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
Co-Founder, Executive Officer
Dr. Ashlee Seek is the co-founder and co-executive director of Faithfully Guided Health Center, LLC and co-executive director of the Faithfully Guided Foundation 501(c)3. She received her nursing degree from the University of Central Florida and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from South University. She has also trained in functional medicine with the Institute for Functional Medicine.
As a board-certified advanced practice nurse, Ashlee knows firsthand the profound impacts that emotional stressors have on physical health. Time and time again she has witnessed the consequences of mostly preventable diseases affecting the well-being of individuals. Her passion is to create a culture of health through generational change that utilizes an inter-professional approach 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 a lifelong learner and a creative leader. She has completed thirteen marathons, enjoys rigorous cycling vacations with her family (a passion that is not always shared by her children), and was recognized among the “Top 100 nurses in Marion County.” She is passionate to improve health outcomes 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.
Shekinah Barfield, MHS, PA-C
Shekinah Barfield is a PA-C born and raised in sunny South Florida. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Shekinah holds a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of South Alabama and a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science Pre-Clinical from the University of Central Florida, with a double minor in Health Service Administration and Psychology. After completion of her studies, she joined the Faithfully Guided Health Center team.
She is dedicated to the motto, “Medicine treats symptoms, but people treat patients.“
Jennan Fakhoury, RN
Dave Scott, M.A.
Director of Ministry, NCCA Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor
Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of South Florida and a masters of arts degree in clinical Christian counseling from Cornerstone University. Dave is a licensed minister of pastoral counseling with the National Conservative Christian Church and is certified through the National Christian Counselors Association. Dave is a presidential member in good standing of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
For the past ten years, Dave has served as a corporate chaplain with Corporate Chaplains of America where he provided crisis care to local businesses and employees in Ocala, Florida. Along with chaplaincy, Dave served 5 years in leadership with Corporate Chaplains where he encouraged, equipped, and empowered leaders across the Northeast Region impacting over 10,000 employees.
Dave’s passion and strength are found in his unique ability to communicate and understand people. Dave uses this strength to walk beside people to help them accomplish their goals. He loves working with leaders of business, education, and ministry along with couples, individuals, and families.
Stephanie Smith, MA, LMHC
Clinical Christian Counselor and Certified Trauma Therapist
15 years experience in teaching and counseling individuals and families 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 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 loves teaching others how to overcome negative thinking patterns in order to conquer long standing emotional challenges such as depression and anxiety. She has extensive experience helping teens and parents successfully navigate challenges families face during the adolescent years. Another growing passion is teaching individuals about their God-given temperaments and how to meet their unique needs in healthy ways so that they can live from their strengths. Stephanie recently completed additional training in trauma related counseling.
She is a native Ocalan and sixth generation Floridian. She and her husband Greg have been married twenty-four years and are experiencing the joys and challenges of raising two teenagers. She loves her country and is a proud member of DAR. Three things that make her really happy are country music, her dogs, and coastal sunsets.
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.
Theo Roker, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
Theophilus Roker is a licensed massage therapist (LMT) with more than four years of experience. Theo specializes in sports and clinical massages, as well as lymphatic drainage. He owned and operated a private massage practice in South Florida prior to re-locating to serve clients in Marion County and surrounding areas.
Theo believes individuals draw the most from his treatments when the mind, body, and spirit are open for wellness. He loves how God has marvelously stitched the body together and looks forward to helping clients achieve optimal health.
Melissa Cordell, MOT
Occupational Therapist and Interactive Metronome Practitioner
Holy Yoga Instructor
Mary Stevens is an experienced yoga instructor, having practiced in downtown Ocala at Marketplace on Broadway for 23 years. A car accident in 2009 forced her to change her routine from power yoga and weight training to something gentler. This is when she rediscovered Hatha and Lyengar style yoga. Mary herself has found physical healing through the practice of these two yoga styles. She is also in the process of receiving her certification in Vinyasa style yoga. Mary has personally experienced the physical healing that can occur from practicing yoga and is excited to marry the physical aspects of yoga together with the spiritual side of Holy Yoga.
Debbie Bowe, MA