Exhalation Integrative Wellness, LLC is a holistic, natural health and healing center that brings its mission and vision to life through integrated care, social service/justice and activism; that maintains and supports itself through a variety of independent creative avenues; that serves visitors to its community, and that invites, accepts and appreciates the participation of others who benefit the community in benevolent ways;  It is a place and space honored and respected as a pioneering adventure, bringing new dynamics to the healing culture and community of Detroit.

We combine multiple disciplines and natural health tools to create diverse approaches to drug­‐freetherapy that elevate mind, body and spirit wellness.  Our holistic approach to healing andwellness helps to increase client awareness of the conditionswithintheir total­‐being; thus leadingto a more healthy, lifestyle. We consider all elements of lifestyle including diet, exercise and nutrition; as well as overallphysical, mental,  spiritual and emotional wellbeing.  

Our practice is where education and experience meet innate intelligence.
— Karla Mitchell, N.D.

Collaborating and Co-Creating Community

Karla K. Mitchell N.D.

Clinical Traditional Naturopath, Owner, Director of Center Services

Native Detroiter| Wife & Co-Creator | Mother of Five.  As a Clinical Traditional Naturopath, Karla is is the visionary leader of Exhalation Integrative Wellness, LLC.  She is adept in several methods of natural healing.  She received a Doctorate in Naturopathy and pursued a career transition after having spent more than 15 years as a senior level, degreed professional in Detroit’s automotive industry.  Altogether, Karla is a naturopathic doctor, a health educator, a Reiki master, an herbalist, a homeopath, an auricular specialist and is certified as a community health worker. Her current body of work focuses on improving health outcomes, reducing and preventing dependencies, and educating and empowering people to make informed health care choices.  She offers a multitude of natural options that address both acute and chronic conditions and which are tailored to the specific needs of an individual.  She collaborates and infuses her work into various sectors advocating traditional naturopathy as a viable adjunct to conventional healthcare methods

Lottie Spady

Creator of Detroit Elixir & Salve Co. 

Urban FarmGirl | Artist/Activist | Foodie.  Lottie is the founder of Detroit Elixir and Salve Co.  - a small batch crafter of herbal medicines, flower infused syrups and a line of organic skin care items called Coco-Rose Botanicals. Lottie has helped to create the Seasonal Herb Series - a series of introductory workshops and nature outings designed to give community members an idea of the wealth of beneficial plants that grow all around us, that our ancestors used to keep us healthy and connected to the Earth and its abundance.   Lottie’s focus works toward the improvement of individual and community quality of life.  For Lottie, the answers lie somewhere within the intersection of herbcrafts and social justice for community health, wellbeing and empowerment.  

Steffanie McKee

Clinical Herbalist

Healer | Gardener | New Yorker. Steffanie, affectionately known as “Phe”, is a transplant from Westchester County, New York.   She is a master’s of science graduate in clinical herbalism from what is now known as Maryland University of Integrative Health, formerly Tai Sophia Institute.  Phe sees clients in clinical practice, hosts spiritual healing retreats, and Sacred Healing Wisdom circles for Black women. As her spiritual mission, Phe advocates for and utilizes ancient African plant medicine to heal communities and the earth.   Phe  recently joined Exhalation Integrative Wellness Center as the resident clinical herbalist.  She’s currently co-leading herb walks, & facilitating herbal medicine workshops with Lottie Spady and independently for grounds in and around Detroit.  She also volunteers at D – Town farms where she is working on two herb related projects there – one an herbal keyhole teaching garden, and the other a culinary herb production garden.