Meet the Healing Elements and Wellness Team

Meet the amazing people who bring it all together here at Healing Elements & Wellness, including our Yoga instructors and massage therapists.

We’re hiring Licensed Massage Therapists! Send a career inquiry to apply.

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Anna & Neil Hultgren

Owners + Instructors

We are Anna and Neil Hultgren, we live in the Como Park neighborhood with our dog Mumford. We (Anna and Neil) met about seven years ago while studying Exercise Science at the University of Minnesota and quickly bonded over our shared passion for helping others through the pursuit of health and wellness.
 
Over the last several years, we have continued on this pursuit along many paths. Four years ago we started a hemp farm and CBD business called Carpe Diem. We create a wide range of CBD products from tinctures to muscle creams and gummies. Each product is raised from seed to shelf in order to maintain the highest quality and help people on their path to health and wellness. It is through our CBD products that we were first introduced to Healing Elements. We have been working with Samantha over the last year to sell Carpe Diem products in Healing Elements’ retail as well as supplying our muscle cream as add ons for massage appointments.
 
About two years ago, we wanted to continue to gravitate further towards helping our community pursue health through movement and physical activity. We extended the Carpe Diem brand to Carpe Diem Yoga Studio in Minneapolis and have since created a vibrant community through running Yoga and HIIT classes in our Northeast Loft. While Neil has focused more heavily on our Carpe Diem brand, Anna has spent the last several years managing and developing growth in a local group fitness studio in Maplewood, MN. Through creating a strong and cohesive team of staff and instructors, this group fitness community has also been able to grow and thrive to its most successful state, even among a global pandemic.
 
Classes:
Neil: Mondays 6am Vinyasa, Wednesdays 6am Vinyasa, Thursdays 6am Yoga HIIT, Fridays 6:30am Vinyasa, 5:30pm Vinyasa
Anna: Wednesdays 6am Body HIIT, Thursdays 5:30pm Body HIIT

Kylie Morken

Studio Manager + Yoga Teacher

Hi! I’m Kylie, a Twin Cities based yoga, and group fitness instructor. Since the start of my career in 2017 I have strived to create a safe, accessible, customizable and fun experience through guided movement and breath and other healing modalities for others to explore their personal wellness. In each class, I intend to lead an organically, aligned movement journey for all levels of experience in physical fitness and yoga. I combine knowledge of high intensity, heat building body exercises, the physical practice of yoga along with breathwork, meditation and spiritual undertones to create a unique, light filled experience for each group and individual. I currently serve the Twin Cities and greater MN community through my personal brand Holistic Kylie leading one on one, small group and event styled classes along with instructing/managing Carpe Diem Studio at both our Minneapolis and St. Paul locations and coaching group fitness classes through Life Time Fitness. It is truly an honor to be able to serve both as an instructor and manager for the Carpe Diem community at Northwind Lofts & Healing Elements.

Classes: Monday 12pm  Yoga HIIT (45mins), Tuesday 6am Body HIIT, Friday 6am Yoga HIIT, Saturday 10am Yoga Flow

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Madeline Harpell

Studio Manager + Photographer

I am dedicated to a life of healing and authentic connection. There is not much that I love more than quality time spent with myself and the people I am close with. The foundation of my wellness journey was laid through a spiritual upbringing, and developed deeply through classes on meditation and wellness in college. Through this, I now strive to live most alive — tapping into the spirit for my most aware, honest and loving being.

Being outside, whatever the weather, is something that makes me feel most alive. I am passionate about sustainability and protecting the planet. I am drawn to the spiritual sources that we have access to on Earth and feel called to swim in this ocean of knowledge that the spiritual community provides. As an interdisciplinary artist, my art-making practices are focused in photography, collage and movement. I am overjoyed to be part of this strong community, to continually be supported and to support in this connected healing journey we are all on.

When I’m not at Healing Elements, you can find me taking photos, cuddling with my kitties Morrie, Maisie and Monster, spending time with loved ones, enjoying the outdoors, or drawing myself a magical bath.

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Alivia Fuhrman

Wellness Associate / Yoga Instructor

Alivia was introduced to her practice of yoga through the need to take care of her body while dancing competitively in high school as well as participating in sports throughout her life. While going to different professional summer dance programs and pursuing her undergraduate degree in dance, wellness, and psychology, Alivia found profound benefits for her physical and mental health through yoga from her personal practice as well as by taking consistent classes from inspiring teachers.

