MEET THE PRACTITIONERS

Memi Vaughn
Founder & Principal Massage Therapist, CMT

Memi is a Certified Sports Massage Therapist and the Director of Bodywork at Download Wellness. When starting this journey,  Memi decided she wanted to have a wellness studio that was for all people and offered a variety of services under one roof with free parking. As a wife, busy mother of twins and plus their terrific toddler there wasn’t much time left in a day for self-care and relaxation. So Download Wellness was born. Giving clients the option to relax at the Embarcadero Oakland location and seasoned wellness practitioners to work in one location that allows for them to be sustainable in the Bay Area.

 

Memi has a Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration and Management. Throughout Memi’s journey as a wellness practitioner, she has witnessed the transformative shifts in health that can occur when clients adopt a routine of bodywork, diet management, and breathing exercise. She has established a strong client base and has an excellent reputation for bodywork throughout the Bay Area.

Liliana Aranda, L.E., C.M.L.D.
Licensed Esthetician Cosmetic Lymph Drainage

Liliana is a licensed Esthetician from Los Angeles, California, and holds advanced training in Oncology Esthetics. She is a graduate of the Cinta Aveda Institute. She is also certified by LightStim LED Light Therapy, Dr. Vodder School or Lymphatic Drainage, Enlightened Skincare for Micropeeling Techniques, and Lash Extensions by Liv.  Liliana’s passion is creating custom skin care protocols for all, from blushing brides to Grammy-bound musicians, nationally televised broadcasters, and wonderful people like you. Currently, Liliana is retailing corrective skincare products by Le Mieux Skin Care, Hale + Hush®, Farmhouse Fresh Goods—a line of natural, vegan, Gluten/Paraben/Sulfite-free face and body “game-changers” her spa guests love.

 

Ms. Aranda’s expertise has been featured in The Boston Globe, Newsweek, Bloomberg, San Francisco Examiner, DAY SPA Magazine, Skin Inc. Magazine, ABC Television, various radio stations, and magazines. Liliana is a 3-time Cinta Aveda Top Retail Sales Award winner. She is proud to be a charter member of the International Institute of Oncology Estheticians.

Ola Powell
Head of Operations

Ola comes to us with decades of experience in the areas of HR, corporate governance, business development, employment law, pre-litigation, and litigation support, including investigation of claims and legal risk management. 

 

Over the past ten years, Ola has developed her consulting practice around building infrastructures and creating and implementing processes that would allow small and medium-sized businesses to form foundations that will support growing and blossoming businesses. Ola is here to help us all get to the next level.

 

Ola Powell is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia and now lives in Oakland with her family and two furry friends Panther and Storm. In her free time, she loves to sing, attend cultural, art, fashion, and musical events, cooking farm to table, and enjoying our beautiful bay area coastline for dog walks and play dates. Ola is also the founder of Family Keep Clean Company, a minority woman-owned and operated family business focused on bringing organic, freshly made products to the marketplace.

Dr. Heidi Bartlett, DAOM, L.Ac.,
Licensed Acupuncturist

Heidi became interested in practicing acupuncture when it relieved her chronic sinus pain and congestion. Most recently, she experienced the power of acupuncture during chemotherapy. Today she is in remission and believes her return to health was greatly aided by acupuncture treatments.

Because of her personal experience, her practice focuses on treating common colds, congestion, allergies, and chronic nasal problems, as well as all kinds of pain relating to bones, muscles, tendons, and nerves. She specializes in supporting those who need acupuncture during or after their cancer treatment. Because chemotherapy drastically affects the digestive system, utilizing acupuncture can help reduce symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and weakness. 

Heidi is a licensed acupuncturist and graduated with her doctorate in Asian and Oriental medicine from Five Branches University in San Jose, California. Her master’s degree is from the Acupuncture & Integrative Medical College in Berkeley, California. She is also Chief Resident in the first Integrative Medicine residency program in the United States. The program started at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, and recently moved to Alta Bates in Oakland, California. Heidi has done internships with the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University in China, treated student-athletes at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as low-income women at the San Francisco Prenatal program. 


