As Yin and Yang are interdependent, define and complement one another, so does the Santa Cruz Challenge duo. Diverse backgrounds, this pair has what it takes to help you achieve optimal health and fitness.
LeTa B. Jussila, L.Ac
Co Founder of Start With Yourself and Santa Cruz Challenge, LeTa is a Certified Personal Trainer by the International Academy of Sports Sciences, Certified Outdoor Action Fitness Instructor, Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist and a First Line Therapy Provider. She acquired her Undergraduate Degree from Syracuse University in Environmental Public Policy and her Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute. She is currently finishing her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Five Branches University in San Jose, CA. LeTa loves to educate, empower, and inspire people by sharing her passion and gifts.
Started and ran the Washington Collective: a co-op housing project for 11 years
Classical violinist since age 7
Born in Saigon, Vietnam to a French Father & Chinese Mother
Grew up on Cape Cod in Massachusetts
Loves to shoot documentary photography and film
Parents have hosted over 100 foster kids
Dr. Michelle Bean
Co Founder of Santa Cruz Challenge, Michelle Bean is a 2006 graduate of Life Chiropractic College West, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She has extensive training in upper cervical care and a keen understanding of the biomechanics of the human body. Since moving to Santa Cruz in October 2010, Dr. Bean has positioned herself within the community as a leader in health and fitness, as she has personally collaborated with over 200 health professionals, experts, and physicians, as well as over 50 fitness studios, their owners, trainers, and clients in Santa Cruz County. Dr. Bean is caring, compassionate, highly motivated in health. She is honored to be serving the community of Santa Cruz.