Stonewall Abbey Wellness
 

Our Staff

More than just faculty, our instructors, trainers & staff are family! Certified, tenured experts in their fields, our team is dedicated to providing you and your family with the very best guidance with personalized instruction.

 
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SUSAN HUFF, PHD

Co Owner, Certified Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer & Thai Massage Practitioner

 

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GORDON WICKS

Co Owner, Head Martial Arts Coach, Personal Trainer, Yoga & Qigong Instructor & Thai Massage Practitioner

 

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Wendy Smith

Cross Training Coach, Trainer & Morning Floor Manager

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Hannah Rosenbaum

Certified Yoga Instructor

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ARIC CONTO

Expert Martial Arts Coach

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Hayley Owens

Weekend Floor Manager & Trainer

Dan Lewis

Certified Reflexology, Shiatsu, Swedish Massage Therapist

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Mattie Leto  

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach

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Nicole Giller

Afternoon Floor Manager & Trainer

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Dustan Pennington 

Certified Massage Therapist

 Off the beaten path in Ontario, Canada

Off the beaten path in Ontario, Canada

Degrees/Certifications

  • PHD in Administration & Supervision of Special Education Programs from Virginia Tech

  • 300+ E-RYT Vinyasa Yoga through Yoga Alliance

  • 200+ Svaroopa Yoga Teacher Training

  • Stress Management Yoga Level 2 through Integral Yoga (Satchidananda Ashram)

  • Thai Yoga Massage Level 2 through The Thai Institute of Healing Arts

  • Zhang Fu Organ Cleansing & Strengthening Qigong through Masters Daisy Lee & Francesco Garripoli

  • KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) Teacher

  • Certified Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Instructor

  • Spin Instructor

  • Certified TRX Strength Training Equipment & Group Fitness Trainer

  • Red Cross CPR/First Aid Certified

  • Water Safety Certified

Susan Huff

Susan Huff  turned to yoga in 2005 to address cycling and exercise related pains and injuries. Her positive experiences with yoga convinced Susan that there is a Yoga style for Every Body. Previous to turning to yoga, Susan obtained a Ph.D. in the Administration and Supervision of Special Education Programs from Virginia Tech. She has over 25 years teaching and administrative experience with students of all ages from birth to adulthood with various learning needs. That passion for teaching in traditional school settings inspired Susan to become a fitness instructor where she continues to encourage individuals to acknowledge their limitations while discovering their strengths. She believes in the importance of finding the balance between ‘what you naturally possess and what you want to do’. DO MORE YOGA! It will help make the world a better place.

 After leaving a lifetime career in the public school system, Susan went on to found the 2nd Floor Studio in Culpeper, as well as the Stonewall Abbey Wellness Center in Sperryville.

 Atacama Desert, Chile

Atacama Desert, Chile

Degrees/Certifications

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Nationally Certified Personal Trainer License

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Nationally Certified Youth Exercise Specialist

  • National Qigong Association recognized Level 3 Advanced Instructor

  • Rank of SiFu, Master Instructor of Golden Harmony Martial Arts

  • Master Instructor of Tai Shan 9 Palms Movements & Tai Shan Golden Spiral Wellness

  • Certified Instructor in Golden Harmony Qigong that includes Yi Chuan Tao, Shaolin Iron Cloak Qigong, Wuji Hundun Qigong & Bagua Shun Dao Gong

  • Certified Instructor in Zhang Fu Organ Cleansing & Strengthening Qigong

  • Certified Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner

  • George Brown Culinary Institute Toronto, Culinary Management & Nutrition Program

  • Certified TRX Strength Training Equipment & Group Fitness Trainer

  • Certified KAY 'Kidding Around Yoga' Youth Yoga Instructor

  • Red Cross CPR/AED First Responder/Professional Certification

  • Red Cross Water Safety First Responder/Professional Certification

Gordon Wicks

Beginning at age 18 Gordon trained for 12 years with his mentor, Sifu Rupert Harvey, before gaining top rank of head instructor in Golden Harmony Martial Arts & Wellness, a complete martial arts system composed of Northern Praying Mantis, North Shaolin Long Fist, Shaolin Chin-Na (grappling), Yi Chuan Tao (Mind Fist Boxing) & Combat Escrima (Filipino stick & knife fighting). Within in this system the elaborate practices of Tui Na & Thai massage, Qigong (breath work) & Dao Yin (Chinese Yoga) compliment the rigorous martial arts training, to balance & heal the body. Having continued his physical education through the internationally recognized National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Gordon became a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer & Youth Exercise Specialist. Since 2002 Gordon has been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for Gold's Gym in Warrenton & Culpeper & the Powell Wellness Center, where he also developed  aquatics training programs. Gordon founded Totality Martial Arts in 2017, after 16 years of teaching while continuing to train in a variety of marital arts in Thailand at Phuket Top Team as well as right here at home at the Stonewall Abbey Wellness with Master Aric Conto & Black Belt Mattie Leto. Gordon annually travels to Canada for continued education in Qigong & Kung Fu with Sifu Rupert Harvey and hosts longtime friend and Qigong instructor, Sifu Daisy Lee when her schedule allows. Master Gordon Wicks' broad experience & continued education is fundamental to being able to provide the very best training in applied bio mechanics to the students of Totality Martial Arts & clients of Stonewall Abbey Wellness. 

