Neka Pasquale L. Ac. M.S. Cert. Nutritional Consultant
- DIETARY ADVISOR
Neka is a California state-licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, as well as a certified nutritional consultant. She is co-owner of Evo Spa in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she practices acupuncture and Chinese medicine, combined with cutting-edge nutrition and lifestyle modification, to heal, balance and create optimal health.
"I truly believe food is medicine, and you can change your life by changing your diet. As a student of nutrition, I study the nutritional value, taste, temperature, and medicinal qualities of common foods. By incorporating this knowledge into my wellness practice, I have opened a new world of utilizing food as therapy for my clients."
Neka received her bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Holistic Health from San Francisco State University. She holds a Master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. She also holds a certificate in nutrition from Yo San University and is a certified First Line® therapy practitioner. In addition to her extensive university training, Neka has studied with specialty experts in the fields of nutrition, metabolic syndrome, Hep C, gynecological disorders including infertility, NAET Allergy Elimination, addiction, pain management, digestive disorders, and HIV/AIDS treatment.
As a nutritional consultant and cooking enthusiast, Neka conducts detoxification & cleansing retreats several times a year. These retreats focus on diet & nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, and yoga & wellness treatments. She also works several times a week at a drug & alcohol rehabilitation center, and has volunteered at the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic.
John Sullivan Certified Personal Trainer - FITNESS ADVISOR
A former defensive back for the acclaimed Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers, John is the Fitness Staff Coordinator at the University of California at Berkeley and runs his own personal training business. John believes in building each of his clients from the ground up based upon their specific background, fitness level, and training goals.
"Maintaining a balance of spirituality, health, fitness and nutrition enables me to live life to its fullest. It was a natural step to turn this passion into a business in order to assist others in living healthier, more balanced lives."
John is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Berkeley, with an emphasis on fitness, nutrition, and health. In addition John holds several specialized certifications, including Mat Pilates, Functional Exercise & Training, Weight Management, Dynamic Exercise, Speed & Agility, Training & Conditioning for Sports Performance, Exercise & Conditioning for Older Adults, and Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation. He trains professional, masters, and junior athletes in all sports. Earlier in his career, John served as Assistant Director of the Academic Program for Student-Athletes at UC Berkeley. There he coached young men and women on how to balance the rigors of a highly ranked academic research institution and the athletic demands of an extremely competitive NCAA Division I sports program.
Being a health and fitness enthusiast, it's no wonder that in his free time you'll find John pushing himself to the extreme on snow, water and land. In addition to being a master swimmer, he's an avid skier, snowboarder, windsurfer, cyclist and yoga practitioner. John also enjoys international travel, especially to places where his fluency in Spanish and accomplished salsa dancing skills are put to good use.
Vanessa Scotto L. Acupuncturist / MTOM - NATURAL HEALTH ADVISOR
Vanessa Scotto is nationally certified in acupuncture and herbal medicine. She is the founder and owner of Xing Lin Healing Arts in Brooklyn, NY where she specializes in the treatment of depression, asthma, digestive problems, women's health, and adolescent healthcare.
"I was introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine many years ago when I sought help for a personal condition. I was amazed at the healing power of Chinese medicine, and its efficacy to treat the whole person. I started investigating the philosophies and principles of this healing art, as a result I became inspired to pursue a life in holistic healing."
Vanessa went on to complete her undergraduate degree in biology and psychology, before enrolling in the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York. There she earned a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She continued her postgraduate studies in China at the highly respected Guangzhou and Nan Chang universities. In addition, she has pursued advanced studies in dermatology, women's health, orthopedics, Tui-Na Chinese orthopedic massage and psychology.
Since 2002, Vanessa has been on the faculty at Pacific College where she taught graduate-level obstetrics and gynecology in one of the country's premier Chinese Medicine programs. Currently she resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she continues her practice and academic studies.
Ashley Boyd B.C. Esthetician - BEAUTY ADVISOR
Ashley Boyd is a board certified Esthetician and skincare specialist. She has extensive experience working within the holistic spa and dermatological medical environments, utilizing both natural and chemically-based treatments.
“My desire to pursue a career in skincare began early on as I witnessed friends and family struggle with numerous skin-related conditions. Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of different products and procedures is critical in determining the best way to address and treat certain conditions. This is why I stay dedicated to researching the chemistry behind many contemporary therapies, as well as its overall effect on the physiology of the skin."
Ashley is a graduate of the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology, one of the foremost schools in Esthetics. She has enjoyed a rich career working for highly respected skincare spas and medical practitioners in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently works with renowned Dr. Potozkin, MD, President of the California Academy of Dermatology, and Monica Brar, MD who specializes in progressive leg vein therapies.
In her free time, Ashley can always be found with a camera in hand. She is a photography enthusiast who enjoys documenting people and events. Ashley currently resides with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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