Bryan Berger, DC
Chiropractor, B.S. Nutrition
Dr. Bryan Berger graduated from Montclair State University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition. He continued his education and received his doctorate in Chiropractic from Life University in Marietta, Georgia in 2002. Dr. Berger has been involved in fitness for 23 years and became certified in fitness training in 1997. Previous personal training experience includes: Powerhouse, New York Sports Club and Crunch Fitness. After being an Associate Doctor for 4 years in a successful multi-disciplinary practice, Dr. Berger decided to create The Innovative Wellness Center, PC located in Jamesburg, NJ in 2007. The Innovative Wellness Center focuses on the innate healing power that we all possess by offering a wide array of health and wellness services. In 2009 the Innovative Wellness Center expanded with the addition of Acupuncture services. In 2012 the Innovative Wellness Center expanded again with the addition of Physical Therapy services. Dr. Berger strives to help as many people as possible maximize their health potential through a combination of innovative techniques utilizing Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Fitness, Massage, Physical Therapy and Nutrition Education.
Dr.Alan Schwartz, DCChiropractor
Dr. Schwartz ran a successful practice in Manalapan, New Jersey for over 25 years and then worked in a multi-disciplinary office in East Brunswick for the last 10 years. When he met Dr. Berger, he saw an opportunity to both continue to grow as a chiropractor in an exciting new wellness center, and to continue to help people with a variety of conditions. He prides himself on his ability to listen to his patients and to help them to live an active and fulfilling life.
Dr. Schwartz continues to add to his knowledge and expertise by attending post graduate courses and seminars on a wide variety of chiropractic and health related topics to keep himself up to date on the newest and most efficient ways to help his patients. He is passionate about treating and helping his patients and uses a natural and holistic approach.
In his spare time, Dr. Schwartz loves spending time with his family, watching sports, exercising, and listening to a wide variety of music.
Dr.Philip Lew, DACMDoctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Innovative Wellness Center is proud to welcome Dr. Phillip Lew, DACM (Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine) to our staff! Dr. Lew graduated in 2016 with honors from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture in New York City, where he earned his Doctorate. He is certified by the NCCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine).
Skilled in the time-honored practice of Acupuncture, Dr. Lew is dedicated to helping patients improve their quality of life. Embracing a proactive approach, he educates and encourages patients to become active participants in their healing process. In addition to alleviating pain via the application of holistic medicine, Dr. Lew treats a broad range of conditions including but not limited to diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, asthma, and allergies. He also assists patients with smoking cessation, insomnia, general health, and preventative care.
Edward Lee,O.M.D, L.A.CLicensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist
Born and raised in Korea, Mr. Lee was steeped in Oriental healing culture and witnessed his father practicing Oriental medicine in their clinic at home. In his mid-twenties he was blessed to meet two exceptional spiritual masters, who taught him chi and chi meditation, martial arts, Taoism, and Buddhist philosophy. Their teachings made him appreciate the value of the medicine his father offered, and inspired and encouraged his interest in becoming a healer. In 1995, he received his Master’s Degree at Samra University of Oriental Medicine in L.A. and got the CA Acupuncturist license and the certificate of NCCAOM. He then went on to Korea to study Byungin Herbology, Korean Saam Acupuncture, Dongshi Acupuncture, and Korean Hand Acupuncture. He has been a licensed O.M.D. for over 20 years and successfully helped thousands of patients to heal through acupuncture, oriental herbal medicine, and other holistic therapies. He has acquired many skills and developed the expertise in treating a wide variety of painful conditions, digestive disorders, immune system weakness, and female reproductive concerns and mental disease like depression, insomnia, and anxiety. One of the aspects of his clinical practice is that he most enjoys is educating his patients on how to improve their health and prevent illness. He believes that a primary responsibility of a healer is to be a teacher to patients. Mr. Lee understands that each patient is unique and he will tailor each patient's treatment to their specific condition. He specializes in gentle acupuncture. Every patient will be treated with the utmost respect and focus. His goal is to provide thoughtful and compassionate care while empowering his patients to live healthier lives.
Sue Guinn MS, L.A.CLicensed Acupuncturist
Sue is happy to join the Innovative Wellness Center family. Having been a patient here, she is well aware of the many talented practitioners and positive environment here and she is excited to learn and contribute to the excellent care.
She has been a licensed acupuncturist for over 10 years in NYC where she received her Masters of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine degree from the Swedish Institute. She studied under the tutelage of Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen 88th generation Taoist priest. She is also NCCAOM certified.
Prior to acupuncture she was a classically trained dancer & performer who performed locally & toured the US & Canada. She spent a few years as a musician before transitioning into acupuncture.
She is interested in healing the body from within. Her training has taught that emotions often get trapped internally & that acupuncture can treat the mind, body & spirit.
She specializes in addressing emotions/anxiety, fertility/reproductive issues, pulmonary issues as well as autoimmune disorders. Fibromyalgia is something she knows first-hand about. Along with acupuncture, she guides patients towards making healthy lifestyle choices.
She has learned that food is medicine and has spent many years in Chinese dietary with Dr. Yuen whom she continues to take post graduate courses with. She is extremely passionate about helping all patients in their journey to improved health and wellness through the art of acupuncture.
