talented & caring
"Love your body. heal your mind. feed your soul."
Dr. Brandy Zachary, DC, IFMCP
Clinical Director, Teacher, Trainer, Speaker, Researcher...read more.
Dr. Heidi Burry, MD, DABR, FMP
Functional Medicine Practitioner, Fertility, Hormones...read more.
Dr. Jenny Dufala, DC
Functional Medicine Practitioner, Heart/Anti-Aging Health...read more.
Dr. Christine Garvey, DC
Functional Medicine Practitioner, Allergy, Skin, Gut...read more.
Dr. Luella Jonk, PhD, IFMCP, RP
Functional Medicne Practitioner, Psychotherapy, Anxiety...read more
Dr. Aliaa Aldine, MD (Ru), LAc, DAOM, Dipl.O.M.
Functional Med Practitioner, TCM, Herbalist, Acupuncture...read more
DETAILED TEAM BIOS BELOW
Dr. Brandy Zachary, DC, IFMCP
Dr. Brandy Zachary, DC, IFMCP discovered the power of Functional Medicine first hand when a “mystery illness” left her declared permanently disabled and stuck in the hospital every 3 weeks costing $720k each year. Unwilling to accept that diagnosis, she fought back to regain her health and then launched Body Love Cafe, an award-winning holistic health clinic with multiple practitioners serving a worldwide audience.
Body Love Cafe is all about natural medicine that meets cutting-edge science to dig deeper and provide answers as to why you don’t feel well. We hear you. We see you. We believe you. It isn’t all in your head and we’ve got the technique and labs to show why.
Patients have said “Body Love Cafe figures out why you feel like crap but your MD says you’re fine.”
Dr. Zachary acts as the Clinical Director at BLC working patient cases & labs each week with the team of practitioners she has personally trained. With our team approach we like to say at BLC you don’t just get one provider, you get them all.
Dr. Zachary is also the lead instructor for the Functional Medicine Academy™, has completed extensive post-graduate coursework and thousands of patient visits. She regularly trains other physicians and practitioners in the science and art of Functional Medicine.
In 2016 Dr. Zachary designed a tool that helps doctors quickly analyze blood labs and in 2020 expanded that to a web-based software app to include hormone and gut health testing. That same year she also identified and created the nomenclature for a newly recognized metabolic condition which led to the MISSED patient protocol system. Dr. Zachary is currently working on a third book and lives with her husband and daughter in Walnut Creek, CA.
"our beliefs direct our lives"
Dr. Heidi Burry, MD, DABR, FMP
“Dr. Heidi Burry, MD, DABR, FMP brings her vast experience in western medicine to Body Love Cafe as she steps into her passion for Functional Medicine, women’s health, hormone and gut issues. Her patients describe her as “... a compassionate and highly-skilled clinician…”.
Dr. Burry received her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, served as a USAF flight surgeon, is a veteran, board certified in radiology with extensive experience in screening and diagnosis of breast cancer. Her Functional Medicine journey includes certification through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and the Functional Medicine University.
Dr. Burry understands the challenges women face when trying to balance work and life, especially when still having little kids at home. She loves being a mom and her advocacy for women has also meant a special interest in fertility and thyroid health. Dr. Burry particularly enjoys working with highly motivated patients, ready to do what it takes with a focus on the healing potential that holistic healthcare has to offer.”
Dr. Christine Garvey, DC
Dr. Christine Garvey, DC fell in love with nutrition after personally overcoming gut infections and witnessing first hand the healing power of Functional Medicine! Her expertise over the last decade+ has been in the realm of allergies, immune health and hormone disorders. She enjoys working as part of the Body Love Cafe team, a holistic health clinic in Walnut Creek, CA which recently won “Best of the Bay” by Diablo magazine for 2020. Dr. Garvey works with clients throughout the US and abroad.
Everyone who works with Dr. Garvey comments about how much they love her energy, compassion and deep care for her clients so they may realize their best health and live a joyful life!
