About Synergy Health

Innovative | Non-Surgical | Opioid Free

Synergy Health is one place where patients can come to truly get well. It’s the synergy of our team of experts that makes us unique and allows us to come up with an individual care plan for each patient. Having our diverse team of experts all under one roof makes health care more accessible to our patients and often more affordable, in addition to the benefit of having several people coming together to discuss their plan of care.
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What Sets Us Apart?

At Synergy Health, our focus is not getting patients in and out. It’s
about developing relationships with every patient that walks through the door and providing them with quality care.

We are a full team of medical professionals working together under one roof and with one mission – to provide innovative, non-surgical, non-opioid treatments to help get people out of pain as soon as possible and back to the things they love.

Our main focus is providing patients with compassionate care, while also doing anything we can to improve the community around us. While the healthcare industry continues to change, the level of care at Synergy Health will always remain the same.

Non-Surgical, Opioid-Free Approach

At Synergy Health we have invested in the most advanced research, therapies and technologies to allow our medical team to get to the source of your pain and correct the problem. The days of turning to surgery first or masking the pain with addictive opioids and prescription medications are over.

Integrated Treatments

Whether it’s chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage therapy or golf assessments, our team is dedicated to coming up with a solution that is unique to each patient.

Synergy Community

Our patient care doesn’t end when you walk out the door. Inside our clinic we focus on patient experience and treating patients like family.

Synergy Golf

Our accomplished professional golf instructor works alongside a supportive team of innovative fitness and health experts to help you find your natural swing, while building your strength and flexibility to reach your full potential.

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Meet the Synergy Team

Stephanie Ahasic

Stephanie Ahasic

Chiropractor and Owner

When Stephanie was practicing as a chiropractor alone, she quickly realized she didn’t have all the answers when it came to her patients. So she decided to add a few more experts to the mix and that is how Synergy Health came about.

By having a physical therapist, a medical professional, a massage therapist, a chiropractor along with other professionals all in one place, she feels confident in coming up with a unique solution for each individual patient no matter what the problem is.

Justin Ahasic

Justin Ahasic

Golf Professional

As an accomplished professional golfer, Justin set out to establish Synergy Golf so he could help people find the swing that works the best for their body. While on tour, he had the privilege of playing with hundreds of golfers and one thing he noticed about each of their swings is that not one of them were the same.
Even when it came to the best golfers in the world, Justin had a hard time figuring out what they were doing that he wasn’t. Finally, it came to him – they were embracing their natural swing.

This is why Justin focuses on helping people find their signature swing that feels the most natural to them. He also works with a team of health and fitness experts to help people build strength and flexibility, so they can reach their full potential.

Ben Mendelsohn, M.D.

Ben Mendelsohn, M.D.

Doctor

Dr. Mendelsohn takes a progressive approach when it comes to treating patients, particularly when patients approach him about pain. The overall approach to pain at Synergy Health is opioid-free and non-surgical.

Dr. Mendelsohn, along with other professionals at Synergy, focus on the functional problem that is causing the pain. The overall goal is getting patients functionally better instead of just masking the pain with dangerous prescription medications. Dr. Mendelsohn often works alongside Kara Corona, the nurse practitioner, to help patients get rid of their pain and meet their individual goals.

Dr. Laurie MacKinnon

Dr. Laurie MacKinnon

Chiropractor

Dr. Laurie MacKinnon graduated from Life University in Marietta GA in 1996. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Tampa and a Masters level certification in Forensic Services from The University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. MacKinnon began practicing outside of Boston from 1997-2014 and has treated patients from all ages with various health challenges. She has pursued extensive postgraduate studies including pain management alternatives including chiropractic, massage therapy and various comprehensive treatment modalities. Dr. MacKinnon relocated to Naples in 2014 to be closer to family and shortly began working within multiple physical rehabilitation and chiropractic offices. She joined Synergy Health in October 2019 and is looking forward to contributing to such a dynamic and comprehensive team of providers, She is committed to providing thorough and effective chiropractic care for the whole family as well as dedicating herself to continued learning to provide to best care for her patients.
J. Brianne Cummings, NP

