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                                 Team Biographies

         The individuals that make up our team are among the most talented in the industry. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.

                                 Christine Recar, LMT, Life Coach & Doula

Owner , Massage therapist, Life coach,  & Doula .
I have been a licensed massage therapist for almost 11 years, having received my certification from A Gathering Place here in St Louis.. My training is extensive as is my experience.
I am a Reiki master, specializing in Craniosacral therapy , Myofacial release, Somato Emotional release and Medical massage. With a 30 + year medical background I am able                                               to determine your needs easily. I obtained Life Coach training / certification from Compass Global Group in 2010, along with a secondary training / certification from Excalibur Coaching Institute in 2013. 
 I was certified as a Doula after attending the course studies through Missouri Baptist Hospital in 2007. 
 Two of my favorite Quotes are:" Life is what happens while your busy making other plans." John Lennon  " Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" Albert Einstein

                                                                Holly Ohmes, Yoga Instructor

Holly Ohmes was bestowed the title of Yoga Master by the founder of The Spiritual Human Yoga Institute, Master Luong Minh Dang Dasira Narada, Ph. D.  Holly has an ever-evolving personal Yoga practice of over 25 years with an eclectic background.  Teaching Yoga for over 17 years, she has successfully created classes in many expressions & for all ages, such as...Parent & Child Yoga, Yoga for Golfers, Chair Yoga & More, Pranayama: Meditation & Visualization, & a complete Martial Yoga Curriculum for Integrated Martial Arts.  She has completed teacher training through The Spiritual Human Yoga Institute, Experience Yoga, Progressive Awarness Systems, & The Arthritis Foundation.  Love & Compassion being at the heart of all Holly's internal energy practices. For private Yoga instruction call Holly at 314-814-2185

                                              Cassie Harrison, Yoga Instructor

As a very busy Yogi, I’m always striving to simplify simplify simplify. Yoga helps me notice and give meaning to small things in life. I’ve been practicing yoga for over 18 years; yoga found me in a college classroom as a non-credit course, that I decided to take anyway. Yoga took me hook, line, and sinker. I’ll never forget the day I decided to become a Yoga Instructor, it was a dark and stormy night… okay actually it was a sunny winter day and I decided to teach yoga so that others would benefit from it                                  as I have. 
My favorite quote is "You are not a helpless victim of  your own thoughts, but rather a master of your own mind." – Louise Hay
Cassie Harrison is a 200-hour Certified Yoga Instructor. She received her instruction through Urban Breath Yoga in Saint Louis taught by Dr. Jaime Sanchez. In her yoga practice, Cassie employs numerous styles of Sivananda Yoga complimented by various other styles of Hatha Yoga.
Cassie incorporates the words of Swami Vishnudevananda into her teaching philosophy..."Health is wealth, peace of mind is happiness, Yoga shows the way."

                                                Barbara Stout, Yoga Instructor

Barbara Stout started her journey to Yoga looking for a way to keep in shape and restore flexibility after a back injury, then discovered that Yoga was much much more than mere exercise.  Starting out in Astanga and Power Yoga inspired by Beryl Bender Birch, brought a true understanding of how important breath and alignment are to the body.
Practicing yoga for over 20 years, Barbara is a 200+ hour certified teacher, studying under Dr. Jaime Sanchez,  founder of West-East Natural Healing, the oldest teacher training program in St. Louis in the Hatha discipline of Sivananda Yoga.  Barbara’s teaching style is based on the traditions of Astanga, Vinyasa flow and Hatha Yoga and brings together meditation, pranayama, core movement and physical awareness to every aspect of yoga practice.
In Barbara’s classes, you can expect to be met where your abilities lay, and travel through a core enhancing, flowing yoga sequence that is fun and challenging without being overwhelming.  You will learn alignment cues to make all your yoga poses more effective. At the conclusion of class you will come away feeling centered, relaxed and energized.

                                   Thomas M. K. Stratman, ThM

Chaplain Thomas has worked with the military, hospitals and prisons since 1991. His Masters Degree in Theology with special focus on Comparative Theology allows him to help people of diverse belief systems. He works from religious texts spanning both time and distance as well as philosophical text such as the Dao-Teh-Ching and the Dialogs of Plato. His classes and individual spiritual councel here at Breath of Life Health & Wellness Center focus on mindfulness training using the eight limbs of Yoga: Yamas-External Restraints, Niyamas-Internal Restraints/Observances, Asana-Sitting/Postures, Pranayama-Mindful Breathing, Pratyahara-Turning Inward/Withdrawal of Mind from Senses, Dharana-Concentration, Dhyana-Meditation, and Samadhi-Spirituality/Bliss.
Thomas can be reached at 314-603-8311

