About Our Healers
- » Elizabeth Shrader, MPH, LMT
- » Anne Thiel, LMT
- » Annie Lake Mahon, MA, LMT
- » Astra Rooney, LMT
- » Dan Bradley, LMT
- » Dora Shick, LMT
- » Emily Tellez, LMT
- » Katy Cribbs, LICSW
- » Lois Clinton, LICSW
- » Rae Johnson, RN, LMT
- » Seth Shamon, L.Ac.,M.Ac.,Dip.Lac
- » Stefanie Vale, LMT
Elizabeth Shrader, MPH, LMT
Elizabeth (DCLMT#1379) is the founder of The Well: "My goal as a massage therapist and wellness entrepreneur is to provide integrated services that promote our clients’ health and wellbeing, ease their tension and stress, and help them find peace and balance in their lives. For clients living with chronic or acute pain, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing their faces after a successful session where they realize that living pain-free is possible." Elizabeth specializes in prenatal, labor, and postpartum massage for women and infant massage instruction for babies and their caregivers.
Training and Education: Elizabeth graduated in 2010 from the Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) in Washington, D.C. She also holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Latin American Studies from Yale University.
Certifications: Elizabeth has over 1000 hours of advanced bodywork training, mainly focused on pain management and women's health.
- National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB) #585986-09
- Integrated Positional Therapy: Levels 1, 2 and 3 with Lee Albert at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health combining muscle energy technique and strain-counterstrain to help clients live pain-free without drugs or surgery.
- Restorative Hot Stone Theray with Shoshanna DiBetta at Stone & Spa Ayurvedic Healing Arts.
- Prenatal/Labor/Postpartum Massage through Kate Jordan Seminar's "Bodywork for the Childbearing Year"
- Birth doula training (pending certification) with Katie Daly through Doulas of North America (DONA), to help clients achieve their desired birth experience.
- Certified Infant Touch and Massage Instructor with Wayne and Maria Mathias through the International Institute of Infant Massage.
Work Experience: Elizabeth built her solo massage and doula practices as Mount Pleasant Massage Therapy before opening The Well and joining DC Birth Doulas. She is the infant massage instructor at The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington and has worked as a clinical and academic instructor at PMTI. Before becoming a massage therapist, Elizabeth worked for international health and development organizations throughout the Americas. She has over 30 years' experience in clinical and community settings working as a women's health advocate and educator, primarily among immigrant and low-income populations. Fluent in Spanish, Elizabeth lived and worked in Mexico and Central America for 15 years and maintains ties with the region through family and friends.
Anne Thiel, LMT
Anne (DCLMT #1298) weaves many threads of holistic healing -- massage, Ayurveda, yoga, midwifery - into a unique practice at The Well. "As a massage therapist, I look to provide therapeutic bodywork that promotes people’s health and wellness, and eases their tension and stress. Drawing on my earlier career as a midwife, I specialize in prenatal massage and labor support for women. As a yoga teacher (with a focus on prenatal yoga) and Ayurvedic practitioner, I can offer helpful advice for how to support your health and wellbeing through your yoga practice, as well as lifestyle and nutrition choices."
Training and Education: As a graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) in Washington, D.C., Anne received academic and practical training in a wide array of bodywork modalities, with a focus on Swedish circulatory massage and deep tissue techniques. Trained as a midwife in Germany, Anne has delivered more than 500 babies. She is also a certified Yoga Teacher (ERYT 500), having studied a variety of styles with a variety of teachers. She is a 2007 graduate of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and earned a Ph.D. in German Studies from Georgetown University.
Certifications: Anne is nationally certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB) and maintains a CPR/First Aid certification. She is certified in prenatal, labor, and postpartum massage through Kate Jordan Seminar's "Bodywork for the Childbearing Year" and a DONA-trained birth doula.
Volunteer Service/Community Building: I support the local massage therapy community and profession by volunteering with the American Massage Therapy Association-DC Chapter. I also care for a colony of community cats and generally help out in my community with animal-related issues (helping with lost cats and dogs, visiting pets during travel times, etc.).
Previous Work Experience: Before becoming a massage therapist, Anne worked for several environmental organizations and consulting companies, primarily in communications and other managerial/administrative positions. "Working to support the health of the planet is just as important to me as helping others to achieve optimal health and well-being."
