Synergy Team

 

Teachers & Healers

Management Team

Dana Zais, Director of Emotional Wellness

Dana Zais is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of working in the non-profit mental health field.  Dana provided crisis intervention, individual (adults, children and adolescents), couples, family, and group therapy, throughout the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Dana spent 16 years as a Clinical Director for a treatment facility serving over 600 adolescents and their families per year. She has managed, mentored, and consulted for non-profit programs, schools, towns, state agencies, and mental health centers.

Dana is a certified Motivational Interviewing trainer. She has also conducted trainings around the state on Trauma, Anxiety, ADHD, Caring for the Caregiver, and understanding the struggles of living with mental illness. In addition, Dana is a Board Member for the Massachusetts State Board of Social Workers and a Representative on the Middlesex County TRACE (Team Response to Child Exploitation) Steering Committee.  Dana believes that everyone has an inherent ability to overcome obstacles and obtain their goals. She most enjoys supporting and guiding others to reach their full potential whether as individuals or as teams.

Dana received her Bachelor of Science Degree at Northeastern University. After working in the field for three years, she went back to school and obtained her Master’s in Social Work at Simmons College.


April Ropes – Director of Yoga Studio

April earned her 200-hour level yoga teacher certification with the Prannothan School of Yoga in 2014 with Devarshi Steven Hartman, and her advanced Yoga Teacher Training (YTT-300) at Metrowest Yoga.  April trained as a Reiki Master and Master Teacher with Libby Barnett, a Reiki Master from the Usui tradition. She works with individual clients, but also enjoys combining restorative yoga with Reiki through special workshops and classes.

April is also a mother of two children, a part-time graphic designer, and a long-distance runner. April is a Yoga Alliance certified Experienced Yoga Teacher (with over 1000 hours of teaching experience) and is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. She has also completed trainings in Mindful Touch, Yoga for Athletes, Power Yoga, and Yoga for Self-care. She has practiced various styles of yoga over the years including Ashtanga, Svraoopa, Kripalu and Vinyasa Flow, but her passion is Restorative Yoga. She enjoys sharing the healing practices of yoga and Reiki with others, and focuses on providing a non-judgmental space for individuals to cultivate ease in the body and mind. April truly believes that yoga can be for anyone, and that the benefits are endless. Her approach is yoga is one of compassion, self-awareness, and playfulness. April’s classes are welcoming and focus on providing a non-judgmental space for students to cultivate ease in the body and mind.  April is a practicing Reiki Master. She often combines Reiki with Restorative Yoga poses during classes, and she also holds private sessions at Synergy. (www.aprilropesyoga.com)


Melissa Angel, Director of Massage & Bodywork

Melissa Angel believes in the importance of living a healthy and balanced life, in body and mind. It was her own experiences that inspired her to become a Massage Therapist and help others find their balance. In 2005 after the birth of her son Daniel, she was put on the path to finding a career that complimented her new life and responsibilities as a mother. She had an interest in Massage Therapy and energy work and when the opportunity presented itself, she decided to start her life changing journey and become certified as a massage therapist.

Melissa’s passion began with receiving her Certification as a Massage Therapist from Salter College and her work has evolved into a passion for Reiki healing as well as working as a Birth Doula over the past 12 years. In 2010, she trained with Elaine Stillerman, LMT, a pioneer in the field of prenatal massage to receive a certificate in this specialized modality. She understands that a mother’s comfort and mental state is an important part of prenatal care. After working with women in pregnancy for a year she began her training as a Birth Doula through DONA (Doulas of North America) in 2011 and to date she has been blessed with working along side over eighty couples in just just 7 years.

In December of 2012 Melissa’s second child Sophia was born. Since becoming a mother of 2 she has continued to work as a Massage Therapist and Birth Doula focusing on her passion for achieving a balanced lifestyle and connection in body and mind.

Melissa has also received specialized training in Thai Therapy Treatment and Reiki. 


Karen Gallagher, Director of Communication and Event Planning

Fun Fact: Karen travelled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to build a chicken coop for an orphanage. Service work has always been a big part of her life whether locally or in a third world country. In La Romana, Dominican Republic, Karen did anything from mixing concrete by hand on the rooftop of a hospital to traveling with medical teams to the bateys to bring much needed medical care to Haitian sugar cane workers. Locally, Karen has been involved in many volunteer roles at church, in schools, and throughout the community from working with service dogs to fundraising and renovating the Assabet Park Playground in Northborough.

Whatever the organization, Karen loves to take on the publicity function. Prior to being home to raise her two sons, Karen was the Investor Relations Coordinator for Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC) where she planned, organized and executed all details for, not only the company’s Board of Director meetings but also coordinated all efforts for the company’s first annual meeting of shareholders. Before joining BSC, Karen was employed by Ernst & Young, Boston, where she wrote and edited the weekly employee newsletter, inspired team leadership in community volunteerism and implemented special events including a night out at the theater for 400 employees and friends as well as a summer outing for 800 employees and their families.

Karen has been certified as a Reiki II practitioner, Angel Card Reader and an Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) Level I. Karen loves traveling on spiritual journeys and spending time in nature particularly the lakes and mountains of Maine and New Hampshire. Additionally, travelling to Sedona, Arizona and a pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy has contributed greatly to Karen’s spiritual wellbeing.

In recent years, Karen has served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Justice of the Peace where she has officiated weddings and celebration of life memorial services. She also spent time in studies at Andover Newton Theological School. Karen enjoys acting in a local mystery dinner theater, participating in book clubs but, most of all, spending time with her sons whether cheering on a baseball game or just sitting around chatting with them.


Elis Sanchez-O’Shea – Clinical Intake Manager

Elis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Rehabilitation. She has worked in the human service field, with adults, children and families in the private, non-profit, and public sectors for thirty years.  She is passionate about assisting in the healing and wellness of individuals of all walks of life.

She believes that, “A little progress every day adds up to big results”.    


Krystle Nazzaro – Office Manager

On my journey to following my life’s path, I decided to pursue a career in the health and wellness industry. My background in customer service has taught me the true value of customer loyalty. I enjoy helping others in a positive way by encouraging them to de-stress, connect to spirit and be their true authentic selves.

While on my journey, I have chosen to become a Certified Reiki I and II Practitioner, Angel Card Reader, Psychic Medium and artist. I have always felt connected to spirit and Angels. I believe that art, energy healing, meditation and yoga are great benefits to help heal the mind, body and soul.  Since I practice them on a daily basis, I have discovered that my soul’s energy is set on a positive high vibration, and  that I am very mindful and more appreciative of the little things in life.  I encourage everyone to take the time to heal, de-stress and enjoy living life!


Tara Slysz, Guest Services Manager

Tara is a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, and chose to pursue the field of hypnosis because she had been seeking to learn the most effective way to help individuals align themselves with the lives they desire.  Through Hypnosis, she found how to guide others to be the healthy person they want to be through the many teachings of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). Tara completed the NGH’s Hypnosis Certification Training taught by Pat Macisaac, founder of South Shore Hypnosis and a recipient of countless awards and honors.  Tara enjoys attending the annual NGH conference to learn the latest techniques, findings, and wisdom from hypnotists worldwide.

