Marissa Gandelman, LMT, BCST, FounderLicensed Massage Therapist, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Certified Stress Management Instructor
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’s interest in the health benefits of CBD (cannabidiol) is partially due to her own success with using it to manage anxiety. CBD has shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It also increases levels of serotonin and anandamide, which reduce pain and anxiety. Marissa continues to stay current on CBD research to share accurate, reputable information with the community.
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. Inspired by how well massage therapy improved her life, she decided to become a therapist to help others do the same.
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 regularly 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. She lives in New Haven with her husband.
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 is passionate about music, creativity and Wes Anderson movies. She also assists her husband with his DJ business so you may see her helping out at a local trivia night or at a wedding!
Jenn lives in East Haven with her husband Anthony, their son James 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.
Kathryn Ronzo MS, ND, M.Ac, CPESAssistant Director of Operations
Katie is a naturopathic doctor that graduated from the University of Bridgeport with her doctorate in naturopathic medicine and a Masters in Acupuncture. She also has a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida.
Katie is a certified placenta encapsulation specialist who has also trained in advanced concepts of homeopathy with world-renowned Homeopaths, Dr. Paul Herscu and Dr. Amy Rothenberg at the New England School of Homeopathy in Boston, Massachusetts. In February 2014, she began her training in Craniosacral Therapy through Upledger Institute and is certified in Craniosacral Therapy and Somatic emotional release.
When she’s not fulfilling her passion for learning, Katie enjoys hanging out with her two miniature dachshunds, Cosmo and Stella. She is also an avid crafter who especially enjoys sewing, quilting, knitting, gardening, and photography. But when the weather and tides are right, you can find her and her fiancé, Steve, at their favorite fishing spots trying to catch something worth talking about!
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.
Helen Keegan, Assistant Manager
Helen’s a native of Milford, who returned home in 2012 after 17 years in Colorado. She’s happy to join the caregiving community at Elm City Wellness after a lengthy career as a ‘Jill’ of many trades supporting corporate America. Helen studied creative writing and psychology at Southern Connecticut State University and Project Management at the University of New Haven.
Also known as The Scented Lady, Helen’s an herbal artisan specializing in aromatherapy sachets, catnip, dream pillows, fairy gardens, potpourri and dried floral designs. Her products are made with locally harvested botanicals and are available in our gift shop.
In her free time Helen enjoys hiking, shoreline bike rides, live music, local cultural events and food (especially pizza), and spending time with her
Cheryl Wilson, LMTMassage Event Coordinator, Licensed Massage Therapist
Cheryl has been practicing since 2006, in both clinical and spa environments. She trained in Orlando, FL, at Florida Metropolitan University, specializing in Deep Tissue and Injury Rehabilitation. She also is proficient in Pre- and Post-natal Massage, Reflexology, Acupressure and Hot 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.
Edward Haberli, L.Ac., M.Ac., Dip.lAc.Licensed 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).
Maureen Santucci, L.Ac. MTOM, Dipl.OM Licensed Acupuncturist
Maureen was first drawn to Chinese Medicine through martial arts. When it was time for a career change, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and became a Licensed Acupuncturist in California in 2005. She also holds a National Diplomate in Oriental Medicine.
With advanced training in Acupuncture Orthopedics, Maureen is particularly adept with structural problems. Her approach to acupuncture addresses the underlying cause of a problem, which may date back to childhood roots.
Her personal interest in the hormonal issues that many women face transitioning from one phase of life to another has led her to additional study, particularly in the challenges of menopause.
An herbalist as well, she will often combine both an acupuncture treatment plan with an herbal formula to improve patient results.
After maintaining a successful private practice overseas for the past decade, Maureen decided to move back to the Northeast this year and work with us at Elm City Wellness.
Shannon Preuss, LMT & Certified EstheticianLicensed Massage Therapist & Lead 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.
Taryn Dorio Certified Esthetician
Taryn grew up in New Jersey and graduated from the aesthetics program from the Rizzieri Aveda School for Beauty and Wellness in 2009. There, she was introduced to aromatherapy and holistic healing, and has been passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, and teaching others ever since. In the years after graduating, she has been practicing as an esthetician in New Jersey and California, but now resides in Connecticut with her husband and 2 sons. She has training in aromatherapy, medical esthetics, and lymphatic drainage. She is extremely passionate about helping clients achieve their skin care goals, and building a plan to get there.
