Our Team

The professional team at Harmony Heals is a diverse group of holistic practitioners who are experts in their various fields of study. In our group, you will find medical doctors who in addition to being general practitioners are also addiction medicine specialists, as well as certified psychiatrists. But that is far from all—we also have a dentist, psychologist, and a host of marriage and family therapists and interns. These professionals are the people who run workshops and group discussions.

Dr. Hamid Fadavi D.O.

Dr. Hamid Fadavi D.O.

Board Certified Doctor

Dr. Hamid Fadavi is a Board certified and fellowship-trained pain physician. He completed his training in Interventional Pain Management through Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dr. Fadavi performed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas PM&R Alliance, where he served as the Chief Resident

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  and received the Oliver A. Smith Award for his outstanding clinical achievements.

Dr. Fadavi graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine where he was an anatomy mentor and chapter president of American Medical Student Association and was honored with multiple leadership awards and scholarship. Before attending medical school, Dr. Fadavi had practiced physical therapy for nine years. In 1995 The World Congress of Physical Therapy was honored to have Dr. Fadavi presenting his research on managing labor pain using electrical stimulation at their 12th international meeting in Washington, DC. Dr. Fadavi has been involved in multiple research projects and continues to participate in research activities and publishings. Dr. Fadavi is a member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, International Spine Intervention Society, and American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Fadavi’s background and training as a diagnostician in neuro-musculoskeletal field and multidisciplinary therapeutic approach makes him very unique in the field of pain management. His area of expertise includes pain management, musculoskeletal disease, sport injury, and spasticity management. Dr. Fadavi’s treatment approach includes using medical management, interventional procedures, osteopathic manipulation, and collaboration with other specialists in the team including physical/occupational therapists and psychologists.  

Dr. Elahe Sagart, M.D.

Dr. Elahe Sagart, M.D.

Board Certified Doctor

Diplomat of and Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Clinical Area of Interest: General Psychiatric Disorders (Mood, Anxiety, Psychotic, Personality and Substance Abuse disorders: ages 18 and up) Psychoanalysis and Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

Clinical Orientation: Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic and Bio-Psycho-Social Model

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Dr. Sagart is a diplomat of and certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She finished her psychiatric residency training at the University of Virginia and has worked in the private sector as well as the public health systems providing psychiatric care for severely mentally ill patients. She is also in psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis (formerly known as LAPSI, Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute). Dr. Sagart is a member of American Psychiatric Association and strongly believes in integrating medication management with psychotherapy.
Dr. Dana Iyer Ph.D.

Dr. Dana Iyer Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Dana Iyer is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Orange County. Trained in diverse approaches to psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic, she tailors treatment to the needs of each client, recognizing the importance of ethnicity and multicultural issues in treatment. She maintains a

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holistic approach to psychotherapy integrating mind, body and spirit, encouraging clients to live fully with awareness. Dr. Iyer has worked as the Clinical and Program Director for adolescent and adult inpatient and outpatient eating disorders facilities and has published in the area of eating disorders. In addition to eating disorders, she conducts evaluations and provides therapy for individuals seeking obesity surgery, performs psychological testing and has worked extensively in the area of depression, anxiety, and womens’ issues, and writes a blog published on Psychology Today.

Dr. Sandra J. Hanna, DC, LAc

Dr. Sandra J. Hanna, DC, LAc

Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, and Holistic Chiropractic.

A native to Orange County, Dr. Hanna practices Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, and Holistic Chiropractic. She was a Presidential Scholar at the University of San Diego, earning degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and English Literature.

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  She later graduated from the Southern California University of Health Sciences with a Doctorate in Chiropractic and Masters  in Oriental Medicine.

She is certified in Yoga Instruction, Applied Kinesiology, Hypnotherapy, and is also a Reiki Master. Dr. Hanna’s mission is to help heal the body through holistic natural means.

Dr. Payam Ataii, D.M.D.