Eric Ersson,PTPhysical Therapist
Eric Ersson earned his BS in Physical Therapy from New York University in 1988. Prior to this he earned degrees in both Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training. Throughout his extensive career he has held such positions as Physical Therapist Supervisor from First Choice Health Group in Brick, N.J. and the Ocean Club in Manahawkin N.J. He also has been the Director of Rehabilitation at Benchmark Physical Therapy in Brick, N.J. and Active Physical Therapy in Manasquan N.J. Eric has performed numerous seminars promoting his passion throughout Ocean County N.J. Eric has education in Pilates, restorative yoga and Body Balance. Eric is extremely passionate about “Postural Correction to maintain our Devine Design”. He is very excited about working in conjunction with the other clinicians at the IWC to help spread the wealth of health
Michele Berger,RDRegistered Dietitian Certified in Adult and Adolescent Weight Management
Michele Berger, RD graduated from Montclair State University in 1999 with a Bachelor's degree in Dietetics. She continued her education participating in a competitive nine month internship in a clinical, outpatient and food service setting. She began her experience as a clinical Registered Dietitian at Virtua Health hospital system in Southern New Jersey for three years. She then transferred to the outpatient setting and designed a medically based weight loss center for the hospital. In 2003 she completed all requirements and became nationally certified in adult weight management. After moving to Central New Jersey in 2005 she continued her experience by joining the Family Medicine Residency Practice for CentraState hospital system.In 2006 she decided to create Nutrition Solutions, LLC located in the Innovative Wellness Center and offer a broad spectrum of nutrition services to the community. Nutrition Solutions offers weight loss and nutrition education programs based on Medgem metabolism testing and Body Composition analysis. In 2007 Michele completed all requirements and became nationally certified in adolescent weight management. Due to high demand, in 2009 Nutrition Solutions expanded with the addition of a second location in Elite fitness & sports located in Manalapan.
Valerie C. Bottega,RD,CDERegistered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator
Valerie Bottega graduated from California State University at Northridge with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. Following that she completed her intensive internship at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center. She then worked at the LiteLife Program at St Luke's Medical Center in Pasadena, CA. There, Valerie worked as the coordinator of a weight loss program which offered both traditional and therapeutic weight loss through counseling as well as gastroplasty for eligible clients.
In 1988 she began a 5 year stay at University Hospital at Stony Brook. While affording her a broad base of both in-patients and out-patients to work with, from pediatric to geriatric, her primary focus was working with the Diabetes Treatment Unit and the endocrinology team. Valerie developed a strong interest in working with individuals with diabetes. This passion led her to become a Certified Diabetes Educator.
Valerie embarked on a 4 year job experience working for Bristol Myers-Squibb as a sales representative for their nutritional product line.
For the past 15 years she has been in private practice allowing her to offer nutrition services to a wide variety of individuals. In addition to maintaining her CDE certification, Valerie completed requirements in 2011 to become certified in adolescent weight management.
Aneta Zwiercan,LMTLicensed Massage Therapist
Aneta graduated from Cortiva Institute - Hoboken NJ campus in 2013 along with extended professional massage program in 2014. She specializes in techniques like: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and Chair Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Myofacial Therapy, Neuro – muscular Therapy, Orthopedic Stretches, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Hot Stone Massage and Massage for Migraines.
“My goal is to help people feel relaxed from every day stress, discomfort, so they could get back to health with all my passion, heart and dedication.”
Dr.Joann D’Armetta LMTLicensed Massage Therapist
Joann D’Armetta is a licensed massage therapist (LMT) earning her licensure in 2008 from the School of Integrative Therapies. Since becoming a massage therapist, Joann has worked in various local and privately owned spas.
Earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from CUNY of Staten Island, NY, Joann began her career as a Catholic High School Science Teacher. She then changed career paths and worked for Morgan Stanley in both Manhattan and Jersey City for nearly a decade as a Project Manager for their Client Reporting Services Division.
Joann decided to return to the classroom and continue her education to pursue massage therapy. Her career and life change enables her not only to follow her passion but to enjoy her family with the flexibility of working close to home. Over the past few years Joann has earned certifications in various massage techniques such as reflexology, pre-natal, orthopedic and sports massage.
As a busy mother, Joann enjoys spending time with her three beautiful children and accompanying them to their many activities. She loves to travel with her family and friends and spends much time outdoors. In her spare time, she enjoys uncovering and refurbishing hidden treasures from yard and estate sales.
Matt Thoresen, LMTLicensed Massage Therapist
Innovative Wellness Center is thrilled to welcome a new Massage Therapist to the staff. Matt has been working as a Fitness and Movement Coach for the past 5 years. During this time, he had noticed a lot of his clients were struggling with pain, especially with certain exercises. In his scope of practice as a fitness professional, he can only provide his clients with mobility and flexibility exercises to help improve their symptoms, but he wanted to find more ways to help. This had propelled him to seek out what else he could offer, leading him to Massage. He believes it could bridge the gap of what he was searching for without years and years of schooling.
Massage allowed him to do extensive soft tissue work that would benefit his clients, all while spending more time with them and efficiently helping them. He graduated his LMT program from Brookdale Community College in October of 2020. With his previous knowledge of the Muscular System as a movement coach and the education he gained through his program, he is ready to begin the next chapter of his journey and deliver exceptional service.