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marie perkins acupunture specialist in palm harbor

Dr. Marie Perkins, OTR/L, LMT, DOM, Dipl. Ac.

Dr. Marie Perkins, OTR/L, LMT, DOM, Dipl. Ac. is one of the most recognized practitioners in Palm Harbor as a “non-pharmaceutical” pain specialist.

Born and raised in Quebec City Canada, Dr. Perkins received her Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy from University Laval in 1993. Her passion led her to leave everything behind and immigrated to Florida in 1995. She proceeded with acquiring her Massage Therapy license from Bahkti Academy in 1999 and her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2004.

Her goal for founding East West Healing Solutions was to be a pioneer in the community working at bridging the gap between Eastern and Western Medicine. She has established strong partnership with Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, Orthopedic Surgeons, Neurologists, Pain Management Physicians, Doctors of Chiropractic, Rehabilitative Specialists, Athletic Directors, Coaches and Personal Injury Attorneys in the community proving not only that it can be done but also that a cohesive team approach is often the most efficient way to help a patient..

“Over the years I have continued to add to my knowledge in order to be able to help as many patients I possibly could. Most of the time, a joint effort from Western and Eastern Medicine is required to obtain optimal health. For that reason, patients should proactively seek a team of highly trained professionals in various fields, all working toward one common goal; the PATIENT’S best interest. Your health portfolio should be built with the same concepts as your financial portfolio; diversification is the key!, Dr. Marie Perkins tells her patients.”

Aside from offering Traditional Acupuncture to Palm Harbor patients, her clinic also offers several other complementary treatments such as Herbal prescriptions, Cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, Diathermia, Dry Aqua Massage, Cold Laser Therapy, Medical Massage and Postural Analysis among others. Dr. Perkins also develops customized, personal healing and health plans for each patient at East West Healing Solutions.

Licensed by the National:

Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

Sandy Bryant

Sandy Bryant

Sandy starting practicing Hot Yoga in 1997 and got her first certification in 1999. With her interest in anatomy and physiology of yoga, she continues her education and workshops regularly.She emphasizes finding your inner strength and your inner healing power to enjoy the flexibility and

She emphasizes finding your inner strength and your inner healing power to enjoy the flexibility and a therapeutic benefits of yoga. Sandy’s passion is travel, she has visited 43 states and 18 countries. She has three grown children and two granddaughters.



Sevdije Lika

Sevdije has been seriously practicing the beautiful art form of Belly dance since 1994 and grew up being entertained by bellydancers at family weddings. She now is excited to be teaching here at East West Healing Solutions Wellness Studio

She is certified in Pilates Equipment, Mat, and Yoga. Her clients have seen positive results in their transformations through consistent work, whether it is a slight case of scoliosis, menopause, poor posture, breathing better, seeking more strength, tone, and flexibility or simply just keeping up with an old injury and thinking “Prehab” instead of “Rehab” in order to stay strong safely as she has had an athletic lifestyle with her own injuries.

Lili Brun

Lili Brun

Lili has been involved in some form of yoga since 2006 when she moved from Denver, Colorado to Dunedin, Florida.

In Denver, she managed a Title Insurance company and did Real Estate Closings in English and Spanish.

When she began taking yoga and pilates classes at the local studios she immediately felt she had found a new love in her Life. About the same time, she also began her journey into infertility clinics to attempt to get pregnant. Those unsuccessful treatments accumulated high stress, anxiety, unhappiness in her body. To help release some of that stress she continued taking a different kind of yoga & meditation classes along with massage and acupuncture appointments.

Lili was lucky and blessed to get pregnant without assisted reproductive technology. She is a firm believer that yoga helps to relax, increase energy, gain flexibility, improve circulation among many other health benefits.

She obtained her yoga certification (RYT200hr) in July 2015 with Ally Ford in Ashtanga Yoga. Lili also takes Qi Gong & Tai Chi instructor classes under Master Shifu Orlando Schiaffino at Sadana Center where she also obtained her Reiki Certification Level 1 and 2.

Lili loves to practice yoga with her 5-year-old daughter, who is her teacher and her greatest blessing.

Yulia East West Healing Solutions

Vimutta Yulia Shevchenko

“Yulia’s” initial background is in classical ballet, modern dance, and jazz. She was a member of several dance companies in her native Ukraine. One of her most influential teachers of choreography was Lora Petrova, founder of Style, an innovative contemporary school of dance with a unique style and approach to teaching movement.

