BONNIE BERG RN HNC AdvCBP

Board Certified Holistic Registered Nurse • Health Wellness Practitioner and Educator

Our bodies are designed to self-heal and to keep us vibrantly healthy. However, the stress of being alive — worry, injury, trauma, toxins — can diminish this innate ability, leaving us vulnerable to dis-ease on all levels, including our relationships.

The focus and purpose of Bonnie’s healing work is to partner with you in finding the very root of your health challenge, to release it, and thus allow your own natural healing to occur. Now you are free to be yourself, live your purpose, connect with others — and thrive!

What Bonnie offers to her clients:

  • A nurturing and safe space of unconditional acceptance where deep transformation occurs
  • Simple, effective self care modalities that empower you to shift instantly back into balanced, calm and heart-centered living
  • 30 years of study and experience in the Healing Arts and Energy Medicine integrated with her Western Medical training:
    • Hands on Healing Work
    • BodyTalk: Adv. Certification — comprehensive, consciousness-based health care
    • Holographic Repatterning — replacing old patterns with new ways of being
    • Jin Shin Jyutsu — whole system energy balancing
    • Bio energy Balancing — reclaiming your self from trauma
    • Teaching Certifications in Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Yoga

Bonnie’s fortés:

Post Traumatic Stress Healing
She provides highly effective healing modalities in a safe and gentle space for releasing trauma, including abuse issues, often with resolution in the first session. People are freed from their trauma, able to reclaim their lives and to live fully in the present.

Women’s Health and Empowerment
Bonnie offers ‘A Woman’s Adventure into Vibrant Health’, a retreat and workbook designed to educate, inspire and empower women in their own breast health and breast cancer recovery. She offers a day long retreat on breast health — moving women from fear into peace of mind
through education and self-care practices.

Energy Medicine
The healing arts of energy balancing, including energetic acupuncture

BergWork enhances and is compatible with other healing modalities, including psychotherapy.

Bonnie lives a small carbon-footprint life with her husband, David Alan Foster, their two kitties and bird. Her great love of Nature is expressed in hiking, travel and backpacking adventures. Time in Nature, making beauty and good food, singing, dancing, reading and sharing time with those she loves are the replenishing, sustaining and balancing elements of Bonnie’s life.

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KELLY BLASER LFMT

Yoga Instructor • Marriage & Family Therapist

Kelly is a experienced Yoga instructor and a Marriage and Family Therapist.

She was introduced to Yoga as a child, began practicing as a teen, and was certified as an instructor in 1997. Her first decade of practice and study was primarily in the Iyengar tradition, which emphasizes the importance precise anatomical alignment and skillful therapeutics. She then branched out into the more flowing Vinyasa style, and now teaches primarily what she terms a deep, slow flow yoga style with attention to alignment. Beyond Iyengar, her primary influences have been Anusara and Prajna schools of Yoga. Her main teachers of asana have been Laurie Broderick-Burr, Kofi Busia, Sianna Sherman, and Tias Little.

While Kelly's depth of knowledge doesn't hurt, she believes that any success she's had in this field comes largely from her connectedness to spirit and dedication to being real.

Kelly received her MA in counseling psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 2008. She practiced at the East Bay Community Recovery Project in Hayward California from 2006-2011 and at the Process Therapy Institute (PTI) starting in 2011. As a Marriage Family Therapist, she has the capacity to connect easily with people, see their strengths, and inspire them to find their inner knowing. She has a unique combination of good humor, levity, warmth, and a capacity for insight into the connections between psyche, spirit, and wellness. Kelly works from a primarily somatic perspective. The insights and inner transformation gained from the practice of Yoga and meditation are the foundation of her work. She is infinitely fascinated by the power of a therapeutic alliance to invite change in clients. The issues she has worked most deeply with her clients include relationship struggles, parenting, grief, addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, and spiritual crises. Kelly had worked for 6 years in a dual-diagnosis clinic focused on managing co-occurring disorders, and also has experience with Axis II disorders such as OCD and OCPD, BDP, and Schizophrenia.

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Joan Cartal RYT CBP

Yoga Instructor

Joanie is an experienced Yoga Instructor.

