Our Practitioners

Diane Barkoe, LMT

Diane Barkoe is a licensed massage therapist with more than 40 years experience across a range of healing modalities. An active member of AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association), Diane graduated from the Swedish Institute in New York City and continues to expand her skills by studying various courses such as Advanced Myo-fascial Release techniques. Her unique style combines elements of Swedish, Shiatsu and deep tissue massage, acupressure, therapeutic touch and energy work for a transformative experience. Diane’s loyal clients include children through seniors from all walks of life. Nurses, doctors, police, firefighters, teachers, performing artists, gardeners, lawyers, physical therapists and other massage therapists all rely on her expertise and intuitive healing to help them get centered and out of pain.Some areas of particular success are: Stress Relief; Pre- and post-natal; Pre- and post-surgery; Chronic neck and shoulder pain; Lower back, hips and sciatica; Carpal tunnel syndrome; TMJ and other joint issues; Headache and sinus relief; Stroke recovery.Diane works with people who are confined to wheelchairs as well as disabled clients from group homes, young people with sports injuries, office workers who spend long hours at a computer and many others.If you have any questions about massage, you may talk to Diane before booking an appointment. If you are new to massage, she will reassure you with her caring and respectful manner.Diane has practiced at Opal Moon for more than 7 years. She has also worked at The Wellness Club, which is affiliated with Hudson Valley Hospital Center, since it opened in 2003.

Catherine Ghalebi BS, HLC, RM

Catherine is a Natural Health Consultant, certified Holistic Life Coach, Reiki Master, Rising Star Practitioner and Meditation Teacher.

Catherine’s goal is to encourage clients to create and maintain a healthy life specific to their own individual needs. This is includes understanding the importance of including a healthy diet, exercise, stress management and rest and relaxation techniques into a balanced lifestyle.

Catherine helps clients to identify and trust their own healing abilities offering the opportunity to explore the many natural sources and healing modalities that are available. Her mission is to empower others into taking positive steps to manifest what they desire from life, to find their life purpose and bring the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions into balance. http://catherineghalebi.com

Betty Sue Hanson, RM, IET Master Instructor

Betty Sue Hanson is an energy healer and intuitive with masters level certification in Integrated Energy Therapy® (IET). IET® was developed by Stevan Thayer, a former Bell Labs engineer, who worked with Reiki in recovering from his own healing crisis and, in the process, discovered another level of energy healing. Introduced as IET® in 1993, the method Stevan discovered allows the practitioner to access the angelic realm to assist clients in the release and transformation of fear-based emotions, thought patterns and karmic influences held in the body. After an IET® session clients often report increased feelings of joy and well-being which remain long after the healing session is done.

In addition to her work with IET®, Betty Sue has studied Reiki in the Usui method and also offers Karma Release sessions using crystals and herbs.

She is an Interfaith Minister ordained in the Order of Melchizedek and believes in creating a safe, caring environment for each client. Betty Sue feels honored to be able to offer this wonderful healing work to others. Before pursuing her current path, Betty Sue spent many years in the Corporate arena as a Marketing Coordinator for the Health & Human Nutrition division of a global pharmaceutical subsidiary.

Elizabeth Ingalls, MA, PT, CST

Liz Ingalls is a Licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Craniosacral Therapist who has been practicing for seventeen years. Liz is the Owner-Director of Holistic Physical Therapy where she has shared a space within Opal Moon Wellness Center for the past six years.  She is committed to helping you heal, restore your health and balance and to help you achieve lifelong wellness. Liz’s heart-centered work embraces the philosophy of limitless human potential through healing and evolving spirit. With advanced skills in orthopedic and osteopathic manipulation, neuromeningeal mobilization, nerve mobilization, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, energy medicine, manual thermal diagnosis, emotional integration/release, lymphatic drainage, clinical expertise in differential diagnostics, experience, and intuitive ability, Liz offers clients the best of both worlds. Her strength is integrating conventional medicine with complementary and alternative techniques to treat you as a whole person.

Liz received her degree in Physical Therapy from New York University in 1995 and began her Physical Therapy career at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. In 1997 she combined her Physical Therapy experience, Dance background and advanced training from The North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy to develop and manage the Dance Physical Therapy Department at New York University Health Center. During her tenure at NYU Health Center, she developed screening and injury prevention programs for New York University’s Dance Department and developed and managed a chronic pain practice.

