters that serve and support many charitable organizations: The Education Foundation, Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC), Youth Sailing Foundation, Wheels and keels Foundation, Senior Resource Association (SRA), The Live Like Cole Foundation and others. Dr. and Mrs. Shafer are active supporters of The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum.
Dr. Shafer has been married to his wife Helen for 30 years and together they have raised 5 children. Oldest daughter Ann-Marie and middle son Robert are in Vero Beach. Their oldest son Art lives in Miami and their youngest son Danny lives in Denver. Joanne the youngest lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They have 4 grandchildren Allison and Charlotte in Vero Beach along with Hank and Audie in Denver.
Hi. My name is Christi Buck. I am not your typical Dietitian/Nutritionist, my approach is from an integrative and functional standpoint. This approach is firmly rooted in the belief that the body has the capacity to heal itself if given the right tools. Hearing your health story, challenges, getting to the root cause, and address the whole body. I understand what it is like to feel sick I had my own history of health challenges which I have overcome. I want to help you get solutions to your illness. With a hands-on approach my clients will be seen through to the end. I pride myself in my professional experiences, extensive education and certifications in order to apply my knowledge to help YOU! Addressing inflammation and the microbiome of the gut is where I start.
Brook Gentile is the Front Office Manager at Mind and Body of Vero. She previously worked as a Coordinator for the Spa’s at the Walt Disney World Resort. She also has several years of office management experience. Her background, training and experience allow her to provide exceptional customer service to our clients. She graduated from Kaplan University with an Associates Degree in Business Administration/Management. Brook has two children, her daughter, Raegan is 11 and her son, Zander is 6. They love to spend time together at the beach and going to theme parks.
Quote: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Throughout my teens and twenties, yoga desperately tried to get my attention – a mention in a magazine article or a pose in an advertisement. Each time it came across I’d think, “What’s that yoga all about?” “I wonder what it’s like to do yoga.”
Curiosity won out and my first practice was in my living room with a VHS recording. I knew, in a moment, what a picture or the written word couldn’t communicate. I came home to myself and my heart said, “Ah-Ha! that’s yoga!”
Yoga is the synthesis of the wisdom of movement, presence of mind and grace through breath. It is the tool that allows me to experience the infinite through the finite. My teacher training is grounded in the heart-centered lineage of Kripalu Yoga, the yoga of compassion and a practice of meditation in motion.
On the teacher’s mat, from my heart to yours, I hope our shared experience is “Ahhh! That’s yoga!”
Laurie Ann Leach, LST, LMT, CLT, BSHS
A Holistic Care and Lifestyle Educator certified therapist who specializes in the Somatic Therapies such as shiatsu, massage, stretch techniques, SFR – stroke functional rehab and the Cognizance Therapies (PROC – perception, recognition, observation, cognition) using such methods as REBT – Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, and CBT- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, these speaking and support methods work in the NOW of life to promote balance, well-being, a freer future which aid the changes in physical and psychological patterns for clearer thinking and life threatening illnesses.
Also, having core training with Master Teachers that include: Dr. Deepak Chopra – Quantum Physics and Guided Meditation; Dr. Wayne Dyer – Your Erroneous Zones (The art of positive thinking); Dr. Andrew Weil – Nutritional Basics; Pauline Sasaki – Quantum Shiatsu, reading the body’s energy patterns and opening channels; Luke Chan – Chi Lel Qigong – movement exercise to open channels and balance the body; plus many more.
Developing techniques in the Soma field of body health; SFR, and Lymph-atsu – a combination of Shiatsu and Lymphatic therapies that help to flush and renew the lymph system of the body.
With many health education tools, she is ready to help you change your state of mind; aromatherapy, Trager, MPS – microcurrent point stimulation or electro acupuncture, Hot Salt Stone with CBD, CBD oil treatments and oral ingestion no THC, Phytochemical Nutrition and more in her 24 years of experience.
Lisa Terry, MSW, LCSW
Lisa Terry is a Licensed Psychotherapist and has been in private practice in Vero Beach, FL for the last 23 years.
Lisa received her graduate degree from Florida State University in 1991. Her approach to mental wellness is built around the profound power of “our beliefs and thoughts” making mindfulness the perfect vehicle for transformation from pain to comfort, and chronic discontent to a quality of life. The method Lisa created and, currently, uses is MindWelltm.
Lisa is dedicated to staying current on the latest scientific research on the effectiveness of mindfulness, mindfulness-cognitive-behavioral therapy, and spiritual psychotherapy. Lisa keeps current through attending intensive conferences with leading neuroscientist in this field as well as with persistent reading and research.
In her free time, Lisa may be found outdoors paddle boarding, running, biking, reading, and meditating. Often times, Lisa is accompanied by her rescue dog, Perry Terry. Lisa is, also, an artist creating jewelry and painting.
Lisa founded the Terry Mindfulness Center LLC in 2015 to gather other practionners to join her with the mission of creating a mindful community one person at a time. Then, in 2018, Lisa teamed up with a colleague to co-create Terry Mindfulness & Long Wellness Center to further expand services and establish a place for people to receive professional assistance.
TMLW Center offers a variety of services from like-minded, yet diverse, wellness licensed professionals offering counseling to all ages, group meditations, acupuncture, and massage therapy. Specialized workshops and classes in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, meditation, art, and healing sciences are offered at the Terry Mindfulness & Long Wellness Center.
Stacie Springer has been a licensed practical nurse for 5 years. She is a graduate of Palm Beach State College, in Lake Worth, Florida. She worked as a certified nursing assistant for three years prior to that. She is certified in phlebotomy and double certified in IV therapy. She has experience ranging from cardiac to endocrinology, geriatrics to pediatrics, and has spent the past year and a half in skilled nursing.
Stacie enjoys running, reading, painting, relaxing with music, and spending time with her family and animals. She has two cats and one dog, who are part of the family also! Stacie believes that we should all embrace new adventures, be bold and courageous, and let your faith be bigger than your fear!
Born and raised in Indian River County, Daniel has been working the business side of healthcare since 2013. He currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) and is working toward a Master’s in Business Administration. At Mind and Body of Vero, Daniel serves as our Chief Financial Operating Officer and is responsible for overall management and financials for both Mind and Body of Vero and Vero Beach Neurology and Research Institute. Outside of the office, Daniel enjoys watching sports, playing video games, and spending time with his wife Kelsey. He has a strong passion for music; listening to and playing along to genres ranging from Jazz to Drum Corp International, and everything in between. He aspires to obtain his Doctorate in Business Administration and/or Health Services Administration to one day teach and share his experiences at the collegiate level.
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