DONNA GALLERS, MA, LMT, CHC
Certified Health Coach, Functional Nutrition Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist
I have worked for over 20 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Health Coach and am currently completing extensive training as a Functional Nutrition Counselor. I am also certified as an Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Coach.
Because every person has a unique history and life, I take a functional, systems-based approach to figuring out what's going on at the root level in order to help shift the terrain so that everything can work together more harmoniously. My goal is to partner with you (and your healthcare team, as needed) to make attainable and sustainable diet and lifestyle changes that help you attain your goals for optimal health and happiness.
Alongside my private practice, since 2017 I have worked at the VA Hospital with veterans in chronic pain, creating treatment protocols in my Healing Touch Clinic that combine bodywork and other holistic resources from my diverse training. I have taught stress management and wellness workshops at the VA and at various other organizations. I am also a Qigong and Reiki practitioner and teacher.
My professional path continues to be guided by my personal wellness journey, which includes 16+ years with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjogren’s Syndrome, as well as menopause, Lyme Disease, various musculoskeletal injuries, healing from trauma, and managing elder care for family members. I’ve experienced firsthand the many gaps in our healthcare system and understand that the path to optimal wellness is a long game, not a quick fix, and that each person’s circumstances are unique. I am humbled by all I continue to learn about living with chronic illness, and honored to be able to do this work in the world.
My own experiences have made me a fierce fighter for my own health and an advocate for the same opportunities for my clients. I understand the struggles and frustrations of living with complex health and life issues, and the ongoing project of learning to approach them with patience, compassion and humor, as well as practical resources.
I am committed to helping you move from focusing on worry or fears about your health to knowing you are empowered to create your own wellbeing and experience positive shifts in your body and life. I'm willing to try different things and I do not give up. I particularly love the chance to combine functional nutrition with the wisdom of bodywork and movement as a way to promote a deeper level of self-awareness and connection.
TRAINING & CREDENTIALS
Functional Nutrition Alliance Full Body Systems Practitioner
Institute for Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach
AIP Certified Coach
NYS Licensed Massage Therapist - Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences
Robert Peng Qigong Professional Healer Training
Pan Gu Shengong Certified Teacher
Soul Lightening Int'l Certified Clinical Acupressure Therapist
Seva Stress Release Acupressure Certified Teacher
Reiki Master Teacher
Craniosacral Therapy Alliance
Brain Gym International