All the years of training, education and experience in both the allopathic and holistic fields along with much personal growth have culminated to bring me to this place where I can best serve my clients and students by offering a more comprehensive approach to healing, well-being, teaching and spiritual growth. My experience in healing music ministry began nearly 50 years ago, using my voice as primary instrument. My introduction to the world of using sound for healing began when I attended workshops by Mitch Gaynor, MD, in 1999 when I was clinical coordinator of massage and body therapies at WellSpan's Center for Mind Body Health in York, Pa. practicing as a massage therapist, reiki master/teacher and other energy therapies. Dr. Gaynor, then chief of oncology at Strang Cancer Center(Cornell Univ.) shared how using metal and crystal singing bowls improved the well-being of his patients. From there I went on to study with some of the best international sound teachers including Mitch Nur and Alexandre Tannous(both PhD ethnomusicologists), and many others over the past twenty-three years of which I have dedicated to continuing education in the vast field of sound healing with the most educated and experienced teachers possible. My focus is to introduce people to sound healing in truth, wisdom, and integrity that they may practice and understand it as both an art and a science, and allowing for the metaphysical and esoteric aspects. For me personally it is an integral part of my spiritual path and of my key belief that God is Love, whatever our path may be. Through years of working with countless clients using sound therapy intuitively and integratively, this is also how my ReikiSound™, ReikiVoice™, Soundwise Voice™, and Sonic Massage™ classes and curriculum were created. Years of teaching the business curriculum at area massage schools also came from my years of education and practice in the business, public relations and media marketing world. This led me to create "A Sound Business™ class, after being regularly contacted by former business class students and colleagues for business coaching over the past 28 years. Other holistic practitioners have taken this class and found it to be helpful and inspiring for developing their particular practice. After teaching at various venues throughout the east, and mentoring students privately through my sound healing curriculum, the day came when the vision of having a local sound school came to fruition organicially. The official inaugural class graduated in 2022, and the school enrollment nearly tripled for 2023. I am honored to be called Sound Mama or Sound Grandmother by a number of students and former students. If following my path and doing what I am here to do at this time on earth changes someone's life for the better, then it is because of the power of Love. I share Love through sound, voice and music, and teaching others to do the same for such a time as this.
Coming from an ancestry filled with healers and musicians, I was motivated to begin studying voice at an early age with Margaret Moul Carli, Sandra Stouffer, Larry Carey and others which prepared me for work as featured soloist, choir director, worship director and concert artist throughout the mid-East. At one point I put all that aside for a few years to concentrate more on studying and practicing hands-on healing 30 years ago. I picked it up again when I began studying how to use the voice in ways that would help motivate others on their healing journey. I now use my voice with numerous indigenous instruments in energy and sound therapy practice to bring balance, well-being and peace for individuals, groups and in public events. I enjoy encouraging others to use their own voice along with sound healing instruments such as singing bowls, gongs, chimes, frame drum and numerous other acoustical instruments for transformation for self and others. Taking piano, clarinet and guitar lessons earlier in life contributed to developing my own musicality. I am continually learning, one of those eternal students of sound, consciousness and spirituality. I believe we all can learn from one another. And, We Don't Know What We Don't Know!
Holistic in every sense. Individualized. Intuitive. Inclusive.
Providing you with a caring, professional session whether private sound therapy, group sound meditations, or a classroom environment. My education is ongoing and I continue to revise and add new content to both my healing modalities and classes. My background in the allopathic medical profession combined with over 28 years as a holistic practitioner and instructor give you the benefits and wisdom of a seasoned therapist and elder instructor. I believe strongly in working collaboratively and in encouraging others to use their gifts and skills. I encourage the sound community to work in collaboration, cooperation and in celebration of our diversities. There is plenty of work and opportunities for all of us! My associates and I look forward to sharing our love for earth and all sentient beings through soundwork. We work together with you to create that beautiful cohesive healing field where transformation can happen. It's up to you!
I graduated from Massage School in 1995 and continued to study holistic healing modalities including other massage and hands-on modalities, energy therapies, meditation and sound therapies. My experience as founder and director of a thriving holistic healing center (Tree of Life Healing Associates, LLC) for eleven years, combined with teaching the business curriculum and numerous continuing ed. classes at two area massage schools perhaps taught me most about healing and wholeness. The many students and clients over the years contributed valuable information to my learning experience. I have several associates working with me. Each are gifted practitioners in their own right. Most of them are former students of mine and have gone on to study not only sound more in depth with a variety of teachers and schools of thought about sound but other integrative modalities such as meditation, yoga, massage and movement therapies. Sound is a vast subject, and no one teacher or school has all the answers. We can all learn from one another. As ethnomusicologist Alexandre Tannous says, "We do not know what we do not know..." And yet there are some myths circulating about sound and special frequencies that need to be addressed. An educated and wise practitioner is open to learning what is myth and what is fact. This is also one of the missions for my Sound Business classes.
In my younger years, I began self-studying nutrition. I thought I knew enough about healthy eating and healthy lifestyle choices. As I continued to study sound and energy therapies, I realized that we heal and nourish our bodies with all "frequencies," not just food. In fact, food has its own frequencies or energies not only in its structure but in color and taste. This led me to understanding how sound nourishes us. So while my practice focus is Sound Therapy, I am a certified holistic health coach and that training and experience is helpful in working with clients' needs. "If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?!" Just a word about my certification as a Holistic Health Coach:
I have been a professional musician (vocalist-blues, jazz and jazz-rock bands), director of worship music in independent non-denominational churches, gospel music ministry, choir director, studied and taught voice.... as well as a medical assistant, otolaryngic office manager, allergy technician, medical assistant, clinical coordinator of massage and body therapies at WellSpan's Center for Mind Body Health in York, Pa., blood bank representative, television account executive, television and radio copywriter and voice-overs for commercials, and volunteer coordinator for York House, an AIDS Hospice founded by Joy Ufema, RN.
My background and training include many years practicing and studying numerous healing modalities in both allopathic and holistic medicine.
Personal Growth, Meditation workshops:
I have authored self-published books and written & presented articles both locally & regionally:
As an author I have created educational Training Manuals:
* These manuals are only obtained through taking the classes at this time. There is no official board for accountability or standards in the field of sound therapy, sound medicine, vibrational therapy, harmonic therapy or whatever name you hear it called. Anyone can give you a certificate for any class, thus you're "certified." In recent years, my requirements for earning a certificate of completion have increased. Students are then able to list sound therapy in their practice modalities.