Our People

The Sagebrush staff is thoroughly invested in your success in living a healthy, sober life.  Learn more about our highly experienced staff below.

Vanessa Vergnetti, ND, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

As the CEO and founder of Sagebrush, Vanessa’s vision for healing, growth and recovery are the core of her life’s work.  She is steadfast and dedicated to creating sacred spaces where true transformations can occur.  Her knowledge and expertise in alternative treatments to addictions and other chronic and degenerative diseases have made her a healer, teacher and leader. She is a perpetual student in the abundance of life, holistic healing, spirituality and divine truth. Vanessa takes a personal interest in the personal story and progress of each client.  She is sincere and focused on the profound restoration of the sense of purpose in one’s life and she is determined to educate others in the benefits of recovery and a restored sense of self.  With a Doctor of Naturopathy Degree and a Ph.D. in Natural Health, Vanessa values creating a compelling and enlightened direction for the Sagebrush Team.  Her unwavering devotion to manifesting the gifts of the soul, along with her courageous spirit continually inspire, encourage and guide the path, vision and cohesion of our team.

Barry McNinch

Director of Admissions and Clinical Outreach

Barry brings to Sagebrush 7 years of treatment experience working with substance abuse treatment (in both development and outreach). Barry obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology from East Carolina University and he is currently working toward his LPC. As a child Barry always had a drive to help others which led to his desire to go into healthcare, with a focus on mental health. While growing up in rural Eastern North Carolina, he had the opportunity to shadow under different professionals within the mental healthcare realm. During that experience, he saw where people didn’t know the system protocols, available programs, or the routes of accessibility. He also saw where these populations were underserved and there were social stigmas towards mental health and treatment. From that moment, he gained a passion for developing and representing quality programs, while educating people on routes of accessibility. Throughout the development of his education and professional career, he has had experience with program development, program operations and program outreach. He has also had the opportunity to collaborate on a startup team that developed Intensive Outpatient Programs and Partial Hospitalization Programs. He has had the experience to serve the LGBTQ, Substance Abuse and Eating Disorder Communities. He recently relocated to Washington DC to volunteer with Non-Profits that work with awareness and accessibility of Mental Health programs within the current Healthcare Reform. In the past, he has worked as an advocate on capitol hill lobbying for legislation for mental health initiatives. Barry enjoys traveling with his partner and being on the boat with his dog Meesh.


Martha Rackets, MS, LMFT

Executive Director

Martha brings an extensive background to Sagebrush from her previous work with individuals, couples and families.  She is enthusiastic about working in a team-based, collaborative clinical setting that allows her to provide the most informed and helpful services to clients.  She has two Bachelor degrees from Virginia Tech, a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Kentucky.  She is also a doctoral candidate for Family Science at the University of Kentucky.  Martha empowers clients to challenge their belief system and develop an expressive, confident and grounded emotional system, allowing them to flourish in stronger and healthier relationships.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and husband and is extremely active in CrossFit.  She’s an avid sports fan of both Virginia Tech football and Kentucky Basketball.  Martha’s analytical strengths and core values are a welcomed addition to the Sagebrush Team.


Amy Scott, LPN

Utilization Review Coordinator

Amy was born in Alexandria, Egypt and grew up on a horse farm as a child after she moved to Virginia. Amy graduated from Mary Washington University with a BA in Marketing and Communications. She decided to go to nursing school after the passing of her father and received her LPN. She worked with the Juniper program specializing in treatment and education for people living with HIV. Amy comes to us with a love of taking care of people who need it most. In the past, Amy ran her own make up service business and served as a make up artist in Fashion Week. Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and her dog Charlie.


Noelle Hunt

Administrative Coordinator

Shari Shifflett

Office Manager

Shari exudes an approachable kindness and nurturing spirit that aides in providing a safe and welcoming space for new clients at Sagebrush. She incorporates her caring skillset as an Office Manager at Sagebrush, and delights in answering any questions that come her way.  She also brings her gifts in various areas of legal administration and has earned an Associate Medical Degree.  Shari embraces her physically active lifestyle and takes long walks every opportunity possible, along with scenic excursions on her bike.  Her passionate literary interests are reflected in her extensive personal library collection of great classic reads.  Shari brings wisdom, compassion and sincerity to our team.

