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Vanessa Castro, CMT

ICOHS Instructor

After obtaining her Massage Therapy certification in 2004, Vanessa was left with a desire to learn more holistic therapies. She had always had an interest in nutrition but it was in an Eastern Nutrition class taken for fun that she really opened up to understanding the healing properties of food and plants. It also intrigued her to learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine. The idea that everything is connected, not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually resonated with her. This led Vanessa to receive her Associates Degree in Holistic Health, a certification as a Holistic Health Practitioner, with specializations in Tui Na and Asian Healing Arts, and a certification in Holistic Nutritional Health Coaching, earning her membership to The American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

Currently, Vanessa practices Massage Therapy in both the clinical and spa settings. In recent years she has found a new passion as an instructor, she feels that this isn’t work because “when you do what you love, you never work a day in your life!” Vanessa is always looking to further her education, whether that be learning ways to grow in her massage practice or improving her overall health and wellness.

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Shari Grayson, MBA, HHP, CMT

Academic Coordinator & Lead Instructor

Shari has been practicing Massage since 1991. She studied Massage and Bodywork at IPSB College (The International Professional School of Bodywork) and completed her 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner certificate in 1993.  She was on the faculty at IPSB from 1994 until they closed in 2016. In addition to teaching, she has served as Faculty Coordinator, Academic and Faculty Dean, Academic Chair, Program Chair and Program Director for the college. She has also studied CranioSacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute, and Pre and Peri-Natal Massage with Carole Osborne of Body Therapy Associates. Shari has a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Psychology and a Masters of Business degree from the University of San Diego.
Her current specialties include: Relaxation Massage, Chair Massage, Sports Massage CranioSacral Therapy, Pregnancy & Post-Partum Massage. She has worked in a variety of environments providing massage and stress-management techniques including: Hotels and Resorts, Medical Health Care, Integrative Health care, Businesses & Corporations, Chiropractors. She has owned and operated her own massage private practice, Healthy Touch, since 1991. Shari also teaches movement and meditation and has her 200 RYT to teach Yoga. She is a member of ABMP (Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals) and is Nationally Board Certified and an approved Provider by NCBTMB. At ICOHS College, she serves as our Academic Coordinator overseeing our curriculum and faculty; and teaches Strategies for Success and Chair Massage.

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Rosemary JaQuay, HHP

ICOHS Instructor

Rosemary began her holistic career in 1998. After attending schools for Massage Therapy and working in the field for several years, she found her passion for the mind-body connection and energy healing by becoming a Reiki Master Teacher and Certified Hypnotherapist. Shortly after moving to San Diego in 2002, Rosemary enrolled in the School of Healing Arts, where she completed her Holistic Health Practitioner Certification leading her to start her own business, San Diego Healing Touch, with the mission of teaching others to awaken the healer within. She focused her efforts on facilitating groups and teaching classes to individuals to provide a service of self-empowerment. In 2013, Rosemary became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Gentle Somatic Yoga Practitioner. To this day, Rosemary continues to remain dedicated to inspiring the path of holistic health practices as an educator and practitioner.

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REBECCA SCHULMAN, HHP

REBECCA SCHULMAN has had a thriving family practice in Pacific Beach since 2005, and has been teaching massage and wellbeing classes since 2007. She received her Holistic Health Practitioner Certificate in 2007, and completed an Associate of Science in Holistic Health in 2010. She was awarded Assistant Teacher of the Year in 2010 and 2014, and is also a 200 hour registered yoga teacher. At IPSB College she was the Primary teacher in the Introduction to Sports Massage, co-taught in the 120 hour Essentials of Massage and Bodywork and assisted in Table Thai and Sensory Repatterning.

Rebecca has been trained and mentored by some of the best in the industry—studying extensively under the guidance of Dr. Edward Maupin, a direct student of Ida Rolf; James Stewart, a direct student of Milton Trager; Diana Panara, a pioneer in the field of Somatic Bodywork; and Carole Osborne, one of the original founders of the International Professional School of Bodywork.

Her training and experience teaching has given her a wide range of skills to access during her teaching or healing sessions. Her curiosity, compassion and passion for understanding and helping others be the best bodyworkers they can be has led her to ICoHS. Rebecca believes in the integrity and positive potential of every individual she works with. This core belief has helped her successfully create an environment of trust, wisdom, and emotional safety with those who come to work with her.

She’s an avid surfer, traveler, and loves playing with her dog Spirit. She is deeply involved in her community and volunteers with two local non-profits, Surfrider Foundation and Groundswell Community.

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Linda Ealy, CMT

ICOHS Instructor

Linda Ealy is a Certified Massage Therapist, specialized in Prenatal Massage, and Geriatric Massage. She is also our Clinic Supervisor at the college. Linda has 15 years of experience in the field of massage therapy, and has worked as a Director of a Bodywork program, at another local college.

She has been an instructor here at ICoHS for 3 years, and has been teaching Special Populations for over 10 years!

