Herbalists / Owners
Chrissy Manes - Owner and Herbalist (HHP, AHG, CH)
Chrissy is a Certified Herbalist and Holistic Healthcare Practitioner. She believes that the healing power of plants is often under-appreciated and looks forward to spreading the possibilities of herbalism to as many people as possible. She obtained her Holistic Healthcare Practitioner Certificate in Denver, Colorado. She is also an active member of the American Herbalist Guild. Her greatest passion is teaching and empowering people so that they can make healthy and educated healthcare decisions. In her spare time, Chrissy is an avid snowboarder, backcountry skier, rafter, and backpacker. She also enjoys drawing, wildcrafting, and spending time with family.
John Lee - Owner and Manager
John started his career as a geologist and holds a MS in geoscience. His analytical background is well suited for the demands of medicine making and understanding the physiological processes of herbal medicine. When he is not marketing, managing, balancing the books, sweeping the floors, or editing this website, he enjoys climbing, rafting, fly fishing, backcountry skiing, and all other manner of mountain sport.
Bobbi Newberg - Herbalist
Bobbi trained at the Australian College of Herbal Studies as a Master Herbalist in Portland, Oregon. She has also completed the Women’s Herbal Program through Aviva Romm. She specializes in general herbalism, women’s health, and stress/mood disorders. She has lived in the mountains since 1997 and loves to hike, wild craft and teach. She has a deep connection to nature and has a true passion for helping and nurturing others with herbal medicine and other natural alternatives (nutrition/lifestyle).
Lyssa Avanzato - Store Assistant
Lyssa Avanzato is a cosmetologist by trade, looking for alternative ways to support healthy hair and skin. An interest in aromatherapy inspired Lyssa to complete Providence Apothecary’s herbal internship in the Winter of 2015. When Lyssa is not designing hair or tinkering with herbs, enjoying the simpler things in life comes easy; Gardening, cycling and crafting are just some of her pastimes. She also loves exploring the mountains and desert , searching for local music, and enjoying good company.
Courtney Kunkleman - Licensed Massage Therapist
Courtney started out her massage career in Portland, Oregon and has traditional training in Swedish massage including application of deep tissue, side lying, and postural assessment techniques, hot stone, aromatherapy, shiatsu, chair massage and plenty of practice in spa essentials. Over the last four years she has further developed within deep tissue of the neck and spine, sports and prenatal massage, as well as myofascial release techniques. Her favorite massage includes a focused connection incorporating rocking and pressuretechniques from Shiatsu with fluid and attentive Swedish style deep tissue work. She keeps active by cycling, running, swimming, climbing, and motorcycle touring. In her downtime she prefers to be reading in the middle of a stream somewhere out of town.
Deborah Jaouen - Licensed Massage Therapist
Deborah has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for ten years, spending most of her time enjoying everything Colorado has to offer outdoors with her family. She specializes in NMT work, Reflexology, Myofacial Release, Prenatal and Postpartum bodywork, is a Certified Pediatric Massage Specialist, and has worked extensively at Valley View Hospital and the Calaway-Young Cancer Center through all departments, providing healing work on patients during all stages of illness and healing. She is also a trained Doula.
Kirsten Gauthier-Newbury - Licensed Massage Therapist
Kirsten attended East West College for the healing Arts in Portland, OR and has been a practicing massage therapist since 2003, relocating to Glenwood Springs in 2014. Her primary modalities: Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue, Traditional Thai and Facilitated Stretching, all influence her approach working with clients. She also has had experience doing Sports, Prenatal and Chair massage as well as performing treatments involving aromatherapy, and hot stones. While she especially enjoys the muscle-specific work of rehabilitation, she is also just as skilled providing a nurturing relaxation experience for clients. In her free time, Kirsten enjoys yoga, swimming, hiking, organic gardening, road trips to national parks, Rockies baseball, and a good game of Scrabble with anyone who will play her.
Becca Mecklenburg - Licensed Massage Therapist
Becca graduated from MountainHeart School of Bodywork of Crested Butte, CO in 2011. Dedicated to facilitate ease of well-being for clients on a path to a holistic way of life, she specializes in neuromuscular and craniosacral therapies to effectively balance the nervous system with gentle precision, mind-body awareness, and client empowerment. Becca also specializes in abdominal massage, which can be very helpful in easing digestive discomforts, increasing fuller breath capacity (great for altitude sickness!), and more completely addressing back and hip pain. In her free time, you can find her on an outdoor adventure with her husband, reading a good novel, or cooking up a feast.