 
After working at an inpatient mental health hospital for the past two years, Alivia felt drawn to use her experiences in wellness, psychology and dance outside of the hospital setting. This led her to recently pursue a 200 hour yoga teacher training in Bali, Indonesia. Alivia is very excited to begin her teaching journey with the Healing Elements and Carpe Diem community. Alivia’s classes aim to help you find a personal relationship with effort, ease, and restoration in your body. She hopes to create flows that are safe and helpful for every body.
 
Classes: Tuesday 5:30pm Gentle Flow, 7pm Candlelight Vinyasa, Wednesday 12pm Vinyasa (45mins), Thursday 7pm Gentle Flow
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LeAnn Sarazin

Massage Therapist
 
LeAnn (she/her) has been a massage therapist for 9 years. She attended Northwestern Health Sciences University and immediately worked for a chiropractor for five years. While there, she worked with a lot of amateur athletes, professional dancers and musicians and honed her ability to target overworked or injured areas with sports and rehabilitative techniques. Despite doing deep and technical work, most clients left their massage saying they felt really relaxed. After exploring this, LeAnn understood the importance of the mind/ body connection. The more people were relaxed, the better able they were able to receive deeper work. Over time, LeAnn has seen the value of a full body massage to help people relax to be able to target troubled areas more deeply.  This has also led to further exploration of how we store emotion in the body, how massage can help release stored emotion and help people heal.
 
LeAnn has always been interested in the healing arts and is very supportive of self care. She, herself makes sure to get regular massage, reiki and counseling. LeAnn spends a lot of time in nature either hiking, camping or just staring at the river. Nature helps her center and ground and is vital to her sense of self and self care. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family and talking about the mysteries of the universe.
 

Modalities: Integrated, Deep Tissue/Trigger Point, Swedish/Relaxation, Prenatal, Couple’s Massage, Aromatherapy

Availability: Mondays 2-8pm, Tuesdays 2-8pm, Wednesdays 2:30-8pm, E/O Saturdays 11am-5pm

Morgan Thomas

Massage Therapist

Morgan is very passionate about helping the beings she works with to reawaken their own natural alchemical ability to transform and to experience balance body, mind, and soul. She integrates her training in Therapeutic Massage, Craniosacral, Breathwork, Reiki and Transformational Coaching to help guide these parts of self back into alignment and to help her clients remember their own inner capacity to experience healing and transformation. She honors compassion and loving kindness as the true healers and is most inspired by the human spirit`s ability to heal through love and the limitless potential that grows through the soil of transformation.

Modalities: Womxn’s Swedish/Relaxation, Womxn’s Deep Tissue/Trigger Point, Womxn’s Integrative, Womxn’s Craniosacral, Prenatal, Womxn’s Usui Reiki (Please note that Morgan only sees women, non-binary and trans clients)

Availability: Thursdays 11am-8pm, Fridays 1pm-8pm, E/O Saturdays 9am-6pm, Sundays 9am-6pm

 

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Ray Neil

Massage Therapist

Ray is from North Carolina and a graduate of Center Point Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School. She is specially trained in therapeutic deep tissue, trigger point therapy, prenatal, Swedish relaxation, and Thai Yoga massage. 

Her integrated approach is a combination of Eastern and Western therapeutic techniques and passive stretches. 

Ray has an intuitive touch, creating a unique session for each person. She has learned the art of listening to the muscle tissue, helping to relieve pain and tension in the body. Each session allows you to feel more open and loose encouraging an elongated posture, fluid range of motion, and overall feeling of balance. 

Ray is passionate about wellness and helping people find harmony in body + mind. She believes in bodywork for all people because every person deserves a space for healing and to feel good! 

​Modalities: Swedish/Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Integrated, Prenatal, and Thai Yoga massage. 

Availability: Thursdays 2:30-8pm

Ann Barrett

Massage Therapist

Ann has been a licensed massage therapist for almost 28 years. A graduate of Sister Rosalind’s School of Professional Massage, she has worked in a variety of places including massage clinics, health clubs, corporate businesses, as well as her own private practice. She originally started massage therapy to help people feel better and after all these years, she likes to say her hands are smarter than she is – they know exactly what to do.

As a massage therapist she understands the importance of stress reduction and relaxation, given the busy and over-scheduled lives that most people lead. She integrates Swedish/Relaxation massage with Deep Tissue style. She tailors each massage to the clients needs, whether that is to loosen up knots or simply relax. She also offers prenatal massage.

In her free time she likes to knit, read, attend Twins games and she loves the Minnesota State Fair. She has a Bachelor of Arts in U.S. History from the University of Minnesota and has lived in St. Paul, Minnesota her whole life.

