The Benehealth Team

“Helping others is the secret sauce to a happy life.”

– Todd Stocker

The Founders of Benehealth
Equipping patients with the tools for healing.

Dr. Lauren Bachman, DNP, AGNP-BC, IFMCP  

Functional Medicine & Weight Management 

Nurse Practitioner

“My vision is to make comprehensive, whole person care, the standard of care.”

Throughout my professional journey, I’ve had the privilege of working in a variety of practice settings, including an internationally-recognized Center of Excellence. Through my experiences in oncology, hospice, and multiple outpatient specialties, I was given a unique look into the human condition and what it means to truly heal. The more I cared for patients facing complex illness, the more my eyes were opened to the dysfunction and fragmentation of our current medical model. 

I remember wondering why there was so little time, if any, spent on understanding what factors led to their illness. It seemed strange that we’d go to extreme lengths to treat the disease itself, but never address what made their bodies a favorable environment for disease to begin with. 

This growing discontent eventually led me to functional medicine. The principles of functional medicine resonate deeply with my knowledge and experience of health and healing. Your body is a single beautifully-connected system, not a combination of parts. And it’s simultaneously connected to everything else in your environment. When we accept and embrace this natural design, we can lead the body into the healing it’s so wonderfully equipped to accomplish. 

When I’m not caring for my patients, you’ll find me hanging out with family and friends, exploring nature in the beautiful southwest, practicing yoga, or dreaming up extraordinary recipes in my ordinary kitchen.

Education

  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), Adult Gerontology Advanced Practice at Arizona State University
  • B.S. Nursing, University of Minnesota
  • Clinical rotations at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
  • Coursework at The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Reiki Energy Healing, University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing

Experience

  • More than 12 years in healthcare
  • Extensive experience in complex illness in acute and outpatient settings
  • Specialized Functional Medicine in Private Practice

Certifications

  • Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Certified Practitioner
  • ANCC Board Certified Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • DNAlife Certified Practitioner
  • Reiki Certified Practitioner

The Founders of Benehealth
Equipping patients with the tools for healing.

Dr. Lauren Bachman, DNP, AGNP-BC, IFMCP  

Functional Medicine & Weight Management 

Nurse Practitioner

“My vision is to make comprehensive, whole person care, the standard of care.”

Throughout my professional journey, I’ve had the privilege of working in a variety of practice settings, including an internationally-recognized Center of Excellence. Through my experiences in oncology, hospice, and multiple outpatient specialties, I was given a unique look into the human condition and what it means to truly heal. The more I cared for patients facing complex illness, the more my eyes were opened to the dysfunction and fragmentation of our current medical model. 

I remember wondering why there was so little time, if any, spent on understanding what factors led to their illness. It seemed strange that we’d go to extreme lengths to treat the disease itself, but never address what made their bodies a favorable environment for disease to begin with. 

This growing discontent eventually led me to functional medicine. The principles of functional medicine resonate deeply with my knowledge and experience of health and healing. Your body is a single beautifully-connected system, not a combination of parts. And it’s simultaneously connected to everything else in your environment. When we accept and embrace this natural design, we can lead the body into the healing it’s so wonderfully equipped to accomplish. 

When I’m not caring for my patients, you’ll find me hanging out with family and friends, exploring nature in the beautiful southwest, practicing yoga, or dreaming up extraordinary recipes in my ordinary kitchen.

Education

  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), Adult Gerontology Advanced Practice at Arizona State University
  • B.S. Nursing, University of Minnesota
  • Clinical rotations at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
  • Coursework at The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Reiki Energy Healing, University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing

Experience

  • More than 12 years in healthcare
  • Extensive experience in complex illness in acute and outpatient settings
  • Specialized Functional Medicine in Private Practice 

Certifications

  • Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Certified Practitioner
  • ANCC Board Certified Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • DNAlife Certified Practitioner
  • Reiki Certified Practitioner

Dr. Tanya Carroccio, MBA, DNP, AGNP-BC

Regenerative Aesthetics & Weight Management

Nurse Practitioner

“To fully overcome health concerns and look and feel youthful, it takes a scientific approach, a dedicated team, a personalized treatment plan, time, and perseverance.”

