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Lynn Westine, MS, C.N.

Founder, Integrative functional nutrition

Lynn Westine spent more than 35 years in operational space-based and ground systems management and engineering. Following this already stellar career, she then decided to resume her passion for exploring the interactions and signaling between–and within–the body, the environment, and the universe. 

So, utilizing the very same methodologies that helped her successfully own and operate her own NASA-award winning engineering business, Lynn created her new venture, EKOE Health. Now, she and her colleagues work with clients to help educate and identify bio-individual strategies that restore balance in health and wellness through Nutrition/Phytochemistry, Mindfulness, Energy, and Exercise.

Skilled in nutritional science, nutritional microscopy, nutrition response testing, and holistic health coaching and personal fitness training, Lynn holds an MS in Nutrition & Integrative Health, along with several other degrees. Over the years, she has also participated in an array of certifications and training programs, including:

  • D.C.N. Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition (expected completion by 2020)

  • M.S. Nutrition and Integrative Health, Maryland University of Integrative Health

  • M.S., School of Engineering and Applied Science, George Washington University

  • A.B., Majored in Chemistry, Sweet Briar College

  • H.H.C., Institute of Integrative Nutrition, (SUNY, Purchase College CEU)

  • Certified Trainer: National Personal Training Institute (NPTI)

  • Certified Trainer: National Association of Sports Medicine Certificate (NASM)

  • Certificate: Applied Microscope Technology for Health Education & Audit Processes. (Nutritional Microscopy) BioMedX™

  • Nutrition Response Testing™

  • NES Health™

  • iRest™(level 1)

  • David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies

Additionally, Lynn is a board certified member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners; member of the American Society for Nutrition; member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine; and member of CHI. She was also a contributor to PCAST (the Presidential Council and Advisors on Science and Technology) initiatives in combating terrorism. 

 
Science has demonstrated that to thrive, we need to nourish our mind, body and soul
— Lynn Westine
 

Jen Leyton-Armakan, PH.D.

Licensed clinical psychologist

A Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Leyton-Armakan specializes in acute and developmental trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, grief and loss, substance use disorders, and issues related to major life transitions. She is also certified in several modalities, including:

  • Somatic Experiencing

  • LifeForce Yoga for Anxiety & Depression

  • Yoga Instruction for Children and Adults

In providing individual and family therapy to adolescents and adults, Jennifer proudly integrates mind-body approaches and evidence-based techniques within the therapeutic process. She holds strong values, a welcoming spirit, and is guided by psychodynamic principles, multiculturalism, and psychobiological science. 

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Earning a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia, and a B.S. in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University, Jennifer is a member of the board of directors of The Josh Anderson Foundation, a DC-area school-based youth suicide prevention program. She also facilitates an outpatient psychotherapy group for adolescent girls (ages 15-18), and has worked in correctional, educational, outpatient, and internationally. 

 

In her work, she is known for offering a warm and supportive environment for children, adolescents, and adults to achieve personal and relational goals. 


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Lauren Anderson, RYT 200

Mental Health Advocate and Mindfulness & Yoga Instructor

Lauren Anderson was first drawn to yoga after discovering its ability to help heal those living with anxiety and depression – an experience she’d become familiar with, following a major trauma in her own life. Using techniques such as breath, movement, and body sensing, she connects with and lives from her authentic self – a place of inner wisdom, compassion, and love. 

In August 2012, Lauren received her 200-hr certification from Kripalu and has since gone on to be trained in several other modalities, including:

  • LifeForce Yoga for Anxiety & Depression

  • Kripalu’s Yoga in the School Curriculum

  • Street Yoga (Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth)

Lauren’s hope is that she can help cultivate a safe space for her students to access the peace and calm that has always been present inside them – a peace and calm that can provide safety, healing, and hope beyond the yoga mat. Lauren is excited to share the benefits of yoga to young yogis, as well. She believes it empowers them to be authentic, become curious of their bodies, play with breathing, and have fun while imitating animals and dancing to music.

Lauren is also passionate about mental health awareness and reducing mental health stigma. In 2012, she co-founded The Josh Anderson Foundation (JAF), an organization named after her brother who died by suicide at the age of seventeen. JAF's exists to end teen suicide and does so through its signature program, our minds matter, a peer-to-peer approach to improving social connection and building help-seeking and coping skills among teens. Ekoe is happy to support and share space with the Josh Anderson Foundation.


