Jennifer Komatsu - Owner, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner & Certified Massage Therapist

Jennifer Komatsu Holistic Health Practitioner

Jennifer Komatsu a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Massage Therapist whose background includes 15 years working in holistic health in a chiropractic office. Jennifer opened the Natural Path Wellness Center to offer an alternative approach to restoring and maintaining the body’s natural ability to heal itself through modalities such as massage, iridology, Ayurvedic, nutritional counseling, natural hormone balancing, colon hydrotherapy, homeopathic supplements, herbal remedies, and vitamins. The center also provides services for reflexology on hands and feet with or without hot stone, hydrating eye and lip treatment, crystal/stone therapy, microdermabrasion with hydro wand, detox/contour wrap, and sinus massage. Other health-promoting offerings for everyone include yoga and ballet barre sessions designed to improve quality of life through stress reduction, balanced emotion, better sleep and increased flexibility.

Stephanie Carver, R.N. - Ho’ola Essential Oils Educator

Stephanie Carver Registered Nurse

Stephanie Carver, R.N. is a Pain Management nurse working in the acute care setting for over 15 years. Born and raised here in the Central Valley, she specializes in an integrative approach to medical care that supports the mind and body. She is passionate about educating patients on the benefits of self-care; teaching strategies to help her patients shift out of the stress response of the body and into the relaxation response, where true healing can begin.

Stephanie is married with 3 children and is co-owner of Ho’ola Essential Oils.

Deborah Restuccia Barton, D.C.

Deborah Restuccia Barton Chiropractor

Dr. Deborah Restuccia Barton graduated from Life Chiropractic College-West in 1993, earning a doctorate degree in Chiropractic. Shortly after graduating she began her practice in Ripon. Her post graduate studies focused on functional nutrition and natural healing remedies which she applied not only to her patients but also to the care of her family.

Realizing a need for additional therapies to expedite her patient's healing process, she began studying and thus developing a passion for functional health and wellness. She pursued post-graduate credentials in functional blood chemistry analysis, clinical nutrition and functional analysis, neuroendocrine imbalances and immunology, mastering the thyroid, brain/gut connection to name a few. Nine years ago she began a functional health and wellness practice utilizing various testing modalities, natural supplements, and nutritional protocols to assist patients with fundamental nutritional needs to chronic health conditions. She continues to pursue training and education to better serve and assist her patients to realize a improved quality of life.

Merlita Bautista-Knecht - Certified Massage Therapist

Merlita brings numerous styles, techniques and life experiences to Natural Path Wellness Center. She is a Certified Massage Therapist, an Instructor for Continuing Education for Massage Therapy and someone who has worked with families in a social welfare setting. All of these skills are enhanced and influenced by her passion for gardening, yoga, and being a dedicated parent and grandparent.

As a massage therapist and body worker, Merlita loves to practice Acupressure, Deep Tissue Neuromuscular Therapy, Hot/Cold Stone Massage, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Lomi Lomi, Lymphatic Manual Drainage, Polarity, Pregnancy Massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Swedish. A hallmark of her unique style is her ability to draw from a myriad of different bodywork techniques to either deeply relax you or to specifically address an area of pain and restriction. She is available for both deep pressure and light energy work.
As an essential part of her therapy services, a treatment plan is designed to focus on her client’s individual health needs and wellness goals. She encourages maintenance steps to be taken by the client in between their therapy sessions. Merlita believes that the community deserves holistic approaches and wellness resources that will assist in bringing balance to body, mind, spirit and joy into their lives.
Merlita graduated from National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, Ca. and has been practicing bodywork since 1999. She is a Certified Instructor offering Continuing Education for massage therapists and the community through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, (NCBTMB), and holds a BA in Social Work from SF State University.

Mandy Sahota-Flood - Ayurvedic Specialist, Pancha Karma Specialist, Iridologist, Holistic Health Practitioner

Mandy Sahota-Flood Ayurvedic Specialist

Mandy was born in India and raised in Scotland, coming to the United States in 1972 after attending college and enrolling in a nursing program there. She has worked in the medical field since her immigration to the U.S. and has been a practitioner and sales representative of alternative medical and other various scientifically-related products. She is a graduate of the Holistic Life Institute, Certified as a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner with a focus on Iridology and Reiki, and from the California School of Ayurveda, certified as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Pancha Karma Specialist.

Mandy is a teaching practitioner who has designed and taught a 2-year Certification Program at both Modesto Junior and Merced Community Colleges with a primary focus on Iridology, Ayurveda, Reiki, Meditation and Herbology – Eastern vs. Western. She has been teaching Irridology and Ayurveda at the Holistic Life Institute for eight years. In a professional capacity, she provides Iridology Exams, Ayurvedic Consultations and Services and Reiki.

Janna Brocchini, FNP

Janna Brocchini Family Nurse Practitioner

Janna is a family nurse practitioner who has specialized in family practice, sports medicine, aesthetics and nutrition counseling. She has spent the last 5 years working at Romeo Medical Clinic and is excited to be working closer to home. She was born and raised in the Ripon/Manteca area and is committed to serving you on your path toward wellness.

