Lisa Schwartz L.Ac.
Lisa Schwartz is a California state licensed acupuncturist and herbalist specializing in treating emotional trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, stress, chronic pain and headaches.
Lisa received her Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Californian board acupuncture license in 2000. She is also a Member of the National Addiction Detoxification Association.
Her passion for treating emotional trauma and addiction began during an internship at a hospital in Marina Del Rey, where she treated patients with great success recovering from PTSD, drug and alcohol addiction. Lisa started her private practice in 2001 and teamed up with a therapist, treating individuals suffering from PTSD and addiction and has continued her education through post-graduate studies in these fields. She has served as a clinic supervisor at UCLA’s Arthur Ashe student health center for acupuncture students, where she taught them proper diagnosis and treatment for stress, anxiety, insomnia and headaches.
Her specialized technique helps individuals who are suffering from drug cravings, stress, anxiety and panic attacks. Lisa offers her patients compassionate and personalized care, creating a safe, calm and relaxing environment for the sole purpose of healing the body, mind and spirit.
Gina Simonelli, M.A.
Expressive Arts Therapist
As an Expressive Arts Therapist, Gina includes the language of creativity as part of the therapeutic process. The arts, used individually or collaboratively, can help express those feelings that can’t yet be described with words, as well as enable us to feel hopeful, focused, calm, or playful. Through visual art, music, writing, movement, drama, and other creative mediums we can gain new perspectives, access our inner resources, and illuminate our wisdom and strengths, all leading to a deeper connection with ourselves. No artistic experience or skill is required to benefit from Expressive Arts Therapy.
Gina has directly experienced the healing capacities of creative expression throughout her personal life. Once she decided to pursue this work professionally, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Since then she has worked in psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment programs, skilled nursing facilities, and in community outreach providing group and individual support. She specializes in trauma-sensitive, mindfulness based applications of the expressive arts. She has worked with adolescents, adults, and older adults coping with the effects of trauma, substance use disorders, chronic mental illness, homelessness, and dementia. Gina continues to maintain an active connection with the arts outside of her work with clients as a way to support both her personal and professional development.
Maia Akiva, writing teacher
Maia Akiva is a Motivational Speaker, Entertainer, Facilitator, a reality bender and an emotional researcher who dips into every flavor of human behavior and self-discovery using self-help fiction, magical realism, original visual storytelling and and emotional coaching.
Originally from Israel. Her award winning self-help plays and short stories have been produced and published all over the United States in the past 10 years, inspiring hundreds of people to go on a journey of understanding, get to know themselves better and deeper, and ask themselves some important questions about their inner emotional lives, their struggles and their relationship with themselves. She led workshops of self-discovery at Models of Pride conference in the US, and at Brave Trails Camp, Resilience Treatment Center, Reconnect center and many more awesome places. She teaches meditation at The Den Meditation in Los Angeles. Maia’s creative work and her desire to help people take a look at themselves come from her own experience. After turning her back on herself for many years, suffering from depression and self-negativity she finally decided to start a new relationship with herself and turned her life around, living a life full of Joy and positivity.
Nadine Flowers, MA, IMFT
Nadine is a graduate of the Institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing (IPSB) in Los Angeles, CA, and has also trained in Thai Yoga Massage and Bodywork. She is proponent of bodywork and massage for relieving physical as well as emotional stress, and strongly believes that massage is a viable modality for enhancing overall health and well-being.
Her learning has included, but is not limited to T’ai Chi Ch’uan, body psychology, anatomy/physiology, energy balancing, as well as mindfulness, somatic, crisis intervention and trauma informed care. Some of her main modalities for bodywork are circulatory (swedish massage), joint mobilization, moderate to deep body work, and a combination of reflexology, acupressure and assisted yoga.
Nadine’s personal experience with dance, yoga, olympic lifting, exercise and movement also informs her work. Her approach is fundamentally underpinned with compassion and sensitivity; and she strives to provide a flexible therapeutic space to work with each client in a way that works for them; wherever they may be in their therapeutic process or day. She deeply enjoys helping clients find a space of relaxation, connection and physical improvement that is aimed toward facilitating deeper healing, integration and wholeness.
Nadine greatly values working in a treatment setting as part of a clinical team; and is honored to have the opportunity to engage with each person throughout their personal journey at Reconnect.
A firm believer in the inseparable connection between body-mind, her mission is to support individuals in achieving life balance and optimal functioning through personal wellness.
Nadine graduated with a Master’s of Science with a Specialization in Clinical Psychology in December of 2015 and is also currently working towards her licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (L.P.C.C) focusing on women, trauma and nature or wilderness based work.
