WHO WE ARE
Selfless service (seva) is one our greatest values and we adhere to this virtue through our community outreach, workshops, corporate wellness programs, school programs, trainings, seminars, and partnerships. At SoulScience Health and Wellness Center, we ensure all our offerings are accessible and affordable because to us, it isn’t just about healing the individual, but healing the community as a whole. Our high-quality classes and services are presented by the best teachers and practitioners in the area. Soul Science Health and Wellness Center pledges to stay at the forefront of wholistic wellness and integrative medicine and this goal is met by our networking, partnerships, staff, volunteers, and community.
Spreading compassion and care to our SoulScience family and greater community.
Seva or Selfless Service for our community.
Creating deep and meaningful relationships with our family and greater community.
Encouraging the growth, resilience, and vitality of our community.
Educating our students and community about health and wellness.
Providing our students and community with the best teachers and practitioners.
Upholding the highest standards in our facility, studios, classes, customer service, and offerings.
Maintaining a welcoming and safe atmosphere, open to all, focusing on cleanliness and care.
Delivering accessible classes and services to individuals and families, regardless of race, origin, religion, ethnicity, education, financial status, gender, and age.
Ensuring that all operations are held to high eco-conscious and eco-friendly standards.
Supporting relationships and partnerships with local, small businesses.
THE STORY BEHIND OUR LOGO
An instrument used in the earliest forms of pharmacology and medicine for blending, the mortar and pestle are a fitting symbol for the "science" of SoulScience Health and Wellness Center. It serves as a metaphor - the mortar representing our center - a physical container for holding space for a multitude of health and wellness offerings. The pestle - symbolizing an individual - who will ultimately find the right blend of our offerings and services to create their own unique recipe for better health and wellness.
The budding blue lotus, seen in our logo, is a symbol with deep roots in the ancient wisdom of the east. It represents the use of inner-wisdom in the path towards greater awareness. It illustrates the "soul" of SoulScience Health and Wellness Center.
Together, the mortar and pestle and the budding blue lotus, allude to the powerful blend of "ancient wisdom and modern science".
Teachers, Providers and Staff
Our teachers, providers and staff at SoulScience constantly represent and display our values as a whole. We all work together as a family to help you and your family grow and heal together.
Misha Martin, MD
Owner and Found of SoulScience
Dr. Misha Martin is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and the Medical College of Virginia. She completed her pediatric residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has a special certification in herbal based medicine and has been studying integrative medicine for the past six years. She has been practicing Pediatrics in Germantown for 20 years. She is married to Dr. Tom Martin who is an OB/GYN and they have three children and a chocolate Labrador named Rosie. She has a passion for children and medicine. She truly believes that we hold many of the keys to our own healing within us. She is the founder of SoulScience Health and Wellness Center and she firmly believes that mental health affects all aspects of health and should be a priority in health care. It is her hope that patients with mental health illness find SoulScience Health and Wellness Center a place of healing and community. When Dr. Martin is not working, she enjoys cooking, nature walks with her family and dog, traveling, and visiting dear friends and family.
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Nicole is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Maryland because her husband was stationed here through the Army. She starting working for Dr Misha Martin as a receptionist in 2017 at Complete Care for Kids. Dr Martin talked with Nicole about opening a wellness center and Nicole has been on board ever since. She helps with marketing, in person and online through social media. Nicole is passionate about arts and crafts, enjoys being outside and spending time with family.
"The wellness center has become my second home and has helped me in more ways than I could have imagined."
Lori Fish Bard, MS, HHC, is a clinical nutritionist and board-certified integrative health counselor who works with men, women, and families to provide a personalized, highly supportive blueprint to help them identify and accomplish their health goals. Lori uses a holistic, functional and integrative approach to help develop sustainable habits to live a healthy, nourished and balanced life. Her interests include digestive health, metabolic syndrome, chronic conditions and food allergies.
Lori offers individual nutrition coaching, group coaching programs, seasonal cleanses, cooking demonstrations and wellness workshops. Through all of these platforms, Lori loves sharing the gift of improved health with her clients.
Lori received her Master of Science in Nutrition & Integrative Health from the Maryland University for Integrative Health. She received her training and certification in integrative health coaching from the internationally recognized training program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) and a member of the International Association for Health Coaches (IAHC).
Lori has been featured in the Washington Post Express and Delight Gluten Free, a magazine for those with gluten intolerance and food allergies. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Celiac Disease Program at Children’s National in Washington, DC.
She is the mother of three children, ages 19, 16, and 12, and lives in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information about Lori, please visit her website at www.healthyheartbeet.com.