She has been practicing yoga since the 1970’s in the Hatha traditions of Iyengar, Vinyasa, Anusara and Yin yoga. She completed her teacher's training in 2005 at Avalon Art and Yoga where she mentored under John Berg and Ben Thomas, both visionary instructors.

Under the tutelage of Sarah Powers, and many other senior instructors, she received her 500 Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) status from the Insight Yoga Institute which encompasses Yoga, Buddhism and Psycho-spirituality. She is currently on staff at the Institute as an endorsed instructor and mentor for students going through the program.

Yoga is her passion. She has been teaching full time over the last ten years. At BlueWave Medicine, she offers public classes, private classes, corporate classes, retreats and workshops.

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Noah DeGaetano MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Noah completed his medical degree and psychiatric residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. For the past six years he has served on the clinical faculty at Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences where he has been active in designing curriculum and teaching psychiatry residents. Dr. Noah practices “integrative psychiatry” which aims to combine the best of the traditional scientific medical approach with complementary therapies including, but not limited to meditation, mindfulness, yoga, herbs, supplements, nutritional counseling, and acupuncture. Dr. Noah has received extensive training in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy including cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and somatic approaches. Dr. Noah’s depth and breadth of knowledge in these modalities, paired with his willingness to work collaboratively with other providers, allows him to tailor a treatment approach for you that is personalized and comprehensive. Dr. Noah treats a wide range of mental health issues and has special expertise in the areas of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD/ADD and insomnia.

Dr. Noah lives in San Mateo and enjoys spending time doing yoga, surfing and kiteboarding.

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Ewa Doctor

Swedish Dietician, Holistic Nutritionist and Health Coach

Ewa Doctor is from Sweden and has a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Uppsala University in Sweden. Ewa worked as a Clinical Dietitian in endocrinology at Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. After moving to the US, Ewa studied nutrition and exercise physiology at CSU Long Beach and worked as a private nutrition and exercise consultant in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Ewa is providing holistic, personalized nutrition advice for optimal health.

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Darcie Ellyne, Nutritionist

Darcie Ellyne MS RDN CDE IFNCP

Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist and
Certified Diabetes Educator

Darcie Ellyne, MS, RDN, CDE is a Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator with a passion for cooking, eating, and living a healthy well-balanced lifestyle. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management at University of Illinois, Champaign, she headed to San Francisco at a time when fresh, local, and healthy “California Cuisine” was making its mark in the culinary world. Managing progressive corporate dining rooms inspired Darcie to further her studies in nutrition and she completed her Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science at San Jose State University, became a Registered Dietitian and studied culinary arts in Paris at École de Gastronomie Française Ritz-Escoffier. Since then, she has taught nutrition, worked with chefs and provided medical nutrition therapy the last 25 years. Her expertise lies in the areas of diabetes, cardiometabolic disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, food intolerance, weight management and bariatric surgery. She loves to work with people using an integrative and functional nutrition approach to help change lives by using food as medicine. Darcie will work closely with you to discover your unique needs to optimize health and achieve your goals.

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Saru Sivanesan LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

Sarangan Sivanesan, known as “Saru,” is an experienced marriage and family therapist.

Saru is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (# 90585). He received his MA in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He has been practicing psychotherapy since 2010 and has been in private practice since 2012.

Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Saru was a software engineer for over two decades, working at companies such as Ciena, Palm, and Microsoft. His undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Mathematics with specialization in Computer Science.

Saru is trained in Existential-Humanistic psychology and a mindfulness-based psycho-somatic modality called the Hakomi method. In addition to this, he uses mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy and creative expression as and when needed.  

Saru has worked with anxiety, stress, depression, bipolar, ADHD/ADD, OCD, PTSD, addiction, grief/loss, low self-esteem, relationship issues, couples counseling, anger management, adolescent counseling and parenting coaching.

He has also taught anger management classes at Turning Point, Parenting Without Violence classes for the San Jose Family Resource Center, and has trained in facilitating process groups since 2009 at the International Institute of Humanistic Studies. He is a member of both the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the local Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the same organization. 

When Saru is not working, he likes to hike, work-out, garden, cook, travel and spend time with his wife.

