Duane Vincent Chavez grew up in Espanola NM. He graduated from The University of New Mexico with a degree in business and minor in communications and family studies. He traveled the U.S. opening up American chain restaurant concepts & made his way back to Espanola in the early 2000’s opening up what we remember here in town as Dos Amigos Restaurant with his twin brother Dustin Chavez.
Duane and his wife Dr. Jessyca Franco-Chavez have now made their way back to beautiful Espanola Valley to find their roots again and honor the life of their family legacy as the grandchild and heir of Dr. Samuel Redding & Isabel Ziegler & son of the late Errol Chavez, Kenneth and Julie Ziegler-Langille. Currently, Duane helps run The Healing House on a day-to-day basis and is in the process of building out his movement therapy program on-site The Healing House utilizing his Black Belt Degree in Tae Kwon Do and honoring his teachings through martial arts.
Duane has an extensive business history & background - his titles and positions include:
Owner & Co-founder of The Healing House of New Mexico a Thinking Positive Investment Concept
Owner & Operator of Scrub Fashions Medical Boutiques in Las Cruces and Espanola, New Mexico
Real Estate Developer & Investor at Thinking Positive LLC
Property Manager at TRIO LLC
Private Business Consultant at Thinking Positive Investment Corporation
Lenore Velasquez, DITTH Assistant & Director of Operations
Lenore Velasquez was born and raised in Espanola, New Mexico and currently resides in Arroyo Seco. She has 8+ years of experience working in the medical field and obtained a degree at Santa Fe Community College as a Nursing Assistant. Currently she is working on her degree for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Lenore also is certified in Basic Life Support, First Aide, CPR, AED, and Bloodborne Pathogens through the American Heart Association.
In her spare time, Lenore enjoys camping with her family, cooking Spanish food, creating acrylic paint pours, and spending time with her nieces and nephew.
Donette Morris, Registered Yoga Therapist 500, Certified Doula (DONA), Certified Wellness Consultant, Certified Natural Health Professional
Donette Morris is a native Texan and moved to New Mexico in 2016. While she has had a life-long interest in natural health, it was her first-hand experience with postpartum depression that set her life's purpose of holistic wellness in motion. Since that time, Donette has obtained certifications in Yoga Therapy, Wellness & Lifestyle Coaching, Doula Care, and is also a CNHP (Certified Natural Health Professional). Donette specializes in holistic, non-invasive modalities. Her exclusive offerings include Reams Biological Theory of Ionization Testing and Iridology. She is delighted to share her wisdom with those at The Healing House of New Mexico.
Lynne McMahan, Ed.D., Reiki Master
After decades in K-20 education as a classroom teacher, school administrator, professor and consultant, as well as her years in business as a manager and business owner, Lynne established En-Light-En Reiki in 2014. She continues to work as a professor and education consultant while she builds her Reiki practice. In her own words from her website:
"After 65 years on this planet, I have experienced a life-time in preparation and practice for this amazing Reiki work. My groundwork has included being a good friend, confidant and reciprocal teacher/ mentor to the people and animals in my life. I started out early on my teacher path and along the way discovered my healing and mentoring gifts. My life has been filled with family and friends of the human and animal kind and I have had the privilege to experience healing from them through their love and devotion. In turn, my life of service honors their love and Reiki energy. My devotion to my spiritual path for several decades of being conscious to its purpose in my life has been varied and inclusive of many great teachers, with the one constant: staying in relationship with Divine Energy through journaling, meditation and service to others."
Lynne's Reiki Credentials include: Reiki I & II, Usui/ Holy Fire Reiki ART and Master, Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Master, Holy Fire II, Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners, Advanced Animal Reiki, Animal Communication and Deepening Animal Communication. Additional training and experience that supports Lynne's Reiki practice: Mentoring and Coaching training, Tribes: A New Way of Learning and Being Together (as practitioner and trainer), Spiritual Direction (initial training), Courage to Teach/ Lead (initial facilitator training), as well as her several academic degrees.
Patricia A. Barnett, R.N., Reiki Master and Spiritual Companion
Pat has served as a healthcare provider and patient advocate working in direct patient care as a psychiatric nurse; in nonprofit and for-profit healthcare organizations impacting health policy to improve patient care and access to needed therapies as well as enhancing the nursing profession. Most recently Pat was the Associate Program Director for Rutgers School of Management and Labor; NJ Healthcare Talent Development Center focusing on creating a nursing career ladder for entry level applicants.
Since 2011 Pat’s focus has been on wellness for patients, coworkers and clients.
