​​         Healing Touch California

     A Network for All Healing Touch Practitioners & Students

Debra Saxton, HTCP
Communications Committee
Carmel Valley, CA
Personal Statement:  It is my intention to shine the light of Healing Touch as often as opportunities allow. I am committed to increasing awareness, whether it be one-on-one with individuals, or by creating educational opportunities within my local area. I am also committed to supporting the Healing Touch California organization and its blossoming community by joining the communications committee as editor of the bi-monthly newsletter. I am honored to be a part of this organization and support its compassionate and heart centered goals.

Committee Members

Michele McNiff RN, BSN, HTP, 500hr RYT
Director & Communications Committee Chair
San Francisco, CA 
Personal statement:   My first Healing Touch class in 2001 was a life changing experience. Since then I have been a Healing Touch volunteer at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and Stanford Healing Partners. Interweaving a holistic approach as a Cardiac Cath lab nurse at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco is my life. I also teach Kundalini yoga and am working towards my Masters degree in Advanced Holistic Nursing.  Being part of  Healing Touch California is exciting. The mainstream acceptance of ancient Biofield therapies is happening, allowing each human to recognize their innate ability to self heal.

Patti Restaino, MA, HTPA
Co-Chair 2018 Symposium
Oakland, CA
Personal Statement:  My motivation to be on the Healing Touch CA board is fueled by my belief Healing Touch is a gift.  Anyone can give or receive the gift of Healing Touch and experience being balanced and harmonized by aligning one’s body, mind, heart, and spirit. I intend to emphasize  growing the organization through inclusiveness, by offering a heart-felt invitation to multi-cultural communities. Our richness expands as the diversity of Healing Touch clients and practitioners expand.  All of my actions are inspired by the clear direction of the founder Janet Mentgen, “Just do the work!”

Janie Currey, MA, RN, HTCP

Canyon Lake, CA
Personal Statement:  Healing Touch California as a beautiful bridge between the two organizations, resolving disruption by encouraging us to simply “Do the work."   The opportunity to be in community without leaving the openness of California is a blessing for those with financial, employment, or family constraints.  This community grows with the honor of our elders, the excitement of new practitioners, and fresh approaches to understanding by students. 

Nanette Sagastume, HTCP
Co-Chair 2018 Symposium
Chico, CA
Personal statement:
My goal during my service to Healing Touch California: Living in an area of the state where there are few practitioners of Healing Touch, I believe Healing Touch California is an important force in helping practitioners, who are separated by geography, to network for friendship, professional support, and the exchange of communal wisdom regarding our practice of Healing Touch. To that end, I will work to promote the activities of Healing Touch California.

Healing Touch California Board of Directors

Dona Thompson
​San Diego, CA
​Personal Statement:  My mission is to serve the Healing Touch California community by offering my finance and tax expertise.  As a member of the Healing Touch California Board, I will serve with honor and promise to respect the vision and mission through a heart centered and holistic approach to all financial aspects of HTC.  A financially strong organization will support the growth of our scholarship funds, support community education opportunities and unite and support our Healing Touch practitioners and students. I believe strongly in nurturing and growing the ‘energy’ community by following in Janet Mentgen’s footsteps of “Just Do the Work”

Donna Cahill, MSN, RN-BC, CNS, CHTP/I 
Past President
Personal statement:  My mission is to help spread the light of Healing Touch throughout our community. To share my expertise in conference planning and educational program development that promote the “art and science” of health and healing. To serve the organization with integrity, compassion, and heart centeredness!
Loree Oberle-Edwards, RDH, MS, DD, CHTP, HTCP/I, CCA
Chief Administrative Officer
San Diego, CA
Personal statement:   My mission is to inspire, educate and support everyone in expressing their Divine Connection and Wholeness (Holiness) through the practices of giving and receiving Healing Touch, Community Activities and Service; to maintain order and hold the foundation and integrity of Healing Touch California; and to facilitate expansion and growth in the organization so it is visible, respected and well known as a valuable, Professional Community that is of service and highly recognized as a catalyst for Wholeness.

Madeleine Ferbal, MA, HHP, CHTP, HTCP, HTACP/I
San Diego, CA
Personal statement:  As a member of the board, my intention is to help spread the word and educate all on the benefits that Healing Touch provides to people as well as to animals.  I intend to help grow our like-minded community with a heart-centered focus.  I am committed to increasing the awareness that we can ALL do healing energy work creating a positive difference with animals and their people that will transform communities.  I am grateful and excited for this opportunity to serve and to be a voice for this work in California.