Meet The New Vitality Medical Team

Allison Cochran PA-C, MPAS

Physician Assistant

Allison’s integrated approach encompasses both traditional and Anti-Aging medicine with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. This approach together with nutritional therapy is the way to a better quality of life and a healthier future. Her advanced integrated training, unique medical experience, and compassionate nature provides exceptional healthcare to both men and women.

Allison is Board Certified as a Diplomate in Anti-Aging Medicine by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Allison is a Board Certified Physician Assistant, and licensed to practice in Georgia. She graduated with honors from LSU Health Sciences Center in 2011.
Allison went on to earn her Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies from LSU Health Sciences Center where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. In fulfillment of the requirements for her Master’s Degree, Allison conducted extensive research on the role of Vitamin D in prevention of various diseases.

My Bio:

I grew up in a small town in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains. Since I was a little girl, I was always interested in medicine. At a very young age, I remember learning about cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, and wishing that I could find a cure one day.  There was really no question in my mind that I would someday work in the medical field. I studied Biology and Chemistry in college and decided I wanted to become a PA. I attended the PA program at LSU Health Sciences Center in Louisiana.

While in PA school, I had a clinical rotation with an internal medicine doctor who was practicing Anti-Aging Medicine. She opened my eyes to a different approach to medicine. I saw firsthand patients feeling better and being healed without the use of prescription drugs. This was unlike anything I had learned in school. She was utilizing nutritional therapies and bioidentical hormones in her patients, and seeing amazing results. I could not look at medicine the same. I now knew there was this whole other integrated aspect of medicine out there, and it fascinated me. I began doing more research in this field, and I decided that was the direction I wanted to go.

Upon graduation and moving back to my home state of Georgia, I met Dr. Daniela Paunesky. Dr. Paunesky was considered a pioneer in the field of Anti-Aging and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement. She had been featured in countless books, including several by Suzanne Somers. She took me under her wing and trained me to be her PA at Renaissance Medical Center in Alpharetta, GA. I really cannot put in to words the gratitude I feel to have had the opportunity to learn from her.  I truly believe that God allowed our paths to cross. After working with Dr. Paunesky for over a year, she very tragically passed away, due to an illness she had been suffering from. I was heartbroken. I will never forget this amazing woman and everything she has taught me. A year after her passing, I found myself searching for a practice where I felt I could grow and continue learning. I came to New Vitality Medical Institute, and found it to be a perfect fit for me. We have the most wonderful team of doctors and staff and we are all passionate about the health of our patients. We consider it a privilege to be able to share our knowledge with others and help them to achieve optimal health.

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Dr. Rhett Bergeron, MD

Medical Doctor

Dr. Bergeron has extensive training in integrative medicine with the American Academy for Advancement in Medicine, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine and the Biological Medicine Program with the Paracelsus Klinic of Switzerland

I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I spent my childhood days swimming, playing piano, backpacking, camping and spending time on rivers and water, and to this day these are still a very important part of my life.

I thought often about becoming a doctor. My father was a physician, and he was an inspiration and role model to me. He was quiet about his profession, and did not glamorize it, but he imparted a sense of its importance to me. Even so, I wasn’t completely sure until about midway through college. I was torn between music and medicine. Music was one of the things I enjoyed most about my younger life, but there was always a sense of a deeper calling and desire.

Upon beginning LSU medical school, I only had the beginnings of a sense of the importance of nutrition, lifestyle, and taking responsibility for one’s health. During the initial two years of medical school, I began to understand that medicine did not seem to always search for the cause of difficult health conditions and often used the term “idiopathic”. Idiopathic is an adjective used primarily in medicine meaning arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause. The pharmaceutical drug treatments did not in any way bring healing (except in the case of some infections and the judicious use of antibiotics), but left patients drug dependent for long periods of time, if not the rest of their lives, and had side effects and potential negative interactions that were harmful.

In my third year of medical school I first encountered the principle that the body is designed to stay well or return to wellness if essential nutrients are provided, if supporting therapies are offered, and if toxicities are removed. This was the beginning of an insight and approach that would change the rest of my life and set me on a course that would allow me to truly work within my calling.

During my last two years of medical school I started seeking out physicians who were already practicing. With their guidance, I read books, listened to audio lectures, and attended integrative medical seminars on nutrition, detoxification, and complimentary therapies. While observing patient care in their offices, I witnessed individuals who were taking responsibility for their health, overcoming longstanding disease, returning to a vital, joyful life, freeing themselves from daily pharmaceuticals, and truly enjoying good health.

Early on I joined one of the premier organizations for complementary health care in America, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. I quickly became passionate about environmental toxic exposure and the internal metabolic and biological environment of the body.
After medical school, I completed a combined internship in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine and then a Family Medicine residency in the Charity Hospital System of Louisiana. During my residency training I started attending medical education meetings with other groups of integrated or complimentary-alternative (CAM) physicians and trained with various physicians who were already practicing integrated medicine. These groups of physicians include American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (AAAAM or A4M).

After residency, I joined a specialty research laboratory studying the immune system in chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia and cancer. We had success in treating these conditions and this set the foundation for much of what I would do in the future.
I have been practicing complementary and alternative medicine for over two decades, and in that time have learned about various treatment approaches, from nutritional and therapeutic IV’s, to ozone, acupuncture, judicious use of antibiotics and medications, homeopathy, herbal medicine, detoxification, chelation, sauna, hyperbaric oxygen, immunotherapy, bio-identical hormone therapy, and more.

I have also studied with and visited clinics around the country and world that specialize in biological and metabolic medicine. Perhaps the most fascinating is the Paracelsus Institute in Switzerland. The Institute was founded in 1958 as a center for health and well-being based on the principles of natural healing, biological medicine, and supporting the body so that it can heal.

