Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews thought leaders and health care practitioners about integrative health, wellness, prevention, spirituality, and consciousness.
How to Sleep During Stressful Times
Episode 28 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Christina Spaeth-Harrer, OTR/L about “How to Sleep During Stressful Times” on 4/16/21. Christina Spaeth-Harrer is an occupational therapist who has over 20 years of experience providing holistic, sensory integration, developmental, and aquatic occupational therapy. She has provided therapy in a variety of locations that include clinics, schools, group homes, foster care, home care, and private practice with children and adults. Christina has an occupational therapy degree from the College of Saint Catherine and a minor in psychology. She has advanced training in therapeutic listening (listening with the whole body), myofascial release, the Wilbarger touch pressure protocol, sensory integration therapy, family Dynamics, typical and atypical development, the nurtured heart approach, oral motor techniques (Deborah Beckman techniques), aquatic therapy techniques, massage, music training and more. Visit CS-OT.com.
How to Be a Holistic Mama
Episode 27 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Michelle Bonang, OT/L about “How to Be a Holistic Mama” on 3/16/21. Michelle is a Mama to three amazing children she calls ‘loves’, an occupational therapist, registered yoga teacher, personal growth coach and developer of the Holistic Mama Membership Community. Through Michelle’s programs, she guides women through this sacred calling of motherhood with more peace, ease, self-love & vitality. Learn more at MichelleBonang.com
Health Wellness, and Disease Prevention
Episode 26 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L has a conversation with Ana Hernando, OTR/L, MOT, MBA about Health, Wellness, and Disease Prevention on the Healing Connections Podcast episode 25 on 2/4/21. Visit Emmy Vadnais.com and HolisticOT.org.
Ana is passionate about complementary and integrative health. She holds several certifications including Sensory Specialist, Level III Reiki provider, Self Talk Speaker and Trainer, Life Coach and Chair Yoga for Seniors provider. Ana focuses on empowering people to reclaim their health from the inside out. She is the creator of the 12wks2wellness program. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and a Master’s of Business Administration. She has conducted continuing education seminars for several years and has been a guest speaker for America Airline Professional Women in Aviation, Texas Autism Conference, MOPS International, Mothers of Multiples, and The Lions Club International. Ana lives in a suburb of Dallas and currently consults for The Center for Cardiovascular Health as well as owns and operates her private practice, Holistic Solutions focusing on wellness and health promotion. Visit DoctorAna.net.
Healing with Astrology
Episode 25 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Liam Watt about “Healing with Astrology.” He shares how astrology can help us to know ourselves, understand relationships, and develop spirituality with a greater connection to the cosmos. Liam is a professional astrological counselor. Contact Liam at [email protected]
Episode 24 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L shares the benefits of Intuitive Development and tips and suggestions for listening to and trusting your intuition. She share various exercises to strengthen your intuition, including meditation, how to make your own intuitive cards, and several ways to induce the relaxation response. Developing your intuition can help you make good choices and decisions in your life and enhance your health, relationships, and spirituality. Her new book is available now, “Intuitive Development: How to Trust Your Inner Knowing for Guidance with Relationships, Health, and Spirituality.” You can purchase her book at her website, on Amazon, or encourage your local bookstore to carry it. Visit EmmyVadnais.com and HolisticOT.org.
Giving a Voice to Animals
Episode 23 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Kathy Van Guilder about “Giving a Voice to Animals.” Kathy is an animal communicator who has served as a conduit between people and their pets for almost 15 years. Kathy helps deepen people’s understanding and connection with their pets, solves behavioral issues, addresses health concerns such as pain and discomfort, and reconnects people with deceased pets through one on one personal sessions and classes. She works with animals and their human companions in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, greater Minnesota, throughout the United States, and globally. Kathy is the author of, For the Love of Animals, the untold thoughts of our pets, a book that shares stories and photographs of some of the animals she has communicated with. Helping people to better understand their pets, what they are thinking, and their behaviors. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Angel Eyes” from the album “Healing Piano.” Visit KathyVanGuilder.com.
