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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.

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.  At a young age, she became interested in healing while in physical therapy for a broken arm from a gymnastics injury.  From then on, she had a one-track mind, to become a physical therapist.   After she graduated with a BS in Kinesiology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, she decided to take a few years off to work before going to graduate school.  She moved to Chicago and 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.

She discovered acupuncture and Chinese Medicine after getting injured training for the Great Wall of China Marathon.  This injury was a turning point in her life.  She fell in love with acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and was soon getting her Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) at Pacific College of Oriental, Chicago campus. After graduating, Marie had a private practice in Chicago before moving back home to San Diego in the winter of 2012. After getting married in March of 2013, she started working at Center for Integrative Care, and has been here since.

As an acupuncturist and herbalist, Marie is very passionate about empowering her patients to take control of their health by educating them about health and wellness. This is what makes CFIC a perfect fit for her; the free workshops offered by CFIC provide the perfect avenue through which she can help educate patients on wellness and how to heal themselves.

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

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 revolves around helping other people improve their physical and emotional health, Uzi decided to embark on a path of self-discovery which led him to the field of acupuncture & Chinese medicine.

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

Uzi has been working with Dr. Mancini at the Center of Integrative Care since 2011 and is constantly striving to learn more and grow as a practitioner. Uzi sees his life mission in helping people improve their overall health and quality of life.

Out of the office, Uzi enjoys being with his amazing family of wife and three kids.

Kristina Jarrett

Licensed Acupuncturist

Kelly Isbell

Office Manager / Billing Specialist

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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.

Patricia Schantz

Director of Public Relations

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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.

Rebecca Jones

Wellness Associate

Samantha Rafael

Wellness Associate