My story may sound a lot like yours. I struggled with chronic stress, gastrointestinal issues, and obesity for more than a decade. As a seasoned healthcare provider for more than 25 years, I had access to the best care available. Yet I was still sick…and tired. I was also sick and tired of spinning my wheels and ending up in the same place I started. I did everything I was told to do – faithfully taking all the medications that were supposed to make me better or help me lose weight – yet I was sicker than when I began.

When I discovered a functional medicine approach to health, I finally started to see the changes I’d been searching for. A personalized, comprehensive approach led me on my journey back to health. I’ve dedicated my life to leading others down their own path to optimal health, radiance, and vitality.

I’m deeply passionate about quality, safety and compliance. Currently, there’s very little regulation for medspas and aesthetic clinics. Unfortunately, this means that anyone seeking aesthetic treatment is taking a chance on how safely that procedure will be performed. At Benehealth, every procedure is accomplished with the highest level of quality and safety measures in place.

I’m experienced in regenerative aesthetics, or harnessing the body’s own healing potential to repair and rejuvenate damaged or aging cells. Regenerative aesthetics may include the use of platelet-rich plasma, signaling peptides, and natural growth factors.

When I’m not at Benehealth, I enjoy spending my days with my family and fur kids, camping at national parks, hiking, kayaking, and scuba diving. I also enjoy painting with acrylics – mostly messy florals but the occasional landscape has been known to remarkably appear.

Education

  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), Adult-Gerontology Advanced Practice at Arizona State University
  • IFM Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice® Certification
  • MBA in Marketing and Leadership
  • Research Affiliate, Mayo Weight & Wellness and ASU Biodesign Sustainable Health programs

Experience

  • More than 25 years in healthcare
  • Extensive experience in Emergency & Critical Care
  • Clinical residency and practice in Infectious Disease/HIV
  • Experience in Hospital Administration and Corporate Compliance
  • Chief Clinical Officer and Chief of Quality/Safety
  • Faculty Associate, Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Certifications

  • ANCC Board Certified Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified in numerous aesthetics procedures, injections, laser procedures, weight management, peptide and hormone therapy, and skin care techniques.
  • Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC)
  • Certified in Professional Patient Safety (CPPS)
  • Board certified ANCC Nurse Executive Advanced  (NEA-BC)

Dr. Tanya Carroccio, MBA, DNP, AGNP-BC

Regenerative Aesthetics & Weight Management 

Nurse Practitioner 

“To fully overcome health concerns and look and feel youthful, it takes a scientific approach, a dedicated team, a personalized treatment plan, time, and perseverance.”

My story may sound a lot like yours. I struggled with chronic stress, gastrointestinal issues, and obesity for more than a decade. As a seasoned healthcare provider for more than 25 years, I had access to the best care available. Yet I was still sick…and tired. I was also sick and tired of spinning my wheels and ending up in the same place I started. I did everything I was told to do – faithfully taking all the medications that were supposed to make me better or help me lose weight – yet I was sicker than when I began. 

When I discovered a functional medicine approach to health, I finally started to see the changes I’d been searching for. A personalized, comprehensive approach led me on my journey back to health. I’ve dedicated my life to leading others down their own path to optimal health and vitality.

I’m deeply passionate about quality, safety and compliance. Currently, there’s very little regulation for medispas and aesthetic clinics. Unfortunately, this means that anyone seeking aesthetic treatment is taking a chance on how safely that procedure will be performed. At Benehealth, every procedure is accomplished with the highest level of quality and safety measures in place.

I’m also very experienced in regenerative aesthetics, or harnessing the body’s own healing potential to repair and rejuvenate damaged or aging cells. Regenerative aesthetics may include the use of platelet-rich plasma, signaling peptides, and natural growth factors.

When I’m not at Benehealth, I enjoy spending my days with my family and fur kids, camping at national parks, hiking, kayaking, and scuba diving. I also enjoy painting with acrylics – mostly messy florals but the occasional landscape has been known to remarkably appear.

