Healing Arts Center Practitioners

Mary Jo Ahern, LMT

Therapeutic and Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue and injury treatment, Craniosacral Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Reflexology, Lomi Lomi Massage

From my dance I bring a balanced and grounded touch to each session. Through my love of nature, I maintain a deep connection to spirit, health and healing. I treat the whole body, both intuitively and technically, creating a sacred space of nurturing and caring.

Working quietly, I combine focused Deep Tissue Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Trigger Point therapy, and Foot Reflexology. For injuries or chronic pain, I use hot packs to aid in relaxation and demonstrate stretches and yoga poses to continue healing at home.

My commitment to the healing process has enabled me to see the larger picture of health and wellness. Working together my clients develop a greater vitality, prevent injury and leave with a sense of well-being.

I graduated from The Brian Utting School of Massage in 1990 and have been working at the Healing Arts Center ever since. My studies have been vast and varied and I tailor the session to the needs and changing rhythms of each client.

Che Blaine, LICSW


Personal Counseling/Psychotherapy;Relationship and Family Counseling/Psychotherapy; Geriatric/Elder Care Consultation; Conflict Mediation; Dreamwork; Spiritual/Shamanic Journeying

Note: Che is meeting with clients remotely during the pandemic.

The central goal that I have in meeting with my clients is to assist them in finding more happiness and freedom in their lives. The intention I have is to explore with you your desire to have a more healthy balance in the emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical aspects of your life.

A central question that I keep in mind is:”How can I be helpful?”. I encourage my clients to make overall goals for our counseling relationship as well as for each appointment. When I meet with my clients, my hope is to create together an atmosphere of safety, respect and trust. My focus is to encourage my clients’ exploration of their own personal power, wisdom and resources for understanding, healing and happiness.

I provide child, individual, couple and family counseling/psychotherapy and also assist in resolving couple/family/organizational disputes as a conflict mediator. My work as a counselor began in Alaska in 1979 and I have practiced at the Healing Arts Center since 1995. I am licensed in Washington as an Independent Clinical Social Worker and have extensive experience and training in marriage and family therapy. Since 1985 I have provided mediation services and am a Designated Mediator in San Juan County. I have also offered hospice care giving and elder care as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

The therapeutic approaches I offer include: trauma recovery, mindfulness training, stress and anger management, grief work, cognitive/behavioral therapy, insight work, hypnotherapy, creative imagery, play therapy, Jungian dream work, substance abuse and sexual addiction recovery, family of origin, family systems, ritual/ceremony development and adventure-based education. My focus is to arrive at a creative balance of these approaches that best matches each client’s needs.

Since 1985 I have had the honor of studying with traditional Northwest Coast medicine people and have received training in shamanic healing and journeying and offer shamanic work when clients request it.

For more information, please visit Che’s website, Steppingstone-Counseling.com

Danielle L. Dyer, L.Ac.

Acupuncture, Tuina (Chinese Sports Massage) Shiatsu (Japanese Meridian Massage), Chinese Herbs, Fire Cupping, Moxabustion, Gua Sha, Qigong, Reiki

Danielle received her Masters of Acupuncture from Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine in 2016. In 2017, she completed a two-year comprehensive Chinese Herbal Medicine program through the Jade Institute of Seattle. Once graduated, she quickly escaped the city and found sanctuary here on Orcas Island, the birthplace of her practice, Heal~Flow Acupuncture.

Her mission with Heal~Flow is to make Chinese Medicine more accessible through offering mobile and sliding-scale services. She hopes to broaden the scope of acupuncture beyond the solo practice or private office arena and into the daily lives of people and communities.

In the winter of 2016 Heal~Flow began by providing house calls to the Orcas community. Early that spring in partnership with Orcas Mandala Yoga and Bodywork Studio she started a sliding-scale community acupuncture clinic. In the summer of 2017 Heal~Flow Acupuncture started offering education and treatments at the Orcas Farmers Market. In the fall of 2018 Danielle joined the Healing Arts Center to fulfill a need in the community and deepen her practice with a network of local healers.

In offering Chinese Medicine in a variety of settings, she hopes to meet the needs of all her patients, while allowing more people to come into contact with this powerful medicine.

In Chinese Medicine flow is synonymous with health. All our organs, our emotions, our muscles, down to all the cells in our body want to work collaboratively to find harmony. Danielle’s work brings a reminder and a catalyst to keep the mind, body and spirit returning to a natural state of flow.