Keisha Grant

Billing Manager

Lakeisha is a soulful, independent and bright person on the Sagebrush team.  She is extremely focused and determined to provide the best possible experience for everyone that she works with.  The resourcefulness that she shares reflects her extensive experience in medical coding, billing and accounting. Her day to day activities are spent dealing with the not so glamorous aspects of medical billing, but helping people figure out how to pay for treatment is what she does best. In her spare time, Lakeisha is earning her Bachelor’s in Accounting at Strayer University.  Lakeisha delights in taking in a mellow drama or a light-hearted romantic comedy and watching sports (Go Celtics!).  Her steady and patient attitude has made her an integral part of the Sagebrush team.


Jenna Barsotti, BS

Executive Assistant 

Jenna graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Geographical Sciences and a minor in US/Latin American Relations in 2013. While in college, she was an active member of the American Indian Student Union and Kappa Lambda Xi, a multicultural Sorority. Through her humanitarian interests in a diverse group of organizations, Jenna has been presented with many opportunities to volunteer in her community and around the nation.  Jenna exudes kindness and understanding, promoting individuals to tell their story. She has volunteered with children at The One World Center for Autism and at various Indian reservations across the country.  She also completed two years of service through Americorps. Her dedication to helping others is an asset to the Sagebrush team.

Jamecia Campbell

Overnight Staff

Jamecia is a native of northern Virginia and is currently studying nursing.  As a member of the Sagebrush Team, Jamecia views it as a blessing to work with so many diverse clients and staff.   She comes from a medical office administrative background and has a passion to serve those in recovery.   She thoroughly enjoys aiding people and takes initiative to support clients in living a healthier life.  In her spare time, she often takes her son on adventures to the park, expeditions to the zoo or participates in soccer activities.  Jamecia brings an outgoing, loving and kindhearted nature to her interactions and provides an uplifting spirit to Sagebrush.


Anthony Hill

Program Assistant

Anthony is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana but now resides in Herndon, VA.  He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminology and a Minor in Sociology from Indiana State University.  His passion is in motivational speaking as it pertains to the recovery process. As a former athlete, his hobbies include running and basketball.  He loves the family atmosphere that the Sagebrush staff provides and looks forward to having impromptu discussions about the 12 step process while interacting with clients. Being a part of the Sagebrush family has given him a new awareness of the importance of other aspects of the recovery process, such as the benefits of yoga, meditation, diet and exercise.   If he were to offer five words to describe his personality, they would be passionate, empathetic, warm, engaging and positive.  He’s been blessed to have worked all 12 steps of the recovery process and looks forward to assisting anyone interested to do the same.


Hebe Boyett

Program Assistant

Hebe brings her warm-hearted and caring energy to all who interact with her.  She is positive, upbeat and dedicated to bringing out the absolute best in everyone.  The optimism that she brings to life shows through in not only her encouragement and enthusiasm, but also in the heartfelt meanings in her paintings, poetry, short stories and experiences.  She has an incredibly strong ability to connect with clients.  Hebe has been studying Substance Abuse Counseling and Psychology at Northern Virginia Community College and plans to open her own practice one day.  The affinity and enthusiasm that she has for life is contagious and deeply appreciated.

Ashley Rose, BA

Residential Program Manager

Ashley exudes compassion, respect and dedication in all that she does. She exemplifies the facets of loyalty, kindness and professionalism. Ashley’s wealth of administrative experience, coupled with her knowledge of the recovery process, inspires and directs our residential team. Providing love and giving back is part of her innate character. She volunteers at Fairfax Academy, Heartland Hospices and enjoys working with autistic children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marymount University. Participating in mission trips and spending time with those near to her heart is what she enjoys most in life. Ashley’s soulful nature exudes joy, patience and generosity.

