Ellen Jill Freudberg, BFA, Wellness Coach

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Ellen Jill Freudberg, BFA, Wellness Coach

ELLEN JILL FREUDBERG, BFA

Certified Wellness Coach

I was born in Philadelphia and grew up in suburban Cheltenham. I studied art therapy at The Hartford Art School. I received a B.F.A. in art history and painting from the Philadelphia College of Art. I am passionate about art, music, yoga, nature, acupuncture, nutrition, massage, skin care, and travel. I live in Wayne with my husband.

In 1980 I became an interior designer and worked hard to help people enjoy their living spaces in healthy ways with feng shui. I started transcendental meditation 43 years ago and have never stopped. I have been practicing yoga for 25 years and Pilates for 11.

I have always been intensely drawn to helping others in one way or another. After a very traumatic experience in the late 1980s, I became a health freak. During my journey (which continues to this very day) I discovered that if I can learn to be healthy, I can help other people do the same -- and share my experiences to guide them into being their best possible selves.

Later in life, I became a certified wellness coach. I so enjoy motivating people to grow into healthier, happier, more fulfilled beings. Believe me, if I did it, so can almost anyone. By striving to make health their hobby, people notice right away that they are beginning to make more insightful choices more often. And they find that a state of well being is easier to achieve than might be imagined. In my wellness coaching practice, I guide, support and encourage clients every step of the way, whether it’s about food, exercise, meditating, breathing or getting into true balance with themselves. It really is possible to find an enjoyable way to eat well and live longer, happier and healthier.

My goal at Village Wellness is to counsel clients to help them develop a “wellness state-of-mind” so that they can readily identify personal issues and learn to make good decisions about their physical, emotional and spiritual situation. When you live in a state of wellness, everything is in balance, there are fewer worries, more happiness and increased self-fulfillment.


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Stephanie Moore, EMT, Shamanic Practitioner

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Stephanie Moore, EMT, Shamanic Practitioner

Stephanie Moore

Shamanic Practitioner, EMT,  Veterinary Nurse

Read our Interview with Stephanie

I have been a healer all my life. For almost 10 years I’ve worked in Western medicine, specifically emergency medicine. Then, 5 years ago, I read the book “Shaman, Healer, Sage” by Alberto Villoldo, and before I had finished the end of the first chapter my shamanic journey had begun. After that, I devoted myself to discovering shamanism and shamanic medicine. Since then, my life has been simply magical and has exceeded anything I could have imagined for myself.  In February 2016 I spent the month in the Andes Mountains, Chile training with the Q’ero shamans and teacher Alberto Villoldo at The Light Body School, where I received my certification as a Shamanic Energy Practitioner. Stepping into the role of Shaman and Healer and Dreamer is a continuous evolution and transformational dance for me, and it is with deep honor and gratitude that I share this ancient wisdom and vision with my clients.

My mission is to bring each client into alignment with their highest destiny by guiding them gently through dissolving the karma, disease, trauma and pain that stalks them, and in turn becoming fully awake to their true luminous nature. 

It is my deepest desire to see all people step into the role of the dreamer, to walk in beauty and harmony upon the earth, and have the world around them reflect back perfectly all the beauty, all the grace, all the power and all the love that exists in their hearts.       


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Susan Watson, LMT, Shiatsu Practitioner

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Susan Watson, LMT, Shiatsu Practitioner

Susan Watson, LMT, Dipl. ABT, 

Shiatsu Shin Tai Practitioner

Read our Spotlight on Shiatsu with Susan

Licensed Massage Therapist, Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM) ,Reiki Master, Certified Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder style), Certified Tai Chi Instructor,  Teacher at The International School of Shiatsu.

My commitment to transformation and wellness started in 1997, while going through some life challenges.  I started my Shiatsu practice in 2003 and since then have expanded to offer the modalities of Shin Tai, Chakra Healing, Reiki, Pranic Healing and teaching Shiatsu, Tai Chi and Reiki.

I believe the change that is occurring in the world needs to start with raising our individual awareness and recognition of our divinity and oneness with humanity.  Whether they are the impetus for the growth or the integration and bridge that takes one from one state of being to another, energy practices can be an important part of transformation and wellness.  


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Courtney Cavanagh, LE, Holistic Esthetician

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Courtney Cavanagh, LE, Holistic Esthetician

Courtney Cavanagh, LE

Licensed Esthetician

I care deeply about giving my clients their best skin possible while taking into consideration that their beauty comes from taking care of their whole self inside and out. 

My passion for holistic skin care and holistic health in general comes from my personal struggles with food sensitivity and imbalances in the body. As I healed myself mentally and physically my passion for holistic beauty grew stronger.

