Our Team

Our Team

Amy Straube

Amy Straube

Raindrop Technique Technician & Energy Worker

“You can't begin to help others until you've begun to heal yourself.”

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Professional Bio

Amy Straube is a Raindrop Technique Technician and Energy Worker with a passion for helping others feel better about themselves and live healthier, happier lives. Her interest in holistic health began after she personally faced a serious illness. When western medicine fell short of offering the full support she needed, she turned to essential oils and living a more toxic-free lifestyle to take care of her body. Doing so helped return her to a state of wellness that made life functional again. Now, she’s passionate about supporting others through their challenges using an empowering holistic health approach along with western medicine when needed. Focusing on individual needs in each session, she helps her clients release the past, feel calmer, and find solutions to help them feel better in body and mind. In addition to her work with Awaken Vibrance, Amy also works full time as a Media Specialist at a local high school. Having worked in education for 20 years, she’s no stranger to working with all kinds of people and personalities and enjoys building connections with all. When work is done, you’ll usually find Amy spending time with her three kids, husband, and three cats. She also enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband, learning more about the science behind essential oils, and catching up with friends.

Fun Fact

“I'm a closet makeup lover. I love to play with makeup and do nails!”

Education & Training

  • Currently completing certification in the Center of Aromatherapy Research and Education (CARE) program in Raindrop Technique, Vitaflex, Essential Oil Chemistry, Ancient Oils and Emotional Release
  • Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Concordia University, St. Paul, 2009
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Education Teaching from Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1998

Dawn Buttera

Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Yoga Ed Instructor
Reiki Master
Healing Touch Practitioner

“Wherever you go, there you are.”

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Professional Bio

Dawn Buttera is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and holistic healer whose passion lies in looking within for answers. Empowering others to discover their own infinite power is at the heart of her work, for she believes that tuning into one’s innate knowledge is the body/mind/spirit’s best healer. Whatever her client’s needs and goals are, Dawn creates space in which they both can listen to what the body is truly asking for.

In 2002, after meeting several shaman healers in Belize, Dawn’s eyes were opened to the ways of true healing. Since then, she has continued learning many healing modalities, including yoga, Reiki, Healing Touch, and Nutritional Therapy.

Alongside her healing work, Dawn has spent nearly two decades working in science fields, first for pharmaceutical companies and the Mayo Clinic, and most recently as a science and health science teacher to high school students and young adults.

Dawn has a deep appreciation for alone time and time with family, including her two “littles” (who aren’t so little anymore). She loves many forms of movement and expression—yoga, dance and walking barefoot in nature are a few favorites.

Fun Fact

“I love witnessing the beauty of nature in every moment; the hoar frost, sunrise/sunsets and the deliciously quiet ambrosial mornings!“

Education & Training

  • Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Nutritional Therapy Association, 2018
  • Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, Center for Happiness and KRI (Level 1 and 2), 2005–2010
  • Master of Science in Science Education, University of St. Thomas, 2005
  • Bachelor of Science in Science, Life Science and Animal Science, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, 1999
Debra Battenfeld

Debra Battenfeld

Psychic/Medium
Spiritual Adviser/Teacher
Grief Support

“The magic of spirit ways warms the heart and soul.”

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Professional Bio

Debra Battenfeld is a gifted Psychic, Medium and Spiritual Teacher who helps individuals reconnect to their life purpose and guides them to their highest good by sharing messages given to her by Angels, Spirit Guides, Master Teachers and other loving Spirits. She has offered readings and consultations professionally for 12 years.

Debra’s ability to see and communicate with those who have transitioned has brought comfort, hope and peace to many people who leave each session knowing their loved ones still care and love them from the Other Side. Compassion, unconditional love, respect and understanding anchor her work with clients for she recognizes the eternal light that burns within each one of us.

Prior to moving to Waseca and joining our team at Awaken Vibrance, Debra was a former co-owner of the Minneapolis-based company Psychics in the Cities. She also founded The Practice Circle, a spiritual gathering located at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community in Minneapolis, which she led for over 12 years before stepping down in June 2018. It successfully continues to this day. Helping others has always been part of her life’s work as she also spent 25 years as a part-time professional nanny in Portland, Oregon and in Minneapolis, as well as 10 years as a part-time personal care attendant for children with Asperger's.

Debra loves moon and star gazing and being out in nature. One of her greatest delights is creating and writing children's stories and listening to the magic of children's laughter and joy.

Fun Fact

“I love snowflakes.”

Education & Training

  • Psychic Development & Education with Psychic/Healer and Author Echo Bodine
  • Most (if not all) of her training comes from Spirit and personal experience—not only on earth but also while in Heaven

Linda Maher

Certified Massage Therapist

“I believe well-being is an integration of mind and body. It is never too early or late in life to work toward our personal wellness.”

Linda Maher
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Professional Bio

Linda Maher is a Certified Massage Therapist and the former owner and operator of Avalon Massage and Wellness, a Waseca-based business that she ran for eleven years.

With an emphasis on creating an excellent, relaxing experience, Linda specializes in helping her clients heal their mind, body and spirit through massage customized to suit their needs. She continues to expand and explore massage techniques with great attention to cranial sacral therapy.