              Jaime Sanchez, ND Yoga Instructor/ Natruropath Physician

Jaime Sanchez, ND started practicing Yoga at the age of 8 and became a Yoga instructor in Venezuela in 1967. He has learned the Solar, Iyengar and Sivananda methods through various courses in North America, South America and Spain and has extensively studied the Yoga philosophy and Sanskrit language. He is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher (500 hours), founder of a number of Yoga and Wellness centers in Venezuela, and America and has established the East-West Natural Healing, Inc.. Jaime taught Yoga for almost 10 years at Saint Louis University and Christian Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri and has become an international lecturer in Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, China and the USA. Jaime runs the oldest 
Jaime has been a naturopath since 1995.  He studied acupuncture in mainland China with Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is an East West Natural Healing, Inc. International lecturer in Spain, Mexico, Venezuela China and the USA. C0ntact him at 503-810-6708 for an appointment and consultation.

                                         Kristen Banocy, Yoga Instructor

Kristen’s love and appreciation for the power of movement first came through dance. She has been studying many styles for 22 years and is currently a member of Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company. She found yoga while in college and quickly fell in love with the way the practice centered both the body, and, more importantly, the mind.
She became a yoga instructor with the hope of sharing with                        others the healing power of yoga that she continues to experience daily.


                                                        Jeffery Hoffman, DC  
Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman is a 1997 graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic.  He is a former Teacher of Anatomy for 2 St. Louis massage schools and a former teaching staff member for Bio-Geometric Integration (BGI), a leading edge Model of Chiropractic.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Missouri – Rolla and worked as an engineer for 8 years before going to Chiropractic School.   "Chiropractic changed my life!  My goals are to bring the same qualities that I experienced in my healing to my clients.  This means healing, education, compassion, and commitment.  I hope to offer in service that which people are looking for and goes beyond normal health care."
You can reach Dr. Hoffman at  314-721-9900,  

                                                 Jerry Foster, LMT   
Jerry Foster, LMT graduated from the Healing Arts Center in May of 2010.  He opened White Buffalo Massage, LLC in June of the same year.  Jerry is nationally certified by NCBTMB, and is also certified by the state of Missouri.  He offers Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, Myofascial release, and Reiki.     He recently took a Continuing Education course in hot stone massage and now offers that as an optional addition to his massage at White Buffalo. 
Jerry believes that the body itself has great healing powers, and that massage can help to begin the process of allowing the body to heal.  
Massage works well with traditional medicine to heal the body and provide some much needed relaxation.
Jerry has always been the person that gave a back massage or neck rub to friends and church members and was constantly being told he should be a massage therapist.  He finally decided to go back to school and use the talents and gifts God had given him.
Jerry’s happily married and the father of two fine young men. He loves to do crafts of all types and lately have gotten back into doing leather crafts.  He loves to cook for his family and larger groups at church. For an appointment.You can contact Jerry directly at 314-346-1325

                                                 Randy Jones, LMT 
 •  I am a Saint Louis area native, trained in Seattle Massage School - Seattle,  WA, primary focus clinical & sports massage, graduated November 1992.
•  I was licensed as Massage therapist in Washington State Dec 1992
•  1994-2006 United States Air Force Reserve medic.
•  1997-2002 Neuromuscular Therapy American Method taught by Judith Delany in St. Louis  & myofascial release at continuing education massage seminars in St. Louis and Seattle.
•  1994-1997 practiced at Hands of Life Myotherapy in Belleville
•  1996-2001 practiced at Ritz Carlton Saint Louis Fitness Club.
•Deployed to Persian Gulf during 2003-2004, continued to practice massage therapy with my fellow deployed military members
•  Fall 2010 became nationally certified massage therapy and bodywork practitioner and took continuing education courses to prepare for Missouri state license.
•  Spring 2011 licensed in Missouri as Massage Therapist. Spring 2012 applied for massage therapy license with state of Illinois. Both seated massage and table massage work are available by appointment.
I provide practical bodywork for balance and flexibility, utilizing a number of techniques which give the client best results possible. Some of the techniques I employ are: observation and analysis, stretching, neuromuscular therapy and trigger point therapy. My analysis takes into consideration my client’s occupation and recreational activities to identify problem areas and provide best plan possible to reduce pain and help restore flexibility and balance.
I can be contacted at 618-792-2875 or at

