Dr. J. K. Kuan was born and raised in a country where Chinese medicine has been deep rooted in the culture and lifestyle. Since childhood, he had witnessed his family members using Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for healing and wellness. Later in life, after years of being active in playing sports and practicing martial arts, he personally benefited from Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Chiropractic treatment for shoulder, knee pain and sciatica, which inspired him to become a licensed Acupuncturist and Chiropractic Physician.
Dr. Kuan graduated with honors from Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) with a Doctor’s degree in Chiropractic and a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. There he received the Outstanding Service Award for his individual contributions to the college, made the Dean’s List, and was recognized by the California State Assembly for his steadfast commitment to the community and outstanding leadership in Traditional Asian Medicine and Health Sciences.
Dr. Kuan is deeply passionate about his work in alternative medicine, and joyfully shares his knowledge and skills with his colleagues and community.
Dr. Kuan began his Acupuncture and Chiropractic career in San Diego and Santa Monica, California where he was working with a seasoned Chiropractor. From there he brought together many of the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern Acupuncture and Chiropractic techniques for excellent healing and wellness. Since then, he has continued to build his reputation as a practitioner who is passionate about healing and providing care to those that find themselves in physical or emotional distress.
After years of practice in California, Dr. Kuan pursued the opportunity to bring his clinical experience and healing techniques to the East Coast so that he could provide care to those in need.
Dr. J. K. Kuan is National Board Certified (NCCAOM) (NBCE) and a Licensed Chiropractic Physician and Acupuncturist in the State of New Jersey, New York and California. Currently he is also teaching at Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine.
With years of clinical experience, Dr. Kuan has helped many people with conditions such as infertility, insomnia, allergy, migraine/headache, emotional disorder(anxiety, depression, bipolar), hypertension, smoking or drug addiction, obesity, PMS, pain syndrome (joint pain, tendonitis, LBP), I.B.S., etc.
In his spare time, Dr. Kuan enjoys playing tennis, basketball, playing guitar, singing, hiking, ballroom dance, traveling, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga and meditation.
After graduating from the State University of NY at Buffalo State, Doug spent the next 5 years at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX as a cancer research assistant supporting new techniques with the intentions of aiding Gulf War Syndrome veterans. In 2007, he received his professional diploma from a graduate-level acupuncture program at The Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, New Jersey’s first school of acupuncture and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). His interest in the health and well-being of all his clients has resulted in an optimal patient experience through uncompromised care.
Doug lives in Somerset with his wife and 3 children. He volunteers at the Mid-Jersey Chinese School and he is on their board of directors. He is also the vice president of the Chinese American Cultural Association. With his free time, he golfs, plays basketball and enjoys skiing with his family.
Cindy graduated from Northeastern University in 2000 with a degree in Communications. For several years, she worked as a sales assistant and event planner for radio stations in the NY/NJ metro area. When she is not working, Cindy is very busy with her high-spirited, 4 year old son. She continues to enjoy trips to the Jersey Shore and spending time with her family.
Jessica is a recent graduate from College of Staten Island with the degree in Sociology. She is deeply interested in studying society. It is in her interest to understand both what motivates and shapes our social interactions, divisions and cultures. Jessica’s purpose and passion is to contribute to everyone’s well-being.
Temisa has always had a love for helping people and was heavily influenced by her mother, Cathy Nagy, who has worked as a nurse in many different roles through the years. Inspired by the healing nature of her mother, Temisa decided to pursue Laboratory work through Brookdale Community College where she earned a certificate in Phlebotomy in 2007. She immediately joined Bayshore Community Hospital where she gained a firm knowledge in both patient and medical care.
This experience in the medical field sparked her interest in holistic healing and homeopathic remedies. The natural next step was the Massage Therapy and BodyWork program through The Institute for Therapeutic Massage where she became a licensed Massage Therapist in 2014.
Temisa immediately fell in love with the gratification that this career offered. Bringing her clients relief from sore muscles and injuries, soothing chronic pain issues and allowing them to relax and de-stress has become a passion for her and a lifelong dream realized.
Yumiko has practiced yoga since 1983 and is a RYT 500 Certified Yoga Teacher. Her classes are alignment based and flow mindfully with breath, and a balance of strength and ease. Born in Japan, she came to the United States to study anthropology. She ended up staying, getting married and raising a family in New Jersey. She brings a global view in both her yoga sense and teaching style. Yumi is also an international liaison and writer for Yoga Medical Society in Japan.
Trinity completed her (Multi-Style) 200-hour YTT Certification while also finishing all levels of Reiki Mastery courses. After teaching Yoga and Meditation throughout Central America, she journeyed back to the states. A few months into teaching chakra workshops and corporate Yoga, an urge came over her to expand her knowledge in Yoga even more. She spent a month & a half in Rishikesh, India studying with numerous Gurus and Masters. She finished her 300 YTT certification in Ashtanga Yoga, Ayurveda, and Emotional Blockage treatments. Her loving intention is to one day become a Yoga Therapist so that she can work with people individually in all areas of Yoga & plant healing.
Trinity believes that true teachers can show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see. She feels that real healing takes places when we learn to merge the mind, body, and spirit. Through the practice of Yoga and mindfulness, we can learn to become alchemists of our own lives; learning to transmute emotion, energy in motion. She sees this process as a way of helping release repressed pain while aligning the chakras and guiding one to become fully aligned in the flow.
