Dr. John Cassone
MS, MSAOM, PhD, LAc, DAOM, Diplo OM
Dr. Cassone began his career thirty years ago using lifestyle modifications and nutritional therapies with the goal of reducing chronic illness and ultimately improving the quality of life for those he serves. He holds a master's degree in clinical nutrition, a Ph.D. in clinical nutrition, a second master's degree in clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, and acupuncture, and a second doctorate in integrative medicine (DAOM). He has the highest level of education available in the field of Functional Medicine and has effectively treated patients from all over the world. Dr. Cassone is a board certified licensed Primary Care provider in the state of California, is nationally certified (NCCAOM), teaches seminars to licensed providers, is a Professor of Clinical Nutrition at South Baylo University, has a black belt in Krav Maga, and has published three books.
"As a scientist and a researcher, it has been my life's work to sort effectual from ineffectual treatment models. As a doctor, it is my art to investigate the complex origins of each patient's condition and to apply techniques of corrective physiology. It is only by understanding and treating the root cause that long term health is possible." - Dr. Cassone
In 2000, Dr. Cassone opened and operated Range of Motion, a fitness center located in San Pedro, California which grew to become a South Bay leader in fitness & wellness (it was forced to close in August 2020 due to COVID restrictions in Los Angeles County on all gyms). The main practice is located in Temecula, California however he is able to treat patients anywhere using modern technologies and internet conferencing from his home office located in Columbia, Tennessee.
Kelly Cassone, CME
Clinical Director, Certified Medical Esthetician
Over 20 years ago Kelly owned and operated Skin Wellness Center. Her staff included Registered Nurses, Licensed Massage Therapists, Medical Estheticians, and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Her knowledge in clinic operations and patient care makes it possible for a patient-centered practice.
As Clinical Director, Kelly is the liaison between the providers and the patients and oversees all care. She monitors treatment plans, answers questions, and provides coaching through the lifestyle changes that are sometimes needed during holistic care. Kelly is also the main educator for our skin care team.
MSAOM, Diplo OM, LAc and Lead Practitioner
After years of sitting behind a desk stressed out, he accrued his own array of physical and emotional ailments, which became the catalyst for traveling abroad in search of a healthier lifestyle. Although deeply enriching, it left him even more sick and tired. He then turned to Dr. Cassone as a patient and, through his own healing, found a deep level of meaning and purpose in Holistic Medicine. He has since committed himself to the study and practice of Holistic Medicine with the goal of offering patients lasting relief.
John Finnell is a board licensed Acupuncturist in the State of California, and carries a National Certification in Oriental Medicine. He graduated with honors from South Baylo University with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has received two distinguished Clinical Awards for outstanding patient care and three Academic Awards for outstanding academic achievement.
MFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Melissa is a published author and graduated top in her class at California Southern University. Many of our patients need additional support in regards to marriage, parenting, and any of the challenges of life that bring stress, anxiety, and/or depression. She has a unique relationship to the military veterans and Christian communities but offers insights and life tools useful to everyone. Melissa offers both group and private appointments (click this link for scheduling and location information). The Cassone Wellness team is pleased to have access to her much needed services.
Dr. Megan Miramontes
MSAOM, LAc, Diplo OM, DACM
Dr. Megan L. Miramontes was born and raised in Southern California. At a young age she suffered with severe allergies and asthma for which she tried endless western medications and treatments to no avail. Desperate for a remedy she discovered acupuncture and Chinese medicine which not only relieved her allergy and asthma symptoms but improved her overall health and quality of life. She knew at that time, this was the career path she would pursue and dreamed of one day restoring and improving the health of others by means of acupuncture.
Dr. Miramontes attended Southern California University of Health Sciences where she is now a professor. She graduated from SCU with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2016. Eager to further her education, she then elected to pursue her Doctoral degree and in 2018 she earned her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College.
Dr. Kalena Yost
MSAOM, LAc, Diplo OM, DACM
Dr. Kalena M. Yost, DACM graduated from Pacific College of Health and Science in 2007 with her masters in Traditional Eastern Medicine and went on to receive her Doctorate in acupuncture and herbal medicine in 2018. Dr. Kalena is in her fourth year of practice and began her journey when she lost her mother too young from the harsh interventions that western medicine administered when she found out she had cancer. Dr. Kalena is passionate about helping others using Eastern medicine to not only survive with serious health conditions but more importantly thrive and find the best overall quality of life to enrich their lives.
Rico Zavalee, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
Massage Therapist and Doctoral Student
Like many healers, Rico began his journey with medicine after suffering his own ailments that eventually led him to Holistic Medicine. After several successful treatments, he credits Dr. Cassone with sparking the fire that led him to begin his DACM degree. His Doctoral program required him to take a massage course early on to better understand the healing element of touch. After the first course, the importance of massage as a component of holistic healing resonated with him and he began taking every massage course he could. Having accrued over 500 hours of massage training in the classroom and countless more learning from exceptional therapists in the field, Rico, to the best of his ability, looks forward to helping others find relief and tranquility.
Rico Zavalee is a Certified Massage Therapist in the State of California, and is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM). He received his bodywork training at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. There he learned to combine techniques from several massage modalities, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Tui Na, Thai, and Foot Reflexology. Rico is also a Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist.
Certified Personal Trainer
Fitness and Health has been in Siena's family professionally for three decades. Fitness played a major role in Siena's own health moving from fatigue and weight gain to full of energy and athletic. It has become her personal passion and highest goal to take Cassone Wellness patients to the next level in their fitness. Siena tailors exercise routines to specific body types using combinations of high intensity, strength and flexibility training, along with cardiovascular exercises to ensure all aspects of fitness are improved.
Kathleen takes great pride in developing services and hand-picks products utilized while helping her clients achieve their skincare goals. Kathleen places a huge emphasis on professional development and continues to advance her education and skills.
“It is my promise to provide you with exceptional customer service and go the extra mile to address your concerns with the utmost professionalism and care. Skin and beauty are more than a career, they're my passion!”
Stephanie has been practicing skincare for almost 20 years and has experience in several advanced modalities of skincare and waxing. She loves helping my clients by customizing treatments to fit their specific skincare needs. Being in the beauty industry since she was 17 has given her the ability to truly look at the big picture when it comes to skincare and customized treatments.
Herb Pharmacy Assistant
Rebekah manages the herbal pharmacy. She has a high attention to detail for organization and ensures that customized formulas are made correctly for each patient. The prescriptions come from the medical team to the Clinical Director and then to Rebekah for production. She checks double checks for accuracy and proper labeling before getting herbs into the lobby on time and shipped to our patients around the country. She has become an invaluable part of the Cassone Wellness team.