The Queen of the Valley Wellness Center and Synergy Medical Fitness Center are staffed and managed by multi-disciplinary, experienced and highly trained medical fitness professionals. From our reception area to the exercise physiologists to the nutrition experts and staff dieticians, our dedicated team is committed to helping Wellness Center members get healthy and stay healthy.
Larry Hazen PT, MS
Manager, Rehabilitation Services
Mr. Hazen earned his BS/PT degree with honors from Cal State Northridge. He also holds a Masters of Science degree from Texas Tech University.
Mr. Hazen's career began at the renowned City of Hope. He also helped to develop programs at Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo, California. In 1986 he led the development of a lymphedema treatment program at Queen of the Valley Medical Center and he serves as an adjunct instructor for the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy.
As the Manager of Rehabilitation Services at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Mr. Hazen oversees a dynamic and accomplished Rehabilitation Services department that offers Occupational, Physical and Speech-Language Therapy.
Nita Durham, RD, CDE
Program Coordinator, Diabetes Wellness Program
Ms. Durham has earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Administrative from Loma Linda University and has completed an internship at Loma Linda Hospital. She has also completed an internship at Scripps Hospital in San Diego.
As a Registered Dietitian, and a Certified Diabetes Educator, Ms. Durham has focused her career overall in nutrition education with an emphasis in diabetes.
During her five years at Queen of the Valley, Ms. Durham has focused on diabetes self-management training and has been instrumental in the development of the Diabetes Wellness Program, a program accredited by the American Association of Diabetes.
She helped to launch the Queen’s annual Diabetes Health Faire that provides informative education material, lectures, and exercise and cooking demonstrations. We welcome her expertise to the Wellness Center where she can expand her commitment in the field of diabetes education to the community.
Tawnya Shine-Dorn, RD, CDE
Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Synergy Medical Fitness Center
Ms. Shine earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Service from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as a graduate certificate from University at Buffalo. Her most recent certifications include diabetes educator and childhood and adolescent weight management.
Her professional experiences include directing outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy, teaching Diabetes Self Management Training, consulting for children and adolescents, as well as, community outreach programs.
She also participated in the creation of “Ready, Set, Go” an exercise and nutrition grant, targeting adolescents and adults, at risk for pre-diabetes.
General Manager, Synergy Medical Fitness Center
A native of the island of Martinique in the Caribbean, Cathy has worked in the area of health and fitness for over fifteen years. She achieved a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology at the California State University at Hayward. Ms. Martinod began her career as a personal trainer as she felt this was a way in which she could really touch people’s lives.
In her role as General Manager at Synergy, Ms. Martinod serves as a liaison between the services offered, the Wellness Center staff and the people who depend on them. She is dedicated to ensuring that members’ fitness experiences are as easy, pleasant, and rewarding as possible. She understands that true wellness requires balance among the many different aspects of life including nutrition, exercise, proper rest and good relationships with the people around you.
Stephen Wood, MA, MFT, CHT, BCIA
Stephen Wood is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in stress management. He holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Sonoma State University.
Stephen is certified in hypnosis and biofeedback. He has practiced both at hospitals and in private practice for the last 12 years. While spending much of his time with patients in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Cancer Wellness at the Queen, he also works with Wellness Center membership and the general public on stress related issues and has extensive experience in helping people stop smoking.