Liz is certified in Craniosacral Therapy and have advanced training in Visceral Manipulation, Zero Balancing, Lymphatic Drainage, and Somatoemotional release, incorporating energy medicine/chakra balancing into her healing work. Liz and her staff of Physical Therapists bring you a wealth of knowledge and clinical expertise. They have specialists in Women’s Health, Pediatrics, and Chronic Pain on staff.

To schedule an appointment with Holistic Physical Therapy, please call 914-217-7919 or visit http://holisticphysicaltherapyny.com for additional information on their practitioners and services.

Purim King, LMSW, Psychospiritual Counseling, Coaching & Healing

If you had enough pain and suffering and if you are ready for a CHANGE, look no more! Let’s go on a journey to discover: YOU; the beauty of YOU; the power and potency that is YOU; the creativity that is YOU. Let’s go on a journey from where you are to who you truly are!

Purim King is a Licensed Social Worker, Brennan Science Healer, Body-Centered Psychotherapist (Hakomi), Intuitive and Energy Healer. Purim takes an integrative approach to wellness drawing from a variety of healing modalities to serve her clients’ needs. Some of the services offered include: psychotherapy, life coaching, energy healing and meditation; as well as past life healing and access consciousness bars. For more details on these services, visit http://corewellness.webs.com/productsservices.htm Appointments may be covered by some insurance. Check your individual plan for out-of-network coverage.

Cate Maher, Healing Facilitator, Certified Reiki Practitioner

Cate is a Healing Facilitator and Certified Reiki Practitioner in the Usui method. As she’s traveled along her spiritual path, Cate realized (or remembered as the case may be) that she’s been a “Healer” for many lifetimes. Being there for and taking care of others has always come naturally to her – simply being around Cate brings a tangible comfort that immediately puts you at ease. A natural empath, Cate often “feels” her clients’ physical and emotional states, allowing her to intuitively focus on the areas that need extra support.

Cate’s goal is to create an atmosphere of peace and healing. Her heart-centered approach enables her to hold a safe space for clients to process feelings and images, release blockages and encourage healing on the deepest possible level. Utilizing aromatherapy, crystals and oracle cards, a Reiki session with Cate is a profoundly nurturing and insightful experience. She is available to see walk-in clients most weekdays at Opal Moon, as well as by appointment. In addition to seeing private clients, Cate facilitates monthly energy healing meditations. http://healingwithcate.weebly.com

Elizabeth Matheson, MS, RM

A member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals, schooled in the Usui Reiki healing methods. Elizabeth has been both a practitioner and teacher for many years. Elizabeth is an educator and professional artist, skills and abilities that are of service both to her and all those who come to seek healing and solace. Elizabeth is blessed with the gift of spiritual counseling and her heart’s passion is to help empower individuals, children and families to heal and to experience their highest potentials. For more information visit Reiki’s Light.

Suzy Meszoly, Spiritual Teacher, Healer & Channel

Australian powerhouse spiritual teacher, Suzy Meszoly, channels the Master Teachers who are Beings of Light. They offer deep spiritual guidance and physical attunements so that we may reconnect with our natural, powerful state as Beings of Light.

The Master Teachers provide a deeply physical experience during the channeled meditations, realigning imbalances, addressing illness and tuning individuals’ frequencies to a higher resonance.

The Master Teachers come from a higher dimension and provide information about our universe from their non-judgmental, expanded point of view. They offer guidance on how to deal with personal and global issues, and meditations, instruction and individual messages to those seeking to become more conscious and in tune with their life’s purpose.

The Master Teachers open our minds, and deepen our experience. They remind us that we are all powerful, that we are self-creating, and that we are One. http://crystalclearmasterteachers.com

Recently, Suzy has received guidance from the Master Teachers on a new modality – Psychic Surgery with the Master Teachers – 40 Day Healing Program. During this activation the Master Teachers provide instruction on how to perform psychic surgery on oneself for healing physical illness. They will create a healing bridge with each person for 40 days starting with this session and offer a powerful meditation and lifestyle protocol. This is a deeply physical experience during the channeled meditation, which realigns imbalances, addresses chronic and “incurable” illness and tunes individuals’ frequencies to a higher resonance.

