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Licensed Massage Therapist Steve

Steve McLaughlin, L. Ac.

Principal, K.H.S.J., M.S.O.M., L.Ac., M.C.S.E.,
Professor of Martial Arts

Program: Quantum School of Massage & Holistic Health HHP HMT

  • Owner / Principal Quantum School of Massage & Holistic Health
  • Masters of Science of Oriental Medicine (MSOM)
  • Hawaii State Licensed Acupuncturist NCCAOM board certified
  • Licensed Massage Therapist - Nevada - 1974
  • Martial Arts Professor (50 years of teaching jujitsu) Holds rank
    of 8th degree Black Belt DanZan Ryu Hawaiian Jujitsu (est Territory of Hawaii 1924), Judo 4th degree Black Belt, Aikido, Kenpo Karate of 2nd Degree Black Belts.
  • Sensei and owner of the Hawaii Zenyo Jujitsu Kai, and the Hawaii Jujitsu Kodenkai, schools of traditional martial arts. Located in the historic landmark and one of the oldest Shinto Temple outside of Japan; the Daijingu Temple of Hawaii, Nu’uanu Valley, Oahu since 1994.
  • Author owner of Hawaii's #1 Women’s and Family Safety Program: the Kupale Hawaii Women & Children’s Domestic Safety and Assault Prevention.
  • Fun Fact: Steve is a Knight! Knighted Hospitaller of the Orthodox Order of St. John of Jerusalem for his 25+ years work teaching Kupale's Assault Prevention Course for Women and Children. He also teaches underwater Jujitsu!

Katherine Fisher MSOM, L. Ac.

Admissions + Program Director, Media, Community Development, CEU Education

Quantum School of Massage & Holistic Health HHP HMT Sound Healing Practitioner (SHP) Program

Katherine Fisher has been studying, advocating and teaching mult-cultural medicine from many traditions including hands-on modalities, vibrational healing and herbal medicine. She has an active private practice, Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and is Hawaii state licensed and board certified Diplomate of Acupuncture  and educator.

Katie has served on the Hawaii state, HTA, and Kauai county board of health advisors and has partnered, participated, organized or founded several innovative community and cultural health projects including:

  • Acupuncturists without Borders (AWB)
  • Hawaii Health Guide
  • Hawaii Healing Sound School
  • Hawaii Healing Garden Festivals
  • 7 Treasures Health & Acupuncture LLC
  • Multicultural medicine, trauma-informed medicine, (PTSD, natural disaster, hurricane, lava, military incidents, civil war, addictions, grief) fertility, harmonizing, endocrine, metabolic, digestive, pre-natal, multi-generational, vibrational medicine.
  • Kathrine Fisher has traveled, taught and trained internationally including Japan, Thailand, China, Mongolia, Nepal, India, Spain, Germany and UAE.
  • She has lived in Hawaii since 1987 and enjoys nature, hanging out/ talking story with the elders, teaching, writing, arts, music, yoga, water sports, travel, blue zone research & protection.
  • Fun Fact: A few years after moving to Kaua'i in 1987, Katie was in the eye of hurricane Iniki on Kauai and lived without power for 3 months. She is not afraid of the dark. She used to commute to work from Kauai's Kalalau Valley via Scupper Pro sea kayak. She ran the technology education K-12 program at Island School for a decade and was recognized by Apple Computers for excellence in teaching at the same time being trained by elders in traditional healing.
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Kathryn Julia, LMT

State License/Certificate: HI MAT 870

Program: LMT Level 1, LMT 2 (+ Prenatal Massage) HHP Reiki 1 + 2

  • Kathryn Julia has been teaching people to connect with bodies for nearly 40 years.
  • LMT Program Advisor and QSMHH Student Counselor
  • Massage Therapist
  • Reiki Master
  • Holistic Peer Counselor
  • Emotional Release Facilitator
  • Prenatal, Postpartum, & Infant Massage Instructor
  • Doula
  • Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist

Kathryn has been a professional Massage Therapist since 1978. Her main modality is full body relaxation massage. In this way we can access our ‘oxytocin’, which is the hormone that brings about healing, learning and balance. She has been educated in and practices massage for newborns, infants, pediatrics, prenatal and postpartum moms, geriatric and humanity in general.

She had a deep curiosity about the human condition and through her education in body work and exploring the Spirit through the Arica Institute and Siddha Yoga she had come to her core belief that we are Spiritual Beings in a physical body. Therefore we can access the Spirit through the body. When we have mental and emotional disturbances/imbalances it interrupts our connection with Spirit. Bodywork is a way to bring about balance and connection with body/mind/emotions/Spirit. She has developed the understanding that the energy of Spirit is

Fun Fact: LOVE ❤️. Self Love, Love of others, Love of our environment and Love of our human experience.

