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Co-Founder and Medical Director, Michael L. Gross, M.D.

Dr. Michael L. Gross MD is the Medical Director of the Active Center for Health & Wellness. He currently is the orthopedic director of Sports Medicine at HUMC. After treating athletes on all levels for many years, Dr. Gross has developed a keen interest in preventative medicine. He completed a fellowship in Sports medicine, and is board certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Because of his interest in preventative medicine, he is currently enrolled in a fellowship in anti-aging and restorative medicine and is working towards board certification form the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Through his care for orthopedic injuries, and his own experiences as a weekend warrior, Dr. Gross has developed the philosophy that guides us at ACHW. True wellness is achieved through a balance of regular exercise, balanced diet, and optimizing medical health through the utilization of anti-aging medicine. Finally stress relief is crucial to achieving balance, health and wellness.

Dr. Gross has incorporated this philosophy into his own lifestyle, and would like for you to join him in wellness at the ACHW.


Anti-Aging And Regenerative Medicine Physician Dr. Lynn Corrigan, FAARFM, ABAARM

“Patients are much more than the sum of their medical diagnoses; they are whole people and need to be treated as such” – Dr. Lynn Corrigan Dr. Corrigan received her undergraduate degree from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey in 1989. She then earned her doctorate from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. She went on the complete her residency in Family Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, where she served as Chief Resident. Her most recent professional achievement was completion of the Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. Initial Consultation: An Integrative Medicine Consultation goes far beyond the typical doctor’s visit that most patients have become accustomed to. This 60 minute comprehensive review of your current health, chronic conditions, medical history, and objectives for future wellness will establish a baseline for wellness. It is the key to placing you on the path to a better quality of life. Continuing Support: The key to success in establishing and maintaining a higher level of health is a periodic review of physical well-being and mental engagement. These 30 minute check-ups will help to keep you on track towards your long term goals and maintain them after you have reached them. Dr. Corrigan will provide these exciting specialty services: Anti-Aging Medicine Hormone Replacement Therapy Chronic disease and holistic pain management Stress Management Treatment for auto-immune disorders Adrenal and Thyroid management Chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia treatment Detoxification strategies and energy work Advanced testing to determine a precise treatment plan for your needs.

Practice Administrator, Lisamarie Volino

Lisamarie brings tremendous experience in healthcare and business management. For the past seven years Lisamarie has served as the Executive Vice-President of Business Affairs and Practice Administrator for Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. During this time, she completed numerous business management courses. Most recently, she completed MBA survey courses at Rutgers University in both healthcare management and finance. In 2008, she was nominated and placed second in the PAHCOM national competition for Medical Practice Administrator of the Year.

Lisamarie has a well developed eye for grace and style. She used her talents to design a truly spectacular facility that has no rivals. From the glass tiles and custom furniture in the relaxation room, to the finely appointed consultation rooms, to the Swarovski Crystal lighting, Lisamarie has made no compromises in her quest to make our guests feel that they have arrived in a fine home or exclusive resort from the moment they walk in the door.

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Wellness Reception Team

Your spa experience at The Active Center for Health & Wellness begins with our trio of hostesses. Each one is there to insure that your time at the Active Center is not only a stress free experience, but is an inviting and relaxing journey; that feels more like a stay in the home of a close friend, or a vacation in a fine hotel. From the moment you enter the lobby, until the time you leave to return to your usual routine, our hostesses are there to guide you. They will greet you with a warm smile and a luxurious robe, bath slippers and towel. As you restore yourself in the tranquility of our relaxation room, the hostesses will serve you with refreshing ice water, White Lion tea or mixed nuts. As your time with us ends and you re-enter into the lobby, they may suggest a product from our boutique, or any additional services to enhance your active center visits in the future.

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Personal Fitness Trainer, Spain

Spain is an N.A.S.M certified personal trainer since 2004. He has a CPT (certified personal trainer certificate) CES (corrective exercise certificate) and is trained in PES (performance assessment and exercise technique). He is also certified in TRX (suspension training) as well as CPR.

