Wellness Practitioners & Community Partners

Please browse our list of practitioners and community partners. Click on their names below or scroll down for more information or to find your practitioner’s PHONE NUMBER.

Alana Cox, M. AmSAT (978)544-6174 Alana discovered the Alexander Technique after 25 years of seeking relief from chronic pain, the result of a car accident and fibromyalgia. She investigated traditional medicine and an array of alternative health care modalities, with no reprieve. Alana finally found relief from her chronic pain with the Alexander Technique. She realized that she had discovered a powerful tool for self-care as well as her passion in life.

Alana graduated from the Alexander Technique of New England (ATSNE) in Amherst, MA in 2004 and is certified to teach by the American Society for the Alexander Technique, (AmSAT) http://www.amsatonline.org/ She is a member of the Alexander Technique Connection http://www.alexandertechniqueconnection.org/

Alana teaches at Listening and at her home studio in Orange, MA. She has great empathy for and helps many who experience chronic pain. Visit Alana’s website at alexandertechnique.com/ma/ email alanaforat@hotmail.com

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Beverly Duda R.Y.T. (774)262-3662 Beverly Duda studied and trained with Patty Townsend at Yoga Center Amherst in her Teacher Training and In-Depth Yoga Study Program 2001 and again in her 500 hour “EMBODYOGA” teacher training program in 2004. Beverly continues to train with Patty and co teach at the 500 YTT and 200 YTTs. Beverly likes to “keep it real” in class and teach to the level of the students who come. There is emphasis on alignment, organ support, glandular and diaphrams support, breath and movement, pranayama, and guided mediation. You will be challenged in her classes. Requests are always considered and often met. Beverly teaches from the heart and can only hope to inspire others in their bodies and well being. Click here for more information on yoga.

Brad Warren (978)355-6196 Brad Warren has owned and operated his own Karate Studio, Brad Warren’s Karate, for over 30 years. In addition, he taught self-defense for women as part of Worcester’s adult education program for more than ten years, and a children’s program for the Shrewsbury Parks and Recreation Department also for more than ten years. He taught Goju-Ryu Karate at Worcester State College as part of their regular physical education program for three years, and has also taught at numerous other schools and facilities including, Quinnebaug Valley Community College. He formed Karate Clubs at Clark University, Blackstone Valley Regional High School, and State Mutual Insurance Company. In 1981, Mr. Warren was asked by the American Institute of Buddhist Studies to act as a bodyguard for the Dalai Lama of Tibet during his ten-day stay at Harvard University. Click here for more information on karate.

Debbie Ennis MSW, LICSW (978)257-8062 ext.0 Debbie Ennis has been a therapist for over 26 years. During this time, she has developed a style that is holistic in nature and very relaxed. She especially enjoys working with people who are motivated to make changes in their lives. Sometimes the exact change is not always apparent, but motivation towards a more conscientious and peaceful life is always a good start. Debbie utilizes both time tested techniques and newer unique methods, whatever her client will benefit from most. She always includes a bit of humor, as she believes laughter is an essential piece in the healing process. While Debbie works with every age group, she specializes in working with teens. This population tends to respond well to her relaxed and coach-like approach. Teens especially enjoy the unique breathing technique that she uses, a gentle yet powerful method of getting to the heart of the problem at hand. Debbie accepts a variety of insurances. For more information about Debbie, and what she offers, visit her website: DebbieEnnis.com

Dedie King M.Ed., M.Ac., Lic.Ac. (413)559-7511
Dedie King is Co-founder and Clinical Director of Listening. She received her BA in Philosophy from Mount Holyoke College and a M. Ed. From Goucher College. She studied with Dr. J. R. Worsley in England and has her Bachelor Degree in Acupuncture from his College of Classical Acupuncture in Leamington Spa. Her Masters of Acupuncture is from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland. She also completed a two-year Chinese Herb course with Ted Kaptchuk in Boston. Dedie is on the faculty of the Academy of Five Element Acupuncture, a three-year acupuncture college in Hallandale, Florida. She has been practicing acupuncture for more than twenty-five years with private offices in Barre and Amherst. Dedie is a longtime meditator and likes to integrate this practice with her understanding of Chinese medicine. Click here for more information on acupuncture treatments.

Donna O’Brien (508)287-3415 Donna O’Brien has been practicing psychotherapy since 1981. Her experience includes working with adults, adolescents, couples and groups around issues of depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, addictions, grief and adjustment. She holds a masters degree in expressive therapy and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. In addition she is trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Her work draws from psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness perspectives. You may contact Donna at the Listening Center or 508-287-3415. Click here for more information on psychotherapy. Donna is currently not accepting new clients.

