Aleisha Anderson, L.Ac, Clinic Director
Aleisha Anderson is a certified Acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner specializing in the treatment of mental and emotional health.
Acupuncture is a modality that can successfully work with an individual's body to relieve the symptoms of illness and prevent them from returning. Aleisha has over seven years of experience working with a wide variety of health conditions. Over that period of time, she has successfully treated chronic health issues, women's health complaints, chronic pain, digestive issues, sleep disorders, auto-immune disease, chronic stress symptoms, neurological issues, migraines, and general preventative health management.
Aleisha specializes in TCM for Mental Wellness.
Overcoming depression and postpartum depression in the past, Aleisha made a conscious decision to specialize her TCM practice on mental healthcare. What is important for her, is helping individuals find the help they need and providing effective therapies for overcoming the weight and controlling nature of mental health symptoms.
As an experienced TCM Acupuncturist, Aleisha spent several years practicing at an outpatient psychotherapy and recovery center prior to opening Mke MindBody Wellness. Aleisha has extensive experience working with psychiatrists and counselors on patient wellness plans and ongoing psychiatric support. Some of her collaborative work includes: support for talk therapy, relieving medication side effect symptoms, assisting in medication tapers, and supporting the withdrawal process for individuals suffering from addiction.
Amanda Gawrysz, L.Ac, MSOM, Dipl. OM
Amanda graduated Valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL, with a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine which includes acupuncture, modalities, and herbal medicine.
Amanda was a very athletic child and teenager committed to numerous physically demanding activities such as competitive horseback riding, dancing, and skiing. Amanda danced ballet for 18 years in the Chicago area where she was born and raised. During her last year of ballet training with the highly prestigious San Francisco Ballet School she decided to leave the ballet world and pursue other things. She soon enrolled into Marquette University here in Milwaukee where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She continued her education and graduated with her Oriental Medicine degree in Illinois.
Amanda’s father is a family physician and board certified in anti-aging practicing in the Chicagoland area. Amanda grew up around the Western perspective of medicine as well as the importance of nutrition and supplementation. Amanda had the opportunity to work as admin assistant and social media manager at her father’s medical clinic. After graduating with her masters, Amanda began practicing acupuncture at her father’s clinic. She recently moved back to Milwaukee to pursue her career and establish a life here. Amanda is bilingual in Polish and she grew up with a strong tie to the Polish American medical community in Chicago.
Among her areas of interest within the acupuncture field are working with athletes and dancers, facial rejuvenation, as well as, women with infertility issues. Amanda personally utilized acupuncture during her years in ballet which introduced her to the field and the numerous benefits it has to offer.
Having been misdiagnosed with depression, ADHD, and anxiety for 8 years and eventually being diagnosed and continually battling chronic Lyme disease, Amanda is committed to relieving physical and emotional pain and suffering in her patients. She knows first hand the frustration of trying to find medical answers to these conditions and can relate to the bizarre symptoms that tear her patients lives apart. Severe illness changed her life and the way she practices therapy. Disabling pain opened her up to a world she never knew possible. Lyme was a vehicle for the physical and spiritual healing that she was so desperate for in her early thirties. This is her intention for you.
After being around numerous doctors and different medical practices, she knew her path was in medicine but with a holistic approach. She is sensitive and emotionally in tune with her patients and believes that everyone can be healed if they believe they can be and are committed to regaining their health.
Sarah Philipp, Certified Holistic Nutritionist
Sarah Philipp is a certified holistic nutritionist. Her focus is to help you find a happy place of eating foods you enjoy, feeling satisfied, and being forever liberated from diets and deprivation. Sarah specializes in anxiety and depression, as well as digestive disorders.
Sarah is the owner of Abundelicious with experience that includes developing education at Slow Pokes foods, participating in wellness retreats with Koha Yoga, and working with patients at the Ommani Center in Pewaukee. She continues to work with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a student counselor resource in addition to teaching classes and workshops for organizations in greater Milwaukee.
Sarah will help you feel more empowered with your health and food. She has experienced the pain and frustration of having no idea what to eat to feel better and looks forward to working with you towards finding delicious food for abundant health and happiness.
