The Bodysattva Staff
Bodysattva is fortunate to be associated with amazing people that share a vision. Providing a fulfilling work environment where everyone can excel in his or her strengths, interests and passions produces stability in staff, diversity of specialties, quality of care and allows us to achieve continuity for our clients. Working together as a team we believe in building strong and lasting relationships with people, staff and clients.
Please click on a name below to learn more about the wonderful people that make Bodysattva what it is.
Director & Founder of Bodysattva
Licensed Massage Therapist
Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Massage Practitioner
Certifed Pilates Instructor
Shana Berger, D.C.
Director and founder of the Bodysattva Healing Arts Center and Studio, Dr. Berger holds her Doctorate in Chiropractic, from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (now Southern California University of Health Sciences) and has been in practice in the Conejo Valley since 1993. She uses a variety of Chiropractic techniques including Sacro-Occipital Technique, Diversified, Cox and cranial work and draws from over 20 years of manual therapy and massage experience. To Dr. Berger, being a holistic practitioner means treating the whole person and finding the appropriate treatment to produce the most desired result for the patient. She feels it is important to get to know her patients and learn about their lives to decipher the best course of action to take in order to achieve mutually set goals. Many of her clients are new to Chiropractic or are unsure about returning to a Chiropractor. Her gentle style, patience and compassionate care result in a positive experience. Catering to cowards or neophytes becomes very rewarding because Chiropractic can be so magical, producing some level of relief in just one session.
Certification as a Master Somatic Coach by the Strozzi Institute in Petaluma, California, allows Dr. Berger a unique perspective, powerful listening and observation and the bridging of bodywork with somatic reconditioning by using breath, touch, movement and attention guiding her clients toward new ways of responding to life’s pressures and opportunities.
Dr. Berger’s interest and experience in healthcare dates back over twenty years. Since then she has been passionate about creating a healthcare environment that offers a diverse approach to treatment that benefits both client and staff. This passion has shaped the evolution of a small multidisciplinary/complementary office to a diverse multi-model healthcare center. “Our goal is to be a great resource in the community, to generate a place where people can come and relax, heal, rejuvenate and connect with themselves in a non-stressful, noncompetitive environment for the sake of producing a more meaningful and fulfilling life.”
Dr. Berger is an avid yoga student, backpacker/hiker, road and mountain biker, admirer of nature down to its miniscule perfect flowers, adventurer, occasional rock climber, scuba diver, back country skier and closeted artist. (Back to Top)
Shelley Cerny, L.Ac.
For most of my life, I've been passionate about and a little obsessed with understanding how to be the best, most graciously empowered version of myself that I can be. Along the way, I've gained a wealth of skills and tools to help people heal. I love sharing what I've learned and helping my patients feel better, healthier, and more aware and empowered than before.
I earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine with honors from Yo San University, the only acupuncture school in the country requiring extensive qi development studies. I also studied and worked in major TCM Hospitals in Beijing, China. I’m licensed in California – the most rigourous of all state tests and I also hold a license with the National Board of Acupuncture. I am also currently faculty in the Qi Department at YSU teaching weekly qigong to graduate students.
I specialize in treating chronic stress and anxiety along with pain, digestive problems and women’s conditions.
It is my experience that a healthy, well aligned body and mind free of tension, stress and toxicity allows for a healthy mood, an inspired outlook and a frequently magical life. It is my joy to share my zest for health with anyone seeking and committed to an improved and more physically satisfying time here on this planet. Would you like to see what acupuncture can do for you? (Back to Top)
Angela Melia, L.M.T.
Angela has been involved in the holistic health field for over 35 years starting out as a massage therapist. Over the years she has added new skills such as Esalen Energy Work, Tibetan Reflexology and Aromatherapy.
She has practiced in various cities including Las Vegas where she also taught Tibetan Reflexology and Aromatherapy to doctors and nurses at two hospitals for continuing education units. She spent many years in Malibu working part time in drug & alcohol rehabilitation facilities where she used her skills and knowledge to educate patients how to use their minds and bodies to release various addictions. Angela has also taught several classes in her various disciplines at massage schools. Most recently she spent three years in Maui learning new techniques and spiritual practices.
