The Team

Effective Integrative Healthcare Crofton Team

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Dr. Anthony Hardnett, DC, BCIM, DMBBP, DAAMLP


Dr.Anthony Hardnett at Effective Integrative Healthcare CroftonDr. Anthony Hardnett received his Bachelors in Biology with an emphasis in Exercise and Nutritional Sciences from Life University in Marietta, Georgia followed by graduating with honors from Life University Chiropractic College with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree, along with a Clinic Excellence Award.

Dr. Hardnett is highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries and abnormalities common to the spine, extremities and rest of the body. He has extensive knowledge and experience treating patients who suffer from neck or back pain as well as headaches. He also works with people who have work and sports related injuries and has extensive expertise in treating patients with whiplash related injuries.

His post doctorate education includes earning a diploma from the American Academy of Medical Legal Professionals after studying accident reconstruction, trauma related injuries, crash dynamics and other critical issues related to the trauma patient. Doctor Hardnett is also board certified in Integrative Medicine which is the practice of using multiple treatment options within traditional medicine and alternative medicine to help patients. He also has extensive post doctorate education relating to MRI interpretation and treatment of disc related injuries. He just earned another Diplomate from the college of Manipulative and Body-Based Practices which enhances his knowledge on how manipulation of the spine can assist the body to heal.

Dr. Hardnett places his emphasis on treating the patient as a whole and finding the cause of the problem not just the symptoms. He owns and operates the premier state of the art Chiropractic and Effective Integrative Healthcare facility in Maryland and has an overwhelmingly high success rate in helping patients with their health concerns. Dr. Hardnett feels that offering the latest treatment options, efficient care plans and patient education are all keys for the patient's ultimate success.

In 8 short years, Dr. Hardnett has made Effective Chiropractic Health & Wellness Center the premier state of the art Chiropractic Health and Wellness facility in Maryland. Effective Chiropractic has grown from a small, 2 person office to a staff of 16 with expanded services and providers to meet their patient's needs. Effective Chiropractic provides a variety of services that make them a one-stop shop in healthcare. And in an effort to further expand services, Dr. Hardnett has now added a Medical Doctor and Nurse Practitioner establishing Effective Integrative Healthcare, LLC to provide more integrative services for the community. And the addition of another office in Prince Georges County will further expand Effective Chiropractic’s ability to reach and help more patients.

Dr. Joseph Kling, DC, MS, CSCS


Anthony Hardnett

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Joseph Kling graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. Following college, he attended Logan College of Chiropractic and earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree and has earned his Master's degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Kling is specifically trained in Active Release Technique (ART), which is a patented, state of the art, soft tissue system/ movement based massage technique that can treat problems within muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. He has recently achieved a certification in Dry Needling which gives him even more tools to help treat and diagnose musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr. Joe is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with extensive experience in exercise rehabilitation and training. He has worked with the University of Missouri football team, Crossfit gyms, Junior Olympic Athletes and high school athletes. Dr. Kling is an active athlete as well, and enjoys many activities, including basketball, volleyball, weight lifting, and golf.


Dr.Patty DeNardo at Effective Integrative Healthcare Crofton

Dr. Patricia DeNardo is originally from upstate New York. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree at Keuka College. Following graduation she entered the Chiropractic program at New York Chiropractic College and graduated with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2011. While at NYCC, she learned how to utilize the most up-to-date chiropractic techniques and was able to observe and experience a variety of treatment methods. Dr. Patti has had great success in working with a variety of patients from infant to elderly and she is most prominently known for her effective work with sports injuries. In addition, she is experienced in treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions while utilizing a wealth of different treatment modalities.

Dr. Patti is certified in Active Release Technique (ART), Graston Technique, Dry Needling, Kineso Taping and the Webster Technique. She has also worked with local running and cycling stores providing expertise and advice on techniques as well as injury prevention. Her active participation in athletic events including Zooma, the Annapolis Ten Miler, and the Annapolis Half Marathon, have expanded her ability to help patients with a variety of conditions.

Dr. Patti is an avid athlete herself and enjoys running, paddle boarding, staying healthy, and spending time with family and friends in her free time. She is very excited to join the exceptional team of Doctors at Effective Integrative Healthcare and to continue to bring the best care possible to all of our patients.

