Who We Are
B FREE Wellness is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that heals personal and community trauma through the empowering integration of mental health, physical wellness, and holistic services.
B FREE provides a community and space which allows people to become who they are meant to be, in an environment that is fun, non-judgmental and fosters the human spirit to become + feel free. We believe in providing opportunities which collaborate with a variety of healing modalities, medical models and holistic practices that support healing of the mind, body + soul as one.
Meet the B FREE Team
Director of Operations
Samantha [Sam] Brintnall grew up on the Cape and currently lives in Yarmouth with her two kids. She started practicing yoga about five years ago and continued her path into teaching. She’s a 200 RYT graduate from Kind Yoga in Centerville as well as a certified meditation teacher.
She’s trained in trauma informed Hatha yoga and loves to be able to help people cope with stress and anxiety through yoga and breath work. She’s currently the Executive Director for Yoga Neighborhood and owns her own business, Lumi Yoga & Wellness. You can find her teaching at various locations around the Cape.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Heather Bowden, LICSW earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Elmira College and her Master of Social Work from Simmons College.
Heather specializes in work with trauma/PTSD, anxiety, ADHD, and depression. She is trained in Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC). Heather previously worked at Justice Resource Institute (JRI) in a variety of roles, most recently as Program Manager overseeing the community based contract with the Department of Mental Health out of the Cape Cod office.
Heather values the therapeutic relationship and uses a holistic, strengths based approach and believes in providing trauma-informed care and supporting both the mind and body. She utilizes a variety of modalities including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play therapy, and mindfulness to support individuals through the therapeutic process.
Originally from coastal Maine, Heather loves winter and the ocean. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, her cats and puppy, raising her chickens, and paddle boarding.
B Free Studio Instructor
Rick Garceau, a licensed Zumba instructor, has taught Zumba and Aqua Zumba classes for 9 years. His goal is to get people of all ages and abilities experiencing the joy of movement in a judgement-free environment. He lives in Centerville with his husband Tom where they own and operate the Captain David Kelley House B&B.
Christy L. Ray
B Free Studio Instructor
What's up? I'm Christy, and I teach dance fitness classes and Zumba. I love the mission of B Free and am honored to teach here. Let's view fitness from the lens of a journey of abundance, inspiration, empowerment, self-acceptance, and love.
In each class, we are creating a space here for people of all shapes, sizes, colors, skill levels, and backgrounds to feel safe to be themselves, have fun, move their bodies, and get all the physical, emotional, and even spiritual benefits of shaking your *groove thang*! Giddyup!
Lead Coach, Financial Manager, and Director of Nutrition programming
Lindsay is a Cape Cod native and mom to three children. Becoming a mom is what first started her on her long journey of learning about health, fitness, and nutrition. Lindsay completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2020 and her yoga study specialties include children’s, prenatal, and yin restorative. She is also a NASM-certified personal trainer, AFAA Group Fitness and Zumba certified. Children's yoga is her favorite class to teach!
Lindsay completed the B Free Coaching program and a Masters degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health in 2022. In her coaching, she will consider many different areas of health beyond nutrition and fitness to help her clients achieve their optimal wellness.
Reiki Practitioner & Holistic Services
Paula is a holistic healer based on Cape Cod. She is a reiki practitioner. Paula completed her Reiki I & II training with Reiki Master Teacher Sarah Milligan and her Reiki Master training with Reiki Master Teacher Maija Kovalevska of Healing Hands in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Paula is an essential oils consultant. She has studied aromatherapy through the School for Aromatic Studies with a focus on trauma, resiliency, grief and aromatics. She also completed training for Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Paula is continually inspired by the power of self-healing and enjoys supporting people on their paths to holistic wellness.
B Free Studio Instructor & Coach
A graduate of B FREE’s Wellness Coaching Program, Cindy has taught yoga for over 12 years. Currently, she teaches classes in Orleans and Eastham, online in Lansing, Michigan, and Chicago, and is thrilled to join the B FREE staff. With a keen eye for alignment, Cindy knows how to modify just about any posture to keep you both challenged and safe.
Cindy Okolo is a 500-hour RYT, schooled in the Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga traditions through Hilaire Lockwood and her renowned teacher training program. She has specialized training and certifications in Curvy Yoga, chair yoga, yoga for traumatic brain injury, and yoga for lifelong wellness.
B Free Studio Instructor & Coach
Nina Raffaele is a curandera (healer), she first connected with Boricua ancestral traditional herbalism and spiritual practices and later became an apprentice to Western Shoshone Traditional Medicine Man Corbin Harney. From then on, she knew that one day she would go back to helping others heal, and coaching is her tool in supporting women and community organizations to thrive. Fast-forward, Nina’s coaching style integrates creative energy and vibrational intuition. Her philosophy promotes a lifestyle of simplicity and connectivity with the beautiful world around us. The result is becoming the best version of ourselves.
Nina is certified by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) and is also an intuitive healer who is passionate about supporting her clients to cultivate joy in their lives.
Addictions Specialist, Counselor & Healing Justice Program
Jill is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADC II), having worked in many facets of treatment, including PHP, IOP, OP, and at MCI Framingham, with incarcerated women who suffer from substance use disorder. Jill employs a holistic, client-centered approach to addiction therapy and utilizes a myriad of techniques that cater to individual needs, such as CBT, DBT, talk, narrative and art therapy, motivational interviewing, meditation and person-centered interventions. Jill is passionate about helping clients find what will help them feel fulfilled and empowered in their long-term recovery.
Jill equally enjoys group therapy (What’s the opposite of addiction? Connection!), as well as individual client therapy, utilizing a therapeutic approach helping clients gain insight and increase motivation by building trust, exploring self-esteem and healthy coping skills.
Mersh Lubel Kanis
Reflexologist, Reiki Master, B Free Studio Instructor & Coach
Mersh has taught yoga in many locations on and off Cape since 2001. She currently offers a Kundalini yoga class at B Free on Sunday mornings, and collaborates with Ayana Freedom to offer combination Kundalini and Restorative classes.
Through reflexology and Reiki, the physical and energetic bodies can be brought back into balance. Mersh customizes these treatments to meet the unique needs of each client.
B Free Studio Instructor
Dan first encountered yoga in 1997. He had been working for several years to develop strength and flexibility to help with hamstring and back issues developed from years of soccer and sitting in front of computer screen. A co-worker introduced a yoga class at the software company where he was working and he quickly realized that yoga presented a much better and more focused way of addressing these issues and immediately started incorporating what he learned in yoga classes into his regular routine. Over the years, Dan has worked to incorporate yoga and its associated philosophy into his professional and personal life.
In 2015, Dan completed a 200-hour Yogaworks teacher training certification under the guidance of Natasha Rizopoulos and immediately followed that with a 300-hour teacher training with Natasha through the DownUnderYoga School of Yoga at the end of 2015. Dan's been teaching since 2016. He has also continued personal development with Yin Yoga trainings with Josh Summers and Meditation training with Calmer Choice.
Dan believes that yoga presents an opportunity to create greater awareness of our selves and to learn to listen to our bodies and our minds. Dan's classes are focused on practicing safely and finding the right mix of physical and mental fortitude to both challenge ourselves and to care for ourselves.