Her lifetime passion in metaphysics, meditation and personal growth guides her overall approach to helping her clients find a healthy balance in mind, body and spirit. (Back to Top)
Steve Romey, C.M.T, O.M.T
Steve Romey is a California State Certified Massage Therapist with a Bachelors Degree in Health Science and Health Education. Steve supports a proactive, holistic and educational approach to massage therapy and optimal wellness. His work provides a blend of soft tissue massage, acupressure, energetic and other therapies, which can enhance the quality and overall wellness of one’s life. With over 12 years of experience combined with therapeutic bodywork, nutrition, spiritual and personal growth courses, Steve’s work has evolved to be highly integrated and diverse. He partners with integrative and naturopathic medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, and many other specialists to ensure a clients needs are supported.
Steve’s holistic approach is based in traditional Chinese medicine, and a deep understanding of the emotions that may contribute to healing opportunities. Utilizing the body’s meridians, and working directly with organ systems throughout the body he is able to support many health opportunities and symptoms including: digestive problems, upper respiratory concerns, muscle and joint pain, chronic pain, pain in the bones, spinal challenges, fibromyalgia, insomnia, depression/anxiety, headaches, eating and immune disorders, cancer, diabetes and more.
He has completed well over 600 hours of massage training including over 200 hours specifically to support individuals on a Cancer-healing journey (and other healing opportunities.)
Steve provides a great example for his clients in the healthy way he eats, his zest for exercise and adventure, and his commitment to overall wellness. Steve wakes up each day inspired, happy, and grateful with a passion for helping others move through health or physical challenges, and into their optimal health and happiness. He works with clients with Cancer and other health opportunities, sports athletes, adults, the elderly, and children.
Steve is a member of Society For Oncology Massage, and provides educational workshops on Health and Oncology Massage to the public and massage therapists. (Back to Top)
Karen Hormell, C.P.I
Karen Hormell has worked in and been involved with health and fitness for most of her life, starting at the age of 10 when she discovered dance. Ever since, dance and movement have been part of who she is. Before she was introduced to Pilates, she fulfilled her love for movement by teaching ballet, jazz to children, pre and post-partum aerobics and traditional aerobics.
Karen was introduced to Pilates and knew instantly this is something she wanted to share with others. Karen spent several years working as a Pilates instructor under the direction of several thriving chiropractic and physical therapy practices. Karen also instructed at Amgen for 5 years.
In 2010 Karen underwent two emergency back surgeries that would change the course of her instruction forever. The surgeries came with many complications and challenges, some of which she is still dealing with today. After many weeks of Physical Therapy with four different practitioners she was released to fend for herself. Thankfully Karen had the knowledge and determination through her past Pilates training to help her road to recovery.
During this time she decided to dedicate her time to the care of others in similar situations to regain better strength and mobility. She also wanted to help those with inflammatory conditions by showing them a safe effective modality with which to move their bodies. Rekindling her relationship with Shana at Bobysattva was the perfect place to make this vision a reality.
Karen's desire is to get you moving forward with safe, patient and compassionate help to regain a better sense of self. (Back to Top)
Christel holds a masters degree in abstract mathematics. She has spent most of her professional career writing computer software and was telecommuting before it became fashionable. She loves taking college courses to stay current within the computer field and her current areas of interest are gaming, databases and math education.
Since Christel still doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up, she decided to take a break from computers and sees Bodysattva as an opportunity to explore life outside the cubicle. (Back to Top)
Matt keeps the backend of Bodysattva running so the rest of the staff can concentrate on taking care of you. He holds a degree in business from Cal Lutheran University, and in addition to running his own businesses, he has been a technical trainer, project manager and developed training programs for businesses including Verizon and Amgen. His favorite job still remains being a climbing/mountain guide.
When not keeping the Bodysattva boat afloat, Matt enjoys being outdoors as much as possible. An avid cyclist, mountain climber, and hiker/backpacker, he is always most happy when he is outdoors. (Back to Top)