Our Cancer Care Therapist Team
The Healing Garden is fortunate to have a broadly skilled team of cancer care therapists who provide complementary care and use evidence based, best practices for treatments.
All therapy sessions are by appointment. Please call Kelly at 978-456-3532 for more information.
Dorene Bowe-Shulman, Lic.Ac., M.Ac.
Dorene has been in practice since 2006 at Be Well and Beyond, an integrative wellness center in Acton. She uses a gentle, effective acupuncture technique to help prevent or mitigate cancer treatment side effects. For patients who need a gentler technique, Dorene uses magnet treatments and acupressure techniques. She is a graduate of Cornell University, Heller Graduate School of Brandeis University, and the New England School of Acupuncture.
Isaac Muffoletto, Lic.Ac.
Before getting his acupuncture degree Isaac graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Wellness and Alternative Medicine from Johnson State College. Where he learned about many different ways of promoting health and healing. While going through his program he completed training in massage therapy. Isaac holds Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University. Isaac studied Chinese acupuncture styles, Chinese herbal medicine, and Japanese acupuncture styles. He is currently a part time adjunct faculty member at the New England School of Acupuncture in Worcester. www.mendedrootswellness.com
EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY
Michele Order Litant has a BFA in Creative Writing and is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists Writing Workshop Instructor. She is a published writer, has worked as an editor for major publishers, and has organized and led a writers’ critique group
Debra Solomon has been teaching and creating art for most of her life. After a cancer diagnosis in 2013 left her feeling alone and scared, she began attending art classes at the Healing Garden. Spending time immersed in the creative process and being with others who share similar challenges has played a big role in finding the courage and strength necessary to live with her diagnosis, As a way of giving back, Debra now shares her creative energies with others whose lives have been touched by cancer.
Bernadette Yao is a Mind-Body Music & Reiki Therapist, who trained for four years at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. As a musician for over 30 years, Bernadette combines her unique blend of energy healing through music (vocals, crystal singing bowls, guitar, harmonium, keyboards, percussion) to create a soothing sound healing experience.www.bernadetteyao.com
Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, BCD, OSW-C
Hester has a private practice providing individual counseling and runs a Breast Cancer Support Group (1st and 3rd Thursdays from 10:30-12pm) in Concord, MA. Hester has served as the Chief of Oncology Social Work at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an adjunct professor at Simmons College School of Social Work, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s first Hatcher Professor of Survivorship. She was the Breast Cancer Patient Advocate for RevolutionHealth.com and now writes a daily blog, “Living with Breast Cancer,” for BIDMC. She has authored two books: Woman to Woman: A Handbook for Women Newly Diagnosed with Breast Cancer and After Breast Cancer: A Commonsense Guide to Life After Treatment. In 1993 and again in 2005, Ms. Schnipper was diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy. These diagnoses transformed her life’s work into her life. She has two young adult daughters and lives, gratefully, with her husband in Concord, Massachusetts.
Maureen Kemeza, M. Div, PhD
The Rev. Dr. Maureen Kemeza is an ordained Episcopal priest/pastor with seventeen years experience in parish caregiving. She received her Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School, then earned a doctorate in spiritual theology and ethics in Protestant, Catholic, and Anglican traditions from the Boston College/Andover Newton ecumenical Joint Graduate Program. Since retirement from seminary teaching and parish ministry, she has savored the time with her extended family, finding joy in each present moment, and has practiced varieties of contemplative prayer, illuminated by the zen practice of facing life “as it is” with curiosity and gratitude.
Brianne Carter, LICSW, MTS
Brianne, Co-Director of Wellness & Integrative Care, runs the Young Women’s, In-Treatment and Post-Treatment Support Groups. She has a Masters Degree in Theology with a focus on psychology and religion from Harvard University and a Masters in Social Work from Smith School for Social Work. Brianne has worked in community mental health, at Emerson Hospital, and at the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital-Bethke.
Katherine Benson, LICSW
Kathy is currently the clinical social worker at Nashoba Nursing and Hospice Service and has an extensive background in the field of self-development. She has completed trainings at UMass Medical Center’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, Finding the Deep River Within, Internal Family Systems and multiple trainings at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.
