Kate Van Riper

Kate Van Riper, CCHT, is a LIGHT practitioner and instructor who is also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in private practice at her office in Encinitas, California, Innerscape Wellness. She personally practices LIGHT, which has provided a profound sense of well-being and even physical healing for her. Kate is a natural healer. Ever since she was a child, she had hoped to become a professional healer of some kind, probably a psychologist. The realities of supporting and raising a family meant she had to take a detour from her professional healing path and so she decided to channel these energies into a suitable replacement career in business. Kate spent many rewarding years leading Human Resources for San Diego companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and other industries before starting her wellness business.

Along the way, she obtained a degree in psychology from San Diego State University and attended San Diego University for Integrative Studies. In addition to hypnosis and LIGHT, she has training in alternative healing programs and methods such as integrated East-West transpersonal therapies, neurolinguistic programming, energy healing, circling, and more. Kate loves to cook and travel, especially to areas with “real” weather, having grown up in the Midwest. She and her partner enjoy storm chasing in the local mountains during the season, always hoping for the thrill of a real downpour with thunder and lightning.

Athena Sees

Athena Sees is one of the first official LIGHT Educators and Professionals (LEAP). She specializes in using LIGHT for personal growth and helping children overcome growing pains. Using LIGHT’s novel mind-body self-care protocol, Athena has witnessed a lasting change in her clients’ physical and mental well-being.

Before becoming a LEAP, Athena was a hairstylist. After completing a hypnotherapy program over 10 years ago, her clients often referred to her as a Hypno-hairapist. Athena graduated from SDSU with a BA in Economics. With these fields combined, she has an in-depth understanding of rational human behavior and subconscious (or unconscious) behaviors.

Her soothing voice activates the imagination in ways that have led even harsh skeptics into a relaxing hypnotic trance. As a new mom herself, Athena enjoys working with children and parents to overcome physical and emotional challenges. Expect to leave her sessions with a fresh perspective and an encouraging inner voice.

In her free time, Athena enjoys being with her little girl, venturing around Balboa Park and other areas around town. She has two cats and is an avid animal lover. Athena enjoys ceramics, art, nature, and, most of all, learning.

Sonia Gupte, CHt, CRT

Having practiced as a Family Medicine Physician for over 15 years, Sonia felt inspired to expand her professional capacity to treat the cause of disease and not just symptoms. Her journey of professional and self-discovery led her to the field of hypnotherapy.

Sonia specializes in providing online therapy and in the past 8 years, she has successfully completed over 2000 cases with clients world-wide. In addition, she has trained hundreds of students in clinical hypnotherapy.

Since discovering LIGHT and integrating it with her hypnotherapy practice, she has found extraordinary results in her clients.

Prior to her arrival in the United States, she practiced as a Family Medicine physician in some of the biggest healthcare facilities in India, Singapore and Dubai. She completed her medical education from Moscow. She later gained certifications in hypnotherapy and regression therapy from the globally recognized EKAA institute and TASSO institute in Netherlands, respectively. She also trained under Dr. Brian Weiss.

Sonia is also an international best-selling author and has been featured in international media. She is passionate about bringing the awareness about the power of the mind and integrating the practice of hypnotherapy into mainstream medicine and participating in research to highlight the efficacy of integrative approaches such as hypnotherapy and LIGHT for total health and wellness.

In her free time, Sonia loves watching movies and exploring beautiful San Diego with her husband and 2 young sons.


Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, CHt (IMDHA-IACT, USA)
Diploma, Transpersonal Regression (Tasso Institute, Netherlands)
Past Life Regression (Brian Weiss Institute)
Certified Member EARTh – European Association for Regression Therapy
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapy Trainer (EKAA Foundation of Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapy)
Certified Regression Trainer (Tasso Institute, Netherlands)
LIGHT Practitioner

Juan Gallegos

Juan A. Gallegos graduated as a LIGHT Educator and Professional (LEAP) at UC San Diego and EKKA’s Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapy Foundation certification program. By introducing the LIGHT protocol immersion experience, he has learned to tap into “inner self” and reorient his life’s compass utilizing the subconscious mind.

