We're your EMPOWER team.
EMPOWER offers personalized guidance to overcome
self-limiting beliefs that distort views of reality in a world flooded with skewed images of health. Our comprehensive services help build self-awareness and self-confidence, implement self-care, maintain a genuine connection
with food and cultivate body trust. We will prevent
you with a unique approach to fully influence the
mind-body connection, help prioritize goals and make a
powerful impact on your overall way of life.
MSCN, RD, LDN, FAND
Disordered Eating, GI Intolerance
Registered Dietitian, Hockey Mom and Amateur Ninja are just a few hats this wife and mom of two boys wears. Andrea knows how challenging it can be to find balance. That's why she believes in lifestyle solutions that revolve around you and your family.
From a life-long struggle with anxiety, Andrea understands the strain these disorders can put on your ability to function, engage in relationships, and participate in healthy habits. Her recovery journey has led her to identify self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-confidence, and self-care as the foundation of all Empower's services. She is open about her own work in psychotherapy, and her practice of Krav Maga -- both life-changing experiences for her mental and physical health.
As a practitioner, Andrea believes in individualized, patient-centered care, and will work closely with each client to achieve his or her personalized goals. She believes in developing healthy habits - not diets and restrictions, and is dedicated to promoting self-awareness, while encouraging improved self-care practices, and nurturing positive relationships with food and the body. While her background is in nutrition science and clinical nutrition, Andrea has an intuitive approach to lifestyle transformation, helping to fill the gaps of traditional medicine and redefine health.
She is currently pursuing a doctorate in behavioral health through Arizona State University and has been elected President-elect of the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Additionally, Andrea is a certified USA Hockey coach, assisting in coaching youth ice hockey for the Parkland Ice Hockey Club, and has sat on the board of the organization for the last two years. She has also volunteered on the visioning committee for the Emmaus Borough, and participates as a member of the Emmaus Main Street Partner -- a division of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
MS, RD, LDN
Sports Nutrition --
Individual Athletes and Teams
Alexa strongly believes that having success with your nutritional goals is never found through a quick fix, but is a skill that is to be learned and enjoyed as you find true success in everlasting health.
Alexa graduated with her bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from West Chester University, and holds a master's degree in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science from Marywood University. She also practices as a Clinical Dietitian, so she understands the medical complexities behind nutrition, which are the essential framework behind any area of dietetics.
She is passionate about helping others improve their nutrition and then integrating this into their fitness goals. She understands that foods is fuel, and is a tool to help you succeed. Whether you're an athlete or just beginning to incorporate physical activity, you will learn how to enhance performance, how to stop under-fueling, and find the key to your individual needs.
MS, RD, RYT, CLC
Disordered Eating, Body Acceptance Coaching, Pre-/Post-natal Nutrition, Lactation Consulting, Yoga, Meditation
Megan's passions lie in helping clients on their journey through disordered eating, anxiety with movement, and encouraging body kindness. She is passionate about this topic because of her own body image and eating disorder journey. Working with Megan, you can expect evidence-based, client-centered, unwavering support through a Health-at-Every-Size, Intuitive Eating, and non-diet approach. She believes in a compassionate and restorative approach to recovery from disordered eating. She also works with prenatal, pregnant, and post-partum women through their disordered-eating journey. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor and provides breastfeeding counseling and management support to mothers who are thinking about or currently breastfeeding. Megan will help guide you toward self-awareness and implementation of self-care through mindfulness.
With a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont, and a master of science degree in Community Nutrition, she is a newly credentialed registered dietitian, but brings skills and certifications that most cannot offer. Megan is also a certified yoga and meditation instructor. She offers yoga with a gentle, supportive style and has been sharing her teaching in Vermont and Pennsylvania since 2015. She has been drawn to the positive community and believes that by practicing yoga together, we can “see the good” in ourselves and each other. Studying yoga philosophy has complemented her background in nutrition and as an aspiring dietitian.
RD, CSG, LDN
Post-Natal Nutrition, Family Nutrition
Sarah’s interest in nutrition began at a young age due to her struggle with weight and body image. This struggle led her down the dangerous path of dieting, which compounded with other factors led to an eating disorder. She believes that her own recovery has given her unique insight into how disordered our culture has become with food and allows her to better connect and empathize with her clients.
Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Messiah College and is currently working on her M.Ed. in Health Education and Promotion with a focus in Eating Disorders through Plymouth State University. She supports using a non-diet approach, using evidence-based nutrition and behavioral health methods, and believes that health cannot be determined by a number on a scale. Sarah embraces a Health at Every Size © model and is also in the process of becoming an intuitive eating counselor. She hopes to help her clients free themselves from diet culture and build a healthier relationship with food and body.