I studied Esthetics at the Aveda Institute for beauty and wellness from 2009-2010 and have continued to learn through advanced esthetic courses, certifications and independent research for the past 7 ½ years.

I’ve studied acne, hyperpigmentation, international skin care methods, gua sha, advanced facial massage, reiki, ayurveda, camoflauge make up and more. I am now embarking on studies to learn how to create my own safe and effective pure herbal skin care products.

In my three years at an organic day spa in Philadelphia, I helped my wonderful clients achieve their best skin through holistic treatments like Ayurvedic facials, organic microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, holistic microcurrent and organic hair removal.  I then moved overseas to Sweden to open my own holistic skin care business sharing my passion and love of holistic skin care with my lovely swedish clients who actually taught me much about the importance of using products with integrity made by companies who are passionate about protecting our earth. I returned to the US and have spent some time working in an American medical spa where I have learned a great deal about clinical skin care that works without causing the body inflammation and also about which clinical treatments I feel are important to steer my clients away from.

The premise that I base my skin care practice upon is that inflammation is harmful to the skin. Anything that causes an inflammatory wound to the skin is NOT going to benefit the skin over the long term. It is going to temporarily improve the skin. Breaking down the skin is not healthy or productive in skin rejuvenation…..think deep chemical peels, harsh abrasive exfoliation, needling, ipl, etc. The modalities that I focus on in my practice are healing in their effects on the skin and produce great results while understanding that our skin is an organ. We would never intentionally inflame our internal organs and this is why we should not inflame our skin. My intentions are to help my clients achieve beautiful, healthy skin through use of pure effective products, regular detoxifying / stimulatory facials, clinically proven LED light therapy,  gentle effective methods to drive pure vitamin serums into the skin and peels that don't inflame. Ibelieve it's my job to help my clients feel fantastic about themselves without thinking that they have to harm themselves in the process and I would love to help YOU!


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Stewart Snyder, CranioSacral Therapist

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Stewart Snyder, CranioSacral Therapist

Stewart Snyder

CranioSacral Therapist, Yoga Teacher 

Read our Interview with Stewart

Stewart is best described as having one foot in the modern world - and one squarely in the old world of mystical healers. The first half of his professional life was in front of a computer supporting systems and infrastructure in what we “typically” define as a great career. This gave him a deep and personal understanding of the health sacrifices our “typical” path requires of us. The second half of his professional life has been devoted to helping you counter those lifestyle demands by decoding old-world magic into contemporary methods.

He first dug into CranioSacral work studying Hugh Milne’s visionary approach. Milne considers the work a spiritual art paired with a sense of awe for the individual. Stewart continued his education with certified training by the Upledger Institute which has a strong focus on the mechanical aspects of the craniosacral system and rhythm. 

You may also find Stewart offering yoga classes teaching the aspects of yoga that shine beyond Instagram and the covers of magazines. His yoga wisdom stems from far more than 200 hours of training and even more than the 1,000 hours of teaching required for the e-RYT designation - it is informed by years of deep inquiry into the history, theory and practice of yoga through svadhyaya, travel and discovery. It turns out, if you immerse yourself, physically, mentally and spiritually in study, you find (almost) all the pearls hidden within.

Stewart also works one-to-one with people to create energy aligning routines tailored to an individual's current circumstances. These routines use the concept of natural energetic balance to affect positive change and directional shifts in the flow of one's life.

Drawing on an intimate understanding of what the mystics could never quite write down, Stewart has built his practice into a fully adaptable system designed to couple the mechanical art and spiritual essence of the craniosacral system giving people a more positive experience in the human body.


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Tara Vogel, Certified Astrologer and Coach

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Tara Vogel, Certified Astrologer and Coach

Tara Vogel

Certified Astrologer, Certified Professional Coach

Tara is an astrologer and coach.  She’s passionate about helping people stay connected to their soul’s path through the wisdom of the cosmos.  Each one of us has an astrological natal (birth) chart. It’s a picture of where the planets were in the sky at the moment of your birth and it’s essentially the blueprint of your soul in this lifetime.  It can be used as a powerful vehicle for conscious healing. She believes that exploring and understanding the natal chart is one of the greatest tools we have for developing compassion for ourselves and others.

Tara believes in a holistic approach to living and weaves her knowledge of nutrition and herbalism into her sessions. She’s also trained in the Internal Family Systems method of psychotherapy.  She writes daily on how to use the celestial bodies to support you in your everyday life. Tara also teaches Applied Astrology at an online school for her teacher, Debra Silverman. Astrology, cosmic contemplation, and ecstatic dance are her greatest spiritual tools.  She’s a mom of three and is a Capricorn sun, Libra moon, and Pisces rising.


