Donna Gallers, MA, LMT, CHC
Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Health Coach, Reiki Master Teacher
I am a Bronx native and lifelong New Yorker with a strong connection to nature and the outdoors. I worked for many years as a writer and media producer, and got a Master's Degree in Spanish Literature. My interest in health and healing began after a series of horseback riding and auto accidents left me in chronic pain. Discovering bodywork and Chinese medicine allowed me to heal and make crucial connections between my body, mind, emotions and spirit. I decided to pursue a more fully embodied life and began to study energy medicine and massage therapy.
I graduated from the Swedish Institute and have worked as a NYS-licensed massage therapist since 1999. I am a certified practitioner of Clinical Acupressure, Reiki Master Teacher and Certified Health Coach also trained in Craniosacral Therapy, Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan. Other experience includes Mindfulness Meditation, Zero Balancing, Kinesthetic Anatomy, Pilates, Authentic Movement, EFT Tapping, Alexander Technique, Reevaluation Counseling, and therapeutic riding. I actively study body- and energy-work, nutrition and meditation as I continue to develop as a practitioner. In my free time, I enjoy cycling, nature walks, gluten-free cooking, and making art. I have a profound love for animals and have practiced energy healing for cats, dogs and horses for over 20 years.
Since 2017 I’ve worked part-time in the Pain Management Department at the Brooklyn VA Hospital. It is an honor to offer holistic complementary care and a chance to feel good in their bodies to military veterans struggling with chronic pain.
My personal journey is central to how I work and teach. For over a dozen years I've been learning to maintain the best health I can in the face of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Lyme Disease, Epstein Barr Virus, and a host of related challenges. I've used nutrition, bodywork, and other natural modalities with the goal of healing from the core, keeping my system functioning optimally, and supporting my spirit. It has been a bumpy road, at once frightening, humbling, empowering and illuminating. It continually teaches me valuable lessons about listening, compassion, gratitude, and never giving up. I'm committed to sharing the possibility and resources for lifelong well-being to anyone ready to engage with that process for themselves--with compassion, humor, and the deep understanding that this is an ongoing, sometimes messy, ultimately transformative process, and not a quick fix.
Healing is a process of remembering who you really are and continuously shifting toward balance and integrity on all levels of your being. We are all in this process all the time, no matter what our current state of health.
I strongly believe you get to be (and actually need to be) kind with yourself, set high standards for your quality of life, and keep deciding to head in that direction. You deserve thoughtful care and attention from healthcare practitioners, and nobody has permission to tell you that your possibilities are limited. You get to ask for help where you need it, and demand that others stay hopeful for you and with you. Your life struggles, diagnosis, illness, or pain do not define who you are as a human being. You are more powerful than you think.