She has a 10 year relationship with the San Diego Center for the Blind, AIM (Amputees in Motion), and the Senior community, creating opportunities for the class to work , hands on, with Special Populations.

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Julie Plunkett M.H.,C.N.

ICOHS Instructor

Julie has been fascinated by holistic nutrition and herbology since the early 1970’s. She read everything she could get her hands on back then, including the great iconic authors such as Adele Davis, Pavo Airola, Morton Walker, Bernard Jenson; and Jethro Klaus the great American herbalist. Julie was a whole-foods chef in the late 70’s and learned a great deal about healthy cooking and eating. Fast forward to the 80’s Julie completed her first holistic nutrition training; then in the 90’s she completed her primary medical herbalism training with the great David Hoffman, author of the sentinel herbal, Holistic Herbalism (and 6 other books). Throughout the 90’s Julie was taught and mentored by other great herbalists, such as Ed Smith, founder of Herb Pharm (major herb grower and extract producer). Julie was Herb Pharm’s national, herbal educator for 10 years as well (2004-2014) Julie continued to love the field of nutrition and completed a board-certification degree in clinical nutrition in the late 90’s. Julie deeply believes that to truly help people with healing on the deepest level, a clinical practitioner needs to have an education in holistic nutrition as well as herbal medicine – the former is the basis for the later. The blending of the two disciplines has proven to be a wonderful, harmonious tool-box to create balance and healing for her community of her clients. Julie is currently working at a thriving, local, integrated pharmacy as a holistic health consultant. Julie has taught at the iconic School of Healing Arts in San Diego since the 90’s, which is now, The International College of Holistic Studies, which she is honored to be a part of. “Ancient Chinese wisdom says that teaching is a divine profession … I feel this to be very true, and I am honored to serve this community as a holistic health educator”.

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J Emanuel Hodge MSAOM, HHP, CMT

ICOHS Instructor

J Emanuel Hodge is originally from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. J has a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from South Baylo University with dual HHP’s based in Chinese Medicine, Massage Therapy and Integrative Bodywork from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and Muller College of Holistic Studies. He is a lifelong learner and practitioner of many Healing modalities and Martial Arts with additional certifications and training in Holistic Kinesiology and Touch for Health from the Kinesiology Institute in Los Angeles, Naturopathy, NLP, Nutrition, Aromatherapy, Herb-ology and more. Over the past 25 years, J has given lectures, talks and workshops on Pain Alleviation, Breath, Hydration, Holistic Health and Healing to Urban Community groups in New York City and San Diego.

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Faiza Al-Turki, MA in Counseling Psychology, HHP

Faiza Al-Turki, (HHP) has an MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on the connection between body/mind, and an AS in Holistic Health. She has 18 years of experience in the healing field. She taught at IPSB College for 15 years and now teaches at ICOHS.

In her healing practice, Ms. Al-Turki uses a combination of modalities including Craniosacral, Reiki, Deep tissue and Circulatory massage. She uses a Relational Somatics approach to facilitate sessions that align with her clients healing goals.

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Elizabeth Jacobowitz, MA, CMT

Elizabeth holds a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from the European Graduate School, as well as a Bachelor’s in Health and Exercise Science from Syracuse University. She studied massage and bodywork at IPSB College, accumulating more than 1,200 hours of training and concentrations in Sports Massage, Sensory Repatterning, Relational Somatics, and Somato-Emotional Integration. Elizabeth taught at IPSB College 2002-2016, she still teaches IPSB at Life Energy Institute in LA. She is fascinated with the mind-body connection and the way that both the arts and bodywork lead to the awakening of self. She has a private practice in Hillcrest using expressive arts and bodywork. At ICoHS, she teaches Fundamentals of Holistic Health, Massage & Anatomy, Passive Joint Movement, Sensory Repatterning, Expressive Arts, Dreamwork and Body Wisdom.

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Dr. John Economos, PhD, HHP, G.C.F.T

ICOHS Instructor

John has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan with specializations in Scientific Methodology and Classical Languages and Literature. He was a member of the Graduate Faculty in Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago Circle for 15 years, and has taught Comparative Religions at the University of New Hampshire, San Diego State University, and is presently Core Adjunct Professor in the Sociology and Health Sciences Department at National University as well as Adjunct in the Business School at the University of Redlands. He is a Certified Feldenkrais Teacher, a member of the International Association of Structural Integrators, certified in Traditional Medical Massage of Thailand, has studied Tui Na and Chi Gung in Beijing, China and served many years on the staff of the Gero-Psychiatric Ward of Mission Bay Hospital. He has taught Tai Chi and Stress Reduction techniques around the country for many years as well as in the Scripps Medical System. He also taught at the former IPSB and maintains a private practice in Somatic Education, licensed as a Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) in the City of San Diego, CA. He teaches: Advanced Circulatory Massage, Passive Joint Movement, Kinesiology, Client Assessment, Movement Therapy, Thai Massage, Deep Tissue massage, Passive Joint/Deep Tissue Blends.