Heidi became an acupuncturist to help other people achieve the same health and well-being that she enjoys as a result of the medicine. She feels strongly that acupuncture, herbal formulas, and diet together help people improve their health.

Jennifer Yau
Certified Pain & Emotional Release Massage Therapist

Jennifer is a pain and emotional release expert with a background in Chinese Medicine, Kinesiology, Energy Healing, and Massage.  Using her Integrative Re-balancing Therapy™ method, she helps busy professionals become pain-free, reconnected, re-energized, and revitalized. 

 

What she’s really passionate about is helping women tap into their soul power, so they can create balance, have fulfillment, and live authentically.  Jennifer has been intrigued by the mind-body connection since the age of 5 after a near-death experience.  Today she offers services for relief of physical and emotional pain through bodywork, energy healing, health coaching, remote healing as well as mediumship readings, workshops, and online programs.  Her mission is to help raise the vibrational frequency of this planet by helping people heal individually. 

Ken Brooks
Certified Massage Therapist 

Ken was born and raised in Midland, Texas, and spent several years in the Dallas area before moving to California. He has lived here (Bay Area to LA then back to the Bay Area) for 23 years and happily calls California his home. 

He believes that the body is a combination of many moving parts, systems, and tissues working in unison. They’re what keeps us going and, unfortunately, what ends up causing us discomfort from time to time.  Whether you’re active (long-distance runner or mother-of-five) or sedentary (office worker or couch potato), certain muscles will be affected by what you do, over-do and under-do. That’s why massage is so important; the power of touch can be vital to areas that are both strained and pained. As a massage therapist, he addresses these types of issues related to the physical body as well as contributing factors like stress, anxiousness, and fatigue. It’s important for him to gain a sense of how you’re feeling emotionally—a very important piece of the human puzzle. Aligning and balancing everything to the best of his ability is key to be a truly healthy person.  

He combines techniques from Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Cranial-Sacral, and Tui Na modalities. He typically ends with gentle touch points on the scalp and face as well as a full-body balancing. 

Elshia Vasquez

Certified Sports & Deep Tissue Massage Therapist

Elshia is from Los Angels, California. As an experienced and Certified Massage Therapist, her favorite modalities include sports, deep tissue, and myofascial techniques. Personally, she has and continues to remain physically active through training capoeira, running, swimming, and surfing. For this reason, she loves to practice deep work on clients because she knows how it feels to work your muscles hard and experience the incredible release of tension from knotty, tight muscles. Other modalities she employs include sports massage, lymphatic drainage, Swedish, and prenatal massage.

Dr. Clayton M. Johnson, M.A., Psy. D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

Dr. Johnson is the founder of Better Choices Consulting Group and holds a Doctoral degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Organizational Management and Consulting. Dr. Johnson also has a Master's Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family therapy. With 10 years’ experience in assessing and diagnosing clients of all ages, Dr. Johnson has a track record of being an advocate for all ages and backgrounds while assisting said clients in getting their needs met. Dually, he works as a director of Training & Development, with 15 years of residential treatment experience, former Psychology professor, and currently serving as an internal consultant & leadership coach for growing & transitioning agencies.

Paula Shaw
Certified Corporate Chair Massage Therapist

Paula started down the massage path 20 years ago after attending an open house at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley. After various courses over the years, she attended McKinnon Body Therapy Institute in Oakland, CA.

 

Once she completed the 500-hour program, she passed the MBLEx exam in 2016 and has been working at the Healing Arts Center at Cavallo Point in Sausalito since 2017. 

 

Paula now has joined Download Wellness. Her specialty is combining Swedish massage with some deep scapula work to release tension, and energy work on old injuries. She enjoys doing chair massage, getting to know people, and helping others to be as healthy and happy as possible. 

Princess Crosby

Certified Swedish Massage Therapist

Princess is a Certified Massage Therapist from the East Coast of deep southern Georgia and Alabama and has been in the Bay Area for over 7yrs; you may even still hear her Southern accent if you listen closely. Just like her name, she believes in treating you with royalty from beginning to end with every experience that she provides. She understands that massage is essential to self-care, self-healing, a healthy lifestyle, and that it is her purpose and gives back. During her sessions, she enjoys combining modalities of Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Thai stretching for a full-body rejuvenation massage. She likes to empower people to explore "what are you living for" and support them in relieving life's stresses to ensure they have a balanced body, and mind, to make that vision a reality.

