We are a dynamic team of holistic health professionals who work together to provide quality, cohesive care for the mind, body, and spirit.
The VWS team is passionate about working in community and for community through our individual services and community offerings. We understand the frustration and exhaustion of traveling to multiple locations, often advocating for your own care, and sometimes having to relay information to your providers yourself.
We are proud to have created a healing environment where, whether you are receiving care from one or all of our practitioners, you will have the support of the whole team.
We are a studio because at VWS we believe that creativity, art, movement, and gathering as a group are all integral pieces to the wellness puzzle. So, we made space for that. We hope you will come be inspired to heal, create, and thrive.
There a few different ways to work with us!
Work with one of our healthcare providers and receive a whole-person approach! Click Here.
Become a Member and give our services a try with the support of our Healthcare Team. Click Here.
Don't know where to start? We are happy to create a Holistic Care Plan with you. Our team will review your intake form and collaborate with you on the best plan of action to meet your goals. Start Here.
1) Use your Healthcare Spending Account!
Do you have a Healthcare or Flexible Spending Account? Aside from our studio classes, you should be able to use it for everything else at VWS!
2) Get reimbursed from your insurance!
We are Out of Network Healthcare Providers, which means that you can pay for the service at the time of the appointment, and then be reimbursed by your insurance for many of our services. We'll provide you will the necessary paperwork! Make sure to ask your insurance if you have Out of Network benefits and what your deductible is.
Kendall is a Somatic or Body-Oriented Mental Health Therapist and trained in EMDR, which means that she utilizes our innate mind-body connection as a tool in counseling. She specializes in, and is passionate about, working with adults of all ages living with Chronic Pain and Medical Illnesses. These almost always have a psychological component, whether it be a new diagnosis or chronic condition. Using EMDR, body awareness, breath-work, movement, as well as talk therapy, Kendall works with clients to manage pain and develop a healthy relationship with their illness. Kendall’s practice expertise also includes anxiety and stress management; depression; and career issues. As someone who lives with a chronic illness herself, Kendall feels that health happens best within community, which is why she takes a holistic, integrative, and collaborative wellness approach to her personal and professional life. Kendall is also our Clinical Director here at VWS!
Lemecia is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDR Consultant. She is originally from California and moved with her family to the Portland Metro area in 2000, after completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Jose State University. She has been in private practice since 2009.
Lemecia began her early counseling work in community agencies and schools, helping children and teenagers who were struggling with social, emotional and behavioral issues, and providing family therapy. Her desire to help children and their families with complex emotional issues led her to explore and later be trained in the most advanced therapeutic approaches for treating trauma.
Megan Burns is a licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and Academic Dean of Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts.
Megan has a firm belief that our bodies possess an innate wisdom to heal, and she is honored to serve as a guide for her clients. She integrates her knowledge of herbal medicine (Western and Chinese), Aromatherapy, Food Therapy and Chinese Medicine to support each client based on their individual needs.
Experiencing first hand the potency and effectiveness of Chinese Medicine, Megan felt unequivocally drawn to study Acupuncture, and to select Classical Chinese Medicine as the primary structure for her healing practice. Megan’s evolved specialties include pregnancy, labor support, post-partum care, women’s health, and pediatrics. She also has had great success working with clients with anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, allergies, asthma, vertigo, pain, and MS support.
Krystal is a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Myofascial Release,
Deep Tissue, Craniosacral and Tui Na. She tailors every session for her clients,
pulling from each modality to varying degrees, all the while appreciating the
power of the mind, body, and spirit connection. Krystal maintains a deep trust in
our body’s innate healing wisdom and avidly believes that when one facet of our
being is affected, so too are the others in a harmonious and symbiotic way. She
works with her clients to restore balance and ease in their lives, ranging from
lessening chronic pain to calming a hyper-vigilant nervous system. Massage to
Krystal is far from being a luxury; it is a valuable resource that leads to a more
embodied and fulfilling life.
Haley is a wife, mother of 3 busy children, loyal friend, foodie, fierce competitor (CrossFit and marathons are her kryptonite!), lover of good and God and a NUTRITION NUT! She is a Registered Dietician and Functional Nutritionist.
SHE LOVES FOOD...you’ve been warned. She thinks about health, eating, biochemistry, stress and movement constantly. (Some might call it an obsession, she calls it PASSION!) She loves to help uncover the mysteries with your health and considers herself a “health detective”. Whether it be food intolerances, GI disturbances like bloating, gas, heartburn, constipation or loose stools, she is aimed to work with you to clear the confusion surrounding your sluggish energy, weight gain, mood fluctuations, mysterious skin issues, food intolerances and energy.
In addition to her nutrition practice, Haley has continued her education to include High Performance Coaching. As a Certified High Performance Coach, Haley works with individual clients, groups, teams and corporations to improve their psychology in addition to their physiology. Haley has a passion for helping others achieve a THRIVING LIFE!
Ron is a certified personal trainer and corrective exercises specialist with over 20 years of health and wellness experience; helping his clients achieve their fitness goals through customized fitness programs. With expertise in both body weight and free weight exercises, Ron’s purpose is to educate his clients as to the unlimited potential of their greatest asset-- -their mind, body and soul. Ron believes that fitness is the key to access all the amazing wonder that life has to offer. Through increased capability, Ron’s clients have discovered the wealth of opportunity that a fit life has to offer.
Maral is a licensed naturopathic physician, who earned her degree from Bastyr University. She is passionate about guiding clients through their healing journey and providing them with individualized treatment plans. Maral focuses on rebalancing the foundations of health and building meaningful connections to create a safe and effective healing environment. She primarily utilizes a functional medicine perspective to find the root cause of a condition and spends time educating clients to help them feel more confident and informed about their health.
Her specialties and interests include chronic illness, hormonal dysfunction, digestive health, and mood disorders. She is also an advocate for preventative healthcare and enjoys providing clients with resources to optimize their health. Dr. Zarandi’s therapeutic approach involves herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and nutrient therapy, which she customizes to best address each individual’s needs. Maral is an active member of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Jené fell in love with the Pacific Northwest while on a summer road trip back in 2009 and made a her dream a reality when she moved from Alaska to Oregon in 2013. She was a chef and culinary instructor in Alaska, and is now a Licensed Massage Therapist, trained at East-West College of the Healing Arts. Jené is a skilled in many areas, including keeping VWS running smoothly!
She is passionate and knowledgeable about collaborative healthcare and is a vital member of our VWS team!