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Shelena Lalji

Dr. Shelena C. Lalji, founder of Dr. Shel Wellness & Aesthetic Center, has served the medical and wellness needs of women and men in the greater Houston area for over 20 years. An honors graduate of Emory University in Atlanta Georgia, Dr. Shel (as she is fondly known by her patients) is a board-certified OB/GYN with extensive experience in functional medicine, aesthetics, and regenerative treatments. After 13 years of practicing traditional medicine, she felt compelled to be her patients’ advocate and treat them with a root cause and holistic approach. In 2006, she founded Dr. Shel Wellness & Aesthetic Center in Sugar Land which combines the art of aesthetics with the science of wellness. Dr. Shel is a sought-after international speaker, media expert and trainer for other physicians around the world. She is also the author of an inspiring book called I Am Woman: Our Journeys to Health, Happiness, and Harmony. In November 2017, Dr. Shel’s husband, Dr. Ayeez Lalji, an entrepreneur, dentist, and father, was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). This would cause most to crumble, but Dr. Shel, alongside her family, turned it into a mission and created The Lalji ALS Foundation ( As a researcher, Dr. Shel is committed to help find a cure for this debilitating disease along with other neurodegenerative diseases like MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, Dementia, Autism and more. In fact, through her tremendous research, she has developed a Functional Medicine Brain Regeneration Program using a comprehensive, integrative approach to help those with little to no hope. She has spent literally thousands of hours searching, consulting, researching and creating therapies and protocols with the knowledge and information she has gained from hundreds of worldwide experts and studies. She believes in going from “incurable to unstoppable!” She is also a strong advocate for caregivers and families who are deeply affected. Because of her belief in a strongly balanced life, Dr. Shel enjoys her many roles as physician, women’s advocate, entrepreneur, caregiver, loving wife, and devoted mother to her two beautiful children, Zoe and Zade.

Coco Newton, MPH, RD, CNS

I am a Registered Dietitian & Certified Nutrition Specialist. I began my training in conventional dietetics and public health nutrition. These models provided a basic background in foods and nutrition, but could not address the myriad of issues in chronic disease or complex symptoms. Since 2000, my patients and loved ones have been my inspiration to pursue advanced scientific training and practice in Functional Medicine and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (FMNT). This allows me to delve much further into all aspects of your lifestyle and biochemistry to uncover underlying factors (root causes) that might contribute to your health problems. This is about treating the whole person, not just using protocols to treat a diagnosis, lab values, or statistics. My view is that there is no perfect diet that works for alI people, as every individual has unique requirements. I truly enjoy the challenges of the detective work of uncovering the root causes of your symptoms and medical conditions, however, the ultimate reward is guiding you towards renewal and optimal health.

Laynie Dratch, ScM, CGC

Hi all! My name is Laynie, and I am so excited to be a part of the Penn FTD Center. I received my master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) genetic counseling training program. For my master’s thesis project, I interviewed individuals living with FTD or at genetic risk for developing FTD; some participants were even recruited from the Penn FTD Center, so I have already gotten to know some of you! Previously, I graduated summa cum laude from Colgate University with a BA in neuroscience and a minor in psychology. I also spent two summers interning with the Penn FTD Center in 2015 and 2016. I am always happy to answer any genetics questions that may come up for you and your family. You might interact with me in clinic or as part of a research study.

