Staff

 

Mickey Kellogg – Medical Assistant

Mickey is a very familiar face to all who come to The Downing Clinic. She assists Dr. Kovalcik with patient care by taking vitals and checking patients in and out of the clinic; calling in prescriptions and following up on lab work. Mickey has been with The Downing Clinic since 1996. Prior to working here, she worked in the UP as a registered nurse.

Ann Heusted – RN

Ann joined our staff in 2005. She has worked with hospice; is an ordained minister; has had advanced training in Bach Flower Remedies, homeopathy, nutrition, and is a parish nurse. She is a vocalist, and lectures on public health issues. Her wonderful background and positive attitude are valued by our patients. Ann is our FirstLine Therapy Program Coordinator.

Dr. Gigi B. Cristache, Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Nationally Board-Certified by NACCOM. Registered in Michigan.

Dr. Cristache specializes in 5 Element Acupuncture which associates characteristics from each of the five natural elements of wood, water, fire, air and earth with a season, weather, color, personality and body type, and symptoms/disease state. This analysis is then used to identify physiology and pathology within the body and identify areas for treatment.

Dr. Cristache treats patients with a more holistic approach, including initial consultation and assessment, leading to the design of an individualized and integral plan to address not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well.

Areas of expertise include: pain management, emotional issues (anxiety, depression, etc.), headaches, smoking cessation, addiction issues, reproduction and fertility issues (for both men and women), digestive issues (GERD, GI issues, etc.), and lung issues (asthma and allergies, etc.).

Kathleen Strauch – Certified Advanced Rolfer®

Kathleen Strauch, a Certified Advanced Rolfer®, is a well-established practitioner, who takes the time to go back for refresher courses and exams to keep her certification. Rolfing® Structural Integration or SI is a technique that helps move the body back into proper alignment. Rolfing can serve to help realign structural relationships of the body with such things as: scoliosis, poor posture, hip imbalance, accidents, repetitive stress injuries, post-surgery, degeneration, stroke and relief for deep pain due to improper alignment of tissues. Rolfing is not the same as massage. Massage works to relax muscles and reduce stress; however, massage and Rolfing work well together. She has helped many people during the many years she has been practicing.

Sharessa – RN

Sharessa is the Downing Clinic’s IV Therapist and a valued member of our health care team. Sharessa is a highly skilled Registered Nurse, who was in conventional nursing for 10 years before joining The Downing Clinic staff in 2005. Sharessa works closely with Dr. Kovalcik to follow orders for IV therapy.

Leah, RN

Leah joined our staff in 2019. She has been an RN for over 40 years and has worked inpatient in Infection Control as well as working for Public Health Services. Her years of patient care will be valued by patients seeking IV Therapy.

Office Management

Reception Staff

When you call The Downing Clinic, our reception staff will answer your questions and provide guidance on the type of appointment you will need. We have several services available in addition to our physician, Dr. Kovalcik, and this team of experienced staff can identify the various services and their benefits for you along with what new patients will need when meeting with the doctor. They look forward to meeting you by phone and in person when you visit us.  Please don’t hesitate to call with any questions.

Office Manager/Billing

Karin is our office manager. She also handles courtesy billing. She has been with The Downing Clinic since 2000 and has lots of experience in helping our patients with their insurance needs. She will be happy to answer your questions.

Products and Supplements

Sue manages a wide variety of nutritional products, supplements, homeopathics, natural skin care products, cosmetics, books, and other items that Dr. Kovalcik has researched and believe are the best on the market. She is an important member of The Downing Clinic. She also prepares product information on these products for patients. Accounts payable are also part of her responsibilities.