Our Team

Emily Lee, LCSWA

My name is EMILY and I am here to help you nurture who you are as a person and a parent.

Motherhood (and fatherhood!) looks different on everyone. My passion for maternal mental health sparked after having my daughter and I was able to fully appreciate the challenges and range of emotions that surface within parenthood from a lived experience. I then sought to specialize in Perinatal Mental Health to shift my focus from counseling children to counseling parents. When most people hear about Perinatal Mental Health, they often think of postpartum depression- but Perinatal Mental Health encompasses so much more than that! I work with women in all stages of parenthood including infertility, grief, and loss.  I am here to help you navigate challenges and emotions that may arise in pregnancy, birth, and parenthood- including helping you explore bonding with your baby, navigating those terrible twos, parenting threenagers, and staying true to yourself as a parent through the child and adolescent years. 

Becoming a parent often changes your identity, but it should never feel like you’ve lost yourself. Each stage brings new challenges and new things to enjoy and it seems as soon as you adjust to one stage, a new one is just around the corner! Those of us parenting without clear role models of the kind of parent we want to be face additional challenges and can benefit greatly from support to make their parenting goals and vision a reality. I am here to partner with you to maintain your sense of self, your mental health, and provide support as we navigate it together.

As well as providing support to parents, I want to continue my work providing care to children and adolescents.  During my five years of experience working as a school social worker, I have experience providing children with support identifying and naming their emotions, positive coping skills, working through depression, self harm, and suicidality, and providing crisis support. I enjoy working with children going through family transitions, parent separation, and social anxiety.

Emily Lee, MSW, LCSWA, PMH-C graduated from Winthrop University with her Master’s of Social Work degree. Emily received her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Western Carolina University. Emily has several years of experience as a school social worker with grade school children. She is certified in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International.

Alison Parrella, MA, LPA

My name is  ALISON and I am dedicated to helping you live a more fulfilling life.

I am here to help you reduce the chatter in your mind through mindfulness practices; get
clear about what you want for yourself; and create opportunities for meaningful change.
Utilizing my professional background in yoga, meditation, and mental health, we will
work together to develop an integrated plan that’s customized to your needs.

In sessions together, we will make the most of our time and work collaboratively to
improve your overall well-being – so you can live the fulfilling life you have envisioned. We will use your values as a guide to determine your goals and then move towards those
goals, taking it one step a time. Through a personalized blend of yoga, mindfulness, and
psychotherapy, I can help you build both your physical and psychological flexibility so
you are ready to meet life’s challenges.

If you are a parent seeking help for your child, we will all work together to align your
child’s behaviors with your family’s collective values. I will gather input from you, your
child, and any other pertinent sources of information to co-create a plan of action. My
work with children is creative and incorporates activities beyond traditional “talk
therapy.” Possible strategies include: engaging in mindful movement, creating a visual
representation of your child’s struggles, and practicing deep breathing to foster inner
calm. It’s important for me to cultivate a strong bond with your child, building trust and
mutual respect, so we can work effectively towards our therapy goals.

As a result of both my professional and personal experience, I have an unconditional positive regard for each child and a very real understanding of how tough it is to be a parent. Let’s work collaboratively to bring more harmony to your family life.

Alison Parrella graduated with a BA in psychology and elementary education from Wake Forest University, earned her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from UNC
Charlotte, and is a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA). She was an elementary
school teacher for 7 years, before deciding to pursue her interest in yoga and
meditation. Alison completed her 200 hour yoga instructor certification with CorePower
Yoga in San Diego, CA and has since taught yoga classes at CorePower Yoga in
Charlotte as well as private yoga & meditation sessions for individual adults and small
groups of children. She is passionate about holistic wellness and enjoys working with people of all ages.

Kim Ernst, LCSWA

My name is KIM and I’m here to help you in overcoming life’s challenges.

It’s never easy to seek help for your mental health needs. I’m here to assist you through this process and provide support through your pain, recovery, transition, and path to improvement.

Life can be hard at times; you can feel lost, vulnerable, and you may want to give up. Whether you change jobs, leave a difficult relationship, lose a special person in your life, experience grief, move away, or are adjusting to a new way of life, it can be tough to get through. We want to find our true authentic self and feel good instead of feeling the weight of the world on our shoulders.

Some of us strive for excellence and perfection to the point that we have unhealthy thoughts and habits, experience pressure to always perform at high levels, meet demands from others that may damage our health – we start to feel we cannot sustain this level of effort in all areas of our life. This leaves a person feeling down, feeling stressed, struggling to manage our emotions, hurting relationships we do not mean to, and putting our needs and self-care on the back burner. We often feel a sense of imposter syndrome where we believe we do not deserve the success and happiness we are experiencing; it becomes a barrier created by us and affects our ability to achieve success and happiness.

