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.

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

Exercise Physiologists

The Canyon Ranch Exercise Physiology team includes some of the most gifted and highly qualified exercise experts anywhere. All have a master’s degree in their field, one has a Ph.D. and another is dual-qualified as a physical therapist. 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.
Kristi Cristello, M.Ed., 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.

Ann Pardo, M.A., L.P.C., B.C.C.
Karen McIntyre M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
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.


Our Canyon Ranch spiritual practitioners 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 Spirituality team will draw on Eastern and Western religious and spiritual traditions as needed to ensure the communication of universal wisdom.

Julie Haber, M.Div
Sarah F. Vulgamore, M.A, M.S., N.C.C.
Stephanie Ludwig, Ph.D., M.A., M.Div.
Kevin Barry