Daniele Uzes, L.Ac., DMQ, MTCM, Dipl. OM, Co-Founder
Daniele has earned a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California. She is a licensed Acupuncturist and a primary care practitioner in the state of California. Daniele has completed her Doctorate in Medical QiGong from the International Institute of Medical Qigong in Monterey, California. Currently she is working on her Doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in San Jose, Ca. In the past, Daniele has volunteered at Janus of Santa Cruz teaching meditation and Qi Gong classes. She has also volunteered at Yayasan Bumi Sehat, an all natural birthing and health clinic, in Bali, Indonesia. There she worked as an intern treating pregnant women and their families and providing doula services to mothers in labor. Daniele is passionate about providing quality healthcare that is accessible and affordable. As a general practitioner, she enjoys working with a broad spectrum of conditions including gynecological, trauma and orthopedics, gastrointestinal illness, mental illness, addiction, autoimmune, and chronic disease. In her practice, Daniele strives to help patients improve their overall quality of life. In her free time, Daniele is an avid surfer, aerial dancer, and snowboarder. She is also very passionate about international volunteer work and travel.
Lishanna Tryllium, L.Ac, DMQ, MTCM, Dipl. OM, Co-Founder
Lishanna earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Holistic Health from Fairhaven College in Bellingham, Washington. She has earned a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California. Lishanna has also completed her Master’s in Medical QiGong and holds a double doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Medical QiGong from the International Institute of Medical QiGong in Monterey, California. Lishanna has worked as a veterinary assistant for primates in Bolivia, interned with a Naturopathic Doctor in Washington State, and she has interned in hospitals in Hangzhou, China. Lishanna’s practice focuses on chronic and auto-immune diseases such as Celiac Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, and Metabolic Syndrome. She incorporates diet, nutrition, qi gong, meditation, acupuncture and herbal therapies to reduce chronic inflammation, hormone imbalance, and the multiple sub-clinical manifestations of chronic disease such as insomnia, mental fog, anxiety, body aches, and allergies. In her clinical experience, Lishanna has found great fulfillment by helping patients heal from traumatic events on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. She enjoys watching patients flourish as they take an active role in their own healing process. “Forty years ago I experienced acupuncture for the first time, and have been utilizing acupuncture services ever since to enhance my body’s healing process for many conditons. So, I have seen a number of practitioners over four decades, ranging from practitioners I would not recommend at all, to master practitioners I fully trust, and would gladly see others assisted by them! Lishanna is one of the latter- a profoundly gifted practitioner. Recently I suffered a bout of horrendous, painful sciatica in my left leg; never before in my life had I felt anything like it! It lasted months and months. I was seeing a physical therapist, but a friend recommended I also consider doing acupuncture with Lishanna. I did, for 5 sessions, and am now convinced she is “fully assisted by revered ancestors”. My experience was deep, restorative, and I am now fully recovered, with no pain whatsoever. I highly recommend her as a master acupuncture practitioner!” -Christina Pearson
Dr. Joshua M. Donaldson, ND
Dr. Joshua Donaldson began his educational career at the University of Oregon where he obtained a B.S. in Sports Medicine and Biology. He then worked in the physical Therapy & Fitness Training field for several years before entering medical school at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR. where he received his doctorate (N.D.) in 2004. After medical school, Dr. Donaldson completed a post-doctoral clinical research position where he investigated the nutritional implications of various diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and gastro-intestinal conditions. Since then, he has been in clinical practice where his primary attention is centered on the prevention and treatment of disease and chronic pain through appropriate dietary and lifestyle modifications and various treatment modalities. Dr. Donaldson’s holistic approach addresses all aspects of each individual’s health and helps guide them back to optimal and lasting wellness. In addition, Dr. Donaldson has a passion for education and has been an Adjunct Professor at local community colleges & universities since 2006. He also gives community lectures on various health topics, offers Corporate Wellness Programs throughout the Bay Area, and leads Detox & Cleansing Retreats in Mexico & Hawaii. To find more information about Dr. Donaldson and his services, please feel free to call the office or visit his website: www.drjoshdonaldson.com
Ia Susan Walton, Certified McTimoney Practitioner
Ia studied McTimoney in Abingdon, England and graduated with a degree in chiropractic in 2002. The gentle technique and whole body approach make the McTimoney Method vastly different from American chiropractic and is thus classed as its own therapy in the United Sates. McTimoney is new in the US, but has been practiced around the world for over 30 years. In the McTimoney Method ‘cracking’ and ‘popping’ sounds are rare. This is because the technique uses highly specific stretches, utilizing the speed and dexterity of their delivery to correct misalignment, rather than a more vigorous approach. Consequently, the majority of patients find the treatment comfortable and pain free. In Addition to McTimoney, Ia studied sports massage and myofascial release techniques. During her studies, Ia’s emphasis was pediatrics, however she enjoys working with patients of all ages and with all conditions. She began a free clinic with a program in Guatemala City (safepassage.org) working with children and families that live on the city dump. This opened her eyes to the countless benefits of The McTimoney Method and the need to maintain an affordable sliding scale policy to allow access for all. In her free time, Ia can be found running in the woods, walking on the beach, or chasing her 1 year old around the park. She also loves traveling, snowboarding and cooking healthy gluten free food.
