Get to Know Us

Our Team

Maria Carranza

Founder

Maria Carranza

Maria earned her Masters Degree in Medical Qigong from the Sentient Temple National College of Medical Qigong. In addition, she earned her Certification in Tibetan Bowl Sound Therapy from the Atma Buti Sound and Vibrational School.

In addition to being the founder of Awakening Wellness Center, Maria is also the founder of the non profit annual wellness event, Awakening Into The Sun. As a Certified Laboratory Supervisor in Hematology, Maria has extensive training in Clinical Chemistry, Immunohematology, Serology, Microbiology and Molecular
Biology.

She currently shares her time between the clinical field and that of Alternative Medicine and Holistic Arts where she practices as a Medical Qigong Master, Certified Tibetan Bowl Sound Therapist, and Reiki Master Practitioner.

Miya Guten is a licensed clinical social worker practicing mindfulness based, feminist, inclusive psychotherapy. She works with individuals, couples, families and adolescents in a safe, supportive, non-judgmental space. She is a trauma informed therapist and practices EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization) skillfully. Operating from a strength based perspective, she holds the deeply held belief that we have the ability to heal ourselves. We all do.

In collaboration, she will assist you with uncovering unconscious and conscious thoughts and beliefs that may be contributing to dis-ease, stress, anxiety, depression, anger, communication blocks and self destructive behaviors. Incorporating mindfulness practices that include increasing body awareness, decreasing the physiological stress response through mindful breathing and waking up to the present moment, providing a strong, supportive foundation for awareness and growth to take place, while letting go of negative conditioning.

Prior to opening her private practice in 2011, Miya worked with individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. She also has extensive experience working with at-risk youth in the Pinellas county school system as a school social worker. Miyaʼs practice is grounded in providing a safe, supportive, therapeutic relationship with clients. She respects her clientsʼ diverse spectrum of differences and specializes in serving the LGBTQ+ community. She works with all sexual orientations and individuals with non-conforming gender identity.

Miya is currently accepting new clients at the Awakening Wellness. Call 727-687-7969 to schedule a session.

Miya Guten

LCSW

Miya Guten

Miya Guten

LCSW

Miya Guten

Miya Guten is a licensed clinical social worker practicing mindfulness based, feminist, inclusive psychotherapy. She works with individuals, couples, families and adolescents in a safe, supportive, non-judgmental space. She is a trauma informed therapist and practices EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization) skillfully. Operating from a strength based perspective, she holds the deeply held belief that we have the ability to heal ourselves. We all do.

In collaboration, she will assist you with uncovering unconscious and conscious thoughts and beliefs that may be contributing to dis-ease, stress, anxiety, depression, anger, communication blocks and self destructive behaviors. Incorporating mindfulness practices that include increasing body awareness, decreasing the physiological stress response through mindful breathing and waking up to the present moment, providing a strong, supportive foundation for awareness and growth to take place, while letting go of negative conditioning.

Prior to opening her private practice in 2011, Miya worked with individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. She also has extensive experience working with at-risk youth in the Pinellas county school system as a school social worker. Miyaʼs practice is grounded in providing a safe, supportive, therapeutic relationship with clients. She respects her clientsʼ diverse spectrum of differences and specializes in serving the LGBTQ+ community. She works with all sexual orientations and individuals with non-conforming gender identity.

Miya is currently accepting new clients at the Awakening Wellness. Call 727-687-7969 to schedule a session.

Loretta McGrath

Stretch Therapist

Loretta McGrath

 Loretta McGrath, owner of Body Therapy Spa, is known as the Intuitive Stretch Therapist. She has been studying Range of motion along with stuck emotions in the body for over 22 years. She studies your body by applying range of motion to each muscle group while logging the information into her proprietary software program that she has created. The software generates a 10-page detailed report on where the person is tight, weak, and imbalanced. These patterns tell a story of past emotional and physical trauma. These visual reports allow an individual to see where emotions are stuck in the body which can cause pain, stiffness and or injury.

At Body Therapy Spa, Loretta offers a mixture of holistic modalities that promote mobility, longevity and injury prevention. Services include: Massage Therapy; Full Body Range of Motion Assessments; Stretch Therapy; Structural Integration Therapy; Corrective Therapy; Acupuncture/Acustim; Myofascial Release; Silicone Cupping Therapy; Individual Aerial Yoga; Individual Yoga Training and Private Personal Training.