Melissa Whitaker, Family Nurse Practitioner

Melissa Whitaker at Effective Integrative Healthcare Crofton

Melissa was a national championship rower at the University of Michigan and competed in England after winning the gold at Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. She also attended pre-elite camp at Dartmouth for prospective Olympic athletes. However, in her training, she sustained two herniated discs, so she opted for physical therapy and chiropractic care, which later enabled her to avoid spinal fusion surgery.

She graduated summa cum laude with a BS concentration in environmental science, biology, and education. She relocated to Maryland and taught chemistry, ecology, earth science and genetics to 8th graders.
After losing several close family members to cancer, Melissa decided to use her science background to shift her focus towards medicine, where she could help patients with pain and chronic disease. She entered the accelerated BSN program at the University of Maryland and graduated with honors. Following graduation she acted as team leader, charge nurse, and preceptor at Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital. While there, she earned the award for Best Patient Advocate. Later, she cared for adult home hospice patients in the greater Baltimore area. Melissa returned to the University of Maryland to complete the Master’s Program in Family Practice. She also completed a 40 credit-hour course offered by the Institute for Functional Medicine – Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice. Functional medicine is a holistic lifestyle approach to health that addresses the root causes of disease in lieu of simply treating symptoms.

Melissa is skilled in assessing patients for treatment alternatives to surgery and adjunct therapies for acute and chronic pain. She is also well versed in functional nutrition as an integral part of weight loss, pain management, and preventing chronic diseases of inflammation. Melissa is passionate about promoting vibrant health in patients and using an integrative approach to help patients reach their goals.
She enjoys hiking with her dog and husband, gardening, rowing on the Severn River, and biking.

Melissa is very excited to bring her expertise in physical and integrative medicine to the Effective Integrative Healthcare team of Doctors to better serve patients in our community.

Kelsey Batanian, Licensed Massage Therapist

Kelsey Cruz as Licensed Massage Therapist at Effective Integrative Healthcare Crofton

Originally from Southern Maine, Kelsey graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science. Following graduation, she moved to Maryland where she enrolled in the Professional Massage Therapy program at the Baltimore School of Massage. While attending school in Baltimore, she completed over 768 credited hours with 7 weeks of clinical experience.

Kelsey has been involved in sports throughout her life and enjoys ice hockey, soccer, exercising and being outdoors. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys the beach and being with friends and family. She also has a 6 year old Golden Retriever that has traveled from Maine with her.

Kelsey is committed to learning new techniques and staying up to date with the latest developments in the massage field to improve her skills and expand the services she can offer patients. Kelsey is very excited to be joining a successful team of Doctors at Effective Integrative Healthcare to help improve patient health and wellness through massage therapy.

If you are ready to book your appointment with our licensed massage therapist, please call 410-451-4640.

Kelsey is available at both our Crofton and Millersville locations.

CROFTON: Tuesday and Thursday.

MILLERSVILLE: Wednesday, Friday & every other Saturday (Call 410-729-2200).

Julia Stunkard, Licensed Acupunturist

Julia Stunkard as Licensed Acupunturist at Effective Integrative Healthcare Crofton

Julia Stunkard, L.Ac. received her Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine and Herbology from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. She has 14 years of experience in acupuncture and always offers the latest treatment options available through the use of Chinese medicine. Julia is highly trained in the treatment of pain associated with a wide variety of diseases. Her unique ability to blend Chinese Medicine with modern modalities has provided her patients with drastic improvements in their everyday life.

Julia excels in knowledge and treatment of pain associated with soft tissue injuries and throughout all areas of the spine. She has had great success in treating acute injuries due to accidents or sports injuries as well as long term chronic degenerative conditions causing pain. Julia focuses on treating the whole body from top to bottom, inside and out, with the belief that all areas are connected and contribute to the wellness of the individual. She treats a wide array of internal health conditions simultaneously allowing her to not only address the symptoms but more importantly the root cause of the imbalance. This provides her patients with long term relief and maintenance of the health concerns that are ailing them.

Julia is very excited to join the Effective Integrative Healthcare team of professionals and contribute to leading patients to a healthier, pain free life.

