Bodysattva is fortunate to be associated with amazing people that share a vision. Providing a fulfilling work environment where everyone can excel in his or her strengths, interests and passions produces stability in staff, diversity of specialties, quality of care and allows us to achieve continuity for our clients. Working together as a team we believe in building strong and lasting relationships with people, staff and clients.
Director and founder of the Bodysattva Healing Arts Center and Studio, Dr. Shana Berger holds her Doctorate in Chiropractic, from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (now Southern California University of Health Sciences) and has been in practice in the Conejo Valley since 1993. She uses a variety of Chiropractic techniques including Sacro-Occipital Technique, Diversified, Cox and cranial work and draws from over 20 years of manual therapy and massage experience. To Dr. Berger, being a holistic practitioner means treating the whole person and finding the appropriate treatment to produce the most desired result for the patient. She feels it is important to get to know her patients and learn about their lives to decipher the best course of action to take in order to achieve mutually set goals. Many of her clients are new to Chiropractic or are unsure about returning to a Chiropractor. Her gentle style, patience and compassionate care result in a positive experience. Catering to cowards or neophytes becomes very rewarding because Chiropractic can be so magical, producing some level of relief in just one session.
Certification as a Master Somatic Coach by the Strozzi Institute in Petaluma, California, allows Dr. Berger a unique perspective, powerful listening and observation and the bridging of bodywork with somatic reconditioning by using breath, touch, movement and attention guiding her clients toward new ways of responding to life’s pressures and opportunities.
Dr. Berger’s interest and experience in healthcare dates back over twenty years. Since then she has been passionate about creating a healthcare environment that offers a diverse approach to treatment that benefits both client and staff. This passion has shaped the evolution of a small multidisciplinary/complementary office to a diverse multi-model healthcare center. “Our goal is to be a great resource in the community, to generate a place where people can come and relax, heal, rejuvenate and connect with themselves in a non-stressful, noncompetitive environment for the sake of producing a more meaningful and fulfilling life.”
Dr. Berger is an avid yoga student, backpacker/hiker, road and mountain biker, admirer of nature down to its miniscule perfect flowers, adventurer, occasional rock climber, scuba diver, back country skier and closeted artist.
Vivain Sobel, L.Ac.
Vivian Sobel has a vision of improving health and eliminating pain through natural methods to promote healthier happier lives. Vivian’s goal is to make a difference in her patient’s well-being by helping them identify and resolve their health issues. Her focus is to educate and empower her patients so they can better maintain their wellness.
Vivian has been practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine since 1985. She is licensed by the Board of Medical Quality Assurance and the National Commission for certification of acupuncturists.
She started her career in science and research as part of a team at USC Medical Center in cancer research as an Electron Microscopist and Biology Lab Technician, and at UCLA in surgical pathology, Developmental Biology and Infectious disease research.
Vivian has studied and worked in Beijing, China in the Hospital of Orthopedics and Traumatology. She uses Traditional Chinese diagnostic techniques, acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition as well as functional medicine. Vivian is an active subscriber to professional and medical publications and an active participant in seminars and symposiums in order to keep up to date on the latest discoveries and research for clinical nutrition and alternative therapies. She has specialized training in Acupuncture Orthopedics, women’s health (including infertility), addictive disorders, digestive disorders and pain syndromes.
Vivian Sobel has an understanding, commitment and an honorable motivation to help and educate as many people as she can. To relieve pain and dis-ease and resolve the underlying causes. To achieve this she draws from her knowledge of western medicine and Natural Alternative Medicine. She is passionate about her work and continues to study and keeps up to date on Acupuncture and holistic approaches to healthcare.
Specialties: Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Angela Melia, L.M.T.
Angela has been involved in the holistic health field for over 35 years starting out as a massage therapist. Over the years she has added new skills such as Esalen Energy Work, Tibetan Reflexology and Aromatherapy.
She has practiced in various cities including Las Vegas where she also taught Tibetan Reflexology and Aromatherapy to doctors and nurses at two hospitals for continuing education units. She spent many years in Malibu working part time in drug & alcohol rehabilitation facilities where she used her skills and knowledge to educate patients how to use their minds and bodies to release various addictions. Angela has also taught several classes in her various disciplines at massage schools. Most recently she spent three years in Maui learning new techniques and spiritual practices.
Her lifetime passion in metaphysics, meditation and personal growth guides her overall approach to helping her clients find a healthy balance in mind, body and spirit.
