Wellness Practitioners

Kylee Ryan – Associate Executive Director & Wellness

Kylee is the Associate Director & Wellness Coordinator at Equinox Village. She attended Castleton State College and majored in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine. Upon graduation, Kylee worked at the Glens Falls Hospital’s Wellness Center in Glens Falls, NY as an Exercise Physiologist. She worked with all ages, particularly the elderly and cardiac rehab patients to help manage diseases and improve overall health.

Kylee relocated to Chittenden County in Vermont in 2005 and began working at Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center (AHEC) as the Program Coordinator for health care career education. There she created programs for high school students to learn about various health care careers. Five years later, Kylee and her husband moved closer to their families to start their own family. With that move, in 2010 she began to work for Equinox Village as the Activities & Wellness Coordinator.

In 2021 Kylee took on the new role of Associate Executive Director at Equinox Village in addition to her key role as Wellness Coordinator. This added responsibility allowed her to maintain her connections with the residents, while helping them through changes in health and mobility. It also provided Kylee the opportunity to grow and contribute to the administrative side of the community. Her goals continue to be helping residents maintain their independence for as long as possible, and being a support system for residents and family members, all essential elements to successfully aging in place.

Kylee loves being outdoors, camping with her family, exercising and taking in all that Southern Vermont has to offer.

In July 2021, Kylee will be graduating from St. Joseph’s College of Maine with a MBA in Leadership.

To contact Kylee, kryan@equinoxvillage.com or (802) 362-4061.

Kristen Townslee – Stylist

A native Vermonter, Kristen received her education at MAUHS, graduating in 1984.  Although she was on her way to Albany Business College in the fall, Kristen one day visited a friend who was attending Troy School of Beauty Culture. This visit to cosmetology school would change the trajectory of her life.

Excited to enter a career which involved creativity and working with different people, Kristen became a cosmetologist in 1985. She went to work right away at Wavelengths Salon, and was fortunate enough to have a knowledgeable and supportive mentor during her time there. The fundamentals of hair design as well as work ethic and the importance of customer service were the basis of her years at Wavelength’s. After five years there, Kristen decided to venture out on her own and built Visions Hair Salon in Bennington.

Visions was a successful business, but after 18 years as a sole proprietor, Kristen made a decision to sell the business and enroll in college. She attended CCV and received a degree in Business Management. This invaluable life experience was very useful when Kristen bought her second hair salon in 2011, Head to Toe.

Currently, Kristen is splitting her time between Equinox Village and Head to Toe. She is looking forward to meeting new people and sharing her experiences and abilities with the people at Equinox Village, as well as the outside community.

Kristen lives in Shaftsbury with her fiancée and two feline friends, and is excited to become a first time grandmother this summer. She has always enjoyed working with people and knows the importance of how the right cut, color, or highlight can make a person’s confidence soar.

For a consultation or appointment, please contact Kristen at (802) 688-3080 or kristentowslee@yahoo.com.

Meghann Cancio-Bello – Chair Yoga

 

Meghann is native Vermonter and currently lives in Pawlet, Vermont with her husband and two children. She began her Yoga practice in 2000 and decided to become a certified instructor in 2011. Over the years she has taught a variety of Yoga styles, and to a variety of ages. She considers teaching chair Yoga to seniors, a real honor, and it has become her main focus in the area of yoga. Apart from being a Yoga teacher, Meghann loves to garden, swim, and make art.

Alex Hansen – Personal Trainer

 

Alex has spent the past 10 years passionately involved in fitness, nutrition and bodybuilding. Most recently, his major focus has been on posture, stability and balance.

Alex’s passion stems from participating in sports during high school while trying to maximize his playing on the football field. His hard work paid off and Alex became a New York All-State Running Back during his senior year. When his football season ended, his love of fitness and health continued to grow.

