Ronald B Casselberry, MD
Holistic Physician, Founding CEO, and Medical Director
It’ll probably take all of the 21st century to repair our damaged environment, restore balance and usher in sustainability. Dr. Pesek and I are driven at this forefront, and we are proud to be creating the foundation in our community to make that happen. This is essential because we are intricately connected to the Earth, Sky and all things between. We come from the soil. Food sustains us and maintains our health. With over two decades in practice, I have come to understand that the Earth and soil is depleted and what effect it has on our food supply and bodies.
Toward that end, I have found that you learn how to be resourceful in times of pain and suffering and appreciate what abundance Earth provides. In my particular experience, I realize not only that this resourcefulness will guide us, but that the abundance can heal us. As Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, stated simply and elegantly thousands of years ago, “Let food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be food.” My career as a physician is a testament to that wisdom.
I have been fortunate to serve greater Cleveland since 1989. In March of that year, having nearly completed my Anesthesiology Residency at MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, I opened a pain management clinic on West 25th Street, one block south of the West Side Farmers Market. In that part of Cleveland our payer mix was either Worker’s Compensation, Personal Injury or, at times, both. We served our patients by prescribing physical therapy, pain medication and rest, i.e., time off of work.
Over time my role evolved, and I became not only their pain medicine doctor, but also their family doctor because I was the only doctor they knew. My patients oftentimes could not afford medications or surgery. As a consequence I went back to that resourcefulness.
It became a skill embraced with passion to suggest things patients already had in their kitchen or could buy at the local grocery to help their ailments. I would send them down to the West Side Market with instructions on how to prepare certain foods for conditions such as fatigue, constipation, or thyroid, adrenal, immune, sugar or cholesterol problems. This desire to serve the promotion of wellness in their whole person holistically grew and has allowed me to serve many, many clients for over 20 years so they could live our motto—live well and enjoy life.
I am grateful for my grounding at Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University Medical School, and my residency training in Anesthesiology at MetroHealth. I am indebted to my colleagues in homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, applied kinesiology, and IV therapies and nutrition, for it is they who enable my focusing of that educational grounding to better serve my patients and community holistically. In addition, I support the slow food movement and am a member of the Geauga Family Farms Co-op and Geauga County Bee Keepers Association.
Just as I am honored to serve my patients and community, I also work with our profession via groups such as International College of Integrative Medicine (ICIM), where I serve on the Board of Directors with other leaders in the integrative medicine movement. I serve to facilitate other healthcare providers learning about the latest scientific evidence emerging in integrative practices from around the world.