Education + Experience + Passion
places our whole team
at the top of the professional chain in
WELLNESS-FIRST Functional & Naturopathic Medicine.
Meet Our Team
Dr. Shama Patel, ND Executive Medical Director
Dr. Shama Patel is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and is board-certified by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners.
She earned her undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where she studied premedical sciences and psychology. She continued her medical education and clinical training at National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Patel is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Georgia Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
With a passion for preventive natural therapies, Dr. Patel will work with you to create an individualized health plan, and help you stay on track with periodic check-ins to measure your progress.
Patients ask me all the time…. How did you get into this kind of medicine?
It’s simple, really. I wanted to ACTUALLY to get to know people, help them become healthy again, and enable them to get back to being their best selves and doing those things they love. You can read the long story here….
Dr. Brad Bongiovanni
Store Partner, Whole Foods Market
Rebecca Fallon Lead Health Coach
Rebecca’s mission at WMSOA is to inspire and equip others with tools of wellness by partnering for success as a health coach and health resource. Originally pursuing a degree in nursing, Rebecca became disheartened by the over reliance on prescription medications in lieu of actual health transformation. Drawn to functional medicine with it’s focus on treating the whole person and addressing root causes, Rebecca sought training with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. Now as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, Rebecca integrates the art of coaching with the principles of Functional Medicine, Functional Nutrition, Positive Psychology and Mind-Body Medicine. Her joy is working with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results. In her spare time, Rebecca indulges her passion for cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, often recruiting one of her 3 kids to be sous chef or at least dishwasher.
Leah Belgard Neurofeedback Specialist
Leah Belgard is our Neurofeedback Specialist. Leah has been a neurotherapist, or “brain coach” for four years, but has been fascinated by brains for her entire life. As a child, she continuously mused at the differences between what we call the brain, and the perceptions that make up the mind. When she’s not deciphering brain wave patterns to explain (and then change) related functions, she can be found outside hiking GA’s gorgeous mountains, or inside tending to her mini zoo of rescue pets. She’s nursed abandoned, 3 week-old kittens back from the brink, and rehabilitated abused dogs. Whether she’s in the office, or at home, she likes her life to have purpose. And in the case of both people and pets, she wants everyone to know that the bad experiences of your past, don’t have to condemn your future.
Susan Brown Practice Coordinator
Susan has been a member of our team since 2018. She has over 15 years of medical administration experience and is always ready to assist a patient or team member with pure enthusiasm. Susan’s role is to oversee the daily operations of the office and maintain quality of care to ensure our patients receive the best experience at our office.
Her career experience in the traditional medical practice left her looking for alternative options for her future career. She enjoys becoming a part of our patient’s journey and transformations, cheering them on along their way!
In Susan’s spare time she loves spending quality time with her family creating treasurable lasting memories with them. She also loves to go shopping.
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Top 10 Reasons Our Practice Goes Beyond Other “Wellness” Practices?
- Our secret sauce is helping you IMPLEMENT wellness via our curriculum style approach focused on coaching and mentoring you.
- The best educated and trained Wellness and Functional Medicine Specialists in Georgia
- Experience working/training alongside renowned Medical Doctors to give you a truly integrative perspective
- Expertise in clinical laboratory medicine from a postdoc clinical laboratory position at a functional medicine laboratory
- Exclusive Store Partner for Whole Foods – Entire Metro Atlanta Region
- Scientific Advisory Board member to companies in the Stress (HPA) Axis space
- Voted Top Patient-Rated Holistic Practice in Atlanta – 2018
- Author of 3 peer-reviewed published medical articles
- Speaker at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Northeastern University, Bastyr University, Lotus Corporation, National Arthritis Foundation, Nortel, GTE
- Book & Magazine Contributions to Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies, Natural Health, Prevention, Shape, Family Circle, and Publix Healthwise