Elizabeth Garrett, RYT (508)736-7577
Elizabeth Garrett received her Yoga Teacher training at Down Under School of Yoga in Newton, MA under the direction of Natasha Rizopoulos.
She is also certified to teach Restorative Yoga through Judith Lastater’s Relax & Renew program. Elizabeth spent time assisting Restorative & Slow Flow classes at Metrowest Yoga studio in Worcester. In addition, Elizabeth was inspired to become a Pre-Natal Yoga teacher after her own wonderful experience taking Prenatal Classes with Jessica Johnson. Elizabeth studied /Tribal Fusion Belly Dance for nearly a decade in the San Francisco Bay area with pioneers Carolena Nericcio & Jill Parker. During that time, she performed with several Tribal Fusion troupes. Elizabeth has a background in the Arts & researching the Sacred Feminine. She spent a year in the Women’s Spirituality program at New College in San Francisco studying with Vicki Noble and Deborah J. Grenn. She earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
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Éowyn Ahlstrom RYT, LMT, BA (978)895-3604 Éowyn Ahlstrom brings significant experience and knowledge of the art of healing to her work. As a yoga teacher and massage therapist, her main goals are to facilitate your development of body awareness and help you create greater wellbeing. She has had success helping people recover from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic digestive distress and other chronic health issues. Éowyn has trained extensively in yoga, bodywork, and meditation, and will continue to study and practice indefinitely. Éowyn learned therapeutic massage at the Stillpoint Program with Patricia Wachter, and received her certification in 2002. Her yoga training comes from many sources, including teacher training (RYT200 certification, 2006) with Eileen Muir (Karuna Center for Yoga and Healing Arts), and (RYT 500, 2008) with Patricia Wadden, workshops Rodney Yee, and other nationally recognized teachers, and dedication to home practice. Click here for more information on yoga.

Heather Hillstrom, Organic Hair Stylist 774-291-6350 Hair by Nature Organic Hair Boutique at Listening After receiving a bachelors degree in Art Education from Westfield State College, Heather pursued her lifelong dream of becoming a hair stylist. She attended cosmetology school at Hair in Motion Beauty Academy in Worcester, MA. Working in the field, Heather began to have sensitivities to the products. It became very important to her to find a healthier way to do what she loves and not have to deal with all the unhealthy chemicals. Heather has been a hair stylist for 10 years. Services offered include: Haircuts Hair Color Facial waxing/Hair removal Texture services (organic perms and straightening) Hair Masques and treatments Weddings and Special events. The majority of the equipment, furniture, and decor for the boutique has been either re-purposed, re-used or bought at local consignment and antique shops. From Heather: Why Hair by Nature ? -Doing hair has come natural to me all my life -the practice of using natural products on the hair -as humans it is in our nature to express our own individuality and uniqueness by wearing our hair in different lengths, styles, and textures Clients can make appointments by calling 774-291-6350 or book on line at Schedulicity.com. When arriving at Listening, clients should park in the parking areas and enter through the front door of Listening to reach the salon.


Jeri Steele, Lic. Ac., Dipl. O.M, MAOM, FNP-CS (508-523-9729) Jeri is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She practiced for over seventeen years providing family centered primary care after graduating from the University of Lowell and obtaining a Masters Degree in Family and Community Nursing. As a Primary Care Provider she managed routine health maintenance, health promotion and wellness, client centered health educations, well gynecology, family planning, and chronic disease management coordinating comprehensive plans of care for medically complex patients. Her approach is compassionate and individualized.

Jeri became very aware of Western Medicine during her 17 years in practice and made a commitment to study and  provide holistic methods of care to clients. In 2002, she completed a year-long program studying under John and Lourdes Havery Gray to become a Master Reiki Practitioner using the Usui system of Reiki. In June of 2011 she left primary care to devote her full attention to the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs) finding this to be a complete system treating the whole person at the root of disease, not just at the symptom level. Now after three years of intensive study at the New England School of Acupuncture and over 700 hours of clinical internship she offers Traditional Chinese Medicine including acupuncture and Chinese herbs to patients along their personal journey to health and wellness as a complement to the Western care they are already receiving.  Jeri is passionate about helping clients reach their full wellness potential by encouraging them to reap the benefits of both medicines, from East to West.  Click here for more information on acupuncture.