Sue Engstrom, Mental Wellness Counselor
Sue has been a practicing Professional Counselor since 2008 in both Colorado and Wisconsin and is currently working toward Wisconsin state licensure. Her experience includes offering support to clients living through grief and loss, life transitions, chronic illness, depression, negative body image and self-esteem, a loved one’s addiction(s), aging, and the challenges of pregnancy and postpartum life. In her work with clients, Sue integrates Positive Psychology, focusing on the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive; Spirituality, which she views as a connection to something outside of ourselves along with the desire to live with meaning, purpose, and wonder; and Neuroplasticity, the ability to rewire our brains toward positivity. Sue’s work with clients is reflective of her holistic viewpoint and incorporates an honest exploration of diet and lifestyle choices, strength of community, spirituality, life purpose, creative expression, and the environments within which one immerse themselves.
Sue keeps a small caseload allowing her to give her clients truly personalized care. Her intention is to wholeheartedly join clients on their journey toward personal growth and enhanced emotional wellness by offering a space that is safe and nurturing; reflection that is non-judgmental and insightful; and a perspective that is grounded in professional training and what she has learned by facing her own life head-on with vulnerability, courage, and humility. Clients can expect to gain an understanding of their individual wiring and temperament and how these, along with their personal story, work together to create their present day reality. Clients learn which of their “shoulds” are holding them back from truly stepping into their authenticity, how to embrace their strengths as well as genuinely accept their imperfections, and what is needed to create lasting positive life shifts.
Read more about Sue on her website.
Kerri Weishoff, MS, CCC-SLP Integrative Health Coach
Kerri is an Integrative Health Coach, a workshop leader on clarity and visioning, and teacher of The Art of Healing and Self Care at UW-Milwaukee.
Kerri has more than 20 years of rehabilitation experience, including 15 years studying Integrative Healing Practices. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing Program.
Kerri provides compassionate, non-judgmental support while helping clients identify obstacles that block their pathway to better health and overall wellbeing. She incorporates self care, mindfulness, guided imagery, breath work techniques and stress management tools to help clients create goals that reduce stress, increase focus, and improve energy and productivity.
The goal of her forward thinking, solution-based practice is to guide clients to a fresh perspective and heightened awareness that can lead them to greater personal empowerment and fulfillment to achieve a more balanced sense of self.
Kerri practices meditation daily and loves yoga, running and teaching.
Jessica Franzen, Reiki
Jessica is a reiki master teacher trained in both traditional Japanese usui and holy fire methods. She has also trained in South American earth energy medicine, commonly known as shamanism. Her personal interest in alternative medicine and holistic therapies inspires her to be a facilitator in the healing of others.
Jessica has a calm and confident demeanor with an awareness of energy that is comforting and powerful. Jessica is a well-rounded healer working as an artist, yoga instructor, reiki healer, and owner of Sparrow Collective.
Pat Molter, Aromatherapist
Pat started Aromatherapy By Pat in 2003. She became a certified Aromatherapist published in NAHA and Aromascents. Driven by her own allergic reactions to mass produced, chemical laden skin and beauty products, she began exploring natural alternatives. As a result of her exploration of natural remedies she began the path to certification in Aromatherapy. She graduated from Valerie Cooksleys school; The Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy By Pat uses all natural ingredients. You won’t find additives or chemicals in her products. Unlike large corporations, Aromatherapy By Pat is able to tailor its products to your specific needs.
In addition to aromatherapy, Pat was introduced to a raw foods diet in 2005 when she quit chemotherapy as a result of the many side effects she was experiencing. Although the cancer had spread into her lymph nodes she is now cancer free – "I know this is a result of starting every day with a green smoothie and eating raw. I used essential oils to help detoxify my body and also to help with the self induced stress resulting from stopping the chemo treatments."
Sara Postorino, LMP, Licensed Massage Therapist
Sara Postorino is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She comes to MKE MindBody Wellness with 15 years of experience, and a strong desire to help people become healthy, relaxed, and comfortable in their own body.
She takes a well-rounded and compassionate approach to healing each individual patient physically and emotionally. She believes that total health is achieved through the balance and wellness of mind, body and spirit.
Massage can be considered a “gateway” of sorts to natural health, and is often a jumping off point toward a journey of self-care. The benefits of massage are seemingly endless, from improving circulation to boosting the immune system to decreasing pain and inflammation. It can aid in digestion, release emotional energy, and is extremely relaxing. Little known fact, it also increases brain waves!