J. Brianne Cummings, NP

Nurse Practitioner

J. Brianne Cummings is a Nurse Practitioner that works closely with Dr. Ahasic and Dr. Mel. For patients looking for an extra-personalized experience, she also offers concierge medicine services for a yearly rate. She attended Clemson University in Clemon, SC where she received her BSN. While working for a medical/surgical pulmonary floor she decided to continue her education further. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing, subspecializing in family practice. Brianne is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in SC and FL. Brianne and her soon to be husband Mike, reside in Naples, FL.
Dr. Luke Schaefer

Dr. Luke Schaefer

Physical Therapist

Dr. Luke Schaefer graduated from Daemen College in Buffalo, NY with a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Science in 2016 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2018. He remained in the area working in an outpatient physical therapy clinic until moving down to Florida in early 2020.

Dr. Luke has experience working with all age groups from pediatric to elderly. Being an athlete all his life, he understands patients’ desires to return to their favorite physical activities, and he gears his treatment plans toward that goal. He finds great fulfillment in creating challenging and effective programs to get patients to their absolute best in movement, performance, and function.

In his spare time he enjoys going to the beach, running, and rooting for the Buffalo Bills.

Randel De La Rosa

Randel De La Rosa

Licensed Massage Therapist

Randel De La Rosa is a licensed and dedicated massage therapist since 2013 when he graduated from Lorenzo Walker Technical Institute. Although young, Randel has had his own physical setbacks time and again. Through continuing education, his own research and personal experience, Randel knows what it takes to get back to a happy, healthy and drug free lifestyle. A team member since 2014, Randel has made Synergy Health his home away from home. Patients and the Synergy Health team love his calm demeanor, refreshing spirit and willingness to extend a helping hand. Speaking of hands, his are often referred to as “angel hands”. Randel specializes in deep tissue massage, trigger point work, cupping therapy and PNF stretching. He, along with the rest of the Synergy Health massage team, has won multiple awards for his amazing massage skills.
Crystal Vandenabeele

Crystal Vandenabeele

Licensed Massage Therapist

Crystal is a seasoned Licensed Massage Therapist. Her healing hands have been in business since 2005.

She loves her career and to her there is no better feeling than helping others achieve the best quality of life possible by reducing or eliminating their pain.

Crystal specializes in deep tissue, trigger point and myofascial release therapy.

When she’s not at the office, she’s either exploring Caribbean Islands with her husband or on a wildlife photography adventure.

Make an appointment with Crystal today so you don’t miss out on any adventures of your own!

Ellen Riordan

Ellen Riordan

Licensed Massage Therapist

Ellen is a licensed massage therapist, certified yoga instructor, and trained meditation facilitator helping people achieve balance and create wellbeing. She specializes in therapeutic modalities that encourage clients to release stress and manage chronic pain.

Before becoming a massage therapist, Ellen was a university professor, dedicating her time to research and teaching. Realizing the stress was taking a toll on her mental, emotional, and physical health, she decided to leave her academic career, move to Naples, and work towards a life of better balance.

Ellen is excited to be a part of the Synergy Health team because of their integrative approach to wellness and dedication to serving the Naples community.

Julie Sauter

Julie Sauter

Licensed Massage Therapist

Julie’s passion is the need to help people, which prompted her career in massage. She graduated from Bonita Springs school of massage top in her class. She also has a B.S. in Health Fitness and minor in Nutrition from Central Michigan University.

She specializes in Swedish, Therapeutic and Deep Tissue and continues to add other modalities and techniques with her continuing education.

