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Lance David Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., CYT
Licensed Five Element Acupuncturist, Esoteric Acupuncturist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Reiki Master, Life Coach, Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncture Detox Specialist (NADA), Facial Rejuvenation (cosmetic) Acupuncture Specialist, Magnified Healing Master, TaeUlju Practitioner, Meditation Teacher, Qi Gong (Mantak Chia) Practitioner, Guided Visualization Practitioner, Yoga Nidra Practitioner, Zero Balancing Practitioner, Clinical Supervisor at The Won Institute.
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I was born in South Africa and moved, with my family, to the States in 1986. Healing has been a passion for as long as I remember. In my younger years I wished to be a Medicine Man, a Witch Doctor. This wish eventually led me to receive a degree in Anthropology, the study of human cultures, from the University of Pittsburgh.
While in Pittsburgh, I had the opportunity to study Meditation, Qi Gong and various forms of healing. I began teaching Reiki, a form of energetic healing, in 1996 and continue to teach it and other forms of healing to this day. Through the years I have had the privilege of being a practitioner to thousands of people.
I have a passion for experiencing new cultures, people and the intense diversity of our amazing world. This passion has led me around the globe. My travels and encounters with extraordinary people and diverse cultures have deepened, enriched, and colored my experience of life.
I enrolled in the The Traditional Acupuncture Institute's (now Maryland University of Integrative Health) three year Masters of Acupuncture Program after coming to know the Beauty and Power of Five Element Acupuncture. Everyday, with each of my patients, I am in awe of the transformation that acupuncture brings. This has created a passion for me in passing this healing possibility to as many people as I can!
When I read the book 'Plant Spirit Medicine' by Eliot Cowan, a Huichol Shaman, in 1999, I was immediately intrigued by the possibility of using plants to help restore balance at our deepest level. I went on to study this medicine with Eliot and feel honored to share it with my patients.
I began Kundalini Yoga in the winter of 2002 and it totally changed and enhanced my life. After some extraordinarily powerful experiences with this yoga, I decided to become a teacher so that I could share this amazing technology with those in my life. I joyfully extend my classes to all people regardless, of age, flexibility, shape, or size. My hope is that this ancient technology will enhance your life so that you can enhance the lives of those in your path.
I continue to deepen and refine my healing skills. Currently I am most fascinated by esoteric acupuncture and the power of meditation.
I currently reside in Mount Airy, Pa with my wife Amy, daughter Luna and dog Nimbus.
My promise in life is to foster growth and creativity with joy and playfulness, to live right now to my fullest! To overflow with spirit, joy, compassion, outrageousness, creativity, brightness, wisdom and strength! And to be an inspiration and do whatever it takes to help others come to life most fully!
Thank you for this opportunity to be with you! My hope is that our paths cross again. Enjoy this amazing journey, may you know the Ecstasy of Love, the Depth of Power, and the Tingling Vibrations of Life along your way!
To schedule with Anna Marie please call her at 610.639.3209
Anna Marie Noble, MPT, MLD, NCTMB
Myofascial Release Therapist, CranioSacral Therapist, PainBeGone Therapist
Anna Marie has dedicated her career to working with individuals who suffer from complex pain conditions. Since earning her master’s degree in physical therapy over 21 years ago, she has successfully educated and treated thousands of pain clients in a one-to-one setting, which is the best environment to provide truly personalized care.
Anna Marie believes that the secret of success for conquering pain is to restore mutual collaboration, communication and partnership between pain sufferers and their healthcare providers. In order to combine old-fashioned teamwork with new technologies, she has been working on developing the iPainTracker™, a mobile app that lets pain sufferers easily self-report their activities and pain on the go, using their smart phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers.
Anna Marie has a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University, and a master’s degree in Leadership Development from Penn State University. Anna Marie has had the rare privilege of training intensively with some of the most renowned leaders in the therapy field. Therapist-mentors who taught her their specialty techniques include John Barnes’ Myofascial Release™ Therapy, Dr. Margaret Fuhs' Therapeutic Touch Therapy, and Dr. Anodea Judith’s Transformational Pathways Therapy. She also received training in a variety of techniques, including CranioSacral™ Therapy, from Dr. John Upledger's Institute International, as well as from orthopedic surgeons, osteopathic physicians, sports medicine therapists, and manual therapists who specialize in treating pain.
