Partner with Functional Medicine Expertise.

Dr. Nate Bergman, DO, MBA

Chief Scientific Wellness Officer

“I have been passionate about proactive, preventive, and participatory health activation since my days as a research fellow at the NIH. My interest in brain health, prevention, and disease treatments was borne out of my own illness in the second and third years of medical training. I suffered severe memory loss and learned first hand what it feels like to “lose your mind.” The experience left me feeling frightened and isolated, but with the right team I was able to reverse it. This turnaround accelerated my interest in brain health.”

Dr. Emile Sabbagh, MD, MPH, CMD

Medical Director

“I’ve always been a strong advocate for the elderly. Following completion of my internal medicine residency training, I became passionate about working with the elderly population to better understand the changes and the unique diseases this population faces. I received formal training in Geriatric Medicine at University Hospitals Case Western University Geriatrics Program. My main focus during training was on Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. I have been a member of the Kemper House team and family for nearly 15 years. In 2017, I was trained and certified as a ReCODE Practitioner.”

Dr. Emile Sabbagh, MD, MPH, CMD

Medical Director

“I’ve always been a strong advocate for the elderly. Following completion of my internal medicine residency training, I became passionate about working with the elderly population to better understand the changes and the unique diseases this population faces. I received formal training in Geriatric Medicine at University Hospitals Case Western University Geriatrics Program. My main focus during training was on Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. I have been a member of the Kemper House team and family for nearly 15 years. In 2017, I was trained and certified as a ReCODE Practitioner.”

Dr. Sabbagh earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Case Western University. He has been practicing Internal medicine and Geriatrics medicine since 2004. Dr. Sabbagh is a Certified Medical Director through the American Board of Long Term and Post Acute Care, and a wound care specialist. Dr. Sabbagh is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.

Nicole Gould, RDN, CLT

Nutritionist

“I have always been fascinated with the impact food has on our health, but it wasn’t until my own wellness struggles that I truly understood the healing power of food. My passion has only grown as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, helping others discover the root cause of health imbalances and providing the education and tools to restore balance and create lasting changes to their health. I believe in listening to each unique need to develop a personalized plan and empowering you to see it through. I am committed to being a part of your team and I look forward to guiding you on your journey to optimal health and wellness.”

Valerie Hurst

Certified Brain Health Trainer

“Health and fitness have always been a passion of mine. I know how difficult it can be to get moving and remain consistent. That is why I chose to become a certified personal trainer –so that I could help others become active and get fit. One of the keys to optimal health is to just get moving and find something that you love to do, like dancing, walking, weight lifting, running, yoga. All of these activities count in improving your mind and body. At Kemper Cognitive Wellness I will be your encouragement and help you be the best that you can be!”

Valerie Hurst

Certified Brain Health Trainer

“Health and fitness have always been a passion of mine. I know how difficult it can be to get moving and remain consistent. That is why I chose to become a certified personal trainer –so that I could help others become active and get fit. One of the keys to optimal health is to just get moving and find something that you love to do, like dancing, walking, weight lifting, running, yoga. All of these activities count in improving your mind and body. At Kemper Cognitive Wellness I will be your encouragement and help you be the best that you can be!”

Alison Connors, FMCHC, NBC-HWC

Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach

“I first became acquainted with functional medicine 5 years ago when dealing with my own health challenges. As a functional medicine certified health coach, I utilize the principles of root cause medicine and positive psychology to explore with the client, what’s important to them. My role as your health coach is to be “your guide on the side”. Together we will clarify your goals and co-create a plan with realistic and achievable steps to help get you on the path of a life that thrives.”

Jenny Kemper

Director

“My journey to better wellness is rooted in a desire to fix chronic inflammation and eliminate the bandaid prescription drug ‘fixes’ I’d grown accustomed to from my doctors. The traditional medical system wasn’t contributing to my overall health and I decided to take an alternate path. I was frustrated over chronic sub-par health, and predictable decline based on family medical history – but knew it was possible to rewrite the story, so I took action. My doctors weren’t interested in knowing me, or the unique factors that may have contributed to my health status. I wish I had a caring, engaged physician like Dr. Bergman at that time to guide me through the process of getting to the root of my health issues. Today, I know that food is the best medicine, and a balanced lifestyle that optimizes sleep, stress, and movement are key drivers to feeling my best. In our practice, we are helping clients find their best selves too; and we are providing the support and resources necessary to living better, longer.”

Jenny Kemper

Director

“My journey to better wellness is rooted in a desire to fix chronic inflammation and eliminate the bandaid prescription drug ‘fixes’ I’d grown accustomed to from my doctors. The traditional medical system wasn’t contributing to my overall health and I decided to take an alternate path. I was frustrated over chronic sub-par health, and predictable decline based on family medical history – but knew it was possible to rewrite the story, so I took action. My doctors weren’t interested in knowing me, or the unique factors that may have contributed to my health status. I wish I had a caring, engaged physician like Dr. Bergman at that time to guide me through the process of getting to the root of my health issues. Today, I know that food is the best medicine, and a balanced lifestyle that optimizes sleep, stress, and movement are key drivers to feeling my best. In our practice, we are helping clients find their best selves too; and we are providing the support and resources necessary to living better, longer.”

Kristin Kemper West, ReCODE Practitioner, LNHA

Co-Founder & President, Kemper Cognitive Wellness

“My vision for Kemper Cognitive Wellness was borne out of a passion to change the hopelessness and devastation that comes with cognitive decline and many chronic diseases. In my more than 25 years in the long term care industry, at Kemper House, and even in my own family, I am constantly reminded of the suffering. I watched as my father was diagnosed with many chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and finally Alzheimer’s disease. Even though we were “in the industry”, the final diagnosis was shattering.

Modern-day medicine was failing us over and over again, so I began to look for alternative treatments. In 2017, Dr. Dale Bredesen released his book, The End of Alzheimer’s. In it, he detailed his success, as well as the approach he took in reversing cognitive decline in many of the patients he treated. I became a ReCODE Practitioner and formulated the plan to launch Kemper Cognitive Wellness. I knew we controlled so much of the daily lives of many of our Kemper House residents. Could we help reverse some of their chronic illnesses and maybe even their dementia? What about family members of residents who worried they were next? Is it possible to prevent cognitive decline? For the first time, there is hope.”

Betty Kemper, RN

Founder, Kemper House and Co-Founder, Kemper House

“My interest in dementia care began when my mother-in-law was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1980 and I discovered there were no homes that cared for people with dementia differently than the aging population. I wrote one of the first programs in the country for people with dementia and put the program into action in the continuing care community where I was working. In 1999, I opened Kemper House, the first standalone facility in Ohio that cared exclusively for those with all stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Today, my husband is in the advanced stages of this disease. It may be too late for him, but not for me and my family. My daughter Kristin and I are doing this to fight for our family’s future. We’re doing this for you, and for your family too. Today, a person is diagnosed with dementia every 65 seconds; you don’t have to become a statistic!”

Betty Kemper, RN

Founder, Kemper House and Co-Founder, Kemper House

“My interest in dementia care began when my mother-in-law was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1980 and I discovered there were no homes that cared for people with dementia differently than the aging population. I wrote one of the first programs in the country for people with dementia and put the program into action in the continuing care community where I was working. In 1999, I opened Kemper House, the first standalone facility in Ohio that cared exclusively for those with all stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Today, my husband is in the advanced stages of this disease. It may be too late for him, but not for me and my family. My daughter Kristin and I are doing this to fight for our family’s future. We’re doing this for you, and for your family too. Today, a person is diagnosed with dementia every 65 seconds; you don’t have to become a statistic!”