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.

 


 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. 


Valerie Kacian – Studio Manager

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.   


Karen Gallagher, Director of Operations

Fun Fact: Karen traveled 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 – Director of Clinical Intake

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”.    

 

 


Tayisha Santiago – Medical Billing Specialist

Tayisha has degrees in Medical Billing and Coding, one from Massachusetts and one from Puerto Rico, with fourteen years of experience working in medical field. Tayisha graduated top of her class and was always on the Dean’s List for excellency. Tayisha has a beautiful miracle daughter after experiencing infertility for thirteen years. She loves traveling and going on gastronomical adventures with her husband of fifteen years. In her free time, Tayisha likes to sing and write gospel music and cook her Puerto Rican cuisine. In Puerto Rico she used to rescue dogs from the streets, take care of them and put them up for adoption when they were in good shape. One time she had fourteen dogs at the same time! She believes in the Action of Service with love for both human and animals, and her love and faith in God is very important as she sees it as her motor to live a peaceful, fully and grateful life.

 

 


 Catherine Vacca – Medical Administrative Assistant

Cat has always been eager to find fulfilling career path that she is passionate about. As she believes that helping people is her true calling, as a newly certified 200-hour yoga instructor, she is on her way to that. She has experience in Human Resources and Operations and is excited to offer a variety of support to the Synergy community!

In her free time, Cat loves to practice yoga, travel, collect crystals, cook, play volleyball, and indulge in the outdoors.


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.


 

Suzanne Peters – LICSW

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 their life’s possibilities and build positive, effective coping skills in ways they may have never imagined.  Therapy can offer a space to make sense of past experiences, relationship dynamics and to find ways to feel more comfortable in our lives.  Each individual brings their own unique needs and desires to our work together and we begin by exploring what is important to you.

I have worked with adults and seniors for the past 17 years, using a strengths-based and client-centered approach.  I specialize in working with clients coping with mood disorders, anxiety, loneliness, relationship issues, chronic illness, loss and those struggling with challenging circumstances or difficult transitions.

I provide a warm, caring, non-judgmental environment where clients can feel comfortable and safe discussing difficult topics.  In our work toward well-being, I incorporate techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness approaches.  I enjoy working with individuals to improve self-esteem and quality of life.

I see it as a true privilege to be invited along for the journey in my clients’ lives. 


 

 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.

 

 

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 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. 


 

Manjola Prifti, 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.


 

Harvey Atkins, LMHC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been practicing for over thirty years. I most recently served as Counselor and Transitional Services Director in a private special educational program. I worked with adolescents in finding strengths that could facilitate their inner growth and develop plans that could initiate their personal career and life development.

Prior to that I worked in a private clinic and was a member of a diagnostic team that evaluated complex cases and provided individualized treatment strategies. I provided counseling to individuals from ages four to sixty, presenting with various mental health and life challenges. During that time, I conducted court evaluations for juveniles at Uxbridge District Court and provided mental health services at the Blackstone Valley Regional Tech High School. This was part of the school-based health center and included an annual depression day screening.

My clinical perspective is that people should be seen through their individual thoughts, emotions and behaviors, and that this should be grounded in the social and familial history that guided their development. I believe that neuroscience can contribute to a comprehensive understanding of people but my emphasis is to see a person as a unique being. Along the way I have been influenced by many, but two practitioners in particular have impacted me. One is Richard Gardner who taught me to always remember that counseling is a creative art, and Elkhonon Goldberg who deepened my understanding of brain biology.

I have always respected the varying nature of each person’s story, as each provides a new challenge to learn and join in a process of change. I have great respect for those who seek ways to improve their capacity to live more successfully and accept their unique strength.


Kathy Benson, LICSW

Kathy is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of diverse experience in clinical, medical and hospice settings, working with individuals from 18 to 99 and their families. She specializes in working with people who have traumas of various types, loss and grief, anxiety, depression, adjustment to chronic illness, aging and caregiving.

