Meet Our Team
Michelle Shaw, LMT
Michelle Shaw has been practicing therapeutic massage therapy for over 13 years. Originally from Wyoming, she attended the Baltimore School of Massage in 2002 and has been practicing in the area ever since. Michelle specializes in the treatment of pain and discomfort resulting from sports, athletic, and work-related activities. Utilizing deep-tissue, cupping, and Thai massage techniques, Michelle will develop a focused treatment program that meets your specific rehabilitation needs. Michelle is also trained to administer and monitor other therapeutic treatments including cryotherapy, salt therapy, and mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Kayla's journey into the health and wellness realm began when she discovered CrossFit in college while she was studying Animal Science at the University of MD. She became a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer in 2013 and coached part-time while she worked as a full-time veterinary technician. After several years of working with animals, Kayla decided that her true passion lied in helping others achieve optimal well-being through physical fitness. In January 2018, she enrolled in massage therapy school. She came to CCIH in April 2018 to bring her closer to working with people in the wellness industry and fell in love with helping clients here. Kayla holds her CrossFit Level 2 Certificate, US Power Lifting Coach Certification and is working towards becoming a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM. She is set to graduate from Cortiva Institute School of Massage in Jan 2019 and looks forward to starting a full-time career in health and wellness.
I’m Halye and I’m originally from New Jersey. I came to Baltimore to attend Towson University for undergrad. I loved Baltimore so much that I decided to stay!
A few years after graduating from Towson, I realized I had a passion for holistic wellness and Integrative health. I went back to school to earn my Master’s Degree in Health Promotion from Maryland University of Integrative Health. Shortly after that I started working at Charm City Integrative Health and I love it! I am also a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and I teach yoga and some other fitness classes at CorePower Yoga. In my free time I love to practice yoga, stay active, read, spend time with family, and play with my White German Shepherd.
Aurora Raiten, M.Ac, L.Ac.
Aurora received a Masters degree in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in NYC and first became nationally certified in 2009. Her approach to acupuncture relies heavily on the Japanese tradition as taught by her mentor, Kiiko Matsumoto, combined with Classical Chinese theory and orthopedic “acupuncture physical medicine." Working at the pace of each individual, Aurora may incorporate traditional acupuncture with trigger point "dry needling," electro-stimulation, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and nutritional guidance, allowing for effective treatment of a broad range conditions while ensuring patient comfort.
Aurora’s major area of clinical interest is chronic illness, particularly Lyme disease; as a Lyme patient herself, she is intimately familiar with the fluctuating process of navigating the complex symptoms associated with Lyme, its co-infections, and other vector-borne diseases and is eager to help anyone struggling to find answers and relief. As a former birth doula, Aurora also has a great deal of experience working within the realm of reproductive health for people of all genders and all family structures, from fertility into the full spectrum of pregnancy options and beyond, as well as in offering holistic assistance through the gender affirmation process. Aurora’s many years as a massage therapist, Muay Thai competitor, and avid athlete informs her hands-on awareness of how to pinpoint and address deep-seated muscular dysfunction leading to body pain and headaches of all kinds, including migraines. Aurora aims to facilitate whole body health for all people by creating a radically inclusive, body-positive, and empowering space for all people to receive the care they need.
Ann Smith, MSW, LCSW‐C
Ann Smith, MSW, LCSW-C provides trauma-informed psychotherapy, focusing on the individual concerns of clients.
Ann helps adults who are experiencing emotional distress that may arise due to current and past experiences, such as trauma, loss, life transitions, and relationship challenges. Ann uses an integrative, non-judgmental, collaborative and compassionate approach in psychotherapy, which helps clients feel heard and understood as they are building self-awareness. The cornerstone of Ann’s work is her belief that building a trusting and safe helping relationship is essential to healing in psychotherapy.
Clients say Ann has helped promote healing and growth through empathic listening, and by helping clients to learn more about their emotions, thought patterns and actions. In working with Ann, clients may learn how their history can impact the present, how to recognize and use their strengths and resources, and how to use the mind, body, heart and spirit for healing and growth. In addition to understanding the sources of pain and suffering, it is also helpful to develop a “tool kit” for coping with
emotional distress in the present.
Specifically, Ann’s work addresses issues including:
• Distress caused by relational trauma and family of origin concerns;
• Adults who have experienced childhood physical, sexual, or emotional abuse/neglect;
• Anxiety disorders and depressed mood;
• Emotional distress related to current situations and transitions, such as work, family life and
Ann’s integrative approach includes traditional talk therapy, utilizing psychodynamic, attachment theory, and cognitive-behavioral principles, combined with mindfulness and somatic (body) oriented
Samantha Preston, M.Ac, L.Ac.
Samantha Preston, M.Ac., L.Ac. received her master's degree in Five Element acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia) in 2014. She was licensed to practice in the state of Maryland the same year. With a background in community acupuncture as well as private practice, Sam has gained extensive experience working with a broad range of conditions, including chronic and acute pain, depression and anxiety, autoimmune conditions, and fertility support. She has appeared as a guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, presenting acupuncture to med students.
A Maryland native, Sam has called Baltimore home for the past twelve years. As a mother of two, with two home births under her belt, Sam is well-connected in the Baltimore birthing community, and loves supporting parents through pregnancy and postpartum. Samantha has experience working with survivors of trauma and people who identify as LGBTQ, and is committed to maintaining a safe space for healing for everyone. She believes strongly in the body's ability to heal, and uses her tools, acupuncture, moxibustion, gua sha, and cupping, to support you on your road to your best health.