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Therapist Team

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.

ACUPUNCTURE

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.

JoAnn Simon, RD, Lic.Ac., MS

Professionally trained in acupuncture, JoAnn has been in practice since 1983. She also maintains a private practice in Littleton and Wayland, where she offers her training in Chinese herbal medicine and nutrition. www.simon-acupuncture-nutrition.com

EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY

Karen Farr Arsenault

Karen Farr Arsenault is an artist with a keen interest in self-expression through watercolor painting. As a cancer survivor and long-time Healing Garden client, she has used artistic expression to find new meaning in a life forever changed by cancer. Coming full circle, Karen now shares her artistic interests and passion with others, conducting mandala workshops and painting with those who seek to connect with their own creative spirit.

Michele Litant

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

Bernadette Yao

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

COUNSELING

Susie Allen, MDiv

Rev. Susie Allen is a spiritual director, organizational and leadership consultant, and founding member of the Kairos Spiritual Life Center in Worcester, MA. She received her Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School, and focused her studies in the areas of Faith, Health and Spirituality. She has been offering spiritual direction for 10 years, and was trained for her leadership through Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. www.SusieNAllen.com

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 NVMC 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 Co-Director of Wellness and Integrative Care. Marcia runs the Living with Metastatic Cancer, Evening Post Treatment, Client/Caregiver, Parent of Client,  and Ovarian/Gynecologic Support Groups. She 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

Dana Snyder-Grant, LICSW

Dana is a freelance writer and clinical social worker, specializing in chronic illness and disability. She worked for many years as a psychotherapist at The Eliot Center in Concord, Massachusetts, helping individuals and groups cope with medical illness and its challenges. Dana uses writing, relaxation and meditation for healing in her work. She has also facilitated groups and workshops for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is the co-author of Women with Chronic Illness: Overcoming Disconnection and author of Just Like Life, Only More So and Other Stories of Illness. www.Snyder-Grant.org/Dana

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

Angela Raymond, LMT

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.

Katherine W. Lee, LMT, RPP

Kathie is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Registered Polarity Practitioner, and certified yoga instructor. She offers healing bodywork sessions using polarity energy balancing and therapeutic massage 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.

Karen Luchini

Karen is a Physical Therapist and an avid cyclist. A cancer survivor herself, she believes that the practice of Pilates is instrumental in her ability to recover her energy and strength.

Eileen Maloney, PT

Eileen is a physical therapist who works at UMASS Memorial Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster . She provides myofacial release that relieves soft tissue tension and is particularly good at relieving pain and restrictions from post surgical and radiation adhesions. She provided manual lymphatic drainage massage used to reduce lymphedema. She uses cranialsacral therapy which targets pain, stress, migraines and more. She will be leading Restorative Yoga classes as well as fitness education and guidance.

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.

Horticultural Therapy

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

Katherine W. Lee, LMT, RPP

Kathie is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Registered Polarity Practitioner, and certified yoga instructor. She offers healing bodywork sessions using polarity energy balancing and therapeutic massage 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

Eileen Maloney, PT

Eileen is a physical therapist who works at UMASS Memorial Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster. She provides myofacial release that relieves soft tissue tension and is particularly good at relieving pain and restrictions from post surgical and radiation adhesions. She provided manual lymphatic drainage massage used to reduce lymphedema. She uses cranialsacral therapy which targets pain, stress, migraines and more. She will be leading Restorative Yoga classes as well as fitness education and guidance.

Michelle Shields, LMT

Michelle is a dedicated massage therapist with over 10 years of experience, in both private and medical settings. She is a member of the Society for Oncology Massage and has completed the Boston Medical Center oncology massage training program. Her passion is providing safe, effective and nurturing massage to individuals affected by a cancer diagnosis. She approaches her work with sincerity and compassion, and she is comfortable working with complex medical conditions.

Kate Smyers, RN, BSN, Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner

Kate Smyers is a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing with over thirty years of experience in health care. Kate brings her Western medicine experience to every healing session combined with Eastern medicine’s understanding that our bodies flow with life force energy. Similiar to acupuncture in philosophy and intention, Jin Shin Jyutsu uses gentle touch only to encourage total relaxation, improve the flow of energy, and bring harmony, feelings of comfort, happiness and peace. In this way, it refocuses the mind on a positive path to becoming the best we can be. Simple self help techniques are taught at each session.  www.katesmyers.com

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.

Nutritional Counseling

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 Kievit Kirkman, NP, RD, CSSD

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

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