The body speaks and in healing we listen and we trust what is being communicated. Touch is vital to healing and is often missing from our experiences with modern medicine. Danielle uses touch not only as a means of gathering information from the body through pulse and channel palpation, but as a way to connect to the qi of each patient. Each treatment is unique to your body and the moment. In healing, the relationship of patient and practitioner is a partnership. Together we can bring you to your place of balance and flow.

Christopher Evans, LMT

Massage Therapy

I came to understand the profound power of massage while I volunteered as a receptionist for the Healing Arts Center in 2002. The following year I went on to study massage therapy at The Desert Institute of Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona. I graduated with over 1,000 hours of study in anatomy, physiology, practical and clinical massage. Returning to Orcas, I joined the Healing Arts Center in 2004, the same year my twin daughters were born, thus changing my life forever.

My massage is powerful, intuitive, deep and sensitive.  Some of my clients have described my massage as “deep tissue energy work,” “swimming with dolphins,” and “shamanic sports massage.” I work in a very present manner and always intend for your highest good and highest healing to come from the massage.

Between 2007 and 2010, I trained in the Anat Baniel Method (ABM), based upon the work of Moshe Feldenkrais. I have studied 800 hours in this dynamic system of brain reorganization through movement. The movement is designed to reeducate the way one uses their body, in order to make the impossible possible, the possible effortless, and the effortless elegant. It works directly with the nervous system in reorganizing the brain and building new neuro-pathways.  I offer group mat classes, as well as individual lessons. I have received additional certification to practice with children with special needs.  The ABM has excellent results in working with a variety of developmental disabilities, in teaching body awareness and awareness through movement.

April Hinsberger, RN, MSN, MSAOM

• Integrative Family Nurse Practitioner
• Primary Care
• Functional Medicine
• Acupuncture
• Massage Therapy
• Cupping/Moxa/GuaSha
• Low-level Laser Therapy

April Hinsberger holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Health Science and a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) from Bastyr University. She’s earned a master’s in Nursing (MSN), with a Family Practice specialty as well as an RN certification from Seattle University. Her massage training was through Bellevue School of Massage. She has additional training in Functional Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Yoga and Vipassana meditation. April is an ordained minister and has an interest in transpersonal psychology. When April is not researching your optimal health, she enjoys dancing, music, gardening, building, sailing, mountaineering and traveling. She owns and operates Manifest Medicine, an integrative healthcare practice. It is located on Orcas Island at the Healing Arts Center and online.

“I do not describe myself as a ‘healer’, instead I am a facilitator of healing transformation. I work alongside you as a collaborative partner and will listen intently to your story. I have many modalities to choose from depending on what we feel will work best for you. I use intuition alongside professional training to find and treat the root of your suffering. I’d love to meet you and hear your healing story!        Sincerely, April”

Contact April directly at 650-437-5683.  More info at manifestmedicine.com

Anita portrait with scarf

Anita L. Holladay, LMT

Therapeutic Massage; Reflexology; Chair Massage

Note: Anita is still affiliated with the HAC but has a limited practice at this time, accepting very few new clients.

I have been practicing bodywork since graduating from the Heartwood Institute in California in 1981.  The Healing Arts Center has been the home for my private practice since 1995.

I have training in many styles of bodywork, and especially enjoy working with elders these days.

The unique approach I bring to my bodywork, I believe, is a body-mind-spirit orientation. I am delighted to help clients free themselves of aches and pains. I love to help clients integrate physical changes with a renewed sense of emotional well-being. My work is usually accompanied by carefully chosen music, though you may choose silence, or just the sound of waves.

I am comfortable working with all ages, with pregnant and postpartum women, and with people experiencing serious illness, grief/trauma, or life transitions, as well as injuries and ordinary stress-related tensions and imbalances.

Deborah Martyn, LMT

Trager Integration; Therapeutic & Swedish Massage; Energy Healing; Plant oils & essences; Acupressure; Reflexology; Pregnancy/Postpartum Massage; Massage with Stones; Chair Massage

A resident of Orcas since 1980, I began my training in the healing arts in 1987 with Reiki energy healing. I have been part of the Healing Arts Center since 1988.

My specialty is TRAGER Psychophysical Integration; a mouthful to say, yes, but very lovely to feel. The Trager Approach involves an ‘educated’ stretching of the body’s tissues, encouraging opening, release and integration through an experience of undulations and rocking, articulation of joints, all within an “attitude” of light, freeing, effortless movement. Trager works deeply and holistically with the mind-body, pain free.

