Carolina is a PA Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) from the CORTIVA Institute in Philadelphia. Her background includes a B.S. in microbiology as well as a strong interest in fitness and nutrition. She is also a PA licensed Personal Trainer and Fitness Aerobic Instructor from the National Association of Sports Medicine (former AAFA -Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and a certified Zumba Instructor. She has been working as well, as a wellness coach, helping people learn and follow healthy ways to gradually achieve and maintain weight loss. Her LMT certifications include Swedish Massage, Sport Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Pre Natal, Deep Tissue Massage, Cupping Therapy, Thai Massage, Myosqueletal Alignment, Neuromuscular Therapy and more recently Certified Clinical Massage Therapy/Orthopedic Massage.
“…I have been blessed to have a career that has spanned Hospital Practice, Pharmaceutical Industry to locally integrating, connecting and educating myself to the needs of people with different kinds of injuries who may benefit from massage therapy, personal training and healthy nutrition habits…” I am a married tri-lingual Colombian native, mother of two with a great passion for fitness, healthy nutrition, dancing and interacting with people!
Julie Weigand, LMT
In her practice, she focuses on therapeutic modalities of bodywork including Myofascial Release and Cranio-sacral Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue, Lymph Drainage, Pre-Natal and Swedish Massage. Julie is a Level II Reiki practitioner and has studied herbal medicine and aromatherapy on a personal and professional level. She specializes in managing chronic pain and working with acute injuries, degenerative disorders and chronic conditions.
Heather has been practicing yoga for over 5 years. When her 20 year hairdressing career started to go stale she decided to explore what she could do with her other love...yoga. Yoga has been an outlet for Heather, a way for her to cultivate her abilities to stay present and positive. She has used her practice not only to create a healthy body but a healthy mind free from anxiety. She wanted to share what she has gained through yoga with others through teaching. Heather became a RYT 200 yoga teacher in August of 2016 after a year of intense training and practice. In pursuit of a more advanced knowledge of yoga she has completed an 8 hour program in New York with Baron Baptiste, a 24 hour aerial teacher training program , and replies "My goal as a yoga instructor is to touch people's lives in such a way that I can help them feel physically and emotionally healthier so that they have the strength to continue their journey with positive mindful intentions and love toward not only others but themselves." Heather's soothing yet firm voice helps to carry you through the flow of yoga in a relaxing yet energetic way. Heather will do her best to help, modify and encourage everyone so that they can accomplish their yoga goals!
Blue Buddha Yoga Instructors | 598 Wharton Blvd.
Jennifer Ranoia, RYT 200
Laura Ward, LMT
Jennifer currently resides in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania with her shepherd, Dakota. She is a Senior Paralegal at GlaxoSmithKline in Conshohocken by day, and yogi in her spare time. She has been practicing yoga for three years and trained at Exton Yoga. She turned to yoga after some personal issues had her feeling really down about where she was at that particular moment in her life and through yoga she has developed a positive outlook and developed many friendships. In her spare time, she enjoys developing her own yoga practice, running and hiking at Marsh Creek with Dakota. Her favorite yoga quote comes out of what yoga has reminded her to do on a daily basis, “inhale the good sh**, and exhale the bu**sh**” Namaste!
Heather Marquette, RYT
Jackie Maloney, RYT
She proclaimed her mission in life is to help others and to make them feel good in all possible aspects. She began her yoga journey 16 years ago when she was put in yoga as a means to learn how to handle childhood anxiety. It was after learning how healing yoga can be that she realized that it was mainly through yoga that she could create her purpose in life. After three Yoga and two Reiki certifications Jackie has arrived at Blue Buddha ready to continue her mission.
Has been a massage therapist since 2008 and enjoys the spectrum of lighter Swedish and lymph too deep tissue and treatment work. She also incorporates her knowledge of accupressure and reflexology into her massages to enhance and deepen the treatment experience.
Tish Burke, LMT/ Office Manager
Tish graduated with honors from the National Massage Therapy Institute in 2008, but her path in the healing arts began over 20 years ago with Reiki, yoga and mindful meditation. She studied many forms of natural healing and was working as a labor and birth assistant when she discovered the therapeutic power of touch. She is passionate about massage, and with her diverse background and versatile skills, she can tailor her sessions to fit your needs. Whether providing gentle relaxation and Reiki and Swedish strokes, or relief from pain and injury with deep tissue techniques, Tish's serene approach and focused presence wil help heal and balance your body, mind and spirit.
Leslie Roberts-Welpe LMT
Leslie, has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002, she earned her license at The Florida College of Natural Health while living in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. She has advanced specialized training with certificates in Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Massage and Medical documentation and holds a Bachelor Degree in Alternative Integrative Medicine from Everglades University. Leslie worked exclusively in a Chiropractic setting helping countless people maximize their pain free potential through Neuromuscular re-education, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofacial Release, Therapeutic Massage, Hot Stone and Chinese cupping. Since moving to Pennsylvania in 2012 she has included relaxation spa services and Ashiatsu into her repertoire, she loves both aspects of body work and looks forward to continuing to diversify her practice.
