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Meet Our Staff

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

joanie-meet-the-staffDr. 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.

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.”

Daira Vargas, LMT | Licensed Massage Therapist

Daira is originally from New York City and has studied a wide variety of topics specializing in self-care and personal transformation. She uses her studies to empower others and to create therapeutic items, such as intention candles, massage oils, body butters, and herbal baths and infusions, that promote self-care, mental clarity, and balance. Her massage practice is a representation of her own evolving journey to integrate mind, body, and spirit through self-discovery, while aligning her passion and holistic approach to help others. Her interest in the metaphysical and spiritual aspects of life first led her to the study of energy healing and then massage therapy.

Daira graduated from the Florida School of Massage (Gainesville, FL) in 2017, studying various modalities, including Neuromuscular Therapy, Connective Tissue Therapy, Polarity, Sports Massage, Hydrotherapy, and Aromatherapy. Integrating these modalities allows her to apply keen problem-solving skills and intuitive healing work to help clients better understand their bodies and mitigate pain.

Daira is a NAHA Certified Level 1 Aromatherapist; Certified Crystal Healer; a Professional Life Coach; an Usui Ryoho Reiki Master; a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Fitness Nutritionist; a former NPC Bodybuilding Bikini Competitor; and a 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.

Her goal is for you to feel great about yourself – whether through decreased pain and stiffness, an increased feeling of peace and well-being, or a renewed sense of self and optimism. “I believe in healing and personal transformation through self-discovery, creativity, and self-care.”

Daira is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Florida and Virginia, and a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA).

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