Erica Ohnstad, MA, ATR-BC, CSAC

Art Therapist

Erica is a genuine and compassionate part of our team at Sagebrush.  She has an extensive background in working with clients suffering from addictions. She is a Licensed Addiction Counselor in South Dakota and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in Virginia.  Erica believes whole-heartedly in the healing power of creativity, incorporating both integrative and cognitive approaches to foster growth and self-worth.  She feels that the therapeutic value of art has the opportunity to heal, empower and engage those isolated due to addictions.   Her nurturing spirit helps clients discover their artistic potential.  She attended Augustana University and received her Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology and Fine Arts.  She received her Masters degree in Art Therapy from George Washington University, with a focus on Trauma Informed Care.  She nurtures her sense of wonder and adventure by running and cycling on nearby trails.


Gabrielle Morrin, MS, CSAC Candidate

Addictions Counselor

Gabby is a native of Perrysburg, OH, located near Toledo.  She now resides in Maryland with her boyfriend and her daughter.  She attended Duquesne University earning a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in women’s and gender studies before earning her master’s degree in professional counseling from Carlow University.  Gabby worked as a drug and addictions counselor in a correctional facility for 3 years and she has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and homeless shelters while living in Pittsburgh, PA.  Gabby’s compassion and genuine nature flow into the philosophy that we are all humans – some people’s struggles just look different but everyone can achieve wellness!  When she isn’t helping people achieve wellness in the workplace, she can be found at the gym, teaching a spin class or yoga.  She relishes in time spent with family.

Lauren Campbell, MA, Resident in Counseling

Addictions Counselor

Lauren is a native of Akron, Ohio, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and Studio Art at Wittenberg University. Lauren moved to Washington, D.C. to continue her mental health studies at George Washington University, where she received her M.A. in Art Therapy. Lauren brings a creative and nurturing atmosphere to her work to allow clients to feel supported in their journey to wellness. Her trauma-focused master’s program and previous work in a variety of mental health settings have provided her with a well-rounded clinical background, which makes her adaptable and able to meet clients “wherever they are.”  As an art therapist, Lauren believes that all people have an inherent capacity for expressing themselves creatively to explore their experiences, increase self-awareness, find new solutions, and improve overall well-being in therapy. In her free time, Lauren enjoys expressive hobbies like ukulele, dance, yoga, cooking, and painting, and loves to travel to new places whenever possible.

Whitney Brown, MSW

Addictions Counselor

Whitney currently resides in and is a native of northern Virginia.  She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Masters of Social Work from Binghamton University in upstate New York. Whitney is a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor, which she utilizes as a recovery tool, guiding clients through trauma informed yoga therapy. She has used her skills to teach yoga to local organizations and communities to aide in building positive self-image and internal awareness. Whitney is experienced in working within the LGBTQ community, with adolescents, and with individuals living with addiction. She values each and every individual’s story, while taking into account everyone can evolve into their better self with love and compassion internally and through support. She fully believes in “meeting people where they are at,” and building positive relationships in order to successfully work with individuals from all walks of life. She takes a holistic approach to healing and recovery. She utilizes various therapeutic methodologies such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Theory, and Dialectical Behavioral Theory when working with clients. Whitney enjoys being physically active and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be working with the Sagebrush team and looks forward to helping transform the lives of people living with and impacted by substance abuse.

Candice Arnold, LPC, LSATP

Counseling Supervisor & Family and Addictions Therapist

Candice believes that everybody has the ability to make changes in their life.  She believes in the sincere importance of self growth, and sees this as a life long journey. Candice shares an optimistic and honest view with each client and family that she works with. She approaches counseling as a collaborative process that is individualized to each person’s needs.  She is passionate about being a stable, positive support and providing a safe environment, one in which she can teach skills and reinforce one’s own abilities to overcome obstacles in life. Candice brings over 10 years of counseling experience and knowledge to her clients who are seeking support.   She received her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from The University of Georgia.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner in Virginia.  Her southern charm is rooted in being born and raised in Northern Virginia and from residing in Georgia for several years where she began her career.  Candice is personable and courteous in her esteemed and gentle guidance that she provides her clients and peers.

