Alternative Healthcare Practitioners

Ruscombe practitioners are all certified and licensed in their individual fields of expertise and are chosen for their dedication to service to the community.

Tessy Brungardt


Tessy has been a ROLFING® practitioner for over 30 years at Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center.

Tessy is a Certified Advanced Rolfer. She suggests an initial session to determine the best plan of treatment for each individual. She provides the original 10 ROLFING® session series for anyone who has never experienced this therapy. However, clients may receive other sessions or series, depending on their needs and wishes. Continue reading “Tessy Brungardt”

Alden Caldwell-Gaines

Alden Caldwell-Gaines, RYT 500, LMT 410-627-8951
Alden Caldwell-Gaines
RYT 500, LMT

Alden has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2006 when she received her massage certification from the Holistic Massage Training Institute in Baltimore, MD. She is nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork through NCBTMB as well as a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Alden began her massage practice in a private office. From 2008-2011 she was co-owner and director of evolvewell healing arts studio located in Roland Park, where she maintained a bodywork practice and taught weekly yoga classes to both adults and children. Currently she is a volunteer massage therapist at Joy Wellness, a holistic wellness center attached to Shepherd’s Clinic in Baltimore City. Alden is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher offering group, corporate, and private therapeutic yoga. She is also a co-facilitator of the Wise Heart Community which meets weekly at Ruscombe Community Healing Center. Continue reading “Alden Caldwell-Gaines”

Kim Conner

Kim G. Conner, R.Ph., M.Ac. Ruscombe Mansion Hill House 4801 Yellowwood Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 410-592-2752
Kim G. Conner
R.Ph., M.Ac.

Kim is a practitioner of Classical Five Element Acupuncture (CF-EA) one of the oldest systems of medicine. Five Element Acupuncture was first recorded in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine also known as the Nei Ching, which was written around 100 BC. Classical Five Element Acupuncture treats the root cause of the energetic imbalance by inserting needles into pathways of Qi (pronounced Chee) also known as acupuncture points. Continue reading “Kim Conner”

Leyan Darlington


Leyan Darlington has been doing energy work and massage for over 20 years, beginning her energy training at Delphi University in 1993. She has seen clients in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Boston, and the Baltimore/​Washington D.C. area.
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Paula Derry

Paula Derry, PhD, LMT
Shiatsu/Integrative Bodywork
Stress Reduction
(443) 610-9881

I combine Shiatsu with a variety of other holistic approaches, using whatever approach would be helpful or needed in each session. Benefits: Enhance feeling centered, embodied, energized, at peace; reduce physical and psychological effects of stress, like headaches, muscle tension, anxiety; support people with illnesses like fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme, etc. by encouraging better sleep, rest, energy; encourage feelings of safety and well-being. Special interest in women’s issues. Shiatsu is a touch therapy that is gentle yet deep. I also use tech­niques from Zero Balancing, Shiatsu Shin Tai, and other approaches, using whatever practices will best meet your needs. You are fully clothed during the sessions. Receivers have commented that my touch is intuitive, sensitive, and communicates a sense of safety. At the same time, I also think strategically and analytically about how best to work. Continue reading “Paula Derry”

Michelle Dexter

Michelle Dexter Garber

Office Hours:
Tue-Sat, 8:30am-5:30pm

Michelle Dexter Garber is a Registered Ayurvedic Practitioner with the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North American (AAPNA). She is an educator, author, speaker, Medical Intuitive, and Reiki Healer. Michelle has over 15 years of practical experience in the health sciences, giving her the expertise needed to bridge Eastern and Western medical traditions.

