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PHYSICIANS

Dr. Buzz Hollander, Medical Doctor

Dr. Hollander has been a Big Island physician in both clinic and ER settings since 2005. While traditionally trained in Western medicine, he prefers an emphasis on healthful lifestyles and evidence-based prevention of illness, approaching the source of chronic medical problems rather than simply treating the symptoms, and recommending the least invasive treatment options in times of acute need. Dr. Hollander graduated from Princeton University in 1991, and attended the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine from 1998-2002, before completing his residency at the Santa Rosa (CA) Family Medicine Residency Program in 2005. He is fortunate enough to be married to Dr. Suber and share the parenting of their two daughters; on a day off, he likes to be near the water, hiking through Hawaii’s native forests, or tending their land.

Dr. Michelle Suber, Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Suber has been practicing in Waimea since 1998, when she moved to Hawaii to complete a 2-year integrative medicine residency program at North Hawaii Community Hospital. In 1998, she received a doctorate of naturopathic medicine (ND) at the National College of Natural Medicine, a four year graduate program; and in 1994, a bachelor of science (BS) in biological sciences at Florida State University. She is a broadly-trained naturopathic physician who finds satisfaction in helping her patients find sound approaches to many health issues, from weight loss and hormone imbalances to chronic medical conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Her experiences as physician and mother have convinced her that our health is largely determined by the series of choices we make on a daily basis. She has a special interest in epigenetics, and believes that optimal health begins in the womb. She is also a West Coast Swing dance instructor, trail runner, founder of the Mala’ai Community Garden at the Waimea Middle School, and the mother of two wonderful daughters.

STAFF

Afsoun Zarrin

Afsoun recently moved on island from Olympia, Washington, where she received her Associate’s degree in Pre-nursing while working as an oral surgery assistant. She has over five years of medical experience, two of which were specialized in oral and periodontal surgery. Her goal is to receive a nursing degree in the coming years while gaining clinical experience serving our patients. She has a strong passion for medicine and loves connecting with people, and aims to bring these strengths to the Iris family.

Cheryl Chesnut

Cheryl is well known from her many years at the front desk of Dr. Stephen Rickard’s Waimea chiropractic clinic. She has been coaxed out of semi-retirement to join the Iris staff, while still carrying on with her interior design business.

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