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We believe in collaboration. Community Well is a center for individuals, families, holistic practitioners, educators and healers to connect with each other and create mutually supportive relationships. All our practitioners share resources at Community Well, common values and agree to follow certain guidelines.
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Alli Cuentos, Community Well founding partner, is a birth and full spectrum doula, family educator and early learning consultant. She has worked in schools, resource centers and community based programs across San Francisco for the last 15 years. Alli supports a wide range of families who chose to birth in hospitals and at home. She provides prenatal support through education, practice and connecting families with the resources they need to thrive. Alli also offers her doula/sisterhood services for people experiencing pregnancy loss or choosing termination
Certified Clinical Nutritionist & Health Therapist | (415) 990-0516 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Angel received her Clinical Nutrition Certificate from NHI College in Encinitas and offer Nutritional Consultations as well as Nutritional classes within the Peninsula. She carries nutrition as a passionate part of her small and growing family. Angel can be reached by phone or email for any additional information or questions you may have.
Brent Johnson uses indigenous instruments from all over the world as his tools for healing, providing a space for immersion with vibrations, meditation, breath work, and prayer.
“I believe that every living thing is related. I believe that the spirit world includes rocks and plants and animals and people and water and birds, and that everything is related. There’s a force, there’s a connecting web, if you will, like a spider web that contains us all and we’re all in the web and the spirit is obtainable through audio. I believe that the sound is the Spirit, that the sound can be a direct connection to the heart and a direct connection to the soul.” - Brent Johnson
Brigitte Knight (LCSW, PPSC, Lic#27073)
Child & Family Therapy | (415) 857-5911 voicemail - please leave a message with your name & telephone number. Your call will be returned within 2 days (for new clients).
Brigitte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has provided therapeutic services to children and families in San Francisco for over 10yrs. Specializing in treatment for children ages birth through adolescence and their families, she uses a strengths based approach and believe the therapeutic relationship creates opportunities for change and healing.
Through assessment of the child and family’s needs and concerns, Brigitte provides the child and family with support in learning how to understand and support the child's needs. She specializes in treating educational and learning difficulties, ADHD, anger management, anxiety, depression, divorce/separation, grief, immigration issues, trauma (PTSD) and social skills. To address these needs she uses an array of modalities to engage children & teens, including art therapy, play therapy, sand tray, somatics (mind/body awareness) and cognitive behavioral strategies. In addition, she best supports her clients by providing information, referral and linkage to services in schools, medical providers, specific therapeutic specialist and other relevant services.
Brigitte is bilingual in English and Spanish and has served the Latino community in SF for the last 20yrs, having an extensive knowledge of resources and services in SF that serve children and families. She believes the therapeutic process can benefit people of all ages as it allows one the opportunity to get to know themselves in new ways and find ways to live with greater harmony and health.
Brooke was introduced to the birth world in 2010 when they had the unique opportunity to attend births while apprenticing under a sage midwife in Northern California and knew immediately this was their life’s calling. They are passionate about supporting birthing people and their families through the transition to parenthood. Brooke offers evidence-based information about birth, giving clients a full scope of all the options so that they can make well-informed decisions that feel right for them and their family. Brooke believes people should birth where they feel comfortable, safe, and empowered and has supported clients birthing at home, in hospitals, and at birth centers. They believe in the wisdom and intuition of the human body and are honored to help safeguard the birthing process.
As a queer, non-binary person themselves, Brooke is dedicated to offering inclusive care. They welcome people of all identities and family structures. Brooke is down-to-earth and compassionate in their care, offering a steady sense of peace to the process. They rely on their intuition and learned skills to help meet clients where they are. https://www.brookepatmor.com/
As a birth and postpartum doula, Cherie is honored to work with families during the childbearing year to support them as they navigate their way through labor and the postpartum period in the way that best works for them. She believes in the childbirth process and trusts the body and choices of each birthing person and baby. Coming from a background in education, her goal for each client is to feel informed, respected, and safe as they enter this beautiful and sacred time. She brings calm and nurturing energy, provides information, listens actively, and helps to remind others of the love and trust that can be at the center of this journey.
