Tori Paide, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist (Takoma Park + Clarksville)
Tori believes that acupuncture is a strong tool for staying well and helping others live their lives to the fullest potential. She’s built the foundation of her career in the wellness industry, and is a graduate of the master of Acupuncture program at Tai Sophia Institute, the oldest accredited graduate-level acupuncture program in the United States. Tori is also the owner of The Still Point in Takoma Park and opened the center with an inspiration to support the health and wellness of the community in which we live. Her practice focuses on bringing her clients into a state of wellbeing, ensuring they have the tools that ensure the healing is sustainable. While she’s certainly not limited to fertility work, many of Tori’s clients are working towards getting pregnant, are expecting, or are postpartum and transitioning into motherhood.
Marla Peoples, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist (Clarksville)
Marla began her journey with acupuncture as a patient and was so profoundly affected by the experience that she ended her corporate career to become an acupuncturist. After earning a master of Acupuncture from Tai Sophia Institute, Marla built a full-time practice with a key focus on partnering with physicians committed to alternative healing. Marla is passionate about creating an environment that supports wellness as an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence.
Elizabeth Baer, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist (Takoma Park)
Elizabeth received her master in Acupuncture from the Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts. She is experienced in helping patients with a wide-range of chronic and acute complaints, including back and knee pain, arthritis, infertility, allergies, depression/anxiety, and migraines. Elizabeth is specially trained in Constitutional Acupuncture Facial Renewal and is a member of the National Acupuncture Detox Association and the Maryland Acupuncture Society. Elizabeth’s approach to healing is simple and thoughtful. With a combination of acupuncture, cupping and essential oils, she helps patients ease discomfort and become better observers of their bodies. In doing so, patients learn to optimize lifestyle choices that increase their physical and emotional energy and decrease their daily stress. Read Elizabeth’s informative blog or more about Elizabeth @ The Still Point Blog.
Daniel Ebaugh, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist (Takoma Park)
Dan brings The Still Point more than 25 years of experience as an acupuncturist. Combining a deep knowledge of informational medicine modalities, acupuncture and meditation studies, he is able to provide a unique set of treatment options offered by few practitioners in this country. By blending ancient and modern theories/practices of energetic medicine with cutting-edge technology and protocols, Dan performs a comprehensive energetic evaluation, designed to reveal the underlying issues related to any chronic emotional or physical condition. Dan works closely with clients to relieve minor health issues and even the most stubborn, untreatable chronic conditions. Read more about Daniel @ The Still Point Blog.
A graduate of the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, MD (now Tai Sophia) Dan was a full faculty member for 10 years. He has also studied with Professor J.R. Worsley at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa, England, completed a two-year course in Chinese Herbs with the internationally known Ted Kapchuck, and most recently has studied Japanese Acupuncture with Kiiko Matsumoto and David Euler. Dan has worked with pioneers in energetic/informational medicine learning such protocols as BioSet Allergy Elimination, the IQS screening system, Nutri-energetic Evaluation System (NES) and NeuroModulation Technique (NMT).
Mikahla Insalaco Jestes, M.Ac. Licensed Acupuncturist (Clarksville)
Mikahla is a graduate from Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland, who supports her patients both physically and emotionally. In her practice, she has experience working with patients who are living with cancer, managing pain, and who need supporting of their immune system. She is able to assist her patients in easing many chronic and acute complaints, such as: back and neck pain, muscular injuries, Rheumatoid arthritis, depression, anxiety, fertility, digestion issues (acid reflux, GURD, IBS), and headaches/migraines. Mikahla is also certified in facial rejuvenation acupuncture. She strongly believes in providing a natural, holistic, and safe way to gracefully enhance the skin using the finest techniques available. In addition to her human acupuncture practice, Mikahla also treats horses, cats, and dogs. With her animal acupuncture certification she supports animals with many issues, including: arthritis, joint inflammation, lameness, digestion complications, stress/anxiety, COPD (heaves), and facial paralysis.
Alice Arena Lee, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. Licensed Acupuncturist (Clarksville)
Alice received her master degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine (M.Ac.O.M.) from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM) in 2002 and is nationally board certified (NCCAOM) in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (Dipl.O.M.). She provides a wide variety of treatment techniques, including traditional Chinese-style acupuncture, as well as Japanese Meridian Therapy, moxibustion, Korean hand acupuncture, cupping, Chinese dietary therapy, addiction/detoxification protocols and cranio-sacral unwinding. Alice also formulates Chinese herbal prescriptions that are unique and individualized for each person’s condition and constitution. Her specialties include dermatology, IBS and other digestive system disorders, fertility and women’s health, migraines, stress, depression and other psycho-emotional imbalances.
