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Dianna Singh

DIANNA SINGH

Dianna Singh found her niche in health and wellness quite by accident. Starting out as a realtor, she left her job after three years to take care of her aging father, who had dementia. After her father’s passing, she found herself feeling rather stuck, so when she saw the opportunity for part time work at Elk Grove Vitamins she applied, even though she didn’t know anything about the field at the time. Hired on after making a good impression with the owner despite her inexperience, she began working the very next day. Ms. Singh has grown considerably since those early days, but at the time discovering new avenues of health care was groundbreaking. In particular, Ms. Singh recalls that when

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Regan Choi

REGAN CHOI

Regan Choi, PhD, is a second-generation acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine practitioner working in private practice. Inspired by her mother’s acupuncture practice, Dr. Choi developed an interest in the opportunities afforded by holistic and complementary medicine to address chronic health issues that remained unresolved by treatments from Western medicine. Her practice specializes in pediatric acupuncture and acupressure with an emphasis on helping patients manage symptoms of ADHD, learning disabilities and autism spectrum diagnoses. Dr. Choi is passionate about offering acupuncture to juvenile patients, and loves working directly with children and youth, describing appointments as “more like playtime” than a treatment. In addition to traditional acupuncture treatments, she is highly trained in non-needle therapies and other noninvasive techniques best suited for

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Debbie Sheme

DEBBIE W. SHEME

Driven by her long-standing love of dancing, Debbie W. Sheme was also inspired by her passion for alternative holistic approaches to wellness through physical fitness and proper nutrition. She discovered her love of dance at just 4 years old while taking classes at the Carousel Performing Arts Center and, by the time she was 8, had her first solo ballet performance at Immaculata University. Her studies continued with the Brandywine Ballet Company, the Joffrey Ballet, the Philadelphia Ballet and the Harrisburg Ballet Theater, during which time she was not only a professional ballet and modern dancer, but taught and choreographed dance for all ages and levels across Pennsylvania, Delaware and Florida. She then took courses in Pilates and modern dance

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COLENE ALLEN

Colene Allen, DN, has dedicated more than 26 years to providing patients with alternative and holistic health care options as a provider at Holistic Alternative Solution. Inspired by her grandmother, a holistic medicine practitioner, and her childhood on a remote farm, Ms. Allen wanted to become a doctor since the age of 7. She holds a Master of Arts in holistic alternative psychology and became a Doctor of Naturology in 1998 through the American Institute of Holistic Theology. Ms. Allen holds numerous credentials in her field, and is a registered holistic counselor, a licensed massage therapist, a certified myoskeletal pain therapist, a certified traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, and a board-certified holistic alternative psychology provider. She has pursued continuing education in

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Bonnie Mickelson

BONNIE MICKELSON

For over 38 years, Bonnie Mickelson has been a certified acupressure massage therapist, body type counselor, and the owner of Bonnie’s Reflexology, a massage and nutrition clinic focusing on holistic, whole-body wellness. Her interest in alternative healing began in the early 1980s. After 10 years of success running a bookstore, she began working in a local health food store, where she started taking reflexology classes and offering treatments. In early 1982, Ms. Mickelson opened a larger massage clinic focusing on reflexology and complementary medicine where she continues to see patients and offers an ever-widening menu of services. In addition to offering massage therapies and wellness counseling, Ms. Mickelson teaches reflexology and acupressure and has helped dozens of students throughout her

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Maria Scunziano-Singh

MARIA SCUNZIANO-SINGH

Maria Scunziano-Singh, MD, NMD, is a board-certified internal medicine practitioner, primary care physician, and the co-owner of Access Healthcare, LLC, where she has seen patients since 2001. Her interest in medicine began in childhood: her mother, Natalie, lived with multiple sclerosis, and Dr. Scunziano-Singh remembers “having to reverse roles with her practically as soon as she knew who her mother was.” Much of her childhood was spent either around her mother’s doctors and caregivers, or helping to care for her mother herself, and she describes both wanting to help her mother and growing up quickly because of it. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1993 from New York Medical College and completed a residency in internal medicine at

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Paula Vail

PAULA A. VAIL

Holding considerable expertise in restaurant management, interviewing for TV and radio, writing, and reiki training, Paula A. Vail has worked in a number of varying fields over the course of her career. After earning her Associate of Arts in accounting from Grays Harbor College in 1979, she became the manager and owner of Lorenzo’s Restaurant, roles she held until she sold the restaurant in 2007. Following this, she became inspired to learn reiki after someone suggested that it might be a way to help her dog, who was old and having trouble walking. She opened her own reiki practice, Wellness Inspired, in 2008, where she works as a reiki master, both practicing the art and training other professionals. Alongside her

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DEMETRIA K. DAVENPORT

After working in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 10 years, Demetria K. Davenport, LMT, decided to become an entrepreneur in order to pursue her aspirations. She subsequently earned a manicure license from Michigan College of Beauty and was encouraged by a coworker to venture into the field massage therapy. She later received a massage therapy certification from the Stassios Institute of Therapeutic Massage as well as additional certifications in joint replacement therapy, shoulder rehabilitation and pain management. Ms. Davenport also recently completed the Goldman Sachs entrepreneurship training program. With many qualifications to her credit, Ms. Davenport has found success as the owner and operator of Luxurious Essentials Massage Spa for nearly 15 years, where she specializes massage, facials and

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Luz Stella Yamuni

LUZ STELLA YAMUNI

While growing up in Colombia, Luz Stella Yamuni’s father and grandfather served the community as local healers. Arriving in the United States at 15 years old, she grew up as a vegetarian. When she was 30, she met a cancer patient from Argentina who was able to heal herself. Inspired to pursue a similar path as her ancestors, she established Electromagnetic Health Research in 1987. As president, she offers a range of natural healing products and services, including energy healing, quantum energy healing, aqua chi, bio mat solutions and the BEMER bioelectric magnetic energy regulator. Due to the success of the BEMER products, Ms. Yamuni became involved with BEMER USA, a subsidiary of the international organization. A global corporation, BEMER

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Susan Campbell

SUSAN KEELER CAMPBELL

Having accrued more than two decades of inimitable expertise in her field, Susan Keeler Campbell has garnered a laudable reputation as a massage therapist, holistic practitioner and spa professional, providing restorative bodywork and complementary medicine to clients. Initially working as a cosmetologist and hair salon owner, she was absorbed by the demands of managing her busy shop when a friend approached her about attending a massage therapy class with him. Curious, despite having limited exposure to the profession, she agreed and registered for the class. Several weeks later, frustrated by a lack of facial massage techniques that she could bring back to her salon, Ms. Campbell was told by the instructor that the class would only cover full-body massage, but

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