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 have providers for Direct Primary Care and Functional Medicine.
We are ready to guide you on your wellness journey!
Ryan Redd, FNP-C
Huntersville Location - Direct Primary Care
I have been living in North Carolina for the several 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!
Mariela Busheva, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Huntersville Location - Direct Primary Care
I started ballroom dancing at age 7. My natural talents and love of dance, not to mention the thousands of hours of practice, my competitive nature, and the dedication to be the best of what I do, allowed me to quickly rise in the ranks of the Ballroom Dance Competitive World in Bulgaria. As a professional ballroom dancer and a coach I along with my dance partner opened our first dance studio and fitness center in 2005.
I arrived in Columbus, Ohio USA in 2001 from my native country of Bulgaria. I did not know a soul or have a command of the English Language. Like many immigrants that grace America's shores, the opportunity to live, work and prosper here were too great to pass up. Today, I am proud to say I am an American citizen.
I earned my first bachelor’s degree in Ecology with a minor in Foreign Trade and Economics before coming to the US. However, my heart has always longed to help, care and promote health for others. This was a deciding factor to go back to school and pursue my passion. I graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I went on to graduate with my Master of Science in Nursing in 2017 and became a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
In the last 4 years I have worked as a hospitalist/internal medicine provider. I am very grateful for that opportunity which has brought me much professional growth. I am currently studying functional medicine at the Institute of Functional Medicine and looking forward to certification soon.
When I discovered the vision and passion of Benton Integrative Medicine, I knew I wanted to become part of the team. I love that BIM uses the holistic approach along with traditional medicines (if needed) as well as functional medicine to care for their patients.
I believe that creating a partnership with the patient is very important, as this relationship can be therapeutic and empower the patient. I look forward to educating, inspiring, motivating and coaching my patients to help them achieve their desired results and promote good health.
In my spare time, I enjoy creating memories through adventures and experiences with the love of my life, my 4-year-old daughter. I also enjoy traveling and exploring different cultures with family.
April Parker, PA-C
Huntersville Location - Direct Primary Care & Functional Medicine
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 am also excited to help patients maximize their health with functional medicine through our Wellness Programs.
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.
Tammy Ryan, MSN, FNP-C
South Charlotte Location - Direct Primary Care & Aesthetics
I have 22 years of nursing experience beginning in Charlotte, NC at Carolinas Medical Center in Neuro-Progressive/Intensive Care. I then moved to Intensive Care at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center where I resided in Mooresville, NC. After spending several years as an ICU nurse I found myself being called to private practice and began my journey into the world of aesthetics and plastic surgery. I became an RN injector for a reputable plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC. While working in plastics I obtained my aesthetician's license to expand my knowledge of the anatomy of skin. With a strong foundation in plastics and aesthetics in place I then returned to school to obtain my Master’s in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner where I graduated in October of 2017 and became AANP Board Certified November 21, 2017.
My background in aesthetics and nursing brings diversity to Benton Integrative Medicine. I have extensive training in neuromodulators, dermal fillers, laser treatments, chemical peels, minor medical procedures, skincare, and product knowledge. I enjoy being able to lend a hand and interacting with all patients. However, what I find most fulfilling is assisting patients in achieving their optimal health goal.
I was inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International in March of 2017. When I am not in the office I enjoy spending time with My husband Jason and son Timothy.
Tammy provides medical spa treatments at The Skin Center at Benton Integrative Medicine, Charlotte location.
Katie Kissel, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, LMBT
South Charlotte Location - Direct Primary Care
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.