About Us

Michelle Grasso

Owner, LMHC, Level II Reiki Practitioner

Michelle’s first career after graduating from Penn State was in Advertising in Los Angeles, where a close friend introduced her to Louise Hay’s, You Can Heal Your Life, which sparked Michelle’s spiritual journey. Despite being fascinated by advertising’s influence of people’s thoughts, Michelle sought more meaning in her work. After a few years in LA, Michelle backpacked through Europe, and upon returning to her home state of New York, moved to Massachusetts, obtained her MA in Counseling Psychology and joined the state’s Department of Children & Families as a Social Worker.

During graduate school, Michelle received Reiki during massages to manage stress, and these transformative treatments led her to receive Level I and II attunements. She joined a community of practitioners for monthly clinics, led by friend and spiritual mentor, Eliza Johnson, and in whose memory Synergy’s energy work offerings will encourage healing.

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Michelle later joined Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, where for 19 years she managed multiple programs that provided services to families involved with DCF. She was a Senior Manager, developed their customer service initiative, led legislative advocacy efforts, and planned agency wide wellness events. Her passion for keeping family and young people’s voices at the table, focusing on strengths, and emphasizing mindfulness in a high stress work environment were priorities until her departure in April 2018 to focus on opening Synergy.

Michelle’s desire to provide holistic services to personal and professional caregivers is an extension of her personal and professional life. Michelle is a wife to her loving husband, mom to her much adored grade school son, and daughter to her aging mother who recently moved to Massachusetts. Michelle loves to cook, garden, kayak, and she lives with her family and two cats in Westborough. She is grateful for the generosity and kindness of many family and friends who have helped fulfill her dream of opening a center for well being.

The History of Synergy

Synergy’s owner, Michelle Grasso, began working in the child welfare field in the mid 90’s, supporting families and young people who were involved with the Department of Children & Families to access services to strengthen parenting skills, heal children’s trauma, and preserve and reunify families.

As a Senior Manager at Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, a non-profit child and family services agency where she worked for the last 19 years, she spent the last five years devoted to improving the agency’s customer service and culture of wellness.

In the Fall of 2017, Michelle began envisioning the possibility of starting an entrepreneurial venture to offer mental health services to caregivers and those that they care for, and then expanded her vision to support the emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of all personal and professional caregivers and wellness seekers.

Michelle’s deepest desire is to create a warm and welcoming space where individuals who are caring for others or themselves can boost their well-being through an array of offerings including counseling, yoga, meditation, massage therapy, acupuncture, energy healing, nutritional counseling, life coaching, essential oils, workshops, and helpful retail products. Through corporate offerings, Synergy will strengthen wellness in the workplace for companies and organizations that focus on caring for others. Thank you for sharing Synergy’s vision to bring peace and community to all those seeking health and wellness of mind, body and spirit.

Best of the Best of 2020:

Best Acupuncture
Best Alternative Medicine
Best Place to Work
Most Innovative Workplace

Best of the Best of 2021:

Best Acupuncture
Best Yoga Studio

Mission Statement

Synergy Wellness Center supports the emotional, physical and spiritual health of personal and professional caregivers and all wellness seekers through traditional and holistic health offerings.

The Synergy Difference: Our Core Values

Synergy Wellness Center holds these core values as the deeply held beliefs that shape each of our staff’s interactions with every guest and with the community. They are the driving force that guides the holistic range of services we offer to personal and professional caregivers, and all individuals seeking to enhance health of mind, body and spirit.

1. A Culture of Wellness:
Your emotional, physical and spiritual health is our highest priority. Synergy’s promotes a culture of mindfulness and well-being, and supports a balanced and healthy lifestyle for our guests and our staff. We believe that all individuals want to improve their quality of life, and we work with you to remove the barriers so it more easily manifests for you.

2. High Quality Services:
Our experienced counseling, yoga, massage and energy healing staff offers you a warm, welcoming and respectful wellness experience. Licensed clinicians support your path toward emotional wellness, and certified yoga instructors, licensed massage therapists and highly trained energy healers support your physical and spiritual wellness. We strive to respond in a helpful and timely manner, and to create an inviting atmosphere designed to amplify your well-being.

3. Integrity and Authenticity:
All of the services, practices and interactions at Synergy operate from a place of high ethical standards and sound business practices. Our connections with guests are genuine, honest and dependable. We promote an atmosphere of respect and sincerity, and reduce the stigma associated with seeking support.

4. Customized Offerings:
With a blend of services that includes traditional and holistic experiences to nurture mind, body and spirit, offerings can be customized to meet your individualized and corporate needs. Our services are available a la carte by class or by appointment, in various packages, and can be taken “off-site” to business and community locations.

5. Friendly and Attentive Culture:
The staff team at Synergy creates an environment of positivity and excellence in customer service by providing a warm, welcoming and respectful wellness experience.

6. Accessible and Affordable:
Synergy Wellness Center is conveniently located in the center of quaint downtown Hudson, Massachusetts, near the intersection of Rt. 495 and Rt. 290, and there is plenty of parking available. Our services are competitively priced to make them affordable to all who need them, and we work with a variety of insurance carriers for clinical services. Many services are available in 30, 60 or 90- minute appointments to allow for maximum flexibility and accessibility.

7. Connected to Community:
We are committed to serving our local communities of personal and professional caregivers and all individuals seeking to enhance their wellness, including medical professionals, educators, social workers, foster parents, non-profit employees, first responders, and many others. We partner with local organizations for community events, offer our space for meetings, and are committed to supporting well-being and kindness in Hudson and its surrounding communities.

The Synergy Difference: Our Welless Experts

Administration

Dana Zais, Director of Emotional Wellness

Dana Zais is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of working in the non-profit mental health field.  Dana provided crisis intervention, individual (adults, children and adolescents), couples, family, and group therapy, throughout the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Dana spent 16 years as a Clinical Director for a treatment facility serving over 600 adolescents and their families per year. She has managed, mentored, and consulted for non-profit programs, schools, towns, state agencies, and mental health centers.

Dana is a certified Motivational Interviewing trainer. She has also conducted trainings around the state on Trauma, Anxiety, ADHD, Caring for the Caregiver, and understanding the struggles of living with mental illness. In addition, Dana is a Board Member for the Massachusetts State Board of Social Workers and a Representative on the Middlesex County TRACE (Team Response to Child Exploitation) Steering Committee.  Dana believes that everyone has an inherent ability to overcome obstacles and obtain their goals. She most enjoys supporting and guiding others to reach their full potential whether as individuals or as teams.

Dana received her Bachelor of Science Degree at Northeastern University. After working in the field for three years, she went back to school and obtained her Master’s in Social Work at Simmons College.


Chablee Dos Santos, Head of People and Culture

We’re happy to welcome Chablee Dos Santos to our Synergy family! Chablee joins us as the Head of People and Culture  and will focus on providing leadership and guidance to the organization’s operational functions, and putting in place long-range strategic goals to further grow the employees, and the business outreach.

Chablee has a Human Resources background that spans over 15 years in her career. Her industry experience and educational background from Cornell focuses on strategic growth of organizations, as well as creating an INclusive, and welcoming place to work and thrive. Chablee has worked in industries such as Medical Devices, Real Estate Investments, Aerospace & Defense and Staffing, just to name a few. In those roles she was a consultant, and an HR, and Diversity and INclusion Leader.

Chablee has been a Hudson resident for over 17 years, and is a wife, mother of 2 amazing guys, and a doggie mom to an English Lab, and 2 Olde English Bulldogs. She believes that wellness starts from within, by making sure that you actively listen to your body, and pay attention to your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.


Valerie Kacian – Studio Manager

Valerie started her yoga practice in 2001 shortly after the birth of her daughter. Initially seeking balance to round out a heavy cardio fitness routine, she received more gifts from the practice than she could ever imagined. It was from day one on the mat that she knew she would teach and share these gifts with others. She has a special interest in working with students within their own range of motion tapping into pure, functional movement in the body. Valerie believes that anyone can practice and experience the great benefits of yoga. She uses a whole-hearted approach to encourage her students to connect deeply to movement within their own bodies. Valerie teaches Prenatal Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Baby & Me Yoga, Vinyasa, Power, Yin, and Restorative. Valerie completed her 200 hour YTT in May, 2018 with Cindy Boulter, prenatal training in April, 2018 with Lorraine Shedoudi, and Prenatal Certification with Bec Conant at Down Under Yoga. Additional training includes Reiki I, Trauma-Informed Teacher Training, Restorative Teacher Training, and various workshops addressing back and pelvic health. In 2019 she continues her studies undergoing a six month apprenticeship with Jacqui Bonwell, as well as Advanced Prenatal and Postnatal Teacher Training with Bec Conant at Down Under School of Yoga.