Suzy is also available monthly for private healings, psychic readings & spiritual guidance and facilitates a group energetic activation from The Master Teachers.

Anthony Montalbano, RM, Certified Hypnotist

Spreading the energy, serenity and comfort of Reiki  is Anthony’s passion.  Anthony is a Reiki Master Teacher trained in Usui Reiki and a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals.  He draws upon his training in many areas of spirituality to develop a unique and personal approach to addressing each client’s needs in an individual and confidential manner.

Anthony has been practicing Reiki for several years in Westchester and Rockland counties .  He has also studied hypnotherapy and Somatic Healing, which focuses on the release of emotional and physical traumas that get locked in the subconscious mind.  He will have my certification in both of these modalities this summer.

Anthony’s own curiosity lead him to Reiki, only to discover that many of the issues he was struggling with would also be healed by Reiki. See what this life force energy can do for you.

Sarah Oppenheim-Sommerville, CHt

Sara is a Consulting Hypnotist, with Medical Hypnosis training. She is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, and the International Association of Counselors & Therapists and has been in practice since 2003. Sara specializes in helping her clients lose weight. She trained in New York City with Sheila Granger, who developed the Virtual Gastric Band procedure in Europe. This procedure has been proven to be 95% successful, whether you want to lose 20lbs or 100lbs or more! In two trials that were run in England (one of which had the backing of the National Health Service) the astounding results received international press coverage. Sara was recently featured on WHUD Radio talking about how she has been helping her US clients to achieve the results that they have only longed for in the past.

Why choose the Virtual Gastric Band procedure over the Gastric Band procedure?

• It is 100% safe

• It works! (In trials in the UK 95% of subjects reported success with NO adverse side effects)

• You don’t need to go through surgery. There’s no “recovery” time, no scars.

• It costs a lot less!

What is involved with the Virtual Gastric Band?

• One hour of your time, once a week, for four consecutive weeks

• Listening to a short CD once or twice a day for 28 days

• 8 Simple Rules

• A desire to achieve the shape and size that you never thought possible.

Gi Pamperien, RN, LMT

Gi Pamperien, RN, LMT is trained and experienced in a wide variety of healing bodywork modalities, from traditional/Swedish massage to Thai massage and Shiatsu; from western medical to eastern metaphysical traditions. He has been trained by the United Centers for Spiritual Living as a professional Practitioner. His signature style blends his many levels and years of expertise into a unique healing experience tailored to each client’s individual needs. From the ancient, Vedic traditions of yoga, Gi incorporates the principles of deep inner reflection, bodily alignment and breath to balance the body with the mind and soul. Gi has attended the Finger Lakes School of Massage and diverse programs of study.

Susan Raskin, RN

Susan Raskin, MS, RN, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Holistic Nursing. Her credentials include certification as both a practitioner and instructor of The “m” Technique Massage™, a modality used in cancer centers and hospitals throughout the world.  Raskin is also certified as an instructor of reflexology through the American Commission for Accreditation of Reflexology Education and Training (ACARET). Certification courses in both modalities are conducted at the Croton location.  Additionally, Susan is a certified facilitator of the Prepare for Surgery – Heal Faster Program® helpful for clients undergoing surgery, invasive procedures or chemotherapy. She is also a Certified Consulting Hypnotist. Susan is the staff reflexologist for Hudson Valley Hospital and Opal Moon.

Monica Roslow, MS, L.Ac., Reiki Master, RYT, NCCAOM Diplomate OM 

Monica is an acupuncturist, herbalist, Reiki Master and yoga teacher with over 20 years experience in the healing arts.  She is a graduate of the New York College of Health Professions and is a nationally board-certified herbalist and Oriental Medicine practitioner (NCCAOM).

Monica is committed to providing her patients with the highest standard of care based on an attitude of gentleness, compassion, loving kindness, professionalism, and respect.

At Opal Moon, Monica offers acupuncture treatments, Chinese medicine herbal consultations, Asian-based bodywork, Reiki and yoga instruction.