Kristin Buzzetta, CMT
My philosophy in bodywork is simple. I believe we all have the power to heal; ourselves and each other. My goal as a massage therapist is to help my clients reconnect to that place in themselves where true healing begins. My goal for every session is to help release tension and correct imbalances in both the physical and energetic bodies. I went to Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts and was certified in 2008. I am a current member of the Calfornia Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) as well as the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professional (ABMP) organization.The foundation of my training was in Swedish Massage, but I specialize in postural analysis, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, facilitated stretching techniques, and acupressure. I am also an athletic training student and I’m currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at San Jose State University. Helping people stay active and pain free has become a key focus of my life and education. I love what I do and it never ceases to amaze me how powerful our bodies really are!!
Tracy Phariss, L.E.
Tracy Phariss has been an esthetician for seven years. She graduated from Shoreline School of Cosmetology in Santa Cruz, CA. After graduation, Tracy went to work for a local Dermatology practice as a clinical esthetician. There, she discovered that she enjoys working with teenagers that have acne prone skin, as well as adult clients with sun damaged skin. With the right treatments and effective home care, the results can be amazing! Tracy’s goal is to pamper you from head to toe, while bringing out your individual, natural beauty. She also takes the time to address any skin care concerns that you may have. Whether you need a full hour treatment, a new skin care routine or mini treatment, Tracy is determined to cater to your personal care. Tracy just started carrying the Biodynamic line by Eminence, to offer an organic, anti-inflammatory, and delicious experience to her clientele. Her practice is based on the belief that the customer’s needs are of the utmost importance. Tracy welcomes the opportunity to earn your trust and is excited to work with you! Please see Tracy’s website for more information!
Susannah Weiler, L.Ac., CMT, Dipl. OM
Susannah is an acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist licensed in the state of California. She became interested in medicine at a young age as the daughter of an allopathic physician in Houston, Tx. Growing up, Susannah observed what it means to provide honest health care with integrity and passion. Inspired by this example, she began studying complementary health care in 1999 attending Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, CA. She learned the powerful healing effect of human touch firsthand, and received her Massage Practitioner certification. Deeply moved by the emotional/spiritual element experienced with clients, Susannah moved to Boulder, CO to enrich her practice. There she completed an undergraduate degree in Buddhist Studies at Naropa University and a Massage Therapist certification at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Susannah received additional bodywork certifications in prenatal and postpartum massage, raising her total hours of massage training to over 1300. In Boulder, Susannah had the opportunity to develop a private massage practice and give back to her community by volunteering healing touch at the local hospital, hospice and women’s safehouse. Susannah returned to Santa Cruz, CA to attend Five Branches University where she earned an advanced degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This four year master’s program provided over 3200 hours of extensive training in acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, Western clinical knowledge and Eastern clinical internships. Susannah obtained additional training in acupuncture and internal medicine during her study abroad at Zhejiang Medical University in Hangzhou, China. Susannah is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) to be completed in 2015 as well as further study through Functional Medicine University. Susannah enjoys hiking, cycling, skiing, knitting, creating gluten free fare and spending time with her family. To learn more about Susannah’s work, please visit her website at: www.susannahweiler.com
Sandra Subotich, L.Ac., Dipl. OM
Sandra is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and primary care practitioner in the state of California. She is also nationally certified as a Diplomat of Oriental medicine and holds a Bachelors degree in education/psychology. In addition, Sandra is a Certified Reiki Master and teacher. Raised by eastern european immigrant parents, Sandra was exposed to traditional herbal medicine at a very young age and loved to help her mother, father and grandmother make herbal preparations for various ailments. Her father, a trained allopathic doctor and biochemist, was always researching natural alternatives to prescribed medications and offering his findings to patients, friends and family. Sandra was fascinated by his research, and continued to by inspired and moved by the power of herbal medicine and alternative therapies.After a fateful first visit to an acupuncturist, Sandra was guided to pursue