Who Are We?
Hydrotherapy Hub is a virtual education and networking platform providing resources and instruction in the proper use of simple hydrotherapy modalities in combination with a healthy lifestyle. A group of Seventh-day Adventist physicians, healthcare, and ministry professionals have collaborated together to provide these simple and practical resources for community education during a time when people need the best ways to improve their health while well or sick.
At Hydrotherapy Hub you will be equipped and S.E.N.T. to meet the needs of the community around you
- Science – solidly based on physiology and current scientific research while conducting ongoing research to advance this field.
- Education – High quality hands-on training accessible by online and zoom-based platforms from the best and most experienced teachers in hydrotherapy.
- Networking –collaborate with others across the world experienced in hydrotherapy and other areas of ministry
- Tools – the hydrotherapy supplies, kits and other resources you will need for professional but simple treatments that enables you to do hydrotherapy anywhere.
Our Vision: Every church member a medical missionary.
Our Mission: To promote the loving ministry of Jesus and support the Seventh-day Adventist mission by equipping members with the basic, practical skills necessary to prevent and treat disease and other conditions through hydrothermal therapy and simple treatments.
During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Lord led a group of committed Seventh-day Adventist physicians and other health care and ministry professionals to volunteer their time and talents to design an online, virtual, LIVE educational experience to share practical information on giving hydrotherapy treatments and spiritual care. Hydrotherapy Hub was formed to meet the present day need of sharing the knowledge and practical skills of giving simple treatments for those with infectious respiratory diseases and other conditions.
Susan Pellendini, RDH, CMT
President & Curriculum Director
Susan Pellandini is currently the program director and primary instructor for Hydrotherapy Hub online course. Her career path of learning and serving at university and various lifestyle health centers in California and Michigan gave her the confidence to start and manage her own massage therapy business for many years. Her expertise provided the opportunity to return to California and direct the Massage & Hydrotherapy program at Weimar Institute where she taught for several years. Just before COVID-19 hit the U.S., Susan providentially completed an online-accessible hydrotherapy video series used on this learning platform. Her ultimate dream is to continue equipping people online around the world in practical evangelism while managing an Airbnb with a hydrotherapy experience.
Darah Regal, Au.D., CCC-A
Darah Regal is an audiologist and educator. Her career has been dedicated to teaching and helping people with hearing loss and auditory processing disorders improve their ability to communicate and thrive. Although new to hydrotherapy, she developed a passion for spreading these valuable techniques while volunteering for the Immersion Program and Village Seventh-day Adventist church. Implementing the techniques herself, for her family and seeing the amazing results for the health guests treated at the immersion program has formed a desire to help train others so more people can benefit from hydrotherapy combined with God’s healing powers and traditional medicine. Simple remedies with miraculous results provide a great medical missionary approach for the times we live in. She is excited to be part of this team to help heal physical problems and lead people to Christ.
Jason Bergmann, MBA
Jason attended Andrews University in MI where he received a B.B.A. in Accounting. Later he graduated from City University of Seattle, WA with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). Jason gained experience at various Seventh-day Adventist Conferences and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He currently serves 3ABN as CFO/Treasurer. Jason is married to Francine Bergmann and they have one daughter.
Melanie Quion, MS, RN
Melanie’s passion is in nursing education. Over the past 30 years she has taught nurses and nursing students both domestic and abroad. Most recently, she was a leader in a team designing and implementing a lifestyle-focused nursing program approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Weimar University (formerly Institute) Nursing Department blends the spirit of missionary nursing and the health message together in a one of its kind Associate Degree Nursing program. She not only brings administrative and teaching experience to Hydrotherapy Hub, but a soundly scientific passion for quality hydrotherapy training.
Staci Schefka, BA
Registrar & Marketing Director
Staci Schefka is a pastor’s wife in the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, where she served 17 years as a Bible instructor, personal evangelism trainer, and Bible Work Coordinator. She was a member of the Training Center Churches Committee which developed the Grow Your Church Total Member Involvement (TMI) strategy for the local church (https://grow.adventist.org), an initiative of the General Conference Sabbath School & Personal Ministries Department. She is a contributing author of the Discipleship Handbook, Fundamentals of Faith, and Spread the Word produced by the same department. Staci received her B.A. in Communications from Andrews University. She is actively involved in health ministries at local church and is passionate about connecting health ministries with personal and public evangelism.
Greg Steinke, MD
Medical & Research Director
Dr. Steinke is a family and preventive medicine physician who from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is also board-certified in lifestyle medicine and has participated in lifestyle immersion programs overseeing hydrotherapy. He has a background that includes performing research in Adventist Health Study 2. He is currently the medical director of LifeMed Clinic and was a lead researcher in a study on the use of hydrothermal therapy on hospitalized patients with COVID-19 at Erlanger Baroness Hospital. He is excited to see those with a health ministry background to learn about hydrotherapy.
Susan Pellendini, RDH, CMT
Ronda Smith, RN
Kimberly Azelton, MD
Dr. Azelton is double-boarded in family and lifestyle medicine physician and has a passion for uniting scientifically sound healthcare, education and spiritual care. She completed her medical training at Loma Linda University with residency in family medicine and fellowship in Health Services Management at Beacon Health System. She completed a Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) with research in digital health coaching utilizing lifestyle medicine prescriptions. She currently serves at the Lansing Family and Lifestyle Medicine Clinic.