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Meet our Team!

Practitioners....

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Emily Jacobson, LAc

Owner and Director of Healing Roots Wellness Center
* Acupuncture Services
* Massage Therapy

My interest in wellness and holistic medicine started at a very young age. Pursuing this interest, I attended St.Croix Center For The Healing Arts massage school in the year 2000. With a passionate young heart I decided to make an attempt at entrepreneurship and started my first business, Exceptional Relief Massage, in 2002. After a very successful 9 years in business, my mind and body needed to dive deeper into the healing arts. Wanting an extension of my career as a bodyworker, I chose to study Chinese Medicine and received a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2016 and promptly opened To The Point Acupuncture and Tai Chi. Having been a bodyworker for more that 20 years, my goal is to create a safe space for each individual and work with their needs, meeting them wherever they are at on any given day. Holding this space allows for a person to be at ease and reach true healing. Working with Qi (sounds like chi) and deep communication as medicine, I am able to work with all elements of a persons mind, body, and spirit. With a massage therapy background, one area of wellness I focus on is pain management, with an additional focus on women’s health and mental/emotional health. As the owner and director of Healing Roots Wellness Center, my goal is to create a wholesome community of wellness providers and wellness seekers. Knowing that there are many paths to healing and that collaborative care has a big impact, I want to offer a diverse way to make healing available and accessible. We are on this planet to connect, love, and support each other. I believe this is the only way we are able to fully thrive as human beings. Humbly holding space for practitioners and recipients to receive emotional and physical nourishment is the basis of why I decided to open Healing Roots Wellness Center. In my spare time, you will find me hiking, riding bicycle, or kayaking with my sweet husband, playing with my dogs, teaching tai chi in the park, deep in a philosophical conversation, or laughing with a friend or loved one.

Call to book an appointment
715-227-3486

Amber Moore

Amber has been practicing acupuncture for the past several years, after receiving her masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from AAAOM in 2017, her Diplomate in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture from NCCAOM, and her license from the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. She practices in several locations, in rural Minnesota as well as the twin cities area, doing individual and community acupuncture. Her passion is in the fundamental restructuring of health care to be in more direct service to communities of people in need, and to make our community relationships the foundation to our healing. This has included volunteering her services in her immediate community, as she did during the COVID and racial justice riot era in her neighborhood, practicing in encampments near her home, participating in free health care events, and offering acupuncture in her back yard to anyone ready to take her up on her offer. She believes that acupuncture can be a very practical, simple way to support most people in their mental, physical and emotional health, without side effects or ethical conundrums. She strives against professional specialization, though sees each patient as a very special opportunity for connection and growth. She also loves plants a whole lot, making herbal teas, medicines, and teaching classes in basic plant identification, medicine making, and the like. She offers her herbal perspective to her treatments, including basic and accessible Chinese and western herbal solutions. In the other moments of her life, she engages in community art and puppet builds, hosts and attends craft and skill share events, loves to cook for people, gardens messily and excessively, and lives with her incredible teen in South Minneapolis.

715-227-3486
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Ashely Goossens

Wildly Healthful
*Certified Live and Wellness Coaching

Hi, I'm Ashley, a passionate health coach dedicated to transforming lives and empowering individuals to achieve their wellness goals. With a certification in Health and Life Coaching, I have had the privilege of coaching hundreds of individuals on their journey to better health and well-being. My coaching approach focuses on holistic wellness, helping clients improve their sleep, achieve weight loss or gain, reduce brain fog, quit smoking and alcohol abuse, enhance skin health, and reach significant milestones like running their first 5k. The most rewarding part of my work is helping my clients break bad habits, develop good habits, and unlock newfound energy. Beyond my coaching practice, I am the proud mother of two energetic boys and blessed to have a supportive husband with whom I share this wonderful life with. We recently relocated from Fargo, North Dakota, to the serene surroundings of River Falls, Wisconsin, which we are grateful to call home. When I'm not coaching, you can find me enjoying the MN and WI lakes with my family, exploring new trails, experimenting with different tea blends, and indulging in travel adventures to the sunny beaches of Florida to visit friends. I am deeply committed to guiding individuals towards a healthier, more fulfilling life and am excited to be a part of their transformative journey. Let's work together to unlock your full potential and achieve your wellness goals!

Call to book an appointment
715-227-3486

Melissa Pedrini

Well Living Massage

I am trained in deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, trigger point, Swedish, prenatal, myofascial release, and cupping therapies. All of my services include complimentary hot towels and doTERRA aromatherapy oils. My husband and I moved to River Falls in 2016. We have three young boys and have been enjoying making this community our home. We enjoy being outside in our garden as well as hiking and biking the beautiful trails in River Falls. We are huge baseball fans and enjoy going to the local Fighting Fish games.

715-903-6551

Unfortunately, Melissa is not taking new clients at this time (she's just that good!)

