Heidi Arens RN, FNP-BC
Heidi has always been striving to better understand, “what are the unique characteristics, behaviors, and patterns that allow individuals to truly thrive—physically, mentally, and spiritually?” This curiosity combined with her desire to care for the whole person inspired her to enter the nursing profession.
Heidi graduated with honors from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She has spent the majority of her nursing career at Scripps Health in San Diego, primarily caring for patients with cardiovascular disease. She has also worked extensively as a float nurse for 9 hospitals in a wide variety of specialties. Throughout her career, she has embraced numerous leadership roles working with interdisciplinary teams to improve patient satisfaction, care delivery, and clinical outcomes.
Although caring for people during an acute health crisis is incredibly rewarding, Heidi recognized that the majority of chronic conditions treated in the hospital are either preventable or reversible. She saw a need for a different approach that could help people address the root cause of illness and empower them to take an active role in transforming their own health. Heidi became a Family Nurse Practitioner because she wanted to gain the knowledge, skills, and autonomy that would allow her to make a greater long-term impact in people’s lives, as well as influence change in how our current health care model treats and prevents chronic illness.
Heidi recognized that the majority of chronic conditions treated in the hospital are either preventable or reversible
In 2017, she graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Credentialing Board. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, Heidi conducts thorough medical histories, performs physical exams, orders and interprets diagnostic tests, makes diagnoses, and initiates and manages ongoing personalized treatment plans. In addition to her conventional training, she is currently pursuing a certification in functional medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine. Training in functional medicine has equipped Heidi with an entirely new set of tools to help identify the underlying causes of imbalance and partner with patients to prevent disease and restore optimal wellness.
Heidi practices under the direction of Dr. Mark LaBeau.
Peggy DeSanto RN
Born and raised in Minnesota, Peggy came to San Diego in January 2017 on a vacation to escape the cold Minnesota winter…and never left. She felt guided to move to California and believes that joining the team at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine was part of that calling.
Peggy graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin in 1987 with the Bachelors Degree in Nursing. She has worked in the hospital setting for over 30 years, gaining valuable experience in the intensive care unit, emergency room and chemotherapy settings. She also served in managerial roles as a nursing supervisor and as a nursing educator.
While acknowledging the virtues of Western medicine, her heart has always been more aligned with healing that sought to understand the true origins of disease and that empowered people to have an active role in their healing process. Because of her passion to understand the nature of disease and how to facilitate healing, she has traveled around the world and has studied various other culture’s approaches toward healing. She has also trained in various modalities of energy based medicine that can help people understand their spiritual, mental and emotional blocks and patterns that can contribute toward illness.
Peggy's passion is to understand the nature of disease and empower people to have an active role in their healing process.
Peggy feels honored and blessed to be involved in the care of the patients at the Stengler Center, and to be part of such a heart-centered and compassionate healing team.
Nurse Peggy works under the direction of Dr. Mark LaBeau.