Mandy Lubas, OTR/L, C-IAYT, AWC

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetMandy Lubas, OTR/L, C-IYAT, AWC is a Holistic Occupational Therapist who is graduate of Quinnipiac University in 2001. She has been in the field of medicine since 2001 working with people of all ages. She is certified in Sensory Integration, trained in Craniosacral Therapy, a Registered Yoga Therapist and graduate of Kerala Academy as an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor. Her certification as a Panchakarma Technician allows her to provide 5 therapeutic Ayurvedic manual therapies for specific pathologies, for the reduction of pain, for overall stress reduction, and to manage orthopedic injuries for any given athlete. Currently she works as a Holistic Occupational Therapist, is a mentor and educator for occupational therapy students and professors in holistic therapies. She also teaches yoga, co-teaches workshops, and assists in building community of conscious living. She has presented at conferences for MAOT and at local colleges throughout the Boston area to educate practitioners, students, teachers, and colleagues on her passion of merging Yoga and Ayurveda into the medical community. She has been published in OTAdvance Magazine where she writes about her personal experiences in her own healing journey and the work she provides with her clients using these holistic approaches.

Kristen Harte, NP

kristen_bio_smKristen is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Women’s Health. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1987 from West Chester University and a Master’s degree from The University of Pennsylvania in 1990. She has been in the field of medicine since 1987. She embarked on her holistic path over 10 years ago for her own health and well-being. She is a Reiki master, a certified Acutonics practitioner and is certified in Body-Feedback with essential oils. She also practices astrology and other forms of energy medicine such as Shamanism and Intuitive Plant Medicine. Kristen has taught workshops in meditation, energy medicine, essential oils, and Munay-Ki Rites within the community. Currently she is taking a 200-hour yoga teacher training to further enhance her ability to integrate the mind-body-spirit for herself and her clients. Her medical background combined with her holistic modalities offer her patients a unique approach to healing. Her goal is to empower her patients to tap into their own abilities to heal and find balance in their lives. Kristen treats women, men, and children of all ages in her holistic practice.


Michelle Sedgwick, NBCRT, B.S. Ed.
National Board Certified Reflexology Therapist 


Following a seven-year career teaching public school, Michelle furthered her passion to help others and trained to become a certified Massage Therapist and Board Certified Reflexologist.

While studying massage therapy and bodywork, she became interested in Reflexology, the ancient healing art of working through specific points on the feet. This self-healing art allows the body to relieve tension, improves circulation, and lymphatic flow helping to detoxify the body. Clients realize a physical and emotional balance and an overall state of wellbeing.

Treatments can help with symptoms such as migraines, fertility issues, muscular-skeletal and pain, anxiety, and of course, issues with the feet. In Michelle’s words, “Reflexology restores balance, and you don’t have to feel unwell to benefit from a treatment as it is extremely relaxing. I personally work intuitively feeling for tension in the feet and utilizing holds to assist people in letting go.”

Per Diem Staff Member to Holistic Therapies 4 Life

Kelley Annese

KelleyAnnese Kelley has been teaching Yoga & Meditation on the North Shore since 2006. Over the years she has taught classes in hospitals, schools, corporations, yoga studios and private settings. She is deeply connected to teachings and practices of classical yoga and meditation, while also infusing contemporary practices for optimal health and healing in her classes and private sessions.

Kelley strives to effectively transmit the transformative effects of Yoga to her students on all levels of the self: physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual. Her yoga classes are taught with precise attention to alignment and mindfulness.

Beginner & Intermediate level Integral Yoga Teacher
Integrated Yoga Therapy Teacher Certification, Level 1
Certified Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher
Certified Low Back Care Practitioner under the guidance of Dr. Loren Fishman through
Associate Polarity Practitioner Certification
Reiki 1 & 2 certified
Thai Massage certifed, Level 1

Nicole Driscoll

NicoleDriscolNicole’s journey of yoga began when she was a Dance major at The University of Massachusetts and during her studies she attended a holistic- healing dance retreat. While she was there, she was introduced to yoga, meditation, and massage as a way to increase flexibility and strength, and also as a way to reduce tension and open up the body in order to become a more dynamic dancer and performer. Through that experience she also began to understand the body’s capacity for self-healing both physically and emotionally through yoga and body work. After graduating college and spending 4 years in NYC studying dance and performing, she decided to continue her studies in yoga as well as become a Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki 2 practitioner. She has been a Licensed MT for 17 years and through her work with her clients relieving their daily stress and injury, she has become more convinced of the power and necessity of yoga. She believes that it is an incredible tool that can be used to heal the body and mind!

Nicole is a graduate of the yogaspirit® 200-hour teacher training program and is currently continuing her studies with workshops and philosophy study groups. Her teaching style promotes a non-competitive and healing atmosphere that focuses on technique, proper form and alignment, and injury prevention. Her yoga styles include flow, form, and restorative. She promotes the use of props and assists to allow the body to relax deeper into the poses. She also adds elements of essential oils, gentle massage, and some meditation to help the students to have a more centered and grounded connection to their body and mind. She wants every student to leave class feeling 100 percent better than when they arrived… feeling revitalized, relaxed, and in tune to their body, mind and spirit!

Carolyn Austin

Carolyn2Carolyn is certified in 100 hours through Yogaspirit® studios and 200 hours certified in Pathways Yoga Systems. She has been an occupational therapist since 1975 and would like to incorporate yoga into her career. Carolyn’s journey with yoga began in 2005 to help heal her emotional pain from family loses. This emerged into self-discovery allowing her to heal on many levels. With these two certifications her teaching style is geared to a wellness/therapeutic based class with the attention to follow alignment in a mindful manner. This allows her students to connect to their body and mind for self and spiritual awareness. As a yoga teacher and occupational therapist she understands the physiology of the body and can modify each pose according to a student’s specific physical condition that may attend her class. Carolyn wants to share her passion for yoga at unique facilities where rehabilitation and wellness are combined as an approach to healing.


Demystifying Craniosacral Therapy

Making a case for a nontraditional therapy in mainstream OT practice.
By Mandy Lubas, OTR/L, RYT
March 19, 2014

Two Sister Sciences

Ayurveda and yoga work their way into mainstream medicine.
By Mandy Lubas, OTR/L, RYT
December 10, 2013

How Feeling with an Open Heart Can Create Healing

OTs can teach their clients to feel, to be free, and then to heal
By Mandy Lubas, OTR/L, RYT
August 28, 2013

CAM: Not So Alternative Anymore

Holistic healing research supports efficacy in OT practice.
By Mandy Lubas, OTR/L, and Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L
June 10, 2013

Yoga in Healthcare

This column is part II in a two-part series on yoga. Part I provided an overview of the healing principles of yoga and explored the author’s personal experience with yoga; you can read part I “Yoga: A Catalyst for Health and Well-Being”.
By Mandy Lubas, OTR/L, RYT
March 19, 2013

Yoga: A Catalyst for Health and Well-Being

This ancient practice teaches life balance to facilitate peace, good health and harmony with the greater whole.
This column is part I in a two-part series on yoga. Part II will explore how occupational therapy practitioners can incorporate yoga into their practice; you can read part II “Yoga in Healthcare”.
By Mandy Lubas, OTR/L, RYT
February 25, 2013

Light on Holistic OT

By By Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L, and Mandy Lubas, OTR/L
January 17, 2013

Holistic Occupational Therapy

Complementary and alternative medicine is an emerging specialty practice area in the profession Complementary and alternative medicine is an emerging specialty practice area in the profession
By Mandy Lubas, OTR/L, and Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L
September 11, 2012