Leadership Team

Blue Heron Wellness has a leadership team whose vision and mission is to support our clients, practitioners, staff and our community. Co-owners Elisa Rivetti and Lori Chaikin; and Yoga Director, Naomi Gottlieb-Miller, are committed to providing integrated wellness programs and services in a caring and supportive environment to help you achieve your wellness goals. We hope you will contact us with questions and comments about our wellness center and with any suggestions you have for improving our offerings. We look forward to meeting you and to assisting you as you enhance your well-being.

Elisa Rivetti, Co-Owner, Blue Heron Wellness

After completing her education at George Washington University, where she graduated with a master’s degree in Health Service Administration, Elisa worked for nearly 20 years in managed care, directing and leading provider networks for large insurance companies providing commercial and public insurance products. Although her experience was in traditional health care, Elisa became a proponent of complementary health services. She quickly recognized a lack of convenient and well-organized services in the suburbs and saw in that an opportunity to bring to market an innovative, integrated holistic wellness program. She founded and built with her partner, Acupuncturist Sue Berman, a successful model of this holistic approach. Blue Heron Wellness has become known for providing coordinated holistic complementary health services to a loyal clientele both in their inviting facility and off-site in the client’s workplace

Lori Chaikin, Co-Owner and Director, Workplace Wellness

Lori’s background has taken her from classroom to boardroom and from showroom to treatment room. Although she began her career as an elementary school educator, she spent 15 years in corporate Human Resources for nationally-recognized high-end specialty retailers in Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Leaving the corporate world to manage the showroom and staff of a local independent import business allowed her to pursue her life-long passion for fitness and exercise and build a personal training business. After experiencing the benefits of the integrated wellness services of Blue Heron Wellness as a client, she joined our team. Lori has brought her commitment to improving the health and well-being of others and her marketing and management skills together to design and implement our expanded Workplace Wellness program.

Naomi Gottlieb-Miller, Blue Heron Wellness Yoga Director, Yoga Instructor

Naomi Gottlieb-Miller is yoga director and a yoga instructor at Blue Heron Wellness, as well as a Yoga and Wellness Coach.

Naomi fell in love with yoga at first downward facing dog and has been a passionate advocate for yoga ever since. Known for her ability to offer creative and intelligently sequenced yoga classes, Naomi combines a fluidity of movement and a playful spirit with a clear, precise focus on alignment. Naomi invites each student to explore their edges on the yoga mat in order to discover an innate ability to do things they never thought possible. Expect to sweat a little, laugh a lot and fall in love with your yoga practice all over again.  Recently, her practice has been inspired by a deepening study of Ayurveda and has been working towards completing her certification in Yoga and Wellness coaching with Cate Stillman.

An activist at heart, Naomi’s practice is informed by the idea that yoga is not just what we do on our mats, but the way we live our lives. Her teaching is grounded in the lessons she receives every day from being a mother to her sweet daughter Milly, as well as the simple yet profound discoveries that can be made by living and loving fully.

Naomi is an E-RYT 500 Certified Yoga Teacher and has been teaching in the DC area for nearly 10 years.  She is thrilled to be part of this amazing team and excited to use her extensive experience in the DC area yoga community to support the continued excellence of Blue Heron Yoga.