A Reiki Master Teacher trained in the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition, I am committed to practicing and teaching Reiki in the spirit of Mikao Usui, Reiki's founder. See How I Practice Reiki for more information on how I approach my practice. I opened my own business, offering both Reiki treatments and instruction in meditation and stress relief techniques, in 2007. In addition to having my own practice, I have: served as the Reiki provider for Baystate Medical Center's Integrative Medicine Program; run a volunteer-staffed Reiki program at the Sister Caritas Cancer Center (at Mercy Medical Center) which offered free Reiki sessions for Cancer Center patients and their caregivers; and volunteered with hospice patients and am committed to providing compassionate end of life care. Before finding Reiki, I earned my PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of California at Berkeley and taught Russian language, literature and culture continuously at the college level for 30 years.