Ashley Void, MA

Residential Program Manager

Ashley Void is the Residential Program Manager at the Great Fall’s Men’s House. She has a Master’s in Counseling and comes with an abundance of experience in individual therapy, group therapy, assessments and testing. She has been managing residential facilities for over six years and describes her leadership style as collaborative, solution focused, yet fun! She stands by the philosophy “people work for people” and this has been instrumental in developing, merging and bringing team cohesiveness to the Men’s House team. In her spare time, she enjoys being a dog mom, writing music, learning new languages and traveling!

Jessica Watkins, MA

Addictions Counselor

Jessica is a counselor in residence who has come to Sagebrush after over three years at Phoenix House of the Mid-Atlantic. At Phoenix, she was a primary counselor for the Partial Hospitalization program and has experience working with Intensive Outpatient and Women’s Residential programs, as well. Prior to earning her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Regent University, Jessica worked for eight years as a high school English teacher, which explains her love of psychoeducation groups and why you won’t escape her office without getting a recommended reading list (The Happiness Trap, Man’s Search for Meaning, and The Compassionate Mind are three great places to start!). Her favorite counseling techniques are REBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, and Narrative Therapy. In addition, she is extremely passionate about Compassion Focused Therapy and how it can be used to promote healing and acceptance in both the self and intimate relationships.

Kelley Kuchinov, ATR-BC

Experiential  Therapist

Kelley comes to us from the New Jersey area, while living there she received a Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She then worked for 13 years at Princeton House Behavioral Health, where she discovered her true passion of working with women, specifically those who experienced trauma and who struggled with addictions.  Kelley also has experience bringing creative arts therapies to Residential “Mommy and Me” programs.

She believes that hope is essential and therefore change is possible.  Throughout her career, she gained training in DBT and Psychodrama, through which she continually discovers creative ways to offer these skills to her clients.  Kelley has presented at National Conferences on topics of Art Therapy, DBT and specifically Mindfulness.  Not only is she knowledgeable in these therapeutic approaches, but she also feeds her soul by spending “QT” with her family, travelling, road trips, and meeting up with life-long friends when possible!  People describe her as creative, loyal, honest, funny — corny at times — and loves to dance! She would like to share the wisdom of Rafiki from the Lion King, which sums up her goal of balancing acceptance and change–“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.”

Alexandra Raines

House Manager

Alexandra was born and raised in Maryland. She studied English literature at the University of Maryland. Alexandra has a unique background in healthcare and management and hopes to provide essential leadership to a diverse, multidisciplinary team. Alexandra has also held significant roles within substance abuse treatment facilities. She is passionate about the 12-Step philosophy and is committed to assisting individuals with their journey to recovery. Alexandra is involved in community activism and regularly spends time volunteering in underserved local areas. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children.

Hilary Therit, MA, NCC, Resident in Counseling

Residential Therapist

Hilary is a native of Pennsylvania, but has lived in the DC area for the past three years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Mental Health from Mary Baldwin University, and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate career, she sought out opportunities to be involved with the mental health profession, including internships with both inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs.As a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a member of the American Counseling Association, Hilary is dedicated to providing the best care for her clients, and has a deep passion for providing guidance and support for those recovering from addiction. She takes a holistic approach to healing and recovery by utilizing various therapeutic methodologies such as Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Motivational Interviewing, Attachment theory, and Gestalt theory. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and practicing yoga.

Delia Brady

Program Assistant

Delia Brady is a proud and excited new Program Assistant with Sagebrush. She was born in the Bronx, NY and was raised in Atlanta, GA.  She is a veteran of the U.S. military having served in the Navy.  In addition to being employed here at Sagebrush Delia is also in pursuit of her BA in Business Administration.  She is eager to be of assistance wherever possible and is extremely excited about life. Delia is looking forward to building a future here at Sagebrush.  Delia loves reading, the outdoors, animals, long trips, smiling, life and being of service.