Barbara Hart, LMT

Quantum School of Massage Student Clinic Supervisor and LMT foundations instructor

Barbara loves learning new massage techniques. She has been in the health and wellness field for 15 years She loves and lives the Hawaiian lifestyle of Aloha and Ohana and has made Hawaii home for 52 years.

Barbara is an advocate of the benefits of chair massage. She is also a manager at Mandara Spa at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

Barbara loves connecting through conversation. She enjoys Hawaii, ocean, dogs, family and friends and exploring with twin Grandkids.

Barbara is the second generation family member at Quantum School of Massage and Holistic Health. Her daughter is a graduate of the school and is a professional licensed massage therapist. Barbara is both an instructor and clinic supervisor at the school.

Fun Facts: Barbara was a pa'u rider twice in the 1976 for the United  States 200th Anniversary Parade and 1973 Aloha Week Parade! She was an avid bodysurfer at "baby Makapuu" In addition to grandchildren, Barbara has a grand dog. She has a gift for creating positive healing energy in spaces. She secretly rearranges furniture and decorates the clinic night like a Feng Shui ninja.


Andrea Kamahele LMT

Quantum School of Massage Student Clinic Director

Local wahine Andrea is an avid world traveler. She has been a regional massage trainer for spa brands such as ManaKea Beach, Haupuna, Marriot, Disney Spa, Mandara Spa, Mohican Sun, Steiner Cruise Ship Spas including Pride of America. She is an advocate for gender equality and dignity in the workplace, Indigenous Rights, Native American and women's political  and civic participation and leadership in society. She has a vision for sharing massage training for empowering and preparing at risk and incarcerated populations for new careers.

Fun Fact: Did you know.... Andrea had a boat captain license in Hawaii! You can call her Captain Kamahele. She's a salty dog!!

We look forward to these Independent Contract Teachers in our school for 2024

Hardeep 'Sunny' Kharbanda, LMT

MFA, LMT, Certified Soul Teacher and Practitioner of Tao Academy™, Certified Tao Calligraphy Master Practitioner, Certified Yoga Teacher

Program: LMT Level 1 Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology

    • Fun Fact: Hardeep is also an artist and video animator.

    • Lives for the sake of creating and empowering healers

Holistic Health: Meditation and Compassionate Skills Practice

Healing Teacher Hardeep

Michelle Carbonneau LMT

Program: LMT Foundations
Instructor of massage therapy, anatomy and physiology and yoga therapy. Teacher of the Hawaii State Massage Therapy licensure program.
Creator of ‘Yogissage’, a union of yoga and massage therapy tailored to individual client needs. Yoga Instructor of classes and yoga teacher trainings, workshops and retreats.

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (1997)
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Minor in Business Administration
Trinity College, San Francisco, CA (1999)
Massage Therapy Certification Program (730-hour course)
500-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor: 200-Hour (2009), 300-Hour (2016)
Hawaii State Licensed Massage Therapist (2000-Present)
Hawaii State Department of Education Licensed Massage Therapy/ Anatomy Instructor (2005)

Fun Fact: Michelle just completed her 500 hours of Ayurvedic Therapy.

Lori Protzman RN

Program: HHP Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (1998) Instructor (2000)

Lori Protzman is a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Instructor. She has been a nurse since 1975, specializing in the fields of Palliative and Hospice care as well as Perinatal Care. She is a well- respected leader and professional educator in her community.

Lori has taught Healing Touch since 2000 and is proud to share her teaching has included classes taught in Japan and Australia. She blends her passion for heart centered work with her nursing capabilities in the hospital, patient home and community setting. "My greatest pleasure is to observe students new to the practice of Healing Touch as the work opens their heart. From this heart-centered space they learn to be of service to others but more importantly to themselves as their self- healing needs are addressed."

Fun Fact: Some of Lori's hospice patients have 4 legs and fur.

Healing Practitioner Lori

Brittany Freitas, LMT, L.Ac

Program: LMT/HHP Foot Reflexology / LMT: Professional Development

Brittany Freitas has been in the healing field for almost 20 years. Starting out as a Reiki practitioner, she later earned her Masters in Metaphysical Sciences and found her calling with Foot Reflexology.

Brittany Freitas is an Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist, specializing in reflexology and herbal medicine geared towards pediatric and adolescent wellness. She has also been the 6-8th Spanish teacher at MSOS for 9 years so she understands the difficulties of adolescence. Meanwhile, she has two small children of her own!

