Archive Events

Our Monthly Meetings are Free and Open to the Public

Come join us on second Tuesdays from 7:00 till 8:30 PM,
at the office of Dr. John Ness,
616 Universal Drive off N. Monroe Street in Tallahassee.

An archive of past presenters’ meetings from 2013 (and 2012) follows:

December 10, 2013 -- Amelia Kemp, Ph.D., LMHC

November 12, 2013 -- Elizabeth Rawls, AP, RN

October 8, 2013 -- Shamanic Practice in Contemporary Medicine

September 10, 2013 -- Medical Biomagnetism and the Biomagnetic Pair,
presented by Dr. Bill Bowling

August 13, 2013 -- Healing Through Creativity, presented by LeMae DeVane

July 9, 2013 -- Lynn Dolson, Integrative Medical Doctor

June 11, 2013 -- Jin Shin Jyutsu, presented by Daryl Dempsey

May 14, 2013 -- Integrative Health Coaching, presented by Kathy Barnett

April 9, 2013 -- Benefits of the Ancient Art and Science of Oriental Medicine,
presented by Rachel Kelley, AP

March 12, 2013 -- Soul Retrieval: Restoring Wholeness and Well-Being,
presented by Pamela Chamberlynn, MSW, IHCP, MP

February 12, 2013 -- APLT: Anne Penman Laser Therapy,
presented by Tim Thielen and Seamus O’Dunn

January 8, 2013 -- Structural Integration,
presented by Vera Orlock and Jack Windhorst


December 11, 2012 -- Toxic Mold, presented by Jan Early

November 13, 2012 -- What is Panchakarma?, presented by Leslie Hanks

October 9, 2012 -- Music Therapy,
presented by Lisa Rhoads and Steffi Tassos Wohlsifer

September 11, 2012 -- Quantum Touch — Chakra Cleansing, presented by Ann Macmillan

August 14, 2012 -- Ecological Babies, presented by Claire Williamson

July 10, 2012 -- Well-Being Through Light-Balancing — “Remembering Who We Are”,
presented by Rev. Laura Huff

June 12, 2012 -- Mindfulness for Emotional Well-Being and Personal Growth,
presented by Alannah Arnold Brown

May 8, 2012 -- Brain Gym (Educational Kinesiology), presented by Emily Millett and Licia Berry

April 10, 2012 -- Physician Heal Thyself: The foundational components of

March 13, 2012 –- Non-Toxic Cancer Treatments, presented by Maria (Masha) Rechkunova-Goodson

February 7, 2012 –- Leon County Community Education, presented by Carole P. Gentry

January 10, 2012 –- Conscious Mastery, presented by Astara Teal Summers


Amelia Kemp, Ph.D., LMHC -- December 10, 2013

Amelia Kemp, Ph.D., LMHC is an author, Metaphysician, Licensed Psychotherapist and Board Certified Alternative Medical Practitioner. She is the first licensed psychotherapist and metaphysician to offer the world alternative and holistic descriptions for mental and emotional health in the groundbreaking new book titled: From Psychotherapy to Sacretherapy® – Alternative Holistic Descriptions & Healing Processes for 170 Mental & Emotional Diagnoses Worldwide.

The book was written to remove the stigma and pathology associated with mental diagnoses and restore sufferers’ sense of value and worth, as she explains why she exchanges the stigmatized label “disorder” with the term “reaction,” telling sufferers “You’re not sick – you’re sacred” – bringing them back into alignment with their inherent wellness. Dr. Kemp believes traditional interventions are “fragmented” and, therefore, prescribes holistic treatments that honor the whole person – mind, body and spirit. The book includes universal spiritual principles versus any specific path: it offers eight steps to mental and emotional well-being, along with a chapter specifically devoted to healing suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Plus, in addition to alternative descriptions and healing processes for all 170 diagnoses that range from anxiety and depression to family stressors and infidelity, to emotional eating (obesity) and religious addiction, to the more complicated diagnoses, the book offers 24 healing exercises, illustrations, as well as a dozen aftercare practices. It also honors other alternative healing modalities, including herbal remedies, which are usually minimized in the American mental health community.

Dr. Kemp has been a psychotherapist for 18 years and is a lecturer and former Adjunct Psychology Instructor for Darton College and Tallahassee Community College. She is also a former President of the Broward Mental Health Counselors Association and former Director of Mental Health Counseling within the School Board. As a mental health advocate, she has written and published over 50 articles, plus one other book.