Pat received her Reiki certifications through Robert Woods Johnson Medical Center, Hamilton, NJ under Pam Jones RN, and Kathleen Prasad founder of SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association). She has been offering and teaching Reiki to individuals and groups as a Reiki Master and Teacher.
Pat was part of a Wellness Circle since 2000, leading the group 2013 - 2017. The groups was comprised primarily of profession people, many in healthcare or counselling fields. The group used meditation and sharing to deal with stress, personal challenges and internal exploration.
Pat was certified by the Haden Institute in 2016 as a Spiritual Director and she completed a graduate class in group Spiritual Direction in 2018. She is a member of the Spiritual Directors International SDI and sees individual clients.
Loyola University: School of Law. Juris Doctorate. Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society
Roosevelt University. Bachelor of Arts in Labor Relations, with honors
Michael Reese Hospital: School of Nursing. Registered Nurse Diploma
Haden Institute: Spiritual Direction 2016, Group SD 2018
Pat Czeto is a holistic energy practitioner who uses several modalities including Reiki, Breathwork, Focusing, and Integrative Energy Therapy. Pat’s Reiki Credentials include: Usui Reiki I & II, ART and Master, Karuna Reiki Master, Holy Fire Reiki Master, Holy Fire II. Pat is a graduate of Integration Process and Breath Therapy Master’s Program and has completed advanced levels in Integrated Energy Therapy, Focusing and Breath Therapy.
Pat served as the Wellness Director for Volition Wellness Solutions (VWS), an integrated wellness center. VWS is a holistic wellness center offering a myriad of services that include acupuncture, breathwork, counseling, hypnotherapy, integral medicine, life and wellness coaching, nutrition, reflexology, Reiki, shiatsu, and Trager®. These services are provided by a team of committed and dedicated healthcare professionals who cultivate an intimate, supportive environment helping individuals choose and enjoy healthy living.
Prior to joining VWS, Pat was Regional Director of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). She directed State Agencies with annual state grants of over $600 million and led the Regional Wellness Program and Nutrition Education Committee. Pat spent many years as mentor and coach for FNS’ national Leadership Institute Candidates. She graduated from USDA’s Senior Executive Service Career Development Program and holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration and a second degree in Art History.
Sylvia Holland is a compassionate and fun yoga instructor from Chimayo, New Mexico. She enjoys giving back to her community by teaching therapeutic yoga that is accessible to all through the Viniyoga approach. She began this journey while attending college at the University of New Mexico. She attended yoga classes through college and had fun exploring the various yoga studios around Albuquerque. She quickly noticed how beneficial yoga was for her mental and physical well-being and became very passionate about her own practice.
After graduating from college with a BA in Communication and Minor in Psychology in 2015, she moved to Austin, TX to find a career path in her degree field. While searching, she continued her personal yoga practice at a studio called Yoga Yoga, where one of her favorite teachers gave her a small scholarship for teacher training, which she is eternally grateful for. She signed up on a whim thinking that she might as well pursue what she is most passionate about. She chose the 200hr introduction to Yoga Therapy and Hatha Yoga Teacher Training because it had a therapeutic element to it; She always wanted to know more about how she could help the mental and physical health and wellbeing of herself and the people around her.
Sylvia felt this was the best decision she had made, this training was life altering and helped in her journey of self-discovery and toward choosing a career path that she truly loves and enjoys. After completing this certification in 2017 she has taught prenatal courses while pregnant with her first child and then after having her daughter she moved back to New Mexico to build a home yoga studio so that she could continue to teach to her community. While teaching at her home studio courses she has also been working on completing an online certification in chair yoga through Yoga Vista Academy. She is now employed as a yoga instructor at Hoy Recovery Program in Velarde, using the therapeutic aspects of Hatha yoga with the Viniyoga approach to help in the rehabilitation of their clients.
Harimander Khalsa, Certified Yoga Instructor
Harimander’s love of yoga started with hatha yoga in 1978 and Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan in 1979. He had the blessing of attending almost 2000 in person classes with Yogi Bhajan. In Los Angeles, he completed teacher training with lead teachers and taught Kundalini yoga and meditation for several years before moving to New Mexico in 1991. After moving to New Mexico, he and taught yoga in charter schools and corporate environments. He received his Kundalini yoga level I certification in 2003 and completed level II certification in 2017. He is completing the prerequisites for the GRD Center 1000-hour Kundalini Yoga Therapy training program and has completed; Foundations of Kundalini Yoga therapy: principles and practices, and Trauma informed Kundalini Yoga for recovery from PTSD. He studied Sat Nam Rasayan healing with Sant Guru Dev Singh Khalsa and tested for level I certification in 1999.