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Laura Bond

Harmony Hands Reiki

Laura Bond, owner and practitioner I offer the energetic therapies of Reiki, Craniosacral and Sound Healing. My goal is to support my clients in reaching their highest potential for healing in a nurturing, comfortable environment. I feel privileged to work as an energy therapist, considering energetic touch and sound healing to be sacred. A diagnosis of breast cancer in 2000 and subsequent strong treatments to cure the disease led me into researching and receiving various non-conventional therapies. Reiki and Craniosacral Therapy were both profoundly helpful in my healing, so much so that I pursued training in both. Prior to founding Harmony Hands Reiki, I became a Certified Reiki Master in 2012 in the Usui System of Natural Healing under Constance Herris, Sunrise Healing Arts. My study of Craniosacral Therapy is ongoing at the Heartwood Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota. Most recently, my extensive background as a musician has fueled further interest and creativity in Sound Healing. When away from the Harmony Hands Reiki studio, I enjoy gardening, hiking, family time, and my piano.

715-255-0273

Teachers....

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Colleen Gray
Qi Gong

I became interested in Qigong 20+ years ago. One of my motivators at the time was wanting a tool to deal with anxiety. This ancient Chinese practice has been referred to as moving meditation, an elixir for self-healing and is one of the branches of Chinese Medicine. My main teacher, Chunyi Lin from Spring Forest Qigong would say, “If you believe that it works, it works. If you don’t believe that it works, it still works.” As I took classes, read books and practiced in my living room each morning before work, I noticed a sense of wellbeing that carried throughout the day. Early on it became clear to me that I wanted to share this FREE medicine with others and to practice with a group outdoors. In its purest form Qigong is an invitation to bring awareness into every part of our life. I have led a weekly Qigong practice group for the past 12 years. I don’t consider myself a master, however I do consider myself someone who wants to “share the Qi” and to practice together with others. I look forward to this possibility through the Healing Roots Wellness Center. I’m an avid quilter in my free time and devotee of loving and supporting my three adult children in their endeavors. This includes Emily Jacobson, whose dream it was to open the Healing Roots Wellness Center.

Free Qi Gong, Monday evenings at 5:30
Heather Schuman
Vinyasa Yoga Flow

My goal as a yoga instructor is to provide a safe, judgement-free space where people can move, breathe, and be their most authentic selves. My own yoga journey started in 2005 when I took my first class and instantly fell in love with the practice. In 2012 I graduated from the Yoga Center of Minneapolis and began teaching. I love both the physical and mental strength, flexibility, balance, and stillness that yoga offers and I will never stop being amazed by the power of linking breath and movement. I strive to make my yoga classes accessible to everyone while keeping students challenged in their personal practices. I love teaching all ages and many different types of yoga and I will forever be a student of the practice. Off of my mat, my husband and I are busy raising three young kids. We enjoy being outdoors--running, hiking, biking, traveling, and exploring. We are grateful to be a part of such a beautiful and family-centered community.

Yoga Flow
Monday mornings at 9:30 and Thursday evenings at 7:00
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Sara Bartlett
Myofascial Release Yoga

Fully Human, LLC Hatha, Myofascial and Trauma Informed Yoga Hello, my name is Sara. I started my yoga journey in 2015. I am no stranger to stress and violence against my person. I have experienced traumatic events and have been burdened with unconscious breathing and physical issues due to my past experiences. Myofascial and trauma-sensitive yoga creates a safe space for people to pay attention to signs of dissociation, pain, unease, distress and tension that may come up, and to stop whenever they need. Body awareness and self-regulation is part of the practice. We work together to discover how to release our trapped tension within our tissues using props and various practices in nervous system regulation and awareness. I would love to share my practice with you. Related Certifications: - 225-hour Hatha Yoga Instructor (Holy Yoga) - 15-hour Yogalates Instructor (Holy Yoga) - 15-hour Yoga with Weights Instructor (Holy Yoga) - 60-hour Trauma Sensitive Yoga Instructor (Holy Yoga) - 200-hour Myofascial Yoga Instructor (Freely Human) - Breathwork Coach (Yogabody) - Flexibility Coach (Yogabody) - Emotional Well-Being Coach (Shira Gura)

Slow Flow Yoga,
Wednesday evenings at 5:00
Roxie Vandewater
Strength and Stretch

I have been teaching fitness for 35 years~Cardio, step,and in the last 9 years, gentle and chair yoga. I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for 33 of those years and I believe exercise, in all its forms, has shaped and enriched my life beyond measure. Staying strong in body, mind and spirit and sharing different ways to do that with my students is at the heart of my teaching. I have always said, “I love the socialization, and the exercise is just a bonus.” No matter what format I am teaching, relationship is at the core of what I do and what I value most. In my spare time I love making memories with my family, which now includes a delightful little granddaughter, playing piano, snow shoeing and hiking, traveling and volunteering.

Strength and Stretch
Wednesday mornings at 9:00
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Lakken Bowe

My name is Lakken (lake-in) and I have been interested in the asana of yoga since around 2011 when I was first introduced to a routine yoga practice. The benefits yoga has brought to my life are something I am passionate about sharing with the community. This led me to obtain my 200 hour teaching certification from Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness in September 2023. I am humbled and honored to share my teachings through various asana styles, pranayama (breathwork), and meditation. My day job includes working at a motorcycle accessory company. My scope of interests is considerable including hiking, camping, reading, dancing, traveling, writing, and enjoying a good cup of tea or coffee. I look forward to meeting you on your mat!