For clinicians and consumers looking for alternative holistic solutions, the paperback is being released on January 1, 2014 in time for New Year’s resolutions when many people are motivated to make a fresh start and begin again. It can also be pre-ordered now during the holidays as depression and suicide rates spike. For more information visit:


Elizabeth Rawls, AP, RN -- November 12, 2013

Elizabeth is an Acupuncture Physician, Herbalist, and an ICU RN with over 10 years of hospital nursing experience. She received her acupuncture education at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, Florida and is a devoted, loving mother of two beautiful children. She has completed training in medical qigong and practices on a daily basis to align both the energy and the physical structure of the body.

Elizabeth’s desire is to support her clients in achieving a level of wellness that creates a greater sense of ease and vitality in their lives. She has personally witnessed the profound and transformative power of acupuncture, herbal treatments, and qigong, and she is excited to offer these opportunities to others.

The type of acupuncture that she practices is the Five Element System of Chinese Medicine based on Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water, which exemplify the proper relationships in nature, and therefore, us. By understanding the relationships between these Five Elements, we can flow with the cycles in our bodies.

Elizabeth will introduce these Five Elements and their cycles. The strengths of each Element and their role in our lives will be examined. This presentation will look at ways to live in harmony with this flow, on a daily and yearly basis, to facilitate health and wellness.

For any questions please contact Elizabeth Rawls at (850) 270-2727 or visit her website


Shamanic Practice in Contemporary Medicine -- October 8, 2013

Pamela Chamberlynn, MSW, IHCP, MP is a medical professional and spiritual teacher who has several decades of experience studying and practicing shamanic healing techniques. Trained in core shamanic journeying by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, she has completed studies with a Cherokee medicine woman and a variety of other shamanic teachers. She is a certified Firewalk Instructor (Firewalk Institute for Research and Enlightenment), skilled intuitive and channel for higher consciousness, and highly trained shamanic healer. Pamela offers Intuitive Spiritual Consulting, Soul Retrieval, Soul and Other Life channeled consultations, and other shamanic services. In March 2014, Pamela will offer a two year professional training course in shamanism.

Pamela is a medical professional trained in integrative medicine at Duke University Integrative Medicine Center. She provides Integrative Health Coaching and Mindfulness training in our community.
(850) 329-6638 •

Pamela’s first encounter with the application of shamanic practices in a health care setting came when she was doing her Master’s Internship as a therapist at the Vietnam Vet Center in Tallahassee. She was providing counseling services to vets from the war in Vietnam who were still carrying unresolved post-traumatic stress disorder decades after their combat trauma. She came across this interesting bit of information buried in military data while studying the emerging field of combat stress and trauma: Native American soldiers who were part of an active tribal culture exhibited no post-traumatic stress disorder after they returned home regardless of their exposure to combat trauma.

Today many physicians, psychologists, nurses, and other healing professionals are training in shamanism to bring these extraordinarily effective modalities into their practices. Medical professionals are using shamanism in medical clinics, hospital settings, and surgical suites, and applying shamanic healing services in a variety of medical and health settings like cardiac care and hospice. In her talk, she will share two simple questionnaires that medical professionals can use with a patient to comfortably open a spiritual dialogue about their beliefs.


Medical Biomagnetism and the Biomagnetic Pair -- September 10, 2013,
presented by Dr. Bill Bowling

In 1988 Isaac Goiz Duran, MD, discovered the biomagnetic pair while trying to help an AIDS patient. He went on to discover about 350 of these pairs relating to a multitude of diseases and electrical abnormalities within the body. The basic concept relates to finding areas of abnormal pH in the body by using 3000-5000 gauss magnets. In May of 2010, Bill took this course and has been integrating it into his practice of physical therapy since that time. Come join us for an informative and intellectually stimulating evening to learn about this new system of healing.

During his 33 years of practice, Dr. Bill Bowling has studied under some of the leaders in the field, including Grimsby, Mennell, McKenzie, Upledger, G. Johnson, Woodman, Pare, Sahrmann, and McMakin. He is certified to teach the entry-level workshop on Microcurrent Pain Systems (MPS) as developed by B. Hocking, DAc; he completed certification in Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) in 2012, and has taught manual therapy to FAMU Physical Therapy students. Bill uses his extensive manual therapy and exercise background to teach patients how to restore and maintain musculoskeletal health with appropriate home follow-up. In 2012 he completed the Level 2 Biomagnetism course as taught by I. G. Duran, MD, and is integrating this into his practice.


Healing Through Creativity -- August 13, 2013, presented by LeMae DeVane, MSW, LCSW

LeMae DeVane will discuss various creative therapeutic techniques that help her clients identify and express their thoughts, feelings, conflicts, and strengths and increase their self-esteem and coping skills. LeMae is a licensed therapist with 25 years of experience. She has provided therapeutic services to children, adolescents, couples, and families at Georgia Pines Community Mental Health Center, Girls and Boys Town, and HOPE Community.