Melissa Angel, Director of Massage & Bodywork

Melissa Angel believes in the importance of living a healthy and balanced life, in body and mind. It was her own experiences that inspired her to become a Massage Therapist and help others find their balance. In 2005 after the birth of her son Daniel, she was put on the path to finding a career that complimented her new life and responsibilities as a mother. She had an interest in Massage Therapy and energy work and when the opportunity presented itself, she decided to start her life changing journey and become certified as a massage therapist.

Melissa’s passion began with receiving her Certification as a Massage Therapist from Salter College and her work has evolved into a passion for Reiki healing as well as working as a Birth Doula over the past 12 years. In 2010, she trained with Elaine Stillerman, LMT, a pioneer in the field of prenatal massage to receive a certificate in this specialized modality. She understands that a mother’s comfort and mental state is an important part of prenatal care. After working with women in pregnancy for a year she began her training as a Birth Doula through DONA (Doulas of North America) in 2011 and to date she has been blessed with working along side over eighty couples in just just 7 years.

In December of 2012 Melissa’s second child Sophia was born. Since becoming a mother of 2 she has continued to work as a Massage Therapist and Birth Doula focusing on her passion for achieving a balanced lifestyle and connection in body and mind.

Melissa has also received specialized training in Thai Therapy Treatment and Reiki. 


Anna Cantor – Wellness Intake Manager

Anna joins the Synergy team with a unique background and professional journey. She grew up in a Filipino-American military family, moving state to state and overseas before graduating high school in the DC area. After attending Berklee College of Music to study music therapy, Anna moved toward another passion of hers through gymnastics. With her many years of competitive gymnastics under her belt, Anna found coaching suited her.  True to her adaptive nature, Anna soon embraced the opportunity to move into management and administration within the gym. She has since worked in many aspects of fitness, health and wellness.

Anna believes in change as a constant and continued opportunity to grow and develop. She is thrilled to be in collaboration with Synergy in their mission to deliver on their core values. When Anna is not at Synergy, she enjoys spending time with family, exploring new places, eating delicious food, and moving her body. If you have a suggestion for a new audiobook, recipe, or artist to check out, send them her way!


Elis Sanchez-O’Shea – Lead Wellness Coordinator

Elis has dedicated her professional life to providing services and supporting the wellness and healing of families, children and adults in the community.  Elis has years of professional experience working in the non- profit, private and public sectors, providing intervention, services and support, including 27 years working for the Trial Courts of Massachusetts.  She is fully bilingual in Spanish and English and has been with Synergy Wellness Center since it opened its doors.  

Elis was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is deeply proud of her roots. She is dedicated and committed to her family and their shared experiences and love. She loves the outdoors, enjoys traveling and learning.  She believes all individuals have purpose and meaning in life and that we are all capable of achieving our best while being supported and supporting others. She is passionate about assisting in the healing and wellness of individuals in all walks of life and believes that, “A little progress every day adds up to big results”.  


Tayisha Santiago – Medical Billing Manager

Tayisha has degrees in Medical Billing and Coding, one from Massachusetts and one from Puerto Rico, with fourteen years of experience working in medical field. Tayisha graduated top of her class and was always on the Dean’s List for excellency. Tayisha has a beautiful miracle daughter after experiencing infertility for thirteen years. She loves traveling and going on gastronomical adventures with her husband of fifteen years. In her free time, Tayisha likes to sing and write gospel music and cook her Puerto Rican cuisine. In Puerto Rico she used to rescue dogs from the streets, take care of them and put them up for adoption when they were in good shape. One time she had fourteen dogs at the same time! She believes in the Action of Service with love for both human and animals, and her love and faith in God is very important as she sees it as her motor to live a peaceful, fully and grateful life.


Melissa Ferman, Wellness Director

New to the wellness industry but not new to helping others, Melissa is a creative, hardworking team player with many years of customer service experience.  She has built her career in different industries involving consumer goods, design, and health.  She has over 25 years of customer service experience, and over 10 years of management experience.  She brings a diverse skillset to the Operations Assistant position and is excited to help further Synergy’s mission of supporting one another.  Melissa is passionate about creating positive and genuine relationships and is always ready to lend a hand or an ear to listen, as she believes the true reason we are here is to help one another.


Catherine Vacca – Intake Coordinator

Cat has always been eager to find fulfilling career path that she is passionate about. As she believes that helping people is her true calling, as a newly certified 200-hour yoga instructor, she is on her way to that. She has experience in Human Resources and Operations and is excited to offer a variety of support to the Synergy community!

In her free time, Cat loves to practice yoga, travel, collect crystals, cook, play volleyball, and indulge in the outdoors.


Delaney McWalters – Marketing & Communications Manager

Delaney McWalters helps people and businesses grow through effective and consistent marketing strategies.

As a Communications Assistant at Synergy Wellness Center, she oversees marketing, as well as internal and external communications. For Delaney, being able to market a business that makes a real difference in peoples’ lives is the most rewarding part of the role.

Delaney graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. With more than 5 years of experience, Delaney has worked with several valuable clients, including nonprofits, doctor’s offices, clinical research facilities, and marketing agencies. In her free time, you can find her spending time with her cat, Louie, golfing, skiing, and traveling.


Meghann Jurkowski – Care Manager

Meghann has a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Framingham State University and a Master’s Degree in Applied Nutrition and Nutrition Education from Northeastern University. She has worked in a wide range of positions and settings from diet technician work in traditional clinical health care, to educational roles in the community and corporate settings, to menu management and nutritionist roles on college and university campuses. Her dynamic experience in the field includes healthy eating and cooking classes, nutrition counseling, health and wellness coaching, individualized meal and health plans, food allergy and intolerance management, specialized diets, treating and managing medical conditions through diet, eating disorders and corporate wellness and consultation. 

Meghann believes that complete health and wellness is achieved through holistic practices as the body, mind and soul are all connected. She is very passionate about helping people live their healthiest, happiest lives with the combination of whole foods and herbs, vitamin and mineral supplementation, body movement, stress management and happiness amplification. Health promotion and disease prevention is her focus – treating the root cause of illness and preventing health issues. She wants you to be well and stay well! Meghann’s passion for and education in holistic health is constantly growing and evolving. She is currently working towards her RD exam and is excited to grow with the Synergy team.

Counseling

Dana Zais, Director of Emotional Wellness

Dana Zais is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of working in the non-profit mental health field.  Dana provided crisis intervention, individual (adults, children and adolescents), couples, family, and group therapy, throughout the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Dana spent 16 years as a Clinical Director for a treatment facility serving over 600 adolescents and their families per year. She has managed, mentored, and consulted for non-profit programs, schools, towns, state agencies, and mental health centers.

Dana is a certified Motivational Interviewing trainer. She has also conducted trainings around the state on Trauma, Anxiety, ADHD, Caring for the Caregiver, and understanding the struggles of living with mental illness. In addition, Dana is a Board Member for the Massachusetts State Board of Social Workers and a Representative on the Middlesex County TRACE (Team Response to Child Exploitation) Steering Committee.  Dana believes that everyone has an inherent ability to overcome obstacles and obtain their goals. She most enjoys supporting and guiding others to reach their full potential whether as individuals or as teams.

Dana received her Bachelor of Science Degree at Northeastern University. After working in the field for three years, she went back to school and obtained her Master’s in Social Work at Simmons College.


Manjola Prifti, LMFT

Manjola is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who brings to counseling not only her expertise in helping couples and families heal, transform and overcome, but also a solid understanding of life and the array of challenges that come with it. Manjola has lived a full and interesting life in different cultures, speaks 7 languages, and is gifted with curiosity and a love for learning. Manjola values each relationship that is formed within or outside sessions as opportunities for further exploring and understanding the richness of human experience.

Manjola is a veteran of the US Army who spent 10 years working in the legal field. During her active duty service, Manjola witnessed the heroism and the sacrifices of the military families and was inspired to dedicate her work to supporting families. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Capella University and has provided services in the Metro West community since 2013. Manjola has had the pleasure to work with children, adults, and couples, in individual and family settings.

 


Suzanne Peters – LICSW

The therapeutic process can be a journey into self reflection, gaining insight into thought and behavior patterns where one has the ability to evolve and expand their life’s possibilities and build positive, effective coping skills in ways they may have never imagined.  Therapy can offer a space to make sense of past experiences, relationship dynamics and to find ways to feel more comfortable in our lives.  Each individual brings their own unique needs and desires to our work together and we begin by exploring what is important to you.

I have worked with adults and seniors for the past 17 years, using a strengths-based and client-centered approach.  I specialize in working with clients coping with mood disorders, anxiety, loneliness, relationship issues, chronic illness, loss and those struggling with challenging circumstances or difficult transitions.

I provide a warm, caring, non-judgmental environment where clients can feel comfortable and safe discussing difficult topics.  In our work toward well-being, I incorporate techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness approaches.  I enjoy working with individuals to improve self-esteem and quality of life.