She also enjoys spending time with her daughter Akiko and supportive husband Spencer. In addition to raising a family, she received a Bachelors degree in Romance Languages (French and Spanish) from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego  as well as a certification in teaching English as a Second Language.

In 2014, she completed a Masters degree in French at the University of Hawaii while serving three consecutive years as a French instructor at the University level and as an ESL teacher at Waipahu Highschool. Understanding the difficulty and importance of learning multiple languages, she is now simultaneously teaching English as Second Language as well as Spanish in the middle school at Star of the Sea, fostering the benefits of second language acquisition in all capacities. A life-long learner, Brittany completed her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and is a licensed Acupuncturist in Hawaii. She is an excellent professional instructor, and her classes are a favorite at Quantum School.

Fun Fact: She loves the feet and the stories they tell about our bodies! Brittany speaks more languages then you.

Dr. Gene Ang, PhD

Program: HHP Quantum Spoon Bending / Energy Healing

  • Gene was formally trained as a Neurobiologist at Yale University where he earned his doctorate in basic mechanisms of how the brain develops followed by a post-doctoral fellowship on how ultrasound can affect the developing cerebral cortex.   After his post-doctoral fellowship, Gene decided to step into the role of a facilitator of healing in order to directly interact with helping people
  • Most of his work centers around the use of subtle energy to help align the subtle energy body, its channels, meridians, and energy centers to help restore balance and harmony so that healing can occur whether it be physical, emotional, mental, and/or spiritual
  • Gene does not see himself as the healer but simply as part of the interconnectedness that occurs when facilitator, client, and Source/Love/God interact to bring healing forth.  He sees his teaching engagements and seminars as an extension of this interaction that occurs on multiple dimensions to bring wholeness and understanding to all involved.

Ph.D., Yale University, Neurobiology, 2004
B.A., Stanford University, Human Biology and Philosophy/Religious Studies, 1992

Fun Fact: Gene had a brief stint as a break dancer. Proof still exists on the internet

School Teacher Gene
Quantum Teacher

Peter Shin, LMT

Program: LMT Level 2 Instructor, Massage, Spa Product Development

  • LMT Exam Prep, Professionalism, Advanced Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release, Lotions & Potions Alchemy
  • Fun Fact: Peter spends his weekends as an Adventure Life Guard at Hickam Harbour Beach teaching people to surf, fish and dive

Elena Maganto, PhD

Elena Maganto has a PhD in Molecular Biology. She received her PhD from the University Autonoma of Madrid (Spain) and completed her postgraduate training at Harvard Medical School, Boston. As a research scientist, she dedicated her research efforts for 13 years to the study of inflammatory diseases, including atherosclerosis and diabetes, that can be prevented with lifestyle choices. She has been invited to present her work in International and National conference including the American Heart Association.

Program: HHP Nutritional Healing Basic (60 hours)

Dr. Maganto is also graduate as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. During her training, she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts.

Her teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.

Teacher Elena

Janet LaCroix LMT

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage and
Advanced Advanced Lymphatic Drainage (CE)

With a background in Electrical Engineering, Emergency Healthcare, Yoga and Massage Therapy, Janet brings to Quantum School an open heart to help others heal, learn, and grow personally and professionally.

Bachelors Degree in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) massage Therapist (8 years) Emergency healthcare as a first responder volunteering in the community (25 years)
Yoga Teacher 500 hours Certification (10 years)
Electric engineering and computer programming (25 years)
Janet teaches CEU massage courses in Lymphatic Drainage and Advanced Lymphatic Drainage at QSMHH.

Fun Fact: Did you know.... Janet holds 8  patents!

Sally Klemm LMT

Program: QSMHH LMT Program & Teacher Advisor

  • Sally Klemm is an internationally recognized instructor
  • Trained in craniosacral work before entering the Rolf Institute in 1985, Sally has the extraordinary ability to blend an organized cognitive style with deeply intuitive understanding of psyche and soma.
  • Fun Fact: Sally lives on two islands!
Healing Practitioner Sally
Female Teacher

Melia Goodenow

Hawaiian Flower Essences

HHP HMT students learn about aroma therapy, essential oils and Hawaiian flower essences. Our classroom is in Hawaii's beautiful nature, in the kitchen, in the lab learning to create tinctures, massage oils and flower remedies, and in the massage clinic as we learn some of the many therapeutic uses (and contra-indications) of healing plants in hands-on practice. We have several instructors for in-depth training. We travel as a week long school field trip to Big Island to Volcano and the rain forest to study with master teachers and learn in nature and attune with the elements of Fire and the Forest; Pele and Hi'iaka.