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Saul Tak

Licensed Acupuncturist and a Certified Massage Therapist

Saul Tak, L.Ac., Dipl. TCM, is a Licensed Acupuncturist and a Certified Massage Therapist.  Saul is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from the Five Branches University (FBU) and is expected to graduate in 2018. He is already a graduate of FBU’s four-year Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program, where he was mentored by Jun Hu and George Lu.

As a Licensed Acupuncturist, he is trained in acupuncture, herbal medicine, energetic exercise, Tui Na (Traditional Chinese Massage), Eastern nutrition, moxibustion, cupping, electric stimulation, Gua Sha (scraping), and auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture).  Saul also received training in a very rare and specialized type of bodywork called vibration massage training under the tutelage of his grandfather in Korea. Vibration massage is quite effective for relieving acute and chronic pain syndromes, as well as acute sports related injury.

Saul has combined a traditional Korean acupressure skill called Su Qi, which employs hand energy, with Tui Na to create a powerful modality for pain management. The use of this unusual waving technique with his hands, combined with acupuncture and acupressure points, allows Saul to successfully treat a variety of muscular skeletal injuries, including:  computer-related injuries, repetitive motion, carpal tunnel, lower back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, sports injuries, and tension headaches.

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Jim Tillotson CMT PTA

Clinical Massage and Manual Therapy

Jim is an advanced bodyworker and massage therapist. 

As a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant, California State Certified Massage Therapist, and Registered Watsu Practitioner and Instructor, Jim has helped his clients undo the abuse to their bodies from overuse and injuries, find comfort and ease, and experience authentic healing by providing the best in hands-on bodywork for the past 24 years. 

For ten years, he worked in the Massage Department at Mills-Peninsula Health Services in San Mateo and Burlingame. Since 2008, he has enjoyed a thriving private practice. Jim's experience includes working in sports rehabilitation, hospital rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, and with private clients. His diverse training includes Aquatic Bodywork, Breathwork, Chakra Balancing, "Extra Hands" Myofascial Release, Energy Work, Hot Stone Therapy, Magnetic Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular and Orthopedic Massage, "Accelerated Healing" Stress-Trauma Release, Strain-Counterstrain, Swedish-Esalen, Trager, Trigger Point, Watsu SM (Water Shiatsu) and Zen Shiatsu.

Influenced by Alexander, Feldenkrais, Rosen, and Trager movement awareness disciplines, Jim’s sessions may also include somatic (mind-body) tutorials to help clients integrate their experience from the 'hands on' portion of the session into their regular activities of daily living.

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Cliff Wong CMT

Clinical Massage and Manual Therapy

Cliff Wong has been a massage therapist for over 35 years. His original intent in studying bodywork was to improve his karate skills. If muscular skeletal restrictions (limited range of motion, trigger points and knots, body misalignment, and pain) were minimized or eliminated, then karate techniques would be much more efficient and powerful. He soon realized that this same philosophy could be applied to bodywork, and that by restoring a client’s equilibrium, the body has the ability to heal itself! Cliff is dedicated to seeing his clients improve through treatment. His favorite question is "Are you getting better?" and he is delighted when his clients no longer need his services!  

Cliff’s bodywork expertise includes: the Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities of cupping (vacuum and fire) and Gua Sha (scraping), clinical, deep tissue and sports massage, and trigger point and myofascial release. He successfully treats a variety of muscular skeletal injuries, including: repetitive motion, carpal tunnel, lower back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, and tension headaches.  

Cliff received his massage certification at the American Institute of Massage Therapy (Newport Beach) with Dr. Myk Hungerford, the "Mother of American Sports Massage" and author of "Beyond Sports Medicine." He also trained with Dr. Yuanchun Jane Huang, the leading doctor for the Chinese Track and Olympic Team. He is an active member of the ABMP Massage Association.  

Cliff currently works at Medi Points Acupunture Clinic, located in Menlo Park and Redwood City, and at Massage Envy in Sausalito. In his spare time, he can be found relaxing in the karate studio!

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Cavallo Point Lodge

Taking advantage of being co-located at Cavallo Point Lodge, our Sausalito office works closely with the award-winning Cavallo Point Lodge Healing Arts Center & Spa's team of highly skilled health professionals. We encourage you to visit the Cavallo Point Lodge website and/or call our office to learn more.

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