Dr. Payam Ataii, D.M.D.

Dentist

Dr. Payam Ataii is a graduate of Tufts Dental School and has been in practice for over 15 years. He has experience in a wide range of dental areas including laser dentistry, oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, and pedodontics.

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Dr. Ataii is well-renowned in Orange County for Laser Dentistry, oral cancer detection, and painless treatment modalities. He has provided cosmetic dentistry on the television series “Whose Wedding is it, Anyway?” and has been honored as the Ultimate Makeover Dentist at the 8th Annual Valiant Women Afternoon Tea. Dr. Ataii has a passion for giving his patients a healthy smile and believes that everyone should have access to excellent, modern dental care at reasonable prices.

 

Dr. Yi Jin, M.D.

Dr. Yi Jin, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Dr. Jin is a neuroscientist with over 25 years of experience in clinical psychiatric and electrophysiological research. His specialty in electroencephalogram (EEG) is particularly suitable to the work at Harmony Heals. His electrophysiological works

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included the studies of neural perceptual coding, mental disorders, substances abuse, genetics, and psychopharmacology. His research of mind has been extended to the study of harmonic coherence among all rhythmic organs in the body in the context of system stability. His recent findings have shown that a healthy mind depends not only on the healthy brain but also other parts of body as well as their harmonic relationships with the brain. Dr. Jin is a clinical professor and director of Behavioral EEG Lab of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. He is also an executive board member of the International EEG & Clinical Neuroscience Society (ECNS). He has served as director of Neuroscience Center at the Brookside Institute for two years. He is founder and director of The Brain Treatment Center and NeoSync Inc.

Liz Baer

Liz Baer

Certified Yoga Instructor & Reiki Practitioner

Liz is a Reiki Practitioner, Certified Yoga Instructor, and Meditation Guide. Liz began her career in the field of Accounting as a CPA teaching yoga in her spare time; however, she quickly realized that her heart and passion lie in helping others enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Liz instructs corporate yoga classes where she guides people to release their everyday stresses both physically and mentally through meditation and creating space within.

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As a Reiki Practitioner, Liz aids others to recognize, understand, and connect to the body’s energy system. Liz is passionate about being part of the Harmony Heals community and share her love for yoga and reiki with others.

Camilla Bruno

Camilla Bruno

Certified Yoga Instructor & Reiki Master

Camilla is a certified Yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner. Her hope is to provide a supportive space that gives clients permission to meet themselves where they are. A physical, mental, and emotional experience is created

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through restorative yoga postures,mindful breath work, guided meditation, and reiki. She firmly believes in the importance of connecting with your mind, body, and spirit; the path of transformation. Yoga has been the most meaningful source of healing in Camilla’s life and she openly shares these gifts with others.

Randy Moraitis, MA, CIP, BCPC

Randy Moraitis, MA, CIP, BCPC

Interventionist and President, CarePossible, Inc.

Randy is a masters level Certified Intervention Professional who is passionate about saving lives and saving families from addiction and mental health issues.

Randy is a multi-certified

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recovery coach, a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor, and a licensed and ordained pastor with decades of experience helping thousands of individuals have healthy growth and healing. Randy is the president and founder of the nonprofit foundation CarePossible which provides mental health and addiction care to low income and military families. Randy is also the leader of Lifelines, a nationally renowned recovery program with over 400 attendees that meets every Friday in Costa Mesa.

