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Meet the Healers of Back Benders

Dr. Betty Hernandez-Tupta

Dr. Betty Hernandez-Tupta

Chiropractor · Crystal Healer 

Certifications + Training 
· Body Arts and Sciences International (BASI), Pilates Student Teacher – Certification (2019)
· Crystal Energy Healing (2016)
· 2016 Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) (2002)

 

I became a chiropractor to help patients reach their full potential in the most holistic and natural way possible. 

In particular, I wanted to help women. Too often, we women think and care about everyone first, before we think about ourselves. It’s paramount that women not relate self-care as something selfish. By honoring ourselves, our bodies, our souls, we are even more capable of taking care of those around us.

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Dena Larson

Energy Healer · Massage Therapist

Certifications + Training 
· Quantum-Touch Healing, Level 1 – Quantum- Touch, Inc. (2012)
· Shamballa Multidimensional Healing – Mayastar Academy of Natural Healing & Spiritual Development (2012)
· Reiki Master & Karuna Master Certification – Marie Ann Doud (2007)
· Advanced Reiki –  Usui Shiki Ryoho (2007)
· Massage Therapist Certification –  Inter Coast College (2004)

 

My passion for massage and energy healing comes from the years I took care of my grandparents. Sadly, they suffered for a long time before their passing. I never want to see anyone go through what they went through.

Outside my profession, I love every type of yoga. Also, I enjoy bike riding, hiking in the mountains, and anything in NATURE. I’m a vegan and love to eat, especially have a sweet tooth for vegan pastries and dark chocolate.

 

Mary Frances Spencer

Mary Frances Spencer

Vibrational Energy Healing Therapist · Massage Therapist

Certifications + Training 
· Prenatal Teacher Training, Silverlake Yoga (2013)
· Sound Healing, Tama Do Academy and Polarity Center (2005 to 2008)
· Massage Therapy, Hands on Healing Institute (2004 to 2012)
· Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Kingdom (2000)
· BA Studio Art, Loyola Marymount University (1982)

 

I’m a lover of all things energy! I am passionate about massage, bodywork, sound healing, and yoga because I can offer my clients a combination of modalities. Because of the different modalities, I can help them to heal, release pain and tension, and feel peaceful, calm and centered. I became a massage therapist so that I can share my healing energy and work one-on-one with individuals who choose to be proactive in becoming healthier, more mobile and more relaxed.

I have over 600 hours in Swedish, deep tissue, tigger point, myofascial release, chair massage, aromatherapy, vibrational healing, and prenatal massage. An Eagle Rock local, I’ve taught kids’ yoga as a volunteer at Dahlia Heights Elementary for five years. I also teach yoga, massage body work, and energy healing at the Hands on Healing Institute in Tujunga, Center for the Arts Community, and Sound Yoga House.

 

Kim Cuna

Kim Cuna

Restorative Exercise Specialist · Pilates Instructor™

Certifications + Training 
· Restorative Exercise Specialist™  – Katy Bowman’s Nutritious Movement™ (2017)
· Polestar Pilates (2016)
· Fitness Pilates Educator (2014)

 

Although Pilates has always interested me, I was immediately drawn to the effectiveness it had post-pregnancy. With a background in fashion, becoming an instructor was stepping outside the box for me, but after seeing the positive effects on myself, mentally and physically, I couldn’t help but want to learn more! Now, I can’t imagine doing anything else but teach. I love that I’m able to help people feel better about themselves, and especially love seeing my clients progress and grow stronger everyday!

 

Tori Amoscato, L.Ac.

Acupuncturist · Pilates instructor

Certifications + Training 
· Master’s of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (MATCM), concentration in Acupuncture Orthopedics and Pain Management, Yo San University (2016)
· Pilates, Wendy Knows, Inc.  (2011)
· Certified BodyTalk Practitioner (CBP), International BodyTalk Association (2010)
· BA Theater, Wesleyan University (2008)

 

Hi, I’m Tori. I’m an acupuncturist and Pilates instructor who focuses on the mind-body connection for better health.

As a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and Certified Body Talk Practitioner (CBP), I consider the spectrum of variables surrounding an illness to help guide my patients’ bodies toward more balanced health. 

A life-long dancer, I see teaching Pilates a natural extension of my curiosity about the body and my love of movement. My teaching style is technical and precise, and I have long-standing relationships with many of my clients, who trust my instructional clarity and my understanding of strength and alignment. I take a practical, integrative approach to healthcare, and advocate for sustainable lifestyle adjustments to help you improve your quality of life.

While in acupuncture school at Yo San University, I earned a degree focus in Orthopedic Care from Don Lee, who taught me to use gentle osteopathic manual manipulations to improve my acupuncture treatment outcomes. I have successfully integrated these techniques into my private Body Talk practice, and have been excited to see them work both as a stand-alone modality and in conjunction with other therapies. These multiple modalities give me a broader base of information from which to draw, yielding better Pilates instruction for my clients’ individual needs.

Sallianne Acosta

Office Manager

Certifications + Training 
· 30 years as a Communications Specialist delivering Customer Service and Support
· 22 years of experience in Administration Support Services
· Former Assistant to the VP of Television at Warner Bros.
· 10 Years as a Caregiver for her parents
· 13 Years of parenting two twin girls. #ProudMom

 

Working at Back Benders allows me to be part of a healthy, forward thinking team. We all work well together. There is such a unique energy within each of us, and when we’re all together, it’s fantastic!

I love to see people take an active role in their health and well being. Dr. Betty believes in my talents and mad skills in the front office, so I want to give her and our customers my best, making the return on their investment well worth it.