Jefferson resident Shelly Quintana has formed Bee Happy Wellness Inc., a not-for-profit organization, to fulfill her dream of being part of the solution to the opioid epidemic. Through a fundraising campaign, she plans to open a wellness center within a year to aid in long-term recovery solutions.

Quintana specializes in community wellness through massage therapy (she is a licensed massage therapist), yoga, reiki, and more. The certified yoga instructor/therapist and yoga leader in 12-step recovery programs (Y12SR) told The Jefferson Chronicle: “I believe if we build a strong community together, we can tackle the current opioid crisis one person at a time.”

Bee Happy Wellness aims to provide a safe and nurturing environment, free from judgment, where people can find their path to optimal physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional health. Quintana’s methods will include the physical practice of yoga, bodywork therapies, breath work and breathing exercises, meditation techniques, and community programs.

According to Quintana, the practice of yoga will be affordable to those in active recovery through subsidized or full sponsorships of “those who are learning to adjust to a life with healthy coping mechanisms.” She added that “incorporating yoga and meditation as a routine practice has been proven to be very beneficial as an ongoing tool for long-term recovery and emotional well-being. Bee Happy Wellness strives to remove some of the barriers such as the high cost of yoga studio memberships and fear of social judgment.”

Once the funding campaign has raised enough to build a studio, membership sponsors will be sought for people in active recovery.

Quintana resides, works, and volunteers in Jefferson. Those wishing to participate in establishing Bee Happy Wellness may visit the website at beehappywellness.org, call 973-981-7777, or email shelly@beehappywellness.org.