Meet the Team
Lisa Houge-Boyd has been with Symmetry Health Center since 2006, making her a founding member of the Symmetry team. She has proven to be a true leader, providing clear direction and system implementation for our ever expanding staff of health care providers and assistants. Symmetry’s rapid growth and on going expansion of services are due in part to Lisa’s ability to manage a strong team.
Lisa has over 20 years of customer service and team leadership experience qualifying her as Symmetry’s Operations Manager It is Lisa’s hard work and dedication to patient and employee satisfaction that allows Symmetry to offer the highest level of customer service.
Lisa’s role at Symmetry includes a specialty in insurance billing and compliance as well as supervisor of our nutrition program. Lisa believes that Symmetry Health Center provides the most caring, well-rounded health care service in the Bay Area.
Lisa has been trained by Dr. Boyd and continues to attend an extensive amount of educational seminars to enrich her knowledge. She also reads and researches all things health to stay ahead of the curve. Lisa is truly excited to be part of Symmetry Health Center’s evolution into the community resource center for optimal health and healing.
Fitness Trainer / Rehab Assistant / Certified K-Laser Tech / Yoga Instructor
Mary views chiropractic care as an effective and meaningful way to connect with and heal the body. She brings more than seven years of fitness, physical therapy and wellness experience to the Symmetry Team. Her knowledge of movement and the body comes from the successful completion of a rigorous pre-Physical Therapy program at San Francisco State University. This education has deepened her understanding of anatomy, movement and the body as a whole system. Her experience as a yoga, TRX and personal trainer has given her the opportunity to cultivate wellness-based relationships with clients that include athletes, kids and physically disabled individuals. These experiences have given Mary the chance to witness the health and healing benefits of a holistic approach to care.
Mary keeps herself healthy with regular strength-based workouts and intentional eating. A former roller derby girl, Mary still enjoys roller skating with a Ladies League at the rink or at the skate park.
Mary is thrilled to promote Symmetry’s mission of health and healing as a member of the Spinal Rehab and Symmetry Yoga team!
Nutrition Coach / Certified K-Laser Tech
DeAndra Hudson is an integral part of the Symmetry Health Center team. During her time with us, she has used her skills as a medical assistant to assist with growth for both the doctors and team in the administration and nutrition departments. DeAndra has over 10 years of experience in customer service and 6 if those have been in the medical field working in primary care and orthopedics.
DeAndra currently works as an Ideal Protein weight loss coach in our Nutrition department, encouraging those who are actively on the plan.
After starting at Symmetry in the summer of 2013, DeAndra found a new way of life through the education and services offered at Symmetry. DeAndra has made great effort in changing her own life by losing 46 pounds through the Ideal Protein program. She continues to make lifestyle changes for herself and her family under the guidance of the Symmetry team.
DeAndra was born in San Diego and grew up in Alameda. In her down time she experiments in the kitchen creating healthy meals, reads up on nutrition and health, and spends lots of quality time with her family.
She is also very involved with her local church where her father is the pastor. She is currently a student at The College of Alameda working on her degree in Health Care Administration and would like to transfer to Cal State East Bay in hopes to become a Nurse Practitioner where she can continue to use her skills to educate and urge people to live a happy and healthier life style.
Head Weight Loss Coach / K-Laser Supervisor
Ryan has been with Symmetry Health Center since May 2014. In that time, he has explored many positions within the company from being a K-Laser Technician to keeping the Front Desk in order. At Symmetry, he was able to expand his life-long passion for food and healthier lifestyles by being introduced to the Symmetry Weight Loss Plan.
After participating in the program, he was instantly amazed by how it helped with life-long stomach issues which inspired him to learn more about nutrition and the Symmetry way. With extensive training, he was able to transition to being a full-time weight loss coach.
Growing up, he always wanted to work in the health and wellness industry but dreamed of being able to share his love of cooking. Now he is able to meld both dreams into one by providing recipes and ideas for healthier alternatives to patients which can be found in blog posts and recipe articles found on our website! He is passionate about providing excellent service to patients in support of their journey to improved health.
Ryan is a California native and grew up in the East Bay, in Pinole and graduated from Pinole Valley High School in 2006. After high school, he immediately began work in health care administration. While working, he was able to study medical office administration and become certified in HIPAA protocols while simultaneously completing cosmetology school.
