Lead Holistic Therapist
Areas of Expertise: Energy Healing – QiGong, Customized Massage and Acupuncture Treatments, Pain Management, Stress Management, Addiction & Cravings, Auto Immune Disorders, Digestive Disorders, Infertility, Peripheral Neuropathy & Brain Injuries, Asthma, Allergies & Sinusitis, Meditation
Alik Minikhanov is a licensed acupuncturist, massage therapist and holistic professional. With over 20 years of experience in providing healing therapies, Alik has received a variety of degrees in acupuncture, physical education, classical and medical massage, sports training and herbalism. He has been educated and practiced his healing arts internationally including Sweden, Russia and Lithuania. He is also renowned for developing new therapies that combine different techniques to achieve greater physical and emotional health. Alik has been practicing healing energy work since he was 24 years old, when he discovered he could feel others' pain while administering traditional massages. It's almost as if the pain draws from the body and into to his hands. At the Holistic Healing Center, Alik specializes in acupuncture, medical massage, pain management, energy healing and nutrition.
Holistic Life Coach, Wellness Practitioner & Educator
Areas of Expertise: Life Coaching, Holistic Health Coaching, Financial Coaching, Personal Training, Integrated Energy Therapy - Emotional Freedom Technique, Energy Healing – Reiki, Intuitive Healing
Kerissa Kuis has spoken locally and internationally in areas of self-development, health and wellness. In addition, she has traveled all over the country to attend workshops and trainings with best-selling authors and spiritual leaders. During her training to become a Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, she learned practical lifestyle management techniques and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. From there, Kerissa created The University of Wellness, in which she stands as the President and Founder.
Kerissa is known for her natural ability to encourage one to find and follow their life’s purpose. Throughout her experiences and collaboration with other wellness leaders, Kerissa believes that wellness is more than just physical activity and a healthy diet. From that understanding, Kerissa developed The Nine Elements of Wellness: spiritual, physical, social, intellectual, occupational, entrepreneurial, nutritional, financial and emotional. Working with Kerissa will teach clients to look at all parts of their life and realize how they affect health and wellness as a whole; she will help reach any goal needed for a happier, healthier lifestyle.
Advisory Board, Ayurveda Practitioner
Areas of Expertise: Ayurveda, Yoga, Cleansing & Detox
Kerry began her path to healing by studying neuroscience. In graduate school and during her public health masters courses, she focused her studies on the effects of environmental toxins on human health. For Kerry, health seemed to revolve around a central question: How do we encourage certain health behavior in spite of our fast-paced culture, and how do we maintain balance in different settings around the world?
"I was drawn to discover why most people by the time they reach their middle years, were so tired. Most had lost their vibrancy, their vitality and ultimately their health. I realized it was our lifestyles, our diets and our habits that determine our health and this drew me to Ayurveda." - Kerry Harling
After studying Ayurveda and yoga at Kripalu School of Ayurveda and the world renowned Ayurvedic Institute, Kerry now practices Ayurveda throughout the Northeast, bringing health and vitality to her clients. She is the founder of the Holistic Highway, focusing on Ayurveda programs and education. She regularly blogs about Ayurveda, teaches yoga, leads workshops and seminars in health and wellness topics and practices at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Integrative Medicine. She is a registered practitioner with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and with Yoga Alliance.
Dr. Bill Howrilla, DC, CFMP
Advisory Board, Functional Medicine
Areas of Expertise: Functional Holistic Medicine, Contact Reflex Analysis (CRA), Clinical Nutrition, Detoxification, Natural Hormones, Anti-Aging and GI Health
Dr. Bill graduated from Penn State with a degree in Physiology in 1987 and Logan College of Chiropractic in 1991. Soon after, he began his focus on Clinical Nutrition within his practice and how it related to some of his chronically ill patients.
Functional Medicine, as it is now known, soon became a passion of Dr. Bill's. Studying under the brilliant minds of Holistic Functional Medicine such as: Dr. Jeffery Bland, Dr. Dick Versendaal, Dr. George Goodheart, Dr. Harry Eidenier, and Dr. Ron Grisanti, it became clear to Dr. Bill that this was the future of health care.
Dr. Bill currently practices at his full-time private family practice located in Cranberry Township, just north of Pittsburgh. His Functional Holistic Medicine approach, assists in finding the causes in order to overcome a patient's chronic illnesses. He also utilizes distance methods to help people from all over the country.
"I feel privileged and excited to be practicing the future of health care today, Functional Holistic Medicine. I’ve been in practice since 1991 and I’ve never been more thrilled to deliver exactly what the people want and need when it comes to regaining health and staying healthy.”
Dr. Bill has worked to greatly improve the health of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia, diabetes, anxiety, fatigue, hormone and weight issues. Most clients are able to do away with their prescription drugs all together.
“I teach people to ask why, when they visit the doctor,” says Dr. Bill. “Why am I being prescribed this medication and is it addressing the cause of my problem?” Because when you find out the cause of a health condition, the path to health and vitality really begin to unfold.