Annie Lake Mahon, MA, LMT
Annie (DCLMT #1540) is an author, an ordained lay Buddhist minister and founder of the Circle Yoga Cooperative in Washington, DC. "I came to massage therapy through my yoga and mindfulness practices. I offer my clients a way to understand their bodies and themselves through hands-on bodywork, which itself is a mindfulness practice. As we gain understanding of our bodies and how we move in the world, we feel a deeper sense of ease and belonging. The Buddhist teacher and Episcopal priest Alan Watts used to say that we don't come into this world, we grow out of it, like an apple grows from a tree. I like to explore how massage and restorative yoga can ground us in the present moment and allow us to feel at home in the world."
Training and Education: Annie is a 2011 graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMI) in Washington, DC and did her Yoga Teacher Training with Susan Hurley at Willow Street Yoga Center in 2002. She has a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science in Computer Science from the University of Michigan as well as a Masters in Religious Studies from Howard University.
- Health Coach Certificate, Integrative Institute of Nutrition (IIN), New York, NY (anticipated completion 2017).
- Ordained in Order of Interbeing, a Buddhist Zen Tradition, 2009.
- Certified Focusing Professional, The International Focusing Institute, Nyack, NY, 2015.
- Prison Mindfulness Institute Training Certificate
- Over 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Training, most in Anusara Yoga (E-RYT and RCYT), 2001- present
- Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 2007-2009
- Student of Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh since 1998
- Student of Buddhist Roshi Joan Halifax since 2014
- Annie has studied with many other Buddhist teachers including Sharon Salzburg, Tara Brach, Pema Chodron, Phillip Moffitt, Anne Cushman, and Mark Coleman.
- Studied with Marshall Rosenburg and Robert Gonzales at the Center for Nonviolent Communication, 2003-2010.
Work Experience: Annie's mission is to offer healing to the world, whether it's teaching yoga and mindfulness, or offering bodywork. She brings her decades-long meditation and mindfulness practice to the massage room, creating a grounded space where clients can relax, refuel and leave refreshed in body and mind.
She has been writing about mindfulness, parenting, stress and yoga since 2004. Her blog, rawmindfulness.com, is a hit with the mindfulness and yoga communities. Her latest book, Things I Did When I Was Hangry, documents Annie's search for sanity in her eating disordered family life and reveals how mindfulness helped her go beyond the search for perfection and learn to love the moment as it is.
Astra Rooney, LMT
A recent transplant to DC, Astra Rooney (DCLMT #2181) has devoted her professional life to learning and teaching various types of bodywork. "My favorite approach is using Thai acupressure to treat orthopedic conditions and chronic pain. I've studied a number of Eastern and Western styles and like to interweave them into each massage session. For me, 'integrative therapies' means I get to pull a lot of different tools from my toolbox so people feel more balanced and relaxed, and also to help them on their path to recovery from injury, surgery or pain patterns."
Training and Education: Astra is a 2007 graduate of the renown Fingerlakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY. In addition to licensure in the District of Columbia, Astra is licensed as a massage therapist in New York State (#021822) and Pennsylvania (#MSG004516). She holds a bachelor's degree in Fine Art from Rutgers University.
- Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy with Ron Carter at Deep Feet Bar Therapy, Wilmington, DE
- Reiki Level II at The Reiki School + Clinic, Philadelphia, PA
- Thai Acupressure for Orthopedic Disorders with Noam Tyroler at The School for Thai Acupressure, Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Thai Massage Teacher Training: Levels 1 and 2 with Noam Tyroler in Lexington, KY, Brattleboro, VT, Philadelphia, PA, and Chiang Mai, Thailand
- General Thai Massage, Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School, Bangkok, Thailand
- Advanced Medical Thai Massage, Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School, Bangkok, Thailand
- Women's Health Care Thai Massage, Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School, Bangkok, Thailand
- Thai Medical Theory for Bodyworkers at The Naga Center School of Traditional Thai Medicine and Massage, Portland, OR
- Nationally certified with the National Certification Board for Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork (NCTMB)
Work Experience: Astra built a solo practice in Ithaca, NY and has practiced in numerous spa and health care settings. She teaches workshops on Thai massage therapy, integrative massage therapy, and mind-body awareness.
