With over fifty years combined working in the medical and health industry, we are a team of dedicated and passionate individuals who love guiding and encouraging you to become your best self. We aim to change the way you think about health care by making it accessible and effective.Our Story
Dr. Ashlee Seek, DNP, AGNP-C, IFMCP
Co-Founder, Executive Officer
Dr. Ashlee Seek is the co-founder and CEO of Faithfully Guided Health Center, LLC as well as the co-executive director of the Faithfully Guided Foundation 501(c)3. She obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice and Masters of Science in Nursing with a focus in adult-gerontology. Her qualifications also include board certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine. Ashlee’s passion is to create a culture of health through generational change. Employing a whole-person approach to address root causes for dysfunction and utilizing an inter-professional approach she endeavors to connect the spirit, mind, and body.
As a health enthusiast, Ashlee believes optimal health should be available to everyone and that in fact, most diseases can be reversed, eliminated, and prevented through modulating responses to stress and making lifestyle changes. Since this is a tall order, a guide is necessary!
Ashlee has been involved with outreach programs within her community for many years and feels best when she is giving back. She is an entrepreneur, a lifelong learner, and a creative leader. She has completed thirteen marathons and enjoys rigorous cycling vacations with her family (a passion that is not always shared by her children). Her goal is to make Marion County one of the healthiest places to live and is working diligently to share resources and inspire others to do the same.
Jamie Schofield, MA, CAMT
Co-Founder, Executive Officer, NCCA Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor
Jamie Schofield is the Founder and Executive Director of Faithfully Guided Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that began in December 2011 to help individuals and families restore healthy relationships. Her love for education and family life exemplifies her belief that God’s design for families is foundational for healthy communities to prosper. She is passionate about supporting individuals and families in the developmental and transitional stages of life, striving to help them grow in strength and spiritual truth.
Jamie holds a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies with a focus in Christian Spirituality from Loyola University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She is a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor with the National Christian Counselors Association and a Licensed Minister of Pastoral Counseling with the National Conservative Christian Church. Additionally, she is a Certified Anger Management Trainer and Specialist with the National Anger Management Association. She is a presidential member in good standing with the American Association of Christian Counselors.
She continues her education to stay relevant with cutting-edge science that is creating a paradigm shift in the study of psychology and the brain. God is revealing Himself through the study of interpersonal neurobiology and quantum physics and as a result, the study of the mind-brain connection and brain health are positively influencing the approach to treatment and psychology. We are now starting to look at the organ that we treat – the brain. Science reveals the mind-brain connection and the impact on the body and relationships. She has recently been certified with pioneer brain health expert, Dr. Daniel Amen, as a Certified Brain Health Coach through Amen University, Light University, and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). She is now certified with the AACC as an Attachment Based Intervention Specialist.
For the past fourteen years, Jamie has either mentored, taught, or counseled youth, young adults, and families of diverse backgrounds. She believes her education, training, professional experience, and philanthropy have paved the way to God’s call to serve as a leader and pastoral counselor, allowing God to become the source of wisdom, healing, and hope for individuals and families in our community.
Dr. Mel Seek, MD
Melvin Seek MD is the Medical Director for Faithfully Guided Health Center. As a youngster growing up in a very small town in Missouri, he was fascinated by the lifestyle of the native American, studied all things science, loved athletics and enjoyed designing and building things. He was on track to study architecture in college when he took a sharp career turn to be a physician when he was accepted into the six-year BA-MD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The program was intense but by seeing patients early in the educational process he gained empathy for patients and a perspective of the true mission of a physician.
He furthered training at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill doing Internship, Internal Medicine Residency, Nephrology Fellowship and additional research in Metabolism and Critical Care and Emergency Medicine. Moving to Ocala, Florida he joined Dr. Fuller and Dr. Ulland in the Ocala Critical Care and Kidney Group. As the practice grew there was less emphasis on critical care and it was renamed Ocala Kidney Group, but Dr. Seek maintained his involvement in critical care as well as cardiovascular intensive care for open-heart surgical patients. His Nephrology interests focused on upstream chronic renal failure management and home dialysis resulting in the development of one of the largest home dialysis programs in the country with 70% of his patients dialyzing with a home modality compared to a usual 12%. These patients enjoy a higher quality of life at lower global costs for care and reduced hospitalizations.
Frustrated with the poor outcomes and inefficiencies in our broken healthcare system, Dr. Seek has struggled along with others to redesign our local delivery system and has experienced the difficulty of misaligned incentives. With involvement in the Faithfully Guided Health Center, he finds it invigorating to embrace the Five Pillar Model focusing on Spirit, Lifestyle and the integrated approach applying functional resources, counseling and coaching to improve healthspan and fulfillment in life. As he reinvents himself in this new direction he hopes to continue to bring the discipline of science, the perspective of a physician caring for incredibly sick patients, and the perspective of boundless innovation while seeking daily to demonstrate the unfailing empathy and grace of Jesus Christ.
Kelly Tingler, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
Kelly Tingler completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Florida and holds a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Kelly has been practicing medicine since 2009 and has an extensive background in both adult and pediatric emergency medicine as well as women’s health. She became passionate about functional medicine several years ago during her own health crisis when she recognized the body’s amazing ability to heal itself when given the right elements. For the past several years, Kelly has been diving into the world of functional medicine by learning, speaking, and blogging on various aspects of health. Her aspiration has been to work full-time in the field of integrative medicine and she’s excited to join the team at Faithfully Guided Health Center to make this dream a reality.
