About Melvin

_DSC7324 With over 20 years experience as a social service volunteer and professional, I understand that being of service to others is an enormous privilege as well as a responsibility. I strive to provide a safe-enough space for my clients to feel both nurtured and challenged in finding their own internal source of wisdom and healing.

I earned my Master of Social Work degree from McGill University and my Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree from San Francisco State University.

I am a Buddhist teacher and serve as a Core Teacher at East Bay Meditation Center. I am also a registered yoga instructor (RYT-200), trained through Niroga Institute’s Integral Health Fellowship.  I am a graduate of East Bay Meditation Center’s Commit to Dharma program and currently teach yoga classes in various settings and organizations including Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the UC Berkeley WorkFit Program.

I identify as a queer cisgender man of color and second-generation El Salvadoran.  I am bilingual Spanish-speaking.