Lori Fish Bard
Lauren Hasey Maher
Yoga has been a consistent partner for 17 years for Lauren through many moves and life moments, including the birth of her daughter. She finally felt called to share the transformative power of yoga through classes for every body at every age & stage. She brings joy and compassion to class, helping facilitate an experience for you to connect with your own inner wisdom and to embrace and celebrate where you are each day. Her classes are rejuvenating, balancing & centering, empowering you to carry that energy, grace and peace off the mat and into your daily lives. The tools she offers in classes and workshops enable you to uncover and embrace your unique gifts to live the life you want and to maximize the impact you can bring to your community.
Adelle Deriquito is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Yoga Teacher. The integration of these disciplines defines her approach towards healing and transformation. Before she began practicing the physical side of yoga (asanas), she was immersed in her personal practice of meditation for many years. She believes in the power of deep reflection on the level of mind, body, and spirit. Her approach to teaching focuses on the somatic and contemplative aspects of one’s growing awareness. She empowers her students by providing them a safe and supportive space to connect with their own higher wisdom.
Our instructor, Maureen Ivusic, has been practicing Tai Chi since the late 1990s, studying both Chinese and Japanese styles of Tai Chi. She chose to become a Certified TaijiFit Instructor because this method really brings the Tai Chi experience to people of all ages and fitness levels. Wanting to better understand balance and movement, Maureen also completed her Fitness Trainer Certification through ISSA. But the busiest and best part of her life is her Family. Her favorite family activities include taking long hikes, sharing popcorn on movie night, and watching baseball and gymnastics events. :)
Fenni found her way to yoga after she gave birth to her twins in 2012. This was a joyful experience and yet she found herself struggling with postpartum depression. She was not sure what to do at the beginning, then with encouragement from her loving family, she discovered yoga. She soon realized that her mat gave her the serenity she needed at the time. Yoga and mindfulness have been integral parts of her life since.
She is a RYT-200 yoga teacher who graduated from Nepal Yoga Home in Kathmandu. She believes one of the beauties of yoga is that it is accessible for all and she welcomes students of all abilities to her classes. Fenni encourages all students to explore yoga beyond asana and use their inner wisdom as their guide. You will find her classes blend alignment in asana with breathing to building stronger bodies with personal agency. Her classes are gentle, therapeutic, and rooted in self-awareness and accessible to all.
Not a competitive Athlete, Nancy was "that girl" in the Outfield wincing when the Softball came in her direction. In her early years Nancy found comfort and confidence in her Yoga Practice; in her later years strength and calm. Training as an instructor began in 2003 ,with each year more trainings and more experience. She teaches in gyms, studios, corporate settings, private instruction and workshops. Now an Experienced 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (as recognized by Yoga Alliance). Along the way Nancy discovered Pilates as an amazing method to strengthen from the Core and feel more confidence. She is certified as an Advanced Mat Instructor. In addition she is certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer through AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) since 2009.
Nancy creates a safe and comfortable environment in which to open the conversation between the mind and the body to find self-acceptance. Compassion and acceptance are the cornerstones of her practice and what she strives to share with others. She now faces and "fields" any and all "curveballs" life throws her way through her yoga practice and meditation.
"Nancy has introduced yoga in a way that is very gentle, inviting, unthreatening, and accessible.Her teaching has changed the lives of many,who after being introduced to yoga by Nancy,have now become regular yoga practitioners." - Carolien F. Annick, Ph.D, Instructional Designer, Office of E-Learning, Innovation and Teaching Excellence (ELITE), Montgomery College
Melanie believes that yoga is an essential part of a healthy and balanced life, creating strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance – both on the mat and off the mat. In her personal practice and as a teacher, she is consistently guided by the essence of traditional yoga wisdom, the training she’s received from many modern talented teachers, and her own insightful and spirited lifeforce. Her primary styles are Slow Flow Vinyasa and
Gentle/Therapeutic Yoga. Melanie is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500, and has completed the 108-hour Anusara Yoga Immersion Program and the 100-hour YogaFit Warriors Trauma Sensitive Training. She is also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) and a Second Degree Reiki practitioner. She’s had the privilege of studying with numerous master teachers, including Jason Crandell, Gary Kraftsow, Rodney Yee,Richard Rosen, Dr. Loren Fishman, Ellen Saltonstall, Robin Rothenberg, Jenny Otto, Suzie Hurley and Moses Brown. This combination of various styles of training and years of teaching allows Melanie to create alignment-based, functional sequences and intensities to meet group and individual requirements. Coupled with Melanie’s gentle spirit, keen insight, and a sense of playfulness in the poses, her classes are simultaneously restorative and rejuvenating Above all, though, her teaching is informed by The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, & quote to practice with steadiness and ease, so that the body and mind flow like water, and meditation becomes the natural result both on and off the mat.” Off the mat, Melanie is an avid runner, cyclist, hiker, adventurist and wellness travel specialist. She owns her own travel business, leads yoga retreats both domestically and abroad and co-leads a local hiking club. In 2020, she will integrate her love of the outdoors and mindfulness by attending the Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership, which combines forest bathing, yoga, Ayurveda and outdoor skills, so she can further answer the call to help others experience the healing powers of mindfulness and nature for healthy and balanced lives.
