Holistic Primary Care

Are you looking for a holistic primary care doctor who listens and spends time to understand your needs?
Holistic primary care is an integrative approach that treats the whole person: mind/body and spirit by blending conventional medicine with natural or complementary therapies.
A thorough  initial primary care visit will assess not just your current health status- but your diet, sleep, emotional wellbeing, stress management, exercise and other lifestyle habits that may contribute to your health conditions.
A primary care provider coordinates all of the health care a patient receives. This total patient care considers the physical and emotional needs of the person and how health issues may be affecting those needs. Whether you are coming in for an annual check-up or managing a chronic disease, we focus on the whole person, not just your disease or symptoms. Symptoms may have brought you to the doctor, but advanced lab testing can help identify and address the root cause. We consider test results, lifestyle factors, nutrition, and  stress management and develop a comprehensive treatment plan to help you attain an optimum level of wellness.
The holistic primary care model offers not only traditional primary care but also incorporates the best of complementary and alternative therapies  to help you achieve optimum wellness, not just freedom from disease. These therapies may include acupuncture, hormone therapy, IV therapies, or detoxification therapies. Our holistic primary care providers will be your partner and guide in helping you achieve your health goals.
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Holistic Primary Care offers:

  • Extended visits- Initial appointment is 45-60 minutes
  • Providers who listen
  • Patient-centered medicine- holistic approach to healing the whole person, not just the symptoms
  • Preventive and wellness care, acute and chronic disease management
  • A deeper look into common complaints/chronic issues to treat the root cause(s)
  • Annual comprehensive holistic history and physical
  • Diet and lifestyle evaluation
  • Comprehensive and advanced lab testing in the on-site lab, including functional testing
  • Predictive labs to evaluate potential health risks and/or future health conditions
  • IV therapies for sickness or prevention of illness, Vitamin C, Myers Cocktail,  Vitamin and Mineral IV, Magnesiusm and B Vitamins, and more
  • Advanced detoxification and healing therapies: acupuncture, IV therapies, colon hydrotherapy, chiropractic therapies and more...to get you feeling better fast
  • Same or next day appointments for urgent medical problems
  • A partner with you to create a wellness treatment plan for your health goals

Your primary care provider will be your partner and if needed, will help coordinate treatment regimens from other practitioners at NIHA or outside specialists.

Holistic Primary Care Providers:




Dawn L. Cannon MD, MS, Integrative Primary Care Physician

Dr. Dawn Cannon's areas of interest include holistic primary care and preventive medicine, detoxification for chronic diseases, including autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, exposure to mold, heavy metals, solvents, pesticides and other toxins; occupational, environmental and recreational toxic exposures; chronic infections, including Lyme Disease and co-infections; women’s preventive and sexual health, especially in perimenopause and menopause.

You are not your “problem list”, and your diagnoses are labels that usually point to underlying nutritional, assimilation (digestion and metabolism), structural, environmental, genetic, behavioral, physical, hormonal, energetic and/or spiritual issues that will respond, when correctly identified and treated. Finding the root cause(s) of your health issue is a tenet of integrative medicine.


Charlene Kannankeril ND, Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Kannankeril practices Naturopathic Medicine,  a natural approach to health and healing that recognizes the whole person. She is board certified as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Kannankeril spends time with her patients to truly listen and to make connections with each of a patient’s symptoms.  She uses that information along with appropriate testing to get to the bottom of each case and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.  She is able to prescribe medications, but sees the value in using a natural approach as a first line of treatment.

Her areas of interest include GI disorders, Thyroid disorders, Stress and Anxiety disorders, Women's health: Menopause and Perimenopause symptoms & Hormonal Imbalances, LDA Immunotherapy, Chronic Fatigue and Autism Spectrum Disorders.




Denia Tapscott MD, Functional Medicine, Holistic Primary Care, Board Certified in Internal Medicine

Dr. Denia Tapscott has been practicing medicine for over 17 years. As a member of the Obesity Medicine Association, she received formal training in the medical treatment of obesity and has spent the last 12 years helping thousands of DC area residents reduce their disease burden, resulting in healthier lives. By implementing a holistic approach to weight loss, she incorporated the latest science, pharmacology, nutrition, and behavioral health into her practice.

When was confronted with her own health challenges, Dr. Tapscott began to explore alternative approaches that could (1) answer the question, why and (2) help her begin the healing process.  Although she did not abandon conventional medicine entirely, she gained a greater appreciation for her condition by using functional medicine and continues to implement healthy living with her family.   She now fully integrates a functional medical approach into her current practice - providing personalized, predictive, participatory, and preventive care to her patients.

Her areas of interest include adult primary care, diabetes/prediabetes and insulin resistance management and prevention, chronic disease management, cardiovascular disease, personal wellness/executive "functional" physicals, pre and post bariatric surgery care, diet and lifestyle focused care.




To schedule an appointment please call 202-237-7000 or click Holistic Primary Care Appointment request.