Cristin Smith - Founder & Director

Cristin Smith is a Social Entrepreneur, Spiritual Director and Spacial Designer. Starting her career in the Financial & Insurance Services Industry right after graduating High School. After having excelled as a top producer, manager, and the V.P. of Sales & Marketing for other firms, Cristin and her business partner started their own agency. Cristin's passion for growth and transformation also lead her into community development and the non-profit sector. After years of community work and running her own business she relocated to Tijuana for a six-month sabbatical. A health crisis emerged during that time leading Cristin to seek out holistic health care practitioners, non-toxic products, therapeutic practices and healing places. This grew into the social enterprise she runs today, Saffron & Sage. As Saffron & Sage was unfolding Cristin began her journey to become a Spiritual Director with Loyola Marymount University. Cristin now serves not only as the Strategy Director but as a Spiritual Director holding space for individuals to explore their sacred pilgrimage while cultivating discernment and incorporating other ancient practices into their lives like solitude and meditation.



Paulina Modarelli - Concierge



Brianna Gunzy - Concierge

Brianna is a recent Roger Williams University graduate in pursuit of an Art Therapy masters degree. A San Diego transplant all the way from Connecticut, Brianna thrives on challenge and adventure. She enjoys a multitude of art mediums, particularly poetry and oil paints. Brianna’s long-term goals are to combine her studies in Art Therapy with ancient holistic practices, providing a wholesome approach on others’ healing journeys.  Brianna is thrilled to be apart of the Saffron & Sage family, as she believes this experience to be mutually rewarding. As she is able to expand her knowledge and grow in her own pursuits, she is also able to guide the clients of Saffron & Sage into their own healing direction. When she is not creating or guiding, you can find her exploring in nature.


Linn Diep- Concierge

Ashleigh Martin - Concierge



Nicole Jaeckel - Concierge

Elaine Soto - Concierge

Elaine is a seeker of wellness and all things magic.  She recently moved from Baltimore, Maryland to San Diego in search of a health conscious community and found a home at Saffron & Sage.  She has studied psychology and massage therapy and is passionate about advocating for integrative healthcare. She has lent her administrative skills to various private and federal organizations in the public health field. After witnessing a loved one's battle with cancer, she opted to leave the corporate realm and pursue work that aligned with her mission to help others realize their own healing potential. In her free time you can catch her exploring local hiking trails, spending time in the ocean trying to reach full mermaid status, or cozying up with a good book. 






Brianne Blackmun - Concierge

Bri is a part of our Concierge team at Saffron and Sage.  She is a girl who loves life and life loves her right back!  Born and raised in Fountain Valley, California, she has also had the pleasure of living in such places as Florence, San Francisco, Orlando, Austin, and now with her husband and soon-to-be-born baby in San Diego!  She has a degree in Studio Art and so, has got to dabble in all kinds of creative mediums.  She has been able to personally benefit from such healing practices as Reiki,  Aroma Therapy, Healing Meditations, Yoga, different types of Massage and excitedly more and more methods since working at Saffron and Sage.  Photography, camping, surfing, cooking from scratch, toasting (cheers!), diy everything, singing, dancing, woodburning, collage, meditation, reflection, Pinterest and 80s music are just a few of her faves and hobbies.


Stephanie Norbeck - Print & Media Designer

Stephanie is an artist and designer located in San Diego, CA. Her work experiences include designing for a corporate wellness company, being a studio photographer as well as illustrating and painting public art for non-profit businesses. Steph enjoys working for a companies that she can get behind; brands that promote education and self awareness. That being said, she is grateful to assist Saffron & Sage in their mission to bring therapeutic freedom and wholistic products to her home town. When she's not in front of a computer screen you can find Steph planning a new trip with her husband, Andrew, going to the beach and sharing meals with friends or listening to a bajillion podcasts. You can find her other work at or @stephanienorbeck on instagram. 





Hannah Bernabe - Social Media & Photography Intern

Hannah is a photographer, social media lover, and all-around life enthusiast. Born in Quezon City, Philippines, Hannah always loved the arts, particularly photography, writing and music. Opting to major in Communications and Political Science instead, Hannah’s time in UC San Diego still consisted of doing something creative. Hannah’s relationship with health and wellness is serendipitous, as many realizations throughout college peaked her interest in how to live a healthier and more well-meaning life. Now that she is a full-fledged young professional, Hannah leans into the power of yoga, meditation, and other therapeutic practices to constantly pursue a life living well.