Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Siegel

Emily SiegelThis month, get to know N Street Village volunteer, Emily Siegel. Emily has been an active volunteer in the Wellness Center since 2009. Emily facilitates “Listening to the Body,” a class that meets every Friday morning. Its focus is to teach clients how to read their body’s cues. Let’s get to know Emily…

I found N Street Village in November 2009 while enrolled in massage school. The following month I began teaching a weekly class on stress reduction. I enjoy teaching the women how to read their body’s cues. Many are surprised by the focus that I place on the feet and the body as a whole. My specialty is body-centered trauma-release. My doctorate and master’s degrees are in international public health and human nutrition from Johns Hopkins University and Emory University respectively. In 2007, I began to focus on ways that I could apply my skills locally. Currently, in my private practice as a craniosacral therapist, I support individuals while they find balance and peace when experiencing acute and chronic physical and emotional pain and distress. I live in Glen Echo, Maryland with my spouse, two unaccompanied refugee minor foster children, our dog and cat. My stepdaughter is grown, but returns for visits.

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the DC area? I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia. I moved to Maryland for graduate school in 1997 and settled in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area in January 2006.
What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? It’s called Shangri-La. The restaurant is owned and run by Nepalis. Eating there offers me an opportunity to connect with a country I lived in during the early 2000s.

On a Saturday evening you will find me…Saturday evenings are often quiet; I enjoy spending them eating at a restaurant or watching a movie at home with my spouse.

What is the last movie you watched (and enjoyed)? The Blind Side

What is your favorite D.C. landmark? The National Mall. You can find me throughout the year wandering around museums and the monuments. I spend a few hours there each year on my birthday. The National Gallery of Art, Sackler and Freer Galleries are my favorite museums. I enjoy visiting the Lincoln and FDR Memorials after dark.

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less. Heart, Strength, Resilience

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village? Meeting the women who filter through the Wellness Center has been the best part about volunteering at N Street Village. They are the reason I return weekly to teach a class.

What has been one of your biggest surprises about N Street Village? The biggest surprise is that it has been five years since I first started teaching. There have been so many demands on my time that I never thought I would last this long. I have felt a lot of joy returning week after week to the Wellness Center.