About Us

The Practice

The name ‘Cardea’ (CAR-DAY-UH) is attributed to a goddess of classical Roman mythology, whose name is derived from the Latin root word ‘cardo’ (i.e.: cardiac, cardinal) meaning hinge or axis. She was therefore considered to be the goddess of health, of thresholds (both physical and spiritual), as well as a goddess of the center and the changes that emanate therefrom. Her power is to open that which is closed, and close that which is open- and to promote a centeredness which will lead to improved health and wellbeing.

It is her aspects of acceptance, grace, patience, and compassion which form the core of our principles and approach to health at Cardea Health Integrative (CHI).

Cardea Health Integrative,

was formerly known as Preventive Medicine and Wellness clinic, which was founded by Dr. Robert Barnes, DO in Fredonia, NY in 1994. After 26 years practicing general surgery and family medicine, he turned his attention full-time to promoting and practicing alternative medicine. Dr. Barnes has truly pioneered the integrative/ preventive model of medicine in our area, and we pay homage to him as we move forward and continue to aid in shifting the healthcare paradigm here in the WNY region. Many of his patients from long ago remain with the practice to this day! Dr. Barnes transferred ownership of the practice in 2015 to Dr. Jennifer L. Jennings, and was subsequently rebranded as Cardea Health Integrative, or CHI. She had been working with the practice for years and was the logical choice to take the solid foundation given by Dr. Barnes and bring it through to its next evolution.

Our one of a kind property is located on the “Twin Elms” Estate in Aurora, NY.

It has quite the history.


Meet the Staff

Dr. Jennifer L. Jennings


Dr. Jennings DNP, MS, APRN, FNP-BC is the owner, CEO, and Medical Director of Cardea Health Integrative (CHI) in East Aurora NY, an integrative medicine practice specializing in infusion therapy, colon hydrotherapy, educational enrichment and other integrative therapies. Its campus boasts 82 acres of hiking trails; a 3-acre pond and a nature infused healing space.

Her clinical experience includes several years of level one trauma, neurosurgical critical care, emergency medicine, primary care, addictions and cardiothoracic surgery. In addition to her clinical experience, she spent 14 years in Academia, most recently as an Assistant Professor within the Graduate Department of Nursing at Georgetown University, School of Nursing and Health Studies in Washington, DC. At Georgetown, she has acted as a course coordinator and was appointed chair of the Evaluation Committee.

In addition, she has corporate healthcare experience, acting as a Corporate Manager of Clinical Education as part of the Nurse Executive team, servicing 5 hospital sites and overseeing all aspects of clinical education for the Health system with >10,000 employees.

Dr. Jennings has been appointed as “Expert Witness” in several malpractice legal cases and acted as editor for several clinical publications, and has also been appointed to various nonprofit board positions, currently as President for Buffalo Wellness Center. She routinely volunteers her time providing care to the under-served population as well as various health and wellness initiatives.

She has been appointed a podium speaker at national conferences; has peer-reviewed publications in journals and was awarded a U.S. Patent andTrademark Office patent which was independently presented at the UNC Trauma Conference 2012.

Dr. Jennings was accepted to the prestigious and selective “Leadership in Integrative Medicine” educational fellowship at Duke University and is also pursuing additional fellowships with the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) and American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).

She certified as an Outdoor Emergency Clinician (OEC) as part of the National Ski Patrol, and has also completed 200 hours of Yoga teacher training at the “East Meets West” yoga studio, voted Buffalo’s finest studio.

She loves to garden, primarily perennial and vegetables, experimenting with medicinal and herbaceous plantings, feels at home in nature, especially kayaking, snow shoeing, skiing, hiking, biking and outdoor yoga. Embracing “living off the land” she has chickens, apiaries, and fruit orchards that keep her busy and grounded.

Michele Adams

RN, BSN, CHHC- Nutritionist

Michele Adams is a Registered Nurse, Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator, Holistic Health/Life Coach practicing with the foundation of Functional Medicine/Functional Nutrition. Michele is an Essential Oils Educator and has a Level I & II certification in Reiki.

Michele has an A.A.S. in Dietetics, a B.S. in Nursing from Daemen College, Certification in Health Coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Certification in Life Coaching from American Association of Diabetes Educators. Michele has 1 year of Graduate studies in Nutrition & Functional Medicine under her belt from University of Western States, that will be applied as a Post Graduate Certificate once her competition of her Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S. in Nursing) is complete, which she is currently in the process of completing at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY.

Michele specializes in women’s health & family health, working with her clients, providing them the knowledge and tools they need to help themselves heal from chronic conditions. Helping women balance hormones naturally with diet, lifestyle, and environment. Michele teaches them to dig for their root cause and no longer allows them to accept the simple band-aid effect of treating only their symptoms, while all along coaching on mindfulness and gratitude awareness.

Susan Morreale


Susan is an IV therapy nurse who became a part of the Cardea Health team in July 2018. She is a true wellness warrior advocating health and wellness for others as well as a Breast Cancer survivor thriver + business owner. Susan believes a woman should always appreciate herself and honor her soul in everything she does. She graduated from Niagara County Community college as an RN in 1985, and began her journey of nursing as a charge nurse at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on their Med Surg floor where she later went on to create and lead their IV team. Sue has always believed in the mind/ body/ soul connection which led her to start her own business with her daughter and has integrated well-being of the mind, body, and soul into her businesses. Her Story + Her SanctuaryTheir mission is to provide a space in which beauty, experience, and wellness are supported by products that guide one’s journey to well being; to celebrate women and their stories, while inspiring and empowering others to live a happy, healthy, and grateful life; a space where women can gather and feel comfortable in their own skin.Sue is a true believer in integrative health, and working at Cardea has provided an opportunity to incorporate all of her beliefs for the well-being of the mind / body/ soul into helping patients on a daily basis.”Her beauty radiated with strength, grace and commitment. Commitment to living the best possible life she can and helping others along the way.” - Sue Morreale

Linda Tyczka


Linda’s experience includes 33 years as a hospital-based Registered Nurse, 23 years in Pediatrics- of which the last 10 were in an Emergency Room. She has also been practicing colon hydrotheraqpy since 2008 after she received certification from the International School for Colon Hydrotherapy

Jonathan D. Phillips

Practice Manager

Jonathan is a veteran of the service industry, in which he worked for the previous 14 years. His experience includes opening a total of 9 restaurants as a corporate trainer, including one location in Dubai, UAE. Most recently, he worked as the Kitchen Manager and Head Chef at Mangia Ristorante and Caffe in Orchard Park. Since joining the Cardea team in 2015, he has been able to connect his personal passion for health and wellness to the principles of service and efficiency he cultivated in his prior years. He enjoys yoga, meditation, is an avid chess player- and dreams of bringing a medicinal café concept to Cardea and the East Aurora area. Food IS medicine!

Melissa Heinrich

CHHC, Patient Coordinator

Certified Holistic Health Coach (via Dr. Sears Wellness Institute), Certified Life Coach, Founding Member/Leader of Christian Women's Ministry at Southtowns Christian Center, Owner of Essentially Crafted Boutique (Aromatherapy Accessories), Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Educator, Health and Wellness Enthusiast, Mother of 4, Happily Married.