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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.

  • Joe Yewdell, Yoga Teacher

    Joe discovered yoga in college. After 3 years of practice, Joe shifted his dedication and spent his time pursuing his career and with his family.

    In 1995, after a career change, Joe re-discovered yoga and began following 2 amazing teachers for over 15 years: Elizabeth Sheffield, one of America’s first Iyengar certified teachers AND Alan Finger, one of America’s foremost yogi’s, co-founder of Yoga Zone, Yoga Works and ISHTA Yoga.

    After 16 years of practice, having attended over 2000 yoga classes, Alan Finger convinced Joe that it was time to teach. He went on to complete his Yoga Teacher Training at ISHTA in Manhattan in 2011.

    Joe believes that the his true mission in life is to inspire his students to meditate daily and that the true purpose of practicing yoga is to re-connect to spirit through meditation. For Joe, teaching yoga is one of the greatest joys of a very happy life!

  • 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.
  • Kristen Smith, Yoga Teacher

    Bio coming soon
  • 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
  • Elizabeth Raimo, LMT

    Elizabeth Raimo, LMT - you can call her Liz!

    Liz joins us with 5 years of Massage Therapy experience. She holds both a New York State license and California State Certification. While also being Board Certified, you are sure to be in great hands!

    Liz's approach to bodywork is rather unique. She takes the common modalities, such as - Deep Tissue, Swedish, Trigger point, and Sports (stretching) - and brings it to a whole new level. Every session is customized to each of her clients with a combination of the above modalities and techniques. Liz is here to give you a relaxing escape while helping improve your bodies function.

    Book your session at the House of Wellness today!

  • Jill Holloway, LMT

    Dr. Jill Holloway graduated from chiropractic and massage school. Jill practiced chiropractic in Boston before moving back to Long Island, where she is a native. She has worked with world class runners, both Boston Ballet and N.Y. dancers, tennis, golfers, football, celebrities, as well as the aches and pains of numerous clients! Jill has extensive knowledge and experience in healing all types of injuries and conditions with medical massage, spinal alignment and nutrition. She is also a Sivananda Yoga Teacher and understands the yogic lifestyle, having worked with many yogis. Jill has been featured in New York Magazine, Boston Magazine, and Dan's Best of the Best!
  • Tim Morey, LMT

    Tim graduated from the Massage Therapy School of The New Center in Syosset. In the course of twenty years as a professional, he has experienced the mix of working in spas, B&B's, his own health center, as well as making longstanding appointments in the homes of others.

    Tim offers Oriental massage, without oil, that is performed either on skin or clothing and bodywork, with oil, that is in the Swedish mode, but incorporating methods of other techniques that he believes has been effective in healing and calming.

    Tim has been licensed and insured since 1997. His experience, alone, can speak for itself and his calming nature is a wonderful additive to the treatments he provides.
  • 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
  • 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

    Bio coming soon
  • 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 Petrolito

    Bio coming soon
  • Mia Fasanella

    Bio coming soon