Interested in joining the Healing Warriors Program team? We are always on the lookout for passionate, enthusiastic individuals seeking to make a difference in our veteran and military family communities. Please contact us and a member of our team will be in touch with you!
Ana Pallés Yelen – Co-Founder and Executive Director Healing Warriors Program B.A., M.S., HTCP, C.S.P., CHTP
Ana is a visionary leader who guided leading-edge strategic management projects in the high tech corporate sector for 15 years. Ana’s experience with organization development and team leadership, produced thoughtful, innovative solutions to company obstacles. Ana believes in promoting wellness, balance and self-empowerment and has spent the past 18 years pursuing education in various mind-body disciplines. Seeking to support our veterans with chronic pain and PTSD symptoms, Ana co-Founded Healing Warriors Program and drives the role of Executive Director. Ana graduated with Honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and with Honors from Regis University with a Masters of Science in Management. Ana’s training includes multiple management and leadership certifications in addition to certification in various complementary care healing modalities. Ana is also the recipient of numerous leadership awards and is recognized amongst her colleagues for her leadership excellence and quality delivery.
Carrie Tempalski RN, MSTCM, L.Ac. – Director of Acupuncture
Carrie is a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese medicine. She has worked in the western medical community for 22 years and is a Registered Emergency Nurse. Carrie began work on her second career nearly ten years ago. She obtained her Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2008. Carrie is also certified in both Esoteric Acupuncture and Wudang Qi Healing techniques. She is the co-founder of the first dedicated Community acupuncture clinic in Fort Collins, Source Point Community Acupuncture where she is currently practicing. She is honored to be working with the Healing Warriors Program.
Tanya Pratkelis – Cranio-Sacral Therapy Director
Tanya Pratkelis has been a massage therapist for over 20 years. She grew up in the four corners area and studied the Edgar Cayce method of massage as well as other healing techniques within the native American community. She then spent eight years in Dallas, Texas getting a business and marketing degree before moving to Denver Colorado and choosing to make that her home. 10 years ago after suffering form migraines since the age of 13 she began to study Craniosacral Therapy. This lead her on a journey of self discovery and the realization that the body heals from the inside out, can be self healing given the correct tools, and utilizing the body, mind and spirit connection is so very important in the overall healing process. Tanya has now implemented that to help her patients heal at an even deeper level. She runs a private practice in Westminster, Colorado and works with a variety of patients including many military personnel with PTSD and TBI. She has experience in myofascial, neuromuscular and deep tissue massage, as well as Craniosacral Therapy and Somatoemotional Release. She is continually pursuing the latest education needed to expand her ability to help facilitate healing of the body, mind and spirit in everyone she works with.
Jackie Cooper, HTCP, BA – Director of Healing Touch Therapy
Jackie hails from the corporate sector, but has been in the healing profession for over 25 years. In addition to various other modalities, Jackie is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, and has been running the Healing Touch program at Healing Warriors since 2014. In mid 2015, she instituted the a Post Traumatic Stress treatment series, modeled after the successful Scripps/Camp Pendleton Study with returning combat marines. With her broad experience, knowledge and passionate advocacy for a quality care experience for our Service Members, Jackie exemplifies the model for compassionate care. We are excited to have Jackie’s leadership and guidance as Healing Warriors Program grows.
Deborah D. Buonassisi – Grant Writer and Legislative Outreach Director
A retired USAF Colonel, Deborah brings a depth of management experience and breadth of skills. She served on the personal staff of the Commanding General (CG) in Iraq from mid-2010 until the end of 2011. Prior to her deployment, Deborah worked in the legislative liaison career field in Washington DC for almost 10 years, during which time she worked for a year as a Capitol Hill Fellow on the staff of a U.S. Senator. She also worked on the HQ Air Force staff in strategic planning and policymaking. She has an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School and an M.A. in Political Science. In addition, she earned a legislative studies certificate from Georgetown University.
Rhonda has been volunteering with Healing Warriors Program since 2014. When she retired from her teaching career in 2013, Rhonda knew she wanted to do something for veterans. After reading an article in the local paper about the fledgling Healing Warriors Program, she felt called to volunteer. Rhonda first worked as a receptionist at the Healing Warriors Clinic a few hours a week. As the organization grew, the need for additional help with bookkeeping was clear to Rhonda. Since she is an experienced bookkeeper, she gradually stepped into her current role managing the day-to-day bookkeeping functions for the organization, generously volunteering hours of work.