Steve Romey, C.M.T, O.M.T
Steve Romey is a California State Certified Massage Therapist with a Bachelors Degree in Health Science and Health Education. Steve supports a proactive, holistic and educational approach to massage therapy and optimal wellness. His work provides a blend of soft tissue massage, acupressure, energetic and other therapies, which can enhance the quality and overall wellness of one’s life. With over 12 years of experience combined with therapeutic bodywork, nutrition, spiritual and personal growth courses, Steve’s work has evolved to be highly integrated and diverse. He partners with integrative and naturopathic medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, and many other specialists to ensure a clients needs are supported.
Steve’s holistic approach is based in traditional Chinese medicine, and a deep understanding of the emotions that may contribute to healing opportunities. Utilizing the body’s meridians, and working directly with organ systems throughout the body he is able to support many health opportunities and symptoms including: digestive problems, upper respiratory concerns, muscle and joint pain, chronic pain, pain in the bones, spinal challenges, fibromyalgia, insomnia, depression/anxiety, headaches, eating and immune disorders, cancer, diabetes and more.
He has completed well over 600 hours of massage training including over 200 hours specifically to support individuals on a Cancer-healing journey (and other healing opportunities.)
Steve provides a great example for his clients in the healthy way he eats, his zest for exercise and adventure, and his commitment to overall wellness. Steve wakes up each day inspired, happy, and grateful with a passion for helping others move through health or physical challenges, and into their optimal health and happiness. He works with clients with Cancer and other health opportunities, sports athletes, adults, the elderly, and children.
Steve is a member of Society For Oncology Massage, and provides educational workshops on Health and Oncology Massage to the public and massage therapists.
Mattea Nicchitta, L.M.T
Mattea Nicchitta has been a massage therapist for twenty- four years. Her passion as a therapist has always been to help clients connect and heal in mind, body and spirit. She believes it is when we heal in all these areas that we are truly living a life of “wellness.”
With my extensive knowledge of the anatomy and understanding of how the body moves and functions as well as her innate intuition, She has had success in helping clients eliminate and/or reduce their pain and help them come back into balance.
Mattea specializes in:
The above techniques are done with gentleness, sensitivity and intuition so that healing is from within. This brings more harmony and balance in mind, body and spirit.
Karen Hormell, C.P.I.
Karen Hormell has worked in and been involved with health and fitness for most of her life, starting at the age of 10 when she discovered dance. Ever since, dance and movement have been part of who she is. Before she was introduced to Pilates, she fulfilled her love for movement by teaching ballet, jazz to children, pre and post-partum aerobics and traditional aerobics.
Karen was introduced to Pilates and knew instantly this is something she wanted to share with others. Karen spent several years working as a Pilates instructor under the direction of several thriving chiropractic and physical therapy practices. Karen also instructed at Amgen where she taught mat, group, and private classes for 5 years.
In 2010 Karen underwent two emergency back surgeries that would change the course of her instruction forever. The surgeries came with many complications and challenges, some of which she is still dealing with today. After many weeks of Physical Therapy with four different practitioners she was released to fend for herself. Thankfully Karen had the knowledge and determination through her past Pilates training to continue her long road to recovery.
During this time she decided to dedicate her time to the care of others in similar situations to regain better strength and mobility. She also wanted to help those with inflammatory conditions by showing them a safe effective modality with which to move their bodies. Rekindling her relationship with Shana at Bobysattva was the perfect place to make this vision a reality.
Karen's desire is to get you "moving" forward with safe, patient and compassionate help to regain a better sense of self.
Zoya B. Mills, RPII
Zoya is a Certified Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki practitioner who has been practicing Reiki since 2012. She received her level I certification in July of 2010 from American Reiki Academy in Los Angeles, California and her level II Certification in May of 2014 from the Heal Center in Ojai, California.
“During each session that takes place I offer a combination of energy and intuitive healing process that greatly benefits my clients. By sensing the energy blocks in the body during a session and providing information and guidance using holistic healing techniques my clients can release discomfort and pain quickly. This process deepens relaxation in a safe environment, brings balance to their energy field and teaches them how to care for their bodies and release emotions so the body can heal and repair itself with ease after they leave the session. “ ~ Zoya
Christel holds a masters degree in abstract mathematics. She has spent most of her professional career writing computer software and was telecommuting before it became fashionable. She loves taking college courses to stay current within the computer field and her current areas of interest are gaming, databases and math education.
Since Christel still doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up, she decided to take a break from computers and sees Bodysattva as an opportunity to explore life outside the cubicle.