Justine Short, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist (Takoma Park)
Justine received her master in acupuncture from the Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts is nationally board certified (NCCAOM) in acupuncture. She received a bachelor of science in psychology and in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, and brings experience from the community mental health and the engineering fields to her acupuncture practice. She appreciates and understands the scientific as well as spiritual aspects of healing and wellness, and strives to incorporate both the modern and the traditional in her practice. Justine brings a well-rounded view of wellness to her practice, taking into account all aspects of the individual and understanding the interdependence of body, mind and spirit. In addition to being a licensed acupuncturist, Justine is trained in complimentary techniques. She practices facial rejuvenation, maya abdominal massage, zero balancing and reiki, and is a certified acupuncture detoxification specialist.
Dina Singer, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist (Clarksville)
A graduate of Tai Sophia Institute, Dina has received regular acupuncture treatments for the past 33 years. She was treated and mentored by Dianne Connelly, one of the founders of Tai Sophia Institute, and has been a believer in the healing power of acupuncture ever since. Dina offers a variety of treatment modalities ranging from 5-Element Acupuncture to Dr. Tung’s methodology for pain management. She is passionate about uniting the mind, body and spirit through healing the emotional aspect of a human being, as well as the physical body. Dina has assisted her patients in overcoming such ailments as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PMS symptoms, weight issues, back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain, just to name a few.
Kevin Turner, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. Licensed Acupuncturist (Clarksville)
Kevin is a skilled and compassionate healer, specializing in fibromyalgia, headaches, PMS symptoms, and depression. Additionally Kevin is passionate about helping our returning U.S. Military dealing with Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. His training and experience specific to treating PTSD and TBI is also highly effective in treating other ailments such as insomnia, migraines, and anxiety. Kevin’s experience as an Acupuncturist and Shiatsu practitioner allows him to incorporate both modalities in treatment as needed. This combination of physical and energetic therapies offers the patient a more effective and efficient treatment. He takes most major health insurance plans. Contact him for more information at email@example.com.
Kate Walshe, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. Licensed Acupuncturist (Clarksville)
Kate has been serving the Montgomery and Howard County communities as an acupuncturist since graduating with a Masters from Tai Sophia in 2003. She supports patients with Lyme Disease, joint pain, back pain, fertility, depression and other emotional challenges. Prior to studying acupuncture, Kate received several Intramural Trainee Awards for conducting cell and molecular biology research at the National Institute for Mental Health and the National Cancer Institute. More recently she was part of a team which conducted a successful study of the use of acupuncture for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in active duty soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Kate is also an artist and revels in the natural form and renders it in oil or water color paint. For Kate, science and art converge in the practice of acupuncture.
Erin Nelson, Certified Holistic Health Coach (Clarksville)
After many years of struggling with and ultimately learning from several health issues, Erin invoked a passion for holistic healing, inspiring her to pursue a career that would empower others to define what wellness means for them and to create healthier, happier versions of themselves. Following this calling, Erin earned a graduate certificate in herbal studies from Tai Sophia Institute and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Holistic Health Coach, where she studied dietary theories from around the world and was trained in a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Focusing on a person’s uniqueness and by exploring all aspects of health and wellness, including relationships, movement and activity, career, spirituality, sleep, and nutrition, Erin supports her clients in creating, achieving, and maintaining their own health goals through simple, sustainable shifts and without deprivation. Rather than prescribing a specific diet or health regime, Erin provides guidance on proper nutrition rooted in wisdom traditions, modern nutritional science, and the concept of “bioindividuality.” The core of her coaching process, Erin helps her clients tap into their own inner wisdom so as to cultivate a deep awareness of their body, mind, and spirit, and, most importantly, what depletes them and what nourishes them.
