MICHELLE KIM is a licensed acupuncturist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by the Board of Registration in Medicine. She graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in psychology and the New England School of Acupuncture with a Masters in Oriental Medicine. She is a nationally board-certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM. She has worked for over five years in a multidisciplinary practice using Traditional Eastern Medicine for conditions such as spine pain, immune diseases, fertility, cancer side effects, and weight loss. Michelle has completed 3,000 clinical rotation hours through hospitals and community clinics throughout Greater Boston, including the Cambridge Health Alliance and Pathways to Wellness community-style clinic. She likes to learn the latest innovative techniques and approaches to modern Korean Medicine. Michelle is a strong believer in Integrative Medicine and works among other therapists collaboratively to help the hundreds of patients who come see her from academia to biotech as well as foreign countries to receive her treatments.
JESSICA ARBER has spent her career sharing her love of fitness, and helping people improve their health and meet their goals. She founded The Active Workplace after seeing a demand for onsite fitness and wellness services, and it wasn’t long before The Active Workplace starting spreading across the map, from Boston to Seattle. Her clients have bonded over burpees and jump squats in conference rooms, experienced chaturanga flow under summer skies, and competed in adventure races together. They’ve competed in online fitness challenges and customized wellness programs. They’ve also found common ground and new lines of communication as executives sweat it out side by side with recent graduates.
In addition to corporate wellness services, Jessica has also spoken to groups about making healthy nutritional choices, and strategies for getting motivated in fitness and in life. She has produced her own workout videos, some of which are available on youtube. She is a certified workplace wellness manager, personal trainer, Pilates instructor, and spinning instructor. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Workplace Wellness Council. Jessica is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. When she is not exploring the latest fitness trend or working on new ideas for The Active Workplace, you might find her off-roading on the beach at Crowes’s Pasture on Cape Cod, or hanging with her daughter, husband and mischievous goldendoodle, Belle.
Silvia Dalla Torre di Sanguinetto has been a competitive athlete her whole life, competing as a pre-Olympic sailor and as a Thai-boxing fighter. She started doing Ashtanga yoga as part of her training, and fell in love with the way yoga transformed her body, mind, and athletic performance. Silvia started teaching corporate yoga in Zurich, Switzerland, and continued teaching yoga after moving to the US in 2016. She currently teaches Corporate yoga at various startups in the Boston area, and yoga for fighters at the UFC gym.
MASSAGE THERAPY & YOGA
SHAKTI ROWAN, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, specializes in integrative techniques and tailors her massage for each of her clients' needs. Graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Therapeutic Massage in 2003, she began working at CIC in Cambridge. Shakti continued her studies in therapeutic modalities and brings a toolbox full of skills to support her clients. For more than thirteen years, she has been using therapeutic techniques such as Muscular Therapy, Swedish Massage, Myofascial techniques, and Ashiatsu (barefoot Shiatsu). She also enjoys supporting pregnancy through massage from pre- to post-natal. In addition to traditional techniques, Shakti is available for assisted stretching (in which clients can learn stretches to take home and work on between sessions) as well as Reiki (energy healing). Shakti has advanced certifications in Thai Yoga Massage and Ashiatsu barefoot therapy, and a Hatha Yoga certification from the National Yoga Alliance.
JULIE GRIMM is passionate about empowering people to bring further joy and energy into their life. As a Biologist and painter, she is continuously inspired by the logic and beauty of the world. Incorporating meditation into her own life allowed her to eliminate stressful drains and distance herself from daily drama, which gave her more vitality, creativity and personal fulfillment. She is committed to holding space for individuals who want to clear out the clutter of their mind, de-stress and live with purpose and intention.
Benjamin Carroll, a mystic with intense aspirations has found great joy in blending the mystical roots of yoga with the practical applications it has in day to day business and life. Whether you are seeking business success or an all around sense of well-being, Ben has made it his business to explore new ways of offering exactly what someone might need, in any moment, to catalyze their highest growth and evolution. It is his joy and honor to create these offerings specific to the CIC business and innovation community.
RUSS ROBAR: Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, Member of American Massage Therapy Association Member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce 15 years. Russ has been practicing massage since 1994. He specializes in sports injury and deep tissue massages. He customizes each session according to the client’s needs to maximize comfort and results.
He has worked with the Boston Red Sox and the six-time national champion Boston men’s ultimate Frisbee team, Death or Glory. Currently he works with the men’s national ultimate frisbee champions, Ironside, and the MLU pro ultimate team, the Boston Whitecaps. For the past 13 years he has done post Boston Marathon work for Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Mass General Hospitals. Russ plays trumpet in a number of local bands: the Spittin Vinnies cover band, the Duppy Conquerors, a Bob Marley cover band, and the Porter Squares. He also enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and hiking.
ISHITA SHARMA left a prosperous career in Architecture to found Come to Center and empower busy professionals to work, learn and live better. In digital times of hyper-connection and over-stimulation, our capacity for effective action and our wellbeing depend on self-centering.
Come to Center integrates scientific, creative and spiritual tools into clients' immediate contexts for inner wellbeing and outer efficacy. Ishita leads people in her style of Open Meditation, designed to encourage embodied presence, resilience and flow, as an alternative to functioning from stress and overwhelm.
JNANADEV has been doing yoga for over 30 years and began practicing Sivananda Yoga in 2003 at the New Delhi center. He completed the Teacher’s Training Course at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Nassau. Jnanadev is also a social entrepreneur who graduated from MIT Sloan in 2002 and has been a CIC tenant since 2008. He has personally experienced the transformative power of Sivananda Yoga and enjoys sharing the gift with others.