OUR TEAM

John A. DeRugeris, MMQ

John is one of the founders of Awakening Wellness Center and is a Tibetan Bowl Sound Therapy and Medical Qigong Master. He is also a Certified Yoga, Meditation & 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.

Elizabeth Isom, L.Ac

Elizabeth offers Five Element Acupuncture coupled with Guided Meditation. This gentle style of Acupuncture focuses on treating the spirit first so the physical symptoms may fall into alignment. This unique method of healing may bring a greater sense of vitality, well being and clarity in addition to improved physical health.  Whether one is seeking relief from acute or chronic conditions and/or relief from mental, emotional and spiritual issues, Elizabeth is fully present throughout the treatment to assist in the clients unfolding of vibrant health and wholeness. Learn more at www.elizabethisom.com

Fay Hart, Self-Awareness Coach

Fay is an author and Self-Awareness Coach.  She completed a BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counseling at the University of Roehampton, U.K., trained as a Personal Life Coach with Nobel Manhattan Coaching UK, CoachU in the USA and is a graduate of the Landmark Education Curriculum for Living. But it took a move to Mexico and a mystical trilogy for Fay to become fully aware of our ability to end our own suffering.  She assists clients to create peace and purpose in their lives using gentle processing techniques, visualization, slow coaching, and Tibetan bowl sound therapy. For more information: www.followfay.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.