MEET OUR PROVIDERS
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 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.
Michelle is a light worker, wife and mother. After years of searching, she finally connected to her soul purpose. She attended her first yoga class over 15 years ago, and truly fell in love with the way it helped her connect to her inner-self. At that time she didn’t realize how far this passion would take her. She then became a certified Reiki Master Practitioner in January 2018, and a 200 hour Yoga Teacher in April 2019. She most recently earned her 300 hour certification in Kundalini Yoga, Ayurveda, Enneagram and Lunar Wisdom. She has also completed a 20 hour Business of Healing Arts, and a 20 hour Adjustments and Assist for yoga teachers. In addition, she earned a 200 hour teaching certification for meditation, mindfulness, and Qigong, all of these trainings and accomplishments have been with Yoga Farm in Ithaca NY. She plans to continue furthering her education with Kundalini Rebirthing Certification as well as Ayurveda Wellness Coach Certification over the course of 2022.
In her free time, she loves to explore hiking trails, waterfalls, gorges, and lakes, often bringing yoga and meditation outside connecting the beauty of the Finger Lakes and holistic healing together. She enjoys exploring and adventuring with her daughter, Lindsay and husband, Brian.
“Mindfulness is paying attention to our experience in a way that allows us to respond rather than react.”
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.