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Photo of Hiral Patel
Occupational Therapist
Home Austin TX Website: Healing with Hiral

Biographical Info

After working in a healthcare related industry for 10 years since 2007, Hiral began her journey and evolution of yoga in 2012, which led her to a transformative path in many different areas of her life. She began to notice her breath, actions, mind, body, and spirit. Her continued path stems from her intense and rigorous schooling and health experience.

After graduating high school in 2003, Hiral enrolled and began a six-year pharmacy school program that fall. After experiencing the fully invested time, hard dedicated work and energy of the program curriculum, Hiral began to feel a burnout and loss of interest, being stuck while her heart and soul craved more. She was led into unhealthy habits of drinking, poor diet and choices and a diagnosis of major depression for five consistent years while being on an unmanageable antidepressant medication. Her inability to stay in good academic standing with the program resulted in her dismissal from the college in 2008.

Hiral’s desire and strong inclination to help people differently as a healthcare professional gave her the understanding that the pharmaceutical path was not meant for her. She began to quickly explore other options, with little time to waste, and came across the rehabilitating field of occupational therapy. Hiral began her undergraduate studies for two years then was accepted into the master’s program in Fall 2010. Two weeks into the program, Hiral became ill with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Undergoing eight months of intense chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Hiral learned she was in remission in June 2011. With reapplication, Hiral finished her bachelors in kinesiology and master’s in occupational therapy while engaging in her slow path of physical, emotional and mental recovery. Hiral experimented in aerobic exercises including running and training for a half marathon, P90x, and other weight training programs. However, her introduction and journey with yoga helped her the most along with these other areas being adjuncts to her wellness.

Hiral discovered EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique in July 2015 through Sonya Sophia, which laid the foundation for her emotional and mental awareness and provided her with a framework to develop an emotional resilience/intelligence to many circumstances while working as an occupational therapist the last three and half years. Her interest continued to expand into diet as well, while completing a 40-hr elective course at Yoga Yoga on Ayurvedic cooking and yoga practice Hiral gained basic knowledge on various food choices affecting her constitution and ways to bring it into balance. She then continued to pursue becoming a registered yoga teacher with a foundations in yoga therapy in March 2017 and recently received her 50-hr certification in adaptive yoga. Hiral is also a certified brain injury specialist which supports her current field of occupational therapy. After learning about her hypothyroidism symptoms in early 2017, Hiral chose to work closely with a wellness and health coach in Fall of 2017 using various emotional and liver detoxification approaches including her healing path in using hemp oil to bring her nervous, endocrine and immune systems back into homeostasis with other added benefits.

All of these holistic practices combined or in pieces have led Hiral to her purpose and call to action in helping others to manage their mental/emotional/physical bodies in a healthier way.

Hiral has been working in inpatient rehabilitation hospital settings for the past four years with focus on geriatric, stroke, orthopedic, neurological disorders, amputations, arthropathic populations, system vasculidities, and knee or hip joint replacements according to CMS 13. Her line of focus in these settings have included but are not limited to-adaptive/compensatory ADL techniques, restorative approaches with use of modalities (TENS, E-stim, cryotherapy, manual techniques) rote learning and facilitation techniques, energy conservation, work simplification, biomechanical and therapeutic activities/exercises, positioning and pain management, stress management, fall prevention, yogic/breathing and stretching exercises, DME/AE recommendations and training and so much more. Hiral loves to evaluate, assess, educate, and integrate as many of these tools and modalities she sees fit for her patients and clients.

Photo of Kiki Peppard
COTA/L, Reiki Master/Teacher, Reflexologist, Qigong InstructorReiki for Independent Living
Home Carbon County Palmerton PA 18071 USAHome Phone: 570-460-8485Website: https://kikihealingenergy.com

Biographical Info

Kiki Peppard is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant as well as a Reiki Master/Teacher, Reflexologist and Qigong instructor. Presently she is employed with a home health agency providing occupational therapy services in clients’ residences in the Lehigh Valley/Bethlehem area in Pennsylvania.  She is in the process of finishing her first book, “Reiki…and them Some.” Other published articles includes “Reiki in Occupational Therapy” which appeared in Reiki News Magazine, “Treating Outside the Box” was published in Advanced for Occupational Therapy.

She has been practicing Reiki since 1997, is an instructor in all three levels of Usui Shiki Royho Reiki, and also teaches “Reiki for Occupational Therapy Practitioners” in Palmerton, Pennsylvania. Kiki did a presentation on “Integrative Medicine in Occupational Therapy” at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA) District VI meeting. This interactive workshop focused on the use of various mind-body holistic treatments in the therapeutic rehabilitation setting. It included information as well as demonstrations with audience participation in the use of Reiki, reflexology, hypnotherapy, and Qigong in occupational therapy. Case studies on the benefits and outcomes on use of these therapeutic tools were discussed. She co-presented at the annual Social Worker Conference at a local university as part of a program entitled “An Examination of Complementary Mind-Body Medicine Models for Social Work Practice”.

Professional Memberships include: Reiki Healing Association (RHA), International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP), The International Center for Reiki Training Affiliate Membership (ICRT), Holistic OT, National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA). Kiki is an ordained minister with the Sanctuary of the Beloved, Inc. of the State of New York.

She teaches weekly beginner Qigong classes in her community. Kiki is certified as a Grief Reiki® Energy Healer and is the co-facilitator of the Holistic Grief Healing Workshops. She has also been approved as a continuing education provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) to teach Reiki to massage therapists for continuing education units.

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Occupational Therapist
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Occupational Therapist
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Occupational Therapist
Photo of Angela Polk
Occupational Therapist
Home North Ridgeville Ohio 44039

Biographical Info

Angela has been providing Occupational Therapy interventions since 1999 and currently works with students and families in a large public school  system. Angela has been employed in a variety of environments working in Early Intervention, Pediatrics and Adult intervention, including home care. Her background, interests and studies have provided a foundation for incorporating mind, body and spirit based methods and approaches to wellness and well-being.  Angela has participated and completed specialized instruction in CranioSacral Therapy with Upledger Institute, Rhythymic movement, Reflex integration, Brain gym, Therapeutic Yoga and Energy Medicine courses with an Advanced Practitioner in the Eden Energy Medicine program. She has also completed the Third Degree Level Training in the Usui System of Natural Healing (Usui Shiki Ryoho), is a Reiki Practitioner, and has received certification as a Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader through the Healer Within Foundation, Institute of Integral Qigong and TaiChi. Angela is on a personal and professional journey to continue to learn, incorporate and spread the power of Self-Healing.

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Occupational Therapist
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Occupational Therapist
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Occupational Therapist
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