In this two-part series, learn from the experts about the fascinating influence of the mind on physical health, as well as simple and effective therapies that generate healing through the conscious and subconscious.
Part I: The Mind/Body Connection, a presentation by Kathy Poodiack, PA-C followed by a live Q&A.
Part II: The Healing Power of the Subconscious Mind, a panel discussion with experts in different mind/body healing therapeutic modalities, moderated by Thrivacious Founder Alona Shaked, Esq. Panelists include:
Danna Pycher: Hypnotherapy
Maxine Anders-Isaacs: Breathwork
Chava Spetter: Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT)
Esti Allina: Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Hyla Kompel: Holistic Pulsing
Eliezer Spetter: Emotrance/ Modern Energy Tapping (MET)
Kathy Poodiack, PA-C: Commentator
This Thrivacious event is open to the general public and is FREE of charge.
Speakers & Panelists
Kathy Poodiak, PA-C
Presenter and Panelist
Kathy has been a board-certified oncology Physician Assistant for the past 37 years with degrees from Cornell University in Microbiology and from Emory University in Medical Science. In addition to her clinical practice, Kathy has extensive experience organizing and facilitating support groups, patient workshops and staff educational seminars. Kathy made aliyah with her family in 2002 from Atlanta, Georgia. Personally, she has been the caregiver of her son for the past 33 years who has been dealing with central nervous system tumors and disabilities resulting from his disease, surgery and radiation.
Alona Shaked, Esq.
Alona is a life coach, facilitator and author with over a decade of prior experience as a lawyer and non-profit executive. She founded Thrivacious in 2017 after her own battle with breast cancer and subsequent journey to thrivership. Alona has authored dozens of articles and published her first e-book, From Cancer to Coronavirus, this summer. She also facilitates writing and meditation workshops and offers private and group coaching. Alona received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law. You can read more about Alona on her website: .
Danna Pycher is an international motivational speaker as featured on TEDx with more than 1.5 million views, a hypnotherapist, and founder of the Transformation Clinic. She specializes in healing trauma, stress/anxiety, autoimmune disorders and weight loss. She works with people from around the world to help them overcome underlying emotional issues and heal physical distress. She now offers certification courses to become hypnosis practitioners, as well as training in her specific method used for working with autoimmune illness. Her highly acclaimed self-healing courses for autoimmune recovery, weight loss, and emotional mastery can be found here: . These courses offer a strategized healing of the mind to naturally, effortlessly, and easily shift our behaviors. If you are interested in learning more about working with Danna, healing events, courses, or becoming a practitioner, please visit .
Maxine is an experienced breathwork therapist, acupuncturist, recall healer and inner dance facilitator. A keen advocate of Conscious Living, she leads a variety of holistic women groups, offers one to one sessions and facilitates an array of workshops that include mindfulness, breath work, inner dance & more. Having journeyed through her own deep personal work, her passion is to make meditation and spirituality accessible to all and to empower people to connect back to themselves and ‘remember’ their unique magnificence.
I was born in 1950 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I am a mother of 4 and grandmother of 18, married to Eliezer for almost 50 years. After we made Aliyah to Israel in 1993, I started to learn how to work with women and their bodies and I discovered my healing hands. I helped a lot of women release tension and in 2000, I came in contact with TAT and became a professional and trainer. TAT is a beautiful and simple tool that works deeply to help people heal from trauma and disease, including cancer. I also work in marriage counseling, pregnancy and birth issues, stress and anger, dating problems, grief, etc. I love my work and although I’m retired, I cannot stop helping people! Learn more at .
Esti Allina-Turnauer teaches her clients strategies for quickly reducing stress, anxiety, and pain. Esti brings her experience as a teacher and healer to her work with every client, teaching them how to tap into their own healing power to reduce their stress, relieve pain, and become free of unwanted behaviors. Her clients experience her as a compassionate and intuitive guide. While Esti is best-known for helping people overcome compulsive behaviors, she has helped people struggling with aliyah adjustment, to overcome fear of public speaking, and to resolve traumas, just to name a few. Esti holds a certification in Clinical Energy Psychology/Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), is a member of the Association of Energy Psychology Practitioners, certifications in reflexology and iridology, as well as a BS in Special Education. Esti and her osteopathic husband have 4 sons, 2 cats, and 1 dog. Get Esti’s free 3-Minute Peace Routine video and guide:
I grew up on the east side of Los Angeles, in Alhambra. My parents were thrilled when I found my place in the Zionist youth group, Hashomer Hatzair. (Not so thrilled when I made Aliyah and immigrated to Israel in 1979 at the age of 21). I completed my studies at The College of Education in Jerusalem and became a teacher in Special Education. In the year 2000, I began my studies for a certificate in reflexology. Some may call it foot massage, but it's so much more than just a foot rub. Reflexology is a holistic approach to health. At this time, it became so clear to me that my choosing to work in special education was an expression and extension of my holistic approach to life. For the past 3 years, I have been studying 'Otzmat Harakut' (Hebrew) -- 'The Power of Softness - Holistic Pulsing’. This is a Body-Mind approach for healing and self- development created by Tovi Browning. I was introduced to this technique when I encountered cancer 5 years ago. For a year, I received weekly sessions of this unique method, sort of like talking with your therapist while receiving a massage; but it's the body doing the talking, and the body doesn't lie or tell stories, and it remembers everything. I decided to study this and allow myself to go deeper into my own process of self-development; to heal, to understand and accept myself just as I am, to get to know ME better. That "Special Ed" teacher is still a big part of me.... holistic, healing and helping.
My name is Eliezer Spetter and I was born in 1948. Since 1972, I was a social worker in Holland and have been involved with counseling. In those early years, I also learned NLP, of which I am a Master Practitioner. If I were asked to describe myself, I would say I am a Shaliach to help people free themselves – with the help of G'D – from the personal and inner hardships from which they suffer with in their lives. I arrived at this work not of my own choosing; rather it came about through the circumstances of my life. In the year 2000, my wife Chavah and I brought the healing modality, TAT, to Israel. I was also involved in bringing EFT to Israel in those early days. Besides TAT, I was among the first people to learn and teach EmoTrance, or what is now called EMO and also the MET modality. Meanwhile, I taught and certified many people in TAT. Since 2000, I have done more than 30,000 sessions with people in TAT and EFT. Learn more at .