South Loop Location
EQUILIBRIUM Energy + Education
47 W. Polk (at Dearborn)
Chicago, IL 60605
Mon.–Fri. 11 AM to 8 PM
Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM
BERNADETTE DORAN, BS, RMT, DIRECTOR
Modalities: Holographic Memory Resolution®, Akashic Records Consultations, The Bengston Energy Healing Method®, Corporate Wellness Services, Reiki Teacher
VERNON NICOLAS, RMT, RESEARCH DIRECTOR
Modalities: Reiki, Pranic Healing®, The Bengston Energy Healing Method™, New Paradigm Multi-Dimensional Healing
LISA AHKEAHBO, RMT
Modalities: Vibrational Therapy, New Paradigm
JANE ALBRIGHT, RMT
Modalities:Chakra Balancing, The Bengston Energy Healing Method®
IGNACIO CENTENO, RMT
Modalities: Kiwani Therapy, Colorpuncture in Spanish
PHIL FLORCZAK, RMT
Modalities: The Bengston Energy Healing Method®, Reiki
SUZANNE FRAKER, BS, RM
Modalities: Aura-Soma, Colorpuncture, Harmonious Frequency Therapy, Esogetic Crystal Balancing
WENDY LEHMAN, MA, RMT
Modalities: Reiki Teacher, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
ASHLEY STAMATINOS, RMT
Modalities: Reiki Teacher
JOAN WILSCHKE, RMT
Modalities: Reiki Therapy
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For more than 25 years, Bernadette Doran has been a global catalyst for change, growth and personal and organizational success. A dynamic leader, award-winning writer, and inspiring educator, Bernadette offers a rare combination of expertise in helping individuals and organizations achieve self-perpetuating vitality through leading-edge mind-body medicine.
From her undergraduate days as a biology major, Bernadette has pursued a passionate study of bioenergetic principles and therapies. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at Loyola University, Chicago, and pursued postgraduate work at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. She is a Reiki Master Teacher in the traditional Usui System of Natural Healing (lineage of Phyllis Furumoto) as well as Karuna Reiki (lineage of William Lee Rand), and has practiced and taught Reiki throughout the United States and Australia for more than 15 years. She was a member of the faculty of the California Naturopathic College in Del Mar for two years.
Bernadette studied hypnotherapy at Boston Hospital, and trained with Brent Baum, developer of Holographic Memory Resolution® (HMR), to become a Level Two HMR practitioner. She studied with Serge Kahili King, Ph.D., for certification as a Hawaiian huna energy healer, and with Roslyn Bruyere, Deepak Chopra, Joan Borysenko, Elmer Green, and Candace Pert, among other energy medicine leaders.
In 2007, Bernadette founded Equilibrium Energy + Education, a wellness center and certification training institution dedicated to leading-edge, research-based energy therapies, workshops and classes, which now has more than 4,800 clients and students. As a national training center for leading energy modalities, Equilibrium draws students from all over North America for certification training in Reiki, Holographic Memory Resolution, the Bengston Energy Healing Method® and other therapies. Bernadette and Equilibrium Research Director Vernon Nicolas are regularly invited to present their clinical research results at national energy medicine conferences.
Bernadette is registered with the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP) and is an active member of the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE); the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM), for which she served on the ISSSEEM Energy Medicine Task Force; and the Social Enterprise Alliance. She lectures extensively on a variety of subjects, from stress management to energy medicine, and has won a number of awards, including a Certificate of Appreciation from the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Mindful Metropolis Reader’s Choice Award as Chicago’s Best Spiritual Counselor.
Before focusing on her bioenergy practice, Bernadette was a senior vice-president with three global corporations, working in Chicago, New York, and Melbourne, Australia, and serving primarily Fortune 100 clients. She gained an international reputation for ground-breaking leadership techniques and won dozens of awards for business effectiveness and creativity.
She is also an award-winning author and has published extensively in local and national publications. Some of her pieces have been included in anthologies, including a U.S. Federal Government resource directory on Viet Nam veterans, a children’s reading program, and Australia: True Stories of Life Down Under. In addition to being the owner and director of EQUILIBRIUM Energy + Education, Bernadette is also the president of Industrial Strength Soul, Inc., Equilibrium’s parent corporation.
Vernon Nicolas brings to Equilibrium a mission to research and demystify the power of energy-based therapies.
Vernon’s deep research background is rooted in his education at Northwestern University, where he studied Economics and graduated Summa Cum Laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors. At Northwestern, he was granted a stipend and won awards for his independent research. He later became a Research Director at a leading global research firm, where he has consulted with many of Fortune 500’s top multinational companies for over a decade.
Having witnessed the increasing levels of stress and demands encountered by his colleagues and clients, he sought to learn about the power of energy-based therapies to promote greater balance and wellness.
He pursued a personal journey to train in a wide range of energy-based practices, including certification as a Reiki Master Teacher, New Paradigm Master Healer, Akashic Records consultant, the Bengston Energy Healing Method™, and Pranic Healing® therapist, among others.
