At Sunrise Springs, our passionate team is dedicated to guide you on a journey of self-discovery, and honor your desire for optimal health and well-being.

DR. SALLY FISHER, MEDICAL DIRECTOR

DR. SALLY FISHER, MEDICAL DIRECTOR

DR. SALLY FISHER, MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Sally Fisher, MD brings an unwavering passion for evidence-based integrative and nutritional medicine to Sunrise Springs. Her desire and intention is to have those she works with feel deeply that she is fully present, with warmth, humor, and knowledge, as she helps people to explore ways of enhancing their health and wellness. As a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine, Dr. Fisher enjoys sharing her extensive training and experience in integrative, nutritional, preventive and functional medicine.

Dr. Fisher began her professional career by interning at the North Shore University Hospital/New York University School of Medicine. Subsequently, she completed her residency at Mt. Sinai/New York University School of Medicine in Preventive, Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She also participated in the fellowship program in Holistic Medicine at Columbia University School of Medicine. More recently, Dr. Fisher worked as an integrative medicine/preventive medicine clinic physician at the University of New Mexico Center for Life. Dr. Fisher currently has a private practice in Albuquerque where she practices integrative, preventative, and nutritional medicine.

Dr. Fisher received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University summa cum laude. She then earned her M.D. at the University of New Mexico, where she received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Senior. Dr. Fisher earned her M.S. in Community Medicine at Mt. Sinai/New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Fisher is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, the American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine and the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists.

In a future life, Sally hopes to run a teashop. Until then, she enjoys sharing this passion with others by serving tea at the start of each medical consultation. Sally also makes it a point to stay connected to nature, the breath, and to honor compassion and gratitude. She is especially grateful to have the opportunity practice medicine at Sunrise Springs.

MICHAEL SCHROEDER, PERSONAL WELLNESS COUNSELOR

MICHAEL SCHROEDER, PERSONAL WELLNESS COUNSELOR

MICHAEL SCHROEDER, PERSONAL WELLNESS COUNSELOR

Michael received undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Printmaking from the University of California Santa Cruz and has strived to maintain the connection between art and psychology in his career and personal life.

Michael studied graphic and furniture design at Parsons School of Design in NYC and trained as a Yoga Instructor at New York’s Integral Yoga. For many years, Michael worked as a fine artist specializing in printmaking, resin casting and woodwork with gallery representation in New York City and Santa Fe. Art led him back to psychology, particularly depth-related modalities and the work of Carl Jung, MD.

Michael received his Master’s Degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute, graduating summa cum laude. He has worked extensively with couples and kids. His psychotherapy practice is solution-focused, combining art, myth, mindfulness and elements of Zen Buddhism to help individuals and couples evolve to greater self-knowledge.

Michael is a licensed psychotherapist (LMFT) in California and New Mexico. He considers Santa Fe one of the best-kept secrets and loves living amidst its fresh air, cultural richness, four seasons, green chile and abundant outdoor activities.

JESSICA IBARRA, SPIRITUAL GUIDE

JESSICA IBARRA, SPIRITUAL GUIDE

JESSICA IBARRA, SPIRITUAL GUIDE

Originally from Puerto Rico, Jessica came to New Mexico 3 years ago.

She has been helping people with their spiritual journeys since 2008. Being a Reiki Master, a Curandera in the Mexican Healing Tradition and a Tarot Card Reader, she considers herself an instrument of the light.

Jessica is guided by the wisdom of all faiths and feels that all religions are necessary. </>

Through her practice she shares blessings, believing that the more people she helps the more blessings our world receives, and in this way there is no limit to the abundance of blessings in the world. 

DANIELLE SIMMONS, HORTICULTURE AND ANIMAL INTERACTIONS

DANIELLE SIMMONS, HORTICULTURE AND ANIMAL INTERACTIONS

DANIELLE SIMMONS, HORTICULTURE AND ANIMAL INTERACTIONS

Danielle has spent her professional life using contact with nature as the foundation of her therapeutic practice. She was inspired by her childhood experience of play in the forests of upstate New York and has devoted her education to finding a way to connect human wellness with a deeper engagement to the natural world.

