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Cindy Bender

Yoga Instructor

She is a 200-hour RYT certified Hatha Yoga teacher and a 500-hour KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. Cindy also regularly takes part in yoga training workshops and practicums. 


In 1986, Cindy began practicing yoga because of severe repeated asthma attacks requiring daily medications. With regular Yoga practice, she became able to breathe independently and has recognized the many additional unexpected gifts received from yoga: increased overall wellness and strength, less depression and fear, more confidence and openness to life, a greater sense of peace and safety – and much more. 


Cindy sums up her teaching style as “skilled, present, open-hearted, interconnected, and fun”. She believes that EveryBody (and Any Body!) can practice yoga safely by doing what you can and not worrying about what you can’t do.


In addition to her professional yoga certifications and experience, she has worked in Training, Development and Employee Benefits roles for more than 30 years and

has a BS in Business Administration from Eckerd College.


Annette Byman

Color & Style Analysis Specialist

House of Colour​


We are born into a world of color, but yet few of us realize how we are affected by color and the impact it can have on us. Not all of us can successfully wear the same colors. Our uniqueness determines the colors we should surround ourselves with. By harnessing this power, you learn how to enhance your appearance based on your unique color and style, while being true to who you are at your core. When you look good, you feel good… and that positively affects everything you do...on many levels. Annette works with clients to identify the right tone of colors to wear to "bring them into focus" and the correct style of clothes to wear "to best dress their body architecture” all the while reflecting their personality.


If you’re looking to enhance your personal, career or business prospects, Annette's clients learn how to become visible, memorable and “show up to life as the best version of themselves.” She also supports with learning how to create a versatile capsule wardrobe, to save them time and money.

House of Colour is a UK based company with over 35 years of experience applying the

science of color and style for men, women and children of all ages.


Cindy Carfore

Founder & Director of AHA!
QEST (QE), Reiki Master

She is the Founder and Director of AHA! A Holistic Approach Center.

Like many of us, she was first deeply transformed herself by the resounding wholeness that holistic healing can provide.


Cindy suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for15 years, and during that time her mother Luella also became ill with cancer. A trip to Colorado in late 2000 proved to be one of the most pivotal and transformational growth points of her life. She discovered Quantam Energetics Structured Therapy (QEST), and was deeply impacted by the profound improvement this energy healing created to alleviate her fatigue. So moved, she returned to Colorado to learn and receive QEST sessions, every 6 weeks for 18 months, and ultimately became a QEST Practitioner herself. She then knew she desired to create a foundation that will provide complementary medical care for cancer patients.


Cindy has earned her:

- Bachelor of Science & Medical Technology (ASCP) from Western Michigan University

- QE Practitioner Certification from the Quantum Energetics Institute

- Masters of Natural Health from Clayton College

- Doctorate in Naturopathy from Clayton College

Susan Carter

Iyengar Yoga Instructor

A Certified Iyengar yoga teacher, her classes focus on alignment, careful sequencing and modifications for students, when needed. 


Susan completed her Iyengar certification – Introductory Level in 2015 and is currently

pursing her next level.  


Sondra Dansby

Class Instructor

She created the 'Stretch n Strength' class to offer a combination of many techniques that focus on increasing strength and balance. Sondra also teaches Tai Chi Tune-Up: two modified forms of TC for balance, concentration, coordination & fun. She includes Qi Gong exercises for managing health.


Sondra's credentials include Reiki Master, Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher,

chair yoga certification and teacher trained in Yoga Away’s Viniyoga Program. She developed

her TC classes after becoming certified in "TC: Moving for Better Balance", an

evidence -based fall prevention program.


Peggy Day

Front Desk​

A retired nurse, she moved to Fort Myers in 2014 and loves her community and surroundings. When she is not working the front desk, she is thoroughly enjoying life.  She say she “feels lucky to have found AHA!” and has been with us since 2015.


(We feel lucky to have found her too!)


Lynn Epstein

Front Desk

She joined the AHA! team in September on 2019 and is works part time on the front desk. She relocated to Fort Myers from Long Island in 2017 and is the mother of two daughters, and the proud Grandmother of a Grandson. 


