Michale “Mickey” Barber, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Michale “Mickey” Barber offers an integrative approach to age management medicine while providing the patient with an assessment of hormonal balance and overall health and disease risk. Her philosophy for successful aging includes maintaining energy, health, and sexual vigor through shared responsibility of the patient-doctor team. Dr. Barber not only teaches her patients about hormonal balance but practices such balance herself. She has competed in Masters level figure competitions at the age of 48 placing second and ten years later competing to a standing ovation. Given a strong family history of heart disease and cancer, she takes her health very seriously and is a living example of the benefits of the program.
Dr. Barber has been CEO/CMO of Cenegenics Carolinas for ten years and recently founded Better Life, an Age Management and Wellness Center. She graduated from The College of Charleston, completed medical school at The Medical University of South Carolina, did her residency at Tulane University, and finished her fellowship at Harvard. She also was an assistant professor at Tulane University. During her training and career in academic medicine, she received several awards for clinical performance and teaching skills. Throughout her academic and private practice, she passionately pursued her interest in health, nutrition, exercise, and mind-body medicine. Further studies and certification in Age Management Medicine allow her to combine her unique interests and training to empower her patients to live vigorous, healthy lives at any age. In November 2012, Dr. Barber was awarded the top honor in her field and presented with the Alan P. Mintz Award for Clinical Excellence in Age Management Medicine.
She has been featured on television across the country and in publications including The Charleston Mercury, Shape Magazine, The Senior Sun, The Charleston City Paper, The Charleston Regional Business Journal, The Charlotte Business Journal, and Vogue. She is a Maria Shriver “Architect for Change.” She also writes a featured column for Man about Town, a local Charleston publication. Dr. Barber is a sought after lecturer on age management and hormone replacement.
Dr. Mickey and her husband reside in Isle of Palms and share a blended family of five wonderful children and two adorable granddaughters. She is a sports enthusiast, golfer, and Saints fan and enjoys working out at the beach.
H. Merrill Matschke, M.D.
Age Management and Sexual Health Specialist
H. Merrill Matschke, M.D. is a board-certified urologist who graduated from Dartmouth College and completed medical school and residency at Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Matschke then pursued a fellowship in male reproductive medicine and surgery at Baylor in Houston. Dr. Matschke received awards for outstanding teaching, academic excellence and compassion during his residency training.
Following his training, Dr. Matschke entered private practice in the northern Chicago suburbs, where he concentrated his practice on male infertility, no needle-no scalpel vasectomy, microsurgical vasectomy reversal, hormone disorders, and sexual health. Dr Matschke developed a true passion for preventative medicine and clinical wellness, leading him to complete certification in Age Management Medicine via Cenegenics in 2007.
After 15 years of clinical practice within the traditional health care system, Dr. Matschke has chosen to passionately pursue his interest in illness prevention and health optimization. He brings a unique perspective having witnessed the impact our modern diet and lifestyle has had on sexual and reproductive health. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of low testosterone in men and treatments for erectile dysfunction. Dr. Matschke looks forward to positively impacting the lives of his patients.
Patient Development Specialist
At Better Life Carolinas, Tammy works closely with potential patients to guide and direct them on how our Better Life team can assist with their journey to a better life.
Prior to working with the team at Better Life Carolinas, Tammy applied her abilities as a motivational speaker and healthcare advocate for a large chain of fitness centers in the Charlotte area. Her passion for helping others achieve optimum health is what led her to join the Better Life Carolinas team. She truly enjoys assisting others on their journey to reach and exceed their goals.
Tammy developed her passion for fitness at a young age when she realized how important a healthy lifestyle was to a long, happy, and productive life. Her desire to continuously learn and grow in this area has transformed into a passion to help others on their journey to better health. She is thrilled to be working with the team at Better Life Carolinas where the health and wellness of others is our primary concern.
Tammy is married to Karl Stuppnig and has one son, Brandon. After traveling much of the US while growing up, she settled in Charlotte, NC area where she has lived since 2000. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, making jewelry, fashion, music, and spending time with family and friends.
Lori brings 12 years of experience in opening new medical offices and many more years in management. She is very excited about Better Life and is looking forward to adding her years of experience with a personal touch to the business. She is very committed to offering excellent customer service and patient care. Lori handles administrative, and accounting operations for the main office in Charleston.