Nicole is a board-certified music therapist who earned her B.A. in music therapy from California State University, Northridge. Nicole has worked in many clinical settings including eating disorder clinics, residential mental health treatment centers, trauma centers, hospitals, and children’s clinics. She works within a humanistic philosophy to help clients find a greater sense of balance and understanding between mind, body, and spirit. Nicole’s musical experience is based in classical flute performance, and through her education she has expanded her repertoire to include guitar, piano, ukulele, voice, and world percussion. Nicole is passionate about providing a safe, non-judgemental environment for clients to connect with themselves through music-based experiences.
Soleah Nicolis, CNHP, TRE, CEBT, C.Ht
Certified TRE® Provider
Soleah is a Certified TRE® (Tension & Trauma Release Exercises) Provider and graduated from the TRE® Los Angeles certification program. She also has extensive training and certifications in a variety of modalities some of which include Natural Health Practitioner, and Life Coach.
Soleah Nicolis found her way into the wellness field because of her own personal healing journey. She began her holistic health career in 2004, as an assistant to renowned holistic chiropractor Dr. Eileen Kenny. Under her guidance, Soleah assisted with clients of all ages, health concerns and backgrounds. Soleah’s curiosity about health, community, and service allowed her to apply her lifelong passion for helping people uncover and rediscover their wholeness.
Richard Chambers, LMFT (LMFT 36661)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Brainspotting Practitioner
Richard Chambers is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been supporting the growth and healing of individuals and families for over 20 years. He specializes in moving clients through complex and acute trauma resolution, complex PTSD, severe anxiety, addictions, depression, adoption issues, grief, loss and attachment disruptions.
In 1993, he received his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. He worked with adolescents in residential treatment who were developmentally and emotionally impacted due to a myriad of childhood traumas and helped heal familial relationships and reunite the adolescents back into their families with significantly improved coping skills.
He shifted his focus in 1998, to working with at risk, neglected and abused children and their families within the Foster Care System. He also continued his work as a therapist working with adults, adolescents and families who have experienced trauma, profound loss and attachments issues.
Richard’s goal is to create a safe, secure, nurturing and supportive environment to move clients towards transformation and healing with a deep personal connection to mind, body and spirit, through greater self awareness, self compassion and personal empowerment. Richard has completed Brainspotting Phases 1 & 2, Resource Brainspotting with Attachment and Dissociation and Advanced Resourcing. He also found he was working with more complex trauma and needed some more tools. The Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) met that need and he is a certified CRM Practioner. CRM integrates the mind, body and spirit by utilizing a variety of experiential techniques including breath work, mindfulness awareness and body awareness to help in the releasing and healing of trauma. He has found the CRM model has been able to process trauma more rapidly and completely with greater ease and comfort to the suffering client.
Kathy Cass MA, BC-DMT, CYT, AHC Yoga Therapist, Ayurveda Health Counselor, Dance/Movement Therapist
Kathy believes in the ability of rediscovering one’s true nature through Yoga, nature, and the expressive arts. Her passion is to educate and inspire clients to create a sustainable healing and wellness lifestyle that empowers and enlivens. Her encouraging and playful style makes therapeutic Yoga accessible to everyone.
She is lead faculty for UCLArts and Healing Social Emotional Arts Certificate Program. She has been a guest lecturer at Scripps College, CMER at LMU, UCLA and LA Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Kathy is a part-time faculty member at SMC Emeritus Division, El Camino Community College and Center for Movement Education and Research. She has been an Advisory Board Member for CSU, Fullerton, Extended Education in Expressive Arts Therapies. She has co-written “Dance For All” Curriculum.
Rose Roseborough, CMT
A second generation massage therapist, Rose began her earliest ‘training’ under the tutelage of her mother. With a natural instinct for healing and helping others, she began her official training at the Maui Academy of the Healing Arts, graduating a 620 hr program and passing the Hawaii State board licensing exam in 2000. What began as a trade program for a side job to earn money while putting herself through college (where she took Anatomy and Psychology courses) turned into a lifelong love of studying the body and psyche and a passion for helping support people from all walks of life on their path to health, balance and wellness. She has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education courses in various massage and bodywork modalities and obtained California licensure in 2012. She has worked in spa/wellness, fitness as well as clinical environments and has been honored to provide hundreds of hours of ‘compassionate touch’ to medically fragile infants, children, elderly, and special populations as a volunteer with the Heart Touch program both in Los Angeles and Cambodia.
Rose discovered an interest in the Pilates method during her own path of injury rehabilitation and completed a 420 hour classical Pilates certification at Whole Body Gallery in 2007. Drawing on her training both in bodywork and functional movement, she loves to empower her clients by teaching them exercises and stretches to support better posture and help them feel stronger, healthier, and more limber between massage sessions.
With a passion to promote mind/body wellness for all, Rose truly believes that ‘health is wealth’. She feels that the mind, body and spirit are an integrated unit and one can not be addressed without the other to truly find balance and wellness. She is excited to be a part of such a dynamic, holistic team and the unique and progressive approach the Reconnect offers.