Erin is the Branches of Wellness’ Program Director, a Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master and Practitioner, and Dance Instructor, and she has been involved in dance and the movement arts since the age of three. She came into the study of Yoga in high school after being diagnosed with both systemic and discoid lupus erythmetosis. Erin has been teaching yoga in the Lake County area for over three years now. She is certified through Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level, and she is not only a Yoga instructor for Branches of Wellness, but also teaches at the Fairport Senior Citizen Center, and the Fairport Dance Academy. In the past, she has volunteered her time teaching Yoga for the Painesville-Riverside School District’s Latchkey Program. Erin has been practicing Reiki for years now and has been a certified Reiki Master since 2006. She also continues to teach dance and movement arts for the Fairport Dance Academy, and continues her dance education annually by going to Dance Masters of America in Buffalo, New York.
Tracy Butler Tracy is a 200 hour-level yoga instructor certified through the TRY4Life Teacher’s Training program in July of 2009, recognized by Yoga Alliance. Tracy enjoys teaching yoga to students of all levels. She is a Reiki Level 3 practitioner, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Kent State University. Tracy enrolled in a yoga class with Erin Hill four years ago during her daughter’s dance class at the Fairport Dance Academy. She continued to take classes with Erin, and began to witness the positive effects of a regular yoga practice. Low back pain and persistent neck pain from a car accident over ten years prior began to lessen, and gradually diminished. Because the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits strongly impacted her health and well-being, Tracy decided to become a certified yoga teacher to help others experience the joys and benefits of yoga.
Kathy's practice comes full circle as she begins teaching at the Branches of Wellness. She deepened her practice 3 years ago while attending beach classes through the wellness center. That fall she continued to expand her practice, working with different teachers. She also started to incorporate yoga principles into her work as a physical therapist assistant. After being encouraged by many teachers, she decided to pursue her teaching credentials, and in April of 2011, Kathy completed her 250- hour teacher training through the YA registered Yahweh Yoga program in Chandler, Arizona.
Lyndsey started practicing yoga about 11 years ago, seeking better overall health. She started at home with Iyengar style videos and literature, and eventually began taking regular Ashtanga/Vinyasa classes at a local gym. She always found herself wanting to know more about ALL the aspects of yoga aside from the postures. What about breathing, chanting, meditation and MORE relaxation?! Soon, yoga was infiltrating every aspect of her life, and she couldn't stop talking about it incessantly. That's when she realized that this should be her career path!
In 2008, Lyndsey attended a month long immersion at the Kripalu Center, where she received her 200- hour 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 certification as a practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage of the Tao Mountain lineage. That same year, she became a certified Pilates instructor through the National Exercise Teacher's Association. She is a Reiki practitioner at the master level, certified by Erin Hill. Lyndsey is also a graduate of Hiram College with a BA in music.
Larry began his journey in the world of martial arts 12 years ago, and has earned is 2nd degree black belt in Kajukenpo style karate. He is a certified Kajukenpo instructor. In 2006, Larry underwent his yoga teacher training through Bhumi's Yoga, and has enjoyed combining his love of martial arts and yoga ever since. Larry is also a practitioner of Thai Yoga massage of the Tao Mountain lineage, and has been practicing the art for 3 years now. He is a Reiki practitioner, certified to the 2nd degree, and also practices the amazing art of vibrational healing using Solfeggio tuning forks.
Gina Stropko Gina has been in practice as a Licensed Massage Therapist and certified Reflexologist since 1997. She has been a practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu since 2004. Her studies include Tai Chi Ch'uan, Polarity Therapy, Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Reflexology, Shiatzu, Myofascial Release, trauma and stress release therapies, Aromatherapy, and pain management. Gina combines different modalities of energy and body work to create a unique experience, tailored to the comfort and needs of each individual. She has extensive experience working with senior citizens and those suffering from chronic pain. Inspired by her love for our four- legged friends, Gina is a certified practitioner of Canine and Equine massage. Pets love massage too, and touch is healing for all! To learn more about her many talents, visit theHealing Arts page.
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.
"I’ve always felt that body, mind and spirit were different yet inseparable components of a whole being. People need help and healing on all of those levels, not just one or the other. I just needed to figure out how to help facilitate that healing in myself and others. That has been my journey and it’s had many twists and turns! Along the way, I’ve acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, became a Reiki master, a Licensed Massage Therapist (specializing in Thai and Deep Tissue work), and completed Yoga Teacher Training. The power of touch cannot be overestimated. I’m honored and humbled to have the opportunity, on a daily basis, to help bring joy and awareness to other divine beings. Because, after all, we are all divine!"
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.