Our Team

Our Health Providers

Dr. Jeffrey B. Baker, MD
Chief Medical Officer
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Dr. Jeffrey B. Baker, MD
Chief Medical Officer
I am the owner and founder of The Healing Sanctuary. I have dreamed of doing this for over 10 years and now making a big investment to make it happen.

I help patients with all their health care needs and questions with a more balanced and holistic mind set looking to find the source of the issues instead of just treating the symptoms. I am a continual learner and never seem to quit in helping patients in new and better ways for their health

I am 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. I also use some ayurvedic medicine as well

I love to garden and take care of my yard. I love to travel with my wife and see new places. I love learning and attending new educational conference to make me a better resource for patient healing

I have five children and twelve grandkids. All my children are married but the youngest. My brothers and sister all live in Idaho Falls where I was raised and I am the son of he late Drostan Baker, MD, who worked in Idaho Falls from 1957 till his death from a brain tumor in 1994.

Thanks for trusting us with your health!

Teresa Blair, WHNP-BC CNM
Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife
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Teresa Blair, WHNP-BC CNM
Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife
I have always wanted to be a nurse. In my youth I was often found helping with the births of kittens, puppies, and lambs. I was fascinated with new life. I proceeded through nursing school at Salt Lake Community College and Brigham Young University-Idaho and began the path of helping women learn about their bodies, their needs during birth, and how to feel empowered with knowledge and understanding. I love teaching women how to care for their bodies and improve their lives. I have spent the last 20 years caring for laboring mothers and sick infants in the NICU. I spent two years in the adult ICU setting further developing my skills. I continued my education at the University of Utah where I studied midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioner specialties, earning my doctoral degree. I feel that this course of study allows me to better care for women with the most up-to-date information, empowering women to make the best choices for their life.

As an Army brat, I was born in Nevada and raised around the United States. I have three boys, one girl, two grandchildren and the most supportive husband ever. I spend my limited free time quilting, gardening, shopping and being outdoors.


Dr. Karen Bender, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, RN
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Dr. Karen Bender, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, RN
I am the Naturopathic Doctor at The Healing Sanctuary. I am passionate about working with you in finding the root cause of illness. I collaborate with you to develop personalized nutrition and lifestyle plans to support optimal well-being for every part of you: mind, body, and spirit. I deeply believe that food is medicine that has the power to heal profoundly. I specialize in stress management, nutritional counseling, weight loss, digestive problems, insomnia, thyroid disease, food and seasonal allergies, autoimmune disease, anxiety, depression, and fatigue. I also love to teach hands-on workshops and group discussions on a variety of health topics ranging from meditation to medicinal plant walks. My goal is for you reach optimal health and live to your full potential in a way that only you can!

I received my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at one of the United States’ foremost institutions of science-based natural medicine, Bastyr University, in Kenmore, Washington. Previously, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arizona, and practiced as a registered nurse for three years. I feel that the integration of these two disciplines - traditional and naturopathic medicine- allows me to offer a unique perspective on health that I am excited to bring to The Healing Sanctuary. I am a member of the Idaho and Washington Associations of Naturopathic Physicians as well as the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

When I am not at the clinic you will find me in the mountains hiking, rock climbing, or on my bike. I first fell in love with the area on a cross-country solo bike trip from Jackson to Bozeman. When I saw the Tetons for the first time, I knew I had to climb to the top, which I did a few years later and look forward to doing again hopefully this summer. I am also passionate about gardening and teaching people about local medicinal plants, dancing, and doing yoga.

I share my love for cooking, gardening and the outdoors with my mother, with whom I am very close. I share my love for cycling and the outdoors with my dear brother and sister (who live in deserts, and I wish lived closer). My father died when I was young, but I stay and feel connected to his memory when I climb mountains. I have many close friends I have stayed in touch with over the years scattered across the country who are like family to me. I have only been in the area for a short period and I am profoundly grateful for the love and welcome I have received by the community of Idaho Falls.

Jordan Hale, PA-C
Physician Assistant
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Jordan Hale, PA-C
Physician Assistant
I am a Physician Assistant - as a PA, I prefer to be called Jordan as I think of my father as Mr. Hale! Here at the Healing Sanctuary I practice family medicine, men’s health, integrative and functional medicine, pediatrics, and women’s health. I absolutely love integrative/functional medicine and helping patients treat their concerns and problems by treating the underlying cause. I love that I am able to take ample time with my patients here to truly understand what is going on with their health. It is also amazing to see how much more patients' lives improve with this type of medicine. Some of the additional things I do here include hormone replacement therapy, prolotherapy injections for joint pain, and IRR injections for asthma or breathing problems (an alternative treatment for asthma).

I graduated from Salus University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with my Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies. I also received a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Brigham Young University Idaho. During my training at Salus University I had the privilege and blessing of training under Dr. Jeff Baker who helped set a path for me to integrative medicine. Before coming to the Healing Sanctuary, I practiced as a PA in central California in a family practice clinic. I love that I have an education in conventional medicine but that I can also practice the alternative and more natural medicine that we often do here at the Healing Sanctuary. I believe that both Western and Eastern medicine are important and am so grateful to have a knowledge of both.

