Master Practitioners

The Pinnacle of both Health and Care

Our clients are discerning about their health, and ready to gain insight from practitioners who apprenticed under the tutelage of the healing Masters, Practitioners who are learned in the non-toxic, non-invasive ways. We have dedicated our lives to refining healing techniques that exceed the highest standards, for your health and care.

Our Team


Carolyn Villamante

Client Services
“We are what we do for others.”
After a corporate career in the travel industrywith Carlson Wagonlit Travel in San Francisco, Carolyn became a stay at home mom, devoting herself to family. She joined the team in 2009 and loves her work supporting the 9 Corners family of practitioners and clientele.


(Cat) Montgomery Gibson

Executive Director, author, presenter of SAGE series
“Health is the reward for the right action.”
Montgomery began her career in advertising with over 200 companies including: Disney, HP, Coors and TiVo. She retired from her corporate career and founded 9 Corners with her husband to provide the Novato Community with an affordable healthcare alternative. Montgomery went on to formally study Taoism, Zen and Buddhism. She is one of the few Americans to receive teachings from the renowned Taoist master Dr. Yi Wu. They published the Ch’an LaoChuang, written for Buddhist and Zen Monks. In the last stages of her PhD. in Asian Philosophy, Montgomery writes and lectures about infusing the wisdom of the Sages to solve modern-day challenges.


Alise Schulte-Hassler

Licensed Esthetician, Nutrional Consultant
Clear results delivered ethically and methodically, according to individual concerns and conditions. Alise has over 25 years of cumulative experience in Holistic Nutrition and Skin Care. She served on Whole Body Teams for both Whole Foods and Pharmaca, and in 2002 received her California Esthetician License, and her Certified Nutritional Consultant Certification. She holds Advanced Certifications in effective treatment modalities for hyperpigmentation, melasma, acne, and rosacea among others. She is knowledgeable regarding a full range of products, including natural, medical, and prescription based topicals; and enjoys compounding her own natural yet active line, AromaClinica. Concurrently serving as the Lead Esthetican for a prominent plastic surgeon in Marin County, Alise has seen that an integrated approach yields remarkable results for her many satisfied clients! For details please visit her website:


Randy Gibson

Medical Director – acupuncturist
“People can heal themselves when given the right plan and priorities.”
“Some people are healers… Randy is a healer of the heart,” shares one of his clients. “He cares so genuinely for each person while he treats their pain. And his gentle manner makes you feel intensely at ease.” Randy has been in the health profession for 20 years focusing on acupuncture and sports medicine. As an athlete in football, baseball and beach volleyball, Randy knows how to get the systems of the body of pain and into performance. “I love seeing people get better and helping them discover new aspects of their potential.”


Barbara Clark

Nutrition Consultant – Healthy Lifestyle Coach
“What you eat affects your health.”
For the past 12 years Barbara has been working successfully with clients to obtain their individual health objectives using whole foods and holistic approaches to support the body’s natural healing systems. Barbara educates her clients about food and lifestyle choices, knowing the difference between habits that are beneficial and habits that are offending to their health and why. Through simple, effective tests (i.e. saliva, hair, urine, cutting edge body composition testing and functional blood analysis) she can assess what action needs to be taken to remove toxins and replenish the body with nutrients so it can start healing itself. Healing occurs naturally in the human body if it is given what it truly needs — proper diet, pure water, fresh air, sunlight, exercise and rest.


Thomas Attardi

Therapeutic & Integrative Bodywork
“Everybody deserves relief.”
Tom has been working in the health and healing rehabilitation field since 1992.He developed many of his training skills working in Chiropractic, & PT clinics.Tom is a certified Master Bodyworker as well as certified in Neurokinetic Therapy, Advance Myofascial Therapy as well Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex (PDTR). Tom uses any modalities of therapeutic and integrative bodywork to help speed up recovery and comfort and to restore structural integrity and balance.


Vicki McCollum

Client Services
“Do, or do not, there is no try.”
Born in San Francisco, Vicki has raised four children with her husband Greg. She enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, as well as scrapbooking. She has been a receptionist at Rolling Hills Club in Novato for 20 years and has been part of the 9 Corners family for 4 1/2 years. She brings enthusiasm and compassion to the front office at 9 Corners.


Barbara Cochran Gorski

Licensed Educational Psychologist – Cognitive Behavioral Therapist – Life & Relationship Coach
“When we know we are loved, our simple presence heals.”
This quote by Jane Roberts is the hallmark of Barbara’s approach to her work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. ” I find human resourcefulness and change the most interesting aspects of my work with people.” Barbara’s upbeat style values people as ‘creative, whole and resourceful;. She is highly skilled at helping her clients tap into their inner resources to creatively resolve challenges and fulfill themselves. Barbara’s focus is to help others learn to live, work and relate in ways that bring peace, joy, and enrichment to their lives.