LeMae sometimes uses poetry therapy with families or other groups that she serves to help validate feelings, empower clients, facilitate interactions, and promote discussion of family issues. At August’s meeting, she will demonstrate how this works. We will create a collaborative poem together. People at the meeting will be invited to contribute one or more lines to a group poem on a topic relating to an agreed upon theme or the mood of the group. The completed poem will be shared with those who helped to write it.


Lynn Dolson -- July 9, 2013

Dr. Lynn Dolson is a pathologist, who driven by her curiosity, also has over 18 years of training in multiple fields of alternative medicine. She is board certified in medical acupuncture, is certified in Applied Kinesiology, completed a 2-year integrative medicine fellowship at the University in Arizona, has training in osteopathic (manual) medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, hypnosis, etc. She bravely stepped out of traditional Western medicine and opened her clinic 1½ years ago to explore first hand, a new paradigm of health care.

Dr. Dolson will discuss her exploration into the cause of disease and removing blockages to healing. In this discussion she will specifically focus on clearing emotional conflicts (often hidden) and their impact on health. She will discuss this also in relationship to structural and connective tissue issues, geopathic stress, reactive foods, toxicities, foci of inflammation, homotoxicology, and nutritional deficiencies.

Dr. Dolson believes that our bodies have a tremendous capacity to heal and that clearing blockages to the flow of energy is an important part of this.


Jin Shin Jyutsu -- June 11, 2013 -- presented by Daryl Dempsey

Daryl Dempsey joined us for a brief discussion of some Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help techniques. Jin Shin Jyutsu is not a medical technique, but rather a harmonizing art which allows the release of tensions that cause various discomforts in the body. The body contains energy pathways which can become blocked. Jin Shin Jyutsu utilizes the hands as “jumper cables” to energize the body’s run down battery, restoring harmony to mind, body, and spirit. Jin Shin Jyutsu is also a physio-philosophy, which helps us change our Problems into Projects and Fears into Fun.

It can help us truly enjoy the Art of Living, and the awareness of Now Know Myself.

Daryl Dempsey, of Wakulla Jin Shin Jyutsu is a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner and Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help teacher. She is also an ordained minister.

Daryl has lived most of her adult life in Wakulla County, but had the good fortune to live in Hawaii for several years. While in Hawaii, Daryl was a recipient of Jin Shin Jyutsu, and after each session, she observed many changes in mind, body, and spirit. After receiving treatments for a year or two and noting a variety of improvements, she decided to take an introductory class where she discovered her purpose and deepened her love of Jin Shin Jyutsu, also known as the Art of Getting to Know (HELP) Myself.

Upon moving back home to Wakulla County in 2006, Daryl became very ill with Lyme’s Disease and subsequent immune system issues after long-term use of antibiotics. It was Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help and her nutritional work that brought Daryl real recovery. She began to practice Jin Shin Jyutsu on herself and with friends and family before opening her business in Crawfordville last year. She is thrilled to share this art, which complements many other modalities. It can be a great support for conventional medical treatments, too.

Come learn how to “Get Rid of Worry F-A-S-T” by holding fingers and to learn the Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Flow.


Integrative Health Coaching -- May 14, 2013 -- presented by Kathy Barnett

What IS Integrative Health Coaching? If you haven’t heard of health coaches up till now, chances are you will much more in the future. Our healthcare system has largely failed when it comes to optimizing health, as the system is not set up to address the complex factors that drive health and lifestyle choices. Integrative health coaches have been dubbed “the missing link” in healthcare, partnering with individuals and groups to envision and achieve their health goals, and taking a holistic, whole-person, relationship- based approach toward managing disease and optimizing health. During this presentation, Kathy will discuss the process of health coaching, who can benefit, key research on the outcomes of health coaching, and do a brief demonstration of the health coaching process.


Benefits of the Ancient Art and Science of Oriental Medicine -- April 9, 2013
-- presented by Rachel Kelley, AP

Oriental medicine is 4,000 years old and works with the body and mind to bring them into balance by correcting disease and dysfunction naturally and simply. It uses side-effect free methods such as needles, cups, moxa, and herbs. Oriental Medicine has been used successfully to treat conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, infertility, diabetes, hypertension, menstrual problems, chronic pain, injuries, colds and flu, and much more.

Speaker Rachel Kelley, AP, has 12 years of experience and a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine. She spoke about and demonstrated some of the ways Oriental Medicine practices can be used by anyone at home to gently restore balance and harmony.

For more information, call 850-544-9900.


