Dr. Aisha Manji (Registered Naturopathic Doctor, Homeopathic Doctor)

Dr. Aisha Hernandez Vargas

About Dr. Aisha

Dr. Aisha has always had a strong belief that true healing goes beyond the physical manifestations of disease and should also encompass the emotional and Spiritual components of a person. With her patients, she works to assess the whole person - body, mind and Spirit - in order to identify the root cause of illness. Her compassionate and patient-centered approach allows for her to be fully present with her patients, acknowledging their concerns no matter how small, and guiding them to find their balance in health using the healing power of nature.

Her passion for mind-body medicine, specifically homeopathy, was sparked in 2006 when she had the opportunity to travel to the foothills of the Himalayas to learn about India's traditional systems of medicine. While training with a variety of practitioners (homeopathic, naturopathic, medical and Ayurvedic) she recognized that incorporating the mental/emotional aspect is essential to allow the patient to let go of what holds them back from experiencing life to its fullest. By removing the lenses through which they are seeing their life, homeopathy allows them to see their reality with increased clarity. Through personal experience with homeopathic remedies, she herself has been able to appreciate the profound shift that can occur when the correct remedy is chosen.

This homeopathic philosophy resonated with her and so after completing her ND program, she went to further her homeopathic training at the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine. Throughout the years she has had the opportunity to learn from internationally-reknown Homeopaths such as Divya Chhabra, Rajan Sankaran, Franz Vermeulen and Alize Timmerman, and currently uses homeopathy with most of her patients.

In her practice, Dr. Aisha focuses on mental health, women's health and chronic disease. She has over two years of experience treating patients with chronic Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness, and is a member of the international Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), an organization dedicated to the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of Lyme and its associated diseases.

Dr. Aisha applies her knowledge, passion and dedication to her current practice and to the treatment of every patient she sees and The Samadhi Tree is proud to have her!

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science in Physiology - McGill University, 2003
  • Diploma in Naturopathic Medicine - Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2008
  • Registered Naturopathic Doctor with the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA) - since 2011
  • Registered Naturopathic Doctor with the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) - since 2010
  • Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (DHMHS) - Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine, 2010

 

Lana Marie (RMT - Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Cupping Therapy)

About Lana

"I truly believe that good health is yours for the taking. When you are equipped with the right tools and knowledge, you are ultimately in control of your health. In my massage sessions I will use all of the knowledge, skills and the strong intuition I have to create and tailor the most effective treatment plan for each individual case. But more importantly I will educate you, the client, on how to be part of the healing process. I hope this will help bring to you the understanding of how to properly maintain that balanced, healthy and happy body effectively putting the control back into your hands.

I was first introduced to Massage Therapy after an old injury in my shoulder was giving me chronic pain with no relief. After experiencing the incredible results massage had provided me, coupled with what had always seemed like a natural talent of mine, a passion to help others was instilled and I graduated at the top of my class from the 2280 hour program at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2007. My strong desire to aide healing and my thirst to always keep learning brought further training in Myofascial Release, Reflexology and most recently Cupping Massage. Since starting my practice I have worked with a wide range of clients dealing with numerous therapeutic needs. My treatments are always filled with a lot of intent and I listen to what the body is telling me.

I am a very calming and positive therapist to be around and combined with the years of experience and education I have picked up along the way, I am very confident I can help you reach your goals and to achieve lasting results."

Credentials

  • Registered Massage Therapy - CCMH, 2007.
  • Certificate in Reflexology - Wild Rose College of Natural Healing, 2009.
  • Certificate in Myofascial Release - Denny Paccagnan, 2011.
  • Certificate in Introduction to Cupping Massage - Chantal Moen, 2015.

 

Sasha Spronk (Certified Iridologist, Usui Reiki Master, Intuitive Counselling Practitioner)

Sasha Spronk

About Sasha

Perhaps its' true what they say - "the eyes are the window to the soul". Essentially they are the windows to one's overall health and well-being and as an inspiring intuitive from her younger years, Sasha always knew there was more than what meets the eye....

