Here are just some of our amazing volunteer practitioners.
Katie Down, MMT, MT-BC, LCAT, is a board-certified, licensed music psychotherapist in the state of New York. She received her master's degree in music psychotherapy at New York University and in music composition at New England Conservatory of Music. Additional trauma training was completed at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and with Laurel Parnell in EMDR.
Steven Gottlieb is certified to work as an Intuitive Consultant, Certified Natural Health Professional, Personal Performance Coach, Master Hypnotist and NLP practitioner, and Spiritual Counselor, and is a specialist in the emerging fields of Energy Psychology and Energy Medicine. He is among the few professionals in the NYC area qualified to perform and teach emotional freedom tapping techniques.
Louisya Graves is a certified Reiki Master and New York State certified Reflexologist. She graduated from the Institute for Integrated Nutrition in 2008 with a certification in Holistic Health Coaching. She has walked the path of holistic living and healing for the past 14 years, studying with renown healers as QueenAfua, Wendy Coad, Hyakuten Inamoto and Arnie Vargas. She also holds workshops on stress management techniques using Reiki and Reflexology, meditation and affirmations.
Michael Jay has trained extensively in the healing arts. He is dedicated to helping others thrive through both his private wellness practice and volunteer work. Recently he has reinvigorated his commitment to using sound for its immense healing power and has been studying with and assisting the Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux, in his NYC workshops. He has studied shiatsu with Ohashi, tuning forks in the Acutonics system and other healing modalities including EFT and Reiki. He studied health coaching at IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) and completed their program in 2012.
J. Leah Kim is a NY/NJ state licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, with a board certification from the NCCAOM. Earning a Masters of Science from the of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, she continues to deepen her study with her master, Son Jong Kim and Qi gong practice with Master Sat Chuen Hon. Leah's strong suit is her personal experience with the efficacy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and her ability to bridge the "language" and concepts that form the foundation of Oriental Medicine Theories.
Joann Morton graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture in 2013. Her externships for both acupuncture and massage have included: The Initiative for Women with Disabilities at NYU Langone, Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, the Global Clinic in Quiche, Guatemala, St. Vincent's Cancer Center, Ronald McDonald House, and the NYC Triathalon.
Debbie Pirrone, CHHC, AAD, is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and a long standing volunteer for You Can Thrive! Through her passionate and consistent work at our center and through her remote/phone nutritional counseling sessions with Thrivers, Debbie gracefully empowers others to take control of their health through sustainable diet and lifestyle changes.