Corinne Krill, M.A., E-RYT200, CTSY

well-being professional

Corinne Krill combines her 25+ years in business and Masters in Organizational Development with mind-body practices to support others in living their best life. Corinne has collected a myriad of tools from experts in mindfulness, trauma, conflict resolution, yoga, and positive psychology and teaches stress-reduction techniques to adults and children of all ages and abilities.

The wisdom to health and well-being are already within; she guides and empowers others to access tools that will support their journey to wellness. She specializes in working with those affected by anxiety, depression, substance use and PTSD. She consults with Encore Recovery Solutions, an outpatient substance abuse center, in small group and 1:1 settings as part of a holistic protocol.

 

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She currently is an adjunct professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. For 4 years, Corinne served as Director of Operations and trainer with MINDS, Inc., a DC-based non-profit, where she built and directed programming for over 10 private and public schools, including 3,000 students and 600 adults.

Corinne staffs and manages retreats for teens for iBme (Inward Bound Mindfulness Education) and regularly designs and delivers trainings at national and regional conferences such as Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors, the Women’s Center and the National Kids Yoga Conference. In addition, since 2007 Corinne has co-lead retreats for survivors of domestic & sexual violence through the Center for Earth Based Healing. 

Corinne’s has received over 1,000 hours of training and certifications to include: Respectful Confrontation with Joe Weston, Emotional Freedom Technique with Gary Craig, iBme Year-Long Program for Young Adults & Adolescents, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Somatic Experiencing & Yoga with Mariana Caplan, MBSR-T (Mindfulness Based Stress-Reduction for Teens), Mindful Schools, Heart-Mind Education, Radiant Child Yoga and Yoga for Differently-Abled Children and Street Yoga for Traumatized Teens. She is currently studying with Luann Jacobs at GW Center for Integrative Medicine for her Masters Level Reiki Certification.


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Rorrie Sisk

Massage therapist

Rorrie previously worked as a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAS) in New York, where she treated dual diagnosis teens in residential treatment centers. More recently, she's focused her energies on providing Therapeutic Massage Therapy.

Now a Certified Massage Therapist and Fascial Stretch Therapist practicing in Northern Virginia, Rorrie utilizes multiple modalities to effectively produce superior relaxation, increase mobility, and decrease pain.

  • Deep Tissue & Swedish Massage

  • Prenatal Massage

  • Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)

 

Karyn Sandelman

Founder and principal of a Mindful choice

A former leader at Freddie Mac, she has over 25  years of experience coaching teams and facilitating learning programs. From 2015 to 2017, she also managed and delivered mindfulness curricula as Director of Adult and Elementary Programs for Minds Incorporated, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. 

Karyn is a highly trained, experienced mindfulness educator, qualified by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center to teach the preeminent Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, as well as certified by Mindful Schools. She earned her M.S. degree from Columbia University and B.S. degree from Cornell University.

In sharing mindfulness with others, Karyn draws upon  20 years of personal practice, along with her passion about the positive, transformative potential mindfulness offers to all. 

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Colleen Avis

chopra center certified meditation instructor

As a practitioner and teacher, Colleen has formally studied and trained at The Chopra Center, the premier provider of experiences, education and teacher trainings that improve the health and wellbeing of body, mind and spirit. It is there that she received her teacher certification in Primordial Sound Meditation and attended multiple retreats and conferences including Seduction of Spirit, Spiritual Solutions and Perfect Health. She continues her studies as she works to complete her teacher certification in Perfect Health: Ayurveda Lifestyle.

Her approach to teaching is practical, heart-based and motivated by the desire to help as many people as she can cultivate greater self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Colleen loves understanding the research that supports the science behind mindful and mediation practices.

After 20 years in the professional services industry where 60 plus hour weeks dictated priorities and starting her own business where no time seemed to be her own, Colleen began searching for a better way to manage stress and anxiety and for more meaningful experiences that filled what seemed like a void – something that would get her off the hamster wheel.

Colleen’s path was not a direct path to a regular meditation practice that she now cherishes. Grateful for the challenges faced to get here today, Colleen can only describe her experience with meditation as a practice that quickly showed her an inner silence and knowing that has increased her awareness, connection to what is most important to her and experience that minimizes the effect of outside distractions.

Colleen found her passion in sharing the gift of meditation and mindful practices with others – and believes that meditation is called a practice for a reason… continue to practice!!