Virtual Visits ONLY
Jen is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and holds a master's degree in community-clinical psychology, which she earned in 2000. She has had a variety of experiences providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults, and is passionate about her with individuals, couples, and their families.
Jen believes everyone is capable of making changes and finding the road to recovery when given the right tools and support. She uses a combination of therapeutic styles including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, and others. Areas of interest for her include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, low self-esteem, poor body image, chronic pain/illness, pregnancy/postpartum, domestic violence, grief and loss. Jen teaches mindfulness, guided imagery and progressive muscle relaxation. Learning to sit with painful feelings is an important part of her therapeutic style. Together, with the collaborative care providers at Empower Nutrition & Wellness, she will continue her work to improve the continuity of care for patients, help clients implement self care, and discover the best version of themselves.
Jen's journey to becoming a therapist started when she was a teenager suffering from a variety of health problems resulting in chronic pain. She battled migraines, IBS, joint and muscle pain, and was eventually diagnosed with Lupus and fibromyalgia. In college, she helped facilitate a chronic pain support group. She has focused much of her education in the area of biofeedback, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation and CBT. Jen believes in a holistic approach to better mental and physical health, and understands the challenges that can be placed on individuals and their families. Jen has four teenage/young adult children, and is thrilled to have a grandson and new granddaughter.
Jocelyn is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. She earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling with a concentration in Trauma from Eastern University. Over the past several years, Jocelyn has had opportunities to work with a broad range of populations and presenting concerns including personality disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma related disorders, and eating disorders. She has extensive experience with teenagers and emerging adults both in school and college-based settings as well as general outpatient care.
Jocelyn has a clinical focus on treating eating disorders, perfectionistic thinking, and anxiety. She appreciates the complexity of these issues and understands how paralyzed one can feel when operating from a place of never feeling good enough and constantly fearing failure while rationally understanding perfection isn’t possible. She loves journeying with clients as they discover the roots of these difficult ways of thinking and functioning, embracing their true, whole selves, and finding freedom to explore life from a position of self-worth and self- acceptance.
As a recovered clinician, she brings insight and passion born from personal experience navigating the challenging journey of eating disorder recovery in addition to her professional skill set. Jocelyn approaches eating disorder treatment from a holistic perspective, understanding that while behaviors around food and eating are the central feature of these disorders, the etiology is complex and roots of these disorders go far beyond the behavioral level. Jocelyn views recovery as an incredible opportunity to discover one’s “healthy self” and build strength from the inside out.
Jocelyn’s clinical work is grounded in validated theories and techniques and consistently enriched by current research in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral health. Her holistic approach integrates both the psychological and physical well-being of clients under the premise that mind, body, and soul are all connected. Her theoretical framework is rooted in psychodynamic and attachment theories, though her treatment approach integrates interventions based in CBT, DBT, and ACT. She vacillates between a developmental and fruitional focus of treatment that balances a compassionate understanding of one’s past and a radical acceptance of the present, aligning with the belief that self-acceptance frees us to change.Outside of work, Jocelyn takes every chance she gets to immerse herself in nature by hiking, paddle boarding, and camping and enjoys travel, reading, yoga, and discovering meaningful moments every day with her two middle school-aged children. She has a calm and grounding presence, balanced with a light-hearted sense of humor that complements her love of journeying to the depths of the human experience.
Karena graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State University Park and completed her supervised practice training through Sodexo Dietetic Internships. Her training was primarily clinical-based through the Lehigh Valley Health Network. She gained experience in working with patients experiencing the severity of various medical conditions that were often intertwined with specific gastrointestinal diagnoses. During her supervised practice training, Karena completed a concentration in wellness with a focus on disordered eating research. She is AllerTrained Certified and recognizes the complexities of those struggling with Celiac Disease/ other food-related intolerances.
Karena’s passion for nutrition stems from relating nutrition to the whole person since many moving parts go into finding what is sustainable for each individual. She understands that the path to a sustainable lifestyle is not a one size fits all approach. Specifically pertaining to gastrointestinal disorders, Karena is passionate about helping you navigate the complexities of both the mental/ physical barriers so that you may gain control and find balance in your day-to-day life through the knowledge/ application of personalized nutrition practices.
