The team of practitioners at Thrive Wellness Center are committed to educating and serving the community on all aspects of wellness. Every practitioner here is licensed or certified to practice in the field they are representing at Thrive.

FOUNDER
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Amber Summers Krug, HHP

Owner and Head Holistic Practitioner

Amber graduated with High Honors in Biology from Mount Holyoke College in 2000 and worked at a the FDA’s Division of Hematology where her research was published in two peer-reviewed medical journals. She received her certification as a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner in 2002 from the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine while also studying for her certification as a practitioner in Angel Therapy, Reiki, and Nutritional Consulting. She has apprenticed with Dr. Sylvester DeVaux, Naturopath and Reflexologist from St. Lucia and began seeing clients professionally in 2009. Amber currently teaches certification classes for the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine. In addition, Amber has been a baccalaureate constituency member of Sigma Xi since 2000. Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society is the honor society of scientists and engineers that recognizes scientific achievement. Amber was nominated into membership because of her extensive research done for her undergraduate thesis at the FDA’s Division of Hematology in the field of blood substitutes. Amber is very excited to share her knowledge and experience with her clients and students through Thrive Wellness Center that lives up to her exceptional standards of quality and integrity.

STAFF
Amy Owen
Amy Owen

Wellness Office Associate

Amy first experienced holistic medicine in 2013 when she researched holistic nutrition to help support her body in dealing with symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). After having spent many years in a wheelchair, she began a clean, organic diet and holistic lifestyle. Within a few weeks, her symptoms started to subside. Now in remission, Amy is not only walking but she enjoys running and hiking and has the ability to enjoy doing these activities several miles at a time!

Amy is a licensed cosmetologist and is currently attending certification classes at Thrive Wellness Center to become a Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Holistic Health Practitioner. As the Wellness Office Associate, Amy assists clients with questions regarding products and services and leads the Metabolic Reboot workshops.

Theresa Popiolek

Booking Specialist

Theresa has been with Thrive since May of 2014 and has quickly become a key member of the team. Theresa’s extensive experience as an executive assistant with well-known companies such as Home Box Office and Columbia Pictures and as Marketing Assistant at Merrill Lynch gives her an edge at Thrive. Most importantly however she is a kind, loving and caring person who contributes an air of positivity and compassion to the center. She has been a self-employed artist since 2003, designing and sculpting one-of-a-kind faery sculptures. She also designs and creates jewelry and digital photography. Her passion for art led her to her principle job, as an Art Assistant at Verve Vertu Deutsch Institute, where she assists special needs individuals with creating art projects and supports with studio functions. Theresa is certified as a Level II Reiki Practitioner and studied under Peter Roth for Intuitive Healing. Her gifts as an artist and a healer are just a few of her many talents. In her time here she has become an “in-house” Pulsed Electro Magnetic Therapy (P.E.M.F.) expert and offers Reiki healing sessions during her practitioner hours at Thrive.

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Tiffany Roese

Assistant Office Manager

Layer upon layer, Tiffany has been tilling the field of personal health and wellness since her formative years. Witnessing her father’s journey with life and death turn toward physical, mental and spiritual health empowerment influenced her, in time, to shed some of her own learned behaviors for new. Natural therapies along with a strong preventative approach are the basis of her self-care. Beside incorporating these tools into her own life, she helps others connect with natural health modalities at a local health food store, House of Nutrition, where she has worked for the past fifteen years and now manages. A sense of stirring first brought her to the doorstep of Thrive Wellness Center, where she now assists part time, overjoyed to help fan the flames beneath another community driven initiative with an emphasis in holistic care.

PRACTITIONERS
Susan Arthur, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Susan is a graduate of the Cayce-Reilly School of Massotherapy, Virginia Beach, Virginia and studied Deep Tissue Massage. During her education at the Cayce-Reilly School she had the opportunity to study with Frances Sporer and Dr Harold Kornylak. Both of these individuals during their lives studies and worked directly with Dr. Harold Reilly, D.O. who was a colleague of Edgar Cayce. The massage techniques and principles developed by Dr. Reilly, while working with Cayce, are truly holistic in their approach because they factor in the spiritual dimension as well as the physical and mental. It is both deeply relaxing and profoundly therapeutic. As a massage therapist and person, she holds dear to her heart the experience of learning from and working with these remarkable teachers and healers. She has over 20 yrs experience in massage and bodywork therapies. She has also spent a lifetime studying Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Holistic approaches to living and healing. She has a profound love of nature and enjoys gardening with her family.

