2016 Conference Presenter Biographies. Conference Theme:
Rooted in Our Past ~ Vision for Our Future
Keynote Address: Rooted in Our Past, Libby Barnett
Libby Barnett, MSW, teaches the Usui System of Reiki Healing. She is the longest practicing Reiki Master teacher on the East Coast. She has taught over 9,000 people nationwide, including health care professionals at many hospital and hospice organizations including: Massachusetts General, Beth Israel, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, She has over thirty-five years of experience blending Reiki with conventional health care.
Libby is co-author of the best-selling book, Reiki Energy Medicine, Bringing Healing Touch into Home, Hospital, and Hospice, with over 65,000 copies sold in seven languages. This book addresses the use of Reiki in the hospital, hospice and psychotherapeutic setting, supporting the current trend toward integrating complementary therapies with conventional medical treatments.
Libby is dedicated to teaching this sacred healing art to all who seek greater wholeness, love and connection, thereby promoting health and conscious living on the planet.
Libby’s Keynote Presentation:
Rooted in Our Past - Vision for Our Future
Having learned Reiki in 1979 from one of the original Takata-trained Reiki Masters, John Harvey Gray, Libby Barnett will share her experience of how these early teachers practiced and taught Reiki.
Libby will describe how the original twenty-two Reiki Masters trained by Mrs. Takata formed the Reiki Alliance to create a structure of support for the lineage. Libby will further explain the format of the early Reiki classes. In 1999, Libby made a pilgrimage to Kyoto, Japan to connect more deeply with Usui’s experience on Mt. Kurama. In 2012, she visited Takata’s church and Reiki clinic in Hawaii. She’ll share stories and photos from these trips.
Although Libby’s main focus will be on the evolution of Reiki in the US, at the conclusion of her presentation, she’ll share her vision for the new frontier of Reiki.
Watch this interview with Libby Barnett: Reiki For Cancer Treatments.
Making Reiki Real: What is Credible Reiki Practice
Kathie Lipinski RN, MSN, CH, is a Wholistic Nurse, Master teacher of Usui/Tibetan Reiki, Jikiden Reiki Shihankaku, Certified Hypnotist and Board Certified in Massage Therapy and Bodywork.
Kathie has a private practice, Healing from the Heart NY LLC, and lives on Long Island, NY. Kathie comes to us with over 24 years of experience working with and teaching Reiki and other mind-body healing techniques.
Kathie was the founding president of the Long Island Reiki Connection, a non-profit organization of Reiki and Holistic practitioners. She has taught Reiki in the Nurse Practitioner program at Stony Brook University, the College of New Rochelle, and for the staff at the VA Medical Center in Northport, NY, and several major NYC hospitals. She is also a frequent speaker at Reiki and Holistic Health Care symposiums across the country.
Kathie has written numerous articles on Reiki, and is a frequent contributor to Reiki News Magazine. She is the author of the chapter on Reiki in “Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Insights and Perspectives from Leading Practitioners.”
In her presentation, 'Making Reiki Real: What is Credible Reiki Practice?' Kathie will take us on a journey from practical self-care practices that can be woven into everyday life as well as teaching others how to care for themselves and take into their personal and professional settings.
Kathie will explore how we can explain Reiki and make it real, both in language and application for the public and health care professionals. With this understanding, Reiki becomes easier for one to utilize for self-care and in the work environment.
Kathie Lipinski will also discuss reasonable expectations for Reiki practice, healing versus curing, and how stress affects the body and how Reiki can help. Time will be left at the end with an opportunity for Q & A.
What Makes an Effective Reiki Practitioner
Diane Marie Gallant and Christine Radice, presenting 'What Makes an Effective Reiki Practitioner', will create a loving space to discuss regular self-practice tools, ideas for cultivating a therapeutic presence when offering Reiki to others, and our ultimate goal of “being Reiki”—embodying Reiki in a vibrant way so we can be a healing presence in daily life as well as in our formal Reiki practice.
Together with the audience we will practice meditations.
Understanding and Healing Trauma
Mary L Benner MA and Kate Lampe LPC, are joining us from Pennsylvania to present 'Understanding and Healing Trauma'.
After a sexually traumatic experience your client’s body does not easily return to its normal functioning. He/She has suffered a violent act, and as a result the autonomic nervous system is in a state of overwhelm. This is known as sympathetic or parasympathetic shock.
