Practitioners & Fitness Instructors
Our Practitioners and Fitness Instructors are dedicated to helping survivors become THRIVERS. They have completed a rigorous approval process and are committed to providing the highest level of services to our participants.
Sue Baughman | Integrated Energy Healer, Emotional Freedom Technique Therapist (Tapping)
Sue Baughman grew up in Pennsylvania but has been living and working in Australia since 1986. Sue practices as a holistic psychologist with additional complementary training as a yoga & laughter yoga teacher, energy therapist, & mindfulness meditation teacher. She brings a wise and compassionate presence to individual, group, workshop, and retreat experiences. Sue is passionate about working collaboratively with her clients using evidence based techniques and practices (both mainstream & complementary) that promote self-care, healing, and self-development.
Sue was an inaugural co-facilitator and originator for the HCF sponsored Thrivers! Retreats and one day workshops. Sue has been providing psychological counseling services and Emotional Health & Wellness Group Programs for the past 15 years. Sue is also an accredited teacher with Satyananda Yoga and has been a yoga and mindfulness based practitioner for over 25 years. Sue co-facilitates holistic, psychosocial retreats for people living with cancer, for caregivers, allied health professionals, Aboriginal women, and people living with depression, anxiety, and stress.
Edye Discount | Pilates Fitness Instructor & Individual Pilates Training
Edye Discount has been a pilates instructor for over a decade. She offers customized reformer, mat, and chair Pilates. She has instructed classes in geriatric Pilates, in patients with Multiple Sclerosis, and for cancer patients through HCF. She is certified in rehab Pilates strengthening of the knees, back, and hips. She currently owns her own studio, The Pilates Therapist. Learn more at her website.
Yvonne Fisher | Bowenwork
Yvonne Fisher, owner of Insight Body Therapies in Fort Washington, has been involved in the healing arts since learning reflexology in 1985. She became a certified massage therapist in 2004, then discovered Bowenwork soft tissue therapy and has been practicing since 2005. The results have been so positive and profound that she now specializes in Bowenwork, which compromises about 90% of her practice. Yvonne is a licensed massage therapist, with background in reflexology, Reiki, and Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping). To find more information about Bowenwork, visit her website.
Jodi Hutchinson | Integrated Energy Healer
Jodi Hutchinson joined the HCF in 2014. She was the Director of the Integrative Medicine and Wellness Initiative for the Holy Redeemer Healthcare System until 2018. She spent nearly 20 years as a cardiac surgery physician assistant championing and implementing complementary healing modalities for patients, families, and staff. Eventually, she made a spirited decision to leave her career and walk across the stages of the world, living moment by moment in total surrender.
Karen Jayne | Life Coach
Karen Jayne has been a certified professional life coach for almost a decade and is accredited through the International Coaching Federation. She is also the author of 3 Pillows Down. A wake up call from cancer can be overwhelming and yet also an amazing opportunity. Karen supports her clients in finding the silver linings present in this challenging experience, whether while you’re going through it or afterwards. She helps you become more centered in faith over fear, gain clarity on the current state of your life and on where you want to be. She then supports you in figuring out how to get there and encourages successful follow through. Karen specializes in relationships, starting with the one you have with yourself, and is also comfortable addressing areas of intimacy, sex, and spirituality. Karen uses a variety of tools and techniques to create sustainable results for creating and living a life of maximum fulfillment and joy. Learn more at her website.
Emily Johnson | Holistic Nutrition Counseling
As a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, I am deeply passionate about helping women heal through five pillars of self care therapies. One of the first pillars I will support Thrivers on is Nutrition since it plays such a big role in how one can feel every single day. By educating Thrivers on how to follow a whole foods plant based diet, teaching kitchen confidence, and how to get into a routine each week with healthy food choices, massive benefits will follow. I can consult 1:1, create group workshops, or group programs based on the HCF and Thrivers needs. I can coordinate virtual cooking classes, meal prep Sunday classes, or themed classes based on the season. I can teach how to read labels and ingredients when at the grocery store, or provide a virtual pantry clear out. I absolutely love recipe development and can help create whole foods recipes for the HCF, Viver, or Thrivers.