Chloe DaSilva, Meditation and Yoga Teacher/ Energy Healer
Chloe is a natural farmer, she incorporates the vision of permaculture and whole systems design within the framework of healing. Her vision is to share in understanding and a way of seeing that we live within nature interconnected to all living beings and in itself support the life of each other. She is certified in Kundalini Yoga taught by Yogi Bhajan as well as Reiki levels 1, 2 and master. She is well known of Buddhist and Taoist philosophies and practices. She has worked and studied farming within the context of natures design and teaches from a view of embodying presence and resting into a sense of being. Her teaching is simple, happiness is here and now and the earth will provide for us in abundance if we let it. She has traveled the country the last 5 years and is slowly putting her roots into the land of New Mexico, feeling deeply supported by the wisdom and ancestry here. Her focus is healing for the land and people. Her desire is to act in resting into, observing and designing natural systems to grow food and medicine, support health and life, and a seeing of happiness within simplicity, presence and each other. She is a drummer and DJ, and creates music with mantra and live percussion. She loves to dance and feels having authentic fun is the most spiritually enlightened one can be. She will serve at The Healing House to provide one on one Reiki Healing (energy balance), healing through Yoga (presence and movement) and natural farming
Ellen M Weber, LMT, Reiki Master & Teacher
More information on Ellen coming soon!
Gena Rose Blea, Licensed Massage Therapist
Gena Rose raised in Las Vegas, NM and is a mother of two amazing children; her daughter and son were raised to be genuinely good people. She taught them to love, to be kind and generous, to be forgiving and live life in what lights their soul on fire with passion and happiness. This lead Gena to follow her own advice to where she is today. Gena is a bodybuilder and avid Harley rider. Gena’s favorite quote is “To thine own self be true”.
Prior to being a licensed massage therapist she retired from New Mexico State Police in 2013. Gena is a 2005 graduate of The New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts and has practiced as a Sobadora here in New Mexico since 2013 when she returned to NMAHA to prepare for her licensure as a Licensed Massage Therapist.
Gena believes that self care is essential for a better quality of life and would be honored to help you. She utilizes her expertise to assist in this process. Through listening to the body and thoughtful communication she has a collaborative approach of reaching the specific goal of her clients. Her approach to bodywork is rather unique, integrating Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Lomi Lomi, Sports massage and Trigger Point style massage.
John Raymond Pitt is a native of Kansas City which is where he was first introduced to the healing arts. Starting with yoga in the late 1970s, the ability to heal one’s body through natural healing practices began a lifelong pathway focusing on wellness. In the early 1980s, he took residency in the Sat Tirath Ashram in Kansas City where he studied under Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa and other masters. In 1993, he moved to Florida to care for his Mother and at that time decided to further pursue multiple healing modalities.
Through the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy, he became a certified massage therapist in 1994 and for eight years owned, managed, and practiced at the Massage Center of Siesta Key, Florida. At the same time, he continued his pursuit of multiple healing modalities and spiritual practices. At summer and winter Sikh retreats, John accumulated 45 hours of practice in Sat Nam Rasayan and participated in two intensive instructions with the head of the school of Sat Nam Rasayan.
He moved to New Mexico in 2002. Modalities offered through his work at the Healing House include deep relaxation and healing through meditation based on the ancient Sikh healing art of Sat Nam Rasayan designed for individuals and those in partnership whether romantic, business, family or friendship; energetic healing through clearing and balancing the seven chakras, based on Reiki principles; and Shirodhara based on Ayurvedic principles involving gently flowing oil at the third eye and crown chakra.
John is a yogi and ordained minister who helps guide his clients to achieve optimum health.
Teisha Caldwell, LPCC & RM/t
Teisha K. Caldwell is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and a Reiki Master/teacher (RM/t).