She enjoys the Florida lifestyle of boats, water and being outdoors!


Leon & Suzie Favreau

Partnership - In - Healing​


Leon has been doing energy work since 2002 and was certified in Reconnective Healing in 2006.


  Suzie is an intuitive a spiritual channeler.  Together they’ve developed a unique form

of energy work called Partnership-in-Healing.


Mary Hagan,LMT

Massage Therapist (MA89887)

She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, specializing in Ashiatsu Massage for 12 years. In 2019, she brought an established massage business of eleven years to Fort Myers from Northeast Iowa, and has felt extremely welcomed into the community by so many amazing people looking to maintain and/or reestablish wellness in their lives.


She takes a tremendous amount of pride in the level of service and commitment offered to each and every client, and loves to help people solve the most common pain concerns as an alternate option to bigger medical procedures. She knows gaining control of your own health is empowering and loves to to witness first-hand what massage can do to relieve stress and tension in the body. 


Mary strives to help people gain personal confidence in their own healthcare, so that they may feel empowered knowing they have a choice.  She chooses to be a Therapeutic Body-Worker so that others can take care of their pain, and not let their pain control them.


Mary received her training at Deepfeet Bar Therapy in Denver, CO.


Karen Lauchlan, LMT, CLT, RN

Craniosacral & Massage Therapist (MA 85827)

She is trained in sports and chair massage, acupressure, myo-fascial release, and CranialSacral Therapy.  She is also certified in Lymphedema Therapy and Manual Lymphatic Drainage.


Originally from Scotland, Karen is also an RN. She has passed all five levels of the

Upledger Institute’s Cranial Sacral Program and was a Teacher’s Assistant for a year.

She has also received her Lymphedema Therapy Certificate.


Dan Mahoney

Adult Fitness Instructor

He is a Certified Group and Senior Fitness Instructor. Having always been an athlete, he believes health and fitness are essential to quality of life for our older and health challenged populations.

Dan received his certification as a Group Fitness Instructor & Senior Fitness Specialist with the

Athletic and Fitness Association of America & The National Academy of Sports Medicine.

He possesses certificates in Sunrise Yoga & Resistance/Circuit Training.

Renee Moore

Front Desk​

After many exciting careers (Texas cattle ranch, modelling & acting in NYC, Europe & LA, working on Wall St, dental practice administrator in NC), she joined AHA in 2017.


Now happily semi-retired, she says’ she “gets to play at AHA with this amazing group of kind & talented teachers, healers & therapists.” She is a devoted mom to her rescue dog 'Malibu,' loves dancing and chasing live music all-around SWFL.



Robert Murdoch, A.P.

Acupuncture, Functional Medicine, Holistic Pediatrics

An Acupuncture Physician for over 39 years, Robert Murdoch also specializes in Functional Medicine and Holistic Pediatrics. He is dedicated to helping people recover from injury and illness, mild and severe, and to give them back their lives.


Dr. Murdoch possesses over 4400 hours of medical and natural medical training, including 5 years at the College of Traditional Acupuncture, Royal Leamington Spa, UK In addition to television and radio appearances.


He has authored three books and has been published in the British Medical Journal,

Red Flags, and Acupuncture Today.

Laurie Nienhaus


A massage therapist for over eighteen years, now focuses solely on QEST -
Quantum Energetics Structured Therapy.

Her schooling includes The Oregon School of Massage, Portland, Oregon;

The Quantum Energetics Institute of Fort Collins, Colorado.

Sarah Nordin

Iyengar Yoga Instructor


She is an Intermediate Junior II Level Iyengar Yoga Teacher.

It all started in 1998 as a means to stretch after a week of various sports. She was immediately drawn to the clarity of the Iyengar methodology.


Sarah has studied with many senior Iyengar teachers from numerous countries and is grateful to have been able to travel to Pune, India to study directly with the Iyengar family. She thoroughly enjoys teaching and sharing her passion, joy, and the life work of B.K.S Iyengar.  She is committed to continual learning and prides herself on always striving for excellence in her teaching.


Sarah moved from Columbus, GA in 2014, where she owned and ran a yoga

studio for four years. She also holds an Honors BA in Economics.


