Meet the Team


Sarah Senita, PMHNP-BC, CNP, RN, MSN

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Senita is a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and owner of Bluestone Vitality, LLC.  She started working at The Ohio State University Medical Center as a nurses aide at 19 years old while she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in June of 2006.  She passed her Registered Nursing licensure exam that same month, and then started working in the Cardiac ICU at The Ohio State University Medical Center.  She started her Master of Science in Nursing, and quickly realized that she was much more passionate about psychiatric nursing than cardiac, and she changed her graduate studies to psychiatric nursing.  She graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing June 2010, also from The Ohio State University. She became a Certified Nurse Practitioner in the State of Ohio September 2010.  There is only one Outstanding Student Award in Psychiatric Nursing that is given out in graduation per class, and she was awarded this in both her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees.  

Her first nurse practitioner job was at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland Ohio where she worked in a large psychiatry department treating rather significantly mentally ill clients from the surrounding communities.  Sarah kept in touch with a psychiatrist that she did a clinical rotation with during her graduate degree, and that psychiatrist ended up recruiting Sarah to move back to Columbus and work with her managing the detox unit at Ohio State’s Talbot Hall.  Later, Sarah was recruited to work in a private psychiatric hospital doing private practice.  She became a contractor through Dublin Springs Hospital, and November 2012 she created Bluestone Vitality, LLC.  November of 2012 Sarah also obtained her Certified Addictions Registered Nurse Advanced Practice (CARN-AP) Certification. Since then, Bluestone Vitality has grown into a team of providers who are just as passionate about treating mental wellness issues in clients as she is.  

“I strongly believe that every person has the ability to grow, change and heal. I use medications as a foundation to help chemically balance clients, and then we use therapy to help elevate wellness within relationships to others and self. But it is the spiritual therapy and work that brings the highest levels of wellness and transcendence.” Sarah will begin her apprenticeship with Christian de la Huerta to become a transformational breathwork practitioner in the Fall of 2021. It takes 1-2 years to complete the apprenticeship. Sarah has participated in several transformational breathwork sessions with Christian, and reports rapid healing and spiritual growth with each session.

Spiritual Affirmation: “Awaken your courage, and transcend your wellness.” Sarah considers herself spiritual, without any religious affiliation. Sarah uses Buddhist principles in session. She will perform meditation sessions with clients upon request.

Kari Rich, LMT

Business and Operations Manager, Licensed Massage Therapist

Prior to becoming the Business and Operations Manager at Bluestone Vitality, Kari held various leadership roles. She has been in client service roles for over 14 years, and specializes in providing compassionate business support. In Truckee California, she held her first position as a personal assistant, working alongside CEO and owner of a small engineering company. While attending massage school, she took on another personal assistant role in finance and insurance. There she assisted in contract funding, sales, and learned in depth about the importance of maintaining good working business and client relationships to ensure profitability.

For as long as she can remember, Kari has always felt drawn to those in need. Having experienced trauma and suffering in her own life she used these experiences to guide her to where she was meant to be. She discovered her passion for mind-body therapies while living in Boulder, Colorado. There, she followed her own path to healing and discovered her passion for bodywork. In 2016, she returned to her home state of Ohio to begin her training at The American Institute of Alternative Medicine graduating with Cum Laude honors from their Western Massage Therapy Program.

 Before joining Bluestone Vitality Kari worked alongside several alternative medicine practitioners. She started her massage career working at Urban Acupuncture. There she was able to learn invaluable information about Traditional Chinese Medicine, The Meridian System, and Cupping Therapy. She has studied Qi Gong, acupressure, and has been receiving acupuncture treatments for the past 5 years. ⠀

She values providing a safe environment for her clients to discover and express themselves fully to release long-held tension. Kari is trained in Neuromuscular Therapy, Cupping, Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, aromatherapy, and prenatal massage. She also offers unique vibrational therapies using crystals and singing bowls to help the body find balance.

Kari is especially passionate about Emotional Release Therapy. She believes the human body holds onto its life experiences and trauma in the myofascial system. Massage therapy is a powerful way to release repressed psychological and emotional tension, in addition to the physical tension we presently feel. As a bodyworker her goal is to witness, amplify, encourage, and facilitate your system to do what only it has the power to do. She believes that while all of us need support in identifying how and why we are out of balance and gain the skill and assistance to adjust and move towards health, it is still our own body/mind/spirit that does the healing. With the firm belief that others do not heal us, they can only amplify that natural mechanism that is fueled by our own essence.

Spiritual Affirmation: “You cannot have what you’re not willing to become.” Kari believes we are more than flesh and blood that we are all in fact vibrational beings. That every moment we are contributing to that vibration. From the foods we eat, to the music we listen to, we are continuously at dance with vibration.

Jessica Bandy, MSSA

Jessica is a Spiritual Teacher, Counselor, and Healer. With a unique synthesis of spiritual wisdom, therapeutic knowledge, and healing/energetic mastery, she offers her teachings and services to awaken, uplift, and empower others to embrace their fullest potential. 

Jessica holds a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and has served in a variety of clinical settings as a professional licensed counselor. She has a variety of certifications in the healing modalities, including Karuna and Usui Reiki and Multi-Dimensional Healing Master Teacher. In addition, she holds two spiritual ordinations. She has been teaching, healing, and providing sessions for 12 years.

Jessica offers several services to support you on your path. Through Counseling, Transformational Coaching, Meditation Instruction, and Healing sessions, she will guide you and help you to embrace and connect with your true self. She will help you to chart the course to your highest potential and your most fulfilling life. That which is free, joyful, loving, peaceful, and easy.

Sara McNiel, MS, LCDC-III

Chemical Dependency Counselor, Equine Assisted Therapies

Sara McNeil graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master of Science in Business Psychology. She began her career as a therapist in a local treatment center helping others on their path to recovery.  As a therapist Sara uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Gestalt principles, meditation, and mindfulness techniques to assist her clients with maintaining sobriety and obtaining their optimal wellness. She will perform family therapy with clients who have been diagnosed with a substance use health issue. She values holistic approaches to wellness.

Sara was introduced to horses as a young child, and by 10 years old she realized she had fallen in love with horses and knew her relationship and work with horses would be life long. Her love of horses compounded with her passion for helping others drove her interest in Equine Assisted Therapy. She has been conducting Equine Assisted Therapies for over 5 years at a local stable. Sara is excited to be part of the Bluestone Vitality team to combine her therapy techniques and equine expertise to help clients heal and obtain their optimal wellness.

Paola Aguirre Watkins

Certified Yoga Instructor

Paola started her yoga journey in 2016 in her beautiful home town of Monterrey, Mexico.   She quickly realized yoga was her path to self love that she had been seeking for years. 

In 2019, life brought her to Columbus, Ohio, where she studied at Yoga on High for the 200 hours yoga teacher training, Untamed Wisdom Meditation teacher training, and Sekoia teacher training.  During her spiritual journey, yoga has assisted her in expanding her knowledge and awakening her intuition. Paola has felt most inspired by Nature and the Divine feminine.

Paola offers a dynamic approach, directing you toward embodying your Divine essence, through bringing attention to the breath, mindful movement, meditation, and a well deserved Savasana.  All levels of yoga students are welcome in her classes, included those who have never practiced before.

Chloe

Therapy Dog

I’m a three year old Maltese that can be shy at first, but once I warm up to you, you have a friend for life!

Teddy

Therapy Dog

I’m a one year old Maltese that is very excited to meet everyone that comes to the center! I’m still learning manners so sometimes I might sneak in a puppy kiss when you’re not expecting it!