Brynn began her daily yoga practice in 2009, exploring, participating in and learning everything she could about many types of yoga, including Ashtanga, Bikram, Anusara, Yin, Hot Power Yoga, Kundalini, vinyasa, as well as Mediation and Pranayama. She loves all of these styles and weaves elements of each throughout the classes she develops. From her dedicated practice arose a passion for teaching, which she began doing by donation in 2011. She received a 230-hour teacher training certification (RYT-200) from the renowned Asheville Yoga Center, Asheville, N.C, in November 2015. Brynn enjoys creating fun yoga sequences, linking poses together in a flowing, powerful way with focused awareness on the breath while weaving in themes and intentions, which students will discover in her classes. She takes her yoga experience beyond her mat and applies the focus, relaxation and strength it builds toward her other passions, such as competitive running, white-water kayaking, biking, being outside, writing and motherhood. You can learn more about her practices on her blog Inhale, Exhale, Run. She is currently enrolled in a 300-hour teacher training advanced course with the Asheville Yoga Center - upon completion, she will earn her 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification.
Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist
Laura began her yoga journey over 10 years ago in her home town of Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. While working as a river guide, she began practicing yoga at the Community Center with her yoga teacher, who taught Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Power yoga. Yoga helped her to prevent injuries while working hard on the river and build strength and flexibility during the winter season. She has expanded her love of yoga to all of its many branches, including Ayurveda, in which she is trained in and holds an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certificate through the Himalayan Institute in addition to an RYT 200 Hour Yoga Instructor certification. Laura has found endless benefits through all the practices of yoga, especially pranayamas (breathing exercises). She also loves to incorporates nature into her yoga practice and finds that the best place to meditate is in the quiet of the Pennsylvania hills beside a nearby stream.
Areas of Expertise: Hatha Yoga, Yoga & Dance, Sport-Specific Yoga, Creative Expression Therapy, Fitness
Christina Lee has been practicing and teaching Yoga in the Uniontown, Pennsylvania area for more than 10 years. She holds her Yoga Alliance Instructor Certification as a Hatha instructor in the Raja tradition and is a certified instructor in Zumba Fitness and Belly Dancing Fitness as well. Christina’s background in the fine arts, dance and fitness equips her with a unique ability to develop exciting programs with a broad range of content. From power to restorative yoga, reflective and meditative to challenging and stimulating, Christina’s classes always promise a memorable experience with something for everyone regardless of age, experience or level of ability. She continues to be inspired by the Holistic Healing Center and strives to keep programming she offers adaptable, fun and imbued with her exciting creative flair.
MA – Exercise Physiologist, Professor Emeritus
Areas of Expertise: Strength & Conditioning, Personal Training, Post-Rehab Exercise, Golf Conditioning, Posture & Functional Movement Testing, Health & Exercise Science, Weight Loss, Performance Nutrition
John Jarboe enjoys teaching a variety of group exercise classes and introductory Tai Chi for the Holistic Healing Center. He is an avid whitewater kayaker and formerly a nationally ranked whitewater slalom competitor as well as a previous college and private club elite level gymnastic coach.
As a former professor at Montgomery College, John was instrumental in revamping the Physical Education major's program to include Exercise Science, and revised the Physical Education Teaching major. He developed several of the fitness classes' laboratory manuals and collaborated with a colleague to design the Fitness Center and Strength Room at the college, as well as the courses taught in these facilities. He also developed and taught several outdoor courses including kayaking, canoeing, hiking and rock climbing. John envisioned and coordinated the first Wellness Program on the Rockville Campus.
Licensed Psychologist, Holistic Psychology
Areas of Expertise: Hypnosis, Holistic Psychology, Paranormal Phenomena, Spiritual Healing, Confidence Acquisition, Coping Mechanisms
Adam has 34 years of experience in the profession of behavioral health, and has trained and explored Holistic Psychology with the founders of the practice. Holistic Psychology addresses the spiritual side of human behavior and taps diverse sources to elaborate psychology techniques, incorporating them into a methodology of personal change, transformation and healing. His approach to Holistic Psychology encompasses self-awareness.
He has trained with Dr. Milton Erickson, the father of medical hypnosis, and gained training and experience in Spiritual Healing and Paranormal Phenomena from experts in the field. Sedlock is certified in Clinical Hypnosis and has conducted both group and individual sessions in weight loss, smoking cessation, pain management, confidence and assertiveness building, plus medical and spiritual healing. His consideration as an expert in the area of Paranormal Phenomena enables him to incorporate spirituality into the Holistic approach of healing. And, as a member of the Medical Staff of Highlands Hospital, Adam has the opportunity to use Holistic Psychology in the medical and community setting as well.
Dr. Michelle Thompson-Olson, D.O.
Advisory Board, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Areas of Expertise: Integrative Family Medicine, Disease Reversal, Lifestyle Change
Dr. Thompson-Olson is an integrative family medicine physician who treats the root causes of health problems, not just the symptoms. She is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine where she studied the holistic approach to health care. Dr. Thompson-Olson is the former director of Great Lakes Institute massage therapy program, was a trustee for the PA Osteopathic Medical Association, studied with the Neuromuscular Therapy Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, and completed her residency at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a Board Certified Osteopathic Family Medicine Physician and an associate medical professor for LECOM and PCOM, both osteopathic schools in Pennsylvania.
Currently, she is employed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and has a full-time integrative family medicine practice, seeing infants through the end of life using a natural approach to healthcare. Dr. Thompson-Olson's specialty is reversing disease through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes while empowering her patients to take charge of their health and work as a team with their physician. There are healing powers of proper nutrition in almost all disease processes and she believes that eating for health can be pleasurable. We just need to learn to eat in a way that serves our body.