Mikaela Johnson Vaal, MFA, LMT, CSCS

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Simi Valley, CA

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I started my journey in the healthcare field in 2010 when I began training as a Massage Therapist in NYC. I continued on to become a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist then spent several years teaching at the institution I received both degrees from. Since moving to LA in 2017, I have turned my focus more specifically to equity and healing for marginalized folks in health and wellness. 

I am now the President of DASC (Doulas Association of Southern California); a California Certified Massage Therapist; DONA International Ambassador for California; ICEA trained Childbirth Educator; Master Reiki practitioner; and 500RYT Yoga Instructor. I am currently working on completing training for: PAIL Advocate for Full Spectrum work, BADT’s CBE, a certification in Yoga Therapy, Coaching & Training Women Academy’s Pre and Postnatal Coaching Certifications, BBH’s Essence of Birth Photography Certification, and many more. In 2021 I will be in Lumos Transforms’ Certified Facilitator of The Resilience Toolkit training. I am a lifelong student always looking to learn and grow in my skills to better support my clients and community.

In 2018 I joined the Board of Directors of the Doulas Association of Southern California (DASC) shortly after joining DASC! I am very excited to continue in this field, as I am fiercely passionate about improving the healthcare equity for women and femmes - specifically Black, trans, and nonbinary folks.


New School for Drama
New York, New York, United States
MFA, 2009
2006 To 2009

Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences
New York, New York, United States
AoS, 2013
Advanced Personal Training
2011 To 2013

Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences
New York, New York, United States
AoS, 2012
Massage Therapy
2010 To 2012

Morningside College
Sioux City, Iowa, United States
BA, 2006
Theatre, Music, Dance
2002 To 2006

Job History

Lumos Transforms
Clinical Services | Consulting | Communications
Los Angeles, CA, United States
October 2021 - present

MikaLynn Consulting, LLC
Simi Valley, CA, United States
March 2021 - present