Exploring Healing Racism in Health Care
Episode 22 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Sheela Ivlev, MS, OTR/L about “Exploring Healing Racism in Health Care.” Sheela shares terms commonly used in the topic of racism, provides education, and explores ways that racism can be healed in health care. Sheela is an occupational therapist who specializes in wellness and mental health. She is committed to removing the barriers to care that keep people from accessing services for health and wellness. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “The Cradle” from the album “Healing Piano.” Learn more about Sheela and ways to heal racism at OTBayArea.com.
Coaching for Health and Wellness
Episode 21 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Ana Hernando, OTR, MOT, MBA about “Coaching for Health and Wellness.” Ana shares what coaching is, how it can benefit a person in all areas of their life, what to look for in a coach, and why occupational therapists may have the most unique set of skills to provide coaching for the mind, body, and spirit. Ana is passionate about complementary and integrative health. She holds several certifications including Sensory Specialist, Level III Reiki provider, Self Talk Speaker and Trainer, Life Coach and Chair Yoga for Seniors provider. Ana focuses on empowering people to reclaim their health from the inside out. She is the creator of the 12wks2wellness program. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and a Master’s of Business Administration. She has conducted continuing education seminars for several years and has been a guest speaker for America Airline Professional Women in Aviation, Texas Autism Conference, MOPS International, Mothers of Multiples, and The Lions Club International. Ana lives in a suburb of Dallas and currently consults for The Center for Cardiovascular Health as well as owns and operates her private practice, Holistic Solutions focusing on wellness and health promotion. Visit DoctorAna.net.
The Intuitive Mind
Episode 20 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD about “The Intuitive Mind.” Jeffrey is host and producer of the New Thinking Allowed channel on YouTube. He is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in “parapsychology” ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980). Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is also past-president of the non-profit Intuition Network, an organization dedicated to creating a world in which all people are encouraged to cultivate and apply their inner, intuitive abilities. Visit NewThinkingAllowed.com.
Acupressure and Your Health
Episode 19 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Marilyn Zurwaski, OTR/L and Carroll Noel-Mozer, OTR/L about “Acupressure and Your Health.” Marilyn Zurwaski is the Co-President for Soul Lightening International. Marilyn is a Soul Lightening certified practitioner for Clinical Acupressure and Process Acupressure, and teaches several of their acupressure courses. Marilyn is an occupational therapist, and for the past 25 years she has been in private practice providing occupational therapy in Middleboro, MA. Carroll Noel-Mozer is an occupational therapist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital’s outpatient site in Wellesley, MA. She has more than 35 years of experience in neurological and orthopedic disorders. Carroll is Neurodevelopmental Technique trained and has taken several acupressure courses that she uses extensively in her practice. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Decade” from the album “Spiritual Piano.” Visit SoulLightening.com and TotalApproachTherapy.
Living in a Wild Country: Is a Community Based on Love Possible?
Episode 18 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Niren, also known as Philip Toelkes about “Living in a Wild Country: Is a Community Based on Love Possible?” Niren has been a lawyer for over 40 years, a daily meditator for over 30 years, and a mediator and coach for over 20 years – from big firm lawyer, he has come to a very quiet life, in nature, meditating, writing and doing his work as a Consciousness Coach. He may be best known for being Osho’s lawyer and was featured in the Emmy award winning documentary, “Wild, Wild Country” on Netflix. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Embraced” from the album “Heart Strings.” Visit NirenConsciousnessCoaching.com.
Yoga for Kids
Episode 17 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Theresa Tovey, MOTR/L about “Yoga for Kids.” Terry is an occupational therapist who uses children’s yoga as a therapeutic modality extensively in her work as a public school OT. Embedding student’s OT goals into what she calls sensory-motor yoga has allowed Terry to work holistically addressing the development of the Whole Child. Teaching breathing and meditation practices, an integral part of children’s yoga, provide students with tools they can use both inside and outside of school. In 2015, Terry became a Lead Trainer for Radiant Child Yoga allowing her to spread her passion and love of children’s yoga to more adults and therefore to more children. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Colors/Dance” from the album “Healing Piano.” Learn more at LightInYouYoga.com.