Linda lives in Waseca with her cat Seeka and enjoys making her own clothing, walking, and traveling. For the most part, she is a practicing vegetarian of 40 years. Her daily routine for several decades has included morning asanas and meditation.

Fun Fact

“Getting older is cooler than I thought it would be. In many respects it is very liberating.”

Education & Training

  • 800-Hour Massage Therapist Certification Program, Sister Rosalind Gefre School of Massage, 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theater from University of Minnesota, 1981
Angie Grotberg

Angie Grotberg

Registered Yoga Teacher

“Changes on the inside begin to shine through and show on the outside.”

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Professional Bio

Angie Grotberg is a Registered Yoga Teacher who is passionate about sharing the mind-body benefits of yoga with others who seek a holistic, healthier way of living.

Using a laid back teaching approach, she gets to know her students on a deeper level, learning just as much from them as they learn from her. She specializes in teaching restorative yoga classes that focus on using props to stay in poses for extended periods of time.

In addition to teaching yoga, Angie currently serves as a Police Lieutenant for the Waseca Police Department, and has worked in the public service sector of government for almost 18 years. Outside of work and yoga, Angie loves spending time with her children, family and friends. As an outdoor enthusiast, she also enjoys playing sports, riding motorcycle and ATVs, and traveling.

Fun Fact

“I had planned on buying a Mustang for myself when I turned 40—reality was a minivan. #momlife”

Education & Training

  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training from Sun Moon Yoga, December 2018
  • Master of Arts in Public Administration, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Janice Schroeder

Registered Yoga Teacher

 “Be thankful for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow!”

Janice Schroeder
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Professional Bio

Janice Schroeder is a Registered Yoga Teacher with an unusual backstory. Her decision to become a yoga teacher was part passion, part practicality: every time she started taking classes in Waseca, the teacher quit!

Having practiced yoga on and off for 16 years, Janice decided to become the teacher she needed and earned her certificate in 2015. She loves to help others, share life experiences, and do things in surprising ways. Each of her classes is guided by how everyone is feeling and what they need.

A Waseca native, Janice currently resides nearby in the country with her husband, Timothy. When she’s not spending time with him or her two sons, she enjoys spiritual reading, self-improvement classes, crafting, and drinking good coffee.

Fun Fact

“When I’m not doing yoga, I walk. I’m very conscious of getting my 10,000 steps in a day.”

Education & Training

  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training from Heartworks Yoga, Northfield, Minnesota, 2015
Mollie Gfrerer

Mollie Gfrerer

Registered Yoga Teacher

“I love how yoga makes me feel capable and accomplished…even on an off day. When I come to my mat, I know I’m doing something really good for myself.”

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Professional Bio

Mollie Gfrerer is a Registered Yoga Teacher who helps her students feel successful and empowered in every class they take. Her intention when teaching is to connect with her students, embrace them as they are, and tailor the class as much as possible to include their favorite feel-good poses.

Mollie’s love affair with yoga began after she purchased her first yoga DVD from a garage sale in 2009. After several years of being a home-based yoga student, she decided to become a teacher, earning her Registered Yoga Teacher title in 2012.

Besides yoga, Mollie loves to run, read, travel, cheer on her son at hockey games, watch her girls at dance class, and get some laughs in at family game night. To express her creative side, she likes to knit, cook, and bake.

Fun Fact

“I’m a horrible singer, but I can’t help myself from making up songs and singing to my kids all the time. For now, they’re playing along…“

Education & Training

  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training from Sun Moon Yoga, Mankato, Minnesota, 2012

Taryn Juberien

Manager

“I’m happy to carry on my mom’s biggest passion and dream—this beautiful place she created and loved so much.”

Anne Deetz
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Professional Bio

Taryn Juberien, Manager of Awaken Vibrance, learned how to run a business from her entrepreneurial-minded mom, Tracy—the founder of our holistic health center. Day to day, Taryn does everything from ordering inventory, researching products, and assisting customers to organizing events, scheduling classes, and keeping the studio in tip top shape.

An animal lover and fan of the outdoors, Taryn loves to go camping and play with her two dogs, which she adopted from shelters. She also loves to spend quality time with her family and friends.

Fun Fact

“I share my birthday with my twin sister and mom.”

Education & Training

  • Reiki 1 & 2 training
  • South Central College, 2014–2015
  • Huntington College of Health Sciences, 2016
Janice Schroeder

Tiffany Lynch

Business Director

 “It is an honor to carry on Tracy’s vision for Awaken Vibrance.”

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Professional Bio

As the Business Director of Awaken Vibrance, Tiffany Lynch handles all of the behind-the-scenes action that keeps the center running smoothly. From operations and financials to scheduling, marketing, organizing special events and ordering products for the shop, she oversees it all.

Tiffany has worked at Awaken Vibrance since the beginning, working closing with Tracy Jevning to bring her vision to life. She helped with the development of the center’s name and logo and assisted with picking out décor, scheduling, pricing, class descriptions, and more—everything that goes into creating an exceptional and welcoming holistic health center.

Besides working, Tiffany loves to spend time with her husband and two daughters. Together, they love to go camping and stay busy with lots of activities.

Fun Fact

“I love the beauty of old barns and exploring small towns.”

Education & Training

  • South Central College, 2007–2009