Education

  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), Adult-Gerontology Advanced Practice at Arizona State University
  • MBA in Marketing and Leadership
  • Research Affiliate, Mayo Weight & Wellness and ASU Biodesign Sustainable Health programs

Experience

  • More than 25 years in healthcare
  • Extensive experience in Emergency & Critical Care
  • Clinical residency and practice in Infectious Disease/HIV
  • Experience in Hospital Administration and Corporate Compliance
  • Chief Clinical Officer and Chief of Quality/Safety
  • Faculty Associate, Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Certifications

  • ANCC Board Certified Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified in numerous aesthetics procedures, injections, laser procedures, weight management, peptide and hormone therapy, and skin care techniques.
  • Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC)
  • Certified in Professional Patient Safety (CPPS)
  • Board certified ANCC Nurse Executive Advanced  (NEA-BC)

Our Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Michael Castro, MD – Internal Medicine

Dr. Castro believes that changing the way medicine is currently practiced isn’t just the best option – it’s a necessity. Using his decades of experience as a top doctor in internal medicine, Dr. Castro focuses on a personalized approach to the prevention and treatment of chronic illness. He’s consistently been voted “America’s Top Physician” from 2008 to 2021 and was named Phoenix Magazine’s “Top Doc” in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Dr. Castro is involved with quality review and oversight of Benehealth’s safety protocols, policies, and standard operating procedures. He also reviews case studies and participates in team discussions on the latest evidence for assessments and treatments.

Education

  • M.D., University of Puerto Rico Medical Science campus, 1994
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Maricopa Medical Center/Mayo Clinic, 1997

Experience

  • Internal Medicine Private Practice since 1997
  • Elected Positions at Arrowhead Hospital including Medicine Department Chairman, Vice-Chief of Staff, Chief of Staff, and Clinical Investigator
  • Teaching Positions including Associate Program Director at Abrazo Arrowhead Internal Medicine Residency, and Associate Professor at various institutions of higher learning

Certifications

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine
  • Fellow of the American College of Physician since 2018

Our Medical Director

Dr. Michael Castro, MD – Internal Medicine 

Dr. Castro believes that changing the way medicine is currently practiced isn’t just the best option – it’s a necessity. Using his decades of experience as a top doctor in internal medicine, Dr. Castro focuses on a personalized approach to the prevention and treatment of chronic illness. He’s consistently been voted “America’s Top Physician” from 2008 to 2021 and was named Phoenix Magazine’s “Top Doc” in 2019, 2020 and 2021. 

Dr. Castro is involved with quality review and oversight of Benehealth’s safety protocols, policies, and standard operating procedures. He also reviews case studies and participates in team discussions on the latest evidence for assessments and treatments.

Education

  • M.D., University of Puerto Rico Medical Science campus, 1994
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Maricopa Medical Center/Mayo Clinic, 1997

Experience

  • Internal Medicine Private Practice since 1997
  • Elected Positions at Arrowhead Hospital including Medicine Department Chairman, Vice-Chief of Staff, Chief of Staff, and Clinical Investigator
  • Teaching Positions including Associate Program Director at Abrazo Arrowhead Internal Medicine Residency, and Associate Professor at various institutions of higher learning

Certifications

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine
  • Fellow of the American College of Physician since 2018

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“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take a step.”

― Naeem Callaway

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Our Benehealth Team

Taynua Page, MScN

Functional Medicine Nutritionist and Health Coach

Taynua has over 10 years in natural medicine,but it did not start there. She experienced depression, anxiety, bowel issues and severe pain in her joints. She saw numerous doctors and tried several medications in a desperate attempt to find relief. Nothing worked. Tired of relying on medications, she researched how food is medicine. By making fundamental changes, she was able to break-free from dependency on the conventional healthcare system that failed to treat the root cause of her symptoms.

She views every client as a unique person with highly individualized nutritional needs. Using the functional medicine framework, Taynua empowers clients,provides personalized food plans, health coaching, and education on how food and lifestyle factors influence chronic diseases.

