Our brains and bodies are composed of billions of tiny, yet powerful, cells called neurons. Neurons play an important role in how a person thinks, feels, behaves, and relates with others. They impact all aspects of health, from cognitive and emotional wellbeing to a person’s ability to ward off illness or heal a flesh wound. The structure of a neuron resembles that of a tree with an extensive root system (dendrites), a trunk (soma and primary axon), and profuse branches (axon branches). Each of these “trees” is linked with countless others through connections called synapses. A grove of nearly 100 billion neurons and trillions of synapses makes up what we call the brain; but, it doesn’t stop there! These 100 billion neurons connect with a billion more neurons in the spinal cord, which connect with about 40,000 neurons in the heart, 100 million neurons in the gut, and countless other neurons throughout the rest of the body.
Thus, the brain and body are so intricately interconnected in this giant web of a nervous system that it is impossible for one to operate independently from the other. Each has a powerful influence on the other, for better or worse. When in balance, they work together in beautiful harmony to promote the overall health of the human biome. On the flip side, when one component is out of balance, it may pull others down with it. Thus, to be most effective in our attempts to heal our brain, mind, or body, we must target the whole system through a comprehensive, whole-person approach. NeuroGrove’s Integrative Neurotherapy approach does just that!
The word “heal” literally means “to make whole.” Our vision is to assist our clients in their journeys toward optimal wellness of the brain, mind, body, and spirit so they can become the best versions of themselves. We also strive to educate clients and the community about various aspects of brain-body health, pulling from the wisdom of neuroscience, psychology, medicine (Western and Eastern), somatics, and nutrition.
Clients of NeuroGrove will receive a comprehensive assessment to assess overall brain-body function and reveal the neurophysiological factors that likely underlie their symptoms. We will then design a holistic, individualized neurotherapy plan in collaboration with the client’s goals, interests, strengths, and capabilities. We also “check in with the brain” periodically by doing regular update assessments, allowing us to track progress and make adjustments as necessary. All in all, we commit to doing our best in fully supporting our clients as they heal, grow, and become the best versions of themselves.
Our mission here at NeuroGrove is to drastically improve the fields of health and mental health by more effectively discovering and addressing the roots of physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges. It is surprising that the field of mental health is one of the only healthcare specialties that rarely even looks at the organ being treated: the brain. As such, one of our goals is that functional neuroimaging would become a standard diagnostic tool for determining the neurophysiological underpinnings of people’s pain and suffering.
We also strive to move our society’s healthcare system toward a more integrative treatment approach, allowing for maximal healing of the brain, mind, body, and spirit. For every client that walks through our door, our goal is to not only manage symptoms, but actually get them to a place of optimal functioning in their health, career, education, relationships, and life.
We are continuously learning and keeping up with the latest research to provide the best service to our clients, and we strive to continue educating others in the field to bring up the overall quality and effectiveness of healthcare. While much of the neurotherapy technology we use is still cutting-edge and unknown by the general population, it is our hope that increasing awareness, usage, and demand would ultimately allow these powerful interventions to be more affordable and accessible to populations around the world. It is our belief that if everyone could optimize their brain and become their best in the same way that our clients do, the entire world would be a better place.
Meet the Grove
DR. ASHLIE BELL, PHD, LCSW, BCN
Dr. Ashlie Bell is the founder and Clinical Director of NeuroGrove. She interprets all brain assessments, designs treatment plans, and oversees all client care at NeuroGrove. Dr. Bell is an internationally renowned brain health expert and respected leader in the fields of trauma, neurotherapy, and integrative mental health. She completed her doctoral degree from the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University, where she received the highest honor of the Dissertation with Distinction award.
Dr. Bell is also a licensed clinical social worker, public speaker, researcher, and published author. Furthermore, she has had the honor of training and studying directly under some of the most respected experts in the fields of neurofeedback, neurostimulation, biofeedback, and integrative mental health.
