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.
Cicely Conway, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Acupuncture, Massage, Yoga Instructor
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.
Aerial Yoga Instructor
Dana Hurley is a Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, Shamanic Reiki Practitioner and holds a B.A. in Fine Art from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She recently moved to the area last fall from Pennsylvania with her young daughter and fiancé. She found the benefits of aerial yoga and barefoot massage helped speed up her recovery from giving birth and martial arts injuries. She is licensed in New Hampshire for massage and holds certifications in Sarga bodywork, Advanced Ashiatsu Deepfeet Therapy, Myofascial release, Cranial Fascial Therapy, Thai massage, and Orthopedic assessment. She holds a second degree black belt in Kenpo and is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. She is certified in Transcend Aerial Yoga and is finishing her training as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute. She uses her massage background in her approach to her yoga classes because she believes the best healing is done by the individual. She is excited to be welcomed onto the Open Door team and looks forward to contributing to the healing atmosphere any way she can. For more information, email Dana here.
Holle is a C-IAYT, and E-RYT 500 certified Yoga Therapist who studied under the guidance of master teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll, and Marlysa Sullivan MPT, E-RYT. In addition, Holle is a certified prenatal yoga teacher, certified kids yoga teacher, and has completed an additional 300 hour training with David Emerson at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. Holle designed and directs the Trauma Sensitive Yoga, 20 hour training module for the 500hr therapeutic Center for Integrative Yoga Studies advanced teacher training. Holle is the founder and director of Centering Youth, a yoga service project in Atlanta, that brings yoga and mindfulness to incarcerated youth, incarcerated pregnant women, homeless LGBTQ youth, Refugee youth and women, and women who have been sexually exploited. For more information email Holle here.
Personal Training, Fitness Instructor
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.
Julie’s 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.
Kelly Armbrust, MA
Director of Dance Programming, Dance Instructor
Kelly holds a BA in Dance and an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy. She danced with Anonymity in Charleston, SC and Still Moving Ensemble in Boulder, CO and has taught modern dance in a variety of settings including as an artist-in-residence in public schools. She believes that dance can connect us more deeply to ourselves and our world, and strives to awaken a growing curiosity and authenticity in her students, leading to greater depth and dimensionality in the dance. Contact Kelly via email here.
Massage, Personal Training, Martial Arts Instructor
For the past 21 years he has taught for the massage certificate program at the River Valley Community College. Kevin teaches body awareness classes at the Community College of Vermont as well as continuing education seminars in Vermont and New Hampshire for massage therapists and yoga teachers. Kevin has also practiced and taught traditional Japanese martial arts for three decades and is a certified personal trainer.Learn more about Kevin here.
Laleh Talebian, BS, PhD
Laleh is a research scientist, with a focus in genetics, molecular biology, & food biochemistry. For 5 years after her post-doctoral training, she worked as a clinical research scientist in the transplant program at Norris Cotton Cancer Center, working on immunotherapy for blood cancers & immune disorders. After years of research on disease, she chose a more proactive approach, investing her scientific research training in disease prevention rather than the reactive approach of searching for a cure after the onset of disease. She has dedicated all her energy to lifestyle medicine, behavioral health, & prevention of ailments. She has blended her love of science, genetics, & immunology with her passion for a well-rounded, healthy & athletic lifestyle to promote wellbeing for people of all walks of life. Her vision is: “To create a culture of wellbeing where everyone’s health is everyone’s priority” She founded her health & wellness company in 2010. You can learn more about Dr. Laleh at: https://www.drlaleh.com/ She has a B.S. in Genetics from University of CA Davis and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Dartmouth Medical School. She did a Post-doctoral fellowship in Immunology & Physiology at Dartmouth Medical School. She is an American College of Lifestyle Medicine Certified Health Coach, a World Natural Bodybuilding Federation (WNBF) Certified Athletic Judge, and a Certified Group Fitness Instructor. For more information, email Laleh 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
Mindfulness, Aerial Yoga Instructor
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.
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.
Marie Fourcaut, born in Algeria and raised in France, began her professional dance career in Paris at the age of 16 and has worked with leading international modern dance companies around the world. For nearly 30 years Marie has taught dance, pilates, and yoga to thousands of students of all levels, from novices to professional dancers. Marie brings her passionate presence and intuitive intelligence of the body to all her movement work. For more information email Marie here.
Martial Arts Instructor
Mark Kutolowski has spent a lifetime exploring natural movement, health and bodily disciplines. Mark is a certified Systema instructor and has trained with Systema master Vladimir Vasiliev since 2008. Mark also works as a professional wilderness guide, and has a special interest in the integration of somatic training with our relationship with the natural world. For more information email Mark here.
Mark Mamuszka, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Mark Mamuszka is fully licensed and insured, and is board certified in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is a graduate of the Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, where he earned his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Mark is also a graduate of the Boston Shiatsu School and has trained in multiple modalities of bodywork including: shiatsu, tui-na, Swedish, sport and deep tissue. Additionally, Mark offers personal training services to help clients rehabilitate an injury or to improve their overall fitness levels. His professional interests include the treatment of chronic pain, stress & anxiety, and digestive disorders by integrating acupuncture, herbal medicine, and manual therapy. With over 14 years-experience in massage and oriental medicine, Mark blends eastern and western techniques of diagnostics and therapeutics to create a customized treatment plan. For more information, email Mark 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.
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.
Tai Chi Instructor
Paul is a Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Kung) master with over 30 years of experience teaching and studying Tai Chi for health and martial Tai Chi Chuan. For many years, Paul was an assistant instructor for Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) and Shaolin Chin Na for world-renowned author and tai chi master, Dr. Yang Jwing Ming, founder of Yang’s Martial Arts Association in Boston Mass. He studied Taijiquan and Qigong for several years with Master Ramel Rones while a student at YMAA. Ramel Rones has worked as a Qigong master at Dana Farber as well as Harvard and Tufts medical. Paul is a former winner of the push hands competition at the Taste of China USA Tai Chi championship tournament in Winchester, Virginia. Paul founded Great Bay Tai Chi in 1996 and taught regular classes in the Newburyport and Hamilton Mass areas for many years. These classes are now taught by teachers of Great Bay Tai Chi. Paul currently lives in Woodstock Vermont with his wife Kathy and he teaches tai chi and qigong in Woodstock and White River Junction. For more information, email Paul here.
Peg is active as a choreographer, visual artist and poet. (BA, Smith College; MA in Interdiscplinary Arts, Lesley College; EdD in Arts in Education, Teachers College, Columbia U.) A student of Jose Limon and Merce Cunningham, Peg was principal dancer for ten years with Concert Dance Company of Boston ( a National Touring Company), performing works by Anna Sokolow Gus Solomons Jr., Doris Humphrey and others. During the same period, Peg directed Modern Dance at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts. Peg's choreography has been presented across the Northeast, in Canada and in Europe. After moving to Maine, Peg founded the Moving Spirit Dancers, who performed her work in over 24 churches, art galleries, and community centers across the state; the group was featured on MPBN's Incredible Maine series. Since moving to Vermont in 2012, Peg has continued to create work for the Vermont version of Moving Spirit; the company was recently featured in the Spring Dance Gala, and the Fall Dance Showcase, sponsored by the Vermont Dance Alliance. For more information, email Peg 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.