Administrative Staff


Shelby McKinnon

Virtual Assistant

My name is Shelby McKinnon.I have spent the last 10 years doing clerical work ranging from answering calls, verifying insurances, scheduling, medical records, scribing for a physician, and more! One of my most recent positions was working at the state prison where I worked with the inmates to schedule them for all of their psychiatry appointments while also helping to facilitate their telemed appointments. I have always loved to help people, in one way or another, and look forward to continuing to do so! I love to stay busy and always look forward to learning something new!  Outside of work, I have a 6-month-old baby girl and I spend most of my time cherishing every minute with her and enjoying our new little family!


Ruth West

Blog Writer

Ruth (aka Crone), is a life-long learner, reader, and writer since her school days, worked for many years as a Personnel Specialist for the Government. Now retired, she takes many esoteric courses on- line through webinars and e-books. She has studied many comparative religions and Spiritual pathways. She is a member of both a Native American Women’s Circle, and a Woman’s Empowerment Circle. She attended a workshop taught by HeatherAsh Amara on Warrior Goddess empowerment training, and has read HeatherAsh’s books, as well as those written by her mentor, Don Miguel Ruiz, detailing Toltec principles. She has been trained in Beginner’s Shamanic Journeying and has been certified by a Shamanic practitioner. She has attended a variety of virtual workshops taught by Sandra Ingerman, and others, that deal with Shamanism. Her hobbies are reading, writing poetry, collecting crystals and stones, and crocheting doilies, a skill she learned while living as an Army wife in Germany. She likes to sketch and watercolor.

Clinical Staff


Tricia Metcalf, LCSW

Mental Health Therapist

Works with children ages 5 and older, teens and adults for counseling

Tricia obtained her master's degree from the University of Louisville in Social Work with a concentration in Chemical Dependency Counseling, and she is a Navy Veteran.

Tricia’s approach to therapy is nurturing and attentive. She loves working with clients helping them to find self-acceptance and connecting more deeply with themselves. She is committed to holistic healing and has found the healing journey to include mindfulness, meditation, talk therapy, and anything in between. Tricia is laid back and approachable when sitting with clients. The passion for working with people who want to find freedom from domestic violence, depression, PTSD, & Bi-polar & anxieties. She works with people who are wanting to find a balance between their desires and freedom.  Tricia pursued becoming a psychotherapist after she found a passion with her own experience of healing in therapy.  Her therapeutic modalities are: Existential Therapy, CBT, Trauma Focused CBT, MI, Person-Centered Therapy, Strengths-Based Therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, & Gestalt Therapy.  She believes strongly in the blend of evidence and alternative-based approaches to healing. Her therapeutic space focuses on the whole person; mind, body, and spirit. Tricia loves calling Kentucky home and finds happiness when she is in nature, traveling, gardening, exploring and playing with fur babies.


Karen Richardson, LMFT

Mental Health Therapist

Works with children ages 5 and up, teens and adults for counseling

Karen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 19 years of experience in behavioral health care working with children and adults. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, providing individual, family and group therapy through community mental health centers and in-home therapy. Karen has worked in other arenas, such as criminal detention, family court service provision, and an intensive outpatient program for dual diagnosis clients -those with a substance abuse and a type of mental health need.  She holds a bachelor's degree from Furman University, a Master's degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and earned a post-master's certificate in marriage and family therapy from the University of Louisville. She has specialized expertise in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, chemical dependency, child/parenting issues and issues relating to divorce. She can address issues with a Christian foundation, as requested and has a broad range of therapeutic knowledge of grief, trauma, mood stability, and mental illness symptomology and treatment.

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Cassandra Roberts, LCSW

Mental Health Therapist

Works with children ages 4 and older, teens, families, and adults for counseling

Cassandra received her Master's degree from the University of Louisville in Social Work. She also received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Latin American Studies, as she can provide services in Spanish. Cassandra has dedicated 14 years to the Mental Health field as she was worked with groups, children, teens, families, and adults within inpatient and community settings. Cassandra’s approach to therapy is respect, compassion, and support for self-determination. She prioritizes forming a collaboration to help clients reach their goals. She is committed to helping clients reach their full potential. Cassandra is relatable and approachable when collaborating with clients. Her passion to change stigmas regarding mental health, help others address their trauma, and her own experience with healing led to her path in Mental Health. Her therapeutic modalities are: Family System Trauma Therapy, CBT, Trauma Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Play Therapy Techniques, & Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Cassandra’s strong belief in growth, change, and self-compassion drives her desire to provide hope to those in need. Cassandra is excited to be a part of the Lotus family and to promote wellness in our community. 


