Meet Our Team


Acupuncture practitioners

Ryan DienerRyan Diener, L.Ac., Dipl. CH, MSOM
Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist
Co-Founder - Holistic Health Associates

Ryan strives to help his patients move forward in health and life, creating an ever evolving, energetic, and gratifying existence. He received a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Maryland, and studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM, where he obtained a Masters of Science degree in Oriental Medicine and completed an apprenticeship in acupuncture and herbology. He then completed a two-year integration course with prominent author and acupuncturist, Lonny Jarrett, Classical Chinese Medicine with Jeffrey Yuen and is currently studying Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis, an intricate system with a lineage tracing back to the Ming Dynasty.

Ryan is co-founder and Director of Holistic Health Associates, a health facility located in downtown Frederick integrating many aspects of health and wellness and has presented topics including: acupuncture, stress management, nutrition, and meditation for organizations such as Frederick County Bank, Head Start, Statefarm, The Wellness Center, and the Arc of Frederick County. In addition, Ryan serves as co-professor of advanced practice management for the PhD program at Maryland University of Integrative Health and sits on the board of directors for the Contemporary Oriental Medicine Foundation.

Ryan enjoys teaching, counseling and working with his patients to increase awareness in all aspects of their lives, improving their mental and physical well-being, engaging them to live up to their highest potentials.

Ryan started practicing in December 2003, and co-founded HHA in June 2005.

Listen to our philosophy as heard on Ryan's interview on the Frederick Advice Givers podcast.

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Priscilla Sullivan AcupuncturePriscilla Sullivan, L.Ac., Dipl. OM
Licensed Acupuncturist

Priscilla was born in Baltimore, MD where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Towson University. After focusing on science of the mind, she became interested in the mind-body connection which lead her to Traditional Chinese Medicine, where she received her Masters at the Colorado School of TCM. She also studied Five Element Acupuncture which focuses on mental/ emotional aspects of healing. With the combination of Five Element Acupuncture, her degree in psychology, and TCM, Priscilla has a unique ability to treat patients with a broader understanding of the mind-body connection. Her clinical experience ranges from women's health to psycho emotional disorders to pain management.

Priscilla has traveled to over 20 countries in the past 3 years working as an acupuncturist at sea aboard cruise ships, helping hundreds of people along the way. She is excited to be settling back to her home state of Maryland, and coming aboard the wellness team at HHA.

Priscilla started practicing in 2007 and joined HHA in July 2012.

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Caitlin Toft, AcupunctureCaitlin Toft, L.Ac., M.Ac.
Licensed Acupuncturist

Caitlin is a Maryland native, who is dedicated to working within the community to support a better understanding of health and wellness. From a young age, Caitlin has been very passionate about helping others to achieve wellness without the use of medication. This passion led her to study psychology at Salisbury University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree with a minor in business administration. An acupuncture patient herself since the age of 12, she became increasingly interested in the holistic approach acupuncture had to offer. She earned her Master’s in Acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, formerly the Tai Sophia Institute, in Laurel, Maryland.

With this strong foundation in 5 Element Acupuncture, Caitlin has continued to study TCM, 6 Division, and auricular traditions. She places a strong focus on mental health in her practice, treating a wide variety of issues from anxiety and depression, to working with women’s health and pain management, migraines and digestive disorders. Caitlin’s pro-bono work with veterans and active duty military has also led her to work regularly with PTSD.

Caitlin is very excited to join the Holistic Health team, and continue her work in the Frederick community, which she has called home since 2006.

Caitlin has been practicing since 2011, and joined HHA in November 2013.

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Ludwig KaglerLudwig Kragler, D.O.M., M.Ac., L.Ac., ADS
Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist

Ludwig is passionate about medicine, health, and your healing. After 3 years as an Aerospace Engineering student, a daily martial arts practice of Aikido coupled with Herbal studies under Tom Wolfe and Claudia Wingo, he was moved to create a career in medicine. His integrated background includes a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, a Master’s degree in Acupuncture from the Tai Sophia Institute, a 2 ½ year Chinese Herbalist certification under Cara Frank, and an Acupuncture Detox Specialist certification (NADA). Additional post-graduate studies include 3+ years with Jeffrey Yuen, on various aspects of Chinese Medicine, as well as Pulse Diagnosis advancements through Leon Hammer(CCPD) and Jeffrey Yuen(Dynamic Pulse). Ever a student, he is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Oriental Medicine program at MUIH.

