Children, Families, Communities
Principle Practitioners:

In my integrative philosophy I welcome the idea that abundance begets abundance. Each method I am influenced by has offered  me a window into “partial truths”. And, that when these are applied synergistically with others, the fruits are multiplied exponentially. I deeply believe in the idealistic view of many paths, one destination.

I have had the great pleasure to learn from a number of gifted Teachers in the fields of medicine, physical therapy, Myofascial Release, Integrated Awareness®, Craniosacral therapy, sensory processing, communication, development, family systems, movement, coaching, integrative healing and recovery. Being with children over the last 30 years, with and without individual differences, led to the co-development of Parents Go First and AKID, a guide for seeking services for children, and ultimately to the co-authored book, Being With Children As We Are.

My greatest teacher has been my life experience with the incredible support and love of my family and allies. For this I am grateful. To explore the world of disabilities and differences, families and communities, and chronic conditions (including recovery) has brought me immeasurable joy and insight. And I am fortunate to be able to teach classes and offer sessions in a variety of places, including active practices in Florida and Maine as well as workshops and retreats around the country.

In my practice I seek to:

  • Introduce an intelligent component that strengthens the inner working of the body 
  • Offer core stability in multiple levels of consciousness
  • Include more parts of self in greater congruence providing flexibility and possibility that is about opening, letting go and choice
  • Encourage breath, connection and resulting awareness that is integrative in nature
  • Model and encourage joy, playfulness, and a cultivation of a body and spirit that is happy and at ease.

My practice includes teaching self-healing and stress management through sessions and classes in the healing arts, therapeutic massage, distance coaching, stress management consultations and presentations. The foundation of my work is Presence in Healing and I bring the techniques of craniosacral, myofascial, neuromuscular, subtle energy, meditation, mindful conversation and other healing modalities to hands on sessions and classes. I also offer therapeutic water sessions.

If we listen, our body is always communicating. Since 1999 the core of my work  has been accessing the wisdom of the body, primarily through hands-on healing and the language of touch, and also through movement, mindfulness, introspection, and meditation. All of these paths are an invitation to connect deeply with ourselves. Over the course of developing my practice I have had the good fortune  to train with a number of gifted teachers and healers. My training includes craniosacral therapy, Myofascial Release, Integrated Awareness®, therapeutic massage, meditation, and coaching. My roots are grounded in 30 years of working with children and families in early intervention, in the joy of my family, in the incredible information from my body, and in transformative learning through chronic illness.

I believe we are all in a continual act of creation - reclaiming our inherent wholeness and choosing greater congruence in the way we manifest our lives. For many of us this includes taking steps in developing self awareness, gaining comfort with the multisensory aspects of being in our bodies, strengthening our sense of who we are, and connecting to our core. Often this work involves releasing early trauma. In my practice I offer space for these explorations, creating opportunities for individuals to connect deeply and experience multiple aspects of themselves. From this connection choice, integration and ease of expression in all aspects of self can emerge.

My practice includes: teaching self-healing through sessions and classes in the healing arts;  integrative bodywork; and developmental consultations. Presence in Healing is the foundation of my work, and I bring the techniques of Myofascial Release, neuromuscular treatment, craniosacral therapy, mindful conversation, subtle energy, and other healing modalities to my sessions and classes.

As a Presence in Healing Teacher I bring a background of over 20 years as a Family Medicine Physician Assistant combined with nearly 20 years of exploration in holistic modalities, culminating in 10 years training in Integrated Awareness® and Presence in Healing.. This has been a journey of self-healing for me. One of my learnings was to have permission to do things differently in my parenting and to allow my children choice. Another was restoring my ability to feel, and learning how to identify and express my emotions. This has been a cornerstone of the reawakening of my intuitive sense of self and other. It allows me to listen deeply on multiple levels.

My practice includes offering Presence in Healing sessions. I meet people where they are at, and assist them in moving in the direction they would like for their life. I am particularly interested in supporting people who are dealing with head injuries, anxiety, and depression. I also have a special interest in people who are in recovery. In my work as a Physician Assistant I support people who are interested to bridge the worlds of allopathic and more holistic medicine.

For thirty plus years I have been working and studying with many profound teachers, healers, doctors and scientists. With a background in Integrated Awareness®, Feldenkrais, Cranial Sacral, Applied Biomechanics and other body centered healing work, and decades of experience working in the medical world, I weave my unique approach into “Presence In Healing”. My curiosity is boundless, and I take every opportunity to learn from and question the physicians and researchers that are a part of my life. This journey of studying with healers and working with science and medical people has had a profound influence on how I view healing and why it seems so key to spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. How we occupy and move our bodies is how we bring form into the world. Every breath, every word, every bit of our essence is tuning in to our ongoing manifestation.

I have taught and worked in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Currently I am privileged to work with people of all ages, from all over the world.

Always sensitive, I grew into my healing work through the trials and joys of parenting. Convinced of the deep connection between parent and child, it was no great stretch for me to feel the deep connections among all living beings. It is here, in Inherent Holiness, and recognizing the Sacred Human, that I offer my intuitive energy work.

