Specialists

Our guests often tell us that it’s the people at Miraval Austin that make the difference. We humbly agree.

MEET OUR SPECIALISTS

Our healers, masters, and elite experts are pioneers in their respective fields who are committed to your personal journey. They care deeply about their craft and are passionate about guiding you to heal, explore your future, hold space, or move forward in your life.

Along with local talents from Austin, each is here to light your path to becoming a more mindful, balanced, and creative human being.

  • Psychic

    Alice Biggs

    Alice brings 20 years of experience in the mind-body healing field and is an associate minister, massage therapist, Reiki master, and certified hypnotherapist.

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  • Intuitive Medium & Spiritual Guide

    STEVEN ROSS

    Steven brings wisdom to the deeper meaning of our life's experiences by supporting you as an intuitive medium, ordained spiritual minister, meditation teacher and yogi.

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  • Wellness Counselor

    LORI MULADY BURDICK

    Lori joins our dynamic team with over 27 years of experience in the counseling field specializing in life transitions, relationships, family dynamics, parenting, boundaries, mental health and bereavement.

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  • Core Transformation Therapist

    JERRY ZEIGER

    For 25 years, Jerry Zeiger has been helping people heal emotional wounds to make positive and lasting changes.

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  • Astrologer & Tarot Reader

    LYNN CARROLL-RIVERA

    Lynn is a spiritual guidance counselor specializing in astrology and tarot readings.

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    Executive Chef

    Ben Baker

    His unique approach to food aligns perfectly with Miraval’s philosophy of producing and offering healthy, organic, sustainably sourced food that is both nourishing and delicious.

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  • BEEKEEPER

    ED REED

    Ed is Miraval Austin’s head beekeeper and apiculturist with a background as a farmer and practitioner of regenerative agriculture.

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  • EQUINE SPECIALIST

    PAULA BASDEN

    Paula is a health professional who is passionate about helping you to create and maintain a life in balance.

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  • Registered Dietitian

    DAWN PALACIOS

    Dawn is a registered dietitian experienced in oncology, garden and nutrition education research, gut health, and food sensitivity testing.

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  • Exercise Physiologist

    ROSEMARY HOHL-CHRISWISSER

    Rosemary has a BS and MS in Exercise Sport Sciences and holds certifications from American College of Sports Medicine, USA Triathlon Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and National Academy of Medicine.

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  • Culinary Specialist

    SAMANTHA BLUMENTHAL

    Sami is a registered dietitian who sees food as her vehicle and truth as her message. Her goal is to create a safe space to nourish, spark culinary creativity, and support your personal evolution both inside and outside of the kitchen.

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  • Healing Lightworker

    COURTNEY PARNELL

    Courtney has been studying holistic healing, ancient philosophy and spirituality for the last eight years of her life.

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  • Culture Ambassador

    DAVID PRESLAR

    David is extremely passionate about your Miraval journey. He is a wellness expert who can help you connect the moments you experience into of mosaic of personal meaning.

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  • Sound Healer

    Kimberly Humphrey

    Kim Humphrey is a sound healer in the Atma Buti linage of Himalayan sound healing, a yoga and meditation teacher, a speech therapist, and a certified iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher.

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  • BODY MIND SPIRIT SPECIALIST

    Alyson Simms

    Alyson began her spiritual journey at a young age. After teaching English worldwide and creating a multi-six figure business, she returned to her spiritual studies, where she has been for the past two decades.

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  • Culinary Specialist

    Michael Sabrin

    Culinary Specialist Michael is a chef with over 24 years of culinary and hospitality experience, coupled with a master’s degree in nutrition from The University of Georgia and bachelor’s degrees in culinary arts & culinary nutrition from Johnson and Wales University.

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  • Photographer

    Jess Hardcastle

    Jess Hardcastle is an award-winning photographer and writer who brings over twenty years of experience to Miraval.

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  • Equine Specialist

    Leslie Vanderpool

    Leslie is a Certified Equine Specialist with a Master’s degree in social work. Leslie helps individuals connect to their own insightful, creative, and powerful truth.

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  • Equine Specialist

    Leigh Wright

    Leigh is a Certified Equus Coach from the Koelle Institute of Equus Coaching. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas and has over 35 years of experience practicing as a Registered Nurse.

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  • Culinary Specialist

    Lexie Ruse

    Her combined professional experiences over the last 18 years from teaching, boutique catering, custom meal delivery and restaurant/event work has shaped her culinary voice.

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  • Sommelier

    Emily Malaya

    Emily is a certified sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers with a passion for wine and beverages, specifically as a vessel for education and enjoyment! With over a decade of experience in the culinary world pairing food and beverages, Emily aims to offer thoughtful perspectives balancing the importance of 'sense of place' in the study of what we consume alongside the need for relaxation and laughter. Her classes engaging, hands-on, and inclusive to wherever you are in your wine and beverage journey