Marie first encountered Reiki over twelve years ago when she received a treatment the day before major surgery. She vibrantly felt this beautiful energy throughout her surgical experience and recovery. Her doctor marveled at her rate of recovery.
After experiencing the benefits of Reiki she became a Usui/Tibetan Reiki Ryoho Reiki Master, trained by William Rand, Laurelle Gaia, and Michael Baird from The International Center For Reiki Training. Then she became one of 12 Rainbow Reiki Master Instructors directly trained by Walter Lübeck in the United States.
Walter Lübeck is the Grandmaster and Lineage Bearer of Rainbow Reiki. He is the author of 25 books about Reiki, Rainbow Reiki, and many other spiritual topics that have been translated into 20 different languages worldwide. He teaches Rainbow Reiki internationally.
Marie volunteers at Yale New Haven Hospital giving Reiki to patients and sometimes caregivers. She sees the medical community continually growing in their interest and participation in Reiki within this setting. She also volunteers giving Reiki at a variety of fund raising events and works to increase public awareness about Reiki through speaking events. The local newspapers publish many of her talks. She organizes Rainbow Reiki Fairs to provide the opportunity for others to experience some of the many healing techniques this system offers.
Sheryl Hamza, PhD, RRT-NPS is new to Reiki healing practice. A friend invited her to attend a level one Reiki class about a year ago and since then she has been a staunch advocate of Reiki healing. Studying traditional Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki she has obtained the Master Practitioner/ART level of training.
Sheryl has 30+ years of healthcare experience. Prior to discovering Reiki practice she worked in a conventional healthcare as a Registered Respiratory Care Practitioner and NeoNatal/Pediatric Specialist, a community Respiratory Educator, Respiratory Therapy Clinical Educator, Chronic Pain Clinical Research Coordinator, a foster parent for Albemarle County, Virginia, and co-owns a chronic pain management consulting business with her physician husband. While working as a Respiratory Therapist she had the opportunity to study with a nurse who was also a Cherokee Medicine Woman. Through her, Sheryl studied many alternative/holistic methods of care and incorporated them into her life and education. After raising four children, and one foster child, she returned to school and obtained a PhD in Holistic Nutrition. She has also studied 3 years of western medical education in the M.D. program at Windsor University School of Medicine.
Reiki practice has become an important tool for Sheryl and she incorporates it into her daily life. She speaks openly about its benefits to family, friends, and colleagues. Despite the reluctance of many physicians to incorporate “Natural/Holistic” practices into western healthcare, Sheryl realizes the benefits Reiki practice can have in patients suffering from many chronic ailments/diseases. She promotes it openly to physicians and staff and hopes that one day Reiki healing practice will be a routine order in a physician’s healthcare plan.
Pamela Miles is a Reiki Master, integrative healthcare consultant, and spiritual mentor who has worked in natural health for 45 years and practiced Reiki for 26 years. She is the author of the award-winning book, REIKI: A Comprehensive Guide, and writes the award-winning ReikiCentral blog.
For two decades, she has been a pioneer integrating Reiki practice into conventional medicine. Her accomplishments implementing programs to serve patients, families and staff in prestigious New York City hospitals, including New York-Presbyterian Hospital; lecturing and training at leading academic medical institutions, including Harvard and Yale medical schools and the National Institutes for Health; publishing in peer-reviewed medical journals, including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology; collaborating on medical research; and teaching Reiki practitioners the skills, knowledge and perspective needed for successfully healthcare collaboration.
Pamela is a media spokesperson featured in print and broadcast media (The Dr. Oz Show, Allure, Self, Yoga Journal, CNN, NBC). A respected international speaker and teacher, her private practice and classes are based in New York City. www.ReikiInMedicine.org.
Kathie Lipinski, RN, MSN, CH is a Wholistic Nurse; a Senior Licensed Teacher with the International Center for Reiki Training, Master Teacher of Usui Reiki and Karuna Reiki®; Certified Hypnotist, and studied Past Life Regression therapy with Brian Weiss. Her background also includes being a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Healing Touch Practitioner as well as a Critical Care Nurse, Nursing Administrator, and Diabetes Nurse Educator.
Kathie has 22 years’ experience working with and teaching Reiki and other energy-based healing techniques. Kathie has a private practice Healing From the Heart NY LLC, where she uses various energy–based healing techniques to help individuals identify and heal imbalances in their lives.
Kathie was the founding president of the Long Island Reiki Connection, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Reiki with the communities and being a resource and support for Reiki practitioners. She was also a Board Member of the RN Reiki Connection.
Kathie has taught Reiki at Stony Brook University and The College of New Rochelle Nurse Practitioner Program. Kathie was also part of the Mind-Body Grant at the VA Medical Center in Northport, NY where she taught Reiki to over 60 health care professionals including nurses, psychiatrists, physical therapists and social workers.
Because of her extensive background in nursing and Reiki, Kathie has been a guest lecturer at many Reiki and Health Care conferences. She was a contributing author in “Conversations in Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Insights and Perspectives from Leading Practitioners,” Chapter 20: Reiki, and is a regular contributor to Reiki News Magazine.
