My work as a hands-on healer emerged out of traditional medical training and many years of practicing as a psychiatrist. After graduating from Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM) in 1976, I did a year of internship in internal medicine at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, followed by a residency in psychiatry at Jacobi Hospital (Bronx Municipal Hospital Center), then the location of the Albert Einstein psychiatric residency program), where I served as chief resident for outpatient psychiatry. I followed that with a fellowship in affective disorders at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI), one of the premier research institutes in psychiatry in the United States. Board Certified in psychiatry and neurology in 1982, I practiced as a private psychiatrist in West Caldwell, NJ, in addition to continuing to work part time as a clinician in research studies in eating disorders at NYSPI until 2003. Additionally, I was trained as a psychoanalyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, receiving my certification in psychoanalysis in 1987.
Throughout those years, I found myself pulled toward something ineffable, something both more human and more spiritual, that I felt had been strained out of allopathic (mainstream) American medicine.
In the early 1990s, I began to inquire about healing in ancient and more traditional societies. I turned toward shamanic ways of knowing, which expanded my understanding and my practice. From there, I moved toward training in contemporary hands-on-healing, and learned that the energy of the universe is a force from which a healer can draw, conducting or “sending” energy into the body of an individual to provide relief for a variety of ailments. As I studied theories and techniques of healing, and used my training with family, friends, and students of my mentors, I developed a profound appreciation for the power of the work. My healing teachers have been many, but two are primary: Rev. Rosalyn Bruyere, who is one of the most gifted healers and teachers in the healing community today; and Steven J. Weiss, D.O., also a gifted healer, who has evolved an intensive energy-healing-based educational program sourced in his training in traditional osteopathy and in his own spiritual quest. Out of his work, Dr. Weiss has derived a “map” for the healing of the human body based upon embryological development, a “map” I also use.
After many years of living and working on the east coast, my husband and I moved to Montana in 2003. Having relocated, I continued to practice psychiatry part-time, but turned my attention more intensely to healing as a practice. In 2005 I graduated from Dr. Weiss’s program, and have continued working with him in graduate seminars. I also continue to train with Rev. Rosalyn Bruyere, from whom, after many years of study, I received ordination as a Minister of Healing through the Crucible program of the Healing Light Center Church.
In early 2011, after thirty years as a psychiatrist, I closed my psychiatry practice so that I could do full time healing work. I now see healing clients weekdays in my office in Bozeman, Montana.