Our Community


Lori Haggerty


Lori is a Reiki Master Healer and Teacher, a Shamanic Practitioner and Healer, and a Past Life Regression Therapist. 

Although she has been an intuitive, empathic healer her entire life, she began her formal training in 2011. Working in a highly stressful career, Lori began to see that stress manifest as physical illness in the form of fibromyalgia. She sought relief by turning to what she instinctively knew would work for her… holistic healing.

Since then she has trained with many gifted teachers in Reiki, Shamanism, Psychic Development, Past Life Regression, Craniosacral Therapy and Meditation. She sees the psycho-emotional connection with disease and believes that true healing comes from multiple modalities addressing the mind, body and spirit.

This is what drew her to create River’s Edge Healing Center.

Lori loves supporting and accompanying her clients and students on their journeys to healing and empowerment. Her aim is to help those seeking to optimize their well-being to reach for their highest and best good. She is continually awed by the beauty and power of the transformations, healings and shifts she witnesses in her clients and students.

Lori leads a simple, quiet, happy life surrounded by loving and supportive family, friends and her many beloved animal companions.

Barbara Pinder

Spiritual Medium

Course In Miracles

Barbara has been on a “Purposeful” Spiritual Journey most of her life. It took a turn in 2000 when she began studying A Course in Miracles – since that time she has shared what she learned (along with other spiritual teachings) with a number of groups both in private home and adult education settings.

She is a Psychic Medium and has been giving “Spiritual Readings” for the past 25 years. She’s also a Reiki Master and creates Spiritually Inspired Jewelry.

Through her journey she has learned what she calls the wisdom and knowledge of the “Soul*Love Connection” – meaning whatever she chooses in each moment, she first chooses to connect to the love and light of her soul self. It is through this connection that her words, actions, thoughts, and intentions are shared; be it through a class, a reading, Reiki, a meditation, piece of jewelry, or a brief encounter!

Kat Andino


Katherine Andino started in the industry as a professional make up artist, receiving her certificate at Empire Beauty School in New York City in 2008. She worked at Eurolux salon and Day Spa as a make up artist for a number of years. This experience sparked her interest in esthetics, so she next attended New York School of Esthetics and began her career as an esthetician in 2013. She has received several licenses for face and body treatments, hair laser removal, chemical peels, micro needling and dermaplanning.

Every facial and esthetic service that you receive from Kat is fully customized to your needs and goals. Continuing education is very important to her because she knows that it is vitally important to stay on top of the newest products and treatments to provide all of her customers with the very best possible esthetics services. She is proud of her extensive and ever-growing knowledge of esthetics and she loves to share it all with her many happy clients, like YOU.

Chanty Waring

Massage Therapist

Chanty is a 2017 graduate from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy (now known as the Cortiva Institute). She has an exceptional amount of experience from working in a busy spa clinic and seeing clients privately. Chanty has built a loyal and expanding client base in a brief amount of time. She is known for having “surprisingly strong hands for her size.”

She is passionate about her work and this allows her to be able to customize any massage session for exactly what the client needs/desires! Massage therapy is not just a career for Chanty, it’s become a passion and way of life. She loves using natural methods of healing to promote self-care and wellness in all aspects of life.

In addition to her passion for Massage Therapy, Chanty loves to travel and explore different cultures and cuisines. She loves to explore the outdoors and spend time in her garden gathering herbs for some culinary exploration at home as well!

CT LMT #9848

William Vanderlaan


William is the owner and Hypnotist at Piece of Mind Hypnosis! I have always been incredibly fascinated with the brain, which is why he studied and obtained his bachelors degree in Psychology, but his curiosity did not end there. After college he worked in various positions in the business world (with an incredibly fun stop-over in the music industry) until he experienced his first hypnosis session. This experience verified for him that something incredibly powerful was at work, so he set out to learn more and has since dedicated his  future to helping individuals perform and feel at their best utilizing the power of the mind through Hypnosis. 

Ever since becoming certified, William has been on an incredible journey of learning all about Hypnosis in practice, growing increasingly fascinated with every passing day. Currently, he is seeing clients on an individual basis to help them with a variety of different goals; from losing weight and quitting smoking to sports performance and goal setting – He is taking on the broad spectrum of Hypnosis clients because he believes that Hypnosis is an incredibly powerful tool that can help a variety of people in a variety of different ways.

Caili Elwell

Meditation Teacher

Small Business Consultant

Caili is a self-starter. She runs two small businesses herself, Wave Meditation, where she teaches beginners customized best meditation practices and this one right here. In her free time, she works for a non-profit called, Empowered Girls Rise, that holds rallies in middle and high schools to help empower our younger generations.

Caili understands the hardships that come with starting a business and wants you to have the best chance you can at proper growth and driving traffic to the dream you have created. Caili’s career has led her to opening up her dream agency that helps others make their small business dreams into reality.




