Meet Your Healthcare Team

Medical Director/CEO

Dr. Jennifer L. Jennings, DNP

Dr. Jennings DNP, MS, APRN, FNP-BC is the owner of Cardea Health Integrative in Buffalo NY, an integrative medicine practice specializing in infusion therapy- which is one of Western New York’s premiere health and wellness destinations.

Her clinical experience includes several years of level one trauma, neurosurgical critical care, emergency medicine, primary care and cardiothoracic surgery. In addition to her clinical experience, she was 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 chair of the Evaluation Committee.

She was appointed Faculty inter-professional simulation representative and Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) advisor in the academic setting. 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 served on healthcare boards and volunteered her time providing care to the under-served population.
She has been appointed a podium speaker at national conferences; has peer-reviewed publications in refereed journals and was awarded a U.S. and Trademark Office Patent which was presented at the UNC Trauma Conference 2012.

She is also concurrently pursuing fellowships in functional medicine from A4M and IFM. Jen is a RYT-200 yoga instructor and is pursuing her RYT-500 certification.

Dr. Jen volunteers for various non-profit organizations, gives complimentary lectures and education to groups in need and does pro-bono work for vulnerable populations.

When not caring for her patients, Jen is passionate about continuous learning and gardening - she loves to get her hands in the earth. She also loves to care for her chickens, peacocks and bees. Jen is an avid skier (ski patrol), nature/wildlife admirer and loves to hike with her family.

Practice Manager

Jonathan D. Phillips

Jonathan is a veteran of the service industry, in which he worked for the previous 15 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!
Registered Nurse Lead

Christina Sieracki

Family Nurse Practitioner

Elizabeth (Lil) Kress, MS, FNP-BC

Lil graduated from D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY in 2011. Lil has worked at both the Visiting Nursing Association and Western New York Developmental Disabilities Service Office. She also has 30+ years as a Registered Nurse.
Registered Nurse

Afton Pollutro

Afton is a Registered Nurse who graduated from Niagara County Community College with an Associates Of Applied Science in Nursing. Her experience in Urgent Care allowed her to develop the necessary nursing skills to compliment Cardea Health’s distinguished reputation.

Kate Radovich, L.E. / C.L.T.

Kate studied esthetics in Northern Virginia where she received her certification in 2005. Kate pursued her esthetics career in the DC area for several years before settling back here in WNY. She has been an esthetician for over 16 years and has been in the medical esthetics field since 2012. Kate has a passion for treating her clients with clean, safe products and procedures that bring amazing results!
Flight Paramedic

Debra McCauley

Practice Administrator

Brittany Pilarski

Brittany is our Practice Administrator and graduated from Bryant & Stratton College with her Associates Degree in Medical Assistant Administration. Her experience in office management began in 2017 after working in the restaurant industry for 8 years. She was able to use her multitasking and time management skills to help her transition to the healthcare / medical office environment.

When she’s not at work, she’s home raising her beautiful 5 year old daughter and/or playing with her dog.


Ashley Jacobs

Ashley is a nursing major at Niagara University. She's currently in her second year and is working towards her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with end goal to become a Nurse Practitioner.

Her experience at Cardea Health has been terrific and has helped her to gain knowledge about her major and has also helped better prepare her for her future career in healthcare.


Kyla Davis

Kyla Davis, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and resident of East Aurora, has been with CHI for two years. Kyla has a BS in Natural Resource Management which reflects her love of nature and homesteading endeavors.

Kyla spends most of her time with her two sons, Levon (4) and Weston (1.5). As a full-time Mom and part-time receptionist, Kyla also serves on the board of the Nativity Preschool and runs a weekly children's playgroup.

Licensed Massage Therapist

Chelsea Privitera, L.M.T.

Therapeutic Massage, Aromatherapy, Thermotherapy, Oncology Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Cupping Therapy.

Chelsea LMT has been practicing her art of massage for a little over 12 years. She completed her massage studies in a 2 year program at North Country Community College in the Adirondack Mountains and brings great excitement to the Western NY area. Her experience is widespread using multiple modalities to complete her practice. She has a thriving, intentional interest in helping people reach their health and healing goals both on and off the table.

In addition to these modalities, Chelsea has experience in orthopedic joint capsular work, a technique used to increase ROM within a joint. This capsular release technique is easily incorporated with any session.

Massage is about the mind just as much as it is about the physical self. Chelsea is a firm believer that you cannot affect one without the other, you must address the entire body as a whole. Mind Body and Spirit.

To book an appointment with Chelsea, clink the address book icon below:

Registered Nurse- Colon Hydrotherapy

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.
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.  Her power is to open that which is closed, and close to that which is open – and to promote a centeredness which will lead to improved health and well-being.  It is her aspects of acceptance, grace, patience, and compassion which form the core of our principles and approach to healthcare at Cardea Health Integrative (CHI).

Cardea Health Integrative

was formerly known as Preventive Medicine and Wellness Clinic.  It was founded by Dr. Robert Barnes, DO and was located 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 long time patients remain with the practice to this day.  Dr. Barnes transferred ownership of the practice in 2015 to Dr. Jennifer L. Jennings, and it was subsequently rebranded as Cardea Health Integrative, or CHI.  Dr. Jen 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.