Marissa Gandelman, LMT, BCSTCertified Stress Management Instructor& Owner of Elm City Wellness
Marissa is a Connecticut native and considers herself very grateful to be able to bring high-quality wellness and holistic healthcare to New Haven. A licensed massage therapist and Certified Stress Management Instructor, Marissa is a creative and intuitive therapist who believes massage can do something for everyone. From relieving the stress and tensions of everyday life, helping to heal new or previous injuries, or helping to manage the symptoms of neuromuscular conditions, massage therapy can have a place in everyone's health care regime.
Marissa is also one of the only Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapists in the state of Connecticut.
Marissa graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. Upon graduation, she began a career as an editor and eventually moved on to speechwriting. She sought massage therapy to ease the stress of her hectic lifestyle and to maintain a sense of well-being. She was inspired by how well massage therapy improved her life and decided to help others do the same through the healing power of touch.
Marissa moved to Cusco, Peru, in 2010, where she lived, built a private practice and co-founded Healing House, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the healing arts. She travels to Peru annually to continue her work with Healing House, the local community, and her own personal healing and growth.
Marissa continues to run and develop Stress Management workshops for local businesses and schools in Greater New Haven and plans to expand them throughout the state.
Jennifer Apuzzo, Director of Operations
Jennifer was born and raised in Connecticut and has been working as an office manager for more than 10 years. She brings her love of working with people to Elm City Wellness. She studied English & Psychology at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and was also a founding member of the school’s improv comedy troupe, The Basic Character Flaws. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys coming up with new recipes for a healthy lifestyle as well as perfecting her cupcake recipes such as Maple Bacon and Irish Car Bomb cupcakes, for an occasional treat. She can also be found bartending occasionally at the Shubert Theater during performances. She is passionate about music, creativity and Wes Anderson movies.
Jenn lives in East Haven with her husband Anthony, and their dogs, Drago and Bill Murray. She hopes to bring a smile to every client’s face with her compassionate demeanor and uplifting spirit. And maybe share some recipes for healthy eating too!
Jessica Sutila, Assistant Manager
Jessica was born and raised in Hamden, Connecticut, and has spent most of her life working with elementary school children. She has always been focused on education, learning through practice, and taking care of others -- and now she is learning the importance of self care as well! When Jess isn’t caring for the staff and therapists in the ECW office, she is home caring for her two young daughters, Hailey and Aubrey. Jess enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as gardening both at home (and at ECW).
Alyssa FishmanAdministrative Assistant, 200RYTAlyssa was born and raised on Long Island, N.Y. She attended Southern Connecticut State University for 3 years, but finished off at Marymount Manhattan College in 2013 with a BA in Communication, concentrating in Art Therapy. She completed her 200hr yoga teacher training through Breathing Room Yoga Center’s Living Yoga Teacher Training in March 2017.Alyssa enjoys the creative process and creating works of art through various mediums. She also leads an active and healthy lifestyle ranging from hiking, kayaking, bike riding and just about anything that is outdoors. She lives for the sunlight hitting her face. She is constantly seeking new inspiration and has a strong appreciation for creative expression and nature. When she is not being active, she is cozy, perhaps with a good book or chilled out listening to music.She takes on a holistic viewpoint towards health. She believes that in order to implement change and growth for the greater good, it is necessary to incorporate our mind, body and soul connection. Also, let us be more kind and compassionate to ourselves and others. She strives to be that ripple affect and spread kindness far and wide! Self care is crucial to our wellbeing, so while we are kind to others, let’s not forget about ourselves. If we start from where we are right now, our movements forward will be steady, carried out with attention, reflection and gratitude.
Edward Haberli, L.Ac., M.Ac., Dip.lAc.Acupuncturist
Ed Haberli L.Ac., received his Master’s degree in Chinese Acupuncture Styles from the New England School of Acupuncture. The program, located in Newton, MA, is the oldest in the U.S., and consists of over 2,700 hours of instruction. He is nationally Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and Licensed by the state of CT. Prior to this, Ed was granted his B.S. in Biology from the University of New England. A lifelong interest in the human body, both disease process and healing, led Ed to come into a healing art such as acupuncture.
