Paola Begley is a licensed acupuncturist and clinical herbalist with a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her work stems from a deep desire to help people overcome physical as well as emotional challenges to improve their health and well-being and to feel good. As a primary healthcare provider, she sees many patients with a wide variety of conditions and treats each person and their unique condition through an individualized treatment plan.
In 2005, Paola began her graduate study in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2009, she completed her four-year Masters program offered by the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. Paola also holds certification in massage therapy, Bach Flower Essence Therapy and Reiki.
Paola utilizes her passion of healing to bring a sense of heightened wellness and peacefulness to all of her patients. In her practice, Paola focuses on gynecological disorders including fertility treatment, women’s health, pain relief, stress relief, anxiety, depression and digestive disorders as well as treatment for the common cold. She feels that balance and harmony can be achieved in the body, mind, and spirit of each individual leading them to a fulfilling life for themselves and in turn for others.
Vincent joined the CNY Healing Arts team in January 2011. He specializes in deep tissue & connective tissue techniques, trigger point therapy, sports massage, prenatal massage, & Swedish relaxation massage and will customize your session to best accommodate your needs.
Terry Bowers, LMT
“Becoming a massage therapist was more than a career. After many years in the govt. (retired Active Duty Army Aviation) and private sector, “needing” massage as a means of relieving stress and muscular aches and pains, I found a greater meaning to life on my journey to becoming a LMT. Since then, I have engaged Alternative Health Care, including Yoga, Acupuncture, Dance, Nutrition and Meditation. As a professional having been on the “other” side, I feel I can connect to people and understand their needs. I look forward to working with you as a person, listening and addressing your needs, and the opportunity to develop a treatment plan that will lead to a healthier, happier, and complete you.”
Yvette Hayden, LMT
Yvette’s work is based in her belief that massage is essential to maintaining basic well-being and balance—physically, mentally and emotionally—as well as to restoring health to bodies affected by illness and injury. She integrates a variety of techniques into a nurturing, connective bodywork experience that addresses each client’s specific needs. Yvette graduated Valedictorian from Onon. School of Therapeutic Massage in 1999, and holds a B.S. in Communications from Syracuse University. She has been a certified Aromatherapist for 19 years. She embraces the benefit of using natural elements, such as heated stones, essential oils, mineral salts and herbs to enhance the work of massage and support wellness. Yvette has a private practice, and has also worked at several spas before joining CNY. She taught massage at the Onon. School of Therapeutic Massage, and is nationally approved provider of continuing education programs that she developed and teaches to massage therapists throughout the Northeast. She created EarthStone Hot Stone Massage Therapies which she has taught to hundreds of massage therapists over the past 12 years. Yvette also designs signature body treatments and custom aromatherapy products for high-end spas.
Michael Serrano, LMT
Michael Serrano is an award winning NYSLMT from The Onondaga School of Message Therapy with nine years of experience. This includes six years at a world-class resort and spa where Michael provided over 4,000 treatments to satisfied guests, five years providing in home palliative care for children with life shortening illnesses throughout Central New York, and two years providing in-home Massage Therapy for the elderly. Prior to Massage Therapy, he has three years experience working on chronic pain management partnering with patient Provider advocates. Michael’s passion started with his direct patient care training in the United States Air Force as a Dental Surgical Assistant.
Michael is looking to apply his education and experience in a working environment that provides continuous, tangible results, through mindful and intuitive touch for his clients. His overall philosophy includes healing the mind, body and soul through the technique of integrated massage therapy. He offers a customized blend of therapeutic massage technique incorporating Swedish Massage strokes to relax the body, Trigger Point Therapy to address specific areas of concern, and stretches to facilitate range of movement.
Katherine Scholl, LMT
Kathy began her massage career in 2004 after graduating from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, and has had the privilege of treating a varied client base while striving to raise awareness of massage therapy as a valuable health and wellness tool in the physical, emotional and spiritual realm. With Swedish Massage as the foundation, an integrated massage approach allows Kathy to tailor her sessions using a range of modalities and varying degrees of pressure adapted to each client. Through a combination of intuition and many hands-on hours, Kathy has gained deep respect for and understanding of muscle and body allowances and the innate wisdom of the body. As a musician, she has written and recorded music for accompanying massage/healing arts and relaxation, and appreciates Deshimaru’s quote, “Think with the whole body.” She has also contributed several small articles to Mind Body Smile that you can find by visiting this link. Kathy looks forward to meeting you and to a meaningful journey with the CNY Healing Arts team!
