The Healing Sanctuary

OUR TEAM

Administration

Traditional and Integrative Family Care at 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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Nancy Rydalch

 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. 

Carl Stoddard

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.

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Kari

Executive Administrator

I recently moved to Idaho after growing up in Colorado. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Human Services from the University of Northern Colorado. I have been working in the healthcare industry for the last 10 years. I love working in healthcare, and find the work to be meaningful and challenging. 

I enjoy being given the opportunity to be a positive influence and help others. I like to crochet and am a hobby cake decorator. My husband and I love to play with our 2 dogs, go fishing, and spend time with family. 

Shane

Facilities Manager 

I am currently finishing my Associates of Science Degree at CEI, graduating in the Spring of 2023. After finishing my Associates I will be finishing my Bachelors at Boise State University, with a plan to graduate in 2025. I worked in the construction industry for 5 years before starting at The Healing Sanctuary as the Facilities Manager. I became interested in working for The Healing Sanctuary when the opportunity came up to help finish the basement, as well as help fix the issues that come along with an old building.

I am from Blackfoot, Idaho and currently live in Idaho Falls with my wonderful wife of 6 years. We have two dogs that we love to spend time with. When I am not spending time with my family, I enjoy playing golf and video games.

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Jason

Human Resources Director

I was born and raised in Idaho Falls and currently live in Shelley, but I spent 2 years in Mexico serving a mission for the LDS church. I have Bachelors in Business Administration and recently graduated with my Masters in Organizational Leadership. I currently serve as the President of the local SE Idaho Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management.  I’m excited about the opportunity to help individuals learn, grow, and recognize the value and contributions they bring to The Healing Sanctuary and Clinical Research Prime every day. I believe that even if work is not an economic necessity, it is a psychological necessity, and everyone has something to contribute.

I married my high school sweetheart and we love to travel. We have 3 wonderful children and together we take care of our horse, rabbit, goats, dogs, chickens, and cats! I love playing basketball, coaching youth teams, and dabbling in musical theatre.

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McKenna

Marketing Manager

I received my B.A. in Communications and Public Relations from ISU. I got my degree in Communications because I love meeting and interacting with my community members as well as my coworkers. I have previous marketing and social media experience from working at a hospital, a couple medical clinics and as an event coordinator for medical conferences. One thing I love about my position is I can be an in between for the medical world and the public.

I‘m originally from Austin, TX and moved to Idaho Falls almost 20 years ago and love it here. In my free time I love to read, watch movies with my husband, play with our dogs, and play board games with friends. We have an older house that we are currently remodeling in our free time and are almost finished with it!

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Natalie

Patient Care Coordinator

One of my favorite things about my position is the opportunity to meet new people and watch their successes on their health journies.

I love spending time with my 18 year old dog, Elsie May. I have a true love for animals and volunteer at a rabbit rescue in my free time. I enjoy attending formal events and love to dress up. I like being outdoors in the sunshine, gardening, shopping, and riding bikes with my husband.

Clint

Chef

I started my culinary/restaurant career when I was 14 years old as a dishwasher, busser, and some prep in a small family-owned restaurant. Over the years I have worked in California, Nevada, Colorado, Hawaii, and now Idaho. I have extensive experience as a chef, manager and even owner of restaurants. I recently moved to Idaho Falls to get away from the craziness of the big city.

I am the gourment chef for The Healing Sanctuary and love providing healthy, nutritious options for lunch each day to the staff.

When I am out of the kitchen, I enjoy snowboarding, fishing, riding, and racing dirt bikes. I love the outdoors in general!

Medical Staff

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Our Medical Providers

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Jeffrey B. Baker, MD

OB/GYN | Integrative & Functional Medicine | Master Healer

My mission is to help patients with all of their health care needs using traditional, alternative, and integrative care. I listen and take the time to find the root cause of health issues, instead of just treating the symptoms. Using traditional and integrative methods, I provide a unique, customized experience for each and every patient to help them achieve their optimal health.