Born and raised in Meriden, CT, Ed is a true native to the area. Ed graduated from O.H. Platt High School in Meriden, where he assisted the head athletic trainer in evaluation and rehabilitation of athletes. Leaving CT only to attend both university and graduate school, Ed returned to the state with admission to help build both the reputation and acceptance of acupuncture. A unique exposure to alternative healing, very early in life, led Ed to seek out alternative methods of healing the body. While maintaining an interaction and appreciation for Western, orallopathic, medicine and its uses, he sought a better and more integrated method to the healing of not only disease, but the whole person.
Ed’s interests in the improvement and rehabilitation of athletes has carried over from his earlier experiences, but has also branched out to include all facets of human health. His Acupuncture training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has prepared Ed to be a general acupuncturist, able to treat a variety of conditions ranging from musculo-skeletal disorders, such as sprains, strains, sore muscles, and osteoarthritis, to issues of women’s health concerns, digestive disorders, and respiratory disorders such as asthma, as well as stress reduction and alleviation of its symptoms. He uses a variety of traditional techniques beyond acupuncture including electro-acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, and tuina (massage).
Rachel England, LMTMassage Therapist & Reiki Master
Rachel England is a graduate of the Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy, a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Usui Reiki Master. She is also a teacher assistant, tutor and student mentor at CCMT as well. After a twenty year background in Healthcare Administration, she discovered a need to connect to and be of service to people in a completely different fashion…and not from behind a desk.
After her first attunement to Reiki in 2005 and Mastership in 2009 it was only natural to pursue Massage Therapy. Her first exposure to massage therapy was following a motorcycle accident. She gained 80 pounds after being sedentary and experiencing chronic pain from several injuries. Regular massage not only assisted in improving function of soft tissue, but gave her a greater awareness of the mind-body connection.
Eventually, through time and commitment she was able to not only heal but grow immeasurably. As a result, she experienced a greater sense of serenity and began to pursue her passion of discovery through meditation, yoga, Inipi Ceremony and various workshops. In doing so, she began cultivating diverse relationships and a heightened sense of community. Thus, the desire to be of grateful service! It is a great honor and privilege to stand witness, help facilitate, and empower clients with their own innate ability to heal; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Cheryl Wilson, LMTMassage Therapist
Cheryl has been practicing since 2006, in both clinical and spa environments. She trained in Orlando, FL, at Florida Metropolitan University, spcializing in Deep Tissue and Injury Rehabilitation. She also is proficient in Pre- and Post-natal Massage, Reflexology, Accupressure, and Stone Therapy.
As a result of a car accident in 1999, she's had both bilateral whiplash and severe sciatica. After ignoring the injuries for 10 years, and much work by chiropractic, osteopathic, and massage practitioners, she's been deconstructed and reconstructed over the last 5 years. In dealing with and caring for not only the injuries, but her body as a whole she's realized the amazing benefits of bodywork and body awareness. So much the better for all the work, she's dedicated herself to paying forward the effort put into her care in order to care for others.
Devon Dopfel, LMT, CPTMassage Therapist & Personal Trainer
Devon is a licensed massage therapist and graduate of Boston's Cortiva Institute. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). She is also a certified personal trainer (CPT), corrective exercise specialist (CES) and performance exercise specialist (PES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is certified in CPR/AED.
Devon believes in a synergistic approach to health, combining multiple disciplines of medicine, strength training and manual therapies including massage. She is fascinated by anatomy and the way the body works which allows her to address each client's needs specifically and develop targeted treatment plans.
Devon is an extreme outdoor enthusiast. She enjoys rock climbing, hiking and very high altitude mountaineering. She has climbed in the White Mountains, the Alps, Colorado, summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro and attempted Mt. Aconcagua in the South American Andes. Her dream is to one day summit Mt. Everest.
She thoroughly enjoys helping her clients find and achieve their own wellness summits.
