Stephani Sarnoski, Board President/Executive Director/Stuck’s Head Sticktress
Stephani Checuti (Sarnoski) has graduate degrees from Northern Arizona University and the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. They are a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Arizona and an NCCAOM Diplomate in Acupuncture. Stephani is also extensively trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Master Tung, Acu-Detox and Trigger Point (Dry Needling) styles of acupuncture. They founded Stuck in 2015 and as of 2021 have provided 36,000 affordable treatments to the community.
When Stephani isn’t poking people, they are usually playing with their kids, out hiking with the family’s rescue dogs or trying to find ways to make the clinic even more accessible. Stephani has also been known to knit or sew whenever there is a quiet moment.
Sheera Rejoice, Licensed Massage Therapist
Sheera Rejoice, (licensed as Bailee Health) is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Arizona. She has been living in Flagstaff for 4 years. Sheera graduated from ASIS Massage Education with an emphasis in Tuina, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Trigger Point Therapy, Connective Tissue, and CranioSacral Therapy. She is dedicated to helping transcend blocked energy throughout the body to aid in restoring balance and harmony to the overall function of the physique. Her approach is an eccentric combination of both Eastern and Western Bodywork modalities by tailoring it uniquely to every individual she receives. She will meet you where you are at spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally to give you the best quality treatment.
On her off time, she is taking care of 27 house plants(and counting). Some of her hobbies include hiking, yoga, reading, cooking, meditating, voice activation, playing her sound healing instruments for her family, friends, and clients, offering public sound baths, and moving her body.
Karen Smith, Licensed Massage Therapist
Ya’ateeh’ shi ei Karen Smith yiniishye’; Toodiichiinii nishlii; Tootsohnii daa shi chei, dii ghii ateegoo azsdgaanii nishliii. (All is well and good, my name is Karen Smith. My maternal clan is Bitterwater and my maternal grandfathers are Bigwater clans, this is the woman I am.)
I am so happy and honored to be asked to join the Stuck Community as a massage therapist in a substitute position from the precious foothills of our most sacred Dookoosliid and upon the sacred living and breathing ancestral lands of so many beautiful and vibrant indigneous relatives. After a 25 year career right here in Kinlanii and Coconino County, I retired in January 2018 and decided to therapeutically and spiritually “return to my body, mind and spirit” by attending massage school. It was just the medicine I needed in every way imaginable. I graduated as a licenced massage therapist from ASIS in downtown Kinlanii, October 2018.
I studied many different healing massage modalities with Swedish Massage as the basis of our studies. My private practice is called “Maa’saanii bilaah'” (Grandmother’s hands). That is the touch and energies I call forth and upon along with the sacred Mother Earth, the infinite Universe and ancient yet still living and breathing sacred prayers of the Ancestors every time I am asked to place my hands on any body. I am only a vessel and tool of these precious life sustaining forces. I am an avid hiker of these sacred lands with my dog, Buddy Redbow. I LOVE retirement and reading many different kinds of books and drinking local coffee is my pure delight. I come to the Stuck Community with an open mind, and honestly willing to learn from you, my relatives, to share some positive breathes and moments to exchange our healing energies. Aho’ doo Axhe’he
Egle Rucci, Administrative Assistant/Reception
Egle ( Egg-Lay) was Born in Milan, Italy she ended up in USA after stopping for 11years in Costa Rica where she studied Hotel Management and linguistics. She is fluent in Spanish and Italian. She has a background in marketing and loves volunteering in the community. She brings her personal flair, sense of fun and excitement.
Something fun about Egle is that she was trained in classical ballet starting at the age of 5. As she got older, she would experiment with other styles of dance – from the Jitterbug to tropical dances and eventually to belly dance and Bollywood and dancing the latter two with professional dance troups in WA and AZ. She has been choreographing and producing community programs since 2000 – from dance recitals to large-cast musicals.
She has been blessed with 3 amazing kids who keep her on her toes and for that, she can multitask, is a good listener and deals with challenges head-on.
Matt Sarnoski, Environmental Services
Matt Sarnoski is in charge of Environmental Services at Stuck. He keeps the clinic and laundry clean for everyone here and fixes anything we break. You may also see him at the front desk from time to time. While dreaming of being employed full-time by Stuck as head of janitorial services and lead gardener, as his day job he teaches middle school at a local charter school.
Matt was born in the enigmatic Pine Barrens of South Jersey between Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore, creating in him a passion for bike riding, surfing and music. Love of the outdoors brought him to Flagstaff, where he expanded his passions with gongfu, Chinese Medicine and farming, all of which he combines on his family farm.
Beitris Sarnoski, Greeter
Beitris Sarnoski is Stuck’s official greeter. She’s good for a giggle or a smile on your way in and/or your way out of the treatment room. She’s also known around Flagstaff as Matt’s mini-me and Stephani’s unofficial apprentice.
Heidi Young-Blackgoat, Stuck Community Acupuncture Board Secretary
Heidi is a Diné woman, born for the Italian people. She is of the Bitterwater clan, and her maternal grandfathers are of the Manygoats clan. She grew up in Western Massachusetts, returning nearly every summer to the Southwest to spend time with extended family.
Heidi earned her BA in Sociology and travelled after college. She returned to Flagstaff to be closer to family. Since then she has obtained her BSN from NAU, and has worked at FMC, and as a part-time flight nurse based out of Page. She is completing her Master’s program and will receive her NP in Midwifery & Women’s Health.
Heidi is passionate about equity in maternal and children’s health, shared decision-making, reproductive justice, and reducing barriers to care, including mental healthcare. She is excited to join the STUCK Board because her values and passions align with their mission. She has previously collaborated with STUCK, successfully obtaining two mini grants for Emergency Department and EMS staff experiencing secondary trauma and burnout symptoms, and cannot wait to continue with simliar community partnerships and projects.
When Heidi is not working or studying, she enjoys being active and adventuring with her family.
Angi Christiansen, Stuck Community Acupuncture Board Treasurer
Angi is a proud Flagstaffian, having lived, worked, played, and raised her family here for 26 years. The loves of her life include her two children – Cassidy, age 22, and Natalie, 19 – her dog, Mei; and her husband of 23 years, Matt. Hiking, biking, and running the trails of our beautiful mountains, reading, watching movies, and cuddling with pets are the things that make Angi the happiest. She feels that Flagstaff and its community are one of the best places on the planet. She has worked for Bookmans for 29 years and is an avid proponent of re-use and living simply. Angi began coming to Stuck soon after it opened and has reaped the rewards and benefits of Stephani’s intuitive talent, and feels strongly about the curative strength of acupuncture. She is beyond excited to be a part of Stuck, to help others on their journey of healing, and to help Stuck grow in our vibrant community.
Amari Baker, Board Member at Large
Amari Baker was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She has lived in Flagstaff for four years, and has attended Northern Arizona University where she’s studied strategic communication with emphasis in public relations, coupled with a minor in ethnic studies. Amari has grown to love it here in Flagstaff for its amazing people and small-town culture. She is a huge enthusiast of outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, kayaking, going to the lake, wearing chanclas, and is a proud mama to her small kitten, Opal. She also works at Bookmans Entertainment and Exchange. Amari strongly believes that effective communication is essential for various day to day life skills, and plans to utilize her studies by bringing her community together and helping to rejuvenate our world with some all-natural healing.