He is an avid supporter of the performing arts and has been a performer in numerous theater shows. He is also called upon to create and style makeup designs for various performances. Additionally, he enjoys exploring nature, everything pop culture and creating art through different mediums.
Fitness Trainer / Certified K-Laser Tech / Rehab Assistant
Kyle is grateful to be joining the rest of the Symmetry Team in their mission to improve the lives of many! He has a passion for helping others and believes that positivity and good energy produces an optimal environment for people to achieve success in their quest to being the best they can be. He is excited to do his part in helping create this type of environment for those around him and values the connection of mind and body.
Kyle has certificates in personal training (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and CPR. His most recent experience is in group fitness instructing. Prior to that, he graduated from Cal State East Bay with a degree in Kinesiology.
While attending classes there, he spent two years as an assistant coach on the Men’s Basketball team. He is excited to continue his education and learn more from his new teammates here at Symmetry! He will continue to strive to his become his best self so that he can help you be yours.
Kyle grew up playing all sports and continues to live an active lifestyle. He is enthusiastic about fitness and nutrition and considers them both a lifetime priority. His favorite sport is basketball and he continues to play every week. He has trained for triathlons and is always open to a new challenge. His goal is to improve the lives of those around him and help them develop functional, active, lifestyles for a lifetime.
Kyle is excited to join the Power Plate personal training staff and hopes to see you in one of his classes soon!
Certified Massage Therapist
Cameron has been a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) for over three years and is a member of the ABMP Massage Association. As an honors graduate from the National Holistic Institute, she has been trained in several modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Therapy, Shiatsu, Triggerpoint and energy work. Cameron specializes in creating a combination of firm Swedish with the therapeutic benefits of Deep Tissue and Myofascial Therapy to break up adhesions and relieve tension.
Prior to graduating from the National Holistic Institute, Cameron received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania. She worked for several years as a Residential Counselor for at risk youth with severe mental, emotional and behavioral challenges. Through this work she has learned the value of listening to the client’s specific needs, developed a deep understanding of reading what the body communicates and has experienced the importance of building a unique connection with each individual. Cameron has been providing massage for patients at Symmetry since the spring of 2011.
Clients enjoy her deep pressure, keen intuition and ability to hone in on the source of their discomfort, bringing much needed relief. Massage alleviates physical as well as emotional stress, and is a viable modality for enhancing overall health and well-being. Cameron is grateful to be able to assist others in restoring balance to the body and help improve their quality of life.
Certified Massage Therapist
Ethan McHugh-Merrill first discovered his ability to develop deep connections with people of all cultures and backgrounds through travel. During extensive journeys he made through Europe, South America, and Africa he recognized a common theme in the cross-cultural importance of maintaining a vital and healthy lifestyle.
Being inspired with this knowledge, he returned to his home town of Alameda and enrolled in the National Holistic Institute’s Massage Therapy program. This is where he discovered his true calling, craft and his most gratifying work to date. Having a background in carpentry and construction gave him a foundation of strength and attention to detail that truly is a gift when applied to working with the human frame.
Ethan sees that health and happiness are the keys to harmony, abundance, and quality of life. He has dedicated his life to helping others experience this bliss first hand.
He loves being able to teach others about their body and people’s innate ability to heal themselves. This has given Ethan a great sense of purpose, and more fulfillment than he ever could have imagined!
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing with his dogs, building yurts, and being outdoors. We are all very excited about our newest addition to the Symmetry team!
Amber Hirneise, CPT
Fitness Trainer / Rehab Assistant / Certified K-Laser Tech
Amber Hirneise is excited to be a member of the Symmetry Health Center team. She comes to Symmetry with 8 years of experience as a personal fitness trainer, physical therapy assistant, and a background in kinesiology.
Amber has been a lifelong athlete who knows the importance of fitness, nutrition, and chiropractic care in ones’ daily life. Amber is excited to be able to learn from the rest of the Symmetry team and to be a part of your journey towards true, lasting health.
In her spare time, Amber enjoys playing competitive soccer, hiking, working out, and going to as many sporting events as she can squeeze in. Her greatest passion is helping others achieve their personal health goals and making a positive difference in the lives of those around her.
