Dr. Laura is a traditionally trained Osteopathic physician. She was drawn to the Osteopathic Medical philosophy of the body’s interconnectedness to the mind, emotions, and spirit and the celebration of its innate ability to heal itself. Shortly into her career, Dr. Laura chose to dive into the prevention of illness and dis-ease. She was drawn to the immense opportunities to reverse the progression of medical conditions through early identification, then determining and addressing the causes on an individual basis. Further studies in Functional and Integrative Medicine techniques inspired the level of depth in which she now approaches the health of her patients.
Dr. Robin is a 1988 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a residency in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and completed training as a Medical Epidemiologist through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She trained in Integrative Medicine through many courses, workshops and mentoring, and maintained a successful Integrative Medicine practice for 8 years in Bend, Oregon. For 10 years, she served as Medical Director for the Student Health and Wellness Center at Southern Oregon University. During that time, she served on the Jackson County Medical Advisory Committee and Public Health Advisory Board.
For the past 15 years, Dr. Robin has been studying with various teachers and indigenous healers regarding the relationships between personal history, emotions, the body’s energetics, and physical wellness. In 2015, she joined forces with Dr. Tara to adopt a model of care that would really work to support change in the health of their patients and address health issues from multiple perspectives.
Dr. Robin has lived in Oregon since 1995, and in Ashland since 2003. She has an elementary-aged son, loves hiking and most things outside, loves to be social and silly, and also enjoys her quiet moments. She is currently putting much of her energy into her family and making the Rosa Transformational Health Program the best that it can be.
Lisa is a recent transplant to Oregon. She was born in Minnesota and has lived all over the country (including New York City before moving to Medford). Lisa holds a certification in Nutritional Counseling from Bauman College in Berkeley, CA and is working on a second certification in MindBody Nutrition from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating in Boulder, CO. She has been living with type 1 Diabetes for 40 years and is a Breast Cancer survivor, which means she has been experimenting with her own diet and lifestyle choices from a very early age. She is most passionate about the connection between how our thoughts and emotions and effect our bodies and health. Lisa is also a professional actor and singer who has performed on stages in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. As an actor, she worked for more than 10 years as a “standardized patient”at some of the most prestigious medical schools in the country training medical students to communicate with their patients.
Annie Macleod trained to be a nurse practitioner at Seattle University in Seattle, Washington. Being an NP was her second career after she found herself moving up the ranks in municipal administration and farther away from making a direct difference in the lives of people in her community. There had to be better way! She made her break and devoted herself to medicine.
She has worked in a variety of settings including primary care, acute care, addiction medicine, and as the medical provider in an inpatient psychiatric hospital. She has always attempted to address the root cause of her patients’ distressing symptoms sensing intuitively that true healing is not possible without doing so. Yet she never felt conventional medicine fully met her patients’ needs and on many occasions it did them a disservice. Knowing there had to be a better way, yet again Annie took a leap of faith and became a devotee of functional medicine. Now this is how medicine is suppose to be! Annie believes Functional Medicine is the future of medicine and is excited to be on its frontier. She loves how Functional Medicine views the body as a set of intricately related systems. Functional Medicine provides the framework and the language to explore the relationships between these systems in search of true, deep and meaningful healing.
After practicing in Seattle and Pittsburgh, PA, joining Rosa Transformational Health is like coming home for Annie. While every step of her journey was needed to appreciate this homecoming, it is as if she was meant to be here all along. She is thrilled to partner with Dr. Laura and the team of phenomes at Rosa Transformational Health to serve her community in the most meaningful way possible: addressing the deep currents that underpin disease to help each person come alive again.
Annie is a mother to two little ones, loves backpacking, and is a dancer and singer-songwriter. Mid-appointment dance break? Yes, please!
Dr. Jenny Childers is an M.D. who recently retired her medical license and most recently became a health coach at Rosa. She practiced for many years as a board certified dermatologist. During her early training, she also earned a Ph.D in Physiology. During the first 10 years of her practice, she practiced conventional dermatology and taught in a hospital residency program. About 30 years ago, she began having her own personal health issues, and, not getting adequate help from conventional medicine, began looking into nutrition and other alternative practices. It took 2 years for her to begin feeling in more control of her health, and incorporated many things that she learned into her medical practices. Now that she is retired as a physician, she is delighted to assist Rosa’s participants in their exciting personal health journeys!
Anna was born and raised in California, with detours in Louisiana and Texas, but found herself instantly at “home” upon her first visit to Oregon in 2017. She was touched by the kindness of the locals and the beauty of southern Oregon.
After 17 years in San Diego’s real estate industry, Anna decided to apply her business expertise to a cause about which she was truly passionate = empowering people to live healthier, happier lives. Struggles with her own health in her 30’s set in motion Anna’s wellness transformation and eventually (and providentially) brought her to partner with the Rosa Transformational Health team. As COO, Anna ensures the business runs smooth so the team can concentrate on creating a healthier community.
When Anna is away from the office, she can be found searching for yard sale-treasures or singing karaoke duets with her talented fiancé, Tim. Anyone with the courage to sing their heart out in front of strangers will have an instant fan in Anna and Tim!
Anna graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Political Science and has an A.A. in Business Administration.
Merette’s compassion for people coupled with her 10 plus years of office administration experience contributes immensely to our supportive, healing environment. Originally from Portland, Merette spent the last several years in California, Ohio and Pennsylvania. She returned to Oregon to be closer to family, enjoy the beautiful climate, and the abundant offerings of Southern Oregon. She is thrilled to work with a team that is committed to helping people heal from the inside out. Struggling with her own health issues in her early 20’s, Merette took a keen interest in healthy cooking and healthy living. In her spare time she loves reading cookbooks, learning about gardening, as well as reading about the latest research in health and nutrition.
Julie is our office coordinator. Although she only works part time she plays a huge role and is an active Rosa team member. Julie has been working in the medical community for years and has almost 20 years back office experience. Before that she was a CNA for 6 years. Julie entered nursing school right out of high school but found her passion and ended up obtaining her BS degree in psychology with a minor in sociology.
Julie is an avid gardener and even volunteers her time with a local gardening group that teaches residents of Jackson County to grow their own food. Since she grows her own food, healthy living as come easy and naturally to Julie.
In her spare time Julie loves reading, writing monthly garden paper, journaling, growing an organic garden, and helping to raise her 4 grandchildren. In between work and home life she enjoys cross-country skiing, hiking, camping and trips to the desert and beach.
When you visit our office you will be instantly greeted by our Wellness Concierge, Melissa, along with her warm smile and an offer for a relaxing cup of tea. Melissa is a brand new transplant to Oregon from northern California, where she was born and raised. She graduated from California State University, Chico with her Bachelor Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Health and Wellness. That education path helped form her passion for helping others find their way to wellness through the mind and body connection. Melissa has been on a personal health journey for the last ten years, finally finding success through lifestyle changes and nutrition intervention. When she is not spending time with her cat, you can find her outdoors hiking, camping, fishing, or climbing on rocks. Melissa is excited about her position as the wellness concierge at Rosa Transformational Health!