Meet the team
Sometimes it takes a village! The following are several of the amazing individuals available to help you in your journey to be healthy in the hustle and bustle of life.
Brian T. Clemente, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist & Founder
The Mind & More has come to be through the combination of both personal and professional experiences. Growing up in a very active family, I learned to love being outside and constantly moving. I was also considered a “weird” eater because I was always eating a fruit or vegetable. But more importantly, I also learned at a young age the power of being healthy. The idea of wellness & health always found its way into my professional life in various ways. Before becoming a psychologist I was as an elementary school teacher and was always making sure my students were fed and allegedly would extend recess a few minutes because I knew they would focus better after moving outside for a bit. Then when I began my clinical work, incorporating health and wellness would always creep into how I would conceptualize working with my clients. Whether it was with children and families at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego and the Chadwick Center or in the Neurology Department at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and it wasn’t always easy as a Staff Psychologist at a maximum security California State Prison. In addition, over the years my wellness journey and staying active has included everything from teaching Ashtanga Yoga, getting certified in Biofeedback, training for triathlons, to picking up LOTS of poop from all my animals and I’ve continued to be a “weird” eater.
Striving to be healthy in this crazy “new normal” is not easy, even when it’s something you enjoy and prioritize. My goal is to help others learn to navigate and maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle, and not just mentally!
With nearly a decade of professional experience in the field and a lifetime of practical application I’ve learned to weed through the bullsh*t advice so prevalent in our diet culture. After many years, first as an athlete and then as a coach, I have found an area I am able to make a huge impact on those searching for better health and fitness. Everyone has the ability to be greater. The ability to write your own story. My goal is to help as many people as possible write a story they are proud of and excited to tell.
Certified Personal Trainer
I was first introduced to the importance of the mind-body connection during my undergraduate studies in acting at California Institute of the Arts. It was there, through several practices that included Yoga, Tai Chi, Viewpoints, and The Alexander Technique, that I discovered the profound effects an integrated body and mind can have. I am passionate about continuing to explore and discover this connection as a Certified Personal Trainer and in my creative pursuits as a singer and performance artist. I cherish the opportunity of being able to meld both my creative and practical identities in the service of others, like me, working to blossom into whole, healthy beings.
Certified Massage Therapist & Yoga Instructor
My personal wellness journey is a continuous one. It is not as simple as reaching a wellness destination and being categorized as healthy. It is an influx of energy. With each passing day revealing a deeper component of my inner intricacies as the ebb and flow of life’s current. Personally, I feel personal growth creates a foundation to facilitate healing for clientele. I feel peace when providing a safe space for my clients to explore what wellness actually means to them, individually. This is the core energy of my work, regardless of the categorizing modality (Massage, reiki, yoga… etc etc). My intention with each client involves meeting them where they are and providing 100% of my energy to facilitating a highly personalized healing experience to maximize the quality of care.
Certified Yoga Instructor
I grew up in London, England, in a family that prioritized wellness. Movement, physicality, and health were a staple of my formative years. As an adult, I have lived and worked in eight countries and began to find that practicing yoga provided me with a sense of home. The more time that I gave to practicing, the more that other things in my life gave me more contentment and stability. I chose to train as a yoga teacher to develop my own practice and became so fascinated with learning about the anatomy of our human bodies, and about the power of yoga to transform our lives physically, mentally and emotionally. Having been a person who reads and studies, I never believed that I would work in such a physical field. It’s been a revelation, and I now teach because I love to share the many delights that yoga can bring.