Dr. Carl Paige, MD

Dr. Carl Paige has been an independent health care practitioner for over 20 years. He has been board certified as both a pediatrician and internist, allowing him to care for patients from childhood to the geriatric stages of life. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Kentucky in 1984, received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1988 and completed a four-year dual residency program in internal medicine and pediatrics with the University of Louisville in 1992. Over time, Dr. Paige realized a substantial need for a more proactive approach to health care. He disagreed with waiting until patients were unwell to provide reaction-based help. As a result, he completed a fellowship in anti-aging, regenerative and functional medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging/Regenerative Medicine. This board is associated with the Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of technology to detect, prevent, treat and optimize the human aging process. With these respected credentials and his unique knowledge, Dr. Paige opened the Medical Transformation Center in 2013, this region’s premier resource for Personalized Medicine. In addition to offering innovative health solutions at the Medical Transformation Center, Dr. Paige has also incorporated state-of-the-art diagnostics. He is one of a few elite practitioners in the country incorporating genomics analysis into patient care. With genomics, Dr. Paige can study chromosomes, genes and their functions to identify, prevent and control disease. He is an expert resource for maximizing genetic potential. For Dr. Paige, the Medical Transformation Center is not just professional — it’s personal. It has enabled him to offer the focused time, innovative diagnostics and vast knowledge required to foster optimum health. He is providing the progressive, custom medical care of his dreams. Carl loves his work as a true partner in health with patients willing to pursue their personal best.When he is not helping patients achieve their very optimum health, he enjoys spending time with his wife Terri and their 8 children on their farm outside of Louisville, Ky.

Shannon Babcock, MOT/L, MFR

Shannon Babcock, MOT/L, MFR Shannon Babcock is a licensed Occupational Therapist and a Myofascial Release Practitioner. She received her Bachelor’s in Social and Behavioral Sciences followed by a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern Maine in 2009. The combination of these degree programs facilitated a unique understanding of the mind-body connection necessary to achieve holistic wellness. Shannon spent 8 years as an Occupational Therapy practitioner and Manager of rehabilitation in skilled nursing facilities throughout Maine. During her practice she became an expert in Dementia Care, training physicians, therapists and families, focused on increasing understanding of the individual disease process, modification of behavior and enhancing both independence and quality of life. Shannon also became skilled in wheelchair seating and positioning and the use of physical agent modalities such as ultrasound, diathermy, and e-stim treatments. After years of treating skilled clients, Shannon was introduced to The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach (MFR) and this was the turning point of her career. Having utilized traditional therapy modalities for years and observing minimal or temporary gain with clients it became clear MFR was the missing link. After being introduced to the profound importance of the fascial system she incorporated this technique into her practice. Immediately, she began to note a transformation in clients who previously could not attain relief from chronic pain and failed to increase both their range of motion and strength that was limiting their daily activities. MFR produced unparalled results in these areas and many others. Shannon’s time in skilled rehabilitation affirmed her belief that the current model of care rarely produces lasting results and can promotes illness. This is due to the failure to accurately identify and treat the underlying causes. She found there were areas of education clients required to maximize wellness that were/are considered off limits. She realized this model fragmented clients into parts rarely addressing the connection between all the parts. She chose to leave skilled care and align herself with medical and wellness professionals who were interested in understanding and promoting the holistic nature of the client so true wellness, longevity and happiness can be achieved. In addition to Myofascial Release, Shannon is also advancing her knowledge and skills in the areas of functional nutrition. She currently works with a national team of healthcare professionals and community members who seek to provide accessible education to the community regarding functional nutrition. This same team also seeks to restore the gut microbiome through clean eating and supplementation through Univera. At IHCM, Shannon offers Myofascial Release treatment to all ages and diagnoses. Assessment, treatment and in-home support for clients who have dementia and the families who provide care for them. Referrals within IHCM to functional health practitioners, community resources to support functional nutrition and education regarding Univera when deemed appropriate. The initial examination will involve a physiological assessment of the fascia, ROM and areas of symptomatic pain. Each client is an individual who has a unique story. Within this story, I can begin to ascertain causes of physical and emotional pain limiting one’s ability to live their best life. This story also demonstrates individual goals and dreams of who they want to be and achieve in life. Therefore, an assessment will also include your story. One that may unfold over time as trust is developed. If I fail to assess all aspects of your being and instead separate you into parts, we will never be successful in creating the fully integrated, beautiful human that you are capable of being. Referrals within IHCM will be made to ensure you achieve the best possible path to wellness.

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