She looks forward to offering Hypnosis to anyone interested in embodying their highest potential by bringing conscious awareness to the subconscious expressions that can feel victimizing or overwhelming.  Together we can work towards your healing, and support you in living your best life.


 


Counseling

Dana Zais, LICSW, Director of Emotional Wellness

Dana Zais is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of working in the non-profit mental health field.  Dana provided crisis intervention, individual (adults, children and adolescents), couples, family, and group therapy, throughout the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Dana spent 16 years as a Clinical Director for a treatment facility serving over 600 adolescents and their families per year. She has managed, mentored, and consulted for non-profit programs, schools, towns, state agencies, and mental health centers.

Dana is a certified Motivational Interviewing trainer. She has also conducted trainings around the state on Trauma, Anxiety, ADHD, Caring for the Caregiver, and understanding the struggles of living with mental illness. In addition, Dana is a Board Member for the Massachusetts State Board of Social Workers and a Representative on the Middlesex County TRACE (Team Response to Child Exploitation) Steering Committee.  Dana believes that everyone has an inherent ability to overcome obstacles and obtain their goals. She most enjoys supporting and guiding others to reach their full potential whether as individuals or as teams.

Dana received her Bachelor of Science Degree at Northeastern University. After working in the field for three years, she went back to school and obtained her Master’s in Social Work at Simmons College.


Maureen Mann – MP, LICSW, Reiki Master Teacher, Angelic Life Coach

As a Social Worker, Reiki Master Teacher, Energy Medicine Practitioner, and Angel Communicator, Maureen incorporates a unique blend of counseling, energy healing, coaching, and intuitive guidance into her practice. She has spent twenty five years providing mental health and educational services to children, adolescents, and adults.

Maureen’s specialties include uncovering and releasing the underlying mental and emotional patterns contributing to anxiety, depression, and physical illness; recovery from trauma; healing relationship challenges; navigating life transitions; stress management; and developing a spiritual practice to support a healthy and fulfilling life.

Helping people see their unique gifts, and foster in them a sense of resiliency and self-efficacy are integral aspects of her work.  Providing guidance and support to those she work s with on their healing journey is both her passion and a privilege.


Suzanne Peters – LICSW – Counseling

Suzanne a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with experience working with adults of all ages. I work with individuals and couples coping with mood disorders, chronic illness, isolation, loneliness, relationship issues, parenting concerns, addiction, trauma, identity issues, contemplating life review, grief and bereavement, and with those struggling with difficult life stages or challenging circumstances.

The therapeutic process can be a journey into self-reflection, gaining insight into thought and behavior patterns where one has the ability to evolve and expand in ways they may have never imagined possible.  It can also be a place to make sense of past experiences, relationship dynamics and the world around us. Each individual brings their own unique needs and desires to therapy, and treatment plans are specially tailored for each client.

Her approach is strengths-based, identifying strengths that already exist and developing new ones. Suzanne provides a warm, caring, non-judgmental environment where clients feel comfortable and safe discussing difficult issues. She considers both internal and external environments in assessing overall well-being and has a fluid and eclectic theoretical approach depending on what is needed. Some examples are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness to modify thought patterns and behaviors and build positive, effective coping skills.  She enjoys working with individuals to improve self-esteem and quality of life.


 Adam Mintz, LMHC

I think of therapy as a partnership between client and therapist. Comfort, fit and trust is as important as the work that is being done. My approach to therapy tends to be interactive, client centered, and reflective. I am kind, thoughtful, and intuitive. I have a knack for helping clients see maladaptive patterns and remove the barriers that get in their way. I especially enjoy working with individuals and couples that are “stuck,” in crisis, or going through periods of difficult life transition. Through active listening and gentle guidance, I lead clients on a path towards growth, change, deeper fulfillment and purpose. When not working, I enjoy running, ultimate Frisbee, mindful meditation, and spending time with my family. I am currently available evenings.

  


 Rick Barton, LICSW

Rick believes beginning the journey of counseling begins with becoming more self-aware, to see the blind spots in your path, and to overcome self-doubt. He has been on that voyage and understands the value of having a different perspective to guide you. Using a strength-based model provides one with understanding needed to grow and access more of what one wants in life.

He has worked with many individuals, from adults and couples, to children and families. He appreciates the wonder of walking with you and seeing the positive outcomes that are possible.


Michelle Bernier-Capaldo, LMHC

Michelle is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has been practicing for 9 years.  She received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Framingham State University in 2010. Throughout her training, Michelle has provided therapeutic services to a culturally diverse clientele including adults, adolescents, children, and families that live with mental illness and substance abuse.  Michelle has been dedicated to early childhood development and improving the lives of children and families through emotional and behavioral support, advocacy and community outreach.

Michelle has experience providing diagnostic evaluations and therapy services to treat a wide range of complaints including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, self-esteem, social skill building, and life transitions.  Michelle’s therapeutic style is supportive, Solution-Focused with a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach. She believes that therapy is a collaborative effort and she offers individualized treatment to meet each of her client’s unique needs and challenges.

Michelle’s goal is to reduce the stigma of seeking counseling, to help her clients develop emotional wellness, and to improve their relationships and daily functioning. She is committed to supporting her clients by providing the tools that will help them better understand their experience and to find solutions for their challenges.


Tara Slysz, Consulting Hypnotist

Tara is a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, and chose to pursue the field of hypnosis because she had been seeking to learn the most effective way to help individuals align themselves with the lives they desire.  Through Hypnosis, she found how to guide others to be the healthy person they want to be through the many teachings of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). Tara completed the NGH’s Hypnosis Certification Training taught by Pat Macisaac, founder of South Shore Hypnosis and a recipient of countless awards and honors.  Tara enjoys attending the annual NGH conference to learn the latest techniques, findings, and wisdom from hypnotists worldwide.

She looks forward to offering Hypnosis to anyone interested in embodying their highest potential by bringing conscious awareness to the subconscious expressions that can feel victimizing or overwhelming.  Together we can work towards your healing, and support you in living your best life.


 Michele Griffin, LMHC

Michele is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has spent the past six years providing therapeutic services to children and their families who have mental health challenges. This community based experience strengthened her relationships with local resources including schools and various service providers in the area.

Michele appreciates the opportunity to motivate children and their families to manage and overcome mental health challenges that include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, self-esteem, social skill building, ADHD, and adjustment. Michele has worked with members of the LGBTQIA+ community.  Michele values that each client’s experience is unique, and that therapy is not a one method fits all approach.  Michele is an active, caring, and creative person who believes that each individual can reach their highest potential.

 


Manjola Prift, LMFT

Manjola is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who brings to counseling not only her expertise in helping couples and families heal, transform and overcome, but also a solid understanding of life and the array of challenges that come with it. Manjola has lived a full and interesting life in different cultures, speaks 7 languages, and is gifted with curiosity and a love for learning. Manjola values each relationship that is formed within or outside sessions as opportunities for further exploring and understanding the richness of human experience.