You and I can work through these difficulties together. I work with adults and adolescents – experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, identity issues, anger problems, PTSD, transition or changes in their life. I love helping high performers increase their resilience. As a veteran myself, I especially enjoy working with other veterans. The change process begins with you. Let’s do this together, I’m here with you!

Kimberly Ernst, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate, is a veteran who served 14 years in the Air Force and continues to serve in the Reserves. Living on three different continents during her time in the military has allowed her to interact with multiple cultures and people of diverse backgrounds. During her educational path, she completed her Bachelor of Sociology at the American Military University and her Master of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with honors. She specializes in life transitions, high performance, and increasing and maintaining resilience.

Kimberly Enicks, LCSW

My name is KIMBERLY and I can get you unstuck.

Sometimes people just get stuck. This might be because of a difficult life circumstance, a change in a relationship, or balancing life demands. I became a therapist because I know how important it is to make sure people are heard and validated. I want you to know that however you feel or whatever you are feeling is allowed and valid. You are doing everything you can to cope, but I am here to help you cope even better.

I want to offer a safe and supportive environment for you to be able to process your feelings regardless of any emotions you are experiencing in your life. You should know that there is help and hope for a future where you can feel differently and empowered.

It is perfectly natural to reach out and to move forward. I can help you get started and support your progress through your individual change process. I can help you explore and decide what choices will help you to move forward in your life.

Kimberly Enicks, MSW, LCSW graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Masters of Social Work degree.

Nancy Le, LCHMCA

My name is NANCY and I am glad you are here.

I know what it is like to be an outsider. As a first-generation Vietnamese American born to a family of POW survivors and refugees, trauma is woven into the fabric of my family history. I know first hand the hardship of coming face to face with the question of “how do we live on in the wake of loss and betrayal?” and “how can we begin to laugh again?”. In my work with refugees, internationals, and third culture kids, I enjoy navigating the chasm between “not being dead” and “being fully alive”. The fact that you have found yourself here on this page tells me that you have already taken that first step.

First, I believe that the quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives. This is why I love working with couples! I have special training in helping couples cope with addiction and recover from infidelity. I also have extensive experience allying with the LGBTQIA+ community and the work of nurturing expanding identities as both collectives and individuals. Although couples therapy can sometimes seem daunting, I think that it can also be an exciting space full of curiosity, enlightenment, and perhaps most importantly, fun! You do not have to wait until things seem dire to begin turning towards each other.

In addition to working with couples, I am also passionate about providing mental health care for frontline healthcare professionals. From my firsthand experience having worked in and wrestled with the American healthcare system, I am well aware that secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout are pervasive among our society’s most important helpers. It is well known in healthcare that patients thrive when they have a support team fighting for them. I encourage you to seek the same support, so that you can be cared for, and to care for the people you serve better.

Lastly, I also welcome all who seek to integrate their faith and spirituality within the work of psychotherapy. I believe that the pursuit of spirituality and religious practice is grounded in the practice of deep reflection, moral imagination, and intimate connection that animates us all. It underlines questions such as “what does it mean to be human?”, “how do we want to live?” and “who will we be to each other?”.

Nancy Le, LCMHCA graduated with a BA in Psychology from Chapel Hill and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Richmont Graduate University. Nancy works with older adolescents, adults, and couples. She is a Gottman trained couples specialist and a certified Prepare/Enrich (P/E) Facilitator–an evidence based intervention for premarital and marriage assessment. She is certified in PTSD field assessment, diagnosis, and treatment utilizing EMDR stabilization skills. She is multilingual with conversational fluency in Vietnamese. She specializes in racial and cultural identity, couples work, LGBTQIA+ issues, and religious conflict/trauma.

Jessie Ogienko

Jessie Ogienko, LCSW

My name is  JESSIE and I’m here to help you realize your full potential.

I always knew I wanted to have my own business, but if you had told me in high school, college, or even graduate school I’d be where I am now, I would have told you that was impossible. Starting a business or taking any great personal leap forward takes a leap of faith in yourself! I wish I could say I had it myself when I started, but the reality is having my daughter and realizing a toxic job would not allow me to be the mother I envisioned being pushed me off that cliff. I started my business on maternity leave and put in my notice within a few weeks of my return. A couple of years later, I started REST with Kimberly and now work with both.

Many things can get in the way of taking the calculated risks necessary to advance your own life. Self-doubt, lack of social support, lack of family support, financial resources- many real tangible risks and all related to a fear of failure. Growth is not about being fearless, it is about managing your fears and figuring out what would you do if that did happen? What’s plan B? Can I be resourceful? And ultimately, do I trust myself to just- figure it out if I do fail? Can I reduce the risk to make it less scary?