Text or Call to 424-262-1327 to schedule an appointment. To learn more about Loretta and Body Therapy Spa, visit www.BodyTherapySpa.comwww.DynamicBodyStretching.comwww.BodyAlignmentForLife.com

Natalia is a certified Ashiatsu Oriental Bar therapist specializing in a fusion of Thai, Indian and Chinese barefoot techniques. This massage is by far one of the most effective forms of bodywork, integrating the use of energy or chi regeneration, while also soothing chronic tension and stress in the body. How does Ashiatsu work? Depending on the location Natalia employs the use of aerial silks and or bars attached to the ceiling for stability. Natii uses these to apply deep compressive force throughout the entire body. This is an excellent massage for anyone looking to experience something new and innovative. Ashi is great for pre/post fitness routines for all body types. Great for chronic tension and tight tense muscles in the upper and low back.

Natalia studied massage therapy in Sunstate Academy and specialized in “Ashi” under mentor and teacher Pilar Hook with DeepFeet Bar Therapy in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. As an active Ashiatsu practitioner, Natalia strives to facilitate personalized sessions that help you connect, relax, and revitalize.

Ashiatsu 60-90 minute
Natalia offers a deeply therapeutic massage using her hands and feet. Natii tailors each session to meet the needs of each clients using various modalities such as cupping, reiki and reflexology and many more. We warmly invite you to discuss any concerns or conditions you may want addressed so as to work towards effective, balanced solutions together.

To book an appointment CLICK HERE or call: (727) 550-6686

Natalia Lopez

LMT

Natalia Lopez

Natalia Lopez

LMT

Natalia Lopez

Natalia is a certified Ashiatsu Oriental Bar therapist specializing in a fusion of Thai, Indian and Chinese barefoot techniques. This massage is by far one of the most effective forms of bodywork, integrating the use of energy or chi regeneration, while also soothing chronic tension and stress in the body. How does Ashiatsu work? Depending on the location Natalia employs the use of aerial silks and or bars attached to the ceiling for stability. Natii uses these to apply deep compressive force throughout the entire body. This is an excellent massage for anyone looking to experience something new and innovative. Ashi is great for pre/post fitness routines for all body types. Great for chronic tension and tight tense muscles in the upper and low back.

Natalia studied massage therapy in Sunstate Academy and specialized in “Ashi” under mentor and teacher Pilar Hook with DeepFeet Bar Therapy in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. As an active Ashiatsu practitioner, Natalia strives to facilitate personalized sessions that help you connect, relax, and revitalize.

Ashiatsu 60-90 minute
Natalia offers a deeply therapeutic massage using her hands and feet. Natii tailors each session to meet the needs of each clients using various modalities such as cupping, reiki and reflexology and many more. We warmly invite you to discuss any concerns or conditions you may want addressed so as to work towards effective, balanced solutions together.

To book an appointment CLICK HERE or call: (727) 550-6686

Phillip Walker

LCSW

Phillip Walker

 Phillip Walker, LCSW and Reiki Master, has been a licensed psychotherapist since 2004. During his own inner transformation, Phillip found trauma work, energy healing, spiritual connection, and a holistic approach in therapy highly effective. He spent several years practicing therapy with good results, but knew there was more. Phillip’s spiritual awakening helped him put together what assists people, including himself, on a deeper profound level. A level that actually leads you to the truth of who you are and how to successfully navigate that. Guiding people through the depths of their transformation became Phillip’s passion. He has a variety of ways to assist with your transformation. Phillip is trained in and practices EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), which is a highly effective trauma therapy. He is also a Reiki Master Teacher, trained in hypnotherapy, and other interesting therapy practices.

Phillip sees clients at Awakening Wellness Center throughout the week by appointment only. Services include Transformational Guidance through Counseling, Trauma Work (EMDR), and Energy Healing. Call (813) 817-7000 or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment. To learn more visit www.aligningtrueself.com

Besides being a personal trainer she is also a Corrective Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Pilates instructor, expert on D.L. nutrition, nutrigenomics and phytonutrion and has a Master level in DBS Assisted Stretch Therapy.

Melissa earned her B.S. in (Pre-med focused) Biology and Chemistry which gave her an extensive understanding of anatomy and physiology. She is committed to the ultimate goal of giving her clients
stronger, healthier, and pain free lives.

