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Meet the team

Mindful Movement: Yoga, Pilates & Barre

Dr. Kristi Shaw

Founder & Owner; Yoga & Pilates
Kristi Shaw, Ph.D., MHS, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, C-IAYT (Certified Yoga Therapist), NCPT (Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher) began her yoga teaching career in 2006. Following the path of yoga therapy as an integrated approach in her teaching style, Kristi completed her RYT 500 and C-IAYT hours with University of Maryland Medical School, Center for Integrative Medicine. Kristi founded Coastal Retreat Studios and Wellness in 2017 to further her vision of bringing multiple healing modalities under a shared roof, sharing a common focus on aligning and healing the whole person.

Hamilton Garces

Yoga & Sound Immersion
Hamilton Garces, RYT200 is a New Jersey Native and Marine Veteran with 3 tours, including Afghanistan. After 4 years of service, it wasn’t easy living with post-combat PTSD. Seeking the mental & physical benefits of yoga, Hamilton immersed himself in yoga teacher training at Integral Yoga Institute, Fairlawn, NJ and Yogavilla in Buckingham, VA. Hamilton is also a Healing Arts Practitioner utilizing the Native American Flute, Didgeridoo, Crystal Singing Bowls, Throat Singing and Tuning Forks.

Karen Knauss

Yoga & Pilates
Karen Knauss, RYT 200, Physical Therapy Assistant, Certified Ashaya Yoga Instructor and Radiant Child Yoga Teacher, Karen blends her physical therapy background with alignment-based yoga instruction. Trained at Willow Street Yoga Center by Maria Hamburger, Joe Miller and Natalie Miller, Karen continues studies in children's yoga through Radiant Child. Karen is a Pilates mat and equipment teacher, a certified stand-up paddle board instructor, and a certified Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) leader.

Andrea Hoopes

Yoga, Barre & Reiki Master
Andrea Hoopes, RYT 200, is a registered member of Yoga Alliance, Barre Sculpt and Pilates teacher, and a Reiki Master Level Practitioner. She has an 18-year background in Radiology, which allows her to practice an intuitive interpretation of asana focusing on alignment.

Suzie Hurley

With over 40 years of yoga experience, Suzie Hurley, E-RYT 500, has practiced yoga and meditation with roots in Kripalu, Iyengar, and Anusara. She is the former Director/Owner of the Willow Street Yoga Center in Takoma Park, MD. which served nearly 2000 weekly students. Her clear and precise teaching style is balanced with fun and authenticity. Often told that her own essence is joy, Suzie’s teaching is enthusiastic and inspirational. Her goal is to always encourage, enliven, and empower her students to open to their intrinsic goodness that lies within. More about Suzie at

Julie Phillips-Turner

Julie Phillips-Turner, RYT, AYS, Y4C, discovered yoga and meditation in 1990, and found that it profoundly helped her to focus on studies and become a more organized and grounded person. In 2008, two family members were diagnosed with cancer, and Julie's yoga practice became her source for comfort, strength and mindfulness to handle life's difficult moments. To Julie, yoga is a powerful therapy for both mental and physical well being, and not just a great physical workout.

Eleanor Denegre

Eleanor Denegre, RYT 500, began studying and practicing Yoga as a teenager to build strength and grounding for her career in theater and dance as a performer and a Theater Specialist at the NEA. Her practice cultivates resilience, stillness, and focus within the “noise” of daily life and her inquiry is how to create freedom and joy within the constraints of desks and schedules. Eleanor is a 500-hour Kripalu Professional Teacher and a certified Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher, Nosara Yoga Institute. She studied Yoga with Swami Neeladevananda.

Sharon Gotimer

Yoga & Reiki Master
Sharon Ryan-Gotimer is a RYT200 certified in Yin and Laughter Yoga, a Reiki Karuna & Usui Master Level Practitioner, having practiced for 30+ year, and a DPA - Dream Pattern Analyst. Sharon has a 30+ year background in Corporate America as a CFO and business development consultant. Understanding the need for self-care, Sharon has taken her two greatest loves Yin Yoga & Reiki and created a practice called Nurturing Yoga, allowing the student to nurture one’s spiritual and personal development using the science of yoga through the 8 Limb Path and energetic body work.

Dr. Ann Smith

Yoga & Meditation
Ann Smith, PhD, sits a lot as a clinical psychologist, national trainer and consultant for the treatment of Substance Abuse and PTSD. Prior to that, she moved a lot in her work as a drama therapist, a yoga instructor and as a general overall New Yorker who walked everywhere instead of sitting. Ann has completed more than 500 hours of yoga training under the guidance of The World Yoga Center in New York City and Anusara Yoga. These days, instead of walking to work, she does facial yoga during her commute, and shares her love of yoga and meditation with her patients.

Angie Lavezzo



Functional & Integrative Medicine


Massage Therapy & Cupping

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Ann Troshinsky

Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Childhood is a time of new experiences, joyful mysteries and fun. Ann has always been fascinated by a child’s joy of exploring something new to them. She loves when their eyes light up as you play along with imagination or with silliness. Watching her boy/girl twins as infants, then schoolchildren, and how differently they navigated the world was her delight as a stay-at-home mom. She made a decision to open her own practice to offer my knowledge of Occupational Therapy and parenting to promote a child’s physical and emotional well-being. We believe that kids and families on the Eastern Shore deserve a service that can navigate family stressors and assist children to develop into their best selves!

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