Who We Are
Healing Warriors Program provides Acupuncture, CranioSacral therapy and Healing Touch to our Active Duty and Veteran service member community, for assistance with pain management and PTSD symptoms. Our Northern Colorado Healing Warriors Program clinic is located at Stuart Professional Park, 1136 E. Stuart Street, Suite 4202, Fort Collins, CO 80525. We are working on additional clinics in the Denver metro area. We are a Guidestar Gold Star participant charity and a 501(c)3 nonprofit. We are a registered VA Vendor with Denver and Cheyenne VA.
Tax Id: 45-5093751
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.
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.
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 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.
Jenna R. Mears, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac |Director of Acupuncture
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brian Fash | MBA, Board President, USAF
Brian is an active duty Air Force officer and pilot, stationed at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he splits time between classroom instruction and teaching cadets to fly training airplanes. Previously, Brian served as a C-130 aircraft commander and instructor pilot, deploying several times in support of combat and humanitarian operations worldwide. Brian graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Management and from East Carolina University with a Master of Business Administration. Brian has received several leadership awards, including recognition as a Distinguished Graduate from Air Force Squadron Officer School in 2011 and the U.S. Air Force Academy Company Grade Officer of the Year in 2013. His experience flying medical evacuation missions in Iraq and Afghanistan for U.S. military personnel made Brian aware of the needs of veterans returning from deployments and motivated him to join the Healing Warriors Program. Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter in the Colorado outdoors hiking, camping, skiing, and running.
Shelley Poland is a 30+ year veteran of the Semiconductor Industry. Through her experience and education Shelley has developed a keen sense of marketing and sales expertise. She has had the opportunity to participate in a variety of sales training courses, workshops and seminars that has allowed her to draw from a broad resource base on which she has successfully built her career. She is known for her ability to build and maintain relationships with her customers and manufacturers. Passionate about supporting our Service Members, and hailing from a military family herself, Shelley helped found Healing Warriors Program. Interested in the effectiveness she has observed with Complementary Care methods of healing, Shelley has pursued education and training as part of her personal mission towards more holistic approaches to health, acquiring a Certificate in Holistic Health from Red Rocks Community College. She continued her education and is now a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Reiki Master Teacher. In addition to her corporate role, Shelley volunteers regularly, helping provide comfort and support to those in pain. She does this by using her training to promote relaxation, and encouraging the body’s ability to self-heal by using specific techniques that restore the body’s inner harmony.
Joel Thomas | Board Treasurer, US Army National Guard
Joel served in the Colorado Army National Guard from 2010 to 2016, deploying to Kuwait, Canada and supporting numerous domestic operations. This experience impressed the importance of developing alternative therapies to help veterans and their families. Joel has over 8 years of experience in the airline industry and currently works at SkyWest Airlines as a Canadair Regional Jet Captain based in Denver. Joel graduated from Colorado State University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration: Investment Securities Analysis. He completed his Masters of Business Administration with finance certificate from CSU in 2015. Joel has worked with numerous small Colorado businesses on financial matters. As lifelong Colorado residents, Joel and his wife Jasmine enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, and running around the Front Range.
David Bradford Gleason | Board Secretary, USMC
David Gleason served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1994, primarily as a Marine Security Guard at diplomatic posts in Morocco, Kuwait, and New Zealand, as well as with the 3rd Field Service Support Group (FSSG) in Okinawa, Japan. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English, Literature and Linguistics, from Metropolitan State College of Denver (now Metropolitan State University) in 2004. David worked for Sun Microsystems as a Program Manager, Customer Advocate, Management Adviser, and currently works for Whisperingtree.net LLC, an online resource and retail site for complementary healing. He enjoys reading, movies, games, and target shooting.
Tasia is a proud US Navy veteran. She served across the globe in various telecommunications communities, and continues to serve as a Navy reservist in Denver, Colorado. She began USMM Mile High, a successful commercial cleaning service that hires veterans, in order to assist other veterans and make a direct impact on veteran unemployment. Tasia has always had an entrepreneurial desire to do more. USMM has afforded her the opportunity to effect veterans’ lives and inspire her passionate spirit at the same time.
Tasia holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Regis University.
Council of Advisors
Russ E. Ayer is a fifth generation Vermonter who moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2014 with his wife of 47 years to live closer to grandchildren. Russ is a decorated Combat Veteran who served in Viet Nam as a United States Marine Force Recon officer.
Russ was the lead officer of Vermont’s largest electric utility for many years. Upon retirement, he sold commercial insurance to municipalities and school systems throughout the state. He also invested in real estate and rental properties as a sole owner.
He is an avid outdoorsman and loves hunting, fishing, riding his Triumph motorcycle and playing with his wonderful grandchildren. He spends his summers at his cottage on the ocean in Trenton, Maine.
Russ is dedicated to serving fellow veterans reentering life as a civilian. Russ helps veterans work their way through many tough issues understood only as a 100% PTSD and Agent Orange veteran can. He feels he has finally found his true calling and finds his efforts truly rewarding.
Dr. Reed Bonadonna | Director of Ethics and Character Development, US Merchant Marine Academy and Colonel (Ret.) USMCR
Reed Bonadonna attended Virginia Military Institute and was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1979. He served as an infantry officer and deployed to Lebanon with 8th Marines. In 1988, he left the active duty ranks to pursue a doctorate in English at Boston University. He retained a reserve commission and served in a variety of billets with 25th Marines, the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Naval War College. He completed a tour as Field Historian in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Colonel Bonadonna retired from the Marine Corps reserve in 2008. He is Director of Ethics and Character Development at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point. He has written on military ethics and leadership. He and his wife Dr. Susan Bonadonna, MD reside in Larchmont, New York. They have three sons: Erik, 23, Devon, 21, and Luke 17.