She is a group facilitator with training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, IFS (Internal Family Systems), Finding the Deep River Within, Reiki and bereavement work.

Kathy views counseling as a collaboration and invites frequent feedback from clients about the process. She brings compassion and empathy to her work with clients and believes self- care is an important element working with individuals. She often recommends exercise, yoga, creative arts and meditation to support healing. Kathy is passionate about personal growth, reading, dance, travel and finding joy in the simple things in life.

 


Kara Macomber, LICSW

Kara is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience working with adults and the aging population. Kara is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist. Kara has experience in both clinical and medical settings, facilitating group therapy and working with both clients and families.

Kara has extensive experience working with adults with mental health-related concerns and substance use. Her work with the geriatric population includes providing end-of-life care to both patients and families; assisting patients and families as they navigate the transition to alternative living situations, processing a new diagnosis or physical limitation and other life transitions. A strong area of interest for Kara is working with people living with a new or current diagnosis of Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as ensuring their caregivers are receive the much needed support they deserve. Kara specializes in anxiety and depression management, caregiver support, medical conditions, grief and loss, aging, those struggling with challenging circumstances or difficult transitions, and Alzheimer’s and other Dementias. Kara enjoys working with individuals to improve their quality of life, while bringing compassion and empathy to her work with clients.

 


Catherine O’Connell, M.Ed., LMHC, LADCI

Catherine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor with extensive clinical experience working with adults presenting with addiction, alcohol abuse, anxiety, depression, grief, relationship and trauma issues. She views therapy as an interactive collaboration to assist clients with developing awareness and perspective for enhanced self-care, personal growth and wellness.

Catherine believes that individuals present for therapy with a unique life story and utilizes a supportive client centered approach focused on the client’s needs, strengths, goal attainment, coping strategies and well-being. She embraces a holistic perspective for overall health and may recommend exercise, yoga, meditation and various recovery philosophies as effective strategies to support change and healing.

Catherine has been impressed with the courage exhibited by clients to initiate therapy along with their resilience to manage difficult circumstances and life events. She enjoys providing clients with a compassionate and safe space to share their story while exploring possibilities for life change and fulfillment.

 


Audrey May, LMHC

Audrey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 9 years of clinical experience. She holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Master’s in Criminal Justice Studies, both from Suffolk University. Audrey has worked in a variety of settings including in-home, group/residential settings, and outpatient services, with an emphasis on reaching under-served communities. She works with teens, young adult, and adult populations with a specialty in trauma treatment, mood disorders, and high-risk behavior.

Audrey uses a Person-Centered approach to counseling, in which the client/therapist professional relationship is a partnership, and goals are carefully tailored to meet client’s individual needs. Audrey draws upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, to teach a range of coping and interpersonal skills.

In addition to her background in counseling, Audrey is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and is in the process of becoming a certified Meditation Teacher. Audrey enjoys bringing these teachings and tools into counseling sessions as applicable to each client’s needs.

 


Kellie Cahalane, LMHC, Yoga Instructor


Kellie is Licensed Mental Health Counselor with extensive experience working with adults and adolescents in healing environments. She works with a wide variety of individuals including those suffering from trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, addiction, adjustment disorders, low self-worth, chronic stress, relational distress and almost any impairment to functioning as one’s best self. Using a trauma informed, person-centered approach for therapeutic healing, Kellie works to establish an environment of trust and compassion to guide an individual into a supportive space that allows for transformation. She values a collaborative approach, together you will work to identify, transform, and heal any past wounds, limiting beliefs and maladaptive coping strategies. Together you will create the circumstances to promote growth, wellbeing, and access to your best self. She finds that individuals she works with are able to access more self-awareness, self-trust, self-compassion as well as develop greater access to their own inner healing that allows for a full spectrum of emotion.

Specific interventions may include mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, internal family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, breathwork exercises, guided imagery, inner child work and Emotional Freedom Technique. Kellie is passionate about offering the most effective services and strongly believes the best interventions use an all-encompassing holistic approach to wellness. She is a certified yoga instructor and has trained in trauma-informed yoga practice.

