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Our Team

  • Kara Billingham, Yoga Teacher/Studio Owner

    Kara T. Billingham E-RYT 200, Owner of House of Wellness (formerly The Yoga House) and Yoga Teacher.

    Native to Long Island, Kara is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor; trained by Devarshi Steven Hartman and Megha Nancy Buttenheim at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. Kara has practiced yoga since 2001 and has been teaching since 2006. Her passion for yoga goes hand in hand with her love for working with individuals with special needs. Previously the Director of the Southampton Fresh Air Home, a local camp for physically challenged children, she continues to volunteer her time teaching yoga to the staff and campers there each summer.

    She feels the most influential people along her path have been the students who attend her classes. Kara is particularly proud of the sense of community her classes bring, inspiring all to honor themselves and those around them….not only on the yoga mat, but in life. Her passion is to bring yoga to as many people as she can and to spread a message that we are all in some way connected.

    Students who have experienced Kara's yoga classes return time and time again and she has even been awarded Platinum Dans Papers Best of the Best Yoga Teacher 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018! When attending a yoga class with Kara, students have expressed a growing love for the practice of yoga through an increased sense of what's real, what's truly important in life, and lots of laughter and deep breath!

    Please join Kara at House of Wellness most days of the week!
  • Retta Radin, Yoga Teacher, LMHC

    A Hampton Bays native, Retta Radin is a compassionate soul who loves nature and encouraging growth of the physical and spiritual self. As a licensed mental health counselor she has witnessed many of her clients focused externally and struggling to heal. It is her desire to aid students in healing by connecting with their mind, body and spirit.

    Retta graduated from The Yoga House, (now Kara Yoga at House of Wellness) in May 2016 and is excited to share what she has learned and assist others on their journey. She brings a balance of calm and humor to her classes. As a lifelong student she encourages her students to listen to the inner wisdom of their bodies and honor their heart. Retta is currently teaching All Levels Tuesday and Thursday @ 6pm and All Levels Saturday 4pm.

    Retta loves to meet new people and believes yoga is for every body. She is waiting with a smile for you to show up to her class.

  • Sohini Patti Wellen, Yoga Teacher/Ayurveda

    Sohini is delighted to help her students bring the practical application of the Deeper Dimensions of Yoga into everyday life in order to live a more joyous, healthful, and meaningful life.

    She offers classes and workshops in Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Ayurveda and has been teaching on the East End of Long Island since 1990.

    A Certified RYT500hr Level Instructor affiliated with the Amrit Yoga Institute, founded by Yogi Amrit Desai and besides having the unique experience of studying under an Authentic Yoga Master for three decades, Sohini is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Shoden Level Reiki Practitioner. Initiated into the Lineage of Lakulish Yoga, she has received both Mantra Diksha and Shaktipat Diksha.

    Her students continue to be a source of inspiration for her and a reminder of the power of the practice of Yoga in transforming lives.

  • Beth Scholz, Yoga Teacher

    As a curious spirit traversing this world, Beth's yoga practice has spanned several decades and disciplines. With a background in the criminal justice system and healthcare publishing, Beth welcomes and encourages the idea of bringing body, breath and communication into union...both internally and externally. She is a lifelong learner that recently graduated from the Kara Yoga Teacher Training program at House of Wellness and is very excited about sharing the diversity and depth of yoga with others in her new community on the east end. Join her by signing up for a class today!
  • Mary Brennan, Yoga Teacher

    Mary Brennan began practicing yoga and noticed the relief it gave to her Multiple Sclerosis. The more she practiced yoga, she knew it was something she needed to share. With the support of her teachers and family, she became a Yoga Teacher 200 RYT. She is also certified in Trauma Yoga, Restorative Yoga trained by Judith Lasater, Yin Yoga trained by Josh Summers, Meditation & Contemplative Studies through the Open Center in NYC, Yoga4Cancer, Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Yoga Nidra.
  • Lisa Glendenning, Reiki

    Lisa is an east end native who has always had a strong desire to help others. She had an instant feeling of connection and love for reiki, when she discovered it 7 years ago. After having a life changing experience with reiki, Lisa knew she had to learn and practice it to help others. She is trained is Usui Reiki and has been practicing for the past 7 yrs. She also does guided meditation, a "life cleansing" program, saging, and angel cards. Come see her for a session and leave completely relaxed and stressed free.

  • Christine Taylor, Reiki

    Bio coming soon
  • Tim Kadash, Meditation

    Bio coming soon
  • Eleni Costas, LMT

    Eleni Costas, is a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist. Her hands are golden! Book a massage with Eleni today!

    Eleni graduated from the NY College of Health Professions in 1993.

    Call or Text (631) 566-8816 for availability.
  • Valerie Pease, LMT

    Licensed massage therapist since 2009, Valerie studied at the NY Health Professions in Syosset, NY. Whether you are looking for relaxation or would like to work on specific chronic/acute areas, Valerie will offer you a custom therapeutic massage based on the following techniques: Swedish Deep Tissue Medical Asian Sports Reflexology Reiki She works towards an experience that will personally resonate on and off the table. Valerie enjoys the feedback from her clients because it is the relationship between the individual and the practitioner that provide a deeper experience. She looks forward to meeting you on the table!

    Valerie has also earned the Platinum Award by Dans Best of the Best 2015-2018.