Cherie understands that there are many ways to create a family and many ways that babies are born and is committed to support people in whatever journey they are on. As a queer person of color, she strives for inclusive care and welcomes people of all identities and family structures. She has been trained as a birth and postpartum doula through Natural Resources in San Francisco and has the unique personal experience of having been both the supportive partner and the birthing parent during labor and postpartum. She lives in the beautiful Presidio in San Francisco with her wife and two kids (ages 5 and 8) and loves drinking coffee, going to the beach, and sewing in her (oh so limited) spare time.https://www.circlebirthandbaby.com/
Curandera & Holistic Life Coach | Text or call (415) 506-9545
A bay area native, Claudia completed her work at San Francisco State University Latinx Studies Program with a passion for working with people of color to re-member and reimagine the way we heal together in today’s world. Claudia uses her four years of apprenticeship with Tereza Iniguez of Tierra Morena in Mesoamerican tradition (Curanderismo) to support clients in uncovering their own inner wisdom around what health and healing mean for them. She holds a strong belief in working in a non-hierarchical, collaborative, holistic coaching approach where together the “practitioner” and “client” can co-create a new learning. Claudia works with an integrative approach using sacred elements, Chakras, energy clearing (limpias), and energetic reading with claircognizance (empathic sense) and clairsentience (psychic sensory) to help recommend ritualistic practice to aid healing.
Danielle is called mommy by four; they along with her husband serve as her main source of inspiration in continuing to strive to fulfill her life’s purpose to serve others. It is in service that Danielle seeks and finds joy. Born in Hawaii, raised in San Francisco, she descends from several generations of Hawaiian healing women and has always felt most at peace when honoring and carrying forth the tradition of community healing. Nurturing, supportive, and kind by nature, Danielle first became interested in birth work when she was offered a doula during her second pregnancy in 2010. She is honored to be invited in to such a private, sacred, powerful time of a family’s life and to bear witness to the birthing person’s vulnerability, determination, and ultimately the unconditional love that is birthed along with a child. Danielle knows that families come in varying sizes, shades, and structures and respects all. Besides birth work, she has for as long as she can remember, felt an affinity towards the natural world and all of it’s magic. She has found that reiki energy healing provides her the opportunity to connect to another and to offer not only healing to them, but also to herself as they work side by side and tap into the Universal life force energy. Danielle enjoys photographing nature, especially sunsets and rainbows and loves eating and watching Bay Area sports.
Dawn (Aurora) Noelle Smith Beutler
Facilitadora de Lectura en Familia | (415) 260-5783 | email@example.com
Como facilitadora de lectura en familia, Aurora combina su formación en la antropolgía cultural con sus 20 años de experiencia como educador y sus 17 años como madre bi-cultural para empoderar a las familias con bebés y niños/niñas pequeños/as par que lean juntos. En los últimos 10 años Aurora ha colaborado con El Árbol de Lectura y varias organizaciones en San Francisco para fomentar un amor hacía los libros como estrategia principal al aprendizaje y alfabetización temprana. Aurora hace con pasión su trabajo para mostrarles a las familias como darle vida a los libros para que puedan experimentar la emoción y conexión de la lectura compartida en familia a diario. Adicionalmente, Aurora se unió al equipo de Pulsing Word en el 2016 para proveer oportunidades de aprendizaje por medio de la experiencia, programación y desarrollo de materiales, y entrenamiento que reconoce la conexión entre los dominios cognitivos, físicos, y socio-emocionales.
Evelyn Mejia, LMFT #105401
Evelyn Mejia is a bilingual and bi-cultural Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. She has been a practicing clinician for over six years and has worked in various community settings throughout San Francisco and San Mateo. She specializes in providing psychotherapy services and immigration evaluations. She works with youth, adults and families focusing on depression, anxiety, trauma, domestic violence, relational and immigration issues. She brings forth a wealth of both professional and personal knowledge, which she incorporates into her practice. Her approach is deeply relational; she believes that the therapeutic relationship should be a supportive, safe, nourishing and collaborative environment, in which her role is support her clients’ individual healing process. To aid clients, she incorporates elements from different therapeutic approaches such as attachment, narrative, mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral from which she pulls from as needed and as appropriate, as she understands that each client is unique, as is their healing. Evelyn was born in Guatemala and raised in San Francisco. She is a mother of three and what brings her joy is spending quality time with loved ones, music, traveling, baking, reading and learning.
