Amy Hopkins is an advocate for wellness – plain and simple. Since earning her nursing degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1997 and her massage certification from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2001, she has spent years creating a body of professional wellness work.
During her early years working in Maternal/Child nursing in various hospital settings, Amy’s interest in holistic medicine was reinforced as she saw first-hand the need for it in her patients and in herself. In 1998, an adventurous move to Colorado stimulated her passion for all-things-healthy, mind, body, and spirit. It was here that Amy realized that wellness would be her life’s work.
In 2009, Amy opened GLOW, LLC – an innovative studio that is the culmination of Amy’s unique blend of expertise, commitment to wellness and desire to develop and share this holistic perspective with her community and beyond. Amy loves being “the face of GLOW” and promoting wellness through her teaching of massage and yoga, collaborating with her colleagues to create the best wellness plan for GLOW clients and students, building lasting professional relationships within her community, and with travel near and dear to her heart, Amy especially thrives on taking her professional trainings “on the road.”
direct phone #: 207-641-7353
Moira received her massage and polarity therapy certification in 2003 from the Polarity Realization Institute in Ipswich, MA and has been practicing at GLOW since 2010. Her unique approach blends a variety of effective wellness therapies, crafting an individualized session that addresses each client’s particular needs at the time of treatment and overall wellness journey. She intuitively draws from her trainings in swedish massage, polarity, thai yoga massage, myofascial release, neuromuscular technique, reiki, ayurveda, sacred hot stones, herbal studies, as well as, her additional background in art and design. Consciously listening with her heart and her hands, Moira co-creates a slow, rhythmic dance with each client’s body to meet, melt, and lengthen soft tissue, enhance joint motion and mobility, promote circulation and lymphatic drainage, balance the subtle fluids of the nervous and endocrine systems, and harmonize the energies of the body. Her nurturing, grounding, and easy-going presence throughout each customized session allows clients to reconnect and release on many levels.
Having been a professional childbirth doula for 10 years, Moira also specializes in maternal wellness which includes extensive training in massage and bodywork for preconception/fertility, pregnancy, labor/childbirth, postpartum, and newborn/infant massage instruction.
Moira enjoys a laid-back, yet active outdoor lifestyle with her husband and son, and their three lively German Shorthair Pointer dogs, tucked among the pine trees in Cape Neddick, Maine.
direct phone #: 978-500-1806
Laura graduated from the Downeast School of Massage Therapy in 2000, with a specialty in the mind-body connection. She brings a holistic approach to each bodywork session, integrating her background in craniosacral therapy, reiki, and myofascial release. Laura works on the intuitive level to dial in to whatever her client needs are at that moment. Her areas of expertise include: relief of neck, shoulder, and back pain due to injury or repetitive movement, and relief of depression and stress using the neuromuscular and energetic systems to access and release emotions stored in the tissue.
Laura has been with GLOW since 2010, and in addition to massage therapy also offers astrological counseling sessions, and private yoga instruction in the Ashtanga, Yin, or restorative traditions. She has mentored and studied extensively in both these disciplines since 1999 and 1996 respectively.
In addition to her work at GLOW, Laura is also a surfer and surf instructor for Liquid Dreams in York. She is blessed to be the mother of ten year old twins, a son and daughter.
direct phone #: 207-251-1771
Carrie received her massage therapy certiﬁcation from The Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA in 2005. She has been practicing at GLOW since 2014.
Carrie provides therapeutic massage, hot stone massage and holds a special interest in pre/post natal massage. She is also certiﬁed in Massage Cupping, an ancient technique which involves placing glass or plastic cups on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. Cupping is used to soften tight muscles, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue. It brings hydration and blood ﬂow to body tissues, moves deep inﬂammation to the skin surface for release and drains toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.
Carrie’s goal is to empower clients and help them to reconnect with their own bodies, allowing them to deepen the mind body spirit connection. She integrates a blend of techniques within each session to bring a deeper sense of relaxation, promote circulation and help reduce pain and restrictions in the body. Her hands communicate with the body while its subtle messages guide her on a path to creating space, thus allowing for positive change and healing to occur.
