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  • Meet the Team at STRATA Med

    Meet the Team at STRATA Med

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Michael J. Barber, MD, PHD, FACC, FHRS, FAHA, Medical Director at Garden of the Gods Resort & Club

Michael J. Barber, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS, FAHA

Medical Director

Our clinical team is headed by board-certified Cardiologist, Internist, and Electrophysiologist, Michael J. Barber. He received his PhD with distinction in Physiology from Loyola University in Chicago. Dr. Barber attended the Indiana University School of Medicine where he received his MD, as well as the University of Virginia for residency, and Duke University for Cardiology and Electrophysiology fellowships.

As an expert in his field, Dr. Barber holds several medical fellowships and serves on advisory boards and committees within these professional organizations. He holds fellowships with the American College of Cardiology, the Heart Rhythm Society, and the American Heart Association.

Dr. Barber’s areas of focus are cardiovascular disease, integrative cardiology, internal medicine, hypertension and lipid abnormalities, executive wellness, and IV nutritional therapies.

My Personal Wellness Journey

“As a traditionally trained MD with over 35 years of clinical experience, my mission through the years was to provide the best care possible to the people who entrusted their health to me. I spent over two-and-a-half decades treating my patients using accepted ‘mainstream’ treatment algorithms.

Approximately 10 years ago, I began to question the role of a pure allopathic (traditional) approach to clinical practice and began to research and utilize a more integrative practice style. This culminated in the development of a philosophy that neither traditional nor complementary medicine provided all the answers when it came to optimal patient care.

As a result, I pursued an education path that assisted me in evolving my medical practice from the traditionally based approach to one utilizing all aspects of allopathic and complementary, integrative medicine. This culminated in my ‘retiring’ from my established medical practice to become the Medical Director of Strata Integrated Wellness Spa at the Garden of the Gods Resort and Club.

Here I have been allowed to pursue my upgraded mission to develop a truly Integrative Medical Program by recruiting clinicians all of whom believe in the use of the best evidence-based allopathic and complementary medicine approaches. This will allow us to create a unique environment of inter-clinician communication and to provide better, more comprehensive treatment plans. The end-game and overall mission of Strata Integrated Wellness Spa is to produce optimal clinical outcomes for all clients.”

Ron Apgar, LPC, CEAP - Director of Wellbeing

RON APGAR, LPC, CEAP – Director of Wellbeing

Ron Apgar has more than 25 years of experience primarily spent at his private practice in psychotherapy, including a focus on depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, stress and emotional adjustments, fostering creativity, transformation and self-discovery, interpersonal and relational enhancement, communication, and conflict resolution.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from San Diego State University, and a Master’s Degree in Theology from Biola University. Ron studied educational psychology at Princeton Theological Seminary and clinical psychology at Chapman University.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), Ron focuses on organizational consulting and training, leadership and executive functioning, performance and achievement, communication and conflict resolution skills, individual and team group interactions, and individual counseling.

Angie Barber, RN, BSN, Registered Nurse

ANGIE BARBER, RN, BSN – Registered Nurse

Angie Barber has over 30 years’ clinical experience in patient care in the areas of critical care medicine, cardiovascular medicine, cardiac implantable devices, and general nursing. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at the University of Evansville, and has expertise in cardiac testing, general internal medicine, and administering intravenous fluids and medications.

As the Clinical Liaison and Nursing Coordinator for the Intravenous (IV) Therapy Program, Angie specializes in the administration of IV nutritional therapies and cardiovascular services.

Kellie Gragg, MPH, RDN, CDR - Director of Nutritional Services

KELLIE GRAGG, MPH, RDN, CDR – Director of Nutritional Services

Kellie Gragg is a registered and licensed dietitian, registered with the American Dietetic Association. She earned her undergraduate Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Texas Christian University, and her Master’s Degree from the Walden University School of Public Health. She is certified in Adult Weight Management and Diabetes Management by the American Dietetic Association and certified in Sports Nutrition by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Kellie is focused on individualized nutrition, sports nutrition, nutrition and disease (diabetes, heart disease), rebalancing nutrient status, maximizing daily energy levels, improving sports performance, promoting healthier lifestyle habits, physical activity, stress management, and personal wellness.