Dana Norton, MA

Program Assistant

Dana is originally from Ohio and earned her B.A. in Psychology at Bowling Green State University. She has completed 3 years of graduate coursework in Clinical Psychology which included training in cognitive-behavioral therapy and neuropsychology. She co-authored a research paper on gender roles and trauma and presented original research at the Midwestern Psychological Association annual conference. Upon moving to Virginia, she gained experience working with the homeless population in Fairfax County and went on to work in a variety of mental health treatment and advocacy/outreach positions. Dana enjoys reading, crocheting, adventurous/disastrous cooking experiments, and volunteering with a pet rescue non-profit group.

Willow Smith, MA

Residential Therapist

Willow Rose Smith is originally from North Wisconsin and is excited to be completing her Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist residencies at Sagebrush Treatment Center. Willow attended The University of the South: Sewanee in Sewanee, TN for her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. While at Rollins, Willow earned her certificate in Family and Relationship Therapy, which strengthened her knowledge and skills base working with families and couples from a systemic perspective.

Prior to beginning her employment at Sagebrush, Willow worked as a mental health residential therapist at Center for Discovery in Fairfax-Station, VA. Her experience also includes a psychology internship at the Yale Child Study working with adult pregnant and parenting mothers, a counseling internship working with adult male veterans with addictions, and a practicum and internship working with children and their families suffering from abuse at the Howard Phillips Center for Children and their Families (Arnold Palmer Hospital) in Orlando, FL.

Willow moved to Virginia upon completion of her Master’s degree to be closer to family and pursue her passion for helping the substance use population. She uses a variety of therapeutic treatment approaches including: trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, mindfulness meditation, and creative arts techniques. In her spare time, Willow enjoys being out in nature, running, playing tennis, water coloring, and baking gourmet desserts for friends and family

Maria Maslyanko, MS

Overnight Staff

After finishing her undergraduate degree in Finance and graduate degree in Health Services Administration, Maria joined the U.S. Army. While there, she worked as a Behavioral Health Technician. Working with people inspired her to pursue the fields of science and medicine. Once her military obligation was completed, she returned to Virginia to finish her degree in Biochemistry. Maria is very excited to join Sagebrush and learn from so many incredible people. In her spare time she tutors high school and undergraduate students in  chemistry and watches movies with her two favorite beings–her cat Marx, and her dog L.

Randall Drury, MA

Program Assistant

Randall was born within the contiguous U.S. and spent his childhood living in various parts of
our country (Honolulu, Jacksonville NC, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, and Twentynine Palms).
His adolescence/adulthood has been much less transitive; being a Washington metro area
resident for several years. Randall enjoys spending time with family, engaging in the arts,
volunteering, and helping others. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology
and is currently studying Effects of “Mean‐agers” and the Father/Daughter Interaction.
Randall’s career in Human Services continues to afford him the opportunity to help others, and
as a team member at Sagebrush Treatment Center, he provides support to others endeavoring

Chris Nicholson

Program Assistant

Chris was born in Jacksonville NC but lived a transient life as a son of a Military father which has taken him to live in places in the far east like Manila, Philippines as well as Okinawa, Japan.  He enjoyed seeing the world and experiencing various cultures even though he moved about every three years.  While on the island of Okinawa, he learned to scuba dive and got PADI certified.  He moved back to the States during the latter part of his teenage years.  He has since resided in Northern VA where he finished high school and earned his A.A.S. in Information Technology/Security from ECPI College of Technology.  When Chris has free time he enjoys family, fishing, exercise, fellowshipping with friends, and being a dog parent. With the experience of having worked all 12 steps of the recovery process, he has a passion for helping others through their recovery process.

Morgan Hedman, MA, Resident in Counseling

Addictions Counselor

Morgan is a native of Maryland where she currently resides with her husband. Morgan earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Morgan previously attended the University of Colorado, Boulder and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, where her interest in counseling began. Before beginning with Sagebrush, she worked in addictions counseling for adults and adolescents for 3 years with Phoenix House of the Mid-Atlantic, in the Intensive Outpatient Programs. She also has previous experience assisting with career counseling for adults with chronic mental illness. Morgan utilizes an integrative approach to counseling, using various treatment theories and interventions including motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and the humanistic approach. She works with clients to identify strengths and successes so that their lives can be more positive, productive, and enjoyable. She values each individual’s story and enjoys assisting the client in gaining insight into what meaning they want from their lives.

