Paras Kaul


Paras Kaul completed graduate studies at the Art Institute of Chicago and later held digital animation internships at Real Time Design in Chicago and at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. As a production assistant at Digital Effects, Inc. in NY, she handled postproduction operations for computer-animated film. As an assistant professor, she taught graduate students to analyze neurofeedback and produce brain wave games.  Kaul has also worked at MindSpec, Inc., a nonprofit organization that utilizes innovative bioinformatics strategies to accelerate research on common neurodevelopmental disorders associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

As a brainwave researcher and neurofeedback media artist, Kaul composes brain wave music and animation. She experiments with brain to computer interface technologies (BCI) for interactive gaming—intended to train the brain for rehabilitation and learning.  Kaul publishes peer-reviewed articles on brainwave learning and gaming and has been an invited speaker to France, Australia, and the UK—where she presented her gaming research at the Dana Centre Museum of Science in London.  

Currently, Kaul provides marketing assistance and support as well as conducts neurofeedback research at the Rise Well-Being Center in Virginia. At the center, she conducts neurofeedback analysis before and after attendees experience alternative treatments in order to collect data that supports the effectiveness of these treatments.

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.


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.

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.

Michael Cummins


Michael Cummins is an ICF-certified coach who provides leadership and life purpose coaching to people in all walks of life. He is a “lifetime” learner who is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experiences with others in order to help them achieve success in their lives.

For over 30 years, Michael has been using meditation techniques as part of his self-development work. Over the last few years, he has incorporated the techniques into each of his coaching engagements; based on the results and feedback from clients, the meditation techniques have played a key role in their ability to engage in deep transformational work.

Michael received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University and an MS in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a Certified Professional Coach, Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (iPEC), Associate Certified Coach (ICF), Project Management Professional and Reiki Master Teacher.

Michael is a student of the Qabalah, Jungian Psychology, A Course in Miracles and practices Kundalini yoga. Each of these disciplines provide practices, insights, tools and techniques that he uses in his classes and with clients to enhance learning and development.

In addition to coaching individuals, Michael leads trainings / workshops on “A Spiritual Approach to Conflict Management”, “The Nature of Consciousness”, and “Mindfulness in the Workplace.”

Tammy Cummins


Tammy has 30+ years of experience in the study and practice of Integrative Medicine. She holds a Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences and Certifications as a Physician Assistant, Nutrition Specialist and in The Science of Happiness Studies. She received her professional training as an Integrative Health and Wellness Coach from Duke Integrative Medicine in N.C. She currently maintains a coaching practice dedicated to helping clients achieve greater health and life satisfaction through positive reinforcement and education.

Ingrid Czintos


Ingrid is a Wellness and Transformational Coach, Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, Bodyworker, Energy Healer, and the Director of AWAKE Wellness. She marries her extensive knowledge from working with the body for over 20 years along with over a decade of mindfulness meditation practice to facilitate people’s understanding of their unique mind-body connection.

As a bodyworker, she has seen and lived the truth in the mind/body connection, witnessing firsthand the cost to those who neglect the small, and sometimes big, signals their body sends. She believes that awareness of our unique mind/body connection creates the foundation for health to arise, in all its forms, throughout the entirety of one’s life.

By teaching evidence-based techniques that increase our awareness of our unique mind-body connection, and leading personalized mind-body discovery coaching sessions, Ingrid empowers her clients to connect with their body’s innate wisdom and deep internal resources for healing.

Ingrid is passionate and engaged with many different self-discovery tools and techniques such as: Insight Meditation, EFT (tapping), the Enneagram, Heartmath, Nonviolent Communication, Positive Neuroplasticity, yoga, massage, and dance.

In addition to coaching clients, Ingrid facilitates Insight and Heart Centered Meditation Sessions and offers trainings in “Cultivating Presence”, “Building Healthy Habits That Stick”, and an 8 week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation series.

Her mission is to inspire, guide, and support people in uncovering their unique “Truth”, using the conduit of their own bodies, to connect them to their innate source of light, energy and power, so that they can naturally create a life that uniquely reflects their vision of abundance, joy, and health.

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:

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

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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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.

Jorge Lugo

Biofield Tuning

 Jorge Lugo believes that we are all amazing, beautiful and powerful and that sometimes we need a little help to lighten the load so that we can feel this way again. He enjoys using the power of sound and vibration to help restore clients to that beautiful state.

Jorge spends his week days exercising the left side of his brain as a web developer. He enjoys finding technical solutions to challenging problems. His interests came into balance when he discovered the work of Jill Mattson and her beautiful, healing music. This led him to study a variety of techniques for producing wellness through sound and vibration. The one that resonated with him the most was biofield tuning through the use of tuning forks.

Jorge Lugo is a Certified Biofield Tuning Practitioner and is certified in Access Bars®. Jorge has also studied energy healing, vocal toning, healing musical intervals and Human BioAcoustics – the analysis of a person’s voice to determine health related issues.


“Every illness is a musical problem – the healing, a musical solution …” – Novalis"

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Rita Maximilian

Rita is a yoga alliance registered, 500HR YogaWorks certified teacher with great enthusiasm for sharing her love of yoga with her students, friends and family. Rita was introduced to yoga over fifteen years ago and practicing and teaching became her passion. Rita and her husband owned Quiet Mind Yoga studio in DC for four years where Rita taught and managed the studio including an expansion so more workshops and yoga trainings could be offered. Her teaching style follows the principles of incorporating alignment together with flow and attention to breath. She believes that every yoga path is unique and she strives to help her students to find their own yogic journey. Originally from Hungary, she moved to the US to complete her graduate studies. In her previous professional life Rita worked in the fields of business development and education policy research... and then yoga changed her life and career path. While professional change is not always easy to undertake, her passion for yoga and sharing yoga with others compelled her to start her teaching practice.  As T. K. V. Desikachar says:  "Yoga serves the individual, and does so through inviting transformation rather than by giving information." Rita believes that if you open yourself up to the Universe, have faith in yourself and work full heartedly toward your goals, transformation happens and happiness awaits.