Years ago my son suggested, "Mom, you're always sending us articles on health and nutrition, why don't you do something with that field?" And so I did!

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) - Neal D. Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Certificate as Food for Life Instructor (FFL)

Food for Life is a direct service nutrition education program of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), founded by Neal D. Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C. in 1985. PCRM is a non-profit organization that promotes preventive medicine through right nutrition, conducts clinical research, and supports higher standards in both medical research and medical practice. Dr. Barnard is an adjunct Professor or Medicine at George Washington University Medical Center. He is an author of over fifteen books, and a leading and respected researcher in the field of plant based nutrition.

In 2008 I was accepted and then attended PCRM's certification training in Washington, D.C., and have been teaching their Food for Life Curricula both on Cape Cod, throughout southeastern Massachusetts, and in Naples, FL during winter months since that time.

Ongoing education is provided by PCRM to our more than 160 instructors throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

The support from our D.C. staff is unequaled. We have at our disposal the best resources in which to assist persons who desire to take control of their health and wellness. The nutrition information shared in our classes is filled with fact-based evidence - research studies that have been peer reviewed and replicated. That's the gold standard in research. 

Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate - T. Colin Campbell Foundation - T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.

Plant Based Educator/Consultant

The course work in this extensive, immersion study is based on the definitive twenty year research of Professor T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., author of "The China Study"- considered the Grand Prix of Epidemiology. Dr. Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition research, and his "China Study" is the most comprehensive study ever conducted on the relationship between health and nutrition. In addition to Dr. Campbell's work, other esteemed physicians and researchers comprise the program's staff. The certificate program has become a nationally recognized nutrition education program. My understanding of the role nutrition plays in health and wellness has been further elevated from this outstanding course of study. That said, study in this field is ongoing. My passion for health and right nutrition has provided me with the necessary tools to guide others on their road to health and wellness. Our nutrition choices not only impact us individually, but have a profound impact on both the public and environmental health arenas. 


Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP)


The Chip Program was founded by Dr. Hans Diehl back in 2009. It is an innovative 8 - 12 week program whereby folks have their blood labs checked before and after the program to assess changes in the health status. 

I was certified as an instructor in 2019. 


Certificate: Third Degree Reiki Master Practitioner in the Usui System of Reiki Healing

The Gift of Reiki:

  • Reduces stress, enhances relaxation, and awakens the body's healing response ~
  • Complements both holistic and conventional healing modalities ~RA
  • Is utilized in hundreds of hospitals ~
  • Its gifts are unlimited ~
  • Healing can occur on the physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual levels ~
  • Is Guided by a Higher Power so Reiki energy knows exactly what to do and where to flow to unblock and heal ~
  • Can never do harm; it always works for the positive benefit of the client ~
  • Is not intended to replace traditional medical treatment, but enhances that treatment to facilitate healing ~
  • It connects us to the part of Universe that guides everyone to love and wisdom, and to a realization that they are original blessings with unique gifts to share ~ 

     With understanding and empathy for everyone's unique, individual journey, I approach healing from a multi-dimensional and spiritual level. Each person who comes to my door is a gift of the Creator, a welcomed presence whose journey is listened to, honored, and respected. 

     My professional experiences as teacher, social worker, and counselor have blessed me with the knowledge, understanding and experience to facilitate healing of mind, body, and spirit.

Joanne is a Reiki practitioner with the Cape Wellness Collaborative. Check out:




Certified November 2023

     Radical Remission is the research and work of Dr. Kelly Turner, Harvard and UC Berkley. From her work with cancer patients, she met many oncologists, each of whom shared a story of a radical remission survivor. A radical remission is a statistically unlikely remission in which the person either: 

     1. Heals without conventional treatment.

     2. First tries conventional treatments, which do ot lead to remission, so they then try alternative treatments, which do lead to remission; or

     3. Uses a combination of conventional and alternative treatments at the same timer in order to outlive a dire prognosis (e.g., less than 25 percent five-year survival rate).


     Dr. Turner in interviewing close to 2,000 radical remission survivors founds ten factors common to survivors. The factors relate to the Mind, Body, Spirit connect.

     The program I offer can be presented in either a group format or one on one coaching experience. Each of the factors are presented and explored. What research has shown is that embracing the factors strengthens the immune system. A strong immune system can better foster an inner terrain for health and healing. We do not say that doing all the factors will bring about remission.

     The factors are:

     Radically changing one's diet

     Taking control of one's health

     Following your intuition

     Using herbs and supplements

     Releasing suppressed emotions

     Increasing positive emotions

     Embracing social support

     Deepening your spiritual connection

     Having strong reasons for living

     In my work over the years of teaching and counseling, and being very involved in the study of cancer, I hope to support anyone with cancer in the hope that learning about this work will facilitate their healing and well-being. Dr. Turner's work is currently being clinically researched at Harvard University.