Helene Gagliano, LICSW
Helene Gagliano is a seasoned Psychotherapist and Medical Counselor with a NASW Special Certification in Health Care, who offers her patients hope and compassion during their cancer journey. She offers encouragement and empowerment as you navigate treatment choices. She has a special interest in supporting the emotional healing needed for those with metastatic cancers or those who are post treatment. After serving for years on an Interdisciplinary Medical Team at Emerson Hospital, Helene has a breadth of knowledge related to the course of cancer treatment and how the medical system operates. Helene believes in a holistic and palliative care approach to medical treatment and has presented her therapeutic knowledge on a local and national level.
Marcia Lewin-Berlin, LICSW, ACHP-SW, Reiki Master
Marcia is a psychotherapist specializing in loss, bereavement and life altering issues for individuals and their families. She is a home based Hospice Social Worker with an advanced certification in Hospice and Palliative Care. For over twenty five years, she has run a home based private practice and been a group facilitator with training in dreamwork, mindfulness, EMDR, Reiki and family systems work. She is available for private therapy through the Healing Garden.
Cathy Ricketson, LCSW
Cathy is a social worker with years of experience running groups for the Alzheimer’s Association, Beacon Hospice and Merrimack Hospice. She currently runs the Caregiver’s Educational Support Group for the Healng Garden.
Eleanor Mathews, LICSW, AHPC-SW
Eleanor is a licensed clinical social worker with 25 years’ experience working with seriously ill patients and their families in the hospice setting and in private practice, as well as in facilitating bereavement support groups. Her expertise is in the area of major loss (illness, aging, dying, significant life change, bereavement) also caregiving and end-of-life planning
Christine Zinke, LICSW
Christine, Co-Director of Integrative Care, runs the Metastatic Cancer, Post Treatment, Bereavement and Client & Caregiver Support Groups. Christine comes to The Healing Garden with extensive experience in group, individual, family and couples therapy for adults and adolescents. She brings compassion and empathy to her mindful work with clients. Along with this she is a Level 2 Shamanic Reiki practitioner. In the past she served as the Program Director for The Renfrew Women’s Mental Health Center of New Jersey.
Peggy Flood, RN, MS, NC-BC
Peggy is an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist with over twenty-six years experience. As a Nurse Coach, Peggy utilizes self-reflection, meditation and imagery exercises to help with professional or personal journeys, with physical, mental or emotional challenges. Peggy’s extensive training is through the following instituations: Newton-Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing, Boston University School of Nursing; Bachelor of Science, University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing; Master of Science, and a Graduate of Huntington Method of Clinical Meditation & Imagery. Peggy runs our In Treatment Support Group.
Exercise and Mindful Movement
John Barrett, CPT
John is a certified personal trainer who creates a unique fitness plan that integrates your personal goals and assessment results. John is a lifelong exercise enthusiast who set out to help cancer patients with their own fitness goals following his recovery from pancreatic cancer. Also, he is working and collaborating with Nancy Campbell, MS, the exercise physiologist in Dana-Farber’s Adult Survivorship Program. He has completed the Boston Marathon four times, and trekked his way up to Mt. Everest Base Camp
Pam Turci, LMT, Authorized Feldenkrais Method “Awareness Through Movement®” Teacher
Pam is a trainee in the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education, a movement technique in which each person brings their curiosity – without judgement – into their own small, gentle movements. Bringing this awareness to movement allows discovery of easier ways to move. Pam is an authorized instructor of Feldenkrais “Awareness Through Movement®” classes, which can increase flexibility and ease in daily movements, as well as create a soothing time of mindfulness.
Angela is a licensed massage practitioner and Qigong instructor. She is a student of Carol Swerzenski, a professor of psychology, a consultant in Complementary Care, and a daily practitioner of Qi Gong for more than 20 years. Her massage techniques include swedish relaxation, Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy and she also offers Aromatouch doTERRA Essential Oil with protocols for Cardiovascular, Digestive, Hormone Balance, Inflammatory, Lymphatic, etc.. as well as a Detox Footbath System utilizing positive and negative ions to re-energize the body and red blood cells.
