Internal and Integrative Medicine In San Jose CA

WHO WE ARE

Dr. Terry Blay

Dr. Terry Blay is our lead practitioner at AVA Wellness MD. Born and raised in Michigan, Dr. Blay attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a degree in pharmacy. After attending medical school in Detroit and his internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, he moved to California to complete his residency at Highland General Hospital in Oakland. Afterward, Dr. Blay began practicing full time at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center, where he had a busy Internal Medicine practice for 10 years, before transitioning to the Emergency Room. He was a full-time emergency medicine physician and served as chief of the ER at Kaiser San Jose for over 10 years.

Dr. Blay found emergency medicine to be an exciting and rewarding field, with constant challenges and opportunities for growth and learning. His internal medicine background and years spent treating advanced disease states led him to a blossoming interest in integrative medicine and preventing disease. As a result, his position as Medical Director at AVA Rejuvenation and his practice at AVA Wellness both encompass the evaluation and treatment of all aspects of the patient—general physical, hormonal, emotional, dietary, exercise, and preventative and anti-aging modalities.

Dr. Blay believes that an individual’s health is the single most precious commodity that one has. As a physician, he considers it his responsibility and duty to not only treat acute illnesses, but to also educate and work with his patients to prevent illness and help each individual get the most out of his or her life. He believes that “it’s not how long you live, but how well you live,” and to that end, stresses healthy lifestyle choices and preventative health care to all of his patients.

Dr. Hadid

Dr. Hadid is a British, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Fellow of the American College for Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He graduated from Alexandria University Medical School and trained in the London UK teaching hospitals. Dr. Hadid joined Kaiser Permanente in 1988 where he served as Chief of the Urogynecology Department for nearly 20 years. He was directly responsible for initiating and instituting many new therapeutic procedures and was loved by his patients and staff.

Dr. Hadid remains very passionate about feminine health and has decided to continue his work by joining our team. In doing so, Dr. Hadid hopes to empower women by providing feminine rejuvenation, promoting self-care, renewing their self-confidence as well as their overall health and well-being.

Away from work, Dr. Hadid loves classical music, playing the piano and making wine. He is an accomplished linguist and is fluent in English, French, and Arabic, while continuing to perfect his Italian, Greek and Spanish.

Brenda Blay

Born and raised in San Jose, Brenda is proud to work and reside in the Silicon Valley. Before assuming the role of Aesthetic Nurse Specialist at Ava Wellness MD, Brenda had a substantial and fulfilling career as a registered nurse. She has worked extensively in the fields of both Emergency and Aesthetic Nursing, variously employed as a Plastic Surgery Nurse Consultant, Surgery RN Circulator, Recovery Room Nurse, as well as Emergency Room Nurse and Triage. Such experience has afforded Brenda a wealth of expertise, which she adeptly passes on to her clients.

Nearly 15 years of performing scores of laser procedures, administering dermal fillers and working with Botox Cosmetic have honed Brenda’s skills as an exceedingly reliable and talented medical aesthetic artist. Her tremendous desire to deliver natural and aesthetically pleasing results for all skin types and lifestyles has served as her key motivation.

Brenda knows that no single approach is right for everyone. She has an artistic eye and is passionate about her job. She caters her approach to each client to ensure complete satisfaction and individualized results. In her spare time, Brenda can be found spending cherished time with her family.

Brenda earned her Nursing Degree from San Jose State University. She has been trained and certified to perform all of the aesthetic procedures at Ava Wellness MD and is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Dermatology Nurses Association.

Jacquelyn Hollenkamp

Jacquelyn Hollenkamp serves as our Wellness Director, and her deepest passions lie in helping others realize their own potential; physically, mentally and emotionally. After going through her own journey to find true health, Jacquelyn acquired an excitement for learning the intricate workings of the human body, and discovering how the body has an incredible capacity to heal itself naturally if given the right tools. Her passion led her to a previous career as an Integrative Medicine Consultant. There she received extensive training in nutrition, major body systems and integrative medicine therapies, and worked with a variety of medical practitioners to create protocols and optimize patient health.

Jacquelyn compounded her love of health with her love for teaching, and is a certified Barre instructor at La Barre studios in San Jose and a certified Yoga Sculpt instructor at Core Power Yoga in San Jose. She also serves as a Health Educator at La Barre studios, helping women and men find their best self through “lifestyle medicine.”

Jacquelyn is currently working on her certification with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She feels very lucky fortunate to have a role at AVA Wellness MD where all her passions have combined, and she is able to help others.

At the practice, Jacquelyn leads our signature “AVA Reset” Program, works one on one with clients to guide them towards achieving their health goals, leads education classes and workshops and oversees the marketing and community outreach for the facility. In her spare time, she loves to run, expand on her yoga practice, hike, cook, read and spend time with her fiancé, Jeremy.

Deb Gadzikowski, R.N.

Aesthetic Nurse Specialist

A graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Deb came to the Silicon Valley and settled into the High Tech industry. After a successful career, she paused to reassess and re-educate. In 2011 Deb graduated from Nursing School.

Deb is a “gear-head”.  She loves the “how”.  If you need to know how a product or device works, she has the answer.  Her love of all things technical blends well with her artistic and special sensibilities to provide AVA clients with top notch rejuvenation and aesthetic results. Always excited to learn new technologies, performing laser rejuvenation procedures, MicroPen treatments, administering dermal fillers and working with Botox and Dysport, have all honed Deb’s skills as a talented medical aesthetic specialist.  Her clients praise her honest approach and excellent results.

Beyond the clinic, Deb is a wife, mother of two, cat owner, camper, and is working on her first novel.

Loren Estevez

Office Manager

Loren plays an integral role at Ava Wellness MD, serving as the Office Manager. Prior to her role at the practice she has been Clinic Manager at our sister location Ava Rejuvenation for the past 6 years. She brings over ten years of experience working in professional, client-centered medical office environments. Striving to provide the highest level of client satisfaction she always goes above and beyond to exceed even the highest expectations. Loren recognizes that her duties as Manager are essential in keeping AVA running smoothly and efficiently so that our clients can receive the highest quality of care and attention that they deserve. Loren enjoys planning and organizing all AVA promotions, especially our Spring and Fall Open House events. She ensures that all clients walk away feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. When she’s not at AVA, Loren enjoys volunteering at her local community, cooking, fine wine, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Location

   2405 Forest Ave #202 • San Jose, CA 95128
  (408) 899-4100