Vernon also has advanced training in the use of GDV Electrophotonics, a state-of-the-art camera technology that captures, measures and analyzes energy fields to reveal information about a person’s mental, physical and emotional health and well-being. Developed by Russian Physicist Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, the GDV (Gas Discharge Visualization) system uses Kirlian-based photography to capture energetic output from the fingertips, where the body’s energy meridians terminate. The photos create a diagnostic overview of the human biofield that pinpoints very specific information about a person’s current health and potential health challenges. There are just a handful of these cameras now in operation in the US, and Equilibrium is the only center in the Midwest to have one. Vernon has already conducted dozens of case studies using GDV Electrophotonics, building an extensive, proprietary research base for Equilibrium on the effects of energy therapies.
Vernon’s passion is to find greater understanding to the following questions: Can healing be taught and learned by any layperson? What are the mechanisms of why energy-based therapies work? How can we use these modalities to help others in practical, meaningful ways in everyday life? He welcomes seekers and open-minded skeptics alike to experience the same playfulness, empowerment and surprise he’s discovered practicing and measuring energy-based therapies. Recognizing there is much yet to be explored with energy-based therapies, Vernon is proud to call Equilibrium his primary research center for learning and teaching.
Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Lisa became familiar with the power of Eastern medicine from birth. She obtained her BS in Business Marketing from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, and was first introduced to energy healing in 2008, when she lived in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since then, she has become certified as a Reiki Master Teacher, New Paradigm Master Teacher, Access Consciousness Practitioner and Facilitator, Akashic Records Practitioner, and Crystal Healing Therapist. Lisa has also trained in Sound Healing with Tuning Forks and Sound Therapy, and blends these modalities into powerful, highly individualized Vibrational Therapy treatments.
As both a therapist and teacher, Lisa is passionate in sharing her knowledge with her students and giving them the support they need along the way.
Gifted from birth, Jane Albright discovered that her ability to see human energy fields increased dramatically in her efforts to connect with her younger brother who died very unexpectedly. Soon afterward, Jane took formal training to enhance and expand her natural talents and work professionally as an energy reader and healing, specializing in chakra balancing. Jane is also a certified Reiki Master Teacher.
Much like a computer, the bioenergy field stores virtually limitless information about us, including patterns and choices we have made and are making. This information can be easily accessed by a trained therapist. By reading and working with your energy field, Jane brings to light issues that you are facing, helping you to gain deeper understanding and new awareness. The process allows you to move through limiting issues, break up patterns that no longer serve you, release old energy, and create profound healing for both spirit and body.
Ignacio Centeno began his journey as a healer in 2003, when he graduated as a massage therapist from The Soma Institute. Since then, this multifaceted therapist has been trained as a Reiki Master Teacher in both the traditional Usui Method of Natural Healing as well as Karuna Reiki, Kiwani Therapy, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Vortex Healing, Colorpuncture, Pranic Healing, the Bengston Energy Healing Method®, Othrobionomy, Craniosacral Therapy, and Crystal Healing. Ignacio’s gentle, caring and compassionate approach endears him to all his clients.
Chicago native Phil Florczak discovered energy medicine when he sought non-invasive, non-medication pain relief for a serious athletic injury. He was so impressed with the effectiveness of energy therapies, he began a journey that led him to become a therapist himself. Phil began with Reiki training and is now certified in a number of modalities. He is a Reiki Master in the traditional Usui System of Natural Healing, a Bengston Energy Healing Method® practitioner, an Akashic Records consultant, and a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) therapist.
Phil was a Golden Gloves boxer for 13 years as well as an ice hockey player, and his sports career inspired him to invent a new kind of exercise apparatus, for which he holds the patent. Phil was in the restaurant industry for 20 years, and is an avid reader, especially books on human behavior and expanded consciousness. He is a joyful, dedicated therapist and passionate about opening the door for others that led him on his own remarkable, life-changing journey.
A longtime resident of the South Loop with an interest in landmarks preservation, Suzanne Fraker is delighted to be working in the historic Dearborn Station which she watched being restored.
Suzanne holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan and was a journal editor for the American Medical Association for 29 yeas. She has always been fascinated with color and light and has done much study in these areas. She is certified by the International Mandel Institute, Switzerland, as an Esogetic Colorpuncture Practitioner, and is certified by the Aura-Soma International Academy of Colour Therapeutics, England, as an Aura-Soma Practitioner. Suzanne is certified by the Tama-Do (Way of the Soul) Academy of Sound, color and Movement in Malibu, CA, as a Level One practitioner. She is also a crystal healer trained by Melody and certified by the Association of Melody Crystal Healers, Inc.
In addition, Suzanne is a Reiki Master and holds a diploma in therapeutic massage from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. She has studied energy healing with Roslyn Bruyere and Barbara Brennan. Suzanne has been President of the Women Health Executives Network, a Board Member of the Illinois Women’s Political Caucus, and is profiled in the recently published book, The Courage Code.
