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About SWC

Owen Marcus as the co-founder of Sandpoint Wellness Council (SWC) and developer of this blog, he hopes to give his community more options for their health. Since 2008, SWC has continued to provide information via published articles, radio appearances, event education and blog posts.

It is SWC’s goal to foster continued development in an integrated approach to health and wellness while increasing the interaction with traditional medicine. As the cost of healthcare increases and the country’s interest in a wide range of options increases, it is only natural that a group of committed local providers unit to support Sandpoint in learning what is available.

Please join us in our quest to explore the riches of natural healthcare. Read the articles that were published in our local papers and magazines along with posts unique to this blog. Allow us to be your resource. You’re invited to contact any of us with your questions.

This are some of our past contributors:

Owen Marcus, MA, Certified Advanced Rolfer (SI)®

I started practicing in 1976 in Boulder, CO. 1980 I opened my Rolfing Structural Integration practice in Scottsdale, AZ which evolved to become a holistic medical clinic. While in Arizona, I had the fortune to develop a practice working on professional and Olympic athletes. Part of this came from a study we did with ASU on Rolfing runners. One of my other businesses was Scottsdale Institute for Health and Medicine where we conducted Mindfulness Stress Reduction courses for hospital networks and local companies.

In 1997 I moved to Sandpoint for a slower life – I love it here. I continue to operate a private Rolfing practice. My other interests are expressed by these web sites and blogs:


Rolfing Book: Power of Rolfing

For men who want to carve out the life they want and give them the tools to win at being men at

Sandpoint Men’s Group

The nonprofit I started for men:

Owen Marcus, MA, Aquavit Group, Inc., 219 Cedar Street, Suite A, Sandpoint, ID 83864, 208.265.8440 tel, 208.946.4175 fax, marcus [at]

Tess Hahn, OMD, L.Ac. ,Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)

Gentle, but thorough holistic approach. I treat one patient at a time, assist patients in understanding what they can do to help to improve their health. I use Traditional Chinese Medicine paradigm, including Chinese Herbal medicines, Acupuncture and acupressure/tuina massage as needed. My practice is generally based upon word of mouth referral. I was trained in California and China, in practice since 1984. I was awarded a Governor’s commendation for Distinguished Public Service for my years of service as Chair of the Idaho licensing board. I now serve as the Chair of the Board of Commissioners for NCCAOM, where I am very involved in the development of the national examination for Acupuncture. I love my work and my patients. I graduated from California Acupuncture College in 1985 with Acupuncture degree and also from SAMRA University in 1988 with Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree.

North Idaho Acupuncture, 1405 Little Blacktail Road, Careywood, ID 83809 208-683-5211.

Robin and Layman Mize CBS

Layman and Robin Mize have lived in the Sandpoint area since 1983. They have been together for 32 years and have 3 adult children. They are Certified Biofeedback Specialist using the EPFX program. The EPFX organizes your individual stressors and enables them to work on bringing the body back to balance thru the subconscious, the body’s intelligence. They have extensive knowledge of Holistic health in the areas of diet, Organic cooking, Immune building and stress reduction using other techniques such as ionic footbath’s, Biomat’s, and breath works. They pride themselves in sharing with their clients, simple walk away tools for them to use in their lives so that they can start to feel better right away. 208-263-8846 or 208-610-9997


Peter Mico

Peter is the owner of Downtown Yoga in Sandpoint, ID.  Peter and the staff at Downtown Yoga are certified teachers in the Hatha yoga tradition.   After ten years of yoga practice Peter first began teaching as a form of developing traditional mind, body and spirit connections.  After extensive travel in the U.S. with various master teachers, Peter developed particular interest in Yoga as a form of physical therapy.  The heart of the technique is a study of the body-mind connection through yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, sensory sensitivity and concentration practices.  He is currently working on his 500 hr. certification with Tias Little and the Prajna school of yoga therapy featuring a living anatomy, that combines the study of the  body’s joints, organs, muscles and connective tissue with the experience of aligning and articulating within each pose.  Peter can be reached at 208-255-6177 or For more information on the studio, visit the website at

Krystle Shapiro, BA, LMMT, CDT, Reiki — Oncology Massage Specialist

Krystle Washington State licensed medical massage therapist specializing in oncology massage therapy with emphysis on lymphedema treatment. In 2003 she began her business, Touchstone Massage Therapies and created Stepping Stones Wellness Center at 803 W. Pine Street in Sandpoint, an association of complementary wellness practitioners. She has lived in Sandpoint for 30 years. At the present time she is undertaking a Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree and looks forward to providing well researched information on effective, nutritious, and restorative eating plans not only for people with cancer, but also for those suffering the effects of neurological and post traumatic stress disorders. (208) 290-6760


The posts on this blog do not necessarily represent the Sandpoint Wellness Council (SWC). They are the experiences and opinions of the writers which are offered for entertainment and education.

Consult your own physician or licensed healthcare practitioner regarding the applicability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your symptoms or medical/psychological condition. Information shared on this website or personally is shared for educational purposes.

This information is not to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent a disease. The SWC is not a medical doctor or a licensed healthcare provider. We are not a therapy group; we encourage readers needing that form of assistance find the appropriate help.


Suzy operates Avina by Nature Consulting. Meanwhile she is finishing her Associates degree in alternative medicine at American College of Healthcare Sciences with a major in Herbs and a minor in Aromatherapy. Suzy has been making natural body care products for the last eight years using Herbs and Aromatherapy to help her teenage daughter who suffers from contact dermatitis along with panic anxiety disorder. “After moving to Sandpoint Idaho almost five years ago I was inspired by the lifestyle that North Idaho offered. I decided to take the knowledge of Herbs and Aromatherapy that I had been learning throughout my life and go back to college to finish my degree.” Suzy is currently teaching Simple Nutritious Cooking classes along with Health, Beauty and Wellness classes for the Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. She also teaches Creatively Natural Workshops that focus on educating people about Herbs, Aromatherapy, Body Care Products, Gardening, Nutrition, and Cooking. These workshops are set on the bases of Make, Take and Learn concept.

Suzy Avina can be reached at or 208-946-6640, or check out her website to schedule a class, Creatively Natural Workshop or one to one consultation.

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