Shannon Preuss, LMTMassage Therapist & Esthetician
Shannon has been a licensed massage therapist since 2005 and Reiki practitioner since 1998. Shannon has been a Certified Esthetician since 2015. She performs a variety of massage modalities including, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Hot Stone, Rain Drop Therapy and Therapeutic Reflexology.
Carrie Simpson, LMTMassage Therapist
Carrie is a graduate of the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. After finding a list she made back in high school listing her number one goal as “become a Massage Therapist” she decided that it was time to follow the dream that has always been in the back of her mind. Having worked in Corporate America for more than 20 years behind a desk she has come to realize just how beneficial massage is and can now share these benefits.
Carrie’s training includes Swedish Massage, Sports Massage and Trigger Point Therapy. While using these techniques she enjoys working with clients to meet their specific needs. Carrie has recently started her training to receive her certification in Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy.
Donna Florenzano, LMTMassage Therapist & Reiki Practitioner
Donna recently graduated from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport. Her training included Human Anatomy, Kinesiology and varying modalities such as Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy & Myofascial Release Therapy. Donna offers soothing, therapeutic massage to help with your daily stresses.
Donna enjoys Meditation, Yoga, Hula Hooping and can often be found at local music venues around New Haven and Fairfield counties listening to CT's best local funk and jam bands.
Marla Verdolini, LMT,Massage Therapist, Ashiatsu Practitioner
Marla is a Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy graduate and American Massage Therapy Association member with a genuine passion for holistic healing. Since high school, she's taken an interest in science, focusing most of her studies in anatomy and physiology. Marla is also vegan, likes to stay active, and takes an overall health-conscious approach to life. Pursuing a career in massage therapy was the perfect way to combine those elements in a way that allows her to responsibly serve others.
In addition to studying the structure and function of the human body, Marla has training in modalities such as myofascial release, acupressure, deep tissue, Swedish, and sports massage. She is also expanding her knowledge of essential oils with intent to incorporate aromatherapy into her work.
Working with clients whose needs range from chronic physical pain relief to emotional balance, Marla truly believes in the power of touch and considers it a blessing to be able to nurture people in an intimate, safe environment.
Marla is also a certified DeepFeet Ashiatsu Bar Therapy practitioner. You can learn more about this deep, barefoot style of massage on our "Services" page."
Deb Palladino, LMTMassage Therapist
Born and raised in Connecticut, Deb has always had a fascination with the human body and has been studying it from many different avenues. She earned her BS in Exercise Science and went on to work as a Physical Therapy Aide throughout her internship and massage school. She completed the two year Clinical Massage Program at Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2012 and has worked in several spa settings, but desired a working environment more aligned with her interest in therapeutic and healing work.
She is very excited to be working alongside other like-minded bodyworkers and offers an integrated approach of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, and acupressure tailored to each client’s needs. She has studied lymphatic drainage, hot stone and loves Prenatal Massage. Deb enjoys all forms of massage, but has a passion for rehabilitative work, Myofascial Release and Massage Cupping. She educates her clients on self-care techniques and it brings her joy to help improve the lives of others through her hands. On her time off, she loves crafting, hiking with her newly adopted pup and trying new dining experiences!
Ross Ashley, LMTLicensed Massage Therapist
Ross is a graduate of the Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy in Newington and brings to the table a high degree of creativity, patience, care and attention to detail. He offers orthopedic style massage with a palliative care approach, which incorporates elements of acupressure and sports massage techniques. The result is a relaxing massage while targeting specific muscle groups to alleviate areas of tension and release areas of energetic holding.
Ross enjoys working towards a goal with an individual to help alleviate symptoms caused by chronic tension, facilitate the formation of healthy scar tissue while recovering from injury and provide assistance and relief from ailments such as stress and anxiety. Ross was inspired to pursue massage based on his own personal journey to health and wellness.
Alyssa is a certified esthetician and freelance makeup artist whose primary goal is to help people look and feel their best. She believes wholeheartedly in a holistic approach to health and wellness, but also that the right makeup and a good bra can completely transform someone’s day.
