The Way Wellness Team

 

Daniel is the Clinical Director of the WAY Wellness Center.  As a western Pennsylvania native, he was raised to appreciate the healing power drawn from living in balance with the seasonal variations of nature.  

 

Daniel graduated from AOMA: Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas completing an extensive four-year program in Acupuncture, Herbology, Western Medicine, and Asian Bodywork Therapy.  He has studied in China at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He is a Doctor of Medical QiGong.

 

With a strong background in psychology, biology, and classical Chinese medicine,  Daniel in an expert in mind-body studies and natural healing practices.  As a certified yoga instructor, medical QiGong therapist, and certified Tea Master he teaches his clients how to regain balance in their daily lives through the usage of diet, breathing, movement, and meditation.

 

Daniel uses the tools of acupuncture, bodywork, herbal medicine, moxibustion, cupping, nutritional therapy, and Qigong (mind-body exercise) to empower and heal his clients.

 

He specializes in treating both internal and external conditions of chronic degeneration including conditions involving the respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular and nervous system.

 

He is experienced in reproductive health and natural fertility enhancement.

 

Availability:  Monday 9 - 7, Wednesday 9 - 7, Thursday 9 - 7

Julia has been a massage therapist for over 17 years specializing in neuromuscular therapy, Manual lymph drainage, and Postoperative massage.
 Her goal is to help her clients achieve their desired results from the therapy. Julia received her training at the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy and is a Certified lymphatic therapist through the Norton School of Lymphedema.
 
Julia's professional experience includes working as a massage therapist for the Dance Alloy, a plastic surgeon for 9 years, a neuromuscular therapy and ethics teacher for Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy, and as a Swedish and Sports massage teacher for the University of Pittsburgh. Julia has created and teaches a workshop, Manual Lymph Drainage for the Intact Lymphatic System certified through the NCBTMB for massage therapists to obtain a clear understanding of the lymphatic system.
 
For over 9 years, Julia has continued to enjoy being team member of WAY Wellness Center.
 
Availability: Wednesday 10 - 7, Thursday 10 - 7
Lisa is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She specializes and is certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture® giving her additional training treating pain, discomfort, and injuries. In addition to treating musculoskeletal issues, she has experience with and enjoys treating a variety of health concerns including stress and psychological problems, digestive concerns, fatigue, migraines, insomnia, women's health (infertility, pms, and pregnancy support), and many others.

 

Lisa is trained to provide comprehensive care using Traditional Chinese Medicine which includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, and adjunctive techniques like cupping, gua sha, and moxibustion. She views all patients holistically to create individualized treatment plans based on each patient's needs.


Lisa graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture with a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Virginia and Pennsylvania Board of Medicine to practice acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. She has also studied Cosmetic Acupuncture to aid clients in reducing fine lines and wrinkles and in evening out skin tone.

 

Availability:  Monday 10 - 2:30, Tuesday 10 - 7, Thursday 3 - 7, Friday 8 - 3, Saturday 9 - 2:30

 
For as long as she can remember, Anna's joy has always been found in helping others to feel better. Taking that old adage to heart, "the best way to a persons' heart is through their stomach," Anna first became a professional Chef. Because of her own struggles with chronic illness she sought out both education and employment where she learned that "food is medicine," healing herself naturally. Acknowledging that one can eat a 'perfect diet' (there really is no such thing) and still be unwell if they are unhappy in life, Anna became a Reiki Master to improve her spiritual journey through life and to aid others along the way. When she left the restaurant industry she realized, much like herself, people want to be more self-sufficient in their wellness so she went back to school once again, this time to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Drugless Practitioner. Who better than a trained Chef to work with you on knowing what the best food choices are for your body needs and how to pull it off with passion, right? Anna has extensive experience working with clients who struggle with long-term illnesses and those who require restrictive diets, Autism spectrum kids, and anyone seeking prevention. To round out her skill set, Anna studied and graduated from the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy. 

 

Availability:  Tuesday 9 - 5, Friday 9 - 5, Saturday 9 - 4

Patricia Podgorski, BA, COTA/LPatricia (Trish) is the Practice Coordinator for Way Wellness Center. She has extensive experience in customer service and business development and has also worked within the medical and behavioral health fields. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Pennsylvania Licensed, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Over the years her additional training includes Reiki Master, Level 1 Certification, Meditation Instructor Training and Medical QiGong for Self Health. She is a 10-year student of Bon, a school of Tibetan Buddhism. And is also studying The WAY of Tea and Healing QiGong under Daniel’s direction at WAY Wellness Center. Patricia holds a reverence for the human capacity to grow, heal and expand- in mind, body and spirit. She enjoys instructing others on breathing techniques, meditative practices, self-help strategies and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. Her favorite part of working at WAY is helping support clients on their path to wellness.
Robert L. Bastress II, Lic. Ac., Dipl. Ac., MMQ
I am a National Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist. I earned a Masters degree at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland in 1999. I am a 2003 graduate of the Jaffe Institute of Spiritual and Medical Healing with a specialty in Spiritual Ministry. I earned a Masters in medical qigong in 2016 at the Tao House with Dr. Isaac Goren DMQ.
This is my 19th year of private practice as an acupuncturist and I specialize in pain management, digestive disorders, and women’s health. I have studied with Acupuncture Master Teachers from China and use a combination of Dr. Tan’s balance method as well as Dr. Ming Qing Zhu’s and Dr. Huo scalp acupuncture techniques.
Nutrition Response Testing is another technique that I use in sessions to help determine if there is hidden stress in the body due to food sensitivities, immune stress, toxic metals or chemical stress and scars that may be interfering with the healing process. This process helps determine the best route to relieve the body of physical stressors.
My background in spiritual ministry compliments the acupuncture sessions. For many people it allows them to heal underlying painful emotions that may be at the root of most chronic ailments. Spiritual healing is centered around your personal heart connection with the Divine or higher spiritual guidance. Connection to spirit is the vehicle for transformation of the heart from suffering to emotional healing and freedom.
I provide free community natural health care educational seminars to discuss a natural holistic approach to many topics including headaches/migraines, chronic pain, digestive issues, allergies and asthma, and women’s health.
I have a background in teaching crane style and medical qigong, and offer classes to support healing by cleansing, nourishing and balancing the body through specific breathe and posture exercises.
It is my sincere honor to work with people who are looking for natural solutions to restore and maintain their optimal health.
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