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Ashley K. Fernandes, MD, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and a Professor of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital. 

Dr. Fernandes received an MD from The Ohio State University, a PhD in Philosophy from Georgetown University, and an MA in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on bioethics. He directs ethics education for pediatric residents at Nationwide Children's Hospital. His scholarly interests include Catholic Christian bioethics, Medicine and the Holocaust studies, pediatric ethics, and philosophical anthropology as it relates to medical practice.

He has presented his work at international forums, and is the author of scores of peer-reviewed publications and three book chapters. After a decade as a hospitalist, he is now an academic primary care pediatrician and has been an expert witness in court cases defending the rights of Christian healthcare professionals and prolife organizations.  

Dr. Fernandes has been awarded OSU's highest honors for teaching, including the Award in Mentorship, Professor of the Year Award, and Master Teacher Award. He is an active member of the Catholic Medical Association and a member of Ohio Right to Life's Board of Trustees. Outside of medicine, his interests include hiking in the National Parks, history, travel, and tennis. He lives with his wife and two boys in Dublin, Ohio.

Joe Geig is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Supervising Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Wright State University. 

Joe treats adolescents, teens, and adults with a variety of struggles. He is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Specialist.

He was appointed by Governor Mike DeWine to the Ohio Counseling Board and currently serves as Chair of the Executive Board and Chair of the Professional Standards Committee for Counselors. Joe and his family are parishioners of St. Matthew the Apostle Church in Gahanna.

Nicole Snyder, APRN, FNP-C,  is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Her focus is on healing and wholeness for the whole family. She practiced conventional medicine for years before entering the world of integrative and functional medicine. She is passionate about helping people identify and heal the root cause of health issues through emphasizing lifestyle, nutrition, botanicals, and nutraceuticals. When needed she will also use pharmaceuticals.

Her areas of expertise include: functional GI disorders, hormonal health (thyroid, HPA axis/adrenal, reproductive), women's health, cardiometabolic health, autoimmune, and mental health/mood support. 

Nicole graduated with a bachelors of science from the University of Massachusetts, and a Masters in Nursing from the Ohio State University. Prior to being trained in Functional Medicine, she worked in chronic pain management and walk-in ambulatory care centers.

She came to develop a love for nursing after she served in a women's homeless shelter with the Missionaries of Charity in Rome. It was through her encounters there that she experienced a call to care for the sick and bring the light of Christ into the darkness of suffering that so many experience.

Nicole currently lives with her husband and five children in Columbus, Ohio where they experience a rich and abundant life as a homeschooling family!