Get to know us
We are a diverse group of women of color who are committed to living with integrity and love, as we interweave the wisdom of Mother Earth, our ancestors, and our traditions in our own healing and journey toward wholeness. We honor and support the distinct presence that each of us brings along with our individual services. We strive to work in a way that is collaborative and co-creative, within our group and within our communities.
Healing and transformative justice is integral to our work of (R)evolution, as we engage with individuals and groups to reclaim their own power to heal and grow into communities where safety, love, and integrity reside, where there is no room for oppression or victimization in any form.
The modalities we work through include Reiki, meditation, Tai-Chi, Peace Circles, herbal consultations, ear acupuncture, whole person care, body work, workshops and presentations, and more. We accept invitations to offer our services whenever and wherever they are needed, and we also create spaces where our services can be received.
Violeta Donawa is a “spirit. human. black woman.” invested in deep soul work, intergenerational trauma, and generative healing. For her, this work is rooted in systemic change and ancestral backing. Her modalities include Reiki 1, deep listening, and holistic talk therapy.
Talitha Johnson is a Detroit native, community herbalist and reiki practitioner. She makes tinctures, tea blends, ointments and natural body products for the skin. For the past four years, she has studied both Western and Caribbean herbalism. She enjoys educating herself and others about the history of healing arts as it relates to the African diasporan experience.
Schantell Puameole Taylor is a seeker and keeper of Hawaiian culture. Protector of land, and advocate for culture-based education. She is a practitioner of Hula and holds space for others' transformation and healing that uses dance as a grounding practice. She has studied and practiced lomilomi, cranial sacral, chi nei tsun, aroma therapy, acupressure, wellness consulting, breath work, esthetics and yoga.
Rhiannon Chester, M.A., is a Detroit native, social justice educator, and Reiki practitioner that has been involved in various grassroots movements for over 10 years. In that time, she has witnessed the trauma and pain that injustice can cause; while simultaneously experiencing the beauty, creativity and resilience of marginalized communities. With those eyes, she leads facilitated group processing discussions and workshops, holds space for individual processing through dialogue and activity and creates non-commercial visual art -- All centered around social identities, power, privilege and oppression dynamics, and humanizing marginalized identities through an intersectional lens.
Marcia Lee, MA aspires to listen deeply, laugh wholeheartedly, and to create a more just and compassionate world. She is a facilitator of Courage and Renewal retreats; trains and supports community in restorative justice circles; teaches tai chi; is an acudetox specialist; trains with PeoplesHub, an online movement school; and is a founding member of Healing by Choice!. She co-founded Taproot Sanctuary (an intentional community living for spirituality, right relationship with the earth, and social justice) and the Detroit Area Restorative Justice Center. Marcia worked for over a decade with the Capuchin Franciscans as a Director of multiple programs: Cap Corps Midwest (a full-time volunteer program), the Justice and Peace Office, and the Office of Mission and Ministry.
Lottie V. Spady, Detroit food, environment and media justice activist, has been studying herbalism formally for over 5 years, although she has been an advocate and user of herbal supports for decades. She currently hosts community herbal education sessions, plant identification walks and medicine making workshops in Detroit. Lottie creates a variety of herbal products for health and wellness under the Detroit Elixir & Salve Company brand, and blogs it all at Earthseed Detroit, which chronicles her evolution as an urban farm girl as she learns about and adapts to the challenges of living a sustainable, healthy lifestyle.
Gwendolyn Bailey of Chosen Journeys is in the third act of her spirit called life-mission. She is researching, developing, and facilitating the shaping of Healing Justice scholarship and providing meaning making opportunities with healers, healing practitioners and womanist theologians. She guides African American women and Women of Color allied accomplices in reclaiming their agency to impact, effect, and reshape damaging belief systems and thought patterns.
Diana Quinn Inlak’ech is a naturopathic doctor and energy work practitioner. Her work is sourced in the healing power of nature for whole person care. She is passionate about transforming cultural and historical intergenerational trauma through community care and ancestral practices. Her healing modalities include botanical medicine, homeopathy and flower essences, nutritional therapy, Reiki, craniosacral therapy, ritual and ceremony, guided meditation, tarot, and astrology.
Crystal Teng is an intuitive energy and bodyworker, aspiring storyteller, contemplative, and theologian currently serving the Metro Detroit area. She is guided by the wisdom of her Ancestors and centers the reclamation of traditional medicines and practices as a pathway to health. She works under the notion that living beings are amalgamations of beautifully complex intelligent systems with long, deep memories. She has training in craniosacral therapy, cupping therapy, gua sha, abdominal massage for digestive and uterine health, and massage therapy.
Carmen Malis-King is a Detroit-rooted herbalist, full-spectrum doula, and Certified Lactation Counselor. Carmen’s interest in considering how connections between environment, social justice, and traditional ways of healing impact health and well-being lead her to earn a Masters of Arts in Integrative Health Studies (2015) from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and to her collaborations within Healing By Choice!.
Angela Lugo-Thomas is a dancer, model, photographer and gardener. She is connecting with a lifelong interest in holistic practices and is an aspiring healer. For her, healing justice is about returning to our ancestors’ traditions, by using nature and natural medicine to heal and prevent dis-ease. Angela is deeply committed to her Detroit community. She loves walking and hiking and hopes to inspire others, through her life, how to find their way to a healthy mind, body and soul.
Amanda Hill is a Detroit westsider and community organizer with a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan. She is an aspiring herbalist, passionate about applying her knowledge about the human body in concert with Reiki, to help folks heal physically and spiritually. Community is dear to Amanda, and she is honored to do her part in facilitating holistic wellness in Detroit communities with Healing by Choice!.
Alejandra Margarita Foerg, grew up on the border of Nogales, Arizona. Her hopes are to help in decolonizing birth and the postpartum period by offering traditional care, honoring the birthing person's wishes, and an open heart. She is so grateful to honor her Mexican ancestors by practicing and continuing to learn the healing art of Curanderismo and integrating other modalities with the passion to help heal intergenerational trauma and to help guide others back to themselves. She offers birth and postpartum doula services, limpias, platicas (heart-to-heart talking and listening), and a sense of humor. Laughter is her favorite medicine.
Alicia Garcia Steele, M.D. is a graduate of the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba. Her passion is to work in under-resourced communities in the U.S. and internationally. Universal health-care, holistic medicine, social justice, and loving service are the principles she strives to implement in her work and life.
Adela Nieves Martinez, RMT, CCT, ADS, is a Traditional Community Health and Healing Arts Practitioner. She is deeply committed to her Taino (indigenous peoples of the Caribbean) roots and restorative wellness approaches, practicing Acudetox (ear acupuncture), indigenous traditional medicine, cupping therapy, whole person natural care, and Reiki for individuals and groups struggling with addiction, PTSD, stress, and trauma. Adela created the idea of Healing by Choice!, and the rest of the group brought it to life.
adrienne maree brown is a writer, facilitator and healer living in Detroit. She offers coaching, tarot and somatic bodywork.