Staff Bios

Soma Wellness Staff

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Amy Cynowa Conklin, D.C.

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Dr. Amy Cynowa Conklin is a 1998 graduate from Logan College of Chiropractic. She uses low force chiropractic adjustments to align the spine and increase immune response. Her sessions include scanning all levels of imbalances (structural, electromagnetic, nutritional, emotional, allergies and toxicity) and implementing related therapies into her treatment protocol. Dr. Conklin is trained in using the worlds most researched 3LT Lasers. These low level lasers are non invasive and are used to help the body heal a variety of different conditions. Other therapies she uses are Cranial Sacral Therapy, developed by Dr. John Upledger and Myofascial Release with John Barnes, PT.

Dr. Conklin has a dedication and passion for education and care for her patients. She loves to works with infants, athletes, elderly and overall family care. She would love to work with you, at your level, to help you improve your quality of health.


Heather Whip, L.Ac. MSOM

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Heather was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She earned a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii. Heather is trained in Acupuncture, Herbology, Tui-na, Nutritional Therapy, Qi Gong, and Women’s Health.

Heather’s specialties include: family care, pain management, stress reduction, smoking cessation, weight management, facial rejuvenation, women’s health, and Shonishin – a needle-free therapy for children. Heather is well known for her gentle hands and warm bedside manner. As a native to Alaska and lifelong commercial fisherman, she understands the demanding lifestyle of Alaskans.


Barbara Bennett, LMT, CCK

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Barbara is an advanced practitioner of the holistic manual therapies and brings 30 years of experience and knowledge to her healing practice. With a background originating in conventional nursing, Barbara embraces massage therapy/bodywork as a medical intervention supporting the roll it plays in preventing disease, easing discomfort, and restoring health. Her intent is to unravel complex postural patterns and unlock residual restrictions due to trauma, poor posture and repetition. She practices a variety of modalities and techniques infusing each session with specific detail. Her sessions are compassionate and direct. A great joy for Barbara is in guiding her clients towards their own innate wisdom and healing potential, while encouraging them to learn new ways of self care. She looks forward to helping you achieve your wellness goals naturally bringing radiance and vitality back into your life!


Michele Aitken, NCLMT

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Upledger Advanced Craniosacral therapist;
Upledger Advanced Pediatric and Obstetric Craniosacral therapist;
Bio-Dynamic Craniosacral Certified therapist;
Therapeutic massage;
Raindrop therapy with essential oils;
Lymphatic Drainage;
Specializes in pregnancy, infant, and pediatric massage.
Body Balancing, her own technique to de-stress the body from allergies and immune issues.
Educator on healthier and happier pregnancies and births

Her great love is educating families and their communities on creating health and in their lives on all levels. She has spent the last 25 years in the holistic community doing just that! In a world that keeps us moving in so many directions at once, it is vital that we take time to
Be present, listen to our bodies allowing Therapeutic Time to self-heal. Michele supports this through offering modalities of healing that will bring the body back into balance.
Twenty years ago she was blessed to give birth to her youngest daughter, CarlyRose. Carly was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder. So rare that she is one of two in documented medical history!

Being a holistic practitioner, she brought every tool she had to support Carly’s health. She embraced Carly’s uniqueness opening her up to see everyone else in a new perspective. CarlyRose is my teacher and together sharing her story, we have had the opportunity to teach people of the benefits of holistic healthcare.. “CarlyRose has opened my eyes to the importance of listening. I have learned compassion and love beyond measure! Be PRESENT in life, it’s really all that matters!”

The special needs community is close to her heart. Supporting and strengthening those families with love and compassion and educating them on holistic healthcare is her goal. ( She offers discounted prices to anyone in need)

“I love what I do and I am passionate to help people realize how to support themselves in a gentle, non-invasive way to be healthy and enjoy their lives to the fullest.”