Soul Retrieval: Restoring Wholeness and Well-Being -- March 12, 2013
-- presented by Pamela Chamberlynn, MSW, IHCP, MP

Soul Retrieval is a core shamanic practice from the world’s indigenous healing traditions. Soul Retrieval is a powerful ritual healing technique for returning parts of a person’s soul that have left or been taken from them due to overwhelming stress and trauma in a person’s childhood or adult life. Soul loss can be caused by extreme violence or trauma, combat experiences in a culture or in a family, chronic or catastrophic disease, codependent relationships where we give up or a partner takes parts of our soul, or intentional soul theft. Soul loss leaves a person less whole, less alive and joyful, less capable of living daily life and achieving goals than they can be. Pamela is trained in classic shamanism and soul retrieval with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and a wide variety of other shamanic and intuitive teachers and healers.

Pamela shares: “The women in my family are all naturally gifted psychics. For my whole life, I have seen auras and beings most people don’t see. As I moved into deeper intuitive trauma work after getting my Master’s degree as a therapist, I began to see deep holes in clients’ auras. In that time period, I was guided to take another training from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies: Soul Retrieval. I had no idea what I was in for! In the many years that have passed since my initial training in Soul Retrieval, I have found it to be the most powerful and life transforming/awakening healing tool I have ever used. Yes – Soul Retrieval filled and healed the deep holes I was seeing in peoples’ auras. The results they reported were rapid and strong and grew over time after the soul retrieval. There was a consistent pattern of reporting feeling so much more alive, happy, and capable of accomplishing what they want to in their lives.”

In the March meeting of the Healing Arts Alliance, Pamela defined some of the causes of soul loss, discuss what soul retrieval is, share methods for preventing and healing soul loss, and instructed in how to maintain the strength and integrity of your own soul energy during the intense times of awakening and transformation we have chosen to live in.

Pamela Chamberlynn, MSW, IHCP, MP is the owner of two integrative medicine and healing businesses:
Awakening: A Center for Positive Living offers a variety of spiritual services including energy healing and spiritual trainings for individuals and small groups. Pamela’s intuitive and shamanic healing work is offered through Awakening: A Center for Positive Living. For more information, visit

Integrative Health Coach Professional Services and Consulting – Pamela is a medical social worker who trained and graduated from Duke University Integrative Medicine Center as an Integrative Health Coach Professional (partnering with people and health practitioners for behavior and lifestyle changes), and as a Duke Mindfulness Professional (mindfulness training for stress and pain management, catastrophic and chronic diseases, and maximizing wellbeing). Please visit


APLT: Anne Penman Laser Therapy -- February 12, 2013
Our guest presenters in February were Tim Thielen and Seamus O’Dunn.

Tim was certified by *APLT as a laser technician in 2004 and has been practicing in Tallahassee ever since. Seamus is a Reiki Master and senior mathematics and physics student at FSU. He received his certification as laser technician in 2010 from APLT.

*Anne Penman Laser Therapy (APLT) is an organization dedicated to helping people enrich their lives by providing programs of support for building optimal and fulfilling lifestyles. Three factors that contribute to lack of quality in many American lives are smoking addiction, chronic stress, and obesity. The three programs offered by APLT (Stop Smoking, Stress Management, and Weight Loss) employ a chorus of Laser Therapy treatments, specialized guidance on a 24-hour helpline to support people as they affect change and heal in the above areas of their lives.

The laser treatment is safe, non-invasive, drug free, and painless. It involves the application of a cold, soft laser beam that targets specific energy points located on the hands, ears, nose, wrists, legs, and feet. The Laser helps stimulate the release of endorphins, which helps with the relief of pain and stress.

With the presentation Tim and Seamus will give an overview of the services they offer and demonstrate the healing power of the laser treatment.

For more information please visit


Structural Integration -- January 8, 2013, presented by Vera Orlock and Jack Windhorst

In January, Vera Orlock and Jack Windhorst spoke to us about Structural Integration, also known as Rolfing®. They brought along their massage table to demonstrate this scientifically validated body therapy with one or more HAA members. There was time dedicated to questions and discussion about the methods and benefits of Structural Integration.

In contrast to massage therapy where the focus is on the muscles, Structural Integration aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia, the connective tissue layer that surrounds muscles, bones, and organs. The fascia gives muscles their shape and the body its structure. As fascia is lengthened it allows the muscles to move more efficiently.

The continuing pull of gravity, the stress of daily activities, surgical procedures, and physical injuries can pull the body out of alignment. The fascia gradually shortens, tightens, and adjusts to accommodate the misalignment. When the body is out of alignment it creates inefficiency and imbalance resulting in stiffness, discomfort, and loss of energy.

During a Structural Integration session the practitioner applies pressure to the body, working the entire fascial system in a systematic way. When restricted fascia is released and lengthened the body can return to its structurally optimal position. An aligned and balanced body moves with greater ease. It requires less energy to function. Good posture is effortless and breathing is easier. The body becomes more flexible and more coordinated, and general functioning improves.