In the area of specialties, Ludwig has in depth experience in physical trauma through his years of practicing martial arts, and in Pediatrics & Obstetrics initiated by his first child (2008) as well as Anxiety & Depression with a focus on PTSD & Addictions after spending 10 years as a counselor working with adolescents and adults, in an inpatient psychiatric facility. This experience created a strong affinity to integrate Chinese & Western Allopathic Medicine and led to his 3 year position with Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Ludwig has a love for martial arts, energy work, and self-cultivation. He began practicing Aikido in 1995, Tai Chi & Ba Gua in 2006, and has practiced various forms of Taoist Qi Gong since 2000.

He thoroughly enjoys working with and educating his patients in all aspects of Chinese Medicine as each may play a major role in one’s personal well being and healing journey through life.

Ludwig began practicing in 2007, and joined HHA September 2015.

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H. Frank Neely, L.Ac., MSTOM,
Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist 

Frank graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, with a Masters Degree in Political Science. After his undergraduate degree, Frank decided he wanted to dedicate his work to helping people, motivated by that, he graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in NY, earned NADA Certification from Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx and studied in China and Tibet. Frank has been practicing acupuncture since 1998, combining Traditional Chinese Medicine and western Acupuncture such as Battlefield Acupuncture, a program developed by the U.S. Air Force to treat wounded soldiers on the battlefield. 

Frank has studied martial arts since childhood, and currently teaches Taichi, KungFu, Qigong and Meditation. In his studies in China, Frank was one of the few westerners to be accepted into the ancient lineage of Laoszu, which includes many of the greatest masters of acupuncture, herbalism and martial arts spanning more than 1,000 years . 

As a practitioner, Frank seeks to balance and communicate the east and western sciences to empower patients in their knowledge and understanding of health and wellness.

Frank began practicing in 1998, and joins HHA January 2016.

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K.J. Sauer, L.Ac., M.S.O.M., Dipl, O.M. (NCCAOM)

Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist

K.J. realized her interest in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine while dealing with her own health issues when traditional Western methods had failed to help her. From an early age she sought a holistic approach to medicine. She believes in individualized treatment, and found that Eastern medicine provides such treatment, either as a standalone therapy or combined with Western methods. She attended AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, TX receiving her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
She was hired immediately after graduation to The Texas Center of Reproductive Acupuncture, where she worked closely with reproductive endocrinologists from within a fertility center, providing women and their partners with herbal formulas and acupuncture during both assisted and non-assisted fertility methods. She also opened her own practice in San Antonio, Texas where she treated fertility, insomnia, digestive issues, allergies, and pediatrics, among other issues with acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
K.J. moved to Frederick from Texas in 2017 with her husband and two sons due to a military transfer and they are excited to make Maryland their new home. She is also thrilled to be a part of the Holistic Health Associates team and to help educate the community of the benefits of acupuncture and holistic healing and wellness.
K.J. started practicing in 2014 and joined HHA in 2017.

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Massage practitioners

Denise Ordonio MassageDenise Ordonio, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
Co-Founder - Holistic Health Associates


Denise Ordonio strives to bring the love she has garnered for massage therapy to every one of her clients in order to rejuvenate, relax, and heal. Since witnessing first hand the healing effects of massage therapy for injuries, she has passionately brought massage as pain relief to as many people as she can. A graduate of the Baltimore School of Massage, Denise is nationally and state certified. She also studied and is certified in the unique form of barefoot massage known as Ashiatsu, which is one of her specialties.

As Co-Founder of Holistic Health Associates, Denise is proud to bring multiple forms of natural health care to one incredible establishment. She currently teaches a nutrition and weight management educational program on site.

Denise has experience in hospital settings as well as fitness industries, corporate settings and day spas. Her specialties include Ashiatsu, Myofascial, and sports massage.

Denise started practicing massage in 2000, and co-founded HHA in June 2005.

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Devin Alexander, MassageDevin Alexander, RMP
Registered Massage Practitioner


Devin has been doing hand and back massage for as long as she can remember, so going to massage school in 2009 was a natural next step in her education. Making people feel happy, relaxed, and comfortable with themselves has always been a passion throughout her years of dancing, drawing and, more recently, bodywork. Devin graduated from Central Maryland School of Massage. After a short visit to Philadelphia, where she was hoping to stay, Devin got homesick, and decided that Frederick was her forever home. Devin is happy to be working in the "new and improved" HHA, with her extended HHA family, and looks forward to working with you!

Devin began practicing in January of 2010, and joined HHA in May 2012.

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Erica PearreErica Pearre, RMP
Registered Massage Practitioner

Erica became a Massage Therapist with one goal in mind: to soothe & heal as many people in the local community as possible. She hopes to help take you out of your everyday routine, melt away stress, and soothe aching muscles to keep your mind, body, and spirit happy and healthy.