Taynua is certified as Holistic Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition; Food as Medicine Educator (FAME); Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS); and Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). When she is not working with her clients, you can find her in nature with husband and two fur babies, her grandson, or out thrift shopping for the perfect home antique décor.

Ashley Stanek, MScN

Functional Medicine Nutritionist and Health Coach

Ashley is a mind-body wellness practitioner. She specializes as an Integrative & Functional Nutritionist, Health Coach, and Postural Alignment Therapist. Ashley incorporates mindfulness modalities, biofeedback, and the gut-brain connection into her coaching. She believes in the power of root-cause based wellness and leveraging foundational principles of well-being to support clients with creating the most optimal, abundant health possible. “I want to show you that everything you need to experience vibrant health is already within you”.

Ashley has a Master’s in Integrative and Functional Nutrition and a Bachelor’s in Health Science Human Performance. With over 5 years of experience in functional healing, certifications as holistic health coach, yoga, and post-alignment therapy, Ashley has helped hundreds of clients reach their health and prevention goals.

Brenna Ruegg, CMA, BS

Wellness Navigator and Medical Assistant

Brenna is a Certified Medical Assistant. Through her studies and recent degree in Environmental Science & Public Health from Northern Arizona University, she has developed a holistic approach to how the environment impacts our overall health and wellbeing. Brenna specializes in how exposure to environmental toxins can compromise the overall function of our body while learning about what methods we can use to optimize our overall health.

Brenna’s goal is to provide those who choose Benehealth’s services with excellent care and compassion as well as help everyone to achieve their ultimate goals in health and living. In Brenna’s free time, she enjoys life with her new and growing family, spending time with friends, and taking on new adventures in the outdoors and gardening. She is also always trying to get her hands on an exciting new book.

Raina Askarova, A.A.S.

Licensed Aesthetician & Skin Care Expert

Raina became interested in skincare as a teenager after struggling with acne. She loves knowing what happens to our skin on a molecular level, why and how various ingredients provide certain results. Our skin is remarkable and can stay young and healthy when given proper care. Her skincare approach revolves around finding out the root cause of an issue. Skin is the largest organ in our bodies and often acts as a mirror to what is happening on the inside. Raina’s goal is to make you fall in love with your skin, boost your confidence and self-love, and make you feel healthy and beautiful inside out!

Nellietha Bowers, BSN

RN Aesthetics

Nellietha is a Registered Nurse and has been in healthcare for 19 years. “Nellie” is trained and certified through National Laser Institute in numerous regenerative aesthetic procedures, including IPL/laser, anti-wrinkle injections, microneedling, PRP therapies, and skin care.

Nellie’s passion for aesthetics stems from wanting people to feel confident and comfortable in their own skin. She works with clients to create a treatment plan that is goal-oriented, yet realistic. Nellie is not only a scientist, but a true artist when it comes to aesthetics.

Karla Surdynski, BSN

RN Aesthetics

Karla is a Registered Nurse for 15 years working in various aesthetic and cosmetic settings. Karla is certified in aesthetics through the American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery. She has a proactive and holistic approach to health and is a strong advocate for healthcare reform, global health, preventive care, and the mind-body connection.

Karla’s passion for aesthetics stems from personal experience with an autoimmune disorder. Her main priorities in the functional medicine setting include a desire to help others create confidence in themselves and heal from the inside out. When not working at Benehealth or spending time with her family, she is actively planning her next adventure and working on her Master’s degree as a nurse practitioner.

Janira Pagan, CPA

Fiscal Officer/Delegate Partner

Janira has more than 20 years of experience in private accounting. When she started her career as an external auditor, Janira was one of only 2 females among the 20 male auditors in the company. She was immensely proud to break the gender barrier in the profession. She later became an Internal Auditor and Assistant to the Comptroller.

Janira has been involved with healthcare clinics for many years and knows the value of having a practitioner spend time with their patients to fully understand the scope of their concerns. Her hobbies include baking, cooking, reading, and sewing – she even sewed her own wedding dress!

Benehealth Careers

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