She was born in Portsmouth, Ohio; and, after visiting New Mexico for the first time in April 2007, she became enchanted with the Spiritual feeling of New Mexico. The wonderfully clear skies as well as the majestic and other-worldly sunsets only added to the mystic and enchantment. She earned her Master's Degree, with honors, in Mental Health Counseling and Health and Human Services from Lindsey Wilson College, School of Professional Counseling in 2008. In addition, Teisha holds three other degrees from Ohio University: Bachelor of Psychology (2006), Associate of Applied Science in Social Science (2004) and Associate of Business Technology (2003). After graduation from her Master's program, she responded to the enchantment of New Mexico and has made this beautiful state her forever home. Since that time, Teisha has worked at Ayudantes, Presbyterian Medical Services, and Christus/St. Vincent Regional Medical Center; since 2014, Teisha has been in Private Practice in Los Alamos. Teisha specializes in Trauma and Anxiety Disorders. And she has processed over 5,000 EMDR sessions; and occasionally, she has person's travel from other states to have their previous EMDR sessions corrected. Teisha has been interested in health and healing most of her adult life; and, she began studying alternative health and related subjects in the mid-1980's. In 2018, Teisha went on the fast-track to become a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a Certified Akashic Record Consultant, Certified in Aura Extension & Cleansing, and has become well-versed in use of Essential Oils for optimization of health and well-being. Teisha is currently studying to become a Shaman as well as an Herbalist and Crystal Healing Practitioner/Consultant; and, she intends to begin a Hypnotherapy program in the Summer of 2020. Additionally, she is the Developer and President of Integrative Wellness Foundation (a 501c3 Not-for-profit-Organization) which will offer funding to those who have need to participate in a comprehensive wrap-around wellness program and/or obtain funding to be able to engage in medical related services requiring a copayment and/or utilize the foundation's approved alternative healthcare providers.
Robin Yates, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Past-Life Regression Therapist, and NLP Master Practitioner
Robin began her path in the healing arts in San Diego, California in 2004 and became a certified hypnotherapist in 2007. Later, in 2008, she specialized in past life regression. She began her training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming in 2012 and was certified as a NLP Master Practitioner in 2015. She helps her clients tap into their unconscious mind, shift the old habits, beliefs and emotions, and create what they really want for themselves. Her goal is to help teach others how to access their inner power, and create a life they love, by removing the obstacle and self sabotage in their way. Robin recently moved to New Mexico, where she spends time outdoors and in nature. She also teaches Zumba dance fitness part time to work out and have fun.
Guadalupe Salinas, FOH Support Staff | Botanical Medicine Apprentice
Guadalupe Salinas de Rios was born in Espanola, NM and is the youngest daughter of Naturalized Mexican Immigrants. She is an Undergrad in Integrated Studies with Emphasis in General Psychology and Herbalism with 4 years experience in Retail and Customer Service. She self-studies and practices botany and planting for the purpose of creating healing, organic and holistic remedies and cosmetics that she has learned from her mother, and builds her own recipes from the foundations that have been passed down through the generations of women in her family. She also delves in Therapeutic Writing and Painting where she turns nightmares, dreams and traumas into artistic illustrations and has a great admiration for entymology and wildlife alike. She is a fun loving spirit who loves her Apsaalooké husband, and believes that insects, plants, animals, earth and humans all deserve the same amount of respect.
Cruz Quintana, FOH Support Staff
Cruz Santos Quintana was born and raised in Northern New Mexico, and is the only child of two loving Hispanic parents. He is a Senior at Pojoaque Valley High School, and is expecting to pursue a degree in Computer Science. Having been brought up by a mother who strongly believes in the effects of naturopathic treatments, he has first-hand experience of the results and positive experiences put forth by natural healing. He enjoys the outdoors and spending time in nature, where he feels the most balanced and at home. He is a friendly and energetic teenager that’s always eager to learn about anything set in front of him.
Rebecca Urbank, FOH Support Staff/ Event Coordinator
Rebecca Urbank received her BFA in Fashion Design near her hometown at Kent State University in Ohio. After spending several years in NYC as a Menswear Designer, she craved the sunshine and tranquility of the New Mexico landscape. She recently relocated here with her Holland Lop rabbit, Bunny Face. She's passionate about mental health awareness and suicide prevention. She's an avid writer, hiker, and hot springs-soaker!
Rebecca joined The Healing House this winter as a Family of Healers Support Staff member & Event Coordinator.
Kristiana Martinez, FOH Support Staff Member
Kristiana Martinez is native to the Española Valley. She gained 3 years exposure in customer service and retail positions; is currently attending classes at Northern New Mexico College. She is planning to pursue a psychology degree as a youth councilor. Kristiana has firsthand encountered the merit of natural remedies by learning to manage anxiety,that previously had resulted in further health issues. Balancing mind and body through yoga practices and meditation helps replenish the positivity she receives and displays.
She enjoys sharing her perspective on everyday details controlled through her camera lens. Motivated by curiosity, Kristiana avails herself of whatever opportunities presented before her. Thus her pleasure is exhibited through photography, mural arts, and folklorico dance.