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Rob Burns, HHP, HNC

Holistic Health Care Practitioner, Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Washington Institute Course Instructor

Rob Burns is a Holistic Practitioner and Nutrition consultant at Thrive offering wellness exams, PEMF therapy and more! He was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic at the age of three and struggled with pain in his jaw since he was very young. In his twenties he was taking 1100 mg of Naproxen daily in order to relieve his pain and, as a result, had stomach pains and acid indigestion. After years of suffering, he spoke with his diabetic endocrinologist who suggested that low Vitamin D levels could be causing the inflammation in his body. Since then, he has been supplementing with Vitamin D3 and no longer has to take painkillers. This was about the time where he understood that the phrase “Food is medicine” was true. After realizing the potential healing effects of food, in particular organic, he decided to grow food for himself and his wife. After a number of years, he chose to expand his garden and start a CSA to share organic food with others in the community. Upon researching the healthiest vegetables and herbs to grow he stumbled upon the Holistic classes at Thrive. After a year long journey being immersed in holistic medicine, he realized that this was what he was meant to do. Rob has a certification from the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine in Holistic Health, Holistic Nutrition, a Bachelor’s of Music Performance from Wilkes University and is happy to be a part of the Thrive family.

Logan Falvo, LMT

 Licensed Massage Therapist

Logan J. Falvo studied Massage Therapy at Fortis Institute of Forty Fort, PA in 2014. His goal in mind has always been to help others. Logan’s calm personality and wish to relieve others’ stress is what makes him a great addition to the Thrive team. Originally helping a family member with a shoulder injury, Logan discovered his passion for Massage Therapy and decided to pursue his dream. He realized the potential to help and heal others through massage was his true purpose. Logan specializes in Reflexology, Swedish and Therapeutic Massage, Magnetic Therapy, and has been specially trained in Lypossage Therapy, a non-invasive, clinically proven massage technique that uses lymphatic drainage and other proprietary techniques to help smooth the skin, flush toxins from the system and actually tone and refine body shape.

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Maureen Kaminski, LMT, RYT200

Licensed Massage Therapist

Maureen Kaminski is a Licensed Massage Therapist and is very passionate about empowering people to gain control of their own health by balancing the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. Although Maureen’s career started in finance, after many years of helping people have more control over their financial health, Maureen decided she wanted to help people on a more personal level. Through her own experiences with wellness and holistic approaches she learned the benefits massage can provide and she knew that was the perfect avenue for her to start. Following graduation from Fortis Institute, Maureen’s desire to expand her knowledge of holistic healing continued, leading her to pursue additional programs of study. Maureen is currently undergoing Thrives Holistic Nutrition Consultant certification program Maureen received her 200-hour teacher training certification from Peace of Mind Yoga in Conyngham PA, a Registered Yoga Alliance School, along with certification in Yoga Body Boot camp basic training in 2015. Maureen also is certified as an Usui Reiki level II practitioner, in 2016 Maureen received certification in Ashiatsu Barefoot Bar Therapy, a modality approved by the National Certification Board For Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork since 1995. This is a type of deep tissue massage using her feet to give a relaxing yet therapeutic massage which has proven to be extremely beneficial for many chronic and acute ailments and injuries.

Caroline K. Howell, LMT, RN, OCN, CBCN, CLT

Licensed Massage Therapist, Registered Nurse, Oncology Certified Nurse

Caroline K Howell has been practicing massage therapy since 1992. She studied under Sister Rosellen Li at Mercy Center in Dallas, Pennsylvania. She has continued her studies to specialize in oncology massage and oncology nursing and has used her knowledge and skills to compassionately help people living with cancer.Caroline is nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, and is an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association.Caroline is an oncology certified nurse, as well as a certified breast care nurse. In 2012, Caroline was awarded a Radiation Oncology Program certificate through the Oncology Nursing Society. Caroline provided oncology massage and lymphedema education services at a local radiation oncology office for over ten years. She is also a LANA certified lymphedema therapist and is qualified to offer lymphedema education as well as manual lymphatic drainage.