Danielle earned a B.S. in Environmental Economics & Management with a minor in Journalism and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island. She went on to study herbalism and is a Certified Nutritional Herbalist as well as a Certified Doula. Danielle has a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southwestern College and is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC) and a licensed Professional Art Therapist (LPAT).

Prior to joining Sunrise Springs, Danielle facilitated a garden and arts based curriculum at a Santa Fe elementary school that focused on increasing life skills and social growth. She also has experience using equine therapy with children to help them work through emotional, physical, and mental health issues. She has extended this work at Sunrise by guiding guests through therapeutic animal interactions.

Danielle planted and manages the greenhouse and the garden beds at Sunrise. She enjoys teaching guests the many uses of herbs from first aid to making herbal teas and salves. A favorite plant is the Sensitive Plant, which reacts to human touch to show us how we impact nature in real time.

Danielle is inspired by the big trees and abundant water of the oasis at Sunrise. She and her family have a large organic garden on their homestead south of Santa Fe.

DIANE CHASE, EXPRESSIVE ARTS

DIANE CHASE, EXPRESSIVE ARTS

DIANE CHASE, EXPRESSIVE ARTS

Diane is a native of New Mexico and a practitioner and teacher of Eastern philosophy and the Oriental healing arts since 1977. Her teaching practice springs from the fusion of Qi and Creativity to incorporate the body, the brush, breath, words, color, and imagery in a variety of media.

She facilitates the awakening of the body, mind and spirit through guided creative explorations. Her healing arts, stress reduction techniques and creativity classes encompass meditation, various levels of Qigong therapeutic movement, art, and creative writing.

One of her signature Sunrise classes is “Body as Brush” which invites guests to move their bodies with Qi while using Sumi ink to capture a visual expression informed by the present moment.

Diane has created her practice from a lifetime of passionate study. Her professional training includes Vipassana, Zen, and Taoist traditions. Diane completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction internship program at U Mass Memorial Medical Center, and served for a year as a work/study Retreat Manager at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts.

Diane began an in-depth study of Mogadao Qigong in Taos, NM in 1995 with Sifu Zhenzan Dao. While living In Taos in the early 1990s, she was inspired by renowned figure drawing instructor, Ed Heffernan. This experience uncovered Diane’s potential as an artist and eventually led to her pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Arts Education at The University of New Mexico (2006).

Diane is a certified Guide Level Qigong Instructor and Sacred Sexuality Instructor with the MogaDao Institute of Santa Fe. She facilitates Self­–Care and Qigong retreats at the UNM Center for Life Integrative Medical Center in Albuquerque.

BRIGITA LACOVARA, CULINARY, YOGA AND MEDITATION TEACHER

BRIGITA LACOVARA, CULINARY, YOGA AND MEDITATION TEACHER

BRIGITA LACOVARA, CULINARY, YOGA AND MEDITATION TEACHER

Wellness and joy has always been an indicator of quality of life for Brigita. Thus, she was drawn to movement and good food from a young age.

Growing up in rural New Mexico, she was fortunate to be raised in a family where every meal was prepared from scratch and eaten at the table.

Teenage dreams to become a pastry chef gave way to a university soccer scholarship and she received her BAFA in Art & Architectural History. Brigita’s kitchen and restaurant experience began at Le French Corner bakery (now Clafoutis in Santa Fe) and she continued on to work at The St. James Tea Room, The Grove, The Love Apple, and several others.

After moving to Taos, she transitioned to farming and to managing CSAs and farmer’s markets. Her food journey has revealed a deep passion for ancestral foods, fermentation, nutrition, and geographical and cultural gastronomy. Brigita has also studied yoga, massage, herbology, feldenkrais, Chinese medicine, neurolinguistic programming, and indigenous life ways.

Brigita feels all aspects of her life and work to be interconnected, whether teaching a culinary class, offering energy work, or singing and moving. She attunes daily to the beauty in everything, experiencing deep gratitude for all.

SABRINA PATRUS, FITNESS

SABRINA PATRUS, FITNESS

SABRINA PATRUS, FITNESS

Sabrina moved to Santa Fe in 1997 from Pittsburgh to start up an avant-garde theatre company with her brother. After landing a job in a local restaurant, Sabrina was told by the owner to go outside and “drum up some business.”

