Here are our fantastic Providers!
AMANDA LYON, CAS, PKS
Amanda Joy Lyon is a Clinical Ayurveda Specialist, Pancha Karma Specialist, Sivananda Certified Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, a 200 hr. Massage Therapist, Reiki Master/Teacher, and a student of advanced Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis. She has received national acclaim as a featured speaker at many conferences including the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Conference and the Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium. Her previous Ayurvedic teaching experience includes serving as a Master Teacher, the Director of Herbal Studies and Internship at California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley; lead Pancha Karma therapist and body therapy instructor for Shaktiveda, Inc.; and acting as the Ayurvedic Program Director at Kanyakumari Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Center Milwaukee, WI. Amanda is currently the Ayurvedic Program Director at Spirit Path Ayurveda Education in Anchorage, Alaska where she teachers the Certified Ayurveda Practitioner Training Program, Yoga, and a variety of workshops.
CASSANDRA LIDIN, M.AC., L.AC., DIPL.AC.(NCCAOM), CAP, RYT
Cassandra is the owner and director of Spirit Path Yoga and Wellness, and has been in practice as an acupuncturist since 2004.
She holds a bachelor in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Masters Degree in Acupuncture from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly TAI Sophia). She has studied Ayurveda under Amanda Lyon at Spirit Path, as well as mixed continuing education in Western, Japanese, Chinese, and Indian therapies. In practice she incorporates acupuncture, herbs, diet therapy, lifestyle counseling, manual therapies, subtle energy healing, yoga therapy, and works with all ages including newborn care.
She has assisted thousands of people in their journey into wellness and empowers patients to take responsibility for their health. She not only works with patients, but gives extensive wellness education to the public, and provides the only training in Alaska to become an educator and practitioner in Ayurvedic Medicine.
Courtney Marchesani, CHC
Courtney is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Counselor and Coach. She graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, with specialization in integrative health and sensitivity. Courtney supports clients by zeroing in on areas of sensitivity and creating a treatment plan that reduces symptoms. Many individuals who suffer from high sensitivity do not realize how much sensitivity influences their mind, body, and spirit. She is currently working on her PhD in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University and recently published Feeding the Trauma Spirit, How to Nourish the Hidden Body the Art of Healing Mind, Body, and Spirit.
CHEREE BURGEN, NCBTMB
Cheree has been providing bodywork to clients here in Anchorage for over 14 years.
She's maintained a very busy clinic practice all those years specializing in acute and chronic pain issues, injury rehabilitation, and more. Having completed numerous trainings in bodywork and massage she will compassionately administer what ever treatment she feels will be the most beneficial at the time. Currently, Cheree is enrolled at Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture and Massage Therapy, pursuing her dream of becoming a Licensed Acupuncturist.
You can visit her website www.bodyworkinalaska.com to learn more.
Gail Jackson, SP, CDCF
My passion is exploring the therapeutic benefits of sound and providing sound therapy sessions. My journey into immersive sound began after attending my first gong bath. Since then, I have dedicated myself to learning more about the powerful vibrations I was feeling in my mind and body. My life is dedicated to exploring how our bodies resonate with sound and how the body’s resonance in an immersive sound field can help to reduce stress and anxiety, and provide a sense of well-being.
Along with the gong sessions, I will be providing immersive sound bath treatments. While lying on a yoga mat, I play various gongs and resonant bowls to create an immersive sound field of vibrations. I addition to the relaxing and meditative sound, physical sensations of resonance with the body are created in the experience. This can result in deep relaxation and decreased anxiety.
I am a certified Sound Healer and gained my certification through Globe Institute Sound and Consciousness. I specialize in using the gong, crystal bowls and Tibetan bowls to assist in bringing the mind, body and spirit into balance.
I am also a certified and accredited Drum Circle Facilitator through Village Music Circles and the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild. It is thru this training that I became aware of the power of the drum and the healing effects on the heart and mind. I facilitate monthly community drumming circles in the winter as well as drumming circles for celebration of life ceremonies, celebrations and corporate events.
I am dedicated to developing my art and practice as a musician and sound healer. I am honored to be providing this new therapeutic experience at Spirit Path Yoga. I look forward to working with you!