Michelle Bar-Av, Licensed Massage Therapist (Clarksville)
Michelle trusts in the body’s innate capacity to heal. She brings experience from teaching bodywork at Baltimore School of Massage as well as 10 years of service as a massage therapist to a variety of clients. Her massage style is one of subtle intensity and inspires a sense of renewal – restoring optimum functioning throughout the body. This helps alleviate the discomfort from fibromyalgia and other chronic pains, repetitive motion syndromes, and tendinitis. She practices Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Prenatal Massage, Chair Massage, Trigger Point Therapy and is a level 2 Reiki Practitioner. Michelle is dedicated to health and wellness and hopes her healthy living and positivity inspires her clients to embrace positive changes and take care of themselves beyond the treatment table.
Erika Callaway Kleiner, M.Div., Licensed Massage Therapist (Takoma Park)
Erika, a graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute, practices Swedish and deep tissue massage, and incorporates craniosacral, reiki and reflexology training into her sessions. For more than ten years, Erika has worked in the anti-violence field, specifically domestic, sexual and hate crime violence, so she brings sensitivity and knowledge about trauma and grief to her work. Clients say that her work is warm, respectful and gentle, while at the same time deep and thorough. Whether it’s sore shoulders caused by sitting too long at a computer or past trauma, Erika believes in the body’s natural power to heal itself and is honored to be part of a client’s healing journey.
Erin Devlin, Licensed Massage Therapist (Clarksville)
Erin is excited to bring her knowledge and love of massage to The Still Point. She graduated from the Baltimore School of Massage in 2005 focusing on Deep Tissue, Myofacial Release, and Swedish massage. After the recent birth of her daughter, Erin is also drawn to work more closely with the woman of her community through massage. She has personally seen the benefits of massage throughout her own pregnancy and is looking forward to passing those benefits along to fellow mothers. In April, Erin will be expanding her scope of practice to include prenatal and postnatal massage techniques. She currently is pursuing a Masters Degree in Acupuncture at Tai Sophia Institute to broaden her scope of practice to be the most effective wellness practitioner for her clients.
Hope Hodges, Licensed Massage Therapist (Takoma Park)
Hope has been a massage therapist since 2006, helping people re-discover being embodied with ease and joy through her compassionate touch and sacred presence. She specializes in techniques that stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities to provide relief from pain and tension. Through Craniosacral, Myofascial Deep Tissue, Positional Release, and Swedish massage, every session is a unique experience tailored to your needs through Hope’s responsive touch. Often people get up from her table having found a new depth of restoration usually found in deep sleep or meditation. Her clients keep coming back for a continued sense of comfort, groundedness, and mobility in their bodies. Hope enjoys working with people of all ages and lifestyles, whether they are coping with injuries, stress or pain, are professionals, athletes or full-time parents. Hope also specializes in pre-natal massage and enjoys working with pregnant women to help them find relief from pain, or simply to rest with ease. She has a special passion for working with women who want to honor and love their bodies in a more profound way.
Katie Eaton, Licensed Massage Therapist (Clarksville)
Katie Eaton is a graduate of the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences in New York City. She is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, a former elite rower and a rowing coach and trained for a spot on the US Rowing Team. The inspiration of her coaches and physical therapists who supported her during her athletic career led her towards the healing vocation. Katie takes a holistic approach to massage therapy, incorporating Swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, shiatsu, reflexology and stretching in order to meet the needs of each client. She is also trained with core-stone therapy, a form of hot stone massage using the core-stone for deep tissue work. Katie loves being a part of the healing process and seeing her clients improve both physically and mentally.
Patty Huggins, Licensed Massage Therapist (Takoma Park)
Patty has more than 25 years of experience in body work and hands-on healing massage therapy in the D.C. area. She has been trained in or certified in Swedish, deep tissue, sports, reflexology, pre-natal, sobada, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki and hot stone. She uniquely brings to TSP structural integration, much like Rolfing, the manipulation of connective tissue to release and align the body.
Carol Iverson, Licensed Massage Therapist (Takoma Park)
Carol has devoted herself to the study and practice of healing arts for more than 25 years, and enthusiastically shares this expertise to promote greater health, vitality and harmony for each client. Stress, physical discomfort and disease are indicators of a life out of balance, and Carol uses her skills to assist clients in identifying and changing patterns that alleviate imbalances. In each session she draws from the techniques of many healing disciplines to initiate the healing process and to educate clients to create positive life patterns. Carol has been trained and or certified in kapsos/frimmer deep muscle, connective tissue, shiatsu and Thai yoga massage; polarity, polarity-based reflexology, craniosacral and neuromuscular therapies. She is a diplomat in Asian body work, has studied and practiced yoga for more than 30 years. Read more about Carol.
