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 Havicus

LMT

Massage Therapy in the Red River GorgeMegan Havicus 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) 560-2217 to make an appointment. 

 

Emma Boone

RYT 200

Emma began exploring the practice of yoga in 2008 in her hometown of Philadelphia. Lucky enough to be immersed in a large community of remarkable yoga teachers and students, she spent six years regularly attending classes and workshops before enrolling in her 200-hour yoga teacher training program. In 2014 she graduated from the Maha Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training program in Philadelphia, led by Justicia DeClue, after which she immediately began to teach in different studios and classroom settings. Her class style has been influenced greatly by a number of different styles - most prominent are Vinyasa Flow, Anusara, Iyengar, Yoga Hour, Acro Yoga and Forrest Yoga. Most of her classes are structured around anatomical alignment in order to build towards a "peak pose," with just the right amount of meditation and breath work to keep the process from being wholly physical. Emma regularly attends workshops and supplementary training to keep her teaching fresh and relevant. This will be her second year returning to teach at the Red River Gorge Natural Health Center and she is thrilled to continue to grow in her yoga practice with the Red River Gorge community.

 

April Meadows

RYT 200

April Meadows, RYT200, has over 11 years of yoga practice and 3 years of teaching experience. Her goal is to ensure a class of poses and postures appropriate for all levels of yoga that encourages a mind-body connection while using your own sense of humor to find fun in every pose. April is continuing to study Yoga for Trauma, PTSD & TBI. When she isn't relaxing in a pose she enjoys being outside: hiking, kayaking or riding her bike. She loves daisies, books, animals and has recently started running. She is a native of Clay City where she lives with her rescue dog Hazel and her backyard chickens. "Teaching yoga has been one of my greatest pleasures. I practice to feed my teaching and I teach to feed my life." Come once and you'll see why her restoring class will quickly become an essential part of your sanity.

Chelsey Dunahoo

Pound Instructor

Chelsey is a stay at home mom by day to her rambunctious 2-year-oldold son, and a POUNDFit rockstar by night! She has a music obsession; so POUND was naturally just a perfect fit for her. She first discovered POUND in her hometown in 2014. She had just had her son 3 weeks before and she was ready to get back in shape and begin a healthy habit. She was addicted after her very first class!!
In March of 2016 she decided to take the leap and got certified to teach her own classes. She really wanted to help show others how much fun fitness really could be, and she wanted to inspire people to love their bodies enough to take care of them.
When she is not rocking out with her lime green ripstix, you can usually find her somewhere in the gorge hiking with her little family. There's nothing they love more than soaking in the sun while exploring the outdoors, and they try to make it a habit to get out of the house anytime they have a pretty weekend.