The Center for Integrative Health and Wellness heals the whole person.

Red circle inside gray circle containing images of heart, apple, person, tennis racket and houseWe offer the best of both conventional and complementary medicine to promote optimal health, prevent and treat disease and meet each patient’s unique physical, emotional and spiritual health goals.

A key feature is our Integrative Medicine Clinic, which provides a rich scope of services and educational opportunities rarely found in traditional medical centers. Our nationally recognized practitioners include nurses, physicians, massage therapists and chiropractors with expertise in pediatrics, nutrition therapy, Chinese medicine and many other fields. With public interest in complementary health care continuing to grow, we offer acupuncture, mind-body medicine, music therapy and many other nontraditional therapies.

We also provide convenient access to the world-renowned scientists and clinicians at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.


Integrative health and wellness services

Research shows that integrative medical care improves mood, promotes relaxation, optimizes overall health and reduces pain, fatigue, insomnia and the risk of chronic conditions. At the Ohio State University Integrative Medicine Clinic, our specially trained physicians and practitioners blend complementary and conventional treatments and therapies to heal the mind, body and spirit. Clinical services include:

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The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center offers many education opportunities through its Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. Education is the key to continually improving high quality, evidence-based integrative care. The Center for Integrative Health and Wellness provides a rich variety of educational opportunities in integrative health and wellness for all levels. 

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Research provides the foundation for advancing evidence-based integrative health care. The Ohio State University is among the nation’s leaders of integrative health and wellness research. 

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Ohio State’s Center for Integrative Health and Wellness offers a wide variety of classes that enhance your physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and social well-being. Classes include tai chi, meditation and beginner and more advanced yoga.

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Our Leaders


Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH

Director of Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of College of Nursing

Before coming to Ohio State in 2012, I served on the faculties of Yale, Harvard and Wake Forest, where I held the Caryl J Guth Chair, founded the Center for Integrative Medicine and had professorships in several departments. Along with authoring numerous publications and three books, I served as the principal investigator for NIH and other grants. I helped establish several interest groups and task forces on complimentary therapies and am frequently consulted as an expert.


Mary Fristad, PhD

I have developed a therapy program called Psychoeducational Psychotherapy for families and children with mood disorders. In addition to working on several research projects and grants as well as education and support groups, I have authored several books and articles on childhood mood disorders. I received my MA and PhD from University of Kansas and am board-certified in both clinical psychology and clinical child and adolescent psychology.


Ruslana Kurpita, MD, DABHM

Specialties: Integrative Medicine, Women’s Health

My practice incorporates traditional medicine, preventive care, nutrition, supplements, vitamins and herbal medicine. I joined the OSU Center for Integrative Medicine after completing my residency in Family Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in 2008. In addition, I studied at the China Medical University of Taiwan in the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where I focused on herbal medicine.


John Ridgway, MBA, RDN

I spent several years as a dietitian, working directly with patients before switching to a management role. For more than a decade, I have managed clinical operations in multiple healthcare settings. I also teach courses in healthcare management through Ohio State's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.


Diane L. Habash, PhD, MS, RD, LD

Associate Director of Education, Center for Integrative Health and Wellness; Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Health Science and Medical Dietetics

I have been teaching and learning about nutrition and integrative therapies for 36 years. One of my favorite areas to explore with students is how a patient’s story can impact their health and healing. I believe a person’s story is vital for the clinician and patient in the path to achieve ultimate health and healing. I apply this process, called "narrative practice," in my nutrition consults. At the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, I support the development and implementation of our many educational services, activities and trainings for healthcare professionals interested in integrative health and wellness.

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