Ampersand Satisfied Clients
We’re Not Just Talk
With Ampersand, you are in the company of people who have struggled, found success and work the program every day themselves. Our team has been blessed to have built amazing connections and success stories in our community. We hope that you join the ranks of our satisfied, healthy, and happy clients.
“A year ago, after ACL surgery, I started seeing Elizabeth for cupping. I am confident that our regular sessions, coupled with her skillful technique, contributed significantly to my recovery. Thank you, Elizabeth, for your time, expertise and support.”
“I met Jesse in 2014 when he was teaching speed and agility at Body Zone to my girls when they were 9 and 13. He was so in tune with their form and making sure they were doing the drills properly. When he left and started personal training it was a no brainer that we would follow him wherever he went. For the past 5 years my girls have been with him and he has truly become part of our family. My husband and I are so blessed to have him in our lives. We know that when our girls are performing at their best, that he has had a major role in that. Jesse supports our girls at soccer games and track and cross country meets. I even use him to stretch my girls for cross country at Wyomissing High School. We appreciate all Jesse has done with our girls and will continue to follow him in his next adventure.”
“Ashley has been my primary therapist since August 2, 2017. I have been seeing her every week, twice a week, since then. We started working together with my alcohol and substance abuse issues along with my mental health issues. With Ashley’s strong medical background and persistence, we worked from the ground up. We had our struggles at first, but with her patience and persistence she has made me the person I am today. Ashley is not only my therapist, she is a mentor and someone whom I have all the respect for in the world, and she is always there if I need her. Whether it be during our session, or by email, Ashley always made time for me and my recovery. I would recommend Ashley without reservation to anyone and I am a huge supporter of hers.”
“Whitney was more than helpful in helping me prepare for my first half and full Ironman. She first pointed out issues to address that would allow me to properly absorb nutrients, and then helped me to make those specific changes to my diet. As a result I had more energy for training and gained more lean muscle mass than I ever have in the past. I was successful in both events (including placing 5th in my AG in my first half Iron and 18th in my first full). The help she has continued to provide allows me to be much more aware of how my body responds to what I consume, allowing me to fuel in the best ways that I can. Overall I can’t say enough about what working with her has helped me to do both performance-wise and on an everyday nutrition level.”
“Stefano Sarge has been my personal trainer for the past year and I want to express my thanks. Stefano is truly at the top of his game. He’s a delightful mix of training ability, knowledge, kindness, inspiration, and thoroughness. His approach targets the whole person – both body and mind. Training sessions are diverse, appropriately challenging, and fun! Since beginning training, I’ve had tremendous gains in strength, flexibility, balance, stamina, and confidence. Probably my biggest achievement is knowing I can live life as I choose. I have the physical ability and mindset to live life to the fullest. Stefano’s expertise has provided a pathway to wellness and joy for me.”
“Stefano is a very skilled and compassionate trainer. We have worked together in a gym, at the Ampersand site, and over Zoom, all with great results. He has helped me tremendously with strength and agility. As an older person, in the past, I would be exhausted and in considerable pain for days after shoveling snow. Thanks to Stefano, this winter was a breeze. He has great intuition, and is not at all intimidating. I highly recommend him for anyone, regardless of how low or high your current level is. He will keep you engaged and challenged as you make progress toward your goals.”
“The service I receive from Ashley Borgatta at Ampersand has been very helpful to me over the last 2+ years. Ashley has been extremely helpful and instrumental in getting me to see things in a different way that allows me to deal with them in a more realistic matter. I was searching for someone to help me get anger under control that was already present, but got worse after a Traumatic Brain Injury. I was very skeptical about the use of any one therapist and doubted it could do much good, but would now highly recommend Ashley and the services at Ampersand to anyone (and I have)...”
“Ampersand is a truly top notch facility. Upon arriving you are greeted by a receptionist and directed to go into a comfortable waiting area. They create a soothing environment with water sounds and the most incredible, calming smells. My therapist, Ashley, welcomes me into her space for our time that is clean, comfortable and sets me at ease where I’m ready to talk freely. Having this time is so critical to the success of me navigating my life and my therapist is wonderful and empathetic in our conversations. It’s refreshing to feel so cared for and heard. Ampersand’s culture is like you’re part of their family and I am so thankful to be there. I recommend this office to anyone. You won’t be disappointed by your experience!”
“Liz at amazing. I’ve been going to see her at Ampersand for over a year now. It’s a very calm, relaxing, and therapeutic experience. She is attentive in the areas you want her to focus on. Massage therapy sessions with her have provided tremendous relief for my bad back. I highly recommend Elizabeth!“
“Liz is definitely the best massage therapist that I have worked with in the area. She is extremely kind and makes me feel very comfortable. She uses multiple techniques to tailor to areas where I’m having pain or problems. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is interested in making massage part of their overall wellness plan. The facility is extremely clean and they follow excellent covid safety precautions.“
“Gabby and the concepts outlined for Trauma Touch have catalyzed the return of my executive function. There was nothing I wanted back more than my “self” and for most of my life, I had believed it to be a far fetched idea to believe that I could recover myself from the decade and a half of self hatred that followed my trauma. 3 months into the program I could not yet dream, But I found that that I could dance! It was unexpected and spontaneous. It is human to dance. Connecting to my body has evolved from a terrifying prospect through a desperate attempt with which I found safety to a space in which I am empowered to create my existence. This was the most costly intrinsic human characteristic I lost when I was raped: my freedom to imagine a world that was better. All my creative juices had been stolen, I recovered this life blood. The energy of creation never left, but without the freedom to imagine a world that is better than the one I existed in, I perpetuated my misery through destructive choices. Today I still am human; I make mistakes and dance through them. I utilize tools like “give yourself a do-over” and “take ownership of all parts” daily; this is, indeed, a good time to be me.”
