Affiliates

These fine folks office with me at Spark Wellness and I highly recommend their care.   ~Desirée

Acupuncture

Meghan ForrestMeghan Forrest, Licensed Acupuncturist

To schedule with Meghan, click here: ForrestAcu

Meghan Forrest is an experienced acupuncturist with a passion for holistic living. Meghan listens deeply and thinks creatively to help each patient rediscover balance and their own internal healing power. Her healing tools include acupuncture, cupping, tui na orthopedic massage, herbs, and nutrition/dietary therapy. Meghan also draws upon extensive training in Western allopathic and naturopathic medicine to create an appropriate and holistic treatment plan for each patient.

Meghan is licensed by the Minnesota State Medical Board and certified by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Meghan graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern Health Sciences University. Her apprenticeship experiences included the Courage Center, VOA geriatric care, the Pillsbury House Community Clinic, and the Edith Davis Teaching Clinic.

Before going to graduate school, Meghan instructed experiential wilderness courses for Outward Bound. During her ten years as wilderness educator, Meghan witnessed too many people limited from living their fullest life due to chronic pain and/or illness. Dietary changes and acupuncture helped her recover from her own struggles with chronic digestive illness and pain from chronic injuries. This experience helps Meghan relate with patients and fuels her commitment to finding effective, individualized treatment plans.

Beyond natural medicine, Meghan enjoys outdoor recreation, gardening, keeping honeybees, and spending time with her beloved husband and daughter.

Chiropractic

marthaDr. Martha DeSante, Chiropractor

Dr. DeSante’s life purpose is to help people reconnect with their bodies and learn to inhabit them with love and joy. She works to help people heal from the wounds of denying themselves priority, pleasure and play. Dr. DeSante loves to help people reclaim their power as the CEO of their health and wellness using the tools of the awesome chiropractic adjustment, yoga and Pilates, breath and awareness. She understands the large obstacles to radical self love that we all face in the time and culture in which we live. She would be happy to share some of her own struggles with developing positive body image and self love or her “mess to success” story, if you are interested.

In November of 2011, Dr. DeSante graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern Health Sciences University with a Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC). While at Northwestern, she also began a certification program with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) in Prenatal and Pediatric Chiropractic care above and beyond what is taught at the basic DC level and is also certified in Webster Technique. Dr. DeSante is continuing this educational pursuit in an attempt to provide the best possible care to expectant mothers and children. She thoroughly enjoys working with pregnant women during this very exciting and transformational period in their lives. Dr. DeSante treasures and respects the amount of trust a parent places in her hands when requesting that she adjust his or her child.

Prior to starting chiropractic school, Dr. DeSante worked as Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) for children with Autism spectrum disorders, mental retardation, traumatic brain injury and other developmental disabilities. She is comfortable and experienced in interacting with this population and appreciates dialogue with parents regarding the unique needs of their child. Dr. DeSante welcomes the opportunity to treat any patient interested in receiving chiropractic care.

In addition to providing chiropractic care, Dr. DeSante has experience in yoga and Pilates instruction and understands the unique needs of yoga and Pilates enthusiasts. In October 2004, Dr. DeSante completed the 200 hour yoga teacher certification program at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Wellness in Lenox, Massachusetts. In July of 2008, she received training in Pre and Postnatal yoga instruction at 5 Elements Yoga Studio in Brampton, Ontario. She has taught yoga in both group class and private instruction formats in a variety of settings to all types of clients for eight years now. Dr. DeSante has also received training in STOTT Pilates instruction through an apprenticeship at a STOTT studio and several trainings in usage of the reformer, stability balls and various other Pilates pieces of equipment. She loves to share in the experience when a student has an “ah-hah!” breakthrough moment.

Dr. DeSante is passionate about eating real food and maximizing health through whole food nutrition. She believes that the foundation for optimal health is built upon a diet consisting of real, whole foods, and engaging in generous amounts of physical activity and regular stress relieving practices. She is happy to discuss elements of your wellness lifestyle with you.

In her spare time, Dr. DeSante enjoys being active outside in the natural world, cooking, reading and spending time with her husband, Paul, and dog, Emma.

To make an appointment with Dr. DeSante, please visit her website at backinbody.com

Massage/Reiki

Reka Laeger-Hagemeister, Certified Massage Therapist

Reka is a skilled Massage and Shiatsu Therapist in South Minneapolis.   She completed her training in Eastern and Western bodywork modalities from CenterPoint School in Minneapolis in 2009.  Her intuitive hands bring on deep relaxation and healing for the whole body and mind.
Every body is different, and every session is a unique work of art.  She finds bodywork to be especially helpful for people experiencing chronic pain and stress from life and illness.
     “I have found bodywork to be a wonderful outlet for my creative energy.  The best part for me is bringing relief and comfort to clients feeling pain and stress.  Massage is a great supplement to your life, and is a very powerful tool in manaing chronic stress, tension and illness.  I am very honored to be apart of the health regimen for my clients.  What a wonderful gift to be able to give,
the gift of Touch.”

To schedule with Reka, visit her website at bodyworkbyreka.com


Fannie Livaditis, Certified Massage Therapist

To schedule with Fannie, visit her website at: www.massagebyfannie.comfanniepic

 

 

 

 

Phil Zuber, Certified Massage Therapist

16 years experience

advanced deep tissue

trigger point therapy

sport massage

swedish / esalen / relaxation massage

specialized foot massage

hands on energy work / reiki

prenatal massage

To schedule with Phil, visit his website at zubermassage.com