Meet The Team
Director of Operations | Massage Therapist
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 has been 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.
Alik Minikhanov is a licensed acupuncturist, massage therapist and healer with over 20 years of experience in providing holistic healing therapies and a variety of degrees in acupuncture, physical education, classical and medical massage, sports training, and herbalism. Alik has been educated and has practiced his healing arts in countries around the world including Sweden, Russia and Lithuania. He is also renowned for developing new therapies that combine different techniques to achieve greater physical and emotional health. At the Holistic Healing Center, Alik specializes in acupuncture, medical massage, pain management, energy healing and nutrition.
Holistic Life Coach | Wellness Practitioner & Educator
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 including Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Louis Hay and Cheryl Richardson. She is an Inspirational Speaker, Life Coach, Personal Trainer and Holistic Health Coach. 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. Kerissa practices a holistic approach to health and wellness in which she looks at all areas of life and helps one determine how they are connected and relevant to well-being. 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. Apart of her initial holistic health consultation with clients, she helps them discover what element they need to focus on first and begins a journey to true wellness from there. 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.
Health and Lifestyle Specialist
As a health promoter, Dee's ability to connect with all ages is an asset, but it was personal, life-changing weight loss in 2007 that solidified her passion to focus on weight-loss issues and reclaiming one's health. Experienced in working with clients with as little to lose as 20 pounds, or as much as 400 pounds, Dee's approach combines individualized planning and personalized support for clients, encouraging them to find the balance required to move toward improved health and wellness. She believes each of us come to a crossroads, and that it is at this point where positive, healthful steps are initiated, setting the stage for a series of individualized changes that lead to achieving optimum health.
Dee graduated from Kent State University in Ohio, and completed nursing school in Pittsburgh. Graduating first in her class, she was immediately offered a position specializing in women's health at Magee Women's Hospital. Dee's career includes 26 years in a hospital setting, owning a Women's Fitness Center and most recently counseling clients who are working to achieve their own personal balance. At Nemacolin's Holistic Healing Center, you can meet with Dee privately or in a group setting. Dee operates with the understanding that some obstacles are real and some are imagined, but almost all can be overcome if you decide to have power over them.
Melissa is a nationally certified, Pennsylvania state licensed acupuncturist. Her interest in alternative medicine stems back to her high school days, when her father took her to see a chiropractor for a bad ankle sprain from a volleyball injury. Her further research led her to a deep interest and connection with Oriental Medicine. A native of Uniontown, Melissa received her undergraduate BA in Psychology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. She then moved to Chicago to receive a Master's of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, one of the most well-known and well-reputed schools in the field in the US.
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.
MA – Exercise Physiologist, Professor Emeritus
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. John specializes in post-rehab exercise for various orthopedic problems, golf conditioning, corrective exercise for common muscle imbalances, posture and functional movement screening, special exercise for weight loss, exercise fueling and performance nutrition and exercise prescriptions for various health related disease conditions.
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
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 and Executive Producer for 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, an 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
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.
After studying ayurveda and yoga at Kripalu School of Ayurveda and the world renown Ayurvedic Institute, Kerry now practices ayurveda throughout the Northeast, bringing health and vitality to her clients. 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. Lana M. Kontos, N.D.
Advisory Board, Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor
Lana Kontos has studied nutrition in and out of the classroom for over 30 years. Her passion for health led her to become a Board-Certified Naturopathic Doctor.
Dr. Lana teaches individuals how to take control of their health so that they may live an energetic, pain free, disease free life, while avoiding the medical system. She also conducts cost reducing wellness programs for organizations and corporations.
Dr. Lana Kontos has a private, science-based, health consulting practice in Warren, Ohio. She does not diagnose diseases, treat conditions or prescribe medications. Her practice is quite different than traditional Naturopaths as her training, in addition to her Doctorate, is rare. She spent five years studying with Medical Doctors and scientists and is a Certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner. Only a small percentage of Doctors in the U.S. have this science-based education. In addition, she studied for five years at The Wellness Forum Institute of Health Studies in Columbus, Ohio.
Her areas of study include: gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, auto immune disorders, nutrition, menopause and weight loss.
Dr. Lana has also studied with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., M.D. at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a Certified Facilitator with the Wellness Forum in Columbus, Ohio, one of the largest and most well-respected health education companies in the world. Dr. Lana’s credentials include certification in plant-based nutrition from Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s program from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She has personally learned from Dr. Campbell, who is the author of the best-selling book, The China Study.
She is a Certified Digestive Health Specialist with The Loomis Institute of The Logan College of Chiropractic and a Certified Trainer with Dr. John McDougall's Nutrition and Lifestyle Program, The Starch Solution, which teaches how to avoid drugs and surgery by using food to cure common diseases.
Dr. Michelle Thompson-Olson, D.O.
Advisory Board, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
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 healthand 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.