I will teach Thrivers the other core 4 pillars which are stress management, incorporating mindfulness, movement, and sleep hygiene. I will teach the benefit of having daily rituals and creating space to reflect, practice gratitude, and set an intention for each day. I can teach classes on developing a morning routine, setting healthy boundaries, and how to discover little things that bring Thrivers joy. My ultimate goal is to support Thrivers and the HCF in any way that I can. I plan to go above and beyond to ensure that Thrivers are feeling supported and listened to. I will be one of their many support systems (aka a wellness bestie) and can communicate via email, text, voice note, phone call, zoom, or FaceTime.
Chris Kalinich | Nutrition Educator & Food for Life Instructor
Chris became an HCF Practitioner in 2018. She is a Certified Food for Life Instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the founder and culinary instructor of Plant 2 Platter®. She enjoys working with individuals and groups to promote and support positive life change. With her passion for cooking and nutrition, along with her background in education, she helps others discover how food and lifestyle choices can positively affect well-being. She focuses on the whole person, valuing the social camaraderie and cultural connections that are associated with food. After overcoming several health issues using the power of plants, Chris now helps others discover how they can empower their own lives with evidence-based nutrition education, through recognizing nature’s gift of whole foods, and by mastering practical cooking skills that result in tasty, healthy cuisine. She helps you understand how to achieve optimum health through the food choices you make and encourages you every step of the way. Yes, we can tackle life with vitality by what we put on our plates. Learn more at her website www.plant2platter.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Plant2Platter.
Tracy Kiczales | Individual Yoga Training
After a breast cancer diagnosis in 2014, I was determined to find alternative methods to assist the body’s natural healing process. Discovering yoga, meditation and mindful living have fundamentally changed my life forever. These were essential components to my recovery so I felt compelled to become a certified yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner in order to pass along these beautiful modalities to others.
I believe the journey involved with a regular yoga and healing practice is a very personal one. That is why I come to you to work one-on-one, in the privacy of your own home, where you can feel free to fully express yourself without judgment. We will talk, we will laugh, and we may even cry. It’s all good! Opening up to the process is the key! If having some friends along for the ride is something you prefer, we can work in small, intimate groups and achieve the same results. Together we will find what works for your mind, body and spirit. It is truly my honor to play any role in providing comfort, self-confidence and joy to others in this world through the beauty of yoga.
Joan McDevitt | Yoga Fitness Instructor & Individual Yoga Training
Joan is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 hour level (ERYT-500) and Mind Body Stress Reduction (MBSR) Educator. She is dedicated to serving and empowering others in their journey through illness to health and wellness. As a three time cancer survivor, Joan understands the importance of holistic healing and is committed to caregiving through the offerings of and education in the healing modalities of Yoga Therapy, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Nutritional Counseling and the Contemplative Practices of Mindfulness and Meditation.
This integrative approach to healing of the body, mind and spirit leads to personal health and well being with greater awareness, acceptance and compassion.
Diane Manni | Core Fitness Instructor & Individual Core Fitness Training
Diane Manni became an HCF Fitness Instructor in 2016 and an HCF Practitioner providing individual core fitness training in 2019. Diane’s passion for health, wellness and fitness began after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2008. She is not only a breast cancer survivor but most definitely a THRIVER! Diane’s greatest desire is to help other thrivers live a healthy, strong life through exercise and a healthy lifestyle. She is a certified fitness instructor and teaches a Core Fitness class for the HCF. Her group program utilizes many difference exercises to achieve fitness goals for participants of all fitness levels. Join Diane’s class and learn to love your workouts and be your personal best.
Penny Martin-Holly | Healing Touch, Surgical Coach
Having been healed from breast cancer over 25 years ago, Penny Martin-Holly has made it her mission to help others along their healing journey. She uses special relaxing Healing Touch energy field balancing techniques to relieve the stress of a cancer diagnosis and treatment decisions, relieve pain, headaches, nausea, low energy, and many other symptoms. Penny is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner and has been practicing Healing Touch for over 20 years. She practices under her own business – The Angelic Heart. She has received accreditation as a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner through Healing Touch Program and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Penny is an active member of the Bucks County Breast Friends and chair for the BCBF Craft and Sewing Circle, which provides healing totes for new members. She also is an embroiderer and apparel decorator, providing BCBF apparel for sale to the Bucks County Breast Friends.
