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Welcome to The Clinic


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Ruth Lininger, MD MPH
Founder and Medical

Dr. Lininger is a physician with over 30 years of clinical experience. A former academic pathologist, researcher, and educator at Duke, AFIP, and UNC for the first part of her career, she retrained to practice integrative and functional medicine, which she sees as the future of medicine. She is board certified by the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, an Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) certified practitioner, a Wahls Certified Practitioner, a Bredeson Protocol Certified Practitioner who is certified in the ReCODE 2.0 program (Apollo Health), and has completed training with Dr. William Walsh on the Walsh Protocol for treating common conditions underlying Mental Health disorders. She has spent over 20 years studying diverse healing traditions, focusing on integrative and functional medicine but also including herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, medical aromatherapy, energy medicine, and more. She is a Duke Integrative Health Leadership Program alumnus and has a certificate in Leadership and Management from the Duke Fuqua Business School, Executive Education Program. She is also a Board Certified Pathologist and former Associate Professor at UNC in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine where she spent 17 years before leaving to join the private sector. She currently works as a pathologist at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and also practice functional medicine part time.


Dr. Lininger is a physician executive who founded Integrative Path. She is also the founder of Duchess Health, which offers integrated clinical, wellness, technology, and data solutions together with health plan innovations to employers. Her mission is to make advanced whole health primary care the standard of care with a platform that supports it and a health plan that pays for it.

Facing the COVID health and economic crisis on top of the chronic disease epidemic affecting one in two adults, in the setting of environmental health degradation, species and habitat destruction, rising environmental toxicity, and global warming, the solution is to adopt sustainable business models for health care that address the root cause of our ills, with a return to the principles of whole health.


Selected Educational Training:

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Charles K. Bens, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Charles Bens is an internationally recognized author, speaker and consultant specializing in the fields of organizational improvement and workplace wellness. His creative publications and presentations have garnered praise in the form of Man of the Year recognition in the U.S. and Canada, commendation from the President of the United States and speaking engagements worldwide, including a United Nations Habitat Conference. He is one of the top rated speakers for Vistage the largest CEO organization in the world.

Dr. Bens has written nine books and over two hundred articles, many of which have been translated into other languages. He has written three university courses. and has recently been named the Vail Visiting Professor by the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.. He has a small wellness company, Healthy At Work, Inc. in Sarasota, Florida.

Dr. Bens also has a vast knowledge of nutritional science and is a strong advocate of functional medicine and in the incorporation of ROI driven science and data based nutrition and lifestyle based interventions to improve health and lower health care costs.


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Brenda Herbert, RN
Infusion Nurse and
Health Coach
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Phil Kosdan, LAc
Chinese Medicine Practitioner
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Charles A. Lininger, LAc
Chinese Medicine
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Tiffany Allen, FNP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner
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Tracie Massey, MBA, PA
Marketing, Nutritionist
and Health Coach
Jerome Loftin
Behavioral Health Coach, Peer Support Specialist
Jesse Locklear CMT
Lab Technician, Massage Therapist


John C Wood
Business Development Marketing and Sales
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