Andrea Brokaw, BS

Andrea Brokaw, BS

Certified Neurofeedback Specialist

Andrea Brokaw who has worked with addiction, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Arizona, where her interest in understanding the workings of the brain

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and how it relates to a person’s psychological health began. There she worked as a research assistant studying depression and using EEG, or brainwave recordings, to determine changes in brain function for those who were diagnosed with depression. Following graduation, Andrea began working as a research assistant at UCI Medical Center in Orange where she studied Alzheimer’s disease, Schizophrenia, and Bi-Polar Disorder. Andrea soon took her interest in science and the brain and melded it with her interest in psychology and began to study neurofeedback in 2007. She worked with substance abuse clients at a treatment center in Orange County, helping them with addiction and co-occurring disorders. Our brain function often reflects how we feel, and neurofeedback allows the client to see and hear a representation of their individual brain function and effectively make changes over time. Andrea enjoys working with each client to guide the process of training the brain and the mind through neurofeedback techniques. She focuses on helping her clients to become aware of their thoughts and learn to control stress, reduce anxiety, improve concentration, improve relaxation, and more.

Mary Lou Vergara, CMT

Mary Lou Vergara, CMT

Certified Massage Therapist

Mary Lou Vergara is a Certified Massage Therapist with over 800 hours of Massage and Bodywork Training. Mary Lou is a graduate of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, has over 20 years of experience. Mary Lou  

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owned/directed a day spa in Coto De Caza before joining the Healing Hills team. Mary Lou is proficient in Kinesiology (Meridian Balancing, & Emotional Balancing), Reflexology, and Swedish massage & Deep Tissue. Mary Lou is excited to be part of the Harmony Heals team.

 

Denise Sher Rassp

Denise Sher Rassp

Certified Nutritionist

I have maintained an 80 pound weight loss for 30 yrs. I have over 4,500 satisfied clients.

Reasons for working at HH: Harmony Heals allows me to be able to practice my expertise in a holistic

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way. After graduating with my nutrition credentials from the American Academy of Nutrition, I was fortunate to be given an opportunity to study Eating Disorders on a scholarship basis from the California College of Health Sciences. I have worked in private practice for over 30 years, however, working at Harmony Heals in an outpatient environment is unique. With a complete eating disorder team of experts, including a primary therapist, psychiatrist, medical doctor and adjunct therapists and my nutrition gives patients the best possible assistance. With constant communication with a team it helps me grow and develop my passion of helping children through adults with their eating disorders in a comprehensive way.

Victoria Dougherty

Victoria Dougherty

Massage Therapist, Reiki & Yoga Practitioner

Victoria is a Licensed Massage Therapist with over 600 hours of training and education from California College of Physical Arts. Victoria’s approach with massage is to address both the mind and body, combining

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Bodywork/Massage Therapy with Energy Healing to support the flow of energy in the body, restoring balance and its ability to heal itself. She is certified in Sports Massage/Deep Tissue, Reiki, Swedish, Myo-fascial Release, Thai-Yoga Massage, Acupressure and Suction Cup Therapy. Victoria joined Harmony Heals to work along side a talented team of Therapists that have the same level of commitment and passion for helping others on their journey to wellness. “Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” -Carl Jung

Brianna Leahy, BS

Brianna Leahy, BS

Equine Practitioner

Brianna Leahy’s passion for horses began at the young age of 6 when her mother and father purchased riding lessons for her birthday at the Serrano Creek Equestrian Center. 18 years later, Brianna’s passion for horses has

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  only increased. A Southern California native, she has received training and competed in a wide variety of disciplines including Western, English, and Dressage. Brianna was encouraged by her trainer Leslie Thomson (of Leslie Thomson Training) to always continue learning and to reach beyond her limits. She graduated in 2011 from Cal Poly Pomona with Bachelors’ degrees in Equine Sciences and Business, allowing Brianna to fulfill her dream of pursuing a career with horses. Because she also loves to teach,she created a business that helps others of all ages and riding levels unlock great communication skills between their equine companion and themselves while helping them reach their personal riding goals. Primarily located at the Serrano Creek Equestrian Center in Lake Forest, CA, Brianna is looking forward to meeting with you and to helping you discover the amazing bond and self-discovery that horses can provide for your life. Leahy Riding Academy builds confidence, knowledge, and memories in addition to a hobby that can last a lifetime.