Heaven and Earth
Episode 15 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Mandy Chamberlain, MOTR/L about “Aging Well.” Mandy is an occupational therapist with a passion for working with the older adult population and the founder of SeniorsFlourish.com and the membership site, The Learning Lab. Both are dedicated to helping other geriatric OT’s be the best they can be through education, resources, tips and videos. Her varied clinical background includes working with geriatrics through long term care, home health services, home modification consultation, assisted living, inpatient critical access and outpatient therapy services. The book mentioned about preventing and reversing Alzheimer’s is: “The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline.” Music by Steven C. Anderson: “First Touch” from album “Healing Piano.” Please visit SeniorsFlourish.com.
Whole Person Care
Episode 14 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Kelly Clancy, OTR/L, CHT about “Whole Person Care.” She is an Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist, a board-certified Structural Integrator, Senior Instructor for the Bowen Academy of Australia, a Holistic Health Counselor, and a nationally board-certified Massage Therapist. She teaches nationally and internationally on the therapeutic approach that she developed called Tensegrity Medicine. Kelly has been practicing in the field of Occupational Therapy for over 32 years. She uses her skills as a manual therapist and ergonomist to address the postural components that contribute to pain and dysfunction. Her focus is not only on the physical issues that may be present, but also on the relationship of stress, cognitive belief patterns and emotions and their impact on the physical body. Her expertise is in using the biotensegrity model in teaching assessment, manual therapy, and movement interventions to create three dimensional global balance in the global structure. Kelly is on clinical faculty at the University of Washington’s rehabilitation department where she lectures on the topics of ergonomics, fascia, hand therapy, innovative manual therapy, and whole body medicine. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Embraced” from album “Heart Strings.” Please visit KellyClancy.com.
How Tarot Benefits the Health of Society
Episode 13 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Pamela Eakins, PhD about “How Tarot Benefits the Health of Society.” Dr. Pamela Eakins is a Sociologist and Visionary Cosmologist. She has taught at Stanford University, the University of Colorado, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is the author of several books including Tarot of the Spirit, Priestess, and Visionary Cosmology. Currently, she teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as online. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Raindrops and Rainbows” from album “Past to Presence – Mellow.” Please visit PamelaEakins.net and TarotoftheSpirit.com.
Yoga for Healing Neurological Conditions
Episode 12 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Dr. Arlene Schmid, PhD, OTR, FAOTA about “Yoga for Healing Neurological Conditions.” Arlene has been an occupational therapist for over 20 years and started to use yoga with her clients in the late 90s. She pursued her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Florida with the intention of studying the benefits of yoga for people with disabilities. For over a decade, Arlene has developed and tested yoga interventions for research participants with a variety of illnesses and disabilities, including, but not limited to: stroke, TBI, chronic pain, neuropathy, and Parkinson’s Disease. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Soaring-Joy” from the album “Past to Presence – Mellow.”
Love, Art & Healing
Episode 11 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Anne Labovitz about “Love, Art & Healing.” Labovitz is an American artist based in St Paul, Minnesota, whose practice includes painting, drawing, and printmaking as well as experimental film and sound. Labovitz has a degree in psychology and art from Hamline University in St. Paul and a Masters in Fine Art from Transart Institute via Berlin and New York. Her work considers many themes often returning to the central notion of an enduring interest in people—the human spirit, its emotional resonance, and the way it manifests in relationships. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Temporary Spacesuits” from the album “Spiritual Piano.” Learn more about or collaborate with Anne Labovitz.
Consciousness and Healing
Episode 10 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD about “Consciousness and Healing.” Dr. Mishlove is host and producer of the New Thinking Allowed channel on YouTube. He is author of “The Roots of Consciousness”, “Psi Development Systems”, and “The PK Man.” He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in “parapsychology” ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980). Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is also past-president of the non-profit Intuition Network, an organization dedicated to creating a world in which all people are encouraged to cultivate and apply their inner, intuitive abilities. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Mystery in the Moment” from the album “Spiritual Piano.” Learn more about Jeffrey Mishlove and visit “New Thinking Allowed.”
