Four Health & Wellness Professionals You Should Know

Showcase Magazine features four of the most passionate professionals in fields relating to health and wellness. These practitioners consider the holistic intermingling of environment, education, fitness, nutrition, and spirit; they are all about incorporating where we live and interact, sustainable and wholesome food sources, and how we move and are moved.

Charlie McManus
Chef, Primo Grill & “Eat Local”, Advocate
Tacoma |
Belfast native Charlie McManus embarked on a progressive journey in the American restaurant industry over three decades ago. McManus, along with partner and wife Jacqueline Plattner, owns and operates two Tacoma restaurants— Primo Grill and Crown Bar. Belief in sustainability in food production fostered a commitment to use locally sourced fare creating menus rich with Pacific Northwest meats, seafood and produce in season. Further supporting overall community wellness, protection of farms, the land and farming life, McManus conducts cooking classes using locally sourced food to educate the public on eating what’s in their own backyards.

Charley Haney
Manager, Olympia Farmers’ Market
Olympia |
Charley has been the market manager since 2000; she has held that title longer than anyone else in Washington. She is an advocate for environmental, economic and social awareness through sustainable harvesting from local farms, fields and streams. Charley strives to educate people on where food is sourced, organic growing processes and resulting freshness at area events, colleges and through the market information booth.

Jamie Pence
Imaje Massage Therapy
Olympia |
A licensed massage therapist for over seventeen years, James Pence, owner of Imaje Massage Therapy, identifies his life calling as providing comfort and physical relief from pain through therapy. He is skilled at relaxation, injury relief, reflexology, hot stone and massage cupping. Based in Olympia, Pence gives community talks on proper nutrient absorption, use of vitamin, supplement and anti-aging products, preventing potential health issues and toxin elimination.

Chivito Cowa
Ayurveda Practitioner
Gig Harbor |
Director of the yoga teacher training program at Hari Om Ashram in Pushkar, India, Chivito Cowa is a traveling monk with roots in the Pacific Northwest. He focuses on Ayurveda instruction—how to align one’s body, mind and spirit through awareness of foods ingested, digestion, physical activity, mood and environment. Cowa brings his diverse knowledge and skills to local and international communities providing treatments, clinics and workshops through the Living Enlightenment Foundation to assist clients in achieving dedicated wellness from the inside out.

Jennifer Johnson