Being a business owner can be a lonely place to be. It can be hard to find others who understand what you are going through. It can be hard to feel like you quit your 9-5 job to work 60 hours a week for less pay. Sometimes that is the reality, but it shouldn’t be the reality for long. Similarly, getting a promotion can be so exciting and validating, but the reality of managing others or new responsibilities can be incredibly taxing and the reality is usually no one teaches you how to do it! The workplace often promotes people that are incredibly skilled at their job, but doing your job and managing others to do that job is an entirely different skill set.

I am here to support people who want to grow professionally and want to improve their sense of self and their ability to care for themselves in order to make meaningful changes in their lives and others. I love to help people discover their own meaning of true work/life balance and enact that in their lives. I hope we can all improve our overall wellness and happiness instead of leaning into toxic work cultures and forcing ourselves to give up who we are for a job. I can work with you to identify your values, your needs, and your personal goals to align them with your professional goals to craft a fulfilling and balanced life. Together we can overcome any self-doubt and combat your negative self-talk in order to get in touch with a more authentic version of you.

Jessie Ogienko, MSW, LCSW graduated from Emory University with Honors in Psychology and from Hunter College at the City University of New York with a Masters of Social Work degree with a specialty in Clinical Practice and a special focus on Interdisciplinary Practice. She is trained in EMDR, is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), has graduated the accredited C.A.S.E. Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) certificate program, and is a trained Family Centered Treatment (FCT) therapist and trainer. She previously directed a community mental health agency and now owns Caladrius Therapy, PLLC, Caladrius Consulting, and Co-Owns REST Charlotte, LLC.

Daniella Bernal

Daniella Bernal

Dani’s yoga journey began in her hometown of Westchetser, NY back in 2013. Her passion for the practice blossomed and expanded as she entered college at High Point University a year later. Post Grad, she found her new home in Charlotte, NC.

After a year and half of practicing at her home studio, Charlotte Yoga, she decided to further her yoga journey through teacher training. She completed her 200 RYT Training at CY with Jenn Eddins and assisted various classes shortly after. Dani believes that yoga is for everyone and that is a practice of self-discovery.

Teaching brings her immense joy! Why? Because breathwork and movement is a healing medicine we all have accessibility to. Off the mat you can find her outdoors, singing, practicing her handstands, reading, playing with her goldendoodle, and spending quality time with those who mean most. You can also find her on her social media @yellowyogidani, doing her best to spread positivity and love.

Amy Carroll, MPT, NBC-HWC

My name is Amy and I am here to meet you where you are while partnering with you to develop healthy habits for life long change.

Health and wellness coaching is a vehicle for helping people to achieve a higher level of wellbeing within the eight domains of wellness (Emotional, Physical, Occupational, Social, Spiritual, Intellectual, Environmental, and Financial). If any one of these domains is neglected over time, it will negatively impact one’s quality of life. I believe the process of behavior change starts with self awareness and that small shifts in daily habits can guide life to a different destination. I look forward to co-creating a health and wellness plan with you that pulls from your innate strengths, values, and vision.

Amy Carroll, MPT, NBC-HWC graduated from Davidson College with a BA in Psychology. She went on to earn a Master’s in Physical Therapy and a Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate from Emory University and just recently sat for the National Board Health and Wellness Coaching Exam. Amy was an acute care physical therapist at Novant Presbyterian Medical Center for 22 years before shifting her focus to disease prevention and healthy living through a functional medicine lens.

Marion Schmidt

My name is Marion and I am here to help teens build confidence, develop life skills and realize essential parts of themselves and their true nature.

Teenhood is an exciting, opportunistic, challenging and special time in one’s life. There is so much body and brain development to learn about. I believe through the practice of yoga and yoga philosophy, teens will develop body confidence, emotional resilience, and mindful thinking. This sets the foundation of self-confidence they’ll carry through their lives.

My passion lies in the strength yoga brings to the body, mind, and spirit. In the Spring of 2018, after practicing for several years, I trained with Twist Kids Yoga (Little Flower & Grounded Kids) including teens and schools. That summer I obtained my 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher
certification from RYS CorePower here in Charlotte, NC. CorePower’s rigorous program, with a strong focus on yoga philosophy, helped shape my approach to teaching which include
breathwork, guided meditation, Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR), and other techniques. I am also influenced by the teachings of Dr. Daniel Siegel, Michael Stone, Eckhart Tolle
and others….

