Awards, Certifications, and Professional Experience

My professional experience – always evolving.

In 2006, I established Begin Within Reiki – Animal Communication and Reiki for People & Animals. A natural healing and educational organization, it embodies my commitment to connect, grow, heal, and support people and animals. Formerly of Lakewood, CO, Begin Within Reiki is now part of Two Bear Herbs & Holistic Health based in Nyack, NY.

Two Bear Herbs & Holistic Health was established in 2008 as my healing services expanded to include animal communication and herbal counseling. I carry the energy and intention of Two Bear into my current practice, Two Bear Healing Arts based in Valley Cottage, NY.


A self-taught Herbalist of 20 + years, I recently received formal education and became a Certified Herbalist and Iridologist through Lorna K. Silva, instructor of Herbology; Iridology; Kinesiology; and Chinese Face, Tongue, and Nail Analysis. Lorna studied under world-renowned Iridologist and health advocate Dr. Bernard Jensen.

Energy Medicine

I am a Reiki Master Teacher in the Usui System of Natural Healing. My lineage traces directly back to the founder of Reiki, Dr. Usui, who began practicing Reiki in Japan in the early 1900’s. I am also attuned to Second Degree Karuna Reiki. My teacher is Reiki Master Teacher Joanne Hibbert, founder of the Center for Wholistic Healing in Lakewood, Colorado.

Additionally, I am a Certified Basic Level Integrated Energy Therapy Practitioner trained by Faith Supple, founder of Faith Supple Unlimited, Beacon, NY.

Intuitive Abilities

My intuitive abilities have been a natural gift from childhood. I received formalized training from Professional Animal Communicator and Psychic Valerie Parks, founder of Sun Mountain Insights, Denver, Colorado.

Natural Sciences

Other professional certificates I’ve been awarded include a BS degree in Geology and a BS degree in Wildlife Biology.

My Ultimate Teachers

I am grateful for all of my formal training, but I know that, ultimately, animals and Mother Nature are my truest teachers, healers, and guides.


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