Our Leadership Team
Ana Pallés Yelen
Co-Founder and Executive Director, BA, MS, HTCP, CSP, 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.
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.
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.
Sammie Stephens, AGNP-C, CWHC, HTCP
Integrative Care Program
Sammie is a Nurse Practitioner with a focus on integrative healthcare and lifestyle disease prevention. She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from New Mexico State University. She is also a Real Balance Health Coach and Healing Touch Certified Practitioner.
Sammie implemented a health coaching program at Wyoming Medical Center in 2015. In 2016, she helped the same facility develop an integrative health clinic focused on reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Sammie speaks and blogs about how integrative healthcare can prevent and treat chronic disease. She supports integrative healthcare practices which combine conventional western medicine and complementary therapies such as Healing Touch, Acupuncture, and Cranial Sacral Therapy.
Director of Acupuncture
Jocelyn is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the State of Colorado and owner of Wildflower Acupuncture. She is certified nationally as a Diplomate of Acupuncture (Dipl. Ac.) by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Jocelyn attended Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder Colorado and graduated with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture (MSAc).
Jocelyn has participated in advanced placement Sports Medicine working with Division I athletes at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Along with her extensive experience in sports medicine and orthopedic functions, she has also trained in specialty clinics focusing on the treatment of headaches, migraines, emotional issues and sleep disorders.
Her training includes both Chinese and Japanese style acupuncture, as well as adjunctive therapies such as moxibustion, cupping, auriculotherapy, gua sha, electroacupuncture, and dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
In her free time Jocelyn can be found roaming the mountains with her dog, Dudley, or enjoying live music.
Director of CranioSacral Therapy
Tanya Pratkelis is the Craniosacral Director with Healing Warriors Program. Tanya specializes in Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the treatment of chronic pain. She has been a massage therapist for more than 30 years and a Craniosacral Therapist for 15 years. Tanya studied Craniosacral Therapy at the Upledger Institute and worked directly with its founder, Dr. John Upledger. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Business Management from Texas Christian University. Tanya continues her education with the Upledger Institute and works as an instructor at the Massage Therapy Institute focusing primarily on energy medicine and Craniosacral Techniques while maintaining a private practice in Westminster, Colorado. Recently, Tanya and her team at the Healing Warriors Program have developed a sleep series protocol for Craniosacral Therapy designed to treat patients with sleep disorders.
Tanya became interested in Craniosacral Therapy while trying to find relief from her own chronic migraine headaches and Traumatic Brain Injuries. This lead her on a journey of self discovery and ultimately to the realization and understanding that the body can often essentially heal itself when given the proper tools and utilizing the mind, body and spirit connection. She feels this is critical to improving the healing process. Tanya’s career has been dedicated to creating high quality, compassionate and reliable systems of treatment and care while focusing on teaching and mentoring the next generation of therapists and health care professionals.
Director of Healing Touch
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‚Äôs leadership and guidance as Healing Warriors Program grows.
Non-profit Development Manager
Janet Hatfield has navigated business development for both the non-profit and for-profit sectors for many years. Janet has over 20 years of successful advertising, marketing, and events management experience as well as various operational leadership roles in everything from healthcare, technology, publishing and construction trade associations.
Janet thrives on creativity and collaboration, cultivating partnerships and relationships while also identifying new opportunities for growth and financial success. Janet is looking forward to expanding her network of relationships and creating new partnerships through the Healing Warriors Program. She also hopes to develop some unique opportunities for volunteers along the way.
Janet comes from a long line of military family members and understands the unique challenges and opportunities available for Veterans and their families. She believes that through education and advocacy, we can help expand the Healing Warriors Program’s footprint across Colorado and Wyoming’s Veteran populations.
Client Services 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‚Äôs 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 80s.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.
Client Care Navigator
Josh Hitchcock joins our team as a Client Care Navigator whose role and passion is assisting veterans and their families in connecting with community resources and gaps in care. Josh is a veteran, having enlisted in the field artillery in the Utah National Guard before commissioning as an Armor Officer, serving in the Montana and Idaho National Guard. Josh brings a decade of experience in the military where he handled peer to peer wellness and performance, certified in suicide prevention training and was designated Battalion Investigating Officer for equal opportunity and sexual assault/harrassment. As a civilian, prior to Covid-19, Josh worked as a commercial airline pilot. He is excited to bring his leadership, and teamwork skills to best serve our veterans to the HWP family.