I see it as a true privilege to be invited along for the journey in my clients’ lives. 


Michelle Bernier, LMHC

Michelle is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has been practicing for 9 years.  She received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Framingham State University in 2010. Throughout her training, Michelle has provided therapeutic services to a culturally diverse clientele including adults, adolescents, children, and families that live with mental illness and substance abuse.  Michelle has been dedicated to early childhood development and improving the lives of children and families through emotional and behavioral support, advocacy and community outreach.

Michelle has experience providing diagnostic evaluations and therapy services to treat a wide range of complaints including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, self-esteem, social skill building, and life transitions.  Michelle’s therapeutic style is supportive, Solution-Focused with a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach. She believes that therapy is a collaborative effort and she offers individualized treatment to meet each of her client’s unique needs and challenges.

Michelle’s goal is to reduce the stigma of seeking counseling, to help her clients develop emotional wellness, and to improve their relationships and daily functioning. She is committed to supporting her clients by providing the tools that will help them better understand their experience and to find solutions for their challenges. 


Harvey Atkins, LMHC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been practicing for over thirty years. I most recently served as Counselor and Transitional Services Director in a private special educational program. I worked with adolescents in finding strengths that could facilitate their inner growth and develop plans that could initiate their personal career and life development.

Prior to that I worked in a private clinic and was a member of a diagnostic team that evaluated complex cases and provided individualized treatment strategies. I provided counseling to individuals from ages four to sixty, presenting with various mental health and life challenges. During that time, I conducted court evaluations for juveniles at Uxbridge District Court and provided mental health services at the Blackstone Valley Regional Tech High School. This was part of the school-based health center and included an annual depression day screening.

My clinical perspective is that people should be seen through their individual thoughts, emotions and behaviors, and that this should be grounded in the social and familial history that guided their development. I believe that neuroscience can contribute to a comprehensive understanding of people but my emphasis is to see a person as a unique being. Along the way I have been influenced by many, but two practitioners in particular have impacted me. One is Richard Gardner who taught me to always remember that counseling is a creative art, and Elkhonon Goldberg who deepened my understanding of brain biology.

I have always respected the varying nature of each person’s story, as each provides a new challenge to learn and join in a process of change. I have great respect for those who seek ways to improve their capacity to live more successfully and accept their unique strength.

 


Kathy Benson, LICSW

Kathy is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of diverse experience in clinical, medical and hospice settings, working with individuals from 18 to 99 and their families. She specializes in working with people who have traumas of various types, loss and grief, anxiety, depression, adjustment to chronic illness, aging and caregiving.

She is a group facilitator with training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, IFS (Internal Family Systems), Finding the Deep River Within, Reiki and bereavement work.

Kathy views counseling as a collaboration and invites frequent feedback from clients about the process. She brings compassion and empathy to her work with clients and believes self- care is an important element working with individuals. She often recommends exercise, yoga, creative arts and meditation to support healing. Kathy is passionate about personal growth, reading, dance, travel and finding joy in the simple things in life.

 


Catherine O’Connell, M.Ed., LMHC, LADCI

Catherine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor with extensive clinical experience working with adults presenting with addiction, alcohol abuse, anxiety, depression, grief, relationship and trauma issues. She views therapy as an interactive collaboration to assist clients with developing awareness and perspective for enhanced self-care, personal growth and wellness.

Catherine believes that individuals present for therapy with a unique life story and utilizes a supportive client centered approach focused on the client’s needs, strengths, goal attainment, coping strategies and well-being. She embraces a holistic perspective for overall health and may recommend exercise, yoga, meditation and various recovery philosophies as effective strategies to support change and healing.

Catherine has been impressed with the courage exhibited by clients to initiate therapy along with their resilience to manage difficult circumstances and life events. She enjoys providing clients with a compassionate and safe space to share their story while exploring possibilities for life change and fulfillment.

 


Pamela LaBarre, LMHC

Pam is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).  She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Merrimack College and has experience working with adults, adolescents, couples, trauma abuse survivors and first responders. She is a client centered trauma focused clinician taking an integrative and collaborative approach to mental health treatment. She uses a variety of interventions which include but not limited to cognitive-behavioral therapy, EMDR, trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness and animal-assisted therapy, and uses an individualized client centered approach based on each person or couple’s needs.

Pam’s experience includes treatment of a wide range of mental illness and addiction including PTSD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and mood disorders. She also has experience facilitating group therapies.

Psychotherapy services should address the specific needs of each client. Having trained in a variety of evidence-based practices, Pam works together with clients to determine which approach works best for them, with the intent of addressing both symptoms and long-standing patterns of behavior.  Pam’s approach to therapy is compassionate, flexible and creative in technique and style, and her ability to connect and build a trusting rapport with each individual is essential to good therapy.   

 


Audrey May, LMHC

Audrey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 9 years of clinical experience. She holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Master’s in Criminal Justice Studies, both from Suffolk University. Audrey has worked in a variety of settings including in-home, group/residential settings, and outpatient services, with an emphasis on reaching under-served communities. She works with teens, young adult, and adult populations with a specialty in trauma treatment, mood disorders, and high-risk behavior.

Audrey uses a Person-Centered approach to counseling, in which the client/therapist professional relationship is a partnership, and goals are carefully tailored to meet client’s individual needs. Audrey draws upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, to teach a range of coping and interpersonal skills.

In addition to her background in counseling, Audrey is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and is in the process of becoming a certified Meditation Teacher. Audrey enjoys bringing these teachings and tools into counseling sessions as applicable to each client’s needs.

 


Corinne Spangler-Baccam, MA, LMHC, CEIS

Working with people has always been her passion. Whether it be working as an educator, an art teacher, a developmental specialist, an art therapist or psychotherapist, it has been her love for children, people, art and nature combined that has formed Corinne into the therapist she is today.

As a mental health provider, Corinne considers herself an extremely dedicated and present clinician. One who truly enjoys working with all who come into her practice. Her belief is each person is truly unique and special in their own way and that somehow, in their journey through life, they may have lost sight or never quite grasped what that special something might be. A large part of her work is helping people find that special something, or at least feel content with who they are and embrace their own love for self.

As a graduate from Lesley University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Art Therapies in 2003, Corinne has become well versed in the uses of varied treatment modalities that consist of art, play, the expressive arts, CBT and mindfulness practice to reach her clients. The use of these modalities helps her to better understand and connect with her clients and help her clients better connect with themselves. She believes not only in talk therapy or CBT but in that the expressive art therapies support personal processes in managing difficult thoughts, emotions, feelings or in changing behaviors.

With nearly 30 years of experience in working with children in education and mental health, Corinne has a special niche for treating young children and has made great progress working with tweens, teens, as well as young adults. Her experience through her professional life brought her to amazing work environments such as The Walker Home and School in Needham as an intern, The Community Therapeutic Day School in Lexington as a second year intern, Thom Mystic Valley Early Intervention as a Developmental Specialist and Psychologist for her post-graduate clinical hours, Safe Studio in Ipswich as an LMHC and Art Therapist and Criterion Early Intervention in Framingham, as a Certified Early Intervention Specialist and LMHC. Leading up to joining Synergy, Corinne had been running her own successful private practice in Northborough for over a decade. With a strong belief in treating the whole person, Corinne is very excited to be part of the collaborative holistic healing environment Synergy Wellness Center has to offer.

 


Jennifer Luke, LICSW

Jenn is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years working in the mental health field. Jenn received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Simmons College in 2006 and has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and groups.  Jenn has worked in various settings such as DCF, in a pediatrician’s office and most recently as the Clinical Director of an adolescent boys’ residential program. 

Jenn has experience working with clients coping with stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, relationship issues, parental challenges, social skills and grief. Jenn’s therapeutic style is strengths based and uses a Solution Focused approach, incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and DBT techniques. Jenn tailors the therapy to the needs of the client and believes in working together to create the desired outcome.

Jenn brings empathy, compassion and understanding to her therapy sessions. Jenn also feels that holistic healing is an important part of treating the mind and body. This is what drew Jenn to Synergy Wellness, and Jenn recommends mindfulness, yoga and nutrition in her therapeutic approach when appropriate.

 


Yulia Heringer, LMHC

Yulia is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University. She has worked with adolescents and adults in a multitude of settings including outpatient mental health clinics, psychiatric inpatient units, counseling centers. Her goal is to create an empathetic and empowering therapeutic environment for each individual. Yulia approaches each client as a whole person and strives to create a collaborative relationship where there is room for both problem-solving approaches and transformative personal growth.

Yulia’s clinical areas of focus include depression, anxiety, substance use, and adjustment to medical illness. She uses evidence-based treatment approaches to identify and clarify goals, facilitate behavior change, and build coping skills.