The outcome is a constant state of vigilance and the inability to heal and move forward. Over time, troubling disease states emerge from the unhealed imprint of trauma in the nervous system.
When shock states linger in the body, some of the symptoms include: unexplained fears, deep sadness, uncontrolled anger, disruptions to sleep, numbness, a general sense of impending doom, drug, alcohol and eating disorders, panic, rapid speech, the inability to speak up, being stuck in abusive relationships.
Your clients and their community may want to believe that they can just “move on” without treatment. This is also a symptom of shock and it buries the trauma even deeper, causing complex and troubling issues later in life.
In this presentation, Mary and Kate share with you, the value of using Reiki in healing the autonomic nervous system after sexual trauma.
Mary shares her recovery life experience both as a Reiki practitioner and as a client. Kate brings her background as an experienced psychotherapist to guide the complementary modalities in calming and healing the autonomic nervous system after sexual trauma.
Cultivating Ki - 5 Workshops
Ron Catabia, Daoist Meditation Teacher, presents "Sun-Do Cultivating the Lower Dantien' Workshop.
Sundo Korean Meditation is an ancient Daoist (Taoist) practice that uses danjun (tanden, dantian) breath methods, postures, meditations, and visualizations to build, circulate, and control ki. Ki (qi, chi, prana) is the foundational energy of the universe from which all life springs.
Breath, on first thought, seems ordinary and uninteresting. Looking deeper, we realize it is a complex physical and psychological language that profoundly affects how we think and feel. Breath is the primary essence of life and linked to the ki at the root of our existence. Using breath to cultivate ki unites our body, mind, and spirit and connects this unity to the cosmos.
A Sundo practice has three main parts.
The workshop will begin with a short talking introduction and description of Sundo and the basics of practice. The main part of the workshop will consist of having the workshop attendees do a Sundo practice. There will be a question and answer period at the end.
Joanna Scaparotti will gently guide participants in Self-Reiki practice.
Joanna specializes in working with people who are changing, growing and becoming more sensitive and aware of the subtle energy inside and around them.
In 2006, Joanna began teaching Reiki and developing her unique, comprehensive Reiki certification programs that draw upon practices from qigong, yoga and meditation to help her students become proficient in a daily self practice so they are centered, balanced and grounded as Reiki practitioners.
Joanna will be leading a warm, relaxed Self-Reiki experiential workshop for anyone who would like to participate in a semi-guided group self-Reiki session. She will be guiding the self Reiki with words and demonstration on herself.
The guided Self-Reiki workshop may be especially helpful for those of us who may need our daily self-Reiki practice rejuvenated.
David Sholemson, of 3 Body Healing Arts, facilitates 'Qi Gong & Energy Yoga' Workshop.
As Reiki practitioners, we open our hearts and offer Reiki to many people. But, what about us? Living in this physical world, our bodies, our energy and our emotions can sometimes prevent us from being the best Reiki practitioners that we can be. Body aches, emotional events and a busy mind can make it difficult for us to be fully present with the recipient.
With 10 years of experience in the healing arts, David brings to Reiki practitioners tools from his energy toolkit to better prepare ourselves to practice Reiki: body tapping to relax and move blood and energy in the body: stretching to open any blockages in the arms and hands; energy ball practice to feel energy and quiet the mind; gassho meditation.
David's workshop will include a combination of instruction and direct experience. After a brief introduction, David will teach the audience to do body tapping, meridian stretching, feeling energy, moving with energy and gassho.
Laura West, Celebration of Reiki, Inc. Board member and owner of Divine Lotus Healing, will facilitate a Reiki Share.
Laura West, Reiki Master Teacher, trained herbalist and licensed educator, will create a healing space for conference-goers to experience the connection and beauty of a Reiki Share.
David Young joins the Celebration of Reiki Conference to share his musical gifts throughout the day and to bring conference-goers a unique Flute Meditation Workshop.
David Young is a twice Grammy Nominated musician who plays two renaissance flutes at one time in harmony. This creates a harmonic resonance and a frequency that millions of people all over the world have experienced and call "The Most Heavenly Music on Earth."
Over 10,000 Wellness Centers and healers of all kinds; Reiki practitioners, therapists, psychics, yoga studios and spas use his music all day long because they feel that his music is the most healing music on the planet. John Hopkins Medical Centers actually have entire floors that play his music 24/7 for this reason. Approximately 300,000 people a day are being treated while listening to his music.
David Young's 55 albums, including 6 Musical Affirmation CDs, have been approved by the APA (the American Psychological Association) because of their therapeutic qualities.
