Meet Our Team

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Shanell Lavery (she/her)

Yoga Teacher

Shanell Lavery is a Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor (Level One, 200hr).  She received her certification from Yoga at the Ashram in Millis, MA.
Yoga has been a part of her life for many years, and her practice has helped her grow, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires Shanell to live each moment more mindfully.
In her classes, Shanell loves to bring a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. She seeks to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind, and soul with yoga, and her hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished, and balanced.
Her favorite affirmation:
I am deeply rooted in love.
I am profoundly growing in peace.
I am joyously blooming in purpose.  
The fruit of my life is abundant.
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Dr. Amy E. Smith, PT DPT RYT (she/her)

Founder/Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Amy E. Smith is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and the Founder of Roots Physical Therapy. She has 15 years of experience providing comprehensive physical therapy services to patients throughout the lifespan. She holds advanced certifications and specializes in the areas of orthopedics, pregnancy and postpartum care, care during perimenopause, pelvic health and pelvic floor dysfunction for all genders, LGBTQIA++ trans health and functional dry needling.

She utilizes the biopsychosocial approach to managing chronic pain and complex musculoskeletal conditions. Amy obtained her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification in 2018. She combines her skills as an experienced, evidence-based movement specialist with principles of mindfulness, meditation and yoga to provide an individualized, comprehensive, integrated and holistic approach to healing.

Amy is the Co-Owner of Roots along with her wife Emily. They live in Pawtucket, RI with their two daughters Callie and Maggie, their pup Tito and two cats, Jebby and Yazoo. Amy enjoys live music, March Madness, traveling and exploring and spending time with family and friends.


Dr. Jaclyn Plante PT, DPT, OCS, RYT (she/her)

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Jaclyn Plante is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, with six years experience in rehabilitation. She completed her Bachelor’s of Health and Science Studies in 2013, and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac University in 2016.

Her primary expertise is orthopedics and sports medicine, but a passion for yoga drives an integration of mindfulness into her practice. She has completed 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2020 with Coral Brown, and also holds certification in Buti Yoga. She has experience teaching both formats in individual and group settings, and enjoys combining elements of these practices to create a specialized and individual rehab program.

Jaclyn resides with her family in a quiet corner of the state, and outside of work enjoys paddleboarding in the summer, skiing in the winter, and practicing yoga daily.


Liz Fayram, RDN

Yoga Teacher/Registered Dietitian/Nutrition Therapist

Liz (she/her) is a holistic healthcare professional providing specialty services for those with eating disorders and body image concerns. She is a registered dietitian and nutrition therapist and a rockstar yoga teacher focused on helping folks practice self compassion.  “Yoga can look and feel different from day to day, so it is important to have a practice (both on and off the mat) that reflects this.”

Yalith Alexson

Yoga Teacher

Yalith prioritizes playfulness and joyful movement in her yoga practice.  She completed her 200hr yoga teacher training with Yoga of Energy Flow in Cambridge, MA followed by her 300hr yoga teacher training at Jala Studio in Providence, RI.  She is also a NASM certified personal trainer and loves to combine traditional yoga with a more contemporary approach to mobility, stability, and strength.  Yalith is HAES-aligned and is passionate about presenting movement in a way that goes against harmful diet culture messaging.  She is also neurodiversity-affirming, trauma-informed, and committed to making her classes inclusive, accessible, and welcoming to all.  


Danielle Voight, LMT (she/her)

Massage Therapist / Yoga Teacher

Danielle is a licensed massage therapist and 200 Hour RYT with a passion for helping others find physical and energetic balance. She received her certificate in massage therapy from Lincoln Technical Institute in 2012 and her 200 hour RYT in Puskar India later that year. In 2014, she was attuned to reiki levels I&II. Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing used to promote relaxation and stress relief. Danielle has returned to India several times to complete additional trainings in meditation and Ayurveda, which is the system of medicine used in India.

As a massage therapist, Danielle uses a variety of modalities to cater to her clients needs, including deep tissue, relaxation, reiki, and trigger point therapy. She delivers intuitive and individualized therapeutic treatments with a focus on well-being and enjoys learning and continuing to develop her skills to better serve her clients.

Danielle’s main goal is to help people continue doing the things they love, and to live happier, more mobile lives by utilizing the benefits of massage, reiki, and yoga.