"flower essences contain therapeutic benefits that aid in soothing and balancing the emotions and managing everyday choices.  Flower essences are the healers of the modern age, going to the root of our problems and emotional issues. They release us from hurtful and fearful memories that tie upon our health and energy; opening up once blocked areas to then be filled with the health and peace of the present moment. In the present moment is where we can see clearly and make good, healthy choices for our lives."

Based on training passed down to their family from Kahuna La’au Lapa’au and other native plant medicine healers, Hawaiian Rainforest Naturals, Inc. has been making Hawaiian flower essences and body care treatments for over 25 years.  Co-founder, Melia Goodenow will be giving these workshops focusing on the special attributes of Hawaiian plants, flowers and their essences.

"Flower essences are designed to help you meet the challenges of everyday living.  Our mission is to help people bring their emotions into a state of Pono, harmony and connectedness with nature. This is the role of our flower essences, to bring people’s awareness into the present moment and release emotional tension caused by past experiences or worrying about the future.  In this state of Pono is where we make our flower essences, bringing the healing energy of the flowers forward. We strive to maintain Pono in all that we do. We put our integrity and Aloha into all of our products and treatments, always remembering to give thanks and to give back to the Earth by taking care of this unique and sacred place."

Melia is a flower essence practitioner and Head teacher for HRN classes and workshops. She practices lomilomi massage, energy healing, la’au lapa’au, ho’oponopono, hula and other various Hawaiian healing arts.  Her intuitive abilities and connection to nature make her workshops a transformative and amazing experience

Kumu Moira 'Ipo' Nakamine

Kumu Hula

Program: LMT Level 2 Hawaiian Lomi Lomi + La'au Lapa'au

  • Moira Maeda-Nakamine- O'ahu Nakamine
  • Lomi Teachers & style: Family, Dr. Eugene Ang, Uncle Alva, Armando Graza, Papa Kalua Kane’akua, Katie Fisher & Kilo
  • Lāʻau Lapaʻau - Family, Papa Kalua Kane’akua, Uncle Kaipo Kane’akua, Aunty Ethel Mau, Sister Malia.
  • Fun Fact: Ipo holds a a Brown Belt in Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu and can kick your okole!
Healing Teacher Kumu

Daisy Lee

HHP Energy Healing - Qigong teacher

Veteran Qigong teacher Daisy Lee created Radiant Lotus Qigong to help people from all walks of life to heal, nourish, and harmonize their body, mind and emotions. Discover a deeper level of health and wellbeing:

    • Accelerate healing
    • Increase energy
    • Reduce stress
    • Cultivate self-love and kindness
    • Improve mental focus and clarity

  • Fun Fact: : Daisy was honored with the 2020 Qigong Master of the Year Award by the World Qigong Congress in recognition of her impact on women’s health and healing. She lives in Puerto Rico with her partner, Mark Roule.

Deborah J. Barry L.A.c. M.S.T.O.M.

Program: LMT 2 Acupressure Massage - Asian Medicine

Deborah brings years of experience as an acupuncture clinical director and has private practice practitioner in traditional Oriental Medicine (PCOM) and Classical Five Element Acupuncture for over 20 years.

Licensed Acupuncture Hawai'i- California


She currently teaches at Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, ICAOM and is clinical director at Pacific Center Rehab.

San Diego, CA
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, PCOM 1999-2004
191 units and 3500 hours of theory and clinical practice. Anatomy and Physiology,
Acupuncture, Herbology, Tui Na Hand and structural techniques, diagnosis and treatment of disease, and Eastern Nutrition.


Matthew Kirsch L.Ac, LMT

Program: LMT 2 Quantum Cranial Sacral Therapy

I am a licensed acupuncturist, licensed massage therapist, certified massage therapy instructor (Texas), Milne Institute certified Visionary Craniosacral Work® practitioner.

Over the past 10 years I have focused my studies in Visceral, Neural, and Visceral Vascular manipulation with the Barral Institute.

The class emphasizes perceptual clarity, inner calm and right action, which form the context for our study of cranial anatomy and technique.

  • Fun Fact: Matthew is an admitted chocoholic

Alexandra von Waaden

Program: HHP Tibetan Lu Jong Healing Yoga

Alexandra (Sandy) teaches in-person healing classes in German and English in California, Germany, Hawaii & Sri Lanka and globally via Zoom.

  • Teacher Lu Jong - Tibetan healing yoga (Tulkula Lobsang)
  • Seraphim Energy Healing - bi-lingual German & English
  • Pilates, Yoga and Professional Sports Training

Fun Fact: Founder of Agapi Gardens, organic farm, vegan lifestyle, meditation & healing center located in Sri Lanka

Healing Teacher Alexandra
School Teacher JudyAnn

Judy Ann, LMT

Program: LMT 2 Quantum Cranial Sacral Therapy and Applied Kinesiology

Craniosacral therapy is a form of therapeutic touch that addresses imbalances in the craniosacral system — the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

My background is outpatient orthopedic physical therapy and I currently do cranio-sacral therapy, bio-energetic therapy and Shamanic healing therapy.