Mark Harry, RDCS, RVT - Diagnostic Cardiovascular Specialist

MARK HARRY, RDCS, RVT – Diagnostic Cardiovascular Specialist

Mark Harry, Diagnostic Cardiovascular Specialist, has spent the past three-plus decades as a technician, director, author, educator, and manager in the field of Echocardiography. He received his training in Echocardiography at Mayo Clinic Rochester. In 2014, he retired from full-time employment as a manager at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs to pursue private consulting.

Mark’s primary focus is cardiovascular diagnostic services, including non-invasive vascular and cardiac exams, to assess for vascular disease or disorders.

Tracy Iverson, CFT, CPT, CSN, MAP, TPI – Fitness & Lifestyle Coach

TRACY IVERSON, CFT, CPT, CSN, MAP, TPI – Fitness & Lifestyle Coach

Tracy Iverson is an expert in physical fitness and lifestyle design. With over 15 years of experience in strength training, rehabilitation, performance-based nutrition and exercise consulting, executive coaching, and post-injury rehabilitation, Tracy has worked with a wide variety of clients including world-class athletes and executives.

Tracy’s expertise is on personalized fitness training, nutritional supplements, pre- and post-workout meals, skinfold caliper bodyfat testing, strength training, and optimizing healthy living.

Kimberly Klein, SPMI, NCBTMB – Structural Physiology Movement Integration Specialist

KIMBERLY KLEIN, SPMI, NCBTMB – Structural Physiology Movement Integration Specialist

For over 26 years, Kimberly Klein has been practicing Structural Physiology Movement Integration (SPMI) — a Chinese healing modality that repairs the body from the inside out.

She is a licensed massage and bodyworker, a licensed National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) Continuing Educational Instructor, and a Colorado Brain Injury Representative, with extensive training in Qi Gong, Allopathic Integrative Healing Arts, Rapid Release, and Scalar Wave technology. Kimberly’s clientele includes celebrities, corporate executives, and professional athletes.

Kimberly focuses on body alignment, soft tissue injuries, body sculpting, and eliminating toxins in the body.

Stuart Klein, SPMI, NCBTMB – Licensed Massage Therapist

STUART KLEIN, SPMI, NCBTMB – Licensed Massage Therapist

Stuart is a licensed massage therapist, and assists with Structural Physiology Movement Integration (SPMI) therapy.

His primary focus is massage therapy for soft tissue pathology, reduction in muscular tension pain and stress, with enhanced nourishment of the skin. Stuart also provides assistance with SPMI treatments.

Kyle Kolashinkski, LMT, CNMT – Medical Massage Therapist

KYLE KOLASHINSKI, LMT, CNMT – Medical Massage Therapist

Kyle Kolashinski is a certified massage therapist who also specializes in oncology massage therapies. He has been recognized as one of the best massage therapists in Colorado Springs.

Kyle’s primary focus is manual manipulation of soft body tissues, including muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments to enhance overall health and wellbeing.

Kelli Miller, L.AC, DIPL.AC, MSOM, MSPSY – Licensed Acupuncturist

KELLI MILLER, L.AC, DIPL.AC, MSOM, MSPSY – Licensed Acupuncturist

Kelli Miller has been a Licensed Acupuncturist since 2001. She is experienced working on patients with health conditions ranging from headaches, insomnia, gastrointestinal disorders, neck and back pain, and sports-related injuries, to chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, psychological and neurological disorders, and cancer.

While Kelli incorporates highly specialized approaches into her practice (such as scalp acupuncture to treat disorders including Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and post-stroke sequelae), she remains true to the time-tested holistic traditions of the ancient Chinese art of acupuncture.

Kelli’s focus is on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture to improve functions in the body and promote the natural self-healing process, including relieving discomfort and chronic pain associated with a variety of diseases and conditions.

Melinda Poland, RNC, MSN, WHCNP – Nurse Practitioner

MELINDA POLAND, RNC, MSN, WHCNP – Nurse Practitioner

Melinda Poland has 30 years’ experience in nursing, with the last 23 years as a nurse practitioner specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, and her certification as a “First Surgical Assistant” from the National Institute of First Assisting. As a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, Melinda is pursuing advanced functional medicine certification.

Melinda specializes in thyroid disorders, metabolic syndrome, infertility, menstrual disorders, genetic screening for cancer risks, contraception, sexual dysfunction, and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

Karly Powell, ND – Naturopathic Doctor

KARLY POWELL, ND – Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Karly Powell is a registered naturopathic doctor with expertise in therapeutic nutrition, functional biochemistry, and herbal/botanical medicine. She attended the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where she received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) and completed her Residency in Naturopathic Primary Care.