Amber Osborn, LMT
Amber is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Ashiatsu Practitioner and Thai Massage Therapist. Practicing since 2012, Amber has studied several techniques to incorporate into each massage including Aromatherapy, myofascial release, Orthopedic Assessment and Gua Sha, a muscle scraping technique for stiffness, pain, and limited range of motion. She is currently working towards the Master Level in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy.
Sharon Taylor, Yoga Instructor, Kate's Mama
Sharon is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance as a RYT 200. Learning a little something from many teachers in her 15 year yoga history, Sharon most notably learned; voice and the art of holding space from Dawn Smelser - now at her own Motherheart Studio in Philadelphia, the ins/outs ups/downs of teaching Prana Flow® from Andrew McAuley, and that yoga teachers are real people too from Deanne Caputo.
She began yoga teacher training when her hip and knee joints began to deteriorate in the hope that she would avoid joint replacement. While not avoiding the replacements of her hip and knee, she did notice that while active in yoga there was an enormous difference in her strength, and endurance both physically and emotionally.
Sharon has been teaching seated yoga here at Blue Buddha studio for nearly a year now. She has now stepped out of her chair onto her mat and welcomes all beginners in yoga to join her in a gentle yoga class using Prana Flow® methodologies.
Hannah Tucker, LMT
Hannah is a licensed massage therapist practicing since 2013. Her massages range from relaxation to deep tissue. Each massage incorporates different techniques to create a tailored massage for the individual.
Amanda Devaney, LMT
Since her graduation in 2005 from Medical Careers Institute, Amanda has been fully immersed in practicing the art of massage therapy! With over 10 years of experience, she specializes in nueromuscular therapy, deep tissue, and sports massage. Amanda is also a certified Lomi Lomi Practitioner, and Reiki Master in the traditional Usui Reiki. She has a passion for helping people, and her vision is to help her clients live happier, and healthier through massage therapy. Amanda is married with 3 boys, and two cats, and her favorite actives are snowboarding, dancing, singing, meeting new people, and spending time with family!
Susie Schmidt, RYT
Susie came to her mat 13 years ago and fell in love with her practice. She attended Immaculata University majoring in both Psychology and Early Childhood Education, and went on to teach 3 years of Pre-K. Susie decided to follow her passion of yoga and changed careers to become a yoga instructor. Wanting to continue to work with children, Susie became certified in Kids Yoga, and combines both loves by teaching yoga to children. She has her Federal, and State criminal record clearances, as well as child abuse clearance, she uses her knowledge of child development to design the kids classes, and incorporates yoga to enhance them. In her own practice she has found that not only does yoga make your body feel wonderful, it also nourishes your soul. Susie loves sharing in the positive energy of the yoga community at Blue Buddha and is pleased to be guiding others in their personal practice. Susie's classes are great for beginners and well seasoned yogis alike. While warming up the body with sun salutations we will match our movements with breath as we flow through poses in a mindful manner. We will explore with strengthening, balance, core, hip openers, and twists as we build our strength and flexibility. Leaving this class, you will feel refreshed, light, and energized. This is a great opportunity to begin your yoga journey, or for more advanced students to reach a deeper level.
Claudia Pietzner, LE, Holistic Health Counselor
Claudia is a Licensed Esthetician (2011) and trained as a Health Counselor at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC in 2007. After many years of providing body work Claudia continues to be passionate about beauty from the inside out! "Beauty is a luminous and joyful state of self-love that lives inside all of us. This inner beauty has the power to affect our outer beauty by improving the health of our skin, transforming the shape and movement of our bodies, and giving off a radiance that inspires those around us." (Susan Kurz, "Awake Beauty") “Let me be your ally in maintaining or maybe awakening your true beauty!”
Kate Freese, Founder/LMT,CEMT,CTYMT
Kate is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Master Level Certified Ashiatsu Practitioner and Instructor for Deepfeet Bar Therapy, Certified Equine Massage Therapist and Certified Thai Yoga Massage Therapist. Kate specializes in therapeutic massage techniques. Her practice ranges from relaxing efflaurage and petrissage to deep tissue therapies including Ashiatsu, myofascial techniques, manual lymph drainage and thai yoga massage. While studying at The Pennsylvania School for Muscle Therapy, Kate completed an internship with the Villanova baseball team. She has also spent time training under "Mukti" Michael Buck, in the art of Vedic Thai Massage and Bodywork. Kate studied at Equassage in Virginia to obtain her certifications in equine and canine sports and rehabilitation massage.
Our mission at Blue Buddha is to provide personalized, high-quality care on an as-needed or preventative basis. We have created a practice that we believe in and choose for our own family members.
We are a full-service family practice of dedicated, experienced practitioners who believe in working with our clients to maintain and improve their health. Our staff believes in providing the best possible service to each individual client in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We also believe in educating our clients as we work with them to achieve the best physical state possible.
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Kayla Woodward, LMT
Kayla is a licensed massage therapist practicing for three years! She specializes in Ashiatsu, and Hot Stone but also has training in Deep Tissue, Thai on the table, Swedish style and Gua Sha. Kayla loves every aspect of massage therapy and is always learning. In her free time she loves to spend her time outdoors; snowboarding, hiking, swimming, yoga and kayaking!
Carolina Cuevas, LMT