Michelle created the unique form of Ayurveda known as Health Revolution Ayurveda, which combines modern medical research with the powerful and traditional healing techniques of Ayurvedic Medicine. Through Health Revolution Ayurveda, Michelle teaches her patients how to create revolutionary shifts in their own health by creating balance in their lives. Continue reading “Michelle Dexter”

Heather Dorst

Heather Dorst, RN, M.Ac., L.Ac., MQP Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power. -- Lao Tzu
Heather Dorst, RN,
M.Ac., L.Ac., MQP

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength,
mastering yourself is true power.
— Lao Tzu

I am a licensed acupuncturist as well as a registered nurse and Medical Qigong practitioner. I have been practicing acupuncture at Ruscombe Mansion since 1988, after graduating from Tai Sophia (now Maryland University of Integrative Health or MUIH) in Columbia, Maryland and have been involved in health care for over 30 years. In addition to my private practice, I have been on the faculty of MUIH since 1990. Continue reading “Heather Dorst”

Katherine Dunn

Katherine Dunn, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac. Acupuncturist and Meditation Teacher
Katherine Dunn
M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Acupuncturist and
Meditation Teacher

As an acupuncturist, meditation teacher, and artist my most essential goal is to help reveal the still, unchanging essence within each person and all of life, often referred to as the Inner Self. It is spacious, luminous, and free of suffering. This all-pervasive consciousness brings us clarity of vision, authentic relationship, and a creative oneness with everything in life. When we live from deep within this natural awareness we create a state of peace, health, and joy. Continue reading “Katherine Dunn”

Curtis Ewing

Curtis Ewing

Curtis Ewing is a Certified Advanced Rolfer, and has been practicing since 2003. He has had additional training in movement and visceral manipulation. He has also completed Advanced level training with the Mietek Wirkus Bioenergy Institute. Continue reading “Curtis Ewing”

Marina Gan

Marina Gan, L.Ac., M.Ac. Phone: 443-739-5100 Email:
Marina Gan, L.Ac., M.Ac.
Phone: 443-739-5100

I completed my Master of Acupuncture Degree at the Tai Sophia Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health). I am a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Maryland, as well as a yoga instructor. I am passionate about empowering my clients to understand and learn from their bodies, and am devoted to helping the people I work with experience greater ease, purpose, and awareness. I, myself, have been deeply transformed through receiving acupuncture treatment, and this medicine continues to support me on my journey of self-cultivation. Continue reading “Marina Gan”

Betsey Gilbert

Betsey Gilbert

Betsey Gilbert brings a unique mixture of healing modalities to each session. Her bodywork is effective and safe and addresses a variety symptoms in adults and children. Her gentle and intuitive touch has helped many people with stress relief, pain relief, injury rehabilitation and chronic childhood conditions. Continue reading “Betsey Gilbert”

Ina Grundmann, M.D.

Ina J. Grundmann, MD

Ina practices Integrative Holistic Medicine, utilizing Functional Medicine, Nutrition, Medical Acupuncture, Homeopathy, and Anthroposophic Medicine. She is board-certified in family practice, board-certified in integrative holistic medicine, certified in medical acupuncture and has a background in massage therapy. Continue reading “Ina Grundmann, M.D.”

Peter Hinderberger, M.D.

Peter Hinderberger, M.D., Ph.D., DIHom. Phone: 410.367.6263 Fax: 410.367.1961
Peter Hinderberger, M.D.,
Ph.D., DIHom.
Phone: 410.367.6263
Fax: 410.367.1961

I was born and raised in Switzerland, where I also attended medical school. Still in medical school I started a thesis in genetics (assessing the probability of potential carriers of hemophilia in female relatives of hemophiliacs using biochemical and genetic information). Working on this project,  I realized the limitations of conventional medicine: conventional medicine based on chemistry, physics, and statistics can only reflect changes within a group of people; it does not take the individual’s needs into consideration, which  is essential in the practice of medicine. Continue reading “Peter Hinderberger, M.D.”

Cynthia Zanti Jabs

Cynthia Zanti Jabs, L.Ac.