Through her own journey of complete healing from multiple concussions and nine years of systemic illness, Dr. Bell developed a strong passion for integrative brain-body wellness. She has now worked in the fields of health and mental health for over 16 years and is well-known for her specialized knowledge in brain-based assessments and interventions, as well as integrative mental health and the treatment of trauma-related challenges.
Dr. Bell is an esteemed member of the International Society for Neurofeedback Research (ISNR) and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). She is also board certified in neurofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). Dr. Bell’s passion, dedication, and commitment to excellence have led to several awards for her work, research, and merit, and she puts this same level of devotion toward each and every client we serve at NeuroGrove.
Dr. Bell has spent several years investigating the neurophysiological underpinnings of various physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges, as well as the interconnections between the brain and various systems of the body. She has dedicated her career to exploring and developing new approaches to healing the brain, mind, and body from prior physical and emotional harm in order to alleviate suffering and optimize overall wellness.
In her free time, Dr. Bell loves spending time in nature and engaging in a variety of outdoor activities. She also enjoys yoga, painting, dancing, playing music, reading, writing, and traveling.
Dr. Bell’s vision, passion, and dedication are at the core of NeuroGrove, and her heart for helping others has formed the foundation for all that we do.
DR. ABID HUSAIN, MD, FACC, ABAARM
Dr. Abid Husain serves as a Functional Medicine Practitioner with NeuroGrove, overseeing the medical aspect of clients’ care, including EEG assessments, dietary/supplement recommendations, and functional medicine testing/intervention. He works closely with Dr. Bell to discover the roots that underlie clients’ physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges, as well as to help them optimize their brain and balance the various systems within their bodies.
Dr. Husain also provides cutting-edge neuropeptide therapy to clients of NeuroGrove, which can aid neurogenesis and neuroplasticity as well as reduce inflammation in the brain. Furthermore, he specializes in both cardiology and natural hormone balance and thus is an excellent resource for clients struggling with imbalances in these systems. He also provides bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for clients in need of advanced hormone balancing.
Having come from a family of physicians, Dr. Abid Husain has a deep appreciation for the practice of medicine. In his youth, art was his primary pursuit, until he took an anatomy class, sparking his love for medicine. After decades of studying, Dr. Husain’s excitement led him to complete fellowship training in Cardiology. He headed a successful private practice in cardiology but became unsatisfied with the environment and the tools available to conventional medical practitioners.
Seeking more balance in his life, Dr. Husain continued to search for a mechanism to practice medicine outside of the limitations of an insurance-based system. His answer was found in integrative medicine, the solution that puts patient health at the center of treatment instead of sickness. The lessons learned through integrative medicine have reinvigorated Dr Husain’s passion for medicine by aligning with his personal philosophies about the health benefits of living a thriving and balanced life.
In his free time, Dr. Husain still enjoys painting and other forms of art, as well as dancing and communing with friends.
Dr. Husain’s extensive education and expertise, alongside his care and concern for our clients, makes him a valued member of the NeuroGrove team.
MICHELLE CUNNINGHAM, BA
Michelle Cunningham joins NeuroGrove with over 25 years of healthcare association management experience. As Business Manager, her focus is ensuring the practice and team are progressing toward the NeuroGrove mission, in compliance with the highest standards of safety, best practices, scientific validity, and regulations. The business office is where innovation and compliance meet to support our practitioners toward successful treatment outcomes.
Michelle brings specific subject matter expertise in small business administration/operations, strategic development, healthcare communications, media and community relations, project management, accreditation and licensure compliance, DEI best practices, and association/foundation development.
Prior to joining NeuroGrove, Michelle served an international association management company as Ex-Officio/Liaison to several healthcare associations boards, inclusive of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) 2013 to 2022, Executive Director; Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors (AHIA) 2010-2020, Executive Director; American Board of Genetic Counselors (ABGC) 2020-2022, Associate Executive Director; International Society of Trauma Stress Studies (ISTSS) 2021-2022, Operations Director.
