Our Team

Joining our knowledge in various specializations based in Tibetan Medicine we are Sowa, an expert team offering compassionate holistic health care, massage, acupuncture, yoga, breathing and mindfulness meditation.

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Matthew Schmookler, CMT

Sowa Co-Founder, Tibetan Medicine Practitioner, Yantra Yoga Instructor

About Matthew

Matthew’s specialties include natural mental health, pain management and gastrointestinal wellness with Tibetan Medicine and Tibetan Yantra Yoga.  As a graduate of Shang Shung Institute, completing internship and exams at the Qinghai Medical College and Hospital in Tibet, he is one of the few certified Traditional Tibetan Medicine practitioners and Yantra Yoga instructors in the US. Matthew is co-founder of Sowa offering in-home therapeutic wellness treatments and Tibetan Kunye Massage as well as Corporate Wellness programs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In his free time Matthew leads Khaita Joyful Dances to modern Tibetan tunes.

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Dr. Stella Rungen, MD

Wellness Retreat Supervising Holistic Physician, Yantra Yoga Instructor

About Stella

Dr. Stella Dagmar Rungen is Sowa’s Tibetan Wellness Retreat biomedicine supervising physician and Yantra Yoga instructor. In addition to her studies in biomedicine she completed a post-graduate degree in Homeopathy and studied the bases of Tibetan Medicine Nutritherapy and Moxibusion. Having intensively practiced Hatha Yoga, Stella was introduced to Tibetan Yantra Yoga by her teacher Chogyal Namkhai Norbu who authorized her to teach in 2014. She resides in Perignan, Southern France where she has a family practice as a holistic physician and regularly offers Yantra Yoga classes.

Leela Whitcomb-Hewitt, CMT

Sowa Co-Founder, Tibetan Medicine Practitioner, Vajra Dance Instructor

About Leela

Leela’s focus is in women’s health with Tibetan Medicine and simple, wild, wise woman ways.  As a graduate of Shang Shung Institute, completing internship and exams in the Qinghai Medical College and Hospital in Tibet, she is one of the few certified Traditional Tibetan Medicine practitioners in the US and an authorized instructor of the Vajra DanceShe currently lives in Boulder, Colorado where she enjoys dancing, gathering in circle, continuously studying the body and mind and experiencing this awesome gift of life. More about Leela including her office address, schedule of activities and contact information can be found here.

Jillian Patricia

Harmonious Breathing and Yoga Instructor

About Jillian

Jillian has been practicing yoga since 2001. She is a 200-hour USA Yoga Alliance-certified instructor of Vinyasa, Restorative and Yoga Therapy, and has been certified to teach Harmonious Breathing by Fabio Andrico and authorized to teach Tibetan Yantra Yoga Level 1 by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. A dedicated meditation practitioner in the Tibetan tradition since 2003, Jillian has also trained in several other forms of Tibetan yoga, including Tsa Lung/Trul Khor, Tummo, Kum Nye and Lu Jong.

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Lacey Segal

Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator

About Lacey

Lacey Segal is a Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator with over 5,700 hours of intensive training and personal mentoring from qualified world renowned masters. She provides customized meditation instruction and coaching to individuals and organizations, facilitating sessions to help reduce stress, improve health and increase focus, cultivating an atmosphere of trust and cooperation where employees feel empowered to perform at their highest potential. Lacey has experience offering workshops for medical professionals, cancer patients, teens, young adults, nonprofit/corporate professionals, yoga instructors as well as ten years of teaching high school students and providing new teacher mentorship. She has trained in MBSR, Healing Touch, and Medical Chi Gung. Additionally, she holds a California Teaching Credential and a Masters in English Literature.  Read more about Lacey’s offerings here.

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Adam Okerblom, LAc, CMT

Sowa Co-Founder, Tibetan Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist

About Adam

Adam is a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc), Tibetan Medicine Practitioner and Certified Massage Therapist (CMT). He offers holistic health consultations and treatments in the San Francisco Bay Area.  His areas of focus include mental/emotional health, workplace wellness and orthopedic pain management. Adam is a graduate of the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, and the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine. He has trained and interned at the Tso Ngon Tibetan Medicine Hospital in Amdo, Tibet. Adam has treated thousands of patients and worked with many esteemed senior Physicians of Tibetan and Chinese Medicine. To book an appointment with Adam and to learn more about his work, articles and activities, click here.

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Luke Karamol, CMT

Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, Harmonious Breathing & Yoga Instructor

About Luke
Luke has been studying and practicing yoga for over 18 years and teaches Tibetan Yantra Yoga, Hatha yoga and Harmonious Breathing . He was authorized to teach Yantra Yoga through the Dzogchen teacher Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 2013. Luke is also a California licensed massage therapist and nationally certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor with a bodywork practice utilizing tui na, energetic and orthopedic manual therapy techniques. He lives in Oakland, California. Visit his website