I have practiced Acupuncture and Qi Gong for more than two decades. Over the past several years, I’ve added Medical Qi Gong and essential oils to my practice. Both are components of ancient Asian healing systems. They offer gentle ways to untangle troublesome symptoms and create ‘take-home’ practices to further the benefits of treatments. I often describe Qi Gong as ‘DIY Acupuncture’ or ‘Medicinal Movement.’ Easy to learn, fun to do, highly beneficial — and economical!
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Diana Keener

Diana Keener, M.Ac., L.Ac.

Diana Keener, M.Ac., L.Ac., has provided acupuncture services to a wide range of people including inmates at the Baltimore City Detention Center and clients at Healthcare for the Homeless. For many years, Diana taught diagnostic skills and supervised clinical level students at the Tai Sophia Institute (now MUIH). She maintains a private practice at the Ruscombe Community Health Center in Baltimore. Diana is also a student of Chinese Shamanic Qi Gong in the lifelong training program offered by Master Zhongxian Wu. Continue reading “Diana Keener”

Dixie Mullineaux 410-458-2806

happy calm acupuncture

I was drawn to Five Element acupuncture because it reflects my love of the natural world. There is a beauty and rhythm to the cycles of nature, and the same is so for the human being. The human being is much like a garden, and just as a garden suffers when the sun, rain, soil, nutrients and loving care are missing or are out of balance, the body, mind and Spirit suffer when they are not fed and tended properly. Acupuncture can assist in bringing back harmony and balance to the human garden. Continue reading “Dixie Mullineaux”

Jeannine Olson

Jeannine Olson, M.A., M.S.

Jeannine Olson, M.A., M.S. is a Certified Advanced Rolfer and a Rolf Movement Practitioner. She is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.

Her practice focuses on releasing old patterns which limit freedom in the body, the psyche, and the nervous system. Continue reading “Jeannine Olson”

Dennis Ossiander

Dennis Ossiander, RMP 410-599-2521

Dennis Ossiander

Dennis Ossiander is a dedicated Healing Arts professional with over 25 years experience providing his clients with the highest quality Massage, Yoga, Meditation, and Healing Arts services available. While fostering feelings of comfort, safety, and well-being, he utilizes proven techniques that are most beneficial in each healing session to reduce stress, pain, muscle and joint dysfunction. Dennis will help you achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Your highly customized and therapeutic sessions will be relaxing, rejuvenating, and energizing while gently encouraging an integration of body, mind, and spirit.

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Alexandra Pallas

Alexandra Pallas

Alexandra Pallas is a divine feminine activist, integrative mystical therapy practitioner, mindful education advocate, and instructional designer of sacred learning. Private sessions offered include: Integrative Mystical Therapy, Prenatal Goddess Temple, and Healer’s Magisterium (healing for healers). Alexandra also offers: shamanic energy medicine sessions; divine feminine mysteries mentorship; online devotional journeys and in-person workshops; public speaking and consulting; and sacred partnerships for bringing mindfulness to corporate training, sports coaching, dojos, yoga studios, and kids’ camps. Continue reading “Alexandra Pallas”

Claudia Simpson

Claudia Simpson

Claudia Simpson is a certified yoga teacher and yoga therapist. Since 1990, she has led Kripalu style yoga classes, workshops and teacher trainings locally and nationally. She has integrated yoga in the hospital setting to serve those with heart failure, cancer and psychiatric issues at St. Joseph Medical Center. Her passion for yoga as a tool for healing combined with her compassionate and gentle teaching style has inspired hundreds of students to tap their own inner strength. Continue reading “Claudia Simpson”

Lisa Stambolis

Lisa Stambolis, R.N., M.Ac., L.Ac. 410-493-0054
Lisa Stambolis, R.N.,
M.Ac., L.Ac.

I believe in helping people thrive and to find joy and peace in their everyday lives”

As a nurse practitioner and acupuncturist, Lisa has a deep understanding of western and eastern medicine. She integrates her knowledge of both to bring optimal health to patients. 5-Element acupuncture is a natural and safe form of healing which addresses a wide variety of common ailments and health problems effecting the body, mind and/or spirit. Continue reading “Lisa Stambolis”

April Staus

April Staus
Registered Massage Practitioner,
Energy Practitioner, & Reflexologist
443-610-9712 / Email

April owns Polestar Thought Healing. At Polestar we take the time to listen to you about your goals for the session, and set our intention as your highest benefit. We step into each session with a joyful and positive attitude, knowing we are blessed to do the work we do. We are trained professionals, licensed by the State of Maryland, and well versed in many modalities of massage therapy and energy work.