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Laurie Elder, Reiki Master Teacher

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Laurie Elder, Reiki Master Teacher

Laurie Elder

Reiki Master Teacher

I discovered reiki when I was still in college; it was completely by accident but the best things tend to happen that way. I had a terrible headache one night that I simply could not get rid of and my friend offered an option that she had learned in South Africa. I had never heard of Reiki before, but I was willing to try anything to alleviate the ache. She put her hands on my head and within two minutes I was overwhelmed and amazed at how effective it was. I felt the pain dull and a strange sensation that I had never experienced before. It was incredible. I was fascinated and right then I knew that I had to learn more about it. So I threw myself into a journey to pursue the practice, taking a 2 year training to become a Reiki Master at The Reiki School + Clinic in Philadelphia. It was transformative; it set me on a path of self-discovery and healing that helped me to develop a more self-aware, intuitive, confident, and vibrant sense of being.

I have now been practicing Reiki for 18 years and teaching for 12 years.  Over the years, I have continued my Reiki education with different workshops including Jikiden Reiki and Japanese Reiki Techniques, which I have integrated into my teaching to create a more well-rounded curriculum. As a graduate of the University of the Arts with a BA in graphic design, creativity is also a key part of who I am and acts as a wonderful tool in the healing arts. In this way, I love to bring light-hearted play and out-of-the-box activities into the learning experience. It is also very important to me to create a safe and welcoming environment for healing for my clients and students and this is an atmosphere that will always be upheld in my classes and sessions.

Above all, I believe that absolutely anyone can learn how to heal themselves with the proper support and care, and I want to be there to provide that opportunity. As a mother of two, I find reiki to be a facilitating force for that nurturing energy and allows me to manage my stress and stay balanced with all of the demanding responsibilities of life. In my experience, Reiki is so helpful in giving me the tools to deeply connect to my sense of self. It has the capacity to truly help people whether just immediate physical pain or deep-rooted emotional issues. I have seen the effects with my work with people suffering from stress, depression or anxiety, undergoing career changes or cancer treatment, working through creative blocks or moving through the various stages of family planning and pregnancy. No matter the situation, Reiki is an irreplaceable force of support. I find it so nourishing to teach because I know it is helping people to draw out their inner healer and align with their soul’s purpose. That is why it is my mission here to share that gift!


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Dr. Page Buck, LSW, Holistic Psychotherapist

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Dr. Page Buck, LSW, Holistic Psychotherapist

Dr. Page Buck, LSW

Holistic Psychotherapist, Private Yoga Teacher
Main Line Health Hero 2018

Dr. Page Buck is a licensed social worker and yoga teacher whose own wellness journey has informed her practice of partnering with others to support lifelong wellness. After sustaining a traumatic brain injury in 2008 that required a 15-month leave from full-time work, she set out to establish a sustainable path of recovery and wellness that includes meditation, yoga, animal-assisted therapy and acupuncture. Dr. Page is Associate Professor in the Graduate Social Work Department at West Chester University, where she teaches Master’s students the foundational skills of human connection through the lens of a bio-psycho-social systems perspective. 

Grounded in the belief that we are all already whole with everything we need within ourselves, Dr. Page offers a safe space for people to explore beliefs about wellness and identify both barriers and opportunities to experience wholeness. Her client-centered approach combined with training in trauma, body-based healing, resiliency and recovery allows for the co-creation of a sustainable and viable wellness plan.  


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Karin Tetlow, R.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist

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Karin Tetlow, R.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist

Karin Tetlow, R.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

Licensed Acupuncturist 

Originally from London, Karin became a US citizen in 1987. Karin is a wise and very caring individual and practitioner. She studied acupuncture  at The Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture in England and The College of Traditional Acupuncture, where she graduated in 1996. Karin has been in practice for over 20 years and specializes in health maintenance, chronic problems, allergy elimination (NAET), pain alleviation, addictions treatment and facial rejuvenation. 

Karin is an avid rower and life long learner. When she is not practicing acupuncture or gliding down the Schuylkill river, she spends her time as a freelance reporter and researcher and sits on the board of the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia. 


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Carey Vickers, M.S., Licensed Acupuncturist

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Carey Vickers, M.S., Licensed Acupuncturist

Carey Vickers, M.S., L.Ac.

Licensed Acupuncturist

I am a Pennsylvania-licensed acupuncturist. I earned my Master of Science degree with honors in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City, where I received extensive training in three styles of acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Medicine; Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM), which integrates classical acupuncture with modern myofascial trigger point therapies; and Kiiko Matsumoto Japanese acupuncture (KM). I am also a trained in the Mei Zen style of cosmetic acupuncture.