Sarah Lawson, Licensed Massage Therapist (Takoma Park)
Sarah has a long history of receiving bodywork and over the years would always find herself working on friends and family. She pursued her passion at the Potomac Massage Training Institute where she found she intuitively finds “just the right spot,” and then developed her deep tissue and sports massage abilities working with the DC United soccer team and with members of the Washington Redskins. She has also provided massage services for musical artists Peter Gabriel and Peter Wolf. Sarah’s sessions are all about her clients and bringing happiness to one’s body and mind.
Christopher Leepa, Licensed Massage Therapist (Clarksville)
Christopher is a graduate of Baltimore School of Massage, an eager learner of unique and alternate massage methods, and a steadfast believer in the healthy symbiosis of body and mind. Dedicated to providing quality therapeutic massage that allows clients to meet their health and wellness goals; Christopher’s core focus is to unwind the strained body and restore its alignment, length, and natural balance. His work is designed to support your journey in wellbeing.
Courtney Lewis, Licensed Massage Therapist (Takoma Park)
Courtney is a 2002 graduate of the Baltimore School of Massage. She specializes in chronic pain relief by integrating Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release into her sessions. Courtney assists clients in releasing old holding patterns and thus breaking the cycle of pain and reduced range of motion. She also offers Swedish massage, Prenatal massage, Healing Stone massage and Reflexology.
Eric Newdom, Licensed Massage Therapist (Takoma Park + Clarksville)
Bodywork has been a passion for most of Eric’s life. His background includes dance, Tai Chi, Alexander Technique, energy work, yoga and meditation – all of which influence his approach to massage. Eric is trained in sports massage, deep tissue, neuromuscular therapy, muscle energy techniques, Swedish, Thai Massage, CranioSacral therapy, Polarity, and Reiki, but his specialty is in helping people release long-held tension patterns. He believes every session with a client is unique and strives to find the best way of working with each client as an individual. Since 2003, Eric has been a massage therapy instructor and curriculum developer for several massage therapy schools. He is thrilled to be a part of The Still Point community.
Carla Plotkin, Licensed Massage Therapist (Clarksville)
Carla Plotkin is a Licensed Massage Therapist with more than 11 years of experience. She is 2001 graduate from the Baltimore School of Massage and holds certifications in Maternity and Fertility Massage as well as Reflexology. She holds an A.A. degree in Respiratory Therapy and is certified as a Chiropractic Assistant and Personal Trainer. Carla is also trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Sports Massage and has worked in a wide variety of healthcare venues, is a mother of 2, and is an avid runner. She incorporates all of these experiences into her sessions with her goal being to empower her clients to be more active participants in their own health care.
Brigitte Rawlings, Licensed Massage Therapist (Takoma Park)
Through her work, Brigitte’s objective is to help improve body awareness and a better well-being for her clients through positive touch. A graduate from the Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, D.C., Brigitte is also trained in reflexology, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy and hot stone therapy. She customizes each session based on the client’s needs by using various techniques, such as Swedish, deep tissue, trigger points and stretching. Brigitte values each session as a sacred experience, where she is honored to participate in a client’s journey toward wholeness. Read more about Brigitte @ The Still Point Blog.
Ian Staggers, Licensed Massage Therapist (Clarksville)
Ian’s approach to body work integrates Swedish and deep tissue techniques focused on the needs of the client. The goal for every session is to reorganize the musculature of the body back to a state of equilibrium. Ian has studied various other modalities, including trigger point therapy, sports massage, craniosacral, reflexology, structural integration and shiatsu. He believes massage can be a gateway to understanding our bodies, allowing us to achieve greater wisdom and clarity. His passion for athletics also makes him ideally suited to cater to today’s modern athlete. Ian graduated from the Baltimore School of Massage and has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Kari Willford, Licensed Massage Therapist (Takoma Park)
Kari has been in the health and wellness field for over 10 years. She began her studies at the University of North Dakota, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health. Upon graduation, she moved to the beautiful island of Saipan, in the South Pacific. After 2 years of teaching, she returned to the States to pursue certifications in personal training and massage therapy. In 2004, she graduated from the Arizona School of Massage Therapy. Kari holds certifications in personal training with the American Council on Exercise and the American College of Sports Medicine. She has also added many other modalities, such as Tok Sen, Thai massage, and Cranial Release Technique, to her cache to better help her clients in achieving structural balance with strength and flexibility.
