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 ODunn
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
DETOXIFICATION, REJUVENATION, and MAINTENANCE, presented by Dr. Michelle Gamble
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.
Elizabeths 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 www.lizrawls.com.
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 email@example.com
Pamelas first encounter with the application of shamanic practices in a health care setting came when she was doing
her Masters 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 Augusts 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
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 bodys
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 Lymes 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 havent 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 worlds indigenous healing traditions. Soul
Retrieval is a powerful ritual healing technique for returning parts of a persons soul that have left
or been taken from them due to overwhelming stress and trauma in a persons 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 dont see. As I moved into deeper intuitive trauma work after getting
my Masters 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. Pamelas 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 www.integrativehealthcoachPSC.com
APLT: Anne Penman Laser Therapy -- February 12, 2013
Our guest presenters in February were Tim Thielen and Seamus ODunn.
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 www.annepenman.com.
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 individuals
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 lifes challenges.
For more information about Structural Integration and Rolfing®, please go to www.rolfguild.org
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. Closes 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 months 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 its 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).
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 patients 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. Lisas 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 www.ResoundingHealing.com 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 Steffi@KeepSafeMusic.com,
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 Steins lineage. Anns 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
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 www.ecologicalbabies.com.
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
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 Womens
Leadership Circles curriculum. Learn more about Licias work at www.LiciaBerry.com
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 ones 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 Sankofas 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
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 Bachelors 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.; Sankofas 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maria (Masha) Rechkunova-Goodson: Effective Non-Toxic Cancer Treatments -- March 13, 2012
Our presenter at Marchs 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
Childrens 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
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
Carole has a Bachelors 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 Caroles
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
Januarys 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 ConsciousMastery.org
and OriginalSparkMusic.com, 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.