Richard Teel

Doctor of Chiropractic
“Be brilliant at the basics.”
Dr. Teel graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Cal Poly Pomona in 1986. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1990. Dr. Teel has been practicing in Marin since 1993 and currently has offices in San Rafael and Novato. He employs a wide variety of techniques to suit the individual needs of his clients. An avid soccer player, Dr. Teel enjoys working with athletes, children, and weekend warriors.


Patty Underwood

CranioSacral Lymphodema Therapist – Feldenkrais Practitioner
“Solving the puzzles of neurology is exciting.”
“My own journey of self exploration and recovery from a major injury led me to CranioSacral Therapy, Feldenkrais, and Lymphatic work.” Patty favors the hands-on nature of these approaches for their subtle, non-invasive methods. Her clients experience greater awareness, improved function and movement toward their range of potential. Patty was born and raised in Zimbabwe, Africa. She has always been fascinated with finding the answers to the puzzles of neurology. She has 30 years experience as an Occupational Therapist in rehabilitation. She has been involved in training, teaching, and skill development internationally.


Regina Cardiff

Certified Massage Therapist – Holistic Health Practitioner
“The body speaks volumes.”
Regina discovered the healing power of massage in 1995 after bodywork helped her recover from an injury. She began massage therapy training that same year and continues to enjoy learning new modalities. Regina’s clients say her nurturing, intuitive touch promotes a state of deep relaxation. She has an integrative approach, combining a variety of techniques based upon the individual needs of each client. Regina has training in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofacial Release, Trigger Point, Auth Method, Thai, Shiatsu, CranioSacral, Prenatal and Elder massage. She’s also a Reiki Master and Herbalist. The focus of her practice is restorative massage.


Tobi Lessem

Certified Massage – Trigger Point Therapist
“All within us is connected; we are connected to all”
I began studying massage therapy to learn more about the body systems and to bring that knowledge into my fitness training practice. What I ended up learning was so much more profound. The bodywork I perform takes into account the connectivity of the whole self as well as the interconnection that exists during a therapeutic session together. Having worked with athletes, elders, children, oncology patients, pregnant women, “massage newbies” and everyone in between, I’ve learned that a nurturing presence combined with an in depth scientific knowledge of the body has the potential to heal anybody. Utilizing mainly, myofascial release therapy, trigger point work and results from functional movement assessments, I address the body’s root issue and branch out to achieve effective & lasting results.


Lisa Weindorf

Certified Massage Therapist/Health Educator – Deep Tissue, Sports Injury
“Easy Does It, Tiger”
Lisa Weindorf’s interest in the function of the human body led her to the field of massage therapy and health education.
She was fortunate to work for the women’s swimming team at Cal Berkeley, as the team massage therapist. She traveled to dual meets, Pac-10’s and NCAA’s. In 2000 she had the amazing opportunity to work with the US swim team at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Lisa is committed to meeting each clients’ individual needs. She incorporates a variety of modalities in her practice, including deep tissue, sports massage, myofascial release and trigger point therapy. She treats sports injuries, acute and chronic pain, with a specialty in jaw and neck tension.
Lisa is thrilled to be working at 9 Corners and is looking forward to providing excellent care and working in partnership with her clients to create optimal health and wellness!


Emily Smith

Licensed Acupuncturist
Emily is one of the few Westerners to hold both American and Japanese Acupuncture Licenses. After living, working and studying in Japan for 22 years, Emily returned to the Bay Area with her family in 2014. She is a graduate of the Interchange Counseling Program and earned her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in San Francisco. She completed her Japanese Licensure (Acupuncture, Anma, Shiatsu and Moxibustion) at the Kuretake Institute of Medical Therapeutics in Shinjuku, Tokyo. She has been in practice since 1993.
Emily uses the Egoscue Method of Postural alignment to help people retrain their posture to enjoy a pain free life. Her acupuncture practice Is dedicated to helping women navigate the transition from menarche, through reproductive years, to vibrant menopause, treating symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. She also works with patients in alleviating acute and chronic pain, treating stress-related health issues, including insomnia, digestive disorders, immunity, colds & flu, etc. Emily educates to empower patients’ self-care, health and wellness, encouraging a deeper relationship with one’s health & well-being.
Emily listens carefully to her patients’ needs and together will work to create a proactive treatment plan designed to restore harmony and balance. Her approach is integrative and she will work with other health care practitioners as needed. She stongly believes that radiant health can be maintined through the choices we make in our daily lives. She focuses on nutrition, restorative sleep, energizing exercise and leisure activities. Through this collaborative process, the greatest benefits from the effects of acupuncture can be achieved.