About Melvin

_DSC7324 With over 25 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 Dharma teacher and serve as a Core Teacher at East Bay Meditation Center and am a graduate of their Commit to Dharma program. I am also a registered yoga instructor (RYT-200), trained through Niroga Institute’s Integral Health Fellowship and have offered yoga in various settings and organizations including currently at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the UC Berkeley WorkFit Program.

I identify as a queer cisgender man of color (gender pronouns: he/him) and second-generation El Salvadoran.  I am bilingual Spanish-speaking.

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