BS, LMT, Reiki Master
Dana has been a licensed massage therapist since 2010 and believes that alternative treatments and the balance of modalities truly benefit the mind, body and spirit.
Her journey began in 1998, when her father was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Conventional treatments meant giving up, and so she and her family sought diverse opportunities for pain relief, which came in the form of light massage. This powerful intervention allowed him to live peacefully at home, until his passing. The discoveries made during this time opened up Dana's and her family's eyes to entirely new world of Eastern and holistic medicine.
Dana's mother, a radiologist, left her field to complete her education as a homeopath. Her younger sister became a licensed reflexologist, and Dana earned her certifications in massage therapy and reiki. Over the last ten years, she has even had the opportunity to practice and teach massage, including cranial, in Thailand.
Dana, now a reiki master, has found a way to combine therapies and different types of massage to benefit each individual patient. Her work with cranial massage has benefited many diagnosed with ADHD, PTSD, ADD, insomnia, and other emotional trauma.
JD, RYT-500, RCYT, RPYT,
Ayurveda Wellness Educator
Larissa (she/her/hers) has been practicing yoga for 22 years. She took her first class in 1998 and then she became hooked -- not just by the physical practice, but also with the way yoga helped her body, mind and soul feel both on and off the mat. To further deepen her practice, she completed 95+ hrs. ChildLight Yoga (RCYT), 200+ hrs. at Easton Yoga and Soma Yoga Institute (RYT), 500+ hr. at West End Yoga and The Yoga Loft (RYT-500), and 85 hours Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga (RPYT). Larissa also completed extensive Yin Yoga trainings through Josh Summers, Ellen Mosko and The Yoga Loft. To follow her passions further and to serve additional communities, Larissa has completed Chair, Adaptive and Accessible Yoga training with Jivana Heyman, Therapeutic and Restorative trainings with Jillian Pransky and Dana Slamp, and has trained in Trauma Informed Yoga practices with Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk, Hala Koury, David Emerson, and Nikki Myers (Y12SR). Larissa weaves mindfulness and meditation into each of her classes using her training with Mindful Schools and Dr. Lorin Roche to help link breath and movement.
Currently, Larissa is a teacher trainer with Childlight Education Company. Larissa also works with various diverse populations in the state of Pennsylvania and shares her love of yoga, meditation and mindfulness with those of all ages, through the school system via the Pratyush Sinha Foundation, as well as in colleges, libraries, community centers and various yoga studios. Whether you are new to yoga or are a seasoned yogi, Larissa strives to cultivate an accessible and inclusive practice to honor all students who venture into her classes. When she isn’t sharing her love of yoga with others, she loves to read, travel and garden and is a wife, mom of 3 boys, lawyer, professor and parent advocate for those whose children have special needs.
Deanna has been practicing yoga for more than twenty years, and teaching for over twelve. She earned both her 200 hour and 500 hour level certifications at the Yoga Loft of Bethlehem where she also served as the director of teacher training for several years. She has additional training in restorative, yin, somatic, partner and children’s yoga. A former librarian, she is passionate about literature, philosophy, music and poetry and often incorporates these into her classes. Her passion is helping her students be their best selves through the healing practices of yoga. A mother of two, Deanna resides in Limeport with her children and partner, Brian, a local glass artist and yoga teacher.
Several years ago, she discovered the therapeutic modality of somatic yoga – a practice which helps practitioners recover from tension stored in the body in the form of trauma, stress and injury. Somatic yoga is a gentle form of yoga which asks students to go inward, focusing on sensation with awareness and mindfulness. This style of yoga helps release sensory motor amnesia – when our muscles are either locked into contraction or non-engagement. The overall effect is one of deep relaxation and calm, as well as renewed energy and purpose.
Jen’s interest in counseling and yoga grew out of her own journey of healing and personal growth. She believes that we are each capable of accessing an inner knowing that can guide us through life’s challenges. When we are able to release the problematic thoughts and feelings that block that knowing, we develop the self-integration and confidence that helps us navigate life with more ease, bringing about greater peace and joy and resulting in more honest, respectful, and gentle relationships with ourselves and others. Currently in recovery from life on the “hamster wheel”, Jen finds that integrating yoga and counseling can be especially helpful. By using breathwork and movement to calm the mind, Jen creates a supportive space for clients to begin to slow down, draw their attention to the body and safely hold a space for any thoughts, feelings, and sensations that arise in the moment.