 Daughter & Father

Daughter & Father

Degrees/Certifications

  • Golden Harmony Martial Arts Instructor under Sifu Gordon Wicks
  • Sandan (3rd degree black belt ) Kyokushin Karate 
  • Ikkyu, 1st Kyu Brown Belt- Judo
  • Purple Belt through Royler Gracie Jiu-Jitsu 
  • Ikkyu, 1st Kyu Brown Belt -Okinawan Shorin Ryu, Zentokukai Karate Association 
  • Boxing at Elsemere/Tiberi Boxing Gym
  • Muay Thai Boxing under Kumron Vaitayanon

Aric Conto

Born in Malone NY in 1968 , Aric began training Kyokushin Karate in 1977  and  youth boxing through the Golden Gloves program at the local YMCA. at the age of 8. He continued his training, earning 3rd degree Black Belt in 1997. Martial arts & weight lifting are an integral aspect of Aric's life, and a life long pursuit. His passion for training is only matched by his love and commitment to his lovely wife, Heidi and their four children.  

Aric Conto has competed in martial arts tournaments regularly for over 30 years in Western Boxing, Full Contact Karate Fighting, Judo & JiuJitsu. From 1994-1998, Aric for the Department Of Corrections as a member of the special P.E.R.T. team, handling cell extractions, disturbances and riots state wide. 

Aric has been training with Sifu Gordon Wicks in Golden Harmony Kung Fu since 2011 and brings his vast experience to Golden Harmony Kung Fu as a basics training instructor. We are honored to have this dedicated martial artist in our ranks.

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Degrees/Certifications

  • Level 1 Crossfit Instructor

Wendy Smith

Wendy is a very active, very “busy” mother of six. She comes to us with a Level 1 CrossFit Coach Certificate and a desire to put fun back into fitness, keeping workouts varied, using full body movements that enhance life both in and outside of the gym. After devoting many years to careers that required a body that could move with ease despite repetitive movements and heavy lifting she is passionate about teaching others how to gain and maintain their strength and mobility. She believes in respecting where you are at physically, removing the mental barriers that keep you from reaching your goals and enjoying the process every step of the way.

Wendy enjoys a full life centered around her growing family. When she is not running her children to and fro from their many school functions you will find her either playing with her grandkids, in her garden or enjoying the solitude of a good trail run. She is currently studying for her national personal training certification the the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

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Degrees/Certifications

  • Doctorate of Chiropractic 
  • Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Mattie Leto

Professor Mattie Leto began his journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2000 while earning his doctorate degree in Chiropractic. Under the tutelage of Jon Mcmakin, he worked his way to blue belt which was given to him by the legendary Professor Romero “Jacare” Calvacanti.

In 2003 Mattie moved to NYC and began training with Rigan Machado Black Belt, Professor Marcos Santos. Marcos is a great teacher and friend to Mattie and awarded him his Purple and Brown Belts. Mattie trained with Marcos from 2003 - 2010.

In 2010 Marcos decided to sell his Academy to one of the greatest grapplers ever to grace the planet, 5 x Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion and 4x ADCC World Champion, Marcello Garcia. Mattie trained with Marcello from 2010-2014 as well as serving as the Marcello Garcia Academy Chiropractor.

In 2014 Mattie moved to Colorado and had the honor of teaching at The Easton Training Center in Boulder, Colorado while also training with his close friend, 2x Masters Black Belt World Champion and Saulo and Xande Ribiero Black Belt, Professor Matt Jubera.

While Mattie lived in NYC he was the Chiropractor for many fighters and Martial Artists. He became quite good friends with one of these fighters, becoming his Chiropractor and training with him often. This is none other then 9x World Champion Professor Lucas Lepri. Professor Lepri awarded Mattie his Black Belt on Dec. 10th 2016 and made the comment that “Mattie is one of the greatest ambassadors of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu”. 

Mattie has now settled down in Rappahannock County with his wife, Lilla, and their dogs Nala, River, Baloo, and Max to start a working farm & continues to share his passion for Jiu-Jitsu with Totality Martial Arts Academy.

