The Healing Sanctuary
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Jeffrey B. Baker, MD
Owner & Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Jeffrey Baker is the owner and founder of The Healing Sanctuary. About 20 years ago, his mind started opening up to other ways of helping people to improve their health. Dr. Baker’s goal was to own a center where he could look at the root causes of disease and incorporate things that have benefited people for thousands of years. This was the beginning of a new kind of health care clinic, The Healing Sanctuary.
At The Healing Sanctuary, Dr. Baker helps patients with all of their health care needs and questions with a more balanced and holistic mindset. He wants to understand why they are feeling this way and what are the possible sources for that. Dr. Baker’s hope is that people will come to The Healing Sanctuary and start on a new path of health and wellness as they help them identify what is out of balance in their life, and what needs to be restored.
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Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Nancy Rydalch is the Chief Executive Officer at The Healing Sanctuary and Clinical Research Prime. Nancy graduated from National University in La Jolla, CA with her Bachelors in Business Administration. She is often found behind the scenes, but she plays an enormous role in patients’ healing journeys.
She has extensive experience with the many moving parts of an integrative medical center since 2016 working as the office manager of Wholesome Health with Dr. Laramie Wheeler. She is very knowledgeable in the different modalities of healing including office visits, IV therapies, supplements, prescription medications, and other therapies. She understands the complexities of insurance companies and knows the frustrations patients run into as they get to the root of their medical conditions. She believes in the healing arts and is working daily to create a medical team that is smoothly running and dedicated to you!
When Nancy isn’t working she and her husband, Nathan, and their 5 daughters enjoying spending their time golfing, hiking, and camping.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Carl Stoddard is an accomplished Senior Executive and Board Member with more than 20 years of success across the medical, finance, insurance, technology, and software industries. Leveraging extensive experience in corporate finance, he is a valuable asset for companies struggling with profit and loss management, developing their business model, or implementing new accounting systems and metrics. His broad areas of expertise include strategic planning and implementation, financial analysis, business development, financial acumen, profit and loss, and budgets.
Kari recently moved to Idaho after growing up in California and Colorado. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Human Services from the University of Northern Colorado. Kari has been working in the healthcare industry for the last 10 years. She loves working in healthcare, and finds the work to be meaningful and challenging.
Kari enjoys being given the opportunity to be a positive influence and help others. She likes to crochet, and is a hobby cake decorator. Kari and her fiancé love to play with their 2 dogs, go fishing, and spend time with family.
Shane is an Idaho native. He has five years of experience in construction. He finds it enjoyable to maintain The Healing Sanctuary’s beautiful building and see it stay in good shape.
When he is not at work, he can be found on the golf course or playing video games.
Clint started his culinary/restaurant career when he was 14 years old as a dishwasher, busser, and some prep in a small family-owned restaurant. Over the years he has worked in California, Nevada, Colorado, Hawaii, and now Idaho. He has extensive experience as a chef and manager, even owner of restaurants. He recently moved to Idaho Falls to get away from the craziness of the big city.
He is the gourment chef for The Healing Sanctuary providing healthy nutritious options for lunch each day to the staff.
When he is out of the kitchen, he enjoys snowboarding, riding, and racing dirt bikes. He loves the outdoors in general.
Our Medical Providers
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Jeffrey B. Baker, MD
OB/GYN | Integrative & Functional Medicine
Dr. Baker’s mission is to help patients with all of their health care needs using traditional, alternative, and integrative care. He listens and takes the time to find the root cause of health issues, instead of just treating the symptoms. Using traditional and integrative methods, Dr. Baker provides a unique, customized experience for each and every patient to help them achieve their optimal health.
Dr. Baker is a BYU grad and U of U medical school grad with MD and board-certified in OB/GYN as well as integrative medicine and functional medicine. He also uses some ayurvedic medicine as well. Whether you are looking for answers to specific health questions or wellness for your entire family, come experience the difference of a patient-centered health care clinic.
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Taylor D. Smith MSPH, PA-C
As a native of Idaho Falls, Taylor is excited to practice in this wonderful town and serve the community that gave so much to him in his youth. He became interested in healthcare at a very young age after having the opportunity to work at his grandfather’s pharmacy in Idaho Falls, Eastgate Drug. Taylor finds great satisfaction in building trusting and lasting relationships with those he sees, and finds the most joy when medical decisions can be shared between the patient and provider.
Taylor loves being a part of the healthcare team at The Healing Sanctuary and working with the integrative medical approach they provide. Taylor believes that health is so much more than just physical wellness, and includes emotional, social, spiritual, and communal well-being as well.
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Ena Cardona-Mason, APRN, FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
Ena has thoroughly enjoyed working in the family practice and women’s health fields for the past 14 years. Helping families and women with their medical needs has been her passion and one of her greatest accomplishments. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked for several years as a Registered Nurse in different areas. She then attended the University of Utah where she graduated with the degrees of Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified (FNP, BC), and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).
Ena is fluid in the Spanish and English languages. She loves providing care to the community of Idaho Falls with the wonderful team at The Healing Sanctuary. When Ena cares for her patients, she likes to holistically consider all aspects of their health including physical, emotional, and current mental state.
