Kelsy Timas Board Certified HHP, MBSR, ERYT500, YCEP, iRest Level 1, Warriors At Ease Faculty
CEO/ Founding Director
Beginning a career in Medical Management and Nursing, Kelsy discovered that her passion was in preventative and holistic based practices which redirected her studies and ultimately her life. This faithful decision refocused her vision resulting in the creation of her company, Guiding Wellness, and her “Be Well” philosophy. At a very uncertain time in our nation and a new husband deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army, Kelsy bloomed where she was planted, creating a Holistic Health practice in Fayetteville, NC that now serves people all over the world. With her passion to serve Veterans, First Responders, Healthcare professionals and other Caregivers, Kelsy often refers to herself as the “Caregivers Care Giver”. With over 20 years of diverse Holistic Health experience, certifications that include early childhood development, counseling addiction, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Yoga and Body Therapies; Kelsy’s most important accomplishments are still on the horizon. She is committed to her vision for the growth of her company to be a nationally sustainable wellness solution that assists people in bridging the gap in their lives in order to maintain a life in Balance.
Kelsy’s success can be attributed to her deep desire to help people create their best life, a natural entrepreneur and pioneering spirit that has never been afraid to create solutions needed in order to find “a better way”, and the sincere belief that she is in service of her life’s calling.
When she is not teaching or working with clients, Kelsy is enhancing her humanitarian footprint through her service on the Board of Directors for Connections of Cumberland County, Chambers for Hope, and Sustainable Neighbors. She also enjoys living her message of “Balance” through clean eating, the practice of Yoga, writing, and the creative arts. Her greatest desire is to leave the world better then she found it and strives to do that every day in as many ways as possible while Living Well.
Coral Esparza, LMBT
Since a young age, the health care field has always been Coral’s calling. She started off as a Veterinary Assistant, then went back to school to become a Dental Assistant. Although she enjoyed the knowledge, compassion and understanding she gained in both fields, she felt it was not where she was meant to be. In 2013, Coral was involved in a car accident that caused significant neck injury. She decided to pursue a chiropractor for treatment and it was during this treatment that she met a massage therapist that helped her reduce the pain and tension from her injury.
Amazed at the results, Coral decided to go back to school to became a massage therapist. Her new goal was to make an overall impact on people who, like her, had suffered some form of trauma. She started working for a spa, which she enjoyed, but soon found that deep tissue massage was a more effective form of treatment rather than a relaxing massage, which just reduced stress. She found a chiropractic office that was hiring and thus began her to wellness.
Deep tissue and myotherapy is crucial in order to break down scar tissues adhesion to the surrounding injured area. A holistic approach to treatment with this type of therapy produces amazing, life changing results. Coral has always been able to gain a deeper understanding of massage in general but continues to look for new way to improve her techniques to provide the highest level of care for each person. She feels beyond blessed to have the opportunity to work for yet another team whose goal is to make a difference for every person that walks in the door. She looks forward to meeting each one of you to help you live your best life!
Director of Food Education
Marsha Howe has always been committed to a healthy lifestyle and to sharing sustainable living skills and whole food nutrition. Learning the principles and the wisdom of nature’s living systems and the miracle of the human body has been a lifelong pursuit and focus of her education.
In addition to her role at Guiding Wellness, Marsha is Founder/Director of Sustainable Neighbors, a Certified Permaculture Eco-Social Designer, MRC Farmers’ Market Consumer Education Outreach Coordinator, Community Emergency Response Team Certified (CERT), and an urban farmer. She teaches and facilitates whole food nutrition presentations, facilitates hands-on organic gardening classes, seasonal cooking from scratch, canning and preserving workshops, and urban farmer trainings and events.
She is committed to the development of sustainable, resilient, food secure neighborhoods that support local urban farmers and other local food chain entrepreneurs to grow a local food system for healthy economic growth. Her work builds relationships that inspire positive action for local food security.
Elizabeth Funk, PhD.
ERYT200, RYT500, YACEP, Certified Warriors at Ease Trainer & Level I iRest Teacher
After being a professional educator for over two decades, Beth decided to unite her love of teaching with her passion for the ancient and life changing practice of yoga. Drawn to yoga by a debilitating and chronic back condition Beth discovered, first hand, the healing power of yoga. Beth is an experienced, registered yoga teacher and is also a Warriors at Ease trained yoga and meditation teacher, dedicated to bringing the healing power of trauma sensitive yoga and meditation to our military community. Beth is a dedicated practitioner and teacher and she continues to expand and cultivate her own practice by studying with teachers and mentors around the country. She enjoys a variety of yoga disciplines but is particularly drawn to Vinyasa, enjoying the strengthening, empowering, and centering aspects of linking breath to movement. Beth teaches a wide variety of breath and alignment focused classes that are mindfully designed to meet the unique needs of all of her students. Beth hopes to share the life enhancing power of yoga with as many people as possible, helping them find the strength and the light that already exists inside them. Beth is the founder and director of Life Moves Yoga, LLC.
RYT500, YACEP, Certified Warriors at Ease Teacher
Amanda is a 500 Hour, YogaWorks and Guiding Wellness Institute trained, Certified and Registered Yoga teacher (RYT500). She is also the lead teacher and studio manager at Life Moves Yoga and is a Level 2 Warriors at Ease teachers, trained in trauma sensitive, therapeutic, and adaptive yoga. Her love of travel and yoga has inspired her to practice with some of the most interesting and influential yoga teachers in the country. In Amanda’s flow classes, you can expect smart, alignment based sequences, good music and light hearted fun.
200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT)
Brittany began her career as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist for three years. After realizing she wanted to do more for families than what she was able to in her currently role, Brittany began to focus her studies on her passion: true wellness. Brittany received extensive training in Holistic Health from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is continuing education at Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda for Ayurvedic Health Counseling. Brittany applies her training in over 100 different dietary theories to offer personalized support to individuals trying to become their healthiest self.
Brittany finds in joy yoga, running and recipe testing! She is passionate about wellness, taking care of the planet and connecting with others. Brittany grew up in the military but was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania after her Father’s retirement. Brittany moved from New York to Fayetteville after her husband was stationed at Fort Bragg with the 82nd! She looks forward to creating a home here and being a part of the Guiding Wellness community.