Manjola is a veteran of the US Army who spent 10 years working in the legal field. During her active duty service, Manjola witnessed the heroism and the sacrifices of the military families and was inspired to dedicate her work to supporting families. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Capella University and has provided services in the Metro West community since 2013. Manjola has had the pleasure to work with children, adults, and couples, in individual and family settings.


Erin Mahoney, Certified EFT Tapping Practitioner

Erin is an EFT International Accredited and Certified EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Tapping Practitioner. Her EFT journey began with her own practice and desire to explore holistic healing modalities. After years of self-work, Erin’s deep desire to help others grew until ultimately, she pursued formal EFT practitioner training. Erin realized the power of EFT and was called to share it with the world!

She is also a motivational speaker, empowerment expert, international bestselling author, and veteran. Erin is the founder & CEO of Girl Power Go, LLC., a company she created to help girls and women build confidence, courage and strength. Through this work she has empowered thousands of girls working with schools, Girl Scouts of American, YMCA’s and other organizations committed to mind and body health of our youth. Erin has extensive experience in various industries with a primary focus on self-worth, energy healing, leadership and communication. A natural-born healer, in her early adult years she served as a medic in the United States Air Force.

Erin studied Meditation and Stress Reduction at the Center of Mindfulness at UMASS Medical Center. Erin is a contributing writer for Aspire Magazine and has been featured as one of Boston’s Most Inspirational Stories. She serves on the Women Veterans Steering Committee for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is passionate about helping others discover their own bright light. Erin inspires, motivates and guides her clients in a safe, gentle way. Her warm, authentic approach to both group and private one on one work create space for others to explore, grow and heal.


Yoga & Meditation

April Ropes – Certified Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master

April earned her 200-hour level yoga teacher certification with the Prannothan School of Yoga in 2014 with Devarshi Steven Hartman, and her advanced Yoga Teacher Training (YTT-300) at Metrowest Yoga.  April trained as a Reiki Master and Master Teacher with Libby Barnett, a Reiki Master from the Usui tradition. She works with individual clients, but also enjoys combining restorative yoga with Reiki through special workshops and classes.

April is also a mother of two children, a part-time graphic designer, and a long-distance runner. April is a Yoga Alliance certified Experienced Yoga Teacher (with over 1000 hours of teaching experience) and is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. She has also completed trainings in Mindful Touch, Yoga for Athletes, Power Yoga, and Yoga for Self-care. She has practiced various styles of yoga over the years including Ashtanga, Svraoopa, Kripalu and Vinyasa Flow, but her passion is Restorative Yoga. She enjoys sharing the healing practices of yoga and Reiki with others, and focuses on providing a non-judgmental space for individuals to cultivate ease in the body and mind. April truly believes that yoga can be for anyone, and that the benefits are endless. Her approach is yoga is one of compassion, self-awareness, and playfulness. April’s classes are welcoming and focus on providing a non-judgmental space for students to cultivate ease in the body and mind.  April is a practicing Reiki Master. She often combines Reiki with Restorative Yoga poses during classes, and she also holds private sessions at Synergy. (www.aprilropesyoga.com) 


 Jen Mast – L.I.C.S.W., E-RYT 500 (IYT), Integrative Functional Therapeutic Yoga Teacher, ChildLight Teen Yoga®, Lifeforce Yoga®

Stepping onto the mat everyday has allowed me to stay grounded in the things that are truly important. Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease over a decade ago, my life took an unpredictable turn.  Things that were easy became difficult and I felt as though I had lost part of myself.  It was during this time that I deepened my spiritual practice. Yoga helped to heal the aches and pains that came with autoimmunity, it improved my energy, my mood and it allowed me to show up each day for my friends, loved ones and most importantly myself.  Yoga’s transformational abilities led me on a new path to become a yoga instructor combining my past work as a Licensed Social Worker with my new path in yoga therapy, functional movement through yoga and myofascial release.  As we bring all levels of a person’s being into balance, true healing occurs. Moving beyond illness and discomfort, we are able to live life to our fullest expression.

Jen completed her 500-hour at Kripalu with Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) in 2016 where she trained under Joseph and Lillian LePage and Maria Mendola (Integrative Functional Yoga Therapy).  Jen furthered her study and attended an intensive training with Maria in Tucson, learning various techniques for myofascial release, therapeutic movements and exercises to rebalance alignment and long held patterns.  In 2018, Jen completed a weekend training in The Roll Model Method®  and a Ball Rolling Techniques Workshop with David Vendetti – both for myofascial release. Her extensive work with athletes, injuries and chronic illness in both group and private settings inform her teaching style which infuses safety, mindfulness, alignment principals, unique uses of props and functional therapeutic movements, and of course a lot of humor and fun!


Amy Yapp – Certified Radiance Technique Reiki/IET Healer

When Amy first tried a yoga class as a busy, young elementary school teacher many years ago, she decided it “wasn’t for her”. Ten years later and recovering from some serious health challenges, she decided to give “that yoga thing” another try. It was that second class after a decade hiatus that profoundly changed her life. She walked away standing taller, breathing better and knowing she had found something integral to her healing and to her future. A born teacher, Amy couldn’t help sharing what she had experienced with others and began teaching yoga in 2003. Amy completed her 200-hour teacher training with Johnny Gillespie and Diana Hoscheit of Empowered Yoga. Amy is a certified Radiance Technique Reiki/IET healer and recently became certified as a Roll Model Method® Practitioner with a passion for helping people to address pain and tension through myofascial release. Always focused on healing and prevention, Amy’s teaching has a strong foundation built upon alignment-based poses and tension relieving breath work to restore and empower her students at their own pace. Delight and connection are at the heart of every class!  


 Christine Harrelson – Yoga Teacher

Christine has been working with the human body since 2001, first as a competitive gymnastics coach and then as a yoga instructor. She found yoga in 2004 because she heard it could help with depression and mental well-being. It helped her bring herself to a state of well-being – and it stuck! Her experience with high-level gymnastics led her to focus on preventing injury in bodies that were put through 20+ hours of rigorous physical training a week. She has brought that into her yoga teachings, using her knowledge of biomechanics (how the body moves) and anatomy to guide students to have their own experience based on their unique physical and mental needs.  Christine completed her 200 RYT with Dr. Paul Girard, and her 300 RYT and Yin Yoga training with Theresa Murphy. She is also a certified Level 3 Thai Bodyworker.  Christine also taught kids from age 3 and up for almost 20 years as a gymnastics coach, and for 5 years incorporated yoga into her program. She enjoys bringing yoga to her students with a light-hearted attitude and just enough structure to create a safe space for all. 