Juan is a practice administrator for a thriving private pediatric & adolescent clinic in the South Bay. He is a former community organizer for national civil rights organizations working throughout the Southwest region of the United States.  He is a Mexican American U.S. Army Veteran that loves working with disenfranchised communities and the local bi-national Spanish-speaking community.

Juan is a student of life and firmly believes we are what we manifest here on Earth school. He enjoys riding his beach cruiser, coastal cooking, and long contemplative hikes with Mother Earth.

Yvette Chu

Yvette Chu is a LIGHT Educator and Professional (LEAP) and a clinical hypnotherapist. While searching for a more profound sense of life purpose, Yvette serendipitously found LIGHT and knew right away, this was it.

She spent twenty highly fulfilling years as a hairdresser with a deep passion for connecting to her clients. While there was an enthusiasm for the artistic side, it was the connection and ability to hold space and be a supporting friend and guide that she relished most about her profession. In realizing this, Yvette was inspired to discover a new path that would combine connecting to others with a sense of providing a transformative space.

The transition was effortless owing to the many years of rich experiences with her clients. Outside of LIGHT and hypnotherapy, Yvette loves to travel and adventure in different countries, experiencing the diverse ways of life, cuisine, and of course, the people. She loves nature and celebrates all of life’s simple pleasures and joys with her husband and son.

Sallie Perez Saiz

Sallie Perez Saiz began her studies with LIGHT-Induced Guided Healing Therapy (LIGHT) in 2018 from the University of California San Diego Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health.  Sallie has since continued her studies working closely with other LIGHT and LEAP practitioners in San Diego.  She also has completed levels 1-3 in Ekagra Kamma Apara Antara (EKAA) hypnotherapy training.  Sallie plans to continue mind, body, and spirit studies as these practices help to ground her, especially during this period of uncertainty, unrest, and isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sallie is an English Professor who holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an M.A. in English Literature from CSU Fresno.  Sallie is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Humanities Award and received a Fellowship in 2014 to study Pictorial Histories and Myth-Histories: "Graphic Novels" of the Mixtecs and Aztecs in Oaxaca, Puebla, and Mexico City.  She has taught English composition, literature, and creative writing courses for over 14 years at Fresno City College.

Sallie, like so many other educators, works from home in a new online environment and is a daily practitioner of the LIGHT as she readies herself to work and support her students at the community college.  Sallie is an avid writer and studies Mesoamerican codices, spirituality through mind, body, spirit connections, the feminine, and identity making, applying thematic aspects in her written work and in the curriculum she teaches.  Sallie has three beautiful daughters, and a (grandson) Dachshund named Bear, who she enjoys spending time with during her spare time.  She also enjoys meditating, taking walks, riding her bicycle, horseback riding, and tending her garden in between working in front of her computer, and she encourages her students and her daughters to do so too!

Milica ‘Mitzi’ Stefanovic

As a culturally diverse Eastern European avidly immersed in philanthropy, Mitzi’s purpose is to create a healing space for individuals prepared to overcome past traumas, raise self-awareness, and surpass limiting beliefs to thrive and contribute to the betterment of humanity.

Mitzi is a Reiki Practitioner and a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. With her LIGHT professional training, she joins our team of educators and practitioners. In her personal experience with LIGHT, Mitzi has regained profound overall well-being, considering her childhood traumas and deep family losses. Mitzi has extensive experience working with people in the hospitality industry and in organizational management. She graduated with a degree in Management for Trade and Banking from Alpha University, Serbia. As an avid meditator, she has cultivated an expertise in crystals, sound healing, and aromatherapy.

You will most likely always see Mitzi smiling and consistently spreading her positivity to make everyone feel a great sense of calm and harmony around her. She loves sports. One of her favorite things is to walk on Swami’s beach and watch beautiful sunsets with her friends. Mitzi has a genuine kinship with nature and loves hiking, whether in the mountains or throughout the Red Rock Canyons.