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JENNIFER FRITSCHY SEINE. FOUNDER/ ACUPUNCTURIST

“My goal is to identify the problem or pattern in your body and help you take steps to alleviating the imbalance in your system.”

What is your field of treatment? I am a licensed Acupuncturist and nationally certified in Herbology. I graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico and have been practicing for 17 years. My experience is wide and varied and I have worked with special needs children, worked with The 49er’s and San Diego Chargers in preseason training to keep them at their best; worked in addiction and rehab programs; and held an advanced internship in Beijing.

I read the body through Traditional Chinese Medicine, using palpation and observation of movement, movement restrictions and postural alignment. I use acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, gwa sha, moxa, massage, herbal therapy, cleanses, nutrition & nutritional supplements as well as deep breathing and visualization techniques.

Describe your personal approach. Simply? I listen to you. I identify the imbalance, correct the problem and provide steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The journey that has gotten you into the treatment room is crucial to understanding why you are there. Often, illness or injury surround other life events that are crucial to treatment in Chinese Medicine. I treat the whole person not just the symptoms.

 What led to you founding Indigo Dragon? Ashley & I were working for a closing chiropractic center when we decided to spread our wings and open our own center. The moment I walked through the gate I knew we had our spot.  I called Ashley immediately and said, “Get over here!  I think we have our Indigo Dragon!”  It was not our intention to open a wellness center… We were chosen to do so.  We have never looked back and have proceeded to lovingly build a place of refuge for San Diego.  It’s not only the high caliber of practitioners in the Indigo Dragon family: the location is a healing oasis in itself.

 

 

ASHLEY LANAHAN. FOUNDER/ ACUPUNCTURIST

“Indigo is the color of the throat chakra and the Dragon is a symbol of power and strength. These two combine as the center’s philosophy to help people find their true voice and optimal path.”

 

What is your field of treatment? I am a licensed acupuncturist and have been practicing for over 12 years. My goal is to treat the area of discomfort while looking at the whole person in order to get to the root of the real issues. When I feel it is beneficial to the treatment, I combine acupuncture with hands-on care through the use of sound vibration (Acutonics), Cranio-sacral, Cupping, and Qi Gong therapy. I provide a safe and nurturing space for the patient to completely relax and drift into the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing a moment for mindfulness and presence to open the doors to healing.

 

Tell us about your experience working in this field… I attended the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies – a school specializing in Western herbal medicine – from 1996-1999. My passion for natural medicine then led me to Bastyr University in Seattle where I earned a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I spent my final semester abroad in China practicing at Integrative Hospitals in both Shanghai and Nanjing. At Bastyr I had the opportunity to work in a variety of clinics specializing in pain management, women’s health, chronic fatigue, immunodeficiency, hospice care, and addiction recovery.  After graduating I apprenticed with one of my professors at his thriving West Seattle based practice for 2 years. This apprenticeship was a vital piece to becoming the acupuncturist I am today.

I furthered my specialization in drug and alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation support with an internship at the Lincoln Recovery Center in New York City where I became certified in the NADA Five Needle Auricular protocol – a technique now practiced worldwide in the treatment of addictions and trauma recovery.

 

How did Indigo Dragon come to life? Soon after I moved to Southern California I met my incredible business partner and friend, Jennifer Seine. We were drawn to this beautiful location in Leucadia and knew we could create a healing oasis that would resonate with both of our approaches to health. Eight years later and we are blessed with how many people’s lives we have had the opportunity to touch.

LAURA. ENERGY HEALING

 

 Can you tell us a little about the kind of energy healing you specialize in? I am a graduate of the four-year Bachelor of Science program at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, a licensed university for the study of the human energy field, hands-on-healing, and trans-personal psychology. As a Brennan Healing Science Practitioner I draw from over 85 specific techniques in working with the Human Energy-Consciousness System using light touch to clear energetic blocks and to enhance the body’s natural healing capabilities. I have also been trained in the Brofman Body-Mirror system, Sound Healing, and am currently finishing the four-year program at The School for Non-Dual Healing and Awakening with modern kabbalist Jason Schulman.

Your personal health journey led you to this line of healing. Tell us more about that… Prior to opening my practice, I studied and traveled internationally as a fashion model for over a decade. It was a devastating diagnosis of progressive Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 23, which turned me on to holistic modalities when I discovered Western Medicine was only treating the symptoms of the disease, not the cause. My healing journey led me to truly knowing and embracing myself, my needs, and my longing.

I became RA-neg after the integration of intense emotional-body work in 2007 during my second year at the Barbara Brennan School. I specialize in endocrine function, autoimmune disorders, and fertility. I often works with empaths, helping them to develop healthy energetic boundaries in order to enhance their gifts, and high sense perception, without taking on others’ feelings or physical pain.

