Alison Hunt, LCMHC, ATR
Alison is an artist, art therapist, and counselor at Open Door. Alison believes in a holistic approach to counseling which addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of each individual she works with. She uses counseling, coaching, and art therapy when applicable, to encourage healing and wellness. Alison works with clients of all ages, on issues which include: self-awareness, parenting, behavioral modification, stress management, anxiety, depression, relationship and communication skills, self-esteem, life transitions, and spirituality. Alison is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Art Therapist. Email Alison here.
Marcia Webster, MA, CPS, SEP
Marcia offers individual therapy, couples counseling and workshops at Open Door for personal and collective change. She works from a perspective that is humanistic, present, open, curious and practical. Her work is grounded in the science of human relationships, autonomic nervous system responses and the universal need for security and attachment. Marcia uses Somatic Experiencing® (body awareness), creativity and expressive arts and Emotionally Focused Therapy to help people transform a range of difficulties rooted in unresolved responses to trauma stuck in their bodies, relationships, hearts and minds. Learn more about Marcia here.
Stefan Grace, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Stefan practices a lineage of Chinese medicine that combines – within the context of a single clinic visit - tuina (Chinese medical massage), Craniosacral therapy, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs. Stefan has been studying and practicing this lineage of medicine for over ten years.With over a decade of experience in Chinese manual medicine, and an ongoing dedication to training the internal martial arts as medicine for both himself and his patients, Stefan brings a well-rounded approach to his medical practice. He utilizes a variety of modalities to take full advantage of the breadth and flexibility of traditional Chinese medicine. Email Stefan here.
Mason Stabler, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Mason is a dedicated advocate for the therapeutic power of Chinese medicine and believes strongly in the benefits of integrative care. Currently, Mason is a Doctoral Fellow at PCOM and soon to be a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. In his practice, Mason uses moxibustion and nutritional counseling alongside acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, to provide the most effective and individualized care possible for each of his patients. He is an avid outdoorsman with a love for hiking, camping, fly-fishing, and anything else that gets him into nature. Mason belongs to the Vermont Acupuncture Association and is an active member of the Board of Directors for the Himalaya Project, a nonprofit working to establish a school of traditional medicine in Dolpo, Nepal. Email Mason here.
Cicely Conway, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Cicely Conway is an acupuncturist, massage therapist and yoga instructor. Cicely came to the healing arts as a teenager suffering from migraine headaches and has been curious about the body and alternative medicine since that time. Cicely holds a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine (formerly SIOM). She is a licensed acupuncturist in Vermont and Washington state and board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Cicely has been a licensed massage therapist since 2010. Her bodywork modalities include deep tissue massage, myofascial work, Swedish massage and tuina (Chinese Medical Massage). Cicely uses a combination of modalities and approaches in each treatment. She enjoys creating a body of work that is unique to each client and their ever-changing bodies. She has experience treating chronic and acute musculoskeletal conditions, stress, anxiety, depression, prenatal and postnatal conditions. Cicely recently moved from Seattle to the Upper Valley with her husband and two young children.Email Cicely here.
Julie is the newest massage therapist to join our team. Her background as an adventure educator informs her practice by infusing it with the joy of discovery and the spirit of problem-solving. She integrates Swedish relaxation massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, and proprioceptive techniques in her work. During her training, she completed her internship under the tutelage of Kevin Comeau here at Open Door. She enjoys working with all clients, but particularly those who want to improve their daily adventures with freer, more spacious movement.Learn more about Julie here. Schedule an appointment with Julie here.
Ali has a love for healthy and heart warming food that stems from a deep understanding of her own recognition of the way these foods affect her body. Ali is a vegetarian and is passionate about providing food that not only tastes wonderful but leaves you feeling energized, satisfied, and eager to cook the next meal. Ali is a Personal and Small Events Chef, serving the Upper Valley. She provides hands-on educational courses that give people an opportunity to explore personal preferences, restrictions, and dietary needs. Email Ali here.
Joe Sargent is a certified personal trainer and movement teacher who grew up in Vermont. After studying philosophy at Columbia University, Joe’s interest in the transformation of human experience led him to spend the next 7 years exploring physical and mind-body oriented practices that aim to expand the embodied experience through improved movement, body awareness, and overall health. His methods aim to produce greater strength, flexibility, ease of movement, neuromuscular control, improved athletic performance, and a deeper sense of awareness and connection throughout the body. Some of his influences include gymnastics, circus arts (specializing in hand-balancing), the Ido Portal Method, western somatic practices such as Continuum Movement and the work Moshe Feldenkrais, as well as principles and techniques from martial arts and modern dance. Joe works with his clients to achieve their goals, no matter where they are in their own process of transformation. He believes the most valuable things he has to teach come from his own embodied experience - the skills, physical attributes, and internal qualities of awareness and kinesthetic sensitivity that he has developed over the years. Email Joe here.
Laura Curthoys, BFA, MA
Laura is a dancer and teacher from Buffalo, NY. She has performed in concert and commercial dance companies throughout the United States and the world, and has taught master classes in modern and jazz both at home and abroad. Laura has extensively studied various dance idioms and works to bring technique and body awareness together in her students in a way that benefits their practice and person. Her experience teaching and training in Pilates has added a layer to her teaching, encouraging all students to work in safe and proper anatomical alignment, and strengthening the mind-body connection to nurture more complete and expressive movement. Email Laura here.
Landon is a long-time meditator and a trained teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion through the Center for Mindfulness, UC-San Diego. A student of qiqong, Landon is currently training for teacher certification with Lee Holden, an award winning American qigong master, at the Santa Cruz Chi Center. Email Landon here.
Lisa Varno, RYT, MMEd
Lisa holds a Bachelors of Music Education and Masters of Music Education with over a decade of teaching experience in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania public schools. She expanded her repertoire to include yoga and mindfulness and transitioned from public school teaching to offer music, yoga, and meditation classes on Martha’s Vineyard. She recently relocated to Vermont and created a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction curriculum for participants at Confluence Behavioral Health, a wilderness therapy retreat center in Thetford, VT. Lisa is continuing her studies at the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School and offers music, yoga, and mindfulness classes in the Upper Valley, where she is currently based. Email Lisa here.
Nick Doolittle has been practicing psychotherapy since 2006. His clients have come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, ranging in age from five to over one-hundred years old. In 2006, he began providing meditation instruction to beginners in a therapeutic setting. Since then, he has led retreats, groups, and workshops oriented towards newcomers to meditation and mindfulness practice. In 2010 he published an introductory guide to meditation (see publications). He has taught classes on mindfulness and hospice care through the Institute for Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. For more information about Nick visit his website. Email Nick here.