Modalities: Deep Tissue/Trigger Point, Swedish/Relaxation, Integrated, Prenatal, Aromatherapy

Availability: Tuesdays 9:30am-12pm, Thursdays 10:30am-4pm, Fridays 1pm-7pm, Saturdays 9am-2:30pm

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Jesse Garrett

Acupuncturist / Eastern Bodywork Practitioner  

I started studying pre-med at college. While I was at college, I had the opportunity to go to Japan with a class to study ceramics. During my stay in Japan, I was invited by one of the hosts to apprentice in ceramics. I agreed to the apprenticeship, and the next fall was living in Japan. After my apprenticeship, I still wanted to be involved with healthcare, but I had been influenced by Asian culture and found myself drawn to acupuncture. One day, I was talking with a chiropractic intern and mentioned my interest. He recommended I look at the acupuncture program at his school, Northwestern Health Sciences University. I attended an open house, and the lecture on the principles of acupuncture was inspiring. I have been following that path ever since.

I am board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Acupuncture, and am licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern Health Sciences University with a masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I interned at the Edith Davis Acupuncture Clinic and completed clinical rotations at Pillsbury House and the Salvation Army. During the spring of 2011, I completed a two-week intensive certification program at Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Tianjin, China. I am certified in Wakefield Facial Acupuncture. I am proficient in several modalities within Chinese medicine including needling, cupping, Tui-Na massage, and Chinese herbal medicine, to provide effective personalized care for patients.

Jesse has lived in Saint Paul most of his life. He currently resides there with his wife, two children, and extended family. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his family, writing, and ceramics.

Modalities: Acupuncture, Integrative Eastern Bodywork, Fire Cupping, Chinese Medicine Prescription

Availability: Mondays 1-8pm, Tuesdays 1-8pm, Wednesdays 1-8pm

Julie Moore

Massage Therapist

Hi, I’m Julie (she/they). I come to massage from a background in the performing arts as a way to care for my own instrument and to support my community. I first trained and got certified on the east coast and have worked in Pennsylvania, Texas, California and now Minnesota; what a gift to get to meet so many new people and learn so much from all of them. I’m learning new ways to integrate body and energy work, to study trauma-informed care, and to move towards inclusive and decolonized models of how we think and talk about the body. My favorite modalities include lomi lomi, ashiatsu, and integrative massage.

Modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Reflexology, Prenatal, Lomi Lomi, Couples

Availability: Tuesdays 9am-1:30pm, Wednesday 9am-2pm, Fridays 9am-1pm

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Lil Morff

Massage Therapist

Lil graduated from Centerpoint School of Massage Therapy and Shiatsu and received her Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in 2019.

Lil take a holistic approach to every massage appointment by combining therapeutic trigger point massage therapy, Swedish techniques, and Shiatsu Asian Bodywork into your session to help you achieve your specific goals.

Modalities: Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Swedish/Relaxation, Integrated, Prenatal, Reflexology, Couples, Shiatsu

Availability: Wednesdays 8:30am-12:30pm

Rebecca Tanner

Yoga + Fitness Instructor

Rebecca Tanner loves any type of movement that connects mind and body, and believes that moving our bodies is an integral part of being healthy, both internally and externally. Rebecca focuses on inspiring people to move, to challenge themselves in safe and supported ways, and to be comfortable in their own body. She helps people experience physical fitness as something they can enjoy doing as much as she does by infusing all types of movement with a little – or a lot! – of fun! It’s deeply important to Rebecca to create an accessible, inclusive, and welcoming space so that people can come together and show up however they need to. It’s essential to have space for kindness towards ourselves and others as we continue to do the work and tackle inner and outer challenges both in and out of class.

Currently, Rebecca is based in Minneapolis, MN where she is so lucky to be part of a vibrant community of dancers and movers. As a dancer and choreographer, Rebecca has explored creativity and self expression and those values have become a part of all of her movement practices. They create a unique space for self-exploration that invites us to engage with our bodies in a way that allows for discovery and acceptance of our physical experiences.

Classes: Tuesdays 10:30am Flow + Yin, Wednesdays 9am Mat Pilates, Thursdays 5:30pm Vinyasa, 7pm Candlelight Flow + Restore, Fridays 9am Vinyasa, Saturdays 9am Barre, 10:30am Yin, 12pm Vinyasa

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Andrew Gillespe

Yoga Instructor

Andrew is a Minneapolis born and bred yoga practitioner who plays drums and percussion as his vocation, works in the trades in the hardwood flooring industry, and has a wide range of life experiences that he brings to his yoga instruction. For the last decade plus, yoga has been a foundational aspect of his life and he enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the practice. It is paramount for yoga to be accessible to any and everyone in Andrew’s teachings and he is adept at reading the room and making people feel welcome and honored in class just exactly where they are at.

