Meet The Team
Dr. Melissa Levy Ellis, DACM, AP, Dipl.OM,CFMP
Meet Dr. Levy, a dedicated practitioner with a passion for health and wellness. Originally hailing from the vibrant city of Philadelphia, she ventured to Florida to pursue her education at the University of Tampa. Driven by her early love for health and fitness, she immersed herself in competitive basketball during her childhood, laying the foundation for her journey into the world of fitness and personal training.
However, it was a personal health journey that altered the course of Dr. Levy's life. Encountering acupuncture and holistic medicine, she experienced a transformative impact that inspired her to become a Doctor of Acupuncture and Functional Medicine Practitioner.
With numerous certifications including, Functional Medicine,Pain Reprocessing Therapy, 200-hour yoga, health coaching, personal training, group fitness, and acupuncture point injection therapy, Dr. Levy is well-equipped to provide comprehensive care to her patients.
As a board-certified diplomate of Oriental Medicine by NCCAOM and a licensed Acupuncture Physician in Florida, she founded IWC in 2019 with a vision of creating a healing sanctuary for individuals, especially those who have lost hope. Her evidence-based practice model combines patient values, the best research evidence, and her clinical expertise to offer exceptional care.
Through advanced training in Orthopedic Acupuncture, Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), Sports Acupuncture, Chronic Pain, Reproductive Health, and Cosmetic Acupuncture & Microneedling, Dr. Levy continues to expand her skills to better serve her patients.
Having collaborated with professionals in Western medicine-based clinics, including Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, and Massage Therapists, she embraces an integrated approach to patient care.
Dr. Levy's mission extends beyond treatment; she strives to educate all her patients about the advantages of living a holistic life. Each encounter is an opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of her patients, and she approaches this with unwavering dedication and care.
Dr. Douglas Suffield, DACM, AP, Dipl.OM
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.”
Dr. Cody Lane, AP, Dipl.OM
Dr. Cody Lane, AP, is a Florida state-licensed and Nationally Board-Certified Acupuncture Physician. She received her master’s degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. She also has a Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree from DRCOM and holds a certification for Acupuncture Point Injection Therapies and Clean Needle Technique.
She worked in critical care medicine for nearly 15 years before going to medical school for Acupuncture. She had always known she wanted to provide more individualized care for her patients but didn’t know what that route looked like. Then, she experienced not one but two deep brain strokes in her early thirties. She was passed from specialist to specialist without receiving any answers as to why it happened or if it would happen again. When Western specialists couldn’t help with the sequelae following her strokes, she knew she didn’t want to live in fear or be defined by her diagnosis, so she sought out alternative health options.Herbal prescriptions, lifestyle changes, and Acupuncture changed her life and helped her feel better than she ever had. Cody knew in those moments that she wanted to be able to provide that type of specialized care to every person possible.
Dr. Lane is here to offer hope and provide alternative primary care to those who don’t feel heard in their quest for optimal health, disease prevention, or during the recovery process. As an alternative primary care physician, she enjoys seeing pediatric to end-of-life care patients, and is interested in neuromuscular disorders, pain management, and men’s health. Dr. Lane is honored to provide individualistic patient care using an Integrative Medicine approach utilizing Eastern and Western Medicine, Ortho Bionomy, herbal prescriptions, and Injection Therapies practices.
When she is not at the clinic, you can find her traveling, cooking, attending concerts and spending time outdoors with her husband, son, and their French bulldog.
Angela began her aesthetic education at the Summit Academy in Gainesville, Florida, where she received training in facials, waxing, make-up application, and skin health. However, it wasn’t until she moved to Austin, Texas, and began working, training, and teaching at the Texas Laser and Aesthetics Training Academy (TLATA) that her aesthetics career truly took off. During her time at TLATA, Angela pursued extensive training in microneedling, laser hair removal, and advanced skin care. Angela worked her way from front desk manager to being one of the most respected and requested teachers at the academy. As much as Angela enjoyed her time in Austin, she knew that Florida would always be home, so she moved back to be closer to family during the COVID-19 pandemic. Angela has taken her training and knowledge from multiple disciplines and specialties to construct a well-rounded approach to skin care rooted in overall health and wellness. Angela is dedicated to providing the highest level of relaxing, rejuvenating, and rewarding services possible. It’s because of her commitment, passion, and joyful personality that we are so excited to have her join our team at the Integrative Wellness Center of Jacksonville. Trust us, you will not be disappointed with any treatment you choose to receive from Angela, so what are you waiting for? Book your first session today and get your glow on!