Practitioner Bios


Having shown interest in the spiritual world as an adolescent, Charmaine’s intuition elevated. During her formative years she began to learn about different topics surrounding spirituality. It was during this time that she began to dream about opening a holistic center.

Before The Open Mind Center was born in 2008, Charmaine raised a family and worked in the corporate world for many years. She has continued to study over the years. She is a Usui & Karuna Ki Reiki Master, Pranic Healer, Soul & Business Coach, Certified Yoga Instructor and teacher. Charmaine also has a diploma in Metaphysical Theology and Ordination. It is Charmaine’s goal to continue to promote wellness, mindfulness and awakening through The Open Mind Center.


Deniz is a licensed massage therapist, a medical intuitive and an energy healer, intuitive reader, psychic Medium, spiritual counselor and shamanic practitioner. She also has a B.A. in Psychology. Deniz specializes in therapeutic reiki massages, chakra balancing, crystal healing and deep pain relief. She has also taken levels 1 through 3 in Therapeutic Touch. Because she has studied the body, mind and spirit extensively, she is able to use many different healing modalities to assist you for greater well-being.

Deniz was born in Istanbul, Turkey and has also lived in Montreal, Canada. In 2012, she started opening up to her true self after becoming a Reiki Master. She also teaches classes including: The Goddess Awakening Ceremony, and Healing and Guidance with the Angels.


Kristin is a naturally gifted intuitive who has committed her life to being a healer of the heart, mind, body and soul. Her passion is to touch the heart of those she encounters and to teach them how to consciously create their life through the understanding that every thought, word or action shifts the energy in their field and creates their destiny.

Kristin’s field of study includes training and certification in various concentrations such as psychic development, Intuitive readings, psychometry, picture readings, past life readings, psychic investigation, house clearings and blessings, soul rescue work, chakra balancing, body scans, psi scans, color therapy, inner light therapy and spiritual counseling.

Additionally, in 2011 she became a Reiki Master trained in the Usui Shiki Ryoho line of Reiki. With this vast knowledge in all areas of metaphysics, Kristin is able to heal on all levels of the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual bodies.


Tangela, an intuitive reader, combines her clairvoyance with the assistance of spirit guides and angels, she’ll look into your lifetime blueprint of what is happening for you. She is a Psychic Medium, Reiki Practitioner, Life Coach and Hypnotist who also specializes in Cord Cutting. Tangela has a warm, accepting energy that will put you at ease, and a bubbly sense of humor that will keep you smiling.  Setting the intention for each session to be an experience that will help you to gain perspective on your current situation and be able to move forward with renewed inspiration, clarity and confidence. Tangela’s goal is to lead you into a path of transformation, full of self-empowerment, creativity, and most importantly healing  for your greater and higher good.



Nicole is an intuitive artist who has the ability to see your soul’s energy and the spirit world around you. She creates Soul Portraits to help you to see and to remind you of who you really are. This Soul Portrait is a healing tool and much more than a drawing on paper. It helps you to see your light.

Nicole has created more than 1500 Soul Portraits and Intuitive Readings over the past 19 years. She uses a mixture of clairvoyant visions and intuitive knowing along with communicating with angels, guides and loved ones. The readings can assist you in receiving guidance about your spiritual path, life changes, life purpose, relationships, career, angels and guides. The focus of her work is for your highest good and support.


Michael has been a sound therapy practitioner for over 10 years and is a member of ISTA (International Sound Therapy Association). He’s a published poet and has been creating poetry since childhood. Today, Michael performs his poetry pieces during live meditations and is currently the director of The Sound Ministry at Unity North Atlanta.



Crissy brings a broad background of experience in which creativity and personal development are recurring themes. A published author and artist, she creates by connecting with the energy of her work through meditation. Crissy is professionally trained in various meditation techniques including light body, creative visualization, mindfulness and future visioning.

She recently obtained her Law of Attraction life-coaching certification and has logged over 200 coaching hours. Practiced in hypnosis, Crissy is currently working towards certification in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). She also brings over 10 years of experience from her roles in the corporate world including coaching and managing teams, as well as developing and facilitating training programs.


David Cronin has been teaching spirituality in one form or another since the mid ’70s. As an ordained, non-denominational minister, he brings his spiritual insights and understandings into all of his classes. He has used meditative, mindfulness and compassion practices to help him navigate through life and is able to teach from his own direct experiences.


Jody began her yoga journey looking to resolve pain from many years of running. After her first yoga class she immediately connected to the physical, emotional, and spiritual healing that yoga brings.

