Personnel

Holistic Physician

Sonia Rapaport, MD

is board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine as well as Family Medicine. She served on the Board of the American Holistic Medical Association and has lectured nationally on holistic and narrative medicine. A published author of poetry, she enjoys reading and writing. Her greatest gifts are her four children.

Experience and Evolution

As the founder of Haven Medical, Dr. Rapaport has been practicing integrative medicine since 2007, but her work in holistic medicine began in 1988, while still a student at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine. A second year medical student, shefounded a student organization entitled Alternatives: Perspectives in Medicine, which welcomed complementary and alternative practitioners from the Charlottesville area to speak about their modalities to medical students. After residency in Pittsburgh PA, she relocated to the warmer climate of Newton NC, where she worked part-time at Newton Family Practice and was the medical consultant for Catawba County Department of Public Health.

After the birth of her third child, she took a temporary leave of absence to care for his special needs. When her fourth child was born with the same genetic disorder, Familial Dysautonomia (FD), she chose to devote her time to her children and to understanding this rare disorder. She initiated an NIH conference on FD and was one of its speakers in 2002. She has published several articles on the disorder. Her research into possible mechanisms for FD and its symptoms led her to study more fully how dysfunction affects the body and she began to incorporate nutrition, nutritional and herbal supplements, Reiki, and other modalities into the treatment of her children. In late 2007, she relocated to Chapel Hill. No longer ethically able to prescribe medications which only address symptoms when an understanding of the dysfunction could lead to resolution of their underlying cause, Dr. Rapaport chose Haven Medical rather than join an existing traditional family practice.

Education

University of Virginia

1991 MD Alumni Association’s Best Medical Student Award

1983 BA Anthropology, Religious Studies with Honors and Distinction

Residency: Family Medicine

1991-1994 St Margaret Memorial Hospital, Pittsburgh PA

Masters Degrees

2007 MFA in Creative Writing, Spalding University, Louisville, KY

1986 MA Anthropology, American University, Washington DC

Integrative Medicine Experience

-SCENAR:

Master Level in Neurology and Pain, trained with Prof. A Revenko, 2011;

Trainer for Levels I, II, and III, 2011;

Level III, 2011; Level II, 2011; Level I, 2010.

-Trigger Point Therapy and Injection: Blatman Center for Pain, 2010

-Hyperbaric Medicine, 2013; The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine’s 60 hour course.

-Nutrition: Lecturer, 2001-present; Editor, “The GI Tract in Familial Dysautonomia”

-Homeopathy: 2001, Devon School of Homeopathy (one module); Homeopathy Study Group 2002

-Reiki: Became a Reiki Master in 2002; Teacher and practitioner

Certification:

Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine, 2011 – present; 1994 – 2001

Diplomate, American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, 2007 – present

IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant, 1994 – 1999.

 

Keith Berndtson, MD

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Dr. Berndtson is a graduate of Rush Medical College. He has practiced in Chicagoland for over 28 years and has clinical and administrative experience in both conventional and alternative medical settings. He has served as a clinical instructor for students at local medical and health professional schools.
He is the author of Seek Wisdom: The Modern Quest for Health and Sustainability, a collection of essays on health care and what’s needed for us to become wiser stewards of nature. He co-authored The Immune Advantage and has been a consulting editor for several health publications including The Reader’s Digest Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs.

He is certified by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine and specializes in the evaluation and management of symptoms that persist despite usual medical care. He has undergone additional training to help patients address Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. He is the author of a widely read peer-reviewed article, Review of evidence for immune evasion and persistent infection in Lyme disease. He is certified by Ritchie Shoemaker, MD to help genetically susceptible patients address the chronic inflammatory response syndrome caused by mold toxins found in water-damaged buildings.

Cindy Fraed, MD

Is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and was board certified by the American Holistic Medical Association shortly after they instituted their certification testing.
She enjoys viewing nature (especially birds), art, reading, exercise, music, hiking, puzzles, and her two little dogs.

Experience and Evolution

Dr. Fraed was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania. She graduated from John Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. After completing training as a Medical Technologist she attended Creighton University School of Medicine. Her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology was completed at St. Louis University Hospitals. During residency she worked with a Midwifery training program and had an opportunity to view their philosophies of caring for women. She then practiced in Southern Illinois first in a group practice then in solo practice. In the early years of her practice she was instrumental in moving the birthing process into a gentler family-centered experience. Over the years she has been honored to care for patients of various cultures and faiths including members of Mennonite communities as well as women from the Arab countries that were in her locale. She has always had a deep spirituality that has led her to learn about and respect many faith traditions. Dr. Fraed feels it is important to meet people where they are and take into account their entire belief system.

Dr. Fraed continued to develop her interest in psychology, taking classes in the Educational Psychology Department at Southern Illinois University. She has pursued a life-long interest in alternative medicine and in 2001 was board-certified in Holistic Medicine through the American Holistic Medicine Association. Blending her interests in a holistic approach, psychology, and gynecology, she began focusing her practice on issues of perimenopause, menopause, women’s sexual health, and pelvic pain. When she studied Craniosacral Therapy and learned this gentle hands-on technique, she was able to further develop her diagnostic skills in evaluating problems with pelvic pain and sexual issues. She has been prescribing bio-identical hormones with the help of compounding pharmacists for more than twenty years.  After closing her solo private practice she spent time working in various clinics focusing on contraception and other gynecological issues. She recently moved to Northeast Ohio following an academic spouse and joined Osteomed II/Tenpenny Integrative Medicine Center to continue on a path of expanding her knowledge in holistic care. During her time there she also trained as a B.E.S.T. (Bioenergetic Synchronous Technique) practitioner and is an Elite Diplomat in that technique. With the recent move to North Carolina, she has joined Haven Medical and is eagerly expanding her knowledge and skills as a holistic physician.

Education

Creighton University School of Medicine1974 MD degree

Arkansas Baptist Medical Center
1970 Medical Technologist MT ASCCP

John Brown University
1969 BA in Biology

Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology

1974 – 1977 St. louis University Hospitals, St. louis MO

Integrative Medicine Experience

Craniosacral Therapy Training starting in 1998 CST I, CST II, SER I, SER II

B.E.S.T training starting 2012 now an  Elite Diplomat

Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center staff physician 2008 – 2014

Certification:

Diplomate , American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 1980 – present
Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine 2001 – 2006

 

 

Holistic Registered Nurse

Elena Schertz, RN

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Elena Schertz, RN serves as the manager of Haven’s new Therapeutic Suite, providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), intravenous (IV) nutrient therapy, and far infrared sauna services.       

Elena is a registered nurse who earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1987. She moved to NC in 1988 and worked in an adult cardiac unit for a year before beginning work in pediatric oncology. She served has a pediatric oncology nurse at UNC Hospitals for almost 20 years. She became interested in holistic, integrative health in

the late 1990s and began her journey as an integrative, holistic nurse in a Raleigh integrative medicine clinic. She served as the IV therapy supervisor at this location for 3 years.

Elena is passionate about healing the body physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. She deeply believes that being truly present with each of her patients is where healing can begin to happen. In 2003, Elena completed a four-year training in the use of bio-energetic healing approaches at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. She also teaches mindfulness based stress reduction to patients and nurses alike. During her time off, Elena loves to run, yoga, spend time with family and friends. She lives in Chapel Hill with her three children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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