Erin is Branches of Wellness’ Program
Director/Owner. She is a compassionate and nurturing Yoga instructor and energy
worker. Through her classes and
practices, Erin encourages people to embrace themselves where they are today,
move at their own pace down their chosen path, and smile while they rediscover
their wonderfulness and potential. Erin has been involved with Yoga and Reiki
for over 10 years, as they were her path to healing from systemic and discoid
lupus erythmetosis. She received her Yoga certification from T.R.Y. 4 Life in
2008 and her Reiki Master certification from Carol J. Spears in 2006. She is also a member of Yoga Alliance. Her
teaching style has been influenced by Shiva Rea, Jennifer Kries, Pema Chodron,
Thich Nhat Hanh and Spirit, to name a few. Presently, she is a Yoga Instructor,
Reiki Master and Practitioner/Energy Worker and Dance Educator. She believes that moving energy will initiate
and promote healing, balance and joy whether it is through yoga, dance, Reiki,
meditation, shamanistic healing or prayer. "As we practice listening to
our body's voice and where it tells us to go or stay, we reestablish trust
between the mind and body, laying the foundation to our own unique path to
healing." Since receiving her certifications, Erin has been teaching yoga
in the Lake County area at the Fairport Dance Academy, Branches of Wellness,
the Fairport Senior Center, and local school districts. She has also been
invited to speak and educate on Yoga and Reiki at Lake Erie College and local
Health and Wellness Expos/Events. "We are all in the same boat...me, you
and everyone else. We are not sinking if we all believe we are afloat... Let's
Navy Veteran, Al Morgan, became a Licensed
Massage Therapist through Harmony Path massage school in Rocky River in 2007.
Since then, his experience has been enriched by practicing in spas, doing in-
home massages, and by partnering with various holistic health care
providers. Al specializes in deep tissue massage, neuromuscular and
trigger- point therapy, sports rehab, pre/post surgery massage, Chinese massage
cupping, and energetic Reiki healing. He also specializes in over used and over
worked muscles due to stress, workouts, daily living, raising children, and
carrying the world on your shoulders. He enjoys making the ouchies go away and has a
passion for helping to "fix" his clients. Al works intuitively with a sense of spirit in
connection to the individual, providing a deep healing massage with lasting
walking the path in 2011 when she attended her first yoga class. She was
curious, and in spite of feeling intimidated, she forced herself to go. After
experiencing Shavasana for the first time, she felt ‘her face melt’ and has
been hooked ever since. Michelle not
only enjoys the physical aspect of the practice but is moved beyond words by
the spiritual practice. In January of 2014, Michelle became certified in first
degree Usui Reiki. Learning and practicing reiki affirmed her
heart’s desire to share health, wellness, and healing with those who seek it.
To uphold her newfound dharma, she immediately enrolled in T.R.Y. 4 Life
200-hour yoga teacher training, and received her certification in May
2014. Michelle is currently marketing
manager, reiki practitioner, and yoga instructor at Branches of Wellness. She also teaches yoga for the Cleveland
Clinic Foundation. “I finally feel like
Lyndsey unknowingly stumbled into her life’s
work in the year 2000, when she took her first yoga class at the Shree
Muktananda Ashram. She came into the
practice seeking knowledge and physical health and found a world of emotional
and spiritual healing as well. From there, she continued her practice at home, studying independently, and eventually began
taking vinyasa flow classes at a local gym. Though she loved the physical
movement, she always found herself wanting to know more about ALL the aspects
of yoga aside from the postures. What about philosophy, breathing, chanting,
meditation and MORE relaxation?! She found it all in the Kripalu tradition, and
in 2008, Lyndsey attended a month long immersion at the Kripalu Center, where
she received her 200- hour Kripalu Yoga teacher certification. She returned to
Kripalu later that year to get certified to teach Yoga Dance- a practice that
combines her love of music, yoga, and dance. In 2009, she obtained her basic certification
as a practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage of the Tao Mountain lineage. That same year, she took her first degree
reiki class and became a certified Pilates instructor through the National
Exercise Teacher's Association. In 2010,
Lyndsey completed her Master level of Usui Reiki training with Erin Hill and
became her apprentice. She began
co-teaching reiki trainings and passing attunements with Erin in 2014. She has returned to The Studio Cleveland and
completed intermediate Thai massage training in 2013. Lyndsey is currently
working toward her 500- hour Kripalu Yoga teacher certification, and teaches to
all ages all around Lake County and the Cleveland area, including teaching
patients and employees of the Cleveland Clinic. She particularly enjoys teaching a variety of
yoga styles to people who think they cannot do yoga. It is so gratifying watching people blossom
and unfold as they come home to themselves and release imagined limitations. Lyndsey a graduate of Hiram College with a BA
in music. She helps to manage Branches
of Wellness as well as offering classes, private sessions, and treatments
Anna Shostrand-Anna began her yoga journey in the early 2000s at the urging of her friend
and teacher, Lyndsey Kohn. Together they
would practice Iyengar videos and attend local classes. Occasional practice
became consistent practice when Anna discovered the Kripalu yoga
tradition. This gentle compassionate
approach resonated deeply with her and breathed new life into her body and
heart. It also strengthened her
determination to do what she loves, and pass on the peace and healing she has
received to others. She took her first
level one Usui Reiki class with Debbie Craven in 2009, and continued her
studies in Reiki. Anna received her
Master level Usui Reiki certification with Erin Hill in 2012. That same year,
she began student teaching at Branches of Wellness. She experienced 2 years of teaching a variety
of yoga styles to all ages from children to seniors, and helped to develop the
Reiki restorative yoga class. In 2014,
she received her 200- Hour Aura Wellness Yoga Teacher Certification with
Highest Honors. Her style has been
inspired by many local teachers, including but not limited to; Lyndsey Kohn,
Denise Brown, Anne Ondrey, and Erin Hill. She continues to teach yoga, practice
Reiki, and manage the studio office at Branches of Wellness, and feels blessed
to be doing so!