 Pat Lebau – Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher

Pat is a Kripalu certified Yoga teacher with over 700 hours of training in Yoga, Reiki, and Yoga anatomy and has been teaching since 2008.   Pat is also an Integrated Positional Therapy (IPT) certified Practitioner, trained by Lee Albert at Kripalu.  Her Yoga classes are deeply influenced by IPT awareness of common pain patterns and how to relieve them. She has a BS and MS in Wildlife Biology.  Yoga is her third career after  a decade in Environmental Planning and another working with Autistic children, Pat has found her way from a lifelong Yoga and Meditation practice to teaching and is honored to share the techniques she has gathered over the years to help travel through this mystery of life.  Each class is crafted bring you to a place of balance in body, mind and spirit.  


 Kathy Hirsh – Yoga Instructor

Kathy is a RYT 200 yoga instructor from Yoga Alliance. She comes from a fitness background with certifications in Kick Boxing, Indoor Cycling, and Les Mills Body Pump and Body Flow. While she has worked mostly with adults, Kathy is also certified to teach children and seniors. Kathy took her first yoga class in 2000 after a sports-related knee injury and ACL surgery. Up until that injury, Kathy had been avoiding yoga, thinking that it “wasn’t for her” for a variety of reasons. She was so surprised that she liked yoga and how it made her mind and body feel, that she started to practice regularly. Kathy enjoyed her personal practice so much that when her favorite yoga instructor moved away in 2007, she decided to build on her yoga and got certified to teach. Kathy wants people to feel relaxed in her class and laugh from time to time, to accept that the yoga practice will be or feel different from day to day, and to nourish themselves and treat themselves with compassion on the mat and off.  


Meghan Margarette – Yoga Instructor

At my core, I am a facilitator of healing. I bring the love. I help connect you with love. And from there, your journey towards self-healing unfolds. I will hold space for you and all of your thoughts and emotions; all of your dreams and visions. I will encourage you. I will challenge you. I will teach you.  I will sit in the shadows with you fearlessly until you no longer fear them.  Through the use of Reiki, crystals, yoga, breathwork and a few other techniques I carry in my toolbox, I will show you love 

It is my honor and privilege to work with you and many others on a path that is filled with love and guidance to wholeness and happiness and a return to your most authentic self 


Georgia Jones – Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Georgia Jones lives in Stow, MA.  Before moving her practice to Synergy Wellness Center, she was owner/teacher for six years at Self Compassion Yoga here in Hudson, MA. Georgia began practicing yoga in 1999 as an alternative treatment to a medical condition (the result of too many hours spent sitting at a desk in front of a computer).  She was simply hoping it would help and had no idea of the impact it would have on her life. The changes it brought to her physical and mental self were so profound it has stayed with her ever since and she continues to practice yoga in some form each and every day.

Georgia draws her inspiration from many styles of yoga and through countless extraordinary teachers. Her skills as an artist and graphic designer contribute to her ability to bring a stimulating and creative experience to her students on the mat.  With a focus on alignment and modifications to meet her students where they are in their practice, her classes are physically challenging while remaining accessible to all levels. 

Georgia has more than 500 hours of certified yoga teacher training. She holds her 300 hour certificate through the Professional Teacher Training Program at Down Under School of Yoga in Brookline, MA and her 200 hour certificate through Kripalu Yoga in Stockbridge, MA. 


Valerie Kacian – Yoga Instructor

Valerie started her yoga practice in 2001 shortly after the birth of her daughter. Initially seeking balance to round out a heavy cardio fitness routine, she received more gifts from the practice than she could ever imagined. It was from day one on the mat that she knew she would teach and share these gifts with others. She has a special interest in working with students within their own range of motion tapping into pure, functional movement in the body. Valerie believes that anyone can practice and experience the great benefits of yoga. She uses a whole-hearted approach to encourage her students to connect deeply to movement within their own bodies. Valerie teaches Prenatal Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Baby & Me Yoga, Vinyasa, Power, Yin, and Restorative. Valerie completed her 200 hour YTT in May, 2018 with Cindy Boulter, prenatal training in April, 2018 with Lorraine Shedoudi, and Prenatal Certification with Bec Conant at Down Under Yoga. Additional training includes Reiki I, Trauma-Informed Teacher Training, Restorative Teacher Training, and various workshops addressing back and pelvic health.  In 2019 she continues her studies undergoing a six month apprenticeship with Jacqui Bonwell, as well as Advanced Prenatal and Postnatal Teacher Training with Bec Conant at Down Under School of Yoga.  


Eileen Nikopoulos – Yoga Teacher

Eileen Nikopoulos, RYT 500 has been teaching yoga since 2010.  She studied Yoga of Energy Flow with Daniel Orlansky and achieved RYT 500 in 2014.  Eileen became a certified Traditional Thai Yoga practitioner in 2014.  She has BS in Exercise Science/Nutrition and is a Certified Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist.  Eileen completed training in Yin Yoga with Josh Summers and has studied Yoga Therapeutics with Doug Keller, Liz Owen and Todd Norian.  Eileen also loves swimming, cycling and hiking. Her classes are peaceful yet energizing. 

 

 


Joanna Losty – Yoga and Pilates Instructor

Things that Joanna Losty is most passionate about:

– Her family and friends.
– Teaching and empowering students of all ages and all abilities.
– Making people laugh, feel loved, seen and important.
– Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip ice cream . : ) 

Why such love for yoga? A lifelong athlete, competitor and lover of fitness, Joanna’s path changed a bit when she discovered the magic of yoga in her early 20’s (a million years ago.) Once craving just the physical benefits of a strong workout, Joanna began to crave the way yoga created balance and helped to quiet and calm the mind. There is a magical energy and peace created when moving, breathing, and acting mindfully… and it’s become the most dependable anchor in Joanna’s life. Motherhood, marriage, work….life in general are so much more manageable with a daily practice and a few deep breaths!

Joanna’s intention as a teacher is to create a sense of calm strength and confidence for all students…to combine a sense of playfulness, spirituality, and a dose of inspiration into your day, and most importantly, to have you stepping off your mat feeling stronger, nourished and refreshed.  Her classes are designed to create a balance between strength and softness, movement and stillness, with the hopes of using breath to find our way out of our minds and into the present moment.

Joanna has been teaching group fitness classes since 2008. She has completed trainings in mat Pilates, weight lifting, yoga for children with special needs, and her 200 hour yoga teacher training. She considers herself a lifelong student, however, and hopes that her love of learning translates into intelligent, creative, and joyful classes 


Lisa Campbell – Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor, Holistic Health Teacher

Lisa Campbell is a professional mindfulness trainer, meditation teacher, Kripalu-trained Holistic Health Teacher, Course Advisor for the McLean Meditation Institute, US Air Force veteran, and founder of Mindfulfilled Meditation, LLC.  On a mission to help others transform their lives to be healthier, happier, and more peaceful, time spent with Lisa is experiential, educational, and always supported with kindness and humor. As a special guest speaker, workshop presenter, and weekly class teacher, Lisa makes learning meditation and cultivating a regular practice easy, fun, and understandable for all ages and populations – you can find her teaching in schools, homes, businesses, senior centers, yoga studios, at veteran retreats, wellness centers, community programs, yoga retreats, and more.  Lisa has taught meditation professionally for more than 6 years, and draws on the deep wisdom gained from her own practice, which spans more than 30 years, as well as hundreds of hours dedicated to professional training and certification programs.  Lisa is a loving wife, mother, and doting caretaker of three cats, three guinea pigs, a hedgehog, and assorted fish, and is committed to providing a safe, truthful, and respectful space for everyone on the journey of self-discovery, empowerment and personal improvement.  She actively supports, and is registered with www.SEEKsafely.org 


 Rebecca Reber – Yoga Instructor

Rebecca started her journey with yoga over 20 years ago before there was music and beautiful spaces to practice in. It was something she craved while working in a stressful corporate environment.   In 2015 she knew that her passion needed to grow further and she earned her RYT 200 Certification from YOGAFIT Worldwide. Rebecca carried other certifications such as Reiki, Ageless Grace, SAIL and Silver Sneakers and has been inspired daily by her 93 year old mother who still enjoys a weekly chair yoga class. Rebecca uses breath-work, spiritual readings, and loving guided movements throughout her practice.  