Laurie Pinkerton, PA-C
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Laurie graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. While working as a medical assistant after college, she felt there was an important conversation missing from the provider-patient visits regarding the impact of lifestyle and diet on health, wellness, and healing. When first introduced to the concept of integrative and functional medicine, Laurie knew this was the practice of medicine she could believe in: the concept of utilizing the wisdom of both conventional and alternative medicine to care best for patients resonated strongly with her.
Laurie enjoys serving this community with such a supportive team at The Healing Sanctuary. She loves providing a holistic approach to medicine for her patients as she specializes in women’s health and family care.
Joseph Armbruster, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner
Joseph was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri and lived there for 38 years. He chose nursing as a way to help others, and began his nursing career working in neurosurgery patient care and neurology research. Joseph met his future wife and moved to Elko, Nevada where he continued working for 14 years before getting his Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Purdue University.
As a Family Nurse Practitioner, Joseph enjoyed working with children in a pediatric clinic. He felt that his purpose was to help others better their lives physically by sharing the wisdom and knowledge he had acquired in his medical practices.
Head Medical Assistant
Born and raised in Utah, Alieha moved to Billings for a short time before deciding to call Rigby home. She went to school to be a Certified Nursing Assistant in Utah and later became a licensed esthetician. She has three years of medical assistant experience. Working with patients and helping them feel better is the most rewarding part of her job.
When she is not at work, Alieha enjoys spending time with her 5 year old son. They love going to the lake, spending time outdoors and going to Utah on the weekends to see family. She also enjoys going to the gym in her free time.
Rachael is one of the MA’s at The Healing Sanctuary. Rachael graduated from BYU-I, with her Associates in Medical Assisting. She has previously worked in family medicine and pediatrics. She loves people, and helping them to feel better. Rachael believes in the importance of the role that alternative medicine plays in treating and healing patients.
She enjoys making people smile. When Rachael isn’t working she is either crafting or exploring the outdoors
Taya grew up on a dairy farm in Blackfoot and recently moved back to South East Idaho after living in Utah for a few years. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant as well as a certified phlebotomist. Taya has many years of experience in the medical field helping and serving others, and she loves to focus on the healing of patients and patient satisfaction. Being able to be a part of helping someone feel better is very rewarding for her.
In her free time, Taya enjoys spending time in the mountains fishing with her husband and their dog, Charlie. She also loves being with her family and spoiling her nieces and nephews.
Megan is a CNA and is currently working on her degree in psychology and nursing. She enjoys learning how the mind and body are related and how they affect each other. Megan is excited to learn more about the medical field, and to build relationships with the patients she works with.
Megan loves to swim, and has worked as a lifeguard and lifeguard manager at the City of Ammon Pool. She also enjoys spending time in the sun, reading, and riding horses. Megan has three siblings, one of which is her sister who is also her lifetime best friend.
Nicole is a CNA and is currently working towards her nursing degree. She previously worked in the Idaho Falls Community Hospital, and feels privileged to have had that opportunity to care for and learn from those patients. She enjoys helping patients and being a part of their healing journey.
Nicole is from Idaho Falls, and loves to go camping with her Golden Retriever. She also enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and visiting Yellowstone and other national parks.
AwDree was born and raised in Idaho and received her CNA while attending Shelley High School. She also completed her phlebotomy certificate and has worked at many multiple healthcare facilities. AwDree loves being able to help people at The Healing Sanctuary, and enjoys feeling like she is making a difference in their lives.
Reading is AwDree’s favorite thing to do, but she also enjoys camping and playing softball in the summer. She is the oldest of 4 sisters, but is also the shortest!
Heather was born and raised in California, and moved to Idaho Falls 1 year ago. She is a Certified Medical Assistant with over 20 years experience in the medical field. Heather is passionate about patient care, and is excited to help patients on their journey to optimal health at The Healing Sanctuary.
Heather loves hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and spending time with her husband. She has 3 amazing sons and a 3 year old grandson who is her pride and joy!
Raised in Idaho Falls, Maren has also lived on the east coast before coming back to Idaho. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in both biology and psychology at ISU. Being part of a community that is compassionate about making others feel their very best is what Maren loves most about her job. She loves people!
Maren loves spending time with her family and friends. In her free time, Maren enjoys boating, hiking and traveling. She has two German shorthair pointers that are spoiled rotten.
Kathy has been a Certified Phlebotomist for more than 8 years, with 5 of those years as a phlebotomy trainer. She enjoys being part of The Healing Sanctuary team which allows her to provide “options” for people rather than simply treating symptoms.
Kathy finds it rewarding to focus on the health and well-being of others. She likes health care than leans more towards preventative care. Kathy feels that being able to understand your health is your greatest asset and greatest liability.
Registered Nurse/IV Specialist
Arynne received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah. The endless opportunities to learn about new treatments or therapies and share that knowledge with patients is rewarding to her. While attending the University of Utah, Arynne had the opportunity to work at the University Hospital and the Huntsman Cancer Hospital as an undergraduate student, sparking her interest in healthcare and nursing
She has a strong love for dance and currently teaches ballet when she is not at The Healing Sanctuary. She loves to spend time together with her family and often host family game nights.