She has a wonderful, supportive husband and two beautiful boys. Yulia loves to attend her kids’ activities, spend time with family and friends. She also enjoys nature walks, music, movies, and baking with her children.

Yulia appreciates the courage it takes to seek out help at a time of vulnerability and hopes that she can be helpful to you.

 


Alexandra Doucette, LICSW

Alex is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has been working and training in the mental health field since 2005 when she took a summer job at a state psychiatric hospital while pursuing her undergraduate degree in psychology. In 2014 she received her Master of Social Work degree from Simmons College in Boston. Over the course of her career she has provided services to people experiencing a broad range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, and schizophrenia. She has also done family and group work, and has had experience in inpatient, residential, and community settings.

She takes an integrative approach informed by both traditional and holistic treatment strategies including cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, and mindfulness, as well as the therapeutic use of nutrition, yoga, and lifestyle interventions. She has completed a 200 hour yoga teacher certification, a 100 hour Yoga Therapy for Emotional Health and Healing training, and is currently enrolled in a Certified Integrative Mental Health Practitioner course that teaches mental health professionals how to incorporate nutrition and lifestyle strategies to support psychological wellbeing.

She seeks to ensure that the therapeutic process is collaborative and empowering, honoring each person’s strengths, agency, and inherent wisdom about their own needs. She believes that everyone has the capacity to heal and to create and sustain positive changes in their lives.

 


Michael LaPointe, LMHC

Michael is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 5 years of clinical experience and he received his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Fitchburg State University. After graduating, he worked as an in home family therapist for a non-profit organization with a focus on under-served and low-income families until joining the team at Synergy.

He has worked with a variety of caregivers and most of his time in the field has focused on youth ages 5-22, addressing trauma, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. He utilizes a person-centered approach in working with clients and primarily draws inspiration from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and from the ARC model of trauma-informed care.

He believes in providing nonjudgmental and affirming care to all individuals and feels that therapy should be a collaborative process where empathy, compassion, and understanding are at the forefront. He also firmly believes that everyone has the capacity to improve in their overall wellness, self-care, and self-esteem, that everyone’s journey is unique, and that all should be made to feel welcome, valued, and appreciated.


Sue Schmitz, LMHC, ATR

Sue is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and registered Art Therapist. After studying psychology and studio art at Dartmouth College, Sue attended Lesley University’s Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy program, graduating in 2012. Sue has worked with adults and children with depression, anxiety, trauma, thought disorders, and substance use, as well as oncology patients, homeless and low-income women, and youth on the autism spectrum. 

Sue previously worked at Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services, overseeing state-funded children and family programs. Sue is passionate about helping individuals achieve better functioning by implementing healthy lifestyle changes, improving communication and relationships, and increasing resiliency.

Sue offers art therapy as a cathartic modality that can provide a sense of “flow”. Creative processes help bring awareness to internal thoughts, beliefs, and desires. In better understanding our internal experience, we can identify priorities and make conscious choices that fit our needs. She also utilizes motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy to support individuals in developing more adaptive ways to regulate internal experiences. She uses a person-centered, strength-based approach, believing that each individual is capable of driving their own healing and personal growth.

yoga & meditation

Valerie Kacian – Studio Manager, Yoga Instructor

Valerie started her yoga practice in 2001 shortly after the birth of her daughter. Initially seeking balance to round out a heavy cardio fitness routine, she received more gifts from the practice than she could ever imagined. It was from day one on the mat that she knew she would teach and share these gifts with others. She has a special interest in working with students within their own range of motion tapping into pure, functional movement in the body. Valerie believes that anyone can practice and experience the great benefits of yoga. She uses a whole-hearted approach to encourage her students to connect deeply to movement within their own bodies. Valerie teaches Prenatal Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Baby & Me Yoga, Vinyasa, Power, Yin, and Restorative. Valerie completed her 200 hour YTT in May, 2018 with Cindy Boulter, prenatal training in April, 2018 with Lorraine Shedoudi, and Prenatal Certification with Bec Conant at Down Under Yoga. Additional training includes Reiki I, Trauma-Informed Teacher Training, Restorative Teacher Training, and various workshops addressing back and pelvic health.  In 2019 she continues her studies undergoing a six month apprenticeship with Jacqui Bonwell, as well as Advanced Prenatal and Postnatal Teacher Training with Bec Conant at Down Under School of Yoga. 


Jen Mast – L.I.C.S.W., E-RYT 500 (IYT), Integrative Functional Therapeutic Yoga Teacher, ChildLight Teen Yoga®, 

Stepping onto the mat everyday has allowed me to stay grounded in the things that are truly important. Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease over a decade ago, my life took an unpredictable turn.  Things that were easy became difficult and I felt as though I had lost part of myself.  It was during this time that I deepened my spiritual practice. Yoga helped to heal the aches and pains that came with autoimmunity, it improved my energy, my mood and it allowed me to show up each day for my friends, loved ones and most importantly myself.  Yoga’s transformational abilities led me on a new path to become a yoga instructor combining my past work as a Licensed Social Worker with my new path in yoga therapy, functional movement through yoga and myofascial release.  As we bring all levels of a person’s being into balance, true healing occurs. Moving beyond illness and discomfort, we are able to live life to our fullest expression. 

Jen completed her 500-hour at Kripalu with Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) in 2016 where she trained under Joseph and Lillian LePage and Maria Mendola (Integrative Functional Yoga Therapy).  Jen furthered her study and attended an intensive training with Maria in Tucson, learning various techniques for myofascial release, therapeutic movements and exercises to rebalance alignment and long held patterns.  In 2018, Jen completed a weekend training in The Roll Model Method®  and a Ball Rolling Techniques Workshop with David Vendetti – both for myofascial release. Her extensive work with athletes, injuries and chronic illness in both group and private settings inform her teaching style which infuses safety, mindfulness, alignment principals, unique uses of props and functional therapeutic movements, and of course a lot of humor and fun! 


Julie McKay, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Practitioner

Julie grew up on the coast of Maine, and moved to Stow, MA with her husband and three children in 2014. Trained as a dancer, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Dance at Skidmore College. She enjoyed teaching dance to children for 20 years, and as she was approaching 40, she fell deeply in love with yoga. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 from Yoga On York, and has been sharing her passion with others ever since. Julie cultivates a safe and comfortable atmosphere for her students, weaving in philosophy, encouragement, and humor.

Trainings include: Frontiers of Trauma Treatment (van der Kolk/Moore), The Art of Adjusting (Stackpoole/Peltz), Classical 8 Limbed Path of Ashtanga Yoga (Birch), and Reiki I and II (Barnett).  

 


Georgia Jones – Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Georgia Jones lives in Stow, MA.  Before moving her practice to Synergy Wellness Center, she was owner/teacher for six years at Self Compassion Yoga here in Hudson, MA. Georgia began practicing yoga in 1999 as an alternative treatment to a medical condition (the result of too many hours spent sitting at a desk in front of a computer).  She was simply hoping it would help and had no idea of the impact it would have on her life. The changes it brought to her physical and mental self were so profound it has stayed with her ever since and she continues to practice yoga in some form each and every day. 

Georgia draws her inspiration from many styles of yoga and through countless extraordinary teachers. Her skills as an artist and graphic designer contribute to her ability to bring a stimulating and creative experience to her students on the mat.  With a focus on alignment and modifications to meet her students where they are in their practice, her classes are physically challenging while remaining accessible to all levels.  

Georgia has more than 500 hours of certified yoga teacher training. She holds her 300 hour certificate through the Professional Teacher Training Program at Down Under School of Yoga in Brookline, MA and her 200 hour certificate through Kripalu Yoga in Stockbridge, MA.  

 


 Kathy Hirsh – Yoga Instructor

Kathy is a RYT 200 yoga instructor from Yoga Alliance. She comes from a fitness background with certifications in Kick Boxing, Indoor Cycling, and Les Mills Body Pump and Body Flow. While she has worked mostly with adults, Kathy is also certified to teach children and seniors. Kathy took her first yoga class in 2000 after a sports-related knee injury and ACL surgery. Up until that injury, Kathy had been avoiding yoga, thinking that it “wasn’t for her” for a variety of reasons. She was so surprised that she liked yoga and how it made her mind and body feel, that she started to practice regularly. Kathy enjoyed her personal practice so much that when her favorite yoga instructor moved away in 2007, she decided to build on her yoga and got certified to teach. Kathy wants people to feel relaxed in her class and laugh from time to time, to accept that the yoga practice will be or feel different from day to day, and to nourish themselves and treat themselves with compassion on the mat and off.   