As an Integrated Awareness®Graduate and a Presence in Healing Teacher, I enjoy accompanying people on their journeys of self-discovery, doing this through classes and individual sessions. It is through self-discovery that deep healing occurs, allowing each individual to come to understand their own coherent presence and experience more joy of being.

Our Inspiration:

Karen was a Speech/Language Pathologist specializing in developmental disabilities for over 20 years. Central to her work were the partnerships she developed with families, individuals and teams, and her integration of traditional and alternative health practices.

Karen was the lodestar of Children, Families & Communities. She journeyed to her newest transformation in February 2011. Here are some of her words:

“Philosophically, I believe that we all have the opportunity to create the lives we want by stepping into the responsibility of who we are, including the wisdom of the body, joy and vitality. Using my extensive training and experience, I aspire to be a guiding light for others in their personal process as they create the lives they want.

I have learned so much from the children and families I have met in Early Intervention; from my family and allies; and from the holistic world view I gained through personal awareness and the spiritual teaching of Eckhart Tolle and Carolyn Myss.  I hold such gratitude for all I have been given and blessed with.

I seek to inspire people to love themselves more and take exceptional care of themselves.”

Partners in Learning:

I have always been curious about many aspects of life and the world, including anatomy and behavior. After thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1998, I knew it was time for an internal journey to discover more about who I am. A friend introduced me to Integrated AwarenessÒ and I became certified as a teacher in 2001. When I decided in 2009 to attend massage school, I chose the Scherer Institute of Natural Healing in Santa Fe, NM (now known as the Santa Fe School of Massage). This school appealed to me because of its unique massage techniques, and emphasis on being present and connecting with the client. After graduating in 2010, I stayed in Santa Fe and worked as a massage therapist in spas and a massage clinic. I also became the Anatomy teacher at the massage school, as well as teaching the students about awareness. In 2015, I decided it was time to come back to Maine and the ocean. Currently, I live and work in Rockland.

I love helping people become more aware of themselves and feel better on many levels. This can be done through individual sessions, movement classes or talks. My individual sessions can be massage, Presence in Healing or some combination of the two. In all cases, I bring the awareness of Presence in Healing so I can provide the most benefit possible. Teaching is a passion for me and I enjoy leading Presence in Healing movement classes and giving talks about anatomy and consciousness.

As my inner journey continues, I consider it an honor to assist others with their journeys.

I am the Acting Director of Friends of Yoga in Your Park and the CEO and Co-founder of Yoga in Your Park. I offer YiP 200 hour teacher training. I also teach a few yoga classes per year for the pure LOVE of it. Creating opportunities for yoga to be offered in Nature is a passion of mine.

I have worked on educational and therapeutic settings for more than ten years. My unique style offers an open a space of loving-kindness that helps students draw out their self love, resourcefulness, and relief at getting to be who they are.

My background includes a master's in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa, 700 hours of Yoga Therapy at Children's Hospital in Colorado, and 500 hours of Interdisciplinary Yoga from Nosara Yoga Institute.

Our Support Team
I've done many different types of jobs and have been a bookkeeper for over 20 years. I like to create order. One of my passions is cooking - I cook all the time. I also love all animals, especially sea creatures. Every year I vacation where the water is clear and snorkel with the fish.

 I own a digital marketing agency called Spooky Digital. At the core of our agency is the concept of Entrepreneurial Activism: using business as a means to live in the full expression of our core values.

 My core values are: family (encompassing friends, blood relatives and local community) and giving back to those around me. I am fortunate to express those daily through my work.

 I credit much (if not all) of my value system to my mother (one of the founding partners of CFC), the CFC partners who helped raise me (like Karen and Faith), and the CFC community as a whole.

 What I love about the work at CFC is that the practitioners offer a safe, supportive environment for anyone to show up--exactly as they are--and be loved, accepted and healed of whatever they're going through. CFC recognizes that healing starts with the individual, moves through the family, and launches out into the world from there, making meaningful, measurable impacts on the community. 

 Nowhere will you find more love, kindness and compassion for absolutely anyone who walks through the door. These qualities are an integral part of the culture, the values and the mission at CFC, as I understand it.

 I am proud to be a part of the team and to support of the amazing work that they do.

 To connect with me, feel free to add me on Facebook, LinkedIn or contact me through my website at Spooky Digital, or, at Recovery X

While initially intending a life in the arts, Amy has worked in office administration for more than 25 years, finding an affinity with her talents of attention to detail, focus and the ability to hold in her mind the big picture, all its parts, and how they go together and affect each other. Amy works as a free-lance Office Manager, Bookkeeper, and Consultant, lending her business skills and talents to small businesses and sole-proprietors as well as a unique viewpoint on the value and role of money in one’s life and the integration of work and living in pursuit of one’s highest life goals. Amy has been assisting CFC with their administration needs since 2003.

I am fascinated by how an idea can turn into a business and I love contributing to the process of manifesting the dreams of passionate people.

At present, I am a yoga studio owner based in Brooklyn,  New York - where I am happily improving upon the systems I've built that allow me to spend summers in Maine (where I grew up), and to travel frequently near and far. It's a pleasure to rejoin the CFC team as a Virtual Assistant.

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