Stonewall Abbey Wellness
 

Our Staff

More than just faculty, our instructors, trainers & staff are family! Certified, tenured and experts in their fields, 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, 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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ARIC CONTO

Martial Arts Coach

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ASHLEY OSBURN

Certified Yoga Instructor

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Paige Ashmore 

Certified Yoga Instructor

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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

Co Founder, 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- 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 Stonewall Abbey Wellness Center in Sperryville, as well as the the 2nd Floor Studio in Culpeper.

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Degrees/Certifications

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Nationally Certified Personal Trainer License 
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Nationally Certified Youth Exercise Specialist
  • Received rank 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 comprised 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. Gordon spent 12 years as 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. Out of this experience, he developed The Golden Harmony Method to teach athletes a progressive system of the most dynamic and effective training program with unparalleled safety. He continues to train in a variety of marital arts, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Western Boxing & Muay Thai Boxing, with much credit to his top student & assistant, Master Aric Conto, as well as continued education in Qigong & Kung Fu with Sifu Rupert Harvey & longtime friend and Qigong instructor, Sifu Daisy Lee. Master Gordon Wicks' vast experience and continued education is fundamental to being able to provide the very best training in applied bio mechanics.

Daughter & Father

Daughter & Father

Degrees/Certifications

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

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.

2017 Marine Corps Marathon 

2017 Marine Corps Marathon 

Degrees/Certifications

  • 200hr RYT through Yava Yoga
  • B.S. in Exercise Science from Roanoke College
  • Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Instructor 
  • CPR/First Aid

Ashley Osburn

Ashley is a 200hr RYT through Yava Yoga & has a B.S. in Exercise Science from Roanoke College and is currently the Clinic Director of an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic in Gainesville, VA. With a passion for anatomy and physiology, she took four courses in college, along with kinesiology and exercise physiology. These classes helped Ashley to understand how the body works and how exercise effects our mind and bodies. 

Ashley has run three marathons and 15 half marathons so far (when she joined us in Sept. 2016), her favorite being the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. Ashley is also a certified in indoor rock climbing top rope belay, and goes rock climbing as much as possible!  I am an avid book reader and love to explore libraries and used book stores to find new stories to read.  I am obsessed with Harry Potter and have ben to the Harry Potter conference and festival at Chesnut Hills College, PA. I love hiking and section hiking the Appalachian trail is on my bucket list. With her adventurous spirit, Ashley has tried many types of yoga, from traditional Ashtanga, to Acro & Aerial-Yoga, paddleboard & Vinyasa, savoring all of it! After running several marathons, she knew she needed to incorporate yoga into her life and instantly fell in love!  She believes that everyone can benefit from practicing yoga and that it is not only good for the body, but also for the mind and soul. Ashley is married and lives in Amissville with her two large fur babies: Hercules and Rogue. 

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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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.