Joanna Losty – Yoga and Pilates Instructor

Things that Joanna Losty is most passionate about:

– Her family and friends.
– Teaching and empowering students of all ages and all abilities.
– Making people laugh, feel loved, seen and important.
– Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip ice cream . : )  

Why such love for yoga? A lifelong athlete, competitor and lover of fitness, Joanna’s path changed a bit when she discovered the magic of yoga in her early 20’s (a million years ago.) Once craving just the physical benefits of a strong workout, Joanna began to crave the way yoga created balance and helped to quiet and calm the mind. There is a magical energy and peace created when moving, breathing, and acting mindfully… and it’s become the most dependable anchor in Joanna’s life. Motherhood, marriage, work….life in general are so much more manageable with a daily practice and a few deep breaths! 

Joanna’s intention as a teacher is to create a sense of calm strength and confidence for all students…to combine a sense of playfulness, spirituality, and a dose of inspiration into your day, and most importantly, to have you stepping off your mat feeling stronger, nourished and refreshed.  Her classes are designed to create a balance between strength and softness, movement and stillness, with the hopes of using breath to find our way out of our minds and into the present moment.

Joanna has been teaching group fitness classes since 2008. She has completed trainings in mat Pilates, weight lifting, yoga for children with special needs, and her 200 hour yoga teacher training. She considers herself a lifelong student, however, and hopes that her love of learning translates into intelligent, creative, and joyful classes 

 


Lauren Gatta – Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master

Lauren has always had a passion for health and fitness.  As a fitness instructor since 1993, her focus was mainly on cardio and weight-training.  It wasn’t until about 25 years later that her vision changed and left her accounting career to become a full-time certified health and nutrition coach through Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

In 2017 Lauren completed her first Yoga and Pilates exercise instructor program. In 2018 she became certified as Reiki Master, (Reiki I & II Certified Practitioner, and Master/Teacher Level Attunement) through Regina’s Connections. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Revolution Community Yoga (RYS) with Cindy Boulter, 2020-2021. 

During challenging times Lauren turned to Yoga and Reiki and learned to develop the tools to ground herself, center her energy and calm her mind. Lauren found this place on her mat and within her spirit which created a nourishing path for her to follow. Lauren teaches a variety of carefully sequenced classes including, Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Restorative and Yoga Sculpt. Her classes are thoughtfully prepared and designed to welcome beginners as well as challenge all levels of practitioners. 


Janet Boucher, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, Thai Massage & Thai Foot Reflexology

What is your walk in life? My goal in life isn’t to be perfect, it’s to be whole. Fifteen years ago my yoga journey began. It’s become a way of life, my source of healing and strength. I’ve had the honor of training with Bernie Clark, Cindy Boulter, Jacqui Bonwell, Johnny Gillespie, Libby Barnett and Theresa Murphy. Their knowledge is humbling.

My yoga training includes; 500YTT, Balanced Athlete certification, Clinically Informed Restorative Yoga for trauma (CLIR), Restorative yoga, an extensive study of

Yin Yoga. I received certification in Thai Yoga Massage and Thai Foot Reflexology in 2021. My training was through Thai Transformations with Jeanne Coleman. I teach traditional yoga with a modern technique. I love to laugh and not take myself too seriously. I encourage curiosity, self-inquiry and humor.

I find great strength and light from my Christian faith. My husband and 2 kids are my biggest fans and I love them beyond words. My dog is the world’s best snuggler. My parents have given me a firm foundation that has allowed me to soar. My sister reminds me there is nothing you can’t do if you believe in yourself. Be still, Be happy…Savasana (my favorite pose) 


Lisa Campbell, Meditation Teacher

Lisa Campbell is a professional mindfulness trainer, meditation teacher, Kripalu-trained Holistic Health Teacher, Course Advisor for the McLean Meditation Institute, US Air Force veteran, and founder of Mindfulfilled Meditation, LLC.  On a mission to help others transform their lives to be healthier, happier, and more peaceful, time spent with Lisa is experiential, educational, and always supported with kindness and humor. As a special guest speaker, workshop presenter, and weekly class teacher, Lisa makes learning meditation and cultivating a regular practice easy, fun, and understandable for all ages and populations – you can find her teaching in schools, homes, businesses, senior centers, yoga studios, at veteran retreats, wellness centers, community programs, yoga retreats, and more.  Lisa has taught meditation professionally for more than 6 years,and draws on the deep wisdom gained from her own practice, which spans more than 30 years, as well as hundreds of hours dedicated to professional training and certification programs.  Lisa is a loving wife, mother, and doting caretaker of three cats, three guinea pigs, a hedgehog, and assorted fish, and is committed to providing a safe, truthful, and respectful space for everyone on the journey of self-discovery, empowerment and personal improvement.  She actively supports, and is registered with www.SEEKsafely.org.


Linda Dussinger- RYT500

I’ve always had a deep yearning for movement and fitness, and my love affair with yoga began many years ago. I was amazed how the connection of mind and body left me feeling peaceful and grounded whenever I stepped on my mat. Over time my passion for yoga grew and so did my desire to share this wonderful practice with others. My mission with yoga is an internal and external connection for myself. For all. I am fueled by the need to help others find acceptance and balance in their lives. With a side order of adventure!

It was in 2015 when I made the decision to become an instructor and obtained my 200-hour certification at Coreworks Institute in Florida. I deepened my studies in 2020 completing my Yoga Teaching Apprenticeship as well as my 500-hour certification at Sacred Seeds Yoga School under the guidance of Master Teacher Jacqui Bonwell. This training included a Clinically Informed Restorative Yoga Certification for Trauma students, ball rolling and introduction to FMS (functional movement screening). I also developed and implemented a funeral home Yoga Grief Program where I conduct classes for the families we serve. This includes breathing techniques, chair yoga and light meditation, all of which help them heal during difficult times.

My classes are focused on proper body alignment, increased mobility and building core strength. Proper tools are always provided for students to enhance their practice in a safe and mindful way. I also play meditation sound bowls which allow students to experience their vibrational, sound healing energy.


Deb Carroll – Reiki Master, Yoga Teacher and Essential Oil Specialist

Deb is a Reiki Master, 500-hour certified yoga teacher, and an Essential Oil Specialist.Deb studied Reiki with Libby Barnett from 2011 to 2020. She completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training at Down Under School of Yoga with Natasha Rizopolous and other senior yoga teachers from 2012 to 2016 and was part of the Power of Touch mentorship with Nicole Clark at Down Under from 2016 – 2018. She is currently studying with teachers of Traditional Chinese Medicine coupled with essential oils to offer more ways of living a wellness lifestyle.Deb is also the proud mother of two grown children, loves practicing yoga, bicycling, walking, and spending time in nature. She is a perpetual student with a lifelong interest in health and wellness and helping others to live their best life.

 


Carole Williamson, Mindfulness Instructor

Carole, originally from the UK, is a Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator (Mindful Leader) and has trained with East Coast Mindfulness to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).  She has a background in human resources and worksite wellness and her training includes the MBSR course at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness, and the Mindfulness for Health course through Breathworks UK.

She volunteers as a facilitator for the Meditate Together program, and hosts Community Sits for the Mindfulness Practice Center of Shrewsbury, MA where she serves on the Board.

Acupuncture


Natasha El-Massih, MAcOM, LAC

Natasha is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the state of Massachusetts, certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). Growing up a Ballet dancer, Natasha was always intrigued with how the body works. Her Grandmother was a Pediatrician so she was often surrounded by medicine and hearing about remedies. She loved learning from her Grandmother.

She went on to earn her BS in Kinesiology Exercise Science with a minor in Dance at the University of New Hampshire. Her education delved deep into the anatomy and physiology of the human body, the effects of exercise on the body, and the biochemistry of the body specifically of the cardiovascular system. After a couple years of working she decided to continue her education and get her Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.

Natasha has been in practice since 2017 and loves merging both Eastern and Western medical philosophies and knowledge together to get optimal health and healing. She treats the body as a whole by focusing on each person as an individual to get to the root cause of their health concern. Her interests and specialties include Women’s health, stress, sleep issues, migraines, and musculoskeletal pain and injury.

Massage & Body Awareness

Melissa Angel, LMT, Reiki Practitioner, Foot Reflexologist

Melissa Angel believes in the importance of living a healthy and balanced life, in body and mind. It was her own experiences that inspired her to become a Massage Therapist and help others find their balance. In 2005 after the birth of her son Daniel, she was put on the path to finding a career that complimented her new life and responsibilities as a mother. She had an interest in Massage Therapy and energy work and when the opportunity presented itself, she decided to start her life changing journey and become certified as a massage therapist.

Melissa’s passion began with receiving her Certification as a Massage Therapist from Salter College and her work has evolved into a passion for Reiki healing as well as working as a Birth Doula over the past 12 years. In 2010, she trained with Elaine Stillerman, LMT, a pioneer in the field of prenatal massage to receive a certificate in this specialized modality. She understands that a mother’s comfort and mental state is an important part of prenatal care. After working with women in pregnancy for a year she began her training as a Birth Doula through DONA (Doulas of North America) in 2011 and to date she has been blessed with working along side over eighty couples in just just 7 years.