Shannon Boyd — VA Liaison Manager
Fort Collins Clinic Team
Minor Kelley, Office Reception Manager
“In every job we do, we bring with us all of who we have become.” Minor Kelley, Healing Warriors Program Reception Manager, is the warm voice on the phone when you make an appointment and the smiling face you meet when you walk into the office. Whether you are making your first visit or have a weekly appointment, Minor will treat you as a valued guest. Minor originally came to Healing Warriors as a volunteer in March of 2014 and became the Reception Manager for Healing Warriors Program in November 2014. Minor’s background includes a 7-year stint as Office Manager of The Winslow, an independent living center for seniors. Prior to that, she took time to be a full time care-giver for her young grandchildren and elderly mother. Minor also loved teaching and coaching, spending many years doing both. Her final teaching role was at CSU where she taught dance, gymnastics, and aerobics classes. A lifetime resident of Fort Collins, Minor completed her undergraduate degree in Physical Education/Health and additional graduate work in Exercise Physiology at CSU in the early 80’s.This mother of two children, grandmother of five, embraces her multitude of life experiences and brings to Healing Warriors the sum total of that richness to make the day brighter for every client who comes into our office.
Karen Orlosky has had an extensive career in the health field. Karen’s early work was as an Anesthesiologist Assistant, a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2003 and a Certified CranioSacral Therapist. Karen has accepted the role of HIPAA Officer at Healing Warriors Program, and is diligent in ensuring training and processes are maintained to safeguard privacy.
Karen is also trained in equine therapeutic practices and in addition to her work with Healing Warriors Program, Karen can often be found providing training and care at various equine therapy centers. Karen feels that her work with both humans and animals provides her with a unique and profound balance to her work.
Joseph received his training in Rolfing® Structural Integration from the Rolf Institute® in Boulder, Colorado (2010). Additional educational experiences include a Doctorate in Education (Exercise & Sport Science, 2004) and Master of Arts (1998) from the University of Northern Colorado. Joseph also ran cross country and track at Central Connecticut State University where he received his undergraduate degree (1992). In 2003, Joseph served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom with the United State Marine Corps reserves. “After experiencing years of chronic back pain and having four back surgeries Rolfing® came into my life when I needed it most. I immediately regained lost space and length in my body which dramatically reduced my pain levels. I enjoyed the Rolfing® experience so much that I decided to change careers and become a Certified Rolfer™ so I could help others suffering from structural pain and discomfort.”
Paula Curtis is a curious soul, always wanting to know how things work, especially in the area of health and wellness. She has a strong science background, with a B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Genetics. She also has a M.S. in Systems Engineering and has worked in the high tech industry, designing technology to be more user-centered. In 1992, Paula took a sabbatical from Hewlett-Packard to attend massage school. In the process, she discovered her true passion for the healing arts. She has a special affinity for the emerging field of energy medicine. In addition to being a licensed massage therapist, she is a Reiki Master Teacher and has studied CranioSacral therapy and other modalities. Paula has a private practice as part of the team at the Wholeness Center in Fort Collins, an integrated medicine clinic. She is excited to join the Healing Warriors and offer her hands-on skills to the veteran population.
Sterling Davis, L.Ac
Sterling Davis Licensed Acupuncturist is a native Coloradoan. She became interested in holistic therapies at a young age when researching ways to help a family member who suffered from migraines. She completed her undergraduate degree at CSU in Health and Exercise Science. Soon after he moved to San Diego, CA to study Traditional Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. It is a four year Master’s Degree program which teaches Chinese Acupuncture and herbology, but also emphasizes integrating Western medicine. While there she completed a year internship at Rady Children’s Hospital and soon realized pediatrics was one of her favorite patient populations. She was able to witness children facing serious illness such as cancer, cerebral palsy and chronic pain get some relief from symptoms with acupuncture. She also wholeheartedly believes in nonseparation of the body and mind and excels in treating mental/emotional disorders. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and has started growing her own herbal garden.
