Sheridy Olson, L.M.T.
Sheridy is the owner and founder of Destination Health and has worked in the health and wellness industry for the past 20 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer and is Power Pilates Certified instructor. She has a B.S. degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Athletic Training from the University of Maine.
Sheridy studied massage therapy at the American Institute of Massage Therapy in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and received her National License in 1997. She was also the Assistant Manager of The Ultimate Fitness Club in downtown Ft. Lauderdale while attending massage school full time. Sheridy started Destination Health in Sarasota, FL as a rehab specialist where she saw a market for people to continue a post therapy program at home after completing their physical therapy. Often times, patients are discharged from physical or occupational therapy with instructions to follow at home and this is where Destination Health came to fruition. Sheridy would take clients thru at home exercise programs and end with a massage therapy session. It was the perfect balance for her clients and she saw the best results through exercise and massage. When Sheridy wasn’t working with post-rehab clients, she was training other clients on the beautiful white sand beaches of Siesta key or teaching fitness classes at various gyms in Sarasota where she resided for 6 years before moving to MDI and settling down with her family. Sheridy is incredibly passionate about helping people achieve a balanced approach to health through working on the body, the mind, and the spirit and looks forward to creating an environment of positive healthy energy at Destination Health MDI.
Maija is a licensed massage therapist, with experience in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal Massage, athletic training and credentials as a Division I college athlete. She studied Massage Therapy at the Acadia School of Massage in Bar Harbor, ME. Maija is also a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer and teaches group cycling classes. In addition, Maija also has a black belt in Martial Arts. She grew up on Mount Desert Island, and continues to live in the area throughout the year and looks forward to helping our community members achieve a balanced, healthy life.
Jodi’s experience with yoga started in 1993 after reading a short article in a fitness magazine. What started as a simple “let’s check out this Kundalini conscious breathing thing!” has turned into a journey of decades. Traveling around West Africa as a Peace Corps Community Health and Wellness Volunteer with a copy of a Kundalini yoga book; work study at Om Yoga with endless Vinyasa yoga and Buddhist meditation classes; 5-months of communal living and working at the spirituality-based Lama Foundation in New Mexico studying with Ram Dass and Tias Little; and a 200-hour Teacher Training with a strong emphasis on alignment and therapeutics. Add on workshops and intensive weekend trainings around yoga since 1993, Reiki I &II training, herbal healing & Ayurveda, a home practice, marriage, and raising two kids and a gardening business, you will find Jodi still humbly studying, practicing, and teaching the art of yoga.
She began teaching in 2009 after apprenticing with Laura Neal and completing her teacher training with Deb Neubauer. She refined her teaching of prenatal and postpartum yoga through training with Mia Borgatta/Ma Yoga and Baby Om. Jodi continues to delve into the heart of the practice with her favorite teacher, Tiffany Cruikshank, and pouring over anatomy books and finding inspiration in nature and poetry.
Every time Jodi steps onto the mat, it seems like charting new yet familiar waters, a place where connections are made and her mind and nervous system are calmed. The practice offers respite from busy days, a physical pursuit that can be practiced anywhere and anytime, and tangible tools to bring in energy or stillness and decrease reactivity to life. Alongside her students, Jodi hopes to guide them to greater purpose and peace. She is extremely approachable and her teaching style connects with beginner and advanced students alike. Her classes are a perfect blend of form and flow, restorative and strength building, props and no–props. Expect to hear Jodi say “incorporate strength and gentleness, steadiness and ease,” or “breathe with attention and intention,” and “practice so this feels therapeutic later.” She is a Pisces after all!
Dennis is continually inspired by the inquiry of how to be awake in the world. Growing up on the Island, his path led him across varied landscapes to learn different traditions, study with diverse teachers, and get more experience/training in some of the many approaches to waking up. Some of these experiences include living at Kripalu for a year and taking their yoga Teacher Training, completing his masters degree in Integral Counseling Psychology at CIIS in San Francisco, and acquiring an Executive Certificate in EcoPsychology.
