meet OUR practitioners

Our Practitioners are highly trained, intuitive, gifted souls. We are real women living real lives who are in touch with what is needed to get and stay well in these precarious times. We bring a lifetime of nurturing, love and compassion into each and every healing session. Each of us has spent years developing a specific set of natural gifts and skills in our areas of expertise. We perform services that empower, uplift, educate, inform and guide people to live happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives. We are modern day medicine women facilitating revolutionary self-care, in which you to give to, nurture and support yourself before you attempt to nurture, support or care for others.

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Lauryl - Certified Life Coach, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Specializes in Reiki for people with substance abuse issues, PTSD, anxiety, depression, suicidal tendencies, and other mental health concerns and those with cancer and/or receiving chemotherapy

Lauryl was trained and attuned to Reiki Level II by Rhonda Kuykendall-Jabari in 2015. She has as Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from Fisk University and over 30 successful years in Human Resources, where she developed a loving heart of service and compassion . 

Lauryl's career began as a Recovery Case Supervisor for an alcoholic treatment center.  In this position, she began the development of her coaching and counseling skills by developing effective treatment plans for her clients.  She continued to build upon her coaching skills through positions held at several Fortune 500 companies in banking, automotive, entertainment and homebuilding.  Lauryl has the reputation as being very strategic in working with her clients and helps them develop skill sets that can be applied to corporate America as well as to their everyday lives.  As a result of this, she is often sought after for career development workshops and volunteers her time as a Success Coach for women and men who are re-entering the working world.

Lauryl successfully transitioned from corporate America to being an integral partner in a start-up non-profit healthcare organization Crenshaw Health Partners as well as a Lifestyle Coach for Black Women for Wellness. 

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Joyce - Certified Reiki Practitioner, Community Sage

Joyce was trained and attuned to Reiki Level II by Rhonda Kuykendall-Jabari. She is also our in-house Kansa Wand specialist. She is a respected community sage and is best known for her loving nature and magical healing hands.

Sometimes one’s calling, be it professional or spiritual, answers according to the purpose being fulfilled at or during the appointed times… Joyce says, “my calling to the healing arts began long before I was truly aware of it because I’ve always had a connection to the earth and everything, which grew from it.” 

Aware of the elements required to grow fruits and vegetables, Joyce witnessed the energy emanating during growth and stagnant seasons.  She knew that every living being, stones and plants were an integral part of our existence. She was exposed to the miracles of nature through experiences like an aunt teaching her to find water using a wooden divination stick.

As a child, Joyce’s relieved her mother’s degenerative arthritis using healing touch and massage oils. Her mother often reminder her that if she didn’t use her God-given gifts and talents, she’d loose them.

Later in life, after fulfilling roles as daughter, sister, wife, mother, and employee, Joyce noticed the metaphysics of numerous daily activities began to manifest through people, animals and oftentimes humorous instances. She knew it was time to live fully and wholly as a healer and community sage.  

When asked about her healing journey, Joyce says, “I have evolved yet remain in awe of the learning curve.  I am present with my gifts and welcomed into the circle of healers locally and worldwide.   What an honor!”


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Rhonda - Founder of Wellness Uprising, Certified Reiki Master Teacher and Chakra Therapist, doTERRA Wellness Advocate, Certified Physio Spiritual Healing Therapist

Rhonda is a certified Reiki Master Teacher and Chakra Therapist with more than 18 years experience. She has a Bachelors Degree in Spiritual Healing and is a gifted intuitive empath. As the founder of Wellness Uprising, she has a broad spectrum of experience including transitional Reiki (end of life), Reiki for separation issues (break ups, death, loss of job, loss of home, etc.), and Reiki for people with mental health concerns.

Rhonda is known for her professionalism, gentle spirit and ability to remain calm under fire. Her (surprisingly) non- 'woo-woo' approach to energy work has earned the respect of many. This may be why WU was selected as the sole Reiki and energy healing provider for UMMA Community Clinic’s Black Visions of Wellness  program, funded by Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. 

With an inherent love and abiding respect for Mother Earth, Father Sky and the power of nature, Rhonda responded to an ancestral calling to be a community and world healer, an ability inherited from her grandfather, T.J. Champ, a minister of Blackfoot and African American heritage. She began her journey in the 1990's facilitating women's herbal cleansing groups.

In 2005 Rhonda founded WU, located in Westchester, California, where clients find relief from physical and emotional pain, anxiety, insomnia, stress, depression, post traumatic stress symptoms, energetic imbalances, substance abuse and general health issues. She is a frequent blogger, published writer, and a lifelong student of the healing arts.

Fueled by her passion to empower others to self-heal, Rhonda develops workshops and therapies that are enjoyed by people around the world, including in person and Online Reiki certification programs for beginners and seasoned practitioners. Her mission is to help people discover and access their innate ability for whole body healing. It is her hope that, as individuals experience the power of self-healing, they will choose to make a meaningful contribution to the healing of all of mankind and planet Earth.