Meet Our Practitioners
Marlene Merritt received her Masters degree in Oriental Medicine in 2000 and is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. She has an additional Masters degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Bridgeport and is a Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. She is licensed by the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is nationally board certified in Oriental Medicine. Additionally, she is Board Certified in Bariatric Counseling, and certified in the Bredesen Protocol™. She has published multiple articles on different issues in nutrition (see her articles HERE) in a variety of publications, and is the author of three books — one on reversing hypertension using natural means, one on reversing diabetes, and one on insomnia. In addition to a full clinical practice, she lectures nationally with her husband, Will Mitchell (see below), to healthcare practitioners all over the U.S. and Canada on issues ranging from dementia, diabetes, endocrine dysfunction, blood chemistry, nutrition, and functional medicine.
Will Mitchell has been studying Oriental Medicine since 1998. He has a Bachelors degree in Microbiology, a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin, and a Masters degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Bridgeport. Additionally, he is a Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. He is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, and is licensed by the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is also nationally board certified in Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM. He is an Applied Clinical Nutritionist, and is, like his wife, also certified in the Bredesen Protocol™. He has co-written a book on improving sleep with natural means, as well as his book “The Unbreakable Brain” on reversing cognitive decline. His commitment to education and research gives him a technical background that allows him to specialize in working with difficult and challenging health conditions. He lectures to healthcare practitioners across the country with his wife, Marlene Merritt.
Sara earned her B.S. from Texas A&M University’s School of Engineering and her Masters Degree from American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. As a first year graduate student, she authored and published Blending the Boundaries: Steps Toward an Integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine into Mainstream Practice (J. of Complementary and Alternative Medicine). While she treats a wide variety of health conditions, she began her private practice in Austin in 2005 specializing in infertility and reproductive health. In addition to acupuncture, nutrition and lifestyle counseling for general healing and wellness, Sara has extensive knowledge in current conventional medical treatments for infertility. She works closely with patients of Austin’s premier reproductive endocrinologists at Texas Fertility Center and several outstanding OBGYN’s. She is certified by the Texas Medical Board and NCCAOM. She is an inaugural fellow of ABORM (American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine), in addition to being a member of ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) and RESOLVE: The National Fertility Association. Sara is passionate about inspiring a legacy of practical health and positive change in the lives of her patients.
Christopher earned his B.S. in Business Management from the University of Washington in 2002 and became a Certified Rolfer, with a specialty in Structural Integration from the Rolf Institute in 2009. In addition to Rolfing, his continued education and experience includes working with entrapped nerves and/or arteries, organ manipulation, myofascial techniques, cranial and dural restrictions, joint mechanics, & gait analysis. He came to Rolfing with his own pain from a lifetime of sports injuries, workplace hazards and living-life strains and found freedom from his pain and his previous restraints. He has a dual practice in Bellevue, Washington, and in Austin, Texas.
Elaine DiRico has a Masters degree in Psychology and has worked in both the health and wellness field and in food all of her life. She is a Certified Nutritional Therapist, a published author and a chef. She has also studied as a Certified Gluten Practitioner and with Reed Davis in Functional and Diagnostic Nutrition. She specializes in discovering and refining a diet suited to the individual. She has taught classes in food sourcing, digestion, and general nutrition in Austin and has spoken to the first year medical students at Texas A&M on incorporating Nutrition into their medical practice. Recipe development and menu planning to fit specific nutritional needs are her specialty.
Merritt Wellness Center prides itself on its practitioners’ strong backgrounds and understanding in Western medicine that have led them to advanced studies in clinical nutrition, blood chemistry, endocrinology, and immunology. They excel in combining the best of all techniques utilizing cutting-edge medical testing, and place an emphasis on blending Western and Eastern medicine. Their successful merging of different medical modalities has had them lecture throughout the state of Texas and across the United States. They are committed to education both for themselves and their patients. They empower patients by giving them choices and providing the best complementary care possible.