Our Team - Signature Wellness

Your Team

The Team at Signature Wellness is here to help you reach your health goals!

You’ll benefit from the clinical experience of our founder, Dr Deb Matthew MD, as well our other experienced health care practitioners.  Our team will provide you with a personalized wellness plan to address the imbalances that are holding you back from feeling your best.  We’ll work together to help you rebalance, restore and rejuvenate!    

We are here to support you 100% in your journey to optimal health!

Founder and Medical Director

Dr. Matthew has completed a 2 year advanced fellowship program in Anti-Aging, Functional and Regenerative Medicine and passed both written and oral exams offered by the A4M.  She is a national and international oral board examiner for the A4M and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine as well as the American Board of Integrative Medicine. 

Dr Matthew is the Past-President of the North Carolina Integrative Medicine Society (NCIMS), member of the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), and is Board Certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Nicole Bentivegna NP-C

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Nicole has been a Nurse Practitioner since 2008. She is dual certified in Women’s Health and Adult Health by the NCC and AANP. Her focus since 2010 has been in preventative care, weight loss and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. She is a diplomate with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) and certified as an obesity medicine specialist.

Nicole sees both men and women, focusing on a comprehensive wellness approach in the care of her patients.

Staci Burrell FNP-C

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner 

Staci has been a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner since 1998, focusing mainly on women’s health issues. She is Board Certified by the ANCC. In an effort to provide more holistic care to her patients, she began working with bio-identical hormones in 2009. She has participated in the fellowship training program with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).

Staci sees both men and women for hormone replacement and nutritional medicine. She enjoys helping to transform lives using the Signature Wellness approach.

AJ Bales NP-C

Certified Nurse Practitioner

AJ has his Masters in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, and worked as a Critical Care Nurse for 6 years including during the height of the  CV-19 pandemic. He was also a Recon Scout Sniper who served 15 years in the United States Marine Corps with multiple combat deployments and awards. He completed training with The  Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Training Academy and is enrolled in the fellowship training program with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M)

AJ believes that true preventative medicine should address sleep, stress, nutrition, exercise and sexual health before a prescription should be written.

Elissa Bolling PA-C

Clinical Aesthetics Physician Assistant

Elissa has been a Physician Assistant since 2016 and is certified by the NCCPA. She has a strong passion for aesthetic medicine and helping patients become their naturally beautiful selves. She has trained along side plastic surgeons and has over 3 years of injectable experience. 

She also provides evaluation and treatment of sexual health issues for both men and women with a functional wellness approach.

Melissa Hipsher RN

Nurse / Patient Educator

Debbie Dalessandro RN, BSN

Nurse / Patient Educator 

Debbie’s nursing experience includes caring for patients with cardiac, plastic and reconstructive surgery, trauma and orthopedics.

She began her Functional Medicine training in 2007, and became a certified Health Coach after graduating from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in 2019.  

She is an excellent resource for patients making lifestyle transformations, and plays an important role in their success. 

Marci Cheney ND

Naturopath /  Patient Educator

Marci brings extensive knowledge of naturopathic medicine and clinical nutrition to the practice. She is a graduate of the doctoral program at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, and has been an instructor for Hawthorn University’s Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition Program.

Marci provides expanded clinical education with a calm approach to help our patients understand and implement our recommendations successfully.

Helen Gardiner-Parks FNTP

Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner / Health Coach

Izzy Natoli

Holistic Esthetician 

Isabella is a licensed cosmetologist with a passion for helping people and making them feel and look their best. She brings a wealth of experience of customer service from the beauty industry, where she excelled at patient education, services, and care. 

Her own health journey brought her to the world of Functional Medicine. She aspires to make every patient feel special and provide a great experience from beginning to end.

Caitlyn Westmoreland

Clinical Assistant / Scribe

Christina Linkowski

Clinical Assistant 

Jane Pavlish

Patient Care Coordinator

Madison Polite

Patient Care Coordinator

Suzie Freitag

Patient  Care Coordinator

Rosalie Natoli

Health Coach / Patient Care Coordinator

Rosalie is a Certified Health Coach and has completed an intensive training program through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. 

She is a true believer in the importance of healthy living, and enjoys sharing our philosophy of wellness. She ensures our patients feel welcome and cared for.Patient Care Coordinator


James Chmelik

Business Operations Manager

James brings over 10 years of corporate wellness, primary care and specialty healthcare experience, a passion for developing others and a unique combination of clinical, operations, leadership and process improvement achievements.

James is motivated to drive breakthroughs in both the efficiency and quality of patient-centered care through a functional and integrative

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On Your Journey To Optimal Health

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