Carrie is passionate about her work and feels energized by helping others achieve and maintain a sense of health and wellness in their lives! She feels honored to be a part of her clients’ journey.
Carrie looks forward to time spent with her husband and young daughter, spending time in nature, gathering with friends, listening to live music, escaping into a fabulous book and of course the occasional spontaneous living room dance party!
direct phone #: 603-828-9090
Elissa graduated from McIntosh College in 2005 as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Her unique style blends modalities of Swedish, Thai, Transitional, Acupressure, and Trigger Point bodywork to promote relaxation and healing.
Elissa has a love for children and community wellness. She owned and operated her own daycare for 10 years and after the birth of her second son in 2010, she took her passion for family wellness and support and became a trained Doula (prenatal, labor and birth coach). She believes that every birth is unique and that mothers and partners need to be comforted every step of the way throughout the birthing process. She works with the doctors and midwives, her voice does not overpower their medical profession
and believes in all births, whether it be C-section, medicinal, by induction, and/or natural. She wants a mother and partner to feel empowered no matter what their choice of labor and delivery.
Elissa enjoys attending local yoga classes and wellness workshops to “practice what she preaches” and to further her education in bodywork.
She lives on a farm with her two sons; they enjoy the seasons and outdoor activities with skiing, archery, dirt biking, and gardening.
direct phone #: 603-988-7333
Isabel received her Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) from the New England School of Acupuncture, the oldest acupuncture school in the United States. She is licensed and board-certified to practice Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in New Hampshire and Maine. Isabel’s gentle acupuncture style draws from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Japanese acupuncture, and Kiiko Matsumoto style of acupuncture. Working in a variety of healthcare settings, from hospitals to community to private settings, Isabel has developed the ability to design comfortable and effective treatments to suit the individual needs of all her patients from infancy through our life long evolution. Isabel incorporates her background of Western herbalism, integrative health coaching (from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition), nutrition, psychology, and humanities to address each individual as a whole, focusing on a strong foundation to foster each person’s full potential for health. Isabel has been dedicated to honoring this complete medical system of Chinese Medicine that is over two thousand years old through the Eight Branches of Chinese Medicine that are used to stimulate the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
The Eight Branches of Chinese Medicine:
5. Feng Shui
Isabel is currently serving as the secretary for the New Hampshire Acupuncture and Asian Medicine Board, and continues her studies with her mentors as well as through continuing education opportunities to continually be at the forefront of what acupuncture, health coaching, and, herbal medicine can offer her patients.
direct phone #: 207-400-7721
Darcy’s first love for aesthetics began during her childhood growing up with 3 sisters. They would often “play spa” taking turns pampering and spoiling one another with special treatments that included face masks and massage. Darcy believes there is a place in everyone’s heart that yearns for the inner and outer treatment of beauty. How well we nurture this yearning throughout our lifetime can be very important to our overall sense of wellbeing and happiness.
Darcy graduated from the Aveda Institute of Minneapolis in 1997. This is where she was first introduced to the concepts of Ayurveda, aromatherapy and holistic skincare. Her path led her to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula of California, where she worked in the spa industry in Carmel. Being surrounded by incredible natural beauty, Darcy’s philosophy is simple-Beauty truly begins by nurturing our inner selves, along with incorporating a daily skincare regime into your life and pampering yourself with monthly maintenance facials-allowing you to radiate and GLOW!
After a cross country move took she and her husband to another majestic place the seacoast of Maine. Darcy began practicing yoga while pregnant with her first born son. Darcy truly believes taking time to pause and nourish our mind, body, spirit connection is not only essential, but one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.
Darcy is owner of Cider Hill Yoga in York, Maine. She has been teaching Vinyasa yoga since 2010. When she isn’t teaching you can find her playing in the surf with her 3 children, walking her dog at the beach or exploring new places.
direct phone #: 207-351-5788
Alli Geller is a Holistic Health Life Coach, passionate about the work of helping people connect with their authentic selves. She believes this is the foundation of whole health. She provides a safe, loving space free of judgement where clients can inquire as to areas of disconnect in their lives, hone the practice of listening to their bodies and intuition, and increase capacity for self-‐love. Her work is based upon the principle that “dis-‐ease“ can stem from the stress of an imbalance in any area of our health, including financial, spiritual, relationships, life purpose/work, sexual health, mental health, and/or physical health.