I graduated from BYU and then University of Utah Medical School with an MD and board-certified in OB/GYN as well as Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine. I also use 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

Physician Assistant

As a native of Idaho Falls, I am excited to practice in this wonderful town and serve the community that gave so much to me in my youth. I became interested in healthcare at a very young age after having the opportunity to work at my grandfather’s pharmacy in Idaho Falls, Eastgate Drug. I find great satisfaction in building trusting and lasting relationships with those I see, and find the most joy when medical decisions can be shared between the patient and provider.

I love being a part of the healthcare team at The Healing Sanctuary and working with the integrative medical approach they provide. I believe that health is so much more than just physical wellness, and includes emotional, social, spiritual, and communal well-being as well.

Ena Cardona-Mason, APRN, FNP

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Ena Cardona-Mason, APRN, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

I have 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 my passion and one of my greatest accomplishments. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked for several years as a Registered Nurse in different areas. I then attended the University of Utah where I graduated with the degrees of Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified (FNP, BC), and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). 

I am fluent in the Spanish and English languages. I love providing care to the community of Idaho Falls with the wonderful team at The Healing Sanctuary. I like to holistically consider all aspects of my patients’ health, including physical, emotional, and current mental state.

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Joseph Armbruster, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC 

Family Nurse Practitioner 

I was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri and lived there for 38 years. I chose nursing as a way to help others, and began my nursing career working in neurosurgery patient care and neurology research. I met my future wife and moved to Elko, Nevada where I continued working for 14 years before getting my Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Purdue University. 

As a Family Nurse Practitioner, I enjoyed working with children in a pediatric clinic. I felt that my purpose was to help others better their lives physically by sharing the wisdom and knowledge I had acquired in my medical practices.

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Kylee Schaat, APRN, MSN, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner 

I received my Associates from BYU-I in Nursing in 2015. I continued to pursue my education by receiving my Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Frontier Nursing University of Versailles, Kentucky in 2022. I chose this education path for Frontier’s nationally recognized high rating for Family Nurse Practitioner Master’s Program. I want to continue my education even further by becoming certified in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy & Thyroid Therapy as well. 

One of the many things that drew me to The Healing Sanctuary was its advanced practice in Integrative Medicine and want to pursue my Functional Medicine Certifications. I have prior experience working in Labor & Delivery, Oncology and ER Departments. I went into medicine to provide overall healing, identify underlying issues and be a patient focused provider. I’m excited to be able to offer traditional and more holistic sides of medicine to assure the best outcome for my patients. 

I was born and raised in Rigby, Idaho and have no plan on moving away from this beautiful area. I have two daughters that I love traveling and exploring with. In my free time I love to ski, cycle and go on adventures with my family.

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Nicole

Lead Medical Assistant

I am currently going to college to further my education. My overall goal is to become a Nurse Practioner and help patient of my own on their healing journey. I am very passionate about the Medical Field and grew up in a family of nurses, doctors, and other medical personal. I have worked in the medical field for over 8 years now including Mental Health, OBGYN, Prosthetics, Family Practice and also at Idaho Falls Community Hospital.

I love functional and integrative medicine and how passionate Dr. Baker is about helping his patients and his overall goal for the clinic. I also was drawn to the calming atmosphere The Healing Sanctuary has and how welcoming it is. I enjoy seeing and getting to know the patients every day and being apart of their healing journey.

I was born in raised in Idaho and love living here. I have a beautiful daughter and a golden retriever that both love cuddles. I enjoy the outdoors, dancing, camping, riding horses, and reading. My daughter and I spend our free time going for walks with our dog, watching movies, and love shopping. We also enjoy traveling to Boise to visit and spend time with family.

 

Rachael

Medical Assistant

I graduated from BYU-I with my Associates in Medical Assisting. I have previously worked in family medicine and pediatrics.  I love enteracting with people and being able to help them feel better. I believe in the importance of the role that alternative medicine plays in treating and healing patients. 