Carrie Simpson, LMTLicensed Massage 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, LMTLicensed Massage 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,Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified 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."
Annie Crocker, LMTLicensed Massage 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.
Jared Katz, LMTLicensed Massage 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, LMTLicensed Massage 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.
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.
Sharon Apy, LMTLicensed Massage 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!
Vivian Lennon , LMTLicensed Massage Therapist
Vivian studied Massage and body work in Branford Connecticut; at Branford Hall Career Institute and graduated in 2011. She found her passion for massage therapy while she was in school and has been working in the field ever since.She specializes in deep tissue, hot stone , and PNF stretching. In her free time she loves to go hiking with her dog.
Beth Lindgren, LMTLicensed Massage Therapist, Oncology Certified
Beth approaches the body as a whole by integrating Craniosacral Therapy (a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body) with other modalities such as Swedish, Acupressure and Deep Tissue to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
Beth currently holds Certification in Oncology Massage from the Tracy Walton Group and is participating in The Craniosacral Mentoring Program through the Upledger Institute. Over the next year, she will be adding Reiki & Myofascial Release to her toolbox as well.
Starting out as a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in 1991, Beth worked in boutique restaurants and patisseries, setting the bar for innovative, healthy and creative cuisines.
“It is with great pride that I am a member of the Elm City Wellness group of practitioners. This is a community of folks who work together as a whole to offer an approach to wellness from individual self care to community services, guiding folks to live better in their bodies.”
Samantha MacDaniel, LMT Licensed Massage Therapist
Samantha recently graduated from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She was inspired to pursue massage based on her passion for natural healing which began after she struggled with her own health at a young age. Shortly after starting her schooling, she realized the amazing benefits of bodywork along with the healing power of touch. She looks forward to sharing that gift with as many people as possible. Samantha is patient, compassionate, and pays special attention to detail. She enjoys working towards specific goals ranging from relieving physical discomfort to helping ease the stress and anxiety that is brought on by our everyday lives. Samantha’s training includes, but isn’t limited to studying the human anatomy, pathology and various modalities of myofascial release therapy, Swedish Massage, and sports massage. Going forward, she plans to continue her education in the fields of Craniosacral Therapy, Pediatric Oncology Massage, and Pelvic Dysfuntions.
Adonis Olivera, LMTLicensed Massage Therapist
Adonis graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Newington. His passion for bodywork and wellness came from a young age. When his mother would massage his head and back to soothe him when he was sick. It wasn't until high school that he decided to pursue massage therapy. He studied AP Biology and AP Anatomy and was fascinated with the human body. His fascination continues to this day.
Adonis enjoys traveling and hopes to travel and massage in various countries across the world. He has travelled to Cusco, Peru and volunteered at The Healing House. He's also been to Ecuador, Iceland, and travelled cross-country to the west coast and saw many national parks on the way.
Jaime Phillips, LMTLicensed Massage Therapist
Jaime graduated from Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy in Albany, NY and has been practicing since 2015 with a sports and therapeutic massage focus. She has a background in art and geriatric home health. Being a product of the benefits of regular bodywork for scar tissue, Jaime is passionate about helping others resolve and manage their chronic pain with compassion and presence. She enjoys thorough work to resolve areas of tension and/or disfunction, but fully recognizes the importance of the whole, often incorporating fascial work, five element shiatsu and acupressure into her sessions.
Faith Hawley, LMT Licensed Massage Therapist
Faith is a licensed massage therapist, having graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport, CT in 2017. Shewas born with a passion for helping others, but it took her a few tries to get it right. Faith graduated from the University of Connecticut in Storrs with a BA in psychology. She immersed herself in her early work, trying to assist people going through acute psychiatric crises in varied inpatient environments. Unable to reconcile her personal beliefs with current practices, she went back to school to become a Certified Professional Medical Coder. Sittingat a desk, Faith felt very disconnected from people and again returned to school to become a Licensed Massage Therapist.Faith’s current approach to massage therapy is to address the client as a whole, while keeping in mind the mind-body connection as well aseffectively relieving areas of tension. Faith is proficient in traditional Swedish massage, myofascial release, deep tissue, trigger point release, prenatal massage, sports massage, hot stone massage, and CBD massage. She is a member of the American Massage TherapyAssociation.An avid nonfiction consumer, Faith enjoys documentaries, biographies, and learning anything new. When not in a treatment room, Faith can be found outdoors with her dog Eli, crafting, or enjoying live music.