Meet the Team

Of Doctors & Clinicians

At the International Health & Wellness Center at Garden of the Gods Collection, we have assembled experts in medicine, exercise physiology, nutrition, leadership skills, spirituality and other wellness specialties – all in one magical, stress-free environment. Our specialists represent the best in Eastern and Western disciplines, and they all work together with an integrated approach to support you and your goals.

Our teams of physicians, nurses and clinicians have unrivaled expertise in preventive medicine, integrative medicine and healthy lifestyle change. Their use of advanced diagnostics and exhaustive patient assessment is leading-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 clients’ health histories and concerns in detail and to work with them collaboratively, as active participants in their own healthcare.

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Dr. Michael Barber
Medical Director of the IHWC

Dr. Michael J. Barber is a board certified Internist, Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, former managing partner of Colorado Springs Cardiologists and a founding member of the Vascular Center of Colorado (VCC) – a joint venture heart center in Colorado Springs. He was a member of the Board of Managers of the VCC since its founding and the Medical Director of this entity until his retirement in 2014.

Dr. Barber received his A.B. in Biology and Chemistry from Wabash College where he was graduated cum laude. He went on to Loyola University of Chicago where he completed his PhD with distinction in Physiology. After graduate school, he attended the Indiana University School of Medicine where he received his M.D. Dr. Barber performed his internship and residency at the University of Virginia before completing fellowships in Cardiology and Electrophysiology at Duke University. He returned as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia prior to moving to Colorado Springs in 1993 to join Colorado Springs Cardiologists.

After joining Colorado Springs Cardiologists, Dr. Barber,  helped develop one of the largest and most successful electrophysiology practices in Colorado. He has been listed consecutively in America’s “Top Doctors” and “Best Doctors” since 2003 as well as in multiple editions of Marquis “Who’s Who” for over a decade and a half. He is a HealthGrades recommended/preferred physician and has been awarded “Top Doctor in Cardiology” for Colorado Springs as well as a “Best Doctor for Executives” by Colorado Business Magazine.

Dr. Barber is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS) and the American Heart Association (FAHA). He also has served on multiple advisory boards and committees within these professional organizations. He is a frequent invited speaker at national and international meetings and has performed basic and clinical scientific research for numerous Fortune 100/500 medical and pharmaceutical companies. He is the founding member of the Colorado Springs Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and has a passion for finding a cure for type I diabetes.

Dr. Robert Blaich
Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine

Dr. Robert Blaich is widely regarded as one of the foremost holistic health care experts in the world. His wide range of skills, extensive credentials and numerous awards, have earned him the respect of both traditional physicians and alternative practitioners.

As the author of the popular ‘Your Inner Pharmacy’, Dr. Blaich has been a Health and Human Performance Consultant to world-class, Olympic and professional athletes, CEOs, and health care practitioners. Dr. Blaich has worked with people who went on to win Olympic gold medals, the Tour de France, the Ironman, the Indianapolis 500, the Sebring 12-Hour Race, and the Superbowl. He has also worked with many notable authors, musicians and performers to help them function at their highest levels. He is not anti-drug; he is pro-health.

Dr. Blaich has trained over 5,000 doctors in unique state-of-the-art methods for identifying stress, imbalance, and dysfunction in the body that bridge the traditional and alternative medical arenas. He is the founder of Start2Health, a systematic approach to creating and sustaining health.

In addition to his BA, BS, and DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) degrees, Dr. Blaich has earned four distinguished post-graduate Diplomate titles: Diplomate of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (DIBAK), Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management (DAAPM), Diplomate of the College of Clinical Nutrition of the American Association of Integrative Medicine (DAAIM), Diplomate of the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition of the American Chiropractic Association (DCBCN).

Your Inner Pharmacy deconstructs the assumption that health and well-being are the responsibility of the government, the medical system, or an insurance company. Teaching facets of health and health care that most people never learned in school or from their primary physicians, Dr. Blaich shows readers how to create an awareness of their own bodily needs, a task too often abdicated to pharmaceutical companies. Bridging the divide between traditional and alternative medicine, Your Inner Pharmacy shows how each fits into the current healthcare system. Far more than just another “how to” book, it shifts paradigms about healthcare and motivates readers to engage in healthy living. Readers learn how to create their own commonsense health plan, an organized program of weekly health-promoting activities, stress reduction, diet, exercise, and routine maintenance. By investing just 10% of their leisure time into these activities, readers experience a dramatically improved quality of life.