Yoga 4 Every BODY
Tuesday evenings at 5:30
Carrie Kleven

Carrie took her first yoga class in 2005 and she is so happy that she did. The union of mind, body, and spirit with yoga hooked her and she is hard pressed to find any style of yoga practice she does not like. As a nurse, wife, and mother of 3 caretaking is her true calling. Carrie recently graduated from the Devandi School of Yoga & Wellness and cannot wait to meet you on your mat for a grounding and energizing mid-day boost!

Noon Boost Yoga
Wednesdays at noon (45 min class)
Mindful Flow Yoga
Alternating with Julie
Saturday Mornings 8am 
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Brenda Derks

Brenda has been in the fitness industry as a client and an instructor for most of her life. She is a trained Muay Thai fighter with certifications in kickboxing, strength training, personal training, and as a Rock Steady Boxing coach. She always seeks opportunities for learning and growth, continually advancing her skills through ongoing education. She thoroughly enjoys developing new and interesting workouts to keep clients (and muscles) from being bored! Join Brenda twice each week for bodyweight strength training classes that will challenge and inspire you to push beyond your limits, leaving you feeling empowered and accomplished!

Dynamic Strength: Ignite Your Power!
(Body weight strength training)
Thursday mornings at 7am
Julie Domres

I took my first yoga class at the YMCA in Minneapolis back in 2016. Initially I would leave those first classes feeling rested and refreshed, knowing deep inside of me that there was something more to it than the physical but not knowing what it was. The thing that started as a “really good workout” eventually became my means to finding healing in mind, body, and spirit. And when I lost my oldest son in September of 2022, it was the thing that helped me to move forward and to find peace once again. This journey I am on led me to yoga teacher training through the Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness, and I graduated as a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher in September of 2023. Through my yoga practice, I have learned to be compassionate to myself and others, to trust myself and my higher power, and to connect with a body that I used to see as defective. The beauty in yoga is that it is for everyone, a lifestyle free of stereotypes. My greatest joy as a yoga teacher comes in watching others learn to meet themselves where they are at, discover their own yoga practice, and find their own pathway to healing. In my free time, I love to spend time in nature doing all the things: hiking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and camping. I am an avid reader who loves nothing more than cracking open a new book and losing myself in the story unfolding on the pages. I am a mom and a wife, a friend and a daughter, and I am an advocate for those struggling with addiction. I would also happily consider myself a crazy bird lady who loves to sit on the deck and watch the action unfold around me!

Mindful Flow Yoga
Alternating with Carrie
Saturday Mornings 8am
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Staff....

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Julie Domres
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

I guess you could say I am a “Jack of all Trades” professionally. In addition to owning and operating a wedding and events floral studio for a number of years, I have also had the pleasure of serving in different administrative roles. As I have grown and evolved personally, my career has grown and evolved right along with me. I am so excited to bring my experience to the Healing Roots team, and to support this amazing wellness community. Yoga and alternative treatment modalities have changed my life, and I am looking forward to watching these life transformations take place in others. I recently received my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification in September of 2023, and I am finding so much joy helping others as a yoga teacher. In addition to teaching classes in River Falls, Hudson, and New Richmond, I also love to attend classes and workshops, and learn from the gifts of others. When I am not practicing yoga, I also love to spend time with my husband Tom and my son Ryan gardening, watching football, cooking, and relaxing in our new hot tub. I love to hike with friends, kayak, camp, and spend time in nature.

Heather Schuman
Programs and Studio Manager

I first joined the Healing Roots team as a yoga instructor and I was thrilled when the opportunity arose for me to step into the role of Programs & Studio Manager. In addition to teaching yoga, I am now able to play a part in collaborating, scheduling, planning, and creating behind the scenes. I love having the opportunity to connect with a variety of incredible, talented individuals and to assist them in planning and running their classes and workshops in our studio. I am grateful to be a part of such a kind, caring, and invested team of practitioners and instructors! Away from the studio, I enjoy time with family and friends, attending my kids' activities, yoga, baking, traveling, and being outdoors--running, hiking, and walking our sweet dog.

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Kerrigan Vig
Operations and Marketing Manager

I work behind the scenes at Healing Roots helping develop business growth opportunities, and using my creativity to plan and execute marketing strategies. Most importantly I get to support our practitioners and teachers so they can focus on creating a warm welcoming environment. Outside of work, I like collecting creative and outdoor hobbies. Some of the hobbies I’ve collected over the years are hiking, kayaking, cake decorating, from-scratch cooking, photography, and gardening. You'll also find me spending time with loved ones and my dog Peanut.

Diane McLean
Volunteer

I am passionate about supporting Healing Roots and the mission to provide wellness to our community. I am honored to volunteer my time to help clean and run errends when needed. In my spare time I love to garden and get my hands in the dirt. I love my family and anything that has to do with dogs!

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