Sylvie Le, PT DPT (she/her)

Yoga Therapist/Doctor of Physical Therapy

Sylvie Le, Doctor of Physical Therapy & Certified Professional Yoga Therapist, has been dedicated to bridging the gap between yoga and healthcare since 2015. Sylvie combines her love for movement, body work, meditation, and healing to create educational and therapeutic classes to help people move, feel, and be at their best.

Sylvie received her Masters in Physical Therapy from Springfield College in 2009 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Sage Colleges in 2010. She is a graduate of the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute and is certified in teaching Medical Therapeutic Yoga. Additionally Sylvie has also completed training in Pelvic Floor PT through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, underwent extensive Yoga Teacher Training at an ashram in India, and has become certified in Thai Yoga Massage in Northern Thailand. Syivie is a lover of the arts and creative movement, and really enjoys teaching anatomy and combining her skills to help others better understand their own bodies and minds.


Dr. Kristina (Kay) Mastrocola (she/her)

Doctor of Physical Therapy/Pelvic Health Specialist

Dr. Kay Mastrocola is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and certified lover of all things breakfast and Buzz Lightyear. Originally from Central Jersey, Kay moved to the Midwest to earn her Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and Health Care Ethics as well as her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University. Before moving to RI, she worked in Chicago as an Orthopedic and Pelvic health Specialist. 

Kay is passionate about the intersection of mind and body and has extensive training in trauma informed care. Her expertise includes the treatment of generalized and complex pelvic floor conditions, gender affirming care, EDS and dysautonomia. Her holistic approach to treatment allows individuals of all ages and identities to achieve the pain free and fulfilling lifestyle they deserve.  


Outside of work, Kay spends her days trying out local coffee shorts (recommendations welcome!!), traveling and snuggling her golden retriever, Zeus.

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Felice Winograd, (she/her)

Somatic Movement Specialist // Yoga Teacher

Felice supports people to move from stress and overwhelm to invite more calm into their lives. Working within the lenses of coaching, yoga, statics and other ways to relax the nervous system, she is known for her nonjudgmental and supportive way.  

Felice is a 500 hour certified yoga teacher and certified Embodied Psychosexual Practitioner, a gentle approach that supports individuals to experience more pleasure in their bodies and minds.  

A former New York City Lawyer (!!) she understands the intensity of this modern life. Felice teaches classes, workshops and works with people 1-on-1. 

Contact us to learn more!

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Julie Cloutier

Yoga Teacher

Julie is a 500 hour certified Hatha Vinyasa Yoga teacher. She completed her first Hatha Yoga teacher training in 2005. This foundational training inspired a lifelong interest in further study. Julie has completed coursework in yin, restorative, rope wall and chair yoga.  Her teaching is greatly informed by her time studying and practicing with her primary teacher, Theresa Murphy.

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Emily C. Smith, MS, CCC-SLP (she/her)

Co-Owner / Speech Language Pathologist

Emily Smith is an experienced Speech Language Pathologist specializing in improving cognitive and communication function at Roots. Her goal is to help people organize their thoughts and attention and devote time and energy on the details that matter most. She offers insight, education and specific strategies to effectively and efficiently problem solve and manage their daily activities, recreational activities and work related activities.

Emily is Co-Owner of Roots. She is responsible for all things financial and operational, a visionary who created the look and feel for our space, and is an integral part of our ongoing growth and development.

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Dr Rachael Giordano, PT DPT OCS (she/her)

Doctor of Physical Therapy/Pelvic Health Specialist

Dr. Rachael Giordano is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Originally from the Philadelphia area in PA, Rachael earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from the Penn State University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University. Rachael moved to Providence, RI 8 years ago and currently resides in South Kingstown, RI with her partner Garrett, her daughter Millie, and 2 pups (Toad & Fig).

Her expertise includes sports and orthopedic rehabilitation, pelvic floor and pelvic health physical therapy, and concussion rehab. She is certified in integrative dry needling. 

Rachael is known for her gentle demeanor and committment to evidence based practice to identify the cause of both acute and chronic pain. She is passionate about helping people gain control of their conditions and living their life to the fullest. Rachael is also a former CrossFit coach 

Rachael enjoys spending her days outside with her daughter and her pups, taking advantage of living close to beaches, kayaking, and becoming a foodie.

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