The Team

Shannon Cheffet, DO

Dr. Cheffet joined the Lifewellness team in 2019 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. 


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.

Linda Illingworth, RDN

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 2 dogs Enzo and Camm. 

Rory Sutherland, Exercise Physiologist, MSCS

Rory holds an MS in Exercise Science from Point Loma Nazarene University, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In addition to his contributions at Lifewellness, Rory is the current Director of Sports Performance for San Diego Surf Soccer Club. He frequently travels with his soccer club teams and is a soccer athlete himself. As a true lover of the outdoors, Rory enjoys Overland camping in his 4Runner and surfing trips to Baja. He exercises the creative side of his brain by documenting his travels through photography. Rory was born and raised in San Diego and is engaged to his high school sweetheart, Amelia. At home you’ll find them hanging out with their dogs Petey and Pancho, and their tuxedo cat Pepe.

Dawn Santos, MA

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 visit. An ambitious mother of five (yes five), Dawn received her degree as an MA after completing her internship with Lifewellness in 2016. A 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.

Ashli Amey, MA, LVN

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’s 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.

Diana Poirier, X-Ray 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 another collector of Rae Dunn ceramics, Diana makes frequent trips to visit her mother in northern California, has two adult children, and two adorable grandbabies.  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.

Sierra Dole, Patient Care Liaison

Sierra is our Patient Liaison and is responsible for coordinating patient communication and appointments at Lifewellness. Organized and attentive, Sierra makes sure your visits are complete and keeps the team informed of your needs. A San Diego native, Sierra studied Kinesiology at SDSU, has 2 busy toddlers, and meets the LWI dog lover requirement with a golden retriever named Brewski! In her free time, Sierra loves biking in Coronado and playing with her beautiful girls at the beach or park.