I have 35 years of experience in the field of manual therapy.

Over the years I’ve studied many different manual therapy modalities.

I listen to the body and utilize what the Body is calling for in order to implement the various manual techniques.

Bodywork can consist of mainly all manual therapy, or it can be energetic work or deep emotional work depending on how your body specifically is directing the session

  • Fun Fact: Judy Ann is a trained race car driver. and People have been known to throw away canes and crutches after sessions with Judy Ann.

Joda P. Derrickson, PhD. LD, LMT

Program: LMT 2 Professional Development
HHP Nutritional Wellness for Massage Therapist

Joda P. Derrickson, LD, LMT

Owner, Lightshine Wellness

Dr. Derrickson is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner who facilitates holistic healing through therapeutic massage, nutrition & fitness counseling. She specializes in nutrition, fitness and massages that integrate her diverse training including: manual lymph drainage, cranial-sacral techniques, and diverse energy methods. She’s author of the Never Go Back weight loss program, the Spend Less, Eat Well, Feel Better program and author of The Wellness Compass Travel Guide: Tools for a Successful Lifelong Journey. As a local girl, mother, and veteran athlete, she’s experienced in working with diverse populations including athletes and seniors. She’s passionate about finding what works best for each client and has been called, ‘better than opiates’ due to her ability to detect and relieve pain

  • PhD in Nutrition Science, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, HI LD #140
  • AADP Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, #257584210
  • LMT training from Quantum School of Massage and Holistic Health, MAT #17219
  • NASM certified Personal Trainer
  • Previously certified as a Nurse Aide and ACE Health Coach

Fun Fact: Historic competitive athlete runner, triathlete, spartan and ocean yacht racing.

Massage School Teacher Robin

Robin Johnson, LMT

Program: HHP Sky Yourself Emotional Healing Teacher (2022 via Zoom)

With more than twenty-five years of professional experience, Robin Johnson is a student and practitioner of the healing arts. From a young age, she was told that she had healing hands and a childhood near-death experience intensified her sensitivity.

Her metaphysical pursuits began in the 1970s with the Science of Mind practitioner training, Transcendental Meditation, and yoga with Swami Satchidananda while living at his Santa Cruz ashram.  Influenced by the work of Michael Harner, founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Robin expanded her knowledge of other dimensions by working with medicine men and women from the Americas, Polynesia, and Siberia as well as with plant medicines.

Robin's studies of holistic bodywork began with Esalen massage in Big Sur, California, followed by traditional Hawaiian Lomilomi massage with Aunty Margaret Machado, a renowned kahuna and Lomilomi master. Robin’s proficiency in the healing arts expanded through amazinGRACE®, a profound spiritual energy method, and SKYourself®, an emotional release process that she now teaches. A sought-after healer and holistic massage therapist Robin works with clients locally, abroad, and online.

With her late husband Cody, Robin began her career staging concerts featuring top recording artists in California and Hawaii. Together they co-founded Great Mystery, producing engaging conferences and workshops, exceptional tours to ancient sites, and interactive online video programs with outstanding thought leaders to integrate and apply the insights gained in purposeful ways.

After living many years in Hawaii, Robin now teaches on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca where she continues to create events to uplift, inspire, and cultivate an awareness of our interconnection and community.

Fun Fact: Echoing her previous career in music, Robin is also the executive producer of the online radio station Café Cody, featuring evocative chill-out, jazz, and world fusion. After 20 years of live-streaming, Cafe Cody is now available on Spotify.

Brian Loftin, LMBT

Program: LMT Level 2 Cranial-Sacral

Therapeutic massage, The Feldenkrais Method™, Visionary Craniosacral Work™, Active Dreamwork™, Visceral Manipulation, Clinical and Holistic Herbalism, certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

Brian Loftin LMBT, is a hands-on therapist and holistic and Clinical Herbalist, who seeks to help people open their inner doors, through the medium of skillful and compassionate touch. Truth, integrity, honesty, skillfulness, and professionalism—these are the elements in his life and work he most cherishes and most values when offering his method to his clients and students. “What is healing after all, but the search for truth.”

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Ulla Myerhoff, LMT

Program: HHP Homeopathy / Foot Reflexology + LMT Level 2 Foot Reflexology

Micro systems are found through-out the body. Foot reflexology is way to treat the whole body and support wellness and balance through informed touch. Socks on or off! Everyone loves a good foot massage!