 

Robert Bombalier

Robert Bombalier

Qigong Master

Dr. Robert Bombalier DTCM, DMQ began his Qigong training in 1987. He trained regularly until late 1999, when he began a much more in-depth journey with Qigong. In 2006, he finished his Masters of Medical Qigong degree from the

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Healing Qi Institute under the authority of International Institute of Medical Qigong. Dr. Bombalier immediately went into teaching ongoing classes, offering both certification programs and personal treatments. In 2009 he began working towards his doctorate degree in Chinese Medicine. In June of 2014 he earned his Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Doctor of Medical Qigong from the Hubei University of Chinese Medicine in China. Dr. Bombalier is a firm believer in continued education, which is why he continues to learn more and keep up to date with new advances in nearly all medicine. Dr. Bombalier has been teaching seminars and workshops worldwide since 1997 and, in 2005, began adding Chinese Medical Qigong to the list of criteria to be taught. Dr. Bombalier utilizes a holistic approach. The main aim is a balance in body, emotions, mind, and spirit. He has treated and continues to treat spiritual disorders, emotional disorders, mental disorders, and a wide array of physical disorders. He became the first InnerChi T’ai Chi and Taoist Yoga instructor on the West Coast on May 1st 1997. Dr. Bombalier also received the certification “Treatment of Cancer with Medical Qigong Therapy” on October 15th, 2006. In addition he is certified in First Aid/AED Infant, Child, Adult with the American Red Cross, and is a rescue diver. Since 1987 Dr. Bombalier has volunteered in Orange County’s official toy drive, Operation Santa Claus. He also has served on the City of Mission Viejo’s Character Committee and in October 2010 was featured in the city’s posters and publications highlighting the character of ‘Respect’. Dr. Bombalier believes that “whatever you think about expands, and that mind is greatly underestimated in making things happen. A change of mindset is necessary to take the lead in improving one’s life. Whatever we think, good or bad, has a higher chance of being realized; therefore, one is better served to have positive thoughts than waste precious energy on negative ones.” He suggests that everyone “meditate every day so that calmness and tranquility is a natural part of you. Take a few minutes every day in prayer or during a lull until your breathing is even and unhurried—you’d be amazed at how recharged you will feel after even a short session. To obtain power, one must remove the resistances.”

Michelle Iturriria

Michelle Iturriria

Admission Director

Michelle Iturriria is a Registered Addiction Specialist who began working in treatment in 2007. She has experience in several different areas of treatment, including detox, case management, and monitoring. Michelle brings a vast knowledge of all phases of treating addiction, and is especially passionate in serving the needs of clients in the detoxification phase of addiction treatment. Michelle understands the need for each individual client to be treated with respect, and feel as though they are being seen and heard. She honors those

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  who make the courageous decision to enter into recovery.

While facilitating individual, group, and family sessions, she focuses on areas such as relapse prevention, the dynamics of addiction, and the 12-step tools necessary for recovery. Harmony Heals Detox and Rehab’s individualized care and their intense regard for every client is what enticed Michelle to be a part of the Harmony Heals team. The integrity, care, and compassion Michelle has for all those struggling with addiction is a direct reflection of Harmony Heals Detox and Rehab. Michelle is passionate about helping others with their recovery from active addiction and began her personal journey with recovery over 8 years ago. Recovery has given Michelle a purpose in her life, integrity, and a drive to help others. Her involvement in 12-Step programs allows her to provide excellent support and understanding to clients and their families who are affected by addiction. Outside of work, Michelle is a talented musician and avid sports fan who considers herself fortunate beyond measure to witness the healing miracles of recovery.

Pat Kelly, CATC, BRI

Pat Kelly, CATC, BRI

Interventionist

Pat Kelly is a Board Registered Interventionist and Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor, as well as a member of the Association of Interventionist specialists. She has been helping people with addictions for over 25 years.

