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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 email Kelly 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

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

Karen Arsenault, Artist

A metastatic cancer survivor since 2011, Karen Arsenault has found the creative process invaluable in navigating the fear and uncertainty of the cancer journey.  Through the many expressive arts workshops she has participated in, Karen developed a passion for watercolors and now gives back by developing and facilitating her own Creative Mindfulness workshops and donating her art in several forms to The Healing Garden.

Cindy Ryan, CMHC, Expressive Arts Therapy

Cindy holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Expressive Therapies from Lesley University. She currently works as an expressive arts therapist with individuals of all ages, economic strata, and diagnoses, including those with disabilities and illness, as well as their families. Cindy takes a tailored, experiential approach to counseling by combining talk therapy with a variety of art modalities such as art therapy, music therapy, play therapy, drama therapy, and narrative therapy.

Debra Solomon,  Artist

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

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

Andrea Werbalowsky Marino, M.A. Mental Health Counseling/Expressive Arts Therapy

Andrea Werbalowsky Marino got her Master’s in Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University 24 years after her B.A. in English/Psychology from Georgetown University, with many varied life experiences in between.  Expressive Arts Therapy uses creative modalities to help cultivate self-discovery, presence, awareness, and growth.  Andrea’s Meisner acting training illuminated for her the power of the imagination and the breath/body connection. Andrea has also trained in body-based trauma interventions to add tools beyond talk therapy to support you on your journey through change. Andrea enjoys travel, nature, swimming in the ocean, and the arts in all forms.

COUNSELING

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.

The Rev. Maureen Dallison Kemeza, Ph.D.

The Rev. Dr. Maureen Dallison 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.

William Lenderking, Ph.D.

William Lenderking, Ph.D. is a musician, certified yoga teacher, and poet, who has worked in the past at McLean Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and in private practice for 15 years, who has spent most of his career conducting research in quality of life associated with medical treatments.  He has participated in a 10-month program for men entitled Mythic Warrior, which incorporated a wide variety of techniques and experiences to guide men on a hero’s journey back to themselves and into the community.

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.

Cindy Ryan, CMHC, Expressive Arts Therapy

Cindy holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Expressive Therapies from Lesley University. She currently works as an expressive arts therapist with individuals of all ages, economic strata, and diagnoses, including those with disabilities and illness, as well as their families. Cindy takes a tailored, experiential approach to counseling by combining talk therapy with a variety of art modalities such as art therapy, music therapy, play therapy, drama therapy, and narrative therapy.

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.

Andrea Werbalowsky Marino, M.A. Mental Health Counseling/Expressive Arts Therapy

Andrea Werbalowsky Marino got her Master’s in Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University 24 years after her B.A. in English/Psychology from Georgetown University, with many varied life experiences in between.  Expressive Arts Therapy uses creative modalities to help cultivate self-discovery, presence, awareness, and growth.  Andrea’s Meisner acting training illuminated for her the power of the imagination and the breath/body connection. Andrea has also trained in body-based trauma interventions to add tools beyond talk therapy to support you on your journey through change. Andrea enjoys travel, nature, swimming in the ocean, and the arts in all forms.

Sarah Maker, MDIV, Spiritual Director, MA Mental Health Counseling/Expressive Arts Therapy

Sarah Maker is an ordained clergy within the United Church of Christ, a spiritual director, and has a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University.  Through these disciplines, she has experience working with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds. Her work has focused on companioning people as they navigate life purpose, transitions, grief work, identity, stress management, and wellness/illness.  Each session has the potential to incorporate the creative art process and/or spiritual exploration based upon personal interest.  In her work, Sarah seeks to foster qualities of self; including self-awareness, self-advocacy, and self-compassion.  She provides an opportunity for self-expression; engaging curiosity, play, and the exploration of new parts of self to broaden perspective, during these challenging times.

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 Raymond, LMT, Certified QiGong Instructor

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, RPP, Certified Yoga Instructor

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.

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

Monica Aranguren, LMT, CST-T

Monica is a Technique Certified CranioSacral Therapist (CST-T) and owner and sole practitioner of Vital Core Healing, with an office in Acton.  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.

In addition, Monica offers her skills through Telehealth-Distance Healing from the Core® to help empower clients in their own healing capabilities and keep their immune and nervous systems strong while they enjoy the comfort of home.

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 as well as Hospice Massage training with Irene Smith of Everflowing. 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 Master.

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, Muscular Therapist, Energy Worker, Trauma Healer, Prepare for Surgery Facilitator

Lisa has been a licensed body and energy worker since 1990. She integrates her years of study in body-centered psychotherapies, oncology bodywork, energy and trauma healing, and spiritual psychology to guide clients in opening to their innate ability to heal.

Lisa holds certifications in two integrated modalities that focus on healing trauma: Life Centered Therapy and Nirodha Karma Healing. Both address the underlying causes of trauma (any unintegrated negative experiences) and clear the way to freedom.

Lisa’s clients report feeling relief, lightness-of-being, clarity, open-heartedness, embodied presence, and forward movement from sessions. Sessions are 90 minutes in length and take place via Zoom.

Visit Lisa’s website to learn more: www.lisamacdonnell.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.

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

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.

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