Specialists

 

Our specialists understand that no two bodies are alike, customizing each session to the individual needs of our guests.  Each experienced specialist is dedicated to the highest levels of continued training, education and professional excellence. 

 
 
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Laura Patterson, e-ryt 200

Specializations
Restorative Yoga for Stress, Anxiety & Pain
Meditation
T'ai Chi

Laura is a former competitive athlete who experienced repeated orthopedic injury and rehabilitation.   As part of her physical recovery, she discovered yoga's healing ability first hand.  Specializing in restorative and yin yoga, Laura brings a compassionate and encouraging energy to all, by balancing strength, flexibility and mental clarity.  

Laura is currently continuing her education at the Asheville Yoga Center, focusing on the respected Therapeutically Oriented Yoga program, and with Still Mountain T’ai Chi and Chi Kung, studying the art of T'ai Chi with Dr. David Clippinger. 

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Jill Hagar, CIYT, IAYT

Specializations
Iyengar Yoga Certified Teacher
Yoga Therapy
Anatomy & Physiology

Jill began practicing yoga from a very young age.  Her passion influenced extensive travel, allowing her to experience many types of yoga worldwide. Jill, introduced to the teachings of BKS Iyengar in 1996,  focuses intently on postural alignment and Prayanama (breath work).

 Jill is the Director of “YOGA on the BAY” on the majestic island of St Lucia in the Caribbean, conducting classes, workshops, and retreats in the art, philosophy and science of Yoga. Jill is also a certified Yoga Therapist, recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapy, enabling her to bring the healing art of yoga to hospitals, schools, and recognized studios.

 

 
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kari garber-hynek, AAT

Specializations
Aroma Acupoint Therapy
 

 

Kari completed Level I AAT certification in NYC with Tiffany Pollard Carole, MS, LAc, EAMP and Christine Nichols, LAc in October of 2017 and completed Level II AAT certification with Peter Holmes, LAc, MH. She is currently pursuing certification in Aromatherapy, exploring the subject through the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Auyerveda.

 

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Selina Matis, LCSW

Specializations
Life Coaching
Counseling
Evaluations

Dr. Selina is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). She earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from California University of Pennsylvania, where she is currently a faculty member in the Department of Social Work. She received her doctoral degree in social work from Widener University. Additionally, she has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Science in School Psychology both from Cal U.

Clinically, she has worked primarily in the mental health arena supporting children and their families in a variety of settings, having specialized in treating trauma across the lifespan. 

 
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Rose Mary O'Brien, MSN, RN

Specializations
Pre & Post Natal Wellness
Life Coaching
Fertility & Menopause

Rose Mary, MSN RN, serves as a nursing instructor at the Community College of Allegheny County and staff nurse at the Uniontown Hospital Family Beginnings Birthing Center. In addition to her thirteen years of professional experience, Rose Mary, mother of four, has been combining alternative medicine with western medicine to keep her family and herself healthy.  

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Alik Minikhanov, LAc, LMT

Specializations
Acupuncture
Medical QiGong
Meditation

Alik, is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist with over 30 years experience. He is a gifted healer with the ability to sense physical pain in his hands.  Alik is also trained in physical education, classical and medical massage, sports training and herbalism, having received international experience in Sweden, Russia and Lithuania.

Alik continually develops new treatment therapies that combine clinical experience and the latest medical research, bridging the gap between eastern and western medical practices. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in acupuncture with the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California.  Alik emphasizes his practice on lower back and joint pain, neurological symptoms, stress and anxiety disorders. 

 
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Tara Spaw-Fronczek, PTA

Specializations
Therapeutic Chair Yoga
Pilates
Corrective Exercise

Tara began her career as a dancer after graduating from Point Park University, having spent several years traveling internationally as a professional dancer,  a dance captain, choreographer’s assistant and dance supervisor.  In 2011, Tara became a Physical Therapy Assistant. She has expanded her education to include courses in myofascial release, physical therapy orthopedic specialty, Pilates Mat Level I and Pilates Reformer Foundations.  Tara completed a Pilates Method Alliance certification with Pittsburgh’s PHI Pilates.

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Doug Rector, LMT

Specializations
Intuitive Bodywork
Deep Tissue Bodywork
Cranial Sacral Therapy

Doug works from a philosophy of integrative medicine, and finds less invasive modalities of treatment typically resonate as the best choice for his clients. He teaches and guides clients to consciously engage with their bodies to allow fluid processing of sensory information, and to connect with their self-regulatory responses to effectively improve happiness and overall well-being. Continuing education is the cornerstone of his practice. He regularly seeks out top, NCBTMB-certified teachers to improve and expand his base of knowledge while incorporating the latest medical research and techniques into his practice. His goal is to have many tools in his “treatment kit” to suit individual client’s therapeutic needs. In addition to his massage training, Doug served as a medic in the U.S. Army Reserves and the West Virginia National Guard.