MEET OUR TEAM OF EXPERTS
At Joy Wellness Partners (JWP®), we believe in the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Established in 2016 by Carol Bender, NP, JWP®’s mission is to provide the highest level of regenerative and wellness services in order to help our clients live active, pain-free lives, no matter their age.
From vitamin infusions to bio-identical hormone and peptide therapies to regenerative injections and stellate ganglion blocks, our services are natural and non-invasive approaches to achieving optimal wellness.
While we can’t promise miracles, our providers offer you their 50 years of combined experience caring for patients with regenerative, integrative anti-aging medicine.
We promise to treat our patients with kindness and care.
Over 4,000 clients have already become a part of our JWP® family and are happy with the care they have received.
Joy Wellness Partners & Enliven Aesthetics Founder, and Lead Provider: Nurse Practitioner since 2013, specializing in regenerative and integrative medicine, providing a broad range of care, ranging from emergent medical treatments to medical consultations to regenerative injections.
Carol grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 2009, she earned dual Bachelor’s Degrees of Science in Economics and Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and School of Nursing. In 2009, Carol also co-founded LifeNet International, a non-profit conversion franchise of healthcare clinics in Burundi, Africa.
From 2009 to 2011, Carol developed her clinical skills as a nurse in the emergency room at the University Medical Center of Princeton in NJ. In 2011, she returned to Burundi to serve as the Medical Director of LifeNet International.
In 2013, Carol completed her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and became board-certified as a Nurse Practitioner, specializing in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care.
From 2013 to 2017, Carol worked as an NP in five Emergency Departments in Southern California and in the Temecula Valley Advanced Medicine (TVAM) Clinic in Murrieta, CA. In TVAM, she learned to help patients find solutions to their pain through the powerful, life-changing results of regenerative medicine.
In 2016, inspired by her patients’ outcomes in this cutting-edge field of healthcare and determined to help more patients, Carol engaged her healthcare management degree, her success with a healthcare startup in the heart of Africa and her clinical experience. She founded Joy Wellness Partners in 2016 in San Diego, CA, with the vision of achieving solutions to patients’ problems through regenerative medicine. In 2019, she started Enliven Aesthetics, in order to better serve her clients’ aesthetics needs.
Dr. Michael Meng has 17 years of experience in musculoskeletal ultrasound, becoming certified as a Registered Physician of Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography (RMSK) in 2003, and has collaborated with our pain and injury team members for the past 3 years.
He received his degrees in Biology and Chemistry at Truman State University in Missouri, his Doctoral Degree in Chiropractic at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Missoouri, and his Nursing Degree from the International College of Health Sciences in Florida. Over the years, he has been a private consultant to medical doctors, medical societies, and physician colleges. Furthermore, he has been a university professor and a frontrunner in the fields of musculoskeletal ultrasound and regenerative medicine.
He has extensive clinical experience in orthopedics, rheumatology, pain management, anesthesiology, sports medicine, internal medicine and chiropractic. He has provided musculoskeletal ultrasound care at the United States Olympic Committee at Arco Olympic Training Center and the Interventional Spine Care and Orthopedic regenerative experts. He has taught at Boston BioLife, Society of Pain Practice Management and Napa Pain Conferences since 2010 and formerly taught at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) as a preceptor of fellows in the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.
He is fluent in using ultrasound to diagnose pain conditions and guide all of the procedures that JWP® offers for pain, injury and post-traumatic stress injury. He enjoys speaking with patients in both Spanish and English, and is is eager to bring his ultrasound expertise to enhance the high-level integrative and regenerative medicine offered at JWP®.
Martyna Erskine is the lead medical provider and skilled procedurist at Joy Wellness Partners. She is also a specialist in aesthetic procedures in Enliven Aesthetics. She cares about each of her patients and strives to help them find natural and regenerative solutions to live longer, happier, more fulfilled lives.
She grew up in Poland and graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Chemistry. From 2013 to 2014, she worked as a Chemist at University’s Laboratory in Poland where she conducted research on synthesized modified elements and molecules.
She moved to California from Poland in 2015, after her experience in a ‘work & travel’ program during the summer of 2014 in Coronado, California. From 2015 to 2017, she mastered her lab analysis and IV skills as a Phlebotomist and Lab Assistant at Scripps and Palomar Hospitals. Simultaneously, she completed her nursing school prerequisites at SDSU and Miramar College.
In December 2018, she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at the University of Miami with a specialty in acute care nursing. She was recruited directly out of school in December 2018 to work at Joy Wellness Partners as the first full-time RN. From 2019-2020, she also gained critical care experience as an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse in local hospitals. In January 2021 she graduated with her Master’s Degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Currently, she is completing a Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine through AA4M.
She is fluent in Polish and English, and intermediate in Spanish and Russian. In her personal life, she loves roller blading, hiking, paddle boarding, photography, traveling, and designing and making clothing.
Devin Kasunich, BSN, RN, IV Lounge & Aesthetic Nurse
Devin Kasunich has been a Registered Nurse since 2008, working primarily in the areas of nutritional wellness, sports medicine, orthopedic injuries and post-operative recovery.