When I am not at work or trying to deepen my knowledge of medicine (which I really enjoy in some of my spare time) I enjoy being in the outdoors. I also like playing sports, riding my bike, and enjoying the sun. To relax I will play my ukulele, read books, watch my favorite TV series or sports game, and take care of my chickens. I love variety and often am trying new things and hobbies.

My favorite thing to do is to be with my family. Together with my wife and two kiddos we enjoy being in the outdoors and playing games together. We love exploring new places, going on bike rides, hiking, and camping when the weather is nice. We miss the beaches of California but love the lakes and mountains of Idaho. Despite the miserable winters we are happy to be back in the great state of Idaho. I feel very blessed to be a part of the Healing Sanctuary.

Lindsay Venn, PA-C
Physician Assistant
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Lindsay Venn, PA-C
Physician Assistant
I am a Physician Assistant and Registered Dietitian working at the Healing Sanctuary. As a Physician Assistant there isn’t a designated title or something I expect to be called. Some are utilizing the ‘PA’ and their last name, but I prefer to be called by my first name, I like interactions with my patients to be comfortable and easy. I will be taking care of patients with a variety of needs at the Healing Sanctuary. As a PA, I am able to take care of any and all of your medical needs. As an RD, I have a lot of experience and knowledge in nutrition and like to add dietary advice and interventions to help you better achieve your goals and avoid pharmaceuticals if possible.

I have a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies which I recently completed at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. I also have a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Idaho in Moscow. I am current with my licensing in both and intend to maintain those throughout my career. I also completed several graduate courses in Exercise Physiology from Colorado State University as I had a strong interest in exercise as well as nutrition before pursuing my PA.

Outside of work I like to do just about anything outdoors. I run regularly for exercise and mental wellness but I also enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, golfing, and snow and water skiing. I have a very large yard which my boys and I really enjoy, so I spend a lot of time in upkeep as well as just enjoying the peace it brings us. The other activity that occupies much of my time is watching my teenage boys play sports, they are very active in football and baseball and we spend a lot of time at games or playing around in the backyard. They are a big part of all the outdoor activities I enjoy. For indoor activities I LOVE to cook; trying new things, finding new recipes, and adding more variety to our menu is something I thoroughly enjoy.

I am a single mom of two teenage boys who my life tends to revolve around, I wouldn’t have it any other way. They are great students, great athletes, avid outdoorsmen, and are turning into wonderful young gentlemen. They make me very proud. We just got a new puppy, he is a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Doss. He is darling and a great addition to our lives, we are looking forward to all the joy he will bring to our family.

Our Great Staff

Celeste Barron, CPC-A
Financial Services
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Celeste Barron, CPC-A
Financial Services
Gwyn Grabner, RDMS
Ultrasonographer
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Gwyn Grabner, RDMS
Ultrasonographer
My name is Gwyn Grabner, I am the ultrasonographer here at the Healing Sanctuary. My official title is Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS). I do all the ultrasounds in-house for our physicians and PA’s. So if you are wanting to see the inside of your body, I’m your lady! And for all the new momma’s out there….I absolutely love showing you your new baby growing, yawning, kicking and all their little parts and pieces. I enjoy explaining everything you are seeing as I am scanning and making your time with me enjoyable and educational. F.Y.I. I’m am not an ultrasound technician – those are people who FIX ultrasound machines.

I received my Associates Degree in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound in Greenville, North Carolina in 2000 and have been practicing ultrasound since 1998. After receiving my AS degree, I went on to register in different modalities of ultrasound; Obstetrics, Gynecology, Abdomen and Fetal Echo. In June 2017, I will have 19 years of experience in ultrasonography. So, please know that when you come to the Healing sanctuary, you will be getting the best possible ultrasound care and physicians who know what to do with that information.

Outside of work, I volunteer for the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography) as an Item Writer for Fetal Echo. This basically means I help to write the questions for the Fetal Echo Registry Board examinations. I recently moved to Idaho in January of this year to join the staff here at the Healing Sanctuary from the sunny state of Florida. What a transition it has been! I believe I arrived on the most frigid day of January you had, I can’t say I have experienced anything like that before! And I can’t forget to mention that I absolutely get tickled over it snowing in April and May! As everyone around me is frowning, I am giggling like crazy! It is so pretty and enjoyable (when it doesn’t stick). I sure got tired of the overwhelming heat in Florida after 46 years. So now we like to get out and explore Idaho and try new things and discover new places. We love to hike, explore caves, white water raft, horse-back ride and anything that we can do with our 3 dogs.

