Janice Walker is a Level 2 Holy Fire Reiki Practitioner and Usui Master practicing since 2012. She was the first Certified Medical Reiki ™ Master in the State of Michigan having been instructed in the Medical Reiki ™ Gold Standards and Best Practices enabling her to take the practice of Reiki into various medical settings including preop, postop as well as the operating room as trained by Raven Keyes Medical Reiki ™ International in November 2016. She is very passionate about Reiki and has a strong desire to share and educate the public about the benefits of Reiki. In January 2018 she joined forces with Tara Moreno in launching The Serenity House Reiki Outreach. She currently holds the position of volunteer coordinator for the outreach organizing a group of certified Reiki practitioners who serve those in need as well as educating the public about the benefits of Reiki in the Genesee County area and beyond. Janice also facilitates a monthly Reiki share at the Life Enrichment Center on the 4th Saturday of the month.
Melissa Franklin has a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and psychology from Oakland University. She is a McLean Meditation Institute certified meditation and mindfulness instructor (CMMI) and received mindfulness-based stress reduction training. Melissa is also a Reiki master and intuitive card reader. After being in the corporate world for over 30 years and feeling the stress associated with that she knew there was more to life. Melissa was introduced to meditation when her daughter was having heart surgery and the surgeon told Melissa that if she didn’t begin meditation she would end up being his next patient and probably wouldn’t survive. Once she experience the benefits firsthand she knew she had to bring the peace of meditation to others. Her desire to help people learn how to calm their minds and reduce stress has been her driving force in wanting to help her students. Melissa believes that meditation is one of the most beneficial practices you can bring into your life and she would love to help you develop your practice so that you can see amazing results and experience peace in your own life too.
Aromatherapy Specialist Marcia Bracken began her journey into Holistic Health in 2014 as the result of unforeseen medical necessities. Essential oil use became a new way of life for Marcia and her family. Having studied Physical Therapy in college, human anatomy and physiology was one thing, but the world of emotions, informed self care and plant-based medicine in order to help heal physical and emotional issues was nothing she had studied, given thought to or even would have accepted as legitimate options.
Now, as an active and lifelong student of Aromatherapy, Emotional Intelligence and Recovery support through essential oil use, Marcia enjoys meeting and working with people to help them come to understand the opportunities available to them too. Teaching and sharing real, effective, sustainable and understandable usage for individuals and families has become her daily profession. Currently she works with juvenile youth in detention facilities, Marcia is able to witness how aromatherapy is highly in reducing, stress, anxiety, anger while also improving sleep, discomfort in this youth population.
Davonna Wallace has been working in media (radio) for the last 25 years. She currently works for Odyssey House’s WFOV 92.1, which is a low power FM radio station that has programming specific for the therapeutic and recovery community here in Flint.
Working in media and communicating with the public, spiritual studies, and creative side has prepared her to open Davonna’s Grace Bayou, which is a successful small craft business. She displays her work on Etsy, a Facebook shop, and is a vendor at holistic fairs across the state. Her Native American culture prepped her for Shamanistic studies, where she studied ancient healing methods and the stories associated with healing. Davonna is now volunteering her time to SHOF’s social media management and helping to develop the drumming for recovery program at SHOF.
Caitlin Darfler has been in recovery for two years and a regular attendee of SMART Recovery meetings for three. She completed her SMART Recovery facilitator training in August of 2018. In the last three years, she has been a regular fill in SMART Recovery Host for facilitators all over Metro Detroit. In April of 2017, she was certified by the CCAR organization as a peer recovery coach. In 2016 she became involved in the incredible community of Flint, Michigan and spoke to numerous people required to attend 12 step meetings, because that was all that was available to them in that area. In honor of Drew Nelson who had passed suddenly, Caitlin decided to bring SMART to Flint as a recovery coach. She lead the SMART meetings at the Community Involvement Center at 932 Beach Street, Flint on Wednesday nights.
A little bit geeky, a little bit cheeky, a little bit domestic diva– Christina Kopka began her recovery journey in 2013. After quickly realizing that the status quo in the recovery world wasn’t her cup of tea, she became an information seeker. This led to her attending many types of meetings, researching pathways & programs and learning all she could about recovery & addiction. She became a SMART Recovery Facilitator in February 2017 and a CCAR Certified Peer Recovery Coach in April 2017. Throughout, she has been an advocate for multiple pathways and choice in recovery, firmly believing that recovery is a process that is as individual & unique as each person. Christina has been an active volunteer in local recovery rallies, speaking at treatment centers and working with the ENGAGE program in Wayne County.
Kristina Pruccoli (E-RYT 500) Kristina is passionate and committed about her work, helping people to learn and evolve. She brings all her knowledge of yoga, fitness, bio-mechanics, meditation, nutrition, education and positive psychology into a mosaic of learning. Kristina is a certified 500-hour level yoga teacher with over 10 years of studying many methods- hatha, vinyasa, anusara, iyengar, along with a comprehensive term at Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. Her purpose is to provide a safe, practical and effective environment for learning.