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Meet Our Team

Ellen Barron

Rev. Ellen Barron, M.Div. -- Spiritual and Wellness Center Director

Rev. Ellen Barron is a licensed and ordained Unity minister with a Master of Divinity.  She is a dedicated, high-energy, enthusiastic leader who is committed to transformation through self-awareness, mindfulness, and meditation.  She is a strong communicator with excellent listening skills and is dedicated to inspiring, motivating and empowering others on their spiritual journey. As Director, Ellen and her Board of Trustees focus on expanding the center’s wellness programs and partnering with expert health professionals who educate, enlighten, and inspire individuals to knowing their Authentic Self, and find greater peace and ease through that connection.

Use our Contact Form to reach out to Ellen.

Stacey Paige

Stacey Paige -- Yoga Instructor, Spiritual Coach

Stacey Paige is a Licensed Yoga Instructor and a Licensed Spiritual Coach. She helps people from all walks of life connect to their authentic selves and personal rhythms. Her passion is to help you understand and embody spiritual principles and practices, aligning you with your best life.

Enjoy Stacey's weekly "5 Minute Fix" meditation podcast here.


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Kate Caporale

Kate Caporale -- Reiki Master

Kate is a Reiki Master and Ordained Minister who began her career in energy healing in 2021.  She is owner of Positively Reiki, located in Raleigh, NC; and she provides Reiki in-person or via distance. She offers 30-60-90-minute sessions, and she provides additional healing modalities, such as knowledge of chakras, crystals, essential oils/aromatherapy, and sound frequencies during treatment.  Other services include Reiki for plants and animals; Reiki home blessing; cleansing and charging of crystals. Kate is a member of The Safe Space Alliance.  She can be reached on Facebook and Instagram: @PositivelyReikiKate; or via her website:

Kate Caporale
Sharri Gaines

Sharri Gaines -- Integrative Reflexologist, Reiki Practitioner, Certified Yoga Instructor, Spiritual Mentor

Sharri is certified in Integrative Reflexology, Usui Reiki and Reiki Tummo Energy Healing, and Hatha Yoga. With over 20 years in private practice, Sharri facilitates workshops on Meditation, Intuitive Development, Hatha Yoga, Creating a Spiritual Practice, and Introduction to the Spiritual Journey. Sharri utilizes her diverse experience, ongoing development, deep listening and reflection, and intuitive nature to help co-create healing and wholeness in the lives of others.

Email Sharri at to schedule an appointment.

Kelly Nembhard, NBC_-HWC, CPMC

Kelly Nembhard, NBC-HWC, CPMC, ACM

Kelly Nembhard is a Reiki Master Teacher and energy healer. As a former biologist and clinical researcher, Kelly has been an advocate for using both conventional and alternative therapies, including energy healing, to create a self-care toolbox for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Kelly is also a national board-certified health and wellness coach, and an angel intuitive.

To book an appointment, reach out to Kelly using our Contact Form or visit her website

Joanne Pizzino

Joanne ("JP") Pizzino, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Dr. Joanne is a physician and board-certified in Preventive Medicine and Integrative Medicine. With over five decades working in healthcare, she has accumulated extensive knowledge and resources to mentor individuals and organizations to integrate self-empowered healing techniques for optimum well-being.  After her own self-empowered healing epiphany in 1998, Joanne practices and uses high-tech and high-touch techniques, including Medical Acupuncture, Reiki, Interactive Guided Imagery, Functional Medicine, condition-specific nutrition, vibrational medicine, and botanical medicine. A special interest is enhancing the effectiveness of allopathic therapies with mind-body and spiritual techniques.

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Tai Chi Instructors

Carolyn Bard & Deanne Mott, Tai Chi Instructors

Carolyn fell in love with Tai Chi more than 11 years ago when she realized that it was “meditation in motion” and, despite being older, her health improved dramatically. Excited to share this internal art, she started teaching Tai Chi in the style of Moy Lin Shin. She has enriched her practice and knowledge of the internal arts under the guidance of a longtime instructor of the same lineage. Carolyn is a retired psychotherapist and enjoys sitting meditation and spiritual study.  

De (Deanne) has studied and practiced Tai Chi as both student and instructor for many years. Her advancement in this art as a direct student of Moy Lin Shin has brought her numerous benefits to the mind, body, and spirit, along with a desire to share these with others. De’s goal is to help people gain the health, vitality, and calmness of mind that she feels when practicing Tai Chi. To further enhance her knowledge of the internal arts, she also studies the complementary ancient Chinese internal arts of Liu He Ba Fa and Yi Quan. Carolyn and De have been team-teaching Tai Chi since co-founding Connection Tai Chi in 2021.
More information is available at:

Carolyn Bard

De Mott

Nancy Davison

Nancy Davison -- Physical Therapist, Acupuncturist (PT/Lac)

Nancy has over 20 years as an integrated medicine practitioner. Licensed as an Acupuncturist and Physical Therapist, she is committed to providing her clients with individualized treatments for a holistic approach to health and wellness. By addressing the emotional and spiritual components that affect physical health, Nancy assists clients in restoring balance, relaxation, and peace in their lives.

