Julia Helstrom, DO
compassion, patience, understanding, love…
these are the qualities I aspire to bring every day
Dr. Helstrom started BCIM in 2016 because she saw a need for Integrative and Functional Medicine to be at the forefront of Primary Care. Starting with her foundation in Osteopathic Medicine at PCOM, her belief that the body had an innate capacity to heal was confirmed and promoted. Dr. Helstrom did an extra year in medical school studying Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, a hands on technique to further evaluate and treat the body. She is board certified in Family Medicine after her residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC where she also had training in Integrative Medicine. Dr. Helstrom has continued her education through the Institute for Functional Medicine.
She is passionate about partnering with patients to determine each individuals level of optimal wellbeing. Seeing patients experience life altering changes in their health brings her joy.
She is grateful for a supportive husband and two amazing children that fill her heart and soul.
Allison berneking, pa
Allison received her graduate degree as a Physician Assistant from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011. After practicing in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in both inpatient and outpatient settings, she decided to take a break from practice to stay home full-time as a parent of her young daughter.
During that time her passion for food and holistic well-being grew as she began to gain a more in depth understanding of food from a culinary and medicinal perspective.
Currently in the process of gaining her certificate in Functional Medicine from the Institute for Functional Medicine, Allison is excited to be a part of the BCIM team in an effort to care for all people in all walks of life seeking to optimize their overall health and well-being.
jennifer patterson, Do, mmh
Dr. Patterson also started her medical foundation at PCOM where she earned her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. She is a fully trained Family Medicine physician who has always seen a person in a the full picture. Her passion for food, gardening, and loving life combined with intense caring and kindness makes her a perfect fit at BCIM.
Dr. Patterson is also highly skilled in Osteopathic Manipulation and brings another set of skilled hands. She is pursuing her certificate in Functional Medicine through Institute for Functional Medicine and shares the passion for food, movement, and mindset as our foundations of medicine.
Dr. Patterson will be starting in January of 2018 on a part time basis as she completes a fellowship in Geriatrics and Home Care at PCOM.
Simona walsh, md, faap, ifm-cp
Simona Walsh MD is a Board Certified Pediatrician, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics with over 30 years experience taking care of children, from newborns to teenagers. She graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and followed post-graduate studies as part of a Ph.D. program. She studied and gained experience from other pediatric schools in various countries across Europe, including France, Italy and Denmark. As an assistant professor at the same university in Cluj, she shared this knowledge with students, training the next generation of doctors. After moving to the USA, she completed a second pediatric residency at St. Joseph Children Hospital in Patterson New Jersey. She then moved to Bucks County and worked in a thriving community pediatric care practice.
Getting to the root of a child’s recurring health issues and not just treating the symptoms was the driving force behind her training at the Institute for Functional Medicine. She is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and is passionate about partnering with parents and caregivers to navigate a child’s health journey to a more wholistic well being.
Dr Walsh is married and enjoys an active life, sport and photography in her free time.
cristina hoyt, M.S.
Cristina Hoyt is an Integrative Clinical Nutritionist, Health Coach, and wellness expert. She has her Masters of Integrative Clinical Nutrition from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Cristina has completed additional health coaching training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2014. She believes that given the tools and the opportunity the body has the power and ability to truly heal from within. Cristina has dedicated herself to helping women with an underlying health concern or chronic illness reclaim their health and vitality so they can thrive in all areas of their lives. Cristina’s compassion, patience, and amazing organization have helped many people turn what feels overwhelming to a smooth transition to a new life.
To learn more about Cristina check her out here.
Frank Mallon, dpt
Frank is a patient-focused, hands-on holistic physical therapist who believes strongly in the interdependence of all the human body’s systems. His treatment style focuses on whole-system assessment to address repetitive movement dysfunctions contributing to pain and system inefficiencies. He prioritizes finding the root cause of an issue, rather than solely treating its symptoms. Regardless of whether a patient’s goal is to improve quality of life for everyday tasks or maximize high-level athletic performance, Frank recognizes the value of sensory integration to modify motor patterns and achieve patient satisfaction. As a collegiate athlete and cancer survivor, Frank believes in the integration of both Western and Eastern medicine approaches in order to help optimize health and wellness.
Frank is certified by the Postural Restoration Institute® (PRI), becoming Pennsylvania's first Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) clinician. Discover more about PRI here: PRI
In his spare time, Frank enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle and spending time with his wife and daughter.