Our Team

Based here in the U.S. or in Cusco, we are ready to take you on the journey of a lifetime.


Marissa Gandelman, LMT
owner of Elm City Wellness

Marissa's love affair with Peru is something that even she has a hard time explaining. Invited to volunteer as a therapist in Cusco during the winter of 2010, she found herself immediately drawn to the culture and "magic" of the City in the Sky. Four months after her first visit, Marissa heard the call to return to the land she loved. She packed a single bag and left behind the life she knew to follow her heart back to Peru.

Marissa moved to Peru in 2010, where she lived, built a private practice and helped found Healing House Cusco, a non-profit organization dedicated to the healing arts. Marissa opened Elm City Wellness in New Haven, CT, in 2013 and she travels to Peru a few times a year to host trips and continue her work with the Healing House, the local community, and her own personal healing and growth.


Niki Coate, Reiki Master
founder of Healing House

Niki Coate, founder and director of Healing House in Cusco, Peru, is dedicated to "the joyful awakening of consciousness." To her, this means realizing unity through heart-based living, and choosing to actively co-create our experience of reality.

A certified yoga teacher and Reiki Master, Niki aims to inspire others to explore their creative energy and develop a fulfilling and authentic life for themselves. Since moving to Peru in 2009 from the United States, she has actively pursued an intense study of energy medicine and consciousness. At Healing House, she works to redefine the experience of "healing," through practices of conscious living and empowerment. Niki believes that Cusco's unique energy facilitates great transformation in the people who are drawn to visit -- a vision in line with the ancient wisdom keepers of the Andes.

Cheryl Wilson, LMT
massage therapist

A licensed massage therapist since 2006, Cheryl joined Elm City Wellness in 2014 and specializes in Deep Tissue and Injury Rehabilitation and is proficient in Pre- and Post-natal Massage, Reflexology, Accupressure, and Stone Therapy. 

As a result of a car accident, she's been deconstructed and reconstructed over the years, gaining deeper understanding about the body and its ability to heal. She's dedicated herself to paying forward the effort put into her care in order to care for others.