                                                    Ellen Rowe, LMT

Each of my clients is important to me. I want each to experience the benefits of massage and see firsthand the many ways bodywork can improve one’s sense of health and well being. One need not wait (as I did) to have a minor health issue before exploring complementary wellness therapies. YOU are important. A focus on self-care, with regular massage, is a great way to maintain and improve the way you feel and look.
I received my training from The Healing Arts Center and completion of their 600-hour therapeutic massage program in 2009. I am Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage, and  a member of the ABMP Massage Association. With my many continuing classes in Myofascial Release, Ortho-Bionomy, Reiki, Healing Touch, and Geriatric Massage, I customize your massage to focus on your specific needs.
YOU deserve to feel great. Take time for you and make an appointment.
Call 314 258 1203 or visit my web site

                                                Elaine King, Health Coach

Elaine is a Certified Holistic Health Coach.  She supports women in making the connection to what really nourishes them: eating well, moving well, and being spiritually well, believing that the spiritual connection is what supports it all.  With Elaine, you will renew your relationship with food, gain a deeper connection with your inner spirit, understand how your body is unique, and more!  She does private coaching, group coaching, and leads wellness workshops and cooking demonstrations.  Elaine received her health and nutrition training with Integrative Nutrition in New York City.  She is board certified through the American Association of Drug-less Practitioners.  For more info and to receive her weekly newsletter, visit  


                                         Lauri Stokes, Life Coach

What's not working? Emotions getting the best of you? Why would anyone need a personal coaching process? Very simply, There's more to life. Coaching process will help you discover: 
Why change is vital to growth
Why your belief system dictates your behaviors
 How to let go of your fears , How to reclaim your power
                                   How to use silence as a teacher,
                                   Who you really are and so much more.
                                   "You can not heal or change what you do not acknowledge"

I received my intensive training and certification for Personal Life Coaching in 2009 from Compass Global Group.
It's my passion in  "Helping others find their significance and inspiring life vision"
It's Your Gift Life Coaching
Laurie Stokes 636-248-4577
                                   Lucy Moorman , LMT , B.A. in Media
                                   Lightworks Energy Therapy                                                            
Lucy Moorman has been a massage therapist for 24 years.  Her initial training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 1990 was holistically oriented.  She has continued her education to include Healing Touch, Pranic Healing, Reiki Master, Craniosacral Therapy, Universal Healing Master, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Chakramassage, Energy Balancing and Balinese massage.  Lucy combines massage with energy work transporting you into a transcendent state of relaxation, a melting away of tension-- like a mini-vacation. She also uses Emotional Freedom Technique.  EFT clears emotional energy that is the result of negative thinking or self-limiting beliefs.  Lucy is also a published writer and photographer.  Visit her website at    314-308-6440             

                                                    Stan Brooks  -  Martial Arts Instructor

I began training in Chinese Gung-Fu  in the fall of 1970 under Sifu Mike Sanlin.  In 1972, Carl James, a senior student of our school was granted permission to train with a select group of martial artists under the direction of Guro Dan Inosanto in Torrence, Calif.  There have been many teachers who  have  contributed to my growth, however. I  feel  that I owe a special debt to these 3 individuals for  their knowledge  and wisdom which guided me in the beginning of my journey. I have served as an instructor at California Martial Arts Academy (1984 to 1992) and Ron Smith’s  Muay Thai Academy (1993 to 1998). I have taught  classes on self defence at various locations ( S.I.U. Edwardsville,  St. Louis University , midtown YMCA & YWCA In 1992 I became a practioner of Human & Universal  Energy ( founded by Master Luong Minh Dang) and later served as  co-director of ‘Spiritual Human Yoga of South Grand’ (H.U.E. teaching & healing center). The practice of Universal Energy has enabled me to explore the subtlety and nuance of martial arts movement which helps to enhance self- expression and creative flow.   Email- Phone # 314-322-2387         

                                                    Dorothy Tomasic, M.A., Certified EPT Works Practitioner

Dorothy has an Advanced Certification in EPT Works (Emotional Polarity Technique) a mind/body/spirit healing technique that facilitates rapid emotional release.  Forgiveness is the cornerstone of this natural healing process.  Dorothy’s passion is helping people gain awareness about “heart issues” - emotional patterns or blocks in their life that prevent them from reaching their life goals and gaining peace and balance in their relationships and health.  When addressing these issues through EPT, a shift happens not only in the mind, but also in the body. Dorothy is currently working on gaining certification as an Emotion Code Practitioner to further help people with the release of “heart walls” and other trapped emotions that no longer serve them. Dorothy is married and a mom of two terrific kids.  She is an animal lover and has three cats who happen to love energy therapy! Dorothy loves dabbling in decorative art - from painting faux finishes to making draperies.  She is currently interested in giving new life to old furniture through various painting and distressing techniques. To visit Dorothy’s website and learn more about EPT Works, please go to:  To contact Dorothy, please call 636.821.1158.


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