Medical Professionals

Susan Del Sordi, DO

I started Essential Family Health & Wellness with a dream to have a practice that allowed me to spend time with my patients and provide the type of care I would want...Personalized care that is attainable to all. I spent the last few years broadening my knowledge in Functional Medicine and I am continuing to learn to bring the latest in medicine to you. 

I have been practicing Family Medicine here in Scottsdale since 2007. I am board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. I graduated from ASU with a degree in Psychology and Biology. I received my medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri and then completed my residency training at Scottsdale Healthcare.

I was born in Morristown, New Jersey, but have been an Arizona resident since 1986. I am married with two children. When not in the office, you will usually find me hanging with my family and boxer boy Rocco. I love cooking, and applying nutritional science to what I prepare for my family. I enjoy gardening, shopping (bargain hunting is my favorite) and practicing Yoga and Ballet Barre. As a doctor and mom, I can relate to the challenge of trying to find balance in everyday life.

I am proud to be practicing medicine and raising my children in the community that I grew up in. My philosophy as a physician is to partner with my patients to achieve optimum health and find balance in their lives. I believe in a holistic approach and incorporate my osteopathic training into my daily practice.

I look forward to helping you on your journey...

Melchiorra M. Mangiaracina, DO

Dr. Mangiaracina is dually board certified in family medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine. Her passion is Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) in which she uses her hands to diagnose and treat mechanical restrictions that may be preventing the optimal function of your body allowing it to better self-regulate and self-heal. She has had over 4000 extra hours of training in these hands-on treatments beyond what she learned in medical school at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, a residency at Florida Hospital -- East Orlando, and fellowship at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY.

Originally from New York, Dr. Mangiaracina moved to Scottsdale in 2012 where she avidly enjoys the desert and all it offers. When she is not seeing patients, she is teaching as adjunct faculty at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine, running on roads or trails, or oil painting.

Sara Huschke Emery, MS, ANP

Sara Huschke Emery has been an Adult Nurse Practitioner since 2001. Sara is originally from Michigan, and graduated from Michigan State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing then worked as an RN in Intensive Care until 2000.

Sara received her Master’s in Nursing from Arizona State University in 2000 and has been working as a Nurse Practitioner since then in an Internal Medicine practice.

Sara is passionate about helping patients prevent and reverse chronic disease and illness with the FirstLine Therapy program.

Sara also manages chronic health issues, acute illnesses and provides well woman care. In her spare time, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, running, swimming and cycling.

Kathleen B Rickard, DNP, APRN, FNP-C 

Dr. Kathleen is a nationally certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) working in a private practice at Essential Family Health and Wellness since 2016.She has been practicing as a full time Nurse Practitioner for 21 years. Her background includes emergency nursing in the prior 12 years, which grounds her present work. She has maintained a strong interest in integrating numerous holistic and alternative healing modalities into her practice including reiki, functional medicine, yoga, nutrition, visceral manipulation studies, neuro-muscular manipulation studies, and certification in life coaching. Her doctoral project was titled: Breathing Techniques Associated With Improved Health Outcomes and was published in 2015.

Kathleen has developed and presented workshops across the country to address important topics in health and wellness.

As a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), she will assess, diagnose, treat, and prescribe in the state of Arizona. With the "allopathic" or mainstream medicine always in mind, she continues to learn how other modalities could weave into the picture of total health and healing:

  • Extensive courses in hormone replacement therapy to balance the body during life transitions
  • Ongoing study of the chakra systems and the energetic flows related to disease
  • Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher after an extensive training program offering specific meditations, gentle body movements, and sound currents to bring harmony to your life
  • Master Reiki Practitioner
  • Numerous courses in the use of your date of birth to offer clues to resistances, challenges, and the gifts toward healing in all ways
  • Life coach training to help guide and motivate


Danielle LaFata, MA, RD, CSSD, CLT, Registered Dietitian

Danielle is a Registered Dietitian who earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Central Michigan University and also has a Master's degree in nutrition and food science from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and a Certified Leap Therapist (CLT). Currently, she is working toward a certification in Integrative and Functional Nutrition.

In the first half of her career, in Sports Nutrition, she enjoyed tremendous success especially with the San Francisco Giants who won World Series titles in 2012 and 2014 with Danielle on board. During that time she also worked with the U.S. Men's National soccer team and traveled with them to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals in Brazil. She also worked with the Arizona Coyotes Hockey and Arizona Cardinals Football teams to help upgrade their nutrition, culinary and supplementation deliverables. Danielle worked closely with the performance and medical staff to set up evidence based recovery strategies and solutions through whole food options as well as smart and safe supplementation. Her duties when working with team also consisted of working closely with hotel and team staffs to create flavorful menus and strategic training tables that supported the team's training and recovery efforts. Also during this time she was the Director of Performance Nutrition for the Pro/Elite division of EXOS (formerly Athlete's Performance Inc).

Now taking on a new venture she's found a deep desire to also incorporate integrative and functional nutrition strategies into her practice. She's committed to helping individuals achieve their best health utilizing the most updated tools, technology and research to do so. Therefore, whether you are seeking help with sports nutrition, injury rehab, digestive issues or disease prevention each client is individually evaluated by Daniell and provided with a well-researched and comprehensive plan they can follow to achieve their best self and health & wellness goals.


Sherri Taylor, L.AC., MSOM, DIPL.OM.

Sherri Taylor is a national board certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist through the    National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is licensed by the state of Arizona. She graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Science in    Oriental Medicine from the New York College of Health Professions where she conducted her clinical studies, interning for three years. Sherri continued her postgraduate training, interning at a private clinic in New York State where she focused on women’s health and internal medicine.

Prior to earning her Master’s degree, she received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis on Exercise Physiology and a Minor in Health from Plymouth State College in NH. Sherri also spent four years practicing as an Exercise Physiologist at South County Hospital in Rhode Island where she developed an interest in combining alternative medicine and biomedicine, working with patients that were primarily diagnosed with cardiac disease, diabetes, and pulmonary disease. Within the scope of Oriental Medicine, she has used her expertise in treating these internal medical conditions.

Sherri has been in practice for over 10 years treating a variety of conditions and developing individualized wellness programs for people through the use of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutritional consultations, nutritional supplementation and lifestyle recommendations, such as exercise and stress management techniques. An existential part of her practice is her specialization in prescribing customized herbal formulas based on the patient’s energetic imbalance and medical condition. Medical conditions include chronic migraines, allergies, skin conditions, tinnitus, high blood pressure, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, cystitis, GERD, IBS, diabetes, insomnia, and others.

Services offered are acupuncture, herbal medicine, Eastern nutrition, fertility enhancement, cupping, detox programs and wellness programs. For additional information visit Sherri's website