After graduating from Brio Academy of Cosmetology in 2006, Alyssa worked in a small day spa before moving into retail skin care and cosmetics. A lifelong learner, Alyssa also has a degree in broadcasting and film and is currently studying marketing and communications at SNHU Online.
Alyssa lives with her longtime boyfriend in Wallingford and enjoys cooking, reading, writing, and singing. A creative at heart, she is happiest when creating something new, whether it be behind the stove, at the keyboard, or on a blank canvas. She can often be found exploring the local craft beer scene with her friends.
Annie Crocker, LMTMassage Therapist
Annie is a licensed massage therapist and graduate of Branford Hall Career Institute. She is also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Annie is certified in Prenatal massage, Hot Stone massage and she is familiar with Aromatherapy. Specializing in relaxing therapeutic massage for stress and pain relief, Annie has also been trained in deep tissue, energy work, trigger point work, myofascial release, sports massage and stretching.
Annie is fascinated with energies and will be expanding her knowledge by studying Reiki.
Annie adores the beach and its healing properties. She loves collecting sea glass and creating beautiful pieces of art with what she finds.
Gersain Munoz, LMTMassage Therapist
Gersain was raised in Norwalk, CT and was Honorably Discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 2011. After the Marines, he came home and completed the two year clinical course at CCMT in Westport, CT. Gersain has been a licensed massage therapist since 2014 with great recognition at his former company. He loves to play soccer, work out, and spend time traveling with his wife and son. Gersain also enjoys watching movies and documentaries, and occasionally drawing in his spare time.
Gersain believes in a holistic approach to massage therapy. The body is a vessel and it will react to the way you take care of it. Gersain believes that taking time to have a healthy diet and exercise, in addition to mental downtime, will promote a productive and happy system.
Jared Katz, LMTMassage Therapist
Jared's goal is to use his education, experience, and skills to partner with clients to rediscover their body’s natural potentials. He believes that therapeutic touch can be an integral part of everyone’s health care regimen. Furthermore, regular bodywork can complement other therapeutic approaches to treating/managing acute and chronic injuries as well as enduring many of life’s other challenges.
Jared come to this career with more experience than your typical Therapist. He graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. Moving forward, he had a 15-year career that grew from cancer researcher to academic (Educational Psychology and Applied Statistics were my specialty) and then followed opportunities into corporate training and development.
In 2013, he left that career to commit himself full-time to care-giving for his late wife and father-in-law. It was during his own healing from these grueling experiences that he realized becoming an LMT would allow him to draw on so many of his life experiences to help others through their healing process using therapeutic touch.
Complementary medicine and martial arts have been a part of his life for 20+ years now. he has been receiving professional bodywork since 1998 which has exposed him to 5 modalities of massage, 3 schools of movement, and 4 styles of energetic work. Completing his program at CCMT-Westport helped him grow from a skilled amateur to a professional bodyworker. He is excited to join the team of devoted therapists at Elm City Wellness and he looks forward to partnering with you to achieve your personal wellness goals.
Kelly King, LMTMassage Therapist
Kelly graduated with honors from the intensive clinical program at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2014. She is a Connecticut State Licensed Massage Therapist and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Kelly is dedicated to her clients and devoted to her work. She believes in the healing power of touch and the benefits it has for both the giver and the receiver. This enthusiasm for massage and her commitment to helping others motivates her to continue learning so she can provide the greatest service to her clients. Her current studies include Thai Massage and Myofascial Release.
In addition to her practice at Elm City Wellness, Kelly has returned to the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport as an instructor, where she shares her knowledge and passion for massage with her students.
Sharon Apy, LMTMassage Therapist
Sharon is a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Graduate of The Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. From a young age she's had an alternative outlook on healthcare, and has a passion for wellness!
Sharon is trained to have a kinesthetic outlook on the body and has made it her mission to aid healing through movement and nurturing touch. She has knowledge and training in Orthopedic Assessment, Trigger Point Therapy, Pre-natal Massage, Swedish Massage, Acupressure and Hot Stone Massage. She recently received her certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage. She loves studying new massage modalities and is looking forward to taking as many classes as she can get her hands on!