Heather M. Sweeney, CMT, GT, FOUNDER & CEO SADHANA HEALTH INC., CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Heather Sweeney is the Founder and CEO of Sadhana Health Inc. (incorporated 2020) and was previously the Founder and Managing Director of Sadhana Integrative Manual Therapies (2014). Heather has spent the past 10 years working in physical therapy settings, as well as six years as a Clinical Specialist at UCLA’s Center for East-West Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles.
As a clinical specialist for UCLA's renowned Center for East-West Medicine, Heather treated patients and provided instruction to medical students and residents, educating future health care providers on the modalities and benefits of manual therapy in integrative care. She specializes in Autoimmune Diseases, Rheumatological Conditions including Fibromyalgia, Head, Neck & Shoulder Disorders, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care. She has had her own private practice accepting patients on a limited basis since 2011.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS
After spending over a decade in the arts, Heather received her Master Massage Therapist certification from California Healing Arts College in Los Angeles, California. Additionally, Heather is a certified GrastonTechnique® Provider. She is licensed and certified by the California Massage Therapy Council and has been nationally certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Heather is also a member of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) and the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP).
Originally from the Midwest, Heather is a long-time resident of Santa Monica, CA where she resides with her family and their dogs Zeke and Freyja. She remains actively involved in both professional and community education through public speaking engagements, workshops, and consulting on holistic lifestyle & stress management, and how to incorporate integrative manual therapy into an allopathic medicine setting.
Heather Mills, B.S., CMT, Manual Therapist
Heather has been a practicing manual therapist working in the allied healthcare field since 2007. A graduate of the University of Oregon and East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, OR, Heather is certified by the California Massage Therapy Council and has also been Nationally Board Certified (NCBTMB) and licensed in the State of Oregon.
Bringing almost 15 years of experience to Sadhana Health, Heather specializes in rheumatological & orthopedic conditions. She also works with our patients who are in various stages of their pregnancies, as well as athletes.
Heather resides in the Los Angeles area.
Sallie Hong, L.Ac., MSOM, Acupuncturist
Sallie Hong has been practicing as a licensed acupuncturist working in medical settings since 2015. She has her B.S. degree in Microbiology and Chemistry from San Jose State University, and has her Master’s degree from Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
After her externship at Providence Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center in Burbank, California, Sallie continued to gain experience while working at Alta Orthopedics in Santa Barbara, CA. In addition to Sadhana Health, Sallie concurrently practices at UCLA’s renowned Center for East-West Medicine, where she and SHI founder Heather Sweeney were colleagues in the mid-2010s.
Bringing almost 8 years of experience to Sadhana Health, Sallie specializes in pain management, women’s health, and Chinese nutrition.
Sallie enjoys gardening, camping, and cycling.
Edward Ulm, B.S., CMT, Manual Therapist
Eddie received his B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Arizona State University in 2010. After working with diverse physical therapy populations as a technician, Eddie attended the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona for his manual therapy certification in 2012.
After evaluating the positive emotional and behavioral impact that therapeutic touch had on his patients, Eddie decided to move into the somatic sciences, dedicating his practice to trauma-informed research. In 2017, he became a Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).
Eddie values educating other practitioners and elevating the field of manual therapy both socially and institutionally as a necessary avenue for the treatment of post-traumatic stress. He has founded Science of Touch, Inc. — an evolving interactive educational company for bodywork professionals.
Eddie originally hails from Bedford, Pennsylvania, where growing up on a farm instilled in him a healthy dedication to work, longevity, and the great outdoors. He and his wife Keli are yogis and travelers.
Alina Ybarra, CMT, Manual Therapist
Alina attended the National Holistic Institute where she received her core training and then went on to receive her advanced training in neuromuscular therapy. In early 2020 she had the incredible opportunity to intern with the renowned Spellman Performance in Dana Point, CA where she worked with elite athletes from a variety of different sports including Olympic athletes, NFL players, NCAA athletes, and USA Rugby players. Additionally, Alina has a background in nursing as a former licensed vocational nurse.
Alina is not only versed in sports therapy, she is also Sadhana Health’s Lymphatic Drainage Massage therapist.
Shawndra Ferris, B.S., CMT, NASM
Shawndra began her career in the Eugene, OR area after graduating from the University of Oregon with her B.S. in Human Physiology. After spending a year teaching English as a second language in Jinju, South Korea, Shawndra graduated from the East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, OR as well as received her NASM certification in personal training. Additionally, she is finishing up her NASM certification as a corrective exercise specialist.
Shawndra’s background as an athlete and personal trainer has greatly informed her career as a manual therapist. She specializes in holistic health & wellness coaching, fitness training, and rehabilitation after injury.
CAMTC Certificate: CA #79901
Katy Frame, L.Ac., B.S., Acupuncturist
Katy Frame L.Ac, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology emphasizing in Physical Therapy in 2001 from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Board certified by the State of California as a Licensed Acupuncturist, she earned her Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine and completed her clinical internship at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, California.
As a life-long athlete and competitive tennis player, Katy is familiar with the emotional and physical consequences that such a lifestyle creates. Repetitive, chronic injuries and multiple surgeries left her unable to play tennis. Determined to be pain-free and compete again (and at the urging of her mum), Katy was led to Acupuncture. She found Acupuncture to be extremely effective in not only her healing process but her mother’s cancer journey, as well. After a successful return to the court and a transformative study of martial arts and meditation, she was guided into Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as a field of study.
Katy pulls from a wide range of experience and treatment modalities: Hara diagnosis, secondary vessels, balancing method, NADA and traditional Chinese Medicine. She creates an individualized treatment plan for her patients, looking at their overall wellness, emotions and thoughts. Focusing on the impact of thoughts on one’s health, she wants her patients to be involved in their healing process. Her gentle and experienced approach leaves patients feeling comfortable and relieved of their symptoms. Katy guides her patients through a healing plan that is achievable and easy to follow.