After traveling many places, Lori knows there is no place like home. She was born and raised in Charleston, and would not want to live anywhere else. She attended Limestone College for a Business Degree in Charleston.
Lori lives in Ridgeville with her husband, Pete. She has been truly blessed to have one son, Brandon and three stepchildren, Cody, Hunter and Hayley. She enjoys time spent with her family, fishing, and traveling.
Exercise and Lifestyle Specialist
Todd’s 16-year career in fitness started with a position as Exercise Specialist at a rehabilitation clinic in the St. John’s Health System in Indianapolis, Indiana. He later moved to Charleston, South Carolina to be a Fitness Director at the Naval Weapons Station and moved on to be Fitness Director for several facilities in the Charleston area. Before joining the Better Life team, Todd worked with Dr. Barber in the Charleston office for three years as Exercise and Nutrition Expert.
Sports have always been a part of Todd’s life. He grew up playing basketball and baseball in Indianapolis and earned a scholarship to play baseball in college, where he lettered for four years with one year as a medical red shirt. While earning his degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition, Todd realized the benefits and importance of strength training on performance. These days, he enjoys playing and competing in tournament golf when time allows.
Certified CSCS, Master Fitness Specialist, Fitness Specialist, Nutrition, Biomechanics, ISSA
Exercise and Lifestyle Specialist
Katrina grew up in Lakeland, Florida and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies with a concentration in Allied Health and a minor in Psychology. She moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to pursue a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. She was a graduate assistant for the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where she ran a grant-funded program through Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Centers. She also interned in many areas of rehabilitation, including cardiac, pulmonary, and cancer rehabilitation. She completed her thesis through her assistantship and studied “the effects of a resistance training program on strength, range of motion, and ankle brachial index in arthritic geriatric patients.” She completed her Master’s in 2009 and worked in bariatric medical wellness, group fitness training, and private personal training before starting her position as an Exercise and Lifestyle Specialist at with Dr Barber. She is excited to be a part of the Better Life team and provide excellent care to her new and existing patients.
She became interested in the health field after years of sports injuries, rehabilitation, and knee surgeries of her own. She grew up in a health and science-focused household, ran her first race with both of her parents, and participated in soccer and track during her middle school and high school years. She knew at an early age the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle and injury and disease prevention. She never saw first-hand the true dangers of an unhealthy lifestyle until she worked with seniors during her graduate studies. From that point forward, she decided she wanted to be on the preventative side of medicine. She believes it is important to “educate before it is late.”
Katrina is also a personal trainer and teaches group fitness classes in her spare time. She enjoys running races with her husband, trips to the mountains, long hikes, travel, hot yoga classes, and spending time with family and friends.
Patient Support Specialist
A Pawleys Island, South Carolina native, Elise attended St. Timothy’s School in Maryland and the University of Reading in England before graduating from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and concentrations in Classics, Geography, and Music.
Prior to joining the Better Life team, Elise worked for Suntrust Music Industry, Face Magazine, the Georgetown Times, Sanford Rose Associates – Healthcare IT, and Cenegenics. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Switzerland and currently lives in downtown Charleston, where she enjoys gardening and playing the cello.
Stacy Krause, MSN, ARNP
Stacy Krause completed her Master’s degree as an advanced practice nurse at the University of Miami and has gained a wide range of medical knowledge from her years serving as a medical provider in emergency medicine as well as aesthetics/wellness. Stacy moved to Charlotte from Boca Raton, Florida in 2016, bringing with her a genuine passion for helping others achieve their health goals.
After years of working in traditional disease and doctor-oriented practices and hospitals, Stacy has discovered that the key to illness prevention often lies in identifying underlying imbalances as the root cause. Using a total health and patient-centered approach, her goal is to help patients experience improved everyday life and overall increased wellness.
Stacy lives with her husband and two children in Matthews. They also own and operate a salt spa in Charlotte, aiming to help others improve their allergies and respiratory ailments. In her free time, Stacy enjoys playing the cello, making soaps from scratch, listening to music, cooking and most of all, spending time with her family. Those who know Stacy best describe her as avid about nutrition, exercise and balancing the mind and body.