About Holistic Healing
Our mission is to heal the body the way it was designed to be healed; without painful invasive procedures, without medications that alter the body’s already delicate chemistry and cause more side effects than relief. Holistic Healing & Nutrition has 2 offices. Our main office is conveniently located in the Arlington area of Poughkeepsie, NY and has a number of independent practitioners offering a variety of modalities. Our newest location is in Little River, SC.
Using the Nutrition Response Testing technique, Holistic Healing practitioners work together with you to find a personalized healing program that improves your overall health. We focus on the whole body finding the root of the problem as opposed to simply masking your symptoms.
Our NY office offers a community of independent wellness businesses bringing Nutrition Response Testing, Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Techniques, Bowen Therapy, Gentle Chiropractic/Cranial Sacral adjustments, Integrative Healthcare, Massage/acupuncture and Thermography to the Hudson Valley.
Our SC office is our most recent location and is a small office, offering Nutrition Response Testing, Meal Planning, AromaTouch Technique, Reiki, Diet Counseling, and Essential Oil Consultation.
Independent providers located under one roof working together on your wellness.
About Kara Bohack,NTC (NY and SC office)
Kara is a wife and mother to 3 children. She began her health and fitness career as a children’s fitness specialist and felt there was more to helping both adults and children be healthy than just fitness. She first experienced Nutrition Response Testing as a patient herself. After having stomach problems, suffering from what was falsely diagnosed as lupus, anxiety, and an overall feeling of constant fatigue, she had had enough. She was introduced to Kimberly Shirk (former owner of Holistic Healing and Nutrition) and began with an NRT program in July of 2012, just 5 months after giving birth. She will tell anyone and everyone she meets how NRT has completely changed her life. ALL the symptoms were gone and she felt amazing after only a few weeks on the program. She was referring people to the practice because she wanted everyone to feel as good as she did! She would ask questions at each visit and expressed a genuine interest in learning as much as she could about Nutrition Response Testing. When it came time to add a practitioner to the office, Kim knew that Kara was the perfect match. Kara received invaluable training directly from Kim, attended numerous Nutrition Response Testing trainings, bioenergic medicine trainings and then received her Nutritional Therapy Certification in June of 2015. When Kim and her family moved out of the area, Kara knew how important it was to the community that this office remain open and continue to serve the area. She purchased the business and continued helping people to achieve true wellness from within. In August of 2017, Kara and her family made a huge move, leaving the Poughkeepsie office. Kara is now located in Little River, SC, but will continue to own both offices and will offer meal planning to clients all over the country. She will be offering Nutrition Response Testing, Food Sensitivity Testing, Meal Planning, Essential Oil Consultation, Reiki, Aromatouch technique and Diet Counseling in the SC Office.
About Gordon Garrand (NY office)
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About Dr. Miranda Kennedy (NY office)
Dr. Miranda Kennedy is loved by her patients for her “gentle” chiropractic care. She utilizes a holistic approach beginning her sessions with cranial adjustments. With her skill in releasing the dura and muscles, she obtains results with little force. Dr. Kennedy is able to remove interference to the spinal cord and get great results with little “popping, cracking, or twisting”. Her style of adjusting has evolved from her experience of over 13 years, as well as her substantial knowledge of SOT, Activator, and Thompson Drop techniques. Dr. Kennedy instills such faith in her patients that they trust her to adjust their newborn babies and aging parents.
Dr. Kennedy knows the body is a miracle. Removing interference from the nervous system with chiropractic care allows amazing things to happen. Our bodies are only as good as its building blocks. The better material we have to create our body, the better it will function. It is for this reason that Dr. Kennedy’s studies have included nutritional training with whole food and herbal supplementation. She is excited to begin the next phase of her chiropractic evolution at Holistic Healing and Nutrition where her chiropractic care will be complemented by the existing health care services. Dr. Kennedy believes each passing day allows new opportunities to promote healthy living and positive life choices.
Dr. Kennedy was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. She graduated from Arlington High School, then went on to attain a Bachelors degree in Biology from SUNY New Paltz. Choosing early springs over snowy ones, Dr. Kennedy attended Life University in Marietta, Georgia. Here, she graduated in 2001 with her Doctorate in Chiropractic. After graduating, she began her chiropractic career in Lagrangeville, New York and has been in practice for over 13 years.
Dr. Kennedy is married to her incredibly handsome, funny, and caring husband Michael. Together they enjoy their two beautiful children, Gabriel and Michaela. Dr. Kennedy feels very blessed to be given the opportunity to help people every day and is excited to be joining Holistic Healing and Nutrition.
About Danielle Molella (NY office)
Danielle was born and raised here in the beautiful Hudson Valley. After almost twenty years of living away from her hometown, she came back to her roots, and is doing what she loves most: helping people heal holistically. Danielle has an artistic background and has a degree in Industrial Design. When she was 26 years old, she ventured out to the Pacific Northwest for temporary training for work. Because July is one of the most amazing months of the year in that part of the United States, her three-week gig turned into a little over nine years.
In 2004, while living in Seattle, Danielle decided to get professional training in something that felt very natural to her. She continued to work full-time as a designer while going to school at night and on the weekends to become a Licensed Massage Therapist and Professional Bowenwork Practitioner. The West Coast is a wonderful place to explore and learn about alternative health. Danielle practiced massage therapy for three years before her Bowenwork training in 2008. Danielle decided to study Bowenwork six years ago when she saw first-hand how this gentle, non-invasive work impacted her own body. After her own experience and healing with Bowenwork, Danielle realized how much she could help people by providing this type of gentle healing to the community. She now practices Bowenwork exclusively because of its profound results.