    Come visit Valerie each Thursday evening and on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month! Make your appointment today! (646) 326-7012.
  • Denise DeFazio, LMT

    Bio coming soon
  • Jenna Leporati, Esthetician

    Bio coming soon
  • Melissa Mayer, PT

    Melissa Mayer has been practicing physical therapy for over 15 years in various practice settings ranging from Acute Care (Hospitals), Outpatient and Home Care in New York City and the East End. Melissa has also completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Integral Yoga in NYC and has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. In addition, Melissa teaches Anatomy for yoga teacher training programs and does workshops. She especially enjoys working privately with patients to combine yoga, PT, meditation and healing in hopes to empower and assist the patient in healing themselves. She recently donated her kidney to her husband and experienced first hand the power and miracle of positive affirmations, law of attraction and spiritual transformation . When Melissa is not practicing PT or yoga she cares for her two young daughters and is writing her first self help book .
  • Rachel Mazzarelli, Thermography

    Rachel Mazzarelli is the owner of Whole Healthy Thermography. She holds a masters degree in Clinical Nutrition, is a Certified Clinical Thermographer and certified Kripalu yoga teacher. Rachel began her career in the fitness and wellness industry working with both private and corporate clients. After getting her masters degree she started working with clients individually to help them find health and balance in their lives through nutrition and lifestyle choices/practices. Rachel learned about thermography ten years ago and has been having thermograms since. Believing in its benefits for not only monitoring breast health but many other issues, she got certified as a clinical thermographer.
    Rachel incorporates holistic living and utilizes both eastern and western modalities in both her professional and personal life. Being a women, mother of two young girls, aunt to nieces and girl friend to many, learning about woman’s health and sharing what she knows is one of her passions.

    Rachel Mazzarelli MS CCT
  • Anne Moyer

    Bio coming soon
  • Carol Palmer, Acupuncturist

    Carol Palmer, L.Ac., MSOM, LMT

    Carol has over 20 years experience in healthcare, holding a Mast of Science in Oriental Medicine from New York College of Health Professionals, in the study of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Additionally, Carol holds a Diploma of Massage Therapy, certified in Trigger Point Release, Electro-Acupuncture Medicine, and is a NAET Practitioner.

    Specializing in Treatments of:
    • Pain Syndromes
    • Allergy Relief
    • Food Sensitivities
    • Insomnia, Anxiety
    • Digestive Problems
    • Menses Problems
    • Skin Rashes
    • Low Energy and more...
  • Clarisse Khalsa

    Clarisse Khalsa (also known as by her spiritual name Gian Dharam Kaur in the Yoga world) is an international Kundalini Yoga Teacher from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Since birth, Clarisse has been recognized as a natural healer; and as soon as you meet her you know this to be true. She possesses a powerful presence, healing hands, and an intuitive guidance that cannot be learned.

    At the young age of 20, Clarisse began her studies in Kundalini Yoga and Ayurvedic Therapies, and at the age of 21, she traded her home in Brazil for The Mother Ashram of Kundalini Yoga in New Mexico in order to devote herself to her practice and became specialized in Kundalini Yoga for Addictive Behaviors.

    Under the pressure of the New Mexican desert, Clarisse emerged a diamond, and for the last year and a half, she has been shining her healing light on the East End of Long Island. Clarisse has recently become trained to play the Gong, which she uses to bookend her Kundalini Yoga Classes as well as to provide Gong Baths at healing circles and for her private clients.

    Clarisse is excited is truly honored to share her vast knowledge and experience with everyone in the community.

  • Colleen Hanley

    Bio coming soon
  • Dr. Francis Yoo, D.O.

    Dr. Francis Yoo, D.O. - Hands on Body-Mind-Spirit Medicine

    Francis is a native born and raised New Yorker whose curiosity and seeking led him to studies in Mathematics, Philosophy, and various forms of Medicine and wellness. He loves to integrate his diverse knowledge, training, and experience in Family Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulation, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Pain Medicine, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Jungian Depth Psychology, the Enneagram, Kundalini awakening and other self-observation and awareness practices in improving health and self-discovery. And he loves to keep learning more!

    His philosophy and approach in healing is based on the tenets of Osteopathic Medicine.

    1. The body is a unit; the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit.
    2. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.
    3. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
    4. Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of these basic principles.

    His interest is in using Osteopathy, a hands on approach and skill set, and whatever else to aid in optimizing your somatic, psychic, emotional, cognitive, spiritual health so that you can pursue and achieve your goals for your inner and outer life. The approach and techniques in Osteopathy he uses are tailored to each individual's needs and include:
    - High-velocity low amplitude ("cracking")
    - Fascia work (Fascial Distortion Model and more)
    - Osteopathy in the Cranial Field
    - The Biodynamic Model of Osteopathy
    - and everything in between.

  • Ecological Culture Initiative


    To foster a resilient, ecology-based coastal community through sustainable food production, wellness, and environmental stewardship.

    Founded in January of 2016, the Ecological Culture Initiative (ECI) is a local non-profit that develops environmental programing and field projects in collaboration with community groups, cultural institutions, and government. Operating out of the Hamlet of Hampton Bays, NY, ECI develops ecological and permaculture-based pilot projects throughout the community. The Ecological Culture Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.
  • Kerri Cunningham

    Bio coming soon
  • Lisa Smith, Yoga Teacher

    Born and raised in Hampton Bays, Lisa discovered yoga while going through an emotionally challenging chapter in her life. She immediately knew this is something she wanted to share with others. After having a desire to share the benefits she receives from yoga, both mentally and physically, she studied and graduated from Kara Yoga at House of Wellness in May 2019. Lisa is excited to share with others, on their journey, to make space for the new and connect deeper with themselves.