After almost a decade as the Executive Director of AAPB, she is most fascinated by the modalities of biofeedback and neurofeedback – both the emerging evidence-based science of self-regulation and the efficacy of the integrative healthcare delivery model. Her interest lies in organizing an optimally functioning practice model within NeuroGrove, to the benefit of its patients, practitioners, and the community at large, with an emphasis on increasing awareness and access to integrative care for all. She has long been impressed by Dr. Bell’s scientific rigor, practice philosophy, and vision.
Michelle received her bachelor of arts degree, with concentrations in Communication and Literature from Lebanon Valley College, a private liberal arts college in Annville, Pennsylvania. After college, she moved to Colorado to be closer to the mountains and is a lifelong fan of the landscape. An avid reader, Michelle enjoys indoor gardening and listening to live music every chance she can.
Michelle’s extensive business and administrative experience, as well as her dedication and drive, make her a highly valued member of the NeuroGrove team.
NICOLE ONORATO, LPC, NCC
Nicole Onorato serves in the capacity of an integrative neurotherapy clinician. She provides neurofeedback, neurostimulation, biofeedback, and psychotherapy services to clients of NeuroGrove.
She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, holding dual licensure in Colorado and Georgia, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Nicole works through a holistic framework that is an integrative and creative approach tailored to her clients’ needs. Her work specializes in working with pre-adolescents, adolescents, and adults. She roots her work through an integrative approach, using evidence-based interventions that draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Her work includes a wellness-based approach to support optimum emotional and physical health through developing self-care rituals, healthy habits, and mindfulness practices.
Nicole provides insight and the tools to empower clients to cultivate lasting life changes. She is passionate about inspiring clients to create their own personal meaning. She views psychotherapy as a collaborative and relational process to cultivate self-love, self-discovery, healing, and growth. Her therapeutic style is direct, yet compassionate and non-judgmental. She works with her clients to explore their own personal narratives that have shaped the way they think and perceive the world. She helps her clients find solutions, re-frame negative beliefs, and develop the tools they need to live a life that is meaningful and empowering.
Nicole is an expert in multiple mental health areas and has advanced training to treat depression, anxiety, and relationship issues, breakups/divorce, grief & loss, family issues, past traumas, low self-confidence and/or body image issues, stress reduction, and adjustment issues. She received her Bachelor of Science from Southeastern University and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Atlanta, Georgia. Nicole is a Professional Member of the American Counseling Association and of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia.
ELIZABETH SHEAFFER, LPCC
Elizabeth is one of our integrative neurotherapy clinicians. She provides neurofeedback, neurostimulation, biofeedback, and psychotherapy services to clients of NeuroGrove.
Elizabeth holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Education/Clinical Mental Health and has experience working with a wide variety of ages and mental health challenges.
Elizabeth’s theoretical lens is foundationally client-centered, trauma-informed, and developmental-informed, with an awareness of the adaptive and evolutionary purposes for specific patterns of brain activity. Her therapeutic approach integrates a variety of evidence-based techniques, primarily pulling from CBT, DBT, meditation, and mindfulness, as well as dipping into existentialism and radical acceptance.
Elizabeth is enthusiastically passionate about the clinical aspects of mental health, brain development, and the brain-body connections. Working in the field of neurotherapy has increased her thirst for knowledge and access to the very newest technology available to assess, stimulate, and train the brain.
Elizabeth’s passion for understanding and healing the brain, as well as her bright personality and tendency to go above and beyond have been greatly appreciated by our clients.
CARLY AMBUSKE, LSW
Carly Ambuske is one of our integrative neurotherapy clinicians. She provides trauma-informed psychotherapeutic support while implementing many of the individualized neurofeedback, neurostimulation, and biofeedback training protocols designed by Dr. Bell.
Carly holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine. Carly has experience working in clinical mental health settings, primarily with a focus on children, adolescents, and families, although she has worked with various populations via a trauma-informed, client-centered, multi-modal, and culturally informed approach. Carly’s therapeutic approach focuses on mindfulness-based interventions, with a specific focus on DBT and incorporating foundational elements of CBT and
Carly is actively involved in pursuing research around brain-body connections, neuropsychotherapy, and neuroscience as it relates to challenges within mental health diagnoses and the impact of trauma on both the brain and body.