Anna Marie is proud to have served on the Board of Directors for the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls for six years. CCFWG is a non-profit education and grant-making organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of women, children and families in suburban Philadelphia.
Mary Mayer, RYT
Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Laughter Wellness Coach
Yoga and meditation have been powerful healing forces in my life and my motivation for becoming a yoga teacher is to bring this healing to others. After many years of practicing yoga, I became a teacher of yoga in January 2014 and since then have focused my teaching on Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga and Laughter Yoga. I strive to make yoga accessible to all people regardless of their level of fitness or physical limitations. Yoga is for everybody!
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.
You can also call Britta at 610-858-3611 to schedule an appointment.
Natural healing and holistic health has been a focus of mine for the last 22 years. I am constantly amazed by the variety of modalities that are available to help one find balance, relaxation and harmony within one’s body and mind, and in relation to the world around us.
I was introduced to Reiki 8 years ago, and after my first treatment I realized I had never before felt such a sense of relaxation, peace and centeredness. In that moment, knew Reiki was something I wanted to learn and share with others. I have been practicing Reiki since 2008 and am continually in awe and excited by the positive effects it has had on my client’s health and well-being.
In 2014, I was introduced to Access Bars and it absolutely changed my life! This very first treatment started to release issues and mental blocks that previously put up invisible barriers in my life. I began to realize I was interacting with my life in a new and different way and with a profound new clarity. This was an experience I wanted to offer others for their own personal transformation.
In a Reiki session, I will help you achieve a deep sense of relaxation to release stress, activate your body's natural healing processes and restore physical and emotional well-being.
In a Bars session, I will help you release the stored, self-limiting, thoughts, beliefs and judgements that keep you ‘stuck’ in certain areas of your life and allow for more ease and joy in every aspect of your life.
Karin Tetlow, R.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
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.
You can also call Stephanie at 484-318-3637 to schedule an appointment.
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.
Gabrielle Geib, M.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), L.Ac.
Licensed Acupuncturist , Community 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.
or call Stewart (484) 919-5500
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.
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.
Dr. Page Buck, LSW
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.
Courtney Cavanagh, LE
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!
Lei Duan, M.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), L.Ac.
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.
Certified Yoga Teacher
I started my journey down the yogic path in 2009 to gain physical strength and discovered a precious practice that aided in alleviating my anxiety, easing chronic pain, and boosting self-love. I immediately felt the pull to share the gift of yoga with others when the time was right. I received my 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification from BRV Yoga in Phoenixville, PA, and remain a dedicated and voracious life-long student of the practice.
I strive to act as an authentic conduit for the benefits of yoga. I aim to guide practitioners of all ages and abilities to find increased relaxation, inner strength, and greater connection to themselves, their community, and the divine.
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.
Please enjoy my daily blog at www.elliewellness.com.
Mahanpal (Blair Soffe)
Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher
I grew up in Bryn Mawr and graduated from the Baldwin School and Trinity College. After a brief stint teaching High School English and Penn Charter and Hilltop, I moved deep into the Redwood forests of Northern California. It was there, living off grid, that I developed a deep love of nature and conscious living.
I discovered Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, when my two youngest children were still small. I eventually began to serve on the council of NorCal Kundalini Yoga Women’s Camp and soon became coordinator and cofounder of NorCal Women’s Kundalini Yoga Summer Camp.
Today I live in Wayne with my two youngest children and am excited to offer the teachings and experience of Kundalini Yoga to my students
Carey Vickers, M.Ac., L.Ac.
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.
Amy Mermaid Isakov
Amy Mermaid Isakov is a Pachakuti Mesa Carrier as taught by don Oscar Miro-Quesada and is passionate about spirituality, music, art, and how the Divine can manifest in all its forms. Having left the traditional education path, she has studied in-depth with shamans, bodyworkers, thought-leaders, and green builders.