While Structural Integration is primarily concerned with physical changes in the body, it affects the whole person. Aligning the physical structure opens up the individual’s potential. Clients often report positive changes in their lives beyond the physical, including feeling less stressed and more self-confident, with an improved ability to handle life’s challenges.

For more information about Structural Integration and Rolfing®, please go to

Vera Orlock, MFA, LMT (MA33441) is a Certified Advanced Practitioner of Structural Integration, Advanced Practitioner of CranioSacral Therapy, and Certified Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®.

Jack Windhorst, MSW, LMT (MA 35694) is a Certified Rolfer® and Advanced Practitioner of Structural Integration and Clinical Social Worker.


Toxic Mold -- December 11, 2012, presented by Jan Early

Toxic mold has become an increasing threat not only to our health but also to, for most of us, our biggest investment, our houses. Dr. Edward R. Close, Ph.D., P.E., has made a breakthrough discovery using essential oils in the elimination of toxic mold. This presentation will give you Dr. Close’s tips on how you can get rid of toxic mold in as little as 24 hours, safely and more effectively than with bleach or other harmful chemicals.

This month’s speaker, Jan Early, has been using essential oils and aromatherapy on her family and animals for nine years. She has received most of her training through Young Living Essential Oils, as well as from her own experience. Essential oils are her first defense against microbes of all kinds, whether it’s for health and healing, maintaining immunity, or even cleaning. As a founding member and Treasurer of the Florida Alliance for Animal Owners’ Rights, she has fought for the legal rights of owners in Florida to use alternative and complementary health care, including aromatherapy, on their animals.


What is Panchakarma? -- November 13, 2012, presented by Leslie Hanks

HAA Board member and Public Awareness Coordinator Leslie Hanks addressed the subject of: What is Panchakarma? Panchakarma is the five purification or detoxification practices of Ayurveda. Pancha means five and Karma means actions. There is a medical- or clinical-based form and an at-home or ‘householder’ form of Panchakarma.

“Panchakarma at Home™” for Renewal and Longevity of the Body.

The purpose of Panchakarma is to flush the toxic residues of past imbalances out of the body. The value of Panchakarma is that it offers a systematic treatment for dislodging toxins from the body. These processes are cleansing to the body, mind, and emotions.

“The ancient texts (of Ayurveda) praise Panchakarma as a seasonal treatment for ensuring balance year in and year out. Despite a high standard of health that keeps most of us feeling healthy most of the time, Americans generally do not reach old age free of disease. Indeed, less than a third of old people show no sign of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other degenerative disorders endemic to old age. All these diseases lack a specific cause; in the eyes of a Western doctor, they are complex disorders that accumulate over a lifetime, rather like a rolling snowball accumulating tiny flakes of snow.

“No single snowflake is the cause of the snowball, yet with each flake, the snowball gets bigger and bigger. In terms of the body, the snowflakes are tiny bits of ama (toxic residue), and we cannot think of being in perfect balance unless these are removed as fast as they are picked up.”
-- Perfect Health, Deepak Chopra, 1991, pg. 118.

The Five Actions or the Five Steps of Panchakarma

I. Oleation: mild oil laxative, usually ghee or flax seed oil
II. Abyhanga: a self-administered oil massage
III. Swedena: therapeutic sweating, steam therapy
IV. Kitcheri & Cleansing Teas: a simple dish made of rice and lentils for light fasting, and diuretic teas, often of equal parts cumin, coriander and fennel.
V. Basti: a gentle medicated oil enema

Come and learn definitions and possible applications of these brilliant healing techniques. We will also discuss the basic body types of Ayurveda: Vata (Air), Pitta (Fire) and Kapha (Water).

All Blessings,
Leslie Hanks
Director, Yoga Unlimited


Music Therapy -- October 9, 2012

Our speakers in October were Music Therapists and new HAA members, Lisa Rhoads and Steffi Tassos-Wohlsifer. They spoke about Music Therapy.

Music therapy, when employed by a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC), is a profession where music is used as a tool to accomplish a non-musical goal. For example, how did you learn the alphabet? If you said that you sang the Alphabet Song when you were little, then someone had a teaching goal when they taught you that song. Music therapists take this concept further and use music to teach social skills to children with autism, analyze lyrics to begin a conversation with an angry teenager, or play rhythmic music to assist with gait training in a stroke patient’s physical rehabilitation. Music can be reinforcement or reward, or a pleasurable way to improve fine motor skills in the rehab setting, and the list does not end there! While music therapy is supported by empirical data, and research in the field is ongoing to further establish effective techniques, it takes a creative, formally educated music therapist to define goals and create treatment plans that best suit our individual clients or groups.