To schedule an appointment with Melissa, call 727 439 3237 and to learn more about Body Therapy Spa, visit www.BodyTherapySpa.com

Melissa Luna-Nash

Personal Trainer

Melissa Luna-Nash

Melissa Luna-Nash

Personal Trainer

Melissa Luna-Nash

Besides being a personal trainer she is also a Corrective Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Pilates instructor, expert on D.L. nutrition, nutrigenomics and phytonutrion and has a Master level in DBS Assisted Stretch Therapy.

Melissa earned her B.S. in (Pre-med focused) Biology and Chemistry which gave her an extensive understanding of anatomy and physiology. She is committed to the ultimate goal of giving her clients
stronger, healthier, and pain free lives.

To schedule an appointment with Melissa, call 727 439 3237 and to learn more about Body Therapy Spa, visit www.BodyTherapySpa.com

Lori Clissold

LMT

Lori Clissold

Lori Clissold, LMT (MA 64886) is experienced in Deep Tissue, Swedish Massage, Neuromuscular, Trigger Point, Myofascial, Hot Stones, Neurostim Acupuncture, Cryotherapy, Gua Sha and Assisted Body Stretching. She has additional certifications in MPS Ultimate Pain Therapy, Level 1 Dynamic Body Stretching, Health Coaching Certification, Shiatsu & Polarity.

Lori specializes in MPS Ultimate Pain Therapy which mimics acupuncture. It repolarizes and releases thickening scar tissue and muscle impingement. Other treatable conditions include TMJ, Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sinusitis (Allergies), and much more. By blending this technique with massage immediate relief is often experienced and symptoms are alleviated. Due to her experience and intuitive touch she is able to tailor your treatment around your targeted needs.

Lori offers massage sessions by appointment only. Please call (978) 771-1764 to schedule a session.

Art D’Agostino had a lifelong love of Chinese martial arts, philosophy, meditation, and natural health practices. Over the last 50 plus years he had an uninterrupted education and practice having trained directly with numerous Chinese Masters both in the United States and Mainland China. When arriving in Tampa in 1986, he established the first natural health program at Tampa General Hospital, taught Qigong at the institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and accredited a tai chi program at USF.

His personal accomplishments include receiving a master’s acknowledgement by the United States Chinese Martial Arts Council, as well as at the Shao Lin Temple in 1986.

Call us to schedule an appointment with Art at 727 289 4747

Art D’Agostino

Tai Chi and Qigong Trainer

Art D’Agostino

Art D’Agostino

Tai Chi and Qigong Trainer

Art D’Agostino

Art D’Agostino had a lifelong love of Chinese martial arts, philosophy, meditation, and natural health practices. Over the last 50 plus years he had an uninterrupted education and practice having trained directly with numerous Chinese Masters both in the United States and Mainland China. When arriving in Tampa in 1986, he established the first natural health program at Tampa General Hospital, taught Qigong at the institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and accredited a tai chi program at USF.

His personal accomplishments include receiving a master’s acknowledgement by the United States Chinese Martial Arts Council, as well as at the Shao Lin Temple in 1986.

Call us to schedule an appointment with Art at 727 289 4747

Carolyn Luna-Nash

Yoga Instructor

Carolyn Luna-Nash

NASM Trained yoga instructor, DBS Stretch Therapist as well as a
personal trainer. USF Bachelor’s degree in communications, Certified
group fitness and Zumba instructor. Her mission is to help people with full body movement.

To schedule an appointment with Carolyn, call 727 439 3237 and to learn more about Body Therapy Spa, visit www.BodyTherapySpa.com

Meet our resident Herbalist Adam Hubbard! Adam and his family have lived in St. Petersburg, Florida for over 100 years! As a Clinical Herbalist trained in indigenous Northern American, Southern American, Celtic, and broader European Traditions, Adam uses ancient techniques and practices in assessing your needs, and formulating a path towards balance. Adam believes strongly in the Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Healing properties of our Plant Allies. He is also a Meditation practitioner and facilitator, crediting these practices of Awareness in his own personal and Spiritual Growth, emphasizing their value with his clients. Along with Stillness, Conscious Breath, Emotional Awareness, and our symbiotic relationship with Nature, Adam creates a plan to bring you back, to you.

