With friends in Yangshuo, China.

Photos taken by Kari Palsila except where noted.

About Debra

Photo by Robert Brodie.

Debra and Elephant in Hong Kong.
Photo by Jonathan Bernath.

Debra in Bali.

A memorable trip to Asia planted a seed . . .


Since 1994 I have had extensive training and study in a range of bodywork modalities. I continually study and take courses in Reflexology and massage. I have an ongoing practice of Qigong and study of TCM with the Tao of Healing and Master Nan Lu. I am also an artist and textile designer.



PERINATAL MASSAGE
Pre- & Perinatal Massage Therapy 
Certificate of Achievement/ 32 continuing education hours, April 2011 
Cortiva Institute and Body Therapy Associates with Carole Osborne, Hoboken, NJ

Pre- & Perinatal Massage Techniques Refinement; Advanced Perinatal Issues; 
Supporting Maternity Clients with Special Needs
Certificate of Achievement/ 32 continuing education hours, June 2011 
Cortiva Institute and Body Therapy Associates with Carole Osborne, Hoboken, NJ



QIGONG HEALING
Qigong Meridian Therapy/ Chair and Full Body Treatments 
Two year training, Certified 1997
American Taoist Healing Center and  Hubei College, China with Nan Lu, OMD, New York, NY

Medical Qigong Training Level 1 
One year training, Completed October 2008
Tao of Healing with Nan Lu, OMD, New York, NY

Dragon’s Way and Wu Ming Qigong Instructor Training   
One year training, Completed 2009
Tao of Healing with Nan Lu, OMD, New York, NY

Dragon’s Way Teacher Training Certificate
April 2009
Tao of Healing, New York, NY

Medical Qigong Training Level 2 
One year training, Completed November 2010 
Tao of Healing with Nan Lu, OMD, New York, NY


REFLEXOLOGY
Hand, Ear, Face Reflexology Training Program
Certified 100 hours, April - July 2005 
New York Open Center, Inc. / The Vital Energy Source with Wendy Coad, New York, NY

Foot Reflexology Training Program 
Certified 200 hours, March - June 2005 
The Vital Energy Source with Wendy Coad, New York, NY

American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) - Foot
Certified April 2006, (B01117)

Reflexology Teacher Training - Basic & Advanced Reflexology 
Certified 200 hours, September 2006 - March 2007 
The Vital Energy Source with Wendy Coad, New York, NY

Moving the Energy: The Interface of Reflexology, Massage, the 12 Meridians and 5 Elements
15 continuing education hours, October 2008
J.L.M. Educational Training with Lillian Morten, New York, NY

American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) - Hand
Certified August 2009, (H0062)

The Science of Reflexology Deposits
4 continuing education hours, September 2009
Linda Chollar Reflexology Training & Research Group with Jesus Manzanares, M.D., Los Angeles, CA

Exploring Infertility and Reflexology
16 continuing education hours, October 2009
The Swedish Institute with Vera Krijn, New York, NY

Pain Control & Stress Reduction with Foot Hand Ear Reflexology
3 continuing education hours, June 2013
The American Academy of Reflexology with Bill Flocco, Linthicum, MD

Integrated Foot Hand Ear Reflexology for Musculoskeletal Issues & Pain
17 continuing education hours, June 2013 
The American Academy of Reflexology with Bill Flocco, Linthicum, MD


Manzanares Method of Reflexology
16 continuing education hours, October 2013
Science-based Manzanares Method of ReflexologyTM with Jesus Manzanares, M.D., New York, NY



THAI MASSAGE and SHIATSU 
Thai Massage Training
32 hours training, 2006 
Academy of Massage Therapy with Rick Haesche, Hackensack, NJ

Nuad Bo Rarn: Side-lying Thai Massage
7 continuing education hours, September 2006
Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy with Rich Haesche, Newington, CT

Shiatsu level 1 and 2 Integration Training
180 hours training, 2007
Academy of Massage Therapy with Larry Wolf, Hackensack, NJ

Thai Massage for the Table
6 continuing education hours, May 2008
Bodymind Thai Massage with Rick Haesche, Newington, CT

Acupressure Facial Jin Shin Do® Acupressure
6 continuing education hours, December 2008
The Jin Shin Do® Foundation for Bodymind Acupressure with Gail Kellstrom, Katonah, NY



MASSAGE THERAPY
Clinical Massage Therapy, NY Curriculum
Graduated May 17, 2007
The Academy of Massage Therapy, Hackensack, NJ

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
Certified October 10, 2007 (542656-07)

Licensed Massage Therapist in NY State (LMT NY)
Licensed September 2007, (020906)

Licensed Massage Therapist in NJ State (LMT NJ)
Licensed January 2013, (18KT00441300)


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Reflexology Association of America (RAA)
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)
New York State Reflexology Association (NYSRA)


TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Reflexology:
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York, NY; December 2010 - Present
Healing Hands Massage School, Westwood, NJ; April 2008 - June 2010
Private Classes, Maplewood, NJ; April, 2009 - Present

Dragon's Way and Wu Ming Qigong for Breast Health:
Shakti Yoga & Living Arts, Maplewood, NJ; May 2009 - Present

Debra with a Mongolian priest.

Affiliates:

Debra with baby in Beijing.