After moving to the U.S. in 1996 Yulia taught dance at multiple studios and spent several years in close collaboration with accomplished classical ballet dancers and teachers, Elena Martinson and Andrei Ustinov.

Yulia’s fascination with various forms of physical movement led her to martial arts and yoga.

She began consistently practicing yoga in 1999 and has been teaching it since 2005. Yulia obtained her first yoga teacher certification with Wendy O’Lenic in 2005 and completed her 200-hour training with Ally Ford in 2009.

Yulia is also a professional linguist, conference interpreter and a contractor with the U.S. Department of State. This gives her an opportunity to travel and learn from teachers and colleagues from all over the world. Her own teaching style is eclectic and includes many influences. Among the methods and teachers that inspired her are the Mysore Ashtanga method of Patabbhi Joys, Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow, Amrit Yoga, Jivamukti, Anusara and Sivananda Yoga.

Yulia is an avid student of the history and philosophy of yoga and meditation. She currently teaches a regular community yoga class at the Dhamma Wheel Meditation Society in Clearwater.

Yulia’s focus in class is on mindful movement and breath, on helping each student improve their body awareness, gradually build strength, flexibility, increase vitality and enjoy freedom of movement.

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Master Shifu
Orlando Schiaffino

Shifu Orlando is a professional martial artist with more than 30 years training and has been teaching for over 15. His training began when he was 7 years old. He lived and studied in a Buddhist Temple Tian-Tan (Temple of the Heaven) in Lima. Peru.

He studied the Chinese Martial Arts C’huan- Fa (Five animals) and White Crane Qi Gong, Buddhist Philosophy; Meditative Arts and Oriental Healing methods under the direction of the Honorable Master Sasha Tsa. Shifu Orlando also studied under Master Lau Laos: “Yijinji science”, “Five elements principles” and “Daoism Qigong”.

He is a teacher, the kind of teacher who guides by example and compassion. His life’s work is to respond to the need for us to know ourselves better while finding peace and balance in our busy lives.

Shifu comes to North America from his native country Peru, bringing the richness of the Buddhist and Daoism tradition. His teaching and practice are for everyone to explore. He shows us that we are already perfect and complete. We have not been cast adrift in the Universe, everything we need is easily found within.

Over the years Shifu Schiaffino continued to train and expand his QiGong knowledge under some of the best QiGong mentors: Master Zhao Jiang, Master Li Wang and Master Zhongxian Wu (Daoism Shamanic QiGong Fu Lu).

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Ingrid Riechmann

Yoga and Meditation Instructor

A dancer since she was a little girl, (ballet, jazz, clogging, salsa) Ingrid also found yoga to be amazing in her recovery after a potentially crippling injury rendered her unable to walk, let alone dance.  Ingrid began her yoga practice in the summer of 2006 as a way to find peace and centering.  What she found in yoga, was a calming, self-restorative, and healing for her body – heart – mind.  What started as a healing activity quickly became a part of her everyday life.  She believes nothing has a more profound impact on one’s emotional, mental, and physical state than yoga.

The idea of yoga as a practice and a lifestyle towards better physical, mental, and emotional health is what prompted Ingrid to enroll in the yoga teacher training at Pose by Pose Yoga under the tutelage of Yogi / Owner, Jennifer Leavy where she graduated in October 2015, with her 200 hrs. Ingrid is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance.

Lili Brun

Yoga and Meditation Instructor

Lili Brun began to practice yoga when she first moved to Dunedin, FL from Denver, CO in 2006. She immediately felt a special connection. Her self-discovery journey began!

She practiced different types of yoga like Kundalini, Bikram, Anusara, Bhakti, Amrit, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Nidra and many different types of Meditation as well. In 2014 Lili received level 1 & 2 Reiki certification and practices Qi gong & Tai Chi under Master Shifu Orlando Schiaffino.

Lili received her 200RYT under Ally Ford and Calley Masson Sunderman in 2015. She continues to practice yoga and take many workshops to expand her yoga knowledge. She feels so lucky and grateful to learn from many local gifted Teachers and some non-local gifted Teachers as well.

She considers herself a student of Life. Constantly learning from life lessons, her practice, her daughter, students, teachers, family, friends and people she meets daily. She follows her intuition and heart leading her to a constant transformation.