Shelly (Michele) Werts, LCSW, RYT-200

Mental Health Therapist, Reiki Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider, Peristeam Facilitator, Ayurvedic Wellness Coach, Owner

Works with teens 14+ and adults for counseling

Shelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, U.S. Navy Veteran, certified Warrior Goddess Training Facilitator, Bootstrap Stress Management Facilitator, Yoga Teacher, certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider, certified Vaginal Steam facilitator, Ayurvedic Wellness Coach, and Reiki Practitioner.  Shelly has been working in the mental health field for over 22 years, starting her career in mental health as a Psychiatric Technician in the U.S. Navy.  Shelly worked in Corrections for seven years within behavioral health as a Corrections Officer and Substance Abuse Counselor.  Shelly worked for the Veteran's Administration for nine years  as a Therapist, and conjointly with DOD for one year in the IDES program.  Shelly is trained to work with teens, adults and couples suffering with trauma, anxiety, depression, stress and a variety of other mental health concerns for counseling.  Shelly also provides Ayurvedic Wellness Coaching, Vaginal Steam Facilitation,  Reiki, teaches Yoga classes, provides individual Yoga sessions; and is specifically trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy, and Mindfulness.


Shelly completed Ayurvedic Wellness Coaching through Shakti School, her 200-hour Yoga Teacher certification with Yogaia Yoga School in Louisville, and is currently working on her 300-hour Yoga Teacher certification through Yoga Baum.  “I teach Hatha yoga that most levels can enjoy and have been practicing yoga on/off since high school.  Working in mental health has provided me an opportunity to examine the human condition.  I believe it is important to combine body work with mental health therapy through a variety of modalities.  There are many pieces to the bigger picture.  Providing an atmosphere that encompasses something for everyone to progress in their individual journey to wellbeing has been my dream and guiding post.  Yoga and Reiki have been ways for me to bridge the gap between mental health and physical well-being as a therapist and as a trauma survivor.  I believe it is important to listen to what our bodies tell us and to never push oneself beyond your edges.  While our services do not offer a cure, they are a means to serenity and peace of body, mind and spirit.” 

Wellness Staff


Stephanie Adkins, RYT 200

Yoga Teacher

My name is Stephanie Adkins. I'm a boy mom, a poet and a lover of yoga. I first received my certification in 2018. I fell in love with the aspects of yoga that bring us to a greater awareness of ourselves and our connection to everything else. I also found yoga to be my greatest ally for battling anxiety,depression as well as body image issues. 


My mission is to help people feel more at home in their bodies and to help them feel more connected to the world around them. I want everyone who leaves my class to leave feeling empowered and aware of their own divinity and unique gifts and more in love with their life and the skin they're in. -Namaste 


Amy Flannery, Reiki Master, CYT

Reiki Practitioner, Yoga Teacher

Amy has been a student of yoga since early 2000 and  began teaching yoga after graduating Teacher Training at Full Moon Yoga in Louisville, KY in 2005. Amy began her Reiki Studies under Rev. Patrice Joy Masterson and completed levels 1, 2, 3 and Master Level in 2011. Amy continues to study energy work and occasionally incorporates vibrational healing with tuning forks and chakra drums during sessions.  Amy is the mother of one daughter and two German Shepherds, she is a wife, an avid reader, novice gardener and nature lover!


Jacob Gilbert, LMT

Massage Therapist

Kentucky native born and raised. After graduating from Bullitt East high school in 2003 I persued a career in EMS attaining my EMT-B license. After receiving experience for a number of years I furthered my education and career to receive my paramedic license and associate's degree from Western Kentucky University. I felt inspired to explore alternative/naturopathic healthcare after experiencing years of traditional healthcare. Having grown up in and around my fathers' physical therapy clinic and being told by many of my natural massage ability, I decided to complete massage therapy school and received my massage therapist license. I intend to continue and further my knowledge and career in naturopathic medicine. My philosophy of healing is thus: prevention and maintenance, diet and exercise. An informed and balanced practice of both western/traditional and alternative/naturopathic healthcare practices coupled with a strong individual belief you can feel better. 

