Tess Interlicchia of Root To Rise Wellness

Jennifer is a Nurse Midwife- meaning “with woman”- caring for women from puberty through the lifespan of menopause and beyond. Her core belief is that holistic care includes every aspect of a woman, as an individual as well as in the context of all life factors. Women are essential to families and communities, unfortunately this concept has been marginalized for generations and she sees woman-care as fundamental to a healthy, functioning society.

Jen has focused on women’s health starting with her entry to nursing in 2002. An epiphany during the family health unit spurred a life goal to become a holistic advanced practice provider for women and their families. She recognized that women’s physiology is miraculous and awe-inspiring, not something to fear or have shame over as we are so often made to feel.

Trained as a Certified Nurse Midwife, she was invited to join the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing for excellence in academic performance during her education and completed a Master’s in Nurse Midiwfery through Frontier Nursing University.

Tess Interlicchia of Root To Rise Wellness

Tess Interlicchia is a board-certified nurse practitioner. She started her 25-year-long career at the age of 16 by caring for the elderly. Tess went on to complete her registered nursing degree by the age of 22 and worked in various areas of nursing. She then went on to receive a master of science in nursing at Frontier Nursing University. She has worked in many diverse areas including home health care, family medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, psychiatry, geriatrics, community health, addictions medicine, weight loss, nutrition, pain management, and functional medicine. She is currently pursuing her post-graduate degree in psychiatry.

She is thrilled to be bringing Root to Rise Wellness Center to Corning, NY to provide an integrative medicine approach to wellness for her community. Her training over the past 25 years within rural communities has ignited her passion to bring quality health care to her patients. Tess has a tremendous love for natural medicine, wellness and spirituality. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, cooking, yoga, and caring for her plants and animals on her farm.

Tess Interlicchia of Root To Rise Wellness
Dr. Sara Marchese ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor that focuses on integrating tailored natural treatments directed at the root cause of illness. Through the addition of sustainable changes, she helps each individual reach their optimal state of health so they can achieve their goals and live their best life. Naturopathic Medicine is a form of complementary primary care that follows the philosophy of using the least invasive and most effective treatments as possible. Trained for four years of naturopathic medical school in disease pathology, clinical and laboratory diagnostics, and pharmaceutical and natural therapies primarily focused on chronic disease, Naturopathic Doctors are an asset to both the diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic and complex concerns. As doctors that take a multi-systems approach, their diagnostic and treatment skills are beneficial for conditions ranging from autoimmune conditions, psychiatric issues, digestive problems, and other chronic diseases, to vague symptoms like fatigue and headaches. As experts in natural therapies, Naturopathic Doctors are primarily utilized for their ability to create treatment plans and long term health solutions with the least amount of side effects to patients. Naturopathic Doctors are being recognized as an important role on any integrative healthcare team and are beneficial to the long term health and wellness to anyone suffering from chronic symptoms and disease.

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Tess Interlicchia of Root To Rise Wellness
Marcia Resue has been an integral part of Root to Rise and our Jane of all Trades! She has brought many wonderful things to our small community over the years. For the past several years, as a licensed practical nurse, caring for people from all walks of life. Her passion for holistic nursing shows! Currently, she is advancing her education in Ayurvedic nutrition as well as yoga to help with trauma, anxiety and depression which she will be able to offer the community in 2023. Marcia is a very talented artist who works with many different mediums. She is also an award-winning black and white photographer. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her fiance enjoying music, reading, cooking nutritious meals, gardening and appreciating the beauty in nature.
Emily Smith of Corning Root To Rise
Laura received her licensure in therapeutic massage & hydrotherapy from Finger Lakes School of Massage in 2005 after which she continued her own healing journey. It was not until 2015 that she began studying with the Taylor Techniques with Carrie Taylor and connected with her life’s work as a Fascial Manual Therapists. She completed Levels 1 & 2 of the Taylor Techniques before embarking on her own course of study of the fascia under Tom Meyers’ Anatomy Trains, Live Dissection Classes to better understand the connection between fascia and movement as well as the relationship between the fascia and stored emotion and trauma, and the fascinating relationship between the fascia and the nervous, digestive and respiratory systems in addition to the musculoskeletal system.

Laura’s work is firmly grounded in science, but is highly intuitive. To further enhance her understanding of the less obvious connection between emotion and dysfunction of the Soma, Laura completed her certification in hypnotherapy, adding even greater depth to both the intuitive nature of her work and the emotional release that often forms the basis of physical healing. Through Intuitive Touch she is able to connect the source of physical dysfunction and tune into the underlying emotional causes of pain, thereby unlocking the body’s own powerful healing response to allow for restoration of physical, mental and emotional release.

Believing that “When we stop learning we die“, Laura is continuously evolving and expanding her studies as they relate to these intricate connections. Her next endeavor is Craniosacral Therapy and she will be studying with the Upledger Institute in the coming months.

Laura loves all living things and marvels at each opportunity to interact with the natural world around her. When she isn’t enjoying her passion for her work, she is absorbed in the love of her large and wonderful family, including her dogs and cats.

Emily Smith of Corning Root To Rise
Kara Timmins, clinical herbalist, has a deep history and love of working with herbs. First introduced to wild herbs in the meadows of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico over 20 years ago, she began eating wild foods, identifying, and gathering medicinal herbs. From these initial experiences a lifelong herbalist was born! She has apprenticed with several herbalists and organic growers across US and Canada including The National Center for Preservation of Native Medicinal Herbs in Rutland, Ohio where she studied endangered (at risk) native medicinal herbs. She completed a 4-year Clinical Herbal Therapy program at Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver, Canada with over 500 clinic hours working in herbal consultation clinics in both Vancouver and Toronto. Following a desire to truly understand human physiology and then pathology, she continued her studies, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, both at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Since graduating in 2007, she has worked at a hospitals in Syracuse, Cortland and Montour Falls with multiple physicians and surgeons covering Internal Medicine, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Emergency Medicine. Currently she works as a health care provider at Cornell University and created an herbal pharmacy for students at Cornell’s Ithaca campus pharmacy in collaboration with a local herb farm, Healing Spirits, and the lead pharmacist. She previously worked part-time with Dr. NasriGhaly at an integrative psychiatric practice in Syracuse, NY specializing in herbal therapeutics, vitamin deficiencies and lifestyle changes as an integrative approach to mental health.
In October 2011 she created ApotheKara, an herbal apothecary and integrative health clinic in Ithaca, NY. Then in 2020, she created an online platform and podcast, Herb-Therapy and Herbal Care Rap. She specializes in herbal health education and consultation. She utilizes her knowledge in medical and herbal pharmacology, herbal therapeutics, and nutrition to support each client with a unique approach specific to their needs and health goals. She has a solid understanding of both western medicine and herbal therapy.