DR. Melissa McRae, DO, FOUNDER
Vitality Natural Wellness and MedSpa founder Dr. Melissa McRae is a Board Certified Family Physician specializing in Integrative Medicine and Non-Surgical Aesthetic Medicine. She graduated from both Ohio University and Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine summa cum laude.
Upon graduation from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. McRae was presented with the highest all-around award: the Dean’s Award. During her final year of residency, she served as Chief Resident at Doctors Hospital in Stark County, Ohio. Dr. McRae also received several awards, including: Most Outstanding Family Practice Doctor in her residency program as well as the Ohio Academy of Family Medicine’s Most Outstanding Family Practice Resident in the State of Ohio. Dr. McRae has been a speaker at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s national conference. She continues to serve her profession by training family medicine students, Nurse Practitioner students, nursing students and medical residents in her office.
Since beginning her private practice, Dr. McRae has had a strong focus on patient preventative care. She had a traditional Family Practice for 12 years before committing to a Wellness-based practice in Mansfield, Ohio. The practice continues to rapidly grow and offer patients comprehensive care. Dr. McRae has a strong focus on patient preventative care with the use of bioidentical hormones, gut therapy, diet and lifestyle changes, and advanced testing. Vitality Natural Wellness was a finalist for the Small Business of the Year award for 2016. She has offices in Mansfield, Ohio and Powell, Ohio.
Dr. McRae speaks locally and nationally on topics of lifestyle medicine and wellness. She was a featured speaker at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine in Washington D.C. discussing a system she developed that allowed medical wellness and nutrition to get covered through insurance companies.
Dr. McRae’s areas of expertise include IV Nutritional Therapy, Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy, ArqueDerma Artistic Restoration Lift, Microtox, Advanced Dermal Fillers and Advanced Neurotoxins, Lift-Thread techniques, hair restoration, and Peptide therapy. Dr. McRae is deemed a “Master Level Injector” by Allergan.
Dr. McRae continues to play a very active role in her community and profession. Her participation includes:
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Osteopathic Association
Ohio Osteopathic Association
American Medical Association
International Peptide Society
International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine
Powell Chamber of Commerce
Richland County Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Women Business Owners
Women's Small Business Association
Crossroads Community Church
Purpose/Passion of Vitality Natural Wellness and MedSpa: Provide life changing, patient centered medical care using innovative medical treatments.
Dixie Lee Childers Menser, CNP, ABAAHP
Dixie Lee Childers Menser, CNP brings a wealth of knowledge to our Vitality family. Dixie is Board Certified with the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine with additional training in bioidentical hormone pellets and emerging peptides. A college athlete, Dixie has a background in fitness and nutrition and was awarded the International Sports Science Association National Spotlight Trainer of the Month for her Master of Nursing research project. Dixie grew up in Tennessee and graduated from Nursing School at the University of Memphis and earned her Master’s from Graceland University in Missouri. She is a Certified Nurse Practitioner.
Dixie’s injector skills are another reason she fits in so well at Vitality! PRP, Botox, fillers…Dixie can do it all. She is full time at the Powell office and you might catch her at the Mansfield office occasionally, too.
Dixie continues to enjoy learning new things and now has fun playing sports with her son, Blaze and her husband, Mike.
Tonia Dunnigan, CNP
Tonia Dunnigan is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She specializes in Integrative Medicine and Non-Surgical Aesthetic Medicine. She graduated Sigma Theta Tau with her Master of Science in Nursing degree from The University of Saint Francis. She was the honored recipient of the Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award for her exceptional patient care.
Tonia’s nursing background includes graduating Phi Theta Kappa from Rhodes State College with her Associates of Science in the Art of Nursing. Her career as a Registered Nurse was centered around emergency medicine within level I and II trauma centers. It was in this setting that she served as a bedside nurse, preceptor, mentor, manager, and transport nurse for Life Flight.
As a result of her experience in the emergency setting, she has a profound understanding of the importance of disease prevention and health promotion. Functional medicine allows her to build a true relationship with her patients, have extended visit times, and utilize innovative techniques to create a plan for lifelong wellness.
Tonia strongly believes in treating the body from the outside in and the inside out. Her expertise in aesthetic medicine and superb patient care makes her a perfect fit for Vitality. In particular, Tonia loves treating with Sculptra because it lays the foundation for the body to naturally rebuild lost volume in the face. She enjoys having a variety of tools to choose from when treating patients both medically and aesthetically.
Tracie Bakewell, CNP
Tracie Bakewell, CNP is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a background in Functional Medicine, Primary Care and Urgent Care. Tracie graduated Sigma Theta Tau with her Master of Science in Nursing from Ohio University in 2013. She brings extensive knowledge in hormone health and preventative care to Vitality Natural Wellness and Medspa.
