Keri has a master's degree in Clinical Herbal Medicine and license in Nutrition. She has been counseling the patients of Integrative Medicine at Crossroads for over 5 years in healthy eating, stress reduction, and nutritional and herbal supplementation. Since the kitchen opened in September of 2015, she has been creating and leading classes for patients and the public. She believes that showing people how to make healthy meals, rather than just telling them, is a more powerful, effective, and rewarding tool.
Keri has always had a passion for food and that continues grow with more time spent in the kitchen. She is inspired when her cooking class participants come back and tell her that they are now cooking delicious and healthy meals for themselves instead of relying on processed and fast foods.
When Keri isn't counseling patients or teaching a cooking class, you can bet that she is involved in another food related activity. She enjoys home cooking, fermenting and preserving, mushroom foraging, touring farmer's markets, and traveling (a.k.a. eating) in new destinations with her chef husband.
Dr. Ross is the founding member of Crossroads Medical Associates, an 11-provider primary care adult medicine group. He has created the sub-group Integrative Medicine at Crossroads to emphasize his commitment to combining the best of conventional and non-conventional health care practices in the primary care setting.
His activities in this area started in 1970 when, as a medical student, he developed a research project to investigate the effect of meditation on health outcomes in people with seizure disorders.
He studied Acupuncture in the 1970s. He came to Maryland to help start the Centre for Traditional Acupuncture (now Maryland University of Integrative Health) in 1976. He was on the faculty of the University of Maryland Family Practice Department from 1976 through 1980. During that time he developed a course for “Holistic Medicine” (now Complementary Alternative Medicine) for medical students. This was the first course of this type at a Medical School in the United States.
He has achieved Board Certification in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. His current active certification is in Internal Medicine.
Sara obtained her Masters of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health and completed her clinical hours with The Apothecary at Crossroads. She received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland.
She is a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) and Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) in the state of Maryland. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Functional Movement Specialist (FMS).
Sara's passion for movement and nutrition comes from years of competitive sports and experience as a National Champion Division I collegiate athlete for the University of Maryland Women's lacrosse team. In her spare time, Sara enjoys testing various cooking and fermenting techniques, working out, and exploring the outdoors. She hopes to travel more in the future and learn about different cultures and cuisines.