Nancy Micocci Pepe, LC

Licensed Cosmetologist

Nancy Micocci Pepe worked in Theraputic Counseling for most of her career. Nancy joined Thrive Wellness Center in 2013, bringing with her a variety of healing modalities. Nancy is a Reiki Master, meditation Coach and Spiritual Development Adviser. Nancy recently became certified in Past Life Soul Regression Therapy. Nancy is a licensed Cosmetologist and offers organic facials as part of her services.Nancy specializes in assisting people to combine mind, body, and spirit in the healing process. Her expertise includes 24 years experience as a group therapist for a community mental health center, and 21 years of independent spiritual study. Nancy is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Master Reiki Practitioner, Spiritual Development Advisor, and received her certification in Past Life Soul Regression in 2016 with Dr. Linda Bauchman of the Raven Heart Center. She offers Past Life Regression sessions, and combines meditation and Reiki, focusing on the power of intention to help heal body and spirit. Through her Reiki and Meditation services at Thrive, Nancy will help you develop your own sacred space and customize a meditation practice that suits your individual needs. As a Licensed Cosmetologist, Nancy is also Thrive’s organic skincare specialist and helps to educate clients on the importance of using skincare without harmful chemicals. Her signature Organic Thrive Relaxation Facial includes use of Neal’s Yard Remedies herbal/organic skincare and aromatherapy, along with a full face, head, neck, and arm massage and enhancements of Reiki, and use of crystal facial tools for improving circulation and toning the skin.

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Jami Novak

Shiatsu Practitioner

Shiatsu Massage is an alternative technique that involves manual pressure applied to specific points on the body in an attempt to relieve tension and pain. Jami began his journey as a massage therapist in 2001 when he decided to obtain his certification as a Shiatsu practitioner at the Endless Mountain School of Shiatsu. Finding a true connection to the art of healing touch Jami decided to further his education at Allied Medical & Technical Institute. He went on to practice at Woodlock Pines Resort and Creative Energy Options in White Haven. Jami has also traveled extensively in Thailand and India and gathered techniques along the way, which he currently utilizes in his services. During these travels he has also experienced various traditional Indian meditative practices that he has since studied and adopted into his lifestyle such as advaita, meaning “oneness.”

Alyssa Opiary, HHP, HNC, PTA

Holistic Health Care Practitioner, and Nutrition Consultant

Alyssa was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at the age of 7, using several forms of conventional medicine to treat her medical conditions, which continued to progress over the years. She has several family members that have experienced diabetes-related complications, including her father who has Type II Diabetes. Set on the idea that prescription drugs would keep her healthy and free from complications, she was in disbelief when she was eventually labeled as an “uncontrolled” diabetic and had a growing list of symptoms and disorders on her medical record. Searching for alternative means, Alyssa became a certified in Reiki in 2013 as a form of self-healing. She received her Holistic Healthcare Practitioner and Holistic Nutrition certifications through the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine. She has experienced remarkable healing through nutrition and holistic treatment and wishes to share her knowledge and experiences with other diabetics. Alyssa received her Physical Therapist Assistant license in 2011 and continues to practice therapy and rehabilitation with various patients full-time. Alyssa is offering services in Reiki energy healing and holistic healthcare exams , and diabetic exams, which include nutritional advice, therapeutic supplementation, and natural methods to control diabetes- related symptoms. She is very excited to offer optimism and hope to those with Juvenile Diabetes, Type II Diabetes, gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes, and insulin resistance.

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Kathy Wang, M.D.

Doctor of Endocrinology & Chinese Medicine

Kathy Wang was born and raised in Beijing China. Her parents, both college professors, exposed her to all facets of scientific and cultural education. She began her medical apprenticeship in TCM when just five years old, and by the age of eleven, began treating patients with Accupuncture in hospitals and community clinics. Kathy is a graduate of The Inner-Mongolia Medical College where she earned her doctorate medical degree specializing in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. After practicing as a Pediatric doctor, she became the project director of a clinical study for Stroke Rehabilitation and Diabetes to evaluate the effectiveness of combining Traditional Chinese Medicine with standard Western therapies. Kathy emigrated to the U.S. to participate in Genetic Endocrinology research at the University of Iowa and later, Neuroscience study at the Albany Medical Center. She served as Senior Chemist with LabCorp’s Pharmaceutical Development Group, an affiliate of Duke and UNC Chapel Hill Medical Colleges. After years of conventional research and practice, Kathy’s passion for traditional medicine and alternative therapies drove her to join the World Health Organization efforts in Tibet. This gave her the opportunity to study and exchange knowledge with Tibet’s highest medical Guru Lamas. Following her work in Tibet, Kathy moved to Germany to practice for three years with a Senior Natural Health Practitioner skilled in their native methods. Now associated with Thrive Wellness Center, Kathy is excited to offer her extensive skills in Traditional Chinese Medical therapy to those seeking relief and guidance.

