Wellest Integrative Health inspires individuals to take control of their health through movement and integrative body work. At Wellest Integrative Health, we strive for health through mind, body, and spirit. We focus on creating a nurturing environment that incorporates all aspects of being. At Wellest, we provide the resources and services needed so individuals can make informed, health promoting changes and decisions in a way that empowers our clients.
Wellest health care providers have merged their specialties so that we can offer a holistic approach to healing and preventative wellness through our outstanding customer service.
Wellest’s vision is to provide state of the art health and wellness services of the highest quality, empowering our clients to become responsible for their well-being.
Melissa Hines, PT, DPT
Dr. Melissa Hines, PT, DPT is a licensed physical therapist (PT) in MA. Since graduating from Simmons College magna cum laude with her doctorate in physical therapy, she has practiced in a wide variety of holistic settings specializing in GYROTONIC® rehabilitation, pelvic floor rehabilitation, myofascial release, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy.
Melissa specializes in Pelvic Floor PT (for women and men) through the prestigious Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Melissa's training in myofascial release, visceral manipulation, craniosacral therapy and GYROTONIC® has proven pivotal in the treatment of orthopedic conditions. She has taken continuing education courses through advanced Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, Barral Institute of Visceral Manipulation, advanced myofascial release through John Barnes, Upledger Craniosacral therapy, and a certified GYROTONIC® instructor. Melissa has a strong interest in teaching and currently mentors physical therapists and students in the field to help empower therapists to think holistically.
Melissa has a passion for treating the whole body and sees a widespread range of conditions from pelvic health to autoimmune to orthopedic. Melissa is currently training through the Institute of Functional Medicine in order to incorporate both manual therapies as well as supplementation through diet/food/supplements to aid in recovery and get to the root cause of the problem. Melissa utilizes an intuitive touch and enlightened approach in each of her treatments.
Melissa lives in Boston’s South End with her husband and cat! She enjoys exploring the city, trying out new restaurants, sailing, and the ocean.
Kathy Kates, FNP
Kathy Kates, NP is an experienced bilingual Family Nurse Practitioner at a Boston area community health center. As a specialist in pelvic health, she created a grant-awarded pelvic floor therapy myofascial release program at the health center to help women, men and transgender patients with chronic pelvic pain. She has been invited to lecture on pelvic health at the Partners in Perinatal Health conference and at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers Annual Community Health Institute. Kathy teaches pelvic health awareness seminars at the Om Namo Center in Cambridge, as well as a weekly “Inner Strength” class at Inner Space Yoga in Brookline Village.
In recent years, Kathy has continued to expand her knowledge base by studying myofascial release with John Barnes (PT). She participated in the inaugural “Integral Touch of Birth” workshop in which she learned to integrate the Spinning Babies ™ approach to help women bring balance to the pelvis during pregnancy.
Prior to her medical training, Kathy was a professional musician, playing locally with the Boston Pops and also traveling the world. Her two career paths, while disparate, have each served to foster a lifelong curiosity about the body from a biomechanical perspective. Her passion lies in educating others on how they can function optimally in order to live their healthiest lives. Kathy offers a unique perspective, not only as a medical provider, but also as a patient who has experienced pelvic pain after treatment for breast cancer.
Rachel Benjamin, PT, DPT
Dr. Rachel Benjamin, PT DPT is a licensed physical therapist in Massachusetts. She attended Syracuse University for her undergraduate degree and Simmons College magna cum laude with her doctorate in physical therapy.
Rachel has worked, and continues to work part-time, at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where she has been for over 5 years, specializing in Spinal Cord Injury and Comprehensive Rehabilitation. Rachel also launched Spaulding’s first Inpatient Women’s Health PT program. During her 5 years at Spaulding Rachel has taught and mentored numerous part and full time graduate students, new therapists and is also an active lab instructor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Rachel has worked closely with patients and families post-spinal cord injury, providing guidance and counsel, including sexual education and mobility skills.
Rachel has earned her Level 1 Women’s Health Certification through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and has attended John Barnes’ course in myofascial release. She attends the Annual APTA MA conference and coordinates closely with other clinicians to stay current with the newest practices and literature.
Rachel’s interests include all types of pelvic health disorders at the different stages of life and has a specialized interest in neurological disorders.
Rachel lives in Newton with her boyfriend and succulent gardens! She loves to travel (has been to 6 out of the 7 continents) and in the warm summer months you can find her at the beach reading a new book.
Annie Weiss, PhD
Annie Weiss, PhD is a Licensed Psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with individuals who want to make a positive change in their lives. Using an integrative approach, Annie specializes in cognitive behavioral and dynamic therapies to treat patients with anxiety, depression and the stress that comes with life changes. As a mom of two young children (ages 3 and 1) she is familiar with both the joy and stress a new baby can bring and the complicated issues women face as new mothers. For this reason, she especially enjoys working with new moms. Annie graduated from Williams College and received her PhD from Tulane University. She completed her internship at Boston University School of Medicine and post-doctoral fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. Annie is excited to be offering her expertise at Wellest and will provide a continuum of care for patients undergoing treatments with Melissa Hines and Kathy Kates.
Wellest shares an office space with Erin Walker, Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Boston Integrated Health, who offers health support to women and their families. With our combined services, we are thrilled to offer a collaborative approach for all your health and wellness needs.
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