Our ProfessionalsElie Cole, Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist
Nancy Lisac, Licensed Esthetician, Esthetic Educator
Anusuya Starbear, Counselor, Coach, and Consultant
Chung So, Licensed Massage Therapist
Danielle Lombardi, Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist
Joanne Gatti, MS, OTR/L Cranial Sacral Therapist
Miho Purcell, Licensed Massage Therapist
LAc, Chinese Herbal Therapist
Co-owner of Cypress Beauty & Wellness
Elie Cole started off as a massage therapist in 1999. While she loved giving massages, she began to feel limited by how much she could help her clients. With back pain or neck pain, she could successfully use her massage skills, but when her clients started coming to her for things like digestive issues, depression, anxiety, or menstrual symptoms, she began referring her clients to an acupuncturist. Elie began to realize that she could become that acupuncturist herself and continue to help her clients. She is still a massage therapist, but is also a licensed acupuncturist, a board certified Chinese herbalist and a food therapist. She has owned Nourishing Medicine since 2007 and is now co-owner with Nancy Lisac, of Cypress Beauty & Wellness. Elie loves going to work every day!
Licensed Esthetician, Esthetic Educator
Co-owner of Cypress Beauty & Wellness
Nancy opened Cypress Day Spa in 2004. A life long interest in holistic well-being and a 20 year career in the natural foods industry led to the manifestation of her dream to open a day spa that offers the best of traditional healing modalities as well as skin care treatments with the latest in proven technology. Her partnership with Elie Cole in 2010 opened the door to the actualization of a more complete wellness center. The recent move to a beautifully remodeled space right across the street has provided the opportunity to offer a wider selection of services as well as a classroom featuring workshops and seminars that support health and well-being.
Nancy specializes in non-invasive, age-defying facial treatments, Dadashie acne treatments and therapies that contribute to restoring and balancing the skin's health. She also offers skin care products that combine the latest in effective ingredients without parabens, unnecessary perfumes and allergens. Comfortable waxing services are her specialty!
Anusuya is a Counselor, Coach, and Consultant specializing in Creativity. For over 30 years she has helped individuals, couples, and professionals, with what she calls, Awareness Training. Anusuya can help you further develop your talents, intuition, emotional intelligence, creativity, and communication skills so that you will experience more clarity, passion, and ease as you go about living the life you want. Some of the many modalities Anusuya incorporates into her sessions are: Process Oriented Psychology, Communication techniques (including Mediation, Negotiation, and NVC), Therapeutic Artwork, Mindfulness Practices, Earth Based Healing and Cherokee Medicine Wheel teachings.
Educator & Body Adept
Founder of Qunem-Bodywork
Former Faculty at Willamette University, OCOM, MIIS (Ret.), Oregon State Board LMT
Someone told me after illness had taken me from one specialist to another, "Find the answer yourself!" So, I branched off from college teaching to health practices. Now, 30 years later, I work by the Qunem motto: Your body has a story to tell. If it's a tale of woe, rewrite it!
My clients find restfulness in the comfort and joy of feeling in balance. I encourage clients to explore the depth of their body's potentials and to learn about: Thomas Hanna's Somatics, Milton Trager's approach, Tuina, Shiatsu, JinShindo, sports massage, Thai Massage, Myofascial Release (MFR), athletics, yoga, t'aichi, Feldenkrais, Breema, and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF, my personal favorite)... The names are many, but the objective is a body free from restrictions. I'm always told at the end of my sessions: What a difference this massage made!
Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist
Associate Acupuncturist at Nourishing Medicine
After sustaining a back injury that greatly restricted her movement, Danielle received acupuncture treatment and Qi Gong instruction, which proved to be a profoundly transformative process. Her back pain resolved, but the greatest change was in her discovery of the connection between her mind and body. Danielle’s specialties include women’s health, chronic pain, sports and auto injury, and support for the healing process around major life transitions, stress, trauma and PTSD.
