Our Faculty

MICHAEL GUIDA, BPS, LMT (#19016)

Certified Amma Therapist
Licensed Massage Therapist #19016
T’ai Chi Instructor & Lead Instructor Amma program
Wellspring Classes Coordinator

Michael Guida has been practicing and instructing as a Certified Amma Therapist, Massage Therapist, Wholistic Health practitioner and T’ai Chi instructor since 1994. Michael holds a BA in Professional Studies (Amma) from the New York College for Health Professionals. Michael moved to Portland in 2011 to join The Wellspring School for Healing Arts as the lead Amma instructor and Community Class Coordinator with his dog Shiva and parrot Milo.

Michael is also an dual certified triathlon coach and maintains a private practice of Asian Bodywork, Massage Therapy, and triathlon coaching in Portland, Oregon.


BILL HELM

Asian Bodywork Therapist & Chinese Herbalist
AOBTA Certified Instructor
Director Taoist Sanctuary & Dean of Allied Studies of Pacific College
Instructor, T’ai Chi & Qigong

tao@taoistsanctuary.org

Bill, an ordained Taoist priest, has been studying Chinese martial and healing arts since 1965. He specializes in Taijiquan, Tuina Chinese Bodywork, Qigong, and herbal medicine. Bill is a 20th-generation inner disciple of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowan. He studied traditional Chinese medicine in China at the Shanghai College of Medicine and the Beijing Olympic Training Center, and in the United States with Taoist Master Share K. Lew and Dr. Yu Da Fang. Bill is the Director of the Taoist Sanctuary of San Diego and the Dean of Allied Arts at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in California.


JENNIE KING, LAc, MAcOM, LMT (#7221)

Wholistic Nutrition Instructor (Intro to TCM)

Jennie received her Master’s degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Her curriculum included acupuncture, Chinese herbology, zen shiatsu, qigong and 700 clinical hours of internship. She is also certified to teach 1,000 Hand Buddha Qigong and Eight Treasures through the Ling Gui School of Qigong. After graduation, Jennie spent time in Nepal as a volunteer for the non-profit Acupuncture Relief Project (ARP).

Currently, Jennie works in two locations in Portland, Oregon. She has a general private acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice on Hawthorne Blvd. She also specializes in women’s health and fertility at Blossom Clinic on Freemont Ave.

In addition to her Chinese medical degree, Jennie has ten years of massage experience. Before her journey into the world of health and healing Jennie received her bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University. She is committed to being a lifelong student and continues her studies through a variety of classroom and work settings, as well as her yoga, and qi gong practices.


YAN LI

Instructor, Chen Tai Chi

Yan first encountered Qigong and Taijiquan when she was a teenager and a college student in China. Her formal training in Taijiquan started during her graduate school years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a student of Tony Wong (Wong Wai Yi), a 20th generation master and indoor disciple of Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou, 19th generation direct lineage holder of Chen Family Taijiquan Zungu Old Frame. In addition to studying with Sifu Tony, Yan has also studied with world-renowned Taiji masters from the Chen Village, including Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou himself and Chen Taiji Standard Bearer Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. She has won gold medals for her Chen Taiji performances at regional martial arts tournaments. Yan is passionate about spreading the art and healing power of Taijiquan and offers Chen Taiji classes in her spare time. She also enjoys learning another movement art, Argentine tango.


POLLY MALIONGAS, MACOM, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), LAc.

Qigong Master Teacher School Administrator, Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School Qigong Teaching Assistant, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
Founder, Moongate Chinese Medicine

moongatecm@gmail.com

Polly brings over 15 years of energy healing studies to her practice and classes. She graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2006 and continues her connection with the school and students, providing teaching assistance in their 2nd year Qigong classes. Polly’s path into Chinese medicine and Qigong began with a desire for personal change and an innate feeling that there was a different way to live her life. She began to explore the different moving arts and her passion awakened for the philosophy and movements of Qigong. By developing a relationship with Chinese medicine and Qigong, she feels we can experience a deep healing, acquire valuable tools for self-discovery, transform emotions, and manage stress. Polly continues to deepen her studies with Dr. Liu Dong and Master Liu He of the Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School, where she also holds the role of school administrator. In her private practice, Polly provides healing sessions incorporating principles of Traditional Chinese and Taoist medicine including Acupuncture and Qigong TuiNa.