Josef DellaGrotte Ph.D. LMHC, CFP, LMT (978)461-0221 Josef is recognized for his work with rehabilitation of physical and psychophysical dysfunctional problems-from back pain, shoulder-arm pain, neurological disorders, frozen shoulder and immobility syndromes, scoliosis, and just about everything else, whose problems are not resolved by conventional therapies, but require a neuro-muscular motor learning-improvement approach. He also conducts seminars, personal and practitioner/ professional training programs in Worcester at the Bancroft School of Massage. Josef conducts his primary private at The BodyMind Integration Center in Watertown, MA, and sees clients in Barre on Fridays. He is the author of a book: Instructions From Within – Pathways to Lifelong Fitness & Wellness (CI press, 2007). Clinical Research Study, 2007 DVD and CD programs. See website for information on book, clinical Study, at home learning programs, articles and video clips. dellagrotte-somatic.com email: info@dellagrotte-somatic.com”

Laura L. Fasano M.A., L.M.H.C.(978)808-6012 Laura L. Fasano has been a psychotherapist in private practice for over 20 years. She has been trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Existential Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Vipassana Meditation, and is a certified level 2 Internal Family Systems Therapist. Laura currently has an independent practice of psychotherapy at Listening specializing in greater self-connection, understanding, and acceptance through mindfulness. Laura can be reached at 978-808-6012 for any questions or to schedule an appointment. Most insurances accepted. Click here for more information on psychotherapy.

Maureen McGarry, LICSW (774)364-5661 Maureen‘s practice focuses on self-care, essential to managing stress. She has been described as a thoughtful listener, respectful and gentle in nature. Her strength-based approach to therapy emphasizes supporting clients’ as they share about life’s difficulties. She provides a safe, confidential space to have an honest conversation. Healthy coping strategies are explored to assist clients with difficult thoughts. “There is no room for judgment or criticism in therapy. I am a mother, daughter, sister, friend and survivor of life’s human struggle! Your courage to speak about what is personal requires incredible courage. Therefore, I promise to be trust-worthy.”  In session you will experience validation and increased self-awareness, through inquiry. Finding acceptance or shifting one’s self-defeating perspectives takes time. If we can dissolve anger, resentment and shame, this restores a sense of balance, easing the mind and strengthening the spirit.

Maureen earned her Masters’ Degree from Smith College School for Social Work in 1998, Maureen has been in private practice for 15 + years. She is credentialed to accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance. Otherwise, a standard fee paid per session and receipt provided.  Check with your insurer who may cover parital or full out of network reimbursement. For more information about Maureen and her practice you can visit here https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/87682


Melissa Scherer, LMHC (774)239-4002
Melissa is a licensed mental health counselor that has been working with adults and children for over twenty years, having been a therapist for 15 years. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of challenges including chronic mental illnesses, anxiety, depression, legal involvement, abuse/trauma, substance abuse/dependence, interpersonal issues, sexuality and difficulties managing stress. She believes the most important aspect to finding a therapist is the connection you experience during that first session. She uses a variety of therapeutic techniques including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, and Interpersonal Relations with a large focus on distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and mindfulness techniques. She uses a humorous, engaging and interactive style to assist you in exploring your difficulties and help to find a gentle way of coping with significant distress. Her approach is non-judgmental, genuine and validating and when working with children and adolescents, she uses creative and artful techniques to explore challenges. Currently, Melissa is able to take BCBS, Humana, Tufts and Cigna and is in the process of paneling for other insurances. Contact Melissa at (774) 239-4002


Patricia Roix (978)249-6182 Patricia Roix, Licensed Corporate Wellcoach, ACSM Health & Fitness Specialist, Contact: (978) 249-6182, Email: proix@wellcoaches.com” Wellness Rising – Personal coaching, group coaching, personal training, yoga for health & relaxation: Bridging the gap between knowing what to do and actually doing it on a regular basis. Have you been struggling with weight management, low energy or an existing health issue? Imagine the difference it might make having a personal coach helping you bridge the gap between knowing what to do and doing it on a regular basis. Pat has worked as a wellness professional for over 25 years, assisting, encouraging and motivating people on their journey to improved health and well-being. She brings to he coaching a passion for wellness and a deep belief that we all have untapped potential that with the right tools and support will bring us to a level of well being we might not have otherwise achieved.

Paula Wood, RPT(508)347-8141 Quality Physical Therapy/Biosynchronistics
Paula Grandpre Wood, RPT, has been a Physical Therapist for over 25 years. She has worked for Quality Physical Therapy/ BioSynchronistics since 1997, and is a Senior Therapist there. Paula specializes in Biosynchronistic Techniques and Intergrated Manual Therapy. Paula has trained through The Biosynchronistic Institute and took advanced level courses in Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral and Myofascial Release at The Upledger Institute. Click here for more information on physical therapy.

rhonda-hamerRhonda Hamer, CPT (508)259-5794
Rhonda is an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer as well as being certified in Group Exercise. She has worked at training facilities in Vermont and Massachusetts and holds a current CPR/AED certification from the American Red Cross.
Using simple and functional exercises with little or no equipment, Rhonda has trained adults, teens and children with varying levels of fitness including many who are new to exercise or with limited mobility. In addition to training people with a variety of fitness abilities, Rhonda has 30 years of experience coaching figure skaters, inline skaters, ice hockey teams and soccer teams from beginners through Division I collegiate players as well as adults. She has worked with athletes in Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Indiana.
In addition to offering classes, Rhonda is available for private and small group personal training sessions. Contact her to schedule a session.