Danielle is grateful to have gained the experience and training she did out in the Northwest and very excited to be able to share her knowledge and healing here in the Hudson Valley. She is passionate about helping others on their journey to optimal physical and emotional well-being. Learn more about Danielle on her website, 1bluedragonfly.com
About Lisa Gold, FNP-BC (NY office)
Lisa Gold has been a nurse practitioner for nineteen years, spending that time in traditional family and adult medical care. Her passion for treating people as individuals has fired up a brand new family health practice for ages 13 and up. Lisa has expertise in preventive medicine, treating health problems and serving as a resource and guide for people seeking to improve their well being.
Lisa decided to establish a new practice when she noticed that over the years, medical care has become overburdened with reporting and record keeping, resulting in less time with patients. She was drawn to bringing back personalized health care, providing people with the time and focus that they deserve, and giving preference to non-pharmaceutical therapies.
At home, Lisa enjoys spending time in nature, meditation, gourmet vegan cooking, travel, and having friends over for joyous celebrations. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Carmel, where she can be found doing activities such as food pantry delivery, public speaking, and helping with fund raisers for local charities. Her family life includes her brainy husband, Rich, four awesome children who have left the nest, and Neo, her Tonkinese cat.
To schedule an appointment you may reach Lisa via email, phone or website: email@example.com
About Liz Menendez-Cerilli L.Ac,LMT (NY office)
Originally from Astoria, Queens, Liz moved to the beautiful Hudson Valley in 2004. At that time, she was already a Licensed Massage Therapist having attended the Swedish Institute in 1998 and receiving her license the same year. Liz decided she wanted to delve deeper into helping people feel good in their bodies. She went on to study acupuncture at Tri-State College of Acupuncture, where she completed her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture in 2006 and received her license soon after.
Liz loves practicing both modalities, and in combination finds that it is a powerful way to work out stress, pain and injuries, while addressing deeper imbalances such as headaches, digestive issues, menstrual issues, autoimmune, etc. “In my experience, Chinese medicine is an energy based medicine that taps into a body’s innate ability to heal. The body, as a whole, runs smoother, has more energy and less pain. My focus is to facilitate and restore the balance so that your system communicates better with itself.”
Liz loves working with all types of people – women, men, young, old, in between, and differently abled. The reward is helping you feel good.
Liz loves biking and hiking the fantastic trails of the Hudson Valley, but her favorite form of exercise is salsa dancing! Being of Cuban descent, Liz enjoys visiting family and friends in Miami and her beloved Key West as well as cooking up authentic Cuban cuisine.
About Patricia Bowden-Luccardi CNMT, CTT (NY office)
Patricia Bowden-Luccardi CTT, LMT, CNMT. is a Certified Thermography Technician, NYS licensed Clinical Massage Therapist, Certified Whole Health Educator,™ Certified Neuromuscular Therapist, Breath Educator and Kundalini Yoga instructor with over 20 years in the Healing Arts. Member of Breast Thermography International and PACT-Professional Academy of Clinical Thermology. She is a speaker and educator on Thermography and Breast Health in an Estrogen Toxic World. www.medicalthermology.org www.btiscan.com
About Shari Riley, Intuitive Healer (NY office)
Shari L. Riley is a spiritual counselor and intuitive healer. For Shari, the journey toward really understanding her own Authentic Journey – her soul’s mission – began back in 2000 when, as a trained life coach, she started inspiring women to live their dreams. Shari noticed that eventually, each client would hit a hidden hurdle. They were unable to move forward on their own path, and Shari began to ask herself “why?” At that point, she started her own healing when her first marriage of 19 years began falling apart. A friend introduced her to Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) to begin the process of letting go of her first love. Her initial session allowed her to “see” her father who died when she was 8 years old. She could never picture her dad and blocked many memories of her childhood. She realized that the abandonment she felt as a child continued to create a pattern that was playing out in her adulthood. As she healed her father story, she was able to release a marriage that was no longer encouraging her growth as a woman and ultimately a healer. Read more here
To schedule an appointment you may reach Shari via email, phone or website: Guidance@ShariLRiley.com
About Stacey Schaffer, Reiki Master, LPN (NY office)
Stacey Schaffer is a Reiki Master, practicing since 2002. Reiki has changed Stacey’s life and the way she views the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Reiki helps the body heal on an emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental level. While it is a very gentle healing modality that can be hands-on or hands-off depending on the client’s preference, it is incredibly powerful. Reiki helps remove stress and promotes relaxation, which in turn allows the body to function more efficiently. Stacey enjoys bridging the gap between western medicine and the “alternatives,” while providing a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which to heal. She was recently certified in AromaTouch, and has added that to her Reiki practice, mixing AromaTouch and Reiki into one amazingly relaxing and restorative session. Stacey graduated from the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in NYC, in 1999, and subsequently had her own catering/home delivery business in Manhattan, focused on organic healthy foods, prepared to help heal the body. In 2002, she graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC, where she was also the school’s Head Chef. She is also a Licensed Practical Nurse in NYS. Stacey loves living in the Hudson Valley with her husband and two delicious kids. She can be reached via her website: www.newpaltzreiki.com to schedule an appointment or answer questions.