 Erica graduated from Central Maryland School of Massage and is a lifelong Frederick resident. She specializes in slow, relaxing, Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue. She hopes to expand her knowledge to include other modalities while with us here at HHA.

When not with us here at HHA, you can find Erica at home reading a book, gardening, playing video games or with her two pet rats Bella and Pearl.
Favorite quote: "And though she be but little, she is fierce!" - W. Shakespeare

Erica began practicing in June of 2016, and joins HHA May of 2017.

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Amber ThompsonAmber Thompson
Office Manager

Amber is a 2006 graduate of Towson University and a 2012 graduate of McDaniel College where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications and her Master’s degree in guidance counseling. Amber first came to HHA in 2006 as a summer job, home from college. After undergrad, she worked for Verizon Wireless for four years. This is where she learned that the corporate business world was not for her and what she really wanted to do was make a difference in people’s lives. This is how she chose to study counseling in graduate school.

Since coming back to HHA she has progressed from front desk associate to Office Manager and loves being a part of the HHA family. She is passionate about helping others and loves that her job allows her to work closely with a wide range of people every day. Since coming back to HHA in the fall of 2012, Amber has become much more interested in the mind/body, clean eating, and learning how to live a healthier lifestyle. She enjoys cooking, relaxing with yoga, reading, and spending time with her family and friends, and her dog Roo.

Liane Spoto Assistant Insurance ManagerLiane Spoto
Insurance Manager

Originally from NY, Liane was lucky to find HHA in March of 2012 after residing in MD for quite a few years. Liane loves being a part of such an awesome team. She continues to learn amazing new things on a daily basis thanks to staff and clients. From making invaluable friendships, to growing significantly as a person since joining HHA, Liane feels that this is less like a job, and more of a place where she has the pleasure of spending her days. When she is not at HHA, Liane enjoys spending time with her animals and being outside. Liane looks forward to Makin' it happen (Liane coined our new company motto!) for you, so stop on by the Front Desk and say hi!


Sara Kroske Front Desk AssociateSara Kroske

Front Desk Coordinator

Sara is a Hood College graduate excited to reconnect with the City of Frederick.  As an aspiring social worker, she is interested in learning more about how holistic models of health and therapeutic care can heal and empower individuals and communities. She is thrilled to be a part of the HHA family and excited to bring her own brand of quirkiness to a table filled with so many caring and dedicated people.

As an introvert, Sara thrives on quiet time at home and cooking with her significant other. When she isn't “hermit-ing”, she loves potluck game nights with friends and going on adventures to coffee shops or walking trails.  She is currently attempting to learn how to knit. 

She joined the team in December of 2015 and is looking forward to a New Year of growing in health, knowledge, and friendships!


Amanda Barbe Amanda Barbe
Inventory Coordinator

Amanda started working in administration at HHA in August of 2014. Coming from a background of food service and warehouse work, the culture and values she found in the holistic health field were a breath of fresh air. In May of 2017, she took a brief hiatus to Arizona and worked as Assistant to the Dean of Instruction at a Community College. But she quickly grew tired of the brown desert landscapes and returned to where she belongs (Frederick/HHA) in October of 2018.

Amanda believes her place in life is to support others. This ranges from friends and family, to professional colleagues and clients. She even plays support characters in video games. She loves to see the people around her succeed and is always willing to lend a hand or an idea to see a task or project through to the end. Everyone needs a little help (or mana) sometimes, and it fulfills her to provide it in any way she can. 

Outside of work, Amanda spends time taking pictures in the woods and sharing her love of mother nature with her sons, Damien (human) and Alfy (canine). Otherwise she enjoys reading, watching The Office on repeat and crafting with her family. 

Amanda Amy joined HHA in August 2014.

Amy Milligan, Frederick MDAmy Milligan

Front Desk Associate

Originally from Pasadena, MD, she went to Frostburg State University in beautiful Western Maryland to study exercise science. She moved to Hagerstown in the summer of 2017 with her son, and was very fortunate and thankful to find a great job at HHA with such a fantastic team!

Amy wishes to pursue a career in massage therapy within the next 2 years and will be proactive in learning more about acupuncture and Chinese herbs as well. She has always been interested in holistic health methods, especially once diagnosed with migraines and was unable to find any other form of relief.

Amy has been dancing since the age of 7 and is currently a member of Equinox Dance Company in Frederick, MD! She teaches various styles of dance and works with her students on muscular and cardio conditioning and the connection of the mind, body, and spirit on a regular basis.