David Windsor, Licensed Massage Therapist (Takoma Park)
David was an avid receiver of bodywork himself for 25 years before pursuing it as a career. He combines the solid training he received from the Potomac Massage Training Institute with intuitions based in his long experience of bodywork into a customized approach that helps restore both physical and mental balance. David specializes in deep tissue, sports massage, myofacial release, and assisted stretching and enjoys seeing clients from all walks of life improve their overall function through massage.
Holistic Skin Care
Rachel Ferraro, Esthetician (Clarksville)
Rachel received her license at Von Lee International School of Esthetics in 2005. She is passionate about skincare and the difference professional esthetics makes for herself and her clients. Rachel expertly makes every service feel unique to each individual client. She also says she is “obsessed with eyebrows” and loves the art of brow shaping. She thinks it is amazing to watch her client’s skin transform when they really commit to facials, a regular skin care regimen at home, and take care of their body inside and out.
Marisa Kahn, Esthetician (Takoma Park + Clarksville)
Marisa has been fine tuning her esthetic and makeup artistry skills over the past ten years, while working in both the traditional and medical spa settings. She has also been a long time proponent of holistic wellness. This diverse exposure has afforded her the knowledge to pinpoint the balance needed between professional treatments, at home products, caring for the whole body, and how they synergistically affect the health and appearance of our skin. She is passionate about providing a rejuvenating and relaxing experience to each client, while educating them in holistic skin care specific to their needs.
Stacie Rojek, Esthetician (Clarksville)
Stacie has been in the skincare industry since 1989. Her long career has allowed her to experience and learn many techniques and approaches to healthy skin care. Due to Stacie’s own skin’s reactions to chemicals in products, she has adamantly searched for more natural and holistic approaches to esthetics. She knows that great skin in often “an inside job” and takes a holistic approach with clients. Finding The Still Point was a breath of fresh air and the perfect place for Stacie to practice. It is her goal to provide a memorable experience that results in positive change and healthy skin.
Kaitlin Smullen, Esthetician (Takoma Park)
Kaitlin is a licensed esthetician and graduate of the Aveda Institute of Washington, DC. She has a strong passion for customizing skin care with a ‘whole body’ wellness approach and incorporating essential oils into her services. She believes in not only treating her clients skin directly but treating the body from the inside out. Kaitlin’s services focus on healing and balance while still achieving result-driven treatments with superior results. Her intuitive touch will leave you feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and renewed.
Angela Spicer, Makeup Artist and Esthetician (Takoma Park)
Angela Spicer has more than 26 years of experience in the beauty industry as a professional makeup artist. She trained as an esthetician and makeup artist at the Suzanne Saville Beauty College in England. Having worked in spas and beauty salons in England, Bermuda, and the Washington D.C. area, she specializes in giving individual makeup lessons and bridal work. She also brings many years of experience doing makeup for actors’ head shots, models’ portfolios and portraits. Her TV work includes several regional commercials, and more recently, makeup for the Today show and MSNBC. One client recently commented,” Angela is skilled at making you look exactly like you…just not as tired.” Her knowledge in our eco-makeup lines will give you the confidence you need and just enough know-how to be as low- or high-maintenance with a makeup routine as you would like to be. Read more about Angela @ The Still Point Blog
Sarah Strunk, Makeup Artist and Esthetician (Clarksville)
Sarah is a 1999 graduate of Von Lee International School of Aesthetics. She is passionate about helping her clients look and feel their best by educating them on how to care for their skin. By sharing her technical knowledge and experience with her clients, Sarah has the pleasure of seeing what a difference it can make in their skin and their daily lives. She has been praised her for having a gifted touch and her passion for skin care comes through in all of her facials. In addition to her love of skin care, Sarah is a talented makeup artist and absolutely loves doing Bridal Makeup. Sarah feels very blessed to have a career that allows her to tap into her creativity and to connect with people in such a positive way.
Christy Vasconcellos, Esthetician (Clarksville)
Christy has been a licensed esthetician for the past 13 years and possessed an ever growing and evolving passion for skin care. She is dedicated to providing clients with an educated, lifelong approach to caring for their skin. Christy believes that overall health and wellness of the skin are influenced by both internal and external forces and encourages clients to take an interest in their skin not only from an esthetic focus, but also as a long term investment in their health and well being. She believes in treating the skin gently and consistently in order to maintain it’s youthful essence. Christy also loves to wax and specializes in speed waxing, Brazilian waxing, and eyebrow shaping.