Conference-goers can also purchase David Young’s CD's at the Conference.
Integrating Reiki into Professional Healthcare Practice Panelists
Asherah Allen, Lic. Ac., M.A.O.M., R.M.T., L.M.T. Asherah holds a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, is a Nationally Certified Licensed Massage Therapist, and is licensed by the Board of Medicine in Massachusetts. She also enjoys her work as a Certified Tantra Yoga Instructor, Usui Master Reiki Teacher, Certified Flower Essence Practitioner, and Doula. She has recently returned from a trip to Nepal with Acupuncturists Without Borders.
As a panelist on the 'Integrating Reiki into Professional Healthcare Practice,' Asherah Allen will address the use of Reiki in a multi-disciplinary approach to healing including massage, acupuncture, Emotional Freedom Technique, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Flower Essences.
Kathryn Violick Boole, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist, was inspired to become a Reiki practitioner to assist her patients as well as herself. Based on her own journey with integrative medicine to address serious health concerns, Kathryn found a place for Reiki in her own life, as well in her SLP practice to further promote patients’ healing, outlook and spirit.
As a member of the Panel, Kathy Violick Boole will share her experiences as an SLP working in an acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital. At Spaulding, Kathy assesses and treats persons who have sustained various types of illnesses and traumatic events including brain injury, stroke, burn injury, amputation, spinal cord injury and other circumstances that require intensive rehabilitation. Kathryn uses Reiki as an additional treatment approach to address her patients' physical, mental, and emotional concerns to facilitate their full recovery on all levels.
Marie DeTomasi, RN, has been practicing Reiki for 10 years and is currently a staff nurse at Spaulding Rehab Hospital.
As a member of the panel, Marie DeTomasi will share with us her experiences practicing Reiki in the in-patient setting to help with pain and relaxation.
Many of Marie's experiences have been with patients who have been in pain. She has patients who were in car accidents, who had knee and hip replacements, as well as pre-surgical patients. Marie uses Reiki to help bring her patients' pain to a more manageable level until their pain medication starts to take effect. Doctors and nurses would comment that patients who experienced Reiki were not requiring as much medication and post-surgical bleeding had been minimal.
Joseph Hanak, M.D. Physiatrist, Medical Director Spaulding Outpatient Center Boston, has specialties in musculoskeletal and integrative neurological rehabilitation, and Ia special interest in integrative complementary care. Dr. Joseph Hanak has over 23 years of experience in helping patients with a recently acquired or congenital condition to maximize function and improve quality of life. His unique focus on enhancing his patient’s abilities has earned him the honor of being named one of Boston Magazines 2014 Top Doctors.
As a member of the Panel, Dr. Hanak will discuss how he incorporates Reiki into his practice by using it on himself so that he can best care for others as well as recommend having Reiki done therapeutically.
Julia Kajen, PT, DPT, graduated from Simmons College with her Doctor of Physical Therapy. She currently works as an outpatient physical therapist at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Julia works with adult patients of all ages who are post-surgical, have chronic pain, acute injuries, or chronic injuries. About 40% of her patients are from Chinatown and speak Cantonese as their primary language, and 60% of her patients receive Medicaid or Medicare.
Julia has been practicing Reiki since she was 16 years old. Julia's Reiki practice includes daily self-Reiki, and meditations on the Reiki Principles, most notably living and working with integrity, and treating oneself and others with compassion and gentleness. Julia adds the important element of problem solving into the mindfulness practice of Reiki, enabling her to foresee challenges and create solutions before a time of difficulty occurs.
As a member of the Panel, Julia Kajen will share how she has introduced Reiki to her Physical Therapy patients, especially those with chronic pain, or patients in acute distress.
Heather Smidt, MEd, LMT, Reiki Master Teacher, is a massage therapist and Reiki Master Teacher in Watertown, MA. Heather began her Reiki journey over 15 years ago with her family when her mother began Reiki sessions for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. In 2009, Heather began offering Reiki professionally and specifically for those with chronic pain issues. In 2010, she completed training in therapeutic massage with the Cortiva Institute. Heather has trained with 5 different reiki masters: Christine MacMahon, Inamoto Hyakuten, William Lee Rand, John Harvey Gray, and Joanna Scaparotti. In addition, Heather has training in Lomi Lomi (Hawaiian Massage), Oncology Massage, Craniosacral, and MFR.