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.
Robert (Bob) McEwan has over 30 years of experience in the fields of biological sciences and healthcare. Through his research in government, academia and the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. McEwan has worked in the fields of molecular and cellular biology, immunology, transplantation and biochemistry where he authored over twenty-five publications and presented at numerous national meetings. After leaving research Mr. McEwan became outreach director and later Administrative Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Johns Hopkins. In 1999, seeing a need for a safety net to provide medications for patients that couldn’t afford them, Mr. McEwan started MEDBANK of Maryland, Inc. which later became a statewide program. This program provided access to medications to over 50,000 underserved patients throughout Maryland and delivered over $150 Million in free medications. The program was replicated from Maryland to Hawaii. Recently Mr. McEwan joined Infinithealthcare where he is a Senior Advisor providing access to fully trained nurses and other skilled employees in the Philippines, remotely; keeping the quality up and the cost of healthcare down. He continues his nonprofit mission at HarborPath where he is Technology Director helping provide access to HIV and Hepatitis C medications to the underserved.
Greg Hatton | MBA, BBA, Council of Advisors
Greg is U.S. Veteran, having served in the Marine Corps as a team leader in 2nd ReconBN Alpha Company. He is the founder of two successful businesses, Hatton Security and SMP Housing. At the University of Northern Colorado, Greg served as President of the Management Club for the College of Business and Vice President of the Student Council for the College of Business. He graduated UNC in 1996 with his Bachelors in Business Administration. In 2003, Greg graduated from Colorado State University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. In addition to building his security businesses, Greg has also developed successful commercial and residential real estate businesses. Greg’s proudest accomplishments are his 3 beautiful children. While working a busy schedule and building up his various businesses, Greg has always been a family man first.
Olivia Leyshock | Council of Advisors
Olivia Leyshock joined the Colorado Army National Guard in 2014 and honorably served 2 years before transitioning into the Wyoming Air National Guard where she currently serves. As a Political Science Graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Olivia has extensive policy and legislative experience from her tenure on the staff of a United States Congressman on Capitol Hill. During her time in Washington D.C., Olivia worked with numerous Non-Partisan Political Action Committees to pass legislation. Apart from her political background, Olivia has extensive corporate experience. She founded and operated her own company and worked with several Non-Profits gaining valuable industry marketing experience and mastered the art of branding, public relations, and communications. With a deep-rooted family military heritage, Veterans Issues and service to country have become a passion in her life.
Ed is retired and has served with the Federal Government for over 28 years and worked with the USPS at various levels with the highest as Postmaster. He served in the US Army for 18 years as an Air Assault Combat Medic, LPN, and Bio-Medical Maintenance Repairman, and was honorably and medically discharged. Ed also worked with the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, WY and attained the Level of Chief, Environmental Management Service and Infection Control. Ed has done and accomplished numerous endeavors: developed training classes; implemented successful hardware and software configurations that led to increased productivity; successfully developed department budgets and created department objectives; led multidisciplinary teams in problem solving, cost planning, and quality control; and identified solutions improving efficiency through various troubleshooting skills for complex IT systems. He has chaired process improvement teams along with developing instructional, organizational, development, and informational presentations involving integration of multiple IT systems. Ed earned a BS/AS in Medical Administration/Management with National American University in South Dakota and masters in organizational Development through University of Phoenix. He has a passion in serving and helping our veterans today since he is himself a 100% Disabled American Veteran. Ed desires to continue helping veterans acclimate themselves to our society and help them achieve success no matter what they may want to do.
Ellen is Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition’s (CCJRC) Finance & Development Coordinator. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and her law degree from Temple University Law School. She served for three decades in Colorado’s juvenile justice system as a probation officer, deputy district attorney, guardian ad litem, defense counsel, and district court magistrate. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Colorado, Aims Community College, and the Aims Police Academy. She has expertise in child welfare and co-authored, with CCJRC’s Executive Director, Parenting from Prison: A Resource Guide for Incarcerated Parents which was published in 2001. She has volunteered with Kairos Prison Ministry at the Denver Women’s and Sterling Correctional Facilities. She has an extensive background in nonprofit development, served on many international mission teams, and still believes one person can change the world. She has a special place in her heart for veterans as her father served on the USS Cleveland (CL-55) Battleship in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Elizabeth Schnell, CMT, CN is a Colorado native and is a proud military spouse (retired). Elizabeth has over 15 years experience as a Massage Therapist and 6 years experience as a Nutritional Counselor, and is a graduate of Colorado School of Healing Arts and American Health Science University. She has practiced stateside and abroad, wherever the Air Force sent them, before returning to Colorado and opening her own practice in Wheat Ridge. A back injury took her on a journey of self healing that included massage therapy and inspired her to pursue a career helping other people heal naturally. Throughout her practice she has pursued education and techniques that have expanded her ability to help people improve their health, relieve pain and stress, and have a better sense of awareness of their bodies. She has experience in Deep Tissue, Myofacial Release, Sports Massage, Pre-Natal Massage, and Infant Massage, as well as a broad knowledge of Nutrition. She has, also, worked with TBI patients through Denver Options to help them relieve pain, increase mobility, and improve quality of life.