Meet the Team

Connection is our Mantra

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.

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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.

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.


Dr. Marissa Wallie


Dr. Wallie is an advocate of optimal wellness. She enjoys coaching patients toward achieving a better quality of life. Her goal is to inspire them to aspire to new levels of health, and her infectious enthusiasm is successful to that end!
Dr. Wallie completed her undergraduate work at Towson University in Maryland, and her doctorate at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, New York in 2000. She is trained in prenatal and pediatric care, as well as spinal curve correction, rehabilitation, and sports injuries. Dr. Wallie is also a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.


Amanda Courie


Acupuncturist Amanda Courie, MSLIS, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Amanda grew up on Better Days Farm outside of Greensboro, MD. She completed a B.A. in Writing and Literature at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, where she also intensively studied Mahayana Buddhism. She then earned a Master of Science in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University.
Amanda’s passions include literature and community service. As a young mother of two children, she was fortunate to be able to bring these passions together in a fulfilling career in Youth Librarianship at a busy public library. When her children were teenagers, she had the opportunity to begin her study of acupuncture at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) and is looking forward to a second career in Chinese Medicine. She graduated with a Master of Acupuncture degree in May 2019 and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Acupuncture program, including the completion of an internship at the Kaufman Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Hospital in Fall 2019.
Amanda brings her extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families to her practice. She is excited to bring her lifelong focus on building community, ensuring equity of services, and supporting the health of the whole family to the field of integrative medicine.
Specialties: Mental Health; Addictions; Family Medicine; Children & Adolescents

Massage Therapy & Cupping

Stephanie Blades

Nurse, Massage Therapist, Therapeutic Cupping

Massage therapist Stephanie Blades RNC, LMT, CEIM, of Easton, is a mother, nurse, massage therapist and educator. A nurse on the Birthing Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at Easton since 2000, teaching childbirth classes since 2002 and a licensed massage therapist since 2014, she offers prenatal massage as well as therapeutic massage and Reiki. Stephanie is certified as an educator of Infant massage and anticipates completing more specialized certification courses to expand her massage modalities.She combines different modalities in order to allow the body to achieve the ultimate level of relaxation and pain relief. These modalities include Swedish, deep tissue, lomi loom, myofascial release, aromatherapy, reflexology and Thai yoga massage. Stephanie practices by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays at our Easton location.

What People Say About Us

Client Testimonials

***When and why did you start coming to Coastal Retreat?
I started December 2018 because I needed to focus on self care. I was extremely stressed out and thought Yoga would be a good fit to improve my mental health.
***What was your reason for starting? (Mind, Body, Health, etc)
I started Yoga because my overall health needed to improve. I was not exercising, eating poorly, and my blood pressure was elevated.
I tried Yoga in the past but never was committed to attend classes.
I felt compelled to give it another try and started with two classes the first week.
I also inquired about Pilates, and took my first class soon after.
Both Pilates and Yoga soon became part of my agenda every week.
***What has been your biggest accomplishment since becoming a member at Coastal Retreat?
Since becoming a member in December 2018, I have consistently attended both Yoga and Pilates classes (an average of seven classes).
This is by far the most exercise I have ever done in my entire life! I have lost weight, am definitely more flexible, my posture has greatly improved, my overall strength, the benefits of breathing etc…I am proud of ME!
Do you have a favorite class?
I enjoy all of the classes and do not have a favorite.
Do I have any funny moments…?
Maybe the faces I seem to make when I do Pilates!
My advice or words of encouragement…?
If I can do it…You can…
I would encourage anyone to try either Yoga or Pilates. All of the instructors at CR are extremely knowledgeable and work with all levels.
I have definitely improved my overall health, and continue to have a positive outlook on life in general.
I cannot be more thankful to Kristi and her staff of dedicated instructors for all of the support.
Valerie Albee
Valerie AlbeeUnlimited Plus Member
***When and why did you start coming to Coastal Retreat?
October 2019 – to get exercise and balance
What was your reason for starting?
mind body health, etc
***What has been your biggest accomplishment since becoming a member at Coastal Retreat?
consistently showing up
***Do you have a favorite class?
pilates reformer
***Do you have any funny moments you’d like to share, or maybe something that you realized on your yoga mat?
(While Sharon didn’t respond to this question, we would like to use our editorial license to share about the one time her wife, Tracy, pretended to smoke imaginary cigarettes in the back of yoga class)
***What advice or words of encouragement would you like to pass along to people who haven’t been to Coastal Retreat?
don’t put it off….sign up…come in….you will love it
Sharon O'Connell
Sharon O’ConnellUnlimited Plus Member
***When and why did you start coming to Coastal Retreat? Early in 2019
***What was your reason for starting? (Mind, Body, Health, etc) I came to check out the Chiropractic for my Mom but I just started taking classes.
***What has been your biggest accomplishment since becoming a member at Coastal Retreat? I am so much stronger and more flexible and more serene.
***Do you have a favorite class? I really enjoy all the classes…so not one specific. They all help me in different ways.
***Do you have any funny moments you’d like to share, or maybe something that you realized on your yoga mat? We goof around a lot and try and harass the instructors, mostly in pilates…like are YOU KIDDING ME? Just amazing what I can do now.
***What advice or words of encouragement would you like to pass along to people who haven’t been to Coastal Retreat? It’s a great family of people…I really like everyone and everyone is very caring. I’m new to the Eastern Shore so it has helped me become acclimated with this area and the people.
Victoria WilletsUnlimited Plus Member

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