Our Mission

To improve the wellbeing of our community by providing evidence informed services and resources to those seeking opportunities to restore health and create resilience


Our Care

Patient-centered● As an individual, you deserve a practical and sensitive approach which takes into account your needs and preferences.
Partnership-driven● Through open communication, empowerment, and empathy, we promote mutual accountability with our patients to create and achieve goals. 
Integrative● By acknowledging the complexities of modern life, our inclusive approach identifies factors that impact wellness and addresses origin of disease and injury. These factors include:

    Physical Self● Current physical state● Stages of life● Personal history● Family history
    Mental Self● Current emotional state● Beliefs and values● Knowledge● Motivations
    Environment● Current environmental status● Behaviors and habits● Family and culture● Occupation

Our Team

Aaron R. Calvano

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)Licensed Dietitian (LD)Founder of Modern Life Therapies, LLC


Background & Education:Aaron graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a dual-major B.S. in Nutrition Sciences and Kinesiological Sciences with concentration in Sports Nutrition. Aaron also completed a minor in Pilates with Certification in DK Body Balancing Method by Dolly Kelepecz with practical experiences teaching Pilates in Las Vegas, NV and throughout Japan.
Aaron served as a leader in the UNLV Student Nutrition and Dietetic Association as SNDAces Chair, peer mentor, and researcher with funding awards from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Aaron worked with Dr. Arpita Basu at UNLV as a Research Assistant and collaborated on published research topics that include metabolic syndrome, diabetes, pregnancy, and dietary berry polyphenols.
Aaron completed his dietetic internship in Las Vegas, NV with a primary focus in clinical dietetics working with preceptors at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center. His experiences included working with acute-care patient populations that included neonatal infants through the advanced aged with a wide diversity of disease states and manifestations. In addition, Aaron worked in food service and community nutrition roles that included pre-clinical nutrition counseling, low-income & disadvantaged populations, and food safety & preservation.
Published Peer-Reviewed Research:Calvano, A., Izuora, K., Oh, E. C., Ebersole, J. L., Lyons, T. J., & Basu, A. (2019). Dietary berries, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes: an overview of human feeding trials. Food & function, 10(10), 6227-6243.
My Personal History:Aaron has pursued passions in fitness throughout his adult life that has led to the completion of a sprint triathlon, half-marathon, century cycling ride, and Tough Mudder events. Aaron also pursues passions and knowledge in technology, research, and outdoor activities & adventures.

Dr. Susan Ackerman 

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Certified Pilates Teacher (PMA-CPT)


Background:Susan has prior experience in diverse settings with expertise in orthopedics, geriatrics, and cardiopulmonary therapy for a wide range of patient populations. She has worked in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, independent living, outpatient clinics, and pilates-based multidisciplinary studios. Susan has a special interest in integrative medicine and treatment of chronic pain, orthopedics, women's health, postural deficits, and cardiopulmonary pathologies. 
Education:BS in Kinesiology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Summa Cum Laude (2010)Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Duke University (2015)Completed Intermediate Program from The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO. (2017)
Outside PT:Outside of her career Susan enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, outdoor activities, knitting/crocheting, yoga, and Pilates. Her goal is to travel regularly alongside Aaron and visit every National Park in the United States in her lifetime.