How Healing Works
Episode 9 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Dr. Wayne Jonas about “How Healing Works.” Dr. Wayne Jonas is a practicing family physician, an expert in integrative health and health care delivery, and author of “How Healing Works.” Dr. Jonas is currently the Executive Director of Samueli Integrative Health Programs, an effort supported by Henry and Susan Samueli to empower patients and doctors by providing solutions that enhance health, prevent disease and relieve chronic pain. He has served in the roles of Director Office of Alternative Medicine at the NIH, Director of the World Health Organization Center for Traditional Medicine, and as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Samueli Institute. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Letting Go” from the album “Spiritual Piano.” Learn more about Dr. Jonas.
Healing with Spiritual Communication and Reiki
Episode 8 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA about “Healing with Spiritual Communication and Reiki.” Rebecca or “Becky” Austill-Clausen is an award-winning author and Occupational Therapist. In 1995, Rebecca had a Spiritual Transformative Experience when she discovered her ability to communicate with her 37-year-old brother who died. She became a Reiki Master and has been teaching Reiki to OT practitioners at the AOTA Annual Conference each year since 2015, at university medical professional programs, and state conferences. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Time/Peace” from the album “Past to Presence – Mellow.” Learn more about Becky.
Yoga to Heal the Healer
Episode 7 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Betsy Shandalov, OTR/L, C-IAYT about “Yoga to Heal the Healer.” Betsy has been an occupational therapist for 25 years and a yoga therapist for 10 years, with her certification through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She treats adults and children in a variety of healthcare and educational settings and in private practice. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Above the Clouds” from the album “Past to Presence – Mellow.” Learn more about Betsy and her practice.
Science, Magic, and Intuition
Episode 6 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Dean Radin, PhD about “Science, Magic, and Intuition.” Dean Radin, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Something Above and Beyond” from the album “Past to Presence – Mellow.” Learn more about Dean and his scientific contributions.
A Holistic Approach to Pain
Episode 5 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Deborah Rogers, OTR/L an Occupational Therapist and Reiki Master who practices integrative medicine for pain management, prompted by her own physical injuries and resulting chronic pain. Deborah shares her story of injury, pain, and recovery and what may help people “Come back from pain.” Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Angel Eyes” from the album “Healing Piano.” Learn more about Deborah and her practice.
Nutrition & Health
Feed Your Family Healthy: Improve Mood, Behavior, and Immune Function
Episode 4 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Tina Gilberti, FDN, OTR/L an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years and a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. She is passionate about helping her clients get to the root of their symptoms, identifying hidden imbalances and stressors and developing protocols to optimize their health and wellness. Tina has created an online Holistic LENS training program for OT’s to help them identify and address Lifestyle, Environmental, Nutritional and Stress factors impacting on their clients’ conditions. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Blue & True” from the album “Past to Presence – Mellow.” Learn more about Tina and her practice.
Yoga in Health Care
Episode 3 – Yoga is becoming more popular in health care. Emmy Vadnais interviews Mandy Lubas, OTR/L, RYT, AWC – an Occupational Therapist, Yoga Therapist, and Ayurvedic Wellness counselor about Yoga and the 8 Limbs. She shares how it has helped her with her personal health care and in her health care practice. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Angel Eyes” from the album “Healing Piano.” Learn more about Mandy and her practice.
How Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence Can Improve Your Life
Episode 2 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Dan Eisner, OTR/L who specializes in Mindfulness & Emotional Intelligence Development, and how these skills can improve both personal and professional outcomes. He is the author of The Clinical Success Formula, a practical, evidenced based guide designed to empower the reader and the service they provide. The newly released book has already become required reading in top OT programs including Tufts and Washington University. Dan speaks regularly at universities and healthcare conferences, and has received rave reviews around the topic of How to Support Yourself While Caring for Others. He also works as a Psychiatric OT at the University of MD Medical Center, and works with private clients at Dan Eisner Consulting. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Angel Eyes” from the album “Healing Piano.” Learn more about Dan and his practice.
Integrative Medicine and the Transformation of Health Care
Episode 1 – Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L and Carisa Hillman, OTS discuss the benefits of Integrative Medicine and how it is transforming health care, and how most of us are affected by negative stress. Tips, suggestions, and research are shared on how to manage stress, induce the relaxation response to help prevent disease, and in certain cases possibly even recover from illness or disease. Music by Steven C. Anderson: “Behind the Waterfall” from the album “Healing Piano.”