Tree of Life Shoppe - Meet Donna K. Bowen

Donna K. Bowen was born and raised outside of Schuylkill Haven, a small town located in Schuylkill County, PA. As with many people in her part of the country, she found employment in a local garment factory right out of high school and worked there for 18 years. The plant closed in 1996 along with others as a result of the Trade Acts. Donna decided to follow her passion for the healing arts. Her interest in holistic and metaphysical arts had already begun brewing in her late teens. She was mentored in many spiritual and holistic modalities by her beloved Aunt Mary who facilitated a local prayer group. It was there that she learned the “lying on of hands.” At the urging of a high school friend and massage therapist, she enrolled in massage school at East-West School of Massage in Reading. After 11 long months of perfect attendance, In July of 1997, Donna graduated as valedictorian of her class with a diploma in Massage Therapy. She also had the opportunity to attend McCann School of Business because of the Trade Readjustment Act. She chose the Business Curriculum because she believed it might help if she ever decided to run her own business. Donna graduated as class salutatorian in September of 1998 with an Associate degree in Marketing and Management. As fate would have it, she was asked to come back to McCann 5 years later to be the Program Director of the Massage Therapy Program, teaching all aspects of massage to enrolled students. 

Donna has been practicing massage therapy and various forms of bodywork since 1996 specializing in treating people with chronic conditions. She is currently PA licensed and Board Certified in Massage Therapy and has advanced training in, Aromatherapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Soft Tissue Release, Reflexology, Fibromyalgia Massage, and Massage for Cancer Patients. Donna is also a Usui and Shamballa Reiki Master and a Certified Crystal Healer. She took her interest in mental health further by graduating from Alvernia University with bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Health Studies in 2010.

In 2012, Donna became an NCBTMB approved Continuing Education provider for PA licensed massage therapists. She has served as a volunteer with the National Certification Board as part of the Approved Provider committee since 2007. She also serves as a delegate for the American Massage Therapy Association and volunteers for Schuylkill Greenway Association as a Trail Ambassador. Currently, Donna is furthering her education in aromatherapy pursuing a career as a Registered Aromatherapist. Even though the school has closed, her passion for massage and holistic education is still alive and strong.



Bob Cook

Bob Cook began his martial arts training on February 15, 1968.  In the 50+ years that has passed, he has studied and continues to study Karate, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Kuntao Silat, Arnis, and Tai Chi Chu'an.

In that time, he founded Daishizen Koken Ha Goju Ryu Tode, a traditional self defense system that is greatly influenced by Okinawan, Japanese and Chinese martial arts.  He is the Director of Training of the Mountain Garden Dojo located in Frackville, PA.  Over the years he has worked as a bouncer, private investigator, and bodyguard.

Cook also developed the HARD Target Program, which is an umbrella program offering real world personal protection workshops such as Women's Self Defense and Rape Prevention, Anti-Bully/Anti-Abduction for Kids and Adults, and Adrenaline Stress Training for Law Enforcement and Security Professionals.

About 20 years into his martial training it was suggested that he look into Restorative Arts.  He took that suggestion to heart and has been training in them since 1988.  He became interested in and has trained in the Asian modalities of Reiki, Shiatsu (acupressure), Tuina (Chinese Massage), and Qigong (Chinese Breathing Sets).  Added to his holistic health resume is Touch for Health which is a muscle testing system closely tied to the Chinese 5 Element Theory.  For the last decade or so, Cook has offered Hypnosis and aids clients to stop smoking and weight management.  He also guides clients through past life regressions.



Melania Jay (Melanie), Belly Dance Performer and Instructor
Melania’s interest in Belly dancing began at the age of five when her mother played her an old record called “Dark Eyes & Oriental Moods”. The music and images of famous dancers fascinated her. About fifteen years later she began studying with Barbara, in Kenvil, New Jersey, an accomplished traditional Egyptian Cabaret dance Performer and Instructor. She fell in love with the dance and had her first duo performance in 1997 at Marrakesh Restaurant in Parsippany, NJ.  The following year was her first solo performance at the same place.

Melania continued her studies with other instructors learning Egyptian, Uzbekistan, Turkish, Tribal Infusion and some Indian style dances. Melania featured in many events, shows, and drum circles including performing with 'Gypsy Funk Squad'. Belly dancing became not only a fun form of self artistic expression but also a part of her personal healing journey. She taught her first belly dance class in 2016.

She frequently attends drum circles throughout the year where she feels most comfortable expressing her heart art. She quotes, “It’s gone from a more personal secluded /or shielded expression to a now more open one, inviting others in to experience it with me. This openness blossomed over time as I have, spiritually, emotionally and physically.”

She is also a certified Advanced ThetaHealing® Practitioner and Energy worker with over three years experience. She has also studied, participated in and practiced Shamanism, Meditation, Drum Journeys, Healing Circles, Plant Medicine Ceremonies and much more, over the past seven years.

"I’ve discovered the essential healing needed in our connection with the Earth and life force energy that connects us all. In Women's Sacred Dance, it is my intention to help women open, connect and explore the Divine Feminine within and helping connect to our innate, wild, raw and expressive nature in a comfortable, safe way. When women feel safe to connect to their divine nature and self empowerment, healing flows naturally. This can have an effect in every area and aspect of their lives. I teach basic belly dance techniques that help guide the body into natural rhythm and flow while connecting and grounding to Mother Earth. This will enable women to create their own unique expression and inner Goddess." - Melania Jay (Melanie)

Melissa Zegley

Melissa Zegley is a Long Island Native who moved to the Lehighton area in 1990. She was drawn to the area after spending summers and vacations near Beltzville Lake State Park growing up. She lives with her husband Jim and has one son. Melissa is a NR-CMA at a busy medical practice in the Lehigh Valley.

Her Reiki journey started when her physician recommended it for her asthma and over all well being. After one session she knew it would make her life better. Along with yoga, meditation, nutrition, crystals and essential oils, it definitely has.

Melissa received her first Usui Reiki Attunement in 2012 and began working on friends and family. Since then Melissa received her Usui Reiki Master Attunement from 4 Hands Spiritual Healing. In addition to Reiki Sessions, Melissa offers Distance Reiki and plans to start offering Reiki Attunements in the near future.

Melissa is also a Young Living Distributor and aromatherapy advocate. Melissa is working on an Advanced Crystal Healing Practitioner Course and is now practicing in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.  She is looking forward to what the future has to offer!