Vanessa is a certified yoga instructor who’s energetic, loving, and fiery. She was called to the path of yoga after understanding the importance of healing. It wasn’t until she found yoga that she realized how influential our minds are. She has a conscious approach to teaching, and is constantly inspired by the mind and body. Due to her love for teaching and children, she studied Early Childhood Education in college. On a quest for deeper knowledge about movement and the body- she shifted gears to study kinesiology at the University of Maryland. She hopes to provide a safe space for her students to fully express themselves and practice freely.
Virginia (RYT 200) is currently completing her 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training, working towards 500 hours of Yoga Alliance Registered training. Growing up, she took ballet and later made physical fitness a priority with weight training. Finding yoga in 2013 with friends during college, provided a creative challenge she had missing. She earned a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. So when experiencing how yoga can benefit mental health she knew more people needed this peace and awareness. Virginia believes every individual already possesses a beautiful and unique practice and her job as an instructor is to help it grow. Aiming to focus the mind, challenge the body, and feed the soul.
Aviva (aka V) was raised in Long Island, New York, and grew up with a natural mindfulness way of life. She has been passionately practicing yoga and meditation since her early teenage years. Her intention as a yoga and meditation teacher is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where students can learn the practice of yoga and meditation and feel comfortable. She hopes to give her students a feeling of coming home to themselves through these physical, mental, and spiritual practices.
“If light is in your heart, you will find your way home” - Rumi
Larisa Harrington is a 20-year Air Force veteran, Yoga Therapist, Life Coach, Group Fitness Trainer and Functional Strength Coach and been working in health and wellness since 2000. Larisa’s certifications and trainings include: Accessible Yoga, Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Coaching, Yoga for All, Yoga for Amputees, Yoga for the Special Child, YogaFit for Warriors, Yoga of Recovery, Warriors at Ease, Yoga for Caregivers, Advanced Training in Mind-Body Medicine, Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-being, Holistic Stress Management, Group and Individual Crisis Intervention, as well as various other yoga, fitness, life coaching and mental health trainings and certifications. Larisa has worked with children, seniors, veterans, athletes, and men and women with varying abilities and goals. Her goal is to offer an inclusive, non-judgmental and accessible environment for her students to feel supported and accepted as they are, so they are able to experience their own personal growth- mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Larisa currently lives in New Market, MD with her husband, Quinn, and their children, Donovan and Ella. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys being out in nature, traveling and spending time with family.
Dana’s health and wellness journey began in 2014 when years of unmanaged stress manifested in the physical body as digestive issues. This experience was the catalyst for her quest to find mind/body techniques to facilitate a more peaceful and balanced life. Meditation, yoga, and time in nature are her “medicine”. She is inspired by her own healing journey and passionate about guiding others on their own path to healing, peace, and balance through yoga and meditation. She is a student of life and a lifelong learner. One of her favorite quotes by the late Maya Angelou is, “When you learn, teach, when you get, give.”
A practitioner since 2005 and a registered yoga teacher since 2016, DeAnna strives to help students experience the bliss and healing of mind and body possible through the practice of alignment-focused yoga.
DeAnna thoughtfully curates her classes to help practitioners build strength and gain confidence while escaping the chaos and stress of daily life. Her fun and informative teaching style eases students out of their heads and into their bodies to experience the gift of presence.
DeAnna resides in Frederick, MD, with her husband, twin boys and two pit bull rescues. Her motherhood journey was challenging at times, but believes yoga helped her emotional and physically. For this reason she focuses her studies and teachings on women's health, specifically fertility, prenatal, postnatal and pelvic floor yoga.
Monday - Thursday, 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday, 8:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday, 7:00am - 1:30pm
Sunday, 8:00am - 1:30pm
12850 Middlebrook Rd Ste 200
Germantown, MD 20874