She has completed her therapeutically-oriented RYT500 training and is dedicated to helping others find a yoga practice that meets them where they are right now, celebrating what they can do regardless of their physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges. Jody volunteers at the Shepherd Spinal Center and is also a Reiki Practitioner.


Nooshin Manafi has an extensive background in fitness and dance and seeks to embrace challenge on the yoga mat. She combines creative sequencing, alignment focus, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help students deepen their practice. Nooshin received her 200 hour certification through Peachtree Yoga and has a passion for teaching Vinyasa with an emphasis on finding ease in each movement.
Yoga has been a part of Nooshin’s life for over 10 years, and her practice has helped her grow stronger, as well as more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. More importantly, yoga has inspired her to help others practice being in the present moment and thrive on life by nurturing the body, mind and soul with yoga and humor! She aims for her students step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced with a smile on their faces.


Jayne’s journey to yoga has been a long and winding road. She flirted with yoga intermittently for a number of years, using it primarily as a rehabilitation tool to recover from sports injuries. When her knees could no longer take the abuse inflicted upon them, she began to consider the idea that yoga had to become a consistent practice in order to allow her to continue to lead an active life. Eventually, she decided to actually listen to her body. Then… something magical happened… she discovered that she didn’t need to pound pavements or tear around a tennis court in order feel peace. Yoga, she discovered, was more than enough…
Trained under the guidance of the teachers at Peachtree Yoga Center, she is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified yoga instructor. As a life-long learner, she continues to deepen and enrich her skills with continued study in both yoga and meditation. She teaches in order to bring to others the balance and healing she has experienced through the practice of yoga postures, pranayama and the sacred stillness of meditation.


Terrie Russell E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP, Terrie’s passion for yoga began in 2001 as a student of meditation. She discovered that mindfulness and meditation helped heal the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Always athletic, Terrie also noticed that the physical practices of yoga eased chronic back pain from scoliosis. Nonetheless, it was the more profound healing experience of inner release that led her into a deep desire to share as a teacher. She found a simple love for the process of taking students from a limited condition, such as stress or fear, into healing and delight. Her classes are an integration of youthful play and the journey to wholeness. Experienced detailed instruction and hands on support offer a safe practice for students of all ages and all levels.


As a devoted practitioner and teacher, Kelly, uses an intuitive and organic approach within Yoga’s asana, pranayama and meditative practices to create a safe, open and relaxed space for exploration. By guiding students on the mat through the use of asana sequencing and attention to the flow of the breath, her intention is for each student to gain access to the ever present subtle internal state that Yoga informs- and experience the power and usefulness of the individual mind/ body apparatus. She hopes to inspire each student to connect to their own unique inner teacher and exquisite divine nature. Kelly’s passion is Yoga- its healing and empowering alchemy. She often uses this quote in relaying her love of the sacred practice of Yoga…” the melody of the mind, the rhythm of the body and the harmony of the Soul create the symphony of life”. This is what she hopes to cultivate through her teaching. And with a personal practice of 15+ years and Yoga Alliance certified through Peachtree Yoga Center via mentor Graham Fowler, Kelly teaches All Levels, Restorative and Gentle Flow classes, as well as a Beginners class here at Open Mind.


David has been playing competitive squash for the last 30 years and experienced the usual and frustrating injuries that arise from playing sports at a high level. Finding yoga only after intolerable back pain, he has returned to competitive squash play but also discovered a true calling to yoga. With his love of teaching and wellness, he committed to advancing his yoga practice to the next level through the LifePower Yoga 500-hour yoga teacher training certification process and is now a Yoga Alliance Certified/Registered Yoga Instructor.
David also began practicing meditation in the TM tradition as a high school student in 1975. He approaches meditation to train the mind, in much the same way that fitness is an approach to train the body: Regular, devoted practice produces the greatest benefits. He believes that “Meditation is easier done, then said.”
Currently he is now focused on helping make yoga accessible to people of all ages and abilities, so that they too can benefit from its countless life enhancing qualities. His educational background is in psychology and education.


Sonya Kuropatwa, gentle guidance and loving touch extends from her fascination with the body as an instrument of spiritual and creative expression. Sonya came to yoga after more than 20 years a s a classically trained dancer, teacher, and choreographer as a means to further understand the mysteries of the mind-body connection. She has witnessed and guided her students through the wonders of movement, self-awareness, and connection. Her belief in the magic of touch as a means of healing and as a conduit for energy informs her teaching style, which relies strongly on imagery, humor, joy, and hands-on interaction. She has completed and co-facilitated several 200-hour and 500-hour teacher training and certification courses through throughout Atlanta and continues to share her knowledge and wisdom through her personal practice.