When I’m not working, I am either crafting or exploring the outdoors.

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Michelle

Medical Assistant

I’m originally from San Diego and recently moved to Idaho. I was an EMT for 22 years and have been a certified medical assistant for the last 9. I have previous work experience in functional medicine and find it very rewarding to assist patients on thier health and wellness journies. I enjoy building close relationships with patients and being able to see their progress through the integrative medicine approach.

My husband and I have 4 children and 2 dogs that we love doing outdoor activies with!

Megan

Medical Assistant

I have my CNA license and my Associate’s degree. I love studying the brain and body relationship and am continuing my education by double majoring in Healthcare Administration in Psychology. I have worked as a Medical Assistant for 1 year now. I love working with multiple providers and working with patients. 

I’m from Idaho Falls and just love the summers here. I like to be outside in the sun, going to the gym, any water activity and napping. I started coming to The Healing Sanctuary as a patient actually and saw Dr. Baker and the IV staff. I had such amazing results with getting my health back on track that I wanted to join the medical field and help others achieve the same thing!

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Anhelica

Medical Assistant

I have an associates degree in Paramedic Science and started out working as a CNA in nursing homes and home health. I then spent 5 years working as a CNA/Clerk in the Emergency Room at EIRMC. I also worked 3 years doing phlebotomy at a plasma donation center. I love the side of medicine that is more worried about the patient and getting to the actual cause of sickness rather than just treating symptoms. It creates a caring and welcoming environment that makes you want to go to work every day.

I was born and raise in Idaho Falls and love the area. I have an almost 2 year old that has just been the light of my life. I enjoy spending as much time as I can with him just watching him grow. I also enjoy hiking and paddle boarding in the summer. These are my most relaxing pass times when I’m able to get out there.

Maren

Hyperbarics Technician

I was raised in Idaho Falls and moved away to the East Coast for awhile before returning to Idaho. I am 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 I love the most about my job.

I love spending time with my family and friends. In my free time, I enjoy boating, hiking and traveling. We have two German shorthair pointers that are spoiled rotten.

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Kathy

Phlebotomist/IV Department

I have been a Certified Phlebotomist for more than 9 years and 5 of those spent as a phlebotomy trainer. I enjoy being part of The Healing Sanctuary team which allows me to provide “options” for people rather than simply treating symptoms.

I find it rewarding to focus on the health and well-being of others. I love working in health care than leans more towards preventative care. I feel that being able to understand your health is your greatest asset and greatest liability. 

Arynne

Arynne

Registered Nurse/IV Specialist

I received my 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 me.  While attending the University of Utah, I had the opportunity to work at the University Hospital and the Huntsman Cancer Hospital as an undergraduate student, sparking my interest in healthcare and nursing.

I have a strong love for dance and currently teaches ballet when I’m not at The Healing Sanctuary. I love to spend time together with my family and often host family game nights.

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Marion

Registered Nurse/IV Specialist

I received my Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Ricks College. I love learning about new therapies and advances in health care. I have over twenty years of experience in nursing and helping people on their journey to better health is very rewarding for me.

I was raised in southeast Missouri, and currently live in Jefferson County. In my spare time, I love reading and hiking on the Menan Buttes with my husband. My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family, especially my granddaughter!

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Kimberly Wheeler, RN

Medspa Director

I am a Registered Nurse and have worked in the medical field since 2008. I graduated with my RN from Idaho State University, and have spent time working in various areas such as: NICU, OB, Well Baby Nursery, and Psych/Mental Health. I am also a Registered Cosmetologist, and worked in the salon previously known as Regis for four years before going back to school to receive my RN. 

I am from the Blackfoot area, and was married in 1997 to my high school sweetheart after he returned home from his mission. We they have 3 children.