Dr. Garvey is an established and very well respected Doctor of Chiropractic and holistic health consultant. She has been a practicing Chiropractic for over 19 years and practicing AAT, Advanced Allergy Therapeutics for 10 years. She has achieved honors and national recognition in her holistic approach to heath, finding and treating the root cause of a health problem, not merely the symptoms. All parts of the body are connected and affect each other; therefore, treating the body as “whole” is the most effective way to achieve lasting results.
Dr. Garvey’s goal is to help you enjoy your life to the fullest and to express your highest expression of yourself. She wants everyone to live without unnecessarily suffering with unwanted symptoms of the body, mind and spirit.
"where there's stagnation, there will be pain"
Shelise Irby, rd
Shelise graduated from U.C. Davis as a Registered Dietician and provides functional nutrition consulting at Body Love Cafe. Her in-depth knowledge of whole food healing combined with her medically focused education provides her with a unique perspective on preventative health. Shelise is passionate about health for the whole family and loves working with couples, moms, children and teens.
From a young age Shelise suffered from many unidentified food and environmental allergies. She was eventually able to get the help she needed through supplements, herbs, dietary changes and homeopathy. Experiencing firsthand the life-changing benefits of balancing her nutrition and learning what foods to avoid to maintain her health, Shelise decided that method was something she wanted to help others learn as well.
Shelise has worked in private practice doing functional nutrition consulting, supporting dietary changes and detox in her patients, for 8 years. She also worked in the supplement industry for 7 years, educating other healthcare practitioners on how to utilize nutrition to create better patient outcomes in their practices.
As you would expect from every dietitian, Shelise loves to cook and spends much of her time in the kitchen creating healthy meals and baking with gluten free ingredients. She also enjoys growing mushrooms and has a cat named Oochie that she loves to spend time with.
Dr. Jen Dufala, DC
Dr. Jen Dufala, DC loves to help patients on their health journey while making them laugh, and has a mission to provide patient centered care.
She has completed advanced training through the Institute for Functional Medicine in Immune, Cardiometabolic, Hormone, Bioenergetics and GI health. She is also a Certified Health Coach through the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine.
She takes a systems-based approach to health through Functional Medicine. She likes to look at the whole person and ask why something is happening. Her goals are to work with patients to promote optimal health and vitality, rather than just simply working towards the absence of disease. She likes to provide them with the tools they need to be able to achieve their goals. With all the new health information that is constantly coming out nowadays.
Dr. Dufala likes to take it back to common sense and what makes the most sense for our bodies, making better health choices doesn’t have to be as complicated as it’s made out to be sometimes!
She realized the importance of diet, lifestyle and beliefs, when overcoming her own health obstacles. She saw what a difference it made in her life, as well as the lives of those around her. She’s had a passion for helping others on this health path ever since.
Dr. Dufala loves cooking up new foods, practicing yoga, spending time with her friend’s, family, and dog Stella, traveling, learning, and staying active outdoors as much as possible.”
"we repeat what we don't repair"
Dr. Luella Jonk,
PhD, IFMCP, RP
Dr. Jonk specializes in helping those suffering from social anxiety, trauma, and self-confidence.
She has helped numerous clients become liberated from guilt and shame associated with previous or present behaviours, including addictions.
Along with specialties in the areas of trauma, anxiety and regaining self-worth, Dr. Jonk is sensitive to various ethnic backgrounds, especially concerning emotional and physical abuse.
Dr. Jonk’s clinical experience over the years has shown that simple changes in lifestyle results in impressive mental health outcomes, especially around food choices. This is when she started to become very interested in what functional medicine can do for her clients. Taking a functional medicine approach to mental health is what she feels is the most thorough form of patient care and what she hopes one day will become standard of care.”
"Progress, not perfection. movement is life."
Dr. Aliaa Aldine, MD (Ru),
LAC, DAOM, Dipl.O.M.
Dr. Aliaa Aldine’s professional background includes experience working as a medical doctor in Russia, working in sleep medicine in the US, working as a nutritionist, and as a Traditional Chinese Medicine and Functional Medicine practitioner. She is offering a variety of acupuncture services through Body Love Cafe including: acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture, gua sha, and tui na.
