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Our Team


Dr. Mancini

Founder of Center for Integrative Care

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Dr. Mario Mancini, O.M.D.

Driven by his passion for mind/body peak performance, Dr. Mancini strives to achieve excellence for his patients. As a doctor of Oriental medicine, he assists his patients with a variety of health issues including acute and chronic pain, healthy weight loss, and the impact of all forms of stress and strain on the body.

He received his Doctorate in Oriental Medicine (O.M.D.) from South Baylo University. As a graduate of the first professional California approved Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Mancini practices with the highest standards of Oriental medicine making a complete integration into the present health care system. Using evidence-based treatment guidelines in standard scientific and medical terminology, he is able to communicate and integrate with the medical community. As a primary care doctor, Dr. Mancini is trained to determine when referrals are necessary.

Uzi Chen

Licensed Acupuncturist

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Uzi Chen, L.Ac., MSTOM

Originally from Israel, Uzi started his career as a software engineer. After realizing that his true passion lies around helping other people improve their health naturally, Uzi decided to become a student of alternative medicine which led him to study the incredible field of acupuncture & Chinese medicine.

Shortly after graduating from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego and obtaining his license in 2010, Uzi started his own acupuncture practice while working in two other acupuncture clinics. In one clinic he focused on resolving internal conditions using acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbs, and in another he specialized in treating orthopedic injuries, using Sports Medicine approach.

Uzi has been working alongside Dr. Mario Mancini at the Center of Integrative Care since 2011, helping thousands of people find relief as well as clarity about their unique bodily condition. Uzi specializes in Pain management and has a passion for applying evidence based medicine through the utilization of labs as well as refined orthopedic evaluation.

Uzi is constantly striving to learn more and grow as a practitioner. He’s currently completing his advanced Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification program under renowned acupuncturist, Matt Callison. Uzi sees his life mission in helping people improve their health and increase their overall quality of life.

Out of the office, Uzi enjoys spending time with his beautiful family of wife and four kids.

Marie Baez

Licensed Acupuncturist

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Marie Rebekah Steinwedell – Baez L.Ac., Herbalist, NASM-CPT

Marie is the second oldest of five children, born and raised in Vista, CA.  She became interested in healing at the age of 11 while in physical therapy for a broken arm from a gymnastics injury.  The experience in physical therapy sparked her passion to become a physical therapist.  Following this passion lead her to graduate with a BS in Kinesiology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA.  She moved to Chicago after graduation, became a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), and worked for over three years as a personal trainer and exercise physiologist.

Marie discovered Chinese Medicine after getting injured training for the Great Wall of China Marathon.  Getting acupuncture for this injury was a turning point in her life.  She fell in love with Chinese Medicine, and was soon enrolled at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (Chicago campus) getting her Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM). After graduating, Marie had a private practice in Chicago before moving back home to San Diego where she started working at Center for Integrative Care.

Marie’s postgraduate training has included a focus on functional blood chemistry, essential oils, NET (Neruo Emotional Technique), and yoga teacher training.

As an acupuncturist and herbalist, Marie is very passionate about empowering her patients to take control of their health and wellness.  She does this by offering workshops at Center for Integrative Care in order to educate patients on wellness and how to heal themselves. Her goal is to have patients become balanced physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally in order to achieve optimal health.

In her free time, Marie enjoys spending time with her husband, painting, cooking, yoga, and animals of all kinds (she has a most glorious cat named Cleopatra).

Kristina Jarrett

Licensed Acupuncturist

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Kristina Jarrett, L.Ac., MSAOM

Kristina grew up in a small town in Northern California. She graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle with a Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. After graduating, she completed externships in Chengdu and Shanghai focusing on women’s reproductive health.

Since recently moving to San Diego, Kristina has found the Center for Integrative Care to be the perfect avenue to which she can educate and share her knowledge on where she is most passionate about digestive disorders and women’s reproductive health.

Kristina spends her time outside of Center for Integrative Care baking yummy deserts, hiking, batik painting, and spending time with her perfect furry children, two cats, Remedios and Naploleon, and a dog, Titus.

Maria Badiei

Licensed Acupuncturist

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Maria Badiei, L.Ac., Herbalist

Maria Badiei is a California Board Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac), a certified Reiki healer and a rehabilitation Pilates instructor. She earned her Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperors College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in 2011, has been a Reiki practitioner since 2009, and a rehabilitation Pilates instructor since 2003.  Maria utilizes a multi-disciplined and holistic approach to health care in a way to effectively address her patients’ individual needs in a more comprehensive manner.

Maria began her journey into Traditional Chinese Medicine after suffering an injury while studying Dance and Movement at University of California Santa Cruz.  After conventional therapies failed to effectively address her chronic back pain, Maria sought out alternative modalities as a means to become free from pain. Eventually, she overcame the Doctors advice of ‘having to live with the pain’ and was able to finish her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Dance at UCSC.  It was through this search for alternative therapies that eventually led Maria to discover Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  After witnessing TCM’s incredible healing capabilities, Maria decided to begin the long journey into studying this ancient medicinal art.  Today, she lives pain free, joyfully embracing the task of spreading this medicine to help relieve those in pain and suffering.

Maria firmly believes that acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, exercise, proper nutrition, and lifestyle counseling, should be incorporated into the modern health care system in order to offer people a holistic and more complete approach to their health and well being.  In this holistic model, the focus is on treating the patient as a whole, rather than just treating the disease, as in the current allopathic system.  Maria advocates the idea that ‘knowledge is power’ and realizes the importance of educating and empowering her patients as one of the most powerful tools on the path to health and wellbeing.

Thus, Maria’s mission is to offer the highest quality holistic health services, meeting each patient’s individual needs so she or he can live a happier, healthier, and more balanced life reaching far beyond his or her treatment goals.

Kelly Isbell

Office Manager / Billing Specialist

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Kelly was born and raised in San Diego and has been a part of the team at the Center for Integrative Care since 2007. She’s been lucky enough to have the opportunity to learn and grow in a thriving & positive atmosphere at CFIC. Plus she’s surrounded by a caring, helpful, amazing staff. When she’s not here, she’s spending time with family & friends, playing & watching any sport you can think of and practicing yoga, in order to live a happy & healthy lifestyle.

Patricia Schantz

Director of Public Relations

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Patricia is responsible for arranging and scheduling all of the exciting workshops and presentations here at the center.  She thrives at bringing innovated and new material to our patients.  She is also responsible for our marketing and public relations.

When Patricia is not in the office she stays active and healthy by teaching group exercise classes and walking on the beach.  She can also be found making healthy fruit snacks and coming up with new and exciting plant based recipes.

Rebecca Jones

Wellness Associate

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Samantha Rafael

Wellness Associate

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