Chicago native, Tracy Younger is a devotee of medical wellness. With over 20 years in the world of healthcare and hospitals, as well as being a skin care fanatic – it was only natural to migrate her dynamic sense of aesthetics and business savvy to found a new approach to vibrant living.
As a senior executive at a large health system, she honed her skills by developing a multi-service wellness center, also encompassing the first hospital based laser aesthetic center in California. She has a talent for recognizing the latest trends before they are mainstream, and an uncanny gift for recognizing the unique talents in the teams she builds. In her new role as COO (To her team: “Chief Badass”), Tracy has melded the concepts of Aesthetic and Naturopathic Medicine to create both Inner and Outer ALCHEMĒ.
DR. ROGER SCHECHTER
A practicing physician, as well as serial entrepreneur, our Medical Director (aka Chief Medical Druid), Roger has reinvented himself three times in his career. He started as a Family Practice doctor, but was quickly enticed by the adrenalin junkie world of Emergency Medicine. Eventually, he evolved in to a guru of Chronic Wound Care. Most recently, he was discovered by Tracy Younger (COO and Chief Badass), recruited to learn the secrets of Aesthetic Medicine and to co-found ALCHEMĒ. His passion for health made this business a natural next step. Inspired by his restless and inquiring nature, he could never sit back and simply accept being ruled by convention. Along with the ALCHEMĒ team, he is evolving the dynamic concepts of Rebellious Health.
DR. ELIZABETH WINTER
Dr. Elizabeth Winter is trained as a naturopathic doctor and specializes in integrative and functional medicine, seeing patients with a wide variety of acute as well as complex and chronic health conditions. She attended medical school at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA where she focused her studies in women’s health, environmental medicine (the study of how things we are exposed to in our environment negatively affect our health), IV and injection therapy, botanical medicine, and homeopathy. Dr. Winter believes strongly that health is more than the mere absence of disease and that restoring health is a dynamic process—not simply the suppression of symptoms.
Through her medical training, Dr. Winter has come to have great appreciation for the interconnectedness of the body, mind, spirit and environment and works with her patients to restore vitality through addressing all aspects of a patient’s life. Dr. Winter believes the role of a doctor is to partner with patients on a journey to health, coming to understand not only their unique physiology but their goals, preferences, beliefs and values in regards to their health and healing. Through using advanced laboratory testing, genetic testing and physical exam, Dr. Winter aims to come to a precise diagnosis for her patients and then uses a combination of the most effective natural and conventional treatments to restore the body to a state of well-being. Because of her integrated approach, the time she spends with patients, and the therapies she utilizes, patients find freedom from disease even if they have struggled with their health for a long time having “tried everything.”
Graduated from Stanford University Physician Assistant Program in 2004, she is board certified and continues her on going education in this field. She has worked for Merz and Galderma as an educator in cosmetic dermatology. She trains other providers (MD’s, NP’s, PA’s, RN’s) in their practices, as well as training the trainers from across the US. Nellie has over 10 years experience with the injectables, IPL, and lasers. She holds cosmetic training certificates from prominent cosmetic companies and has extensive training in facial contouring and facial aesthetics. She prides herself on exceeding the standard of care and delivers effective and safe treatments with exceptional care all while maintaining the highest level of comfort.
CHIEF BRAND MANAGER
CREATIVE MARKETING DIRECTOR
BODY BY BRANDY M.T.
NUTRITIONAL THERAPY PRACTITIONER
Allie is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, focusing on Holistic Nutrition & Healing. Allie specializes in Women’s Health, Gut Healing and Thyroid Dysfunction.
She is trained to provide programs and protocols to assist individuals in achieving their health goals. She works to assess individual nutritional deficiencies using the body’s innate intelligence.
Through detailed questionnaires, in depth evaluations and the body’s response mechanisms, she guides and educates her clients to address any weaknesses through a properly prepared, whole foods diet. By addressing imbalances, she seeks to align the body to function optimally.
Allie coaches her clients not only from a nutrient perspective, but she is a huge believer in tapping into the mind to create long term changes that support healing, wellness and healthy habits.
Having gone through her own health experiences, she is passionate about helping you through yours, to live your most vibrant life.
PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR
Stephanie, a nutritionist and patient care coordinator, followed her passion into the holistic health realm after twenty years in the entertainment business, starring in soap operas including Guiding Light and All My Children in her teens and 20s (with a Daytime Emmy nomination in 2007!). She has now spent over four years working with functional medicine doctors at some of San Diego’s most innovative clinics, guiding patients through treatment plans and helping others to develop a better understanding of, and love for, personalized wellness. She is nearly finished with a Masters of Science program in Integrative Nutrition through Maryland University of Integrative Health, enjoys teaching meditation at the Kadampa Meditation Center of San Diego, and is mom to a boisterous toddler, Vela. Stephanie is eager to work with people on personalizing their health and wellness journeys, and feels right at home in Alcheme’s peaceful, wellness-oriented space.
LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST
With over 21 years of experience, she customizes your massage to fit your likes and health needs. After spending time in Chiang Mia,Thailand, studying Thai massage and Eastern philosophy to healing. Her modalities include, Zen Touch/Shiatsu, Swedish, Trigger Point, Sports, Deep Tissue and Prenatal. Specializing in Deep tissue with the heated stones, Melting away the stress and allowing her to penetrate the muscles deeper and faster. Combining knowledge and experience in Eastern and Western Therapies, this experience will leave you feeling relaxed, pain free, rejuvenated and restored.
Meet Natalie Howe, our newest Alchemist!
After an early life and college in North Carolina, Natalie caught the travel bug, so during her 11 years of nursing, focusing primarily on oncology, she had stints in Austin and Palo Alto; finally settling in San Diego.
She shares that she always had a passion for cancer care: “I really enjoyed the relationships I developed with patients and families as I guided them through their journey”.
Her most recent passion is helping people find their best self! She has practiced aesthetic nursing for nearly 2 years. Her Mantra: “If you feel good in your own skin you gain a confidence that radiates!”
Natalie has not foregone her wandering ways completely. In her spare time she loves traveling the world with her husband, but often stays in town to help brighten the lives of ALCHEMĒ’s patients and to play with her fur babies, Stella, a mini Australian Shepherd and Lucy, a Goldendoodle.
Marisa joined ALCHEME in March 2018, after completing her aesthetics training with the American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery in Beverly Hills, California. She initially received her RN license in Texas. Subsequently, she worked in women’s health, as well as at a vein treatment center. The desire to help people look and feel their best brought her to aesthetics. She believes that when people are confident about themselves, it primes them for success in other areas of life. Marisa wants to help her patients feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and enhance their natural beauty, in order to live their best lives.