 

 

 


 Christina McKitish Reinhardt – Yoga Instructor

Christina has been a teacher in Hudson Public Schools for 12 years. She started practicing yoga seriously in 2016, and quickly fell in love with the way yoga connected her to herself and others. In an effort to pursue all of her passions, she earned her 200-hour level yoga teacher certification from CorePower Yoga. In 2018, and became an instructor at CorePower Yoga in Boston. Before teaching yoga, Christina was the Girls’ Varsity Cross Country Coach at Hudson High School. She is so excited to share the gift of yoga with the Hudson community!  

 

 


Maureen Mann – MP, LICSW, Reiki Master Teacher, Angelic Life Coach

As a Social Worker, Reiki Master Teacher, Energy Medicine Practitioner, and Angel Communicator, Maureen incorporates a unique blend of counseling, energy healing, coaching, and intuitive guidance into her practice. She has spent twenty five years providing mental health and educational services to children, adolescents, and adults.

Maureen’s specialties include uncovering and releasing the underlying mental and emotional patterns contributing to anxiety, depression, and physical illness; recovery from trauma; healing relationship challenges; navigating life transitions; stress management; and developing a spiritual practice to support a healthy and fulfilling life.  

Helping people see their unique gifts, and foster in them a sense of resiliency and self-efficacy are integral aspects of her work.  Providing guidance and support to those she work s with on their healing journey is both her passion and a privilege.  


 Kaye Michelle – Yoga Instructor

Kaye Michelle has dedicated the last 20+ years of her life to the study and practice of wellness and spirituality.  Kaye (formerly Kaye Khalsa), CST, RYT500, is the founder of Diamond Light Matrix Therapy, co-founder and former Director of Franklin Yoga & Wellness and a Rainforest Preserve project in Costa Rica.  She is also a CranioSacral Therapist, and trained yoga Instructor with certifications in Kundalini Yoga, Brain Gym, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and other mindfulness and meditative training programs located in the US and India. She studied directly under Yogi Bhajan, Sharon Salzberg, Brian Weiss and others 

Kaye has led private groups and individuals (children and adults) through a number of stress reduction yoga retreats, yoga and art camps for kids, workshops and ongoing classes, and maintains a healing practice with locations in Central Massachusetts. Her greatest joy is witnessing the growth and expansion of others and making a difference in the world through her inspirational Courageous Ascension blog and other writings. Her novel, Return of the Heroine, earned an Honorable Mention in the HayHouse Visions Fiction contest. 


 Janet Boucher, 200 hour certified Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master

Janet BoucherI am passionate about sharing my yoga journey with others, it helps to calm my mind and strengthen my body, helping me through life challenges. I believe that everyone can do yoga and enjoy the many benefits. My classes are fun and lighthearted and full of exploration. I love the freedom that comes with yoga and the endless opportunities for self-discovery. I completed my 200 YTT with Cindy Boulter in May 2019 and have studied Restorative and Yin Yoga with Theresa Murphy.  

When I am not practicing yoga I am spending time with my husband, 2 kids and our dog Bella. I am always seeking ways to learn something new through ongoing training, workshops, reading and personal practice.

 

Massage Therapy

Melissa Angel, LMT, Reiki Practitioner, Foot Reflexologist, Yoga Instructor

 

Melissa Angel believes in the importance of living a healthy and balanced life, in body and mind. It was her own experiences that inspired her to become a Massage Therapist and help others find their balance. In 2005 after the birth of her son Daniel, she was put on the path to finding a career that complimented her new life and responsibilities as a mother. She had an interest in Massage Therapy and energy work and when the opportunity presented itself, she decided to start her life changing journey and become certified as a massage therapist.

Melissa’s passion began with receiving her Certification as a Massage Therapist from Salter College and her work has evolved into a passion for Reiki healing as well as working as a Birth Doula over the past 12 years. In 2010, she trained with Elaine Stillerman, LMT, a pioneer in the field of prenatal massage to receive a certificate in this specialized modality. She understands that a mother’s comfort and mental state is an important part of prenatal care. After working with women in pregnancy for a year she began her training as a Birth Doula through DONA (Doulas of North America) in 2011 and to date she has been blessed with working along side over eighty couples in just just 7 years.

In December of 2012 Melissa’s second child Sophia was born. Since becoming a mother of 2 she has continued to work as a Massage Therapist and Birth Doula focusing on her passion for achieving a balanced lifestyle and connection in body and mind.

Melissa has also received specialized training in Thai Therapy Treatment and Reiki.


 

Kim Nadreau – LMT, Level II Reiki Practitioner, Craniosacral Practitioner

 

Kim is a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Level 2 Reiki practitioner and is trained in Craniosacral, Lymphatic, and Chikly Brain Techniques. She had the honor of receiving Level I and II Reiki attunements with Eliza Johnson, whom she also credits with playing a significant role in her spiritual growth and the particular direction of her health and wellness journey. As with Michelle, she too participated in monthly Reiki clinics with Eliza, which is where their paths first crossed.

Kim has degrees in psychology and education stemming from a lifelong interest in caring for others. She began developing formal skills in healing in 2010 when she began pursuing Craniosacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute. In 2015 after two careers, including more than fifteen years in teaching, Kim enrolled in a Massage Therapy program so she could expand her practice of hands-on work to better facilitate the well-being of others and continue to explore the connections between emotional, spiritual, and physical health.