Since childhood Dr.Aldine has been fascinated by science and wanted to alleviate human sufferings, hence a career in healthcare was a natural choice. She believes it is an honor to help patients in their process of healing, unraveling the root causes of their health conditions, with the ultimate goal of achieving optimal health and well-being.
Some of Dr. Aldine's postgraduate education includes Nutrition, Naturopathy, and Homeopathy. She grew up gardening and cultivating medicinal herbs and enjoys continuously learning more about natural healing modalities and restorative nutrition.
"We love taking care of our patients"
Katie Coelho, BA, ACN
Katie provides health coaching, emotional & energy healing at Body Love Cafe in addition to serving as the Patient Advocate for the entire clinic. She has a deep understanding of holistic health, acts as a grounding force in the office, and is easily a patient favorite!
Katie graduated from the University of California-Davis in 2007 with her BA double major in English & International Relations. Her greatest college education came from working at The House Peer Counseling Center as a Peer Counselor and Program Coordinator.
In 2013, Katie drastically changed her mindset, diet, and lifestyle to heal herself after a debilitating pesticide exposure. It was a catalyst moment that started her lifetime love affair with health on all levels: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual.
In 2017, Katie agreed to "temporarily" help out a friend (Dr. Brandy Zachary) behind the scenes at Body Love Cafe while it transitioned to it's Walnut Creek location. There, she found her people: those living in light & truth while committed to their healing journey.
Her passion for multi-dimensional healing inspired her to facilitate Emotional Wellness sessions; working with patients to release ancestral trauma & limiting beliefs, up-leveling their vibration & consciousness. She enjoys chefing 100% organic paleo dishes, deepening her faith, vegetable gardening, expanding her knowledge of plant-based medicine, yoga and the great outdoors.
Dr. Zachary says, "Katie is a compassionate listener and a natural healer, everyone feels better when she's around. Patients rave about their 'Mental Makeover' sessions with Katie!"
"we carry our 'issues' in our tissues"
kelly Hurrey, BS, CPT
Kelly Hurrey provides health coaching, at Body Love Cafe in addition to serving as the Wellness Director for the entire clinic. She has a degree in Health and Physiology, and is currently becoming certified as a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach. Her passion is whole-self wellness and she believes wellness can be FUN when given the right tools.
She and her family (devoted hubby and teen kids) have embraced a lifestyle that includes nutrition, fitness, whole food and plant-based eating using high quality/low quantity meat as a garnish.
As a mama of two teens, Kelly is constantly looking for ways for her family to swap out traditional things for more natural alternatives. She runs an engaging wellness community on FB for people looking for tips on fitness, healthy recipes, daily motivation, and hydration.
Her focus on nutrition as a wellness mentor is a great fit for our office. She’s incredibly eager to learn more about Functional Medicine and being part of the Body Love Cafe team will get her there! She currently serves as the Wellness Director and oversees all the inner and outer working of Body Love Cafe.
Kelly is also earning her FMACC through the Functional Medicine Academy™ and leads a Bay Area hiking group.
"Healthy Living for Families"
Danielle Murphy Faris, MA, BCHN, NE, CPC
Danielle Murphy Faris is a Health Coach through Body Love Cafe. Danielle has worked in the field of health and wellness for the last 18 years, including 12 years as a Pilates Instructor and Master Trainer.
She was raised in a highly health conscious home with a Chiropractor father and yoga instructor/herbalist mother, and began formally studying nutrition in 2008 with Bauman College’s Nutrition Educator program, followed by her BA in Contemplative Psychology of Health and Healing, and her MA in Holistic Health Education and Nutrition. She is currently Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP).
Danielle’s education also includes higher degrees in Early Childhood Development, Waldorf philosophy, the RIE approach, and she is a Certified Mindful Parenting Coach through the Jai Institute. She has worked as a nutrition coach for families with children on the Autism Spectrum and has specialized training in nutrition for fertility, pregnancy, and young children. She currently leads live Parent-Child Education courses in her hometown near Sacramento, CA.
