Meet The Team

Dr. Melissa Levy, DACM, AP, Dipl.OM

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Dr. Levy is originally from the Philadelphia area and moved to Florida to attend the University of Tampa. Her love and passion for health and fitness began as a child. She grew up playing competitive basketball, which drove her to first pursue a career in fitness, becoming a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. 

 

 After experiencing health issues, Dr. Levy discovered acupuncture and holistic medicine, which was life-changing for her. She then decided to pursue a career to become a Doctor of Acupuncture. 

 

Dr. Levy graduated from Florida College of Integrative Medicine, Summa Cum Laude, with her Master's in Oriental Medicine. She then further pursued her studies and graduated with her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science, where she also graduated Summa Cum Laude. 

 

Dr. Levy is a board-certified diplomate of Oriental Medicine by NCCAOM and is a licensed Acupuncture Physician in Florida. 

She also has been certified in: 

•          200-hour yoga

•          Health coach

•          Personal trainer

•          Boxing instructor

•          Group fitness instructors

•          Cycling instructor

•          Acupuncture point injection therapy. 

Dr. Levy started IWC in 2019 with the vision and intent to give people a place to heal, especially for those patients who have lost hope. She wanted to provide exceptional care using an evidence-based practice model, which includes patient values and preferences, best research evidence, and clinical expertise. 

 

 She has advanced training and experience in Orthopedic Acupuncture, Pain Reprocessing Therapy(PRT), Sports Acupuncture, Chronic Pain, Reproductive Health, Cosmetic Acupuncture & Microneedling.

 

Dr. Levy has worked in Western medicine-based clinics, where she worked alongside Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, and Massage therapists to provide integrated care. 

 

She aims to educate all her patients about the benefits of living a holistic life and hopes to impact every patient she meets!

Dr. Douglas Suffield, DACM, Dipl.OM, L.Ac,

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Dr. Douglas Suffield, DACM, Dipl.OM, L.Ac, was born in Toronto, Canada as a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. He lived in Oakville, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; Burlington, Vermont and Marblehead, Massachusetts before he moved to Florida to attend high school at IMG Academies (formerly David Leadbetter Golf Academy). Dr. Suffield went on to attend Florida State University and graduated with a triple major; Political Science, Anthropology, and History. After graduation, Dr. Suffield returned to Canada and became involved in mineral exploration in British Columbia, Alaska, and the Yukon Territory. While in Canada, he gained certification in Industrial Safety and eventually became an Emergency Medical Responder in Calgary, Alberta where he worked in the remote oil fields of Northern Canada.

 

After several years in the oil fields, Dr. Suffield decided to pursue a career in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, believing that Eastern Medicine coupled with Western Medicine could greatly benefit patients living with chronic pain. Dr. Suffield began his Master’s studies in Gainesville, Florida but desired a more challenging experience so he transferred to AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas. While at AOMA he was an enthusiastic student in the school's clinics and was chosen in his senior year to participate in a six-month internship at the Central Texas Veteran's Affairs Hospital. Dr. Suffield has gone on to gain his National Board Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is fully licensed and accredited by the NCCAOM as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine. Dr. Suffield has completed his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) from Pacific College of Health and Science, San Diego California; with a focus in evidence-informed practice, healthcare systems, and integrative medicine. 

 

Most recently Dr. Suffield joined the University of Florida- Jacksonville and acted as the project director and pain and opioid stewardship educator and coach for a grant funded pilot program supporting non-opioid and non-pharmacologic pain management in the ED, hospital and outpatient settings. This program was the first of its kind and was supported by funding from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH). The main goal of the program was to provide patients with pain education and coaching on integrative and alternative options with a focus on raising patient empowerment, efficacy, and safety. Dr. Suffield was the nation’s first pain coach/ educator in the Emergency Department setting and went on to expand the program into multiple departments at UF Jacksonville. Dr. Suffield is also the Acupuncture Physician for the UF Health Jacksonville Leon L. Haley Jr., MD Brain Wellness Program and is responsible for providing Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) modalities to Veterans and first responders who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the field of duty. Dr. Suffield’s areas of expertise are pain and stress management, Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE), Chinese herbal therapy, Korean hand therapy (KHT), body work (cupping, gua sha, Qi-gong), and mindfulness meditational/meta-cognition. 

   

“While we may not understand what it is like to be anyone other than ourselves, or to live the lives or experiences others have, we all feel pain, stress, and some form of suffering at one time or another. In other words, pain, stress, and suffering are intrinsic to human life, which means that although these experiences on the surface seem isolating and alienating, they can in fact serve as a bridge to build humanity, compassion, and understanding. In other words, pain, stress, and suffering are things we all go through alone... together.”