 

Princess is a graduate of the National Holistic Institute and a certified member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), where she learned a variety of different modalities such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal Massage, Hot Stones, Sports Massage and much more. She also works with, and brings comfort, to clients in need of Lymphatic Massage, Energy Work, and a more gentle modality. She is a graduate of Auburn University as well, “War Eagle.” Princess has a product line of Essential Oils that she makes with her brother, who is a chemist, that is distilled straight from the plant. She enjoys providing a full-body holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle, mind, body, and soul.  

Le Mon Harris

Certified Massage Therapist 

 

 

Le Mon is from Oakland, California, and has been a certified massage therapist since 2008.  He is passionate about helping people find relaxation and relief from the pains that show up in their bodies because of stress. His bodywork style is holistic and healing. With over 10 years of experience, Le Mon's skills and intuitive touch help powerfully unwind the unique tension in your body, while helping your mind and spirit deeply rest and unwind.

 

He is a certified member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). He is trained in various modalities of therapeutic massage and bodywork including myofascial release, deep tissue and trigger point therapy, reflexology.

Madeline "Elle" Khorshidchehr

Certified Sports & Injury Massage Therapist 

Madeline was born and raised in Antioch, California.  She is passionate about helping people find relaxation and relief from the pains that show up in their bodies because of stress.  Her bodywork style is holistic and healing. With over 10 years’ experience, her skills and intuitive touch helps powerfully unwind the unique tension in your body, while helping your mind and spirit deeply rest and unwind.

 

After several years of experience working all over the bay, a comprehensive training program at Mckinnon Body Therapy center as well as some extensive continuing education, Madeline has been a licensed, certified massage therapist in California since 2008. She is a certified member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and trained in various modalities of therapeutic massage and bodywork including myofascial release, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, and reflexology.

 

She has received training in sports massage, clinical rehabilitation, deep tissue, shiatsu, acupressure and much more, and uses all of her knowledge to create sessions that are unique to each client to help with their specific needs & goals.

Daniel Fields
Certified Massage Therapist

Daniel was born and raised in Oakland, Ca. He brings a wealth of knowledge and training in Eastern modalities to the Bay Area. Daniel’s journey in health education began with training in Qigong with his Sifu, Bill Dockery, in 2007. He then completed the Tuina Chinese medical massage at the Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Science (ACCHS) Oakland, in 2014. Daniel was personally trained in traditional Chinese acupressure massage and Tuina, by David Wei, a 16th generation lineage holder of Wudang Zhang San Feng Pai. Daniel has trained with Wudang West, David's Qigong community learning how to translate Qigong into Tuina since 2014. He went on to complete the core program at the National Holistic Institute (NHI) in Emeryville, 2015, where he then worked as a teaching assistant in 2016. 

In 2017, he attended the last year of the World Medicine Institute (WMI) in Honolulu HI. WMI was a unique school started by Dr. Chang Yi Hsiang (Lily Siou), a 64th generation Taoist lineage holder of an unbroken 2,000-year-old Han dynasty tradition. WMI was dedicated for over forty years to training students in traditional Taoist healing arts, acupuncture, Qigong, and living herbal medicine.

He is completing his Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine at ACCHS and is expecting to graduate in Spring 2020.  He holds national certification in massage, a professional certificate in Health Education, and is a certified instructor in Qigong.  All this to say – he is a highly trained practitioner with a unique skill-set.

 

Daniel’s work is rooted in his Eastern medicine training. He is skilled with reading tissue and is able to work at appropriate depths to create effective change in the body and mind. His specialty is Tuina medical massage for pain management with Balance Method acupressure. He has worked in professional fields ranging from combat-art gyms to Forbes 4-Star spas.  He was hired to work on Oprah Winfrey's 2020 Vision Tour as a Massage Therapist. 

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