EMT / Rehab Assistant / Certified K-Laser Tech
Ony is excited to join the team at Symmetry Health Center as a chiropractic rehab assistant. He is a certified member of the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and joins our team with additional professional experience in the field of athletic training. Ony worked 3 1/2 years as an ambulance attendant, providing basic emergency medical services to patients as a first responder and working in collaboration with area hospital Emergency Room Department staff. In furthering his goals, Ony worked within the West Los Angeles College system as an athletic trainer assistant. There he sharpened his skills and gained invaluable experience working with both men and women athletes providing individualized care in employing a variety of treatment modalities. This was a particularly enriching experience for Ony in being able to assist and motivate athletes to achieve optimal performance and physical health.
Ony is originally from Southern California and has recently moved to the Bay area in pursuit of higher education and new professional opportunities. Ony describes himself as a well-rounded person. He values a healthy lifestyle and believes it promotes healthy long-term habits. He believes posture, diet, and exercise are three key contributors to achieving and maintaining optimal health. The Symmetry Health Care center is a fertile environment for professional growth and career path for him to pursue his passion for service. He is eager to embrace the new opportunities at Symmetry as a rehab assistant.
Front Desk Supervisor / Certified K-Laser Tech
Anna discovered her interest in the healthcare industry early on, having grown up in a family with various medical conditions.
She came into Symmetry with over five years of direct customer service experience and prides herself in being a part of a team that provides quality care to our patients.
When she began her college education, she studied both music and nursing and discovered that her ultimate goal and passion in life is to genuinely make a difference and touch people’s lives in any way possible. Midway through school, Anna took a brief hiatus to get married and start a family.
Having children of her own truly inspired her to take steps towards following a healthier lifestyle. She has recently returned to school and graduated from Merritt College’s medical assisting program. She also completed an externship and volunteered at Highland Hospital, and intends to further her education in the near future. Outside of work, Anna enjoys cooking and baking, playing the piano, and spending quality time with her two beautiful girls and continuously growing family.
Front Desk | Ideal Protein Coach
Stephanie joined the Symmetry team with over 13 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Stephanie has always exhibited an interest in health; while in college she majored in health sciences. She has also been certified as an EMT and has achieved her CNA license. Since then she has continued to work in a variety of offices that provide services to enhance people’s quality of life.
As a wife and mother of two young children, Stephanie is a natural caregiver. Her long-time interest in food and nutrition has been a driving force in the changes she has made in the lives of herself and her family.
She finds great joy in making connections with people. For Stephanie, working at Symmetry, and continually witnessing patient’s lives transform, has been a truly wonderful gift.
Virginia Armstrong joined the Symmetry team in September of 2015. Due to her deep desire to help and serve others she was drawn to the healthcare industry and has been actively working in it since 2008. This work has inspired Virginia to finally pursue her dream of going to nursing school where her natural compassion and caregiving nature can be utilized to aid others in expressing their true health.
Virginia sought out to find a job where she could be a part of somewhere that offered people the unique combination of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. Being a part of the Symmetry team she realized that this was where she needed to be to attain that goal. Virginia is one of our employees who takes full advantage of all of the services we provide, resulting in her own personal journey toward a healthier lifestyle.
Virginia is a loving wife, aunt, and the eldest of six siblings. In her spare time she loves traveling, enjoying nature, and giving back to her church and community.
Front Desk / Certified K-Laser Tech | Rehab Assistant
Jessica fell in love with the brilliance of the physical body and its biomechanics while evolving into a National award-winning dancer.
Her fascination with the movement of the human body led her to study Kinesiology at the California State University at Long Beach where she completed a wide range of courses from biomechanics and neuroscience to psychology, emphasizing the mind-body connection.
Jessica has experience as an office manager for a physical therapy clinic as well as experience working one-on-one with patients as a rehab aide. Her commitment to studying the field of wellness and health doesn’t only come from a fascination and in-depth knowledge of the body’s capacity for movement, but is also the result of her willingness and desire to connect meaningfully with the people she serves.
She is currently working towards a Masters in Integrative Health Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies which will serve as a foundation for a career in holistic healthcare, as well as support her ongoing interest in healthy balanced lifestyles.
As a student of dance, yoga, Pilates, and meditation, she sees her career with Symmetry Health Center as an exciting opportunity to expand her education and work experience.