In her free time, Carly enjoys spending time with her family and two pets, being outside in nature, watching documentaries and investigative TV shows, as well as furthering her knowledge and education around the science behind Neurotherapies and integrative mental health practices. Carly’s favorite activity is making the people around her laugh.
Carly’s joyful, uplifting personality, paired with her valuable experience and deep passion for helping others, make her well-suited to our team and approach at NeuroGrove.
GEOFFREY WHITTLE-WALLS, MS
Geoff is a social scientist with a background in psychology and the application of behavioral analysis to characterize aspects of society. In his role as a Neurotherapy Clinician and Researcher, he is responsible for assessment, neurofeedback, neurostimulation, and biofeedback delivery of psychotherapeutic support to clients, training them to measurable improvements in stress-regulation, mindfulness, and coping skills. This aligns completely with Geoff’s current research interest in the field of neuroscience: to further inform the biological bases of the human brain and examine the nuances of human decision-making and self-regulation.
Experienced in conducting quantitative and qualitative research methods, survey design and analysis, correlational research, data analysis, and interviewing observational analysis to characterize aspects of society and the individual, he holds a Masters in Cultural Psychology from Howard University and a BA in Criminal Justice/Forensic Science from East Carolina University.
In addition to his role at NeuroGrove, he concurrently serves as a social scientist with the Risk and Environmental Assessment team for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where he incorporates elements of psychology research in PNNL’s large-scale development projects. Prior to joining NeuroGrove and PNNL, Geoff spent 3 years in conservation science supporting global and regional teams with ocean protection strategies and community-based conservation. His research with The Nature Conservancy spanned 13 different countries and impacted 26 different communities.
Geoff is currently pursuing his professional licensed counselor (LPC) licensure, certification in neurofeedback, and an advanced degree in applied neuroscience. Beyond his distinguished academic and research accomplishments, he is an NCAA All-American Track and Field athlete and United States Olympic Trials Track & Field qualifier who enjoys running, hiking, cycling, and weight training.
All of us at NeuroGrove, as well as the collective field of applied psychophysiology, welcome Geoff’s clinical and research contributions toward advancing human potential to the benefit of society as a whole.
BRITTNEY CLEMENTS, MNT, CYT
Brittney Clements wears many hats at NeuroGrove, serving as a functional medicine coach, nutrition therapist, NeuroFlow movement facilitator, and neurotherapy technician. She also provides guided mindfulness/meditation for our clients as they engage in our unique Brain Spa neurotherapy sessions.
Brittney has been extensively trained in neurotherapy and biofeedback by Dr. Bell and primarily works with clients seeking to optimize their wellness and performance. She and Dr. Bell also worked together to develop the NeuroFlow technique, which is a brain-based form of movement that can be adapted to the needs of each individual’s brain, body, and preferences. She also works together with Drs. Bell and Husain to create nutrition and lifestyle plans for each of our clients based on their individual brain-body imbalances, functional medicine test results, nutritional deficiencies, and various other factors.
Brittney completed her education at NTI Denver as a certified Master Nutrition Therapist as well as her yoga teacher certification through the Ashanta Yoga Ashram program in India. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of integrative and functional nutrition, and her continuing education has led her to delve deeper into the study of functional medicine, mycology, biomechanics, and functional movement through posture and form.
Brittney’s deep warmth and care for patients paired with her extensive understanding of nutrition, wellness, and neuroscience have made her a wonderful member of the Grove.
KARI MATZ, BS
Kari Matz works as the Administrative Assistant for NeuroGrove and is often the first person you speak with. Kari manages many of the center’s day-to-day operations and provides warm and friendly customer service to our clients. She also oversees and optimizes office processes to ensure we continue to provide the most effective, high-quality services possible. Additionally, Kari assists with planning and providing wellness education to our community through online platforms, written content, and workshops.
Kari holds a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science and strongly believes in NeuroGrove’s whole-system, whole-person approach to brain-body wellness. She has over seven years of experience in office administration and management, as well as direct experience working in a wellness/integrative medicine environment focused on mind, body and spiritual healing.