Kaye Smith, Yoga Instructor, E-RYT 200 HR
Kaye has had a longtime interest in yoga. She picked up her first yoga book at a library sale in the 70′s and explored a yoga practice at home. After working at a nursing career, getting married and raising two wonderful boys, she found time for a formal Yoga Class. Here she developed a deeper interest in yoga and began a regular practice in Vinyasa Flow, Movement with Breath and Meditation. In 2008, Kaye completed the Yoga Teacher Training at East Street Yoga. She finds joy in sharing the gifts of Yoga through teaching.
Heidi Noce, RN, BSN, Yoga Instructor, RYT 200 Hour
Heidi has always had an interest in nutrition and exercise. After the birth of her son, she was searching for a way to exercise, but never cared for the gym scene. She finally tried yoga and never stopped. After practicing under Kaye Smith and Judiann Cesta, the opportunity arose to attend teacher training through East St. Yoga and graduated in 2011. Heidi has attended workshops at Kripalu and continues to look for opportunities to expand her knowledge base. Through yoga she has transformed spiritually, changing interpersonal relationships at work and home. Heidi loves teaching, and finding moments everyday to integrate yoga in her daily living.
Gina Galli, RYT 200 hour
Gina went through several specialized workshops that included breathing techniques, relaxation and stress reduction, meditation, Yin Yoga, partners yoga, yoga nutrition, Aryvedic practices, Yoga for Arthritis, Yoga Therapy, wall yoga, Yin Yoga, vocal practice in yoga, Yoga Nidra and several workshops in class sequencing.
She had the great pleasure of beginning her program with a 4 day intensive with the master gurus from Yoga Institute in Santacruz, Mumbai, Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra. It was an amazing introduction to the lineage of classical yoga from the oldest organized yoga center in the world. This is where she was introduced to the Eight Fold Path which became the foundation of what is taught in the program at YogaLife Institute. In July, Gina attended a weekend intensive program for advance teaching techniques. In this program they broke down yoga postures and learned various modifications as well as understanding contraindications for each poses. They also covered how to make adjustments and alignments in a safe manner for students.
Gina’s personal journey through yoga started with taking classes in 2003 when she was riding on a long distance cycling team. She began to see the physical benefits of yoga as well as the great benefits obtained through utilizing breathing techniques. Through college, Gina had a strong interest in Anthropology and was drawn to the study of various cultures, religions and philosophies. Her love of music, art and nature seemed to churn in the depths of her soul and within the past few years many elements seemed to meld together. Yoga means “union” and Gina has begun to personally cultivate a union of all things that make her who she is. Practicing yoga and being a student in the past few years has truly helped her life blossom and provided her with great tools for walking her path on this earth. Through Gina’s passion for yoga she hopes to continue to be part of a strong community of yogis, share with others the powerful path of yoga and the various therapeutic attributes of a yoga practice. She enjoys teaching others and encouraging them through their personal discovery. In Gina’s teachings she blends various breathing techniques, meditation, guided relaxation, restorative, spiritual teachings as well as beginner and more vigorous asanas and vinyasa. She likes to end her classes with one of her favorite blessings… “May the longtime sun shine upon you, all the love surround you and the pure light within you guide you on your way.”
Kelly Schalk, Yoga Instructor, RYT 250 hour
While receiving her Bachelor of Science degree, with a premed focus, from the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay, Kelly competed as an NCAA Nordic skier. She went on for a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Wyoming, with a cellular physiology and athletic performance focus. In 2009 Kelly completed her PhD in science education from the University of Maryland. During her years in Wyoming, Kelly was also professional skier representing Rossignol and the US nationally and internationally.
She has been studying different limbs of Yoga (Yamas, Niyamas, Pranayama, Pratyahra, Dharana and Dhyana) as a child, but began her study of asana as a young adult. She has had the chance to study under many Yoga masters throughout her athletic and academic careers and began teaching Yoga in 2000. She had worked with people of ethnic, physical and physiological diversity. Kelly was recently awarded a scholarship to Kripalu (center for Yoga and health) for a continuing education program for her work in communities. She has a 250 hr Vinyasa teacher certification and will complete her 500 hr Yoga teacher certification from Kripalu in 2014.
Having studied different styles of Yoga such as Ashtanga, Anusara, Kripalu, Dharma, Yin & Yang Yoga along with meditation, pranayama and Qi Gong, Kelly brings to the mat a flow that assists students with understanding their intentions and energy. Having moved back to Syracuse in 2011, she currently teaches Yoga in the city of Syracuse, Dewitt, Manlius and Marcellus along with working with children through the Say Yes to Education program in the city. She does workshops for many non-for-profit organizations, offers private instruction to children and adults, athletes, rehabilitating patients, people with special physical and physiological needs. In addition to her work as a Yoga instructor Kelly also teaches ecology at Bryant and Stratton College, enjoys the time she shares with family and friends, and embraces growth by volunteering at different places in the city such as the Francis House.