Meet The Team
Director of Operations | Massage Therapist
Areas of Expertise: Energy Work - Reiki, Chakra and Energy Balancing Treatments, Relaxation & Stress Relief, Therapeutic Massage
Stephanie began her career as a massage therapist in November of 2002; her career path quickly took her to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, where her love for massage blossomed. After becoming a full time massage therapist at the Woodlands Spa, Stephanie began taking on additional supervisory and management roles. Moving to Director of Operations at the Holistic Healing Center is an exciting match, as she has a true love and passion for healing arts of the world. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Stephanie practices many massage, body and energy work modalities for therapeutic, relaxation and balancing purposes.
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 and 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 and 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.
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.
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 life and realize how they affect health and wellness as a whole; she will help reach any goal needed for a happier, healthier lifestyle.
Areas of Expertise: Ashtanga Yoga
Nerissa began doing yoga regularly in 2005. Despite having a very active lifestyle, she still suffered from anxiety and found that regular yoga practice was a good medicine. After practicing many types of yoga she found herself drawn to Ashtanga yoga, a simple, traditional and very healing practice. Ashtanga is generally the foundation of her classes, but with variations in each. In 2009, she completed a 200 hour teacher training program at Infinite Yoga located in downtown San Diego, CA.
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 ten 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.
Advisory Board, Holistic Health Counselor
Areas of Expertise: Holistic Health Counseling, Cancer Prevention, Diabetes Reversal, Cleansing & Detox, Heart Health, Healthy Eating & Weight Loss, Digestive Health & Imbalances, Auto Immune Disease Management, Thyroid Disorders, Fatigue & Sleep Improvement, Energy Balancing & Improvement
Janet McKee is a board certified Holistic Health Counselor and a certified member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. After working in the corporate environment and obtaining her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Ms. McKee pursued a career in health and wellness by attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in affiliation with Columbia University. She is also a Western Pennsylvania Instructor for the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Janet is the Founder of SanaView, a national company whose mission is to teach easy, effective and enjoyable ways to embrace a better life - a life that is happier, healthier and more fulfilling. Janet has compiled her own recipe collection book titled “Fabulous Recipes for Vibrant Health,” and has released a documentary, “Bethany’s Story,” about the healing power of food. Most recently, she has developed SanaView Farms, a historic landmark organic farm near Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania, where her team is teaching ways to regenerate our land and our health.
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. Michelle Thompson-Olson, D.O.
Advisory Board, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Areas of Expertise: Integrative Family Medicine, Disease Reversal, Lifestyle Change
Michelle 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, FL and completed her residency at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh, PA. 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.