Jen is a Registered Yoga Teacher, certified in Trauma-Informed Yoga and Yin Yoga, and also holds a Master of Education Degree in Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently pursuing certification as a Focusing Oriented Therapist and as a Certified Tween and Teen Yoga Teacher. Jen most recently worked at St. Luke’s University Health Network and in private practice. At EMPOWER, Jen provides focusing-oriented counseling, teaches Yin Yoga classes and is involved with the Eating Disorders IOP Program. Stay tuned for her “Read, Breathe, and Move” series - a combination of book discussion and yoga to stimulate and soothe the mind and body.
A mother of two fantastic teens, Jen resides with her family, including two unruly dogs, in Center Valley. She enjoys walking her dogs, reading, spiritual study and film documentaries.
Sherry's passion for yoga began many years ago when worsening anxiety prompted her to do more to care for her mental health. The practice of syncing breath with movement helped quiet her mind and soothe her body. She believes that the healing power of yoga can help anyone live a better life and is dedicated to sharing the practice with as many others as possible. Her classes offer a safe welcoming space, are rooted in mindfulness, and are inclusive of all bodies, ages and abilities.
Sherry has a 200 hour certification, trauma informed children's, adolescents and teens certifications, and is currently completing a 500 hour certification. She also teaches yoga and mindfulness in schools and after school programs and enjoys weaving mindfulness into her children's, teens and adult classes.
Anna whole-heartedly believes in a 360 approach when it comes to health and well-being. She knows from experience that the mind and body are deeply intertwined; when one is out of balance, the other is affected as well.
Anna is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Exercise Science from Cedar Crest College. Her studies have highlighted the essential link between diet, physical activity, and health. Although Anna was only recently certified as a 200-hour yoga teacher, she has been practicing yoga for almost 10 years. Her personal experience and studies in exercise science have extended her knowledge of proper alignment and safety beyond that which is taught in most teacher trainings.
Body Positive Photography
Born and raised in Emmaus, PA, Alyssa is now a mom of three and sees every day as an amazing journey. You can often find her strolling the beaches of Sea Isle City with tots and camera in hand, or shopping our local farmers markets. But behind that busy mom of three is a passion for encouraging women to love and embrace their natural beauty and femininity, through both boudoir and lifestyle portraiture. She has dedicated her craft to helping women love themselves and their bodies as they are. As an advocate of the Body Positive and Women's Empowerment movements, her mission is promoting self-love, body acceptance, and challenging women to turn inward to reclaim the self.
She has been honing her "fine artistry" for over twelve years, and has found a way to truly capture emotion.
Situational Awareness, Self-Defense
David started his martial arts journey in 1993 in NJ at the Princeton Academy of Martial Arts. Over eight years he studied many of the systems offered there.
After taking a long break to pursue a music opportunity, he returned to martial arts, this time as a practitioner of Krav Maga. As an all-encompassing system, he continues to learn and teach Krav Maga techniques to civilian, law enforcement, military and professional contractors all over the US.
In addition to Krav Maga, David is a CT 707 Counter Terror and USCCA firearms instructor. His current passion is to incorporate and explore the synergistic applications of hand-to-hand, hand-to-weapon, and weapon-to-weapon martial skills combining his academics, belted curriculum, and life experiences to self-defense. His instruction offered at Empower and local dojos, such as Quakertown Academy of Modern Martial Arts includes hands-on and lecture-style training to build situational awareness and incorporate self-defense/offense techniques.
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Per the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Registered Dietitians (RDs) are the food and nutrition experts that have earned their title by meeting required criteria. The road to becoming an RD includes: earning a bachelor of science degree after extensive coursework in anatomy and physiology, psychology, sociology, life cycle nutrition, public health, microbiology, biochemistry, food science, metabolism, and counseling strategies. It then involves completion of an accredited dietetic internship, and passing a national registration exam. During their career RDs are required to remain informed of evidenced-based practices by completing continuing education credits. RDs are the qualified food and nutrition experts that have been adequately prepared to provide their patients, clients, and communities with the tools they need to live healthy lifestyles.
Our team believes in interdisciplinary collaboration for your optimal health. By joining forces with behavioral health specialists, chiropractors, massage therapists, personal trainers, and yoga instructors, we know that you'll have every opportunity to discover the best version of yourself. Our whole-body-positive approach takes care of your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being all under one roof. The benefits of collaborative care also include increased communication and access to quality care, improved patient outcomes, satisfaction, and engagement. We are determined to provide you, and the communities we serve with the best possible care. This is not just a preventive care experience, this is the proactive care needed to implement and sustain healthy habits that align with your highest self.
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