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Diane Alberga, M.Ac. L.Ac.

Diane started receiving acupuncture 13 years ago and was amazed by its power to assist in personal transformation. This led to her career change as a software engineer to receiving her Masters of Acupuncture from Tai Sophia Institute for Healing Arts in 2003. Her passion grew when she joined the faculty there in 2005. Board certified in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a member of the Maryland Acupuncture Society and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, Diane has also trained in the Battlefield Acupuncture protocol for severe pain. She currently participates as a provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Diane also studies Medicine for the Earth and Healing with Spiritual Light with Sandra Ingerman. Both of these modalities involve the path to personal transformation through energy work.

Stephanie Bernardo, M.Ac. L.Ac.
Deeply committed and passionate to working with clients to awaken, Stephanie transforms and heals their lives so each can walk their destiny. She approaches treatments with an intuitive awareness, working with clients to uncover the root cause of symptoms while teaching how to heal the body. 
Her practice incorporates ancient healing traditions along with breath work, meditation, and nutritional counseling. Stephanie’s healing experience from severe, paralyzing back pain provides an empathetic awareness and understanding of what it means to live with and overcome chronic pain using natural remedies. She has helped many clients overcome various conditions ranging from depression, trauma, and anxiety to chronic pain, migraines, addictions, fertility issues and stress.

Stephanie is the founder of Anamaya Wellness and a master’s degree in Acupuncture from Tai Sophia Institute. She has studied advanced acupuncture with Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest and master acupuncturist. Stephanie is a licensed acupuncturist in Maryland, Chinese Herbalist, a NADA Detoxification Specialist, and serves as a clinic supervisor and faculty member at Tai Sophia Institute. She also offers IAm consciousness, Reiki, and chakra balancing. 

Susan Bienvenu, M.Ac. L.Ac.
Susan has a simple practice philosophy:  help clients live better through teaching them to understand the root of their illness and methods for alleviating the problems they face. Susan teaches clients that acupuncture can assist the body in healing itself. She coaches clients in changing daily living habits and teaches how these decisions can benefit overall well-being. Helping others become aware of this is an important part of Susan’s healing presence.

Susan came to acupuncture through an auspicious coincidence.  After years of designing computer software with an emphasis on ease of use, she decided to take a more personal approach to helping people by becoming a social worker.  Her spouse heard about Tai Sophia Institute through their acupuncturist, decided to check out the school and asked her along.  From the moment she walked into Tai Sophia, she knew the call to become an acupuncturist was loud and clear.

Susan is a graduate of Tai Sophia Institute and holds both a master's degree in Acupuncture and a master’s degree in Social Work.

Heather Block, M.Ac. L.Ac. 
Heather earned her masters degree in Acupuncture from Tai Sophia Institute, a leading academic institution in wellness-based education and the first accredited Acupuncture school in the United States. Heather has deepened her skills of acupuncture and energy healing through additional training in:  Acute and chronic pain management, Detoxification techniques (obtaining certification from National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)), Zero Balancing — a form of bodywork which utilizes gentle pressure and traction, to promote the flow of energy in the body; and  Qigong — a practice that integrates physical postures, movement, breathing techniques, and meditation to strengthen and circulate one’s energy/Qi.


Heather has helped patients experience relief from pain, chronic health issues, anxiety and stress, and receive healing for physical as well as emotional concerns. Heather specializes in working with people going through intense life experiences and transitions, helping them achieve and maintain an optimal level of health and well-being.

Rob Depetris, M.Ac. L.Ac
Rob is a licensed acupuncturist and holds a Master's Degree of Acupuncture from the Tai Sophia Institute, the first nationally accredited program of its kind in the country. He received a Post Baccalaureate in Chinese Herbs and imparts to his patients the knowledge of a healthy Chinese diet.

Robert's practice is rooted in patient communication through which he establishes an effective professional relationship with the patient to better understand and treat their unique health care needs. This process utilizes his skill and knowledge of Chinese Medicine to focus on a holistic treatment that awakens the patient's self-healing response. Special attention is always given to diet, nutrition and lifestyle as Robert promotes the patient's discovery of how to participate in thier own wellness path.

Cory Jecmen, M.Ac. L.Ac
A master level acupuncturist, Cory is licensed in Maryland. He completed his undergraduate studies at Western State College of Colorado and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology. His graduate work in acupuncture was completed at the Tai Sophia Insitute in Laurel, MD. His treatment skills cover a wide range of both chronic and acutue conditions that alleviate not only physical but also mental and emotional level conditions. He is a certified acupuncture detoxification specialist through the National Acupuncutre Detoxification Association. 

He believes in a caring, patient centered, personalized approach to his work and feels that the way to healthier through acupuncture relies on a sound partnership between the patient and practitioner. He is committed to the ultimate safety and comfort of the patient and places the needs of his patients at the forefront of his treatment planning strategies. He believes in the body's innate wisdom and amazed at its ability to heal.