Amy joined HHA in August 2017

Kim Lacagnina

Kim Lacagnina

Front Desk Associate

Kim grew up in Maryland. She comes from a background in retail and customer service. She first came to HHA in January 2018 as a client because she was seeking a natural healing approach rather than more traditional medicine. Kim has experienced the positive benefits of acupuncture and regularly discusses it with others. That is how she knew she wanted to be a part of the HHA team. She enjoys working at HHA because she feels at home in the family environment.

Kim enjoys working with children as a Children’s Ministry Director. She hopes to one day pursue a career in teaching. In her spare time Kim enjoys the company of her friends and family and her German Shepherd Zeus.  

Kim joined HHA March 2018.

Natalie VogelNatalie Vogel
Front Desk Associate

Although Natalie's roots are in central Maryland, she has spent a year living in California, several months working outdoors in northern Idaho, and has crisscrossed the country a few times, visiting nearly every state in the lower 48.  After living rustically off the grid for some time, she slowly found her way back home.  Her interest in herbal medicine and natural living brought her to HHA, and with a long background in customer service, Natalie enjoys meeting new people and making connections with whomever she crosses paths with in life!  Having spent time in some of the country's most beautiful and remote locations, nothing makes her more fulfilled than hiking into the mountains and capturing the grace of nature with her camera.

Natalie joined HHA in September 2018


Stacey FinkleStacey Finkle
Marketing Manager

Originally from Potomac, MD, Stacey moved to Frederick in 2007. She has spent the last 15 years working in the insurance industry handling many different tasks from Relationship Management to Licensing, but most recently Marketing and Sales. Taking her experience, love for helping people and “making things pretty”, she joined HHA as the Marketing Manager and instantly felt at home. 

Stacey came to HHA with very little knowledge of holistic health but an immense interest in learning. In a short time she has already learned a lot but realizes it is just the tip of the iceberg. 

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, going camping at their campsite on the lake, and watching her daughter play softball. You can also find her enjoying a great movie night with the family or friends, going on mini-adventures, or walking her dog Willow around. 

Stacey joined HHA in October 2018


Lauren Embrey

Lauren Embrey
Innovation and Implementation Coordinator
Privacy Officer

Lauren has always lived in Maryland and moved to Frederick in 2008 with her husband and two children. New to the area, she fell in love with Frederick's charming appeal and beautiful landscape with its proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains.  She has maintained a passion for caring deeply for the wellbeing of others throughout her life.  Through her motherhood journey, she discovered that a more holistic approach to life better suited her lifestyle and aligned with her beliefs.  

Lauren has a background in community organization as well as medical billing and practices.  She is a certified yoga instructor and understands the deep importance of maintaining a healthy connection between the mind and body.

Lauren is very excited to join all the wonderful minds at HHA and looks forward to a bright future of company growth and development. In her free time, Lauren enjoys laughing with her family, reading, cooking and anything involving animals or the outdoors.

Lauren joined HHA in November 2018

Kym Grove

Kym Grove
Executive  Assistant. 

Kym, Jill of all Trades, wears a number of hats at HHA, and loves it! She is a 2006 Virginia Tech graduate with a bachelors in Fine Art. Kym joined HHA in August of 2009 and is a master coordinator, (that's why we call her the Queen Bee).

She tries to be an aspiring "starving artist" in her spare time,  is an outdoor recreation enthusiast (after working in the industry for 10+ years), and loves the outdoors. When she's not working, you'll find her on "her mountain" hiking or in the kitchen throwing together something delicious! 

What Kym enjoys most about working at HHA: Being part of a community that cares so much about and commits to living well, in every imaginable aspect of the idea.

Kym joined HHA in August 2009.

Chico DienerChico Diener, Therapy Dog
Jan 2001-Jan 2016

Chico was born in Santa Fe, NM in early 2001. As my first pet, we set out on a journey of learning from each other. Things like how to deal with porcupine quills, skunk spray and bear encounters, just to name a few. We moved to a cottage in the middle of the Sangre de Cristo mountains where we spent 3 years hiking and exploring.  
At 3.5 we moved back to Maryland where he became a therapy dog and at 4 he began his working career as the therapy dog of HHA. For the last 10.5 years he has come to the office almost every day, bringing happiness and tranquility to all who cross his path. 
He has been my partner for 2 cross country trips, 30+ trips to NYC and over 15,000 acupuncture treatments. He’s been my running partner, walking partner and spent 100’s of hours with me during meditation. He’s slept with me in a tent, under a massage table, in a car and at the foot of my bed.  He was the ring bearer at our wedding. Many of our patients have enjoyed his presence and easy going nature, often greeting him before their practitioner ;) 
He exemplified love, loyalty, service, flexibility and calm and will be deeply missed as a member of our family. We hope his spirit is running through the mountains again and looking over all of us at HHA. RIP old friend.