Since starting her profession in 2004, Sara has collaborated with a wide variety of healers to form a diverse technique suited to each individual’s needs. Working with chiropractors, personal trainers, health spas, yoga instructors and naturopaths has given her a varied knowledge of the human body. She is proficient in many modalities of massage, including: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Neuromuscular Technique, and sports massage. Favoring a firm hand but gentle touch, she is able to provide a strong sense of relaxation while getting deep into muscle tissue as needed.
Sara is also a professional baker, amateur runner, and a seasoned traveler. She lives in Bay View with her two young children, husband and dog.
Kristin Sutter, RYT-200, TCTSY-F
Kristin Sutter is one of only 200 people in the world certified in Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY). It’s a cutting-edge, evidence-based practice (EBP) designed specifically to support people as they work through traumatic experiences in talk therapy. It is the only model of yoga clinically proven in a randomized controlled trial to reduce symptoms of PTSD.
This style of yoga can help people who have experienced trauma to feel safe in their body again, regain a sense of autonomy and improve their ability to connect with people in relationships.
When Kristin was in talk therapy grappling with the physical ramifications of some childhood experiences, she started going to traditional yoga class every week. There, she fell in love with moving and breathing and having all that time to just be and notice. Yoga became a powerful tool that helped her navigate through both her past and her present. A decade later, she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga, with a strong focus on somatics, anatomy and Buddhist philosophy. In April 2017, after 300 additional hours of study and practicum, Kristin became a Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F).
Her intention is to create a safe space for students to practice yoga on their own terms. Classes are like a moving meditation: Yoga forms become tools for noticing body sensations, which bring awareness to the mind. In some classes, this means exploring alignment and longer holds. Students are guided through choosing yoga forms, intensity level and mental focal points to customize their personal experience—how active or restful each session feels is up to the student.
No prior yoga experience is necessary. Students of all shapes, sizes, identities and orientations are welcome. We gather to create a safe space and time to be and notice. Just each person on their mat. No physical adjustments. No pressure. No agenda. Everyone’s welcome to come just as they are.
Kristin works with people who have experienced mental, physical, sexual or emotional abuse as well as domestic violence, assault and neglect. She taught a weekly yoga class for veterans for two years at the Milwaukee VA inpatient center and has taught TCTSY at The Healing Center, Sojourner Family Peace Center and through Milwaukee County Comprehensive Community Services (CCS). She has ongoing professional supervision with David Emerson, the founder of TCTSY.
Jonathan Anderson, Director of Operations, Corporate Wellness
Jonathan Anderson is the head of business operations. He has a Bachelor's degree in accounting and a Master's of Oriental Medicine degree. Jonathan has led a successful business career while studying traditional Chinese medicine. The experiences he gained as an accountant and Chief Operating Officer for a financial services company provide him with a unique perspective of corporate infrastructure and culture.
Jonathan is the head of Mke MindBody Wellness' Corporate Wellness programs. Using his background in human resources and upper management, he works with companies to customize wellness programs that suit the work environment.
Jonathan has always been interested in food as medicine and is passionate about helping people find the right resources for better health.
Erin Highland, Health Coach & Yoga Instructor
Erin is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and 200hr certified yoga teacher based in Milwaukee’s Bayview neighborhood. The past five years of hustling for freelance jobs has taught her an important lesson: when your health isn’t a priority, it will eventually create havoc in every other area of your life until you pay attention to it. Poor sleep, adrenal fatigue, carbohydrate cravings and constant anxiety are all things she’s struggled with until she stopped to listen to what her body was telling her and what situations were triggering her poor eating. After teaching for four and a half years through both private yoga lessons and public classes, she learned that many students were amazed at the mind body connection - and were hungry to learn more. After finishing her nutrition program through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, it was clear what she really needed to be doing: guiding others to explore the roots of their physical, mental and emotional ailments through their relationship to food and the practice of yoga.
Erin’s approach to wellness is all about balance: you can’t always prevent triggers, but as your coach she will provide better tools to handle them and lessen the impact they have on your overall goals. She knows what “stuck” feels like and working with her will help you realize your own road blocks as well as dig deeper into what goals are synced with your optimal health and whole happiness. Success follows when your heart is in it, and you’re ready to make health a priority. Erin's here to help you filter through the non-essentials and find the sweet spot for change.