Teachers and Practitioners

ACUPUNCTURE, CHINESE HERBS

Joy Andrews, L.Ac.Joy Andrews

Joy received her Masters of Acupuncture at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She has completed the Initial Mind-Body Medicine program and the Food As Medicine program at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, as well as the Integrative Health Practitioner Training for Hospital Settings at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.

In her acupuncture practice, she sometimes incorporates the use of electrical stimulation, cupping, Chinese nutritional therapy, lifestyle coaching, and/or specific stress-reducing mind-body techniques to help patients heal.

She loves being straightforward with patients about their biological processes and helping them crystallize what they feel. She also has a passion for helping patients explore and realize their body as the compass for their soul.


Rachel Brumberger, L.Ac.Rachel Brumberger

Rachel received her Master of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Post-Master’s Certificate in Women’s Holistic Health from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She completed the Integrative Health Practitioner Training for Hospital Settings at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.

In her acupuncture practice, she also utilizes Chinese nutritional therapy, lifestyle coaching, and Chinese Herbs (which consist of plants, roots, minerals, and sometimes even animal products) to assist in the healing process.

She rocks at helping validate people’s experiences so they can see themselves as normal and heal from there. She loves teaching people practical ways to live with more ease and be present in order to show up as our fullest, most vibrant selves.

MASSAGE

Erin Devlin, L.Ac., LMT

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Erin has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2005. Since that time she has continued to develop her understanding of the human body through the use of Massage Therapy to help with injury recovery, postural alignment, and stress management. Erin continued her education to encompass a Master of Acupuncture degree from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and now practices acupuncture in Ellicott City. She has found that the knowledge of massage therapy and acupuncture have given her practice a depth that she couldn’t have anticipated.

Erin truly enjoys the work she does and her passion comes through in every treatment. She partners with you by deeply listening to understand your unique concerns and uses her years of study and practice to create a plan that addresses your specific needs. Erin’s practice focuses on moving beyond wellness to inspire the desire to not only live well but to ultimately thrive.

When not working, Erin can be found charming lightning bugs with her four-year old daughter, teaching her to savor life all the while being kind and curious, hiking in local state parks, and hunting for vintage furniture.


NUTRITION

Susannah “Susie” Cohen, MS, CNS, LDN

Susie received her Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University Integrative Health (MUIH), formerly Tai Sophia Institute. She completed her internship at MUIH working one-on-one with clients at the Natural Care Center, providing lectures and culinary demonstrations at MUIH, Howard County Board of Education, Third Space Wellness, and the American Public Health Association, and preparing blog content and handouts for Evermore Farm, Joy Wellness, Conscious Corner, and for a Registered Dietitian in Baltimore, MD.

Susie believes in food as medicine, eating with purpose, and that education and awareness are the first keys to change. She has used this theory over the years to achieve her own health goals and today is happy to work with others to help them achieve optimal health. Every person and every body has individual needs. Susie uses a functional and integrative approach to prepare tailor-made individualized recommendations for each client that may include any of the following: diet modification, lifestyle modification, supplementation through whole foods or whole foods based supplements, mindful eating, and/or referrals for other complimentary therapies.

Susie lives in Columbia, MD. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs, cooking, hiking, and dancing.

YOGA

Samantha (Sam) Dublin, RYT-200

Sam was dragged to her first yoga class by her sister and she never looked back. She has been teaching yoga in the DC/MD area since 2009 and is still amazed at how much she continues to learn from her students. Sam is a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher and a Primary Group Exercise Instructor with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She believes that a good sense of humor is key to making it through life or a tough yoga class. When she isn’t teaching, she’s eternally looking for a quiet corner to read a book.

 


Pinky Bacsinila, RYT-200

Pinky balances her ‘day job’ in finance and consulting with her dedication to wellness through movement and breath. She first took yoga just as a supplement to her athletic based training. But she then began to appreciate yoga’s healing qualities and benefits, both mental and physical, and was hooked. She is an RYT-200 Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher, a certified cardio kickboxing instructor, and certified Group Exercise instructor with the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Pinky believes yoga is for everybody and every body. She is grateful for the wisdom, sincerity, and inspiration received from all her teachers and strives to pay it forward in her teaching.


Rick Kowalewski, E-RYT-200

Rick is a teacher, artist, and life practitioner. His yoga classes are about exploration and discovery, with lots of supportive assists. They weave in elements of Qigong, Thai Yoga, the physiology of stretching and breathing, music, art, and whatever else comes to mind at the time. Through yoga, he aims to help people fine-tune their awareness and find balance, stability, greater range of motion, and a deep sense of calm. He’s been teaching yoga since 2010.

 


Tiffany Maqubela, RYT-200

Tiffany is an RYT-200 vinyasa yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance and received her certification at the Buddha B Yoga Center in Washington, DC. Tiffany discovered yoga through a free class in Southeast DC taught by Sariane Leigh. Inspired by Leigh’s soulful flow, as well as the immediate connection she felt to the practice on a spiritual and physical level, Tiffany sought to learn more by dabbling in different styles of yoga, such as vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, and Kundalini.

As a yoga teacher, she hopes to contribute to the diversity of instructors and encourage all people, regardless of size, age, ability, or color, to feel a part of the world of yoga. In her classes, she intends to help students embrace themselves within their individual practice and to find a moment of peace on the mat that can be carried into their daily lives.

Tiffany completed training in Restorative yoga and Prenatal yoga, and will complete her 85-hour certification as a registered prenatal yoga teacher in the winter of 2015. She is an alumna of Howard University, obtaining a B.A. in History and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Policy. Currently residing in Silver Spring, MD, Tiffany is a stay-at-home mother who enjoys watching movies with her husband while eating oven-made chocolate chip cookies with soy milk.


Carla Morgan, RYT-200

Carla was drawn to yoga in college for its therapeutic and healing properties. Following a recent health scare, Carla found comfort and empowerment in yoga, which motivated her to get her 200-hour Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher certification in Hawaii. Her classes are a mix of healing and empowerment, and reaffirms the statement that anyone can do yoga.

Carla wants to continue to share her passion for yoga by motivating others to challenge themselves and to release any self- doubt they may have.


Shaoli Sarkar, J.D., RYT-200

Shaoli is a native of southern Virginia and has lived in the DC-Maryland area since 2004. She received her RYT training at Blue Heron Wellness in Silver Spring. She enjoys sharing yoga with her community, particularly special populations who do not have regular access to yoga, such as women and children affected by trauma. Shaoli entered the world of yoga over ten years ago through her experiences studying Indian dance and Ayurvedic wellness philosophies. She incorporates many asanas and mudras from dance into her classes, and emphasizes breathwork, creative dynamic flows, effort and ease in practice, and the positive effects of yoga on and off the mat. Shaoli also works full-time as a family law attorney in Maryland.