Mack Rogers

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Mack is a 2002 graduate of the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, where he studied Acupuncture as well as Chinese Herbals and Classical Chinese Medicine. He uses Classical and Tung Style acupuncture to effectively address acute and chronic pain as well as internal difficulties such as:  digestive disorders, allergies, migraines, PTSD and many other maladies.  While attending ACAOM, Mack had the privilege of studying under Yanfang Liu, former department director and attending Physician of the Chinese Academy of Chinese Medicine in Beijing, who taught him the fundamentals in fertility health and hormonal balancing, which he specializes in today.

Presently, the main focus of his studies involves Classical Chinese Medicine practices before 300 CE and Tung Style acupuncture – a classical Chinese acupuncture preserved by Master Tung Ching Chang when he fled to Taiwan during the Chinese Revolution of 1949. Mack studies Tung Style with Robert Chu, Ph.D., L.Ac., Q.M.E. of Pasadena, California, a nationally-recognized expert in the field.   In addition to this training, Mack borrows from Japanese influences in acupuncture and studies with Nigel Dawes, L. Ac., one of the foremost teachers in Japanese Kempo.  Kempo is an incredibly practical herbal method developed during the Han Dynesty (206 BC to 220 AD) by eminent physician Zhang Zhong-Jin.”

“Every day is a different day, and every person is unique,“ Mack explains. “This makes doing acupuncture very alive to me. I love it when I haven’t seen my patients in a while, and they’re returning to me because they’ve gotten something new and they think I can help. It means to me that they’re living life, they’re feeling better. We’re always working towards a place where they are back on their own again and they have the tools for better living.  It means they trust me to get them back to that healthy place again.”


Brenda Beck


Brenda M. Beck is a Professionally Certified Advanced Myofascial Therapist, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist.
She has studied many different bodywork modalities which can be incorporated into the session to meet each client’s needs.
Full body integration, joint mobilization, active release, myofascial/trigger point is her area of expertise.

Full Body Therapeutic Massage
This is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and stretching the fascia to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.

Myofascial treatments
These sessions are usually for clients who have a specific soft tissue medical issue that needs to be addressed. Clients are usually clothed in shorts, t-shirt, or sweats for the session, if skin contact is required, clients are draped professionally. Focused work is done in the area of concern using a combination of Fascia stretching; trigger point work; active release and joint mobilization stretching.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
This therapy is a gentle yet profound non-invasive, hands-on treatment for the whole body. Performed on a massage table, the client is fully clothed and the touch is generally light and still. The treatment is focused on supporting the health of the whole being, especially the nervous system. The nervous system dictates all of the body’s functioning, constantly sending and receiving information.


Michele Aitken

Therapeutic massage Raindrop therapy with essential oils Lymphatic Drainage Specializes in pregnancy, infant and pediatric massage Body Balancing, her own technique to de-stress the body from allergies and immune issues.
Educator on healthier and happier pregnancies and births

Her great love is educating families and their communities on creating health and in their lives on all levels. She has spent the last 25 years in the holistic community doing just that! In a world that keeps us moving in so many directions at once, it is vital that we take time to:

  • Be Present
  • Listen to our bodies
  • Allowing Therapeutic Time to self heal

Michele supports this through offering modalities of healing that will bring the body back into balance.

Twenty years ago she was blessed to give birth to her youngest daughter, Carly Rose. Carly was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder. So rare that she is one of two in documented medical history!

Being a holistic practitioner, she brought every tool she had to support Carly’s health. She embraced Carly’s uniqueness opening her up to see everyone else in a new perspective. Carly Rose is my teacher and together sharing her story, we have had the opportunity to teach people of the benefits of holistic healthcare. “Carly Rose has opened my eyes to the importance of listening. I have learned compassion and love beyond measure! Be PRESENT in life, it’s really all that matters!”

The special needs community is close to her heart. Supporting and strengthening those families with love and compassion and educating them on holistic healthcare is her goal. ( She offers discounted prices to anyone in need)

“I love what I do and I am passionate to help people realize how to support themselves in a gentle, non-invasive way to be healthy and enjoy their lives to the fullest.”


Cassandra Sikat

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Cassandra is our friendly receptionist. Her voice and smile you will recognize when you call our office. She has a strong background in nutrition, and is dedicated to supporting our team by answering questions, booking appointments, and assisting patient needs. We are grateful to have her as part of our team.

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