I have been married for over 24 years to my husband, David, who is retired Air Force after 22 yrs. He is an avid golfer and has yet to find someone to go golf with….any takers? We have a 21 year old son who is active duty military and lives about 5 hours from us in Montana. We enjoy visiting as much as possible and watching him streetcar race on the weekends. We have 3 spoiled dogs that are also our children: Mia-a boxer, Bo-a boxer/English bulldog mix, and Gracie-a French bulldog. They have a love/hate relationship with each other but keep us entertained.

Erika Resendiz, MA
Medical Assistant
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Erika Resendiz, MA
Medical Assistant
I am a Certified Medical Assistant at The Healing Sanctuary. I work directly with Dr. Baker, but also assist the other providers in the office as needed. I have been a Medical Assistant for almost five years. The first four years of my Medical Assisting career I worked closely with Dr. Baker. I then moved away from the area for a couple months, but I am back and excited to get back into women's health. I am one of the firs people you encounter before your visit with your provider here at The Healing Sanctuary. I will always greet you with a smile. I may be the MA checking you in and getting your vitals, I can also draw blood, give injections, assist in procedures, and schedule appointments.

I was born, raised, and went to school here in Idaho Falls. I went to Temple View Elementary, Eagle Rock Jr. High and graduated from Skyline High School in 2009. After that I started attending Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC) and graduated in 2012 with an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Medical Assisting. I am part of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

When I am not in the office working, I enjoy traveling and going on road trips. Some of my favorite places to travel to are Boise, Salt Lake City, and Seattle (Go Seahawks!) I love music and also travel a lot for different concerts. I go to 5+ concerts a year. I also really enjoy arts and crafts when I have the time and space.

Tyrie McWilliams, RN
Supervising Nurse
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Tyrie McWilliams, RN
Supervising Nurse
I am beyond excited to be a part of the Healing Sanctuary team! I am a Registered Nurse and on most days you can find me in the IV therapy room, working with our highly trained IV therapy staff.

I have had the pleasure of working in the medical field for the last 13 years in many different capacities as a CNA, LPN, and RN. I received my RN degree from Eastern Idaho Technical College in 2013. I love that the Healing Sanctuary treats their patients with a holistic approach and enjoy seeing our patients get better!

In my free time, I love to read a good book, watch a juicy series on television, and enjoy riding shotgun on our Harley with my husband. With the wind in my hair, I like to think I can solve the entire world's problems! Don't tell anyone, but I secretly love to play the slots! I am an eternal optimist and am quite certain I'm one pull away from the big jackpot, fame and fortune (My husband, on the other hand is not so sure and either is his wallet). I consider myself the human version of Dori from Finding Nemo, anything with bells and whistles is sure to distract my attention...

I am happily married to my soulmate, Ben. We have three children, Riley, Sayge and Kayden, who are all nearly grown...we are soon to be emptynesters! My family are my pride and joy and as you get to know me, you are likely to hear me bragging about one or all of them! We are currently in the market for a new pet and my dream is to have a labradoodle. I just have to convince my husband that we need a puppy in our lives...keep your fingers crossed for me will you???


Kazmin Nye, MLT
Lab Technician
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Kazmin Nye, MLT
Lab Technician
My job here is medical lab tech. My title is MLT (ASCP). I draw blood, I give injections, … I do whatever anybody tells me to do. That might change in the future ;>}

I attended Weber State University. I graduated with an Associates Degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

I love to read, shop, decorate and spend time with my friends and family. I am also a huge sports fan. Being from the Bay Area, I root for my San Francisco Giants and never miss a game…(my husband got me the MLB channel for Mother’s Day last year). I’m also a big Warrior fan…Go Steph Curry!

I have been married to my husband, Matt, for 29 years, he works for Melaleuca as the Director of Communications. We have two beautiful daughters. Abby is 23…she is married and works for Dr. Mark Hoover…My youngest, Londyn is 20…she is a student at BYU-I and also works part-time for Melaleuca. Last but not least is our sweet, little, Indiana-Jones Nye. He is a 100 pound Boxer who has cancer and a mass in his chest. He was scheduled to be put down in February but he rallied, and we are spoiling him rotten until it’s time for him to go.

Stephen Loosli, MSc
CEO
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Stephen Loosli, MSc
CEO
Tammi Enkey
Reception Scheduling
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Tammi Enkey
Reception Scheduling
I've worked with The Healing Sanctuary since we opened in January. I'm the medical receptionist and work up at the front desk. I schedule patients and help them in their way in and out of the clinic. I love talking with patients and helping them in any way that I can. It's a joy getting to know you and learn more about your interests and families.

I graduated from Brigham Young University Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marriage and Family Studies. I attended BYUI over 10 years ago but finished my degree online while my husband was deployed in Afghanistan.

I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, trying new foods, reading, outdoor activities, board games, and playing the piano. I love smoothies but love chips and salsa even more. I've lived multiple places including in Europe and enjoy learning more about other cultures.

I've been married to my husband, William, since October 2007. We just got out of the military in December 2016. We have three wonderful sons named Joseph, Samuel, and Malachi. They are my world.