During internship and residency, I immediately started to apply nutritional therapies and bio-identical hormone therapy to patients with success. In fact, when I first began practicing, I focused largely on nutrition, and I felt nutritional deficiencies were the underpinning of chronic illness.

Though I still focus on nutrition, my approach to illness has evolved over time and my understanding has broadened to see the wide array of factors that influence health and cause disease. I began to be more aware of the role of environmental factors and toxicity in disease, such as heavy metals and pesticides, electromagnetic smog, chemicals in our food and water. But just as important, in the end, is the emotional, psychological and spiritual aspect of illness. I did not fully appreciate this when I began to practice. I was young, healthy, happy and came from a good family. I had never experienced horrific life events, or major suffering. It is my patients who have taught and guided me about stress and trauma and how our emotions can impact longterm health. Now, twenty years later, I place great emphasis in addressing these with patients.

Finally, I want to mention what is the most important part of my own life and work: God. When I was twenty, I became a Christian – it was as if I was drawn to this faith – out of myself, and towards God. I believe this orients my entire life as a doctor. My faith allows me to see the privilege, responsibility, carefulness, and accountability that are required in assisting those who come for help, and who desire to improve their health.

My prayer and hope is that I will be faithful to the calling God has given and that I will be used to assist you in improving and enjoying health. Let not your heart be troubled (John 14)….I pray that you can prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers (3rd letter of John).

Ashley Penney, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Ashley is Board Certified as a Diplomate in Anti-Aging Medicine by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.  She is an ANCC Board Certified and licensed Family Nurse Practitioner.  Ashley is also a Master Injector and has been treating patients with neuromodulators and fillers for her entire career.

Ashley is Board Certified as a Diplomate in Anti-Aging Medicine by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.  She is an ANCC Board Certified and licensed Family Nurse Practitioner.  Ashley is also a Master Injector and has been treating patients with neuromodulators and fillers for her entire career.  She is licensed by the Georgia Medical Board as a Senior Cosmetic Laser Practitioner. Ashley’s memberships of The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, International Aesthetic and International Laser Association, and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health provide New Vitality with the finest innovation and research in the field.  Prior to coming to the New Vitality team, she managed. trained and developed best practices for nurses and physicians in injections for a national leading med spa chain.  She graduated with honors from Georgia Southern University in 2013 with her Master’s of Science in Nursing.  Our patients love her because she spends time with each of them and always strives to deliver quality care.  She ensures that her patients are heard, supported and comfortable in their health care journey.

Ashley was born and raised in Georgia and realized her passion to be a nurse at a young age.   When she was 10 years old, her nephew spent a great deal of time at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Ashley grew an appreciation for the caring side of nursing.  She knew she wanted to spend her life loving and helping people. Ashley lives in Dunwoody, Georgia with her husband, Eric, son Luke and daughter Elliana and a goldendoodle, Chip.  In Ashley’s spare time she enjoys attending and volunteering for Buckhead Church, travelling, staying active, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.  Ashley’s faith journey and her career finally came into perfect alignment when she joined New Vitality Medical.  The professional qualifications of Ashley as well as her passion for caring for people make her an obvious fit for the New Vitality team.

Joanna Waylett, RN

Registered Nurse

Joanna’s passion for a healthy and fulfilled life is seen just as much in her personal life as it is in her professional life.  She comes to the New Vitality team bringing over 10 years of nursing experience and a bright, positive attitude.

Joanna’s passion for a healthy and fulfilled life is seen just as much in her personal life as it is in her professional life.  She comes to the New Vitality team bringing over 10 years of nursing experience and a bright, positive attitude.  After several years in a level 1 trauma center and traveling ER assignments in California, Joanna expanded her abilities as an ER nurse through work in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit.  This experience has led her to understand the importance of our health both physically and mentally, our nutrition, and how this all can be used to get the most out of life.

Moving forward, Joanna now calls Atlanta her permanent home.  She shares it with her husband and two cats, Zigi and Mr. Grizwold.   In her personal time, she practices yoga and has recently started a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training.   She loves to cook, play chess, poker, and video games with her husband. Her message is to be kind and patient to yourself, everyday is a blessing and a new day.

“I deeply care about your physical and mental wellbeing and excited to help you achieve your goals in wellness. I promise to encourage your lifelong commitment to health and fitness. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! We’re all in this together!”

Melissa Bennett at New Vitality Medical

Melissa Bennett, ND, CTN, CNW

Traditional Naturopath

Melissa Bennett, ND, CTN, CNW is Certified as a Traditional Naturopath through the American Naturopathic Certification Board, She is board certified in nutritional wellness and has completed her accreditation as a health partner in predictive medicine through Emory University. She is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors through Liberty University.

She is a Certified Natural Health Practitioner and she is skilled in the Zollinger method of reflexology from the Heal Center. A devotee of the science of blood type, she is an IfHI Master – earning her designation under the guidance of Dr. Peter D’Adamo. Melissa focuses on total wellness and prevention. Her desire is to see you achieve optimal health. Melissa specializes in counseling patients with cancer, providing nutritional direction, and preparing the body for pregnancy. She works with you to help you achieve better wellness through education and is dedicated to helping you reach your health care goals.
Her Story: Melissa personally recognizes that all aspects of health care serve a constructive purpose. In 2000 she was diagnosed with breast cancer on her 33rd birthday had undergone two years of chemotherapy and 46 radiation treatments. She is an advocate of integrated healthcare which has blessed her as well as those that she has helped over the years. She knows what it feels like to be sick and also knows the blessing of being healthy. True health is achieved when your Spiritual, Emotional and Physical states are in harmony. Melissa truly believes disease can manifest itself only when these primary areas are out of balance. She also believes our Lord is the true Healer and He will direct you if you place your trust under His guidance.