Rachel McCaw

Rachel is a 19 year old college student who will be volunteering at the front desk. She lives a holistic lifestyle, learning more and more everyday. Her inner spirituality has helped shaped her into the young-adult she is. Rachel may not know what she wants to do with her life right now, but she knows she’s a healer. Her compassion and empathy are her strongest attributes. She will always greet you with open arms and an open mind, ready to help in any way she can! 

Rachel found us through Facebook and felt immediately drawn to us. She knew she had to be apart of Rise in anyway she could. She is so excited to watch Rise grow and hopes to be with us for a while. 


Lisa Goodwin, Owner

Lisa had a vision of a nature centered healing place in 2014 while experiencing the beauty and magnificence of Capon Springs Resort in West Virginia.  She envisioned a place of respite and relaxation for all those in need but especially those who did not regularly have access to the innate healing properties of nature.  She sought a way to bring those experiences to busy folks in Reston.  Out of that desire, Rise was born. 


Lisa has a passion for learning and has been focused on her own growth and development since getting divorced in 2009.  She often remarks that its out of the greatest difficulty that the greatest growth can occur.   For the past few years, Lisa has been studying the energy system the body and various healing techniques as well as spending a lot of time in the woods with her dog.  She has seen the improvements in her own health and those around her when employing these techniques. So now that her children are all teenagers and self sufficient, she is thrilled to be dedicating to helping others through Rise.   In ancient times, Lisa received a degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Virginia. Those skills will now be put to good use! 

Marcia Childress, RN Program Director

Teaches yoga and meditation

Offers One on Ones in Healing Touch and Private Yoga

Marcia's first love is holistic health. As a teenager she began studying nutrition, meditation, and art. She shared these interests as an entrepreneur and opened two whole foods restaurants and community art centers, one in Northhampton, MA and later in Oak Ridge TN. She began studying movement and bodywork in 1983, and worked with clients in massage therapy. 

In 1994 she received a Bachelors of Nursing from Georgetown University, DC. She worked in Public Health, specializing in women and family health. 

In 2003 she started a home-practice of yoga. She was certified to teach yoga in 2009. In 2015 she completed a 300 hour Yoga Therapy training through Beloved Yoga in Reston, VA.

In 2012 she completed the 5th and final level of training in Healing Touch. And she has completed trainings in Quantum touch and Reiki. 

Her guiding philosophy is that health and wisdom are natural states of balance. Maintaining or regaining balance is an empowering process of awareness which is unique to every individual. Her passion is to support this process and celebrate all of life.   


Catherine Akbarieh

An advocate of natural health & prevention for over 20 years, Dr. Catherine is a Licensed Dentist with with a background in Human Physiology. She is also a CranioSacral Therapist, a Certified Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor, and a ZYTO & EVOX practitioner. 

Dr. Catherine is the founder of Reflective Wellness, LLC, with a mission to bring you Balance, Healing and Happiness through Education & Supportive Therapeutic Modalities. Today, she practices mainly as a Holistic Health Consultant to individuals and companies, and enjoys providing seminars as much as one to one body-balancing sessions to clients. Dr. Catherine aims to empower her clients on their health journey by working with the body’s own energetic and physiological responses through CranioSacral Therapy (CST). It is a light touch therapy based on a strong understanding of the body’s anatomy, physiology and energetic “pulse”. She is passionate about getting back to the basics, using both the body’s own healing capabilities and natural resources, to facilitate release of unwanted toxins and improve one’s energetic presence & response to any situation. To facilitate this intention, she educates about the science and art of Culinary Nutrition and proper Hydration as an important foundational piece, to further facilitate the CST experience. 

Her other favorite modality is ZYTO EVOX, a Perception Reframing technique that harmonizes patterns of thinking and the emotional zones that affect all aspects of wellness, performance, and life. Using the energy of the voice to identify and address “energetic stagnation” or “inertia”, amazing results can be achieved by releasing the energy trapped within us from previous or generational experiences and perceptions.


