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, HHP

Owner and Head Holistic Practitioner

Amber graduated with High Honors in Biology from Mount Holyoke College in 2000 and worked at 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
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Tiffany Roese

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.

Sarah Kagan

Marketing Specialist

Sarah joins Thrive Wellness Center with many years of customer service experience and a passion for health. Originally from Morristown, NJ, she moved to this area of Pennsylvania in 2017 to get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city area. She has recently begun studying at Institute for Integrative Nutrition for a Certification in Integrative Nutritional Health Coaching, and University of the People for a Bachelors in Community and Public Health. With joining Thrive, she hopes to continue on the path of holistic and integrative wellness with learning more, and possibly in the future being able to practice and help others, with her main goal to one day become a practitioner. Each day to her is a learning experience that she is eager to approach and excited to meet all of our clients!

Melissa Smith

Front Desk Supervisor

Melissa is certified in medical coding and transcription. She worked in the ER at Geisinger Wyoming Valley as a Senior Registration Representative for 5 years and then transferred to the Geisinger Kingston Clinic before joining Thrive as a Front Desk Supervisor.

Brooke Evans

Office Associate

Brooke joins Thrive Wellness Center with several years of marketing experience and a sincere motivation to help people. She currently has volunteered in a local fire department for the past 7 years, and looks forward to helping our clients in any way she can.

PRACTITIONERS
Peter Amato Ph.D., DNM

Board Certified Doctor of Natural Medicine, Mind Body Medicine & Integrative Health Sciences

Realizing that a new model for healthcare was needed, Peter founded and presides over the Inner Harmony Wellness Centers. Devoted to delivering a whole person, whole care, health and wellness model that combines the best of conventional medicine with alternative modalities such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, biofeedback, nutritional assessments and counseling.

Peter has founded many companies including: Inner Harmony Group and Harmony Spa and Retreat. He was also Managing Partner of Integrative Life Centers. Peter was co-founder and past chair of the National Integrative Medicine Council and has worked closely with the American Cancer Society and the Center for Disease Control.

Peter is an international lecturer who travels extensively. For nearly two decades Peter has worked as a transformational consultant with organizations and groups in four key areas: education, healthcare, recovery and addiction and corporate.

Peter continues to work as a Doctor of Mind Body Medicine & Integrative Health at his practice, Harmony Mountain Center for Well-Being in Pennsylvania, and Inner Harmony Wellness Center in the Caribbean and has now joined Thrive Wellness Center.

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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.

Jessica Clark, MRP

Certified Medical Reflexologist

Driven by a passion for wellness, nutrition and fitness, Jessica has pursued and garnered great success in several health related areas. As an established entrepreneur, founding an extremely successful business designing and selling unique houses and accessories for dogs, she added Reflexology and Reiki therapy to her repertoire. After completing the International Academy of Medical Reflexology program, the only licensed reflexology program in the US, she founded NEPA Reflexology. Jessica offers therapy to help clients in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area improve nerve function. Highly praised for her healing techniques and hands-on knowledge, Jessica offers affordable prices and integrative, blended health science through which an exercised pressure is applied to reflex areas for relaxation and stress reduction.

Dane Doornbos, HHP

Holistic Healthcare Practitioner

Dane has spent more than 15 years in health and humanities. He started with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis on clinical practice. He then went on to begin his medical career as a Physician Assistant and completed a post-graduate residency in Surgery. He spent the vast majority of his career working in trauma centers in the surgical subspecialty of Neurosurgery. Throughout his continuing career he felt called to help guide people to a path of wellness. Dane turned his attention to alternative methods to help achieve this for himself and others. Through his own health struggles he gained a new respect of the power of these methods and became a student of holistic teachings. As a Holistic Practitioner Dane provides holistic wellness exams and much more for his clients. He is a certified Holistic Health Care Practitioner by the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine. Dane considers himself a perpetual student and never stops learning. He is currently completing further certifications to expand his offerings to his clients.

Nancy Micocci, LC

Licensed Cosmetologist

Nancy has played an integral part in the beginnings of Thrive Wellness Center, LLC. and started offering spiritual services at the center in 2013. 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.

Damian Miller - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Damian Miller, CCH

Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

www.anewhopehypnosis.com

When Damian was 14, he experienced his first miracle. Growing up in a religious family, he had heard about miracles, but on that summer day in 1994, he witnessed a truly powerful transformation for the first time. He watched in awe as a girl, who had been phobic of heights ten minutes prior, rappel down 120-foot cliff, willingly and confidently. This was a miracle to him because on their way up to the cliff, she was shivering, shaking, and crying. The cause of this transformation? Hypnotherapy. His rock climbing teacher had hypnotized her and helped her to overcome her fear.
Witnessing first-hand someone being cured of a phobia by hypnosis was a pivotal moment in Damian’s life. Soon thereafter, he began to devour everything he could on hypnosis. Damian read everything he could get his hands on, and he asked his teacher to show him what to do.

Damian is still fascinated by hypnosis. As he builds his practices in Philadelphia he continues to study and expand his horizons with new teachers, methods, training, seminars, and workshops. Damian holds certifications from Bucks County Community College and the Institute of Hypnosis Sciences, and is also certified under the American Council of Hypnotists Examiners.

Hypnosis allows him to tap into his natural strengths and passions: the desire to help people, the ability to be present and listen, and his creative problem-solving skills. He had helped people quit smoking, lose weight, settle emotions, and gain focus and personal power.

Damian believes in our ability to heal ourselves. He believes that, within us, we each have everything we need in order to be well, healthy, and vibrant. Through hypnotism, the power of engaging the full self – speaking directly to the great self that lies beneath the surface he helps his clients realize the power within themselves.

Kristin Sepela
Kristin Sepela, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner

Kristin Sepela studied massage therapy and bodywork at Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center, in Springville, Pa. She specializes in Swedish Massage, Therapeutic Massage and is also a Reiki level ll practitioner. Her intuition allows her to listen to and respond to her client’s needs, bringing a balance to their mind, body, and soul.

Previously Kristin had worked side by side with leading chiropractic health professionals in the area. They combined both modalities to create a flow that fit each client’s needs. She also earned a B.L.A in Organizational Communications from Bloomsburg University in 2010.

While on her own healing journey, Kristin discovered her love for crystals and became a self-taught jewelry designer. She is currently continuing her journey and studying to be an Intuitive Healer.

Kristin firmly believes that our time on this beautiful earth is precious and being able to spend it helping others is truly an amazing gift.

Rich Garufy

Reiki Master

Rich is a certified Usui Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher. He has a bachelor’s degree in Education and Human Development from Binghamton University, and helping people has been a constant in his life. Although he loves that most of his working life has been teaching children, Reiki has led him to Thrive where he can help more people heal.

He’s currently taking Holistic Health Care Practitioner classes to become a certified health care practitioner, as well as studying to be an emotional clearing coach so he can help people heal in mind, body, and spirit. He is constantly learning new things and enjoys passing his knowledge to his clients so they can have the tools to make a positive impact in their lives and not simply survive but to Thrive!

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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
Wayne Wolfe
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.