In December of 2012 Melissa’s second child Sophia was born. Since becoming a mother of 2 she has continued to work as a Massage Therapist and Birth Doula focusing on her passion for achieving a balanced lifestyle and connection in body and mind.

Melissa has also received specialized training in Thai Therapy Treatment and Reiki.


Kim Nadreau – LMT, Level II Reiki Practitioner, Craniosacral Practitioner

Kim is a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Level 2 Reiki practitioner and is trained in Craniosacral, Lymphatic, and Chikly Brain Techniques. She had the honor of receiving Level I and II Reiki attunements with Eliza Johnson, whom she also credits with playing a significant role in her spiritual growth and the particular direction of her health and wellness journey. As with Michelle, she too participated in monthly Reiki clinics with Eliza, which is where their paths first crossed.

Kim has degrees in psychology and education stemming from a lifelong interest in caring for others. She began developing formal skills in healing in 2010 when she began pursuing Craniosacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute. In 2015 after two careers, including more than fifteen years in teaching, Kim enrolled in a Massage Therapy program so she could expand her practice of hands-on work to better facilitate the well-being of others and continue to explore the connections between emotional, spiritual, and physical health.


Catherine Martin, LMT, Certified Practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®

Catherine has always been intrigued by how we connect with our center, with an embodied experience of depth and vitality. There are so many portals to this aliveness. Working with the belly- the center of the body- is one that she finds rewarding.
A practicing massage therapist since 1999, Catherine graduated from American Spirit Institute in Williamsburg, VA. She has a BA in Psychology and Masters in Counseling from The College of William and Mary. The counseling program offered an emphasis in transpersonal psychology- an interest which has woven through her professional and personal life. Studying Rosen Method helped to bring a deepening understanding of how the body holds emotion and unconscious material as well as a capacity to explore this with curiosity and kindness.
Catherine was lucky enough to study the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® with Dr. Rosito Arvigo a little over a decade ago. She was drawn to the lineage of this particular work. The roots in traditional healing can help in connecting to our own roots in satisfying ways. She loves being able to draw on this work in her own life, pulling thyme and oregano from the garden or spice cabinet to make a steam if she or a family member has a cold or using castor oil packs for scar tissue. She is passionate about sharing this work with others. She finds it deeply satisfying to be with others in their journey.
“To remember the other world in this world/is to live in your true inheritance” David Whyte 

 


Kristy Chamberland, LMT

Kristy is a Licensed Massage Therapist who champions open communication of gentle intention for our bodies. She was trained under a Master Massage Therapist mentorship for 10 years and trained and certified by Bancroft School of Massage in early 2020. Throughout that time, she studied Ceramics at Massachusetts College of Art. She applied her dynamic attention to the forest and the trees to articulate the concept of energy transference through visual language. Over the course of her life, she has worked in a wide range of skilled manual labor jobs. These experiences exposed her to different forms of both mental and muscle stress which she uses to inform her compassion for others.

All of her knowledge and experience has allowed her to cultivate a deep growing understanding of her own body. She offers massage as a tool to help people establish a baseline of relaxation in their mind and muscles. Kristy intends to facilitate healing through the use of massage to help create feedback for our mind-body connection and the comfort of caring touch. She considers it a blessing to have the opportunity to help someone feel more comfortable in their body with massage work.  

Kristy is a voracious learner who loves to develop her skills. In the future she intends to develop her energy healing abilities as well as her massage skills. She offers therapeutic relaxation Swedish, deep tissue, aromatherapy, cupping, and hot stone massage.


Janet Boucher, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, Thai Massage & Thai Foot Reflexology

What is your walk in life? My goal in life isn’t to be perfect, it’s to be whole. Fifteen years ago my yoga journey began. It’s become a way of life, my source of healing and strength. I’ve had the honor of training with Bernie Clark, Cindy Boulter, Jacqui Bonwell, Johnny Gillespie, Libby Barnett and Theresa Murphy. Their knowledge is humbling.

My yoga training includes; 500YTT, Balanced Athlete certification, Clinically Informed Restorative Yoga for trauma (CLIR), Restorative yoga, an extensive study of

Yin Yoga. I received certification in Thai Yoga Massage and Thai Foot Reflexology in 2021. My training was through Thai Transformations with Jeanne Coleman. I teach traditional yoga with a modern technique. I love to laugh and not take myself too seriously. I encourage curiosity, self-inquiry and humor.

I find great strength and light from my Christian faith. My husband and 2 kids are my biggest fans and I love them beyond words. My dog is the world’s best snuggler. My parents have given me a firm foundation that has allowed me to soar. My sister reminds me there is nothing you can’t do if you believe in yourself. Be still, Be happy…Savasana (my favorite pose)


 Cathy Fallon – Alexander Technique

I can help you find ease, balance, strength and confidence in your favorite activity, be it dancing, horseback riding, singing, sports competitions, playing a musical instrument, or simply moving gracefully and painlessly through life. My understanding of the body and how it moves comes from my lifelong passion – dancing. I knew during my first Alexander lesson that I would teach it. The technique helped me recover from sciatica and drastically improved my dance technique. It extended my career because I learned to move more efficiently. I am now an avid horseback rider, and love observing how horses communicate with the simplest gestures. I credit my Mustang, Taboo with teaching me to truly listen. My degree is in Kinesthetic Education and Dance, and I danced professionally for twenty years. I began my Pilates training in 1979, with Pilates’ protégé Kathy Grant and completed mat certification through the Physicalmind Institute in 1990, after which I did the 3-year Alexander training at the American Center for the Alexander Technique in NYC. In 1996 I moved to Metro West, where I teach classical ballet and core strengthening incorporating the Alexander Technique to ages 9-adult, as well as Alexander Technique private lessons.


 Pat Lebau – IPT Practitioner

Pat has been teaching Yoga since 2008 and has been an IPT practitioner for a decade now. She loves helping people to feel better in mind, body and spirit via Yoga and IPT. Her low backache and plantar fasciitis have been relieved via IPT and IPT informed Yoga, and she is happy to share what she has learned. Her classes are gentle but deep, and focus on ways to counterbalance our cultural pattern of forward folding in work and play. Hence her classes focus more on gentle backbends and back strengtheners. In every class we warm up every joint in the body, move through the six motions of the spine, strengthen the back, do some breath awareness, and add some balances and easy inversions, and then enjoy deep rest. We practice awareness of overworked, tight, tired achy places. We allow the system to rest, digest and heal. This is powerful but gentle self-care.

 


Kelley McLaughlin, LMT

Kelley is a licensed massage therapist specializing in John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Therapy. She is passionate about integrating her years of training in manual therapies, breathwork, meditation, energy work, expressive art, and functional movement to create a dynamic and specialized healing treatment. Kelley values the unique grace, gifts, and mountains to climb in every person. Kelley values integrity and treats every person with compassion and respect. She honors the sacred beauty, intelligence, and magnificence of the mind, body, and energetic connection and finds joy in gently guiding people towards empowerment and reaching their goals for health and wellness.

Kelley is a 2002 graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is certified in John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Therapy and Pre- and Post Natal Massage. She completed the Artist in Action Conscious Creativity Academy program in 2021. She is a student of the 200-hour MFR Yoga teacher training program at the Myofascial Yoga Institute in Canada and of The Sénte School of Energetics in Oregon.


Holistic Healthcare

Dr. Lisa J. McGonigal – MD, MPH, Health Consultant

Dr. Lisa McGonigal is an experienced Family, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health physician with expertise in Lifestyle, Integrative, and Culinary Medicine and Clinical Nutrition.  Lisa is proficient in the application of multifaceted approaches to prevention, treatment, and reversal of chronic lifestyle-related conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess weight, functional bowel disorders, autoimmune diseases, and fatty liver.  She utilizes a systems-oriented clinical approach, applying detailed history-taking, comprehensive physical examination, and targeted laboratory and metabolic testing in a data-driven approach to identify the root causes that have contributed to the unique expression disease in each individual.  Her therapeutic approach combines personalized intensive nutrition and lifestyle-based interventions, helping patients adopt a nutrient-dense plant-predominate eating pattern, optimize physical activity, improve sleep, healthfully manage stress, and eliminate use of tobacco and other risky substances.  She fosters a highly collaborative partnership with patients as the cornerstone of care, nurturing and empowering individuals to learn, implement, and internalize the necessary cognitive and behavioral changes required to achieve and sustain whole-body health and wellness.

