Meet our extended provider team!
Your primary care doctor at Mountain View may recommend nutritional counseling, social services, health coaching, hypnotherapy, Reiki or acupuncture as part of your path to wellness. With their doctor’s referral, our primary care patients are able to access these services via insurance or free of charge. Our Community Health Team providers are tops in their field, and look forward to helping you implement a healthy lifestyle.
Abby Wadsworth, MSD, RD completed her nutrition training at the University of Vermont Masters in Dietetics program. She has a deep interest in functional nutrition and is working on advancing her knowledge through continued education in this field. She currently co-owns Whole Health Nutrition, whose approach to nutrition is through the use of whole functional foods to optimize health and recovery. She is working in conjunction with the naturopathic providers at Mountain View in a team based approach to care.
Individualized nutrition counseling involves nutrient intake assessment, functional food based recommendations, meal planning, recipe recommendations, and goal setting with ongoing support.
“The food choices we make on a daily basis have a direct effect on our quality of life. My deep-seeded respect and passion for the healing and performance power of our food is coupled with the excitement of its sensory properties.”
Abby is an avid cook, and exercise enthusiast with her newest interest found in road biking. She is often spending her free time with family and friends cooking up a new dish.
Elizabeth Kanard, MSW, LICSW received a BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and holds two Master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Smith College for Social Work in School Psychology and Social Work respectively. She is licensed as an independent clinical social worker in the state of Vermont. She is currently working on her license for alcohol and drug counseling. Elizabeth worked with the Burlington homeless population, Vermont veterans, homebound individuals, and oncology patients before joining UVM Medical Center’s Community Health team as a social worker in a variety of primary care practices, including MVNM. Elizabeth values a client-centered approach to collaborating with patients, medical providers, and community resources. She believes in the inherent health and wisdom of individuals and her work seeks to bring that to light so that each patient can experience a sense of health and well-being.
Elizabeth is able to meet individually with patients and families to assess mental health and socioeconomic needs, provide short-term supportive counseling, and make referrals to community agencies and services. Specific services are tailored to patient goals.
Elizabeth enjoys her outdoor activities with her family including golfing and cross-country skiing. Elizabeth maintains a 25 year meditation practice and enjoys providing meditation instruction and teaching at her local meditation center. When she is not at work, she is often playing around with her adorable Shihtzu, Eddie!
Practicing in Vermont since 1998, Charles is one of the areas most experienced and diversely trained acupuncturists. As such, he has a large number of therapies from which to choose, and tailors treatments to the needs of patients as unique individuals. Charles provides all of the followingTraditional East Asian Medicine therapies: Japanese Meridian Therapy acupuncture, Toyohari acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture, moxabustion, cupping and Tui Na therapy. He also maintains a full Chinese herbal medicine pharmacy including raw and prepared formulations. In addition, Charles provides individualized dietary and lifestyle evaluations.
Since 2013, Charles has worked with Mountain View’s patients to support them in succeeding at the treatment plans and goals patients set with their primary care physician at MVNM. As a member of Mountain View’s Health Team, he is the first acupuncturist in the United States to participate in a Patient Centered Medical Home setting. He treats a wide variety of conditions–from injuries and acute illnesses, to chronic physical and psychological imbalances, as well as hormonal and immune deficiency issues, and tailors each appointment to a patients particular needs. Charles brings his wise, gentle and compassionate presence to our team, and to each of his patients. Note that some insurances cover Acupuncture. Check with yours, to see if additional acupuncture visits beyond those authorized by your doctor at Mountain View may be covered.
Erica Hoyt, completed her BS in Community Health Improvement with a focus in community nutrition through SUNY Potsdam. Erica studied tobacco treatment through the University of Massachusetts and continues working on her Health and Wellness Coaching certification through the international Wellcoaches School of Health Coaching. Erica has practiced Health Coaching with the UVM Medical Center’s Community Health Team through a variety of primary care practices for nearly 10 years. She believes in fostering healthy self-management skills to support a happy and healthy life.
Erica provides basic nutrition education, goal setting and short-term support to patients ready to improve their health and wellness. As a Tobacco Treatment Specialists, Erica facilitates tobacco cessation coaching individually or in a group setting.
Erica enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends, house projects with her husband, preparing good food, kayaking, swimming, and spending time in the beautiful outdoors.
Luana Life joined Mountain View Natural Medicine in 2016 as a clinical Medical Assistant. She is excited to be expanding her role and offering two healing modalities – Integrative Hypnosis and Reiki – to our patients and community.
She holds a Business Administration degree from the University of Vermont, a Graphic Design degree from Champlain College, and Certifications in Hypnosis (NGH), Life Coaching (Souluna), Reiki 2, Yoga Teacher Training, and Medical Assisting. Her diverse educational background and rich life experience provides a bountiful reservoir of skills to draw from.
Luana’s interest in health and healing spans 30 years. She loves helping individuals create positive, healthy change in their life. Integrating Hypnosis, Coaching, Reiki, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Neuro-Linguistic Programming, intuition and support for behavioral change, she works with people who may be stuck in unhealthy habitual patterns of thinking, feeling, or acting. She also works with people who just want to learn how to relax or de-stress. She believes that making even a slight change in your lifestyle has the potential to create a big difference in your life.
Luana’s other loves include her large family, dancing, yoga, skiing, sailing, kayaking, mushroom foraging, calligraphy, reading, and cooking.