Alex Golden

Program Assistant

Alex Golden was born and raised in northern Virginia. Alex spends most of her free time with her family and enjoys raising her two year old son. She is very passionate about recovery and helping others in their journey to find a new way to live. Alex enjoys going into detox and treatment centers to share her experience, strength, and hope.


Elmon Arrington


Program Assistant

Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Elmon (pronounced el-MAHN) has a true passion for learning and helping people. Nearly 30 years as a professional barber has enabled him to be able to interact with a variety of people from all walks of life and with very diverse backgrounds. Elmon is currently earning his B.A. in Psychology, with a concentration in Forensic Psychology, minoring in Sociology & Justice Studies. He has future plans to further his education by seeking a doctorate in the field of psychology. Elmon is happy to engage in discussions on a vast variety of subjects ranging from his interest in music, to boxing, to philosophy, history, mythology, etc. He is always willing to lend an ear and always ready with a helping hand.

Susanne Navas, MA

Program Assistant

Carla Sanchez

Overnight Staff

Jonathan MeKenney

Program Assistant

Alma Benavides

Overnight Staff

Sharell Butts

Program Assistant

David Yeager

Program Assistant

Phalande Jean, MA

Residential Therapist

Phalande Jean is a Haiti native, born and raised. She earned two Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Visual Communication from the University of Miami.  Phalande also received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University and continues to work toward her licensure. Phalande is an all-around creative as a poet, singer and graphic designer. On her down time, you can find her at a brunch, at the museum or making music.

Amy Ewii

Overnight Staff

Sam Choura

Residential Therapist

Richard Pope, CSAC-A

Program Assistant

Amanda Stowe

Program Assistant

Syerita Morris, LMFT, LMHC

Outpatient Clinical Manager and Clinical Supervisor

Syerita recently moved to the Northern Virginia area from Florida. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and her M.A. in Counselor Education with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. Syerita loves the fields of History and Archaeology, and enjoys watching documentaries. She developed a passion for understanding the science of mental health and substance abuse, and stated that it is her honor to serve people.


Ron Oshima

Program Assistant

Melod Teymorian

Program Assistant

Tatiana Bergstrom, MA, CSAC, ICAADC

Addictions Counselor 

Tatiana is originally from Vermont. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from New England College and her graduate degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy. She loves to cook, has two cats, and has two nephews that are a very special and integral part of her life.

Melanie Green, MSW, PCAT

Admissions Counselor

Arianna Agnellini, BA

Admissions Coordinator

Arianna was born in New Jersey but has lived in the Northern Virginia area for more than 19 years.  She is vibrant and attentive offering a listening ear to those who want to share something with her. She recently graduated from VCU with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in social welfare.  Arianna’s past experience in banking has helped her to learn the value of building long lasting relationships with colleagues and customers.  Arianna hopes that her interactions with others leave them feeling positive, listened to and valued.  She is fond of reading and writing in her spare time.  Her happy and warm-hearted nature is a welcomed addition to Sagebrush.

Marc Corinaldi


Chef Marc received his basic culinary training working in French restaurants in the Washington D.C. metro area and attending L’Academie de Cuisine; learning, nurtured, and being guided by acclaimed “Stared” chefs. This gave him a basic foundation in the various departments within a restaurant- from Butchering, to soups and stock production, ordering, creating seasonal menus, and training staff. He has chef’d from coast to coast being involved in various culinary styles- from California French to American bistro. He recently moved to the northern VA area enjoying the various outdoor activities the area has to offer and the rich, diverse history.

Abel Bibilari, MS


Abel was born in Grenada, and later moved to the United States where he attended high school in Tennessee. He then attended the University of Tennessee and studied food technology. He first realized that he wanted to become a chef after working at Houston’s restaurant, and his favorite cuisine to cook is seafood. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering at the soup kitchen and does this as much as possible. He would like to impart upon others his humility, and his passion for culinary arts.

