Who We Are

Dedicated to Wellbeing

Benessere Fresno is a collective of independent practitioners in a serene space that promotes health, healing, happiness and strength.  Services are provided virtually and in person  following all local COIVD protocols.  At Benessere Fresno, we believe that everything we do, every service we offer, will intentionally and directly benefit our everyday lives. Be a part of an emerging community that aspires to improve and support well-being.

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Co-Founders Robin Schumacher & Maria Mayes

"We created Benessere to serve people like us, juggling career and family demands."

"We believe Self-Care is not a luxury nor a trend. It is a necessity for showing up as our best selves in our professions and for our families."


Meet Our Team


Licensed Acupuncturist (M.S.T.C.M., L.Ac.)

Elena Perez, Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (M.S.T.C.M., L.Ac.) has studied Asian Bodywork therapies since 2002 and Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine formally since 2005. She received her BS in Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley and her MS in TCM from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (ACCHS) in Oakland, CA. 

Elena Perez is an independent practitioner at Benessere Fresno. For questions about her services & pricing reach her directly at 559-797-1792 or elena@communityneedles.com

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Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)

Bella Lopez CMT offers a variety of options from Foot Focused and Chair Massage to a Full Body Awakening Massage. See booking link for more options.

Bella Lopez is an independent practitioner at Benessere Fresno. For questions about her services reach her directly at directly at 559-417-9550 or bellalopezetc@gmail.com


Celeste M. Penrose

(MA, LMFT License #111333)

Celeste M. Penrose, MA, LMFT License #111333 is an independent practitioner at Benessere Fresno. Celeste works with clients facing life changes, anxiety, depression or trauma rediscover how to thrive. Celeste completed her training in research-backed Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), proven to significantly help 80-90% of couples and is in the process of becoming a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP) with the knowledge to use food, supplements and herbs to improve mood, sleep, energy, and quality of life. Celeste is also trained & experienced in spiritual/religious and LBGTQ related issues.

Celeste accepts self-pay clients as well as, Halcyon, Avante, and Blue Cross Insurance. To book or learn more contact Celeste at (559) 325-4302 or Therapistceleste@gmail.com


Kristina Escalante

Reiki Master & Certified Fitness Instructor

Kristina Escalante has her Master Reiki Level III under the Usui Reiki Ryoho Lineage, is certified in Crystal Therapy and is a Certified Fitness Instructor, leading Benessere Fitness classes.

Kristina Escalante is an independent practitioner at Benessere Fresno. For questions about her services reach her directly at KLEBeWell@gmail.com or @KrissannBeWell on Instagram.


Reiki Master, Tai Chi Master & Qigong Instructor

Reiki treatments by Dan are unique to him and every client. There is no physical contact as this treatment is purely energy based. It is recommended to remove your shoes, which is optional. Some clients will feel the energy coursing or tingling/buzzing in parts of their body, and in some cases they will feel nothing at all.

Reiki is a complementary treatment, meaning that it compliments whatever  other treatments you may be receiving. The receiver’s energy frequency becomes raised and with this increase of their vital life force (chi) the body relaxes and harmonizes. Whatever the case, one needs to ask themselves; compared to other types of natural or complimentary treatments, what have you got to lose by trying a Reiki treatment for yourself or loved one? For your pet?

Dan Vasquez is an independent practitioner at Benessere Fresno. For questions about his services reach him directly at (559) 244-9444 or dannyvasquez09@gmail.com

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Michel Roberts

RN, Doula, Childbirth Educator & Workshop Coordinator

Michel is a labor and delivery nurse, working with high-risk pregnancies in a local hospital and also a clinical nursing instructor at CSUF.  Michel most values patient centered care that will enhance the entire birthing experience.  

Outside of work, Michel is an aspiring potter, a member of a local pottery studio and a creative clay collective. “There is a direct link between creative art and good health - both physical and mental.  Art is healing to the soul.”

As Benessere Workshop Coordinator, Michel Roberts will assist in the creation of creative art workshops that will be offered as soon as safe health guidelines permit.


Co-Founder, Yoga Lead, RYT200, B.S.

Maria Mayes is a RYT200 Yoga Instructor and Co-Founder of Benessere Fresno.  Maria specializes in teaching beginners how to achieve relaxation through breathing techniques and yoga postures. Leveraging 20 years of experience helping technology businesses grow and care for their customer base, Maria brings a creative and empathetic approach to workplace stress management techniques. She launched Take5.Health in 2020, a service designed to help professionals relieve tension, improve posture, and manage anxiety with quick stretch & breath breaks during the work day. She holds several specialty certificates including Yoga for Mental Health and Yoga Shred.


Robin Schumacher

Co-Founder & Workshop Lead, LDA

Robin Schumacher, Co-Founder of Benessere has realized a long held dream to create a wellness space where members of our community can receive beneficial treatments, wellness education and workshops to create community with like minded individuals. She enjoys generating the newsletter, is involved with daily operations and Benessere's live workshops.  A mother, grandmother and business owner, she runs an LDA business serving the Central Valley and providing secure and reliable legal document assistance since 1994.  

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