Kathie is a Registered Polarity Practitioner, and Certified Yoga Instructor. She offers healing bodywork sessions using polarity energy balancing and therapeutic touch to deepen relaxation and expand inner awareness and harmony. Her weekly yoga classes recognize the need for individualized attention, and provide space for each student to open up her body and breath in a loving, safe, and mindful way.
Nadine Mazzola, Certified Forest Therapy Guide
Nadine is a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Her training includes special knowledge in guiding people of all ages in Shinrin Yoku, “Forest Bathing,” Walks and the body of scientific knowledge demonstrating the benefits of spending time in nature as a wellness practice and an effective way to manage stress. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self care is Nadine’s most important guiding principle for herself. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer us through her own personal wellness journey. A Healing Garden client herself, she is joyous to be sharing Forest Bathing with other Healing Garden clients and the community. www.nenft.com
Integrative Body Work
Monica Aranguren, LMT, CST-T
Monica is a Technique Certified CranioSacral Therapist (CST-T) and owner and sole practitioner of Vital Core Healing, with offices in Acton and Waltham. She has extensive training in structural bodywork and energy therapies and has been helping clients optimize their health for over 20 years. Her passion and the focus of her practice is advanced CranioSacral Therapy, a very gentle, yet powerful, tissue based approach that releases tension in your central nervous system, so that your entire body can relax, self-adjust, and naturally free itself of pain and dysfunction.
Through her complete presence, non-judgment, and gentle, nurturing touch, Monica holds a space for you to rest, unwind and soften; connect deeply; awaken to new awareness; release physical and emotional holding and pain; open and lighten; reclaim your spark and true self; and discover your natural direction of ease and balance. ~ Monica will begin seeing clients at the Healing Garden in October 2019.
Gina Bellio, Aesthetician
Gina is a Massachusetts Aesthetician, Gua Sha Facial Specialist, and Usui Reiki Therapist who specializes in natural skin care. Her passion for botanicals began as a teenager in her family’s health food store and continues today as she combines Eastern and Western philosophies to enhance the look and feel of your skin. Gina has over seven years of advanced skin care and facial massage training. She specializes in a more natural approach to caring for your skin which includes using botanicals, massage and treatments that are gentle yet effective in giving you the results you desire.
Julie Ervin, LMT
Julie is a licensed massage therapist and graduate of the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. She also received training through Tracy Walton & Associates’ Oncology Massage Therapy: Caring for Clients with Cancer intensive course. Julie’s passion is working with clients and caregivers to provide fluid, nurturing and gentle yet effective massage to facilitate positive change in the body and to soothe the mind. She has experience in private and public practices, as well as medical settings. In addition to massage therapy, Julie is certified in doTERRA Essential Oils’ AromaTouch Technique and is a Reiki Level II practitioner.
Courtney Hatfield, LMT
Courtney has been a licensed massage therapist since 2013 and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Working with cancer patients is what drew her to massage therapy originally. She specializes not only in working with cancer patients, but also athletes, and the elderly. By using a variety of modalities she is able to customize each massage to the client’s specific needs. During sessions she will provide each client with an assessment, treatment plan, and education to better promote their wellness. Courtney currently has her own massage therapy practice called Hatfield’s Healing Hands located in Wilmington Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center.
Katherine W. Lee, RPP
Kathie is a Registered Polarity Practitioner, and certified yoga instructor. She offers healing bodywork sessions using polarity energy balancing and therapeutic touch to deepen relaxation and expand inner awareness and harmony. Her weekly yoga classes recognize the need for individualized attention, and provide space for each student to open up her body and breath in a loving, safe, and mindful way.