Laura Kelly, Nutritional Counselor

Laura kelly as Nutritional Counselor at Effective Integrative Healthcare CroftonLaura Kelly, MS, MPsy, RYT, joins Effective Integrative Healthcare as a nutritional counselor providing patients with evidence-based nutritional counseling and wellness advice. Laura has a diverse background in psychology, ecology, biology, education, yoga, and nutrition. She received a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science & Biology from George Washington University and a Master's of Arts degree in Psychology from Naropa University. She is currently finishing a Master's of Science degree program in Applied Clinical Nutrition at New York Chiropractic College and working toward becoming a Certified Nutritional Specialist and Licensed Nutritionist/Dietitian. Laura is also a 200 hour registered yoga instructor with certifications in prenatal and children's yoga.

Throughout her life, Laura has had a lasting passion for health and wellness. She believes the simple act of preparing and eating food is a fundamental and foundational practice in caring for our selves and nurturing others. For that reason, Laura feels nutritional counseling has the potential to not only improve our physical health, but also become an avenue for self-understanding, personal growth, and positive behavioral change. Laura’s strength comes from the unique variety of perspectives, experiences, and education she possess, as well as her ability to combine many different ideas and viewpoints to create an evolving, expansive understanding of health and wellness. This has led to an integrative approach to treatment, which has given Laura a deeper, fuller understanding of how to best help her clients achieve their health goals and live a happy, healthier life.

Laura lives in Gambrills, Maryland with her husband and twin boys. She enjoys being out in nature, playing with her boys, reading anything and everything, and spending time with family and friends. To learn more about Laura and her unique approach, schedule a FREE 15 minute consultation at EIH’s Millersville or Crofton location.

Lisa Lourey, Licensed Acupuncturist

Lisa Lourey as Licensed Acupuncturist at Effective Integrative Healthcare Crofton Lisa Lourey, L. Ac, received her Masters of Acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, MD. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Acupuncture and is on track to graduate by Spring of 2018. Lisa has been a certified exercise instructor for over 15 years with certifications in cycling, Body Pump ®, Zumba®, Pilates, and Yoga. She continues to teach 12 classes a week at various locations in the DC area. She is also an avid runner and has completed over 50 marathons, a 50 mile endurance trail race, and numerous shorter distance races.

It is her experience with exercise science and movement that guides her approach to pain management and sports recovery through acupuncture. She believes her role is not to tell you what you cannot do, but to inspire and enable you to accomplish and achieve whatever you train to do. Lisa is an Army widow and veteran with 21 years of service and deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. It is her lifetime of service to the military community that has inspired her to develop an expertise in treating trauma with acupuncture and assisting others in navigating grief and loss. She is dedicated to serving the community through volunteerism.

Lisa serves as a trauma trainer and volunteer with Acupuncturists Without Borders, volunteers at the Veteran’s Administration to administer care to Veterans, and recently served on a 4-member team providing acupuncture to Syrian and Afghan refugees housed in camps in Greece. In Lisa’s free time she enjoys spending time with her furry family-a chocolate lab puppy, Jasper and a Weimaraner, Zelda and going to live music festivals and local concerts with her partner Ben.

Alfred Owens Jr., LMT

Alfred Owens at Effective Integrative Healthcare Crofton Originally from Queens, NY, Alfred, majored in Physical Education and Health at Virginia State University. Shortly after, in 2006, he enrolled into the Professional Therapeutic Massage Program in Richmond, Virginia. Graduating with honors, he completed over 750 credit hours with 12 weeks of clinical experience. After receiving his certification, he relocated to Baltimore, MD.

Alfred specializes in therapeutic massage. If there is a specific problem or focus area, he's dedicated to helping find the best solutions for your body. Alfred is a natural born athlete, his love of sports and his passion for physical activity led to his interest in the anatomy of the human body and peaked his curiosity regarding how to improve a body's performance. Alfred actively pursues continuing education on different techniques and stays up to date with new developments to assist in the recovery and wellbeing of his patients.

In his spare time, Alfred loves to cook and bake for his family. Alfred is very excited to join the successful team of Effective Integrative Healthcare providers to help improve movement and wellness through massage therapy.

Nicole, Front Desk Associate

Nicole as Front Desk Associate at Effective Integrative Healthcare Crofton

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