Healing NL is a non-profit organization in Newfoundland & Labrador committed to increasing public awareness of the province's plentiful holistic health products and services, and making them accessible to those invested in their well-being.
Healing NL also strives to cultivate a supportive network for the individual practitioners and small businesses in the holistic health community through our comprehensive directory, membership benefits and other initiatives.
Established in 2017, our directory has been steadily growing, as are the connections between our members, their products and services, and the people of our beautiful province.
Board of Directors
Get to know our Board Members:
Joan Dohey Founder and Chair
Over the past several years, Joan has been on a personal journey through the world of alternative health modalities, seeking answers to her own health problems. Along the way, she has been exposed to some fascinating methods of healing and has since become certified in Bowen Therapy, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Rahanni and most recently, Soul Genesis. She is a retired teacher and a certified life coach. Joan is passionate about helping other people heal and move forward in their lives, as she has done.
Debbie O'Reilly Secretary
Debbie O’Rielly started her online business in 2014. Sacred Waves combines Debbie’s love of art, nature and the spiritual realm, creating smudging wands and crystals and crystal-related hand-crafted products. She sells her products from a Facebook shop and conducts workshops related to all things crystals and creativity. Debbie holds a BA in Folkore and English and a university diploma in Heritage Preservation. She is a certified Early Childhood Educator and holds a certificate in Commercial Art. Debbie completed her level II Reiki training in 2013, and level II Soul Genesis Practitioner in 2018, following a call to serve she received in 2011 at a retreat. She was a member of the board of the Newfoundland Historic Trust for nine years, and is the current Vice-Chair for the Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl, having taken a board position in 2014.
Her contract work saw the creation of an office for the Mount Pearl Sport Alliance called Volunteer Mount Pearl. As part of this job she worked closely with government and local non-profit organizations and, after extensive research, created a comprehensive guidebook for non-profit boards still in use today. She brings fifteen years expertise and experience as a board director, executive director and group facilitator and has taught people of all ages, including children and seniors. She has worked as a committee member on many working groups, covering many topics and loves to interact with people from all walks of life. She believes that we are all capable of living our best lives when we focus on balance by choosing healthy eating, time outdoors, travel and emotional/spiritual practice. Debbie lives in Mount Pearl with her husband, Terry, two sons Liam and Isaac, and very silly beagle, Daisy.
Kelly Ryan Director
Kelly Ryan is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who works with people showing signs and symptoms of health issues and who want live a thriving life, feeling even better than when they were in their 20’s. Kelly believes that it is possible to live a thriving lifestyle and not decline as you age by maintaining your health using whole, live, natural foods, being physically active and having a healthy mind, body and spirit. As a professionally trained Chef and lover of food, Kelly had to undergo big changes in her diet 4 years ago when she discovered that a gluten and dairy intolerance was causing her major health issues that medicine just couldn’t seem to fix. It was this experience that ignited her interest in natural nutrition. Kelly has completed the Natural Nutrition Program with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, the Basic Pastry and Basic Cuisine programs at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Ottawa and is certified as ASQ’s Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is also a member of the CSNN Alumni Association and Healing NL.
Cyril Abbott Director
Cyril Abbott has been practicing Naturopathy in Gander, NL for the past six years. His formal training complemented many decades of interest in the natural health field starting in 1976. He has completed work with Wildrose College and Vancouver Island College of Natural Health as the core of much of his education. He continues to upgrade his education and has been active in teaching and promoting natural health concepts over the past few years. He is a registered Bowen therapist, uses holistic nutrition extensively in his work, and is a certified Cold Laser therapist. Cyril owns and operates Infinia Natural Health Clinic in Gander working with an osteopath and a massage therapist. His practice focus has been on chronic pain therapy but he is now changing to work more with digestive issues and Nutritional Psychology, an area that considers the role of strategic supplementation and diet in mental health concerns. He believes deeply in educating his clients and is committed to helping people understand the power they have in their own health and lives.
Dana Ryan Director
Dana is a Registered Nurse with various background and experience, currently working in Long Term Care in a staff educator role. Dana has always been drawn to holistic care and modalities. She become Holistic Nurse Baccalaureate Board Certified (by the American Holistic Nurse Credentialing Corporation) in 2008. She holds a Master's Degree in Health Arts & Sciences in Holistic Nursing (Goddard College, VT), and is a level III Reiki Practitioner.
Throughout her career Dana has remained dedicated to the Holistic Nursing profession, as evident through her (over a decade) involvement with both the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) and the Canadian Holistic Nurses Association (CHNA). Her involvement included various positions as Member, Board Member, Provincial Representative, and Officer. She has represented holistic nursing through various volunteer capacities, such as initiating and maintaining the CHNA Facebook page, increased AHNA/CHNA awareness, membership, as well as public education and communication.
Dana considers herself to be ethically and morally grounded, professional, efficient, and resourceful. She is a strong advocate for self-care. She is a lifelong learner, animal lover and nature seeker. Dana is excited to be a part of such a dynamic group of holistic-minded individuals that is Healing NL.
Directory of Holistic Health Practitioners in Newfoundland & Labrador