To schedule an Immersive Sound Therapy session, please call (907)230-2820
LEEANN BREWSTER, LMT, AHC
As a licensed massage therapist, Leeann has practiced with local physical therapists, chiropractors, personal trainers, the healing arts and wellness centers. Her massage styles range from stress reduction and relaxation to deep tissue sports massage. Leeann’s mission is to support individuals in achieving life balance through personal wellness; mind, body and spirit.
Leeann holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with the emphasis in Adventure Leadership from the UAA, 200 RYT - AyurYoga, second degree of Reiki training, Ayurveda Health Counselor Intern and is currently pursuing her Ayurveda Health Practitioner certification.
MARY ANN GHOSN, MSPT
Mary Ann started out with an undergraduate degree in piano performance from the University of Washington, and moved on to earn a Masters of Physical Therapy from Simmons College in Boston in 2000.
From there she worked in a multitude of venues, and was a traveling physical therapist for seven years. Alaska was the first place that truly felt like ‘home.’ She moved here permanently in 2009, and has been a sole practitioner since 2012. She LOVES her work, and feels very fortunate to be working at Spirit Path where she feels she truly benefits from the positive effects of being surrounded by people who are truly living their beliefs every day. Mary Ann considers herself a manual physical therapist, which means she uses her hands as a diagnostic tool and as her main therapeutic tool. She has many years and extensive education in multiple manual therapies including craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, visceral manipulation, myofascial release, as well as basic orthopedic PT. Other interests include women’s health and yoga.
She enjoys working with people of any age. No issue is ‘too small’ or ‘too bizarre’ or ‘too old.’ She likes figuring out the puzzle. Mary Ann also believes that feeling ‘at home’ in your body necessitates addressing the physical, emotional, spiritual, and personal beliefs for each individual.
Her typical evaluation begins with a full-body assessment of alignment after hearing a thorough history. After a year of study with Diane Lee and LJ Lee in Vancouver, BC, she uses the Integrated Systems Method which is perfectfor incorporating each of these pieces toward holistic health and addressing your personal goal. Each PT assessment and program will be tailored to the individual’s needs. She accepts almost all insurances including Medicaid, but unfortunately she does not accept Medicare at this time. Mary Ann loves her work, and loves discussing it.
Please do not hesitate to call her with questions before you come in for an evaluation or treatment.
You can reach Mary Ann at 907-231-5631 or email her at email@example.com
MAdeleine Morrison, N.D.
Dr. Madeleine Morrison is a licensed naturopathic primary care doctor and she received her Naturopathic Doctor (ND) degree from the oldest naturopathic medical school in North America, the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1995. NCNM is listed in the PRINCETON REVIEW'S "Best 168 Medical Schools", 2007 Edition.
While at NCNM she completed her degree in Naturopathic Obstetrics, a 3yr clinical preceptorship, involving pediatrics, gynecology as well as obstetrics. Additionally, she completed a graduate course in environmental medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has given lectures at Bioneers, Inner Dance Yoga studio, Alaska Club and UAA. Dr. Morrison has also written a variety of articles for publication.
Dr. Morrison grew up in San Francisco and received her B.A. in biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Prior to moving to Alaska in 1996, Dr. Morrison lived in Snowmass, Colorado, Northern California and Portland, Oregon. She has 2 children and resides in Eagle River.
She enjoys yoga, running, biking, hiking, gardening, cooking, reading and playing with her kids.
Dr. Morrison is a member of:
American Association of Naturpathic Physicians
Alaska Association of Naturpathic Physicians
Nadene Reichert, mft-a
Nadene studied Applied Behavioral Science at the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) under Saybrook University. During her time in this experiential program, Nadene realized her calling as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a Behaviorist and thus takes into account an individual’s current state, meeting each client where he or she is, as well as taking into account personal and family history. She also identifies with the Humanist perspective, and addresses each individual’s unique challenges while building upon their individual strengths to realize their full potential. She is client centered, and believes each person has the capacity to grow and the resources to heal within themselves.
Prior to returning to Alaska in 2011, Nadene worked in organization development and consulting, providing life
coaching for individuals in the Seattle area.
Nadene has specific training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and has studied parent coordination. Additionally, she has training in Neurolinguistic Programming, Appreciative Inquiry, Spiritual Development, Family Constellations, and Integrated Family Therapy.
Nadene offers both individual and couples therapy.