Lisa Rhoads, MT-BC, NICU MT, is a board-certified music therapist who specializes in voice and voice therapy in her Tallahassee private practice, Resounding Healing Inc. Music Therapy. She came to the profession of music therapy after a long career in vocal performance. Lisa’s experiences in vocal instruction were a primary force in leading her to pursue music therapy since she saw evidence of the therapeutic aspects of singing both in her students and from her personal experience as a performer. She is a graduate of the FSU College of Music and holds a degree in music therapy. Since completing her internship at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee, Lisa is also qualified in the area of medical music therapy and is NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) certified as well. In addition to the work she does with Resounding Healing, Inc. Music Therapy, she continues to maintain a voice studio in Tallahassee. For more information, please visit or call 850-778-2132.

Steffi Tassos-Wohlsifer, MS, MT-BC, NICU-MT, hails from New York City by way of Miami and has lived in Tallahassee since 1995. She holds a Bachelors in Music from Manhattanville College, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from FIU Miami, and she attended FSU for post-graduate course work in music therapy, music education, psychology, social work, and anatomy. A board-certified music therapist, Steffi is the owner of KeepSafe Music Therapy in Tallahassee which provides music therapy services to clients presenting with a variety of healthcare needs – from autism, to PTSD, to post-stroke speech restoration and more. Steffi is also an active performer, gigging regularly with Tallahassee Swing and fronting her jazz trio. She became a published songwriter in 1984 and continues to teach piano and voice. Contact her at, or at 850-264-0033.


Quantum Touch — Chakra Cleansing -- September 11, 2012

In this Healing Arts Alliance presentation, Quantum-Touch Practitioner Ann Macmillan guided us through a Chakra Cleansing visualization that provides our very cells with an opportunity to vibrate at a different level. We first explored the seven “traditional” inner chakras, then proceeded to five additional external chakras, working with the chakra colors in our environment, smoothing and clearing these energy fields, and releasing what no longer serves us in order to allow space for fresh new chi. We enjoyed a transformational evening of energy work that reaches beyond explanation to actual implementation of this powerful healing modality.

Ann T. Macmillan, MS, became a Certified Quantum-Touch™ Practitioner (CQ-TP) 1.27.2012 and a Licensed Religious Science Practitioner (RScP) the following day. Her healing path began with Reiki in 1997, and she is a non-traditionally trained Reiki Master in Diane Stein’s lineage. Ann’s Reiki practice was eventually absorbed by the powerful Quantum Touch™ healing modality when she was introduced to Q-T in 2006. In addition to her CQ-TP and RScP practices, she is an independent contractor specializing in continuing professional education for a variety of licensures and consults with individuals, non-profits, and small businesses on editing, publishing, administrative outsourcing, curriculum development, and CEU approvals and processing. Ann splits her time between Tallahassee, Florida and Sturgeon Point, Ontario, with as many adventures included as she can get away with.

Quantum Touch is a method of natural healing that works with the Life Force Energy of the body to promote optimal wellness. Q-T teaches us how to focus, amplify, and direct this energy, for a wide range of benefits with surprising and often extraordinary results. Rather than just working on symptoms, Quantum Touch addresses the underlying cause of disease. We teach the concept of “body intelligence”: the body knows how to bring itself back to 100% wholeness given the proper conditions. People have reported a wide range of organic conditions hat have been helped through Quantum Touch. To give some sense of the spectrum of things we have encountered, practitioners have reported varying degrees of improvement with pain relief, cancer, reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, reducing liver enzyme levels, infections, hydrocephalus, improved eyesight, and much, much more. Q-T founder Richard Gordon explains: “I teach people some very simple body awareness exercises and some very simple breathing exercises. When the breathing and the body awareness exercises are linked together, they are running life force energy in a terrific, powerful way.”


Ecological Babies -- August 14, 2012

Claire Williamson represents local cloth-diapering business Ecological Babies. She enjoys the flexibility of working from home, which enables her to spend time with her family: her husband, Nathan, a middle school drama teacher, and 3-year-old son, Grant. Claire regularly contributes to the Ecological Babies blog, Raising a Green Family. Ecological Babies strives to be not only a retail source for cloth diapers and accessories, but also a community resource for education on sustainable living and natural parenting.

Ecological Babies holds monthly Cloth Diapers 101 workshops, usually at The Birth Cottage or New Leaf Market, and has recently begun hosting monthly support/playgroups for parents already on their cloth diapering journey looking for camaraderie with other like-minded parents. Cloth diapers can be very intimidating at first, but the benefit of finding a local source is the tremendous amount of help that can be provided. Our seminars ease parents' minds, encourage them to seek out help, and dispel the many myths surrounding cloth diapers. Ecological Babies also carries baby carriers, organic skincare for babies and new mamas, and other natural parenting products. For more info visit

Please join us for this seminar to learn about green alternatives and local resources for parents and how choosing cloth diapers is better for babies and better for our world. At Ecological Babies, we like to say that we are “saving the earth, one baby step at a time.”