her love and passion for alternative medicine. She started her journey in Honolulu, Hi where she attended The World Medicine Institute ~ Tai Hsuan, a small Taoist school run by 67th lineage Heavenly Taoist Master Lillian Chang. Under direct mentorship with Dr. Chang, Sandra learned lineage specific acupuncture, herbal preparations, Qi Gong, Meditations and energetic healing techniques and practices. She also traveled throughout China with Dr. Chang visiting many hospitals and temples, and being taught by various Taoist Masters residing in rural areas of the country. After two years in Hawaii, Sandra decided to live and practice in California, so she transferred to Five Branches University to complete her studies.While at Five Branches, Sandra did extensive work in Dr Tan style pain management as well as 5 element acupuncture which focuses on the emotional and psych-spiritual aspects of ourselves. In addition, Sandra interned at an acupuncture clinic focused on fertility and women’s health, and experienced first hand the astounding effects that acupuncture can have in those who are facing fertility challenges. Sandra has also been trained in acupuncture for addiction (NADA) and interned at janus of Santa Cruz, where she worked to help all of the patients there ease their symptoms and assist in their recovery. Sandra is extremely passionate about alternative medicine and being able to facilitate each persons own healing process and growth potential. Thus, she enjoys a variety of patients and cases, and is committed to nurturing each and every patient with exceptional care. Sandra specializes in pain management (chronic and acute), emotional and psycho-spiritual traumas, depression, anxiety, fertility, addiction, weight loss, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, sciatica, allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, immunity and nutritional counseling. To learn more about Sandra’s work, click here!
Ali Palisca, Certified Life Coach
Ali earned her Life Coach Certification at Body-Mind Mastery Life Coaching with cutting edge masters in the field of individual and group transformation. In service to a prayer for world peace and unity, she has traveled around the globe, studying and working extensively for the Center for Sacred Studies and the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. She has a BA in Community Studies. At age 13, Ali faced the death of her mother, which catalyzed her into a journey of inquiry and knowledge of the healing arts. Inspired by her experiences in death and dying, Ali has coached and supported Hospice volunteers in learning how to care for, honor, and emotionally support those in the dying process and their families. Ali enjoys working with individuals and couples that are open, curious, and committed to making changes in their lives. She views her clients as her equals, powerful and capable of creating the life that they most want. Ali coaches with compassion, a keen eye, perceptive ear, and penetrating honesty. She specializes in working with individuals that are healing from trauma and grief. Ali’s education and experience provide her with special skills in cross-cultural communication and Enneagram personality patterns. Born and raised in Yosemite National Park, Ali is a lover of nature. She lives and plays in Santa Cruz, CA. “Ali has taught me to be more compassionate, honest, and loving toward myself and others, and to have faith in myself to be able to find my way through life’s challenges with integrity and positivity.” -Nick Ross-rhudy See the “Online Exclusive Offer” on our homepage and get started on your healing journey with Ali! Or- Check out her website at www.alipalisca.com
Meghan Robinson, CMT, ANMT
I believe my path to massage therapy began when I healed a running injury through my yoga practice. I was very intrigued by muscles and how they create or inhibit our movement and so I went on to became a Certified Massage Therapist and Health Educator at National Holistic Institute in San Jose. There I studied Eastern and Western modalities as well as anatomy, kinesiology, physiology and pathology. After graduating, I returned to NHI to become an Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist with over 1300 hours of training.We hold the power to heal ourselves; I am only the conduit for change. I am trained in and incorporate many modalities into each session to give you the best treatment possible, including Swedish, deep tissue, Shiatsu, myofascial therapy, durmoneuromodulation (durmo=skin, neuro=nerves, modulation=change), trigger point therapy and neuromuscular massage . I love to help my clients overcome postural issues and chronic pain that they believed might only be remedied with surgical procedures. It is very rewarding to watch their attitudes change from session to session.In addition to yoga, I enjoy reading, traveling, and working in my garden. I plan to travel the world and help people through massage. For more information about Meghan’s work, please see her website at www.meghanrobinsonmassage.com
Maria Fernandez, B.S., ATC, Hendrickson Method Practitioner
