Our Staff

AM 1 smaller Anne Marie LaFrance-Watts LMBT 04023

Anne is the owner and founder of LaFrance Wellness and has certifications of completions in Anatomy and Homotoxicology. Anne graduated top of the class in May 2003 from the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Massage in Charlotte, N.C. She continued her studies by graduating from China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China in September 2004. During that time, Anne received hands on training from some of the most prominent instructors in all of China. She combines her vast knowledge of massage, homotoxicology and pain management to assist clients with medical problems taking an eastern medical approach. Anne believes that the treatment to a problem in a holistic and natural way can be very successful.


holly johnson Dr. Holly Johnson, LPC, NCC

Holly is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of North Carolina. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Regent University, a M.B.A. from Western Governors University, a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University.
Holly is a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina. She stays abreast of current research in the field and teaches both general and adolescent psychology for Liberty University. She provides counseling services to individuals, couples, youth, and adults in the areas of bereavement, depression/anxiety, life transitions, and personal and/or spiritual growth. Areas of experience include personal growth, anxiety and depression, inner healing and trauma, grief and bereavement, sex abuse/sex offender treatment, and life and career transitions.

Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Darrell Watson Photo sized Darrell Watson

Darrell has been involved in Grappling sports for 20 years. He began wrestling while in school here in Morganton and has continued with the sport by coaching his son’s wrestling teams throughout the years. In 2007 he began training Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is currently a brown belt under Charuto Verissimo of Evolution Mixed Martial Arts in Wilmington NC.

While constantly looking for new tools to help improve his Jiu-jitsu game, Darrell found himself exploring the strength and flexibility benefits of yoga. Seeing major improvement in a short amount of time, he was hooked. Little did he know that he would discover something much deeper — a mindful way of life.

Yoga has helped Darrell become more connected with his true self and to identify what truly serves him. Through a personal practice of asana, meditation, and deep breathing techniques, the practice of yoga found its way into all aspects of his life, not just in the yoga studio or on the Jiu-jitsu mat. Darrell believes that practicing yoga gives the mind the capacity to see and to understand the world with a broader perspective.

Darrell is the life partner of 17 years to an amazing and supportive wife, the proud father of a son and a daughter, a son of two wonderful parents, and the brother of two delightful sisters. He acquired Subtle Yoga’s 200RYT yoga teacher training under the guidance of Kristine “Kaoverii” Weber, MA, eRYT500 and Rhonda Cook, c-IAYT, RYT500, in 2016. 

Subtle yoga teaches how to share yoga with all types of clients in different environments. Clients come from all walks of life and this is a proven system for helping the teacher be able to teach good, solid, safe yoga classes. People learn best and feel most supported when they are helping and being helped by others. Subtle yoga allows a connection between the mind and body in order to engage our parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). Allowing us to feel safe and bring ourself into a state of mind where healing can take place. Flexibility is not a requirement.

Darrell is also Reiki level I and level II certified by the Heart Center in Asheville since 2011.  Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

In his teaching, he would like to share with others the light that yoga has shined on him, in addition to being able to offer the healing touch of medically focused massage therapy.

shelli-welch.jpg Shelli Welch

Shelli Welch is both a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor. Shelli has been a Trainer for 12 years with extensive experience in working with rehabilitation, pain management, range of motion limitations, senior adults, as well as sports and athletic performance in both one-on-one and in group settings from ages 5 to 89 years. She has been a yoga practitioner for nearly 25 years, instructing since 2010 for ALL ages and ALL body types including those who are wheelchair bound, senior adults with significant limitations, children ages PreK upwards, and adults and children dealing with mental/behavioral health and learning challenges. She is skilled in the art of numerous mind and body practices.

Shelli’s approach to physical training is about establishing a strong core center, working to establish optimal range of motion, alignment, balance, neuromuscular communication and a body that is holistically strong, flexible and agile utilizing all forms of strength conditioning and cardiorespiratory training targeted to the needs, goals of and base condition of the individual.

Shelli’s approach to Mindfulness/Yoga Practice would involve any of a number of various practices depending on the need of the individual and could include: Assisted/Yin Stretch, Restorative Yoga, Deep Touch Pressure, Guided Relaxation, Deep Breathing and Meditative Practices. The Mind and Body systems are intrinsically linked. You cannot heal one without healing the other. Any long term approach to wellness must involve both physical as well as mindfulness and deep breathing practices, as the nervous system is tied to the muscles and the brain to the nervous system.

“I am honored to be a part of LaFrance Wellness Center, being a firm believer of holistic approaches to health and a fully integrated course to wellness. The body’s natural state is a state of wellness and wholeness. We need only listen to our bodies, cease from activities that sabotage our health and instead feed our being with the right external and internal practices. This will naturally lead to wellness.”