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 owner and director of NeuroGrove. She is an internationally renowned brain health expert and respected leader in the fields of trauma, neurotherapy, and integrative mental health. Dr. Bell 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 awards for her work, research, and merit from all three organizations. 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.
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.
Dr. Husain’s extensive education and expertise, alongside his care and concern for our clients, makes him a valued member of the NeuroGrove team.
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 Master’s 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.
BRITTNEY CLEMENTS, MNT, CYT
Brittney Clements wears many hats at NeuroGrove, serving as a neurotherapy coach, functional medicine coach, nutrition therapist, and NeuroFlow movement facilitator. She provides nutrition/wellness support and mindfulness/meditation training for our clients while implementing many of the individualized neurofeedback, neurostimulation, and biofeedback training protocols designed by Dr. Bell.
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.
ARLENE PACE, MSW
Arlene Pace 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.
Arlene holds a Master’s in Social Work as well as dual undergraduate degrees in Women and Gender Studies and English Literature. She made the decision to pursue her MSW following her travels to Mysore, India (where Ashtang Yoga originated), where she had an epiphany about the integral role of the body in healing the mind. Arlene’s work experience includes providing psychotherapy services to children and families, counseling individuals through gender transitions, and providing case management services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Arlene’s theoretical base is weaved with theories and techniques from Trauma-Informed Care, John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory, Carl Jung’s Shadow Work, Somatic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered Meditation, Breathwork, and Yoga, all while utilizing a strengths-based perspective and support of clients’ spiritual belief systems. She also specializes in Inner Child work using a holistic approach of helping clients get back in touch with their mind, body, and spirit while reparenting past developmental parts of themselves.
Arlene’s joyful, uplifting personality, paired with her unique passions, training, and experience, are very well suited to our team and approach at NeuroGrove.
NADJA DIXON, LPCC
Nadja Dixon is one of our integrative neurotherapy clinicians. She provides neurofeedback, neurostimulation, biofeedback, and psychotherapy services to clients of NeuroGrove.
Nadja holds a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. Her theoretical orientation combines strengths-based therapeutic work, mindfulness-based therapies, CBT, DBT, Attachment Theory, Gestalt, and somatic-based awareness.
Nadja has worked with a variety of populations, from individuals recovering from addiction to college students looking to develop stronger executive function skills. With nearly 10 years of experience working in substance abuse treatment, Nadja is an excellent support to those in recovery from (or attempting to overcome) various forms of addiction.
Prior to pursuing a career in counseling, Nadja achieved an undergraduate degree in Anthropology due to her curiosity around culture, ritual, ceremony, and rites of passage. She also spent three years studying South American shamanism both in North and South America, which has enabled her to support clients in their processes of personal transformation and reconnection to their inner selves.
Nadja’s gentle yet spunky personality is both comforting and encouraging as she walks the path to healing alongside the clients of NeuroGrove.
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.
ROBERT KURTZ, PhD(c), MPH
Robert Kurtz serves as the business and finance manager of NeuroGrove. He manages many of the behind-the-scenes processes that allow NeuroGrove to successfully continue supporting our clients. Robert holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and is in the final stages of a doctorate in Healthcare Systems.
Robert is a budding 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. In the past, Robert has worked in many fields, including fitness and wellness instructor, author of academic research, public health speaker, dental office owner, 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