Rachel Betancourt

Rachel Betancourt

Licensed Massage Therapist

Rachel Betancourt is a licensed massage therapist since 2012 when she graduated from Heritage Institute. She became a massage therapist to help people feel better and try to get rid of their pain. She does the best of her abilities to help people loosen up their knots and make them feel better. Her goal is to have people come back and let her know that ever since they’ve been coming to Synergy Health that they are feeling so much better.
Jasmine Pearce

Jasmine Pearce

Licensed Massage Therapist

Jasmine recently relocated from the East Coast (Fort Lauderdale) to Naples. She has been practicing massage since 2007. Her specialties vary but she does focus on Deep Tissue and Thoracic Release. Jasmine has travelled internationally and practiced her trade in different atmospheres, resorts, clinics and sports environments. She has several mottos including “Treat people like you want to be treated”, “This too shall pass” and “Most anything is forgivable if you’re above ground”.
Debra Packard

Debra Packard

Licensed Massage Therapist

Having been a collegiate athlete and maintaining a healthy lifestyle led to Debra’s interest in the human body and its healing process. After raising five children, Debra wanted to continue to help care for and promote natural healing to others. She attended and graduated from Bonita Springs School of Massage in 2016. Specializing in Sweedish, Therapeutic, Prenatal, and Deep Tissue.
Phillip Melo

Phillip Melo

Licensed Massage Therapist

Phillip is originally from Miami, FL. He has been a massage therapist since 2014. His specialties and experience lean towards helping patients heal post-surgery. He is currently a student at FGCU, enrolled in the Bioengineering program. With the exponential progress being made in technology, he hopes to further integrate engineering with health and well being. Train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu if your body allows it!
Amanda Arca

Amanda Arca

Licensed Massage Therapist

Amanda has been practicing massage therapy since 2015. She is passionate about holistic healing and is dedicated to helping others live and feel well. She is also focused on furthering her education in Occupational Therapy at FGCU. Knowledgable in various modalities, she specializes in deep tissue, cupping therapy, and active release techniques. Amanda loves what she does and her greatest joy is to connect with others through their healing journey.
Brittany Snyder

Brittany Snyder

Licensed Massage Therapist

Bio Coming Soon
Melisa Nogueron

Melisa Nogueron

Licensed Massage Therapist

Melisa was born in Argentina, where she obtained her first certificate as a therapist, and continues to implement knowledge in this country. She provides her services such as relaxing massages, deep tissue, prenatal and lymphatic drainage, but her specialty is that her patients feel comfortable and at ease with her services.
Jessica Vargas

Jessica Vargas

Office Manager

Jessica Vargas joined Synergy Health Naples in 2018 and is the Patient Care Coordinator. She has a great knowledge of insurance, and will gladly help you with your office account and any questions you may have regarding your insurance. She is great at connecting with each practice member and putting their concerns at ease. She will help you and your family get scheduled here at Synergy Health, as well as acclimated into our office family.

Amber Guerra

Amber Guerra

Head Office Assistant

Bio Coming Soon
Lindsay Benezra

Lindsay Benezra

Physical Therapy Assistant

Lindsay Benezra graduated from Broward College with a Physical Therapy Assistant degree, then furthered her career by earning a Bachelor’s Degree of Exercise Science and Health Promotion in 2006. Lindsay has been working in the field for over 17 years. Lindsay moved from Ft. Lauderdale to Naples 2.5 years ago. Lindsay has experience working with clients from general strengthening, balance, Parkinson’s Disease and many more. Lindsay strives to come up with dynamic and innovative exercises to restore function and decrease pain.

In Lindsay’s spare time she enjoys participating in races, going to the beach, and spending time with her family!

Yuriko Okubo

Yuriko Okubo

Lead Chiropractic Assistant

Bio Coming Soon
Samantha Byrns

Samantha Byrns

Patient Care Coordinator

Sammy was born and raised right here in Naples, Florida! She’s been a team member of Synergy Health since 2015 and prior to, has always been interested in healthcare, patient interaction, and exceptional customer service. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog, Sunny!