Former Faculty, Undergraduate Program
MS in Oriental Medicine, International Institute of Chinese Medicine
BA in Urban Planning and Community Development, University of Pittsburgh
I believe that we are all reaching towards health and well being and do the best that we can with what we know. Sometimes we feel like that is not enough, and feel a passion to widen our lens beyond ordinary reality towards curiosity, critical thinking, intuitive explorations and methodological academic research. Then what? My goal within the Health Arts & Sciences program is to help you accomplish this; to learn, observe, absorb and ultimately stand as someone who expresses with confidence your passion to live the spiritually, emotionally and physically healthy life that you seek.
My formal education and experience includes a four year theory and clinical Masters of Science degree in Oriental Medicine and 25 years of hands-on bodywork experience. Since 1988, I have been a Reiki Master, Bioenergy practitioner (student of Mietek Wirkus, the Polish healer), and student of traditional healers. I use many modalities including acupuncture, qi gong, stone and deep tissue massage, emotional release, light, energy, visualization, and journeying. I have additional training in diet and nutrition, movement therapy, and Western and Eastern ethnobotany. While living in Hawaii, I was traditionally trained in La’au Lap’aau, (herbal medicines), and Lomi Lomi massage.
For 25 years I’ve lived two lives by blending healing arts with the world of business and government. Much of my work has been informed by key elements of Social Ecology, which I studied under Murray Bookchin at Goddard in the late 1980s. I have been fortunate to bring dreams alive through a blending of eastern, western, multicultural, business and spiritual practices. As a result I have been able to develop, construct, and finance health care facilities and services for Native American tribes; develop infrastructure (drinking water, waste water and solid waste/recycling) for tribes and rural communities; facilitate strategic planning retreats for boards of directors and community organizations; create environmental businesses, and sit on local and national policy making committees to influence state and federal legislation, regulations and ordinances.
Many of our HAS students want to study other cultures; I believe that to be successful you must know your own origins, where you came from and how you got here. All strong leaders know their lineage and while much can be learned from books much more is gained from understanding your heritage.Doing this research is immensely rewarding and opens doors, builds bridges to other knowledge. Having worked with Native Americans and Hawaiians for the past 20 years I am strong proponent of indigenous knowledge held and used in context of the culture. At the same time I know that in order to be truly effective in today’s ‘outside’ world, we must all know the science and language of the cultures in which we live. There is a liminal space between these knowings, and this is the space where I love to dangle and explore.
The term “know your lineage” has many meanings including DNA, science and chemistry, but it is not just science that makes our lives unfold. It is the collective energy that we bring forward from the deep well of our histories. It is the stories that urge us to talk, to walk, and that give us courage to BE our journeys. It’s this journey that you will unfold here at Goddard.
So as way of introduction: I am the daughter of Mildred and Clarence, granddaughter of Anna and Josef and William and Catherine, and a long line of women and men who lived in Bavaria as well as the Carpathian Mountains bordering Poland, Hungary, and Ukraine. I am a second generation North American and the result of at least 10 ancestral generations that I can name. For me it is not only that I make decisions that will stretch forward through seven generations, but that I bear the responsibility of teaching what I have learned through the past seven (and more) ancestral generations that gave birth to me.
I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico where I own a small consulting company that works primarily with Native American tribes and rural communities in planning community health and wellness. I am licensed as an acupuncturist in Arizona, where I am building a small and part time practice. My work comes from a deeply spiritual practice that is grounded in traditions and ceremonies that have been shared with me by my Ukrainian-Ruthenian family, and others. I am on the board of directors for Kitka, a Balkan women’s polyphonic singing ensemble, and I conduct international trainings for Acupuncturists Without Borders to prepare practitioners to respond to local, national, and international disasters.
Being a student at Goddard requires an unusual approach to learning, and someone who is eager to realize passion and self-motivation, self-direction, and curiosity about critical thinking and writing. I think of our students as artists, and students of life who are inspired to dig deeper, look farther, and be more than they might even think possible. It would be my heart’s pleasure to be of assistance to you in this process.