Joy received her Master 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. She completed an apprenticeship in Feng Shui Design under Feng Shui Master and author, Hope Karan Gerecht.
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 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.
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.
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
Through the practice of acroyoga, Emily discovered a passion for bodywork and the transformative healing power of touch. She is highly intuitive and brings a deep sense of balance and partnership to the table. She wants to work with you, not on you.
Emily graduated from the Central Maryland School of Massage in 2017. She has pursued intensive training in Thai massage and also in Alchemical Alignment. Her practice is a reflection of this and she incorporates techniques from each arena into her sessions. Under her hands you can expect different pressures and techniques, somatic applications, and traditional massage techniques depending on what you need and want that day. Whether you are looking to support your body from an injury, experience deeper relaxation, or looking to heal old emotional wounds, Emily is available to help.
In her spare time, Emily whispers babies and most animals, makes a variety of art, creates crystal grids, and can often be found stretching on trees, reading in trees, and sometimes, making coffee.
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.
Maureen Rieras, MS, CNS, LDN
Maureen received her Master of Nutrition and Integrative Health at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). She is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and is a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist. Her practice is rooted in the philosophy of “food is medicine” because what’s on the end of your fork or spoon has the power to heal your body. She works in partnership with her clients in navigating the journey to great health.
Outside of work, Maureen can be found taking long walks in nature, cooking from scratch, and spending way too much time grocery shopping.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Monica is a RYT-200 HR yoga instructor combining Ashtanga, Restorative, and Yin yoga practices in her style of teaching. Monica first began yoga as a teenager to deal with everything teens go through then later found it again during graduate school to cope with the stress. She was hooked and continued building her daily practice from that day forward. This led ultimately to Monica working to get her 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training certification. While figuring out which style of yoga is best for her body and lifestyle she came across Ashtanga Yoga, a powerful and meditative style of yoga that combines strength of the body and meditations of the mind in one practice. She brings this style of yoga to all her classes from breathing techniques to practice itself (depending on the class). Through teaching, Monica went on to get certified to teach kids as well as individuals with chronic pain and illness.
Sarah is a certified foodie! She has a background in baking, pastries, and Holistic Nutrition Wellness. She is also a new mom to a puppy, so her patience and compassion are endless!
Ashley knows the power of wellness first-hand through her cultivation of a daily yoga practice for self-care. When she’s not here, you might find her lighting up other neighborhoods around town via her dog-walking work and as a restaurant professional at Republic.
Carla is pursuing her certification in western herbs and 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.
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