Her passion is helping families integrate healthy and mindful practices early on, by understanding the neuroscience of parenting, for a more harmonious and balanced home life through strengthening the parent-child relationship and shaping the family’s legacy for generations to come.
"fREEDOM OF mOVEMENT IS ESSENTIAL"
Allison Ayer, BA, CPT, LMT
Allison Ayer brings a breadth of experience into her work that enables her to assist you in reclaiming your natural power. As an athlete and dancer, she is familiar with many aches, pains and symptoms personally and has worked with many people trying to get the most out of their bodies. A Bowdoin grad, she attended the Florida School of Massage in 1998 and has been working on alleviating pain and increasing performance since. Always eager to learn more about the body, Allison has many modalities under her belt to assist you in the perfect solution to create a more comfortable, stronger and happier you!
Allison works with athletes, people in chronic pain, pregnant women and new moms, people pre and post-surgery, people with insomnia, digestive issues, adrenal issues, vision issues, dizziness, food intolerances, migraines and jaw problems, people who have been in car accidents, and people who sit at their desks all day!
She helps you to reduce or eliminate pain, lower stress, sleep, concentrate and digest better, improve athletic performance, and have greater range of motion.
Allison can help even if you haven't had success with other modalities, by reprogramming your nerve receptor and improving its communication with the brain, so that your body can restore its own natural functionality of muscles, organs, joints and all integrated structures.
Allison uses P-DTR, a manual neuro-therapy, to restore your proper software settings, and integrates ART when there is scar tissue or fascial restriction. She will give you homework movements to remind the nervous system of the work it has accomplished.
"translate nutrition into everyday habits"
David Zachary, CMT, ACN
David has the ability to fix anything whether it be a patient's body & mindset or repairing a house or building an electric bike. He serves as a bodyworker and Health Coach at Body Love Cafe utilizing a wide variety of techniques ranging from classical structural mobility to reposturing to therapeutic massage to energy medicine.
He furthered his studies as a health and nutrition coach specializing in ketogenic, paleo & elimination diets for those dealing with food sensitivities or mood issues. With his background in body mechanics he's a natural resource for exercise and movement programs along with meditation and mindfulness practices.
David studied physics at Minnesota State University - Moorhead and earned his advanced massage certification at Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2002. He also became certified in T'ai Chi Chih in 1999 and served as an instructor.
David's own childhood experience with ADHD drove him to expand his studies as an adult and research natural remedies and lifestyle strategies for dealing with ADHD, which may be used alongside medication if needed. He is incredibly resilient with an upbeat energy, a "never say die" attitude and more than a few corny Dad jokes. Many of his patients have described him as "the most compassionate guy" and the "best bodyworker."
In his free time David builds electric bikes, adores his cat "Kiki", is an electric car aficionado, handles home remodels and loves to cook.
"...my daughter developed some health issues...I immediately brought her to BLC and the team was ever so compassionate, patient, and helpful in treating her stomach issues...
As a parent, I am so grateful for
the help and continued support
in achieving the best health
for my daughter."
— Kristina C.
"Dr. Zachary is very knowledgeable in alignment with the body and herbs and supplements ... for optimum health.
David is amazing with his healing hands of massage...the best massage therapist I have ever had. I highly recommend Body Love Cafe"
What Our Patients Say About Us
Shelise is very insightful with her knowledge and she is comparable to a favorite sports coach, now health coach, that is in your corner.
— Renee P.
Katie was fantastic! After our appointment, I felt very optimistic about the possibility of improvement. She provided a tremendous amount of guidance and information, and I really feel that I am going to get the help I need.
— Katryna J.
Shelise took her time to listen to every single concern I had and explain everything thoroughly. Her customer service and knowledge is exceptional!
— Caleb A.
Kelly was extremely helpful and communicated with me very clearly. She also shared several insights with me regarding the services offered. I’m very impressed.
— Kerry A.
Intuitive and broad intelligence of the body's physical and energetic systems. Thanks so much to David for his expertise and skill!
— Marrielle l.
David was incredible! Hands down the best massage I’ve ever had. Appreciated the extra attention to detail explaining things and the guided visualization during the massage was a great experience. Will be going back again for sure!