While he is an enthusiast for fitness–rock climbing/bouldering, tennis, swimming, etc., he also believes yoga is very much a practice that transcends exercise, and that the physical activity element is a wonderful byproduct of practicing yoga. When not involved in any of the aforementioned pursuits, Andrew can be found studying Portuguese, Spanish, French or Italian (usually in that order), continuing his seemingly steep learning curve studies of piano and flute, riding his bike around town, and hanging with his partner Betsy and their dog Danney Mars. He is also a baseball fanatic and has a lifetime goal of seeing every major league team play on their home field — 23 of 30 in the books! So while a little out of the box, this is where he feels most comfortable in the world of yoga, bringing his own style to the practice while maintaining reverence for the deep and never-ending nuance of the tradition.

Classes: Sundays 12pm Vinyasa

Rebecca Curland

Yoga Instructor

Influenced by Classical yoga and Bhakti traditions, Rebecca guides heart-centered vinyasa classes with specific attention to alignment and subtle body awareness. Her classes infuse skillful sequencing and intelligent cueing with themes that illuminate and honor the core of the yoga teachings.

Rebecca began studying yoga in 2008 and completed her initial 200-hour teacher training in 2011. Rebecca has continued her studies locally through the Himalayan Yoga Tradition and has traveled to study with a variety of master teachers including Seane Corn, Shiva Rea and Saul David Raye. She has made multiple pilgrimages to India to honor and experience the root culture and holy sites from which the practice of yoga has evolved. Rebecca draws on her experiences to channel authentic teachings while cultivating sacred space in which students are encouraged to access Self through the architecture of the postures and technology of the breath.

Classes: Mondays 5:30pm Vinyasa, Wednesdays 5:30pm Vinyasa

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Paula Lindemann

Yoga Instructor

My travels to India and Thailand inspire and influence my teaching style. I love sharing new techniques combined with the old. My focus is on alignment and breath to build strength and balance in our bodies and minds. I invite you to step outside of your comfort zone, have fun, and surprise yourself.

I received my 230 RYT through the Yoga Center of Minneapolis and I am registered with Yoga Alliance, CPR/AED certified, BA in Theatre. Off the mat I enjoy acting, traveling, trekking and cycling.

Classes: Tuesdays 8am Vinyasa, Thursdays 8am Vinyasa

 

Emily McCluskey

Yoga Instructor

After starting to practice yoga at Carpe Diem, I am so excited to teach in this community! I’ve been practicing yoga for 7 years, and went through teaching training in 2019. I currently teach vinyasa flow and yoga sculpt. I love to challenge students and support whatever the practice of yoga means to them each day, on and off their mats.

 
Outside of yoga, I am currently getting my Master’s in Nursing at the U of M and look forward to graduating this December!
 

Classes: Mondays 9am Vinyasa

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Anna Strub

Yoga Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Classes: Mondays 7pm Starry Night Yin

David Stevens

Yoga Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Classes: Mondays 7pm Vinyasa

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Emily Weeks

Yoga Instructor

Emily is a 250-hour certified yoga instructor. Her primary teaching style is Vinyasa Flow, but she also teaches Restorative Yoga and HIIT (high intensity interval training). She invites all students, no matter their ability or experience level, to embrace their full selves and tap into their power and potential in class. She strives to cultivate an environment of fun and lightheartedness in every single class she teaches.
 
The beauty of yoga for Emily lies in its contradictions. It teeters on the feelings of grounding and groundlessness, deep focus and total release of conscious thought, movement and stillness. It allows her to have a “constant” amidst busy and ever-changing days and years, while also setting her sights on continuous growth through intention. She believes that yoga is a generator of kindness, acceptance, quiet, and peace; and that a yoga studio should serve as an arms-wide-open space of love and encouragement where it is safe to question the status quo.
 
Classes: Mondays 5:30pm Vinyasa

Melanie Meyer

Yoga Instructor

Hi! I’m Melanie. Yoga has changed my life and I’m grateful to practice with the Carpe Diem community. I love how yoga gives the individual the freedom to express themselves, but at the same time connects us all together. I completed my training 2021 and am continuing to learn on my teaching journey. My classes allow students to unplug, relax, be themselves, and listen to great music.

