Our Teachers


          The Teachers at the Blissful Heart

“Look at people for an example, but then make sure to do things your way. Surround yourself with positive people.” ~Queen Latifah
Joyce Burk Brown is an Occupational Therapist – Licensed in Oregon since 1979, Variety of focuses especially Arthritis Rehab/Pain specialist (taught Self Help Classes through the Arthritis Foundation for many years) and School Therapist working with ADD/ADHD students to develop sense of focus and calm. Qigong Instructor – Soaring Crane Style; certified in 2004; Classes taught with Sisters Athletic Club, COCC and privately in Bend, Sisters and Redmond. Remedy Routine Classes taught as individual lessons for health (Detox, Building Qi, Blood Pressure/Headaches) 1 hour each and Soaring Crane Long Form Classes - 12 hours of instruction. Presently teaching at St. Charles Medical Center in the Cancer Center. Reiki Master – Certified in 2016; Individual sessions in Bend or Sisters; Volunteer in the Cancer Center at St. Charles Medical Center.

Nancy Montefreddi came to Bend in 2000 after living in Tuscany for almost 25 years.  Italy sparked her interest in the mysteries surrounding alternative  and energy healing.  She studied with Jim Peltier, completing Kofuto Touch and  Formula Healing workshops. She also studied and took workshops on Magnified and Pranic healing, Reflexology, the Bowen's method, Healing Touch and Heart Math. Nancy is an Empath, Psychic, Angel Communicator and Reiki Master using her gifts to cleanse, replenish and balance your energy field,  which promotes  healing and well being of the mind, body and Spirit. She has been involved in Community volunteering for over a decade, she is one of the original practitioners  at the at the Cosmic Depot and has participated for many years at the Old Stone Church Community Food Drives and the Annual Healing Fair organized by Eileen Lock.   Nancy also volunteers at St. Charles Cancer Center in the Integrative Therapies Department.

Wendy White is an intuitive energy healing practitioner with 30 years training and experience. Using her natural intuitive abilities, she integrates her master Reiki attunement, with color and sound, chakra clearings and grounding, Matrix energetics, strange flow acupressure, and tarot and numerology.  She believes that YOU are the healer and she is there to "hold space" and assist you.  She has cured her own struggle with severe migraine headaches through this work. So she knows this stuff works!  She believes that what you give attention to grows and that as you shift what you give attention to ... change (healing) happens.

Elyse Williams is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Reflexologist, Reiki Master/Teacher. Her early fascination with plant medicine led to over eight years of self-study with native people in rural Alaska, Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize and Peru, and prompted her to pursue a Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine at the Maryland University of Integrative Health.  Since moving to Bend six years ago, Elyse has continued to expand her personal practice with new powerful tools, including HeartMath-based energy work and chakra clearing/trauma release.  She also continues to offer educational classes to the community in herbal medicine and essential oils and serves as an instructor at Central Oregon Community College where she teaches Aromatherapy I and II classes.  She also teaches Aromatherapy, Elemental Herbal Medicine, and Reflexology through COCCs Community Learning Program.

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