Each of these professionals operates their own business using the facilities of Blue Mountian Wellness Collective.
You will encounter varying modalities and services for your health and wellbeing. We want to meet your personal needs, and invite you to read the biographies below of the professionals at Blue Mountain Wellness Collective.
Dr. Lara Plecher (“Dr. Lara”) is known for her innovative, compassionate, research-
based approach to natural medicine. She enjoys spending time with and getting to know
her patients, learning their personal and health experiences to aid in understanding the
root causes of symptoms. She is committed to empowering patients with knowledge
and practical tools to help them unlock their full potential. Dr. Lara is passionate about
improving health so patients can live their best possible lives.
Education and Experience
Dr. Lara graduated as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in
2005. Prior to attending Bastyr University, Dr. Lara, received a Bachelor of Science and
a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Lara founded The
Natural Health Clinic in East Wenatchee, Washington where she specialized in the
natural treatment of chronic conditions. Dr. Lara’s practice and treatments focus on the
whole person and supporting the body’s innate ability to heal itself. She is licensed, in
Washington State as a primary care doctor.
Areas of Interest
Diet and Digestion
Blood Sugar Balancing
Natural Hormone Balancing
Dr. Lara is a sought-after public speaker, and teacher, and is in the process of writing her
first book. She loves living on the Olympic Peninsula, nestled in the mountains by the
sea with her beloved husband and son. Dr. Lara’s great passion is empowering people
to live Happy, Healthy, and Inspiring Lives!
Now accepting new patients on Thursdays. Call or email today to schedule your intake.
Teresa Shiraishi is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker providing counseling for teens and adults. She specializes in trauma-focused therapy techniques including EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness, Complex Trauma Treatment and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which she blends to meet each client’s needs. She has worked with survivors of sexual and intimate partner/domestic violence for nearly 10 years.
Teresa is committed to creating a welcoming environment for people with marginalized identities. In therapy, you can expect compassion, a listening ear, and someone who is invested in your wellness. She takes Premera, Lifewise, and Regence Insurance or private pay.
Melanie has been a dedicated athlete since childhood, studying classical ballet,
competing in triathlon competitions, and ultra-distance trail running. She also has been a
college professor in Art/Cultural History for 20 years and a manager of organic farms in
Colorado and Hawaii. She discovered Bikram yoga in 1997 as a form of cross-training
and experienced deep transformative healing that inspired her to begin her on-going
studies in the art and science of yoga, its philosophy and history. She received her RYT-
200 level yoga teacher certification at The Academy of Yoga in Grand Junction,
Colorado in 2013, and continues to add to her 500 level yoga teacher training from Yoga
Awareness International in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her training specializes in authentic Vedic
teachings of Raja yoga in the Krishnamacharya tradition, as well as Ayurveda healthcare.
She has taught yoga in college, fitness centers and private studios in Colorado, Hawaii,
In 2021 Melanie earned her Ayurveda Health Practitioner certification from New World
Ayurveda, as well as a Spiritual Mentorship certification emphasizing consciousness-
based healing and Heart Based Meditation. Melanie feels called to help people discover
their optimal balance according to their unique nature– She incorporates several healing
modalities in her work with clients including yoga/intuitive movement, Ayurveda dietary
programs, Vedic astrology, and meditation. She continues her studies with Jeff Craft at
The Atlanta School of Tantric Yoga, researching the history, theory, and application of
Vedic studies in contemporary culture, and currently teaches private on-line and in-
person sessions. In her spare time, Melanie is out on the trails mountain biking and
hiking, kayaking, or experimenting in the kitchen with organic vegetarian foods.
Chelsea has been studying and practicing metaphysics and bodywork for over 20 years. She was at Northwest School of Healing for 11 years, graduating from Alima Hamilton’s 4-year Earth Energy & Core Energetics program, and continuing as a teaching assistant and advanced training student until the school’s closure in 2012. She continues private lessons with Alima to this day. She then received the 1000-hour certificate of training from Cortiva School of Massage in 2014. In 2018 she attended Like a Pro training with Betty Martin and has been working with the Wheel of Consent ever since.