December 2012 Member Spotlight

Lynne Higgins, MX

Health & Safety Solutions
63 American Blvd.
Rossville, GA 30741
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Lynne moved from Southern California to Chattanooga in 1975 with her daughter Sarina and late husband Jim. They opened J & L Cycle Supply, and in 1978 Lynne opened The Needleworks in East Ridge.  The shop carried supplies for all types of needlework, hand & machine knitting, crochet and smocking.  Lynne also offered classes, custom design and finishing services. After closing the retail shop in 1984, Lynne opened The String Slinger’s Studio and developed The Easy Learning Video series of machine knitting lessons with workbooks.  Loop Embossing, the fifth lesson in the series, is a surface design technique and the theme for two nationwide design competitions sponsored by The String Slinger, a group of designer yarn companies, and The Knitting Guild of America.

November 2012 Member Spotlight

Bob Tonachio, CEO

Robert James & Associates Health
615 River Rd., Kingston, TN 37763
1-865-376-4925 or 1-800-530-5700
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Bob Tonachio is a member of the CHEO Knoxville Board of Directors.  He is a nationally recognized speaker and author with 48 years experience in high level business, finance and natural healing.  He is the CEO and Founder of Robert James & Associates, licensed & regulated by 31 States and 36 major financial institutions, with 3,500 RJA contracted Financial Advisors serving clients in the United States.  The mission of The RJA Health Partnership is to build an army to educate people worldwide about alternative and natural treatments that work.

Dr. Linus Pauling believed, and Dr. Joel Wallach believes, that all diseases can be traced to nutritional deficiencies.

October 2012 Member Spotlight

Rita Richesin, RN,BSN, MT, CBT

Certified Light Energy Tech
Ultimate Light & Wellness
Equine Health & Balance
Sweetwater, Tn 37874

Rita started in the health care field studying and working as a medical laboratory technologist and radiology tech, worked for several years in the hospital setting and went on to pursue other areas of interest.  She later graduated from Lincoln Memorial and Tennessee Tech University with a BS in nursing.  She has worked in Home Health, Hospice, School Nursing, Birth -3 years, Hyperbaric Oxygen & Wound Treatment centers, and Senior Behavioral Health.

September 2012 Member Spotlight

Bob Eklund, MD

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Homeopathy is a method of addressing the health of the whole individual, which often results in an overall sense of well-being.  Healing through homeopathy is safe, gentle and effective.  Many problems respond much faster to homeopathy than to conventional medicine.  I treat chronic problems where conventional medicine can only mask the symptoms and/or create intolerable side effects.

August 2012 Member Spotlight

Sarah Reagan HD(Rhom), CHHP
Registered Homeopath,
Certified Holistic Health Professional

Biodynamic Healing Center
3600 Woodlawn School Road
Knoxville, TN 37920

A major “crash and burn” type event over 20 years ago turned my own nutritional lifestyle around, and I began in earnest about 15 years ago informally studying in the natural health field.  When we moved to the small farm we have now, I plunged into growing organic produce, sold to local restaurants and the food co-op for a few years (until my back said “enough”!).  This led to formal studies leading to an advanced diploma in homeopathy and a doctorate in veterinary naturopathy.  I originally started in the natural health field with regard to humans, but my childhood desire to work with animals kept popping up and when I found the veterinary naturopathy program, I jumped on it. 

July 2012 Member Spotlight

Angela Buckridge, L.Ac.Angela Buckridge, L.Ac.

Angie's Acupuncture
11729 Chapman Hwy Suite 5
Seymour TN 37865

Phone: 865-250-7737

Q. What brought you to Alternative Health and the field/product you’re involved with?

A. I have always been interested in the health field. My undergraduate work was in nursing and physical therapy. For some reason, I knew that nursing and physical therapy was not right for me. At this time, I had no idea about Acupuncture. My dad was Dr. Michael Buckridge, may he rest in peace. He was a Chiropractor in Morristown TN. In 2004, I went through a divorce. My life was changing. At this time, my dad was continuing his education in Acupuncture. He encouraged me to go back to school. I took his advice, and graduated from the American Academy of Acupuncture in Roseville MN in 2009.

June 2012 Member Spotlight

Ron Mottern, MA, PhD (ABD), RTC, CH, CCJP, ICCJP

Knoxville Center for Clinical Hypnosis
2408 Edgewood Ave
865 851-8687

Q. Tell us about yourself.

A. I am Executive Director for Knoxville Center for Clinical Hypnosis and Adjunct Instructor of Psychology at Tusculum College.  My PhD is in Educational Psychology & Research and my MA is in Human Services.  I am a Certified Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists and Certified in Clinical Hypnosis with the American School of Clinical Hypnosis, Itl.  

May 2012 Member Spotlight

Valerie Whiting, MS, LMT, OTR
Valerie Whiting, MS, LMT, OTR

Complementary Health Strategies
405 Sugarwood Drive
Farragut, TN  37934

865 675-5975
865 3844239 cell

Valerie has been a registered occupational therapist since 1969.  As a practitioner of yoga, she was drawn into alternative practice in Knoxville in 1994.  She practices myofascial bodywork, Thai massage,  yoga teaching, yoga therapeutics, and Yamuna BodyRolling from her home in Farragut.  Valerie’s main focus is for her clients to take charge of their own pain and become proactive, using a method that suits them best.  She borrows the Tantric yoga image of warp and weft on the loom:  fascial fabric is plastic, and can reform to alleviate pain.

April 2012 Member Spotlight

Diane Minch, BSDiane Minch, BS (Health & Physical Education)

Sun Life Center
185 Big Water Drive
Vonore, TN   37885
Phone: 423-884-6031


Q. Where were you born and when did you come to Knoxville?

A. I was born and raised in Chicago.  For my entire 30-year public school teaching career, I taught Physical Education and coached sports in suburban Chicago’s elementary and junior high schools.  We relocated to Eastern Tennessee eleven years ago.  We are blessed to live on Tellico Lake in a wonderful community in Vonore where we built our dream home, which includes the Sun Life Center.

February/March 2012 Member Spotlight

    Suzanne Jonas, Ed.D.
    2943 Old Chilhowee Road
    Walland, TN  37886

Music is the bridge between the body and the soul. There is music everywhere we go, and we take it with us wherever we go. From a spiritual perspective, the music has resonated with your higher self/soul and is raising your vibrations. Decades ago I started my journey to find out WHY.

Every Westerner has at least 2 devices that produce music; many have more than 5 and I have something in every room of my house!

January 2012 Member Spotlight

Teresa Surya Ma Lamb

Integrative Synergy, LLC.
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Teresa owner of Intergrative Synergy, LLC was born in the Chattanooga area and also grew up in Arkansas. She has lived in the East TN area  for the last 20 years, moving from a Knoxville subdivision home to a farm property in Lenoir City more than 10 years ago.

Q:Tell us about yourself in 65 words or less.

A: The wake-up call for me has been about fearlessly getting out there and empowering people to be passionate about their dreams and their health.  I enjoy helping messengers and change agents share their gifts and calling with the world. By sharing simple practical self care tools that get results quickly and easily, people are able to cut through obstacles, stress, and pain and then flourish.



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