our facilitators

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dr. Emily Anne McDonald, MD

@EMILYANNEMXD | WEBSITE

Emily is the founder of Chrysalis Holistic Healing. She is a graduate of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and Swarthmore College. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals, presented at academic conferences, managed a non-profit medical clinic for individuals without health insurance, organized large scale interdisciplinary events, delivered more than 100 newborns, cared for thousands of patients through the hospital system, and most recently, opened Chrysalis - a space to integrate her many passions in services of all other beings.

Emily blends her traditional medical training with plant medicine, astrology, and yoga. Her classes and workshops are geared towards developing an understanding of energy, or vibrational, medicine and how it relates to the current medical paradigm. She teaches skills for energetic balancing and shares tools for reprogramming patterned thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. She is particularly interested in sharing ways that individuals might overcome challenges of human development in order to reach new evolutionary potential. In addition to teaching, she also offers private consultations for anyone interested in exploring new avenues for health and healing.


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Courtney Lee Hall, BA

WORKSHOPS | @plantspirits | website

Courtney is a certified herbalist through the California School of Herbal Studies (500+hr. 2010), and a certified flower essence practitioner through Alaskan Essences (2014). Having much of her earlier training in western herbalism, she found her true calling when studying vibrational therapeutics (flower essences) in Alaska (2013). After completing a full year of case studies, she received her practitioner certification. For her own healing as well as her clients, she now primarily treats using flower essences.

Beginning in 2012 Courtney studied for two years under a Cherokee native where she completed a traditional Lakota vision quest and sweat lodge training. This intense journey of healing through earth medicine has remained with her ever since, and within all of her work, she focuses heavily on Native American energetics. She is passionate about getting out into nature as often as possible and leads a program called Earth Immersion each year. This course consists of walking in the woods, plant identification, plant-spirit communication, and self-reflection.

Her passion for alchemy continues to this day, and often you can find Courtney in the kitchen hand-crafting formulas to uplift, heal, and raise one's vibration. She has been handcrafting herbal products for 8 years, and each fall she releases a line of organic, handmade, formulas, teas, salves, oils, creams, and more! 2018 products will be released October 22nd.


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Rebekah smith, ba

CLASSES | @bek_a_yogi

Rebekah is a college graduate with a professional training in social work, mindfulness, and yoga therapy. She shares her teachings through school curriculum, group classes, and private sessions. She is particularly interested in helping people connect their physical bodies to their emotional, psychological, and spiritual bodies.


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Rhonda Lonaka Enea

CLASSES | @wineandspiritshow | Facebook

Rhonda Enea is a Qigong teacher and energy healer under the tutelage of Master Chunyi Lin. Qigong (pronounced “chee-Gong”) means energy (Qi) and work (Gong). It has been practiced for more than 5,000 years in China using life force energy, qi, to cultivate optimal health and expanded consciousness. Qigong helps the body release energy blocks and increase life force energy, thereby promoting greater vitality, happiness and fulfillment in life. By quieting our thoughts, focusing on our breath, and visualizing energy flow, our bodies, minds and spirits are refreshed. O ther areas of Rhonda’s expertise include meditation instruction, guided by her intuitive energies and Law of Attraction life coaching, certified by Bob Doyle of “The Secret”.


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mehwish chughtai, ma, l. ac.

WORKSHOPS | WEBSITE

Mehwish’s certifications and experiences have led to the development of a unique blend of body work modalities which can benefit you by encompassing the energies of the mind, body, and spirit. She specializes in Acupuncture as a way for treating a variety of different pathologies, including chronic and acute conditions, such as headache or stroke. Acupuncture is an ancient approach that works by bringing the body’s energy back into natural balance. With great care, treatments are focused into specific points to help optimize the body’s own ability to heal and restore vitality.


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Jess Kelleher, ms

@om_with_jess | website

Jess is a mother of 3 boys, 2 dogs, 30 chickens, 1 gecko and a husband (hehe). She earned a BS in Psychology from Northeastern University and a Masters in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Hunter College. She has professional experience as a behavior therapist and currently works as a certified yoga instructor for adults and children. Jess always had a strong foundation in holistic living but her journey shifted at the onset of motherhood. Armed with a her own strong history in anxiety and hypochondriasis, Jess felt helpless when her son got sick for the first time with a simple cold that landed him in the hospital with breathing difficulties. Though the advice of the doctors was to continue to use steroids for every repeated attack, she knew something just wasn't right. Fast forward 8 years and two more children, Jess now has the confidence and peace of mind to treat her family almost 100% naturally at home when illness hits. Through trusting her mommy instinct, self educating, and experience she now wants to share her knowledge and experience with other mothers helping them to have that same confidence and empowerment she now finds with a more natural approach to medicine, but also to her entire lifestyle. Jess uses a variety of tools at home ranging from herbal and homeopathic remedies, to yoga and mindfulness. Jess believes that the power of a mother's instinct is undeniably one of the strongest powers on this planet and her goal is to help other mothers and caregivers tap into that instinct and to share her passion with others. However, while she is bursting with passions to share with the world, she also wants to learn from those around her and believes that we need to come together as a community to find our greatest potential!


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Anne Palowski, BA

Workshops | @find_joy_within | website

Anne began down this path in 2011 when her friend and former boss experienced an unthinkable tragedy. Witnessing that changed her. It sent her on a personal journey of self-discovery and a quest to make sense of the world. She read lots of books on self-help, spirituality, and the afterlife. She attended seminars and spoke with healers, mediums, and therapists. She reached a point where she could make more sense of the tragedy, on a higher level.

She was also at a place where she could begin to look at her own life in a different light, and work on her own personal challenges. She’s since felt drawn to help others to live more joyful and fulfilled lives. Anne’s life coaching training is based on the Law of Attraction (LOA). LOA coaches differ from traditional life coaches in that they have a stronger focus on the profound effect our thoughts and feelings have on our life experiences. She helps her clients find clarity on what they want, and assists them in making plans to achieve their goals. She works collaboratively, helping to identify what her clients need and what might be holding them back from living their ideal life.