Jennifer Moran is a holistic massage therapist and doula who is committed to healing the world through birth work, building strong families and promoting health equity. Her studies of psychology and anthropology at UC Santa Barbara, special education at San Francisco State, bodywork and energywork at The World School, integrative medicine at the Institute for Health and Healing, and doula training through Doulas Of North America have all contributed to the well-rounded approach she has in working with her clients. Jen also has strong spiritual practices that guide her healing path. Her first big job was special ed. teacher at Oakland Unified School District and has always been committed to working with families. Please visit her doula website to learn more about her work and to schedule a meeting: www.mamadoulajoy.net
Jen begun as a doula in 2011 after experiencing her own loss, which led her interest to holistic approaches in maternal health and wellbeing. She soon learned what a doula was and never turned back! Jen believes whole heartedly in the body's innate wisdom and a mother's right to informed consent throughout her experience. Her love for birth, families and connection fuel her work and have helped her serve nearly 500 families in the Bay Area and internationally at home, birth centers and hospitals.
Jen's formal studies include a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (SFSU), Certified Birth Doula (DONA), Certified Postpartum Doula (Cornerstone), Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Garden), Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga, and soon to be a Certified Professional Midwife (National College of Midwifery). She is currently offering birth doula services and placenta encapsulation.
Jennifer is proud to have a practice that integrates two of her passions- Financial Education and Holistic Healing. She is a financial professional who helps individuals, families, & business owners to secure their financial futures. She also has an extensive background in the healing arts including: massage, aromatherapy, energy work, breathwork, & meditation. She feels very fortunate to have found a way to weave together her financial background, and her holistic arts background, to provide a unique service right here at Community Well.
Laura Marina Perez
Laura Marina Perez, CPM, LM is a local community midwife who works with new and growing families. Laura is also a member of the Bay Area Homebirth Collective. As an apprentice-trained midwife, she trusts women and trusts birth. Laura is also studying traditional healing known as curanderismo. Please contact Laura for your pregnancy, birth, and women's health needs. www.bayareamidwifery.org
Leah Chalofsky, LMFT #83622
Leah Chalofsky, MFT (LMFT #83622) is a licensed psychotherapist who provides therapy for adolescents, adults, and couples. Leah has experience working with clients on many issues, and focuses on reproductive and maternal health, anxiety, recovery from trauma, domestic violence, and adolescent challenges. She provides a warm, supportive environment that allows clients to feel heard, while also challenging them to use their strengths to heal and grow. She believes that by supporting people therapeutically, she can impact the community one person at a time. Please see her website for more information about her practice and approach: www.leahchalofsky.com
Maria Cristina Ortega
Educadora de Desarrollo Infantil | (415) 573-6165 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cristy es madre de dos y felizmente casada. Ha participado en el liderazgo organizacional en varios programas en San Francisco incluyendo al Homeless Prenatal Program, Glide, Compass, Buen Samaritano, La Linterna, y Nurse Family Partnership. Ha sido facilitadora del masaje infantil y los cursos de "Conocer a su Bebé" en el HPP y muchos grupos de "Mamá y Yo" en Glide. Tiene su certificación del Masaje Infantil de los EEUU, Puertas Abiertas, Doula y Cuidado Prenatal. Cristy tiene pasión para enseñar a las madres con bebés, compartiendo sus experiencias y el entrenamiento que le han sido de beneficio propio en su vida y el éxito como madre.
Maya de Paula Hanika
Since becoming a doula in 2016, Maya has had the honor of working with amazing families all over the Bay Area as they walk their own unique path to parenthood. She believes all parents deserve access to compassionate, evidence-based care both medical and holistic. Maya strives to empower people to connect with their baby and birth, advocate for themselves with informed choice, and prepare for the expansive possibilities that come with this life changing transition. With knowledge and understanding that everyone’s path is different, she offers unwavering support during pregnancy and labor, making space for your little ones to come into the world with love and respect. Maya is committed to normalizing non-gendered language within the birth community and is always looking for ways to make her practice more culturally competent, safe and accessible for all families.
Maya is also a Certified Placenta Specialist, a volunteer doula at St. Luke’s Hospital, tattoo artist, and herbal hobbyist. Originally from London, England, Maya now lives in San Francisco’s Mission District with her partner, step-daughter Coco, and Peanut the Leopard Gecko. https://www.mayadepaulahanika.com/
Noe Venable is a singer and holistic music educator. As a singer-songwriter, Noe has released six albums of original music, which have earned her a loyal following throughout the world. Noe’s songs have appeared in film, and Noe has toured nationally with some of the greats, including Ani DiFranco.