Well-Being Through Light-Balancing — “Remembering Who We Are” -- July 10, 2012

Rev. Laura Huff did a pre-med major at FSU, her Masters in Food Science and Nutrition, and many years in basic research and teaching. A number of years back, she had a near-death experience where she was brought back with a great influx of energy. Shortly afterwards, she began to realize that she knew things that she had not known before, and that she had contact with a group she called “The Loved Ones in Light.” Subsequently, she became an ordained minister, and started doing intuitive healing work.

As time went on, she wrote, with these “Loved Ones in Light,” a comprehensive series of classes that has scope and sequence for step-by-step potential development! These classes are based on using specific meanings of the aspects of Light, called the “Light Language.”

Rev. Huff has now started the Light-Balancing Center of Tallahassee, an educational center for potential development, to share these classes, to offer the intuitive “light-balancing”/healing sessions, and to build a “Light Family” community for support.

Topics for presentation:
What is Light-Balancing?
What can it do for you?
What is the purpose of the Center?
How did the Light-Balancing Center concept come about?
What are the Light Family and Light Trees?
What “Light Anchoring” activities are happening at the Center?
Demonstration of some Light Techniques
Questions and Answers


Mindfulness for Emotional Well-Being and Personal Growth -- June 12, 2012

Alannah Arnold Brown is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, providing services to the Tallahassee community for 17 years. She has a long-standing interest in the workings of consciousness, the mind/body connection, and the process of reaching our full potential. Through her studies in Comparative Religion, Eastern Mysticism, Taiji, and Psychology, she has come to believe that the Mindfulness technique is an extraordinary tool for building self-awareness and for healing on every level of being.

The Mindfulness technique originates with Buddhist meditation techniques. Here in the West, there has been a growing interest in its application with mental health concerns, and it is considered a “best practice” for practitioners.

A large body of evidence confirms that Mindfulness is effective for a broad range of life challenges. Mrs. Brown is particularly skillful with using the technique to alleviate anxiety, depression, and trauma. It is also helpful with reducing stress, calming anger, increasing attention and focus, building intimacy in relationships, breaking addictions, and much more. If you have found yourself stuck in therapy, this may be just the thing!

If you have experience with Mindfulness or meditation, you may find that this will expand and deepen your practice.

Please join this free seminar where you will learn what Mindfulness is and how to apply it to your life in a practical way.


Introduction to Brain Gym (Educational Kinesiology) -- May 8, 2012

Brain Gym is a system of quick and enjoyable mental and physical activities that directly enhance brain function to provide a kinesthetic foundation for learning. These simple movements reduce mental and emotional stress, integrate left and right brain functions, and encourage whole brain/body learning. It is not a magic bullet, but a way of enhancing our natural learning systems.

Emily Millett is a licensed Brain Gym instructor and a retired educator. Her focus of interest is “how people learn.” She coordinated two conferences for The International Alliance for Learning, an international group of business and educational trainers. The main speakers at those conferences were: Eric Jensen, Carla Hannaford, Don Campbell, Dave Meier, Marshall Rosenberg, Margaret Wheatley, Candice Pert, and Marilyn King. These individuals as well as the other speakers came to learn and share their knowledge using multiple intelligences strategies which include music and movement. She was also a school board member in Leon County for 20 years.

Licia Berry is an artist, author, and educator who specializes in whole brain communication and in utilizing creative arts for discovery, balance, and reaching potential. This has a multitude of applications in organizational development, in leadership, in family systems, in relationships, and in personal transformation. A 25-year teaching veteran, she has impacted young and adult learners in public schools, state agencies, non-profits, corporate environments, universities, and the private sector. Having transformed challenging circumstances into fuel to propel her forward to make the world a more accepting, loving place, Licia also has a keen and abiding passion to empower women through her Women’s

Leadership Circles curriculum. Learn more about Licia’s work at


Physician Heal Thyself -- April 10, 2012

HAA member, Dr. Michelle Gamble spoke on the topic of Holistic Wellness. Contrary to popular belief, health is not merely the absence of “disease.” Perfect health is akin to “holiness.” Only by being in complete physical, emotional, and spiritual harmony with one’s internal and external environments can this goal become a living reality. This workshop gave an introductory overview of the foundational components of DETOXIFICATION, REJUVENATION, and MAINTENANCE, which are explored in Sankofa’s intensive Physician Heal Thyself program.