Registered Nurse/IV Specialist
Marion received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Ricks College. She loves learning about new therapies and advances in health care. With over twenty years of experience in nursing, helping people on their journey to better health is very rewarding for Marion.
She was raised in southeast Missouri, and currently lives in Jefferson County. In her spare time, Marion loves reading and hiking on the Menan Buttes with her husband. Marion’s favorite thing to do is to spend time with her family, especially her granddaughter.
Kimberly Wheeler, RN
Aesthetic Nurse Injector
Kimberly is a Registered Nurse and has worked in the medical field since 2008. She graduated with her RN from Idaho State University, and has spent time working in various areas such as NICU, OB, Well Baby Nursery, and Psych/Mental Health. Kimberly is also a Registered Cosmetologist, she worked in the salon previously known as Regis for four years before going back to school to receive her RN.
Kimberly is from the Blackfoot area, she was married in 1997 to her high school sweetheart after he returned home from his mission. Together they have 3 children.
Kimberly is excited to join the caring team at The Healing Sanctuary as the aesthetic nurse injector and is looking forward to bringing her expertise to the Idaho Falls community.
Aesthetic Patient Coordinator
Angel was a Patient Care Coordinator for 5 years at Trident Hospital in South Carolina, and a Chiropractic Assistant who also practiced Integrative Medicine right out of High School for 8 years. “People are my passion!” she says, “We focus on getting them well on the inside and then looking their best on the outside!”
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Angel has also lived in Andrews, Texas, and Augusta, Georgia before moving to Idaho. She loves the beach and is obsessed with all things designer, especially SHOES! Angel married her best friend and they have a 24-year-old son who lives in Georgia. Angel and her husband love traveling together and enjoy cooking, golfing, camping, and shopping together.
Front Desk & Billing Dept.
Billing & Front Desk Supervisor
Paigh is the supervisor for the Front Desk and Billing Department here at The Healing Sanctuary. She enjoys the challenges that arise with different insurances and unraveling the puzzles which occur. Paigh enjoys helping to minimize the cost of billing which saves the patients bottom line dollar.
She grew up in Rigby, Idaho. She and her husband, Justin, moved back to the area two years ago from North Carolina. They are currently working on the remodel of their home.
She is a Pound and High Fitness Instructor five times a week. She loves any reason to be in the outdoors with her husband and their Alaskan Malamute, Akita. Fishing, riding side by sides, and camping are some of their favorite activities.
Alex is a receptionist at The Healing Sanctuary. He grew up on a farm in Mud Lake Idaho with all brothers. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Porto Alegre, Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese. He lived in Salt Lake City for several years before moving back home to Idaho where he met his wife in Idaho Falls. They were married in the winter of 2019 and held their reception at The Healing Sanctuary.
In his free time, Alex and his wife enjoy renovating their 1917 home on the numbered streets. He enjoys spending time in his yard and playing the piano & organ.
Darla is a receptionist at The Healing Sanctuary. She previously worked as Front Desk Coordinator in Boise at a recovery, chronically homeless, and veterans facility. Darla is excited to be able to help her team and her community while promoting wellness and health.
Darla recently returned home to Idaho Falls after living in Boise for 25 years. In her free time, she loves spending time with her grandkids participating in all of their activities. She also enjoys camping and relaxing at natural hot springs, attending live music and theater, yoga and meditation as well as going to art shows and lectures.
Cait is part of the receptionist team at The Healing Sanctuary. She grew up in a military family and lived in many different places before finding her home in Idaho Falls. She previously worked at the local public library in the circulation and processing departments, as well as several salons in town as a stylist.
Cait is a free lance writer who loves to read and write both fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys sewing, knitting, and crocheting in her free time. Cait is never without a good book and hot cup of tea.
Patient Care Coordinator
Natalie is our Patient Care Coordinator at The Healing Sanctuary. One of her favorite things about her position is the opportunity to meet new people and watch their successes on their health journey.
Natalie loves spending time with her 16 year old dog, Elsie May. She has a true love for animals and volunteers at a rabbit rescue in her free time. She enjoys attending formal events and loves to dress up. She also enjoys being outdoors in the sunshine, gardening, shopping, and riding bikes with her husband.
Becky-Lyn has been in the medical field for the last 26 years and has worked in reception, customer service, medical billing, as well as collecting. She enjoys being in our Billing Department and helping patients understand their insurance coverage and helps our facility grow & prosper.
She has moved around her whole life, being what you call an “Air Force Brat.” She served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Oporto, Portugal. She is a transplant from Seattle, moving to the Blackfoot area to be closer to family and to help her parents due to some health concerns.
Angela is a billing specialist for The Healing Sanctuary. She enjoys the challenges and rewards of billing. Angela is an Idaho native having lived her entire life in Idaho Falls.
When not at work, she enjoys camping and hanging out with her husband and son. Angela’s favorite past time is reading and she especially enjoys mystery novels.