Our Volunteer Practitioners

Our low-cost, sliding scale services are made possible thanks to an immensely talented corps of licensed and certified holistic practitioners who donate their time and energy at our office each month. We are grateful for each of our volunteer practitioners, as our services to veterans would not be possible without their dedication.

Join our team of Volunteer Practitioners

Amber Gooding

Amber is a licensed massage therapist providing therapeutic massage.

Amy Laramie

Amy is a licensed massage therapist providing therapeutic massage.

Ben Bruckman

Ben is a licensed massage therapist, currently working at the Alternative Clinic in downtown Asheville, where he is apprenticing to expert Chinese Medicine practitioners and working as part of a team passionate about tangible community healthcare grounded in over 2,000 years of wisdom. His passion for healing work comes from a life of intensive journeying, including living in India and ashrams for 2 years. He is constantly striving to deepen his understanding about the nature of healing and wholeness, and the relationship between inner peace and social transformation. This passion brought him to Helios Warriors, where he hopes to become part of a community that is genuinely, and effectively, helping people heal.

Beth Molaro

Beth is a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu(R) practitioner, using light touch to bring the body into harmony and balance since 2004. As a holistic health practitioner, Beth serves as assistant to her clients to gently clear and realign the body’s energies. As the energy flows freely, the body will heal itself from everyday stress. Jin Shin Jyutsu induces relaxation and reduces the effects of stress, improves mental clarity and focus, detoxes the body, increases energy and gently balances the flow of life energy in the body. Benefits extend well beyond hands-on sessions with the practitioner, as clients are taught the application of self-help geared toward their individual needs.

Beth’s background as a visual artist, potter, dancer and avid gardener gives her a comprehensive understanding of how the human body is affected by use and abuse. She has reversed years of her own back stress with Jin Shin Jyutsu and, ten years after a partial thyroidectomy, she maintains balanced thyroid function not with medication but with Jin Shin Jyutsu! Her healing work is devoted to helping clients learn how to bring their bodies back to balance through regular treatments and personalized self-help routines to practice at home. Beth’s goal is to help people balance and energize body, mind and spirit, and erase pain and stress so that they can heal and dramatically improve their quality of life.

Beth can be reached at Spiral Way Healing Arts.
bmolaro@earthlink.net or 828-712-0115

Dr. Brian T. Lumb, DC

Dr. Brian has a passion for assisting people to bring their unique gifts to the world. Over the past nineteen years, he has helped thousands in transforming their stress and traumas into ease, vitality, and a life of fulfillment. Graduating Cum Laude from Palmer Chiropractic College in 1995, Brian was introduced to Network Spinal Analysis two years later receiving his first Network Spinal Entrainment from the developer, Dr. Donny Epstein.

In 1998, Brian founded Center of the Universe Network Care in Seattle, WA, which soon became a thriving practice. Since 2004, he has served on the international staff of the Transformational Gate programs and has been on the teaching staff for Wise World Seminars since 2008. After twelve years in practice in Seattle, Brian and his wife, Jenny, took a seven-month sabbatical, traveling the U.S. through 40 states and consulting for other network practices.

Brian and Jenny relocated to Asheville and are passionately sharing their gifts at Nourish & Flourish, a revolutionary new business model which fuses Network Care, a Nia movement studio, and an organic juice and tea bar. Brian is the only staff member of Wise World Seminars to become an adjunct faculty member of a chiropractic college teaching NSA as an elective at Sherman Chiropractic College. Brian has also worked with many high profile clients, including Tony Robbins. An engaging public speaker, Brian’s energetic, informative, and entertaining message inspires his audiences to personal action.

Brian can be reached at Nourish & Flourish. 828-255-2770

Carmela Caruso

Carmela is a Reiki Master Practitioner who uses her natural sense of empathy, intuition, and compassion to create individualized Reiki healing sessions that leave clients feeling relaxed and restored. She spent six years teaching high school English just outside of Boston before deciding to start her life over and move to Western North Carolina. She became a 200 hour yoga instructor in 2013 and, inspired by living-room yoga sessions with her five-year-old niece, a certified children’s yoga instructor in 2014. Daughter to a Vietnam Veteran and former military wife, Carmela feels called to give back to veterans and their families. She has also been deeply impacted by her volunteer work with hospice patients. She is a writer who spends her days in a small town bookstore.

