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The Breathe Team





Along with Heather Lounsbury, L.Ac.’s own services, she has following physicians and practitioners as part of her wellness team.




Lauren Peterson

Experience and skill in the ancient artistry of Traditional Chinese Medicine, several years training in massage, and a passion for travel is what Lauren brings to the mission here at Breathe. Lauren graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1990 from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Psychology. Her degree in hand along with her never- ending attention and open heart, Lauren’s enthusiasm for helping people suffering from emotional disharmony led to her working with troubled teens.

After several years of counseling teenagers, Lauren wanted to further explore the mind/body/spirit connection and so she moved to Berlin, Germany, where holistic health care has long been embraced. Already speaking fluent German, she was able to focus exclusively on learning more about the bond between the health of the physical body and the psyche. By working with several holistic health care masters, Lauren completed her European Union Licensing Exam as a Holistic Health Care Provider specializing in healing bodywork. She then moved her private practice back to California with the single-minded goal of completing the challenging four-year Master’s Degree program in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology at Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Monica. With internships at Daniel Freeman Hospital in both Chemical Dependency and Trauma, as well as participation in research studies of chronic pain at the L.A. Free Clinic, Lauren graduated Valedictorian.

Now a fully licensed acupuncturist, Lauren specializes in treating pain, stress, addiction and women’s health issues in her private practice in Santa Barbara, CA. She looks forward to offering Breathe clients the tools to achieve radiant wellbeing with her compassionate, therapeutic touch and the expertise born of a decade of dedication to the health care profession.


Shannon Collins

Shannon Collins is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy who successfully treats neck and back pain, shoulder dysfunctions, sprains, overuse injuries and other orthopedic conditions.

Her life-long fascination with how the body works, and the interactions of the mind and body, led her to a BScPE degree (Kinesiology) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Shannon went on to complete the prestigious Canadian Orthopedic Division courses and exams in Manual Therapy in an unheard of time frame of only four (4) years. She has been practicing for over 20 years and has continued to advance her academic qualifications by teaching at the Graduate School in Physical Therapy at Mount Saint Mary’s College.

Professional athletes, executives and performers seek her out for her expertise, personal touch and the peace of mind they find by working with Shannon. She has a private practice in Santa Monica as well as working with performers and athletes on the road and is glad to be a part of the Breathe Team.


Dr. Jerry "Shimon" Erickson, Ph.D. has had a love of the healing arts for over four (4) decades. Upon graduating high school, Dr. Erickson, entered the Air Force as part of the Elite Special Forces “Para-Rescue" team. After his military career, he remained in the Orient to study martial arts as well as various types of healing. Returning to the United States, Jerry went on to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and both a Masters’ degree and a Ph.D in Physical Therapy, specializing in Sports Medicine.

Dr. Erickson now has over thirty years of practical experience in physical therapy, chiropractic, nutrition, fitness training and martial arts. Throughout the years he has provided his brand of healthcare for people such as H.H. the fourteenth Dalai Lama, Shania Twain, Ozzy Osbourne, and Rosanna Arquette. He is happy to be a part of the Breathe team, because he feels that it’s a blessing being with like-minded people who love to help others.


Growing up in New Jersey, Dr. Joshua Delson developed a great love for music as the local heroes during his teen years were Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. He learned to play various instruments and although he still jams in his spare time, he realized that his calling was not to grow up to be a rock star.

Joshua’s interest in holistic health care led him to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Fitness from Florida State University and to join one the top personal training programs. He then went on to earn his degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Joshua has been helping people heal through nutrition, fitness, and chiropractic for over 10 years. Dr. Delson has private practices in both New York and Los Angeles, and focuses on balancing the body's systems through meridian work, applied kinesiology, gentle and non-force chiropractic adjustments, nutrition, and exercise.

Being a musician himself, Joshua well understands both the physical and emotional challenges artists go through. Breathe’s clients benefit from his understanding as well as his techniques in helping maximize performance and general health.


JJ Flizanes

J.J. Flizanes is a talented, energetic personal trainer. She works with each Breathe client to increase endurance and strength, achieve weight loss, reduce stress, and develop a well-sculpted body. She specializes in finding the perfect fitness program according to each client’s goals and needs. J.J. knows exactly how to modify any exercise to accommodate a client’s injuries and/or weakened muscles groups. In many cases she is able to completely alleviate pain by actually correcting the problem.

J.J. is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Kickboxing Instructor, and has achieved multiple certifications with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and The Resistance Training Specialist Program. She has created educational fitness programs, taught workshops, given lectures, instructed trainers across the United States and in 2003 was selected by Shape Magazine as one of the country’s top six personal trainers. A familiar Los Angeles fitness industry media figure, J.J. has had many television appearances, been featured in national magazines and was chosen to be the spokesperson of the American Heart Association. J.J. creates the perfect fitness plans for Breathe clients, securing the total mind/body connection.