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Larry Birkett

Larry Birkett discovered the many benefits of yoga, meditation and Reiki healing in the prime of his life. Initially looking solely for a form of physical exercise, Larry took his first private yoga class at the age of 44. He quickly experienced measurable improvements in his physical well-being. However, more striking and influential in his yogic journey were the body-mind-spirit connection awakening in him and the transformational effects manifesting themselves in his everyday life off of the mat.

Larry has studied Hatha, Iyengar, Tantric, Vinyasa, and Viniyoga Yoga styles with Jim Bennitt, Jason Crandell, Seane Corn, Dean Farrell, Gary Kraftsow, and Sri Dharma Mittra. He has studied meditation with David Nichtern, a Senior Teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Larry is currently studying Nataraja Yoga with Ryan Hader and Beth Hope.

Larry has been initiated into Level 1 and Level 2 in the Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki System by Ryan Hader through Beth Hope and the lineage of Shri Harshad Sadashiv Dave of Mumbai, India. Larry offers his Reiki clients energy therapy as a means to remove obstacles to improved overall wellness by healing body, mind and spirit. Larry is also a certified Level One Thai Massage Therapist, certified under Beth Hope.

Shannah Brockway

Coming to us from West Bend, WI, Shannah Brockway has been a Milwaukee native for the past 6 years training in Ayurveda, Yoga and now Thai Massage. A triple threat! With a warm heart and a gentle touch, Shannah loves tapping into someone's energy, helping them connect their mind to their body in ways they never knew possible. She obtained her Ayurvedic certification at the Bhavana Institute of La Grange, IL after her three year certification course, under the tutelage of Pat Layton, while simultaneously training with Shayne Broadwell & Ryan Hader for her yoga instructor certification with Core Essence Milwaukee. And, because that just wasn’t enough, she also trained with Milwaukee’s very own Thai Massage guru, Beth Hope, becoming a certified Thai Massage Therapist to complete the trifecta. Shannah plans on using her acquired knowledge to assist people in reaching their full potential; healing from the inside out, relieving anxiety, stress & all other ailments that stop us from living our best life possible.

Ellen Callahan

Samana Wellness is thrilled to have our newest Lightworker, Ellen Callahan, for Reconnective Healing! Ellen began her journey through wellness in diagnostic medicine as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist, basically making people glow by injecting them with radioisotopes. Knowing this was not her calling, she began conducting corporate biometric wellness screenings, eventually bringing her to her life’s passion, Reconnective Healing. Ellen has a gift for connecting her clients to a higher vibrational potential through energy work, similar to Reiki, but much deeper, providing a spiritual experience. As a Reconnective Healing practitioner, Ellen will bring physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and financial balance/healing into your life. Let the good times roll!

Nick Guffey

Bringing 9 years of experience, Nick Guffey is the most adept massage therapist at Samana Wellness. He began his training at the Florida College of Natural Health where he obtained an Associates Degree in Natural Health, as well as his certification for Swedish Massage. He continued his practice in Florida, eventually taking it to New York, Chicago and now Milwaukee, where he trained in Thai Massage with owner Nick Sweet as well as founder Beth Hope, and also became certified in Reiki Level One with Ryan Hader at Core Essence Milwaukee. Guffey’s greatest gift is his ability to relax even the most tense individual, lovingly called the Dream Therapist because his clients often slip into dream state while he is working on them. We are thrilled to have you on our team!

Angellina Nacarino

Angellina Nacarino brings 8 years of massage, reiki and yoga experience to her practice. Blending swedish massage with acupressure and deep tissue technique, she creates an experience that caters to your specific needs. It is through this special dedication that she positively affects her client’s lifestyle, increasing and expanding the energy flow around them.

After studying yoga on her own for many years, she decided to take her understanding to a deeper level by attending a 30-day training program at the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas, perfecting and expanding her yoga, consequently improving her lifestyle with meditation, chanting, prayer and asanas (poses). Through passion, kindness and a dedication for teaching, Angellina inspires others to find a physical, mental and spiritual balance based on all the wonderful benefits of these healing practices. Sign up for Thai Massage, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Private Yoga or Reiki with Angellina today!

Angela Smith

“All living beings are connected and through this connectedness we find the need to help each other in the best way we know how. Everyone has a right to be well and I want to help beings find healing with grace and love.” ~Angela Smith

Angela Smith has always had a passion for Healing and the Arts! In her youth she discovered that an activity like sewing could transform her mood, reducing the stress of her daily life, so she began sewing beautiful things for people and has done so ever since. Years later, after feeling a need for more movement in her life, she began to fall in love with dance as well, which then developed into her love for Nia (an aerobic-filled dance work-out). After studying Nia at Milwaukee’s Core El Centro for almost 4 years and hearing many times that she should teach it, Angela decided it was time to get certified… and level one was not sufficient. She blew through the classes and became a green belt instructor in under two years!

Since then she has truly realized her ultimate goal: To help people find movement, flexibly and joy within their body for the rest of their life, as it is what we are all meant to experience! Because of this, she has trained in multiple new modalities of healing on her journey of wellness. She became a Reiki Master after a terribly painful back injury and learned how to heal her own body completely, showing her how to spread the positive energy of Reiki to heal her clients’ bodies as well… and soon the world. She studied Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of energy flow in your home and believes that it is the perfect compliment to Reiki. As the Reiki heals your body/energy flow from the inside, Feng Shui enhances the energy flow in your home through interior design, thus healing the energy flow from the outside. It’s like a wellness double whammy. A must try for those seeking peace & clarity. The moral of the story? No matter what type of healing you are looking for, Angela is here to help.

Nick Sweet

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Nick Sweet returned home over a year ago to continue his journey with Yoga, Reiki & Thai Massage, having no idea what was in store for him. Now the new owner of Samana Wellness, he began with Bikram Yoga but has since found himself focusing on Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga. He is thrilled to be trained in and performing Reiki energy healing under the tutelage of Samana's founder, Beth Hope, and is equipped to work on healing any bodily issue you may have through this powerful healing modality. He also is very passionate about rejuvenating people's bodies through Thai Massage and is thrilled to expand Samana into new territories of Wellness that Milwaukee deserves to experience. Nick is certified as a Level Two Thai Massage Therapist and is also trained in Reiki Level Two and is a firm believer in the healing power of touch in a massage designed to detox, relax & align your body's Qi (energy). Nick Sweet is available for Reiki, Thai Massage, Private Yoga & anything else you can think of in Wellness. = )