Wendy first came to Equilibrium to receive Reiki theapy for fibromyalgia in 2010, and was impressed by its effectiveness, as well as Equilibrium’s research-based practice. She enrolled in a Reiki Level One class and continued with this training at Equilibrium, becoming a certified Reiki Master Teacher in the traditional Usui System of Natural Healing (lineage of Phyllis Furumoto) and a certified Karuna Reiki® II Practitioner (lineage of William Lee Rand). She has also trained as an Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) practitioner and a certified Akashic Records consultant. Wendy also has a Master of Arts in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame.
With almost 20 years of experience working in a variety of international and local nonprofit organizations addressing issues of direct and indirect violence and trauma, Wendy has seen the impact that trauma, anxiety, stress and burnout can have on not only the mind but the physical body. She has been inspired by the positive effects of energy healing such as Reiki and EFT, and is excited for the opportunity to share them at Equilibrium.
Laurie Novoryta discovered Equilibrium in 2012 while searching the internet for Reiki classes in Chicago. With her focus during college being sociology and writing, she was drawn to Equilibrium because of the emphasis on research. While she expected to enjoy Reiki Level One, she underestimated the draw of Equilibrium and energy-based therapies. Since then, she has attended lectures and group classes, and has completed Akashic Records Certification Training, Bengston Energy Healing Method®, New Paradigm 13D Master Healer, and will continue with training in 2014 to become a Reiki Master Teacher.
As Equilibrium’s marketing and social media planner, Laurie joins the team with a desire to spread the word about our trainings, lectures, workshops, and one-on-one therapies. She loves working with our teachers and therapists in order to provide important and exciting news to our clients, students, and guests who are interested in self-discovery and alternative healing methods. She is passionate about leading our marketing and social media efforts in order to reach people like herself who are searching for what we offer.
As a certified Reiki Master Teacher, Ashley trained at Equilibrium in the traditional Usui System of Healing (lineage of Phyllis Furumoto). Ashley is also certified as a 13D New Paradigm Master Healer and Teacher, an Access Consciousness BARS Facilitator, ThetaHealer®, and Akashic Records consultant. Ashley is registered with the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP).
As well as her deep commitment to helping people heal, Ashley is very passionate about helping animals, volunteering to help save animals for more than12 years. Over the past three years, she has fostered more than 100 underweight, neonatal, sick and injured adult cats and kittens through the organization PAWS Chicago. She uses energy healing to help her foster animals heal and find happy homes.
In 2001 Ashley moved to New York City of pursue her performing arts career, but she became very ill with asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and chronic pain. These health challenges put her performing arts career to an early end. In her efforts to mend her body, she tried many different healing techniques, combining daily energy treatments with herbal supplements. As a result, she no longer suffers from the chronic symptoms she once had! Overcoming these health issues are a big part of her real “credentials,” and because of prolonged health battle, she relates deeply to her clients’ issues.
Ashley teaches her classes with enthusiasm and patience. It is important to her to make sure every student walks away feeling that they can implement their new tools into their daily life. Ashley lives in the Chicago area, and is extremely honored to be teaching Reiki at Equilibrium.
Joan Wilschke is a lifelong Chicagoan who embarked on her Reiki journey with a Reiki Share experience at Equilibrium. She signed up for the next available Reiki Level One class, and enthusiastically pursued her certification as a Reiki Master Teacher in the traditional Usui Method of Natural Healing. She is also certified as an Akashic records consultant, and has a growing collection of crystals and gemstones for long-distance Reiki and other therapeutic uses.
An artist and master gardener, Joan has also worked as a floral designer for many years. She has been married to Tom for 33 years and together they’ve raised three children, Amy, Tom and Rachel. Joan considers raising a family a major focus of her life’s work.
Knowing full well that mind, body and spirit form a unified being, Joan believes in following a healthy lifestyle. She is interested in and knowledgeable about wellness and nutrition and loves cooking, baking and testing out new, healthful recipes, which her coworkers eagerly await and appreciate. She believes in viewing all aspects of life with a positive attitude, an open mind, and a loving heart, and brings tremendous joy to both her Reiki therapy and administrative management roles at Equilibrium.
Make an appointment for any
therapy by calling
with Lisa Ahkeahbo
Wed., Dec. 3
6:30 to 7:30 PM
$20, members $18
FREE FULL MOON MEDITATION
with Vernon Nicolas
Mon., Dec. 8
6:30 to 7:30 PM
CRYSTAL JOURNEY MEDITATION
with Lisa Ahkeahbo
Thurs., Dec. 11
6:30 to 7:30 PM
$20, members $18
VOYAGES IN CONSCIOUSNESS
with Vernon Nicolas
Fri., Dec. 12
6:30 to 8 PM
$20, members $18
with Lisa Ahkeahbo
Wed., Dec. 17
6:30 to 7:30 PM
$20, members $18
MANIFESTING YOUR INTENTIONS FOR 2015
with Jane Albright