wellness for children initiative Members
Vice President, International Business Development, Oakworks, Inc., United States
Dafne Berlanga, VP of International business Development for Oakworks, has been active in the Wellness Industry for 15 years now. Her passion for Art has led her to join Partners in Art where she has volunteered for the last six years. Partners in Art is monthly program where volunteers explain 3-4 pieces of art per session for children from Kindergarden to 5th grade. Each session is always followed by an activity. Dafne is also a member of the Sustainability Initiative for the Global Wellness Institute. She believes that sustainability principles and practices need to be experienced from childhood to promote a collective change in our culture towards taking care of our resources.
Patricia Berry Greenidge
Founder & Managing Director, PBHC Clinic & School of Holistic Therapies, Inc., Barbados
Patricia Berry Greenidge is the founder and Managing Director of PBHC Clinic and School of Holistic Therapies Inc. based in Barbados which is accredited locally, regionally and internationally. She has gained worldwide experience in Holistic therapies before opening the school. She previously worked for over 20 years in the Youth and Community field in Nottingham UK and Derby UK. Her experience including working with Children from infant to adults in this field. She has initiated many projects in wellness for young people with the aim of staying healthy physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. One area most successful were youth exchanges which included young people gaining many skills e.g. fundraising, communication, diet and exercise. Through her commitment and work in Youth and Community with young people she was given an award in Nottingham. She continues her work with her strong commitment in Health and Wellnessand working with young people to enhance their skills.
Manuela Boyle, PhD
Integrative Oncologist, Australia
Manuela Boyle, PhD cand, MHSc and ND, is an Australian Integrative Oncologist with board certification by the Institute of Integrative Medicine (USA). With over 20 years of clinical experience in Integrative Medical centres in Australia, Italy, United Kingdom and Singapore, Manuela is a leading integrative oncology educator delivering training and mentoring to medical doctors and allied health practitioners. Manuela is a regularly invited guest speaker at key conferences both nationally (ACNEM, A5M, ATMS) and internationally (Paris, Barcelona, London, Singapore, Dubai, Dusseldorf) and is the published author of several peer-reviewed papers. Her interview has appeared in consumers’ magazines such as Australia Wellbeing and the Art of Healing. Manuela is a peer reviewer of the prestigious “Breast Cancer: Basic and Clinical Research Journal – Libertas Academica.
President, Eastern Vibration, United States
Christine has been involved in the Spa and Wellness industry for 30 years, mainly in the Caribbean and Asia. She has been working with street kids in Nepal & India since 2006. Her expertise in Sound Healing has compelled her to teach underprivileged children the power of sound. She has taught many children how to use sound vibrational healing on themselves and administering this on the elderly in their locality. She is committed to continue contributing to the intellectual, health and happiness growth of these children. She is currently the foster parent of three young Nepali children who were previously street kids.
Co-Founder, Eastern Vibration, United States
Jahmaal has a vast knowledge of health practices that help the body heal itself such as manual therapies, herbal medicine, energetic therapies, and other natural healing modalities. In addition, he brings to the group his expertise in working with children which includes teaching English as a second language for ages 8-15 and teaching yoga to youth of all ages. His experience in the computer sciences also give him a unique perspective on the brain’s processes, learning, and development.
Sr. Medical Science Liaison, Neurocrine Biosciences, United States
Carolyn McMicken has been promoting health and wellness for over 25 years. Carolyn’s professional experience has included working as an executive assistant at a sports production company; counseling children, families, and adults; administering cognitive and neuropsychological test batteries; psychiatric treatment research; and medical affairs. Carolyn currently works for Neurocrine Biosciences as a Sr. Medical Science Liaison, and is based in the Philadelphia suburbs. She is married with 3 children, a 10 y/o son and 7 y/o son and daughter. Carolyn has served as Director-at –Large for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter “Fit to Lead” affinity group. She is a fitness enthusiast, regularly participating in short and mid-distance running events, yoga, Pilates, dance, and strength training. Carolyn is absolutely thrilled to join the Wellness for Children Initiative.
Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor , United States
Elizabeth McNamara, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC is a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in Philadelphia. She works with individuals and couples in Private Practice as well as provides EAP consulting in a corporate setting. She is currently the Program Director for the Creative Arts for Everyone project within the Family Court system, where she has worked for almost 20 years providing creative arts interventions for non-custodial parents and their children. Elizabeth is an Adjunct Faculty member at Drexel University. Areas of specialty include working with families impacted by trauma and providing licensure support in Clinical Supervision. Elizabeth serves as the Government Affairs Liaison for the local PA American Dance Therapy Association Chapter. Advocacy has long been a passion for Elizabeth, highlighted by participation in the ADTA Hill Day, National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. as well as various local grass root advocacy training events. Activism on behalf of arts in healthcare and mental health care reform remains an important element of her professional path.
Sherri A. Nicolas
Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner, United States
Sherri Nicholas maintains her private practice as massage therapist at SherringEnergy LLC in New Jersey. She was assistant house manager for the AIDS Resource Foundation For Children. She’s worked in Physical Therapy at the Felician School for Exceptional Children, Early Intervention of United Hospital and HealthSouth Rehab. Sherri is the mother of Justin and the life partner of Ann Sheridan. Sherri is also a Certified Practitioner of Eden Energy Medicine. She has recently joined The Doodle Institute to learn more about graphic recording/facilitation. She has always loved pencils and paper and has drawn pictures to enhance her clients abilities to understand their bodies. Sherri talks in metaphors and draws elaborate stick figures to teach about the body, your energy so you are more empowered to take better care of yourself. She is on a mission to synthesize the concepts of energy medicine into easy, understandable and entertaining graphics. Sherri see how everything is already connected and incorporates that vision in everything she does.
Sergio Pecorelli, MD, PhD
Professor, University of Brescia, Italy
Sergio Percorelli, MD, PhD is an OB/GYN, surgeon, previous Chancellor of the University of Brescia, adjunct professor at Yale, and the Italian EU representative for healthy ageing. Also the President of the Lorenzini Medical Foundation (Houston), he is focused on prevention, and female cancers, and has published over 300 scientific papers. As propagator of the “First 1,000 Days” paradigm, he directs an international scientific board, with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as well as the PECOS Program for real-life interventions and education on prevention.
Registered Nurse & Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner, United States
Ann’s experience includes working in a variety of settings: hospital and home care, traditional foster care facility and a large social service agency. Ann received her Bachelors in Nursing from Bloomfield college in Bloomfield, New Jersey in 1980.. In 2014 she began her studies in a complementary medicine program called Eden Energy Medicine(EEM). She completed the EEM certification program in 2016. It is her mission to bring the self-care practices of Eden Energy Medicine to empower adults and children. She is passionate about teaching the next generation these EEM techniques to improve their well being and resiliency for the future.