Our Team

Here at Barefoot Living Arts, our goal is to create a supportive space and community to assist you in connecting with your inner self. It is within that you will find everything you need, and we believe that to go within one must feel safe and unconditionally accepted. Therefore, our practitioners gladly offer their knowledge, skill, and support to assist you on your journey inward.

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Dr. Mark J. Romano – Naturopathic Physician, Sheng Zhen Qigong Teacher. Dr. Romano practices holistic medical arts under a National Board Certification and a Connecticut State Licensure. His education includes an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Human Kinesiology, and a Doctorate of Naturopathy.His naturopathic approach is to integrate western medical sciences with eastern healing philosophies to impart to his patients a SAFE, EFFECTIVE, and NOURISHING way to restore health in their lives.

Holistic medical art services employed by Dr. Romano include:
-   Biotherapeutic Drainage                                                   
-   Acupuncture
-   Nutritional guidance
-   Holistic Body Centered Therapy
-   Qigong training

Dr. Romano focuses on serving individuals, teens and children seeking relief from a wide range of physical ailments including pain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, and chronic illness.



Tanvi Gandhi is Licensed Acupuncturist and has received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from University of Bridgeport. She started her journey to help people stay healthy by studying Microbiology as an undergraduate student at UCLA and finished her Research Internship at National Institute of Health in Washington, D.C., where she was introduced to Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Through her own experiences and working with
patients in various clinics and the community, she believes passionately in the ability of the body to heal itself and in the healing power of nature. She has done extensive research during her naturopathic thesis to explore the healing effects of Sound and Meditation. Her professional training includes Japanese Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy and Arvigo® Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy and is continuing her training in Ayurveda through American Institute of Vedic Studies. She integrates the above modalities during her private Acupuncture sessions. She is passionate about empowering her patients with tools for self-healing and restoration and offers self care workshops and classes.

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John is a licensed massage therapist who has been practicing in Fairfield for more than 20 years. He primarily practices Cranio Sacral Therapy. Cranio Sacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. John also has experience in visceral manipulation and myofascial release.



Mackenzie is currently a graduate student at Fairfield University in the Clinical Mental Health Masters program. She has a background of yoga, with a 200 hour certificate from the Kripalu Institute of Yoga and Health. In 2016 she began her journey of recovery, and since has learned a tremendous amount about the effects of addiction and craving on herself, as well as on society as a whole. Mackenzie looks forward to beginning her counseling practice, but until then enjoys her role as community organizer at Barefoot Living Arts, where she helps to grow both the community within Barefoot as well as it's connection to the existing community in the area. 




Halley is a clinical social worker, health/life coach, yoga/meditation teacher and reiki practitioner specializing in anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD/trauma, disordered eating, Womens health and developmental disorders (ASD, Asperger's, High Functioning Autism). She has been a clinical social worker for over 15 years and has incorporated coaching over the past 5 years. Halley brought yoga into her practice in 2014, in order to use movement, mindfulness, breath work and meditation to aide in the therapeutic process. Her approach is eclectic, drawing on all of the above, to treat a wide range of living challenges.

Additional offerings:Halley specializes in community outing groups for adolescents, teens and adults with ASDs. She is also skilled in women support groups, meditation circles, mindfulness practices and yoga (breath, meditation and movement) based support. Halley runs yoga programs for children and teens with special needs in weekly classes, summer programs and vacation sessions.