Practitioners

We are a holistc group of practitioners working together  in the healing arts

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April Bodette
Maple Woods Mind/Body Wellbeing 

April is a native Vermonter with decedents from Canada and Ireland. April enjoys gardening, maple sugaring, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, hiking, and swimming as some of her outdoor wonders.  She grew up finding connections with horses and became an equestrian. April trained horses and gave riding lessons to younger folks with the same passion. Through the body, April found how the mind and body have a way to create connection, trust, safety, and communicate with these animals.  She relates this unspoken art form with her Somatic based mental health counseling and Yoga. 

April holds a Master's in Science degree from Springfield College and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Clinician in private practice. She is a consultant with our local Head Start pre-school program and finds joy in helping children and staff find their subtle bodies to make connection, trust, and safety as a way that communicates a healthy learning environment. April works with ages from prenatal birth to adulthood, of all genders, abilities, disabilities, cultures, foster children, adoption, and socioeconomic differences. April continues her education in trauma-informed, attachment, and parent-child relationship-building psychotherapy. 

April is also trained in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and blends her mental health counseling career with Yoga.  April has studied for six months with PRYT and continues. 

April has a strong intuitive sense and can hold space to explore the mind-body connection and find answers at one's own pace. 

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Alicia Houghton
Earthbound Wellness

Alicia Houghton, owner of Earthbound Wellness, recently decided to dedicate her career helping others find peace, tranquility, and healing through alternative modalities. Alicia previously practiced as a Registered Nurse for over a decade, dedicated to promoting health and wellness. Her practice of Reiki throughout this time has sparked her passion for holistic healing and wellness through her own healing journey,  

Alicia recently completed her 200 hour yoga teaching certification from Inspired Yoga, LLC in Newport Vermont. She has been practiced yoga for eleven years, helping her connect her body and mind, and is excited to share it with others at the beautiful space provided by Commonplace, LLC. Alicia completed a sound healing certification in the summer of 2022 using Tibetan singing bowls instructed by Kirk Jones of Evolvlove Sound Therapy. Most recently, Alicia attended a Lomi Lomi Massage training where she was immersed in Hawaiian culture and spirituality, instructed by Patti Miller of Hawaiian Healing Arts. As of late, Alicia continues her studies to become a Holistic Health Practitioner while she continues her education. She is excited to incorporate her previous and newly gained knowledge to share these wonderful modalities with you on your healing journey.

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Shelby Budziak
Mystical Muse Holistics

Shelby is originally from Daytona Beach, Florida, but she was raised in northern Vermont. After spending time in various places on the east coast throughout her young adulthood, Shelby settled back into the Northeast Kingdom to develop her ever-deepening connection to the natural and spiritual world. 
Shelby studied at Northern Vermont University, and took a variety of health & wellness and pyschology courses. She is a certified and fully insured massage and Reiki practitioner since 2019. She has also completed the 600 hour Esthetician program at O'briens Aveda Institute in Williston, Vermont. She plans to become licensed and expand her practice with these services later this fall. Currently, she is studying to become an End-of-Life Doula. 
In her free time,  Shelby loves hiking and being in nature. She enjoys reading, learning, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Practitioners

We are a holistc group of practitioners working together  in the healing arts

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Michelle Thomas
The Kneaded Space

Michelle has been a state-licensed massage therapist for over 16 years. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she graduated with a certificate in therapeutic massage therapy with over 800 hours of clinical experience from the Wellness and Massage Training Institute in 2006. 

At the age of 20, she survived a stroke while studying Spanish at the University of Iowa. After conventional western medicine failed to address all her needs, she knew there had to be something more integrative and holistic, which led her to massage therapy. 

The Kneaded Space is her vision of a mind, body, and spirit approach to wellness to promote healing, peace, and increased quality of life. She specializes in myofascial release, trigger point therapy, sports massage, Swedish, cupping, and offers hot stone therapy along with other modalities. Highly intuitive, she is also a Reiki master. 

Her goal: tailor each session to the client’s needs by addressing them as a whole to live the best life possible.

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Kristy Scott
Krystalline Earth Restorative Healing

Kristy embraces all of humanity and welcomes all beings with loving compassion. Her dedication is all in service to your holy sacred empowerment & truth. This work is a remembrance of your soul’s original blueprint. 

A Shamanic practitioner, Medicine Woman & Spirit Weaver, Kristy knows the ways of the old, she is a keeper of the earth.

From a young age she could perceive the other worldly realms and spent most of her time in the forest. She is the 6th generation of a very special piece of land in northern Vermont, the first stewards of this land were the Abenaki. This sacred land and the otherworldly realms shaped her into the person she is today. Shamanism and earth based ritual feel like home to her because of the inherent connection to something greater. Kristy's purpose is to bridge the gap between science and magic using the quantum field & earth as a direct mirror. Through understanding the innate connection between our mind, body and spirit we can start to work with the energetic flow of abundant success and health. 

In addition to her role as a shamanic practitioner, Kristy is certified in a two year program with the Gaia School of Healing & Earth Education, with a concentration in Herbalism and Plant Spirit Medicine .  She is also a practitioner in the Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki tradition. She has taken part in many miscellaneous energy & holistic workshops about the physical body, the energetic body, breath, sound, the quantum field, gut health, nutrition, trauma, the vagus nerve and the lymphatic system. Kristy is also a proud mother of a 27 year old rising Son. 

For more information on what Kristy offers : www.krystallineearthealing.com 

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Cristina Malanga
Yoga Instructor

Cristina has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She holds two 200-hour yoga certifications and a 300-hour mindfulness certification. Cristina meets her students where they are at and encourages slowing down and focusing on the breath. All bodies are different and all bodies can participate is some form of practice. Cristina is dedicated to her own practices and growth and enjoys swimming, being in nature, dancing, and cooking. She currently works in the school system as a well-being coach and is committed to continued learning and wellness.

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Meredith Whitney
Yoga Instructor

The class I will offer is called "Align and Restore". This is a gentle class great for people new to yoga. I use props and modifications to make yoga available for every body. We will work on body awareness, alignment, and balancing the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Meredith started having a regular yoga practice in 2014 when she joined an Iyengar studio in Montana. She fell in love with the use of props to make yoga accessible to all bodies. Meredith has a very mild form of ataxic cerebral palsy and yoga has helped her build strength, flexibility, and balance. More than that, she appreciates yoga as a way of understanding her body better. Meredith's classes include elements of Iyengar, Yin, restorative, Anusara, and Hatha yoga. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Arhanta Yoga Ashram in the Netherlands. Meredith is an educator at Northern State Correctional Facility. She enjoys tarot, dreamwork, being outdoors, and unstructured downtime with her beloved cat, Raj.