Our Mission

At Joy Wellness Partners (JWP®), we believe in the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Established in 2016 in San Diego 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. In 2022 JWP® opened in Utah to bring this same high level of regenerative and wellness services to the people along the Wasatch Front.

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.

Over 4,000 clients have already become a part of our JWP® family and are happy with the care they have received. We look forward to the many more who will do the same.

Our Team

Rachel Gunderson, NP, Clinical Director JWP® Utah

Rachel Gunderson is dual certified as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She received her advanced practice degrees from University of Pennsylvania and Texas Tech University-Health Sciences Center.

She spent 8 years working as an Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioner at Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. She has now moved to the outpatient setting to focus on improving patient outcomes and longevity through regenerative medicine.

Rachel recently relocated to Springville, Utah. She is married and has three small children. During her free time she likes to read books, quilt, hike in the mountains and train for triathlons.

Carol Hanselman Bender, NP, Founder, JWP® and EA

Joy Wellness Partners & Enliven Aesthetics Founder 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, DC, RN, RMSK

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®.

Alina Austin, RN

Alina Austin is a Registered Nurse with over 12 years experience in the medical field. She earned dual degrees in Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and Bachelor’s of Health Science Studies from Boise State University. She has since worked in a wide variety of settings such as Oncology, Emergency Medicine, Perianesthesia, and Travel Nursing. She is passionate about teaching her patients and mentoring other nurses.

Alina has held a lifelong belief in the body’s ability to heal itself, and she strives to find solutions and make a real difference in her patient’s lives. She is very passionate about serving on the team at Joy Wellness Partners. She loves helping patients to experience the results of Regenerative Medicine in their lives.

She lives with her family in Alpine, Utah. In her free time, Alina enjoys playing disc golf, cooking, traveling, and exploring the beautiful outdoors of Utah.

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