Dr. Shane Wells
Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine

Dr. Shane Wells, D.C is an American Doctor of Chiropractic, a 1998 graduate of the National University of Health Sciences in Chicago.  He has over 16 years of experience in private practice on three different continents and is a specialist in Applied Kinesiology and Functional Neurology. His practice of Applied Kinesiology started in 2003; attaining the highest level of certification in the Quintessential Application (QA) protocol.  He currently practice P-DTR, the advanced functional neurology techniques developed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jose Palomar. Dr. Wells practiced for eleven years in Milan, Italy, where he was a founding member of the International College of Applied Kinesiology- Italy (ICAK-Italia). Dr. Wells has recently returned to the United States from his practice in Singapore, and currently practices in the Denver area of Cherry Creek and in Colorado Springs at the Garden of the Gods Club and Space, in their new wellness center.

As a leader in physical medicine, Dr. Wells utilizes state-of-the-art testing and treatments from the fields of functional neurology, applied kinesiology, and chiropractic to focus on restoring and maintaining the normal functions of the body. One of his specialties is helping the body to reset and heal itself from old injuries that commonly create other problems in the body as it ages.  This approach has been shown to be extremely effective in correcting and managing problems with the low and mid-back, neck, ankles, knees, shoulders, headaches and digestive disorders.

Dr. Wells is an expert in treating patients with difficult conditions, who have suffered past physical trauma, or had not seen results through other forms of therapy.  Known for having treated both professional and amateur athletes, Dr. Wells is passionate in treating patients who are serious about increasing and maintaining their level of health and vitality, who want to get rid of nagging aches and pains, and who aspire to perform and live life at an optimal level.

Dr. Powell is a registered Naturopathic Doctor (ND) specializing in functional medicine, therapeutic nutrition, and herbal medicine. Her expertise includes treatment of autoimmune conditions (including thyroid disease), digestive disease and dysfunction, weight loss, and women’s health (including gynecological health, hormone balancing, and fertility issues). She also offers care specific to the needs of men, including hormone balancing and cardiovascular diseases. As a marathon swimmer, triathlete, and outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Powell has a special interest in working with athletes to enhance performance and prevent and treat injuries.

Dr. Powell works in partnership with each patient, utilizing laboratory and physical exam screenings (including pap smears, genetic testing, and functional lab analysis) to prevent disease and maximize patients’ enjoyment and quality of life. Her goal with each patient is to ensure that they understand how they have arrived at their present state of health as well as the available conventional and alternative treatment options to address disease. With individualized, creative problem solving, she empowers patients to take control of their own health by understanding how altering daily habits can create significant improvements in physical and emotional health.

Dr. Karly Powell’s path to a career in wellness in her own words:

I was enthralled with medicine and the amazing capacity of the human body from a young age, so a career in medicine always felt like a natural fit. But, while I was fascinated by advancements in medical care and modern diagnostics, I felt that nutrition and traditional natural remedies still had an important role to play in medical care. I didn’t know at the time what a significant role these therapies would play in my personal life as well.

At age 19, I began experiencing repeated episodes of unexplained kidney failure. Over time, this progressed to severe chronic pain and I was forced to give up many of the daily activities I enjoyed. Seven years and countless specialists later, I was nowhere closer to an answer. I eventually found my way to a naturopathic doctor, who diagnosed my condition and got me on a path toward healing. Today I have two healthy kidneys, am pain-free, and am able to do the activities I was told were no longer possible for me. Like so many of my patients, I have experienced the sense of hopelessness and abandonment that too often comes with disease. As a naturopathic doctor, I get to help my patients take advantage of both modern diagnostics and traditional healing modalities to find solutions to those seemingly unsolvable problems.

At the International Health & Wellness Center, I am part of a team offering a unique model of integrative medicine rarely found elsewhere in the US – one where practitioners of diverse backgrounds and training come together to not just work in proximity but truly collaborate on the care of each patient. This model of integrative care blends perfectly with that of naturopathic medicine, where the gentlest healing therapy is used first, and higher level intervention is reserved until truly necessary. The clinical team at the IHWC strive to identify and correct the root cause of illness and use all modalities available to restore balance to the body, mind, and spirit.

Dr. Powell’s Education:

Dr. Powell earned her medical degree from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR. She completed NCNM’s competitive teaching residency in naturopathic primary care, where she integrated pharmaceutical and surgical treatments with naturopathic medicine to provide the most advanced care modern medicine has to offer. She has advanced training in herbal medicine, integrative cardiovascular therapies, and intravenous (IV) micronutrient therapy.