Upon learning of a dear friend's deteroriating health and in the absence of a clear medical explanation, Sasha experienced a sense of urgency to detect the source and find a solution. As Sasha's curiosity and concern grew she reached out to a knowledgeable friend who led her to Dr. Eugene Orr - a man who had confidently mastered the art of looking into the Iris and the subsequent ability to locate the root of ones' dis-ease. This was a pivotal moment for Sasha and soon after she decided to pursue her holistic career and studied to become a Certified Iridologist.

In 2013, Sasha completed her certificate in Iridology with the Herbal School of Modern Medicine and continues to study under her mentor, Dr. Orr. The study of Iridology has been an incredible journey for Sasha in understanding that every being is one-of-a-kind, just as every Iris is unique to each individual. Once she began to listen to her natural calling, she was guided once again towards her Reiki Teacher who taught her the raw art of Reiki and ancient First Nations Traditions. Sasha's natural claircognizance has given her a sense of purpose and passion for healing.

Credentials

  • Certificate in Practical Iridology, Registered through the School of Modern Medicine (President Steven Horne) - 2013.
  • Usui Reiki Master - 2015.

 

Selina Bhanji (Reiki Tummo Master, Certified Practitioner in Heart Based Therapeutics)

Selina Bhanji

About Selina

With over 7 years of experience as a Reiki Tummo practitioner, Selina has mastered the practice of channeling divine energy in order to provide deep healing throughout her clients physical, emotional and mental body layers, leaving her clients feeling happier, lighter and ready to move forward in life.  Reiki Tummo is a very special energy channeling modality which allows the practitioner to channel both divine energy and kundalini energy in order to heal at a deep cellular level.  Selina has studied and continues to study the Yoga curriculum with the Padmacahaya International Institute for Inner Study at the highest level.  Selina promotes and coordinates Reiki Tummo and Open Heart Workshops in Calgary, helping individuals to learn how to be proactive with their health and wellness.

Selina is always looking for new ways to help her clients to be their healthiest and has become an Instructor of Secrets of Natural Walking - a modality that teaches us how to walk properly and naturally.  As a result, the muscles, spine, individual discs and meridians are adjusted to how they are meant to be, improving our emotional health and mind as well as our spiritual heart so that we can be happier in our daily lives.

Selina is also a Certified Practitioner in Heart Based Therapeutics and is currently pursuing her advanced certification.  As a Heart Based Therapeutics Practitioner, Selina supports her clients in overcoming blockages, stuck emotional patterns and resistance to meeting their goals.  She is able to help them have a deeper experience of feeling safe and unconditionally loved by the Source of Love.  This includes coaching them on being able to effortlessly shift into positive feelings, deepen their experience of peace, calm and joy and feel heartfelt gratitude on a deeper level.  Her clients are able to feel the difference between self-created emotions and true heart feelings, and feel reduced emotional re-activity and the negative effects of stress.  They let go of the illusion of trying to become good enough and experience a greater level of forgiveness of themselves and others which improves their overall effectiveness and ability to reach their true potential.

In addition, Selina has become very skilled at helping clients let go of emotional patterns through the ability to intuitively pair them with the essential oils best suited for their individual needs.  She is well versed  in the healing benefits and attributes of essential oils and is looking forward to helping you uncover the perfect ones for you.

Selina feels so blessed to be on this journey to help clients feel a beauty and joy in life far beyond what many realize they are meant to experience in this lifetime and The Samadhi Tree is very fortunate to have her!

Credentials

  • Reiki Tummo - Levels 1, 2, 3A Master Certification, 2008-2015.
  • Mastering Reiki Tummo & Mastering Reiki Tummo ++ Certification, 2014.
  • Meditation & Kundalini Workshop Certification
  • Open Heart Workshop Certifications – Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
  • True Self Retreat
  • Master Yoga 1 Level 5 & Master Yoga 2 Level 1
  • Certified Practitioner in Heart Based Therapeutics (HBTC), 2016.
  • Secrets of Natural Walking Instructor

 

Maryna Evans (DTCM, R.Ac -Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Registered Acupuncturist/Sports Injury, RMT - Deep Tissue/Myofasical Massage)

About Maryna

After graduating high school, Maryna enrolled into University to become a teacher. While traveling to Asia during her first year of school, she soon discovered a passion for massage and acupuncture. She observed a culture where food and touch are the peoples' medicine; where people lived a relaxed lifestyle with a proactive approch to health and soon fell in love. Most people in Asia practice yoga or Tai Chi after work, eat incredible dishes that are infused with healing herbs and treat themselves to Acupuncture and/or Massage to prevent disease. These practices are not just alternative medicines but instead, a traditional way of life.

