Sharing the calm in the chaos of stress, anxiety, pain and disease.

Through yoga and meditation, I found my way to the Urban Zen practice.  After continuous study  I decided to deepen my understanding of self healing and contemplative care by completing my certification in Urban Zen Integrative Therapy.  Upon completion I became an active volunteer, working with cardiac, oncology and palliative care patients.   It gives me great pleasure and soul satisfaction to bring relief to patients, their families, staff at UCLA Hospital and various other medical/rehab facilities.  


Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program has partnered with UCLA's long tradition of integrating holistic healthcare with traditional medicine and its mission of treating the patient as a whole for optimal healing.  During this critical time Reiki can significantly enhance and support the physical and emotional well-being of the patient, family and caregivers.


Urban Zen is another step toward doing everything possible to make patients of UCLA Health more comfortable.  UZITs (Urban Zen Integrative Therapists), alleviate patient suffering, promote health, and deliver acts of kindness by offering Yoga therapy/mindful movements, Reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition, and contemplative care/mindful awareness exercises. Such techniques have proven very effective in reducing the need for heavy doses of pain medication for oncology patients.


Reducing a patients' pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation, stress, and sadness is likely to decrease the amount of time the patient is in the hospital and decrease the amount of medication needed, which automatically means fewer side effects.

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Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (UZIT)®

I am honored to provide Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, as a holistic approach to reduce stress, anxiety,  insomnia, nausea, constipation, ease pain, and suffering while shifting the present healthcare paradigm to treat the person and not just the disease.




Integrative healthcare: creates the optimal environment for mind-body restoration, enhancing your overall health and well-being.   Urban Zen Integrative Therapy provides a cluster of therapeutic support services to people facing illness, injury or stress, those in and out of hospital settings, including senior care facilities, outpatient care centers, support groups, corporate environments, art schools, and home health care.


Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) is an integrative approach to address the classic symptoms associated with illness and stress: PANIC™ (Pain, Anxiety, Nausea, Insomnia, Constipation, Exhaustion & Sadness) by activating the parasympathetic nervous system and calming the sympathetic nervous system, which allows the body to heal. Urban Zen Integrative Health Therapy is a healing modality that complements mainstream medical care as well as your daily life by enhancing overall health and happiness. 


An integrative therapy session is a customized integrative health practice that takes into account the whole person, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease or diagnoses. These therapeutic sessions provide a calm in the midst of suffering, introspection to help bring you to a place of peace and harmony while addressing the symptoms of generalized stress.


  • Mindful Movements - breath awareness, combined with gentle restorative movements and guided meditation 

  • Reiki - a Japanese vibrational energy therapy facilitated by light touch, on or slightly off the body, that balances the human biofield

  • Essential Oils - volatile liquids distilled from plant materials used to rejuvenate the mind and body

  • Contemplative Care - the cultivation of mindful awareness, emotional balance, equanimity and compassion around issues of illness.  UZITs have been trained to cultivate deepened qualities of attention, ethics, insight, compassion, and resilience, as well as the implementation of meditation and reflective practice, to effectively accompany sick people and their families through the experience of illness.

The mindful movements employed in a session are gentle movements on the massage table, floor, chair or if immobilized, in-bed movements to foster improved circulation, decrease swelling, stretch tight muscles, improve digestion, respiration, and relaxation.  Breath awareness techniques, meditations, and aromatherapy will help you to reduce pain, invite relaxation and recovery.  Together we start to unpack and release that energy so that your energy is flowing through you, working with you, and not against you.

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