Lisa received her medical degree and clinical training in her home state of West Virginia, where she spent several years in practice as a Family Medicine physician.  She subsequently earned a Master of Public Health degree from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, DC.  Most recently, she completed the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Preventive Medicine Fellowship.  While there, she served as a Physician Clinical Nutrition Fellow and Assistant Director of the UMASS Center for Applied Nutrition; founded the Preventive Medicine Lifestyle Medicine Task Force; developed and led the Medical Student Culinary Medicine Program and Healthy Kitchen Patient Culinary Medicine Collaborative; co-developed and co-facilitated the inaugural UMASS Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine Group Visit programs for chronic pain, hypertension, and diabetes; and contributed to now-published research addressing the impact of diet on Inflammatory Bowel Disease, saturated fat intake, and Medical Group Visits.  She currently remains at UMASS as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine, and Community Health, instructing medical students, residents, and fellows in Lifestyle and Culinary Medicine.  She is Board certified in Preventive Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, and Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM).


Drew Pearlman – Functional Medicine Practitioner, Health Consultant

Functional Medicine Practitioner Drew Pearlman has studied many healing disciplines over the past decade. He’s trained in functional medicine at the world-renowned School of Applied Functional Medicine. He’s also received certification from the (GAPS) Gut and Psychology Syndrome Practitioner program as well as the Heart Math Practitioner program.  

 In his work with clients, Drew takes a holistic approach by diving into the various layers of health, including nutrition, movement, breathwork, mindset, sleep and stress.

To help put the pieces of the health puzzle together, he utilizes a detailed health history and symptoms questionnaire, recent lab work and personal health goals. He works with his clients to design a plan that is unique for each person. His philosophy is to address both the foundational components of health such as diet and lifestyle, plus the more specific biochemical drivers of dis-ease and dysfunction in the body such as nutritional deficiencies, imbalances in the gut and toxicity.

His areas of expertise include some of the following: gut health, autoimmune issues, anxiety/ depression, cancer support, weight loss, headaches and more. Drew sees functional medicine and health coaching as both a science and an art.  His job as a practitioner is to educate, empower and hopefully inspire his clients. In the words of Albert Schweitzer: “We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work.”  

What guided him on this path is an unquenchable thirst to heal his own health challenges as well as health issues in his family. He has been on this path of discovery most of his life.

He looks forward to sharing his passion with the Synergy community by educating and empowering patients and clients with diet, lifestyle and functional medicine principles and tools to achieve greater wellness. In addition to functional medicine health coaching, Drew has made a series of documentary films about natural healing and hosts the new podcast The Drew Pearlman Show.

For fun, Drew loves to spend as much time as possible outdoors in nature, soaking in the sun, hiking, swimming, and even playing in the snow.


Shannon Ford – OT/L, FM-IHP, CMHIMP, Health Consultant

Shannon’s calling has been to serve and advocate for others throughout her career. Engaging with clients through the lens of integrative health and functional medicine is inspired by more than twenty years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist specializing in intensive care, physical rehabilitation, addiction recovery, and behavioral health. She is on a mission to help others recognize that better days are ahead as they progress toward optimal wellness. She is passionate about providing a personalized, sustainable, and comprehensive approach for each client as they achieve dynamic equilibrium in mind, body, and spirit.

Following a health scare that led to emergency surgery at the age of thirty, more than a decade passed while attempting to figure out what led to the original diagnosis. A dozen consultations yielded increasing frustration as the typical response from the doctors was either “idiopathic” or that the issues were simply due to genetics.

During clinical internships in China and Switzerland, primary concepts of traditional Chinese medicine and bioregulatory medicine provided different lenses through which we can view the whole body as an integrated system. The exposure to different approaches led to a deeper understanding that deficiencies and toxicities were among the underlying root causes of her symptoms. These deficiencies and toxicities wreaked havoc on her hormones and led to myriad symptoms that continued to be addressed separately by various medical specialists over many years.

Although her PCP and surgeons routinely stated that multiple medications would be necessary for life, the integrative health practitioners emphasized reversing chronic symptoms by implementing a natural approach with holistic modalities. Shannon is passionate about helping people avoid further confusion and anguish as they learn to optimize their overall wellness through whole-food nutrition, functional medicine detoxification, lab testing, and lifestyle modifications.

Areas of expertise:

Hormone rebalancing for men and women; stress reduction; achieving ideal body weight; gastrointestinal health; thyroid health; longevity; functional medicine detoxification; at-home lab testing; immunity and autoimmunity; pain reduction; health and wellness coaching; mitigation of EMFs and environmental toxins.

Credentials:

Licensed occupational therapist; certified functional medicine and integrative health practitioner; certified mental health integrative medicine provider; certified addiction recovery and mental health counselor

Hobbies:

Laughing while learning to tap dance and play the ukulele, volunteering with various not-for-profit organizations, improving conversational Spanish, cooking, hiking, scuba diving, skiing, and enjoying quality time with family & friends.


Erin Linde – Integrative Health Coach

Erin Linde is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (INHC) and Integrative Health Practitioner Level 2 Mastery (IHP2M) who is passionate about supporting and empowering women to live their healthiest and happiest lives. It is her mission to help her clients heal with guidance, inspiration and love.

During each coaching call, Erin motivates her clients to optimize their health by exploring topics such as: nourishing the body with whole foods, enjoying daily movement, having peace of mind, removing toxicities, sleeping deeply, experiencing emotional freedom, supplementing wisely, listening to one’s inner voice, discovering one’s purpose, strengthening relationships and deepening spiritual connection. As a Holistic Health Coach, Erin encourages her clients to discover how to bring more balance and nourishment into all areas of their lives. Her hobbies include reading, running and going for walks with friends and family.


Kathleen Quinton – Life Coach

Kathleen Quinton is a Certified Life Coach who works one-on-one with clients, teaches workshops on self-empowerment and positive mindset, and is a coach/mentor of other coaches in her field. 

Kathy states her life’s purpose as helping people find and use their own amazing gifts to bring about their wellbeing, fulfillment, and success. She believes that happiness resides in what we think about and how we pursue our personal and professional goals, and she loves sharing her own Aha’s in life through stories and processes.

As the author of Strength Becomes You, Doubt to Confidence: Create Your Desired Life and its supplemental workbook, Kathy focuses on how we can proactively shift our thinking from negative to positive as we work to create a fulfilled life. 

In addition, Kathy has published the Strength Becomes You Teen Journal which is adapted from the adult book and workbook concepts to promote confidence-building in teens and young adults.

Combining her love of children’s literature and her actual experience with bookmobiles, Kathy has also authored the three-book Quint the Bookmobile series about a lovable bookmobile that comes to life to help children discover mindfulness and the joy of reading. Kathy firmly believes that the keys to knowledge should be available to all, no matter where they live.

Kathy currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband. She is a mother of three and grandmother of six. She loves cooking, gardening, traveling (especially to the ocean), reading, spending time with her family, and cuddling with her cat, Moxie.

Areas of expertise: Life Coaching | Empowerment Coaching | Finding Purpose | Building Self-Belief

Credentials: Strategic Intervention Coaching | Robbins/Madanes Training | Quantum Success Coaching Academy


Debbie Ward – Life Coach

Debbie Ward is an RYT-200 and Certified Life Coach. Wellness has become a top priority in her life over the last 10 years. Due to multiple health issues in her family she has seen first-hand how practicing self-care, eating well, having a strong meditation practice and increasing movement can significantly impact energy levels and help manage stress. After spending 25 plus years in the corporate world helping customers, she made a shift to help people develop their wellness tool kit and up-level their well-being. Using a holistic approach Debbie partners with clients to create a joyful lifestyle with resilience for challenging times. Being grateful and aware of possibilities that intention and energy can bring to an experience is core to her beliefs.


 John Orlando, LCSW – Performance Coach

John is a Certified Performance Coach who supports adolescents and young adults in maximizing their potential in athletic and musical performance. He incorporates concepts from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and Emotional Freedom Techniques / Tapping to help individuals address barriers to performance such as performance anxiety, low confidence, and lack of motivation and structure in their practice regimens. John takes a person-centered, strengths-based approach to helping individuals recognize and build upon their strengths while identifying and addressing the underlying causes of performance anxiety and low confidence.

As a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), John received his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Boston University in 2018 and received his Certified Professional Coach (CPC) certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching in 2021.

 


 Carrie Rowan – Life Coach

Carrie Rowan is an International Best-Selling Author of Tell a New Story: 5 Simple Steps to Release Your Negative Stories and Bring Joy to Your Life, a Certified Mindset Coach as well as an Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter. She is the Founder of the STORY method of transformation: teaching you how to reduce your stress and live more joyfully by rewriting a new and empowering story of your life.  

If you are tired of feeling stuck or just burnt-out from life, Carrie can help get you back on track with easy-to-use tools and tips to help you feel a little better each day! She is also a Meditation Teacher and has 5 original meditations included in her interactive book to solidify the learning on a deep level and help you bring a sense of inner calm to your life. Carrie will teach you how to tune your inner GPS towards what you want, instead of focusing on what is not right. You will begin to shift by making small, yet incremental choices every day that will start to accumulate and lead you to feeling more power and joy. There is a reason that past clients have dubbed her “the professor of happiness and joy”. You deserve to feel better now! As Carrie always says, “it’s never too late to live a great story!