Janna is a wife and mother of two. She finds great joy in the art of working with clients to reduce the signs of aging. Janna prides herself on injecting conservatively so that clients look rested and refreshed. She also believes in finding a nutritional balance to optimize whole body wellness. Janna has lived in the trenches of poor diet, high stress, inflammation, illness and weight fluctuations. For years, Janna normalized what she was doing to her body, rationalized the time between poor health and a day when she could begin taking care of herself. Janna began her personal journey nearly 10 years ago while balancing her husband and children, a part-time job and full-time graduate school. The grab-n-go diet, lack of movement, little sleep and increasing stress nearly derailed her whole person.

She has since learned that food should be used as a healing tool and uncovered the key to wellness, balancing life and nutrition.

Lenore Estrada - Certified Massage Therapist

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Eugina Zertuche - Certified Massage Therapist

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Michele Rall-Parrino - Licensed Esthetician - Certified Lash Artist/Certified Make Up Artist

Michele Rall-Parrino Licensed Esthetician

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Monica Bourke - Yoga Instructor

Monica Bourke Yoga Instructor

Monica Bourke (MSN, RN, RYT200, National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Adaptive Yoga for MS Certified) Masters prepared Registered Nurse with additional training in Integrated Care management (ICM), Integrated Healing Arts (IHA) and Health Coaching

Passionate about yoga, her journey began in 2013 on the advice of her primary care physician

due to chronic hip pain. Yoga changed her life. After the first class she was hooked and began to adopt a yogic lifestyle. Monica enjoys a variety of styles including Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative and Yin. She believes that embracing all forms of yoga creates balance between the body, mind and spirit, centering and grounding, enabling a deeper connection with other human beings. Committed to coaching others, she has been teaching the Anatomy and Physiology course in the I AM YOGA teacher training program for a couple of years. Initially, she became a certified yoga instructor to strengthen her knowledge as a Yoga Anatomy teacher but the life-changing quality of the training transformed her thirst for knowledge into a desire to teach.

When you take a yoga class from Monica you will be encouraged to embrace yourself by listening to your body, being present and letting go of what no longer serves you. She brings grace and gratitude to the mat, meeting each person, where they are, at that moment in time. Throughout her guided practice you will connect with your breathe and leave the outside world at the door.

Beyond yoga, Monica is married, a mother of two, works as a nurse in education for a Northern California health care system and is a Wellness Coach with Valley Naturopathic Doctors. She loves to explore healthy foods and cook, is a sucker for hats, scarves and artisan jewelry and enjoys playing in her garden. An avid hiker and backpacker, Monica spends her summers volunteering in the Preventative Search and Rescue Program at Yosemite National Park.
Monica Bourke: Wife, Mom, Nature Girl, Creative Cook, Accessory Aficionado, Yogi, Holistic Nurse, Health Coach. Living life to the fullest, moment by moment.

Mayra Anel Cortez Yoga InstructorMayra Anel Cortez - Yoga Instructor

Mayra Anel Cortez (RYT 200, National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Adaptive Yoga for MS Certified) Other degrees and certifications: Associate of Arts Degree in Dance (African Heritage Dance & Performance Certified, Classical Dance & Performance Certified)

Mayra aspires to a life that will forever invigorate her creative spirit. She has found that yoga does just that. Her journey to yoga began as a dancer, seeking a balance in strength and flexibility, a pursuit that blossomed into a lifestyle.

Yoga and dance have both stolen a piece of her heart, fueling her passion to become a guide and to share the transformative powers of movement with her community. Mayra's diverse experience and continued study in various approaches to yoga, movement, and breath allows her to offer a fresh perspective to the practice.

In her classes, she brings attention to body alignment, breath connection, and purposeful intention. Mayra greets all as a gentle and supportive teacher, in hopes to lead her students to find balance in the meditative release of the practice and to discover the empowerment of stretching personal limits, while honoring the body and the breath.

Daniell Darrimon - Yoga Instructor

Daniell Darrimon Yoga Instructor

I have been practicing yoga 6 years and became certified in 2014. For me, yoga is about the inner changes and awareness. My practice is a time to put everything else on hold and connect to my inner being. The heightened awareness I experience through my practice is what continues to draw me to my mat. My passion is to share the positive effects yoga has had upon my life in hopes of continuing this positive effect among others.

Sammy Schemper - Yoga Instructor

A long-time resident of San Jose, Sammy relocated to Ripon in 2015. Sammy was introduced to Bikram in 2000 and became attached to the heat, practicing on and off for years. It wasn’t until 2010 that she took her first Vinyasa class. Sammy was quickly drawn to this style of yoga, for its lightheartedness and breath-to-movement flow. This non-competitive practice has opened her heart and transformed her mentally, emotionally and physically. It was then that she wanted to share this special relationship with her community and help others in their own transformation.

In September 2012, Sammy completed her 200-hour Hatha-Vinyasa certification with Just Breathe Yoga in Santa Clara, CA under the direction of Angie Poon and Noell Clark.Sammy’s goal is to make every student feel comfortable in their bodies and their yoga practice. In her classes, she helps students discover the ease of movement, the beauty of the breath and the acceptance of self. Her warm energy and free-spirit shines through as she inspires her students to celebrate their individual gifts. She hopes to see you on the mat!

Cassie Defreese - Yoga Instructor

Cassie Defreese Yoga Instructor

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