Our Team

DawnDawn Wetzel ERYT 500 has been practicing yoga since her first class in 1997, while pregnant with her son. Like all things, her practice fluctuated on and off until a few years ago, when Dawn was faced with a serious health condition. Her doctor recommended she return to a daily yoga practice to re-build strength and support her healing process. Not only has Dawn’s strength returned, but her passion for sharing yoga with her community was ignited — a passion that is infectious!</>

Every student of hers feels at home — from the boys snowboard team at Killington, to beginners, teenagers, moms to be, and advanced students. During her classes, you can feel her love for the practice shining through her detailed cues, postural adjustments, and presence.

As a health conscious Vegan, Dawn’s lifestyle reflects her commitment to Yoga beyond the physical practice. She is an Honest Yoga 200 hour & 500 hour & B-Tru Hip Hop Yoga Dance graduate. She is also certified in Prenatal Yoga. Dawn will graduate from the HY Children & Tweens Yoga 90 hour Course this summer 2016 !

SusanSusan Buchanan RYT 500 has been practicing yoga since 1999. She graduated from Honest Yoga’s 200 and 500 hour programs. In the beginning yoga was a good way to counterbalance her running and satisfy her need to always move. As a runner, biker, paddler and skier, yoga adds strength and flexibility to her other activities. She also utilizes her yoga as a certified paddleboard and paddle board yoga instructor. She strives to bring a sense of fun, freedom and kindness to her classes.

A former practicing lawyer, yoga has been life­changing, bringing Susan a new and profound sense of life balance, well­being and peace. It has taught her not only the movements of yoga but also to accept the need and benefits of stillness and reflection. Co ntinually inspired by yoga’s transformative power, both externally and internally, she finds it to be a source of strength, helping her to view the world with compassion and to feel grateful everyday.

SamanthaSamantha RYT500, a native Vermonter, grew up in the Northeast Kingdom and moved to Burlington after high school. She has been practicing yoga since 2006, and graduated from her 200hr training with Honest Yoga in April of 2014. Feeling extremely inspired, she graduated from her Honest Yoga 500hr training just a few months later in August of 2014. This training completely transformed her outlook on life, and was a major catalyst for change. She now maintains a daily practice, and is committed to sharing the path of Yoga with any one who is interested. She has been teaching regularly since September of 2014.
Samantha began taking Tai dance lessons at the age of 7, then transitioned to classical ballet at the age of 13. She graduated from the Hip Hip Yoga Dance program in early 2016. Samantha has been teaching dance at Honest Yoga /B-Tru Dance since September of 2014. She is currently getting her 4th certificate from Honest in Kids & Tweens Yoga.

Samantha enjoys spending time with her daughter, live music, traveling, hiking, gardening, camping and reading. Samantha is vegetarian and a Tao cultivator.

Kemper Gottshall RYT500
 “began yoga in 2015 and found it an extremely centering, beneficial and supportive practice to my life. And then, it took over. I practice almost every day and absolutely love how dynamic and endless yoga is in all its forms – on and off the mat. It truly is infinite! Thank you for letting me serve you today.” Kemper has graduated from Honest Yoga’s 200 and 500 hour trainings.





img_0441Elizabeth Heeter RYT500 CRYT95
was introduced to yoga in 2008 in her hometown of Birmingham Alabama. She was instantly struck by feelings of physical and mental well being that it gave her, and she was hooked from that point on. She continued to practice throughout high school and college and decided to take her training to the next level when she moved to Vermont in 2014. She completed her Honest Yoga 200 hour certification in 2015 under the guidance of Danielle Vardakas and Dawn Wetzel, and went on to complete Honest Yoga’s 500 hour training and kids/tween training in 2016. The birth of her daughter in July of 2016 guided her interest toward infant and postnatal yoga practices, which she is excited to share with the community. Yoga has been and always will be an essential part of her life and she is so grateful for the opportunity to share her passion. Namaste!

Rowan Dunlop is a rising sophomore at CVU and has been dancing at B-Tru Dance for five years. She has studied ballet, lyrical and hip hop. Rowan participates in numerous theatre productions in Chittenden County. She is happy to assist teaching younger dancers in the summer.






img_9238Kyla Paul has been teaching with B-tru Dance for three years. Kyla grew up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont where she started dancing ballet and tap at the age of four. Later she would study pointe as well jazz, lyrical, hip hop, modern, and contemporary. In 2012/2013 Kyla attended Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia where she was a part of the BFA Dance Program which allowed her to hone her craft and experience many different styles and choreography. Kyla is a University of Vermont graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Dance. Her choreography was chosen for the American College Dance Conference in Springfield, MA as well as being featured in the Dancing Uphill UVM Dance Concert. Kyla is an active member in the Burlington performing arts community. She is a part of the Lyric Theatre community where she has performed in featured dance roles in The Producers (2014) and Legally Blonde ( 2015) as well the lead role of Judy Haynes In Lyric’s production of White Christmas ( 2015). Summer 2015 & 2016 Kyla was a soloist in the Farm to Ballet Project directed by Chatch Pregger. Kyla is the founder and director of a backyard summer theater camp in South Burlington where she combines her three loves, dance, theater, and education. She is a licensed Kindergarten- 6th Grade Educator in the state of Vermont and is a classroom teacher in Essex Junction. Kyla loves to bring her knowledge of how kids learn and her love of dance into the center.

meganMegan Haak is dedicated yoga lifestyle & a proud mama of 2. She currently teaches Hoop Dance & Kids Yoga at our center.

Megan graduated the Honest Yoga Children’s Teacher Training as well as another Kids Yoga training 8 years ago. She is currently enrolled in our 200 hour program. She is excited to share her love of movement with you & your family!  You will also meet Megan at our front desk with her beautiful daughter Piper!




Christine Badalamenti-Smith began dipping her toes in the healing waters of yoga as a teen. From that time she maintained an “on-again, off-again” relationship with her yoga practice.  In Spring 2016, after a few years being “off-again,” a series of life changes found her in a new state, with a new job, a new, less positive perspective on her health, and serious anxiety. Yoga had called her home, for good.  Now, a RYT 200 in the middle of her RYT 500 training, Christine hopes to bring the immeasurable healing and transformative power of yoga to as many people as she can.  If you feel as though you have read this bio before, it’s because so many people have come to yoga seeking something, and at some point all of those people found something they needed.   Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually – yoga will change you, and it can only be for the better.

Christine is excited to bring her knowledge and practice to others, and she will never stop developing and learning on the path of yoga.  She also believes that the practice of yoga will eventually come to heal many other ailments, whether they be societal, environmental, even political.  She is working to find creative ways yoga will be a part of her advocacy and environmental work.

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