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Angel

Aesthetic Patient Coordinator

I was a Patient Care Coordinator for 5 years at Trident Hospital in South Carolina, and a Chiropractic Assistant who also practiced Integrative Medicine for 8 years.  People are my passion!” and “We focus on getting them well on the inside and then looking their best on the outside” are some of my favorite quotes.

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, I have also lived in Andrews, Texas, and Augusta, Georgia before moving to Idaho. I love the beach and am obsessed with all things designer, especially shoes! I married my best friend and we have a 24-year-old son who lives in Georgia.  We love traveling, cooking, golfing, camping, and shopping together. 

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Mey

Esthetician

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I was born and raised in Costa Rica and have been in Idaho for the last 12 years. I went into aesthetics because I love skin care and the self care that goes along with it. I love helping people feel better about themselves and helping them grow their confidence. I have prior experience in a medical spa specializing in laser treatments and body sculpting. I love the advancements in the medical field and learning new techniques and procedures. 

I have two amazing kids that I love spending my free time with. You can also catch me watching movies, cuddling up with a good book, crafting, scrapbooking and crocheting!

Front Desk

Darla

Lead Receptionist

I previously worked as Front Desk Coordinator in Boise at a recovery, chronically homeless, and veterans facility. I am excited to be able to help my team and my community while promoting wellness and health.

I recently returned home to Idaho Falls after living in Boise for 25 years. In my free time, I love spending time with my grandkids and participating in all of their activities. I also enjoy camping and relaxing at natural hot springs, attending live music and theater, yoga and meditation as well as going to art shows and lectures.

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Noemy

Receptionist

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I entered the medical field because I enjoy helping people and talking to patients. I has prior experience working at a family medical practice.

Originally from Mexico, I have lived in Idaho Falls for most of my life. In my free time I like going to Hebgen Lake and watching baseball games with my family. I am a mother of 5 children and love every minute of it.

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Ashley

Receptionist

I enjoy keeping things organized and talking with people that come into the clinic. I have recently moved back from Boise to be closer to family, and am excited for the opportunity to help people at The Healing Sanctuary.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading books and going out with friends. I also love spending time with my dog, Zeppelin, and my two birds, Lola and Peek-a-boo.
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Vanessa

Receptionist

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I am originally from Rexburg, ID and grew up in Idaho Falls. I am excited to meet patients and make sure their experience is above and beyond.

In my free time, I like to spend time with my kids, go swimming, fishing and play at the park. We also love watching football and basketball!

Billing Dept

Becky-Lyn

Billing Specialist

I have been in the medical field for the last 26 years and have worked in reception, customer service, medical billing, as well as collecting. I enjoy being in our Billing Department and helping patients understand their insurance coverage and help our facility grow & prosper.

I have moved around my whole life, being what you call an “Air Force Brat.” I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Oporto, Portugal. I am a transplant from Seattle, moving to the Blackfoot area to be closer to family and to help my parents due to some health concerns.

Emily

Billing Specialist

I obtained my CPC credential in 2016 from AAPC after graduating from Bonneville High School. I have been working in the medical billing and coding industry since 2015 and have worked in multiple specialties including Radiology, Anesthesia, and ABA. I love The Healing Sanctuary of the culture and drive behind the people who introduced me to the clinic as a patient.

I grew up in Idaho Falls and have since moved to Blackfoot. I enjoy gaming, TTRPGs, watching tv and movies, and hanging out with friends.

Angela

Billing Specialist

I enjoy the challenges and rewards of billing and watching patients get the care they need. I am an Idaho Falls native having lived here my entire life!

When not at work, I enjoy camping and hanging out with my husband and son.  My favorite past time is reading and I especially enjoy mystery novels.

Melanie

Billing Specialist

I have over 10 years experience working in medical billing, and even helped establish and run a grant to promote Colorectal Cancer Screening.
I’m originally from Pocatello, but have also lived in Texas for about 6 years before moving back to Idaho. I have two cats and am a huge Star Trek fan! In my spare time, I enjoy doing cross stitch and crocheting.