Connie Lesler –
Connie is an Ethical Massage Practitioner, offering European massage, Thai
massage, Reiki, and aromatherapy services and products with doTerra oils. Not only does she provide wonderful services,
but she also creates unique gemstone jewelry that can be found in the boutique
at Branches of Wellness.
Connie began her
fitness career in 1977 when she was first certified as a Fitness Instructor,
and shortly after as a Personal Trainer.
She spent two years working with overweight and physically limited
people at University Hospital, as well as working with the Substance Addiction
Unit of Laurelwood Hospital. After
opening an exercise facility of her own, Connie continued working with the
overweight and physically limited under the guidance of a Licensed Dietitian.
As her focus
gradually shifted from fitness to healing arts, Connie decided to pursue her
interest in massage and energy work. She
graduated from the Cleveland School of Massage and Advanced Bodywork in 2006.
There she studied Swedish Massage, Polarity, and Reflexology, and accrued 100
hours of hands-on massage experience.
Connie received her certification as an Usui Reiki Master in 2006 as
well. In 2012, Connie received her Tao Mountain
Basic Thai Massage training through Sarah Cheiky at The Studio Cleveland.
Sally first experienced reiki when she came to Erin Hill seeking relief from an
autoimmune disorder. She could not
believe the physical and spiritual relief that she felt after just one
treatment, and she knew that she wanted to share this healing with others. From
2011-2012 Sally took all three levels of Usui Reiki with Erin Hill, receiving
her Master level certification in March 2012.
She also worked side by side shadowing Erin to fine tune her
treatments. Sally now offers reiki at
Branches of Wellness and the Fairport Senior Center.
“I can attribute
Reiki with changing my outlook on both my disease and my life.”
Josiehas a background in Physical Education from Kent State and has
worked with all ages for over 17 years. In 1996 she became certified by
ACE as a Personal Trainer and began working professionally in fitness.
Since then she has also become certified in aquatics, group fitness, and
completed her yoga training at the Yoga Connection, an affiliate of the
American Council on Exercise. She has come to specialize in therapeutic
exercise both pre- and post-rehab and enjoys working with clients and students
with special challenges. Over the years, Josie has shared her passion for
wellness in classes such as: yoga, chair yoga, water aerobics, aqua yoga, group
fitness classes for seniors, boot-camps and suspension training. In her
15+ years as a trainer, Josie has learned to really listen to the needs of her
clients and students, adapting to meet their needs in a safe, fun, and
effective way. She radiates experience and enthusiasm in her classes, and
it is clear that she loves what she does!
Bethany discovered holistic healing arts back in August of 2011 when she was
seriously injured in a car accident.
During her five week stay at Metro Health Hospital, she received Reiki
treatments and found that it greatly aided her recovery. In 2014, Bethany became a certified Level One
Reiki practitioner with Erin Hill and Lyndsey Kohn, and looks forward to
continuing her Reiki training in the future.
Bethany also recently discovered the amazing healing properties of
essential oils and aromatherapy, and became an Aromatouch Specialist with
doTerra oils. Essential oils have
quickly become an important part of her family’s everyday life as they use them
for everything from muscle rub to cleaning products. Bethany loves to practice yoga and hopes add
teaching yoga to her repertoire down the road.
Currently, she offers combination treatments of Reiki with Aromatouch
for a wonderful full body healing experience.
Ernie has studied a variety of spiritual paths including; Christianity, Judaism, comparative religions, A Course in Miracles, and Sufi teachings. He also has training in Astrology, Numerology, Acupressure, Massage, and Chakra balancing. He is a certified Reiki practitioner both in Usui (2nd Degree), and Practical Reiki (Master level). Ernie is also a practitioner and instructor of Quantum- Touch, another form of natural healing energy work. He currently volunteers his time giving healing sessions to employees and patients at the Cleveland Clinic.
For 13 years Kathleen Crozier practiced Oncology/Hospice nursing. Her work in healthcare has evolved to the healing arts. She is a graduate of Ohio Holistic Health Careers and received her certification in Elemental Reflexology at The Ohio Institute of Energetic Studies. She has furthered her studies and is now certified as a Polarity Practitioner. Kathleen is currently enrolled in a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy program and will complete her training in August of 2014. Holistic Healthcare has always been a part of her life and she is eager to apply the knowledge and share her skills with her clients.