Dr. Krystal Tellier, ND
Dr. Tellier earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Arizona State University (ASU). During her time at both ASU and U of A, she delved into alternative medicine while working in a research lab studying the potential of botanical constituents to combat cancer. This experience heightened her curiosity for natural remedies, prompting her to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine. She completed her education at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM), focusing on pediatrics and women’s medicine.
While training at SCNM, Dr. Tellier worked with physicians trained in various naturopathic modalities. She discovered her passion for treating the entire family but realized she wanted to further her education in pediatrics and women’s medicine. After graduating from SCNM, Dr. Tellier continued her training in the private office of Dr. Farra Swan, ND, CPM, where she specialized in reproductive health, childbirth, and pediatric care.
Dr. Tellier completed a one-month internship at Casa de Nacimiento (CASA), a birth center in El Paso, Texas. At CASA, she immersed herself in midwifery care, which included prenatal visits, labor and delivery, postpartum care, and pediatric care. Dr. Tellier also sat for her midwifery certification.
In 2009, Dr. Tellier began clinical practice in her private family practice. As a primary care provider, she found that her patients were her best teachers. She also shares with her patients experiences she has gleaned from her own family’s journey with Lyme disease and mold sickness. Dr. Tellier began investigating environmentally caused illnesses like mold, heavy metals, toxic chemicals, Epstein-Barr virus, Lyme disease, bartonella, babesia, and other chronic infections when her family's health began to decline after water damage to their home. She found that many of her patients felt chronically ill and had seen specialist after specialist with no known cause for their disease. Dr. Tellier understands that for many of these patients, it is essential to listen to their lifelong experiences and exposures and investigate further with testing which may seem unconventional to conventional medicine.
Dr. Tellier utilizes botanical medicines, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, homeopathy, physical manipulation, acupuncture, IV therapy, hydrotherapy, nutritional supplements, and bio-identical hormones to help address her patients' needs. To evaluate her patients' individual needs, she may order specialty labs, including hormone level assessments, food allergy testing, environmental toxin levels, advanced cholesterol and cardiac disease profiles, and body nutrient stores. Dr. Tellier has extensive training in women’s health, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine dysfunction, detoxification methods, pediatric wellness, and lifestyle counseling.
Dr. Tellier treats the whole person with therapies that are the least invasive and most cost-effective. She looks for the root cause of a patient’s disease and uses therapies that are curative rather than just providing symptomatic relief. She believes that health must address the mind, body, and spirit. She promotes balance and moderation within her patients and hopes that with proper healing, her patients may return to enjoying their lives. What’s more, Dr. Tellier emphasizes the importance of teaching children healthy eating and lifestyle habits to avoid the epidemic of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and addiction.
Outside of the office, Dr. Tellier enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and three dogs. She loves the outdoors, and whenever she can, you'll find her hiking, practicing yoga, camping, boating, swimming, or traveling.
Dr. Lynnea Felton, N.M.D.
A native of Buffalo, NY, Dr. Felton received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Niagara University. While studying there, she conducted a thesis experiment on the effects of cervical cancer cells after treatment with Curcuma longa and light activated vitamin D, the herb that causes the yellow coloring of turmeric. This, however, was not where her journey to discover a more alternative way of treatment started. After struggling through childhood with chronic infections, her parents were inspired to seek out an alternative. This eventually lead the family to discover naturopathic medicine, and Dr. Felton’s favorite naturopathic principle of “Treat the Cause”. Removing the source of irritation that caused chronic inflammation leading to disease with simple diet changes lead to complete resolution of symptoms. Since then, she’s been inspired to find the cause of disease in others so they too can experience freedom from disease.
Since the discovery of how impactful naturopathic medicine has been on her life, Dr. Felton has also seen how effective a natural approach to medicine is for her family, friends, and patients. She truly enjoys the moment when a patient has a breakthrough in the cause of their symptoms or begins thinking about their heath in a more comprehensive way. The human body is extraordinarily complex and causation of disease may not have a simple answer. However, through extensive intake and testing, Dr. Felton’s patients work with her as a team to best discover treatment plans that best fit into their lifestyle, finances, and body chemistry to reach their health goals.
After graduating from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, AZ, she went on to complete a general medicine residency at the SCNM Medical Center. She enjoyed teaching clinical students on how to incorporate the naturopathic principles to treat every patient and provide treatment plans that easily integrate into patient’s lifestyles. One very common lesson was to act as a detective, not a scribe when with a patient- ask unexpected questions and dig deep.
Dr. Felton is a primary care physician in the state of Arizona and regularly treats patients of all ages, from birth to end of life. She routinely sees pediatric acute sick visits, pediatric wellness exams, well woman exams, and general physicals. Her specialty focus is treatment of infertility, menstrual irregularities, and gastrointestinal concerns through the use of proper nutrition, acupuncture, botanical medicine, IV therapy, and repletion of nutrients through use of vitamin and mineral supplementation. Through gentle and individualized treatment, she happily treats the whole family to achieve wellness.
