Dr Zendi Molddenhauer

PhD, Nursing, Adolescent Mental Health

Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Registered Nurse, Board Certified
Holistic Nutrition and Health Coach

Functional Medicine and Psychiatry

Dr. Zendi Moldenhauer was born and raised in South Africa and completed her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Cape Town. She moved to the USA in 1996 to pursue graduate studies at the University of Rochester, in Upstate New York.

She completed her Master's Degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Leadership in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Fellowship, and practiced primary care pediatric and adolescent medicine for eight years. During this time she completed a post-Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a PhD in Nursing, with a research emphasis on adolescent mental health. Dr Zendi taught in the Nurse Practitioner programs at the University of Rochester, and worked in private psychiatric practice for the next eight years serving children, adolescents and young adults, with their families. She is the co-author of The KySS Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention and Health Promotion and presents frequently about child and adolescent mental health topics.

Through her own personal health journey and that of her children, she became aware of the power of “food as medicine”, so she studied Nutrition and Health Coaching with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Dr Zendi realized the need to integrate wellness approaches for the body, mind, and spirit – and wanted to combine her background and experience in both physical and psychiatric medicine so she began a Fellowship in Functional Medicine. Approaching health from a functional and integrative perspective made so much sense to her, namely, combining the best of conventional and alternative health traditions, and in determining and addressing the underlying reasons for ill-health.

After hearing a life-changing presentation by Dr Leila Kirdani about stress and adrenal fatigue, she joined the practice of Dr Leila, Quality of Life Medicine, where she practiced for five years. In October 2018, she opened her own practice in Victor, NY, practicing functional medicine and psychiatry. She outgrew her space within the year as she added staff and her practice grew, so in October 2019, she moved into a beautiful historic home in Bushnell's Basin/Pittsford and renamed her practice ARBOR HEALTH. Dr Zendi welcomes a friendly administrative staff, 3 health coaches, and Nurse Practitioner, together with her business partner, Amber Ratcliffe.


Dr Zendi works with children, adolescents and young adults, integrating her conventional medical background in pediatrics and psychiatry with more natural, holistic, and functional healing modalities to help people attain the highest level of health and wellness.


She is particularly interested in nutrition and the gut-brain relationship in conditions like anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress-related conditions, and gut disorders like IBS. She teaches a 6-week “Healthy Guts” course in her office and is developing an on-line version of this course for adults, as well as for parents of kids with gut related disorders.

Dr Zendi enjoys presenting about Integrative and Functional Psychiatry topics related to children, teens, and young adults!

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