At Brighten Up!, we believe in offering the full spectrum of treatments available to compliment traditional medication of mental illness. Each of these experts believe in the mission and vision of Brighten Up! to bring mental health out of the darkness and into the “Bright Side” of life.
Fitness expert Becky Weyrauch is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor who is very proud to be involved with Brighten Up!. Becky believes in the mission and vision of Brighten Up! to encourage positive living and heightened awareness about mental health. Along with her role at Brighten Up!, Becky also has specialty training in Boot Camp Programs, Children's Fitness and Senior Fitness. Throughout her career, Becky has taught Mat Pilates, Silver Sneakers, Spinning, TRX, trained clients one-on-one and in small Group Fitness and Personal Training. Believing that everyone should have access to fitness advice, Becky has worked with beginners, intermediate and even semi-pro athletes, leading them all to achieve their individual fitness goals through her positive, encouraging attitude.
Becky understands the importance even just 20-30 min of cardio exercise per day will help lift the spirits and help ward off depression along with many other benefits combined with good nutrition. She supports each client to help him or her achieve success. On a personal note, Becky remains an athlete herself. She enjoys competing in road races and has completed 1/2 ironman TRI distances, SprintTRI, Marathon, Half Marathons and has placed several times in a variety of 5K races. Becky lives in Clifton Park, NY with their three sons.
Becky holds certifications through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Certified Mad Dogg Athletics, Spinning Instructor, and is a TRX Qualified Trainer.
Watch Becky's's webinar presentation, "Benefits of Aerobic Exercise," on Brighten Up!
Nikki is a licensed massage therapist and since 2011 has been certified in medical massage. Previously, she worked in a very stressful career as a Project Manager. She found massage to be helpful in alleviating stress and gave her general feeling of wellbeing. Through the power of touch, massage has evolved into a powerful tool as a treatment option for mental health conditions. Massage is so much more than a luxury; it’s a healing modality on a physical, mental and spiritual level. Nikki is passionate about educating the public about the benefits of massage and its role in mental health.
Nikki and her husband live on their farm with their five dogs, cat, alpaca, angora bunnies, chickens, peacocks, turkeys, ducks and whom ever else shows up on any given day.
Bethany Ann Gonyea
Bethany is the Founder and Director of NUMINOUS, sponsor for the Albany Peace Project. For over 20 years, she has watched people invoke the power of focused healing intention to facilitate health and well being during hundreds of private and public biofeedback sessions. Biofeedback is essentially the art and science of intention, and it continually demonstrates through objective instrumentation that our minds have immediate and profound impact inside our bodies.
Bethany is the former Director of Biofeedback of the Albany TMJ & Facial, Biofeedback Specialist and longtime student of the ancient internal healing arts. Ms Gonyea was certified by three independent professional organizations, and she is currently a licensed mentor with the Institute of Heartmath.
Bethany teaches people how to skillfully interface the mind with the body through coherence meditation to move the body into states that are incompatible with anxiety and reduces the mind wandering that research has demonstrated is often root cause of unhappiness.
Because Bethany is so passionate about sharing these skills with others, she has created a global technological platform to offer these skills to as many people as possible. She encourages cities to organize around the concepts of meditation peace research. You can learn more by visiting: PeacefulCities.org
Danielle is the founder of 'Life on Track' and co-founder of 'Spring Into Health', and has made a career out of her passion for healthy living. She is the active mom of two young kids and is focused on healthy living as an example for her family. Her recipe for health? Exercise 5 days a week with purpose, eat real food - especially veggies, make time for family and friends often, be present with the kids, laugh a lot, listen to others, work hard and seek challenge on a regular basis. Danielle is a Wellness Coach and hold certifications as a 'Specialist in Fitness Nutrition' and 'Running Coach'.
Anouk is a co-founder of 'Spring Into Health', and was a baker at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies before moving to Clifton Park, NY. She believes that Industrialized eating has created major health crises all over the world and that food can be the strongest medicine. Real cooking, with real food (mostly plants) will make people happier and healthier. She is the mother of a sixteen year old who eats most of her cooking. Anouk is a graduate of the 'Culinary Insitute of America' and a certified 'Yoga Instructor'.
Aroma Therapy Expert!
Tracy is a third grade teacher and has been in the education field for 18 years. Currently, she teaches at Berlin Elementary School in Berlin, NY. Tracy has been a K-12 Curriculum Coordinator for the district as well as a Literacy Coach. In addition to teaching, one of her biggest passions is helping others take charge of their wellness through the use of doTERRA Essential Oils. For the last three years, Tracy has been a user and sharer of these oils. She frequently holds Wellness classes as well as individual consultations around the Capital District to educate others on the use of these amazing gifts from the earth.
Her family and friends have transformed their health through using the oils for physical, mental, and emotional support. Most importantly, for her son who has drastically improved his health issues as a result of a daily oil regimen. Promoting a positive growth mindset and utilizing oils in the classroom has also been a huge benefit for children in her class. Tracy is certified in the Aromatouch Technique, a powerful, uplifting essential oil experience for anyone of any age. She resides in East Greenbush with her husband, daughter son, and two, loveable pups.
Watch Tracy's webinar presentation, "Essential Oils and Mental Wellness," on Brighten Up!
MA, MS, LAc
Warren is a native of the Adirondacks in NY. He attended Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA as a pre-med student but was eventually lured into a BA in Anthropology through his love of culture. After graduation in 1991 he moved west to New Mexico for the MA program at St John’s College in Santa Fe while working for the state museum as a staff archaeologist. It was during his time at St John’s that Warren was introduced to the works of Freud and Jung which sparked his curiosity with the mind-body connection and the importance of mental health.
After finishing school Warren left for an extended stay in Asia where he trekked across China...stopping to apprentice in Chengdu and studying briefly with the Buddhist monks at the Litang Monastery in Tibet. His journey continued onto Thailand where he enrolled at the Chakra School of Thai Massage in Hadrin, Koh Phangan, an island affiliate of Watpo Medical School in Bangkok.
Upon returning to the states, Warren opened his first practice on the island of Oahu in Hawaii where he set out to specialize in mental health. Despite the beauty of Hawaii he returned to the mainland and practices now back home in the Adirondacks. Owner and chief practitioner at Adirondack Community Acupuncture, Warren aims to educate his community on how to avoid the pitfalls of the modern world and help restore health and wellness through establishing healthy habits and balanced lifestyles. He believes that optimal health should be a desired goal and accessible to all who are willing to try. He hopes to help himself, his family and clients to age gracefully so that we may all enjoy a long, full life free of pain and disease. His practice utilizes the balancing power of acupuncture, the nurturing of herbal medicine and nutrition, the therapeutic touch of tuina, and the disarming influence of aromatherapy.