  • Heilpraktiker
  • Education at Bildungs und Gesundheitszentrum  Hardt, Solingen
  • Erlaubnis zum Ausüben der Naturheilkunde durch das LRA Forchheim = License for practising Naturopathic  Medicine
  • Education Foot Reflexology Part I and II at Hanne Marquardt, Königsfeld Burgberg
  • Foot Reflexology with Walter Froneberg, Wegberg-Dalheim
  • DORN method with harald Fleig, Dr Hansen and internship with Dieter Dorn
  • Chiropractic und manual Neurotherapy with Walter Froneberg, Wegberg-Dalheim
  • Education  OZONE-Therapy with Siegfried Rummel, Iridology with Madaus in Uslar
  • Seminars Spiritual Healing with Marie Luise Stangl

Massage Practitioner and Health Educator
Homeopathy - Heel Inc. in Los Angeles,
LMT Licensed as Massage Therapist for Hawaii

Fun Fact: Ulla's book is translated into English and German and is available on Amazon.

Sanj Hall

Program: HHP Sound Healing Level 2 Sound Healing Practitioner (SHP)

Sanj Hall is a traveling gong yogi, sound artist and a gong teacher, who has taken the divine order to spread the positive vibrations of gongs and holistic resonance to the world. He has been conducting gong baths, meditative concerts, therapy sessions, gong and sound healing workshops in over 80 countries across Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America. He also<br>performs meditative “free spiritual jazz” concerts worldwide both as a solo artist as well as in collaboration with other sound artists, whether its an ancient instrument or modern electronic music, fusing healing sounds of nature and man-made, inspiring the inner Nada.

Sanj Hall, has spent over 30 years of his career in Strategy, Organization restructuring and development, performance management, management and Human resources. He was also awarded top 100 Global minds in 2018 by World HRD congress for his contribution to this profession. Sanj Hall has also worked in multinationals working in challenging, remote and sometimes politically and geographically unstable environment, many a times having employees and teams into remote working in isolation. Well-being, health and morale of employees have been a key part of his past work. Sanj Hall’s formal journey began about 30 years ago - computer science followed by an MBA. Sanj also did doctoral level research projects on “Global CEOs and career paths” at IE Business School Spain and then continued education in London Business School. He is also been trained on Quality management and HSE, picking affiliations and certifications from University of Western Australia and British safety council.

During his corporate tenure he also started studying cognitive theories and techniques, recognizing that employees are also building blocks of community and had worked very closely for their well-being, including personal emotional and family issues using these techniques. He further evolved to “feeling” and “intuitive” schools and then delving into realms of spiritual practices. Here has been a wide spread realization, including studies done by Harvard and others, that spiritual practices also have impact on employees, self-worth and resilience. He has learned and worked with many spiritual masters and teachers. He further took a deep dive into sound healing, sound and music therapy and vibrations energy work for overall well-being of organizations, group and communities. He loves to collaborate, both with ancient wisdom elders, as well as the scientific community, bringing the best of East and West, as well as, bridging ancient, contemporary and futuristic sound visions. He is as at ease leading a retreat in an ashram and monastery or as a keynote speaker in a medical conference or at a management summit. Research, travel, learning and teaching are four key parts of his sound healing life,. He has founded an international sound healing academy, inviting other key teachers, as well, helping create more sound healers and teachers.

Sanj also spends a considerable time in ashrams and monasteries in India with yogis, deepening and widening his own practice in Sound Healing and Nada Yoga - the union of the individual mind with cosmic consciousness through the flow of sounds.

Massage School Teacher Xavier

Xavier Staub L.Ac

Program: LMT Level 2 Shiatsu / Acupressure

W. Xavier Staub, MA, PhD, LAC. Xavier provides teaching and lectures, as well as personal consultation toward designing and customizing a supportive and fearless awakening.

After 30 years as a student of the art, Xavier continues to share his experience as a 6th degree black belt and senior teacher of the USAF. His continued studies in acupuncture and natural healing have further informed his life and healing practice.

Kilo Akama

Program: LMT Level 2 Visceral Manipulation

Born in Lihue, Kauaʻi - Kilo was exposed to the healing arts as a child. Inspired to help his family and friends, he gravitated to the healing arts. Included in his Lomilomi, he likes to integrate his knowledge of Laʻau ʻIwi (bone setting), Laʻau Lapaʻau (medicinal plants), energy balancing and emotional work through Kukakuka (talk story).