Dr. Powell specialize in hormonal disorders, functional biochemistry, therapeutic nutrition and herbal/botanical medicine, chronic diseases, advanced diagnostic testing, genetic analysis, lifestyle coaching, and wellness education.

John Randono, MD - Director of Venous & Aesthetic Medicine

JOHN RANDONO, MD – Director of Venous & Aesthetic Medicine

Dr. John Randono is a cardiovascular surgeon specializing in varicose vein and cosmetic vein care for the past 11 years. He has received advanced training in cosmetic and aesthetic medicine. Dr. Randono holds board certification from the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.

Prior to his recent work, he spent 26 years as a board-certified cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon practicing at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs. He received his medical degree from St. Louis University, his general surgery training was completed in San Francisco, and cardiac surgery training was completed at the University of Utah.

As the Director of Venous and Aesthetic Medicine, Dr. Randono is responsible for clinical and cosmetic superficial vein treatments and aesthetic therapies.

Mela Spencer, CHTP – Energy Practitioner

MELA SPENCER, CHTP – Energy Practitioner

Manuela Spencer (Mela) is a certified Healing Touch Practitioner. She received her certification in Healing Touch from Healing Beyond Borders — an international organization that coordinates research and promotes the work of Healing Touch throughout the world. Mela also studied Swedish massage techniques through the Collinson Massage School.

Mela’s objective is to assist individuals with the healing process, including physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. She enjoys helping others live energetic, positive lives by tapping into the body’s energy source.

Micah Sutton, DC – Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine

MICAH SUTTON, DC – Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine

Micah Sutton has more than 15 years of experience within the chiropractic field. She focuses on adjusting individuals’ spine and body, as well as shifting awareness towards a more vital and energetic way of living through one-on-one patient care and patient care plans.

Dr. Sutton received her Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University, a leading chiropractic and holistic health university in Marietta, Georgia. She empowers patients to take responsibility for their own holistic wellness by encouraging each to set goals and take steps to achieve their optimal health. Through hands-on adjustments and various techniques, including Sacro Occipital Technique, Thompson Technique, Full Spine Technique, and Torque Release Technique, Dr. Sutton helps facilitate transition to health and well-being.

Dr. Sutton focuses on the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system, in particular the spine or vertebral column and its relationship to the nervous system. Pain-related conditions and neuromuscular disorders are treated through manual adjustments and/or manipulation.

Steven Thompson, CPT, Holistic Human Performance Coach at Garden of the Gods Resort & Club

STEVEN THOMPSON, CPT – Holistic Human Performance Coach

Steven Thompson is a Holistic Human Performance Coach with nearly two decades of experience in many different areas inside the sports, nutrition, and fitness industry — including over 40,000 hours of private and group training sessions. His approach to health and long-term wellness is to individualize fitness program, working with the mind and then transitioning to the physical component, which produces positive habit changes, leading to long-term sustainable results.

Steve’s expertise includes sports-specific training, female fitness, meal planning, and nutrition.

Charlene Wang, MS, RD, CHTP – Dietitian


Charlene Wang is a holistic registered dietitian and professor of nutrition, health, and wellness. She earned her Master’s Degree from California State University and completed her dietetic residency at Penrose-St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs. Charlene has achieved certifications in Holistic Health Coaching, Alternative Nutrition, Applied Kinesiology, and BioEnergetic Healing.

Her focus is on energy medicine and energetic purification, healing touch, meditation, aromatherapy, emotional repolarization techniques, crystal healing, and Eastern/Western nutritional medicine.

Shane Wells, DC, FIAMA, P-DTR Master Level – Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine

SHANE WELLS, DC, FIAMA, P-DTR MASTER LEVEL – Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine

Dr. Shane T. Wells is a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine and Board-Certified in Medical Acupuncture. A leader in his field, Dr. Wells was a founding member of the International College of Applied Kinesiology-Italy. He is a Master Level practitioner of P-DTR, the cutting-edge system focused on Neuroreceptor Therapy. Having achieved the highest level of certification in the Quintessential Applications protocol, Dr. Wells is specialized in both Applied Kinesiology and Functional Neurology. Dr. Wells also specializes in Electro-Meridian-Imaging AcuGraph.

Dr. Wells’ areas of focus include structural pain (neck, back, joints), limited range of motion, symptoms from acute and chronic injuries, sprains and strains, headaches, emotional stress, and brain fog.