Sonni Jackson - Licensed Massage Therapist
Practicing massage since 2001, Sonni integrates the modalities of Thai massage, Swedish, deep tissue, and myofacial release as well as many other modalities in her therapy. Her massage experience and injury recovery background inspires Sonni to encourage stretching and yoga for her clients in efforts to not just treat, but to prevent strain and injury to the body. She customizes treatments based on her clients’ condition and modality preference to improve their physical condition while fostering health for the long term. Raised in rural Southern Colorado, and having lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1997, Sonni loves to travel, spend time with friends, and enjoys the outdoors by hiking, road biking, and rafting in the summer, snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter.
Lizz Arias - Licensed Massage Therapist
Lizz has traditional training in Swedish massage techniques as well as applications of deep tissue, myofacial release, trigger points, pre-natal and infant massage as well as sports massage and injury recovery. Lizz continues to grow her knowledge and education in her massage practice, including modalities such as polarity. She is compassionate about making her session’s client focused and to create an intention and goal for each session. Outside of massage, Lizz is a mother of 2 wonderful children. She stays active by running, hiking, biking and exploring with her kids.
Whitney Roginski - Yoga Instructor
Whitney Rose brings an up-lifting enthusiasm for yoga and self-healing into her fusion of movement, meditation and mudras in class. Introduced to yoga as a teenager, she brings 10 years of personal experience into her teaching. Whitney is also a trained Birth Doula in addition to her Yoga Certification, and has a sweet, nurturing vibe to all that she does. A Roaring Fork Valley native, she lives in Glenwood with her husband and daughter.
Lucy Roginski - Yoga Instructor
Lucy Roginski specializes in the art of wellness, slow stretching, thoughtful breath and meaningful movement. She completed her intital training in 2012 with Rocky Heron and continues her studies with ParaYoga founder, Rod Stryker. As a leader and artist in the community, Lucy also teaches a fusion of yoga and acrobatics called Acro Yoga . Her Providence classes weave breath, movement, meditation and rest to help further your commitment towards self-love, health and wholeness.
Eliza Fulton - Yoga Instructor
Eliza Fulton is an inspired yoga student of over 40 years. She has practiced many different modalities of yoga and recently completed her 200 hour Integrated Yoga Therapy Certification. She believes in the importance of integrating body, mind and spirit which ultimately leads to a happier and healthier life. This philosophy is incorporated into her gentle teaching style. Eliza is a 200 hour Certified Integrated Yoga Teacher and an Accredited T’ai Chi Chih Instructor. She has a BA in Holistic Nutrition and has practiced yoga and meditation for over 40 years. Eliza is enthusiastic about sharing these healing practices with others.
Erin Dowd - Yoga Instructor
During her university studies Erin was introduced to Yoga Therapy by Hansa at Prana Yoga and Ayurveda Mandala where she completed her 200-hour Contemplative Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2007. Over the years she has continued numerous studies and added certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Adaptive and Chair Yoga, Senior Yoga, Nada Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. She feels deep gratitude for the lessons that her many teachers, including her students, have shared with her.
Erin leads a dynamic practice that empowers each individual to work within their diverse abilities as is found within each group setting. She also offers private sessions–great for beginners and advanced practitioners alike, for those working with injuries, health concerns, major life events, etc., and for anyone simply desiring more depth in their practice.
Mary Ferrari - Yoga Instructor
When Mary began her yoga practice in 2006, she found it to be a great way to exercise and stretch. As her practice evolved she learned that yoga offers benefits to not only your physical body, but it also enables emotional, mental and spiritual wellness, providing whole body health. The urge to explore this practice deeper led Mary to True Nature Healing Arts where she completed her 200 hour Integrative Yoga Therapy Instructor course. As a yoga therapist, Mary wishes to empower people with their own health and wellness through the cultivation of greater self-awareness, and yoga practice. The asana format of her classes is largely based on requests and needs of the students. She encourages a mindful practice that her fellow yogi’s can take with them off the mat and apply to everyday life. When not on her mat, Mary enjoys exploring the Roaring Fork Valley on her snowboard in the winter and with her raft and rock climbing gear in the summer. She is also an advocate for sustainable food production by growing a large garden every summer and helping others in the community do so as well.
Taryn Pearce - Yoga Instructor
Taryn grew up in Glenwood Springs, and has found her heart and soul anchored to this small mountain town. She finds her synchronization with nature through trail running, rock climbing, and yoga. Taryn’s yoga practice began after seeing the fluidity and magic of Meghan Currie’s movement. After graduating from Fort Lewis College, she traveled to Nicaragua to study with Meghan Currie. Taryn leads her class in playful way, inviting students to explore their edge and discover their strength.
Therapy Dog and Cuddler Extraordinaire
Trango - Shop dog
Trango was born to be a therapy dog. He carries the highest qualifications: ultra soft hair, big brown eyes and a gentle soul. When he is not donating time as therapy dog at the store, his favorite pass times include belly rubs, brushings, basking in the sun and cross country skiing.