Susan Pataky

Yoga Instructor

An IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist with teaching credentials spanning 4 decades. Susan has been both a student and teacher of yoga and the holistic arts for decades. She has mastered the merging of ancient teachings with modern science into all her offerings.

Her classes and workshops allow students to feel empowered in their bodies, gifting all participants the ability to move, stretch, connect to breath, relax the mind, and brighten the heart while finding their own safe authentic interpretation every step of the way. You will leave class with the tools to continue yoga practice on your own anywhere anytime if you choose.

Dr. Susan is a Certified Yoga Therapist  (C-IAYT) and is available for private sessions. She remains devoted to the transmission of the ancient teachings of yoga and for providing tools to live life with abundant vitality & radiant health.


Joey Raines,LMT

Chronic Pain Specialist, Massage Therapist (MA91967)

Over the years, he has trained extensively in the US and abroad with some of the most prominent experts in the field of manual therapy, pain neuroscience and Qigong.


Joey reflects some of the world’s most effective healing methods, ancient and modern. With over 25 years of experience, he offers advanced holistic techniques to accommodate those seeking to overcome the physical and emotional demands of today’s complex society without the use of drugs.


He specializes in treating acute and chronic pain conditions such as TMJ (jaw) disorders, back, shoulder and neck pain, SI joint dysfunction, and trauma-induced pains like those seen in motor vehicle accidents. Joey uses a unique healing approach to reduce or eliminate pain by rebalancing the autonomic nervous system, the system that regulates stress and relaxation. This approach allows for consistently good long-lasting results in a short period of time resulting in fewer visits.


He is also an expert in addressing the underlying stress or emotional factors

that so often contribute to chronic pain and headaches.

Alva Ristevski

Transformational Breath

Alva Marie Ristevski is an internationally recognized expert on conscious breathing and is Lee County's only certified and practicing Transformational Breath Facilitator. She is fluent in the anatomy of the breath and assists her clients in learning and executing proper breathing technique, because, when we begin to breath better we begin to live better. It is simple and yet profound. Whether your personal battle is physical, emotional or spiritual, Transformational Breath is here to help everyone.


Alva Marie has helped thousands across the US and Central America achieve

quick and lasting personal transformations. She is also mentor to many students across

the US who are working on gaining their certification as breath facilitators.

Alva has lived, practiced, and been dedicated to

this work here in SWFL since 2012.

Dorothy Rodwell, LMFT

Clinical Psychotherapist

Having studied both traditional and non-traditional approaches to psychotherapy, Dorothy now favors the newer, brief therapy methods.


She is certified in Rapid Resolution Therapy. Dorothy’s education includes Level 1 Training in

Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction; Certified Practitioner

in Clinical Hypnosis w/ Rapid Trauma Resolution; MS Adult Education, Florida International

University; MS MFT, St. Thomas University; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Deb Rolfe

Yoga Instructor

Specializing in Chair Yoga, Deb is committed to sharing this adaptable and creative form of yoga.


She is a 30-year student of yoga, mostly trained by Iyengar teachers. She

has completed the Yoga Alliance’s 200 hour teacher training.

Geoff  SharpLMT

Massage Therapist (MA34170)

Even before arriving from South Africa over 20 years ago, Geoff was caring for the people’s aches and pains. A massage therapist for over 20 years, he now specializes in trigger point and deep tissue work for those dealing with neck, shoulder, and back pain.


Before becoming an LMT, Geoff worked for 13 years as a home health aide

and personal care specialist for Hope Hospice.


Zandy VanDuren

Irish Intuitive

She has been helping people feel better about themselves by discovering their life paths. A natural born intuitive, she's been offering her services to many since 2002. Her talents and skills include Chakra Balancing, Intuitive Readings, Reiki, Theta and more!

In this challenging time in the world, it is beneficial to have a source to help confirm and help guide us to where we intuitively know we want to go. Zandy’s approach is to help people go from where they are in life to where they want to be.


The balance of mind, body and spirit healing are so important to the complete health of individuals, and we are thrilled to be able to offer another option at the Center.

Zandy’s services may help you connect with your loved ones, spirit guides,

angel and provide intuitive insight using therapy and angel cards.


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