In her free time, you can find Dr. Felton spending time with her family outside, traveling to new places, discovering new ways to bake healthy treats, and dancing with her local ballet school.
Dr Ann M. Sura, N.M.D.
Dr Ann, as her patients call her, has been a Naturopathic Doctor for over 25 years practicing family medicine with an emphasis on women’s health, endocrinology, and nutrition. Dr. Sura holds a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Regents University, New York.
Dr Ann has always been drawn to medicine, but the conventional medicine model never resonated with her. Before finding her passion in Naturopathic Medicine, she was trained and worked in acupressure and trigger point therapy, massage therapy, physical therapy and also medical technology. While working and going to school in Denver, CO, she was introduced to Naturopathic Medicine and knew that she had finally found her calling. What she loves the most is acting as a “health researcher” for patients digging deep into their medical history and current complaints to find the underlying causes of their health challenges. With “food as medicine first” then utilizing the best of alternative and conventional medicine, she guides patients through a systematic approach to educate them on their individual needs, giving them the tools to accomplish their health goals.
Dr Ann takes the education of clients seriously, believing what Benedict Lust, the father of Naturopathy, once said: "It is my responsibility as a Naturopath to sufficiently educate my patients so as they no longer require my services."
To accomplish this, Dr Ann also believes this foundational principle - "There is nothing the Doctor can do that will overcome what the Patient will not.” Encouraging her patients to be active participants in their care.
After graduating from Southwest College of Naturapathic Medicine (now Sonoran University) here in Tempe, AZ Dr Ann was a frequent guest lecturer at SCNM and ASU College of Nursing, and frequent guest speaker at various community forums and service organizations. She served on the initial medical advisory board for Jigsaw Health, as the Vice-President and CoFounder of the American College of Naturopathic Medicine and was formerly on the board for the Bryman School of Massage Therapy. She also served as senior editor of Natural Paradigm, and was associate professor of Gastroenterology, Hematology, and Laboratory Diagnosis at SCNM.
In 2007, Dr Ann and her family moved to the north Lake Tahoe area for 14 years where she owned her own private practice and was the small town doc to her local community. Having moved back to Arizona she is excited to join the Health For Life Team!
When she’s not working you’ll find her attending her son’s theater productions and band concerts, walking and hiking one of the many beautiful paths in the valley area with her dog, curled up with a good book or playing in the kitchen with new health recipes.
Paul Tellier, MBA, PCC- Executive Director
Paul received his BS in Business Economics from The University of Arizona and his MBA with an emphasis in Finance from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He also obtained his professional certification in coaching from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching in 2016. With over 20 years of operations experience in the corporate sector, including roles in strategy, finance, resource management, and business development at a leading investment firm, Paul brings a wealth of expertise to his role. Additionally, he has served as an executive coach, leveraging his coaching certification to support individuals in achieving their professional and personal goals. Paul battled mold and Lyme disease for four years and was healed with naturopathic medicine. This experience ignited his desire to support the clinic in bringing healing to others who align with naturopathic principles. In his spare time, he enjoys trail running with his German Shorthaired Pointer (BlackJack), spending time outdoors, and quality time with his family.
Miriam - Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist
Miriam is an Arizona Native, graduated as a Medical Assistant and Phlebotomist from Arizona College in August, 2022. She has always had an interest in pursuing a career in the Medical field. In her downtime, she likes to spend time with her daughters, travel, hike, and go exploring. She has love for nature and enjoys quality family time.
Olivia - Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist
Olivia has been living in Phoenix for almost all her life. She graduated as a Phlebotomist in 2020 and worked for a year in a lab. She decided to further her education in the medical field and graduated as a Medical Assistant in 2021. In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband and her 3 dogs. Olivia also likes to explore, travel, watch movies, play sports and read.
JoAnn - Medical Assistant
JoAnne is a newly graduated medical assistant who has recently joined Health for Life, eager to apply her fresh skills and knowledge in holistic healthcare. With her certification obtained in December 2023, she brings a blend of enthusiasm and dedication to her role, aspiring to make a positive impact on patients' well-being. As a recent graduate, she is committed to continuous learning more about naturopathic medicine. She works closely with the doctors, assisting in patient consultations, conducting assessments, and providing compassionate support during treatments. Her genuine interest in holistic health and her empathetic approach makes her a valuable addition to the office, where she aims to empower patients to embrace natural healing modalities on their journey to wellness.
Sofia - Front Office Administrator
Sofia is a dedicated student at Northern Arizona University pursuing a BS in Business Management with a focus on medical office management. Raised by the principles of naturopathic medicine, she is deeply passionate about its practices. Since 2023, Sofia has been an invaluable support to our clinic. In her leisure time, she indulges in snowboarding and wakeboarding, cherishes moments with friends, and delights in the company of her Australian shepherd, Diesel.