Our Team

We Look Forward to Meeting You.

Learn more about our team members. We all come from a variety of disciplines with years of experience.

Wendy Middleton-Bentley

LAc, E-RYT-200/RYT 500

WendyWendy started her studies of internal medicine and natural health in 1999 with a class in T'ai Chi Ch'uan.  Since then, she has traveled the world studying multiple forms of internal medicine and natural healing.  From Chang Mai, Thailand to Boone, North Carolina, Wendy sought out individuals who were considered exceptional in their field, to gain experience and knowledge, and to further her pursuit in understanding the art and science of natural health.  

When not traveling to study, Wendy worked as a field biologist for different government agencies, such as the National Park and Forest Service, as well as being a self-employed contractor specializing in endangered species and land management. She graduated from UNCA in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, concentrating in pollution control, with distinctions in undergraduate research.  She is very familiar with the scientific method and approaches all forms of natural health and healing with an inquisitive mind.  

In 2012, she completed her masters degree in Acupuncture at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine and is currently a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Kentucky.  She is also a certified  Reiki and Nuad Bo-Rarn (Thai massage) practitioner and a registered Yoga teacher.  In her treatments, as well as her teachings, she likes to integrate different healing techniques that are practiced around the globe. 

(The therapy components of her teachings are based on her credentials as an LAc., not derived from her status as an RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.)

Craig Bentley

CraigCraig began his initial journey in martial arts as a high school junior studying Tae Kwon Do in 1982. He continued his Tae Kwon Do studies while attending the Morehead State University School of Physics. At this time Craig was exposed to traditional training in Tang Soo Do, Judo and Shotokan. He also began his path as a yoga practitioner while participating in classes provided by Morehead State University’s athletic program in 1984, as a player on the MSU football team. This would begin a Yoga health practice that he continues to this day.

In 1987, after enrolling in the University of Kentucky’s School of Forest Biology and Genetics, Craig continued his Shotokan, Judo, Thai Kickboxing and Western Boxing training with the different UK and Lexington, KY club’s. In 1988, as a Forest Genetics lab technician at UK, he had the opportunity to study Tai Chi with a visiting Genetics Professor from China. As a member of the UK Fencing Club, he exchanged his modest understanding of the Art of Fencing for education in traditional Chinese short and long TaiChi forms from Dr. Sun. He continued his Tai Chi practice and education after Dr. Sun returned home and continues to this day.

In 1993-1996, Craig began his training in Traditional Kenpo, Kenpo Ju-Jitsu, Shootfighting and BrazilianJu-Jitsu. Along with Yoga and Tai Chi, the previously mentioned arts are the basis of his martial training and movements he continues to this day. He has traveled extensively at home and abroad as a competitive martial athlete, to expand his knowledge and as a US Government employee. As an instructor and personal trainer with multiple black belt’s, other rankings and certifications in many martial arts and training mediums, Craig does not really subscribe to ranking systems or static goals for students unless that is their desire. He believes the path to martial and health improvement is the willingness and ability to learn and grow.

You can find Craig out and about on the Health Center property as he is the Red River Outdoors Supervisory Guide for all outdoor and outfitter activities.

Megan Ross

LMT

Massage Therapy in the Red River GorgeMegan Ross worked as a nurse aid for over 5 years when she realized that she wanted to have a more hands-on approach to health, healing and holistic medicine. Her passion led her to attend the Massage Therapy program at Lexington Healing Arts Academy in Lexington, KY. After completing 700 hours of study, she graduated in February of 2015 and became a licensed massage therapist in the state of Kentucky.  Since then she has been providing the many healing benefits of massage to her hometown of Beattyville, KY. 

RRGNHC is excited to have Megan join us every Friday through Monday to offer massage therapy to the public here in Slade, KY. Her massage style works by gently releasing myofascial tension and adhesions while at the same time creating a relaxing environment to remove the daily stresses of life. Her strong background in western medicine allows her to integrate massage into treatment plans to bring relief to many ailments. Contact her at (606) 401-8658 to make an appointment. 

 

Michelle Cecilia Rush

RYT 200

Michelle was first introduced to yoga in high school. She instantly fell in love and began practicing regularly, starting with Baron Baptiste Power Yoga DVDs. It wasn't until 2012 that she started to practice hot yoga after work, on her rest days from rock climbing. When she heard about the 200-hour teacher training program available on weekends, she jumped right in and got her certification over 8 months. The training, led by Joseph Lang, Stephanie Willow, & Josh Hill, covered all types of yoga but was most influenced by Iyengar, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga. Michelle's class will focus on alignment, breath control, and making sure everyone understands the different variations & benefits of a pose.

Lila Simpson

RYT 200

Lila was first introduced to yoga while attending college at Eastern Kentucky University to supplement her rock climbing. It took one class for her to recognize the advantages of a regular yoga practice and pursuing a healthy and active lifestyle. After practicing yoga primarily by herself for years she took her 200-hour teacher training under Deborah Pennington and Wendy Middleton-Bentley through Red River Gorge Natural Health Center in July of 2016. After completing her Teacher Training Lila subbed some classes in 2016 but devoted more time to her personal practice than to teaching. Her personal practice style is an anatomically aligned ashtanga practice with power vinyasa influences, all of which are focused on obtaining a mind-body connection. In her class, you with learn about and feel the benefits of strengthening the core and shoulders as well as spine and shoulder mobility/flexibility. After living with rock climbers and friends with back and shoulder weaknesses, pain, injuries, mobility issues or a combination of them all, it became abundantly clear what her community was looking for in a class.

Susan Tipton

RYT 200

Susan first began her own yoga journey over 20 years ago when she purchased a power yoga video to see if it would give her a physical workout that she would stick with. (Living in a very rural and secluded area there were no classes or gyms at the time.) After a few months of her daily routine, she was in better physical condition than she had been in years, and just as important, she discovered the mind-body connection that naturally occurs with yoga practice. Several years ago, she had her first opportunity to take classes with a certified instructor. Debra Pennington taught in the Ashtanga style getting her own training in Mysore, India from Pattabhi Jois and other members of the Jois family. Susan was once more inspired to go deeper into her own journey and received her 200-hour yoga teacher training from Debra Pennington and Wendy Middleton Bentley at Natural Bridge Natural Health Center. Susan has also done training with Red River Gorge Yoga and has Children’s Yoga Certification from Go Give Yoga with Parvati Maureen Heil from Philadelphia, PA. Class description: My classes are designed to build strength, stamina and tone muscles while also helping to balance the body and the mind. My classes are a great stress reliever and a whole-body workout that gradually builds so that you can feel successful with where you are and provide support to help you go further in your own yoga journey.