Elizabeth "Coach" Scala, MSN/MBA, RN is passionate about helping healthcare professionals, nurses in particular, to embody holistic living and embrace self-care. A former psychiatric nurse for the Johns Hopkins Hospital, she worked in one of the most acute inpatient units in the state of Maryland. There she experienced the burnout and compassion fatigue that even the most dedicated nurses can encounter.
In time, she left her inpatient position to design exercise and wellness programs for physician-referred clients at an elite wellness center in Baltimore. This sparked a passion for guiding people towards healthy habits and helping clients identify their true motivators.
She 'found' Reiki in 2010. Johns Hopkins offered a health fair and because she was now interested in complementary and holistic modalities she decided to investigate. She was ushered over to the Reiki practitioner for a treatment that she knew nothing of and didn't really understand. A few months later she was signed up for a Reiki I class and loved it. She did her first-degree training during the Healing Pathways course of Winter/Spring 2011.
She now works at Johns Hopkins as a part-time Clinical Nurse Research Fellow and is running a research study where Reiki is given as the intervention. She has also founded a Reiki networking group at the hospital, holds monthly Reiki shares, and has taught Level I Reiki at the hospital.
Through her business, Living Sublime Wellness, Elizabeth writes regularly on the topic of self-care, conducts a free monthly wellness workshop, and offers both in-person and online seminars for busy nurses.
Kim Fleisher, M.Ed., a traditional Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master, former elementary school teacher, and spreader of love, began practicing Reiki in 1996 when she stumbled upon it as a Penn anthropology undergrad. Co-founder and director of The Reiki School + Clinic in Philadelphia (founded in 1999), she helped create a new model of extended training that makes traditional Reiki techniques easy to integrate into everyday life. Kim specializes in training Reiki practitioners to create professional, safe and welcoming spaces for diverse populations in mental and physical health. She has seen results in places like Penn Medicine’s Wissahickon Hospice, Penn’s Abramson’s Cancer Center, and Thomas Jefferson University and she looks forward to sharing her practice with you.
Paige Lescure will be representing NHFC at the conference. NHFC is committed to supporting state bills which promote freedom of choice in health care, such as State Safe Harbor Exemption laws to protect unlicensed natural health care practitioners, and empowering citizens to make health care decisions with the information they need.
NHFA’s commitment to the passage of Safe Harbor Exemption bills supports those independent health care practitioners who do not hold state occupational licenses and who currently practice in the public domain. Historically, these practitioners have been unfairly charged with practice of medicine without a license. Safe Harbor Exemption laws for these practitioners are needed to protect consumer access to the broad range of health care and healing practitioners, such as herbalists, traditional naturopaths, homeopaths, body workers (including Reiki, Healing Touch and Energy workers), and culturally specific healing practices, which are not currently regulated by the states and that do not rise to the level of concern requiring state oversight, certification, registration or licensure.
Eight states now protect consumer access to unlicensed health care practitioners, including Oklahoma, Idaho, Minnesota, Rhode Island, California, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Arizona (limited exemption for homeopaths passed in Arizona); twenty additional states have introduced similar legislation and other states are preparing for the future. For more information, or to get involved, visit: http://www.nationalhealthfreedom.org/
Gilbert Gallego is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Reiki Jin Kei Do Master Teacher well known for his work in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Puerto Rico. Gilbert works with the Reiki Jin Kei Do lineage plus a variety of modalities that emphasize the integration of mind, body, spirit, and emotions that originated in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Native American and Peruvian practices, and Allopathic medicine. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in the Social Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development. Together with his co-instructors, Reiki Masters Anne Aden and Stella Koch, they have taught more than 450 students in the Mid-Atlantic region including teaching more than 60 Reiki Masters. Four of his Reiki Masters in New Jersey, Texas and Puerto Rico have more than 100 students each.
Enhancing his experience in the Healing Arts is a 25-year career in the US Army working with Infantry and Special Operations in Latin America where he had the opportunity to work with several indigenous tribes and their medicine men.
Paige Lescure, J.D., L.L.M, Of Counsel with Miles & Stockbridge in Baltimore, Maryland, practices healthcare law and is a member of the Maryland and New York Bars. Her practice areas include state and federal regulatory compliance, medical staff matters, health information privacy, use and disclosure, consent and health care decision-making issues.
As an adjunct to her healthcare law practice, Paige is also the State of Maryland representative for the National Health Freedom Coalition (NHFC) and will speak to us about that organization’s important work on Safe Harbor Exemption laws. Such laws protect Reiki practitioners and other unlicensed health care practitioners with public professional practices from being charged with the practice of medicine without a license. Safe Harbor Exemption laws protect not only the practitioner from prosecution, but also protect consumer access to the broad range of health care and healing practitioners, such as Reiki practitioners. Paige spearheaded Maryland's Safe Harbor legislation.
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In addition to her law practice and NHFC work, Paige is currently an adjunct professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia), where she teaches health information privacy law. She’s a Senior Health Law & Policy Fellow at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she works with the Law School Clinic and law students to advance the implementation of federal health care reform law in Maryland. Her advocacy efforts are focused on reimbursement issues, expanded benefits, insurance exchange development, and health privacy issues, especially as privacy issues relate to the expanded technologies and information exchanges under health reform.