Devin grew up in Watsonville, CA, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a concentration in health promotion and education. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she worked as a physical therapy assistant and as a licensed massage therapist specializing in deep-tissue, Swedish, and sports massage. During this time, she also perfected her intravenous (IV) skills as a phlebotomist at the San Luis Obispo County Health Labs and Sierra Vista Medical Center, served as a State Beach lifeguard, and traveled to Indonesia, Western Australia, and Thailand to surf and experience new and varied cultures.
After receiving her California RN license in 2008 from Cuesta Junior College, Devin worked in hospital and ambulatory settings, most often as an orthopedic post-surgery recovery nurse. She also served as a psychiatric nurse, caring for adolescent females struggling with anorexia, bulimia, anxiety, and depression. In her role as a nurse on a team of nutritionists, doctors, and therapists, she gained insight into the damage that malnutrition can cause the human body and became keenly aware of the value of good nutrition for whole and healthy living.
As an experienced practitioner and an enthusiastic advocate of healthy, active lifestyles, Devin brings a holistic approach to her work at Joy Wellness Partners. She is excited to be a part of our team of compassionate and dedicated medical providers.
Dr. Scott Allen, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist. He attended the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed residency at the University of Utah. After residency, Dr. Allen completed a fellowship in Liver Transplant Anesthesia. He was on the faculty of the University of Utah Medical School until 2018 when he entered private practice. He practices anesthesia as a partner of Mountain West Anesthesia. In 2019, he founded Satori Health and Wellness, Southern Utah’s first integrated ketamine clinic.
Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Rocky Vista University, where he teaches medical students and performs research on ketamine and other psychedelic medicines. Dr. Allen joined our team as supervising doctor in 2023, and patients will have the opportunity to see him around the clinic performing Stellate Ganglion Blocks and Ketamine infusions. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time in the mountains, as well as the desert with his children.
Dr. Masuda firmly believes that the key to healing is to understand the root cause of illness and the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit. Her biggest passions lie with gastrointestinal dysfunction, infertility, preconception to postpartum care, and pediatric health, which she treats with a combination of supplements, diet and lifestyle changes, IV and injection therapy.
After receiving Bachelors degrees in science and biology from the National University of Ireland, Galway and the University of San Diego, Dr. Masuda considered pursuing a career in allopathic medicine; However, she felt called to pursue naturopathic medicine, which would allow her to help patients in a way that would truly benefit them long term and give them the opportunity to take control of their health and healing.
As if medical school alone wasn’t a big enough feat, Dr. Masuda began the transformative process of becoming a mother to two vivacious girls, all while juggling the full time schedule of being a student. When she isn’t wrangling her two children, she enjoys being outdoors, exercising, teaching Irish dance, reading, and traveling to see her family who are scattered across the world.
Fun fact: While obtaining her undergraduate degree she decided to pursue her passion of dancing by touring with the Irish dance show, Riverdance. Her time with Riverdance afforded her the opportunity to travel around the world, experience an array of culture, and enjoy really good food! More importantly, touring for months at a time in unknown countries, pointed out the stress that can result from this type of lifestyle, and the tools she needed to maintain her physical and mental health.
Sarah Wells grew up in South Mississippi where she graduated from the Pearl River Community College (PRCC) Associate Degree Nursing program in 2012. She began her nursing career caring for stroke patients, moved on to work in psychiatric nursing, and finally settled in trauma acute care after moving to Nashville, TN. She then received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of South Alabama (USA) and continued her trauma intensive care career in New Orleans, Louisiana. She obtained her Dual Role Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degrees from the University of South Alabama (USA) and moved on to become an Advanced Practice Provider in Neuro-Critical Care in Louisiana. Her journey brought her to San Diego in December of 2022 where she became a Trauma Nurse Practitioner and a proud member of Joy Wellness Partners. She is currently working to complete her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) through USA. She aims to improve the framework of future healthcare by educating others on preventative, restorative, and naturopathic modalities.
Her true passion in healthcare is preventative medicine. With over 10 years of hospital experience under her belt, she’s well equipped and highly motivated to pioneer with JWP in the preventative, holistic approach of regenerative medicine. Her hobbies include trying as many of San Diego’s best restaurants as she can, staying active, and spending quality time with her boyfriend Sam and her cats Cheeto and Biscuit.
Lexi Caddick, Nurse Practitioner
Lexi Caddick is our primary nurse for IV therapy and microneedling services at Joy Wellness Partners and Enliven Aesthetics. A registered nurse since 2020, Lexi completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas. Originally from Houston, Texas, she began her nursing career in emergency rooms across Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Diego.
At Joy Wellness Partners, Lexi is known for her ability to connect with patients and support them in their wellness journeys. Whether patients are newcomers to wellness practices or have extensive experience, she is committed to providing compassionate care.
Outside of work, Lexi enjoys painting, reading, and spending time at the beach, embracing the local San Diego lifestyle.
Lexi’s experience, kindness and dedication are key to delivering high-quality care at the IV Lounge at JWP and Enliven Aesthetics.
We accept the following payment methods:
– Credit cards.
– Advanced Care Payment Plan: interest free payments for 14 months, approved in 60 seconds! Apply now
– Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) cards.
FSA & HSA Frequently Asked Questions
Here at JWP® we want to make the invoicing and payment process as easy and simple as possible. If at any time you have any questions, concerns, or just need to talk to one of our team members, we are more than happy to help you. Please feel free to contact us at any time.