Alicia found her way into her first yoga class over a decade ago, looking for a way to stay active and improve flexibility. Over time she began to notice that the benefits she received from yoga affected her mind and soul more than her tight muscles. Quickly it became a healthy obsession, seeking yoga as a release from her hectic busy lifestyle.
After she learned that a life without yoga was no longer an option, she found Honor Yoga where she received her 200 Hour RYT Certificate. The process of becoming an instructor has opened her eyes and given her a new outlook on yoga and life in general. Peace and happiness are often things we seek externally, rather than looking within and finding stillness in ourselves.
Alicia's goal as a teacher is to bring her students a newfound understanding of happiness and peace by searching within, while moving the body in fun, challenging poses. Yoga is all about keeping the body active, allowing the mind to come into stillness.
Carmela M. Ruggiero recently received her 200 hour yoga certification and Reiki level I certification in June of 2018. Carmela has always had a passion for health and well-being. Yoga and meditation found her when she was about 15 years old and her life has been changed ever since. She wishes to continue and advance her studies and is hopeful to obtain her 500 hour yoga certification in 2019. Carmela also loves to dance, meditate, cook (really good) vegan food, and spend time with her family, friends, and cat.
Kristine is certified in Group Exercise, Personal Training and Exercise Nutrition, and loves to lead workouts that focus on core conditioning, muscle toning, and cardiovascular fitness.
She makes fitness classes so much fun that participants keep coming back for more! With her infectious smile and joyful energy she leads group workouts that motivate people to commit to regular exercise. Kristine's goal is for every student to feel welcome in class as they work to achieve their wellness goals. She creates a class environment that is engaging and supportive for people of all fitness levels.
Poonam is an RYT500 certified yoga instructor, who has experience in Teaching various styles of yoga which include Hata yoga, Vinyasa, Chair yoga/Therapeutic yoga, Pre-natal, Kids yoga, Yoga cleansing techniques, and therapeutic massages. She has also attended Beginners and advanced meditation courses. Yoga has been a part of her life for over 7 years and her practice has helped her grow stronger, flexible and confident both on and off the mat.
Her yoga teaching methodology involves a particular sequence of postures in which almost all the joints and muscles of the body are worked on with mindful and safe practice including Breathing exercises leaving the practitioner with refreshing mind and body.
Her enormous interest in Teaching Yoga and learning meditation makes her explore this field further and improve her knowledge.
Dr. Nancie Celini is an
educator, researcher, 500-hour certified yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance and yoga therapist. Her extensive background as a clinical research and public health professional combined with her unique insights have helped people transform their health. She has
been inspired in her own practice by scientists, medical professionals and master teachers in healthcare and yoga but is most inspired by her students and
seeing them grow, heal and feel better.
She is the founder of Just Breathe Yoga, a community-based program in NJ and developer of “Yoga for Change” a program to help professionals reimagine their work and connectedness to each other. Nancie has been a lifelong athlete and advocate for better health as a certified fitness trainer, martial artist and yoga teacher. She is co-developer of a unique continuing education program with her colleague in New York where they help yoga teachers cultivate new insights and skills across a wide range of topics. Nancie has a master’s degree and doctorate in public health. She brings a diverse knowledge base to help her students grow stronger and healthier through yoga combined with her passion for research and integrative medicine.
Erica Pierson is a warmhearted, down-to-earth 200 hour RYT. She received her yoga teacher certification at Maui Yoga Shala, after graduating summa cum laude from LIM College in New York City. She is also Reiki Level I and II certified. Her passion for wellness and body movement stems from years of practicing yoga, meditation and ballet. For Erica each day is about cultivating bliss and exploring her endless passion and gratitude for yoga. She believes in living a life full of compassion, love and free of judgement. These feelings guide her teaching and practice, which is focused on helping students connect to their higher selves and their surroundings. Erica strives to help clients achieve healthier bodies and minds.
Lisa Clemente was drawn to yoga as a form of
exercise 40 years ago and soon realized the effect yoga had on the mind. In
2012 she received her 200 RYT in Vinyasa Yoga and is certified with Yoga
Alliance. After an unexpected hip replacement, her love turned out to be
teaching yoga to seniors, seated in a chair, who are in wheel chairs and are
afraid to get on the floor. Lisa’s
intention is to show her students, regardless of their physical ability, how
yoga helps with anxiety, self love, confidence, patience and gratitude. She loves sharing what she has learned in her
life and continues to learn more through her students. She currently teaches
privately, to seniors and a meditation class. When Lisa is not teaching yoga,
she enjoys meditating early in the morning, weight lifting and long walks with
her partner and puppy, painting, drawing, decorating, and playing the guitar.
Dayna O'Brien began her practice in 2004 at the request of her flute professor during her studies as a music education major at Mason Gross. This eye-opening experience made her curious about the profound relationship between body-awareness and nearly everyother aspect of daily life. She pursued a very active practice; based heavily on Ashtanga and Vinyasa, studying with amazing teachers in Somerset, Princeton,Red Bank, Shrewsbury, and Hazlet. In 2009 she was awarded her 200 hour R.Y.T. at Devalila Yoga under Stephanie Pappas, author of Yoga at Your Wall andYoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting. Daynais currently working towards her Master's in Special Education at Rutgers University. She has a strong desire to help others through the power of yoga and the art of teaching. 'Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu.' May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom.