Story of Wellworks
The seed for Wellworks Consulting was planted many years ago. Founder, Dani Berry, was overwhelmed by the stress of everyday life, and knew she had to begin taking care of herself or face serious illness.
Dani began incorporating wellness into her daily routine and studying the effects of stress on the body. Dani quickly became active on the Georgia State Bar Wellness Committee in an effort to bring her knowledge to lawyers and often speaks to lawyers about the impact of stress on the practice of law. After several speaking engagements it became clear that this training benefits everyone and not just lawyers. Dani formed Wellworks to do just that.
Wellworks offers professional development programs to individuals and organizations that provide practical skills to combat stress in our daily lives. The professional development programs, which are tailored to address the unique stressor at hand, focus on increasing resiliency, reducing stress and promote mindful leadership.
Wellworks mission is to help people thrive under stress, and tap into one’s innate ability to significantly reduce negative and habitual stress responses, and find more ease in everyday life.
Chief Wellbeing Officer
Dani Berry, JD
Dani Berry, J.D., is the Founder and Chief Wellbeing Officer at Wellworks Consulting, a company that provides legal and wellbeing consulting services to individuals and mindfully led organizations. Dani’s mission is to help individuals thrive under stress, and organizations find solutions that maximize organizational and individual engagement and wellbeing. Before founding Wellworks, Dani practiced employment and commercial law for several years at a small boutique firm before joining Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith. During her tenure at LBBS, Dani practiced complex defense and employment litigation while also assuming administrative management duties over the Atlanta office. Dani is a registered mediator, an active member of the Attorney Wellness Committee of the State Bar of Georgia and a certified yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Dani received a BBA and JD from the University of Georgia.
Dani is a legal and wellness consultant, mediator, and yoga and meditation instructor. Dani routinely speaks on professional development and wellness related topics to lawyers and other professionals.
Paul E. Knowlton, JD, M.Div.
The son of an immigrant Hispanic mother and federally convicted father, Paul was placed in foster care as were all his siblings. From a very early age he has the lived experience of the relentless stresses, anxieties, and fears that push so many of us to despair. Turning inwardly as a young adult to develop the skills to recover, redirect, and prosper after a brutal beginning, he speaks authentically and creditably, as a friend on the journey, about the needs and benefits of integrating selfcare, wellness, and wellbeing to better navigate the challenges of our personal and professional lives.
Prior to law school Paul’s corporate roles include being a construction superintendent with Ryland Homes and a forensic engineer with Georgia Pacific. During law school he clerked for and joined an intellectual property boutique, also becoming a patent attorney, that was soon acquired by Kilpatrick Stockton. At Kilpatrick and later at his first firm, he built a successful intellectual property prosecution and litigation track record. Paul initiated, co-founded and was the managing member of a successful IP boutique and then later the director of another, both of which still actively operate. After successfully serving as the CEO of a large human services agency, he most recently received an appointment at Mercer University and launched his second firm Ubercounsel.
In addition to being licensed in GA and the 11th Circuit, a registered patent attorney, a Henning trained mediator and arbitrator, a Martindale Hubbell Distinguished attorney, and Georgia Trend Legal Elite, he earned his Master of Divinity with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling. An active leader of the State Bar of Georgia’s Attorney Wellness and Lawyer Assistance Program committees, he offers solutions to the stresses of professional life for the benefit of as many as possible. B.S., Temple University; J.D., Georgia State University College of Law; M.Div., Mercer University.
Marty brings over 30 years experience working with individuals and groups in a wide variety of training environments. His talent is his ability to communicate precisely so that students understand and are able to implement. Applied to Yoga, this enables one to practice correctly, learning and improving in a structured environment.
“I’ve always been involved in the empowerment of people. It was usually in the domain of having them discover possibilities for themselves that they weren’t able to see before. After beginning to practice Yoga with some regularity, I realized that I was able to quiet my mind and focus on what was going on right now, without the distractions that seemed to often accompany whatever it was that I was doing. My commitment is to provide people with the possibility of what Yoga can be for them.”
Marty completed his initial 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification from Peachtree Yoga Center, as well as another 200-hour RYT Certification from Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM. He is a 500-hour RYT and Senior Prajna Yoga instructor. He has an MA and BA in Psychology from California State University and UCLA. He has studied Mindful-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and offers such programs to organizations. He has also been trained in Mindful Yoga Therapy for veterans with post-traumatic stress, and currently teaches at the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program. Marty also offers “Yoga Coaching for Life”.
Marti’s journey has come full circle, from her first fitness studio in Charleston, SC in 1982, to the “birth” of Vista Yoga in Atlanta. Since 1979 her passion for physical and spiritual wellbeing has led her from teaching various forms of fitness, including personal training, to her discovery of Yoga in 1998.
Both dynamic and therapeutic, Marti’s classes are infused with a thorough understanding of the body, ancient wisdom, her nurturing spirit and a touch of humor.
She is a 500-hour ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. After studying with a wide variety of Yoga teachers, she has been studying extensively with Tias and Surya Little, of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 2008, achieving her 500-hour certification with them.
She is also trained in Thai Yoga Massage therapy.