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Wellness Services Staff

The body, mind and spirit are revered and integrated through Lourdes Wellness Services. At the heart of this fusion is our gifted group of faculty and staff. The wellness program was born through the dedication of a few visionary individuals, and over recent years it has grown through the input and creativity of many individuals who have added their unique ideas and approaches to wellness. The commitment of our staff to bring exciting and new offerings enables Wellness Services to continue to grow.

Dorothea Atkins, RN, ThD (doctor of theology), LMP (licensed massage practitioner), certified MLD (manual lymph drainage) therapist, is an instructor for the Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies and a wellness programs teacher and massage therapist. A graduate of Temple University’s BSN nursing program, she received her master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She completed her massage training at Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy (Cortiva Institute, Oaks, Pa.), having studied extensively in many modalities. Dotty, a retired high-school teacher, and staff nurse, received her ThD with a focus on spiritual healing. She has studied extensively in complementary medicine, including Pfrimmer/deep tissue therapy, myofascial release, pregnancy and off-site trigger point therapy, specific myotherapy, craniosacral therapy and aromatherapy.

Tina Bortner, ACE (American Council on Exercise certification), is the community health educator and Worksite Wellness coordinator for Lourdes Wellness Services. She teaches group exercise classes and directs the Lourdes Live Well Club for community members 50 years of age and better.

Susan Cannis, RN, LMT (licensed massage therapist), is a certified Compassionate Touch ® practitioner and specializes in massage and elder care.

Michelle Carlino, CYT (certified yoga teacher), ERYT500 (experienced registered yoga teacher who has completed the 500-hour yoga teacher training program through Yoga Alliance), CR (certified foot reflexologist), is a wellness, yoga and tai chi instructor. Michelle is certified in hatha, Kripalu, Anusara, Christian, kundalini yoga, including yoga for cancer and cardiac patients. She has done extensive studies in therapeutic yoga and specializes in working with special needs populations, including clients with multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, brain injuries, visual impairment and back pain. She is also certified as a Tai Chi instructor and chair-massage therapist. She is the assistant director for the Lourdes 200-hour yoga teacher training.

Geoff Caruso, LMT (licensed massage therapist), has a strong interest in pain management and pain relief.

Cindie Collins, CMP (certified massage practitioner), specializes in therapeutic, myofascial, myotherapeutic, neuromuscular and deep-tissue massage. She also offers therapeutic touch therapy.

Kathryn Friedman, CHHC (certified holistic health coach), Director of Integrative Health Care is a nutritionist and health coach.   She has a BS in health planning and administration from Penn State University and dietetic training from Immaculata University.

Xavier Harvey, LMT (licensed massage therapist), CAMT (certification in advanced manipulative therapy), OBT (certified oriental body therapist), CPT (certified personal trainer) is an instructor and a NJ certified massage, bodywork and somatic therapist.   He has studied at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) and Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies.   He also has his tui na certification.

Marianne Hieb, RSM (Religious Sister of Mercy), MFA, ATR (registered art therapist), DMin. (doctor of ministry), author of Inner Journeying Through Art Journaling, coordinates the Wellness Spirituality Program at Lourdes and is a trained as a studio artist, art therapist and spiritual director.   For more than 20 years, she has presented workshops and retreats using Art-Journaling ® as a spiritual practice.

Laura Kyle, CMP (certified massage practitioner), a graduate of Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies and a massage therapist for Lourdes Worksite Wellness. She is also trained as a master instructor of Integrated Energy Therapy ®.

Celeste Miller is the head registrar/scheduler for Lourdes Wellness Services.

Marie Mitarotondo, MA, is a certified spiritual director with a special interest in grief and bereavement, the spirituality of creativity and seeking the holy in all circumstances.   Marie engages in spiritual care-giving as a hospice chaplain.

Helen Owens, OSF (order of Saint Francis), RN, MSN, DMin (doctor of ministry), INC (Integrative Nurse Coach) is the former Vice President of Mission and Director of Wellness Spirituality for Lourdes Health System. Her background is in community health nursing and wholistic modalities. In 1980, Sister Helen founded The Bridge, a support program for Camden teens.   That same year, she established Lourdes Wellness Center. In 1993, Sr. Helen developed the Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies. Her interest in wholistic spirituality also prompted her to include the wholistic modalities certification programs at Our Lady of Lourdes. Sr. Helen offers retreats through the wellness spirituality programs and serves as an integrative nurse coach.

Connie Reuther, CHHC (certified holistic health coach), is a registrar/scheduler for Lourdes Wellness Services and the data coordinator for the bariatric program at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes.   She holds a BS in psychology and experience in data management for the pharmaceutical industry.

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