Marlene has always been interested in health and healing. After received a BS in Biology and Physical Science, she completed a program at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, TX. A devoted yoga and Pilates follower, her love of the practice has led her to become an instructor to help others gain strength, flexibility and overall better health!
Our newest instructor, Adrienne Peterson, comes to Prana Pilates with an awesome fitness resume. However her fitness credentials are not even half as impressive as her story. Adrienne was an avid runner and a martial arts expert until she was stricken with a debilitating spine disease. Five years and five operations later, Adrienne has been on a journey to restore her health. After practicing Pilates for 2 years, an opportunity presented itself and she decided to further her passion in Pilates and take the Polestar Comprehensive Training program. Through the grace of God and Pilates, Adrienne has restored her health and is hoping to see you in one of her classes.
Dr. Megan Haas
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Megan Haas is a doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. She is a holistic and wellness expert specializing in natural and alternative treatments to conventional medicine. She currently sees her clients in her main office in Saint James, New York here at Prana Pilates and Yoga. She received her medical training at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she graduated with high honors. She worked closely with highly esteemed Naturopathic Physicians notably, Dr. Peter D’Adamo. Prior to medical school she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. During her undergraduate career, Dr. Haas served as a tutor and teaching assistant for the biology department. She also spent time studying Lyme Disease at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station where she developed a special interest in the disease.
Dr. Haas is trained to treat everyone. Her philosophy is that there is always something that can be done for anyone. During her clinical training, she saw patients of all ages from infants to the elderly. Her special areas of interest include neurochemical imbalances and infectious diseases, including Lyme Disease. Dr. Haas also received specialized training in The Blood Type Diet TM which she utilizes often when personalizing nutritional plans for her clients. For more information you may go to www.doctormeganhaas.com Information on Naturopathic Medicine: Naturopathic medicine is a field of wellness care that emphasizes the importance of individuality, prevention and the healing power of nature. The practice of naturopathy is largely based on a balance of philosophy and science. Naturopathic doctors which attend accredited graduate programs are taught basic sciences, emergency medicine and clinical diagnosis. In addition, Naturopathic doctors learn how to treat the body naturally with herbs, nutrition, homeopathy and lifestyle practices.
Naturopathic Medicine is based on these 6 tenants:
- Primum no Nocere– First, Do No Harm
- Vis Medicatrix Naturae– Use the Healing Power of Nature
- Praeventio– Utilize Prevention Always
- Tolle Totum– Treat the whole person
- Docere- Doctor as Teacher
- Tolle Causum– Treat the Root Cause
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Marisa Andersen is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she earned a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the State of New York, and is a Nationally Board Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology via the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).
Marisa incorporates several healing modalities into her acupuncture treatments which may include: cupping, moxibustion, electric stimulation, ear seeds, magnets and herbal medicine. Although Marisa treats many different conditions in her office, some of the more commonly seen symptoms she treats are: pain syndromes of the neck, back, shoulder, knee and hip; digestive disorders; arthritis; anxiety; insomnia and menopausal symptoms.
Marisa believes in treating the patient as a whole, addressing the root of the problem, always keeping in mind that no two patients are alike. By empowering her patients and working together as a team, her goal is to provide a relaxing space for her patients to reduce stress, heal the body, alleviate pain, and bring balance back to the body.
Jodie Galler Collins, PT
Jodie Galler Collins PT has been a Physical Therapist for more than 40 years and has been a CranioSacral Therapist (CST) for more than 31 years. Jodie’s specializes in Pediatric CST and is trained in all aspects of CST specializing in Pregnancy, Developmental Delays including Autism and recently has been trained in CST for Breastfeeding suck/swallow/breathe problems. In addition, Jodie has had extensive training in Pre and Perinatal Birth Trauma. Jodie specializes in prenatal treatment through age 5 years. Within Jodie’s treatment protocols she also includes sensory-motor integration with dynamic movement and she is NDT Certified. Jodie has also been an instructor for John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Techniques in Pediatrics and also incorporates this healing modality into many of her sessions to improve functional outcomes.