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Joanie Stewart, LAC, DOM | Acupuncturist, Doctor of Oriental Medicine

Joanie Stewart acupunctureDr. Joanie most recently worked at the prestigious St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital, Center for WellBeing in Savannah, GA. Before that Joanie was in private practice in Sarasota, FL, where she graduated from the East West College of Natural Medicine.

She has worked in both Eastern and Western medicine for more than 20 years, as a medical writer for CBS/Medscape (now WebMD), editorial director at the former Lifetime Medical Television, and as a Yoga therapist and instructor.

She is also trained in Cranio Sacral Therapy, Body Talk Access, and acupuncture for facial rejuvenation. She is Board Treasurer of the Acupuncture Society of Virginia 2012-14. Learn more about Joanie by visiting her website here.

Crystal Craighead, LMT | Licensed Massage Therapist

Crystal Craighead LMTCrystal Craighead is a 2002 graduate of the nationally recognized Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, DC. As a Certified (licensed) Massage Therapist, Crystal promotes the delivery of the “client centered” approach to her bodywork and she is recognized for her abilities to work with sensitivity, compassion, and skill.

Ms. Craighead is trained in the therapeutic benefits of Swedish Relaxation, Deep Tissue Therapeutic, Pre-Natal/Post Partum and Couples Instructional massages. These modalities can support your well-being by alleviating discomfort, improving range of motion and flexibility, relaxing tired, achy and overworked muscles as well as encouraging the release of endorphins – your body’s natural pain-killer.

Crystal is also a 2012 graduate of the Infant Massage USA program for Certified Infant Massage Instructors. Infant Massage USA’s curriculum was created and is endorsed by founder Vimala McClure. The advantages of Infant Massage include: promoting sensory awareness, regulating sleep patterns as well as nurturing the bonding and attachment between infant and parent. Infant Massage has been shared with babies, parents and educators for almost 40 years in over 50 countries around the world.

Please see the our Classes page for upcoming class dates.

Joy Palmer, LMT | Licensed Massage Therapist

Joy recently joined the Back to Health Center family as a Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist. She received her bodywork training in Virginia Beach, VA and has been practicing massage professionally for over six years.

While she has received training in various modalities, Joy specializes in deep tissue therapy. She takes great pride in giving clients a therapeutic massage that fits their needs and comfort level.

Andrew Jelacic, LMT | Licensed Massage Therapist

“As a certified massage therapist since 2006, I have had a career that has been both challenging and greatly rewarding. I’ve had the opportunity to work with patients and clients with everything from surgical rehabilitation to diagnosed neurological diseases, fibromyalgia, pregnancy massage, cancer, migraines, and TMJ.

I have a strong working knowledge of trigger point, Swedish and deep tissue modalities, along with PSIS and active release stretching. Clients I’ve worked with have reported great results and a benefit to their personal healing journey.

My years of customer service has provided me with a great basis in listening to what my patients needs call for and establishing a working plan to meet their immediate and long term goals. I’m passionate about my profession and feel that I would be an asset to your personal health team.”

Susannah Kolstad, PCD (DONA) | Birth Educator

Susannah KolstadSusannah attended the University or Rochester where she obtained a degree in Biology and spent much of her time studying women studies and reproductive issues. After having her first son, she became driven to learn to support families through the difficult first weeks and month after their baby arrives. When she became pregnant with her second son, she learned about postpartum doulas and realized this was her true calling. She began to study and certify through DONA International.

In addition, she recently became a certified Mother Roaster through the Sacred Postpartum and Sacred Living movements. Through these two programs, Susannah provides support to ensure that everyone is well fed, rested and supported as they enter this time as new parents thereby removing some of the burden from your family. This allows new parents to focus on the important task of bonding with your new baby.

In addition, Susannah teaches classes for expectant parents including breastfeeding and pumping basics, baby care basics, postpartum planing, and a combined comprehensive one day class. More information can be found on the Oasis Family Services website.

Dominique Johnson, MPH, HBCE | Hypnobirth Educator

Dominique JohnsonDominique Johnson is a happily married mother of two beautiful HypnoBirth babies. She believes every family deserves a beautiful birthing experience. After the birth of her first daughter, Dominique felt the desire to empower families to make informed choices throughout pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

Dominique became a Gold Seal Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner in the Mongan Method after the birth of her second daughter, solidifying her call to support and empower families.

In addition, Dominique earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and holds two Master degrees, one in Toxicology from North Carolina State University and one in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dominique’s goal is to aid and support others during pregnancy and she is excited to be helping families achieve calm, gentle births. You can find more information about Dominique and her classes at Beautiful Birth Choices.

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