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Katie Morris, LMT

Massage Therapist

Katie was trained at Advanced Massage Therapeutics in Louisville, Kentucky, receiving her state licensure in massage therapy in 2011. Her base training included Swedish and deep tissue massage techniques, injury assessment, kinesiology and anatomy and physiology. Since graduating, Katie has regularly taken continuing education to further her skillset and understanding of the human body. She believes in using the most gentle least invasive methods possible to promote health and wellness. Through classes in meditation, reiki, and reflexology, Katie has developed her view of the person as an integrated whole. "We are a compilation of mind, body, and spirt, and all of these need to be addressed for us to feel healthy and function as our best self." She has a passion for the environment and natural living. In the future she plans to pursue certifications in Thai massage, CST (craniosacral therapy), Manual Lymph drainage, and Lomi Lomi as well as obtaining her RYT (registered yoga teacher) credentials. Katie loves life and wants to help you love it too.

"Massage isn't just a luxury that feels good. It is an important part of self care and integral to the path of health and wellness. It is my dream and desire to one day help spread love and make the world a better place by teaching mindfulness, awareness, coping mechanisms, and healthy lifestyles to children. "


Tracy Elizabeth Shipley, RYT 200, Attorney & Counselor

Yoga Teacher

Tracy is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. She began practicing yoga in 1999.  Tracy completed a 200-hour teacher training through the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga in 2009. Tracy expanded her studies in 2013, studying Prana Vinyasa yoga with Shiva Rea through the Exhale Center for Sacred Movement. In 2015, she began studying Neelakantha meditation with Blue Throat Yoga. 


Tracy finds self-expression through movement leads to delight in the physical embodiment. Focusing on expanding the heart supports the breath and allows for more laughter and light.


Jessica Warren, Co-Creator, Energy Healer, Earth Guardian, Teacher

Energy Healer

essica Warren is the founder of Growing Holistic, a spiritual healing online platform that serves many countries across the world. She is dedicated to helping people find their purpose, heal their trauma, and transcend their limitations.


A word from Jessica...

In 2015, after making radical changes to my life, I began to awaken to my spiritual purpose. Throughout my journey of constant and dedicated devotion to clearing my personal trauma, my life's mission became crystal clear:  My mission is to guide you to your universal right of true freedom and soul sovereignty by bridging your human and cosmic organic blueprints.  This space is devoted to truth, transparency, and guiding you back to the Source within.  For years I have dedicated my life to helping others heal their traumas, clear their karma, and helping them overcome distortions in their energetic fields. Growing Holistic is an extension of that continued mission.  My wish is for you to find more joy in life, by breaking through the barriers of your limiting beliefs about what can be possible for you in this lifetime.


Angela Faith Wass, Shamanic Practioner, CYT

Shamanic Practitioner

Angela Faith is a Shamanic Practitioner and Mentor, offering a shamanic approach to restoring wellness to the body, mind and spirit. 

Angela’s shamanic training began coming directly from Spirit at an early age, and continued with her maternal great-grandmother, grandmother and mother.  Her mother included Angela in healing and divination work. Angela has studied and trained with Native American medicine men and women who continue to support her, as well as attended workshops and training from various indigenous teachers.  

Angela has been mentoring individuals for over a decade in transforming their lives.  After 25 years as a court stenographer,  she now has a full-time practice offering shamanic healing and mentoring programs,  as well as teaching workshops and facilitating women’s circles.  She also is the mother to adult twin daughters, and the wife of an adoring husband that supports her in her mission.  Angela has experienced her own powerful initiations and transformations in life, and is a demonstration of the powerful healing that can be found in shamanic work.  It is a true restoration of the soul.

Angela earned a Bachelor of Metaphysical Science, B.Msc., from the University of Metaphysics in Sedona, Arizona. She has also studied spiritualism and related disciplines at The Lily Dale Assembly in Lily Dale, NY. She is certified in Usui Reiki and Akashic Records, and is  a Holy Fire Reiki Master.  She has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher certification in Baptiste Power Yoga.

Angela incorporates a shamanic spiritual practice in her own life, which strengthens her relationship with her own Healing Spirit Guides, and allows her to navigate the Unseen Realms in a safe and effective manner. 

“My mission is to inspire others to create wholeness, wellness and harmony through spiritual work and guidance.” - Angela Faith