Meet Our Providers

We are fortunate to have an awesome team at Benton Integrative Medicine.

Our team works hard to help others fulfill their journey to overall wellness.

We are ready to guide you on your wellness journey!

Ryan Redd, FNP-C

Huntersville Location

I have been living in North Carolina for the past 2 years and love it here! Prior to moving south, I lived in Ohio where I attended the University of Toledo and earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2013. I loved bedside nursing but knew I wanted to further my education. In December 2016, I graduated from Simmons College with my Master of Science in Nursing and now a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Improving the health and lives of others is my passion! 

I enjoy spending my free time with my wife and our two golden retrievers. I am a very active person and enjoy working out, hiking, skiing, golfing, and just about anything sports related. 

My goal as a provider is to put every patient in the driver's seat of their own healthcare. Working together in collaboration and as a team is the key to OUR success!


Sarah O'Neill, MSHS, PA-C

Huntersville Location

I studied to become a Physician Assistant at the George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, DC finishing in 2001. After practicing in the DC area for a few years, I returned to my native NC to be close to family.  Practicing in Emergency Medicine for eight years and Anesthesiology for nine years provided a solid foundation in medicine. During this journey, it became apparent though that there are so many other modalities to prevent and treat health conditions. Of course I am grateful for acute care medicine, but chronic conditions are not best treated with just another pill! Through some personal health challenges, I learned firsthand the impact of eating patterns & lifestyle habits on improving one's health. I first learned of Functional Medicine in 2013, and it quickly became a passion of mine, as its goal is to treat the root cause of disease, not just mask the symptoms with medication. I started formally studying Functional Medicine in 2017, and became a Certified Provider through the Institute for Functional Medicine at the end of 2019.  I am excited to be a part of Benton Integrative Medicine!

In my spare time, I enjoy yoga, hiking, paddle boarding, reading, traveling & spending time with my two daughters.


Tammy Ryan, MSN, FNP-C

Charlotte Location

Tammy has 19 years of nursing experience beginning in Charlotte, NC at Carolinas Medical Center in Neuro-Progressive/Intensive Care. She then moved to Intensive Care at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center where she resided in Mooresville, NC. After spending several years as an ICU nurse she found herself being called to private practice and began her journey into the world of aesthetics and plastic surgery. She became an RN injector for a reputable plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC. While working in plastics she obtained her aesthetician’s license to expand her knowledge of the anatomy of skin. With a strong foundation in plastics and aesthetics in
place Tammy then chose return to school to obtain her Master’s in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner where she graduated in October of 2017 and became AANP Board Certified November 21, 2017.

Tammy’s background in aesthetics and nursing brings diversity to Benton Integrative Medicine. She has extensive training in neuromodulators, dermal fillers, laser treatments, chemical peels, minor medical procedures, skincare, and product knowledge. She enjoys being able to lend a hand and interacting with all patients. However, what she finds most fulfilling is assisting patients achieve their optimal health goal.

Tammy was inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International in March of 2017. When Tammy is not in the office she enjoys spending time with her husband Jason and son Timothy.

Tammy provide medical spa treatments at The Skin Center at Benton Integrative Medicine.

April Parker, PA-C

Huntersville Location
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I received my Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at A.T. Still University in Arizona and graduated in 1999.  I was trained by a wonderful older osteopathic doctor, the kind that made house calls, delivered your baby, and took care of your grandfather.  I loved family medicine, but then transitioned into urgent care to better accommodate family needs.  In my journey of helping people with their health I’ve learned that allopathic medicine (which is the medical training of MDs and PAs) is just a tiny piece of the pie and that the rest of the pie holds so much truth.  I’m so excited and so grateful to Dr. Benton for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned and be free to learn and share so much more!  

I have many interests and hobbies including camping, gardening, traveling, dancing, promoting liberty, and reading, especially historical romance and fantasy.  I especially love cruising with my husband and homeschooling my 5 children.  I also love helping people!  Every day, I pray I can be an instrument in the Lord's hands to serve His children.  I hope I can be of service to you and your family.


Katie Kissel, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, LMBT

Charlotte Location
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  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, FNP-C

  • National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (DOT ME)

  • American Heart Association, BLS, ACLS, PALS and NIHSS

  • Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, NMT certified


  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners, AANP

  • Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, ABMP

  • American Holistic Nursing Association, AHNA

  • Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, AIHM

My mission as a family nurse practitioner is to educate, support and empower clients of all ages to take responsibility for optimizing their health. My background includes over nineteen years of experience in healthcare, not including many previous years of working in animal medicine as a veterinary technician. I transitioned into working in the human medical field in 2002 as a phlebotomy technician and then became a registered nurse. I have worked in cardiac telemetry and the emergency department, as well as managed care of terminally ill patients in hospice & palliative care.

I felt a growing frustration and dissatisfaction with the care that I had envisioned giving my patients and felt something crucial to healing was missing in our current healthcare delivery system. I realized the present paradigm, based solely in traditional Western medicine, fails to acknowledge a mind-body connection and the interactions that exist between the components of an individual’s physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. I decided to pursue my passion and belief in the need for holistic 

nursing and integrative medicine and became an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). Through training programs which have the distinction of being endorsed by AHNA, I became certified in Integrative Clinical Aromatherapy and had additional training in vibration therapy utilizing tuning forks, acupressure and Healing Touch. I attended the NC Massage School in Cornelius, North Carolina in 2015 and maintain current certification as a licensed massage and bodywork therapist (LMBT) specializing in myofascial and neuromuscular therapy. These allow me to provide and teach clients of all ages non-pharmacological and non-invasive methods to address many health issues including acute and chronic pain.

In order to both demonstrate the effectiveness of integrating holistic modalities along with conventional medicine, and effect change in our healthcare delivery, I decided to return to school to pursue an advanced degree. Since graduating from the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with my Master of Nursing Science in 2019, I have been working in family practice and transitional care. I am so excited to be here at Benton Integrative Medicine to assist each patient in achieving and maintaining their wellness goals. I feel my long journey has led me here to serve my true purpose.

My greatest passion lies in practicing holistic and integrative modalities and researching uses of indigenous medicine and ethnobotany. I get immense satisfaction in showing my patients how to utilize botanical remedies to assist in treating ailments as well as self-care strategies to prevent or minimize pain, anxiety and stress that contributes to, and exacerbates chronic disease. I have a 19-yr old son who attends college at NCSU pursuing a degree in Plant Biology. In my free time, I volunteer at the Carolina Raptor Center providing capture, transport, release, surgical anesthesia, and medical rehabilitation assistance for wild birds of prey. I am happiest in the great outdoors, especially enjoying mountain-biking and rock-climbing with my fiancé and foraging for Southeast wild edibles, medicinal herbs and mushrooms.