Carmela can be reached at Winged One Wellness Winged One Wellness. 617-512-4603 or wingedonewellness@gmail.com.

Christen Rinaldi

Christen is a Reiki Master Teacher who has provided Reiki sessions for our veterans since May of 2015. In her private practice, she serves many who suffer from trauma, have been diagnosed with PTSD or are in recovery from addiction or other mental health challenges. Her healing philosophy is one of meeting you “where you are” with total acceptance. She honors each client as a teacher on her own journey and seeks to continually grow and positively develop as a fellow human sharing in this experience called “life”.

Christen can be reached at Return To Balance With Reiki.
828-333-7747 or returntobalancewithreiki@gmail.com.

Dr. Donna J. Smith, ND, L.Ac

Donna has a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Acupuncture from Bastyr University, a  MS Exercise Physiology from University of Oregon, and a BS School and Community Health from East Carolina University. She is an Asheville native who loves Western North Carolina. After several years on the West Coast and pursuing degrees in Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture, she returned to Asheville to be closer to family and to serve the Asheville community. Her passion for natural medicine and acupuncture stems from her own pursuit for medical alternatives due to her own health challenges.

Donna can be reached at White Willow Wellness. 828-620-1188 or info@WhiteWillowWellness.com.

Erhard (Eddy) Schoeffmann

Erhard Schoeffmann specializes in advanced therapeutic massage, deep tissue and trigger point therapy while integrating elements of myofascial release, craniosacral and thai modalities. He is certified in vacuum therapy (medical cupping), which he regularly incorporates in his therapeutic practice.

As the deep tissue specialist at the Prama Wellness Center in Marshall, Erhard loves taking part in the personal transformational process facilitated by retreat center settings. His interest in bodywork for trauma led him to volunteer for Helios Warriors. He serves clients in the greater Asheville and Marshall areas through his practice Omega Bodywork.

Erhard graduated from the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga where he received 675 hours of training including 100 hours of Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation.

Erhard can be reached at 828-407-3877 or omegabodywork.com.

Jill Fieldman

Jill is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist who graduated from Miller-Motte Technical College in Conway, S.C., in April of 2013. In 2011, she became certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner with a great respect for Traditional Chinese Medicine. Specializing in the manipulation of the sciatic, back, neck, and shoulders, Jill ensures good pain management. She helps veterans heal with Swedish massage, deep tissue massage and sports/facilitated stretching.  Jill’s healing modalities can restore wholeness in the body, creating a balance with the mind, body and spirit.

Jill can be reached at Vitality Holistic Center. 843-450-7301 or jillfieldman@yahoo.com.

Marnie Brooks

Reiki, “Universal Life Force Energy” in Japanese, is an ancient alternate healing and wellness modality. Using your own bio-magnetic energy (aura) to align mind, body, and spirit through your seven chakras, Reiki balances emotions and relieves symptoms of many health issues. Reiki stimulates the body’s immune system and natural healing abilities, improving general well-being and outlook on life.

It works well in many areas of physical and emotional health, including pre- and postoperative stress, trauma, and assisting with cancer treatment side effects.

Marnie Brooks is a Reiki Master Practitioner trained in Usui Shiki Ryoho founded by Dr. Mikao Usui and a member of IARP (International Association of Reiki Professionals). She is also a photographer, writer, and retired editor.

Marnie can be reached through her websites at spiritmountainreiki.com or marniebrooksphotography.com.

Mark Read-Smith

Mark is a certified Somatic Experience therapist.

Morgan N. Jackson

Morgan is a Registered Polarity Practitioner (RPP) and Board Certified Polarity Practitioner (BCPP) who provides Polarity Therapy for our veterans. He is also a retired physician.

Morgan has practiced Polarity Therapy in Washington, D.C. and Brazil since 2000 and recently moved to Asheville. His approach to Polarity Therapy integrates his training in Internal Medicine, as well as his studies of Egyptian and Chinese energy systems, Matrix Energetics, Quantum Touch, and Usui Reiki Master training. He holds BA and MD degrees from Harvard University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Washington. He practiced general Internal Medicine prior to serving over 21 years in the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service. Morgan is a member of the American Polarity Therapy Association, the International Polarity Education Alliance, the North Carolina Integrative Medicine Society, and the National Medical Association.

