Meet the friendly faces of our amazing store team and studio instructors!


Nicole Leffler, Wild Ginger Apothecary Owner + CBD Educator 

I am the owner and wellness junkie at Wild Ginger Apothecary.  With almost 15 years of wellness experience, including tenure with national retailers, I value the importance of continual education in the natural and holistic industry (personally and professionally).  I have been everything from a licensed builder to a business consultant to a Certified Holistic Health Coach, and I use all those experiences in my practice and business today.

I am a soul searcher, explorer, foodie, puppy lover, water baby, Intuitive Business Consultant, and previous Desire Map Facilitator.   Originally an Ann Arbor, Michigan native, I have had roots to the Sarasota community since birth.  I'm happy to bring the health + wellness community together with all that Wild Ginger Apothecary has to offer and look forward to meeting each of you!



Ozlem Comer, Apothecary and CBD Educator

Ozlem has been studying and practicing Complementary and Energy Medicine since 2003. She is a Holistic Nutrition Consultant and specializes in ACMOS Energy Balancing Therapy, certified by the Paris Academy of Quantum Medicine in 2008. She was the co-founder of Niagara Wellness Center and YOUniversity School for Self Awareness in Turkey before moving to Florida.

Ozlem has been trained in Brennan Healing Science, Transformational Breathing, Reiki, Pranic Healing,  Family Constellation, Innovative Energy Medicine, Shamanic Healing, Tantric Healing, Rejuvenation, Healing with Crystals, Phytotherapy, Merkaba, Sacred Geometry, NIA, and more.  She has her Raw Nutrition/Superfoods/Living Foods Certification with David Wolfe, and is currently studying with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy

Ozlem offers energy balancing sessions for clients, teaches classes (from “Goddess Kitchen” to “Awaken the Feminine”), and designs custom Corporate Wellness programs.

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John Moore, Apothecary and Marketing

John has spent nearly 20 years passionately researching alternative solutions for mental health, specifically with US Veterans. He is currently an active study in sound meditation and trauma healing; with interest in sports, self growth, photography, and natural medicine.

John’s professional background is with the USAF, marketing and consulting firms. With past experience in bringing nutrition programs to schools and universities, he is now enthusiastic to be involved in a role that is exclusively focusing on the health and wellness industry. John continues to contribute to our educational offerings at WGA with his CBD studies and outreach.

John can be reached at

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Steve Comer, CBD Educator

Steve studied at Parker Chiropractic College and Southern California University of Health Sciences.  Outside of his formal education Steve became certified as a Hypnotherapist and pursued his interests in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Neuro Anatomy, Bioenergetic Synchronization, Neuro Emotional Technique, and Organizational Behavior.

Steve previously taught advanced workshops for Access Consciousness, internationally recognized for his capacity to inspire audiences and transform the way people look at and relate to their bodies, their relationships and their lives.  He has worked with with performers, athletes and celebrities, and has facilitated hundreds of workshops and retreats - traveling throughout the world.

Steve’s work continues to evolve, integrating elements of Evolutionary Psychology, Epigenetics and Neuroscience to influence energy fields, expand awareness and empower possibilities.  He has been featured on many television programs, including CNN and TNT, and co-hosted the “Wake Up Call,” a program on FOX news radio.

Steve co-founded the Niagara Wellness Center in Istanbul, Turkey for the past 6 years, as well as the YOUniversity School for Self Awareness, previous to returning to the US.

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Amanda Walker, Yoga Instructor

After completing my 200-hour yoga teacher training I had an instant thirst to learn more. I now continue to learn by attending a Yoga University Advanced class about every other month with an amazing group of teaches at Yoga From the Heart in Sarasota. I fell in love with yoga in 2015 and am passionate about showing the world just how amazing yoga is and what it can do for everyone. When I first began my practice, yoga was not easy. Presence was something I lacked and so was flexibility due to previous injuries. Through my practice I have overcome this and am no longer in constant pain. Yoga has taught me to let go of the past, not to worry about the future, and enjoy each moment as is comes. Yoga is so much more than the physical practice, if we just open our minds and take a seat back.

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Angi Thai Yoga, Tai Chi + Yoga Instructor

Angi is a MOGA and Thai Yoga Practitioner in Sarasota, Florida. Her classes provide optimum energetic balance using a blend of yoga, intuitive movement, meditation, breathwork, tai chi, qigong, and bodywork.

Her sessions include elements of thai yoga, energy healing, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, and spiritual empowerment. She is a Full Blessed Member of the Native American Indigenous Church (NAIC) and an Ordained Minister through Be the Light Metaphysical Church.

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Larisa Kenny, Yoga Instructor

Larisa says, “Yoga allows you to focus on yourself; changing and bettering your perspective of the world and how you see people. I help my students do this by teaching Vinyasa Flow incorporated with the philosophies of Yoga. My classes are filled with vitality and fun, yet therapeutic and calming. I work to reduce student’s stress and worries, instilling a sense of calm in a frenetic world. I try and help my yogis become more aware of their bodies; connecting to their inner beauty through breath and movement. My hope is that I help my yogis take the lessons learned on the mat out into their daily lives.”

Larisa feels everyone could benefit from practicing Yoga. “Yoga doesn’t have to be expensive or take too much time; you don’t have to be flexible; and your physical appearance doesn’t matter. Yoga is your well being, about finding the best you while involved with a community of people striving for the same goal. Yoga helps you live your best life. Imagine yourself in traffic and someone cuts you off suddenly, what do you do, scream, swear, drive faster and tailgate? No, you should just breathe and calmly continue your journey. By practicing yoga, not only do you learn how to breathe and do the poses, you learn how to live your life with equanimity.”

Larisa now lives, teaches and practices yoga in Sarasota, Florida.

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Lisa Newton, Kids Yoga Instructor

Lisa implements the KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) system that incorporates cardiovascular conditioning, fun and original music, plus all of the traditional benefits of yoga - meditation, breathing techniques, peace, and deep relaxation. She is a teacher at Gulf Gate Elementary School and brings years of classroom experience into our studio space with her Kids Yoga classes!


Rebecca Holahan, Nia Instructor

Rebecca is a Brown Belt Nia Instructor, a blend of the Dance, Healing and Martial Arts. Its philosophy is, “Through movement, we find health.”

Rebecca is a Dance and Drama Teacher at the Venice Theatre, through Venice Boys and Girls Club.  She is also the Director of the Loveland Players {put on by the Loveland Center for Developmentally Challenged Adults in Venice, Florida}. For twenty-two years, The Loveland Players perform annually at Venice Theatre.   The Loveland Players have performed internationally in the AACT World Festivals.

As an actor, Rebecca has been creative in the Arts for over 30 years.  She strives inspire her students and actors to discover their unique gifts and talents.  Recent productions include Metamorphosis, Becky’s New Car, Always Patsy Cline, Nickel and Dimed, and Rabbit Hole.  


Reuben Fernandez, Cloud Tai Chi Instructor

Reuben brings years of experience to Wild Ginger with his Cloud Tai Chi classes.