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Bio.

With over 30 years of experience as a healthcare provider, cognitive therapist, administrator, and author/editor, Hayley is uniquely positioned to support and advocate on behalf of individuals and caregivers throughout the many stages of life. As an integrative medicine practitioner, she has utilized a number of time-honored complementary and alternative modalities to assist, train and educate individuals regarding symptom management, stress and pain reduction, major life transitions, personal growth, and conflict resolution.

Hayley’s professional experience includes working in university settings, large multi-center health systems, Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations and private practice. Her workshops, lectures and presentations have been well-received at international conferences, continuing education seminars and community outreach programs. Hayley’s writing has been published in peer-reviewed journals, newsletters and special-topic publications.

The Journey.

I was raised by two remarkable parents: a physician

dad who provided healthcare to the homeless in

New York City for over 40 years, and a physical

therapist mom who provided Early Intervention

services to children from birth to age five. My role

models taught me all I know about being of service

and doing good in the world.

I began my career in Western (Allopathic) Medicine, first in the field of cognitive

psychology and then as a nationally certified and state licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP). It has always been my greatest privilege to work with people from a variety of backgrounds in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, private practice, in clients' homes and later in academia and corporate environments. Part of this time included providing Global Communication Skills Training with Non-American speakers of English.

Almost 25 years ago, I experienced a health challenge that was interfering with my ability to work, care for my toddler, and generally enjoy being awake. Unable to find reliable, consistent relief from the options available in Allopathic (Modern) Medicine at the time, an acquaintance completing her Reiki Master training offered me a free session. I was in the midst of one of my marathon migraines, and most definitely a skeptic. Nonetheless, I was tired and in pain and desperate for relief. At that point I figured, "Why not?" I had tried everything else, and there was nothing to lose other than 25 minutes of my time.

Thus began my exploration of healing & wellness from a new point of reference. In my personal, single-study design of an experience, the frequency, duration and intensity of my migraines lessened and my interest grew. I, too, went on to become a Reiki Master/Trainer, as well as a practitioner in several other modalities (see below). I consciously chose to redirect my career path as a professional in the Healing Arts 17 years ago. And if I'm being honest, my Integrative Practice has made me a better Clinician, and my Clinical practice improves and informs my Integrative work. It's a never-ending educational pursuit with always something new to learn.  And that's exactly how I like it.

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To learn more about me, check out my blog:

www.handsfullofheart.me

Healing Arts Credentials

  • Reiki Master/Trainer

  • Integrative Energy Therapy

  • Jin Shin Jyutsu® (JSJ)

  • Integrative Medicine: Evidence-based approaches to neurological & rehabilitation, health maintenance & overall well-being

  • Impact Reflexology

  • Clinical Qi Gong

  • Jin Shin Jyutsu Hospital Training

  • Guided Imagery Therapy

  • Caring Science, Mindful Practice (Watson Caring Science Institute)

  • Integrative Medicine Staff Training

  • Spiritual Counselor

  • Animal Reiki  &  Veterinary Assistant

  • End-of-Life Doula (in process)

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Professional Affiliations

  • Energy Medicine Professional Association (EMPA)

  • International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP)

  • Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA)

  • Natural Healing Alliance (NHA)

  • Reiki in Hospitals

  • National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA)

  • Going With Grace

  • Autism Spectrum Education Network (ASPEN)

  • IMAGINE - A Center for Coping with Loss

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The tea.

On Groundhog's Day of 2013 I almost died.

This isn't melodrama, - just a statement of fact.

I made an early morning appointment with my doctor because of significant epigastric pain. She instructed me to go to the hospital, so I stubbornly insisted on walking to the ER, because, well, that's just me. I was admitted, not a big deal given the rather straightforward, easily correctable condition I toted along with me. However, it became a huge honker of a deal when I went into septic shock.

Two weeks passed, in an induced coma, ventilator dependent in the ICU. I was most literally living my worst nightmare - remember, I've spent a LOT of time in hospitals as an employee; almost an equal amount of time as the daughter, spouse, mother and friend of patients; and most frequently as an advocate. This time around I was IN the bed, at the hospital in which I was employed, with a 50/50 chance of survival. Not to mention hallucinations that I was on a Vietnamese Reality show and had a banjo for music therapy. Yes, really.

I don't have words to adequately express my gratitude for surviving that ordeal, an experience that was not only life-granting but life-changing. Whatever I thought I knew or understood about healthcare and/or healing was immensely useful for my own recovery, but I never could have imagined, as an acute patient, how profoundly Integrative Approaches could impact the healing process. I have no doubt that my daily dose of energy intervention so graciously offered by my colleagues in the Integrative Medicine Department completely eased me through the trajectory of what was the most difficult experience of my life.

Prior to this hospitalization (the first of many), my client caseload ranged from newborns to those at end-of-life, bearing witness as individuals wafted into and drifted out from this world. I've always had great respect and admiration for healthcare providers from all backgrounds and training. I value modern medicine immensely; it and the people practicing it saved my life. AND I understand from personal experience - both beside the hospital bed and in it - the role that Integrative Modalities play in whole-person healing. There's never been a doubt in my mind that both physical and metaphysical intervention work together in healing holistically. There's no need for either/or - and now I have the inside scoop as to why.

Integrative approaches have been a part of my day-to-day life for many, many years, long before my experience as a patient. I use them to start my day with energy and clarity; to lessen stress and worry; to quiet bodily discomfort; to pacify my monkey-mind; and to find ease in difficult situations. Full disclosure, yes, I am a human being, with all the moods and sass and frustration of the rest of the animal kingdom. My own learning of how to be in this world with kindness and grace never ends, and on some days I fail. Epically.

I'm not an expert on all things healing and wellness...just a person who has been on both sides. I'm also extensively trained and practiced in guiding clients from a variety of cultures, nationalities and religions, with variability in gender identification, socioeconomic backgrounds, professions and experiences, as they navigate their own healing paths, along the continuum of life.

Whether our work together is preceded by major life changes, increasing stressors and challenges, or any other uncomfortable situations, there are approaches you can use to move through your suffering more gently, with greater ease, and without it defining you. You can be more than your suffering. And I'll be here, holding you with hands full of heart, bringing art to the heart of healing.
 
That's just what I do.

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