Our Clinic Staff
Jennifer Yance, Co-Founder ~ Executive Director
Jennifer Yance's work at the threshold of the organization has been a key element to its growth and accomplishments. With her impassioned determination and an aura of inspiration, she oversees and directs the fundraising, clinical, research, and education programs and gracefully guides the organization in serving its mission.
Jennifer’s business acumen, effective leadership, and deep commitment to healthy living contribute to her ability to help the organization reach its highest potential for serving humanity.
Jennelle Mason ~ Practice Manager
As the Practice Manager for the Mederi Center, Jennelle oversees the day-to-day operations of the clinic while implementing our core values and business strategies to ensure a smooth-running practice. This includes collaborating with the practitioners and staff to ensure the patients/clients are provided the best support possible. In addition, she provides oversight of the clinic’s apothecary, order fulfillment, and clinical support team.
Jennelle brings over 20 years of management experience and has a passion for health and wellness. She finds it truly rewarding to witness the wonderful and dramatic changes seen in patients’ lives using a holistic approach in their health care. Jennelle desires to create and maintain a growth-centered and rewarding team environment. With her positive energy, high degree of professionalism, and passion for providing excellent patient care, Jennelle is a tremendous asset to the Mederi Clinic.
Tia Adachi ~ Client Liaison
Tia is the Client Liaison for Donnie Yance, MH, CN. She has an impressive background in healthcare with a special focus in patient care, clinic operations management, and technical therapies. Tia has served in many diverse roles throughout her career and is passionate about integrating multi-disciplinary medical practices to provide the best possible experience and outcome for each patient.
In her involvement with direct patient care, Tia has many years of experience as a medical assistant and serving in roles that specialize in primary care, hospice, internal medicine, and naturopathic medicine. In each situation, Tia seeks to contribute to and cultivate an environment that is supportive and empowering to everyone. With her drive to foster health and healing, Tia is the ideal person to assist Donnie’s clients. Her experience aids her in tending to essential items and providing an approachable atmosphere that promotes a positive practitioner-client relationship in support of successful clinical results.
Laura Macaluso ~ Client Liaison
Laura joined the Mederi Center team in 2022 and is the Client Liaison for Susan Saccomanno, ND, LAc. Laura has worked in the health and wellness field in several capacities for years, including the "Wellness Lead" at a local natural food and healthcare products establishment, and as a yoga instructor. She shines in her role at Mederi Center, and highly values the compassionate and patient-centric care model practiced at our clinic.
Laura is the bridge between Dr. Susan and her patients, tending to all the details of this continually evolving and complex relationship. This includes many of the administrative duties that help us provide the best continuity-of-care in support of optimal and successful outcomes for Dr. Su's patients.
Kerry Zook ~ Client Liaison
Kerry is the Client Liaison for Dr. Michael Hummel. Her prior work experience includes a leadership position in one of the Bay Area’s sports medicine clinics. As the office manager and team leader, Kerry helped provide customized care, liaising between physical therapists and their patients, as well as handling many aspects of staff and client relations to create a supportive and positive experience. Kerry is also a registered yoga teacher. Her experience as a private yoga instructor lends itself well to working with individuals in their journey of wholistic health using supportive lifestyle practices.
Kerry is the bridge between Dr. Michael and his patients, tending to all the details of this important relationship to help them have positive outcomes. This includes many of the administrative duties that help us provide the best continuity-of-care in support of successful clinical results. Kerry fields patient queries, relays Dr. Michael’s responses and recommendations, and assists in addressing questions about Mederi Care custom protocols.
Dana Aronson ~ Apothecary Manager, Client Liaison
With 15 years of experience in management and customer service, a Clinical Herbalism Certificate, and extensive experience working in multiple capacities in herbal medicine centers and apothecaries, Dana brings a wealth of talent to our team. Dana's prior experience includes teaching medicine-making at Berkeley Herbal Center, as well as working with healthcare practitioners to fill client formulas and overseeing orders and stocking of herbal medicines at Five Flavors Herbs in Oakland.
Dana is also an active volunteer in the community, including helping to set up herbal clinics through Mashh (Medicine for All Seeking Health and Healing) and other community service through Curbside Care Clinic and Klamath Siskiyou Herbal Alliance. As the manager for Mederi’s compounding apothecary, Dana is responsible for all aspects of Mederi’s apothecary operations such as having knowledge of all apothecary products and procedures, custom compounding for patients and practitioners, ordering/receiving inventory, quality control and procurement, and accurate record-keeping, ensuring AHPA Good Compounding practices are followed. In her role as Client Liaison, Dana is the bridge between Oscar Sierra and his clients, helping to support a positive practitioner-client relationship and successful clinical results. With her positive demeanor and passion for herbal medicine, Dana is a valued member of our clinic team.
Geraldine Graham ~ Apothecary Herbalist
As a Certified Herbalist for our Apothecary, Geraldine is responsible for supporting all aspects of apothecary operations. This includes custom compounding of teas, tonics and topicals as stated on patient/client protocols, as well as compounding stock formulas formulated by our Founder and Lead Clinician Donnie Yance. Geraldine is also tasked with maintaining knowledge of apothecary products, inventory restocking and tracking, accurate record keeping, and upholding the highest standard of industry compliance.
Geraldine is an avid and passionate student of herbal medicine. She has a strong foundation in Western Herbalism through her studies with the Acorn School of Herbal Medicine and the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. Geraldine is currently certified as a Vitalist Herbalist and is engaging in further studies, including a clinical residency.
Gretchen Roberts ~ Order Management Specialist
Gretchen has been with Mederi Center since 2004 and is intimately aware of the need for timely, accurate, rapid, actionable, and documented communication between practitioners and their clients/patients. This is especially so when it comes to knowledgeably answering order fulfillment questions about products, following Apothecary Policies & Procedures, overseeing quality assurance checks on all product orders, and archiving and maintaining accurate and up-to-date practitioner/client account information.
Diane Chasmar ~ Clinic Coordinator
Diane joined the Mederi Center team in 2019. She is an integral part in ensuring that our clinic operations run smoothly and successfully, performing a variety of administrative support and client/patient service tasks. Diane is also the hub of our client/patient reception. With her friendly, gracious demeanor and efficient work ethic, Diane handles phone and email communications, schedules appointments for multiple practitioners, and also serves as a product shipping coordinator.
Diane plays a supportive role for many aspects of our organization, and strives to create a streamlined customer service experience. As the first contact for people inquiring about our patient services, we greatly appreciate Diane's kind and compassionate personality. Diane's previous professional experience includes business management, and 25 years in the publishing industry including graphic design, and photography.
Gayle Vezie ~ Bookkeeper
Gayle Vezie has been working as the bookkeeper for Mederi since 2003. She takes pride in and truly enjoys the challenges of her day-to-day tasks including all aspects of accounts receivable and accounts payable for the Mederi Foundation and Mederi Center.
In Loving Memory of Zeny Yance
Zeny Yance passed away January 26, 2016 at Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, OR at the age of 60. Zeny worked at the Mederi Centre for Natural Healing for more than 20 years, and was devoted to a life of service helping others. She was a great friend to many and always worked with a sense of pride and purpose. Zeny embodies the spirit that the Centre was founded on and her memory will live on with us forever.