Natalie Epstein

Natalie is a licensed massage therapist, yoga teacher, and artist. She provides therapeutic massage for our veterans using Esalen style massage, positional release and reflexology.

Robin Brooks

Robin is a licensed massage therapist who provides relaxing and nurturing therapeutic massage for our veterans. She believes that touch is extremely healing and that human compassion and connection can do great things in the area of trauma recovery.

Reda LaPiano

Reda is a licensed massage therapist who provides therapeutic massage.

Ruth Kent

Ruth is a certified provider of Emotion Code Therapy.

Sally Stuckey, RN LMBT

Sally is a certified Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist who is also a Registered Nurse and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. She completed nursing school in 1980 and completed her massage training in 2005. Sally operated a private bodywork practice in Sanford, N.C. from 2006 to 2014. She became certified in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy in August 2013, and expanded her certification through advanced training to include Cardioceptive Practice in April 2015. She assisted Michael Shea in teaching at Body Therapy Institute in the Summer of 2015. Several of her family members are veterans, and she is excited to serve veterans at Helios Warriors.

Sally can be reached at Asheville Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy  or by email at sally@stuckey.net.

Sarah Fields

Sarah was featured in the Huffington Post as an “Agent of Change.” After receiving her degree in Chinese Medicine, Sarah traveled to the ends of the world giving her knowledge and sharing her heart. She’s visited orphanages, elderly homes, schools, human traffic rescue houses, and has treated families in times of grief, loss and great pain.

When separation occurs in our hearts from betrayal or other life traumas, our fire ‘dims’, and we become joyless. We are the most beneficial when operating in love and happiness. Sarah believes it’s her life’s work to facilitate the healing of ‘separation’ that happens between our hearts and minds by nourishing one’s destiny through all facets of Chinese medicine. This truly brings her the greatest joy in life. The more we enjoy what we are doing, the happier our lives will be. Sarah helps facilitate this through acupuncture, Qi gong/yoga, detox, internal cleansing, natural beauty and meditation. Through these practices she has learned how to be beautiful, BOLD & brave and encourages all beings to reach beyond their self defeating beliefs and into a state of joyful mindful being.

Sarah can be reached at mzfields801@gmail.com.

Scott Marder, MD

Scott is a veteran and certified Hypnotherapist and licensed Psychiatrist. He provides hypnotherapy and meditation techniques to our veterans to help them reduce the effects of PTSD and other anxiety issues.

Stewart Canter

Stewart is a certified Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) Practitioner and licensed counselor. He provides Trauma Resiliency Model therapy for our veterans. His experience as a counselor began by working with at-risk adolescents in public schools and group homes, using Adventure-Based Counseling. He has also worked with adults struggling with domestic violence and custody issues, as well as working in public mental health as a counselor. He became profoundly dedicated to studying, understanding, and treating trauma and PTSD while experiencing the massive effects of trauma himself. Leading researchers have shown that trauma is a biological, medical condition of the nervous system, and not a pathological condition of the mind. He believes learning the wellness skills of the Trauma Resiliency Model, which are aimed at nervous system stabilization, is one of the best interventions available for trauma because it is highly effective, there are no addiction issues, no side effects, and clients can use the skills to help themselves and others.

Stewart can be reached at Operation Pegasus or by email at stewart.canter@gmail.com.

William Booker, DC

Dr. Will is a licensed chiropractor providing gentle and effective care for our veterans. His passion is helping people realize that promotion of health is far better than treatment of disease. Chiropractic improves communication between the brain and body. This gives us the best ability to heal, function and adapt to the stresses of life. A clear nervous system is vital to health and well-being! As a newborn, Dr. Will’s life was saved thanks to a chiropractic adjustment. Today he strives to make that difference count. Dr. Will’s focus is transforming the community by reconnecting families to their God-given healing potential within.

Dr. Will can be reached at River of Life Chiropractic.
828-333-7076 or info@riveroflifechiro.com.