After returning from her travels with new inspiration, Maryna decided to leave University to pursue a career of helping people through working with the body. Fastforward 8 years later and Maryna now has a successful massage therapy practice and has just recently finished her acupuncture schooling and she couldn't imagine a more rewarding job - relieving a person's pain and allowing them to feel their best is the most amazing feeling to Maryna!

Maryna graduated from the Foothills College of Massage in 2008 and most recently completed her Acupuncture designation at the Calgary College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Her goal is to combine Acupuncture, massage and cupping therapies to obtain maximum health benefits for her patients'. She specializes in, but is not limited to, deep tissue massage techniques and Acupuncture focusing on injury and trauma. Her past work with patients has included motor vehicle accidents, pre-natal massage, musculotendinous tears (tendonitis) and post-surgical scar tissue manipulation.

This year Maryna will be attending an internship at the China Japan Friendship hospital in Beijing, China that focuses on looking at how Acupuncture is integrated with Western Medicine in a hospitalized setting.

Credentials

  • Registered Massage Therapy - Foothills College of Massage, 2008.
  • Orthopedic Assessment and Advanced Orthopedic Massage - Seminars for Health, 2014.
  • Emergency First Aid/CPR/AED Level C, 2016.
  • Registered Acupuncturist (Restricted) - Calgary College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, 2016.

 

Julie Iannelli (Certified Reiki Tummo Practitioner, Distance Healing Sessions)

Julie Iannelli

About Julie

A lifelong love of nature, an unquenching desire to learn, and a continual drive to help others have provided me with a breadth of experiences that have served as the foundation of not only my journey in personal healing, but in becoming inspired to help others heal themselves.

Balancing academics with being active has always been an integral part of my life, with competitive provincial volleyball and speedskating keeping me grounded as I pursued degrees at the University of Calgary.  In 1999, I graduated with a BSc Honors in Computer Science, including a Minor in Astrophysics (placating my early desire to be an astronaut).  I was fortunate to receive an NSERC scholarship and returned to complete my Masters in Science, specializing in simulating the northern lights.  

It was at this point that my desire to help people continued drawing me into roles where I could be a helper and facilitator, as I moved from software development into management.  I am now a Senior Director of Research & Development at a medical software company here in Calgary.

It was during the latter part of this journey where I encountered a litany of challenges - health, personal, and emotional - and found myself standing on the edge of a proverbial cliff, at the most uncertain and overwhelmingly uncomfortable place I’ve been in my entire life.

Inspired by the help of Dr Cameron Forster and the wonderful folks at The Samadhi Tree, I found myself “Falling to Let Go”... to let go of my pain, my fear, my perception of control… and found a completely foreign sense of freedom.  I deserved to be loved.  I deserved to heal.

This gave me hope, faith in myself, and a deep resonating desire to help other people find what I had… strength in finding a way through their own obstacles.  After Learning Reiki Tummo, it felt like a fire had been lit deep in my soul, and I’ve been inspired to help friends, children, animals, and even strangers with hundreds and hundreds of treatments ever since.

Let me help you use your own challenges as a catalyst, along with Reiki Tummo, for your own healing journey.

Credentials

  • BSc Honors Computer Science (1999), MSc Computer Graphics (2004) - University of Calgary
  • Standard First Aid, CPR & AED (2009-2020)
  • Certified Fitness Instructor Specialist - Canfitpro
  • Padmacahaya International Institute for Inner Study Certifications & Workshops (2016-2017)
    • Reiki Tummo - Levels 1, 2 & 3A
    • Meditation and Kundalini
    • Spiritual Retreat
  • See www.linkedin.com/in/julie-iannelli-029a9a3b for more info