Linda Watkins

 Linda Watkins, CEnKP, Energy Kinesiologist 443-243-3293

Linda Watkins
CEnKP, Energy Kinesiologist
443-243-3293 / email

40 years of poor health, misdiagnoses and too many antibiotics led me to Alternative Health Care. When I finally tried more holistic and natural modalities, I was inspired to learn Reiki, Touch for Health, Brain Gym and Kinergetics, and I became an Asyra technician. As a result, I’ve been blessed with Stellar Health and, even better, I help clients to reclaim THEIR Stellar Health, often avoiding surgeries, getting free of their need for medication, and balancing their emotions. Some clients have even said that they’ve “gotten their life back.” I see clients physically at Ruscombe Mansion, and I provide distance healing, via phone and Skype, to people far and wide. Continue reading “Linda Watkins”

Sara Eisenberg  

Sara Eisenberg, MS 410-323-9815
Sara Eisenberg, MS


Sara Eisenberg offers herself as a practiced guide and fellow-traveler in open-hearted inquiry rooted in honesty and kindness. Her clients bring to this work questions and conditions rooted in their physical, emotional, creative and spiritual well-being, and in their closeness to or distance from people, nature, or God. She walks with her clients as they heal and awaken as who they already are, in relationship with life as-it-is.

Sara’s nondual healing work can also be combined with herbal medicine. She focuses her herbal practice on blending teas, powders, and tinctures individually for each client’s needs, goals, life-style and budget: no cookie cutter “programs.” She holds a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly the TAI Sophia Institute), where she has supervised graduate students in their clinical training for nine years. Continue reading “Sara Eisenberg  ”

Diane Finlayson  

 Diane M. Finlayson Dao Energy Healing 443-622-9642
Diane M. Finlayson
Dao Energy Healing


Diane M. Finlayson has been a practicing Yoga Therapist, responsible for training Yoga Therapists since 2002. She is also the creator and co-facilitator of the Yoga Alliance registered 200hr & 300hr yama yoga collective Yoga Teacher Training program and is the owner of Baltimore Yoga Therapy which will begin to offer 500hr Yoga Therapy training in 2017. She teaches “Slo-Mo-Yoga” on Friday mornings from 10:30-noon at Ruscombe.

In addition to Yoga trainings and classes, Diane offers Hypnotherapy and Yoga Nidra for for pain management, enhancing the healing effects of other modalities and to minimize the side effects of aggressive medical treatments like chemotherapy. Diane began her own journey with hypnotherapy when she decided to become smoke free in her late 20’s and she found Yoga Nidra the ideal healing modality for unwinding back tension after a car accident in 2000. Continue reading “Diane Finlayson  ”

Stacey Kargman, N.D.  

Stacey Kargman, N.M.D., L.Ac. 410-356-4600
Stacey Kargman, N.M.D., L.Ac.


Stacey is a Board-certified Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Diplomate of Acupuncture. She is licensed by the Naturopathic Board of Medical Examiners and the Maryland Board of Acupuncture. After graduating from Hampshire College, with a B.A. in psychology and women’s studies, she received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Master’s in TCM Acupuncture degrees from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona in 1996 and 1997, respectively. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Maryland Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the NCCAOM. Continue reading “Stacey Kargman, N.D.  ”

Samantha Spyridakos


Samantha integrates a variety of modalities in a way that works best for each individual, blending intuition with a mindful touch. Her unique form of bodywork is delivered in a compassionate way that holds an intention of being present to which level of our holism is experiencing imbalance as well as identifying the bounty of balance that always exist.

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