MASSAGE THERAPISTS

Owner - Nicole Ledbetter L.M.T

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Senior Therapist - Gladys Ayala L.M.T

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  Gladys began her educational journey at Irene’s Myomassology Institute, graduating in 2008. As a licensed professional with 11 years of hands-on experience, she remains a strong, highly skilled therapist who strives to improve and prolong the overall health of every client that she sees.  Her greatest strengths lie in her progressive treatment plans for pain, ability to deliver outcome, deep tissue work, and her gentle, nurturing personality. Gladys enjoys utilizing the ancient Chinese practice of cupping in addition to kinetic release techniques, sports massage, and deep tissue work. Her goal for every session is for her clients to leave feeling better than when they came in and for them to find improved mobility as a result of massage therapy, no matter what their age or physical type.

Senior Therapist - Donna Rector L.M.T

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Donna completed her massage therapy training at Irene's Myomassology Institute in 2010.  With 9 years of experience comes some special qualifications in which include: Reiki master, Usui Reiki (4th degree lineage from Hawayo Takata). Donna feels as if the best part of her job is helping her patients feel better while being able to contribute to their health and well being. Donna chooses to stay healthy by drinking celery juice, smoothies and plenty of water. She also enjoys swimming, stretching, daily walks and cooking from scratch while using healthy ingredients. She is most passionate about music, the healing arts and her dog, Gracie.

Bridgette Burley L.M.T

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Bridgette is a graduate of Irene’s Myomassology Institute and desires to advance her skills in massage that is medically therapeutic. She currently works in secondary education as a health and physical education teacher. Bridgette was drawn to massage therapy as a result of her background in exercise science.  Bridgette’s massage experience has been centered around working sporting events, triathlons and most recently with a professional sports team. Her massage interests include Sports, Orthopedic, Thai and Therapeutic Stretching techniques.  It is her plan that under the guidance of AHH, she will be able to transition into a more permanent massage career. Bridgette enjoys being physically active and a nice quiet place to read. She loves to travel and create new experiences. Combined with her progressing massage skills, Bridgette is eager to be a valued asset to AHH and its surrounding community.

Jennifer Clackett L.M.T

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  Jennifer attended Everest Institute in Dearborn, MI. She was in a 9 month long Massage Therapy program and competed her graduation in 2014.  One of her goals as a Massage Therapist is to raise awareness on the benefits massage can have physically and emotionally. Her favorite type of modailty to use in her sessions is aromatherapy because of all the benefits that different aromas and/or combination of aromas provide. Her favorite part about being a Massage Therapist is knowing that she is helping her clients have a little peace of mind all while having some time to themselves. While she is still working on her eating habits, she does go to the gym on a regular basis and likes to go for walks on nice days with her children. 

Devin Crawford L.M.T

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Devin came to us after completing his education in massage therapy at Schoolcraft college and gaining experience at several different work settings over his 4 years practicing as a massage therapist. Devin has a heavy hand and laser focus but don’t let that make you shy away, he can employ a lighter touch as well. Over his 4 years of experience Devin has fine tuned his skill set. Using tmodalities like MET (Muscle Energy Techniques), ART (Active Release Techniques), trigger point therapy, and myofascial release just to name a few.  Much like our senior therapist Gladys Ayala, Devin shares a passion and specialization in prenatal massage and women's health. Devin is also a newly trained doula and is looking forward to seeing what a calm and constructive masculine energy has to offer laboring mothers in the delivery room.  Devin spends his days with his wife Samantha and their three beautiful daughters. When not with his family, Devin spends his time bettering his health via long walks with his dog Honey, weight lifting, and spending time in the ring as Devin is also a professional wrestler. 

Nicole Korbal L.M.T

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Emily Ewing L.M.T - Seattle

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Emily graduated from Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy in Seattle in May of 2017 and has been working for Advanced Holistic Health since. Having spent the last two years working on a variety of clientele from professional athletes to office workers, she is highly motivated to use her knowledge and skillset to ensure each client receives treatment specially catered to their individual needs. Whether its using deep tissue relaxation, sports massage and myofascial release, Emily’s goal for every session is for you to “Feel like you can go and conquer your world. Or punch a bear, whatever makes you feel more awesome”. 

Rebecca Blackburn L.M.T - Seattle

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Yoga Instructors

Mckenzie Beatrice

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McKenzie is an RYT 500 Yoga Therapist extern in the Beaumont Integrative Medicine Department. She treats clients with Yoga Therapy here at Advanced Holistic Health as our resident Yoga Therapist. As a Reiki level l & ll practitioner, Mckenzie offers Chakra/Energy balancing sessions, to help one understand their universal energy better. Since receiving her RTY 200 in 2015, she has taught the Little Yogis class at Yoga for peace (a non profit organization) which inspired her to start her own non profit, an outdoor sunset mediation club (Prana Mediation Club) where all ages are welcome. Mckenzie is also deeply passionate about sound therapy and hosts a Yoga Nidra with sound therapy class here at Advanced Holistic Health on Saturday mornings. She also is known for hosting drum circles & sound therapy sessions in the Detroit area. McKenzie’s goal is for clients to enjoy the practice of yoga, & embrace the breath and motion connection. “We all get caught up in the hectic everyday life. Yoga helps us to re-center and balance ourselves while achieving inner peace.”

Cecelia Bencher

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Cecelia discovered yoga in her early 20’s. Her martial arts training led her to research Bhakti yoga (the practice of inner devotion), she developed an affinity with it’s wisdoms and continues it’s practices today. She began training to advance and expand her studies with focus on the Spiritual aspects of yoga, transformative meditation, breathwork (Pranayama), and Qi Gong. In 2011, she began teaching Hatha Yoga in training that honors the Iyengar style. Her classes are filled with the teachings of balance in all aspects of the self, in each posture.  Her constant study and experience has gained her several various certifications, allowing her to be exceptional in sharing these practices with diverse and underserved populations. She enjoys helping students customize routines that ease the pains of the physical, mental and spiritual bodies. Whether practicing with her for a moment or a lifetime, she strives to impart the tools you need to enjoy your journey toward your greatest self. Cecelia is also a wife of 19 years and a mother of two boys.

Mary Ivey Suiter

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Mary has been practicing yoga for many years and teaching yoga for the last 15 years. She completed

her yoga teacher training at Rising Sun Yoga and has since been a member of Yoga Alliance. Her classes

often incorporate a blend of yoga poses, meditation, and healing to strengthen the body, mind and spirit

and are suitable for all levels. Her kindness and knowledge of holistic studies makes her classes a place

of peace, comfortability, and restoration.

Peg Darnell

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Peg is a certified Reflexologist, Reiki Master Level 2, and Animal Reiki Practitioner. She started her own yoga journey at 55 years old in 2007. Initially, just to adapt her own practice, she became a yoga instructor and meditation teacher. She is nationally certified through Yoga Alliance (RYT 2009), achieving ERYT status (1,000+ teaching hours) in 2011 and YACEP (teacher’s teacher for continuing education) in 2016. To date, she has spent thousands of hours teaching and specializing in adapting the practice to allow everyone to find a practice that fits their individual needs, regardless of physical challenges. Areas of specialization include arthritis (OA and RA); cancer warriors, survivors and thrivers; replaced joints; chronic pain; and stress reduction. Since retiring from a corporate day job in 2017, Peg has been making Reiki-infused bracelets in various minerals, crystals and metals, with a table at various art shows, special trade events, and outdoor markets/fairs. She enjoys spending her free time riding her bike, walking her dog at a local nature trail, or rustic camping.