Although she has yet to achieve her goal of becoming a martial arts master, there is one skill Melissa deserves a black belt in: the art of battling the scale.
Melissa's weight struggle began at the age of eight when she weighed double the amount of a healthy 2nd grader. By senior year, her weight peaked at 260 pounds. It wasn't until college, when she began learning about nutrition, that she lost the first pounds of her life. Missy became interested in diet and exercise, lost 75 pounds, and graduated in Nutrition from the University of Utah. She later became an AFPA certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant.
Melissa's success in weight loss prompted her to begin working at fitness and weight loss camps in 2003, allowing her to help others who struggle with the same challenges she had. As the Nutrition Director at Camp Empire Lake, a weight loss camp for kids ages 7-19, she was able to help teenagers lose weight, gain confidence in themselves and create a healthy lifestyle for their future.
"I believe the mind and body are connected and must work together to attain a healthy lifestyle" says Melissa. She teaches the importance of loving and accepting yourself, nourishing your body with proper nutrition, feeding yourself positive statements and cultivating healing thoughts. "Becoming healthy is a process and it takes time and patience. Each day is an opportunity to love yourself exactly as you are and work toward a better tomorrow."
Missy has helped hundreds of overweight teens, children and adults lose weight, have more energy and feel better. She is excited to be a new part of the Fountain of Health team where she can continue to help others reach their goals.
Robin has had a passion for healing since childhood. She attended the University of Vermont to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Sciences. During college she became exposed to many different modalities of Natural Medicine. Upon moving to the Bay Area, Robin became especially interested in the complexity and effectiveness of Oriental Medicine. She attended Meiji College in Berkeley, CA for her Masters in Oriental Medicine, and then became licensed to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Robin has since pursued specific training in Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique, Nutritional Therapy using whole food supplements, Facial Acupuncture and Microcurrent Facials, as well as Oriental bodywork techniques, which all complement her practice. She has had several years of training in Qi Gong (an Oriental healing exercise) and is currently teaching a Qi Gong class at her local fitness center.
In addition to her Oriental Medical experience, Robin has worked for many years in various roles in Western Medical settings. Therefore, she has the background and knowledge that allow her to communicate effectively about integrative treatment plans.
Born and raised in Red Bluff, I came to Sacramento to earn a BS degree in Criminal Justice from CSUS. I worked for the Sacramento police department as a way to help people and my community. Eventually I became discouraged with the system and my inability to really help others. I went into marketing and sales for a time but still felt like I wasn't really making much of a difference.
One day, feeling really depressed and ugly, I decided to go to a spa for the very first time and get a facial treatment. Having been an acne sufferer for most of my life, I told the esthetician that I'd used dozens of products and had gone to a dermatologist with very little improvement. She gave me the most relaxing treatment and I noticed improvement after my first visit. I knew then that I wanted to be an esthetician and help others with their skin problems.
While attending esthetician school, I started loving the massage part of it, but the teachers reminded us "we are estheticians...not massage therapists." I decided to attend massage school as well, and loved my first day of class. From that moment on, I knew what I was meant to do.
I feel very fortunate to have found a beautiful place with such high integrity, ethics and professional staff dedicated to helping our clients feel and look better and have more energy. I believe the key to health is balancing the mind, body and spirit. As a licensed Esthetician and Certified Massage Therapist my commitment is to provide each client with the best treatment. To continue to grow professionally, I take continuing education courses in both esthetics and massage. I love being able to provide each client with the most current and best treatments possible.
It is a gift to work with clients and I am constantly rewarded every single day!
A former editor/journalist, Michelle Hicks is the author of "Yoga for A Broken Heart, A Spiritual Guide to Healing from Break-up, Loss, Death or Divorce," (Findhorn Press, 2007) and is currently partnering with Fountain of Health and opening Yoga Flow Sacramento.
She has a B.A. in English from California State University, Sacramento, and has written for Sacramento Magazine, Sacramento News and Review, the Benicia Herald, and the Contra Costa Sun Newspaper, where she also served as Features Editor.
Michelle has practiced yoga for more than 15 years, and became certified in her current discipline of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at It's Yoga, Calistoga, under Dr. Ann Ernish, in 2002. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance at 500 hours, and her teacher training is registered at 200 hours. She has taught in numerous yoga and Pilates studios, fitness centers, schools, hospitals, and community centers throughout the greater Bay Area. She currently lives in Sacramento.
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