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Degrees/Certifications

  • 300-YTT
  • 200-YTT

Hannah Rosenbaum

Hannah believes in the healing powers of connection experienced through the practice of yoga; the connection of mind, body, spirit and heart; connection of the breath and movement; and comm(unity) connection. Hannah found yoga in her teens as a supplement to her athletic involvement- and has morphed it into a lifestyle. Her relationship with yoga has deepened through a dedicated asana practice as a way to maintain her physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. She is an avid traveler and enjoys experiencing the uniqueness of the practice wherever she goes. As a practitioner, Hannah’s style embodies balance, presence, compassion and fluidity, on and off the mat. Hannah completed her 200-YTT in California, with a complement of Viniyoga- meeting the student individually where they exist. She recently completed her 300-YTT in Rishikesh, India, with a Hatha influence. Hannah intends for all of her classes, intense and light, to instill that simple natural quietness- reinforcing the journey of life and the practice, as the goal itself. She hopes to share the feeling of love and enthusiasm to stay open, to become a source of light for all those around. Be ready to move and deepen connection to your true nature.

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Degrees/Certifications

Hayley Owens

While balancing the busy schedule of having two children and studying full time, Hayley found that health was an important part of maintaining a happy and more relaxed lifestyle. Becoming an avid and disciplined exerciser, Hayley has since made it her goal to help others achieve their fitness goals with a "You CAN do it" attitude. Hayley is studying for her national personal training and nutrition training certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, while continuing her education in nutrition & weightlifting at Lord Fairfax Community College. Hayley has a background in computer technology and she loves to figure out how things work and learning new things! 

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Degrees/Certifications

 

Nicole Giller

Nicole Giller ran varsity track and cross country all four years of high school and was also team captain her junior and senior year. Being a self taught swimmer, in university Nicole competed on the club triathlon team in Wilmington, NC.

Having worked in the hospitality industry for years and having a passion for working with people Nicole now turns her attention towards obtaining certifications in nutrition and as a nationally certified personal trainer. Her long term goal is to one day coach high school track and cross country, to encourage young budding athletes to be their best. Nicole balances her active lifestyle with painting and is an avid reader. 

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis is a Virginia certified message therapist. He trained in Ohashiatsu (pressure point massage) in 1986-87 under teacher Elfi Six in the Ohashiatsu program at the Potomac Massage School in Washington, D.C. and with founder Ohashi in 1987. He also trained in Reflexology (pressure point foot massage) in 1989 in Washington, D.C. He's also a Reiki master. Dan has practiced these techniques in his own studio as well as the Natural Marketplace in Warrenton and Rappahannock Healing Arts in Rappahannock County, VA .

Shiatsu, Reflexology and Reiki are all administered on a massage table with the recipient wearing comfortable clothing.

Degrees/Certifications

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Dustan Pennington

 

 


Our Fabulous SUBS

 Paige with her kids in Shenondoah National Park

Paige with her kids in Shenondoah National Park

Degrees/Certifications

  • Certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor through Golden Harmony Fitness 
  • B.S. in Exercise Science from Roanoke College
  • CPR/First Aid

Paige Ashmore

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 Monica strives to bring health and happiness to every body!

Monica strives to bring health and happiness to every body!

Degrees/Certifications

  • Yoga Fit Instructor 
  • Zumba Instructor 
  • TRX Group Fitness Certified
  • Water Art Fitness
  • Silver Sneakers
  • Les Mils Body Pump
  • AFFA Mat Pilates
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do

Monica Fernandi

CERTIFIED YOGA INSTRUCTOR 

Monica is passionate about your path to wellness, wholeness, and happiness! It is an "inside job" that begins with a thought and can manifest your dreams both large and small. Whether its yoga on land , Aqua Yoga or chair yoga; Zumba with toning sticks, in the water or with your kids..boot camp as a " Baby Boomer" or with your baby, Monica can custom tailor your program to accommodate your level  and help to achieve your goals.

As an AFAA certified personal trainer and group fitness teacher, Monica has worked in several locations around northern Virginia since moving here from New Jersey in '08. Yoga is her passion as this training began in New York with Yoga Fit, after 6 years in Tae Kwon Do receiving her 1st Degree Black Belt , winning sparring competitions and even singing the National Anthem at her own Black Belt test. Music drives all her classes from Spinning to guided meditations and especially in her "Rock your Chakras" yoga workshops! Let your spirit soar as you embark on any class she teaches and allow your strength to unfold.

Monica is a mother of 3 and lover of life!! For more information or to upload exercise videos, go to www.monicafernandi.com.