I am also adept in Swedish massage and can accommodate a client’s desire for Lomi Lomi, some deep tissue work, stone massage, pregnancy, postpartum, chair massage, and injury and illness treatment. I am self-educated in nutrition, use of plant oils (DoTerra) and plant essences (Perelandra). I constantly delve into the subject of Consciousness through many avenues including the Avatar courses created by Harry Palmer. My current study is meridian massage incorporating the benefit of this ancient energy awareness with other modalities and knowledge; I continue to integrate for our mutual wellbeing.

Other activities and interests: I work as professional seamstress, knitting instructor and a naturalist of 40 years in both the marine and terrestrial environs. I am a passionate explorer of all Nature, both physical and metaphysical, and love to share the sacred joy of nurturing touch and healing intent. Organic gardening is a current joy for my own well-being balance.

May you be happy and well.

You may contact Deborah directly at whalelight7@gmail.com or through the Healing Arts Center.
Washington Massage License #: MA0020597

Michael Mitchell, LMT

Massage Therapy

Michael graduated from the Massage Institute of New England in 2001 and has been practicing massage full time ever since. Training in and working in both clinical and spa environments, Michael tries to tailor each massage to the individual client’s needs.

A list of studied modalities includes but is not limited to: Swedish, deep tissue, injury rehab, sports performance enhancement, myofascial release, therapeutic stretching regaining range of motion and several corrective modalities for structure. Often sessions are combinations of many techniques acquired over his career that have proved most effective on clients.

Michael views performing bodywork on a person as an honor and privilege and believes everyone can benefit from receiving massage. He tries to create an atmosphere in the studio where the client feels empowered to give feedback and take ownership of the bodywork session. He believes clients should always feel in charge of the work they receive.

A full-time resident of Orcas Island since 1995, Michael has two kids who grew up here and he is a proud member of his community and the Healing Arts Center.

Rena Patty – On Sabbatical

Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication

NOTE: Rena is on a long-term educational sabbatical at this time.

Rena is a lifelong resident of Orcas Island. A Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, Rena is available through the Healing Arts Center for private coaching sessions, conflict mediation, professional meeting facilitation (for local non-profits or businesses), NVC workshops and NVC practice groups.

Rena is a graduate of the BayNVC Nonviolent Communication Leadership Program and has worked as an assistant trainer for the BayNVC Leadership Program.  Rena has also volunteered annually as an assistant trainer for NVC Family Camps and NVC and Diversity workshops.  Rena has been studying NVC since 1997 and leading NVC practice groups and NVC workshops since 2001.  Rena currently volunteers for The Freedom Project teaching Nonviolent Communication in the prisons in Washington state, is a dedicated social change activist, and has expertise in meeting facilitation.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is based on the principles of nonviolence – the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart.  NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical – are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.  People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution.”  ~ Center for Nonviolent Communication website

Learn more: Center for Nonviolent Communication

The Freedom Project

BayNVC Leadership Program

NVC Family Camp

NVC and Diversity

Alisé Prejean, LMT 

Massage Therapy, Astrology/Astrological Consultation, Regression Therapy

Alisé began studying massage at Myotherapy Institute of Massage in 1998 and has been practicing massage professionally on Orcas Island for 17 years.  Alisé utilizes the body’s natural capacity to heal by promoting relaxation with technique and intent.  Alisé’s massage sessions generally utilize reflexology, acupressure, and Swedish techniques, with some deep tissue.

  • She offers 60-minute and 90-minute massage sessions.

Alisé has been studying evolutionary astrology with Kim Marie Weimer at Evolutionary Astrology Network since 2011.  Astrology is a healing tool that utilizes the understanding of natural planetary/energetic cycles in the sky that fuel our own energy and that our psychology and bodies reflect. Understanding your personal birth chart along with specific current planetary transits gives one an opportunity for deeper understanding and flowing with life cycles and one’s personal evolutionary intent as illustrated in the personal birth chart.

She offers natal/birth chart readings, transit readings, and solar return readings.  Readings are by appointment in person or via phone and recorded as requested.

  • Each astrology session is generally 90 minutes in duration.

Alisé earned her basic certification in regression techniques with Patricia Walsh and the Woolger Institute in August 2014. The regression techniques, as developed by psychotherapist Roger Woolger, utilize body memory of trauma whether that be mental, emotional, or physical trauma, in order to release unhealthy or unwanted patterns and held traumatic memories, often called complexes, in the psyche and body.

  • Each regression session is generally 3 hours in duration.

Erin Quies Wild, LMT

Therapeutic Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Injury Treatment, Medical/Insurance Billing,  Maya Abdominal Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Herbal Medicines, Spiritual Healings/Ceremonies and Doula services

Note: Erin has transitioned to a limited, at-home practice at this time.

