MICHELLE KIM is a licensed acupuncturist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by the Board of Registration in Medicine. She graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in psychology and the New England School of Acupuncture with a Masters in Oriental Medicine. She is a nationally board-certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM. She has worked for over five years in a multidisciplinary practice using Traditional Eastern Medicine for conditions such as spine pain, immune diseases, fertility, cancer side effects, and weight loss. Michelle has completed 3,000 clinical rotation hours through hospitals and community clinics throughout Greater Boston, including the Cambridge Health Alliance and Pathways to Wellness community-style clinic. She likes to learn the latest innovative techniques and approaches to modern Korean Medicine. Michelle is a strong believer in Integrative Medicine and works among other therapists collaboratively to help the hundreds of patients who come see her from academia to biotech as well as foreign countries to receive her treatments.
JESSICA ARBER has spent her career sharing her love of fitness, and helping people improve their health and meet their goals. She founded The Active Workplace after seeing a demand for onsite fitness and wellness services, and it wasn’t long before The Active Workplace starting spreading across the map, from Boston to Seattle. Her clients have bonded over burpees and jump squats in conference rooms, experienced chaturanga flow under summer skies, and competed in adventure races together. They’ve competed in online fitness challenges and customized wellness programs. They’ve also found common ground and new lines of communication as executives sweat it out side by side with recent graduates.
In addition to corporate wellness services, Jessica has also spoken to groups about making healthy nutritional choices, and strategies for getting motivated in fitness and in life. She has produced her own workout videos, some of which are available on youtube. She is a certified workplace wellness manager, personal trainer, Pilates instructor, and spinning instructor. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Workplace Wellness Council. Jessica is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. When she is not exploring the latest fitness trend or working on new ideas for The Active Workplace, you might find her off-roading on the beach at Crowes’s Pasture on Cape Cod, or hanging with her daughter, husband and mischievous goldendoodle, Belle.
Tina Adoniouworks in the CIC and is exciting to teaching yoga here! She has been practicing yoga since 1999 and has been teaching yoga since 2010. Tina received both her 200-hour and 500-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training from Rolf Gates. She's also completed advanced training with Seane Corn, and apprenticeships with Boston-based teachers Jacqui Bonwell and Chanel Luck. She teaches weekly classes at Lexington Power Yoga where she is also part of their Teacher Training faculty and is very excited to be teaching at the CIC!
MASSAGE THERAPY & YOGA
SHAKTI ROWAN, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, specializes in integrative techniques and tailors her massage for each of her clients' needs. Graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Therapeutic Massage in 2003, she began working at CIC in Cambridge. Shakti continued her studies in therapeutic modalities and brings a toolbox full of skills to support her clients. For more than thirteen years, she has been using therapeutic techniques such as Muscular Therapy, Swedish Massage, Myofascial techniques, and Ashiatsu (barefoot Shiatsu). She also enjoys supporting pregnancy through massage from pre- to post-natal. In addition to traditional techniques, Shakti is available for assisted stretching (in which clients can learn stretches to take home and work on between sessions) as well as Reiki (energy healing). Shakti has advanced certifications in Thai Yoga Massage and Ashiatsu barefoot therapy, and a Hatha Yoga certification from the National Yoga Alliance.
Melissa Alexis is a dance artist and educator, a certified yoga and sustainability teacher, facilitator, choreographer, writer and consultant. She is the founder of creative wellness consulting firm, LIFEForce 2.0, consulting to facilitate leadership training and other solutions infused with the principles of the arts and mindfulness. Melissa earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from Amherst College.
She has performed as a dancer in Cambridge-based Afro-Haitian modern dance company, Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE), in Rujeko Dumbutshena’s work, Jenaguru, presented at the Smithsonian and Brooklyn Museums, and in companies in New York City and Massachusetts. Her own contemporary dance works have been presented at Brooklyn-based The Creators Collective, Sarah Lawrence College, Tufts University, The Dance Complex, and Green Street Studios.
Benjamin Carroll, a mystic with intense aspirations has found great joy in blending the mystical roots of yoga with the practical applications it has in day to day business and life. Whether you are seeking business success or an all around sense of well-being, Ben has made it his business to explore new ways of offering exactly what someone might need, in any moment, to catalyze their highest growth and evolution. It is his joy and honor to create these offerings specific to the CIC business and innovation community.
RUSS ROBAR: Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, Member of American Massage Therapy Association Member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce 15 years. Russ has been practicing massage since 1994. He specializes in sports injury and deep tissue massages. He customizes each session according to the client’s needs to maximize comfort and results.
He has worked with the Boston Red Sox and the six-time national champion Boston men’s ultimate Frisbee team, Death or Glory. Currently he works with the men’s national ultimate frisbee champions, Ironside, and the MLU pro ultimate team, the Boston Whitecaps. For the past 13 years he has done post Boston Marathon work for Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Mass General Hospitals. Russ plays trumpet in a number of local bands: the Spittin Vinnies cover band, the Duppy Conquerors, a Bob Marley cover band, and the Porter Squares. He also enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and hiking.
Dhanashree (Shree) Ramachandran is a certified Art of Living instructor. She has taught yoga, meditation and Kriya to hundreds of adults and children in India and the US. Dhanashree has been instrumental in raising awareness of meditation practices among masses and at prestigious institutions like the World Bank, Washington D.C., MIT, Executive Department of Families and Health, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts State House. She serves as a meditation expert on boards of many non-profits in India and the US.
Growing up in a family of social and spiritual leaders in southwest India, Dhanashree developed interest in meditation, yoga and chanting at a very young age. Over the years she has received training from acknowledged yogis and teachers like Shankaracharya and Sri Sri Ravishankar. She also shares an intimate connection with Assisi of Rochester, NY. An ardent reader, Dhanashree has special interest in philosophy, art and yogic literature. Dhanashree is the Founder and CEO of Nous Lab- a video games design studio that is committed to develop positive content for all-round growth of gamers of all ages. Her students have regularly reported being benefitted from her creative teaching style, enthusiastic outlook on yogic practices and depth of knowledge. She enjoys acting, cooking and writing in her free time.
JNANADEV has been doing yoga for over 30 years and began practicing Sivananda Yoga in 2003 at the New Delhi center. He completed the Teacher’s Training Course at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Nassau. Jnanadev is also a social entrepreneur who graduated from MIT Sloan in 2002 and has been a CIC tenant since 2008. He has personally experienced the transformative power of Sivananda Yoga and enjoys sharing the gift with others.