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Meet our Practitioners

The doctors, healers and experts behind our wellness ecosystem

Frank Lipman, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Recognized as a vocal pioneer of integrative and functional medicine (or what he calls “good medicine”), Dr. Frank Lipman is our Chief Medical Officer and the founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. He is the best-selling author of five books — How to Be Well, The New Health Rules, Young & Slim for Life and Revive and Total Renewal — as well as a sought-after international speaker. Dr. Lipman has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, Women’s Health, New York Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine, and has appeared as a guest on Today, Extra and The Dr. Oz Show.

Jessica Sowards, MS, LAc

Director of Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

Jessica Sowards holds an MS in Health Science and is a Licensed and NCCAOM Board Certified Practitioner in New York where she graduated from The New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has gratefully completed extensive post-graduate studies in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, nutritional therapy and musculoskeletal care with pioneers in the field such as Dr. Jefferey Yuen and Dr. Sharon Zhao. Jessica served as a labor and postpartum doula for over a decade in New York City and is an expert in fertility, natural childbirth and the childbearing year. She seeks to empower both women and men to achieve their optimal life and health goals through natural medicine practices, informed integrative nutrition, lifestyle management and personalized, compassionate care. Align, thrive and be well.

Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc

Head of Chinese Medicine

Aimee Raupp earned an MS from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a BA in biology from Rutgers University before beginning her practice as a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in New York City. Raupp is the author of Body Belief—a guide to healing autoimmune disease and radically shifting health—and the best-selling book, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant. She has been a contributor to wellness brands such as Thrive Global, Well + Good, Acupuncture Today and MindBodyGreen. She is also the creator of Aimee Raupp Beauty, a line of handcrafted, organic skin-care products.

Keith Pyne, DC

Head of Sports Medicine

Dr. Keith Pyne has treated more than two thousand competitive athletes at the collegiate, professional and Olympic levels. He is chairman of the medical board of the Washington Nationals baseball team, a consultant to teams in the MLB, NBA and NHL, as well as the medical advisor of Golf & Body NYC, a state-of-the-art fitness and data-analytics center aimed at helping members enhance their athletic performance. Through his extensive work in private practice and for sports organizations, Dr. Pyne has developed innovative, data-driven protocols for injury predictability and prevention. 

Amanda Carney

Director of Health Coaching

A certified holistic health coach, Amanda Carney spent five years studying under functional medicine trailblazer—and THE WELL’s Chief Medical Officer—Dr. Frank Lipman. She personally guided hundreds of his patients in implementing dietary and lifestyle practices that address the root cause of imbalances and disease, helping them to heal their bodies and optimize their overall wellness. Carney is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).

Pilin Anice

Health Coach

As a holistic health coach, yoga, dance and meditation instructor, Pilin is passionate about helping others connect to their higher self through food and movement. She has supported clients in meeting their health and wellness goals for over ten years and is a true believer in using real, whole food as both fuel and medicine. Pilin is an alumna of Howard University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, has studied at The Ailey School and is a Kripalu trained yoga instructor. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children, and is currently completing her very first cookbook! She has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, BET/CentricTV and YogaXpress.

Valerie Oula

Director of Vibrational Energy Healing

A native New Yorker, Valerie Oula is a certified Kundalini yoga, meditation and Reiki master teacher. Her aim is to help clients find an inner sanctuary through the tools of meditation, yoga and integrative energy work. She is also the author of A Little Bit of Reiki and the founder of Modern Ritual NYC, a line of artisanal products for mind, body and soul with the intention of promoting feelings of peace and contentedness.

Ananta Ripa Ajmera

Director of Ayurveda

Ananta Ripa Ajmera is a certified Ayurveda health practitioner and yoga instructor. She is the author of The Ayurveda Way, which helps readers tap into ancient Indian science to achieve a state of balance in body, mind, spirit and senses. The book received a Foreword Indies Book of the Year Gold Award in 2017 and a Silver Nautilus Award (a major honor granted to the Dalai Lama, Desmund Tutu, Barbara Kingsolver, Deepak Chopra, and Eckhart Tolle). She has taught Ayurveda at the Stanford School of Medicine's Health Improvement Program, the California Department of Public Health and UNICEF, and has spoken at the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), Columbia Business School and UC Berkeley—to name a few. Ajmera graduated from NYU Stern Business School with an honors degree in marketing.

Lia Avellino, LCSW

Director of Head & Heart

Lia Avellino is a Columbia University-educated psychotherapist and facilitator devoted to supporting individuals and communities in enhancing their quality of life. She has studied the science behind human connection for a decade and works with her clients to cultivate a deeper connection with themselves, which leads to more satisfying friendships, romantic partnerships and sexual relationships. Avellino has worked both nationally and internationally demonstrating her commitment to social justice and health equity, always aiming to make supportive services more accessible and less stigmatized. Her work has been seen in a variety of publications including Glamour, Best Life and The American Journal of Sexuality Education.

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