Sheridy Olson, L.M.T.
Sheridy is the owner and founder of Destination Health. Sheridy has worked in the health and wellness industry for the past 20 years and is 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.
Vivian Lambert grew up in Mariaville, Maine and now lives in Southwest Harbor. Her holistic approach to life transfers to her massage therapy practice, working with intention and mindfulness to integrate the whole body. She incorporates elements of Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Ayurveda into her massage. She’s experienced in using a vibrational tuning fork on marmani, energy points in Ayurveda, to help open, settle, and bring balance to the energy channels. This includes abdominal massage, as the stomach is the root of dis-ease in Ayurveda.
Vivian earned her B.A. in Human Ecology with concentration in Ayurveda and pottery from College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine; she earned her Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant Certificate from The Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and, recently became a Licensed Massage Therapist at The Asheville School of Massage & Yoga, Asheville, North Carolina.
David lives in Surry, Maine, with his wife, author Caroline Sulzer, and her two teenage children. David’s own two children are now in their twenties and “out in the world.” In addition to David’s teaching, he works as Wellness Manager at the Blue Hill Food Coop. David taught Yoga at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor from 1995 until 2013. David completed his training with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2013 and now combines this training with his existing knowledge to offer clients a six-month program of personal transformation.
David was certified in 1990 to teach Yoga after attending Teacher Training at the largest center for Yoga in the United States, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. In 1993 he received certification as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, and in 1998 David trained with Nischela Devi, Angel Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, and other internationally respected teachers of Yoga through the American College of Yoga in Tucson, Arizona.
In 2006 David and his wife Caroline attended Level One certification with Amy Weintraub as LifeForce Practitioners focusing on Yoga for Depression and Anxiety. David and Caroline also completed Level One Training in Power Yoga with Beryl Bender Birch. In 2004, David and Caroline participated in special training with Advanced Senior Iyengar Teacher Patricia Walden. David is grateful to have studied several other times with Patricia.
David has been continuing his training with world-renowned Yoga Teacher and Anatomist Doug Keller, author of the comprehensive Yoga As Therapy books. David traveled to Ashville, North Carolina in late 2011 for Doug’s Advanced Yoga As Therapy Training, and studied again with Doug in May of 2013.
David has synthesized these influences and now teaches his own approach based on his personal investigations of Yoga. He is particularly focused on Inversions and Restorative poses, and priniciples of Complimentary Force Balancing.
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
The belief that one can transform the world by transforming the self keeps Lyn coming to the mat. Lyn came to yoga as a way to alleviate stress, reduce inflammation and to soften the edges of her driven nature. Her first class brought a deep sigh of relief to her entire body and she tapped into something larger than herself. This experience led her to the Shambhava School of Yoga and Meditation which is rooted in the ancient tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. The teachings spoke with deep resonance and revealed the world that was already inside her; she had come home.
Lyn Gatz has been teaching yoga since 1998. She continues to study with extraordinary teachers in the Yin, Vinyasa, and Kripalu styles of yoga. Her classes are challenging and focused, yet compassionate. Through an honest practice of self-study, students may be brought to the edge of patience and teeter on the precipice of expansiveness. Because she knows that yoga looks and feels different for each individual, modifications are always available and encouraged.
A Pacific Northwest native, Lyn has called coastal Maine home for over 15 years and is grateful to inhabit this scenic island with her husband and son. Lyn is also a Spanish and Yoga teacher at Mount Desert Island High School where she leads high school students in transformational journeys to Latin America.
Growing up on Mount Desert Island, Amanda has been blessed with the National Park as her back yard and outdoor gym. Having a passion for fitness and healthy living started at a young age and has stayed with her throughout the years. Amanda will be offering Total Body TRX classes and looks forward to helping her students meet their health and wellness goals. TRX suspension training is a form of resistance training that includes bodyweight exercises and is an amazing way to change up your workout routine.
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.
Phoebe Andrews Elliott
Phoebe is blessed to not remember a time when yoga was not a part of her life. She began by mimicking shapes in her body and exaggerating her breath while watching her mother, a yogi of 40+ years. Phoebe became a more serious practitioner in her late teens as she sought relief from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. She attributes not only the physical practice, but also the emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga in helping her heal. In order to pass on the amazing gift of yoga, she completed teachers trainings in the Ashtanga and Anusara styles in her twenties. Her light-hearted style combines the fundamental and traditional poses of Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on alignment, creative sequencing to move with the breath, and above all healing.
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 boyfriend, 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.
Aesthetic Services by appointment
Aquene Diedricksen is a licensed aesthetician and lash extensionist born and raised in West Tremont, Maine. Her passion for holistic skincare and beauty led her to study at the Aveda Institute, where she received her 750-hour certificate in specialized aesthetics, including facials, body treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, waxing, and professional makeup application. Aquene is an Advanced Minkys Lash Extensionist and a certified educator in some of the biggest names in skin care including Rhonda Allison, Clarisonic, Hydrafacial MD, Skin Medica,and Vivier Pharma. She most recently worked under one of the nation’s premiere brow artists chosen by Lancome Cosmetics, Jeri Nanan, learning specialized expert brow shaping and advanced makeup techniques. Aquene continues to share her personal mission of empowering women to feel and look their absolute best by providing the knowledge and tools necessary to practice functional, natural beauty methods that are kind to the body, inside and out.
Staff bio photos by Jesse Selah