The Team

Lee Rice
DO, FAAFP
With more than thirty years of experience as a family and sports medicine physician, Dr. Rice is a premier medical expert on wellness, both in the United States and internationally. Dr. Rice earned his B.S. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and received his D.O. degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (now A.T. Still University). He completed his internship and Family Medicine residency in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. Currently he is board-certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine; he is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Dr. Rice’s passion is to facilitate positive life transformations through education and inspiration. A committed family man, he is father to two beautiful daughters, is a proud grandfather, and resides in Point Loma with his beloved wife, Mary, dog Hugs, and Maine coon cat Yogi.
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Shannon Cheffet
DO, FAAP
Dr. Cheffet is the newest addition to the Lifewellness team and we feel very lucky to have her. A graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, D. O. program, she completed a dual residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Shannon's experience as both a practitioner and a mother of four have reinforced her passion to treat the entire person, not just their illness. With a special interest in wellness, Dr. Cheffet practices what she preaches. leading an active lifestyle cruising paddle boards, attending soccer and lacrosse game, and heading to the mountains to hike with her dog, Bear. The family's rabbit and two tortoises provide balance with quieter family times at home. you can find Dr. Cheffet's complete CV here.
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Linda Illingworth
Registered Dietitian
Certified in functional nutrition and known for her practical advice, Linda see patients in our clinic, provides corporate learning experiences and teaches nutrition at award winning spas Rancho La Puerta and Rancho Valencia. When her father was diagnosed with heart disease, Linda was moved to complete a B.S. in Nutrition at CSULB and internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. Besides her participation supporting Grandma Lulu's Table and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, Linda maintains memberships with Dietitians in Functional Medicine and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A devoted yogini, Linda also loves hiking, trips to the beach, and mostly hanging out with her family and 3 dogs Jack, Enzo, and Camm. 
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Meghan Beck
Exercise Physiologist

 

 

Meghan holds a Master’s Degree of Science in Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University where she also received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Fitness, Nutrition, and Health. As an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, her field experience includes training children and adults from all walks of life, including Navy SEALS. Meghan also works as a research assistant for the Naval Health Research Center under the Department of Warfighter Performance. Meghan enjoys cycling, running, surfing, and has a love for anything active and outdoors. At a very early age, family camping and skiing trips were a staple, as well as regular weekend bike rides in the Bay Area with her family and summer night neighborhood hockey games. In addition to her love of music, family is a priority for Meghan; her family extends past those related by blood. Everyone that steps into her “Exercise Chamber” becomes family.
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Nathalie Mejia
Medical Administrative Assistant
Nathalie is likely the first person you'll meet when visiting Lifewellness. Organized and efficient, Nathalie greets everyone with a smile and is magical at providing access to the team when you need it. Nathalie loves to travel, making time for trips to Mexico, Las Vegas, Hawaii and, well, anywhere there's sun and water! Her family means everything to her and Nathalie spends as much time as she can with her parents and sisters as well as a large extended family. Fashion is her passion, as are dogs, as you will learn if your canine is lucky enough to accompany you to an appointment.
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Dawn Santos
Medical Assistant
True to her name Dawn keeps everything light and bright for our patients. You will experience her exceptional level of care and devotion in every aspect of your care. An ambitious mother of five (yes five), Dawn received her degree as an MA after completing her internship with Lifewellness in 2016. Another collector of Rae Dunn ceramics, Dawn loves camping, trying new recipes and is a wonderful support to her very large family!  Dawn lives in San Diego with her loving husband John, and their busy and beautiful children.
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Gil Montoya
Medical Assistant/Xray Tech
A warm and caring person with a strong dedication to his work, Gil and his 3 siblings were raised on farm in Tecate, Mexico.  In 2015, Gil received a dual degree as an X-ray Technician and Medical Assistant at Kaplan College North Hollywood. A self-described farm boy, Gil misses taking care of horses, chickens, and roosters. When he is not at work, Gil spends time with his two beautiful children.
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Ashli Amey
Medical Assistant
Ashli grew up on Coronado Island with her father in the Navy and her mother a nurse. She began her education at UCSD then went on to study Business and Accounting at Grossmont College, received her training as a Medical Assistant at UEI, and then completed a degree in Nursing at Kaplan College. Ashli is helpful and upbeat, and this is reflected in her family commitment to the community.  Each year they support 50 families in need by providing meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and backpacks with school supplies for the children.  Although Ashli enjoys nature, she prefers 'glamping' to camping, loves water sports like surfing and boating, is a painter, and has two dogs.
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Diana Poirier
Imaging Technician
An imaging tech with outstanding experience, Diana works for both Lifewellness Institute and San Diego Sports Medicine. Married for 30 years to her adoring husband, Diana is grounded by her faith and family. A seamstress and fellow admirer of Rae Dunn ceramics, Diana makes frequent trips to visit her mother in northern California and has two adult children – one recently wed and the other in planning!  Always quick to laugh and share a kind word, Diana is our rock; in addition to taking perfect pictures of people’s insides, she also takes charge of tasks such as shopping and breakfast service.
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Jackie Davidek
Executive Assistant
As Dr. Rice’s executive assistant, Jackie holds the key to all that makes Lifewellness run smoothly in the background. Not only does she ensure that Dr. Rice’s speaking engagements and travel are well taken care of, she makes sure the entire staff and facility is well-cared for.  When not working, she enjoys reading (real books with actual pages) and grooming her lively rescued Terri-Poo. Jackie spends hours in her ginormous yard caring for wild birds and tending a rose garden dedicated to her late father. Jackie is a talented collagist and an original piece of her work is frequently on display in our lobby.
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