About the Center for Integral Health

The Center for Integral Health brings together practitioners dedicated to creating health in the whole person. Physical, emotional and mental wellness are all integral components of total well-being.


Homeopathic medicines are prescribed according to each person's unique requirements and integrated with all needed medical treatments. The experience of the Center's staff enables them to coordinate conventional medical treatments with complementary medical therapies. The goal of the Center is to work to establish an atmosphere where essential healing can begin in people of all ages.

Joel Shepperd, M.D.

Dr Dr. Shepperd received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. His postgraduate training was at Cook County Hospital, Chicago. He has been practicing homeopathic medicine in the Chicago area since 1976. He is co-founder and treasurer of the Illinois Homeopathic Medical Association and author and lecturer on Homeopathic Medicine and Chaos Theory. Dr. Shepperd has appeared on national and local television on the consideration of homeopathy in medical practice. He is currently a Lecturer in Naturopathic Medicine at National University of the Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois where he teaches a class on Samuel Hahnemann's Organon of Medicine.


Timothy Fior, M.D., D.Ht.

Dr Dr. Fior has been practicing Family Medicine and Homeopathy in the Chicagoland area since 1988. He is a co-founder, past president, and current vice-president of the Illinois Homeopathic Medical Association. For many years he has taught the homeopathy section of the CAM elective at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School. He has lectured on homeopathy to medical students at six of the Medical schools in Chicagoland. He has been quoted in numerous national health magazines, and has had several articles published in the American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine. He received his M.D. from the Michigan State University College of Medicine, receiving numerous commendations and honors while there. He completed a residency in Family Practice in 1988, serving as chief resident his final year. He is currently board certified in homeopathy, and is also board certified in Family Practice through 2007. He is currently a Lecturer in Clinical Sciences at National University of the Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois where he teaches a class on homeopathic case taking, case analysis and case management.


Simona Ciobanu, N.D.

Dr Simona Ciobanu N.D. practices both homeopathy and naturopathy. She received her naturopathic doctorate degree from the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL. Prior to that she earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she studied psychology, which led her to an internship at Rush-Presbyterian Children's Hospital and working in the field of mental health for a few years. After completing her naturopathic degree, she has trained in homeopathy extensively under the expert eyes of Dr. Joel Shepperd at CIH where she has worked as one of his clinical assistants over the past two years. She is also currently a lecturer in Naturopathic Medicine at the National University of Health Sciences, teaching a class on the determinants of health.

Lisa Krebs, N.D.

DrLisa Krebs, N.D. is a naturopath with extensive experience in homeopathy. She earned her N.D. from National University of Health Sciences, a four-year accredited doctorate program in Lombard, IL. Her experience includes a one-year clinical internship at the NUHS Whole Health Clinic, with postgraduate training at the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy. She has worked under the mentorship of Dr. Fior and Dr. Shepperd at the Center for Integral Health, since 2015. In addition to homeopathy, she utilizes nutritional and botanical modalities, as well as her knowledge of Ayurveda, yoga, and cranial sacral therapy. She draws from her personal experience caring for her grandmother, as well as her work at Star Physical Therapy and as a Patient Access Representative at MarianJoy Rehabilitation Hospital. Prior to her work in healthcare, she earned a B.A. in Graphic Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University. Believing education is the best way to inspire change, she worked for three years in the documentary film industry. Today, she combines her creative and analytical skills to teach the determinants of health, encourage positive mind-body practices, and deliver compassionate care to the patients at The Center for Integral Health.