Lisa W. MacDonnell, MT, Reiki Master, Neurofeedback Practitioner
Lisa is a licensed body and energy worker who has had a private practice in Concord since 1990. She currently brings together her years of study and experience under one body-centered therapy called, Guided Self Healing (GSH). GSH effectively integrates body-centered psychotherapies, energy healing and spirituality to enable clients to open to their natural healing abilities to feel more empowered, present and alive. Lisa also assists clients in preparing for surgery holistically to achieve optimal results through Peggy Huddleston’s Program Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster. Lisa is certified in oncology bodywork, reflexology, Reiki Master, and Spiritual Psychology. Lisa is a Oneness Blessing Giver. www.lisawmacdonnell.com
Mary McAlister, Shiatsu Practitioner
Mary practices Shiatsu, a Japanese style of acupressure that supports healing by balancing the body’s energy system. Shiatsu is performed on a massage table while clients are clothed by applying pressure, gentle or deep, to the bodies energy pathways, or meridians, to free energy that has become obstructed through disease, trauma or stress. By harmonizing energy Shiatsu facilitates the body’s own ability to heal. Shiatsu supports the immune system and can help increase mobility, relieve muscle pain, tension and headaches, improve digestion and promote relaxation.
Mary has been a Shiatsu practitioner and instructor since 1987. She studied under Sensei Tsuneo Kaneko and teaches and practices a style known as Shiatsu Anma which incorporates techniques of Anma, an ancient form of Japanese massage. Mary has practiced in Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades and Worcester and taught Shiatsu at the Shiatsu Massage School of Southern California in Santa Monica, Samra University in Los Angeles and the Heartland School of Massage in Kansas City, Missouri. She was a founding Board Member, in 1990, of the AOBTA, the national certifying body for Asian bodywork modalities.
Jacqueline Sullivan Wyco, LMT, Reiki Master Teacher
Jacqueline Sullivan Wyco LMT, RMT is a licensed massage therapist with a degree from the John Winslow Institute of Massage Therapy and is also a Reiki Master/ Teacher. Jacqueline is trained in oncology massage and Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapy. She offers presentations on the benefits of massage and Reiki to cancer patients, oncology medical students and support groups. Jacqueline has operated her business on educating and empowering her clients to make the best decisions for improving and maintaining their own health. www.jswtherapies.com .
In addition to her career as a bodywork therapist, Jacqueline is also a professional chef with more than 25 years of experience. She is a strong believer in the role food plays in nourishing, nurturing and replenishing the soul.
Pam Turci, CMT, CLM
Pam is a certified Muscular Therapist, in practice since 2005, who practices Swedish relaxation massage, as well as Core Integration Movement Massage (CIMM) and Positional Release Therapy (PRT). The latter two are very gentle techniques for relaxing tight, contracted tissues in the body. CIMM has been developed from the work of Moshe Feldenkrais; it enables clients to learn new movement patterns that will alleviate habitual contraction of muscles that are currently being strained in daily activities; it can also improve posture and flexibility. Pam, who lives in Harvard, has also been trained in Tracy Walton’s method of Caring for Clients with Cancer.
Jocelyn Kasper, PhD, MPH
Jocelyn is a certified Health Coach with a PhD and MPH from Harvard Medical School. She studied basic cancer cell biology and cancer epidemiology from 1999-2008. Jocelyn now runs Your Nourishing Life, a health coaching practice and also works at Dana-Farber Cancer Center in the Adult Survivorship Program.
Robyn is a Nurse Practitioner and Dietitian with over 20 years of experience who provides counseling and mentoring with a focus on weight loss or gain & maintenance, wellness consulting, and disease management. She does goal setting, nutrient analysis and menu planning for individuals with weight concerns and related medical nutrition therapy needs. She worked for a number of years at MGH as a Nurse Practitioner in the Nutritional Support Unit. www.robynkievit.com
Amy Noordzij, Chef
Amy is a chef trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in NYC, a whole foods-plant based culinary school. She is a personal chef to individuals in cancer treatment and those who are looking for support for healthy survivorship. She was on the board at Gaining Ground in Concord for 8 years.
Sarah Walker, LMT, Certified Health Coach
Sarah is a Certified Health Coach through Dr. Sears Wellness Institute and she has a Masters in Health and Wellness Management from the University of Wisconsin. Her practice is based on the Whole Health Model, looking at all domains of living: physical, emotional, relational and intellectual (https://www.sarahwalkerwellness.com). She is also a massage therapist with over 90 hours of training in hospital-based and oncology massage therapy and is a member of the Society for Oncology Massage. Sarah is a graduate from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, holds a BS degree from UMass Amherst.
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