“I met Whitney about four years ago. I had GI issues that were not resolving after seeing a gastroenterologist for about 2 years. I was diagnosed with irritable bowel with constipation. My doctor had prescribed two different medications which were ineffective. There was little nutritional counseling at this practice and I was instructed to avoid broccoli and beans and possibly take an enzyme if I wanted to eat these foods. My symptoms persisted and I was uncomfortable daily. I felt that some of my issues were from food because it seemed to correlate with eating. I just couldn’t figure it out.
A colleague recommended Whitney to me. He said his wife had worked with her and she was feeling much better.
I had a consult with Whitney. She was extremely thorough. We broke down my food intake and then made a plan. She suggested an elimination diet. At first I wasn’t sure I could do it! After 2 weeks I was feeling so much better! At 6 weeks my issues were more improved. I had intolerances that were unknown to me. Once we figured out what was best for my gut, my symptoms went away. I had been on Prilosec for 20 years for reflux and did not need it anymore. I was having regular bowel movements and GI pain and bloating were gone. I learned what was good for me and have felt well ever since. It took work and commitment on my part but with Whitney’s help I felt so much better! It is a daily commitment to eat what is right for me but the reward of a pain free, healthy gut is worth it! I could not have not done this on my own. Whitney’s counseling helped me immensely. I am so grateful I met her and know her!”
“I have been going to Elizabeth for cupping and massage weekly since August, while rehabbing for 10 months for a rotator cuff, bicep injury. I was skeptical as to whether it would work, and I was scheduled for surgery in October. Cupping and massage along with working out at Ampersand has eliminated the need for surgery at this time.”
“I enjoy working with Stefano. Every session is different and helpful. He addresses a variety of issues including balance, flexibility, and overall fitness, and he has me use muscles that I never knew existed! I appreciate Stefano’s caring and his expertise in helping me to perform beyond my expectations.”
“I started to have gastric issues in March of 2020. After a colonoscopy, endoscopy, and a lot of useless tests I was diagnosed with a mild inflammation of the stomach lining. The doctors did not provide a solution. Luckily for me, Whitney George was recommended to me as a nutritionist. With her expertise, knowledge, compassion, and devotion she got me back from 95 lbs. to my normal weight of 108lbs. It has been the biggest challenge of my life. Whitney and I meet on Zoom, she is in PA and I am in NC. She provided me with a wonderful website called Cronometer. There I can enter daily what I eat and do. Cronometer breaks down my food letting me know if I need more or less of something. Based on her recommendations with supplements I got rid of some bacteria the medical systems only treat with antibiotics. Whitney has been holding my hand since May 24th, when I first met her on Zoom. When I panic, she is right there for me via phone or email, late at night or even on the weekend. I am extremely lucky to have her as I have no idea where I would today without her help.
Thank you, Whitney, for being such a caring human being.”
“Ampersand Integrative Wellness is filled with intelligent, caring, and supportive staff. Stefano is an excellent coach with a ton of knowledge to guide you on your fitness journey. I have enjoyed learning from Stefano to become a stronger, healthier me..”
“I did a Mini Birth Session with Cara before the birth of my third baby, and now I’m telling everyone how amazing she is. She offers a range of services as both a music therapist and a doula, so not only was she knowledgeable, but her friendly, warm demeanor made me instantly comfortable. She provided well thought out and easy to understand information on birthing strategies, as well as access to playlists she created for every part of the birthing process- pregnancy and postpartum included.
Even though this was my third baby and I knew what to expect, I wanted to go into this birth feeling calm, comfortable, and equipped with strategies to make this a positive experience after a difficult, high risk pregnancy. Cara really made that possible for me. She clearly loves what she does and she’s great at it!”
“For the past two years I have dealt with chronic pain that began in my back and sciatic nerve but quickly manifested itself in my piriformis muscle. I decided to pursue massage as a form of therapy. I was referred to Elizabeth Brunner at Ampersand. She is amazing! The work she did on my back, hips and legs was nothing short of miraculous. She did what spinal injections could not: temporarily relieve my pain. Her combination of physical strength and knowledge of anatomy allowed her to work very deep in the muscles and connective tissues. And while, ultimately, I still needed surgery I know I will be returning to Elizabeth for continued care as soon as I am released to do so. ”
“I have worked with Jesse for two years and am amazed at my improved strength and overall feeling of wellness and enhanced energy. He inspires me to do more but also encourages rest and recuperation. My golf game has improved as my overall strength and endurance have
increased. I consider Jesse a friend, and am grateful to have found such a knowledgeable and compassionate trainer.”