OUR TEAM

John A. DeRugeris, DMQ

John is one of the founders of Awakening Wellness Center and is a  Doctor of Medical Qigong, he is also certified in Atma Budi Tibetan Bowl Sound Therapy. He is also a Certified Yoga, Meditation and as a Qigong instructor, as well as a Reiki master. He offers hybrid services of Medical Qigong, Tibetan Bowl Sound Therapy, and light therapy to all of his clients. In these powerful sessions each individual experiences deep relaxation and profound healing.

He has been focusing his efforts for the past twelve years helping people find their path to wholeness with stress reduction, movement, and nutrition. Trained at the Chopra Center for Well Being under Drs Deepak Chopra and David Simon and Kripalu Center of Yoga & Health.

Maria T. Carranza, MMQ

Maria is one of the founders of Awakening Wellness Center and the founder of the non-profit event Awakening Into The Sun. She is a Master of Medical Qigong, a Qigong Instructor, Reiki Practitioner, Certified Laboratory Supervisor in Hematology, and has extensive training in Clinical Chemistry, Immunohematology, Serology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology.

She currently shares her time between the clinical field and that of Alternative Medicine and Holistic Arts where she practices as a Medical Qigong Master, and holds additional certifications in Tibetan Bowl Sound Therapy, and Reiki.

Sharon Sehmann La Rosa D.O.M.

Sharon Sehmann La Rosa is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Zyto Bio-Communications expert and Energy Medicine practitioner. She integrates a wide variety of energetic, emotional, spiritual and bodywork techniques into her work, in addition to nutritional, herbal, and homeopathic therapies, weaving together mind, body and soul. She believes in empowering the patient through education and participation in their own healing process. She conducts classes, webinars and lectures based on a variety of modalities.

June Carver Drennon

June is a nationally Certified Colon Hydro Therapist and Electro Lymphatic Decongestive Practitioner as well as a certified Clinical Thermographer the American College of Clinical Thermography. She has recently moved to St. Petersburg, FL where she intends to continue her work as a clinical Thermographer under the name of “Stillpoint Health Thermal Imaging”.  She believes that it is important to have the information to avoid creating an environment that supports the growth of disease. Thermography is an excellent screening tool to know your risk factors to help prevent and monitor developing pathology.

Amparo Paredes, L.Ac.

Amparo is a L.Ac. Licensed Acupuncturist, with additional certifications in Moxibustion, Cupping, and Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) applied through acupuncture needles.  Acupuncture helps to restore the balance of energy that flows in the body.
Cupping is used in helping to reduce inflammation, improve blood flow and relieve muscle pain and soreness.  With these techniques it improves overall well being.

Tachi Crisanti

For Tachi Crisanti, Yoga is passion. She has been practicing for 20 years and is 500-hour certified teacher. Hailing from Brazil, she speaks Portuguese and English. Believing the study of Yoga is infinite, Crisanti continues with her ongoing learning and practice of all aspects at Yoga Integrity Teacher Training – Yoga ETC Studio. Teaching since 2011, She offers Gentle, Peaceful Warrior Yoga to all levels of practioners, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Every Wednesday at Awakening Wellness Center (first class is gratis.) with breath leading the Yoga postures and mindfully present, the ground work is prepared to invite in relaxation, strength and restoration. Breath work (Pranayama) is the center of her practice and teachings. Without the breath there is no Yoga. Crisanti also offers private class for asking, At Awakening Wellness, the goal is in helping each individual to live pain-free with a healthy body and healthy mind.

Lindy Romez

Lindy is a Certified Sound Healer, Meditation, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, Professional Trumpeter and Recording Artist. Lindy’s passion for yoga and sound healing came after she experienced a car accident in 2000 that left her with a neck injury and paralysis down both arms. As a professional musician this was not only crippling but also devastating.  Her journey into her physical recovery led her to study in India where she discovered the healing properties of sound, vibration and harmony. Being a Vet, Lindy has been able to help other Vets with PTSD and anxiety through Tibetan Sound Bowl Healing, Reiki and Meditation. For more information visit: www.lindyromez.com

Sheila Murrey, B.A.

Sheila is a holistic, natural, Alternative Health & Wellness advocate to assist you in releasing chronic dis-ease from the body.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from American Intercontinental University Online (highest honors) and with an Associates of Science in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Sheila is an author of two published self-help books, certified as an AromaTouch essential oils applicator, and is working towards a certificate in Reflexology from International Institute of Reflexology in St. Petersburg, FL. Sheila is a Tech Angel, assisting the Awakening Wellness center with website updates. She also teaches monthly classes at the center in the use of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to reduce stress and live with ease of mind. As a Florida Notary Public, Sheila also officiates weddings!

For more information and to check out her blog articles, visit: SheilaMurrey.com

Michael Dacosta, Marketing Coordinator

Michael is a Native New Englander who worked as a Social Worker for 15 years.  He was DBT Therapy certified and worked as a crisis counselor for the Providence Center.  Graduate from Bridgewater State College, 1997
His focus for the past ten years has been in marketing and networking.  He helps to brand companies and build business growth through targeted marketing campaigns and promotions.  His passion for people and business are what shines through in his contribution at the center.