Classes: Wednesdays 7pm Vinyasa

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Amanda Zibolski

Fitness Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Classes: Tuesdays 5:30pm Body HIIT

Makenzie Murtha

Yoga Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Classes: Wednesdays 7pm Vinyasa

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Amanda Marjorie

Yoga Instructor

Amanda Marjorie, 200 E-RYT has been teaching yoga since 2015. She teaches a variety of styles – from vinyasa to yin yoga – set to eclectic music with a focus on dynamic strong sequencing, anatomically intelligent cues, and a devotion to honoring the diversity of skeletal and functional anatomy. She is also certified to teach yoga to children with autism/special needs, as well as yoga for traumatic brain injury.

Amanda is passionate in her role as a catalyst, guiding students to self-transformation through self-trust, collective action and positive change through the evolution of their practice. Amanda is also the founder of Every|Yoga|body, a social media platform aimed at celebrating the diversity in bodies and abilities of all ages and stages of yoga practice.

Classes: Saturdays 10am Vinyasa

 

Scarlett Beebe

Tarot Reader & Yoga Instructor

500hr certified Yoga Instructor, Tarot Reader, and Healer. I received my yoga certification through CorePower Yoga and completed my 500hr with Radiant Life Yoga. I was originally in school for Nursing when I was pulled to follow my heart and explore all aspects of Yoga. I began my experience with Yoga about 10 years ago, in Mexico, where I’m originally from, and I haven’t stopped since. Yoga has stolen my heart and brought me to my highest authentic self. 

I was introduced to Tarot at a young age by my grandmother, who introduced me to the magic of what tarot cards can hold. I collect tarot cards (old and new) and I love talking about anything Tarot! Ask me! 

I have created client relationships with Tarot through “We The Star Borne”, and independent readings on the side. My intention is to heal, guide, and grow a forever relationship with my clients.

I hope I can continue to build my wisdom with Tarot and Yoga, and share it with the family community of Healing Elements.

Classes: Fridays 12pm Gentle Flow (45mins)

Readings: Fridays 1-3pm

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Elizabeth Dao

Yoga Instructor

Hi there! My name is Elizabeth. I started my yoga journey as a skeptic when my mom introduced me to a yoga workshop in middle school. At that time, I viewed yoga merely as a form of exercise to gain more flexibility. It is not until college that I realized the significant impacts that yoga has on both my physical and mental well-being. I became entranced by the practice and took my 200 HR training where I gained a deeper understanding and awareness of the practice of yoga, myself, and the world around me. 

Today, I hope to share the health benefits (physically and mentally) of yoga with others to which it has helped me obtain in my life. I focus on the style of vinyasa, gentle, and restorative yoga where I aim to create a calm, and safe environment where we can freely express ourselves. 

Outside of the mat, I am in pursuit of conducting research. I focus on the topic of Neurodevelopment with emphasis on motor impairment conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, and Parkinson’s. When I am not doing research, or on the mat, you can find me playing tennis, downhill skiing, playing the piano, having deep philosophical and existential reflections, and traveling the world with my family, and friends.

Classes: No classes yet!

Elizabeth Kaye

Tarot Reader

Elizabeth was born in a haunted house in rural Pennsylvania that gave her a lifelong connection to the spirit world. She has developed her mediumship abilities at numerous haunted homes, paranormal investigations and haunted locations over the years and added tarot to the mix 15 years ago. She has worked professionally as a medium and tarot reader for over 10 years and believes helping others navigate the often uncomfortable and confusing world of spirit is her true vocation even though she still sometimes sleeps with the lights on.

Readings: E/O Saturdays 12-6pm

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Healing Elements Studio

2290 Como Ave, St. Paul MN 55108

Effective Monday, September 13, Healing Elements will now require proof of vaccination or proof of positive antibodies to participate in studio classes and services. Guests are required to wear a mask until they are in the treatment or stationed at their yoga mat. We understand there are limitations for some individuals in getting vaccinated. If this is you, we encourage you to participate in online classes or send us an email so we can do our best to accommodate you.

Studio Procedures:

  • All Employees are required to be vaccinated against or show positive antibodies of COVID-19 virus
  • Employees are asked to stay home if they exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath or if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • We have installed HEPA filter air purifiers
  • We have installed a germ guard between front desk and clients
  • We have downsized our community lounge area to encourage 6. ft of space between people
  • Hand sanitizer is widely available
  • All surfaces will be routinely washed and cleaned with sanitizing antiviral disinfectants every hour and between clients

Client Protocols:

  • Our studio requires proof of vaccination (or a positive antibodies test) for guests to practice in-studio or receive services. You can provide proof of vaccination by filling out and submitting this form.
  • Complete pre-appointment screening/waiver prior to entering the studio
  • Face coverings are required in all common spaces throughout the business