Nicole Heller, APRN-BC
Nicole obtained her Associate’s Degree in Nursing through the College of Central Florida. She later went on to achieve her Bachelor’s in Nursing through the University of South Florida and later her Masters in Nursing through Nova Southeastern University. She has worked in the nursing field for over 7 years with experience in critical care, medical-surgical, orthopedics, and health care administration. She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Her interest in functional medicine began during an internship with Faithfully Guided Health Center. Realizing that the conventional method doesn’t always get to the root causation, her interest in the whole person approach expanded. With an extensive background in inpatient hospital care, Nicole has made it her career goal to help others achieve optimal health in the outpatient setting.
Nicole grew up in Ocala and moved to South Florida for a few years. She recently returned to serve those in her hometown. When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling with her husband, and snuggling their new baby girl and their two miniature dachshunds.
Regan Cannata, RN
Regan is a Registered Nurse who received her education through The College of Central Florida where she obtained an Associate’s Degree in Health Sciences, an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Her background and clinical experience have been in both adult cardiology and pediatric emergency medicine. Regan was drawn to the medical field because of her desire to stand in the gap for others and to serve her patients unconditionally no matter where they are at in their health journey. Her belief in caring for and treating the whole person only grew stronger after having first joined Faithfully Guided Health Center as an active member. Her overall experience fueled her to give back professionally what she feels she has gained personally from the health center.
Regan was born, raised, and has now planted roots of her own with her high-school sweetheart in Ocala. When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading a good book on her back patio with her husband, and snuggling or walking her dogs.
Cody Geller, CMA
Certified Medical Assistant
Cody Geller comes to Faithfully Guided with a background in phlebotomy, medical assisting, and administrative leadership. He has spent time in various specialties including orthopedics, oncology, and hospitalized medicine. He has 6 years of experience drawing blood and 4 years of experience being a medical assistant. He is enthusiastic and aims to provide excellent patient care in a functional medicine environment. In his spare time, Cody enjoys spending time with his wife, new puppy, and being outdoors.
Stephanie Smith, MS, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
15 years experience in teaching and counseling individuals and families to overcome life challenges to become healthier in body, mind, and spirit.
Stephanie has always been captivated by finding beauty in brokenness. Prior to her training in counseling, she enjoyed the hobby of piecing broken glass and plates together to create beautiful mosaics. After teaching for several years she decided to tend to a dream that God planted in her heart as a child…to help the hurting heal. This led her to the pursuit of a dual Masters Degree with a two-pronged focus with extensive training in both Mental Health Counseling and Christian Counseling. Having the balance of these two disciplines equips her with the best knowledge and skills from both worlds: Christian and secular.
Stephanie’s work primarily focuses on helping adults overcome anxiety, depression, grief, shame, trauma, relational challenges, and stress-related difficulties. Her gentle style includes a balance between providing a safe, supportive space for processing pain and equipping with practical tools. She has a passion for helping people get unstuck, find God’s provision in their story, and re-engage with life empowered by the lessons from their unique journey. Stephanie has specialized training in trauma counseling and a God-given capacity to guide individuals through healing deep wounds from the past.
Stephanie is a native Ocalan and sixth-generation Floridian. She has a 19-year-old son in the United States Coast Guard and a 16-year-old daughter. Three things she loves are country music, her dogs, and coastal sunsets.
Caroline Kubin, M.A
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Covenant College and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Richmont Graduate University. She is passionate about meeting people where they are and partnering with them to move towards abundant life. She highly values the therapeutic alliance and offers a safe, non-judgmental space. As a believer, her approach to counseling is centered on a Biblical framework as she applies evidence-based research. She seeks to reveal and refine the inherent beauty and dignity of humanity as established by God. She has experience in various counseling settings from intensive outpatient treatment, behavioral health hospitalization, and private practice working with individuals experiencing a range of anxiety and depression. Caroline loves working with children, teens, and adults.
After growing up in Florida, Caroline spent the last 8 years in Chattanooga, TN, before deciding to move back to the sunshine state to plant roots in Ocala. When she is not in the office, Caroline loves to travel with her husband and Weimaraner puppy. The beach is her happy place and made even better with a cup of coffee watching the sunrise or sunset.
Dr. Jeri LaVigne, EdD, PhD
Dr. Jeri LaVigne is an educational psychologist and Functional Neurologist who has been working for more than 33 years helping children and adults reach their goals and dreams by teaching them how to better process information. She uses state-of-the-art techniques to help create better brain function and self-control for her patients.
Dr. LaVigne is an Irlen Director, certified in the Irlen Method, Neurosage facilitator, and uses other modalities like cold laser and brain exercises to create greater brain balance. She is a workshop facilitator and conference speaker, most recently addressing the 2019 Irlen International Conference, 2019 Cancer Survivors Conference, and the 2018 Louisiana School Nurses Conference. She is also a firewalk instructor, a graduate of Edwene Gaines’ Masters School, and a prosperity teacher specializing in goal setting, forgiveness, and meditation. She has assisted in creating several non-profit organizations, such as Anatta World Health and Education and the Roosevelt Ashley Foundation, providing medical and educational programs and supplies to children in need around the world.
Melissa Cordell, MOT
Occupational Therapist and Interactive Metronome Practitioner
Debbie Bowe, MA