Meet Our Team

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Elisse Evans, ND

Founder

Dr. Evans is passionate about working with people who are looking to achieve real health results, naturally. She grew up in Bakersfield, CA, moved to Santa Barbara to attend Westmont College where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry.  Dr. Evans first learned about naturopathic medicine after having her own personal success story.  After graduating from Westmont College, she went on to earn a degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington.  While at Bastyr University she worked as a teaching assistant for the Advanced Gynecology and Anatomy courses. 

Her areas of focus are men and women's health and natural fertility, gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue, autoimmune disorders, IV therapy, thyroid management, Wilson's Syndrome, and hormonal health. Dr. Evans believes it is important to understand and treat the whole person.  Each person will receive a personalized treatment to enhance their healing process.   

Dr. Evans is the only certified doctor for Wilson's Temperature Syndrome on the central coast.  To learn more about Wilson's Temperature Syndrome click here.  

When not at Origins Integrative Medicine she enjoys spending time with her husband and her fun loving french bulldog.  Hiking, playing volleyball, cooking, skiing, and cycling are some of her favorite hobbies. 

Dr. Evans is a proud member of:
The American Association of Naturopathic Medicine
California Naturopathic Doctors Association
The Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine
The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

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Michelle Cárdenas, ND

Dr. Cárdenas grew up in Santa Barbara, California, surrounded by nature in her family’s Mission Canyon home. She attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. 

Dr. Cárdenas returned to Santa Barbara after graduating from UCSC to help her parents run their family music business (SOhO Restaurant and Music Club) before resuming her studies in Oregon at Portland Community College and Portland State University. There, she took her pre-med requirements in anticipation of attending naturopathic school at the National University of Natural Medicine (formerly National College of Natural Medicine), from which she graduated in 2013. After completing her National Board examinations, she again returned to Santa Barbara to begin her practice as a Naturopathic Doctor. 

 

After setting up a solo practice and seeing patients for a number of years in Goleta, Montecito, and Bakersfield, Dr. Cárdenas got the opportunity to join Pathways to Natural Health, where she practiced for 4 1/2 years. Most recently, to continue her growth as a doctor and to pursue the collaborative work environment she’s always sought, Dr. Cárdenas transitioned to working alongside Dr. Elisse Evans at Origins Integrative Medicine. Dr. Cárdenas continues to help her patients attain optimal, sustainable health, believing strongly that the body’s innate healing mechanisms should be reinforced and not suppressed. 

Dr. Cárdenas welcomed her first child, Río Alexander Cárdenas, into the world with her husband Eric in 2019. They spend their time absorbing the many lessons brought on by parenthood while enjoying music, good food, the outdoors, the ocean, friends, family, and snuggling with their cat, Badger.

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HEATHER RILLING, ND

Dr. Heather Rilling was born and raised in Ojai, California. From a young age she was introduced to home grown organic food, nature adventures and holistic medicine. In High school a battle with a multi year illness taught her the importance of self care, sleep, nutrition, and healthy movement.  These early lessons lead her to pursue her bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University, Kenmore Washington.

She later went on to complete her Naturopathic Doctorate degree and Naturopathic Residency at Bastyr University, San Diego California.  In her time at school and residency she gravitated towards women's medicine, homeopathy and hands-on modalities such as physical medicine, craniosacral and completed an advanced course in applied kinesiology.  

 

Dr. Rilling believes health care should be a team effort, a collaboration of patient and provider on the path towards optimal health.  She strives to empower her patients with education and life tools so they have the confidence to take an active role in their healing journey. 

 

When not in the office, some of Dr. Rilling’s hobbies are sunny days at the beach, surfing, gardening, playing with her niece and nephews, and creating new delicious recipes in the kitchen.

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Sati Ng,
Naturopathic Assistant

Sati grew up in the Greater Boston area where she was introduced to the medicinal benefits of movement through dance which she has continued to enjoy throughout her life.

 

She attended New York University where she studied Anthropology and Spanish with a minor in Nutrition at New York University. Post graduation, Sati worked for a tech startup and began teaching western yoga. After a handful of influential life events, she set off traveling and living in various communities around the world. She focused on building a deeper connection with herself and what it means to be healthy in today’s society.

 

Throughout her explorations, she has studied & obtained certifications in Yoga instruction, Thai Massage, Biomagnetic Pair Therapy, Esalen and Lomi Lomi bodywork, osteopathic foundations, nonviolent communication, food as medicine, and permaculture.

 

When Sati is not ensuring that operations are running smoothly at Origins Integrative, you can find her growing soil, creating with her hands, exploring local hiking trails, cooking auto-immune friendly foods, dancing, learning, and doing absolutely nothing.

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Jaime HeeR,
Functional Nutrition Practitioner

Jaime works closely with her clients to create an individualized nutrition and gut healing protocol so that you can look and feel amazing, naturally! She understands the power that food, movement and lifestyle modifications have for optimizing digestion, remedying nutritional deficiencies and bringing balance to sleep, mood, energy, skin and hormones.

Jaime was born and raised in San Diego. She achieved her Bachelor of Science in Child Development from San Diego State University and then moved to Santa Barbara where she lives with her husband and cats. Jaime loves spending her leisure time hiking, cooking, and socializing with friends. You can often find her soaking up the beautiful SB weather on the Playa Azul Cafe patio. 

 

Before joining the OIM team, Jaime owned Armada Wine & Beer Merchant in downtown Santa Barbara. Following her career in the wine industry, she switched gears to study the art and science of holistic nutrition and gastrointestinal healing at Nutritional Therapy Association & Restorative Wellness Solutions.

 

She is thrilled to pursue her passion for helping people via Functional Nutrition at Origins Integrative Medicine!