People We Share Space With

Kara Szumski

KaraSzumski

Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Licensed by the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine

Kara Szumski is a practicing acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and the owner of Ease Healing Studio. Kara began her training at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and completed her graduate work at the New England School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, in addition to studying with numerous masters in the field. Kara specializes in Chinese & Japanese Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and holds advanced certification in moxibustion, cupping, prenatal, childbirth and postpartum treatment, pediatric treatment, advanced gynecological disorders, and sports medicine. Kara creates an individualized healing path for each patient and takes pride in her long-standing relationships with her patients, many of whom include multi-generational families who all come to Kara for treatment. Make an appointment through Ease online or contact Kara at (215) 262-3103

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Guillermo Ortega

MFA - LMT
Offers Integrated Therapeutic Massage, Thai Massage and Taoist Abdominal Detox Massage.

Guillermo’s main goal is to integrate massage treatment methods and knowledge in order to address individual clients’ needs. Massage has the potential to facilitate the body’s natural tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, which we call homeostasis or “feeling good”. Guillermo wants to help clients achieve homeostasis and to find a sense of balance and freedom. Guillermo's past and present work as a dancer, dance teacher, Pilates instructor, and athlete informs both his massage practice and his understanding of body mechanics, kinetic chains, and the training potential of clients who are athletes.

Guillermo’s massage journey started with traveling to Chiang Mai, Thailand during 5 consecutive summers between 2015 and 2019 to study Thai bodywork. While in Thailand, he completed GTC 300-hour Teacher Training program at Thai Massage School (TMC). He has studied with several Thai massage gurus from whom he learned modalities such as Nerve Touch Technique (Jap-Sen), Thara´s massage technique, Abdominal Detox, Tok Sen, Karen Hill, Trigger Point Thai Massage, Reflexology, Amatarot, and Chi Nei Tsang. Back in the USA, he studied from 2017-18 at the Philadelphia School of Massage and Bodywork and completed a 700-hour training program in Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point, Prenatal, and Myofascial Release, among others. Guillermo is schedule to study Myofascial Release with John F. Barnes in January 2020.

Past education includes a BFA in Contemporary Dance from the “Escuela Nacional de Danza Clasica y Contemporanea” in Mexico City as well as an MFA in Dance from Temple University. He is an adjunct professor at Rowan University and Temple University.

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Christy Lee

Christy LeeChristy Lee is a PA Licensed Massage Therapist, with 15 years of experience. Immediately after receiving a BFA in Dance from Temple University in 1996, she completed a 600-hour, Massage Certification Program in Delaware. Christy is trained in Craniosacral, Deep Tissue, Myofascial, Sports, Swedish and Trigger Point therapies. She practices an integrated massage therapy treatment figuring out what combination each body needs at that particular time.

During her dance and massage career, Christy had to take a 5-year respite from both massage and dance due to an autoimmune disease which had been misdiagnosed for 9 years. The proper diagnosis, Celiac disease, finally came after giving birth to her daughter. The diagnosis, and the long path to recovery gave Christy a new-found and learned perspective into her massage practice, nutrition and holistic healing. She now has both a clinical understanding, as well as a knowledgeable empathy that is actively implemented in her care of clients.

Christy practices an understanding that the “road to recovery” is comprised of more than one avenue of treatment. She believes that while every injury is different and requires specialized attention and rehabilitation, it is the continual, preventative practices that are the hallmark of sustained health and well-being. As an LMT, Christy wishes to establish engaged and informed relationships with other like-minded wellness practitioners. She is truly excited to be joining Kara’s team at Ease Healing.

Guest Therapists Melanie Miller

Licensed Acupuncturist and Nationally Certified Herbologist

Melanie first tried acupuncture in the early 1990s, when she sought help with sports injuries.  She soon discovered that the regular treatments lessened her monthly menstrual symptoms.  In her 30s, when Melanie began to develop seasonal allergies, she was able to use herbs to prevent allergic outbreaks, and enjoy Spring again!

After four years of studying acupuncture and Chinese herbology at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York, Melanie relocated to Philadelphia to join the vibrant wellness community here.  The focus of her practice has primarily been the following:

*orthopedic injuries and joint pain, especially back pain, neck pain & sciatica

*menstrual disorders & menopausal support

*digestive conditions, gastric reflux & IBS

*headaches and allergy symptoms

While in school, Melanie participated in several hospital-based programs in New York.  She provided low-cost acupuncture to women with chronic pain at NYU-Langone Initiative for Women with Disabilities, and learned about cancer support strategies at Mt Sinai-Beth Israel Cancer Care Continuum.  Melanie has also been involved in outreach work, giving NADA acupuncture to survivors of sexual harassment/violence at the New York Asian Women’s Center (Pathways to Healing program), and providing free treatment to patients in recovery and the transgender community at Housing Works.

In her free time, Melanie enjoys hiking the Wissahickon, reading mystery novels and practicing yoga. She and her husband live in northwest Philadelphia with a very imperious cat.