Maria Fernandez was raised in Keene California, the headquarters of United Farm Workers’ (UFW) in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. She remains close to her large family, forever active in the UFW movement. With exposure to concepts of people’s rights and justice from birth, she developed compassion and the desire to aid in alleviating suffering and improving the quality of life of those around her. Due to long and frequent commutes required for involvement in the UFW from Keene to Monterey county and back, her family moved to Monterey county when Maria was 16 years old. She has been playing basketball since the age of 12 and joined the Cabrillo Junior College basketball team to nurture her involvement in sports. This interest in basketball has branched into her love of many sports as well as their impact on the body. Maria began her quest for a deeper understanding of the function of the human body at Humboldt State University in the far reaches of coastal Northern California. She earned her degree in Kinesiology, Athletic Training and has been a Certified Athletic Trainer/Sports Medicine since 2000. Her experience is with various sports teams and rehabilitating injuries. While working as a physical therapy aid, she witnessed another massage practitioner integrate the Hendrickson Method into her Swedish Massage practice. After receiving a treatment from this woman, Maria knew that she wanted to explore it more in her own practice. Finding and learning the Hendrickson Method expanded her manual therapy technique. This method creates a profound relaxation response in the body through rhythmic oscillations. The technique works to rehydrate and promote nutritional exchange on a cellular level through active and passive massage of the soft tissue structures, joints and bones. Maria is dedicated to helping people find relief from pain and general discomfort. She uses a natural combination of her compassionate heart, sports interest and experience as well as the Hendrickson Method to promote healing for her clients. This technique is effective for a full spectrum of needs; recovering from acute/chronic injury to simple relaxation/nurturing. Maria has a very gentle yet powerful touch to promote healing and rejuvenation in the body and spirit. Make your appointment today!
Gabrielle Freels, Shamanic Practitioner
Gabrielle discovered Shamanic Energy Medicine through her own personal journey of health and well being. The incredible transformation that shamanic work created in her life fueled her desire to learn this ancient medicine. She completed her certification with the Four Winds Society in 2012. Gabrielle loves to witness the beautiful unfolding of the soul’s journey and the illumination of life through this profound work. Her love and gratitude for the opportunity to share this medicine is more than she can express into words. Gabrielle continues to expand her energetic education and is also working on her Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University, in Santa Cruz. Her ultimate goal is to bridge the Physical and Energetic aspects of health care, and teach her clients how to integrate the lifestyle changes necessary to create the health and freedom they dream about. Gabrielle knows from her own personal experience that when you initiate healing from a place of the soul, the possibilities are endless. For more information about Gabrielle and Shamanic Energy Medicine, click here!
Alex Bazeghi, L.Ac
Alex Bazeghi is a California licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. Born and raised in Panama and daughter of a nurse and a medical researcher (malaria), she had great exposure to medicine and global health care. It was during her college years up in Bellingham, Washington, while earning her degree in English Literature, that Alex began working in a local vitamin shop and became intrigued with how people could heal using natural remedies.
It was through counseling customers on various supplements, homeopathic remedies, and herbs that Alex decided to pursue further study in the healing arts. A move down to Santa Cruz, and 4 years of study later, she earned her Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in 2004.
Alex has worked in private practice, and was co- founder of the Grassroots Acupuncture Project – a sliding scale community-style acupuncture clinic in Santa Cruz that won Silver Award for Best Acupuncturist in 2007 and Gold Award for Best Acupuncturist in 2008 and 2009. (Thank you Santa Cruz!) Alex specializes in treating pain and pregnancy and is passionate about how Chinese Medicine can help patients feel better. She is a mama to 4-year-old twin girls, and is currently active in the Santa Cruz Parents of Twins Club, Vintage Faith Church, and the Elks Lodge. Form more information about Alex’s work, check out her website!
Gaines Frazier L.Ac
Gaines Frazier is originally from the east coast of Virginia where he received a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. He continued to pursue these interests by working for the Hawaii Wildlife Fundin Maui, where he suffered a knee sprain that forced him to wear a brace during any activity. Through yoga and movement classes, he was advised that the injury was in fact rooted in his hips. Using this information to resolve the injury sparked a powerful interest in body awareness and dynamics.Shortly after, he was introduced to an Acupuncturist who further inspired his journey. He then began a year of in depth research and education, finally deciding to pursue a career in the healing arts.
