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About Our Team

At Ann Arbor Holistic Health, our passion is centered around you and your well-being. We’re more than just a group of holistic health enthusiasts; we’re a community committed to guiding you on your journey to reclaim your vitality.  We understand the challenges you may face because each one of us has encountered our own unique health struggles. We all specialize in gut and digestive issues, autoimmune conditions, hormone imbalances, and more. What unites us is the shared experience of returning to vibrant well-being, and now, we’re devoted to helping you achieve the same transformation. Your path to health is our mission, and we’re thrilled to introduce ourselves, share our stories, and most importantly, support you with our extensive expertise.

Maral Salerno, FDN-P

Maral Salerno, FDN-P

Maral discovered the power of holistic health through her own journey to optimal gut function after her two pregnancies left her suffering from years of constipation, gas, and bloating. Using a holistic approach, she is now living with a healthy gut and is ready to help others do the same. A 20-year veteran of the health and wellness industry, Maral is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher and Thai Massage Therapist. Her areas of expertise include allergies, asthma, gut health, arthritis, weight management, and skin issues. Maral is also a first-generation Iranian-American, lives on 40 acres in the country with her two children, has a BS in Political Science in International Relations from the University of California San Diego, and is a former acrobat!

Practitioner Aden Dawitt

Aden Dawitt, NTP

Aden is a Functional Medicine Nutritionist who is passionate about empowering women and families to cultivate generational health. Her journey began 8 years ago, as she grappled with a myriad of mystery symptoms before being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and PCOS. Through the transformative power of nutrition and holistic health, she embarked on her healing journey and has since guided hundreds others on their unique paths to wellness. Aden specializes in gut health, autoimmune diseases, preconception and pregnancy health, PCOS, holistic weight loss, and overall wellness. She loves partnering with her clients to build enjoyable and sustainable habits in a judgment-free zone. With a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from University of Texas San Antonio, a Nutrition Therapy Practitioner certification, and ongoing studies at University of Western States pursuing a Master’s in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Aden is committed to providing holistic, evidence-based care to foster a happier, healthier world. Beyond her practice, you can find Aden lifting weights, taking pilates classes, hiking outdoors, trying new recipes, going to concerts, and spending quality time with loved ones.

Photo of Dr. Jason Belejack, a man in a suit and tie

Jason M. Belejack, ND

Dr. Jason started his career by earning a Pre-Med BS at Central Connecticut State University and then having a career as an advanced EMT. Though he had a passion for helping others, he knew he wanted to take a different approach. He went on to earn a doctorate from the College of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport, and he became a certified therapeutic lifestyle practitioner. This blended his extensive medical knowledge with a natural, holistic approach. His 10+ year career, plus time spent as an instructor of anatomy, physiology and pathology, has helped him develop a “doctor as teacher” style of educating clients about their bodies and health. His areas of expertise include men’s health, Lyme disease, children’s health, weight management, women’s hormones, and gut health. Dr. J and his wife have three young boys and are working on a small homestead while learning naturopathic farming.

Dr. Jessica Titchenal

Jessica Titchenal, DCN, CNS

Dr. Jessica discovered the power of functional medicine after a frustrating health journey for herself and her children. After a steep learning curve helping her children navigate food allergies, neurodiversity, and improving gut health, she knew there had to be a better way for families to get and stay well. She earned a master’s and doctoral degree in clinical nutrition and integrative health from Maryland University of Integrative Health, and partners with clients on their journey to better health. She’s a Certified Nutrition Specialist practitioner, Certified Nutritionist, educator, yoga teacher, health coach, and Reiki master. Her areas of expertise include children’s health, women’s health, nutritional genomics, digestive disorders, cognitive health, detoxification, and neurodiverse conditions.

Practitioner Kiran Janjua

Kiran Janjua, ND, CPT

Dr. Kiran’s journey into Naturopathic medicine started during her college years as an athlete, driven by a desire to prevent her own recurring sports-related injuries and maintain optimal health. Dr. Janjua earned her Naturopathic doctorate (ND) at the Sonoran University of Health Sciences in Tempe, Arizona, following her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in psychology from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Dr. Janjua furthered her expertise with a residency in Integrative Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she collaborated with diverse healthcare providers, gaining a comprehensive understanding of both conventional and naturopathic approaches to better serve her clients. Her areas of expertise include endocrinology, women’s health, autoimmune diseases, sports medicine, and overall health and wellness. Beyond her practice, you can find Dr. Kiran coaching at Orangetheory Fitness as a certified personal trainer, exploring the outdoors through hiking, and spending quality time with her family.

Practitioner Pamela Moore

Pamela Moore, FDN-P

After years of frustrating encounters with western medicine, characterized by brief doctor visits and recurring prescriptions, Pamela’s diagnosis of Hashimoto’s and Lupus prompted a career shift. She embarked on a transformative 15-year journey, extensively training in Genetic Testing and Interpretation, as well as Epigenetics Coaching and Therapies. Epigenetics, exploring how environmental factors and behaviors impact gene function, became a central focus of her expertise. Pamela is also a seasoned Environmental Mold Testing (ERMI) practitioner. Her credentials include certifications as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, a Gluten-Free Practitioner, an Internationally Certified Reflexologist, and trained Aromatherapist. Having aided over 500 clients in deciphering their unique genetic makeup, she collaborates with them to create personalized paths towards optimal health, aiming to spare others the challenges she faced and empower them to prevent or overcome disease.