Michelle Houchens
Medical Intuitive

Michelle’s lifetime skills as a medical intuitive, psychic medium, Certified Mediator, Neurolinguistics Programming PractitionerTM, Advanced Hypnotherapist, Advanced Theta Healer®, PSYCH-K® Facilitator, Shaman, licensed RN and business visionary expert have established her as a well-known icon in the industry. Michelle is regularly seen on a variety of media venues such as Fox 31, KDVR, Fox 21, Community Public Radio and other media settings.

Charlene Wang, MS, RD, CHC, is a holistic registered dietitian and professor of nutrition, health and wellness. She earned her Master’s Degree from the California State University of Los Angeles and completed her dietetic residency at Penrose-St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs. Charlene has achieved certifications in Holistic Health Coaching, Alternative Nutrition, Applied Kinesiology, and BioEnergetic Healing.

Charlene Wang’s path to a career in wellness in her own words:

My path to become a dietitian was a humbling journey. I experienced through my own body what a difference lifestyle and nutrition can make. I previously wore many hats for a start-up tech company doing marketing, human resources, accounting and business development, working long hours for years. As a result of being overworked and stressed out, I was consistently getting sick, felt no spiritual meaning and altogether in poor health. It was at the age of 27 when I came to a turning point in my life. That year, I was misdiagnosed with cancer after I underwent surgery to remove a tumor. The entire process had me questioning everything I was doing wrong. To find an answer to my troubles, I immersed myself into studying holistic nutrition, Chinese herbalism, meditation and spirituality. Today, I am healthy and feeling great! I decided to shift from my personal treatment towards the health of people focusing on optimal nutrition for wellness and prevention of disease.

I was thoroughly fascinated with nutrition and its incredible impact on the human body. I enrolled in a nutrition class at a local community college and found a part-time job in a local hospital’s clinical nutrition department shadowing Registered Dietitians (RD). I knew instantly that this was my calling and enrolled in graduate school. After working several years in a clinical setting, I decided to work in preventative settings where people could embrace nutrition in a healing and learning environment. I knew I would have a higher impact working one-on-one with clients or as a teacher. I pursued nutrition education as a professor of nutrition and joined the International Health & Wellness Center. It has been so spiritually rewarding to be able to help people transition towards a healthier diet and lifestyle while pursuing a passionate and personal mission. My personal mission is to help people feel empowered, experience optimal wellness and prioritize self-care as a daily practice.

Personal Mission Statement

“My personal mission is to help people feel empowered, experience optimal wellness and prioritize self-care as a daily practice.  I hope to constantly evolve and heal through my work with people in nutrition.  I feel blessed to have contributed to the powerful regenerations of the human body through natural remedies and strong influences of engaging counseling.  I vow to lead my life and practice my art with integrity and honor.  I serve the highest interests of my patients through my honest and useful practice of science and art.”   – Char

Certifications held by Charlene Wang:

Alternative Nutrition – California State University, Los Angeles
Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching – Institute of Integrative Nutrition
Business Administration – University of California, San Diego
Healing Touch / Qi Therapy Level IV – Healing Touch International
Quantum Reflex Analysis – Premier Research Labs

Angie Barber
Registered Nurse

Angie Barber has over 30 years’ clinical experience in direct patient care in the areas of critical care medicine, cardiovascular medicine, cardiac implantable devices and general nursing.  She has expertise in cardiac testing, general internal medicine and administering intravenous fluids and medications.  She is the IHWC Clinical Liaison and Nursing Coordinator for the Intravenous (IV)  Nutritional Therapy Program.

Kimberly Klein
Massage Therapist

For over 26 years, Kimberly Klein has been practicing Structural Physiology Movement integration (SPMI); a Chinese healing modality that repairs the body from the inside out. She is a licensed massage and bodyworker, a licensed National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) Continuing Educational Instructor and a Colorado Brain Injury Representative with extensive training in Qi Gong, Allopathic Integrative Healing Arts, Rapid Release and Scalarwave technology. Kimberly’s clientele includes celebrities, corporate executives and professional athletes.

Sheila Seppi
Reiki Master

Sheila Seppi has over 12 years’ experience as a Reiki Master/Teacher and Karuna Master/Teacher, Certified Total Body Modification Practitioner, Certified Natural Healing and Emotional Release Practitioner, Life Care Vial Provider, Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner, Sadhana (SPMI) Practitioner, and Registered Natural Healer. She studied with a Hopi Elder and is a graduate of the PowerPath Shamanic Program as well as an ordained Interfaith Minister.

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