What sets Avalon apart from other schools is our amazing line-up of teachers. Our incredibly skilled and dedicated team includes: two Chiropractors, two Acupuncturists, a Monk/Reiki Master, a Doula, and Massage Therapy Instructors with decades of experience teaching and practicing.
Meet Our Team
School Director - LMT, MTI
David O’Brien has been a massage therapist for 15 years. He has spent the last 10 of those as a full-time teacher and program director for Massage Therapy, specializing in teaching the science side of massage. He has a degree in Psychology and international certifications in spa modalities. He has recently moved to Houston and is excited to join the Avalon team as Assistant Program Director. David excels in entertaining and educating learners of all varieties.
Dr. Sofia Bekiaris
Chiropractor - DC, LMT
Dr. Sofia Bekiaris is owner/operator of Fort Bend Mobile Chiropractic. While earning her B.S degree at University of Houston, she worked in various chiropractic clinics offering therapeutic massage. She obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic title from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2009. Since then she has worked as an associated doctor, as an independent contractor and as a sole proprietor in her own establishment. Massage therapy has shaped and guided Dr. Bekiaris’ professional life for 15 years.
Acupuncturist - L.Ac., Dipl, NCCAOM, LMT
Licensed Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist, born and practicing in Houston, Texas. After a thorough education from 18 years of martial arts study, the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Avalon School of Massage, he now operates his own practice in Houston. His teaching style combines Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture techniques, Herbal Medicine, Cupping, Gua Sha, and Tui Na bodywork with traditional martial arts practices.
Herbalist - LMT, Acupuncture Doctoral Student
Nam-Thu is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Doctoral Student at the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. She is a self-taught herbalist who loves communing with ancestors by honoring plants. She is dedicated to learning Traditional Chinese Medicine as a way to remember and reconnect to Thuoc Nam/ Traditional Vietnamese Medicine and indigenous healing practices. She has been practicing massage and energetic bodywork for over 10 years and is an Avalon graduate.
Dr. Adam Stewart
Chiropractor - DC, MS
Dr. Adam Stewart is the owner and lead chiropractor at Pioneer Chiropractic. After earning his BS from Texas A&M University, he went on to earn his MS in medical sciences (with an emphasis on clinical research) from the UNT Health Science Center. Upon graduating, Dr. Adam earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree at Texas Chiropractic College where he graduated valedictorian. In addition, Dr. Adam holds certifications in acupuncture, Mulligan technique, and FAKTR. With a decade of education devoted to the human body, Dr. Adam’s teaching style is evidence-based and heavily integrated with current research.
Doula - LMT, MTI, CHBE, CD, CCE, P&ICD
Erin has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002. In 2012, she added Doula work and pursued certification in Childbirth Education. In 2018, she launched Houston Birth & Baby and employs many Doulas throughout Houston. The work Erin has done as both a Massage Therapist, Doula, and Childbirth Educator positions her to speak with confidence and firsthand knowledge of what is involved with supporting a pregnant person through most physiological and emotional changes that occur in pregnancy. Additionally, she is trained in postpartum mental health disorders, the physical needs of the parents/infants, as well as the emotional shifts that occur after birth.
Ashley studied at Texas Center for Massage Therapy and has been a licensed massage therapist for 3 years. She now has her own private practice as a sole proprietor. She is certified in Rockblade (blading therapy), Massage Band Therapy and has studied Ashiatsu and Cupping as well. She has attended and worked sports events such as the Katy Classic Crossfit Competition and several WUAP Competitions (amateur powerlifting). She combines her love for Yoga, Muay Thai and Massage therapy to fully utilize her own body in order to improve the overall physical and spiritual well-being of others.
MONK - PHD, REIKI MASTER
Doctor Harry Bartholomew is an internationally renowned healer, performer, public speaker, and teacher. Harry is a former Buddhist Monk and ordained Minister with over 30 years of experience as a music producer/engineer. He is also a Dr. of Metaphysics, Reiki master teacher, Advanced Ho’Oponopono instructor, Crystal healer, Medicine Buddha Healer, and Guan Yin 42 hand and eyes healer. Recognized for his ability to radiate body, mind, and spirit healing energy through gong performances, Harry takes his clients on sonic, energetic, and spiritual journeys, giving them the tools, energy, and clarity to reveal, acknowledge, and carry greatness into their life