Mickey Kellogg – Medical Assistant

Mickey is a very familiar face to all who come to The Downing Clinic. She assists Dr. Kovalcik with patient care by taking vitals and checking patients in and out of the clinic; calling in prescriptions and following up on lab work. Mickey has been with The Downing Clinic since 1996. Prior to working here, she worked in the UP as a registered nurse.

Ann Heusted - RN

Ann joined our staff in 2005. She has worked with hospice; is an ordained minister; has had advanced training in Bach Flower Remedies, homeopathy, nutrition, and is a parish nurse. She is a vocalist, and lectures on public health issues. Her wonderful background and positive attitude are valued by our patients. Ann is our FirstLine Therapy Program Coordinator, TLS Support Group and, Electrodermal System (EDS).

Dr. Gigi B. Cristache, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. National Board-Certified by NACCOM. Registered in Michigan

Dr. Cristache specializes in 5 Element Acupuncture which associates characteristics from each of the five natural elements of wood, water, fire, air and earth with a season, weather, color, personality and body type, and symptoms/disease state. This analysis is then used to identify physiology and pathology within the body and identify areas for treatment.

Dr. Cristache treats patients with a more holistic approach, including initial consultation and assessment, leading to the design of an individualized and integral plan to address not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well.

Areas of expertise include pain management, emotional issues (anxiety, depression, etc.), headaches, smoking cessation, addiction issues, reproduction and fertility issues (for both men and women), digestive issues (GERD, GI issues, etc.), and lung issues (asthma and allergies, etc.). 

Leah, RN

Leah joined our staff in 2019. She has been an RN for over 40 years. Her previous work experience with patients on Infection Control, as well as working in Public Health Services has given her years of patient care will be valued by patients seeking IV Therapy.

Kristen, RN

Kristen joined our practice in 2021. Previously she worked at Genesys Hospital for 16 years, which were in procedural units where IVs were part of her patient care. Kristen is a great addition to our IV Therapy team.

Office Manager - Carlene

We are fortunate to have an experienced office manager to manage our front desk staff and make sure you have what you need when you visit our clinic and/or need other support services. Carlene can also answer any questions related to billing or payment concerns. Carlene joined our team in 2021.

Products & Supplements - Cydney

Cydney is purchasing manager with a wide variety of skills managing all nutritional products, supplements, homeopathic remedies, natural skin care products, books, and other items that Dr. Kovalcik has researched and believes are the best on the market. She is an important member of The Downing Clinic. She also prepares product information on these products for patients and manages shipping and receiving.

Customer Office Assistances

When you call The Downing Clinic, our reception staff will answer your questions and provide guidance on the type of appointment you will need. We have several services available in addition to our physician, Dr. Kovalcik, and this team of experienced staff can identify the various services and their benefits for you along with what new patients will need when meeting with the doctor. They look forward to talking to you by phone and meeting you in person when you visit us.  Please don’t hesitate to call with any questions.