Dan Bradley, LMT
Dan Bradley (DCLMT#0542) works with physically-active adults to maximize their performance and reduce injury in and around training for athletic events. “I have been trained in and focus on sports massage and active release technique. I help my clients enhance their athletic performance through sports massage techniques that include deep tissue work, fascial stretch therapy and active release technique. By integrating these modalities, I’m able to help my clients excel by minimizing acute and chronic injury and promoting faster recovery." From cyclists to runners, swimmers, ballers and everything in between, Dan is our in-house sports therapist.
Training and Education: A 2003 graduate of Washington D.C.'s Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI), Dan earned his Level One Certification in Fascial Stretch Therapy from the Stretch to Win Institute in Tempe, Arizona. Dan’s areas of expertise include:
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Sports Massage
- Active Release Technique (Full Body Certified)
- Fascial Release Therapy
Work Experience: Dan's breadth and depth of knowledge in bodywork is reflected in the wide range of settings where he has worked as a massage therapist: medical locales including chiropractic and dental offices; day spa settings; and private practice for general pain management and stress relief. As an expert in the field of sports massage, Dan has brought his magic hands to the 2009 U.S. Track and Field Championships, the 2013 U.S. Masters Swimming Championships, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Track and Field Trials in Oregon, and most recently at the 2016 Capitol Hill Volleyball Tournament. When not at The Well, you can catch Dan at Skyline Wellness in Arlington, Virginia.
Dora Shick, LMT
Dora (DCLMT #1994) works with clients to address specific areas of pain and tension, while also reducing stress and anxiety. “My work combines deep tissue, myofascial and Swedish techniques for the purpose of relieving immediate discomfort and pain. I work with my clients to support their personal wellness goals, whether it's recovering from an injury, relieving chronic or acute pain, or simply creating more space for self-care." Dora's deep knowledge of the structural and functional aspects of the body, coupled with her abiding respect for mind-body-spirit integration, informs her massage sessions and post-session client education.
Training and Education: Dora graduated in 2014 from the Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI). She is currently enrolled in the Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Educator program, a 500+ hour course of study at the Kinesthetic Learning Center in Durham, North Carolina. Areas of focus include:
- Basic Neurocellular Patterns of Movement
- Senses and Perception as the Psychophysical Process of Interpreting Sensory Information
- Primitive Reflexes, Righting Reactions and Equilibrium Responses
- Ontogenic Milestones of Embryological and Infant Development
Dora also holds a bachelor's in Government from Smith College (2005).
Work Experience: Prior to joining The Well, Dora practiced massage therapy at Well Being Massage, Whitman-Walker Health Clinic, and PMTI’s graduate clinic. She also works as a fundraising professional to help non-profit organizations expand their capacity to create positive change. A life-long dancer, Dora is grateful to be a member of DancEthos, a DC-based modern dance company.
Emily Tellez, LMT
Emily (DCLMT#1407) practices her own unique style she calls East Meets West: "I combine Swedish circulatory massage, deep-tissue focused techniques and trigger point therapy with Eastern acupressure energy points, following my client's verbal and non-verbal cues. I find integrating these styles in a holistic session is most effective for relieving tension and stress. I find that 90- to 120-minute sessions are ideal for addressing focus areas and connecting the whole body, head-to-toe." Along with her studio skills, Emily has a thriving mobile massage practice, ready to come to your home or office with massage chair or table.
Training and Education: Emily graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute in 2010 and is licensed in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. She also holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts (MFA) from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA from the University of Arizona.
Certifications: Emily has over 1500 hours in professional massage training and is nationally-certified through NCTMB. She is also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, currently serving on the DC Chapter Board.
- Clinical Acupressure with Aminah Raheem at Soul Lightening Acupressure
- SEVA Acupressure Stress Release
- The STRAIT (Scar Tissue Release And Integrated Therapies) Method with Marjorie Brook at Marjorie Brook Seminars
- Restorative Hot Stone Therapy with Shoshanna DiBetta at Stone & Spa Ayurvedic Healing Arts
- Geriatric Massage: Level One with Sharon Puszko, Ph.D. LMT at Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute
Work Experience: With her MFA, Emily works part time as an art handler for a private company that services local art museums. She sees massage therapy as a holistic art form that serves the mind, body and spirit, both for herself and her clients.
Katy Cribbs, LICSW
Katy (DCLC #50079982) is a licensed independent clinical social worker practicing in DC since 2011.