Spain is trained to work with people of all populations, having worked with obese, injured, ill, athletic and to the ordinary, who just loves to exercise and stay in shape. He is well versed in developing programs that provide the optimum results taking into account the activities his clients enjoy. Spain is a motivator who pushes his clients to their physical limits. He believes that exercise has a role in every aspect of life and his job is to bring the best out of each individual.

Spain is skilled on all training aspects offered on the Active Center for Health & Wellness menu. He provides encouragement and support for his clients and recognizes what their strengths and weaknesses are and based on that creates a unique program for them.

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Certified Professional Coach, Certified Massage Therapist, Reiki III Master, Jane Fontana

By profession, Jane is an Attorney at Law of the State of New Jersey and by way of occupation she currently serves as an appointed public official in the position of Business Administrator for a New Jersey municipality. She holds a Masters of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickenson University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Certificate in Accounting from Caldwell College. She is also a iPEC trained Certified Professional Life Empowerment Coach and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner having founded Just Focus Coaching in 2008. In 2012, Jane formed JNF Enterprises, L.L.C. d/b/a äh Massage Services / äh Relaxation Zone. She is also Reiki III Master and currently pursuing Certification and Practitioner status in Eden Energy Medicine.

Jane embarked on her pursuit of a career in coaching upon the realization that all of her successes through her life fell short of achieving real personal satisfaction and a true sense of self-fulfillment. It was her awakening after a long period of introverted analysis that to reach her full potential and life purpose she needed to share her skills, talent and knowledge with others. Jane strives not for perfection, but to be truly genuine with herself and others. She has a reputation for integrity, honesty, genuineness, motivation, perseverance, and confidence. Jane received her coach certification training at iPEC. As a coach, you will immediately detect her magnetism and enthusiasm for assisting people to move forward with their lives. Jane can make a positive difference in anyone’s life by employing her unique blend of professional and personal experiences and accomplishments. She is inspiring, highly intuitive, and believes that everyone has unlimited potential within them just waiting to be unlocked. Jane truly brings an eclectic mix of knowledge, skills and experience to the coaching relationship. Website:

Jane is also a Certified Massage Therapist licensed to practice in the State of New Jersey and insured by ABMP. She received her massage therapy training at the Academy of Massage Therapy after an extensive course of study in 2008. Massage therapy is one of her ways of reaching out and touching the lives of others in a very special way. In a private massage session with Jane, you will quickly notice that her style is very fluid, flowing, dance-like and tends to be mesmerizing when combined with rhythmic music. Every effort is made during each session to be attentive to all of the senses in order to achieve an overall experience of relaxation and promote renewal and rejuvenation. Aromatherapy, hot towels and hot stones are used to enhance the massage experience. Jane is trained and skilled in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, and Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage techniques as well as Reflexology, Black Pearl Sanctuary and Brazilian Toe EEM Techniques and Reiki.

Despite her educational and intellectual characteristics, Jane believes that an aptitude toward overall wellness and balance are essential to achieving ultimate personal potential. When the mind, body, soul and spirit are in alignment, all things ~ and extraordinarily great things ~ are possible. Jane routinely engages in physical exercise and activities to maintain balance with her career goals and objectives. She has a passion for dance and is a proponent of the benefits of yoga, tai chi, qi gong meditation and various eastern techniques of centering/grounding/chakra balancing as modalities for connecting the mind and body to achieve clarity, control, and an overall sense of personal peace, positive mind set, self-awareness, and self-fulfillment.

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Diet and Nutrition Coach, Carrie Kelly, R.D.

At the Active Center for Health & Wellness, we realize the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Proper diet is an important part of achieving your healthy lifestyle. Weight loss has been shown to be the best way to slow the progression of arthritis. A healthy diet can improve your athletic performance and help to prevent injuries whether you are a weekend warrior or an elite athlete.

