Meet Our Providers

James R. Stevens, MD, CAQSM, ABAARM, FAAFP

Medical Director & Provider, Cary & Holly Springs locations

James “Jay” Stevens, MD, CAQSM, ABAARM, FAAFP, is the founder of Essential Health. Having practiced innovative primary care medicine for 30 years, Dr. Stevens has worked in various conventional primary care settings, including group private practice and as a hospital-employed physician and physician leader.

His clinical focus encompasses all services at Essential Health. As Chief Innovation Officer at Essential Holding Company, the licensor and management affiliate for Essential Health, Dr. Stevens is part of a growing effort to seek, refine and introduce new knowledge and methods to Essential Health clinics in a constant quest to provide an avenue towards better health for those we serve.

Elizabeth Sierakowski, MD, DABFM, DABOIM

Medical Director & Provider, Raleigh & Holly Springs locations

Elizabeth Sierakowski, MD, DABFM, DABOIM, owns and practices at the Essential Health – Raleigh and Holly Springs, NC locations. She is triple trained in family medicine, integrative medicine, and functional medicine and has practiced from coast to coast. She joined the Essential Family with the opening of the Raleigh location in 2017. Her clinical focuses are advanced lifestyle medicine, cellular nutrition, gut health, hormone balancing, chemical-free anti-aging, adrenal and stress health, and thyroid imbalances.

As the Chief Medical Officer at Essential Holding Company, the licensor and management affiliate for Essential Health, Dr. Sierakowski leads the clinical mission of achieving optimal health for our clients, developing the advanced training roadmap for our providers, and helping expand our superior model of care nationally.

Jennie Welner, FNP-BC, ABAAHP, FAARM

Provider, Cary location

Jennie Welner, FNP-BC, ABAAHP, FAARM, is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Essential Health’s flagship location in Cary, NC and has been a part of the Essential Health family since 2013. She has developed and implemented practice protocols through the years and sought subspecialty certifications in anti-aging and regenerative medicine.

Her clinical focus is hormone balancing, thyroid health, adrenal health, aesthetics, skincare, hair restoration with PRP, IV nutrient therapy, and weight management.

Cari Rodgers, PA-C

Provider, Holly Springs location

Carolyn “Cari” Rodgers, PA-C, is the Provider at the Essential Health – Holly Springs, NC location. She brings over 20 years of significant experience in primary care, hormone balancing and aesthetics to the practice. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and also holds a Foundational IV Certification. She is currently working toward her Diplomate Certification in Anti-Aging Medicine with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Cari’s clinical focus at Essential health is primary care, hormone balancing, thyroid optimization, IV nutrient therapy, aesthetics including skincare, dermal fillers, neuromodulators and hair restoration with PRP, and adrenal health.

Kristin “Kris” Bailey, FNP-C

Provider, Raleigh location

Kristin “Kris” Bailey, FNP-C, is the Family Nurse Practitioner at the Essential Health – Raleigh, NC location. She has years of experience in a number of fields, including pediatrics, geriatrics, medical/surgery, ER, OR, PACU, plastics, home health, and family practice, and is completing coursework for certifications through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. She firmly believes that “one size does not fit all” and loves the patient/provider collaborative approach of tailoring treatment plans for each individual.

Kris’ clinical focus is helping clients achieve optimal health through hormone balancing and IV nutrient therapy.

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