Healers and Trainers

Chris Shelton


Chris Shelton is a certified practitioner and teacher with 15 years of clinical experience in Qigong, an ancient holistic health modality that combines traditional Chinese medicine with movement, breath and visualization. He’s helped thousands of people across the United States and around the world reclaim their health and enjoy lives free from chronic pain. Chris has worked with Special Olympics teams, professional martial artists, weight lifters and celebrities looking for deeper meaning in their lives. Chris’ belief in the healing powers of Qigong is rooted in first-hand experience. As a teenager he suffered from a devastating back injury that left him in constant pain and partially paralyzed. He attributes his full recovery to Qigong, a holistic approach perfect for people who want non-invasive, affordable and empowering healthcare. Chris’ work has appeared in newspapers and magazines and been featured on radio and television. He is founder of Morning Crane Healing Arts Center in San Jose, California, and the author of Qigong for Self-Refinement. Chris is often found chasing after his favorite herd of turtles: his wife, four kids and one grandkid. His second book, Ancient Medicine, Modern Miracles: Tools for Healing, Eliminating and Preventing Disease, is currently being read by publishers.

Parisa F. Shelton


Parisa Shelton is a practitioner, teacher and student of the healing arts. She’s spent the past 10 years doing what she loves and sharing her blessings with clients wanting to transform their health, healing and overall happiness. Parisa is a certified Pilates and Yoga teacher and a well-versed student of Chinese Traditional Medicine and Qigong, the ancient art of movement, visualization and breath. Parisa believes Qigong is going to be the next “big thing” in the healing arts – even bigger than yoga! Alongside her soul mate and true love husband, Parisa runs Morning Crane Healing Arts Center in San Jose, California,  and Los Angeles. Together with husband Chris Shelton, Parisa is on a mission to re-shape the way people view health-care and self-care by giving people ancient tools to relieve stress, reduce pain and lose weight. Parisa is blessed to have four cute step-kids, two tiny dogs and one angry cat.

Kari Knapstad

MTCM, Dipl.Ac., L.Ac.

Kari Knapstad, Licensed Acupuncturist, has studied various healing arts since 1983 and has cultivated many skills to guide you and your loved ones on a unique healing journey. As a certified massage therapist, she developed the ability to offer deep relaxation and pain relief through therapeutic massage and Cranial Sacral Therapy. Her studies in Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and herbal medicine, deepened her understanding of our energy system and how it determines our state of health. Her practice continues to grow as she integrates new techniques to restore your body to a pain-free and vital state. Kari has successfully treated people with a wide range of discomfort and disease, including back and neck pain, headaches, menstrual and menopausal symptoms, digestive issues and side effects of cancer treatments such as pain, constipation, and nausea. Patients report reduction or elimination of pain, restoration of their vitality and enhancement of their well-being. Click here for more information!

MaryTheresa Capriles

MaryTheresa Capriles has been practicing Qigong since May 2013 when she discovered Spring Forest Qigong with Master Chunyi Lin.  She has completed Qigong teacher training courses with Chris Shelton of Morning Crane and Lee Holden. Through her personal Qigong practice, MaryTheresa has experienced healing in her left knee which was originally compromised when she was 12 years old. She danced and lived with this pain for decades before incorporating this Chinese healing art into her daily life. Her Qigong practice has also opened up space in her life for new possibilities and greater peace, particularly from entering the stillness in meditation.  MaryTheresa has been dancing since age 3.  She is an accomplished dancer with formal training from the Royal Academy of Ballet.  MaryTheresa is a single mom to three amazing and wonderful teenage children. Her goal with Qigong is to bring light and awareness to people about their own magnificence and the healing power found within each one of us.

Marika Berman


Dealing with emotions of any nature or feel stuck in your life? Make sure to contact Marika. She’s certified and skilled in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a.k.a. Tapping, and Matrix Reimprinting, as well as educated in many areas of complementary and alternative medicine (massage, Reiki, homeopathy, nutrition, detoxification, genetics, TCM). Since 2010, she’s been helping her clients heal emotional traumas, manage and heal their physical pain, balance emotions, such as chronic and acute anxiety, fear, sadness, or anger, and re-establish happy and peaceful lives. Marika holds master degrees from Mathematics and Biology from the University of South Bohemia, Czech Repbulic, and has been living in San Jose, CA since 1999. She’s a proud US citizen, mother of two boys, educator, and holistic health practitioner committed to continuous education, and the highest good of her clients.

Angelynn Sawyer

Angelynn Sawyer is a personal trainer because she wants to change peoples lives by helping them move and feel better. Inspired by her mother who passed away at the young age of 50 from Fibromyalgia and chronic pain.  Angelynn is motivated to help her clients grow stronger while doing their best with what they have.  Her philosophy is about over coming challenges, making progress, and celebrating accomplishments.  For Angelynn Personal Training isn't about the "appearance" of fitness, its about moving through life better together, and of course feeling better.  She is committed to making personal training fun while using the mind-body approach. If you're looking for a personalized program focusing on your wants, needs and goals then Angelynn is the trainer for you.

Jennifer Pace

Jennifer specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release, Stretching and Therapeutic Massage that are customized to meet and exceed the needs of clients.
A graduate from Northwest Health Careers in 2003. She began her massage career working with the cast of Celine Dion's "A New Day" at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Since then, Jennifer has worked for the prestigious Invigo Day Spa and Lifetime Fitness in Atlanta, Georgia, and for the 5 Star Burke-Williams Day Spa in Santana Row. Jennifer is currently employed by Apple, Inc. She is the founder of Alchemy Therapeutic Massage and practicing massage at Morning Crane, located in the tranquil town of Willow Glen. Jennifer is looking to use her experience to bring the numerous benefits of massage therapy into people's lives in the Bay Area.
Jennifer brings a strong foundation of professional knowledge, credentials, integrity and compassion that she incorporates into her practice of body work. She uses various techniques to facilitate relaxation, to decrease pain, and to promote an overall sense of health and well-being. Jennifer's intention and confidence in her sessions is both nurturing and soothing. Whether you are looking to simply relax, or are looking for deep, technical massage work, Jennifer can help you achieve your goals.In her free time Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, competitive equestrian riding, the San Francisco Giants, Pilates, and live music.

Yaneli Gonzalez

Yaneli Gonzalez our resident intern is a college student attending San Jose State University. She will soon graduate with a B.A. Degree in Sociology and later on will achieve her Masters Degree in Counseling.  She is currently studying to become a Qigong Teacher at Morning Crane, alongside with Chris Shelton and Parisa Shelton. She wants to use her kind and caring gifts to see the bigger picture outside of our chaotic schedules, to empower young women and to awaken spirits from within. She has passions for well-being, the outdoors, and creating delicious vegan food from the comfort of her family home. She wants to someday create an impact on young Latina women and children. She also wants to greatly impact her personal growth as well as her loving and supportive family. Her independence, her relationships with loved ones and with the new people she meets, and her wisdom from past experiences are the values she carries with her everyday.

Lulu O’Miley Shelton

Lulu O’Miley Shelton is part of our healing team. She is our resident “Mental Health Companion.” Spending time with Lulu will open your heart center and bring you joy. Stop by and say hi to Lulu. Your heart will thank you!