Meet Our Team
Our team of holistic professionals will guide you through the workshops and retreats so you will experience the most powerful journey.
JoQueta Handy, PhD, IMD
Dr. JoQueta Handy is an internationally recognized speaker, author, educator and Natural Integrative Health Practitioner. She is the CEO and Chief Visionary of Brilliant Learning, Handy Wellness Center and Brilliant Blends. With a MS from Boston University, and a PhD, IMD from Quantum University, JoQueta has spent the last 30 years working with special needs children and their families using a holistic philosophy rooted in nutritional protocols and extending to specialized learning strategies. It has been JoQueta’s personal and professional mission to identify, learn from, and highlight these unique traits and strengths for parents, educators, institutions and governments worldwide. JoQueta has applied the summation of those life and career experiences in taking her practice to the next level by founding Brilliant Blends and formulating its supplements.
Zachary Hayes-Handy is a writer, entrepreneur, and son of Dr. JoQueta. With a business degree and a background in theater, he has always had a natural talent for finding the balance between the emotional and the rational. His journey of exploration and experimentation to find holistic solutions to everyday problems, especially issues related to mental health, was the inspiration for the Adapt and Thrive supplements and the mission of Brilliant Blends. Zachery is a Certified Executive Life Coach and Breath Work Specialist.
Mindy Graham, RN, HTCP, FCN
Mindy is a Registered Nurse, HealthRHYTHMS Facilitator, and maintains certification in energy medicine and faith community nursing. Her work with others is rooted in science and the wisdom of faith communities, wise woman and indigenous traditions, and Caritos Nursing theory. The significance Image Style and power of gentle healing arts, coming home to self/peace, and the importance of rhythm to wellbeing has been garnered from her 40 years as a registered nurse.
Shellie Thomas is the owner and president of Sweat Sanctuary, a yoga and Pilates studio in San Clemente, California. Fitness, health, and wellness have been a major focus in her life and lifestyle for over 30 years. In raising her three boys, natural pathways were her first choice to help heal and strengthen their bodies. She applied these same healing protocols with her clients, making Sweat Sanctuary one of the most recognized studios for implementing an overall wellness approach in Orange County, California.
Chef Kris Larkin
Born and raised in Oklahoma and Texas, Kris Larkin was raised in a family that loved cooking traditional, healthy and great tasting food. She cultivated her culinary knowledge and talent through countless informal cooking schools around the world; Italy, Austria, Santa Fe, and up and down the California coast just to name a few. Kris has delighted her foodies around the world from small intimate parties and gourmet cooking classes to catering and organizing huge events of 500 and more. In 2010, Chef Kris moved from her crazy, busy life in Southern California to the cozy and picturesque Heart of the Flint Hills of Kansas where she created her now-famous Lark Inn Gourmet Cooking Classes (http://bitly.ws/t58C. ).
Liliana Partida has been in the Health and Fitness Industry for over 30 years. Growing up on a farm in northern California, Liliana was blessed with parents who truly understand the concept of farm-to-table. Her mother passed on her love of natural cooking to Liliana and she passed that love on to her beautiful daughter, Annalisa, who is also a clinical nutritionist and natural foods chef.
She has become a master chef, author and educator creating lifestyle programs for patients at Center For New Medicine and currently lectures on Nutrition, Diabetes, healthy cooking, Auto Immune disorders, Metabolic Syndrome, Weight Loss, and all stages of Cancer.
"My hope is that you will gain the tools to live your life in full freedom without fear. This will enable you to bring forth your true gifts to share with the world.
I'll help you tune out the world around you and break down your walls. Once you've gotten to know and love who you are on the inside, I'll teach you how to nurture and protect that person as you go through your daily life."
Dr. JoQueta Handy, PhD, IMD