Catherine Martin, LMT, Certified Practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®

 

Catherine has always been intrigued by how we connect with our center, with an embodied experience of depth and vitality. There are so many portals to this aliveness. Working with the belly- the center of the body- is one that she finds rewarding.
A practicing massage therapist since 1999, Catherine graduated from American Spirit Institute in Williamsburg, VA. She has a BA in Psychology and Masters in Counseling from The College of William and Mary. The counseling program offered an emphasis in transpersonal psychology- an interest which has woven through her professional and personal life. Studying Rosen Method helped to bring a deepening understanding of how the body holds emotion and unconscious material as well as a capacity to explore this with curiosity and kindness.
Catherine was lucky enough to study the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® with Dr. Rosito Arvigo a little over a decade ago. She was drawn to the lineage of this particular work. The roots in traditional healing can help in connecting to our own roots in satisfying ways. She loves being able to draw on this work in her own life, pulling thyme and oregano from the garden or spice cabinet to make a steam if she or a family member has a cold or using castor oil packs for scar tissue. She is passionate about sharing this work with others. She finds it deeply satisfying to be with others in their journey.
“To remember the other world in this world/is to live in your true inheritance” David Whyte


 

Jennifer Smith, LMT, Spiritual Health & Wellness Coach

 

Jenn has an eclectic background that shaped her path to being a health coach.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Minor in Sociology from UMASS Amherst, and spent 7 years in sales and management in the corporate world.  She enjoyed meeting people and developing relationships but didn’t feel completely fulfilled, and decided to take a greater look with herself to find her inner calling to help people in a more fulfilling way.   She went back to school for massage therapy and graduated from the Central Mass School of Massage as a licensed Massage Therapist in 2003.  She started her own business and has had a successful Massage and Energy Healing practice for 16 years.

When she releases the physical pain of a client, she notices the emotional pain can come to the surface. This area of concentration led her interest in Health Coaching to help people shift their beliefs and create the highest version of themselves.  Jenn received her Health Coaching Certification through the Health Coach Institute, and has developed her own transformational sessions that combine energy healing, massage, and spiritual wellness coaching to balance the body, mind, and spirit.   Through curiosity and non-judgment, she feels we all have the capabilities of change, inner balance, and the ability to become the greatest version of ourselves.

Energy Healing

Reiki

April Ropes – Certified Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master

She earned her 200-hour level yoga teacher certification with the Prannothan School of Yoga in 2014 and is currently enrolled in advanced yoga teacher training at Metrowest Yoga. April trained as a Reiki Master and Master Teacher with Libby Barnett, a Reiki Master from the Usui tradition. She works with individual clients, but also enjoys combining restorative yoga with Reiki through special workshops and classes. April is also a mother of two children, a part-time graphic designer, and a long-distance runner. She enjoys sharing the healing practices of yoga and Reiki with others, and focuses on providing a non-judgmental space for individuals to cultivate ease in the body and mind. (www.aprilropesyoga.com)


Amy Yapp – Certified Radiance Technique Reiki/IET Healer

When Amy first tried a yoga class as a busy, young elementary school teacher many years ago, she decided it “wasn’t for her”. Ten years later and recovering from some serious health challenges, she decided to give “that yoga thing” another try. It was that second class after a decade hiatus that profoundly changed her life. She walked away standing taller, breathing better and knowing she had found something integral to her healing and to her future. A born teacher, Amy couldn’t help sharing what she had experienced with others and began teaching yoga in 2003. Amy completed her 200-hour teacher training with Johnny Gillespie and Diana Hoscheit of Empowered Yoga. Amy is a certified Radiance Technique Reiki/IET healer and recently became certified as a Roll Model Method® Practitioner with a passion for helping people to address pain and tension through myofascial release. Always focused on healing and prevention, Amy’s teaching has a strong foundation built upon alignment-based poses and tension relieving breath work to restore and empower her students at their own pace. Delight and connection are at the heart of every class!


Maureen Mann – EMP, LICSW, Reiki Master Teacher, Angelic Life Coach

As a Social Worker, Reiki Master Teacher, Energy Medicine Practitioner, and Angel Communicator, Maureen incorporates a unique blend of counseling, energy healing, coaching, and intuitive guidance into her practice. She has spent twenty five years providing mental health and educational services to children, adolescents, and adults.

Maureen’s specialties include uncovering and releasing the underlying mental and emotional patterns contributing to anxiety, depression, and physical illness; recovery from trauma; healing relationship challenges; navigating life transitions; stress management; and developing a spiritual practice to support a healthy and fulfilling life.

Helping people see their unique gifts, and foster in them a sense of resiliency and self-efficacy are integral aspects of her work.  Providing guidance and support to those she work s with on their healing journey is both her passion and a privilege.


Meghan Margarette – Intuitive Healer, Reiki Practitioner, and Yoga Instructor

At my core, I am a facilitator of healing. I bring the love. I help connect you with love. And from there, your journey towards self-healing unfolds. I will hold space for you and all of your thoughts and emotions; all of your dreams and visions. I will encourage you. I will challenge you. I will teach you.  I will sit in the shadows with you fearlessly until you no longer fear them.  Through the use of Reiki, crystals, yoga, breathwork and a few other techniques I carry in my toolbox, I will show you love.

It is my honor and privilege to work with you and many others on a path that is filled with love and guidance to wholeness and happiness and a return to your most authentic self.


Kimberly Nadreau – LMT, Level II Reiki Practitioner, Craniosacral Practitioner

Kim is a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Level 2 Reiki practitioner and is trained in Craniosacral, Lymphatic, and Chikly Brain Techniques. She had the honor of receiving Level I and II Reiki attunements with Eliza Johnson, whom she also credits with playing a significant role in her spiritual growth and the particular direction of her health and wellness journey. As with Michelle, she too participated in monthly Reiki clinics with Eliza, which is where their paths first crossed.

Kim has degrees in psychology and education stemming from a lifelong interest in caring for others. She began developing formal skills in healing in 2010 when she began pursuing Craniosacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute. In 2015 after two careers, including more than fifteen years in teaching, Kim enrolled in a Massage Therapy program so she could expand her practice of hands-on work to better facilitate the well-being of others and continue to explore the connections between emotional, spiritual, and physical health.


Melissa Angel, LMT, Reiki Practitioner, Foot Reflexologist

Melissa believes in the importance of living a healthy and balanced life, in body and mind. It was her own experiences that inspired her to become a Massage Therapist and help others find their balance. In 2005 after the birth of her son Daniel, she was put on the path to finding a career that complemented her new life and responsibilities as a mother. She had an interest in Massage Therapy and energy work and when the opportunity presented itself, she decided to start her life changing journey and become certified as a Massage Therapist.

Melissa received her Certification as a Massage Therapist from Salter College and her work has evolved into a passion for Reiki healing as well as working as a Birth Doula over the past 12 years. In 2010, she trained with Elaine Stillerman, LMT, a pioneer in the field of prenatal massage to receive a certificate in this specialized modality. She understands that a mother’s comfort and mental state is an important part of prenatal care. After working with women in pregnancy for a year she began her training as a Birth Doula through DONA (Doulas of North America) in 2011 and to date she has been blessed with working with over eighty couples. Melissa has also received specialized training in Thai Therapy Treatment and Reiki.


Cranial Sacral Therapy

Kimberly Nadreau – LMT, Level II Reiki Practitioner, Craniosacral Practitioner

Kim is a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Level 2 Reiki practitioner and is trained in Craniosacral, Lymphatic, and Chikly Brain Techniques. She had the honor of receiving Level I and II Reiki attunements with Eliza Johnson, whom she also credits with playing a significant role in her spiritual growth and the particular direction of her health and wellness journey. As with Michelle, she too participated in monthly Reiki clinics with Eliza, which is where their paths first crossed.