Erin studied pre-med in college and got her BS in environmental sciences. She  has always been fascinated by the human body and health. In 2007 she graduated from the Brian Utting School of Massage, which is known to have one of the most comprehensive and thorough massage therapy programs in the country. She combines this in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology with a deep reverence for the emotional and spiritual health of each person she works with. Erin weaves together specific, deep, technical skills with a nurturing and compassionate fluidity.

Erin provides a unique and holistic experience for her clients, combining deep tissue, Swedish, and Lomi-lomi massage with acupressure, breath awareness, guided relaxation, stretching, yoga postures, and take-home exercises.  She is especially passionate about helping people who are experiencing chronic or acute discomfort, recovering from injuries and surgeries or those who are going through challenging times in their lives.

In 2012, Erin traveled to Belize to complete a year-long study of traditional Maya Abdominal Therapy with Dr. Rosita Arvigo.  She is excited to offer this therapy which is extremely effective in treating many digestive and female reproductive ailments.

Erin is a a provider for several health insurance companies.  She  feels strongly about bringing therapeutic massage into mainstream health care as a complement to Western modern medicine, Eastern medicine, physical therapy and chiropractic work. She is passionate about preventative and complementary health care and is dedicated to helping each of her clients find their own unique path to well-being.

Erin is also a Birth Doula and a student of herbalism.  She facilitates Doula trainings, retreats and ceremonies for various rites of passages.

Erin moved to Orcas Island in 2004 and has fallen in love with the simple, yet dynamic island community. When she is not doing bodywork or facilitating healing, she spends time in nature, growing food and learning from the earth with her husband and their daughter and son.  She loves backpacking and camping, making herbal medicines, celebrating life with friends, practicing yoga, dancing, singing, and traveling.

See more at Erin’s website

Christa Smith, LMT

Therapeutic, Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Sports Injury Massage; Prenatal Massage; Reflexology

I enjoy providing nurturing and caring massage to my family and community and have been doing so for over 10 years now. I love that I always have my hands with me and that wherever I go I am able to share my work. I have traveled to many remote places and have so enjoyed seeing the wonder on people’s faces as I give them a hand massage or neck massage.  People light up whether it is a new friend or acquaintance, friends or family there is something that comes alive in people when they are able to experience a gentle and caring touch. I truly believe in the power of touch and the awareness that it brings to each person about their body, mind and spirit.  I create a warm, nurturing and safe place for clients to focus on the health and healing of their whole selves, whether it is an injury that needs treatment, relaxation to release stress or grounding with your inner self. My treatments involve both technical awareness of the muscles and a clear intuitive sense of how to help work with each individual person.

My treatments include therapeutic and deep tissue massage, foot reflexology, Therapeutic Touch, and facilitated stretching. I also use heat packs to help facilitate the relaxation process and aid in the treatment of injuries. I enjoy using a blend of these and more modalities to address the specific needs of each client. Through my massage my hope and intention is to help people look inside themselves a little more, let go a little more and love a lot more.  I look forward to working with you.

Patrick Stockstill, LMT

Esalen® Massage; Deep Bodywork®; Massage Therapy

Giving and receiving massage has taught me volumes about myself and about the human condition. I have gained greater patience, compassion, and focused attention through my thousands of hours working one on one with people with a wide range of lived experiences. My bodywork practice is deeply informed by my decade of trainings and workshops at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. I am excited to share this world-renowned practice with the residents of Orcas Island. 

“Esalen® Massage is best described as the meeting and merging of form, energy, structure, and soul. With its nurturing contact, long strokes, and detailed attention to the whole body, an Esalen Massage provides a state of deep relaxation and healing. Our holistic modality, designed to enhance awareness and balance, achieves therapeutic effects without deep-tissue techniques. Practitioners combine a full-bodied presence with slow, focused muscle work to release everyday stresses, still the mind, and leave you feeling integrated and relaxed. They are dedicated to connecting deeply with each client, and can accommodate specific requests and preferences.” (Description from esalen.org)

I have been a massage therapist since 2008, completing over 1000 hours of training. I previously taught deep tissue massage and anatomy at McKinnon Body Therapy Center in Oakland, and I completed coursework to become an Esalen Massage teacher in 2019. I moved to Orcas Island in 2021 with my family. Before that, I practiced massage in California in my own office and in yoga studios, where I also used to teach Bhakti flow yoga. 

Please book your session directly on my website – bhaktimassage.com – or by contacting the Healing Arts Center.
About Esalen massage: https://www.esalen.org/visit/massage 

About Deep Bodywork: https://www.deepbodywork.com/about/about-deep-bodywork/