Douglas Nyantakyi


Douglas was born in Accra, the capital of Ghana.  Douglas is hardworking and focused.  He’s worked in catering for more than 7 years so he sure knows how to feed a crowd!  He shares his culinary talent as well as his calm, friendly demeanor with the clients and staff of Sagebrush. In his free time, Douglas enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies.

Jolene Alexander


Jolene was born in Iowa and grew up in a little town called Underwood.  As a child, she was blessed to have had the opportunity to spent a lot of time with her Danish grandmother who taught her how to cook and bake.  This one-on-one time together instilled in Jolene the joy brought about by making and sharing food with others. Her warmth is genuine, she cares deeply and she’s always smiling!  Jolene enjoys gardening and building rock gardens and walkways in her free time.  Her compassionate nature is a blessing to Sagebrush.

Elzbieta Chiaia

Massage Therapist

Fueled by her intuitive senses and hunger for spiritual growth, Elzbieta left her native Poland and immigrated to England and eventually to the United States. She immersed herself in studies of different philosophies and spiritual practices. Her search resulted in a passion to facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing for others. Today, she brings the compassion of heart through her hands.

For the past 20 years, Elzbieta trained in multiple modalities including Therapeutic Massage, Reflexology and Manual Lymphatic Drainage. She was trained by renowned Polish healer Mietek Wirkus in BioEnergy Healing.  Elzbieta studied the Rosen Method Bodywork (accessing the unconscious through touch).  She is also trained in Integrated Energy Therapy and the Alchemical Alignment: Bodywork for Trauma Resolution and Embodiment of Spirit.  Elzbieta is a Reiki Master.

Throughout her career, she successfully treated patients dealing with issues related to grief, anxiety, fear, physical and emotional trauma and sexual abuse. She successfully helps her clients achieve trauma resolution through her bodywork and keeps informed about the most current alternative health treatments. She also continuously works on her own personal growth so she can bring certain qualities of wholeness, stability and peace into her work.

Elzbieta is certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She is a Member of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Ashley Forbes, LAc, MSOM

Acupuncturist, QiGong, Health and Wellness Instructor

Ashley comes to Sagebrush with a passion for healing through holistic modalities, treating the root of the addiction and not just the symptoms. She recently moved from Austin, Texas but is a native of the Washington, DC area. Ashley received her Masters in Acupuncture and Integrative medicine, with an emphasis in nutrition and mind-body work. She has a BS in Business and Psychology from East Carolina University.

Ashley studied and practiced in the Austin area for over 10 years prior to relocating to the Northern Virginia area. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, but found mental health practices to be the most rewarding. When she is not working with clients, she can be found outdoors with her two large pups.

Peter Shin, NCBTMB, LMT

Massage Therapist

Peter came to America in 1992 as a student from South Korea.  He began his journey in South Korea in 1987, learning of acupressure, moxibustion, and cupping as the parts of traditional oriental medicine.   His motivation was out of necessity to relieve his wife of debilitating lower back pain.  Today, as a result of his efforts and learning, she is good in health.  They now live in Fredericksburg, Virginia with their two wonderful children.

Several years ago, while working as an Activity Director at a Senior Health & Day Care Center in Gaithersburg, MD he realized his desire to pursue massage school training toward a license. In 2009, he became Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB) as well as Licensed as a Massage Therapist (LMT) in Virginia.  In 2015, he was also certified as a Lymphedema Therapist.   Though he performs massage in several modalities, his special focuses are in deep tissue massage, acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, reflexology, Swedish gymnastics (Sport Massage), Thai massage and Lymphedema Therapy.

From his experience, he believes that to receive massage regularly is one of the best health investments one can make.  Over the many years, he continues to study human anatomy and physiology and finds the human body a mystifying work of art and healing.  He believes that watching over and serving others is his calling.  He is dedicated to continuing his studies in Naturopathy and Traditional oriental medicine in order to help and care for others.  He is both sociable and humorous with all those he encounters.  He enjoys singing and gardening as hobbies.  He finds joy in working with Sagebrush staff and clients, as he witnesses first-hand the emotional and physical changes of feeling better.

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