Diane Frye, LMT has been practicing CranioSacral Therapy since 2005. She became very interested in CST after receiving it stopped her frequent migraines. She has completed four levels of CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release training through the Upledger Institute and has experience treating all ages, from infants to elders. She is also a massage therapist, graduating from the massage therapy program at Southwestern Illinois College, and has been practicing massage since 2000. Diane’s goal is to be your partner in improving your health and well-being. She treats each patient as an individual with meeting your needs being the priority for each session. Many of Diane’s clients attest to her skill in relieving or eliminating painful conditions, freeing restrictions in the nervous system and enabling improvements in brain and spinal cord function for healing mind, body, and spirit.
Megan Harms LAc., MSOM
Before finding Eastern Medicine, Megan worked in Western Medicine offices & witnessed that most patients were offered pharmaceutical meds or surgery. She knew in her heart that even though those were important options, there had to be more… a way to care for the person as a whole.
Megan obtained a certificate as an Energy Therapy Practitioner from Wellspring Allied Health in Kansas City. Then continued her education at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder for Traditional Chinese Medicine, a program that taught how to offer patients well- rounded treatments with modalities of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, moxibustion, tuina, cupping, auriculotherapy, e-stim, dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
Megan immersed herself in the medicine & completed its rigorous 4 year program of over 3000 hours of education, in just 3 years. She graduated in 2010 with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine. She passed the national board exams with NCCAOM, which includes Clean Needle Technique, is a member of the American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Colorado and Missouri.
In the past few years, Megan has given over 3000 treatments. She is known for her gentle needle technique and enjoys treating a wide spectrum of issues from pain to anxiety, & specializes in women’s issues, fertility, children’s health.
Jenna R. Mears, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac
Jenna R. Mears is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the State of Colorado. She is certified nationally as a Diplomate of Acupuncture (Dipl. Ac.) by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and also has a private practice in Westminster. Jenna attended Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado and graduated with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture (MSAc) in 2012. While at SWAC she completed over 2500 hours of didactic work in the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine and western medical pathologies in addition to over 1000 hours of clinical experience. Jenna’s training also includes adjunct therapies such as Moxibustion, Cupping, Guasha, Auriculotherapy, and Shiastu. She also integrates diet and nutritional information from a Chinese medical perspective to help maintain a healthy foundation for lasting health. From her extensive training, Jenna is confident in addressing a variety of health concerns such as pain, back pain, insomnia, headaches, common cold and flu symptoms, stress, depression and many other conditions. Jenna treats from a place of understanding and compassion. She considers herself a catalyst to promote the change that helps the body find its path back to wellness and looks forward to diligently working with her patients to help them achieve their health goals.
Debi Saidman,L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., HTPA
Debi Saidman was recruited for the clinic position at Healing Warriors Program because of her extensive experience and clinical success. Debi has delivered between 12-15,000 treatments in these past 4 years, but treating veterans adds a very different dimension to Debi’s work. Veterans’ needs, she explains, are more challenging, require more depth, and provide a much stronger emotional bond. Her admiration of their courage in the face of adversity grows each time she meets a new client. The 2011 graduate of Southwest Acupuncture College, Debi followed her MS with an additional month of hands-on training at Hellongjiang University of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in the People’s Republic of China and a 6-month Acupuncture Sports Medicine apprenticeship with Whitfield Reeves, a well-known sports acupuncturist in Boulder, in 2013. There, Debi received advanced training in diagnosis, assessment and treatment of sports injuries and pain.
Debi has personal veteran connections. She remains close to her former father-in-law, a Vietnam veteran who, to this day struggles with PTSD. When veterans come to her private practice, Touch of the East Acupuncture, she refers them to the Healing Warriors Program clinic to insure their treatment is even more affordable than her community style treatment, an approach that seeks to make acupuncture affordable for all who need it.
Jane Trexler, Co-Founder
Jane Carver Trexler, the daughter of two Marines, was born at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. She grew up living the life of a Marine Corps Brat, moving in with grandparents during her father’s service in the Korean War, living on Camp Pendleton, and later settling in Dallas while her father served two tours in Viet Nam, part of that time as a Battalion Commander. Her father later retired from the Marine Corps with seven Purple Hearts. He is now 87 years old. Jane spent nearly 29 years with the Federal District Court in Denver, serving as the Judicial Assistant to three Federal Judges. She discovered Healing Touch as a means to become involved with Hospice, finishing her certification in 2011. Jane’s volunteer service includes Pet Therapy, Hospice Inpatient Unit Volunteer, Healing Touch for Animals, and giving Healing Touch to cancer patients through LifeSpark in Denver, Colorado.