 


Corinne Spangler-Baccam, MA, LMHC, CEIS


Working with people has always been her passion. Whether it be working as an educator, an art teacher, a developmental specialist, an art therapist or psychotherapist, it has been her love for children, people, art and nature combined that has formed Corinne into the therapist she is today.

As a mental health provider, Corinne considers herself an extremely dedicated and present clinician. One who truly enjoys working with all who come into her practice. Her belief is each person is truly unique and special in their own way and that somehow, in their journey through life, they may have lost sight or never quite grasped what that special something might be. A large part of her work is helping people find that special something, or at least feel content with who they are and embrace their own love for self.

As a graduate from Lesley University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Art Therapies in 2003, Corinne has become well versed in the uses of varied treatment modalities that consist of art, play, the expressive arts, CBT and mindfulness practice to reach her clients. The use of these modalities helps her to better understand and connect with her clients and help her clients better connect with themselves. She believes not only in talk therapy or CBT but in that the expressive art therapies support personal processes in managing difficult thoughts, emotions, feelings or in changing behaviors.

With nearly 30 years of experience in working with children in education and mental health, Corinne has a special niche for treating young children and has made great progress working with tweens, teens, as well as young adults. Her experience through her professional life brought her to amazing work environments such as The Walker Home and School in Needham as an intern, The Community Therapeutic Day School in Lexington as a second year intern, Thom Mystic Valley Early Intervention as a Developmental Specialist and Psychologist for her post-graduate clinical hours, Safe Studio in Ipswich as an LMHC and Art Therapist and Criterion Early Intervention in Framingham, as a Certified Early Intervention Specialist and LMHC. Leading up to joining Synergy, Corinne had been running her own successful private practice in Northborough for over a decade. With a strong belief in treating the whole person, Corinne is very excited to be part of the collaborative holistic healing environment Synergy Wellness Center has to offer.

Yoga & Meditation


Valerie Kacian – Studio Manager, 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.   


 

 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 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 her second class after a decade hiatus that caught her attention. 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 of Empowered Yoga as well at Level 1 Training in Yoga Therapeutics with Susi Hately.

Amy is a certified Reiki/IET practitioner and teaches yoga, meditation and myofascial release classes. She especially loves teaching yoga therapeutically in a 1:1 setting.

Amy holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. She is passionate about helping people find their own unique path to wellness. Always focused on healing and prevention, she empowers her students to go at their own pace and listen to their inner voice. Fun and connection are at the heart of every class!


 

 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.   


 

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.  


 

 

Eileen Nikopoulos – E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher

Eileen Nikopoulos, E-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. 

Sequencing for Success, Christina Sell, 2020The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga: Douglas Keller, 2014, 2015, 2019, 2020
Postpartum Corrective Health Specialist, Sarah Duval, DPT 2018
Yoga for Pelvic Health, Shannon Crow, 2019
Triple Gem School of Thai Massage Levels 1-3, Hands Free, 2014-2019
Stress Management through Yoga and Meditation, Carrie Demers, 2017
Meditation Unlocked, Gary Kraftsow, 2017
Yoga of Energy Flow, 500 Hour Teacher Training, Daniel Orlansky, 2014
Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Josh Summers, 2014
Yoga Teacher Training, Fitness Resource Associates, 2012


 

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 


 

 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.  

 

 

 


 

 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, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master

What is your walk in life? My goal in life isn’t to be perfect, it’s to be whole. My yoga journey began 15 years ago, it’s a way of life, it’s my source of healing and strength. I’ve had the honor of training with Bernie Clark, Cindy Boulter, Jacqui Bonwell, Johnny Gillespie, Libby Barnett and Theresa Murphy. Their knowledge is humbling.

My training includes: 500YTT, Balanced Athlete certification, Clinically Informed Restorative Yoga for trauma (CLIR), Restorative yoga, an extensive study of Yin Yoga and Reiki Master.

