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Faculty of the Stress to Success S.H.I.F.T. Institute

Our team boasts some of the best in their fields, all of which are here to help you make the SHIFT you need to obtain 360 degrees of success in all areas of your life!

Dr. Irene Cop MD, DC - CEO, Founder, and Elite Performance Trainer

Because of her own catastrophic burnout and near-fatal experience, Dr. Irene’s passionate about guiding others in shifting from stress to success, and repairing the root causes of their burnout in a unique way. To heal against all odds, she developed an innovative protocol that she now uses with clients all over the world to help them bounce back to even better than they were before.Her comprehensive background and expertise:

Spans both Eastern and Western medicine, as a Medical Doctor and Doctor of ChiropracticIncludes extensive training in Acupuncture, Neuroplasticity, Elite Performance Psychology, Leadership, Stress Management, Neurophysiological Meditation, and ResilienceShe’s helpedover 200,000 people feel and live betterShe’s the host of the internationally-acclaimed podcast,The Stress to Success S.H.I.F.T.

Dr. Dan Cardellichio DC - Director of Functional Medicine & Men's Health

Dr. Dan Cardellichio brings over 30 years of business and clinical experience, as well as his vast knowledge of functional nutrition to The Stress to Success S.H.I.F.T. Institute.

Dr. Dan is a Leader and Educator in the field of Metabolic Nutrition and Functional Biochemistry, and he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Bridgeport.

You’ll find that Dr. Dan is a dynamic, energetic, captivating, and thought-provoking speaker and coach, as he leads up our world-class Functional Medicine Faculty team.

Dr. Amelia Scott Barrett MD - Stanford-trained Neurologist, Director of Neurology

Amelia Scott Barrett, MD is a Stanford-trained neurologist who teaches the latest brain health science and tools to people with headaches and chronic pain.

She’s passionate about empowering individuals to change their lives by tapping into the brain’s natural capacity to heal.

Dr. Eric Smith DC - Director of Elite Performance Fitness

Dr. Eric Smith specializes in helping busy professionals manage nutrition, exercise, and habit program that will fit into their lives while allowing them to still reach their goals.

It is Dr. Smith’s goal to help as many people as possible grow their businesses to the levels that the owner has dreamed it could be.

By utilizing his knowledge, experience, connections, and online learning platform, he has helped many business owners – including those outside of healthcare – to grow.

Dr. Achina Stein DO - Functional Psychiatrist, Director of Mental Health

Dr. Achina Stein is an osteopathic physician (DO) and a board-certified psychiatrist for over 25 years.

Her osteopathic roots set her apart from the conventional psychiatrists because of her use of osteopathic philosophy and bio-psycho-social treatment approach.

She has understood the limitations of conventional treatment with medication and has continually searched for other modalities of treatment.She is:Bullet List

  • A certified functional medicine practitioner

  • A Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association

  • An Azarias Energy Healer

  • Awarded the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award by NAMI-RI in 2008

  • A former Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

  • Author of the best-selling book,

  • “What If It’s Not Depression?”

Michael Ostrolenk, MA, MFT - Director of Human Relationships & Resilience

Michael Ostrolenk has decades of experience with guiding others to better relationships with themselves and others, as well as showing them how to develop restorative resilience, and optimize their health.

To that end, he’s worked with clients in the following fields:

  • Transpersonal Counselling Psychology

  • Somatic psychology

  • Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Spiral Dynamics

  • Master Coach

  • Transformational leadership

Laurie Villareal - Director of Women's Health

Laurie Villarreal is a certified Health Coach, Functional Nutrition practitioner and Fitness expert, specializing in women’s health and hormones.

Laurie’s passionate about helping high-achieving, purpose-driven women achieve success in all areas of life – knowing they can help others and live their most amazing life too!

Doug Thorpe, MBA - Executive Coach

Doug’s bio is extensive, so here’s a synopsis:

  • More than 40 years of success in executive leadership, management, and small business

  • Broad areas of expertise include leadership development, servant leadership, business consulting and advisory, executive coaching, career coaching, workshop facilitation, seminar presentations, operations management, growth strategy, and process improvements.

  • Has held leadership positions at organizations including JPM Chase, Texas Commerce Bank, Profile Business Systems LLC, and SolomonEdwards Group LLC.

  • He is also a serial entrepreneur, having built five different companies.

  • MBA

  • John Maxwell Certified Business Coach

  • SOLID Certified Executive Leadership Coach

  • Certified in Hogan Assessments

  • Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and an associate of the Institute of Coaching at McLean, Harvard Medical School

  • Author of five books including, The Uncommon Commodity: Common Sense Guide for First Time Managers STRIVE for Job Search Success, and Trust at Work

  • His podcast, Leadership Powered By Common Sense, is rated in the top 10% of the business genre.

Gerry Linarducci - Business and Financial Coach

Gerry Linarducci is a well-respected expert in the financial services industry, with an extensive 30-year history as a Retirement Income Specialist, Coach, and Mentor to others.Over his career, he’s earned several awards for leadership and financial excellence, all while enjoying tremendous success.

Ducci leads by example, with a passion and the experience to change people’s lives for the better.

Dr. Laura DeCesaris DC - Women’s Metabolic Health Expert

Dr. Laura DeCesaris DC MS, helps high-performing women – especially those over the age of 30 – optimize their mind, muscle, and metabolic health, using personalized wellness strategies.

You can find her contributions in outlets such as Forbes, NBC News, Greatist, Parade, Well + Good, and other publications.

Elizabeth Yarnell ND - Autoimmune Condition Expert

Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, Elizabeth Yarnell has been busy studying how to manage autoimmunity naturally as a traditional naturopath and Certified LEAP Therapist.

She’s worked with hundreds of MS and other autoimmune sufferers in her nationwide clinic using unique, personalized natural therapies to empower them to reclaim their health.

She’s also:

  • A TEDx speaker

  • An award-winning author, whose cookbook has sold more than 60,000 copies

  • A patented inventor

  • Has been featured on such outlets as CBS, NBC, ABC, and PBS as well as in Good Housekeeping, Health, and Martha Stewart Living Radio

Kate Vazquez MMS, PA - Women's Anxiety Expert

Kate is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Physician Assistant who has worked in cardiology, emergency, and urgent care.

She’s been there, having suffered from anxiety, despite seemingly having it all together on the outside.

So, she’s passionate about helping other women recover from anxiety so that they can enjoy life to the fullest!