They literally meant to go outside and bang on a drum. She knew then she had found her home among the quirky and unique environment of New Mexico.

Sabrina remained involved with theatre and also began pursuing health and fitness. Her background in sports and knowledge of body conditioning – combined with her growing passion for nutrition — has become her “healthiest obsession!” Sabrina is deeply committed her career in modern and inspirational fitness.

She is an accomplished TRX bodyweight suspension trainer, and is currently completing her certification in Personal Training. Sabrina is constantly finding new ways to challenge and educate herself and her clients at Sunrise! 

RUTH MORRIS, EXPRESSIVE ARTS

RUTH MORRIS, EXPRESSIVE ARTS

RUTH MORRIS, EXPRESSIVE ARTS

Ruth’s philosophy is that art should be joyfully messy! She believes that a wide array of materials and experiences allow for the muse of serendipity to flower.

In her experience, it is very rare to see art coming from one particular place or a single technique.

Ruth’s vast experience and endeavors in art include the creation of mixed media art dolls, jewelry making, and illustration – all creations that have found homes in collections on five continents.

It is from this palette of experience that Ruth crafts one-of-a-kind art classes and open studio sessions using a variety of materials for guests at Sunrise Springs to discover, explore and enjoy.

ELIZA SKYE, YOGA AND MEDITATION

ELIZA SKYE, YOGA AND MEDITATION

ELIZA SKYE, YOGA AND MEDITATION

Eliza is originally from the East Coast and moved to Santa Fe in 2010. Not knowing what to expect, she quickly fell in love with New Mexico’s stunning geography and wide-open skies.

With a professional background in non-profit management, graphic design, photography and writing, Eliza is currently in graduate school for a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. At Sunrise Springs, she teaches yoga, meditation, movement and vegan culinary arts.

Eliza is a E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance designated instructor with over 2,500 hours of teaching experience and over 550 hours of accredited yoga training. She holds special certifications in Stress Management Yoga, Yin Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, Integral Yoga, Ayurvedic Yoga and Yoga for Children. Eliza is also a Reiki practitioner and has abundant experience in the studies of Ayurveda, the energy body and vegan nutrition.

JENN WARREN, CULINARY ARTS

JENN WARREN, CULINARY ARTS

JENN WARREN, CULINARY ARTS

Jenn was raised in Emerald Isle NC, a small barrier island nestled between the Bogue Sound and Atlantic Ocean. Growing up on the coast, she gained an appreciation for fresh, delicious, local food by fishing and foraging in her backyard.

Jenn’s passion for good food fueled her work towards a a BS in Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture and minor in Nutrition from Appalachian State University. She has also found incredible solace in yoga as a transformative practice that balances both body and mind, and completed her Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Deza Institute.

She fell in love with mountain life and could always be found exploring, hiking, and trail building in Appalachia on the weekends. When not in the woods, Jenn has shared her passion for food and service through work with community gardens, non-profit organization connecting and education children on healthy foods, and serving as a caretaker for an organic vegetable and lifestock farm. At Sunrise, Jenn shares this passion with guests through cooking classes, gardening workshops and much more.

BILLY GOSNELL, OUTDOORS

BILLY GOSNELL, OUTDOORS

BILLY GOSNELL, OUTDOORS

Billy was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and attended college at Northern Arizona University, where he studied Parks and Recreation Management with a minor in history. After college, he spent a glorious year and a half backpacking and working around the world. Starting in New Zealand where he worked in apple orchards and wine vineyards, he ventured to Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, where he became a certified “Advanced Open Water Diver.”

Returning to the US the pursued work with NOLS – The National Outdoor Leadership School after which he trained and worked as an EMT at a traumatic brain injury clinic in Denver. The work was rewarding but Billy was called back to his roots of instruction around recreation and the out of doors. This took him to Aspen where he worked as a camp counselor, climbing wall attendant, and lifeguard and eventually supervised the Aspen Recreation Center for 10 years.

Billy moved to Santa Fe in March of 2016 with his wife, who is in the art business. He is drawn to the beauty of Northern New Mexico and wide array of outdoor activities. At Sunrise, he enjoys guiding guests through outdoor discoveries and adventure. 