Gaines received his Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California. He thrives in working with a diagnostic system analogous to the natural systems he previously studied. Additionally, he is trained in the manual therapies of shiatsu, tuina, polarity and Swedish massage, which he incorporates as a diagnostic tool in his practice. He specializes in acute and chronic pain management and orthopedic issues. As an intern, he has worked with the Mental Health Care Action Network (MHCAN) treating the psychosomatic manifestation of disease, particularly stress and anxiety. Gaines believes in creating a calm and safe environment,as deep relaxation is where true healing takes place.
Dr. Lisa Lynch, Chiropractor
Dr. Lisa Lynch became interested in chiropractic when it became a compliment to her athletic endeavors in competitive high school and college lacrosse. She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in 2010. Her commitment to providing the highest quality of care is evident in her focus on incorporating treatments specific to the unique needs of the individual. Her post graduate studies led her to specialize in multiple soft tissue modalities which, when incorporated with chiropractic manipulative therapy, provide specific and lasting treatments that help her patients stay active and pain-free. She is certified in Active Release Technique® as well as is a certified RockTape™ practitioner. She enjoys treating patients of all ages, and provides care gentle enough for the youngest and oldest in our community, as well as for those in between. She has had the opportunity to treat track cyclists at the Hellyer Velodrome, and was invited by RockTape™ to be on a team of specialized practitioners providing care to the competitors of the 2014 CrossFit NorCal Regional competition in San Jose, CA.
Sean Guinan, MTCM, L.Ac., E-RYT
Sean Guinan, L.Ac. is an adult and pediatric acupuncturist, with offices in Morgan Hill and Santa Cruz, CA. As a primary care provider he specializes in family medicine, focusing in the areas of holistic pediatrics, reproductive medicine and men’s health. Sean believes in treating the whole person through an integrative approach to healthcare and works at the crossroads of applied traditional medicine and modern biomedical knowledge.
Having worked in the health and wellness field since 2009, Sean is a California board licensed acupuncturist and holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM) from the prestigious Five Branches University. Sean also serves as Program Director for Robin Green Acupuncture, Inc. (www.acupuncturepediatrics.com), which offers basic and advanced pediatric acupuncture training education to licensed acupuncturists. He is a certified E-RYT yoga instructor, and is the Co-owner and Director of Pleasure Point Yoga, LLC (www.pleasurepointyoga.com), a community-based yoga studio in Santa Cruz, CA. Prior to working in the health industry, Sean traveled the world as a wildlife ecologist and conservation biologist, and has received a M.S. in Biology from Winthrop University and B.S. in Environmental & Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry.
Leah Rumple L.E., Acne Specialist
Leah Rumple has been working in the skincare industry since 2006. Her interest in skincare began after seeking out a cure for her acne. She saw many different dermatologists on several occasions, was put on oral antibiotics and other medications, and tried numerous topical treatments. None of these various treatments proved successful.
Finally, at age 25, Leah found treatment that worked! She started to get real results from getting frequent acne treatments with a licensed esthetician, and utilizing the right acne products. It was then that Leah decided to become an esthetician and help heal others afflicted with acne. Learn How an Acne Specialist can help you.
Kathleen Harley, ND
Dr. Kathleen Harley has exceptional training in alternative medicine and its use in combination with conventional therapies. In her undergraduate studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz she focused on social and physical sciences with an emphasis on medical anthropology, obtaining a BA in anthropology and completing medical school pre-requisites as well as a California State certification in holistic health and massage therapy. She then worked in massage therapy and social work before entering medical school at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences where she received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine (N.D.) in 2010.
Dr. Harley has continued her training and education while practicing natural adjunctive and primary health care in nutrition, functional medicine, mental health, allergy desensitization, digestive disorders, hormone balancing, fatigue, weight management and adjunctive cancer therapies. Her general family holistic medical practice focuses on improving overall health as well as addressing individual nutritional needs and toxic overload in relation to specific deficiencies and imbalances related to the current concerns. For more information about Dr. Harley’s services, please feel free to call the office or visit her website: www.naturopathicoptimalwellness.com