Liz Alamilla and Giselle Carames

Teaches Wellness and other series of Classes

Giselle is a gifted 13 yrs old, born with a mission to help in the raising of vibration and consciousness of this world.  Her mission will be manifested to help bring in the new and let go the old. She has been teaching classes and doing healing work for 2 years, though she has been orienting herself to her gifts since she was 7. She is striving to work within the authenticity and creation of her being.

- Liz is Giselle’s mom. She has studied nutrition and Healing Touch, and has had to learn an extensive amount rapidly as she witnessed her daughter's abilities emerge. As a result of that learning curve, she has uncovered her mission  to serve as a bridge between the understanding of the mind to the wisdom of the soul that is in pure connection with consciousness and source. In various ways she serves as a spiritual guide to those engaging in their own spiritual evolution.



Dante Baker

Dante Baker is a native of the Washington DC area, growing up in Reston, VA. He has always been fascinated by human anatomy and its abilities to heal, move, and process. He first expressed these interests through gaining certification from the Aerobics and Fitness Association (AFAA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in 2007. He worked with wide a range of clients such as over-weight clients, young athletes and the elderly. He soon expanded to teaching large classes, including boot camp, athletic conditioning, kids physical education, kickboxing and body pump.

Complimenting this, he completed a 600 hour Massage Therapy Certification in 2010, while learning transcendental meditation and Tui Na—an ancient form of Chinese bodywork. Dante was fascinated by  Eastern philosophy and enrolled in a nine month Qigong and Tai Chi Ball certification with Master Nianzu Li (L.Ac) in 2013. He maintains a strong Qigong practice and teaches personal clients as well as larger classes at various health studios .


In his exploration of holistic health, he explored the impressive effectiveness of sound healing with singing bowls to heal body, mind, and emotions, and now does this professionally. In 2015 he completed a Reiki Master certification, and in 2016 he received his 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification.

Dante works as a personal trainer and sees private clients for massage and Reiki. He teaches meditation, yoga, qigong classes, and performs crystal and Tibetan Sound Concerts. His personal philosophy is that the body has an innate wisdom within itself and the tools and services he provides, allows the body to perform the healing that it knows how to do.

Ashley Cash

Soundscapes, Sound Healing, and Sound Meditations


Ashley Cash is a singer, sound healer, musician, and artist, who has more than 10 years experience as a private vocal coach and professional performing musician. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from George Mason University where her studies focused on eastern religions and philosophies. Ashley also holds a Certificate of Study from the Sound Healers Association in harmonic overtone singing. As a sound healer, she works to assist clients into a harmonious and balanced state in order to achieve their own healing and to achieve balance in mind, body, and spirit. She has worked with clients on issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, and the emotional processing of living with life threatening illnesses such as cancer. Ashley uses vocal toning, chanting, tuning forks, crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, binaural beats, pure tone sound wave frequencies, and shamanic drumming to transmit powerful healing energies.

She and her husband Jim create and perform as the musical group Wovengreen.

Jim Cash


Offers Soundscapes, Sound Meditation, and Sound Healing

Jim Cash is a visionary musician, award-winning songwriter, poet, sound healer and inspirational speaker.  Jim has more than 10 years of experience as a private music instructor and professional performing musician. He holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from George Mason University where his studies focused on ethnomusicology, folklore, mythology, shamanism, and psychology. As a sound healer, Jim assists clients into deep meditative states in order to facilitate balance in mind, body, spirit connection.  Jim has worked with clients on issues such as anxiety, depression, and helping to release emotional blockages. Jim uses native flutes, chanting, tuning forks, crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, binaural beats, pure tone sound wave frequencies, and shamanic drumming to transmit powerful healing energies.

He creates and performs with his wife Ashley as the group Wovengreen.

Stephanye Auryra Courtney

Sound Healer


Stephanye Auryra Courtney is a listener and observer of things seen and unseen. She is a multi-dimensional energy worker and vibrational healer working with light, color, sound balancing, essential oils and Cymatherapy. Cymatherapy is a form of sound therapy based on the principle that every cell in the body resonates at its own particular sound frequency. Stephanye works both in person and remotely. She teaches wellness care for the new crystalline body. She is also an ordained priest in the Sanctuary of the Beloved with the Order of  Melchizedek.