CLAUDIA MARDEL, ANIMAL INTERACTIONS

CLAUDIA MARDEL, ANIMAL INTERACTIONS

CLAUDIA MARDEL, ANIMAL INTERACTIONS

From a very young age, Claudia has always loved animals, both big and small, and has cultivated relationships with them in various ways. She grew up in Germany, and studied Elementary School Teaching for four years. She then studied Naturopathy for Animals for an additional 2 years before she left her home country and moved to Maui, Hawaii where she lived for 12 years.

There, she became a Licensed Massage Therapist and also studied acupuncture. In addition, she worked with and trained horses at a prestigious ranch, taking the ranch guests out riding. During this time she studied and became so passionate about Natural Hoofcare that she became a Natural Hoofcare Practitioner, trimming and specializing in the care of horses feet.

After a life-changing event, Claudia re-invented her life and became involved in pottery and photography as part of her healing process. Healing and teaching about this process has always been a huge part of Claudia’s life, and she loves assisting others in their own personal growth process.

Claudia has always been a deeply spiritual person, seeking answers from different religions and varied cultural backgrounds. She is passionate about sharing her experiences and the wisdom she has gained, and loves helping guide people towards a more conscious, healthy and expanded way of life.

The connection and communication between animals and people is close to her heart, and she helps build a bridge between them which can facilitate understanding, communication, mutual respect and growth. Claudia studied Animal Communication as part of this bridge-building process. She facilitates sessions for people and their animals, also teaches others to meditate and be able to have a closer connection with their own animals.

At Sunrise Springs Claudia facilitates classes with puppies and chickens, aromatherapy and clay in different forms, as personal expressions of art and soul.

 

MARK HUEBNER, FITNESS

MARK HUEBNER, FITNESS

MARK HUEBNER, FITNESS

Mark’s love for the outdoors started at a very young age playing in the arroyos and hills of Santa Fe’s Sangre de Cristo mountains. This connection to the magic of the natural world has led Mark through rich life experiences such as mountain climbing in Bolivia, rowing the big waters of the Colorado through the Grand Canyon, guiding mountain bike trips, and facilitating personal discovery journeys in the exposed desert southwest. Mark holds a bachelors degree in Environmental Education form Prescott College and has used this degree to teach and counsel in Expeditionary Learning Schools.  

With a strong understanding of the demands made on the body and mind to maintain peak performance in these activities, Mark is an advocate and practitioner of cross-training and functional fitness. He helps people to target focused areas to gain strength, speed, or flexibility, and creates  personalized, attainable practices to get there.  

6 years ago the practice of Yoga found Mark, and has become an integral aspect of his daily life. He is a 200 hr RYT instructor, focusing on Hatha yoga and deepening the practice of self-realization. He passionately shares the teachings that have so profoundly changed his life.  

ADITI THATTE, CULINARY ARTS

ADITI THATTE, CULINARY ARTS

ADITI THATTE, CULINARY ARTS

Aditi grew up in India watching and learning from her mother and grandmother as they
made delicious aromatic spicy foods. She has worked on perfecting her culinary skills
for over 30 years in the US. She has a passion for sharing her heritage through Indian
cuisine and makes spice cooking easy for healthy and perfectly balanced vegetarian
dishes.

Aditi has been teaching cooking classes for over 20 years. She has a degree in
Nutrition and Food Science. She conducts Indian Vegetarian cooking workshops at
Santa Fe Community College. Aditi is a multi-generational cook with strong roots in
Ayurvedic cooking principles.

Aditi served as the Executive Director at Medfield TV in Massachusetts and has
produced and hosted several cooking series videos ‘Spice Mantra’ and Chef’s Table
series ‘Vegetarian Spice’. The Chef’s Table series cooking shows air weekly in over 90
cities and towns across Massachusetts and New Hampshire in the community TV
stations. Aditi has published recipes and articles in the Medfield Home Town Weekly.
Moving to Santa Fe and embracing the fascinating food culture that exists here has
been extremely rewarding for her. Aditi is especially excited to share and unravel the
secrets of Exotic Indian Cooking in Santa Fe.

 

“The grounds are beautiful; the staff is exceptional.”
–Kathie M, Gilbert, AZ