Our Team

We work hard to be sure you are getting the best programming possible.

Our team includes:

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Deb Elbaum, MD, CPCC, ACC, is a coach, author, and speaker who believes that people should create their “what’s next?” in alignment with their priorities, strengths, and purpose. With a neuroscience and holistic background, Deb uses a wide array of strategies to help her clients think effectively and work through transitions with confidence. An invited speaker in the Boston area, Deb is also the author of the chapter “Making Moments Count” in Coaching for Powerful Change (2016). She is the mother of three children.

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Charlotte Sahyoun is a graduate of the 500-Hour Integrative Yoga Therapeutics Teacher Training Program with Bo Forbes and of the Yoga Teacher Certificate Program in Trauma Sensitive Yoga from the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute. Previously, she worked as a Research Trainee at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital on The Evaluation of Yoga on Sleep Disturbances in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder study. Additionally, she has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in French. Her focus is on the intersection of yoga, psychology, and neuroscience for mood modulation and resilience for emotionally mediated issues such as anxiety, depression, and chronic stress. She teaches private and semi-private classes in Boston’s Metro-west area in Therapeutic Vinyasa (breath-based slow, mindful movement) and Restorative Yoga, with a primary emphasis on tailoring classes to individual practitioner’s needs.  Charlotte has two college aged students.

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Inspiring others to see opportunities rather then obstacles, Dr.Teresa Simonelli, PsyaD., is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with over 17 years of experience working with individuals and groups, specializing in mid life transitions.  She brings together an eclectic approach of holistic therapy and mindfulness meditation practice to help her clients process difficult emotions associated with major life changes.  She recently received her doctorate in Psychoanalysis from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.  Her private practice located is in Wayland, MA.


Michelle Silbert founded Ignite Your sparks! Holistic Career Coaching to help teens and adults imagine, explore and build their dream careers, as well as create the structures and plans to help them reach their goals.  Michelle especially enjoys working with college students with ADD/ADHD and other unique learning styles, career launchers and career changers, including caregivers making plans to return to the workforce.  She works from the inside out and helps her clients use career assessments like Strengths Finder, the MBTI Step 2, Skill Scan, and values inventories to set goals that propel their purpose.  Michelle’s educational background is in social work and public health with a focus on youth mentoring and leadership development. In the past, she managed a school-based violence prevention program, did community-based youth health research, taught teens about safe travel, and worked as a teacher naturalist at both local farms and wildlife sanctuaries. Michelle is a local Acton mom and is involved with Girl Scouts.

Heather Zacker, MS, CPCC, coaches individuals and teams in times of transition  Her coaching process — ACT — is built around three key values: Accountability, Clarity, and Transformation, prioritizing self-awareness and intention to evoke change, and building upon tangible structures that facilitate progress. Working with Heather, one feels supported, understood, and nudged in realistic, pragmatic steps that enables individuals to reach their identified goals while finding meaning and joy in the journey.  Heather’s certification is from the Coaches Training Institute, the largest and oldest coach training program in the US. She is a veteran of healthcare management and the world of public health and continues to consult in these capacities.  Heather is a mother of three young adults