Alex became interested in bodybuilding and began to work toward a new goal. He placed top 5 in multiple shows which helped him to become highly educated in body transformation. Along with his bodybuilding, he grew his philosophy of optimization. This growth meant bringing in new techniques with an open mind, so that he could constantly improve the fitness plans for him and his clients. Alex’s vast knowledge of training methods, continued studies and firsthand experience helps him to provide the best custom fitness and nutrition program for the client, no matter where their starting point may be.

Alex is an ASFA (American Sports and Fitness Association) Master Personal Trainer with an Associate degree in Physical Education. He is also CPR and AED certified.

To contact Alex Hansen, call (802) 362-4061.

Cindy Kirby Reilly, L.A.c, Dip1.A.c, M.Ed – Acupuncturist

 

Cindy’s first experience with acupuncture was in 1988 in Nanjing, China where as an undergraduate she observed it being used in a hospital alongside Western medicine. She was drawn to both its esoteric nature, as an extension of Chinese philosophy, and its practical application to a wide range of conditions including headaches, arthritis, anxiety, and even appendicitis.

 

After working in education at The Asia Society, Harvard Project Zero, and a handful of elementary schools over the course of two decades, Cindy pursued a degree in Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the New England School of Acupuncture in Boston. She earned her B.A. from Trinity College, a M.Ed. from Lesley University, and is a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor. She has maintained offices in Bennington and Manchester for 15 years and feels especially fortunate to practice Chinese medicine amid the natural beauty of Vermont.

Cindy sees clients at Equinox Village by appointment. To learn more about Cindy, please visit her website at www.mountainpeony.com. To schedule an appointment with Cindy, call (802) 379-1356.

Christine Uchida, PTA MCMT – Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer

 

Christine is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, she holds a Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy and is a certified Personal Trainer. Christine teaches the weekly Get Balance class  and individual fitness sessions at Equinox Village and privately in the area. She works as a Physical Therapist at Prospect Rehabilitation in Manchester and teaches the Get Moving Fitness classes in South Londonderry.

Formerly a professional dancer, Christine was a member of the Joffrey Ballet and Twyla Tharp Dance Companies and has taught master classes and dance workshops internationally. Currently a black belt in the Kroro Ken style of martial arts, Christine applies her knowledge from the dance, martial arts and allied health worlds to achieve maximum results for her clients.

You can reach Christine at (802) 353-8269 or chrisuchida1@gmail.com

Jessica Dillon – Fitness Instructor

 

Jessica Dillon grew up in rural Canada loving dance and sports. She graduated with Honors in Dance from Toronto’s Ryerson University. A scholarship to the Alvin Ailey Dance School brought her to study dance in New York City. After finishing her training, she danced with independent dance companies both in New York City and Toronto. After a knee injury ended her professional dance career, she became certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). For eight years she worked with both seniors and youth, at the 92nd St. Y in NYC. During her years at the 92nd St. Y, Jessica also enjoyed working with the senior population at the 92nd St. Y Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. While living in New York, she completed the NYC Marathon, Philadelphia Marathon, Long Island Marathon and the Rhode Island Half Ironman.

To contact Jessica, jdillon.youbeyou@gmail.com

 

Mary Scriber – Massage Therapist

Mary Scriber is a massage therapist who has over 35 years of experience in the healing arts.  Mary has worked at The Stratton Sports Center, The Chiropractic Care Center with Dr. Ray Foster, The Equinox Spa at The Equinox Hotel and Resort, and has a private practice as well.  Mary has degrees from Skidmore College and The Massage Center of Massage Therapy in Burlington, Vt.  Mary is a member of the AMTA, American Massage Therapy Association. Mary is also a Reiki Master.  Reiki is a Japanese healing technique that promotes wellness and balance within.  In addition Mary is also trained in Therapeutic Touch, Acupressure and Foot Reflexology.  All of these techniques promote well being and deep relaxation.

Whether you seek treatment as part of a regular routine self care commitment or have an occasional symptom you would like treated my intention is to aid and enhance harmony and balance in your body, mind and spirit for a healthier and happier you.  Love is the language we speak through touch!

To contact Mary, please call 362-3959.