Getting the best and most accurate information and direction isn't always easy. Active Center for Health & Wellness is here to assist you in your search for answers, advice and guidance. Carrie Kelly, a Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert committed to helping you enjoy a healthy life. Carrie earned a bachelors degree in Nutritional Science and has maintained her RD for the past 9 years. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and has completed various post-graduate courses in clinical nutrition.

Nutrition consulting at the Active Center for Health & Wellness will utilize the latest technology to track your diet, progress and help you achieve optimal results. Consultations and continued monitoring are available by appointment.

Personal Trainer and Dietitian, Suzana D. Cordova

Suzana D. Cordova is a Personal Trainer certified by the National Council of Strength and Fitness since 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Montclair State University in Nutrition Food & Science; concentration in Dietetics. Her focus is on nutrition counseling in sports, weight-loss & post-surgical bariatric nutrition.

Suzana believes that overall health and wellness begins within and is single-minded on helping each client, individually, reach their health & fitness goals by attainment of nutrition education and self-discovery.

"There is no one road to optimal health but the road of self-awareness, self-appreciation, and inner essential strength."

Licensed Acupuncturist, Christine Marcarian

Christine is committed to empowering her patients with services that yield long term changes. She uses a comprehensive approach to evaluate and treat each patient, and integrates her extensive experience with bodywork into her acupuncture treatments. In addition, Christine offers individualized self-care regimens which incorporate herbs, nutrition, corrective exercises and MELT (myofascial energetic length technique). Christine is a graduate of the Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy and Tristate College of Acupuncture where she received a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine. Christine continues to be amazed by the power of acupuncture to stimulate the body’s self-healing mechanisms and its ability to restore harmony.

Licensed Acupuncturist, Po-Hong Yu

Po-Hong Yu is a New Jersey & New York Licensed Acupuncturist and a Diplomat of NCCAOM. She received her Masters of Science at Tri-State College of Acupuncture where she was trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kiiko Matsumoto\'s Japanese style of acupuncture and Trigger Point Therapy. Po-Hong is passionate about Chinese Medicine and using this modality to help others through their physical and emotional process. She specializes in musculoskeletal pain, GYN conditions, digestive conditions, scar work and emotional imbalances, such as, anxiety, depression and stress.


Licensed Acupuncturist, Darren Maynard

Darren Maynard, LAc, MS is a NCCAOM National Board Certified licensed acupuncturist in the states of New Jersey and New York. Mr. Maynard holds a Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture (TSCA) in New York, one of the oldest acupuncture colleges in the United States, and a Bachelors of Science from James Madison University. While attending TSCA he had the opportunity to study at the Beijing Traditional Medicine Training Center in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. Mr. Maynard worked with Chinese doctors and learned the fundamental importance of integrating Eastern and Western medical theory and practice. During his three years at TSCA, Mr. Maynard studied with some of the most experienced practitioners in the country and learned four distinct styles of acupuncture: Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) and myofascial trigger point release; Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM); Kiiko Matsumoto (KM); and Japanese meridian-based acupuncture.

Having all four styles of acupuncture at his disposal empowers Mr. Maynard to assess any illness or injury through a variety of filters, enabling him to find the most appropriate and effective treatment strategy for each patient. Mr. Maynard believes in a balanced approach to all healing utilizing acupuncture, Oriental medicine, appropriate exercise, dietary and nutritional counseling, and patient education.

Mr. Maynard has had a lifelong involvement in sports, as both participant and coach. It was his love of sports that led him to specialize in sports medicine acupuncture. This specialization enables Mr. Maynard to successfully manage any injury, from the initial assessment, through treatment and rehabilitation and onto injury prevention. Sports Medicine Acupuncture incorporates principles from TCM and Western Sports Medicine and views the patient’s injury from a truly integrated perspective. The ultimate goal of Sports Medicine Acupuncture is to promote recovery by reducing pain and swelling, increasing range of motion, strengthening weakened parts of the injured body, restoring mobility, strengthening the immune system and speeding healing time. Mr. Maynard’s ultimate goal is to get patients back to functional activity and health as quickly and safely as possible.

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