Tracey O’Connor

Healing and Trauma Coach

 Tracey is a Healing and Trauma Coach, Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master.   She specializes in helping you to release blocks, recognize self limiting beliefs and self sabotaging patterns behaviors learned from childhood/adult trauma.   

The basis of her work and teachings is that when we experience any type of trauma whether physical, mental or emotional we carry that in every cell of our body without even realizing it and that starts to create an imbalance in our physical body. This affects us on every single layer – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.  Her training and natural gifts weave together a unique blend to address where you may be experiencing imbalances and help to guide and return you to your natural state of health and well being while reconnecting with your body. It’s time to claim your own happiness, improve your self confidence and start living a more empowered life.


Jackie Bumm

Psychich and Medium 

Jackie Bumm is a gifted Psychic and Medium born in Kentucky.  She realized her psychic gifts in childhood, but her mediumship abilities manifested later in life.  Jackie ran a Metaphysical Society where she taught self empowerment, psychic development, meditation and energy work.  Jackie is an open channel and receives messages from your Angels, Guides, Ascended Masters, and Source. Jackie completed her studies to become a Reverend of Metaphysics in 2012.  She currently works with the Connecticut Psychics giving messages for spiritual growth and guidance.

Jackie does not use cards to give you a reading.  As an open channel, relaying messages from your Angels, Guides, Ascended Masters and Source, she tells you the messages but also writes them down on paper so you can keep a copy of them for later.  She allows spirit to tell her what your soul needs to hear for spiritual growth and healing. Jackie may give you messages from crossed over loved ones. She can also clear and cleanse you or your home of negative energies, and also offers spiritual counseling to help clear your path for manifesting your best life.  



Eileen Byrne

Sound Healer 

Eileen is a certified Reiki Master in the Usui method, and is a member of the International Center for Reiki Training. She is an ordained Priest in the Order of Melchizidek, and an Advanced Level Integrated Energy Therapist. Certified in Sound Therapy, she has led workshops on its benefits, and performed sound baths in both Connecticut and New York. She also volunteers at Ann’s Place in Danbury.
Eileen loves providing reiki and sound therapy to others to help aid them in stress reduction and relaxation, which helps heal the body and mind, and improve overall wellbeing. She is available for sessions evenings and weekends.

Rev. Julie Farina

Goddess Circle Facilitator 

Julie is an Interfaith Minister who specializes in creating Ceremonies, Blessings and Rituals for all of life’s moments. She offers spiritual counseling with a speciality in addiction and chronic illness. 

She is also an Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, who has always had a passion for helping others to heal. She spent 17 years working as a Dental Hygienist till she encountered her own battle with chronic illness, that left her homebound and bedridden. She has always had an interest in holistic health, and the Mind/Body connection. It wasn’t until conventional medicine failed her, that she sought out Reiki in order to help facilitate her own healing. Through her application and studies of the power of thought, Julie came to understand the origins of imbalance in the human energy system.

Julie uses spiritual counseling, healing stones, essential oils and energy work to balance the chakras and restore balance to the client. As a Spiritual Life Coach, she uses spiritual principles, reflective listening, and various other techniques to help people tap into their own inner guidance and connection with their Divine Source, to find solutions. Julie also specializes in creating ceremonies and rituals for every life moment.

Julie earned her Reiki I through Deborah Arconti, Reiki Master in Danbury CT. She then went on to earn her Reiki II and III through JoAnn Duncan, at Turning Point Reiki in Ridgefield CT. She also attended One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in NYC so she could work on a larger scale to serve humanity. The Spiritual aspect of her journey has been a huge part of her own healing and she hopes to help others to heal themselves on a physical, emotional and spiritual plane.

Kitty Dyke

Angel Oracle Readings

Aroma-Reiki & Energy Healing

Angel Jewelry Designer

Kitty is an Intuitive Empath and Reiki Practitioner who is clairsentient and claircognizant. She has been giving Angel Oracle Readings for over 20 years. She was led to create angel jewelry – each piece either having a handcrafted angel, a heart, or a peace sign incorporated into it.

When essential oils were introduced into her life, she experienced their incredible power and how they could benefit others through her readings, healing sessions and jewelry. She is currently studying Aromatherapy, is certified in the AromaTouch Technique and practices her Signature “Aroma-Reiki”

By being a Reiki Practitioner, working with Angels, incorporating essential oils, using her intuitive feeling and guidance, an energy comes through her with a compassionate message of positivity that is warm and encouraging.

As you move forward on your journey, she can help you uncover and address emotional blocks, empowering you by shining a light on the answers that your soul already knows.

Come On In

Healing Awaits

We look forward to welcoming you. 

River's Edge Healing Center

5 Riverside Road, Sandy Hook, CT 06482

Call to Book: (203) 994-8978