About Karen

My intention, as a Holistic Health Practitioner (an accepted expression, which implies natural, and preventative methods to a-whole-person approach to care), is to aid in the relief of pain and stress by helping to increase general health. To make sure that happens, I’ve harmonized an array of techniques and perspectives, which I have experienced together myself; mainly crafted from Massage Therapy, Yoga and Homeopathy, into one practice called, Integrative Classical Homeopathy with Therapeutic Massage & Yoga. This offering gives clients an array of choices for optimizing their health and wellness, through a mind/body approach--entering the sphere of integrated wellness using any one or more of these approaches, wherever they feel drawn or need.

I began my holistic journey by studying Nutrition, Indoor Air Pollution, and Stress Management at the Empire State College in Nyack, New York, and then, graduated in 1993 from the Swedish Institute in Manhattan, New York.  I bought a massage practice, in Nyack, NY, at that time, where I  maintained a full-time clientele.  After moving my residence to Westchester County, in the year 2000, my business had evolved into a full-time clientele from both Rockland and Westchester counties. Currently, I am conveniently located in the Village of Tarrytown, NY; close to both counties and major highways, and very near to the cut-through to the Saw Mill River Parkway, neighboring Pocantico and East View.

In my early years of my massage practice, I augmented my education throughout incorporating skills such as, trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, CranioSacral Therapy and viewpoints from my Neuromuscular Movement Therapy Training.  CranioSacral 1 & 2 and CranioSacral SomatoEmotional release was studied at the Upledger Institute.  Neuromuscular movement reeducation was learned through, Sara Vogeler, who studied under Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen's School of Body-Mind Centering of Northampton, Massachusetts.   In due course, I’ve become experienced with helping those with conditions like, arthritis, fibromyalgia, torticollis, scoliosis, sprains, whiplash, tendinitis, anxiety, headaches and Parkinson’s disease.  I am also certified in Prenatal Massage.  What's more, I practice my own meditation regularly, and am proficient in teaching mindful meditation.

My homeopathic-foundation training was received at the Hudson Valley School of Classical Homeopathy, in the beautiful Hudson Valley, New York, where I earned 620 hours of basic and advanced instruction.  At the Homeopathy School International of Loveland Colorado, I earned the required clinical training hours prescribed by the Council for Homeopathic Certification.  I am a certified classical homeopath (C.C.H.),  which is considered the highest certified credential, recognized in the U.S. and Canada.   Some other homeopaths who have influenced the refinement of my skills are, Dr. Luc De Schepper, who has expanded my knowledge in homeopathic posology, and strengthened my zeal in the precision of Dr. Hahnemann.  Also, Dr. Will Taylor,  has extended my view in anatomy, physiology and pathology, for the homeopathic practitioner.  And,  Dr. Farokh Master, was instrumental in further developing my understanding of pediatrics and homeopathy.  Additionally, a personal understanding of this profound healing method was also attained, prior, through my own experience, as a homeopathic client on a journey towards increased wellness.  Homeopathy has been shown to be a curative aid, in myself and many others, helping to unblock the blocks to optimum health*

Yoga Teacher Training and additional training in Yoga for Arthritis was completed at Integral Yoga of NYC, which comes on the heels of a long established personal Yoga practice.  During this time of my own yoga exploration, I concentrated on integrating my knowledge of neuromuscular re-patterning with the science of Yoga asana.  This progression helped to inform my own personal style in teaching.  I love to teach injury prevention and sedentary life recovery to client's who want to establish their own Yoga practice, or who want to safely attend a group class.

Throughout most my life, I have sustained an ardent devotion to the harmonies in nature, which have attracted me to my profession. The heart of my therapeutic approach is to develop a set of individual goals, for each client, then, as an art and science, use my knowledge and experience of the healing process to ensure those intentions are achieved.

* Changes are variable from person to person.