Kim has degrees in psychology and education stemming from a lifelong interest in caring for others. She began developing formal skills in healing in 2010 when she began pursuing Craniosacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute. In 2015 after two careers, including more than fifteen years in teaching, Kim enrolled in a Massage Therapy program so she could expand her practice of hands-on work to better facilitate the well-being of others and continue to explore the connections between emotional, spiritual, and physical health.


Polarity Therapy

Alicia Hamilton – LMT, Polarity Therapist

Alicia graduated from Spa Tech Institute in Holistic Massage Therapy and has worked in the healthcare field for over 10 years. She started her massage and energy journey after taking a natural healings course in 2017 and fell in love with the lifestyle and the hands on work of massage and energy work.
As a Polarity Therapist, Alicia works to balance the flow of energy in the body to improve or maintain health. She uses a combination of energetic touch, crystals, acupressure points and gentle stretching or rocking to clear blockages and to balance flow within the energetic system.

She also has a passion for massage work and helping other achieve their goals, whether they be relaxation, easing aches and pains, or recovering from injury or illness.  Alicia uses many forms of massage that include but are not limited to: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Positional Release, Pre-Natal, Hot Stone and Massage Cupping.


Intuitive Healing

Meghan Margarette – Intuitive Healer, Reiki Practitioner, and Yoga Instructor

At my core, I am a facilitator of healing. I bring the love. I help connect you with love. And from there, your journey towards self-healing unfolds. I will hold space for you and all of your thoughts and emotions; all of your dreams and visions. I will encourage you. I will challenge you. I will teach you.  I will sit in the shadows with you fearlessly until you no longer fear them.  Through the use of Reiki, crystals, yoga, breathwork and a few other techniques I carry in my toolbox, I will show you love.

It is my honor and privilege to work with you and many others on a path that is filled with love and guidance to wholeness and happiness and a return to your most authentic self.


Maureen Mann – EMP, LICSW, Reiki Master Teacher, Angelic Life Coach

As a Social Worker, Reiki Master Teacher, Energy Medicine Practitioner, and Angel Communicator, Maureen incorporates a unique blend of counseling, energy healing, coaching, and intuitive guidance into her practice. She has spent twenty five years providing mental health and educational services to children, adolescents, and adults.

Maureen’s specialties include uncovering and releasing the underlying mental and emotional patterns contributing to anxiety, depression, and physical illness; recovery from trauma; healing relationship challenges; navigating life transitions; stress management; and developing a spiritual practice to support a healthy and fulfilling life.

Helping people see their unique gifts, and foster in them a sense of resiliency and self-efficacy are integral aspects of her work.  Providing guidance and support to those she work s with on their healing journey is both her passion and a privilege.


Reflexology

Melissa Angel, LMT, Reiki Practitioner, Foot Reflexologist

Melissa believes in the importance of living a healthy and balanced life, in body and mind. It was her own experiences that inspired her to become a Massage Therapist and help others find their balance. In 2005 after the birth of her son Daniel, she was put on the path to finding a career that complemented her new life and responsibilities as a mother. She had an interest in Massage Therapy and energy work and when the opportunity presented itself, she decided to start her life-changing journey and become certified as a Massage Therapist.

Melissa received her Certification as a Massage Therapist from Salter College and her work has evolved into a passion for Reiki healing as well as working as a Birth Doula over the past 12 years. In 2010, she trained with Elaine Stillerman, LMT, a pioneer in the field of prenatal massage to receive a certificate in this specialized modality. She understands that a mother’s comfort and mental state is an important part of prenatal care. After working with women in pregnancy for a year she began her training as a Birth Doula through DONA (Doulas of North America) in 2011 and to date she has been blessed with working with over eighty couples. Melissa has also received specialized training in Thai Therapy Treatment and Reiki.


Thai Massage

Eileen Nikopoulos – Yoga Teacher

Eileen Nikopoulos, RYT 500 has been teaching yoga since 2010.  She studied Yoga of Energy Flow with Daniel Orlansky and achieved RYT 500 in 2014.  Eileen became a certified Traditional Thai Yoga practitioner in 2014.  She has BS in Exercise Science/Nutrition and is a Certified Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist.  Eileen completed training in Yin Yoga with Josh Summers and has studied Yoga Therapeutics with Doug Keller, Liz Owen and Todd Norian.  Eileen also loves swimming, cycling and hiking. Her classes are peaceful yet energizing.


Christine Harrelson – Yoga Teacher

Christine has been working with the human body since 2001, first as a competitive gymnastics coach and then as a yoga instructor. She found yoga in 2004 because she heard it could help with depression and mental well-being. It helped her bring herself to a state of well-being – and it stuck! Her experience with high-level gymnastics led her to focus on preventing injury in bodies that were put through 20+ hours of rigorous physical training a week. She has brought that into her yoga teachings, using her knowledge of biomechanics (how the body moves) and anatomy to guide students to have their own experience based on their unique physical and mental needs.  Christine completed her 200 RYT with Dr. Paul Girard, and her 300 RYT and Yin Yoga training with Theresa Murphy. She is also a certified Level 3 Thai Bodyworker.


Cathy Fallon – Alexander Technique

Cathy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesthetic Education and Dance. She danced professionally for twenty years throughout the United State. She began her training in the Pilates Method in New York, 1978, with Kathy Grant, one of only two teachers certified by Joseph Pilates. In 2000 she completed her mat certification through the Physicalmind Institute. In 1993, she completed the three-year teacher training to become a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a educational method that teaches improved neuro-psycho-physical coordination. She has been teaching classical ballet and core strengthening incorporating the Alexander Technique to ages 9-adult in Metro West Boston since 1996.

“My understanding of the body and how it moves is informed in large part by my first and lifelong passion-dancing. My inspiration comes from the grace found in nature. It offers us inspiration for rediscovering what we have lost – the alertness or softness in an eye, the curve in a plant stem, a rainbow, or the neckline of a wild thing. I want help you find ease, balance and strength in your favorite activity, be it dancing, horseback riding, music, singing, or simply moving gracefully and painlessly through life.”


Kaye Michelle – Yoga Instructor

Kaye Michelle has dedicated the last 20+ years of her life to the study and practice of wellness and spirituality.  Kaye (formerly Kaye Khalsa), CST, RYT500, is the founder of Diamond Light Matrix Therapy, co-founder and former Director of Franklin Yoga & Wellness and a Rainforest Preserve project in Costa Rica.  She is also a CranioSacral Therapist, and trained yoga Instructor with certifications in Kundalini Yoga, Brain Gym, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and other mindfulness and meditative training programs located in the US and India. She studied directly under Yogi Bhajan, Sharon Salzberg, Brian Weiss and others

Kaye has led private groups and individuals (children and adults) through a number of stress reduction yoga retreats, yoga and art camps for kids, workshops and ongoing classes, and maintains a healing practice with locations in Central Massachusetts. Her greatest joy is witnessing the growth and expansion of others and making a difference in the world through her inspirational Courageous Ascension blog and other writings. Her novel, Return of the Heroine, earned an Honorable Mention in the HayHouse Visions Fiction contest.