Pili Goddard-Vaughan, B.A., LMT, CAMT
I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Art with an emphasis in photography in 1990. I completed a 1025 hour Associates Degree at UAA through the Therapeutic Massage Training Program in 1999. I went through Lynne Minton's 200 hour yoga training in 2002. I have taken many continuing education courses through the years, and then focused in on Myofascial Release. I received my CAMT I (certified Advanced Myofascial therapist) in 2015. I am in the process of completing my second certification through Advanced Trainings in CO. I have been a bodywork practitioner in Anchorage for 20 years. I offer deep tissue, Swedish, pregnancy and sports massage and Myofascial release.
Some of the issues I have had success treating are: Carpal tunnel, sciatica, low back pain, frozen shoulder, plantar fasciitis, Morton's neuroma, neuropathy, headaches, hip and shoulder restrictions, anxiety/ depression, and sleep disturbances. I believe, when we feel more comfortable in our skins, we can make better choices, and hear what our body is asking for, and be our own best advocate and healer.
My relationship to bodywork began when managing my own pain, due to an extreme case of whiplash in my early teens that later led to major jaw surgery. To try to find some comfort, I began to practice yoga more and received many sessions of Rolfing and other kinds of bodywork. This sparked my curiosity and fascination with the human body and all it's mysteries, which led me to what I consider more of a path than an occupation. I continue walking along it, ever humble at all the gifts and challenges along the way. The process of discovering the deeper layers of connections to our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual bodies, is challenging and rewarding. I owe deep gratitude to all the teachers and practitioners and clients that have crossed my path and influenced my life, and whom continue to inspire my learning and growth.
Jayne SOntag, L.Ac.
Jayne was born and raised in Valdez, Alaska. She received her masters in Oriental Medicine from South West Acupuncture College in Sante Fe, New Mexico in 1995 and has been treating Alaskans ever since. Jayne enjoys world travel and has a love of learning. She said after twenty-plus years of practice she is still excited about all of the amazing healing she has seen and the power of this medicine.
Julia Moore, l.ac.
Julia Moore is a licensed acupuncturist and has been practicing in Anchorage since 2008. She earned a Masters degree in Acupuncture from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) in Louisville, CO; a small school dedicated to the teachings of Worsley Style Five-Element Acupuncture.
She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and maintains her national certification and state licensure through ongoing continuing education.
In Addition to acupuncture treatments, she incorporates manual therapies such as cupping, gua sha, Zero Balancing, and acutonics.
Prior to studying Acupuncture, she received a BS in Chemistry from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. She has worked in the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay and as an environmental chemist and consultant. She is a life long Alaskan resident and enjoys being active in nature: hiking, skiing, kayaking, or reflecting by a mountain stream. She also enjoys, quilting, reading, traveling, yoga, and volunteer opportunities in her children’s schools as well as a volunteer usher for the Performing Arts Center.
ROni Lanier, MS, LPC, CDC1
I am skilled in working with individuals who experience adjustment issues, trauma histories, challenges with mood regulation, relationship challenges, stress, gender dysphoria, and other many other life challenges including addiction. I especially enjoy working with those individuals who live alternative lifestyles and who have alternative relationships. I specialize in gender identity. I am comfortable working with individuals under the GLBTQ+ umbrella. While working on my Master's Degree (2007-2010), I had a concentrated focus on gender dysphoria and transgender issues. I have been working with individuals who are dually diagnosed (serious mental illness and addiction or developmental disabilities and serious mental illness since 1991.)
I personalize my services to best meet the needs of the client. I utilize the following techniques based upon client need and preference; Humanistic (Person-Centered Therapy), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Narrative Therapy, Core Emotional Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Guided Imagery, Mindfulness, and Rapid Transformation Therapy.
Britta Brecheen, B.S. in Dietetics
Britta is a recent graduate of the Dietetics Program at the University of Alaska and is accepted into a Graduate Program in Clinical Nutrition at East Tennessee State University beginning fall of 2017. Britta is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which promotes evidence-based practice backed by scientific research. Britta is brimming with fresh nutritional knowledge that she wants to share with the community. By offering affordable nutrition counseling, she hopes to reach everyone who has nutritional questions, would like to improve their health and well-being and would like one-on-one attention for their particular needs. Britta will help evaluate your diet and nutritional needs, develop personalized meal plans to fit your lifestyle, share the tools needed for success, and help you achieve your goals. Whether your goals are to clean up your diet, lose weight, accommodate an allergy, or to increase your energy or health, Britta is eager to help.
If you have any questions for Britta, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org