Kari is passionate about providing excellent service, promoting healthy lifestyles, and empowering others to live optimally. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, meditation, listening to podcasts, and reading books about the brain-body connection. She also loves being outdoors and engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and snowboarding.
Kari’s personal interests and background in health and wellness align very well with the vision and mission of NeuroGrove to help others become the best versions of themselves. Her pleasant demeanor and professionalism, paired with her extensive knowledge and experience, make her an excellent and incredibly valuable member of the NeuroGrove team.
KRISTEN STRANGES, REEG T., R.NCS T.
Kristen Stranges brings to NeuroGrove over 26 years in extensive neurodiagnostic experience from hospital, private practice, and trauma facility settings, serving as the lead technologist at the Medical Center of Aurora for 16 years.
She is a Registered Electroencephalographic Technologist, Registered Nerve Conduction Study Technologist (one of only 120 individuals to have this international distinction), and a Long-Term Monitoring Technician, with extensive knowledge of Ambulatory Electroencephalograms. Additionally, she is certified as a Reiki Master, Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) Master-level Instructor as well as multiple other healing certifications. Kristen received her Associate of Science degree from Red Rocks Community College.
Throughout her career, she has been driven to provide the highest quality of care to her clients to benefit whole-person optimal health and healing on multiple levels. She is a member in good standing of the American Society of Electroencephalographic Technologist (ASET), American Association of Electrodiagnostic Technologist (AAET), and American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM).
Sought out by NeuroGrove for her skills in recording and analyzing the electrical activity of clients’ brain waves, Kristen’s duties include administration and interpretation of client EEGs. The electroencephalogram (EEG) is one of the oldest technologies to measure neuronal activity of the human brain. It has undisputed value in clinical diagnosis, particularly (but not exclusively) in the identification of epilepsy and sleep disorders and in the evaluation of dysfunctions in sensory transmission pathways. With the advancement of digital technologies, the analysis of EEG has moved from pure visual inspection of amplitude and frequency modulations over time to a comprehensive exploration of the temporal and spatial characteristics of the recorded signals. Today, EEG is accepted as a powerful tool to capture brain function with the unique advantage of measuring neuronal processes in the time frame in which these processes occur.
Kristen is a lover of nature and an avid reader who continually seeks to increase her understanding of the brain, neurology, theology, and the science of healing – inclusive of biofeedback, neurofeedback, and neurostimulation. She has raised four grown children, all of whom she is proud to say are excelling at life.
DR. ROBERT KURTZ, PHD, MPH
Robert Kurtz serves as a business and finance consultant for NeuroGrove. He advises on many of the behind-the-scenes processes that allow NeuroGrove to successfully continue supporting our clients. Robert holds a doctorate in Healthcare Systems as well as a Master’s degree in Public Health.
Robert is a futurist and visionary who is passionate about improving the human condition through compassion, creativity, innovation, technology, and global engagement. He is especially driven to make improvements on and find solutions for the technology-driven healthcare industry. Robert has a diverse and extensive work history, including being a dental practice owner, university professor, fitness and wellness instructor, author of academic research, public health speaker, and co-founder of several start-up companies.
Robert’s strong passion for innovative solutions, alongside his vast knowledge and experience in business, finance, and healthcare, have made him a valued member of the NeuroGrove team.
- QEEG “brain mapping”
- LORETA 3D neuroimaging
- Neurocognitive testing
- Physiological stress assessment
- Psychosocial history
- Discussion of symptoms/strengths/goals
- Nutritional/lifestyle assessment
- Functional medicine testing
- Advanced neurofeedback
- Transcranial neurostimulation
- Peripheral biofeedback
- Psychotherapeutic support
- Somatic interventions
- Mindfulness training
- Nutritional/lifestyle coaching
- Wellness education
- Supplementation (as needed)
- Regular assessment of changes in symptoms and progress toward goals
- Regular neuroimaging and psychophysiological assessments to check progress and update intervention
- Update neurocognitive testing
- Collaboration with medication prescribers to adapt prescriptions as necessary