Meet Our Team


Practitioners


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, connected 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 Master 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, 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 Head Start, Statefarm, The Wellness Center and the Arc of Frederick County.

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.

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Priscilla Sullivan AcupuncturePriscilla Sullivan LAc, 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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Todd McCloskey AcupunctureTodd McCloskey, L.Ac., M.Ac., C.Z
Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Zero Balancing


Todd is a natural teacher who brings his passion for learning and teaching into the treatment room. Initially Todd had his heart set on Western medicine for a career as he studied biology at Temple University. Soon he realized that the concept of health and well-being was missing from his education. Todd then turned to Chinese medicine to begin to understand how to create and sustain health. He completed his Masters of Acupuncture at Tai Sophia in Laurel Maryland.

Ever a student, Todd has continued to study with some of the greatest teachers in Chinese Medicine. He finished a two year course of study with Lonny Jarret, a renowned acupuncturist, and has just began a two year study of Chinese herbal medicine with Jeffery Yuen, a true living master of Chinese medicine.

Beyond Acupuncture Todd is a certified Zero Balancer. Zero Balancing (ZB) is a form of body work where the practitioner balances the structure and energy of the body. Designed by Dr. Fritz Smith D.O., M.D., L.Ac., ZB utilizes both the Western understanding of structure and the Eastern understanding of energy. ZB is an excellent way to help manage pain, range of motion issues as well as provide a deep sense of well-being and balance.

Todd enjoys sharing his passion for learning and teaching, inspiring authentic conversations that matter, and engaging his clients to create and sustain personal health and well-being.

Todd has been practicing since 2009 and has been with HHA since April of 2011.

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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, L.Ac., M.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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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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Amy Davis MassageAmy Davis, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist


Amy wants you to experience a massage. She discovered the benefits of massage while achieving her certification in Chiropractic Assisting through New York Chiropractic College. She then went on to pursue an education at the Baltimore School of Massage and became state and nationally certified. Amy promotes the soothing, healing effects from massage and brings many skills to the table. Her palette of knowledge includes swedish, deep tissue, myofascial, cranio-sacral, manual lymph drainage, integrative reflexology, cancer massage, and more. Amy works for Holistic Health Associates at our satellite office at Buckingham's Choice Retirement Community.

Amy started practicing massage in 2001, and has been with HHA since December of 2008.

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Devin Alexander, MassageDevin Alexander
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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Aaron Exum, Licensed Massage TherapistAaron Exum , LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist


Aaron believes that good bodywork requires a mutually interactive relationship between the client and the therapist. He doesn't work ON his clients, but rather WITH them, helping to identify and alleviate sources of pain and discomfort in their bodies, and facilitating their intentions to live more relaxed and balanced lives.

Each massage is a unique event. Aaron works with his clients to tailor the techniques used in a given session to their particular needs. His work draws on a strong foundation in anatomy and physiology, and an ever growing toolbox of techniques; including myofascial release (MFR), trigger point, cranio-sacral, deep tissue, and Swedish massage.

Aaron's work is often described as "slow and focused", and he intentionally avoids applying techniques in such a way that they feel rushed or forced.  Aaron believes that this provides results that last longer between sessions, allowing for faster progress towards his clients' goals.

Aaron graduated from Central Maryland School of Massage here in Frederick. When he's not giving massages he enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, meditation, and yoga. He lives in downtown Frederick with his partner Cait and their two cats

Aaron began practicing in July of 2013, and joined HHA in March 2015.

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Nutrition practitioners

Samantha Neier NutritionSamantha Neier
Health and Nutrition Coach


Samantha is a health coach, yogi, runner, and public speaker dedicated to improving the health and happiness of her clients. With an open heart and a transformative 6 month plan, Samantha guides her clients to success by prescribing personal programs that will empower them to meet their health goals.

She received a bachelor's degree in Sports Coaching from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, and studied Health Coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan, NY and where she was trained in various dietary theories, combining the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts.
Samantha enjoys teaching, counseling and working with her 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.

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Staff

Kym GroveKym Grove
COO / Operations Director / Marketing Director/ Insurance Manager


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 (her coworkers and YOU) that cares so much about and commits to living well, in every imaginable aspect of the phrase.

 

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
Assistant 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!

 

Amanda BarbeAmanda Barbe
Front Desk Associate


Amanda moved to Frederick in 2012 from Goodyear, Arizona to raise her son Damien in a beautiful place and to be closer to her family. After being a stay at home Mom for a year, she worked in the food and beverage industry for a little while, but really wanted to pursue a position that had more meaning. Holistic Health Associates seemed like the perfect place! She is thrilled to be a part of a team who, together, make people's days and lives better!
Outside of work Amanda likes to cook with her significant other, and bake delicious and creative desserts. However, most of her free time is spent with her son- drawing, dancing, singing, and reading stories!
Amanda joined the team in August of 2014 and is excited to learn and grow with the company!

 

Courtney Blair

Front Desk Associate


Courtney is a native Marylander and has lived here all of her life!

Before coming to HHA, Courtney worked with plants and animals. Although she liked what she did, her path led her in a different direction!

She developed an interest in living a holistic lifestyle through food and nutrition. She has a growing interest in how healthy food choices can change your well being. She enjoys learning about whole foods and and hopes to one day have her own little farmette where she can grow and share her love for food!

When she is not at work, Courtney loves to spend time outside hiking, kayaking and hanging out with her pets, Lu, Fern and Arroe! She also enjoys a good book or movie, and cooking and eating good food.

Courtney joined the HHA team in August of 2015 and says, "I enjoy my time time at HHA and am excited to be a part of the family here! I look forward to learning and growing everyday with my team at HHA! I am happy to see our clients on a regular basis and enjoy helping them on their paths to holistic, happy lives!
 

Sara Kroske Front Desk AssociateSara Kroske

Front Desk Associate


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!

 

Christine Lacagnina Front DeskChristine Lacagnina
Front Desk Associate


Chris has worn a number of different hats over the past few years. Since graduating Cum Laude from Hood College in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in journalism, she worked as a personal trainer during her gym rat phase. She soon realized that her true passion was sparked in the yoga classes she had been taking and that it was health, wellness, and a mindful connection to the body that she truly craved and loved, rather than fitness. She became an RYT 200 certified yoga instructor in January of 2015 and currently teaches for Core Yoga and Sol Yoga.

Her interest in natural healing and the Eastern approach to treatment led to her interest in working at HHA, which she had fallen in love with the year before when she came here for her own treatment! The passionate and warm environment resonated with Chris, and she knew in her heart that she would fit right in.
She has a deep interest in Chinese medicine and sings the praises of acupuncture for its amazing potential to restore wellness to body, mind and spirit. She is also a huge fan of massage therapy in addition to yoga and favors any activity that allows one to become more in touch with themselves.


Christine joined the HHA team in December of 2015.
 


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.