M. Yvonne Karney, M.D.

My PASSION is helping women with chronic fatigue. Why? Because we, by nature, are care-givers, but they forget to care for ourselves! I know, because I’ve been there. There was a time when I wasn’t the wife, mother, or friend that I wanted to be. I was just too gosh-darn-tired! I had to close my obstetrics practice because I couldn’t keep up. Nobody could put a name or diagnosis on it but I KNEW something was wrong. The crazy hours and stress were killing me.

Functional Medicine opened my eyes to a whole new world where HEALTH means VITALITY and NOT just the absence of a disease! I believe we are designed to have ENERGY throughout our entire life. PLEASE don’t let anyone convince you that your fatigue is normal aging! If you are suffering PLEASE get help!

WHAT IF you could heal? Who would you show up as if you had plenty of energy? What would you do with sharp mental focus and energy to last throughout the ENTIRE day? What if you could ride a bike, walk 18 holes, dance the tango/two-step, or garden without pain? What if you could wake up embracing the day rather than hitting the snooze button and timing your next nap? What if you had enough energy for work AND play?

I want to help you get your energy back so you can rock your mission! Look—you were put on this world for a purpose. The world needs YOU to be at your BEST. Through literally thousands of hours researching and learning from my patients, I believe I’ve cracked the code on ENDING chronic fatigue. I want to help you achieve your best-self so that you can be PRESENT and ENJOY your life! It’s time to stop putting yourself on the back burner. TODAY is the first day of the rest of your life.

Shall we get started?

Heather Rueben, FNP-C, MSN

Heather completed her graduate degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Chamberlain University.  She has over ten years experience as a nurse in trauma, where her favorite part of her job was connecting with the patients and their families and helping them through very difficult times.  What she loves about Functional Medicine is the ability to treat the CAUSES that create disease, rather than merely suppressing symptoms.

She served in the Navy as a corpsman, where she met her husband.  He stayed active duty until he recently retired after 20 years of service.  Together they have four boys.  Outside of work Heather loves to spend time with her family and dogs.  She enjoys gardening and riding her peloton bike.

Katie Melull, RN and Health Coach

Katie is both a registered nurse and a health coach. She joined the team in the summer of 2019. Katie is passionate about functional medicine and truly enjoys supporting patients on their journey to wellness as a health coach. She is also an expert at IV infusions. Outside of work you will find Katie enjoying time with her husband and young son. She enjoys cooking healthy meals, spending time outdoors, and researching the latest health break-throughs.

Chris Wolter, RN

Chris has over 20 years’ experience as a registered nurse.  She joined the SaluGenesis team in the summer of 2019.  She works as our expert IV nurse where she truly enjoys getting to know the patients.  Outside of work you will find Chris either doing a class at the gym or traveling the globe with her husband.

Jennifer Burr, MA

Prior to joining the team at SaluGenesis in January 2021, Jennifer worked in women’s health for over 20 years. In addition to helping with patient flow she runs the phlebotomy department and is an expert in drawing blood.

It was a leap of faith for Jennifer to leave traditional medicine, but she felt the calling toward health, wellness, honoring the body’s capacity to heal, and using her ability to care-for and help others in functional medicine. What she loves most about her work is getting to know the patients—relationships are very important to Jennifer! Outside of work you will find her with her husband and 2 boys, listening to music and doing ANYTHING that is outdoors.

Cheryl Bakotic, Patient-Care Coordinator and Receptionist

Cheryl is our expert patient-care coordinator and neurofeedback technician.  She joined the team October 2018.  She spent many years at Good Shepherd and Centegra hospitals as a unit coordinator in several different departments. Immediately prior to joining the SaluGenesis team she was a Customer Care Specialist for Medela, assisting moms with their breastfeeding needs.

She lives in Spring Grove with her fiance and their two cats.  She has 2 grown children—each with their own children, making her a very happy grandma! In her free time Cheryl loves anything outdoors –gardening, kayaking, walking/hiking.   And of course—spending time with her grandchildren!

What Cheryl loves about working at SaluGenesis is the culture in which patients and staff are encouraged and supported to not only grow but to THRIVE!  In her own words: “I feel truly blessed and am very excited to be a part of this amazing team.”  And we are lucky to have YOU Cheryl!

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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