Massage Therapy

Jaime Bernardo, LMT
Jaime works in partnership with his clients to develop an ideal, therapeutic process that provides a safe, nurturing and enriching space. He offers “daily grinders”, weekend warriors and clients recovering from injury and/or trauma a holistic approach to wellness that emphasizes body awareness and self-healing education. Jaime’s work primarily combines Deep Tissue, Swedish, Myofascial and Orthopedic Assessment. Depending on the client’s needs, he also incorporates other approaches including Reiki, Sports Massage, and Trauma Touch. Jaime coordinates the corporate massage program.

A licensed Massage Therapist in Maryland and the District of Columbia, Jaime graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute where he was an instructor for ten years. In addition to managing his charity organization, he also serves as state coordinator for the Emergency Response Massage International team. Jaime holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Maryland.

In 2007, Jaime launched a nonprofit to provide volunteer services to trauma populations including injured veterans, domestic violence survivors, disaster relief victims and the caregivers who support these groups. For more information, go to

Laura Boyle, CR, Reiki I & II 
Laura Boyle offers reflexology services, Reiki, and chakra balancing at Anamaya Wellness. She has been studying energy-based approaches and techniques for several years, employing them on a regular basis to maintain her health and well-being as well as serve her family and friends. Now, she is opening her practice to helping others. Laura is certified in first and second degree Reiki from the International Center for Reiki Training, and she is certified as a reflexologist from the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine. She holds a master's degree in public health from East Stroudsburg University and a master's degree in international policy and practice from The George Washington University. 

Jennifer Brennan, LMT
Jennifer has had an interest in massage and bodywork for over 10 years. She fulfilled her long-standing dream and attended massage therapy school. A 2008 graduate of Potomac Massage Training Institute, she finds giving massage almost as relaxing as receiving it. Jennifer is a nationally certified massage therapist licensed to practice massage in Maryland and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She also volunteers with Touch of Relief providing massage to under-served populations.

Prior to becoming a massage therapist, Jennifer received her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola College in Maryland and worked for 12 years in mental health and wellness education. When she is not caring for clients, she can be found managing the schedules of a busy household, spending time with good people, daydreaming about her next grand travel adventure, running, or enjoying the outdoors.

Jennifer Graham, RMP
Jennifer enjoys creating a nurturing environment her clients. As a single working parent, she understands the importance of self-care in order to maintain a balanced life. Using a combination of Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, her empathic approach helps lead clients to greater body awareness and deeper relaxation. She is a graduate of Potomac Massage Training Institute, a Registered Massage Practitioner licensed to work in Maryland and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She manages her own stress through dancing, walking, reading and gardening in addition to getting regular massages.

Kristi Kaiss, LMT
Kristi honors the mind-body connection and the body's innate ability to heal itself. She is strongly committed to the power of the client-therapist relationship based on care, trust, respect and professionalism. Through massage and healing touch, she works with her clients towards the goals of health and healing, self-awareness, balance and respect. Her focus is always the client's well-being and promoting an environment and experience that offers opportunities for transformations of mind, body and spirit.

Kristi is a graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute, a Licensed Massage Therapist in Maryland, and member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Before her massage therapy journey, Krisit received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociolofy from Randolph-Macon College, her Master's in Anthropology from George Washington University and workd in the health and research field. When not performing massage you can find Kristi spending time with her family and friends, doing yoga, advocating for animals, playing in nature or gardening.

Zero Balancing

Stanley Fox
Stanley wants to work with your energy and your body at interface--not to give you energy, nor to take energy away--simply to balance the energy that is inherently there. Zero Balancing is a gentle mind-body treatment modality that uses light finger pressure on a fully clothed client to help align the physical and energetic aspects within the bones and tissues of their body. Clients may experience a deep trancelike state of relaxation, ease tension in their bodies, and find themselves less restricted in their movements.

After studying this hands-on modality for nearly three years under the creator of Zero Balancing, Dr. Fritz Smith, Stanley achieved his certification and is very excited to offer this service. In addition to ZB, Stanley will be completing a Masters of Acupuncture from the Tai Sophia Institute in the Spring/Summer of 2013. Soon, he will be able to also offer this 5,000 year old form of Chinese Medicine.

ZB allows Stanley to bring a number of benefits to his clients including reduced stress, greater focus and clarity at work, and greater ease in and awareness of their bodies. ZB can also be effective with headaches, backaches, fatigue, symptoms of depression, tension, nervousness, insomnia, and other symptoms arising due to stuck or blocked energy flow.

Stanley offers a gentle and respectful touch as well as a caring heart to assist his clients in becoming more aligned with their physical bodies. Give ZB a try if you are seeking to improve your quality of life through sustained feelings of well-being and clarity.

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