Jennifer Smith, LMT, Spiritual Health & Wellness Coach

Jenn has an eclectic background that shaped her path to being a health coach.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Minor in Sociology from UMASS Amherst, and spent 7 years in sales and management in the corporate world.  She enjoyed meeting people and developing relationships but didn’t feel completely fulfilled, and decided to take a greater look with herself to find her inner calling to help people in a more fulfilling way.   She went back to school for massage therapy and graduated from the Central Mass School of Massage as a licensed Massage Therapist in 2003.  She started her own business and has had a successful Massage and Energy Healing practice for 16 years.

When she releases the physical pain of a client, she notices the emotional pain can come to the surface. This area of concentration led her interest in Health Coaching to help people shift their beliefs and create the highest version of themselves.  Jenn received her Health Coaching Certification through the Health Coach Institute, and has developed her own transformational sessions that combine energy healing, massage, and spiritual wellness coaching to balance the body, mind, and spirit. Through curiosity and non-judgment, she feels we all have the capabilities of change, inner balance, and the ability to become the greatest version of ourselves.


 Janet Boucher, 200 hour certified Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master

Janet BoucherI am passionate about sharing my yoga journey with others, it helps to calm my mind and strengthen my body, helping me through life challenges. I believe that everyone can do yoga and enjoy the many benefits. My classes are fun and lighthearted and full of exploration. I love the freedom that comes with yoga and the endless opportunities for self-discovery. I completed my 200 YTT with Cindy Boulter in May 2019 and have studied Restorative and Yin Yoga with Theresa Murphy.  

When I am not practicing yoga I am spending time with my husband, 2 kids and our dog Bella. I am always seeking ways to learn something new through ongoing training, workshops, reading and personal practice.

 

 

Acupuncture

Marianne Volpe, LAC – Acupuncturist

Marianne has always been interested in how the body and the mind work. For years, she explored meditation, Reiki and visualization/hypnosis techniques, and her life was about getting to the next workshop, healing modality or retreat where she could experience her true self and see the effects of her mind on her full self.

After years of studying, she graduated with a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture where she studied Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.  After graduation, she studied with Sharon Weizenbaum of White Pine Healing Arts postgraduate mentorship in Chinese Herbal Medicine, at which time she owned and operated The Hudson Natural Health Center- an integrative holistic center.

While studying acupuncture, she began to combine acupuncture with hypnosis. Patients experienced quicker and heightened levels of healing.  Her love for Asian medicine continues to deepen due to its effectiveness in treating the whole person and to address the root causes of illnesses, while integrating the emotions and spirit. Many symptoms that may seem independent of each other are intimately connected in Asian medicine and can be resolved simultaneously.

Practicing for over 13 years, her special areas of training and interest include and are not limited to women’s health issues, anxiety, detox, depression, immune system health, digestive issues, stress/burnout, insomnia, diabetes, fibromyalgia, fatigue, headaches/migraines, and respiratory issues.  Marianne has studied extensively with Dr. Clayton Shiu-the creator of Nanopuncture tm. Nanopuncture® is Dr. Shiu’s unique acupuncture system that integrates Western neurological analysis, Eastern medicine knowledge of the tendinomuscular meridians of the body, and Dr. Shiu’s specific neurological acupuncture techniques. The result is a new highly efficient system that can analyze where your nervous system’s circulation is inhibited, as well as directly reset and reboot the patient’s nervous system in various parts of the body, and offer significant neurovascular circulation benefits.   

She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as well as licensed by the State of Massachusetts.


Essential Oils

Jennie Backstrom – Essential Oil Expert

Jennie Backstrom is a holistic wellness coach and educator, business mentor and entrepreneur. Through yoga and meditation instruction, education on natural living through the use of essential oils, as well as mentorship to business leaders in the same field, Jennie’s mission is that of love and service. She has a passion to help others think outside the box of status quo and live their life as the truest version of themselves.

Holistic Health

 

 Kathleen Quinton – Certified Life Coach

Kathleen Quinton, is a certified Life Coach and Author dedicated to helping clients gain the tools they need to design a framework for well-being, fulfillment, and success. Each client’s success is defined on his or her own terms.

Kathy grew up an intensely curious child. Her passion has always been to live a steadily more enriching life. She spent 25 years in the hospitality industry and has exemplified her leadership skills over the years serving on numerous boards and committees.  This work history and understanding of the connection between personal and professional development are the basis of her current coaching practice.

With Kathy’s help and expertise, her client’s pinpoint obstacles that may have previously blocked them from their desired success. Clients work closely with Kathy to discover the strengths that will open them up to reach their full potential.  As a coach, Kathy focuses on a client’s present place in life and guides them towards action steps to achieve their goals.

While Kathy’s coaching practice is based in New England, she does utilize telephone and online video conferencing to extend her reach.  She is available for coaching services nationally. Kathy’s first published book, “Question Your Thoughts, Empower Your Life,” helps readers to shift their thinking to achieve clarity and empowerment on their path to achieving a fulfilled life.

 

Debbie Ward – Certified Life & Health Coach

Debbie’s health and life coaching practice serves men and women with a holistic approach to increasing physical and mental energy.  Her focus is to uplevel well-being and resiliency.  After 25 years in the high tech corporate world serving customers, she is now focused on helping others to be the best version of themselves.  Debbie’s journey to health and wellness began in earnest 10 years ago when her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  Living in the present, minimizing stress, increasing exercise and healthy eating are holistic ways to slow the progression of PD.  She has seen first hand how making healthy lifestyle changes can have a positive effect on  well-being. Health and Wellness has became her passion and motivated Debbie to dedicate herself to helping others through her coaching practice.

Drew Pearlman – Functional Medicine Practitioner

As a documentary filmmaker from New England, I’ve had the honor to interview some of the world’s most inspiring functional medicine doctors, nutrition experts, and researchers, such as Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Terry Wahls, Dr. Alessio Fasano, and Dr. Bruce Lipton, for a series of films about food, natural healing, and longevity.

These films introduced me to the power of Functional Medicine and motivated me to enroll in a life changing training program at the School of Applied Functional Medicine to become a Functional Medicine Practitioner.

What is Functional Medicine exactly?  Functional Medicine gets to the root cause of any dis-ease in the body, instead of only treating the symptoms.  As a practitioner, when I work with a client, I look at diet, movement, stress, sleep, joy, hormones, gut health, lab work and even mindset, to truly optimize health.

The beauty of Functional Medicine is that it utilizes progressive lab testing, scientific research, and provides a holistic view of all systems in the body.  In my practice, I’ve supported clients with digestive (gut) issues, cancer, autoimmune diseases, hormonal challenges, anxiety, depression and more. Drew is also a Certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Practitioner. 

I look forward to speaking with you for a free 20 minute consult to see if functional medicine is right for you.  Here’s to your health!