I teach traditional yoga with a modern technique. I love to laugh and not take myself too seriously, this is reflected in my classes. It’s important to work smarter, not harder. Be curious and inquisitive. My classes are weaved with fun and sprinkled with yoga history. I find great strength and light from my Christian faith. My husband and 2 kids are my biggest fans and I love them beyond words. My dog is the world’s best snuggler. My parents have given me a firm foundation that has allowed me to soar. My sister reminds me, there is nothing you can’t do if you believe in yourself. I’d love to walk with you, and together we’ll unravel your inner story.

Be still, Be happy…Savasana (my favorite pose).    


 

Julie McKay, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Practitioner

Julie McKayJulie grew up on the coast of Maine, and moved to Stow, MA with her husband and three children in 2014. Trained as a dancer, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Dance at Skidmore College. She enjoyed teaching dance to children for 20 years, and as she was approaching 40, she fell deeply in love with yoga. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 from Yoga On York, and has been sharing her passion with others ever since. Julie cultivates a safe and comfortable atmosphere for her students, weaving in philosophy, encouragement, and humor.

Trainings include: Frontiers of Trauma Treatment (van der Kolk/Moore), The Art of Adjusting (Stackpoole/Peltz), Classical 8 Limbed Path of Ashtanga Yoga (Birch), and Reiki I and II (Barnett).  


 

Anastasia Fayerman, Yoga Instructor

It was the sense of open curiosity that first brought Anastasia to the Baptiste Vinyasa School of Yoga in Cambridge, MA where she took her first yoga class in 1999. Anastasia describes her yoga journey as a “marriage”. Over a decade later Anastasia’s union with yoga experienced all the phases of a typical marriage: from passion to realization; rebellion to cooperation; reunion to completion. Anastasia, a former mental health professional, a wife, a mother and a certified Fluid Yoga instructor, draws a sense of completion, confidence and strength from her yoga practice. It also gives her the gift of a community of like-minded people. This is her ground of exploring new challenges. It’s a state of mind, a lifestyle, and more! As a teacher Anastasia is committed to bringing the flow of yoga to her students right where they are in their own journeys.

 

Anastasia’s other passion and certification is in Spa Yoga, a deeply meditative nourishing practice that activates all senses & creates connections between body, mind, and spirit. “There is nothing more rewarding than to share the gifts of practice with others!” – says Anastasia.
Come take a class with her to discover yours!


Chandra Velpula, Meditation Teacher

I have never seen myself as a meditation teacher.  Forget about being a meditation teacher, I always thought meditation and I did not go together.  But in 2010, the Universe decided to pour its grace on me and put me on a meditative path.  For the first few years, I didn’t even know that I was on this amazing path of meditation. One thing I notice in myself was that my daily meditation practice had changed me.  I witnessed I was not being emotional to things that happened around me that were beyond my control such as office layoffs and people’s emotions.  I have become a more confident person, and I learned to be more at peace with who I am. I was able to perform my duties at work and home with love and one point focus. I also recognized that meditation has helped me not only discover what my inner avatar is but also establish a deep intimate relationship. Armed with these experiences, I started sharing these techniques over the last few years with a closed circle of people, including co-workers, friends, and neighbors, with excellent results.  In 2017, I started offering these sessions formally to everyone.  Sessions start with breathing techniques to cleanse the Prana, or Life Energy, followed by the main meditation practice. These meditations are Heart-Centered Meditations, I call them a one-one with meeting with heart/soul.


 

Lisa Campbell, Meditation 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.


 

Linda Dussinger- RYT500


I’ve always had a deep yearning for movement and fitness, and my love affair with yoga began many years ago. I was amazed how the connection of mind and body left me feeling peaceful and grounded whenever I stepped on my mat. Over time my passion for yoga grew and so did my desire to share this wonderful practice with others. My mission with yoga is an internal and external connection for myself. For all. I am fueled by the need to help others find acceptance and balance in their lives. With a side order of adventure!