As a member of the Panel, Heather Smidt will share her stories and experiences in combining healing modalities to help her clients meet their health and wellness goals.
Exploring and Embodying the Reiki Precepts Roundtable
Mary Ellen Alberti had her first experience with Reiki in 2001 when she was diagnosed with an illness and decided to seek out holistic healing options.
After receiving Reiki on a weekly basis and experiencing significant healing on not only a physical level but also on a mental, emotional and spiritual level, Mary Ellen felt guided to study this beautiful healing modality and in 2003 completed her certification as a Reiki Master/Teacher. Mary Ellen practiced hands on healing with herself, family, pets and nature, and eventually felt moved to share with clients and then to teach. In 2014 Mary Ellen continued her Reiki studies through the International House of Reiki, which breathed new life into her practice through a deepening understanding and use of the symbols, chanting, and more focus on the precepts and other Reiki meditation practices. Mary Ellen also completed her Master/Teacher certification for Animal Reiki in this style as well.
Mary Ellen is committed to raising awareness and availability of Reiki in Vermont as a member of The Vermont Reiki Association.
Part of Mary Ellen's practice is to recite the Reiki Precepts and open to a deeper understanding of the meaning that they hold for her in her life's journey. She sets the intention that each day she embodies the precepts in her every thought and action. Some days one precept will speak to her louder than another and other days they are all One. As a member of the 'Exploring and Embodying the Reiki Precepts Rountable,' Mary Ellen is anticipating providing specific examples of her experiences with the Precepts.
Kelly McDermott-Burns of HeartSong Reiki began her Reiki journey in 2004 and started teaching in 2006. Trained by the International House of Reiki and Animal Reiki Source, she is a registered Teacher/Practitioner for Shibumi International Reiki Association and a Founding & Teaching Member of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. From 2006-2009 she was president of the Vermont Reiki Association.
Service is an important part of her practice and includes developing, coordinating, and training for the Reiki Volunteer program at Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland Area Visiting Nurse and Hospice, and Gifford Medical Center. Kelly offers Reiki to Rutland area hospice patients and also volunteers at Rutland County Humane Society,offering Reiki to the animals and their caregivers. She is a member of the Board of Advisers for New England Pet Hospice and Home Care, advising on Reiki.
Educating the public and private sector about the benefits of Reiki is a major focus of her work. In addition to her private practice, she travels throughout the northeast teaching the Japanese System of Reiki and Animal Reiki and being an ambassador for the Shelter Animal Reiki Association.
Kelly views the precepts as the foundation of Reiki. As a member of the 'Exploring and Embodying the Reiki Precepts Roundtable,' Kelly will share her view that healing can be brought to every challenge, be it with others, ourselves, or a situation, by working with the precepts. At first glance, she notes,the Precepts may appear simple or mundane. As we use them in meditation and in all our interactions we can see their depth. Incorporating them into our daily lives, we are guided back to our true nature. Guided back to the realization of oneness. This is how we "Be Reiki".
Jack Whelan, RN, is currently working as a Care Manager assisting geriatric and disabled clients to achieve their goals through planning, averting or alleviating crises, and finding community resources in order to maintain a healthy, safe lifestyle. Prior to his current work, Jack had worked providing hospice care for nine years.
Jack frequently uses Reiki to help patients to relax, to decrease or eliminate uncomfortable symptoms, and to help people move to a more comfortable state of mind in order for them to communicate their goals. He also uses Reiki with patients who are at the end of life to assist them to die comfortably and peacefully, then continues with distance Reiki to help them transition into the next state of being.
Taking a holistic approach to health care, Jack believes in treating the mind, body and spirit of those under his care. He listens to his clients and helps to facilitate healing through educating patients and their family members. He combines Reiki with a number of other complimentary therapies including crystals, hand reflexology, partnering with angels, music, and guided imagery when working with patients and clients. He has had great success in minimizing the use of sedatives and pain medications through alternate healing modalities.
In educating his patients about Reiki, Jack teaches the Reiki precepts as he explains what Reiki is. All agree that the precepts are easy to understand, but not necessarily easy to achieve. He has given an introduction to many people living in assisted living that includes a handout of the Reiki Precepts, and many of the recipients hang these on their refrigerators and bulletin boards. Jack recites the Reiki Precepts to himself each morning as an enhancement to his spiritual practice, and to ground himself through challenging times. He teaches all levels of Usui Reiki through his business, Healing From The Heart.