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eWellness Center

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Meet the Instructors

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Victoria Alfonso

MPC, RSMT

Victoria Grace Alfonso has a degree in social work from Rhode Island College and works as a social worker. She has spent 8 years of deep exploration and studies of the existential existence of soul and ancient masters, which led to a spiritual journey. Through deep studies, research and guidance, she has come to know the angels and their meanings. She says she is an old inner child, divine guidance counselor, and “clair-whatever you want to name it.” Most of all, she is a light worker and wants to help others by sharing the light.

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Melinda (Mindy) Allaire

PT, DPT, LSVT BIG

HOPEWORTH Physical Therapy has been practicing as a physical therapist since 2007, specializing in the treatment of all cancer-related impairments, including fatigue, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and lymphedema. She opened her own practice, at her home, in Bristol in September 2020. Mindy has worked with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation in a variety of ways since 2011, and looks forward to helping you on your journey of wellness! 

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Jeannette Bessinger

Life & Food in Flow

Jeannette Bessinger, BCHC Jeannette (she/her) is an ordained interfaith minister and Board Certified Health Coach, bringing a holistic perspective to her 20-year health ministry. As a breast cancer survivor with a focus on anti-oppression and building body/mind/spirit resilience, Jeannette has been privileged to work with many different people and organizations over the years, ranging from Head Start to yoga centers to hospitals to progressive churches. 

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Sage Brody

MPC, RSMT

Sage Brody, MPC, RSMT is a dynamic and inspirational dance teacher and movement therapist. Sage holds a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling and is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. She shares her passion for movement and healing in her classes at Kripalu and elsewhere as well as in her private client work. Sage is a faculty member for the Leven Institute for Expressive Movement and the Hartford Family Institute’s Professional Training Program in Body Centered Psychotherapy. She has a private practice in Lee, MA and online www.sagemovement.com.

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Mimi Budnick

Restorative, Yin, Trauma Sensitive yoga

Mimi Budnick, 200ERYT received her initial certification in 2010 from Eyes of the World and has since completed in-depth training in Restorative, Yin, and Trauma Sensitive yoga.  Mimi prioritizes accessibility in her classes and aims to create an environment where her students feel welcomed and supported.  She has taught in yoga studios, health clinics, trauma centers, rehab facilities and offers both private yoga classes and retreats. For more information about Mimi and her work visit her website: www.mimibudnick.com 

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Gladys Ellen

LCMHC

Gladys Ellen is one of Southern New England's most credible and authentic Spiritual Intuitives. She has a full-time, private practice in East Providence, RI where she’s been working with individuals, couples, and families for over 13-years. She offers a variety of services to include Divine Guidance & Life Purpose Sessions, Mediumship, Past Life Regressions, and Spiritual Coaching. She believes in Empowering You to Say YES to Life!

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John LaCross

Reiki Master

John LaCross is a Reiki Master/Teacher with a private stress reduction practice in East Providence, RI. He began in law enforcement, rising through the ranks to second in command at the Rhode Island State Police before becoming the Chief of the Barrington Police, where he retired in 2019. He holds a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Criminal Administration, and in 2014, he attended John Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Meditation program at UMass Medical School, in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is currently enrolled at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center in a Teacher level 1 Certificate Program.

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Jeanne Schumacher

M. Ed., Ed. D.

Jeanne Schumacher, M.Ed, Ed.D has followed a plant-based diet since 2009. She has a doctorate in science and education and has taught for over 35 years. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and believes that food is the best medicine. Jeanne has successfully earned her Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate through Cornell - Center for Nutritional Studies and completed the Women’s Studies and Food Over Medicine program through the Wellness Forum. For more information about Jeanne and the work she does, visit her website at SimplyPlantBased.net.

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Morgan Huling

LMT

Morgan Huling discovered yoga as an anxious high school student, and quickly fell in love with its positive effects on her body, mind, and spirit. In 2010, as a young adult, she traveled to Costa Rica for a 200-hour yoga teacher training through the Marianne Wells Yoga School, and later returned in 2013 to complete her 500-hour certification with a focus on yoga therapy. Since then, Morgan has focused her studies on the gentler side of yoga—most notably with Amy Weintraub’s LifeForce Yoga® to Manage Anxiety and completing two levels of Restorative Yoga certification with Sudha Carolyn Lundeen. These practices have played a huge part in shaping Morgan’s work with The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, offering yoga classes to cancer survivors since 2013.

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Aruni Nan Futurosky

Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Life Coach

Aruni Nan Futuronsky has over 50 years teaching experience, spending the first two-decades of her career as an inner city high school teacher in Newark, New Jersey. For the past thirty-one years, she has been a senior faculty member at Kripalu Center, in western Massachusetts where she develops, directs, and facilitates workshops in mindfulness and behavior change. She believes that we can change our brain, our body, and our behavior, using mindfulness and the right use of our will.  As a mindfulness coach, uses the ancient practices of Living Yoga, integrated with evidence-based data, which has supported her in creating this model of mindfulness plus right action as the doorway to sustainable change.  She is also a writer, a lover of nature and she has found that humor and relaxed acceptance has helped carry her through this time of upheaval and unknowns.

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Sandra Musial MD

MD

Sandra Musial MD, aka Sandy, is a physician specializing in disease prevention and reversal through nutrition who believes that the foundation of a healthy life starts with whole plant based food. She earned an undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences and an MD degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has worked in private practice as well as academic medicine at Hasbro Children’s Hospital teaching the pediatric residents and medical students. She has completed a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell, a Health Coaching certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®, and became a Culinary Coach this summer through Harvard University.

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Debbee Radcliff

M.Ed., RMT, Creatigo LLC

Debbee Radcliff, M.Ed., RMT, is the owner of Creatigo, LLC. Accessing her knowledge and experience from the mainstream and holistic spheres, Debbee provides a creative, realistic approach to healing. She is a Reiki Master Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Level Instructor, Theta Healer, Aromatherapist, and Shaman Practitioner.

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Isabel Storey

LCMHC

Isabel Storey, LCMHC has over two decades of service as a licensed mental health counselor focusing on helping people master the art of self-discovery, full self-expression and empowerment. She has facilitated the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation's support groups since 2008, and has gone above and beyond to help people touched by cancer.

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Lauren Talbert

RD, CSO, LDN, CDCES

Lauren Talbert, RD, CSO, LDN, CDCES, is a registered dietitian. Lauren has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in both dietetics and food and nutritional science from the University of Vermont. She completed her dietetic internship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Lauren has spent more than 12 years working in the Program in Women’s Oncology within Women and Infants Hospital and currently is one of four board certified specialists in oncology nutrition in Rhode Island. Lauren is also a certified diabetes educator and works as an outpatient dietitian in the Department of Medicine within Women & Infants Hospital. In addition to meeting with oncology patients, Lauren specializes in women’s health specifically women with diabetes, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and pregnant women. Lauren has been most recognized for her presentations to a wide array of audiences including medical professionals, patients and family as well as the community.