To schedule an appointment with Nancy use our Contact Form.

Wende Essrow

Wende Essrow -- Author, Artist, and Poet

Wende is a local author who has published coffee table poetry books and a photography book, At First Light, that received a national book award. She has also written and illustrated several children’s books. With a background in literature, Wende has been writing poetry and stories for as long as she can remember. Wende looks forward to sharing the joy and powerful healing process that writing has offered her over the years.

Use our Contact Form to reach out to Wende.

Amy Murray

Amy Murray, Yoga Instructor

Amy is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Amy found yoga over 20 years ago when she began seeking a form of exercise that was not gym-based or competitive. She discovered her body’s abilities and resilience through an intentional practice of self-compassion and mindful movement. Through the study and practice of yoga and yogic philosophy and her work as a psychotherapist, she developed the belief that yoga is a pathway to personal transformation regardless of age or experience. Amy views yoga as a mindful practice that enriches mind/body/spirit wellness, encourages a supportive community, and offers personal development that can lead to experiencing life in a healthier and more joyful way. Amy’s favorite styles of yoga are slow vinyasa, yin, and restorative.

You may reach Amy through our Contact Form.

Tom Goddard

Tom Ronen Goddard, JD, Ph.D.

Tom is a psychologist with decades of experience in psycho-spiritual somatic modalities designed to foster healing and expand our capacities for loving. His counseling services, called “Integral Becoming” engage the client’s body, heart, mind, and spirit in an integrated, whole-being approach to aliveness. Dr. Tom’s commitment to his clients is that they develop the knowledge, tools, and motivation to live the life of their dreams. Dr. Goddard has led retreats at Shalom Mountain, a retreat center in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, and elsewhere for nearly 20 years.

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Jackie Gardner

Jackie Gardner, Reiki Master Teacher 

Jackie is an intuitive empath who is committed to being a healer of the heart, body, mind, and soul. Her passion is to touch the heart of those she encounters and to assist them in consciously creating life through the understanding that every thought, word, or action shifts their energy field and creates their experience of life – finding and opening their hearts to unconditional LOVE. As a certified Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher with a direct lineage to Master Usui, Jackie has taught Reiki certification classes and trained over 500 students. She also offers complimentary workshops for meditation, the law of attraction manifesting, and intuitive living tools such as journaling, personal retreats, chakra balancing, and more.

“I believe there are no accidents in life. We draw to us that which we are ready to hear and experience.”  E
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Tita Nieves

Constancita “Tita” Nieves 

Constancita “Tita” Nieves, MA, is a passionate advocate for healthy living. She is a Functional Nutrition Counselor, and Wellness Coach that has lived a natural approach to health and life for over 35 years.  She brings over 18 years of counseling practice and over 35 years of personal and professional development experience in the areas of public health and integrative medicine.  Tita has developed a unique approach to assist in the empowerment of individuals through a combination of nutritional practices, exercises, mindfulness, and yoga.  During this process she teaches individuals meaningful strategies to change old belief patterns that perpetuate suffering and potential deterioration of health.


She has been a speaker at conferences throughout the northeastern U.S., and two Vegan Festivals organized in Fayetteville. She has just completed a series of presentations on Diabetes for patients of a small medical center in southern North Carolina. In addition, she is a member of a revision board with UNC-Chapel Hill where materials related to health and translated in the Spanish language are being revised to educate patients.

Tita is a Certified Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle Practitioner, graduate of the Full Body Systems and the Digestive Intensive Programs with the Functional Nutrition Alliance.

Tita may be reached through our Contact Form.

Diane Stakoe

Diane Stakoe, CRMT, CHT, LMBT, Energy Healing Therapist, Intuitive Channel

After experiencing a health crisis in her early 30s, Diane instinctively knew that her past traumas, stressful events she was going through, and the way she had been showing up for herself were all direct causes of the physical attack on her body’s immune system. She also knew that her body would heal and that she would go on to help others do the same. It took leaving her corporate job and embarking on a journey that not only brought healing in her physical and emotional body, but also led her on a career path helping and empowering others to do the same. As an energy healing therapist, Diane intuitively works with imbalances in one’s energy body, using techniques such as sound, channeled Light Language, crystals and gemstones, hypnosis, and oracle card readings, which in turn all help guide one back to the wisdom and alignment of their soul for their own healing and evolution. 

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