Dewaynia Wilson, Esthetician (Takoma Park)
Dewaynia’s expert touch during each facial, makeup application, and waxing treatment is done with the utmost care and deliberation. While her skin care knowledge started as a result of the journey to correct and heal her own skin, Dewaynia’s education at The Aveda Institute helped her focus on a wholistic approach to that gets to the root of the problem. She ensures a relaxing and enjoyable experience for every client that feels customized to their specific needs. Additionally, Dewaynia’s vast experience in the makeup artistry field helps clients feel comfortable with the sometimes overwhelming process of makeup application. She takes pride in making the beauty process simple enough to add to one’s daily routine, yet specified enough to get results that makes everyone glow… from the inside out.
Dr. Arti J. Mehta, Naturopathic Doctor (Takoma Park)
Dr. Mehta assesses and treats people of all ages for both acute and chronic conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, hormonal imbalances, childhood disorders, allergies and more. She also has significant experience in the management of obesity, weight loss and nutrition. She focuses on providing comprehensive, personalized health care by understanding both the individual and the cause of illness, and not just treating the symptoms. Assessment and diagnosis of the underlying cause of disease does not only follow conventional medical criteria, but digs deeper to evaluate the whole person and the physical, emotional and mental states. Dr. Mehta teaches wellness and prevention strategies, as well as employs treatments that are safe, effective and economical. She strives to understand each person’s unique needs and concerns in order to achieve his or her goals in health. Please visit the Naturopathic Medicine page to learn more.
Dr. Mehta received her doctor of naturopathic medicine degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, recognized worldwide as a leader in the education of natural medicine. Prior to Bastyr University, Dr. Mehta earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked in research both at the university and for a biotechnology company in Maryland for several years. While her passion currently is to practice naturopathic medicine, she continues to stay current with the latest research developments in medicine.
Nikki Ward, Reiki Master (Takoma Park + Clarksville)
Nikki completed her master teacher level training in Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki in June 2010 and is a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals. She is honored to have been trained in all four levels by Libby Barnett of the Reiki Healing Connection who herself, was trained by one of the original twenty-two reiki masters trained by Hawayo Takata, and also by a student of another of these original masters. Since beginning her reiki training, Nikki has worked with family, friends and animals and has maintained a daily personal practice. She also serves as a volunteer team captain each Monday on a distance reiki hotline for former fellow students and their loved ones. Read more about Nikki @ The Still Point Blog.
Nikki believes reiki to be a valuable component to anyone’s personal healing or wellness plan and continues to be in awe of energy work and the healing our bodies can manifest when we treat the mind, body and spirit together. She is pleased to have joined the wellness practitioners of TSP and is thrilled to bring reiki to our clients.
Béatrice Pouligny, Contemporary Shaman (Takoma Park)
Béatrice was introduced and initiated to shamanism in different cultures while she was working as a peacebuilder, trying to identify local resources that could support people’s resilience capacities in the aftermath of widespread violence. She was told repeatedly that she was a shaman and needed to “remember”.
She did her apprenticeship in the US, with a contemporary shaman, and was given the name “Allowing The Light” because of her deep connection to The Light as the main source to facilitate healing and transformation. She has completed her training with indigenous shamans in the Andes and Amazonia, in South America. She has also received some training in cranio-sacral therapy and holotropic breathwork as well as mindful (Vipassana) meditation which she practices on a daily basis and teaches. She has also been a volunteer baby cuddler at the hospital with babies who are struggling with great suffering in the early phase of their life. She considers her role as a contemporary shaman as one of a facilitator, assisting each person in her own self-healing, self- discovery and self-opening to new avenues of transformation, growth and creativity. Beatrice pays a particular attention to the need of each person and creates a safe, sacred and loving space for each session.
Beatrice also holds a PhD in political studies and has been working on conflict resolution and peacebuilding all over the world for the last 25 years. Her work now focuses on trauma healing and resilience in societies experiencing high levels of violence as well as for civilians and soldiers coming back from war. She pursues her career in parallel to her work as shamanic healer.
In addition to shamanic healings, Beatrice regularly teaches workshops and meditation classes. She is also available for house clearings. Learn more about Beatrice and Shamanic Healing at her website.