 

Virginia L’Bassi – Coach

Virginia is on a compassionately relentless mission to help women reconnect with their own inner wisdom so they can live a life that lets them thrive! She is a Certified Life Coach who believes that our power is reflected through every choice we make. Drawing on a variety of approaches, from neuroscience and psychology to crystals and oracle readings, she meets clients where they are and guides them as they learn to get vulnerable, forgive, and surrender to their truest self. Virginia believes that each of us has all the answers within, and with the aid of authentic connection, we can learn to live more joyfully and resiliently.

Through her coaching, she helps people reconnect with their own inner knowing, also called intuition, to learn how to trust themselves again so they can create the life they truly desire. You’ll begin with an oracle reading, an opportunity to have a deeper conversation with yourself. Together we will connect some of the dots in your subconscious mind, bringing them together into ideas and realizations that will help you remember what’s most important to you. Using this information, we’ll map out the steps that will get you on your way to the life you want to live.


Lisa Dahl – Coach

Lisa Dahl is a certified Health and Wellness coach specializing in Intuitive Eating, Mindful Eating, and Body Image. With compassion and expertise, she supports her clients as they discover “Body Peace & Food Freedom” on their journey to break free from dieting and diet culture. Her clients achieve a higher level of well-being as Lisa guides them through a process of visioning, goal setting, and accountability. Her hallmark emphasis on mindfulness and self-compassion help women find a successful pathway to whole-body wellness.

Lisa has certifications in Intuitive Eating, Mindful Eating, health and wellness coaching, and personal training. She is a skilled group facilitator with credentials from The Body Positive and Gratefulness.org and is presently preparing for the National Board Certification for Health and Wellness Coaches.

Energy Healing

Melissa Angel, LMT, Reiki Practitioner, Foot Reflexologist

Melissa believes in the importance of living a healthy and balanced life, in body and mind. It was her own experiences that inspired her to become a Massage Therapist and help others find their balance. In 2005 after the birth of her son Daniel, she was put on the path to finding a career that complemented her new life and responsibilities as a mother. She had an interest in Massage Therapy and energy work and when the opportunity presented itself, she decided to start her life changing journey and become certified as a Massage Therapist.

Melissa received her Certification as a Massage Therapist from Salter College and her work has evolved into a passion for Reiki healing as well as working as a Birth Doula over the past 12 years. In 2010, she trained with Elaine Stillerman, LMT, a pioneer in the field of prenatal massage to receive a certificate in this specialized modality. She understands that a mother’s comfort and mental state is an important part of prenatal care. After working with women in pregnancy for a year she began her training as a Birth Doula through DONA (Doulas of North America) in 2011 and to date she has been blessed with working with over eighty couples. Melissa has also received specialized training in Thai Therapy Treatment and Reiki.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberly Nadreau – LMT, Level II Reiki Practitioner, Craniosacral Practitioner

 

Kim is a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Level 2 Reiki practitioner and is trained in Craniosacral, Lymphatic, and Chikly Brain Techniques. She had the honor of receiving Level I and II Reiki attunements with Eliza Johnson, whom she also credits with playing a significant role in her spiritual growth and the particular direction of her health and wellness journey. As with Michelle, she too participated in monthly Reiki clinics with Eliza, which is where their paths first crossed.

Kim has degrees in psychology and education stemming from a lifelong interest in caring for others. She began developing formal skills in healing in 2010 when she began pursuing Craniosacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute. In 2015 after two careers, including more than fifteen years in teaching, Kim enrolled in a Massage Therapy program so she could expand her practice of hands-on work to better facilitate the well-being of others and continue to explore the connections between emotional, spiritual, and physical health.


Kaye Michelle – Yoga Instructor & Integrative Cranio Sacral Therapist

Kaye Michelle has dedicated the last 20+ years of her life to the study and practice of wellness and spirituality.  Kaye (formerly Kaye Khalsa), CST, RYT500, is the founder of Diamond Light Matrix Therapy, co-founder and former Director of Franklin Yoga & Wellness and a Rainforest Preserve project in Costa Rica.  She is also a CranioSacral Therapist, and trained yoga Instructor with certifications in Kundalini Yoga, Brain Gym, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and other mindfulness and meditative training programs located in the US and India. She studied directly under Yogi Bhajan, Sharon Salzberg, Brian Weiss and others

Kaye has led private groups and individuals (children and adults) through a number of stress reduction yoga retreats, yoga and art camps for kids, workshops and ongoing classes, and maintains a healing practice with locations in Central Massachusetts. Her greatest joy is witnessing the growth and expansion of others and making a difference in the world through her inspirational Courageous Ascension blog and other writings. Her novel, Return of the Heroine, earned an Honorable Mention in the HayHouse Visions Fiction contest. 


Janet Boucher, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, Thai Massage & Thai Foot Reflexology

What is your walk in life? My goal in life isn’t to be perfect, it’s to be whole. Fifteen years ago my yoga journey began. It’s become a way of life, my source of healing and strength. I’ve had the honor of training with Bernie Clark, Cindy Boulter, Jacqui Bonwell, Johnny Gillespie, Libby Barnett and Theresa Murphy. Their knowledge is humbling.

My yoga training includes; 500YTT, Balanced Athlete certification, Clinically Informed Restorative Yoga for trauma (CLIR), Restorative yoga, an extensive study of

Yin Yoga. I received certification in Thai Yoga Massage and Thai Foot Reflexology in 2021. My training was through Thai Transformations with Jeanne Coleman. I teach traditional yoga with a modern technique. I love to laugh and not take myself too seriously. I encourage curiosity, self-inquiry and humor.

I find great strength and light from my Christian faith. My husband and 2 kids are my biggest fans and I love them beyond words. My dog is the world’s best snuggler. My parents have given me a firm foundation that has allowed me to soar. My sister reminds me there is nothing you can’t do if you believe in yourself. Be still, Be happy…Savasana (my favorite pose)


Deb Carroll – Reiki Master, Yoga Teacher and Essential Oil Specialist

Deb is a Reiki Master, 500-hour certified yoga teacher, and an Essential Oil Specialist.Deb studied Reiki with Libby Barnett from 2011 to 2020. She completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training at Down Under School of Yoga with Natasha Rizopolous and other senior yoga teachers from 2012 to 2016 and was part of the Power of Touch mentorship with Nicole Clark at Down Under from 2016 – 2018. She is currently studying with teachers of Traditional Chinese Medicine coupled with essential oils to offer more ways of living a wellness lifestyle.Deb is also the proud mother of two grown children, loves practicing yoga, bicycling, walking, and spending time in nature. She is a perpetual student with a lifelong interest in health and wellness and helping others to live their best life.


April Ropes – Reiki Master

April received her Reiki Levels I & II, Reiki Master, and Reiki Master Teacher training with Libby Barnett, a Reiki Master from the Usui tradition. She works with the Chakra system (energy centers) to release “stuck” energy in the body to cultivate balance and flow. Breath work, guided meditations, and crystals are often used during Reiki sessions to aid with relaxation. Her goal for your session is to provide a safe space for healing, inner peace and relaxation.


 

Essential Oils

Jennie Backstrom – Essential Oil Expert

Jennie Backstrom is a holistic wellness coach and educator, business mentor and entrepreneur. Through yoga and meditation instruction, education on natural living through the use of essential oils, as well as mentorship to business leaders in the same field, Jennie’s mission is that of love and service. She has a passion to help others think outside the box of status quo and live their life as the truest version of themselves.

Astrology

Christine Harrelson, Astrologer, Yoga Teacher, Thai Massage Practitioner

Christine has been studying astrology since 1994. Since then she has interpreted over 500 charts, specializing in psychological profiles, horary astrology (the term from which “horoscopes” are derived), and synastry, also known as love or compatibility astrology.  She has also been working with the human body since 2001, first as a competitive gymnastics coach and then as a yoga instructor. She found yoga in 2004 because she heard it could help with depression and mental well-being. It helped her bring herself to a state of well-being – and it stuck! Her experience with high-level gymnastics led her to focus on preventing injury in bodies that were put through 20+ hours of rigorous physical training a week. She has brought that into her yoga teachings, using her knowledge of biomechanics (how the body moves) and anatomy to guide students to have their own experience based on their unique physical and mental needs. Christine completed her 200 RYT with Dr. Paul Girard, and her 300 RYT and Yin Yoga training with Theresa Murphy. She is also a certified Level 3 Thai Bodyworker and an experienced Astrologer. Christine also taught kids from age 3 and up for almost 20 years as a gymnastics coach, and for 5 years incorporated yoga into her program. She enjoys bringing yoga to her students with a light-hearted attitude and just enough structure to create a safe space for all.

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