Dr. Michelle Gamble, DN, is a Board Certified, non-medical Doctor of Natural Holistic Health. She teaches various classes in health and wellness and assists people in their pursuit of spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health. One of her many passions is delivering presentations nationwide with the purpose of transforming lives by empowering people with a deeper understanding of the tools needed to create holistic health. Her dynamic, engaging, and often humorous style has been known to captivate audiences of all ages.

Dr. Gamble has been an educator for 20 years and has traveled extensively throughout the world, living, teaching, and studying in several countries, including Belize, Japan, Nigeria, and Jamaica, as well as in North America. Since the age of 16, she has been a student and practitioner of alternative health therapies, nutrition, African spirituality, Kametic studies, natural family planning, and the I Ching. Dr. Gamble has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and English Secondary School Education and a Doctorate in Naturology. She is also certified in Colon Hydrotherapy and is a childbirth educator and practicing doula. When not assisting people in their quest for health, Dr. Gamble is busy fulfilling her other responsibilities of being a teacher and mother of four children. All four children were born naturally, the youngest one at home.

Dr. Gamble is also the founder and managing director of Sankofa Healing and Enrichment, Inc.; Sankofa’s Learning Center, which is dedicated to helping people attain and maintain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health; and It Takes a Village Ministry, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Dr. Gamble is available for speaking engagements and workshop presentations. She may be contacted directly via email at


Maria (Masha) Rechkunova-Goodson: Effective Non-Toxic Cancer Treatments -- March 13, 2012

Our presenter at March’s meeting was Maria (Masha) Rechkunova-Goodson, who is originally from Kyrgyzstan, one of the post-Soviet-Union Republics. She spoke about Effective non-Toxic Cancer Treatments and her efforts to make a movie about them. Here, in her own words, is some of her story:

Since I was a teenager, I was fascinated with cancer. I volunteered in a hospice in Asheville, North Carolina, during my high school exchange year in USA and in Children’s Cancer Center in Kyrgyzstan for five years while being a college student. I have a biology degree from Florida State University and work in Tallahassee Memorial Clinical Laboratory.

My passion to find ways to successfully treat patients with cancer led me to a profound research about alternative therapies. Though for quite some time I was convinced that the only methods to fight cancer would be chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and hormones, after four years of research into holistic methods, I realized that patients do have alternatives to heal themselves of a devastating illness.

To share this information with the world, my filmmaker friend Veta Shapkina and I decided to make a movie about Effective Non-Toxic Cancer Treatments. The idea of the film is to show the audience that they have medical choices!

We have selected five established clinics all over the world that have been practicing their methods for decades. We intend to film the clinics and interview the physicians, scientists, and experts who practice these treatments. Also we will show how these therapies work on a cellular level.

The movie will be available in English and Russian for free on a specially created website.

Now we are in the process of raising money for filming and production. It is solely supported by the public.

Our movie is by the people for the people!

We would like the Healing Arts Alliance to become part of this project. This information can be beneficial for a number of patients, not only with cancer but with a lot of other conditions.


Carole Gentry: Leon County Community Education -- February 7, 2012

Our speaker was Carole P. Gentry, Community Education Coordinator with the Leon County Solid Waste Management (LCSWM) Facility. She brought a colorful slide show and talked about where our garbage goes, how much we make in Leon County, and the what/how/why of reducing our waste through reusing and recycling. She also answered questions about solid waste management.

Carole has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University. She met her husband while at college and has lived here ever since. She was “originally from anywhere and everywhere -- Dad was a career Marine.” She has been working with LCSWM, where she has reached over 35,000 children and adults over the past four year with educational presentations, facility tours, and the Rhonda Renee Recycles Show. This is Carole’s favorite part of her job -- reaching out to the community to teach everyone how we can all better manage our waste.

Over the years, Leon County has gotten better and better at recycling all sorts of materials. We welcome you to learn more about caring for our resources.


Astara Teal Summers: Conscious Mastery -- January 10, 2012

January’s meeting was about How to define the changes you desire and to create them in a sustainable way. This time of year calls our attention to upgrade, to improve some aspect of our lives and make positive changes. How can we accomplish this in a sustainable way?

One step at a time takes you somewhere. It always has and always will. So the question becomes: Where do you want to go in life? Where do you want to go in terms of personal relationships, career, and health of body, mind, soul, and spirit? Where do you want to go in terms of the relationship you have with yourself?

Our guest speaker in January, 2012, was Astara, the Chief Visionary Officer of and, and author of Conscious Mastery – Freedom From the Inside Out, published by Balboa (a Division of Hay House). She is a self-empowerment facilitator, speaker, and teacher. She facilitates workshops and retreats and holds a weekly self-discovery meditation class. She has lived and worked in Arizona, Colorado, California, and Kauai as a massage therapist, hypnotherapist, teacher, spiritual counselor, and guide. Astara and her family have lived in Tallahassee since March of 2007.



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