Alli began her practice in medicine 10 years ago as a nurse practitioner in a traditional managed care environment. She has always had an acceptance of alternative medicine and believed in a whole health approach. Discouraged by the limitations of western medicine in uncovering the root cause of an issue, she was captivated by the philosophies and teachings of the Whole Health Medicine Institute. Through this, she began to dream about empowering patients to address the deeper source of ailments.
Alli has witnessed incredible health benefits with natural therapeutic grade essential oils. She uses these in her work as a holistic nurse practitioner and health coach. She is certified in Aroma Touch Technique, which is a light touch rhythmic massage of the back and feet which uses 8 different oils that each enhances health and helps support homeostasis, lymphatic movement, mood enhancement, immune boosting, and relaxation.
Lisa McAllister has been teaching Childbirth Education with GLOW since its’ beginning in 2010. Having personally experienced both Cesarean Birth as well as Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) with her three children, Lisa understands firsthand the many varied hopes, joys, concerns, fears, and questions expectant parents have when preparing for their child’s birth. Her professional path has been paved by a desire to empower mothers and fathers to advocate for themselves and their envisioned births.
With years of experience as both high school teacher and mother, Lisa naturally brings a genuinely supportive nature to her classes. An avid yoga student, she practiced prenatal and mom/baby yoga with Amy Hopkins, and later had Amy as her doula at her daughter’s birth. It goes without saying that Lisa’s being at GLOW has been a special and natural fit.
When she’s not grading student papers or racing to yoga class, Lisa is longing for long, summer beach days spent with her husband Nat, and their children Flynn, Elouise, and Eamon.
direct phone #: 207-752-2124
Nickie completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga on York in 2012. She then went on to study Prenatal and Mom & Baby Yoga at GLOW. Nickie is grateful to be part of the wonderful GLOW team where she currently teaches prenatal yoga and mom & baby yoga, as well as private and semi-private yoga classes by appointment.
Nickie passionately believes in the endless benefits of yoga both during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and it shows in her teaching! With the birth of her daughter, an even greater passion blossomed to support and nurture women through their very personal journey into motherhood.
When Nickie is not on her yoga mat you’ll find her walking the beaches with her husband Martin, their daughter Aoife, and dog Apple.
direct phone #: 802-922-3003
Kacie Evans is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She graduated with a certificate in Massage Therapy and Health Education from the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, CA. in 2004. She has had several years of continuing education in the kinesiology department with emphasis on health and human performance at St. Mary’s College of California.
Kacie is also a classically-trained Certified Pilates Instructor. She has over 10 years in-studio teaching experience at the Contra Costa Pilates Center in Walnut Creek, CA.
At GLOW, Kacie offers many modalities of therapeutic massage (on the table) as well as Thai Yoga Massage (on a futon). In addition, she offers the grounding and vibrational work of Tuning Forks, enhancing her client experience. Kacie draws on her strong background in and passion for the Martial Arts and Pilates teachings in educating her clients on their wellness path. Kacie’s firm hands and compassionate nature help to create a beautifully-balanced therapeutic bodywork session.
She moved from the Bay Area, CA to Phoenix, AZ in 2012 to be with her husband, Seth. They have since moved to South Berwick, ME to be closer to family and for a welcome change of pace (and temperature!)
Kacie loves hiking with her dogs, exploring her new home of Southern Maine, and always has her eye out for some good chowder!
J Harker (yes, just J) has been practicing various modalities of massage since her graduation from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2006. Before relocating to the Seacoast area and joining GLOW, J enjoyed her private practice on Cape Cod.
She has taken a variety of Continuing Education Courses including Thai Massage, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), Neck Specific, Trigger Point Therapy, Reiki, and pre & post-natal massage. She offers a unique combination of these teachings to give an individualized experience tailored to the client’s specific needs. Her offerings can include Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sustained Compression, Stretching, and Breath Work. With her prenatal massage clients, she offers the option of a “pregnancy pillow” allowing the client to lay prone if beneficial for the client. J encourages her clients to voice their needs before and during their sessions, and provide feedback to ensure the best therapeutic experience possible.
