Our Medical Team

Usha Tatini, MD

Dr. Tatini is an accomplished physician who recently transitioned from a successful 20-year career at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. While she was very content at the Mayo Clinic, she has received reoccurring messages and insights during her daily meditation that her purpose at the Mayo Clinic had been fulfilled. Exploring the next step in her life journey and following her insights, Dr. Tatini became a Certified Wellness Inventory Coach and received certifications from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Dr. Tatini was born and raised in India where meditation was an essential tool to train the human mind. She grew up with the notion that a person is a combination of mind, body, and spirit. These principles have stayed with her throughout her training and practice of medicine.

Dr. Tatini began her training in the United States, first by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University with a major in Biology and a minor in Arts.  She understood that science is left brain dominant and wanted to nurture her right brain as well. She consciously made the decision to minor in art history which included photography.

Her medical degree is from New York Medical College. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Tatini then moved to Arizona to be the first female chief resident within the Mayo Foundation.  She stayed with Mayo Clinic Arizona and quickly became assistant professor of medicine within the famous Mayo Medical School. She is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Medical Association.

As an avid learner, Dr. Tatini has designed multiple educational curricula for residents and is recognized for her well-designed lectures and presentations at national conferences. She served as the chairman of Mayo’s Academic Excellence Day, and has successfully mentored many residents who have excelled in their academic careers and authored multiple publications. She has won awards for her outstanding work in many programs.

Dr. Tatini has been a valuable member of key institutional committees. Her participation in clinical research studies has proven invaluable to their findings.  “The Mayo Foundation is a huge library to me” she says. She thoroughly enjoyed studying, including many world famous physicians at the clinic.

Dr. Tatini’s perspective……….

“Field of Medicine teaches how to take care of others but it doesn’t teach us how to take care of ourselves.”  Once she realized this, She started to explore. Chinese wisdom says “when a student is ready, the teacher will appear”. These practices and life skill are heavily influenced by modern day wisdom teachers including Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer and more. She also studied Qigong with renowned Grand Master, Ken Cohen. “ Dr. Tatini practices what she teaches others”, noted a Mayo staff member.

As her inner practice deepened, her awareness heightened. She experienced personal transformation, the inward journey became more important and valuable. She began to let go of external entanglements including institutional committees. She found meaning in spending time to get to know the patient that has the condition rather than focusing on the condition itself. A favorite quote by Mahatma Gandhi, “Lose yourself in serving others to find yourself” came true.

A strong advocate for integrating holistic stress reduction and management into healthy living, Dr. Tatini believes that “When we feel well, we can focus on our wholeness and reach our full potential. There is much joy in living and we all should experience it “.

Dr. Tatini is an avid gardener. “Gardening to me is my medicine without a prescription and no limit on the dosage”. She is also a wildlife photographer.

Dr. Tatini’s compassion for other beings expanded through the use of the optic lens of a camera. As one of her nurses said “her pictures are breath taking and should be sent to National Geographic “.  Spending time with nature offers her balance in life and is her antidote to stress. She also volunteers as a Steward with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and was the winner of the Conservancy’s CHET award (Character, Heart, Enthusiasm, Teamwork) in 2016.

Mel Schottenstein, ND, MBE

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Mel Schottenstein studied Women, Gender, Sexuality, and History of Science at Harvard University for her undergraduate degree. Interested in learning skills of medical mediation and to promote cultural competency among health care providers, Mel completed a Master’s degree in Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. She then acquired a Naturopathic medical degree at Bastyr University in WA. While in school, she received additional training in Biological Medicine under the tutelage of Dr. Thomas Rau of the Paracelsus Clinic, Switzerland. Additionally, she completed training in Neural therapy, Biofeedback, Homeopathy, Naturopathic Oncology, Aromatherapy, and Irlen syndrome screening. Post-graduation, Mel entered a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program, received training in Medical Aesthetics from the National Laser Institute, and is receiving post-doctoral training in Functional Neurology from the Carrick Institute, Texas.

Natural treatments for Cancer are of particular interest to Mel. She pursued clinical training at Bastyr’s Oncology Clinic under the guidence of Dr. Leanna Standish. Additionally, she completed advanced Naturopathic Clinical Oncology training with Neil McKinney. Mel is currently working with Dr. Daryl Turner of Nitek Medical and learning about the strong relationship between Iodine deficiency, Thyroid disorders and Cancer.

Mel became interested in oncology through her own health conditions. Having a mitochondrial condition and using natural medicine to improve her own health — including eliminating all prescription medications from 20+ years of use — Mel has devoted her studies to natural ways of improving mitochondrial health and functionality. In treating cancer as a metabolic condition, Mel employs her passion to help her patients.

Lifestyle, nutrition, and mental/emotional expression are core elements that are central to achieving or maintaining optimal health. Living in our toxic world, “dis-ease” can develop due to environmental exposures, consumption of the standard American diet, or even ongoing interpersonal conflicts. Dr. Edward Bach argued that dis-ease begins in the mind, and arises from a conflict between a person’s perception of reality and their soul’s true life purpose. By understanding how we can change our behaviors to improve our health, Mel walks patients through a comprehensive plan that eliminates toxic influences, which present as “obstacles to cure” while teaching patients practices based on a famous quote from Hippocrates: “let food be your medicine.” This process helps individuals become empowered by their own bodies’ ability to heal — because we are ultimately responsible for our own health