Synergy Lifestyle Center

Based on the 40+ years of research conducted by Dr. Dean Ornish and his colleagues, the goal of Synergy is to give heart patients a better, more affordable and permanent solution to heart disease through a series of lifestyle changes

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What Makes Synergy Different

In collaboration with the UC San Francisco and other leading academic institutions, over a span of 40+ years, Dean Ornish, M.D.® and his colleagues performed research conclusively proving that through simple changes in diet and lifestyle, the effects of heart disease can be reversed without the assistance of surgery or medicine.

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About Us

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Salil Patel, MD, FACC
Salil Patel, MD, FACC, is proud to bring his experience in caring to his hometown Jacksonville community. In addition to performing coronary and peripheral interventions, Dr. Patel also believes strongly in preventing and treating disease via healthy lifestyle choices. Him and his wife and enjoy spending time with and raising our 2 boys. “I have always felt that providing the best care for patients requires taking the time to go over the details. Sometimes a little extra effort goes a long way.”
Dr. Nehu Patel, MD
Nehu C. Patel, MD, has a primary focus on the prevention, treatment, and management of patients with cardiovascular and related diseases. He has enjoyed living in Jacksonville since moving here from Chicago in 2004. His wife and three beautiful daughters share a love for family and traveling to new places around the globe. Dr. Patel is greatly galvanized by the concept of ‘selfless service’ namely done by BAPS charities. He organizes a yearly non-profit Health Fairs at their local Hindu temple as well as Walkathons and other fundraisers for various charities and groups. “My philosophy in treatment of the complex heart patient is empowerment and accountability. I carefully listen to the concerns of the patient and together we are able to formulate a plan of care for their heart or vascular disease.”
Jessica Grant
Jessica Grant is a Clinical Certified Exercise Physiologist and Program Director of the Cardiac Rehab. She has a Masters Degree in Exercise Science and Chronic Disease from University of North Florida, as well as certifications as a Health Coach and Yoga Teacher. Jessica is a marathon runner who loves walking on the beach with her dog and learning football from her husband who coaches high school football. Her main passion is supporting you to achieve your health and fitness goals!
Marsha McDaniel
Marsha McDaniel is a Physical Therapist with an MBA. Upon relocating to Jacksonville in 2017, Marsha met Dr. Nehu Patel and Dr. Salil Patel who were interested in starting an Ornish Intensive Cardiac Rehab Program in the area. Marsha has been instrumental in starting the program in 2018 at Synergy Lifestyle Center. She has served as the first Program Director. until 2021 when she has since stepped into a consultant role. Marsha now enjoys being able to spend more time with her family and assist the team and this amazing program as needed.
Crystal Hall
Crystal Hall is the Business Administrator for Synergy Lifestyle Center. She has an AS in Health Information Management & several certifications including Medical Billing & Coding and Practice Administration. She was born and raised right here in Jacksonville, Fl. Crystal is happily married with 5 children and 5 grandchildren. Crystal enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, boating and the beach.
Dana Bridges
Dana Bridges is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and serves as the Love and Support group facilitator. In addition to working at Synergy Lifestyle Center, she owns her own private practice offering counseling services. Dana is happily married to her best friend who is a US Marine Corps veteran and she considers the joy of her life to be her baby daughter.
Amber Ponzio
Amber Ponzio is an Exercise Physiologist and Registered Yoga Teacher. She has her master's degree in Exercise Science and Chronic Disease from the University of North Florida and is an Adjunct Professor there in the Undergraduate Exercise Science Program. Amber enjoys traveling, cooking, and training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She believes that health is wealth and strives to help you on the road to a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Christine Johnson
Christine Johnson is a Registered Nurse who began her nursing career as an associate degree nurse after a 15-year career in fitness as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer, and Anytime Fitness franchise co-owner for 15 years. She earned her bachelor's degree from UNF shortly thereafter and is currently working on her master's degree. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings to include the cardiovascular ICU, stress testing, cardiac rehabilitation, and pre-admission evaluation, and has been with Synergy since October 2019. She loves her patients and is passionate about helping them achieve their health and lifestyle goals. Christine lives in Fernandina Beach with her husband, daughter (when she is home from UF! Go Gators...), French bulldog, and fluffy cat.
Jessica Trice
Jessica Trice is a Registered Nurse with her BSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a Cardiac Nurse for 14 years and spent the last 9 years in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Jessica joined Synergy March 2021 and has loved the opportunity to encourage participants in their journey of wellness and cardiac health. Jessica enjoys going on adventures and making memories with her husband and three children.
Sandra Parker
Sandra Parker is a 500hr Certified Yoga Teacher with many hours of experience in leading yoga classes aimed at a beginner level population with the intention of meeting each student where they are in their life experience and physical body. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida and spent many years in the Insurance Industry and Kitchen and Bath Design profession. Yoga and Stress Management practices are her passion and she enjoys delivering to participants the necessary tools to begin or deepen their practice of yoga, meditation, relaxation techniques and breath practices in a supportive and compassionate environment.
Mia Howell
Mia Howell is a Registered Dietitian at Synergy Lifestyle Center. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of North Florida, and completed her 1200 hour dietetic internship at Bastyr University with a focus in natural medicine. She is passionate about the power of whole, nutrient dense foods and teaching others how to utilize them to meet personalized goals and achieve optimal health. Mia is a foodie, a coffee enthusiast, and enjoys spending time with her friends + family.

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