Tracie has been performing advanced aesthetic procedures since 2017. Patients love their results with Tracie and frequently note how comfortable she makes them feel. Having a keen eye, creative approach, and a listening intent leads to amazing results that patients are thrilled to experience. Tracie knows that when you feel confident in your skin, you take better care of yourself. True to the culture of Vitaliy, she understands that aesthetics and wellness go hand in hand.
Tracie believes optimizing hormonal health is the root of functional medicine. She discovered the importance of hormonal health when she first began working with Dr. McRae years ago. Tracie believes that truly individualized care with the goal of optimal wellness is best achieved through a whole-body, functional medicine approach.
As a certified lactation counselor, Tracie knows that lifelong wellness begins in infancy. She has overseen the Reproductive Health and Wellness Clinic in Mt. Gilead since 2016.
Tracie and her husband have two children. Ruby is two-years-old and Parker is five-years-old. You’ll frequently find them outside exploring together as a family. Tracie also loves to read and create delicious, healthy meals for her family.
Julie Young, BSN, RN
Julie Young, BSN, RN is a registered nurse who loves this opportunity to practice in a functional medicine environment and combine it with non-surgical cosmetics. She has found her niche with cosmetic injections - her favorite procedure is using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) with both microneedling and injections to stimulate collagen and fill in fine lines/wrinkles and lost volume in the face. "Patient reactions to their before and after photos are the best!"
Although Julie's friends and family all thought she would make a great nurse growing up, Julie thought she would be a microbiologist. Spending time with her brother in the hospital after an injury changed all that and Julie knew nursing was her calling. She graduated from Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Nursing & Health Sciences and is currently enrolled in their Doctor of Nurse Practitioner program.
Julie is a master injector with Allergan and Galderma Fillers. She specializes in combining advanced techniques using lifting threads, dermal fillers and neuromodulators to create a natural and beautiful result.
Ellie Molnar, BSNS
Ellie Molnar, BSNS, loves that Vitality provides an opportunity to care for patients in so many ways! She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology with her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science, and has a background in nutrition coaching and personal training. Ellie is passionate about using nutrition to heal the body, and has seen it work in her own life! She loves being able to help Vitality patients along their path to optimized health by coaching them through weight loss, gut-healing, and anti-inflammatory nutrition programs.
Ellie also brings her love for cosmetic medicine to the Vitality family, providing aesthetic services such as dermaplanes, chemical peels, Rejuvapen and Thermi treatments, and Dermalinfusions/Diamond Facials (her favorite!). Employing integrative nutrition therapy to complement these and other cosmetic treatments is one of Ellie's favorite parts of her role with Vitality. "It's amazing to help heal patients from the inside out, and see that transformation come to life in so many ways!"
A graduate from the Aveda Institute of Esthetics, Mackenzie is passionate about making others feel beautiful. Working in a medical spa allows her to help improve the lives of her patients. Mackenzie knows that creating healthy skin is a balancing act of internal wellness and proper skincare. Her favorite introductory treatment is the Dermaplane Facial because it allows her to assess her patient’s skin needs and leaves them with a brightened and glowing complexion.
VITALITY SUPPORT STAFF
Kristin Kipp, Marketing Director
Kristin joined Vitality Natural Wellness and Medspa in August of 2017 as Director of Marketing. She loves that her marketing skills can be used for a cause she believes in. Being a non-medical member of the team, she enjoys hearing the stories of lives changed for the better at Vitality Natural Wellness and Medspa. Responsible for everything from social media posts to forms and flyers, product displays, and our website you might not see her in the exam room, but she is an integral part of the team. Kristin believes in education and uses her position to provide as much information as she can to our patients and anyone interested in learning more about Vitality - in as many channels as possible. Her work is also used internally to continually train staff with our own training videos.
If you love your results and would like to be part of Vitality's Portfolio, just let the staff know and Kristin will listen to your story and even take your photo if you like. Our patient love hearing how Vitality has helped others. Your testimonial could help change someone's life.
Kristin often assists Dr. McRae at speaking engagements throughout Ohio and she sets up hosting events with other local businesses. You’re likely to see Kristin in both our Mansfield and Powell office - or out and about at community events.
Sheree Young, RN, BSN, MBA
Sheree joined Vitality Natural Wellness and Medspa in September 2015 as the Practice Manager. She currently manages both the Mansfield and Powell offices. Sheree really enjoys spending time with Corey, her husband of 27 years, and their three children.
As a graduate of Ohio University, Sheree loves using her MBA daily to manage a business that enriches so many lives. Responsible for hiring and training staff, ordering supplies and more, Sheree gets to use her beloved spreadsheets and create streamlined processes. At other times, she gets to put on her Registered Nurse hat and help start IVs or do lab draws and weight loss visits. She is happy to have found a position that utilizes her unique skill set.
With over 20 years of healthcare experience, Sheree understands the challenges facing this industry. Sheree thinks the best part about working at Vitality is being part of the solution. "Dr. McRae created this opportunity to treat patients the way we know we should be treating them. It's a privilege to do so and to support our staff as they do so."