Practitioner Stephanie Preston

Stephanie Preston, ND

Dr. Stephanie’s journey includes overcoming endometriosis and cervical dysplasia and defying the odds by having two children through naturopathy and acupuncture. She became a certified domestic violence counselor driven by her love for helping women and children. Dr. Preston is a dedicated Naturopathic Physician with a naturopathic doctorate (ND) from the University of Bridgeport, a Master’s in Acupuncture, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Specializing in Lyme Disease, digestive disorders, women’s health, fertility, pediatrics, and emotional well-being, Dr. Preston is passionate about holistic health. Beyond her practice, she enjoys family-time, artistic pursuits like painting and woodworking, and is pursuing certification as a yoga instructor.

Practitioner Sarah Runyan

Sarah Runyan, IHP, CPT

Sarah embarked on her path toward attaining peak wellness several years ago. As a young adult, she grappled with weight management and hormonal imbalances, seeking medical assistance primarily within conventional medicine. However, her steadfast belief in the potential of alternative solutions led her to engage in extensive research that would prove transformative in her personal journey. This has led to her participation in fitness competitions and a relentless pursuit of knowledge in the fields of nutrition coaching through Precision Nutrition, and Integrative Health through the Integrative Health Practitioner Institute, resulting in her becoming a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Today, Sarah stands as an accomplished professional, dedicated to guiding others on their own paths to optimal health and well-being.

Practitioner Patricia Delaere

Patricia Delaere, FDN-P

Patricia, originally hailing from France, is a holistic health advocate who discovered the power of holistic medicine during her own journey through severe menopause symptoms, asthma flare-ups, and deepening depression. Determined to regain her zest for life, she found invaluable mentors and delved into Functional Nutrition, completely transforming her health within just 30 days. This newfound vitality inspired Patricia to pursue further education in physical and spiritual well-being, leading her to earn a Doctorate Degree in Naturopathy and become a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Hormone Balancing Expert, Enzymes Consultant, Reiki Practitioner, Nutritionist, Food Psychology Coach, and Life Coach. With over two decades of experience, Patricia is passionate about helping clients achieve their optimum health and happiness, and she’s excited to guide you on your wellness journey.

Dr. Anna Dobracki

Anna Dobracki, MD, PhD, Medical Advisor

Dr. Anna Dobracki, M.D., Ph.D., is a highly respected board certified pediatric and adult allergist-clinical immunologist with over two decades of experience. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI). Since 2018, Dr. Dobracki has also been a Functional Medicine provider focusing on identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic immunological disorders. Her approach extends beyond mere symptom management to restoring overall health and vitality by utilizing advanced testing and comprehensive care. Today, Dr. Dobracki serves as Ann Arbor Holistic Health’s Medical Advisor.
Justine Altman Clinical Director

Justine Altman, FDN-P, Clinical Director

Throughout her life, Justine grappled with recurring health challenges, including back pain, obesity, IBS, and chronic fatigue. By her early twenties, she was burdened with infertility, PCOS, panic attacks, chronic headaches, and other ailments. She spent years consulting numerous medical specialists and experimenting with various medications, all in vain as her health deteriorated. A fortuitous encounter with a wellness expert set Justine on a new path, and with guidance on dietary and lifestyle changes, she began shedding weight, and her symptoms diminished. Justine committed to training under the guidance of top wellness leaders and delved into the realm of cutting-edge functional lab tests. This transformation in her life ignited a passion within Justine to empower others to take control of their health. Today, she is a highly sought-after wellness leader, appearing on numerous podcasts and delivering talks on holistic subjects such as fertility, thyroid dysfunction, and gut health. Additionally, Justine co-authors the upcoming book, “Doing the Impossible with Functional Medicine”.

Gary Merel Founder

Gary Merel, LAc, Founder

Gary Merel has dedicated his professional career to Holistic Healing and Functional Medicine, spending the last 20 years in Ann Arbor. The care he offers at Ann Arbor Holistic Health revolves around a comprehensive holistic approach that helps people facilitate the natural and instinctive healing process of the human body. As a holistic health specialist, Gary supports individuals on their unique path to wellness through the application of nutrition, acupuncture, enzyme therapy, herbal medicine, supplements, and natural hormone balancing. He is especially attuned to treating clients for pain management, infertility, chronic conditions, women’s health, and metabolic disorders. Gary has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan Medical School and as a participant in an ongoing research project with the university’s integrative health department. He is an adjunct faculty member at Washtenaw Community College where he has taught classes on Oriental medicine. A graduate of the New York College of Health Professions, Gary also has an M.S. in Oriental medicine, with a concentration in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He is a member of the Michigan Society of Acupuncturists (formerly the Michigan Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – MAAOM) and a founding member of the Edo-Kai Traditional Acupuncture Society.

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Our practitioners all started right where you are today.
With knowledge, training, and  support, they discovered just how much of a difference they could make in their own daily lives. 
Now they want to shout it from the rooftops & share that with as many people as possible.

Everyone deserves to know they can improve their own health and wellbeing.

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In addition to our convenient online sessions, we also offer in-person visits at our Southeast Michigan office located on the west side of Ann Arbor:

Ann Arbor Holistic Health
220 Collingwood Dr., Suite 240
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday by appointment