It was in 2015 when I made the decision to become an instructor and obtained my 200-hour certification at Coreworks Institute in Florida. I deepened my studies in 2020 completing my Yoga Teaching Apprenticeship as well as my 500-hour certification at Sacred Seeds Yoga School under the guidance of Master Teacher Jacqui Bonwell. This training included a Clinically Informed Restorative Yoga Certification for Trauma students, ball rolling and introduction to FMS (functional movement screening). I also developed and implemented a funeral home Yoga Grief Program where I conduct classes for the families we serve. This includes breathing techniques, chair yoga and light meditation, all of which help them heal during difficult times.

My classes are focused on proper body alignment, increased mobility and building core strength. Proper tools are always provided for students to enhance their practice in a safe and mindful way. I also play meditation sound bowls which allow students to experience their vibrational, sound healing energy.


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 

 


Julia Sanchez, LMT, Reiki Master, Polarity Therapist

 

Julia graduated from Spa Tech Institute as a Holistic Massage Therapist in June 2021 and is a certified Reiki Master and Polarity Therapy Associate Practitioner.

She is passionate about massage and touch and how it can assist the body in self-healing. Julia works with her clients to achieve their goals in feeling more wholesome and energetic. Julia’s style is firm with the intention to warm, stretch and release muscles from superficial to deep layers of connective tissue to enhance the body’s feeling of well-being. She also incorporates Polarity Therapy to balance energy, increase stamina and enhance massage techniques such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Positional Release, Mayofacial Release, Trigger Point, and to release muscle tension, stress and pain.

 

 


Energy Healing


Amy Yapp – Certified Radiance Technique Reiki/IET Healer

When Amy first tried a yoga class as a busy 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 her second class after a decade hiatus that caught her attention. 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 of Empowered Yoga as well at Level 1 Training in Yoga Therapeutics with Susi Hately.

Amy is a certified Reiki/IET practitioner and teaches yoga, meditation and myofascial release classes. She especially loves teaching yoga therapeutically in a 1:1 setting.

Amy holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. She is passionate about helping people find their own unique path to wellness. Always focused on healing and prevention, she empowers her students to go at their own pace and listen to their inner voice. Fun and connection are at the heart of every class!

 


 

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.

 


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.

 


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.


 

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.


 Janet Boucher, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master

What is your walk in life? My goal in life isn’t to be perfect, it’s to be whole. My yoga journey began 15 years ago, it’s a way of life, it’s my source of healing and strength. I’ve had the honor of training with Bernie Clark, Cindy Boulter, Jacqui Bonwell, Johnny Gillespie, Libby Barnett and Theresa Murphy. Their knowledge is humbling.

My training includes: 500YTT, Balanced Athlete certification, Clinically Informed Restorative Yoga for trauma (CLIR), Restorative yoga, an extensive study of Yin Yoga and Reiki Master.

I teach traditional yoga with a modern technique. I love to laugh and not take myself too seriously, this is reflected in my classes. It’s important to work smarter, not harder. Be curious and inquisitive. My classes are weaved with fun and sprinkled with yoga history. I find great strength and light from my Christian faith. My husband and 2 kids are my biggest fans and I love them beyond words. My dog is the world’s best snuggler. My parents have given me a firm foundation that has allowed me to soar. My sister reminds me, there is nothing you can’t do if you believe in yourself. I’d love to walk with you, and together we’ll unravel your inner story.

Be still, Be happy…Savasana (my favorite pose).

 


Deb Carroll – Reiki Master, Yoga Teacher and Essential Oil Specialist

Deb is a Reiki Master, 500-hour certified yoga teacher, and an Essential Oil Specialist.Deb studied Reiki with Libby Barnett from 2011 to 2020. She completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training at Down Under School of Yoga with Natasha Rizopolous and other senior yoga teachers from 2012 to 2016 and was part of the Power of Touch mentorship with Nicole Clark at Down Under from 2016 – 2018. She is currently studying with teachers of Traditional Chinese Medicine coupled with essential oils to offer more ways of living a wellness lifestyle.Deb is also the proud mother of two grown children, loves practicing yoga, bicycling, walking, and spending time in nature. She is a perpetual student with a lifelong interest in health and wellness and helping others to live their best life.


