Teachers, Practitioners, & Staff

ACUPUNCTURE, CHINESE HERBS

Joy Andrews, L.Ac.

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 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

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 five-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.


Brittany Rhoads, LMT

Britt is a 2008 graduate of Potomac Massage Training Institute for Swedish and Deep Tissue and is certified in Pregnancy Massage by Kate Jordan. She is also formally trained Reiki and Myofascial massage. In her work she combines all of her tools to create a client-centered session that addresses your distinct wellness needs. She’s inspired by working with you on your journey to achieve your individual wellness goals ranging from relaxation to stress concerns and both acute and chronic pain management.

Britt loves talking about the wonder of foam rollers, going to bed early, and a great glass of wine. In her free time she takes adventures with her family to see all of the beautiful landscapes our continent has to offer.


Emily Wertz, RMP

Emily has been in the DC area for most of her adult life, 10 years and counting, yikes!

You may recognize Emily from her previous life as barista extraordinaire at Kaldi’s. Through the practice of acroyoga (look it up!), she discovered a passion for bodywork and the transformative healing power of touch. A recent graduate of Central Maryland School of Massage, Emily is new to the field, highly intuitive, and brings a deep sense of balance and partnership to the table. She wants to work with you, not on you.

In her spare time, Emily whispers babies and most animals, makes a variety of art, and can often be found stretching on trees, reading in trees, and sometimes, making coffee.



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.

 

 


Amina Ahmad, RYT-200

Amina Ahmad is a slow-paced artist, entrepreneur and RYT-200 yoga instructor in Takoma Park, MD. She has practiced yoga since high school, finding it helpful for pushing her creative boundaries. Amina completed her yoga teacher training in 2016 at Lighthouse Yoga Studio in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC. With a passion for how yoga can help facilitate the creative process, her classes tend to be faster-paced to help shake up the way we see and think.

 

 


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.

 

 


Shadia Hafiz, RYT-200

Shadia was introduced to Yoga in 2013 by an old High School friend and was hooked! Having lived with Arthritis for now almost 20 years, she began to feel the amazing benefits, mentally and physically. In 2015, she quit her job and pursued her 200 RYT Hot Yoga Teacher Training (while four months pregnant!) and has been in love ever since! Currently she is certified and teaches Bikram, Vinyasa, Power, Hot Pilates, Hot Barre and BUTI Yoga. There is nothing she loves more than moving her body in every way possible and discovering all the amazing things it can do!

 

 


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. 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 has completed training in restorative yoga and holds an 85-hour certification in prenatal yoga. 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 Cheverly, MD, Ms. Maqubela is a stay-at-home mother who enjoys reading, manicures and pedicures, and binge watching online series with her husband.


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.

 


Rosemary Murrain, RYT-500

Rosemary received her 500 hour yoga certification through YogaWorks in 2012. As a wife, mother, and full-time working professional, Rosemary believes in the practice of self-care and strives to bring the principles of yoga and self-awareness to all aspects of her life and share it with others. Rosemary’s teaching style is rooted in Hatha Yoga. She focuses breath and alignment. She enjoys creating a class environment where there is something for everyone.

When Rosemary is not doing yoga she she enjoys hiking with her husband and three children.

 


Elizabeth Nyang, Tai Chi 

Elizabeth started studying Tai Chi in 2009 and has a green belt in Kung Fu and Tai Chi from Lake Needwood. She also studied at Blue Heron and the Dennis Brown Shaolin Kung Fu school in Silver Spring, MD. She is a licensed mental health therapist and integrates meditation yogic breathing techniques with tai chi postures to form a relaxing movement meditation. Elizabeth has a mental health practice in Silver Spring.

 


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.

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Jessica Absalon

Jess brings her background in expert customer service to the table and combines it with here with her pastime of being an avid meditator to emit a glow of peacefulness.

 

 

 


Carla Morgan

Carla also teaches yoga here! In addition, she has also made some of the creative gifts on sale in our retail section. She brings a sense of calm and creativity everywhere she goes.

 

 

 


Monica Sifuentez

Monica’s background in art and museums gives her the graceful organizational eye we love. She is a lover of animals and a champion for their health and safety, having fostered and rescued many!

 

 

 


Shae Wellington

Shae is a student at Morgan State University and there is no end to her love of biology. She is also an artist, and her skills range from fashion design to hair design to jewelry design.