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Pat’s generosity shines in her willingness to share her knowledge and training materials with others in the field, knowing that the more people out there with solid training, the better. She regularly consults with facilities on the process of utilization review and mentors interventionists newer to the field. Pat has been trained in all intervention models and she does interventions for all addictions and all ages, utilizing whichever model best fits the situation. As a member of the Emergency Response Intervention Team in Orange County, she responds on an emergency basis to find the appropriate treatment for the addicted person. In 2012, Pat was honored with the Sierra Tucson Gratitude Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the field of addiction treatment.

Susan Mehta, M.A., CIP

Susan Mehta, M.A., CIP

Certified Intervention Specialist

Susan is a Masters Level Intervention Specialist with 18 years of experience conducting interventions. She has worked in the mental health field as a therapist and was certified to conduct 5150’s including mental health and

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substance abuse interventions. Susan has also worked in the criminal justice field and conducted numerous crisis interventions. Susan has a passion to work with families and help their loved ones begin the process of transforming their lives. Her intervention process utilizes the power of love and concern to motivate people into treatment. Intervention is the first step toward recovery and the restoration of the family back to health and happiness. Susan conducts Substance Abuse Interventions, Psychiatric Disorder Interventions, and Process Addiction Interventions. In doing so, she aims to provide hope for the hopeless.

Terry Heptinstall, MS, MFT

Terry Heptinstall, MS, MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

Terry holds a Master of Science in Marriage Family Therapy from California State University Long Beach, and is currently working on his Doctorate of Psychology, at CalSouthern University. Terry has a variety of experience working with individuals and groups. He specializes in couples therapy, parenting skills, PTSD, anger management, and internet/sex addiction.Terry has extensive life experience along with his formal education. He spent 5 years in the military, then over 20 years in the business environment.

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He serves on the board of Orange County California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. In his personal time, Terry enjoys motorcycle riding and martial arts. He is currently pursuing a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Kimberly Brassett, MS, LMFT Intern

Kimberly Brassett, MS, LMFT Intern

Therapist

Kimberly holds a Master of Science in Marriage Family Therapy from California State University Fullerton, and is the author of Creative Kid, an interactive book for children and their parents. Her book is designed to help parents foster a healthy self-confidence, encourage creative thinking, and build a strong internalized self-esteem in their children. Kimberly has a variety of experience working with individuals and groups, couples’ therapy, parenting skills,

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trauma, addiction, codependency and mindfulness.

Kimberly is also a trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. Kim says, “Harmony Heals takes a unique approach to working with clients. There is an authenticity and genuine caring that starts from the top and runs throughout each individual employee. It seems that they have collected a team that is not only extremely good at their jobs but have an intangible quality about them that would be impossible to replicate. Gina Tabrizy is undeniably a true talent that any therapist would be honored to work with.”

Scott Lassiter, MPH, MS, MFTI

Scott Lassiter, MPH, MS, MFTI

Therapist

Scott earned his Master of Public Health degree and began his career as an epidemiologist, investigating disease outbreaks as a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service. Scott worked for the United States Centers for Disease Control, where he conducted health studies in communities and witnessed the psychological impacts of disease on individuals and their families. His desire to help people dealing with those issues led him to a career in psychotherapy.

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Scott earned a Master of Science in Counseling degree at California State University, Long Beach, with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy.

 He integrates therapeutic approaches so that therapy is relevant to his client at the particular point in their life when they are seeking help. Scott’s joy in life is helping clients discover the strength and hope that resides within their hearts so that they may gain mastery of their lives and achieve the goals in life that they desire.

Jennifer Medina, AA, CA, RMT

Jennifer Medina, AA, CA, RMT

Exec. Asst.

Jennifer Medina is an Executive Assistant with a passion for languages and how they work. She has several years of experience working with words, whether it be writing research papers or articles and content for websites, editing the writing of others, or medical transcription. She happily considers herself a nerd who is knowledgeable about computers and especially enjoys creating spreadsheets and databases.

