Our Team

MJ Allen

MJ Allen MS, C.MI

Founder and Director, Presence of Mind Wellness Center

207-985-3497 or mj@presenceofmindstudio.com

MJ's vision is to create a safe space where people can find a community of practitioners who are committed to providing alternative and holistic wellness practices. MJ teaches group meditation classes, and offers individual mindfulness and life coaching to people who have a vision to become entrepreneurs.

Learn more about MJ Allen.


Donna Doyon, Workshop Leader

Donna Doyon leads self-development and weight management workshops for students looking a non-traditional approach to losing weight. Rather than focus on nutrition, food plans, and exercise regimes, she targets habit cycles, mindset, and personal boundaries. She helps students see when they are living and eating on autopilot and helps them disable those controls, so they can alter their life course. Donna teaches students to focus on the quality of their lives instead of the quantity of calories consumed.

Donna uses tarot or oracle cards in most sessions to add a bit of magic and a Divine perspective to each experience.

Donna is an NLP practitioner who holds certificates in Belief Clearing, Happiness coaching, and the Law of Attraction. She also holds an MAEd in Adult Education/Distance Learning, a BS in Business Management and an AS in Communication Technology.

Donna has written two inspirational books and hosted a self-development focused podcast titled Finding My Way. 


Sue Giarolo, Yoga Instructor & Recovery Specialist


Sue Giarolo, a Kripalu-trained 200 hour yoga instructor, is also certified in Let Your Yoga Dance, Restorative Yoga, Recovery 2.0, Y12SR, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra and Reiki I/II. From movement to stillness, sheer bliss to deep inward exploration, her goal is to guide each person to be their own Guru.



Nancy Lyons, Massage Therapist

Nancy received her massage therapist license in 2014 after completing the program at Lincoln Institute of Technology in Rhode Island. Nancy’s areas are Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point, Reflexology and AromaTouch Therapy.

Nancy’s focus is on each individual, listening to the client’s issues and concerns and helping to alleviate their muscle aches and pains and leaving them feeling relaxed and restored.

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Jan Smith, Yoga Instructor

Janis, a current resident of Kennebunk, ME, has been practicing Yoga since 1995. She began teaching regular weekly Hatha Yoga classes at the YMCA in Biddeford, ME in 1998, and eventually opened her own yoga studio, Of Sound Body, serving Arundel, ME and surrounding communities.

Since the opening of her studio and subsequent to its closing in 2001, Janis has taught yoga classes at wellness events, and in studio, school, community, and business settings that range from beginner to mixed-level hatha yoga, restorative yoga, chair yoga, and yoga for children with special needs. In addition, she has provided private yoga sessions for students requesting assistance with particular physical challenges and those wishing to explore a deeper yoga experience.

Janis has a strong alignment-based style of teaching that arises from her teacher training at Nataraja School of Yoga (Nataraja). Teacher-Owner of Nataraja, June Locklin, received extensive training from Patricia Walden, a lifelong student of B.K.S. Iyengar (“Father of Western Yoga”). Participation in a variety of additional Iyengar workshops at Portland Yoga Studio, as well as her professional background in Ergonomics, further cemented Janis’ belief in the importance of proper alignment both for safety as well as to realize the full benefit of the yoga asanas (poses). To this end, her classes have always utilized a variety of props to support and amplify students’ experiences in their asana practice. Janis currently has a design patent, with a utility patent pending, for her uniquely constructed Pratyahara Pillow, a yoga prop specifically designed to assist in the withdrawal of the senses (Pratyahara) and enhance reclining meditation and relaxation.

As a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), Janis most recently taught mixed-level Hatha Yoga, Morning and Evening Yoga Flow, and special sessions for the LiveStrong program at the YMCA in Biddeford. She continues to provide private sessions, offer a variety of workshops, and substitute for a number of yoga teachers in the Kennebunks and surrounding areas through her current business practice, RestfulMind – MindfulRest Yoga.


Sarah Townsend, Massage Therapist

Sarah is no stranger to the power of healing through touch. She graduated from Seacoast Career Schools in the Spring of 2017. Sarah is seasoned in a variety of techniques and types such as Deep Tissue, trigger point, Swedish, Prenatal and Sports Massage to help you find your best suited service.

Blending her training and intuitive touch, Sarah welcomes you to her table for healing, relaxation & grounding--an overall therapeutic experience.

Schedule an appointment with Sarah.