REST Charlotte’s Teen Yoga Program covers learning and managing feelings, boundaries,
self-care, understanding their unique brains and tools for finding awareness and coping with the ups and downs of teenhood. I lead this program and am excited to work with your teen towards a healthier and more fulfilling time in this significant stage of life.

Jai Lyles

I started my journey in June 2010 when I founded 365 Fit, Inc. as a fitness non-profit. There I taught people about the physical aspects of a healthy lifestyle as a coach and personal trainer.  As I grew spiritually, the vision of the company expanded using the foundation I developed as a yoga teacher. In June 2015 I rebranded the company to Insyght 365 Apothecary & Ayurveda Wholistic Wellness Omasis.  Through a Kundalini awakening I developed my insight and decided to focus my studies on Herbalism and Ayurveda to rid my own body of “dis” “ease”.  When the body is at dis-ease this creates imbalances that affects all areas of life.  At the young age of 50, I began to be affected by osteoarthritis and was struggling with funciton in my hand.  During a deep meditation and spiritual awakening, I felt the Spirit Angel gave me the gift to be a vessel for healing. The Orisha’s gave me the Insyght to self-heal my own body through eradicating this pain with plant herbs.  In less than 30 days I gained full use of my hand again! I have found through my own personal journey that communicating with nature by eating, smelling, touching and speaking with plants can be transformative.  The aromatic blends of flowers, oils, roots and every part of the plant connect us to Source and our internal source of healing.  I have developed my own unique blend of spiritual methods such as: Intuitive Touch {Thai Yoga Massage/Reiki}, Pranayama Meditation, Herbalism, Ayurveda, Sound Healing and other wholistic modalities to balance the mind, body and spirit.  Wholistic Wellness is a lifestyle to balance stress management lifestyle to rejuvenate the spirit connecting to Consciousness.  

Let’s co-create a custom design for living a natural lifestyle through natural means to eliminate stress management using natural resources.  I take pride in focusing on you using the ancient Shamanists healing of our ancestors guiding you on your journey to inner peace and connecting to your highest self and Higher Power. 

 

Jai has been blessed to train all over the world with some remarkable teachers in the industry. Among them are Baron Baptiste, Paige Elenson, Rod Stryker, Jim Bennett, Kino MacGregor, Sean Corn, Taylor Hunt, Briohny Smyth & Dice Iida Klein, Gillian St. Clair, Liz Archer, Dylan Werner, Laruga Glaser, Hollace Stephenson, Grace Morales, Johnna Smith, Shanna Smalls, Debby Stanley, Tai Dorn, Larry Hobbs, David Williams, Irene Pappas, Leslie Karmiloff, Marlo Fisken, Nicole Williams, Crystal Belcher and Sabrina Woods, Shaman Dhjana and Chef Trey Wilson just to name a few have influenced my life greatly. Jai holds certifications in the following: Hot Power with YogaOne Wellness Baptiste training through Yoga Alliance, Tantra Inspired with Yoga Shala, Jivamukti Inspired with Sadhana School of Yoga, Hatha Yoga with Linda Kawabata, Thai Yoga with Debby Stanley, Yoga & Pilates through AFFA {Aerobic Fitness Association of America}, Group Exercise: Schwinn Cycling, Coach Running, Strengthening & Conditioning, Water Aerobics/Swimming & Healthy Lifestyles through YMCA {Young Men’s Christian Association & ACE American Council on Exercise certification program} and Pole Fitness.

Bethany Anderson

I wholeheartedly believe that growth is a decision that we must make for ourselves unapologetically. Regardless of where we find ourselves at any point in our lives, we have the ability to choose to align with our highest selves and grow from a place of authenticity. 

I spent the first 25 years of my life obsessing over fitness as a means to escape my thoughts. At 26, I was diagnosed with depression and gained 50 pounds. 

Over the next six months, I began a practice of stillness that was in complete opposition to the pattern of running that I had immersed myself in since I was a young child. When I returned to working out it was not from a place of obsession and instead from a place of awareness. I found the practice of yoga after taking a tai chi class at my local gym and fell in love with the transformation that I experienced through my awareness of self. 

For the first time in my life, I became aware that my health was mine to own and to gift to myself with love. My peace begins with me. 

It was this practice of self-awareness and willingness to confront every single cell of my being with unconditional love that cultivated my desire to become a yoga and meditation instructor. 

I have since been touched by the healing properties of sound frequencies and am so grateful that I get to share High Vibrational Sound Baths with my community. 

I am here to vulnerably share my journey from a place of authenticity while holding space for others to boldly do the same. It is my mission to support others on their journey towards awareness of Self, through the integration of the mind, body, and spirit. 

This is fertile ground for transformation.