Our Experts


Our teams of physicians and registered nurses have unrivaled expertise in preventive medicine, integrative medicine and healthy lifestyle change. Their use of advanced diagnostics and exhaustive patient assessment is cutting-edge, and they are uniquely experienced in working with experts in other healing disciplines to design personalized healthy living plans. Our physicians have the time to get to know guests’ health histories and concerns in detail, and to work with them collaboratively, as active participants in their own health care.

Stephen Brewer, M.D.
Param Dedhia, M.D.
Diane Downing, M.D.
Nicola Finley, M.D.

Exercise Physiology

The Canyon Ranch Exercise Physiology team includes some of the most gifted and highly qualified exercise experts anywhere. They have many additional certifications in areas such as Burdenko, aquatic therapy, McKenzie self-treatment and more. They are experts in advanced methods of assessment and training, and can design exercise regimens to fit anyone’s goals, preferences and limitations. They are able to inspire guests to get moving and keep moving.

Mike Siemens, M.S.
Michael Hewitt, Ph.D.
Eric Alikpala, M.S.
Steven L. Gratkins, M.S.

Life Management

The Life Management team of caring licensed therapists has special expertise in helping people achieve their healthy living goals. They are experts in stress management, behavioral change, life transitions, life balance and relationships. They have a battery of innovative tools to help guests achieve insight, better health and greater happiness.

Katy Childress, M.C., L.P.C.
John Shukwit, M.A., L.P.C.
Robert Rhode, Ph.D.


Canyon Ranch nutritionists all have either a master’s degree in their field, are registered dietitians, or have both qualifications. They have a profound understanding of the science of nutrition and stay current with new research findings. They have a passion for; helping guests design practical, personalized nutritional strategies for concerns such as healthy weight loss, preventing or managing chronic disease, eating for energy, eating well while on the road and feeding healthy families.

Lisa L. Powell, M.S., R.D.N.
Andres Valenzuela, M.S., R.D.N.
Deborah Straub, M.S., R.D.N.
Kasey J Brixius, M.S., R.D.N.


The Canyon Ranch team of culinary professionals and dietitians combine their expertise in nutrition and dietetics to help you learn to live healthier every day through positive eating habits. From developing and creating healthy, gourmet cuisine made from the freshest ingredients to helping you explore your personal dietary needs and address your wellness concerns – from blood sugar levels to managing your metabolism, heart health, weight and more – these highly trained experts can help you eat well and feel your absolute best, both at the Ranch and at home.

Marilyn Majchrzak, M.S., R.D.
Jenny Flora, M.S.

Spiritual Wellness

Our Canyon Ranch spiritual wellness providers use transformative, mindful and sacred practices to enhance this connection – such as spiritual guidance and dialogue, ritual and ceremony, affirmation, spiritual meditation and healing. Our Spiritual Wellness team will draw on Eastern and Western religious and spiritual traditions as needed to ensure the communication of universal wisdom.

Julie Haber, M.Div
Stephanie Ludwig, Ph.D., M.A., M.Div.
Kevin Barry
Pamela Dintaman, M.Div., PBCC