BARI MANDELBAUM, CHN, NC

Wholistic Nutrition Instructor

Holistic health is Bari’s passion.  She believes that wellness comes from knowing our own worth, and treating ourselves with the love and care we would treat anything or anyone we love and want to see prosper.  Bari is a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Holistic Health Provider, Herbalist, and Somatics Coach. She has been the staff Clinical Nutritionist and Wellness Consultant at Wellness Revolution Health Center in Santa Clara, CA since 2005.  Her areas of expertise include individual and group interventions for blood sugar dysregulation, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, hormone imbalance, low libido, digestive disorders, and autoimmune disorders.

Bari received her Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Stanford University and her four levels of nutrition credentials—Nutrition Consultant, Nutrition Educator, Diet Counselor, and Nutrition Instructor—from Bauman College.  She is past Vice President of the CA chapter of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, and a former Bauman College instructor.  She is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition through the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board, and registered with the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). Bari is trained in Dr. John Brimhall, DC’s Six Steps to Wellness, Staci Haines’ Generative Somatics method, has studied guided imagery with Martin Rossman, MD and herbal medicine through the American School of Herbalism.  She is a certified FirstLine TherapyTM Provider and trained in Contact Reflex Analysis, meditation, natural pain management, and Meridian Stress Assessment. Bari has been working in the field of holistic health and wellness since 2001.


KONNIE NELSON

Certified Instructor and Coach through Coach Training Alliance and Great Life Technologies
Certified NLP Practitioner
Certified Reiki Practitioner, Level II

Konnie’s unique range of experience combines corporate, small business, training, coaching and a strong interest in wholistic health practices. Her corporate experience includes the management of large teams of highly skilled software developers for a Fortune 500 company, as well as all phases of software development. Her business interests have always included an emphasis on the intrapersonal professional development of individuals, and she is known as introducing techniques and programs to optimize the unique skills and abilities of her co-workers. She has managed, developed and delivered life changing training programs within the corporate environment, public offerings, and in private practice with individuals. Konnie has successfully owned and operated a day spa, and has pursued a number of techniques and approaches in the field of wholistic health. Currently Konnie works as an IT business systems consultant in the financial industry, is a trainer and professional coach, and is a past president of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Human Rights Education Center. We look forward to some very exciting workshops from Konnie!


TRESSA YELLIG

Wholistic Nutrition Instructor

 Tressa Yellig is the executive chef and owner of Salt, Fire & Time, a community supported kitchen in Portland, OR. She is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York. She specializes in a variety of health supportive cooking styles such as vegan, macrobiotic and ayurveda, but mostly advocates the Weston A. Price Foundation’s nutritional philosophy of traditional fats, sprouted grains, pastured meats, raw dairy and fermented foods. In addition, she has experience managing farmer’s markets, working with a variety of artisan food producers, in restaurants, consulting, business management and organizations promoting urban food sustainability, local food economies and seasonality. She has a special affinity for traditional food preparations and loves teaching them as well as introducing people to the nostalgic simplicity of whole foods.


LYNN SHORT, LMT #8315

Additional Techniques – Swedish

Lynn Short trained extensively at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in Boulder, Colorado, and is licensed through the Oregon State Board of Massage therapists. Her scope of practice includes Swedish/deep tissue, Sport, and hot stones for relaxation. She also uses Gua Sha, a technique from Chinese medicine. It involves stroking the skin and deep tissue layers with a round-edged instrument. The client usually experiences immediate relief from pain and muscle stiffness.

Lynn’s experience healing her own injuries has helped to mold her practice style and gives her insight and compassion for her clients seeking relief from aches and pain. Additionally, the physical demands inherent in providing bodywork have taught her the importance of regular exercise and stretching to maintain the health and vitality of the body. She strongly encourages her clients to stay active in ways that support their bodies and speed recovery from any injuries. She believes robust exercise is best balanced with a form that focuses on relaxation and increasing flexibility. Lynn generally recommends yoga, Qigong and Tai Chi practices because they help to balance not only the physical body but the mind and emotions as well.