Katy practices psychotherapy with a commitment to bringing deep presence, insight, and support to her therapy clients as they find the courage to heal. She is excited for the chance to offer psychotherapy at The Well and believes in the importance of holistic and integrated wellness for body, mind, and spirit. “We all carry wounds, big and small, which affect our inner well-being, our relationships, and our ability to engage with the world. By facing our own pain and suffering with compassion, we have the power to transform it into strength. Often, we cannot do this alone. Therapy is not a quick fix, but rather a journeying together to discover your own capacity for resilience and strength and healing into your deeper, truer self.”
Katy's approach to psychotherapy uses the therapeutic relationship built on deep trust and incorporates mindfulness, internal and cultural narrative awareness, strengths-based insight building, cognitive restructuring, and attachment theory. She works with clients from a spiritual perspective to focus on what gives meaning, purpose, and connection. Katy specializes in working with adults facing grief and loss, dealing with illness, coping with caregiving for an elder or a new child, and those facing depression, anxiety, and other symptoms arising from life transitions and adjustments. She believes in finding ways to mark life’s endings and beginnings as sacred spaces. As the mother of a toddler, Katy is particularly passionate about supporting other parents to make meaning and pursue balance in their family role. Katy also has experience providing clinical supervision to social workers wishing to pursue clinical licensure in DC.
Training and Education: Katy graduated with a Masters in Social Work in 2011 from Catholic University’s National Catholic School of Social Services in Washington, D.C. with a joint concentration in clinical work and social change. She is licensed in Maryland and DC. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheaton College.
Specialized Training: Katy has an advanced certification in hospice and palliative care from the National Association of Social Workers. She is also a 2013 graduate of the Metta Institute’s End-of-Life Practitioner Program, a sixteen-month course which integrates personal and professional mindfulness and presence practices into work at the end of life. Katy was selected to participate in the ExCEL in Social Work program, designed to educate and empower oncology social workers to engage in research opportunities. She has provided trainings to care facilities and faith communities on end-of-life issues and advanced directives. Katy values her ongoing clinical education, and she is currently focusing in perinatal mental health. She most recently completed the PSI Certificate Program in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, focused on mental health for pregnant and post-partum women and their families.
Work Experience: Katy moved to DC to participate as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Joseph’s House, a home for homeless men and women with AIDS and cancer, where she continues to serve on the Board of Directors as well as to provide clinical consultation services. She has worked as a clinical social worker at Capital Caring, providing home hospice services, family therapy, clinical supervision, and bereavement counseling since 2011. Katy also has experience working in inpatient substance abuse treatment, homeless services, and with survivors of human trafficking.
Lois Clinton, LICSW
Lois Clinton (DCLC#50077693) has been practicing psychotherapy in the District of Columbia and Maryland since 1994. “I’m excited to bring holistic psychotherapy services to the Mount Pleasant community and beyond, through my affiliation with The Well. My passion is to teach people, through a lens of mindfulness, how they can reach their full potential by letting go of old patterns. Most people don’t realize that adversity can build resilience and unleash amazing new creativity and positive change. I am continually honored to be a part of peoples’ transformation process.”
Lois has significant expertise in treating trauma and a wide variety of mental health issues. She believes in treating the whole person, and favors an integrative, mind-body perspective. She truly listens to her clients’ needs and assesses their readiness for change. She uses safe and gentle trauma release techniques and various wellness practices that cultivate individuals' capacity for growth and resiliency.
Lois can help you with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, grief, phobias, relationship problems, lack of motivation, distractibility, fatigue, and other mental health issues. She works with women and men at all stages of their life cycle, providing support and encouragement for individuals experiencing both life transitions or feelings of inertia or "just being stuck." Women’s health issues, including thriving in menopause, is another area of expertise.
Lois has a passion for working with families and children, particularly middle schoolers and teens, who may be struggling with various life and school challenges. Lois is the mom of two active teens and has learned a lot about holistic therapies and treatments for kids . “There is nothing more satisfying than empowering families with positive communication and life skills that foster trust and confidence in their kids.”
Training and Education: Lois earned a Masters of Social Work in 1994 from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is also a 1983 graduate of Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.
- Somatic Experiencing
- The Trauma Resiliency Model
Work Experience: Most recently Lois worked at The Walter Reed National Military Center for nearly 10 years, treating wounded warriors with post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain and other mental health disorders. She worked for five years in the Walter Reed Pain Clinic, creating and implementing their Mind-Body Medicine program for pain. Prior to Walter Reed, Lois worked in private practice, and as a school therapist in multiple settings, including a residential treatment center. She is founder of Mindful Resilience, LLC. Lois draws on her deep knowledge of complimentary mind-body practices including flower essences, nutrition and use of supplements for optimal mental and physical health.