Lori Pelkowski | Reflexology
Lori Rose is a Certified Reflexology Practitioner specializing in traditional foot Reflexology, Reflexology for Lymph Drainage and the facial Reflexology protocol Japanese Cosmo Facelift™. She has studied under internationally renowned instructors Sally Kay and Lone Sorensen, giving clients a unique blend of treatments that focus on reducing stress, relaxation and healing. For more information, please visit LoriRose.net.
Julie Raffel | Nutrition Counseling
Julie is a certified integrative nutrition health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC. She also has certifications in gut health and emotional eating psychology. Julie’s path to wellness began when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 at the age of 44. She took advantage of the services offered by the HCF and with the help of several HCF practitioners, she made many lifestyle changes that greatly improved many aspects of her health. Julie hopes to share her personal experiences and knowledge with her fellow survivors and others to help get them started on their own path to health and wellness. Julie is able to assist clients in making lifestyle changes. Julie believes that lifestyle modifications, including nutrition and exercise are not once size fits all. Her mission is to help her clients set goals, implement those goals and make the goals a sustainable part of the client’s life. Julie’s services include teaching clients to read food labels, navigate the supermarket healthfully, helping clients with weight loss, teaching clients the value of incorporating more plant foods in their diet, helping clients to transition to a plant based diet and much more. Julie believes that gut health is an area that most of us need improvement in and she loves to introduce her clients to this ever evolving field of health and wellness. Julie is also certified in emotional eating psychology and she is able to help her clients recognize emotional eating and gives them tools to help them manage this area of their lives. Julie’s 2 favorite mottos are “small changes become big changes” and “strive for progress not perfection.” Julie’s goal is to help her clients heal through lifestyle modifications and become the best versions of themselves.
Lisa Rogers | EFT Therapist
Lisa Rogers has been specializing in anxiety and depression relief through the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) also called Tapping for over a decade. She is a certified Emotional Freedom Technique Therapist and offers a highly effective blend of EFT and Quantum Techniques to provide rapid symptom relief. Part of her unique service employs muscle testing to assess a client’s environmental sensitivities (food, chemical, etc.), which can greatly impact a person’s health. Her expertise is in working with people who have experienced loss, abuse, trauma and traumatic injury.
Lisa is the founder of The Center for Emotional Freedom, located in Feasterville, PA. Although she does see client’s in-person, a client’s physical presence in the office is not necessary, allowing her to work with clients all over the world via telephone and SKYPE. Learn more at her website.
Brenda Sonnie-Goldman | Massage Therapist and Lymphedema Therapist
For the past 12 years, Brenda Sonnie-Goldman has been dedicated to helping men and women, in a hospital setting, support their body’s ability to heal and be well following breast surgery. In addition to being a Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, and Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Brenda also holds many certifications that include: Management of Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, Mastectomy Massage and Integrated Lymphatic Drainage Massage. Brenda specializes in the healing process that takes place after breast cancer surgery and treatments. For the past three years Brenda has been trained in and awakened to the healing potential of Lymphstar (Lymphatic Enhancement and Light Therapy). Brenda and her husband live in Newtown. Brenda now has healing rooms available at Holy Redeemer’s Southampton and Bensalem offices. To learn more about Brenda, Please visit https://www.facebook.com/theenergytoheal/
Judy ViaCava | Life Coach
Cyndie Westrich | Art Therapist
Cyndie Westrich holds a Masters in Art Therapy from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin with post graduate training in counseling from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has over twenty-five years of dedication serving individuals and organizations by providing individual and group counseling and art therapy with adults, children, and families in hospitals, schools, and residential treatment facilities. She offers wellness classes and professional workshops, and enjoys lecturing, organizing community events, advocating for children, supervising therapists, and offering wellness consulting for companies. Previously Cyndie assisted patients as a creative arts therapist at Paoli Hospital with Main Line Health in oncology, radiology, telemetry, and ICU. She is licensed as a counselor in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Virginia and has been nationally board certified with the Art Therapy Credentials Board since 1996. She is the founder and owner of C.R.E.A.T.E. in Greater Philadelphia. Cyndie has published many papers and presented lectures on the subject of Art Therapy.