Meet Jennifer Simmons, MD, and her team - Real Health MD

We don't treat symptoms.
We pursue health.

Meet Dr. Jennifer Simmons

At Real Health MD, we empower you to take control of your wellness. We pride ourselves on taking a whole-body and collaborative approach, giving you more time, the right tools and a greater understanding of your health, so you can live the life you deserve.

Jennifer Simmons, MD

Founder & Functional Medicine Doctor

Dr. Jennifer Simmons attended Jefferson Medical College, completed a general surgery residency at Albany Medical Center, and was the inaugural fellow in breast disease in Philadelphia. Dr. Simmons was one of the leaders in breast surgery and cancer care in Philadelphia for 17 years. Passionate about the idea of pursuing health rather than treating illness, she has immersed herself in the study of functional medicine and aims to provide a roadmap to those who want to know real health.

In 2019 I left my role as a surgeon and founded Real Health MD with the mission to help women with breast cancer truly heal. My team and I help people to do more than just treat symptoms. We all have the ability to live healthy and productive lives. Unlike traditional medicine, which is designed to address the symptoms of illness, functional medicine looks to get to the root cause of disease. We know that killing the tumor isn’t the answer. The answer is in healing the patient. 

Melinda Engel

Practice Manager and Health Coach

Melinda Engel graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems,  Finance and a minor in Jewish Studies.  She worked with various companies in New York City including PIMCO Funds, MTV Networks, and Equinox.  She is a connector and excels in sales, marketing and business development.  An athlete and passionate about health and nutrition she enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2007 and became an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She believes knowledge is power and has a love of learning and personal development. She studied with Steve Gold at Philly Power Yoga and is a certified Yoga Instructor. Always wanting to encourage others to lead healthier lives it is a dream come true to join the Real Health MD team to grow the practice, work with Dr Simmons and her Team and help patients find real health.   

Melinda enjoys traveling and being active and outdoors with her two children, Skyler and Liam.

Stacey Pearlman

Health Coach

Stacey Pearlman graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Development and from Long Island University with a Masters in Counseling. In 2007, fueled by her passion for Functional Medicine and Holistic Health, Stacey studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City and became an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She has counseled adults and children individually and in group settings for issues such as nutrition, anxiety, mindfulness, self care and focusing on social and emotional needs. 

In additional to her love for pursuing health and wellness, Stacey has also been a spokesperson and On-Air Guest Host on QVC since 2014. Stacey lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband Jason and her two children, Chase and Luke.

Tracy Kardon

Health Coach

Tracy Kardon, LMSW is a licensed social worker Philadelphia PA. She graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from New York University with a master’s in social work. In 2012, she received a certificate in Marriage and Family Training from the Child and Family Training Center. Tracy worked at Beth Israel Medical Center, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and for Penn Medicine at Home in medical social work, in a variety of disciplines including oncology, spine and orthopedic surgery, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, adjustment to illness and depression and anxiety disorders.

Tracy developed a love for alternative healthcare, functional medicine and food as medicine, and healed her own hypothalamic amenorrhea and other hormonal conditions.  She is passionate about plant based living, cooking, yoga and movement. Tracy lives in Chestnut Hill with her husband Josh and two children, Jackson and Liv. 

Liz Richter

Health Coach

Liz Richter graduated from the George Washington University in 1994, Liz moved to New York City and pursued careers in advertising and design. While living in New York, Liz found a passion for health and wellness.

After a personal loss Liz found yoga. The calm feeling, physical changes and self awareness that yoga provided, led Liz to become a certified instructor. 

Liz was inspired by her yoga students to take her passion for wellness to the next level. She enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coaching program in 2016. Her strong desire to help people live healthier, more joyful and peaceful lives is her daily motivation. She works with clients of all ages to reach wellness goals in areas including weight loss, stress management, injury, disease, and those with a general desire to live a more vibrant life. 

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