CLASS INSTRUCTORS
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Lisa Galico

 Yoga Instructor

Lisa started taking yoga classes in 2010, and quickly fell in love with the practice. The yoga poses taught her strength and balance. She found yoga and meditation to be the most effective way to relax and to stay present in the moment. Since then she has tried a variety of classes including vinyasa, yin, and aerial yoga. Although she appreciates many different types of yoga, she especially likes to teach gentle styles of yoga. In 2017, she completed trainings in restorative and chair yoga. She is currently enrolled in the 200 Hour Boundless Yoga Teacher Training hosted by Balance Yoga Studio in Forty Fort. Lisa tailors her classes to meet the needs of her students. She believes that yoga is accessible to most people, but it is necessary to find the appropriate style to meet the students’ goals. She hopes to inspire her students to be their most authentic selves.

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Wayne Wolfe

Tai Chi Instructor

Wayne Wolfe is a teacher (Sifu) of Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan). Wayne began studying Tai Chi in 1990 and was certified to begin teaching Tai Chi by Grandmaster William C.C. Chen (Chen Zi-Chen), in 1993. Grandmaster Chen was chosen “Man of the Year 2000” by Inside Kung Fu Magazine as someone who: “will go down in history as one of the most influential traditional internal stylists of His generation.” (IKF Feb. 2000).” Wayne learned the short form, sword form, pushing hands, and boxing style from Chen who he continues to train with. Wayne was privileged to study the Taiji Long Staff form with the late B.P. Chan, whose reputation with traditional Chinese weapons was unparalleled. In 1996 Wayne traveled to Australia to meet and train with the late Erle Montaigue, subsequently keeping in contact with him and training with him in Europe and the United States over the years. Erle was recently in Salisbury Maryland where Wayne had a chance to introduce many of his students to Erle and his son Eli. Montaigue is noted for his desire to return to the teaching of the original Yang forms through the World Taiji Boxing Association. Wayne learned the original Wu-Dang-Shan forms of Taiji from Montaigue as well as the short stick form, which has largely been lost to many Westerners. Wolfe also studied with Montaigue’s former Senior Instructor, Michael Babin in Ottawa Canada. Wolfe’s Tai Chi is practical and functional.

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Tom Gilmore RYT200

Yin Yoga Instructor

Tom has been practicing yoga since 2009 and as with most new yoga students, was drawn to his first practice with the purpose of healing past injuries and improving his overall health. After spending his first year almost exclusively within the Sivinanda style, he furthered his interest in Vinyasa flow, and the mindfulness associated with both. In 2011, he was introduced to Yin Yoga, a style that fit exactly what he was looking for in his practice and inspired him to take his yoga teaching to another level. Tom Received his Yin certification at Omega Institute in New York in 2012, and completed his 200 RYT training at Twin City Yoga in February of 2014. Tom’s goal is to teach and share his experience to all who are interested in enriching their lives. Tom will be leading Yin yoga at Thrive Wellness Center.

John Bucha, V.M.D.

Tai Chi Instructor

John Bucha, V.M.D., is a holistic veterinarian in Harveys Lake, PA. Dr. Bucha did his undergraduate studies at Penn State University, and earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a certificate in veterinary acupuncture from Tufts University. An avid nature lover, Dr. Bucha has been involved in many outdoor sports. In 1998 he had a heart attack while kayaking. This curbed the many vigorous sports he was involved with and led him to discover a holistic approach to fitness, wellness and health through the simple movements, special breathing patterns and meditations of Tai Chi. The more he got involved, the more he realized the physical and mental benefits of Tai Chi and before long, it became his lifestyle. Dr. Bucha has been a devoted student of Tai Chi under Paul Kurlancheek, Wayne Wolfe, Master William C. C. Chen, and William Pileggi. He enjoys teaching Master Chen’s short form (60 movements), the Long Yang Form, the Chinese National Form, the Old Yang 13 positions, the David-Dorian Ross’ Practice Movements, Jiang-Jian-ye, Stationary Shaolin Kung Fu Boxing for beginners and seniors and multiple Chi Kung movements.