Our Team

Driven by the desire to help you find your path to healing and personal growth.

Counseling

Alicia McDonald MS, LPCC-S
Alicia is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and she has been working in the field of mental health for the last five years striving to provide culturally-sensitive, person-centered, and evidenced based treatment to her clients. Alicia has a background in community mental health, which has provided her with experience working with diverse populations of individuals and treating clients with a wide range of mental, behavioral, and emotional issues. Aligning closely with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she works to help her clients increase their awareness of the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors to guide them toward emotional balance and wellness.

David Stump MS, LPCC
David is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has been working in mental health for 4 years. David received his Master of Science Degree in Clinical Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. David has experience working with a diverse population and various age groups in the community mental health and Private Practice fields, as well as experience working with those who have served in the military. He has a strong interest in relationships and couples counseling. His other areas of counseling and treatment include addictions, crisis intervention, anxiety, depression, PTSD and trauma-based therapy, affirmative practice with LGBTQ clients and life transitions.

Yoga & Mindfulness

Gina McDowell, RYT200
Gina is a Registered Yoga Trainer with almost 10 years of teaching experience. She is passionate about utilizing both movement and breath work to re-establish the mind-body connection, aiding in stress-management, anxiety reduction, and overall wellbeing. Gina further focuses on creating a class environment that is accessible and comfortable for yogis of all levels.



Stephanie Mielke, RYT200
Stephanie took her first yoga class in 2015, and began practicing Vinyasa regularly ever since. She quickly learned that the mental and emotional benefits of yoga took precedence over the physical practice. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga on High in Vinyasa. As a yoga teacher, Stephanie hopes to inspire students to take mindfulness, unconditional positive regard, and self-love off the mat. Stephanie has experience teaching mindfulness based series at a local hospital.

Massage Therapy

Jennifer Pierce, LMT 
Jennifer has been practicing Massage Therapy for 14 years. With a back ground in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, her specialties lie in Deep Tissue, Sports, and Therapeutic Massage Therapy. She has certifications in Pregnancy Massage, Myofascial Release and Neuromuscular Therapy.  Licensed in Ohio since 2008, Jennifer has worked with various levels of clientele through the years from professional athletes to the elderly. Her goals are to find the root of what is causing your pain and effectively use her skills to decrease that pain and increase your ability to live your best life. Your health, wellness, and comfort are her number one priority.

Acupuncture

Catherine Ho, LAc
Catherine Ho is a fourth-generation acupuncturist who has been working in the Central Ohio area for over ten years. She is passionate about healing and empowering patients to live happy and healthy lives and can treat all ages with her gentle and effective technique. Her specialties include muscle and joint pain, migraines, stress and resultant conditions of stress, and allergies. Catherine’s goal for all of her clients is to help them realize the best version of their health, which is different for everyone. Sometimes this means addressing chronic pain so the patient can exercise or rest more deeply; other times this means helping patients quit smoking or reduce alcohol consumption as part of a greater journey to wellness. Catherine truly enjoys seeing patients realize just how strong and happy and healthy they can be and she is honored whenever someone lets her be part of that journey.

Staff

Francesca Festa MA, LPCC – Director of Clinical & Wellness Services
Francesca received a Master in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Florence (Italy) and a Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the Ohio State University. Over the past 8 years, she has been practicing in a variety of settings working with different age groups, mental health conditions, and ethnicities.

Her diverse professional training helped her develop a culturally-sensitive and strength-based approach to mental health and wellness that highly informs her work with her clients. She believes in the collaborative nature of the counseling relationship and she strives to adapt her sessions to the unique needs and characteristics of each individual.

To support her client’s journey toward healing and growth, Francesca recently furthered her education becoming a Certified Wellness Counselor. Her areas of expertise are anxiety and stress, eating disorders, self-harming behaviors, life transitions, trauma, and maternal mental health. As Director of Clinical and Wellness Services her goal is to contribute to offering high-quality, innovative and holistic services to center’s clients and the community.

Noel Bartholdi – Director of Wellness & Outreach
Noel attended the University of California, Riverside to study medicine and quickly discovered a passion for nutritional science, exercise physiology, and psychology. Noel is a Nutrition Coach, athlete, yoga teacher, author, public health advocate, and mom of four.

Through a combination of her studies, and her personal experience in the world, Noel has gained a keen appreciation for the benefits that complementary services bring to an individual‘s life. She has been active in the community by promoting wellness through public speaking engagements in addition to her work with small groups and private clients. As Director of Wellness and Outreach, her mission is to promote awareness about the health benefits of complementary approaches to wellness and to help others reach their greatest potential, uncover their best health, and experience the joy of wellness.

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