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ABOUT LifeCleanse

LifeCleanse of Anoka was started in February of 2008 by Barb Abeler because she saw a need for a colon hydrotherapy clinic in the northern suburbs. 

Barb Abeler

Barb has previous training and experience in mainstream medicine as an RN, but has seen and experienced the tremendous potential in the world of alternative medicine. She also earned a B.A. Degree in Education and the combination fuels the love of health issues with the enthusiasm of teaching. Barb has a passion for helping people get and stay well through education and cleansing and feels fortunate to be of service in this capacity.

She was trained at the Tiller Mind/Body Institute in San Antonio, Texas and is Level III certified as a Colon Hydrotherapist through I-ACT, and is National Board Certified.

Barb is married to Jim, a chiropractor, and is in the joyful process of raising the last two of six boys!

Renee Bergman

Renee decided to become a Certified Colon Hydrotherapist after experiencing a significant improvement in her own health through colon hydrotherapy. She has completed training on the LIBBE device and is certified through I-ACT.

Renee's background includes a B.S. Degree in Animal Science and Biology. She then attended the John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle. She was the office manager for a naturopathic clinic, which incorporated colon hydrotherapy, along with massage, chiropractic, and nutritional therapies.

Renee is married to Gene, has been blessed with 4 children, and has had the privilege of fostering 21 children. Renee's hope is that she can help others discover the many healing benefits of colon hydrotherapy, along with the other inner cleansing modalities available at LifeCleanse.

Karen Johnson

Karen has spent the last 20 years, together with her family, living and learning ways to heal, using many alternative therapies. Originally from Minnesota, she is returning after 30 years, having spent the last 10 years on a small farm in central Illinois raising and growing organic meat and produce.

She is finishing up a 20 year career as a stay at home mom, homeschooling her 2 children, who are now starting college. Her first introduction to colon cleansing came when her husband was diagnosed with cancer several years ago. She believes keeping the colon healthy is necessary to heal, leading her to LifeCleanse of Anoka and pursuing training as an I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and the LIBBE device training in San Antonio, TX.

She has a strong desire to connect with people and support them in their journey to health.

Beth Plante

Beth has over 15 years of experience in a wide variety of massage techniques and experience with all ages from infants to the elderly. Some of her specialties include; Swedish Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Pressure Point/Release Therapy, Injury and Rehabilitation, Sports Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage Techniques and Cancer Therapy.

Beth will individualize a treatment plan to meet your needs and goals.

About Certification

Certification provides consistency and promotes a high standard of care.  Not all colon hydrotherapists are certified.  The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy is the leading international organization which has set strict standards for training and practice.  There are four levels of certification ranging from Foundational Level I to Level Four Instructors.  An internationally sanctioned test is given to advance to each level. 

I-ACTs Mission Statement reads, “The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT) heightens the awareness of the colon hydrotherapy profession, ensures continuing and progressive education in the field of colon hydrotherapy and implements professionalism beyond reproach.”  For further information contact I-ACT at:
I-ACT, P.O. Box 461285, San Antonio, TX  78246-1285;  (210)366-2888; fax (210)366-2999; -

About Minnesota Law

The practice of colon hydrotherapy is allowed under Minnesota’s Alternative and Complementary Practice law and is regulated by the Department of Health.  Persons seeking colon hydrotherapy or other complementary and alternative health services must be provided a Client Bill of Rights by the practitioner.  For more information see Minnesota statute Section 146A or contact the Minnesota Department of Health.

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