Roberta Lewis MSW and E-RYT200(978)257-6017 Roberta Lewis has been engaged in the yoga tradition since the 1970’s, trained in Integral Yoga Hatha (1978) and Embodyoga (2013). She worked at the Center for Mindfulness (1996 – 2001), home of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course and is trained in this program. She studies in the Tai Chi tradition also. Common principles of these various disciplines weave into the class. Roberta’s yoga class is good for beginner and intermediate students. With steady and easy poses, we are invited to relax, and then relax, and then relax again. As well, we strengthen and stretch, dissipating sluggishness and refreshing energy, warming up, moving towards greater flexibility in joints, shedding tension, and with humor and acceptance, inviting ourselves to be in our bodies more fully. Click here for more information on yoga.

Sophie King Santoro (413)813-8259 Sophie King Santoro obtained her license in massage therapy from The Swedish Institute in New York City in 2001, with well over 1200 hours of training. She started a successful private practice in Berkeley, CA as well as providing medical massage for a prominent chiropractor. She has developed strong skills in both Eastern and Western styles of massage. Drawing upon the strengths of each, Sophie emphasizes the integration of the two styles. She has in-depth training in anatomy, physiology, myology, kinesiology, neurology, pathology and Chinese Five Element theory. She has worked in a holistic therapy center, a yoga studio, with the elderly, at sporting events, in wellness centers, and with chair massage companies. Sophie has always been interested in health, and received a B.A. in anthropology from Oberlin College, concentrating on the interaction of religious beliefs and health practices. Sophie brings her presence, with her knowledge, experience, and sensitivity to each session. Click here for more information on Massage. Click here for more information on Massage.

Stephanie Mitchell (781)697-0011

Stephanie Mitchell is thrilled to bring her heart and passion to the Listening Wellness Center community and invites everyone to try out her classes on Tuesdays at 11 am and Fridays at noon. Classes include tapping and vibration, meridian stretching, visualization, relaxation breathing and meditation.

Stephanie recently completed the Dahn Master Course and is on her way towards becoming a Master in her practice. She also has certifications from Body & Brain Yoga Instructor Course as well as Body & Brain Yoga Brain Management Training. She has trained in Arizona, New York and Massachusetts. She also holds an MBA in International Business from Brandeis University’s International Business School as well as certifications in Reiki 1, Reiki 2 and Fundamentals of Feng Shui.

After years of being morbidly obese and suffering from severe depression, Stephanie found her way to a yoga class that changed her life forever. As a result of her practice, she lost almost 100 pounds, got off all of her meds and lives a happy and full life. She wants to share her love and experience with others so that they, too, can live richer and fuller lives!

For more information, please visitwww.lifeenergyyogama.com.


Tesha Ward, Certified Yoga Teacher (413)477-1035 Tesha Ward has been practicing various styles of Yoga throughout the U.S. since 1998. She completed her 200 hour embodyoga™ Teacher Training Program at the Yoga Center in Amherst studying under Patty Townshed in 2008. Since that time she has been teaching yoga to toddlers, teens and adults throughout Central Massachusetts. A passionate student of yoga, Tesha is excited to help others become familiar with the various aspects of the connection of body, breath and movement, by bringing consciousness to each moment of moving through asana (yoga postures). She takes a safe and meditative approach to vinyasa and deep holding of postures, allowing students to find strength and flexibility through integration. She invites students to explore the playfulness of embodiment and the pleasure of movement. Her classes are fluid and calming but also serve to deeply strengthen and invigorate the mind and body. Students of all levels of experience and ability are welcome. Tesha has been a professional educator since 2001 working in a variety of public school settings. She is currently a school counselor at Ludlow High School. Her compassion for teaching and the belief that everyone possesses unique strengths, struggles, and different outlooks on life has helped her inspire others towards fostering both personal growth and inner peace. Click here for more information on yoga.

Wendy Bolognesi Massage Therapy (413)695-0014 Wendy Bolognesi brings over 24 years of experience to her massage practice. In addition to her work as a massage therapist in her hometown of Hardwick, Wendy practices at the Bancroft School of Massage in Worcester, where she has been an instructor since 1993. While Wendy does enjoy offering Swedish style massage, much of her practice is devoted to Asian styles of bodywork, such as Shiatsu, Acupressure and Thai Massage, which incorporate the use of acupoints and meridiens, as well as yoga-like stretches. Call Wendy at: (413)695-0014 Click here for more information on Massage. Click here for more information on Massage.

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