As a teacher, Noe’s approach is grounded in the belief that everyone is musical. Her classes provide a safe space for beginners and experienced singers alike to explore the joy of making music together. Noe teaches people of all ages. For families with young children, Noe leads a parent child music class, Hearth Song Music Circle. She also leads the parent-child program at Golden Bridges School, where she teaches indoor and outdoor child observation classes for families. For women and girls, she leads Mothersong Chorus, which brings an intergenerational tribe of women together weekly to sing.
Noe holds a masters degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Waldorf teaching certificate from Antioch, New England. Noe’s work is grounded in her spiritual practice, which she continues to deepen through ongoing study with Isa Gucciardi of The Sacred Stream. http://www.noevenable.com/singingcircles/teaching/
Serena Saeed Winn is a Nurse Midwife, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse. Born and raised in the Bay Area she has served women and their families in San Francisco for over 15 years. Serena was a Doula for many years, then worked with clients in the nonprofit sector with the Homeless Prenatal Program. She has attended births as a midwife in many settings, including birth center, home and hospital birth. Most recently Serena was a full-scope midwife at the Women’s Center at St. Luke’s hospital where she served women through gynecological, prenatal and postpartum care as well delivering babies in the in-patient setting. Serena is the mother of 3 amazing girls including her lively twins. She is dedicated to serving women throughout their lifetimes and seeks to empower families through knowledge, support and trust in themselves.
Doula & Birthing from Within | (415) 217-9885 | Collective Hearts Birth Services | www.collectiveheartsbirth.com
Supporting families as they prepare for parenthood is the most fulfilling and awe-inspiring work Shannon has ever done! She's been serving families as a birth doula, Birthing From Within Mentor and placenta encapsulator since 2009. By nature, birth is a unique and deeply personal experience and each mom-to-be has her own set of hopes and expectations. Shannon strives to offer non-judgmental care and mentoring in preparation for this journey, so parents greet labor with knowledge, connection, confidence, and trust. When she isn't supporting families Shannon loves cooking and eating delicious sustainable food, rock climbing, surfing and dancing. www.empoweredmamas.com
Suzannah provides birth support to ALL growing families in San Francisco . She fell passionate to photographing the birth experience in 2010 and continues to grow and learn every day. After attending many births, witnessing a wide range of transforming mamas, she has integrated doula work providing a full range of services. Her process involves connecting two to four times prenatally, getting to know her clients, adventuring out and photographing real moments, inserting her passion for essential oils and becoming a part of a POWer birth team. She follows with a postpartum visit within the first week of the born day, then stays connected for a long time after.
She offers Birth Doula support for home births, Birth-Center and hospital births in San Francisco and occasionally in the East Bay/ Marin county.
Suzannah holds a BFA in Photography & Painting from Temple University/Tyler School of Art, Birth Doula certification from Natural Resources and extensive experience with babies and families. She is a mom to two girls, both with interests in babies and photography. Someday they will be her helpers.
Sue Kuyper, LCSW
Sue is a bilingual organizational consultant, somatic coach and social justice therapist who has been working in the crossroads of social movements, community-based organizations and social services for over 20 years. With extensive community organizing and progressive social work experience in San Francisco’s Mission District and nearly 8 years of human rights work with urban and rural communities in Guatemala; she offers an in-depth multicultural, international and multi-disciplinary perspective. She has been training in somatics with generative somatics (www.generativesomatics.org) since 2009.
Tereza Iñiguez Flores
Curandera, Holistic Life Coach, Teacher & Facilitator | (415) 469-0662 | email@example.com
For over 30 years, Tereza Iñiguez Flores has combined Mesoamerican (Curanderismo) traditional healing practices with contemporary healing arts. Integrative and intuitive, her work transforms the lives of individuals, couples families and communities seeking to find a healthier and meaningful life; they find the inner knowledge of their true essence they need and are given the tools to solve their pressing issues in their day to day lives as they invite transformation. Reviving the true essence of the whole person by alleviating conflict, Flores offers a unique style of life coaching that uses a holistic approach to healing trauma, physical discomfort, illness, disconnection, soul loss and depression. Giving them freedom to weave a colorful tapestry of self-acceptance, expression and connection with purpose. www.tierramorena.net
Child, Adult & Family Therapist
In loving memory of our sister and beloved practitioner (June 16, 1974 - Aug 13, 2018)