Meet our Team
Mission’s Integrative Healthcare staff members are committed to providing a healing, therapeutic experience for our patients. Our expert physicians and nurses are trained in both conventional and alternative therapies. We are committed to the highest quality, family-centered care that makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches. It is our goal to make sure that each patient feels deeply cared for.
Lourdes Lorenz is the Director of Integrative Healthcare at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. She has been an RN for 30 years with extensive experience in critical care. Ms. Lorenz is currently working towards her doctorate in Healthcare Administration. She is board certified as an Advanced Holistic Nurse, Advanced Nurse Executive, and is a Healing Touch apprentice. Lourdes oversees the inpatient, community outreach, and research developed by the Integrative Healthcare Department. She is a well-known nursing educator who receives rave reviews for her promotion of holistic nursing and evidence-based complementary modalities. Lourdes has provided presentations at the national meeting for the American Holistic Nurses Association and at the Healing Touch Program worldwide program. She was published in 2009 in the Journal of Emergency Nursing. Ms. Lorenz serves as a member of the Health Advisory Council for the Institute of Emerging Issues, a public policy institution in Raleigh, NC, and on several non-profit community boards. In September 2011 she was appointed to represent the AHNA at the American Nurses Association Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics. She recently was appointed by the AHNA Leadership Council as the Membership and Network Coordinator.
Marilyn L. Haas, PhD, CNS, ANP-BC
Marilyn Haas is a doctorate-prepared adult nurse practitioner, who is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Haas holds numerous graduate degrees inclusive of a PhD in nursing, master’s of science in nursing, master’s in nursing education, and an educational specialist degree. She is currently enrolled in the Residential Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, one of the first and oldest clinical integrative medicine fellowship offered in the United States under the direction of Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Haas has expensive clinical experience in oncology and palliative care, with past background in critical care, emergency room care, and cardiology. She is a well known international and national speaker regarding oncology care and publishes in this area. Combining her professional experiences, her passion lies in counseling/education regarding nutrition, vitamins, herbs and supplements, along with mind-body modalities (i.e. osteopathic manipulation, guided imagery, breathe work, and healing energy).
Gregory Lathrop, RN, HN-BC, HTPa
Holistic Nurse Specialist
Greg’s professional background includes over 30 years of nursing experience. His nursing background includes Critical Care, Emergency Care, Air Medical Transport, Hospice and Integrative Healthcare. In his current role of Holistic Nurse Specialist he provides consultations for patients within Mission Hospital who elect to include Holistic Nursing therapies in their plan of care. These therapies range from biofeedback to guided imagery, healing touch and aromatherapy, among others. In addition to patient consultations, he participates in teaching opportunities for nursing and medical staff as it relates to the practice of holistic healthcare. He has studied traditional indigenous medicine for over 12 years and is an accomplished musician and native flautist.
Shirley Ballantyne, RN, HTC-P, HTI
Holistic Nurse Specialist
Shirley Ballantyne is a registered nurse and graduate of Duke University. She has over 30 years of clinical experience in multiple fields of medicine, including critical care, obstetrics, neonatology, and hospice. Shirley is certified in Healing Touch as a practitioner and is delighted about the opportunity to provide complimentary therapies for the people of Western North Carolina. She believes in eating dessert first, always doing your best, taking nothing for granted, and speaking from the heart.
Linda Rose Silwedel, RN , BSN, HTP
Holistic Nurse Specialist
Linda has been a nurse for 10 years. She is a Healing Touch practitioner and Reiki Level 2. Her passion for bringing integrative healing to patients is realized with her current position as a holistic nurse specialist in the Integrative Healthcare department at Mission Hospital. With a history of working on a post-operative unit and in the operating room, she knows the vast importance of bringing holistic nursing to patients. She likes to relax by dancing, gardening, and watching songbirds on her deck.
Pet Therapy Coordinator
Pam, a North Carolina native, has been registered as a Delta Society Pet Partner since 1999 and founded the Pet Therapy program at Mission Hospital the same year. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Appalachian State University. Before joining the Integrative Healthcare department, she worked as a member of the Mission Hospital medical staff and in legal departments. She is currently the human companion to a blind Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen therapy dog named Chessie.
Betsy McClellan, LMBT
Betsy McClellan is a North Carolina native who received a Bachelors of Science in electronics and spent 12 years at CNN as a video engineer. Longing for something more, she moved to Asheville in 2000 to attend massage school. Betsy earned her North Carolina massage license and national certification in 2001. After graduation, she owned and operated a small massage business that was sold in 2006. Since then she has enjoyed private practice. Betsy was hired by Mission Health System in June 2011 and looks forward to expanding her knowledge and career by helping people who are in need.
Toni Fisher, LMBT
Originally from Michigan, Toni sought out the Mountains of Western North Carolina not only for their beauty, but for the vast array of people that are either native to or have settled in the area. Doing what she loves is important to her, so it was with ease that Toni chose massage therapy as her lifelong ambition. She is now a nationally certified and state licensed massage therapist. Toni loves working with and meeting new people, tending to her yearly garden, cooking, camping, creating fun and exciting designs with her stained glass work and just hanging out with her family and pets.
Maria Watkins, LMBT
Maria graduated from South Carolina Massage Therapy Institute in Colombia, SC in 1999 and for the past eight years has worked at Asheville Premier Resort and Spa specializing in stress relief and hot stones. Maria’s pride and greatest joy is her own child, Abdur Rabb, a Fulbright recipient who currently lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia. Maria enjoys photography and spending time with her Little Sister from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Hendersonville NC mentoring program.
Briana Sabaj L.Ac., Dipl. OM.
Briana received a Master’s of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego. Briana spends time helping patients reach optimal health by utilizing methods within the scope of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Healing Touch Therapy, and Acutonics. She has been trained using Master Tung's Style Acupuncture, which uses fewer needles at distal locations to address multiple conditions simultaneously. As a mom and practitioner, Briana believes that in order to reach optimal health, it is important to address the whole individual by way of prevention, self-healing, individualized care, practitioner-patient partnership, and integration of eastern and western medicine. She enjoys being connected to nature, spending quality time with family, reading, learning and educating.