MELISSA NEWMAN. MASSAGE THERAPIST

“I believe Massage to be a holistic approach to balancing the body, mind and spirit.”

How long have you been working as a massage therapist? I trained at Irene’s Myomassology Institute in Michigan.  I graduated in 2003 with over 1000 hours of massage education and have a range of work experience from a spa setting to working with acupuncturists and chiropractors.I have been working at Indigo Dragon since 2009.

Do you have a particular type of massage you specialize in? I actually have experience and training in a multitude of modalities, including reiki, reflexology, prenatal massage, Thai massage, Swedish massage, Sports massage, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and more. The great thing about that is that I can incorporate various elements to provide my clients with a tailored, therapeutic treatment that is best for them.

JANNINE OBERG. WELLBEING COACH AND COUNSELOR

“It is an honor to be part of your journey to more health and happiness as your Wellness & Stress Management Coach! I provide a holistic approach to Wellbeing, ‘The Inner Source of Outer Success’, encompassing all areas of life: parenting, relationships, communication, and career/life calling. Tap into excellence with Mind-Body Wellness tools that best fit you and your goals!

Tell us what you do here at Indigo Dragon? I am a Wellness and Stress Management Life Coach. I work with Couples Coaching and Surgery Preparation Coaching. I combine my professional training in human resources management (Master’s Degree), Wellness and Stress Management Coaching, and Career Counseling (UCSD) with a unique knowledge of personality archetypes, and have been practicing as a counselor and coach for over 25 years.

My innovative Wellness Coaching and Stellar Consultations provide clients with a memorable experience and a portfolio filled with individualized tools to achieve personal and professional success.

How does it work? I show talented, success-minded people struggling with stress in their personal and professional lives how to boost their happiness and emotional wellbeing, and improve their overall health to achieve success! I teach my clients how to, ‘Tap into Excellence with Mind-Body Wellness – The Inner Source of Outer Success’. Together, we use EFT tapping, coaching, communication and emotional wellbeing skills training, and developmental life stages psychology to assist my clients to discover their authentic self and live a heart-centered lifestyle.

LA SHEL MONTGOMERY. REGISTERED NURSE AND CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE

Midwifery is more than a course study…more than a learned art…more than a holistic practice. It is an honor and a privilege to sit by a laboring woman’s side and watch the mysterious wonder of life unfold. Birth can profoundly transform and renew a woman, strengthen her faith in herself, and deepen her identity.”

What brought you to the field of midwifery? I have been a Certified Nurse Midwife since 2003 and a registered nurse since 1998. I realized at a young age that I had a passion for working with women, infants and families. After earning an RN degree, I invested six years as a labor and delivery, postpartum, and NICU nurse at many local San Diego hospitals. As a certified nurse-midwife, I have attended and/or delivered over 1000 babies in a variety of settings from hospital and birth centers to homes. I am recognized and licensed by both the California Board of Registered Nursing and the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Tell us more about your work. I have had many opportunities to work with a variety of pregnancy and birth related issues including VBAC’s, twins and gestational diabetic mothers. I am highly skilled in administering IV’s and suturing all degrees of perineal tears that sometimes occur during birth. My philosophy is one of “non-interference and personal empowerment through informed choice.”

What is your philosophy? I believe that every woman deserves the birth of her dreams and I am determined to help make that happen for any one who chooses my services, whether it be in a home or hospital. Birth is a natural physiological event and not a medical emergency. I believe that an educated woman who is allowed to choose her birth setting and is supported in her choices will always have the most positive outcome.

AMY LIGANI. ACUPUNCTURIST

The energy movements that happen with acupuncture needles have allowed me to understand that humans have a very unique and dynamic interaction with the universe.”

What is your field of treatment? I work primarily with Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Herbal medicine, nutritional and lifestyle guidance, and aromatherapy and essential oils. I attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where I had the unique opportunity to study Internal Medicine at the Traditional Chinese Medicine Research and Science Hospital in Chengdu China and Tibet, Acupuncture without Borders healing community trauma (Colorado), San Diego Children’s Hospital Cancer and Pain Centers, and the UCSD RIMAC center for athletes.  I have been practicing since 2006.

Tell us more about how you work. My acupuncture sessions may incorporate needling, cupping, guasha, moxa, estem, tui na massage. Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Herbs are made as individualized formulas and herbal consultations can be given without acupuncture if requested. With nutritional & lifestyle guidance, I guide the body through subtle nutritional changes.

I use Aromatherapy and Essential Oils oils from Floracopeia and Young Living, essential oil companies that support important global goals.

What else should we know about you? I work closely with mentors and partners Ashley Lanahan, and Jennifer Fritschy to understand the magic of empathy, intuition, clairvoyancy and energy movements and continue to grow as a student of energy fields each day.

