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.
Chika Okoli, MD
Functional Medicine Doctor
Dr. Chika Okoli earned her B.S. in Sports Medicine from Samford University and completed medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta where she graduated Cum Laude. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine Primary Care at The Yale University School of Medicine, earning the honor of Resident of the Year during her second year in training. Following residency, she began working as an attending physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and completed her Functional Medicine training through IFM.
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.
Patricia Ladis, PT, CBBA
Patricia has been practicing holistic Physical Therapy and injury prevention since 1999. She is a behavioral breathing analyst and helps clients optimize their breathing whether they are pregnant, in chronic pain or having performance issues. She is the founder of WiseBody Physical Therapy, the co-founder of First 1000 Days of Wellness and previously KIMA Wellness, one of New York’s most prestigious Physical Therapy and wellness centers. She is a published author, has appeared on NBC and CBS and has been featured in a number of prominent publications. She has been an on-site Physical Therapist to professional athletes, including the Rockettes and the US Olympic Tennis Team. Patricia uses her extensive experience and her holistic, root-cause approach to connect with patients on a deeper level, tapping into their innate wisdom so that they can return to doing what they love.
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.
Director of Integration
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).
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.
Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Raj earned a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine from Endeavor College of Natural Health, before moving to New York City in 2015. Here, she has worked on research and development for the nutrition brand Sakara Life, as a fitness instructor at The Class by Taryn Toomey and alongside our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Frank Lipman in his private practice. Raj has a fierce passion for bringing wellness to the masses and is thrilled to deliver digestible (no pun intended), achievable advice to her clients in order to guide them toward a state of optimal health. She is doing double duty as a health coach and yoga teacher at THE WELL.
Katrine van Wyk
Katrine (pronounced Katrina) is a certified holistic health coach who received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has practiced under THE WELL’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Frank Lipman. She also completed yoga training from YogaWorks in New York City. Katrine considers yoga a practice of constant learning, evolving and tuning in and teaches an alignment-focused Vinyasa flow with an emphasis on building strength and releasing tension—the perfect antidote to the busy lives New Yorkers lead. She has authored three books: Super Powders, Best Green Drinks Ever and Best Green Eats Ever and been featured in Vogue, MindBodyGreen, Chalkboard, Refinery 29, Well + Good, Forbes and PureWow. Katrine will be doing double duty as both a health coach and a yoga teacher at THE WELL.
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.