Bennett Crawford


Meditation teacher

Bennett Crawford is a licensed social worker and the founder of Awaken New Possibilities, LLC. He is a facilitator, coach, teacher and writer who specializes in the dynamic art of personal and collective change and transformation. He received additional training in facilitation, meditation, coaching, and counseling and has studied many eastern and western philosophies and practices in the field of change and transformation. Bennett has led seminars and workshops over the years and has counseled and coached many; assisting others on how to discover their calling and how to embody it in the world. Bennett has a passion for making a difference and is driven to collaborate and co-create with others to make the world a better place.

Elizabeth Finnan

Offers Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, and Yoga Therapy.


Elizabeth Finnan is a C-IAYT, E-RYT 200/500 RYT yoga therapist and instructor. She has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and teaching for over 8 years, including group classes, privates, workshops, and teacher trainings.

Elizabeth’s approach to teaching yoga aligns with the lineage of Desikachar and his father, Krishnamacharya, and the Viniyoga tradition which adapts the practice to the person, rather than vice versa, making her classes accessible and enjoyable to every one of every fitness level. One of Elizabeth’s particular passions is teaching to Seniors, inspiring them to reach their full potential. She has studied and taught other forms of physical fitness including pilates, cardio fitness and zumba. Additionally, Elizabeth is a certified Reiki Master and an Advanced Practitioner of Integrated Energy Therapy, both energy healing modalities. She enjoys integrating her energy healing modalities with therapeutic yoga, aromatherapy and elements of Ayurveda for a full mind, body, spirit transformation. Her goal is to help people by giving them the tools they need to access a state of awake living and live into their potential of greater health, ease and wholeness. She is a member of Yoga Alliance, International Association of Yoga Therapist, and AFAA.

Laura Freix

Offers qigong classes, Wellness education classes, as well as Heart Circles and private Accunect® energy healing sessions.


Laura is passionate about helping you reach your highest potential, so you can fully engage in life, and enjoy it! She began her career with GE Aerospace, where she worked as a Senior Math Analyst for twelve years, before resigning to stay home with her four amazing kids. The tools she offers have supported her in creating solid relationships with her children, developing healthy eating habits and good sleep routines, and were especially valuable in helping them manage their stress when they took on the Herculean task of taking a college course load on a high school schedule, while competing in varsity sports.

Now an empty-nester and part of the sandwich generation, her practices have revitalized her marriage, allowed her to support her aging mother with grace, and deepened her existing relationships beyond what she dreamed was possible.

She is a perpetual student and loves to read. Her formal studies include energy healing (primarily Accunect® - most easily understood as acupuncture without the needles.) She also spent the past three years training in HeartIQ™, circle work that focuses on the present moment practice of self-love, relationships, and heart-centered community. She is currently earning hours to be eligible for the formal teacher training for Sheng Zhen, the Qi Gong of unconditional love.

Laura is affectionately referred to as the “soul gardener.” Her gift lies in her ability to provide alternate perspectives that plant the seeds of possibility for her clients. She then cultivates those seeds by providing tools of empowerment. Her passion and authenticity help her clients achieve personal transformation in health, in love and in life. Her wish for you is that you connect to this place of intentional living and thrive.

To learn more, about Laura and what she has to offer in her private practice,   visit: iembracewellness.com

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.                           ~ Marcel Proust

Katherine Greenspun

Yoga Teacher

Katherine was hooked on yoga from her first introduction to Pranayama in the early eighties. The discovery of the power of the mind and breath was intriguing. Later, as yoga classes began to be more accessible, Katherine began to study asana as well, and was enthused by the connection of the mind and body, and the spiritual and psychic awareness experienced through the practice of yoga.  She believes that yoga can transform the personality, in addition to transforming the body.