After graduating from the Kapiolani CC massage therapy program, he continued his education with various lomilomi/laʻau lapaʻau practitioners around Oahu such as: Kumu Alva Andrews, Keola Chan, Levon Ohai, the Papakolea community center haumana of Kalama Makaneʻole, LiAnn Uyeda, Kaipo Kaneakua, Kapono Souza, Makaʻala Yates, and Uncle Freddie Tira (from Cook islands under the supervision or Wesley Sen).

His interests has lead him towards Osteopathic classes like Fascial Distortion Model (FDM), Visceral/Neural/Vascular Manipulation through the Barral Institute, Total Body/Lymphatic Balancing through DʻAmbrogio Institute, and Cranial Sacral through the Upledger Institute.&nbsp; Kilo is also Mastermind Certified in Zone Technique by Dr. Pete Goldman, a technique with chiropractic roots that works on your mindʻs ability to heal itself.

Healer Lucky

Karen 'Lucky' Thornton LMT

Program: HHP Nutritional Healing, Quantum Energy Healing. QSMHH advisor

Lucky has taught others to heal themselves for over 20 years in Hawaii and Sedona, Arizona, seeing over 1,500 healers graduate to heal themselves, their family, and their community. She is a certified Brain Management Consultant, and taught yoga for many years. She sold her yoga studio in 2011 to pursue her doctorate degree in Holistic Health.

She has over twenty years of healthcare industry experience. Lucky studied Pre-med in Hawaii, Cleveland and England. She worked in Corporate America for 13 years, and returned to the medical field in X-ray (RT) in 1993.

A mother and grandmother, after selling the massage school in 2021, Lucky continues to enjoy contributing as a teacher, (Quantum Healing Energy) advisor and consultant and oversees the 60 hour Nutritional Healing Feb and July immersion programs at the QUANTUM SCHOOL OF MASSAGE & HOLISTIC HEALTH.

Fun fact: Lucky founded the Quantum Institute in 2011, the Quantum School in 2015 and started Quantum Institute International for Holistic Health. She sold the Quantum School in 2021.

Danielle Paulon

B.S. Psychology (Pontifical Catholic University of SP).<br>Certified Crystal Healing Teacher by The Crystal Academy of Advanced Healing Arts - Kauai

Program: HHP Crystal Healing

I’m originally from Brazil, however I’ve been “called” to Kauai in 1996, where I completed beginning, intermediate and advanced crystal healing classes w/ founder of The Crystal Academy of Advanced Healing Arts: Katrina Raphaell.

This training completely changed my life as I started on this amazing spiritual path. I always knew I was here to help people, just wasn’t clear how. I’m also a psychologist, having obtained my degree in São Paulo, Brazil prior to moving to Kauai. I later took a teacher’s training course, also on Kauai, and became a crystal healing teacher. I have taught in Brazil, as well as at Quantum School of Massage and Holistic Health.

Crystal healing affects all of our bodies, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It’s all about light, color and frequency. Crystals placed on the body resonate with our auric field, assisting in clearing blockages that have accumulated in certain areas due traumatic events over the years. Unprocessed emotions can cause energy to get stuck in certain places and stop the natural flow of chi through the chakra system.

We are also collectively experiencing a deep paradigm shift currently on the planet, signaling the end of an era and beginning of a new one, an age of Light and this can cause challenges to some of our outgrown beliefs systems.

Crystal healing can assist in revisiting those beliefs, letting go of the ones that no longer serve us, replacing them with more up to date views of life and what it means to be alive for each one of us, as well as find purpose and peace in our daily life. The Journey is The Destination.

Fun fact: Danielle is a world traveler, but her house at the base of Koko Head is a magical crystal healing temple and if you are good, she might invite your class to a field trip at her hale.

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Stephanie Keiko Kong

Program: HHP Sound Healing Level 2 Sound Healing

Stephanie Keiko Kong is a transformational coach specializing in personal development through voice work. Stephanie holds over 10 certifications in yoga, meditation, Sanskrit mantra, functional movement, bodywork, energy healing, and more. Stephanie’s past work includes co-leading meditation teacher trainings in India, Japan, Sweden, and Australia; co-founding the yoga teacher training program at Yoga Hawaiʻi; teaching anatomy and kinesiology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; and voice acting for Hawaiʻi Public Radio.

Fun fact: Stephanie summited Cotopaxi, Ecuador.. at 19,347 ft, this is the world's highest active volcano.

Michael Merrimer, LMT

LMT Professional Development - Life Skills

Program: LMT Level 1 + 2 Yoga / Acupressure /Massage

Michael Merrimer, LMT 5342 has been teaching and working with clients on Oahu since 1998. A massage therapist, he began looking at ways to help his clients be more proactive in addressing their stiffness, soft tissue pain, and stress-related discomforts, introducing yoga as an active part of his massage practice.