My journey to acupuncture has been one of self-discovery. A near-death experience as a child and my family's adoption of my brother, who came from Vietnam with profound injuries from the war, left lasting impressions on my life. Later I had a personal health crisis that caused recurring episodes of neuralgia, leaving me with a deep sympathy for others suffering from intense chronic pain. From my life’s experiences, and coming to the realization that matters of health and wellness have always been present and foremost in my life, I feel it is my life's fulfillment to help others.


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Lei Duan, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist

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Lei Duan, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist

Lei Duan, M.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), L.Ac.

Licensed Acupuncturist 

Master of Acupuncture Studies (Won Institute of Graduate Studies), Board Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine),  Licensed Acupuncturist

I graduated as co-valedictorian from Won Institute of Graduated studies with a master’s degree in Acupuncture. During the intensive three-year training, I studied classical Chinese acupuncture, Five Element Acupuncture, modern myofascial trigger-point release, Dr. Tan’s Balancing Method.  I also studied extremely useful adjunctive therapies such as Tuina, Cupping, Gua Sha (Cutaneous friction-massage), and nutrition. I Completed course of study in Master Tung style acupuncture in China and Traditional Korean Medicine training in South Korea.

Growing up in china, I learned to appreciate Chinese herbal medicine and understand the therapeutic application of essentials of herbal medicine to compliment acupuncture treatment. I’m continuing this pursuit as a student at Won Institute’s Herbal Program.

For over 18 years, I have dedicated myself to rigorous self-cultivation practices with Chinese Qi Gong and tai Chi. I seek to apply principles from these studies in my practice of acupuncture and my personal ethics.

I specializes in pain relief, chronic internal problems, women's health,  addictions, emotional issues and general maintenance.  My approach to patient care encompasses acupuncture treatment, Chinese herbal medicine supplements and life style coaching align with Chinese philosophy to live harmoniously with nature. 


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Gabrielle Geib, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist

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Gabrielle Geib, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist

Gabrielle Geib, M.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), L.Ac.

Licensed AcupuncturistCommunity Acupuncturist

Master of Acupuncture Studies (Won Institute of Graduate Studies), Board Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine),  Licensed Acupuncturist, Reiki Level II practitioner

I have always loved the life sciences. When I was little, I used to help my mom in the garden, and my dad would talk to me about hematology. Life fascinates me: how it works, and how we work. I particularly love cellular and organismal biology. 

When I was in middle school, I started taking some yoga classes. Then, my mom brought home a flier for a tai chi class. That was my first experience of Chinese Medicine. I was amazed at how right it felt, and how I felt so much calmer and better after doing tai chi. 

In my last semester of high school, I had the opportunity to shadow an acupuncturist after school twice a week. I was amazed. I heard people's stories. I watched their symptoms diminish. So many patients pulled me aside to say, “This stuff really works!” From then on, I have been on the path of learning acupuncture.  

I attended Loyola University Maryland, where I earned a Bachelor's of Science, Summa Cum Laude. I majored in Biology and minored in Asian Studies. I took eight Chinese language classes and spent a semester studying abroad in Beijing, China, where I had the opportunity to witness how Chinese Medicine is practiced there today and to immerse myself in the culture and language that inform it. While at Loyola, I also encountered Community Acupuncture for the first time. Community Acupuncture is a format designed to make acupuncture treatment accessible to all. You can learn more about Community Acupuncture at Village Wellness here. While at Loyola, I also began my study of ju-jitsu, which is an art that, like acupuncture, involves self-knowledge, focus, intention, and a philosophy of redirecting energy. 

I began my journey as a healer by studying Reiki I and II with Usui Reiki Master-Teacher Maryann Marian. I earned a Master's in Acupuncture Studies from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, where I graduated as a co-valedictorian. At the Won, I had the blessing of learning from many teachers who practice diverse acupuncture traditions. I have studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element Acupuncture in the lineage of J. R. Worsely, sports medicine acupuncture, and the styles Dr. Tan and Kiiko Matsumoto. 

In my time as a healing practitioner  I have had the honor of helping patients: diminish pain (musculoskeletal, nervous, inflammatory, migraine), improve circulation to extremities, regain sensation in extremities, release chronic tension, reduce stress, process overwhelming emotions, reduce anxiety, lift out of depression, regulate appetite, improve digestion and elimination,  reduce excessive urination, regulate the menstrual cycle, improve breathing after bronchitis, experience more restful sleep, feel refreshed and energized, and regain the sense of moving forward in life and overcoming disease. 

I want you to help you feel better, feel your best, feel healthy and vital and alive. I look forward to working with you. 


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