KARLEIGH. MASSAGE THERAPIST/ ENERGY WORKER/ LIFESTYLE COACH

I aim to improve postural alignment, influence circulation of blood flow, encourage lymph drainage, strip and release bundled connective tissue, and promote awareness of the energy field surrounding the human body and affecting health.”

What is your hands-on approach to improving clients’ wellbeing through bodywork?

I have been practicing bodywork and energy medicine for four years and I like to work with the human body through manipulative therapybreath work and energy medicine. I apply a blend of deep tissue, cupping, lomi-lomi, craniosacral and Thai massage. My bodywork is therapeutic, rehabilitative, and energetically grounding. For overall relief my clientele come weekly to release muscle tension, rehab joints, strengthen the immune system, improve circulation and lymph flow, detox blood, decrease anxiety, eliminate stress and reconnect to their spirit through breath and meditation. Most clients use this form of healing art as a ritual to stay centered in body, mind, and spirit.

You also offer Lifestyle Coaching. Tell us more about that… The lifestyle coaching I offer is aimed to help people cope, surrender and take action when fear or uncertainty show up. This form of personal development encourages clients to make high vibrational commitments and to help them in organizing their thoughts so they are able to consciously navigate more smoothly. Using the yogic philosophy of mind, body, and spirit I have created a six-week program personalized for each client. This healing art is offered over the phone in the comfort of your own space. Through universal listening I bring forth old paradigms, habitual responses, self-destructive beliefs and together we begin to refocus and make shift happen.

STEVE HOM. HOLISTIC CHIROPRACTOR

“My purpose is to provide the highest quality holistic health care to help facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal itself. I am committed to helping people create optimal wellness and awareness in a supportive, harmonious, healing environment that honors each individual’s process.”

 Tell us about your work as a chiropractor? I practice holistic chiropractic care and lifestyle education for all ages (new born to seniors) and lifestyles. In 1997 I graduated from UCSD with a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology with a minor in Psychology. I moved back to LA in 2000 to attend chiropractic school and returned in 2003 and started my practice at the Acacia Health Center in Solana Beach. In 2007 I co-founded the North County Integrative Health Center in Encinitas. In June of 2011 I joined forces with the team at Indigo Dragon Center for Health and Wellbeing.

The focus of my care is to optimize life and healing by creating balance within the spine and nervous system through chiropractic adjustments, basic holistic nutrition/supplementation recommendations, and lifestyle education/empowerment.

Do you have a particular philosophy within your practice? I have aligned myself with the best acupuncturists, bodyworkers, chiropractors, nutritionists, and trainers to best fit the needs of my clients. My philosophy is highly integrative and utilizes multiple natural healing methods to help my clients move towards their health and wellness goals.

Anything else you feel like sharing? Growing up I always had an interest in the human body and a desire to help people, and always knew that I was going to have a career in the “health” field. Once I finally discovered chiropractic, I immediately resonated with the traditional philosophy that the body has an innate power and wisdom to self-heal and self-regulate. This healing power is transmitted and controlled by an optimally functioning nervous system.

JAMIN SYLVADA. MIDWIFE

“After several years and hundreds of hospital births, my heart really yearned to assist women with homebirth where many women feel empowered by having a greater sense of control over how their child is brought into the world.”

Tell us about the path you took to end up in Encinitas as a midwife? I started my career as a midwife in the obstetrics department of a hospital in Paris in 1997. I am grateful for the experience that gave me as I worked with a wide variety of births including delivering twins, breech births and vaginal births after C-Section (VBAC). I also became highly skilled at suturing all degrees of vaginal and perineal tears, resuscitating premature and full-term newborns, and providing critical care required for post-partum newborns and mothers.

In 1999 I moved to Florida and completed the pre-licensure program and the NARM Board exam to become an LM (licensed midwife) and CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) in the State of Florida. For four years I provided both home and birthing center services at a busy Tampa birth center (Labor of Love). I was able to bring my unique experience and skills to hundreds of women who chose to give birth at home or in a birth center.

In April of 2003 I moved to Encinitas, California, became a Licensed Midwife through the Medical Board of California, and have been providing both homebirth and doula-monitrice services throughout San Diego County since that time.

What is the most important aspect of childbirth for you? I believe the most important gift I can offer is to help guide women through a natural birth process, whether it is at a hospital or home.

You have two children. What was your personal birthing experience? Liam was born at home in Encinitas in 2003, with the help of Bonnie Marsh and Layla was born also at home in Encinitas in 2011, with the help of La Shel Montgomery. Both experiences were a powerful confirmation of my faith in women and their families and in women’s power to birth naturally.

DAVID ALLEN

 

CHARLENE GOODMAN