My philosophy in practice draws on an ingrained sense of personal responsibility and integrity throughout my life. Listening to a client’s needs and interests allows for mutual understanding in the process of the treatment, helping to assure a more successful outcome. Outside my office practice, I have worked with the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii as a clinical massage instructor participating in a multi-year study of massage for breast and prostate cancer patients. I have been contracted by Honolulu businesses to provide on-site massage and health care for office workers. I have served on the Hawaii Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association where I focused on continuing education and professional development. I was able to set up advanced medical massage workshops and have done volunteer massage for special events such as Special Olympics, Strength for the Journey, Food Bank, Life Foundation, The Art of Massage.

My experience in conducting yoga exercises for community groups has been useful in helping people better understand body movements and limitations at Specialty Health Centers such as Kapiolani Woman's Health Center, Arcadia, Pohai Nani, Shambala Center, Hawaii Woman's Center.

On a more personal note, I have interests in travel (especially Italy); anthropology; ;music; alternative medical practice; alternate culture; ocean sports.

Fun fact: Michael is a 1960's Height Ashbury survivor.

School Teacher Michael
Cat from Quantum School

Christiane Coty, LMT

Program: LMT Level 2

Many people believe that the health benefits of Thai massage include lowering stress, boosting energy, and improving athletic performance.

Thai massage is a cultural healing practice that uses gentle pressure and stretching techniques to relax the whole body. This is an ancient healing practice that originated in India. It dates back to around 2,500–7,000 years ago.

The technique that Thai massage practitioners use is very different from what people in the West may be accustomed to when we hear the word "massage". Unlike Swedish or shiatsu massage techniques, in which a person passively lies on a bed, the client lies on the floor fully clothed and participates more actively in the massage much like partner yoga or assisted stretches. The massage practitioner may use feet, hands, knees, elbows, or even special massage tools to assist in the muscle stretches that help the person feel limber and lively.

Note: Pictured is Pyewacket, well known Facebook personality, she is a mixture of Siamese/Mongoose.
She is our director of brick relaxation techniques, and is eager to learn Thai Massage.

Fun fact: Christiane was born in Japan.

Kalia Kohut

Essential Oils, Aromatherapy

Program: HHP HMT Essential Oils, Aromatherapy, Flower Essences

Kalia Lynn Kohut, owner of Kalia Healing LLC, offers healing sessions, workshops and yoga instruction at Bella Kai Yoga in Kailua. Her 25 years of experience in the healing arts includes Aromatherapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Lymph Drainage Therapy, and spiritual counsel. Over time, Kalia’s healing sessions have shifted into a blissful alchemy of intuition and skills, stepping out of traditional massage therapy and into another level of whole health healing. Her treatments are energetically harmonizing for the body, mind and spirit. Kalia is a certified Metaphysical Practitioner and member of the International Metaphysical Ministry.

The powerful addition of essential oils into her practice in 2003<br>accentuated the effectiveness of her healing sessions. Kalia found them to accelerate tissue release, circulation, boost the immune system and bring in emotional balance. To her, this amazing plant-based medicine is like having a second set of hands. Kalia uses a variety of aromatherapy protocols in her practice, including her own creations, which use the recipes of her Ayurvedic balancing and Hawaiian-inspired body oils: Lava, Breeze and Paradise. Kalia is excited and honored to be sharing her love and knowledge of Aromatherapy with the students at QMSHH.

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Massage School Teacher Cory

Cori Tixier

Principal, Yoga Therapist and Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education provider with over a decade of clinical and teaching experience.

Program: LMT Level 2- Ayurvedic Traditions Marma Points

She served as faculty and PK therapist at the renowned Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico for seven (7) years before becoming the Lead Clinical Supervisor at the Vasant Institute of Ayurveda in Pune, India; where she assisted Dr. Vasant Lad in the development and implementation of his world-class Panchakarma Therapist Training Program.

In 2017, Cory founded the Ayurveda Academy at Integral Yoga in New York City to provide Yoga professionals with a pathway to certification as Ayurvedic Health Councilors.

Cory is also the co-founder of Ayurveda for the People™, a collective of educators and alternative health practitioners volunteering their time with individuals and communities around the world, empowering them to take their health and well-being into their own hands.

As a dedicated Yogi and active member of NAMA, Cory sits on the AYT Sub committee; which oversees certification and accreditation for schools wishing to qualify for the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist credential.

With a deep understanding of Vedic wisdom and an ability to convey it in gentle and practical ways, Cory provides personalized health guidance, mentorship programs, and traditional Ayurvedic therapies. Her classes and workshops focus on living in harmony with the rhythms of nature from which true health and happiness is attained.