As a previous doula as well as a yoga teacher and student, J understands the importance of whole care – the mind, body, and spirit connection. She believes whole-heartedly that massage is a beautiful way to complement a yoga practice.
J uses synchronized breath along with nurturing pressure and movement to bring about increased body awareness.
In her daily life, J enjoys cooking, creating art, and quality time with her infant daughter, husband, and two teenage boys.
Cherise’s bodywork is an authentic expression of her intentional energy. She blends her knowledge and experience of her yoga training with her passion for enduring health and wellness to create a massage session for her clients.
As a licensed massage therapist, Cherise utilizes her extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology each time she creates a wellness plan. She is honored and humbled to be a massage therapist and yoga teacher and is inspired each time a someone gains self-acceptance and trust of their own inner wisdom.
direct phone #: 603-475-2168
Sharon has been involved in the health and wellness industry for over 30 years. Sharon started her career in Recreation Therapy working with spinal cord and brain injury patients. This led her to seek complementary therapies for her clients. Sharon is a Maine Certified Reflexologist. Sharon has always loved a good foot rub and was encouraged by her Naturopath to use reflexology on her son prior to each day of school to help “ground” him in elementary school. It worked, and the seed was planted for reflexology! Based on the belief that the power of reflexology helps reduce stress, increase circulation and balance one’s mind, body, and soul, and by working through the nervous system, Sharon finds reflexology to be a natural fit in continuing her work with clients. Sharon is passionate about her work with individuals to help them improve their quality of life and live it to the fullest.
Sharon is also certified as a Yoga 4 Cancer instructor, a former children’s yoga teacher and trainer, (ERYT-200) and registered yoga teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance. She is excited to be a part of the GLOW team, and working with clients of all ages. Sharon resides in South Berwick, ME with her husband and two children. She loves spending time outdoors – hiking through the woods, skiing, swimming, or paddle boarding in Maine and Vermont.
Sue has been happily immersed in the world of pediatrics for over twenty years, and after working in outdoor education in Breckenridge, CO, found herself pursuing her interest in health and development at Colorado State University, earning her masters in Occupational Therapy in 2004. Sue has been honored to work with hundreds of children and their families, using a holistic approach to her practice with a focus on development, emotional regulation and resiliency. This philosophy in her OT practice lead to her to obtain her certification in 2010 to teach Infant Massage, continuing her passion in helping families to build solid foundations for communication, connection and empowerment. Sue has enjoyed teaching in both private and group settings, most recently at a holistic birthing center in Vista, California. Sue also has a background in myofascial release and is continuing to pursue her training as a Reiki Practitioner under Lordes Gray at the Center for Reiki Healing in Jaffrey, NH. Sue is thrilled to be back in Maine with her family, and is excited to connect with the Glow Mama Community to continue her love of teaching and helping to support families in building balance, connection and calm.
Robyn received her nursing degree from the University of New England in 1998 and has spent the majority of her nursing career in Maternal/Child Nursing. Ever since she was a little girl Robyn inspired to “take care of moms and babies.” As a Labor and Delivery nurse, Robyn has been privileged to witness over 600 births from Bangor, Maine to Fairbanks, Alaska! As nurse, advocate, sister, friend, or doula, each birth has influenced Robyn in her own personal and professional journey. She considers it an honor to support and empower the birthing family during some of their most intimate, vulnerable, and challenging times of bringing their babies into the world.
In 2006, Robyn became both a certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner and also an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She is also a Certified RN (RNC) in Inpatient Obstetrics.
Invested in the health and emotional well being of mothers and their babies, Robyn is committed to helping parents achieve their personal feeding goals. With her positive, compassionate, and non-judgmental manner, Robyn strives to make each mother and baby couplet feel comfortable and confident as they navigate breastfeeding – realizing that each dyad is unique! She has experience with many of the common challenges of breastfeeding, including and not limited to:
-low milk supply/over supply
-mastitis/ plugged ducts
-slow weight gain/supplementation
Robyn lives in Wells, Maine with her husband Jared and children Megyn and Graeme. She is thrilled to be a part the GLOW MAMA team of practitioners providing professional support to the families in our community!