To schedule an appointment with Adam visit sanctumstpete.com or email [email protected]

Adam Hubbard

Clinical Herbalist

Adam Hubbard

Adam Hubbard

Clinical Herbalist

Adam Hubbard

Meet our resident Herbalist Adam Hubbard! Adam and his family have lived in St. Petersburg, Florida for over 100 years! As a Clinical Herbalist trained in indigenous Northern American, Southern American, Celtic, and broader European Traditions, Adam uses ancient techniques and practices in assessing your needs, and formulating a path towards balance. Adam believes strongly in the Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Healing properties of our Plant Allies. He is also a Meditation practitioner and facilitator, crediting these practices of Awareness in his own personal and Spiritual Growth, emphasizing their value with his clients. Along with Stillness, Conscious Breath, Emotional Awareness, and our symbiotic relationship with Nature, Adam creates a plan to bring you back, to you.

To schedule an appointment with Adam visit sanctumstpete.com or email [email protected]

Anthony Aleman

Sound Healer & AlchemisT

Anthony Aleman

Los Angeles grown with Cuscatlan, El Salvadorian Roots: Anthony has been teaching with, performing with, and making Didgeridoos for over 16 years. He is an advocate for healthy living and self-expression, and practices healthy eating, nature living, community healing, plant medicine, energy work, & meditation!

Anthony’s way of teaching his own practice of health & self-expression is through the Didgeridoo! It has a wide range of applications, including meditative practices and chronic illness support. The resonance of the Didgeridoo enables the listener to ease symptoms of chronic illness and release stored negative energy and emotional stagnation.

How? 

The unique tones of the Didgeridoo allows listeners to effortlessly enter a deep meditative state, activating the delta and theta brain waves: these specific brain waves help us achieve our highest healing potential for both physical and mental health, by re-engaging our mind-body connection.

His company, West Wind Vibes, was born from an inspiration to educate students on the history of the Didgeridoo, and the freedom of self-expression through art, music, and of course, the Didgeridoo!

Anthony offers beginner-advanced level Didgeridoo lessons; along with Infrasound Massage, Didgeridoo Sound Therapy, Instrument repairs, workshops, one-on-one lessons, and custom work!

Contact us today at: (727)289-4747 to set up an appointment!

Our Support Team

You will find her here at the center Tuesday through Saturday to greet you as you come in and serve up some herbal tea. Robin is also a 200 hour registered yoga instructor.

She offers hatha/vinyasa flows to the community to help people release tension and brighten their mood with her positive energy.

Come in book an appointment for the Salt Suite & Oxygen Bar with
Robin or call at 727-289-4747.

Robin Smith

Administrative Assistant

Robin Smith

Robin Smith

Administrative Assistant

Robin Smith

You will find her here at the center Tuesday through Saturday to greet you as you come in and serve up some herbal tea. Robin is also a 200 hour registered yoga instructor.

She offers hatha/vinyasa flows to the community to help people release tension and brighten their mood with her positive energy.

Come in book an appointment for the Salt Suite & Oxygen Bar with
Robin or call at 727-289-4747.

Natalia Londono

Public Relations

Natalia Londono

Natalia Londoño is our P.R specialist. You will often find her, with her magical spark, at various events explaining about our services. As a former psychologist she also offers Art Therapy through a pointillism technique at our center.

Juliana Baron Cress is our Bookkeeping and Finance Partner at Awakening Wellness Center. She combines her 12 year career as Financial Analyst at large corporations with a passion for
serving, holistic health, yoga and mindfulness, by helping small businesses thrive and make a big impact in the wellbeing of individuals families and communities.

Juliana was born and raised in Colombia and came to the US in 2005. She is also a mother, a yogi, an immersive travel guide and lover/sharer of transformative plant-based nutrition.

Juliana Brown

Finance Partner

Juliana Brown

Juliana Brown

Finance Partner

Juliana Brown

Juliana Baron Cress is our Bookkeeping and Finance Partner at Awakening Wellness Center. She combines her 12 year career as Financial Analyst at large corporations with a passion for
serving, holistic health, yoga and mindfulness, by helping small businesses thrive and make a big impact in the wellbeing of individuals families and communities.

Juliana was born and raised in Colombia and came to the US in 2005. She is also a mother, a yogi, an immersive travel guide and lover/sharer of transformative plant-based nutrition.

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2126 1st Ave. South
Saint Petersburg, FL 33712

Phone:
(727) 289-4747

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