Rae Johnson, RN, LMT
Rae (DCLMT#1069) is a life-long educator and advocate for wellness promotion: "I am dedicated to providing therapeutic massage with an integrative and holistic approach. I utilize Swedish and deep tissue techniques along with myofascial release and Reiki to foster each individual’s natural ability to restore, heal and find balance in their body, mind and spirit. It is an honor to be present and provide space for this collaborative work.”
Training and Education: Graduated in 2007 from the Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) in Washington, D.C. Received a Masters in Integrative Health and Nutrition in 2013, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in 2000, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Nursing in 1987.
Certifications and Licensure:
- National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCTMB)
- Certification in Reiki, Levels I and II
- Registered Nurse
- Licensed Nutritionist
Work Experience: Rae continues to work in public health as an RN after nearly three decades. Her passion to provide holistic and integrative health services to the underserved led her to pursue education in the arts, bodywork and nutrition. She helped to start a Chronic Pain group and Massage Therapy program in her community-based public health clinic. Operating since 2007, it provides patients with massage and education to support their own pain relief and healing. Rae has also lived and worked in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish. She is an exercise enthusiast and practices and encourages time connecting with nature as an avenue to health restoration and balance.
Seth Shamon, L.Ac.,M.Ac.,Dip.Lac
Seth Shamon (DCLAC #AC500245) uses the ancient art and science of Chinese medicine to treat acute and chronic diseases while awakening the body, mind, and spirit to one’s own immense innate capacity to heal and transform. "I believe that all symptoms are teachers, calling us to live in line with nature (dao). Chinese medicine is a holistic system of medicine that is capable of treating just about any ailment." Seth sees each patient as wholly unique, providing highly individualized and compassionate care to all people.
As a general practitioner, Seth has seen over 5000 patients representing a wide range of conditions. Seth takes a special interest in treating chronic and acute pain, gynecological issues (including painful and irregular periods, fibroids, cysts, and perimenopausal symptoms), fertility, pregnancy and postpartum care, headaches, migraines, and psycho-emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
- Gua sha
- Chinese herbology
- Dietary therapy
- Wellness coaching
Training and Education: Seth graduated from Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH, formerly Tai Sophia) in 2015 with a Master’s in Acupuncture and from American University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in philosophy and physics.
Certifications and Specializations
Diplomat of Acupuncture (NCCAOM)
Detoxification Specialist (NADA)
Chinese Herbology (MUIH)
Dr. Tan’s Balance Method
5 Channel Systems: Primary, Sinew, Luo, Divergent, & Eight Extraordinary
Master Tung Acupuncture for Pain and Internal Disease
Pregnancy & Postpartum with Diane Gioioso L.Ac.
Gynecology with Evan Rabinowitz, L.Ac.
Self-Cultivation, Life Skills & Transformative Leadership SOPHIA program from MUIH
Work Experience: Before joining The Well, Seth practiced acupuncture in the District of Columbia at City Acupuncture Circle and Shamon Acupuncture. Prior to studying and practicing Chinese medicine, Seth taught high school-level math.
Stefanie Vale, LMT
Stefanie (DCLM #2183) is an avid believer that bodywork therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen. She understands that successful therapy often depends on the smallest turn of the hand, done with clarity of purpose and full attention to detail.
Training and Education: Stefanie graduated from the Cincinnati School of Medical Massage in 2003. A lifelong learner and devoted bodywork practitioner, Stefanie has over 2,000 hours of massage education and has worked with thousands of satisfied patients. Stefanie is currently licensed to practice massage in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and has held licenses in Ohio and North Carolina. With over a decade of experience is a variety of settings and client populations, Stefanie has demonstrated expertise in addressing such wide-ranging conditions as fibromyalgia, prenatal and post-partum care, and competitive athletic performance optimization.
- Orthopedic Assessment
- Sports Therapy
- Neuromuscular Therapy
- Perinatal Massage
Work Experience: Before joining The Well, Stefanie built a solo practice in Ohio and North Carolina. She also worked in several integrative health practices, effectively collaborating with chiropractors, physical therapists, and acupuncturists to address patients' needs for pain management, injury recovery, and stress reduction.