Katherine is a graduate of the Sacred Well Teacher Training Program in 2009.  In this training she learned the Iyengar approach to asana, with his concentration in body alignment. This is a natural fit for Katherine because she also holds a BA in Biology. (Sacred Well has since merged with Blue Nectar, in Falls Church, VA.) Katherine continued to teach and to experience other yogic traditions, and in 2014 started her journey of 500 Hours Advanced Teacher Training at Beloved Yoga, Reston, VA, graduating in spring of 2015.  Katherine has, through her years of teaching, and as a 500 hour advanced teacher, learned to adapt each class in the Viniyoga style.  She is also trained in Therapeutic Yoga.

Katherine approaches each class with the attitude, "We are all teachers and we are all students.


Lisa Jackson

Teaches Yoga Dance, Yoga, Meditation, Street Clothes Stretch

Lisa Jackson RN, CHC, RYT-500, FDN-P, AFMC is a spokesperson and author of Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think & Thrive, Lisa share’s her seven-step’s toward optimal health.

Lisa loves healing the healer. Regardless of the label (i.e. cancer, autoimmune, cardiovascular or gastrointestinal disease, mental/cognitive difficulties, infertility, hyperactivity, insomnia or fatigue) Lisa utilizes functional medicine, self-love therapies, and her seven-step process to uncover hidden stressors. Clients rediscover their innate ability to heal from within.

  Among her private practice services are:  Executive Wellness Coaching,  Nutritional and Functional Diagnostic Testing, DRESS for Success Program (Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress Reduction and Supplementation.), and Group Kick-Start to Wellness Programs for Individuals and Corporations.

Lisa is Founder of The Wellness Inspired Network and Carpe Diem Wellness. Lisa is a Registered Yoga Teacher, a retired Registered Nurse, Certified Health Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Functional Medicine Practitioner.  Certifications include 200 hour Vinyasa training, 300 hours in therapeutic yoga from Beloved Yoga Studio, Let Your Yoga Dance from Kripalu, and Laughter Yoga. When Lisa is not coaching or speaking, you can find her joyfully practicing yoga and Carpe Diem Dance, bringing together all the tools of yoga to her clients. She is the mother of 4 adult children and grandmother.

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Mary Kearns

Teaches yoga, offers Reiki One on One sessions, and workshops

Mary began her yoga and meditation journey at age 11, after which time she practiced many different styles, on and off until 2004, when she began a regular practice. In 2017, she completed her yoga teacher training. 


Called to be a healer before then, Mary earned a PhD in Developmental Psychology, focusing on the bio-psycho-social factors that influence healthy human development throughout the lifespan. She served on the board of trustees of The Montessori School in Wilton, CT for 6 years, and during that time studied the work of Maria Montessori.

In addition, Mary is a Reiki Master, Certified Life Coach, and has also studied herbalism, mandalas for healing, Buddhism, shamanism, EFT, and feng shui. She also holds a BA in Fine Arts.

Mary has a passion for helping people of all ages develop mind, body and spirit wellness, and she does this through workshops, as well as yoga classes designed to nourish all aspects of the individual.

Karen King


Karen is a passionate dance/fitness facilitator, as well as a coach, public speaker, Reiki healer, writer, novice drummer, spoken word poet and mother of two.  She has certifications in Eating Psychology and is in the home stretch of completing an intensive training for a certification in Empowerment Coaching.  Karen is passionate about authentic self-care and empowering men and women to design their best possible life through nourishing, daily practices and a sustainable, pleasurable relationship with food and body.

She brings a unique, infectious energy to everything she does and has often been described as Authentic, Transparent and Passionate.  One of her many passions has been her involvement with her community running programs and mentoring at-risk youth and survivors of sex trafficking for over 10 years.

Jeanmarie Klitzner


Jeanmarie’s life is an exploration of the nature of Love. Her purpose is to be in the energetic flow blending the energies in a peaceful and harmonious way to bring joy, peace and love. Using life experiences and meditation she practices self-love and heart centered living. She encourages others to explore and flow in their own life path using meditation to support self-love and heart centered living.