Kelly Horn, LMT, Reiki Master

Kelly is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Reiki Master/Teacher. Since becoming a massage therapist in 2008, Kelly has studied many modalities and blends together different techniques to achieve the ideal blend of relaxation and therapeutic massage. Her massages are intuitively driven to help relieve pain, stress, and tension and leave you with a profound sense of peace. She believes in gently guiding the body toward this end.

In her desire to provide a gentle yet effective healing experience, Kelly began learning Reiki in 2013. Through the amazing changes she saw in her own mind, body, and spirit, she decided to continue her studies and became a Reiki Master/Teacher and certified Animal Reiki Practitioner. Her greatest desire is to bring peace and healing to the world.

Kelly is also certified in pediatric massage as well as pediatric oncology massage. She enjoys working with those who prefer a gentle and mindful approach to the body.


Pat Lebau – IPT Practitioner

Pat has been teaching Yoga since 2008 and has been an IPT practitioner for a decade now. She loves helping people to feel better in mind, body and spirit via Yoga and IPT. Her low backache and plantar fasciitis have been relieved via IPT and IPT informed Yoga, and she is happy to share what she has learned. Her classes are gentle but deep, and focus on ways to counterbalance our cultural pattern of forward folding in work and play. Hence her classes focus more on gentle backbends and back strengtheners. In every class we warm up every joint in the body, move through the six motions of the spine, strengthen the back, do some breath awareness, and add some balances and easy inversions, and then enjoy deep rest. We practice awareness of overworked, tight, tired achy places. We allow the system to rest, digest and heal. This is powerful but gentle self-care.



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.


Casey Beksha, D.Ac. L.Ac.

Casey is a Doctor of Acupuncture; she earned her doctorate from the Pacific College of Health and Science and a master’s degree in Acupuncture from The New England School of Acupuncture. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from State University of New York at Potsdam. She is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine and is recognized as a Diplomate in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In addition, Casey has completed over 245 hours of post-graduate studies in sports medicine and orthopedic care.

In a career spanning almost a decade, Casey has worked with hundreds of patients addressing a multitude of injuries and illnesses. Her treatment of high-profile patients, such as players for the New England Patriots, UFC and professional MMA fighters, and the cast and crew of X-Men, The New Mutants, is a testament to her reputation as an orthopedic specialist.

In addition to her practice as an Acupuncturist, Casey has been an energy healer and yoga teacher for over twenty years. She uses her years of medical training, her spiritual foundation, and her innate healing ability to assess, diagnose and treat issues and illnesses.

Casey has studied profound spiritual teachings in India and most of her life has been on the continuance of a spiritual path with a sacred yoga practice. She enjoys teaching meditation and authentic yoga to her students and patients. Casey has always been an athlete, when she is not at work, she can be found doing Muay Thai boxing, running or in her meditation practice.


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

 

Jacalyn Mulligan, LICSW, CMS-Certified Hypnotherapist

For twenty years, Jacalyn has worked in various mental health settings providing services to a wide range of populations including children, couples, adults with severe mental illness, the elderly, and those with traumatic brain injuries. She graduated from Boston College in 2002 with a master’s degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has been in private practice for the last ten years. To provide an efficient and effective modality to her clients, Jacalyn pursued a degree in Clinical Medical Support Hypnotherapy at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America. Jacalyn is passionate about facilitating wellness and guiding others as they reach their goals. As she empowers others to transform their lives, she embraces a mind, body, and soul approach and sees the highest potential in every client she works with.


 

Christine Harrelson, Astrologer, Yoga Teacher, Thai Massage Practitioner

Christine has been studying astrology since 1994. Since then she has interpreted over 500 charts, specializing in psychological profiles, horary astrology (the term from which “horoscopes” are derived), and synastry, also known as love or compatibility astrology.  She has also 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 and an experienced Astrologer. 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.

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