He is grateful to have been part of the Cattitude community and now at Destination Health as a teacher and group facilitator. His teaching style incorporates mindfulness, yogic philosophy, Taoism and Buddhism. Dennis is also a clinician at COA and works in private practice offering Integrative Wellness, a mindfulness and holistic approach to counseling and coaching.
Having seen many parts of this country, Dennis couldn’t be happier that his home is among the great mountains, waters, forests and people of MDI. He loves to spend his time outdoors, whether it is hiking, biking, tending his fruit trees or growing organic garlic. It is his abiding blessing to be married to fellow yoga teacher, Johannah Blackman.
“The truth is that you are already what you are seeking. Don’t think that awakening is the end. Awakening is the end of the seeking, the end of the seeker, but it is the beginning of a life from your true nature.” -Adyashanti
Karen believes fully that the discipline of her yoga practice is as important for her athletic performance as the miles she logs on the trails. Originally from Chicago, Karen moved to MDI in 2009 as a seasonal worker. After 4 seasonal summers, Karen decided to set down roots. In 2014, she bought land and opened a business in Southwest Harbor. Karen lives her life teaching yoga to people of all ages, sharing massage therapy, working a few breakfast shifts in the summer and running her own business, Acadia Yurts. Karen received her 200-hr yoga teacher training from Soul Tree Colorado based in Lafayette, CO and her massage therapy license from Acadia School of Massage located in Bar Harbor. When she’s not working, Karen can be found exploring the park by foot, running, hiking, or walking with gratitude that we get to use this beautiful place as our home gym. She looks forward to sharing the beautiful practice of yoga with fellow athletes to create strength, flexibility, and balance in the body and mind to enjoy this life fully.
Britt is certified in Jin Pi yoga, an IIN Health Coach, Ironman Tri-Athlete, Ultra Runner, fitness instructor and author. She has spent her life enjoying the trails in Acadia National Park, inspiring people to be healthy and active, and spending time with her fiance, Matt, her son, Ethan, and her doggies, Alice and Phoebe.
Sara, originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, returns to MDI after working as a massage therapist at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She completed her certification at The Florida School of Massage which included, but is not limited to, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, as well as Thai massage. This winter she traveled to Maui, Hawaii to learn the ancient healing art of Lomi Lomi massage. “I really connected with this work as it seems to be the perfect blend of several modalities, encompassing light more flushing strokes, to deep massage down to the bones. Not only is Lomi spiritual work, requiring focused intention, but also greatly therapeutic and beneficial for a variety of bodywork needs.” Sara is also certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She graduated from College of the Atlantic in 2005 and is happy to be back in Maine living in a community of health-conscious individuals.
Amethyst Cousins, L.M.T.
Amethyst’s desire to promote health and wellness comes from a background as a collegiate athlete and living a very active lifestyle. She experienced an early wake up call as she found herself tearing her ACL and meniscus while playing college basketball. Later as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, she found that her lack of knowledge for personal care led to early signs of carpel tunnel syndrome. This started her on a path of education and learned techniques to help heal her own body. Personal care became very important in maintaining health and wellness for Amethyst.
While considering her career path she thought of her family and how she could help them. Her love for health and wellness and helping others, led her to a career as a Massage Therapist. Amethyst lives on Mount Desert Island and graduated from Acadia School of Massage and is proficient in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage and more. Through massage, Amethyst has healed her carpel tunnel and has overcome more obstacles than she can count. She has learned first-hand how important personal care is and is excited to spread the wellness at Destination Health.
Jena comes from a dance background and developed a love for movement and group exercise at a young age. Her positive mindset and focused attitude will help you to find your greatest potential and to reach your personal goals while having fun.
“Yoga has given me so much; it has brought me to a more mindful and healthy version of myself. My goal is to help others thrive through nurturing their body, mind and soul with yoga, coming out refreshed, inspired, and balanced after each class.”
Kate has been a practitioner of yoga for more than 15 years, spanning several different schools and studies. From Bihar training in Nepal to Ayurveda at Kripalu, her philosophy and approach to yoga centers around understanding and honoring the origins and traditions of yoga. She is known for her compassionate, non-judgmental teaching style and perpetual curiosity, applying ancient wisdom to the modern world in a useful and understandable way.
Staff bio photos by Jesse Selah