MS,OTR/L Occupational therapist and Craniosacral therapist
I am thrilled to offer my skills as both an OT and a Craniosacral therapist at Cypress!I have been an Occupational therapist for twelve years and CST for seven, with direct patient care in the hospital and outpatient settings. Because of this experience, I offer a deep understanding and knowledge as a healthcare provider. Some of my special interests include working with cancer survivors, neurologic conditions, MVAs, recovery from surgeries, grief and other emotional blockages, acute and/or chronic pain. Feel free to contact me with any inquiries.
Our physical and emotional bodies hold onto unhelpful patterns caused by injury, and our tissues go into protection mode, sometimes for decades. Chronic pain and fatigue result. Craniosacral therapy (CST) can help by unlocking tissues and restoring the health unique to you. Receiving this work has allowed me to dismantle my own patterns from a traumatic birth, two major car accidents within a week, among other emotional traumas that can be part of being in a human body. Anxiety is no longer at the center of my day, and an even keel sense of energy is much more available to me.
If you have never experienced Craniosacral Therapy, I cannot wait to welcome you to a whole new way of being.
Try a session of Fatigue Management & Relief. FMR will help identify what is causing you fatigue in your life - body mechanics, pain issues, poor sleep are some of the common causes - Through occupational therapy, I will teach you brass tacks skills on how to systematically build and conserve real energy for daily life. Try a combo session of CST and FMR to really tackle the issue.
Miho is a massage therapist living in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood with my family since 1999.
I am originally from Japan, and I moved to Oregon for school about 20 years ago. In that time, I earned a bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology from Oregon State University, worked in both Tokyo and the US relating to my degree, lived in London for a year and started a family here in Portland. After helping my mother's small Japan-based aroma therapy business establish connections in the Japan and Europe, I decided to change careers and obtained my massage license from Oregon School of Massage in 2007. I have worked with my fabulous Cypress colleagues since 2008. About the name of my business, "Eternal Spring Massage" ... it is named after my Japanese maiden name, Toyoizumi. Toyo in Japanese means eternal and izumi means spring.
I use a combination of long stroke massage, acupressure, hot stones and aromatherapy, with the occasional blending in of deep tissue, passive stretch, trigger points therapy and Reiki. I describe my style of massage as a fusion of the best techniques from the western and eastern worlds. Most of the essential oils I use are from Germany, which my mother has been importing since 1995. Traveling to Germany together to study aromatherapy, we met great people in the natural health field. Since that trip 15 years ago, it has been my passion to heal people, thus why I became a massage therapist. After starting a family, I saw a real need for pregnancy and after birth massage, which only fueled my passion to heal. Supporting a new mother, and to be a small part of her journey is something I'll never tire of...
Personally, I enjoy life through practicing Yoga, meditating, dancing, aromatherapy, hiking, camping, traveling great distances, short family trips and playing with my dog. I am excited to serve the community at the beautifully renewed Cypress.
LMTMonica Psomas’ enthusiasm for health and beauty has led her to become a licensed massage therapist, licensed aesthetician and certified Gyrotonic® and Gyrokenisis® instructor. She integrates yoga principles and Gyrotonic® in her personal and professional practice. From a young age Monica’s passion guided her to dedicate her life to learning, applying and sharing the universal wisdom of healing arts. Monica graduated from the Maui School of Therapeutic Massage in 2009.
"The heart of my massage practice comes from a space of compassion and respect for each person, and their own unique journey towards wellbeing. The style of my massage consists of an overall relaxing experience integrating a variety of massage modalities such as Swedish, Lomi Lomi, Shiatsu and deep tissue. I am very happy to be offering my services in the healing environment at Cypress Beauty & Wellness."
Imago Relationship Coaching, Hypnotherapy & Soul-Centered Counsel
Sofia Jamison holds a Master's Degree in Spiritual Psychology, is a certified Hypnotherapist, and is currently completing her training in Imago Relationship therapy. Her approach is a blend of humanistic, behavioral and solution-focused modalities. Helping individuals and couples to make positive, meaningful and lasting change in their lives is one of Sofia's great passions.She supports individuals and couples who are straight, gay, monogamous, polyamorous, and at all stages of life and relationships.
Outside of the office, Sofia enjoys playing with her son, tango dancing with her husband, cooking, traveling, reading a variety of books, and spending time in nature around her home in SE Portland, Oregon.