Jennifer currently holds 

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an AA degree in Anthropology and is working toward her BA degree, double majoring in Linguistics and Anthropology.  Her anticipated graduation date for her double major is Fall 2017. After being exposed to holistic healthcare through working at Harmony, Jennifer became interested in alternative medicine. She is now a Certified Aromatherapist and Reiki Master who especially enjoys creating custom aromatherapy blends for clients and believes that everyone can benefit from learning and practicing reiki.

Suri Kaur

Suri Kaur

Yoga Instructor & Reiki Master

Suri is a reiki master and yoga guide. She is enthusiastic about guiding others toward balance and is proud to share her passions with the Harmony Heals community. As a reiki practitioner, Suri uses a unique blend of reiki and aura clearing to provide energetic wellness, as well as tools to stay well. Expect to enjoy an educational experience pertaining to your energetic anatomy. As a certified yoga instructor, Suri offers a dynamic range of styles and levels of meditation as well as physical asanas. Expect to have a fulfilling and illuminating practice.

Kelli Burt

Kelli Burt

Yoga Instructor

Kelli graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) with an AA in Merchandising Product Development. She loves the fashion world as well as the light-filled world of yoga. Kelli is a 200hr Power Yoga Certified instructor. She completed an additional 50hr Power Yoga Certification, and found great interest in the energetic and healing side of yoga.

Kelli continued her knowledge and received

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her Reiki I and Reiki II Certifications because she believes there is more to the physical movement of the practice. She loves guiding students through a gentle Vinyasa flow practice unique to each student’s own body and intentions. Kelli loves teaching at Harmony Heals because the intention of the rehabilitation center is to have each person heal through many light-filled outlets, including yoga.

Lauren Cirignano

Lauren Cirignano

Equine Practitioner

Lauren Cirignano grew up in southern California, where at a young age she developed a strong affection and passion for horses. For her birthday when she was seven she was given horseback riding lessons and has been hooked ever since. She has

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been professionally trained in many different disciplines of riding including, hunter jumper, dressage, and saddleseat. She now trains hunt seat and hunter jumpers over fences and keeps her horses at Serrano Creek Ranch in Lake Forest California. “Horses bring so much peace and joy to my life, they are not my hobby, my horses are my heart and soul.”

Lou Cirignano, CR

Lou Cirignano, CR

Equine Practitioner

Lou Cirignano is a horse enthusiast whose riding experience and love for animals led her naturally to the equine healing world. Although she is not a professional therapist, Lou has found a great inner strength using horses as a catalyst for

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personal growth and success. Along with almost twenty years worth of experience with horses, she continues to nurture a 27 year long marriage, has raised two confident, well adjusted daughters, and has found deep fulfillment in her life. Horses act as mirrors for the soul: they mirror body language, emotions and energy. Interacting in a safe space with the horses can help us access what is often lying hidden or dormant within ourselves, or witness habits and patterns that no longer serve us; what is revealed is the possibility for more freedom of expression in our day-to-day lives. Horses possess power and healing energy; interacting with them is a great alternative resource for therapy. They are extremely responsive to human emotion and action, and will sense and respond accordingly, but, unlike humans, horses have no hidden agenda or conflicting feelings. Horses never lie. They do not respond to contradictory forms of communication such as manipulation, anger, or passive/aggressive behavior. To work with a horse, controlled and effective body language is essential, thus, the student must be aware of how they communicate and be able to problem solve if their usual methods of communication don’t work. The size and power of horses is naturally intimidating, so accomplishing a task with one of them in spite of fear helps develop confidence and promotes self-growth. Horses are non-judgmental and have no expectations or motives. The horse helps bring awareness to your emotional state as she reacts to your behavior. Working with a horse, you will naturally gain insight into your feelings, behaviors, patterns, boundaries and stumbling blocks to recovery. The process can be very effective in addition to your primary therapy.