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Our Team

MEET THE SPECIALISTS

Dr. Mario Mancini

O.M.D., Licensed Acupuncturist, Qualified Medical Evaluator, Board Certified Nutrition Specialist, Medical Director 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.

Dr. Lynsi Lewis

DACM, Licensed Acupuncturist

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After receiving her Bachelor of Science from Troy University, Lynsi completed years of training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine before she moved to San Diego to continue her education at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM), earning her Master of Science and Doctorate in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
Lynsi completed her internships at the PCOM clinic, Cancer Center of Encinitas, HIV/AIDS Clinic of UCSD Hospital, and the Integrative Wellness Center located downtown. While at PCOM, she received advanced training in cosmetic acupuncture and electively studied the Japanese style of acupuncture. Since becoming licensed, she has committed to continuing her education in functional medicine, chronic pain, and mental health.
Her desire is to merge both Eastern and Western medical worlds in order to bring about the highest potential of health for the public. She believes in the future of integrative medicine and has committed her career to building bridges between all healing modalities. She is passionate about empowering her patients with education on self-care practices and disease prevention. She also values evidence-based medicine and strives to research new studies on a case-to-case basis. She has led multiple workshops on “The Science Behind Acupuncture” and enjoys collaborating with primary care providers and other allopathic physicians.
Philosophy:
“Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness; it is a dynamic process of change and growth. This includes the pursuit of behaviors that help you achieve your full potential – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Committing to self-care through routine integrative medical treatments allows you to reach this potential. Here, we view the patient-practitioner relationship as sacred and understand that each learns from one another in order to optimize individual treatment plans and co-create healing.” 

Dr. Mauricio Perez

DACM, Licensed Acupuncturist

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As a San Diego native, Dr. Perez grew up participating in sports such as swimming and water
polo.  While completing his B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Exercise Health
Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Dr. Perez spent four summers with
the Fire-Rescue Department of San Diego as an Ocean lifeguard.   This unique experience in
public service, while being challenging by working in the elements, was both humbling and
rewarding. Through this Dr. Perez grew a passion for helping people and would later find a
program that would allow him to continue helping others through the teachings and
applications of Chinese medicine.
In 2016 he enrolled in graduate school at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and obtained
a Master of Science and Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. While completing his
graduate studies he also obtained a certificate of massage therapy to further his anatomical
knowledge as well as other modalities such as neuromuscular manual therapy. Beside the clinic
at Pacific College, Dr. Perez completed his clinical internships at offsites such as Rady’s Children
Hospital and UCSD’s RIMAC Arena for student athletes. In 2019 he also completed a four-week
study abroad externship at a World Health Organization funded hospital in Beijing. This
comprised of lectures and clinical rotations in pain management, neurology, women’s health, 5
Element and Master Tung’s treatment principles.
Dr. Perez understands that a patient centered care approach is essential in achieving progress for
anyone looking to relieve the distress of symptoms that manifest in the body. He also understands that
Eastern and Western medicine are two halves of the same coin, and when applied in conjunction with
one another while keeping the patient and their goals in mind, any presenting dysfunction can be more
effectively addressed. Health and wellness are dynamic aspects that are key to maintaining a good
quality of life, which Dr. Perez always aims to provide for his patients through the use of evidence based
practices and education about self-care.

Dr. Christian Pedretti

DACM, Licensed Acupuncturist

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While studying during his undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Dr. Pedretti had his own health crisis that steered him toward acupuncture and lifestyle medicine.  As a person who dealt with a chronic illness for 20+ years he knows what it is like to live with a lingering condition. What it’s like to be frustrated leaving a doctors office, and to have exhausted your resources and still feel like there has to be another way. Through over a decade of experience in wellness and through his formal education he believes that the body wants to find its center, it’s a matter of uncovering the obstacles that are in the way.
His formal education in the field was at Pacific College of Health and Science where he studied an area of areas and his focus was on psychoneuroimmunology. Which is a fancy way of saying mind-body medicine. He has spent additional training in functional medicine though his focus is primarily in acupuncture, along with dietary and lifestyle formation.
Above all, Dr. Pedretti is a lifelong learner who welcomes questions and curiosity in the treatment room. To Better our health is to bring awareness to our daily actions through the lens of curiosity. He finds that when one adopts that mindset, the patient is well on their way to healing.

Dr. Maryna Smolnikava

DACM, Licensed Acupuncturist

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Dr. Maryna Smolnikava immigrated from Belarus in 2004 to the East Coast where she finished a BA in Political Science and had a career in International recruiting for 7 years. In 2011 she decided to pursue her passion for medicine and attended the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego where she received Master of Science and Doctor of Chinese Medicine degrees.
She is devoted to studying different native traditions and extensively traveled across America, Peru, Bali, India, Colombia, Hawaii, Russia. She gained wisdom from different parts of the world and created her own unique approach to a transformational healing experience.
During her sessions she focuses on physical, mental and emotional traumas, reprogramming unhealthy belief systems and somatic patterns, pain management and trauma recovery. She works on body, mind, spirit levels to help realign energies and reprogram cell memory. Dr. Maryna incorporates sports/ortho techniques, five elements, somatic experiencing method, muscle release and nervous system reset, muscle testing, theta healing, etc. She is passionate about inspiring others to lead a healthy lifestyle and live lives that they deserve. She teaches concrete coping skills as well as providing health and wellness education to patients.
Philosophy:  Health is the new wealth. Our physical health is closely related to our emotional and spiritual state. Unresolved emotions and stress dis-regulates our nervous system and creates blockages in the body’s mechanism that gives rise to a repetitive cycle of pain, injuries, anxiety,  panic attacks, dissociation, etc. First we must address stress and tension resulting from any trauma and identify the belief system associated with it before the nervous system can return to homeostasis and then introduce to other types of therapies.

Patricia Schantz

Director of Operations

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Patricia has been with CFIC since 2013.  When Patricia is not working at CFIC, you can find her teaching group exercise classes at the gym or enjoying some fun in the sun. She is passionate about health & fitness and self improvement.  She loves to cook vegan meals and is obsessed with raising Monarch Butterflies at her home in Ocean Beach.  Her work at the Center ties in well to what she does outside of the Center, which is staying active & surrounding herself with positive people who are on the same path.

Kelly Isbell

Billing & Compliance Manager

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Kelly has been working for Dr. Mancini at the Center for Integrative Care since 2007. Starting out at 21 knowing nothing about acupuncture, little did she know she’d actually work her way up to Billing & Compliance Manager. She’s been lucky enough to have the opportunity to learn and grow in a thriving & positive atmosphere Dr. Mancini has created at CFIC. Plus she’s surrounded by a caring, helpful, and amazing staff. When she’s not here, she’s spending time with her  family and friends, playing football, dodgeball,  practicing yoga, watching all her crazy shows on Netflix and enjoying life.

Samantha Rand

Lead Wellness Associate / New Patient Coordinator

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Samantha is originally from San Francisco and moved to San Diego in 2014 with her husband. She joined the CFIC team in 2017. This is her first job in a medical office and is continuously gaining knowledge and training with the amazing team that she is surrounded by.  Samantha is now our Lead Wellness Associate/New Patient Coordinator. When Samantha is not at work she likes to keep active with outdoor activities or lay low and watch movies while doing different crocheting projects.