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Our staff is a group of independent professionals who offer their services at the Learning For Life Center.

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Amber Wadley

Amber Wadley has been practicing energy work for over a decade, learning under several talented people.  She decided to further her education in 2010 and began studying First and Second Degree Reiki with Melody Oxy.  Amber took Advanced Reiki Training and Master Level with the International Center for Reiki Training in 2012 completing requirements for …

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Heather Salerno

Heather Salerno is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance, and 200+ hours completed through YogaFit. She has over 14 years of experience teaching yoga and even more experience teaching various styles of dance and fitness. Heather stresses in her classes a balance between strength and flexibility, building endurance, and developing self-awareness through …

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Jeff Nichols

Jeff Nichols, M.D. has been practicing meditation since 1981 and teaching individuals in his medical practice since that time.  He was the medical director of the Biofeedback Center of the Menninger Clinic and of the Life Sciences Institute, both of Topeka.  He is currently in private practice of Complementary Medicine in Lawrence.  

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Karen Abraham

Karen Abraham, the director and teacher of Meadowlark Music Together, is passionate about music and the development of children.  Karen is a licensed Music Together® center director and Certified Music Together teacher, as well as a Board-Certified Music Therapist, musician, piano and voice teacher, mother, and step-grandmother. As a music therapist, she worked with elementary …

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Keith Gallaway

Keith Gallaway is certified in Anusara Yoga. Keith lives and breathes yoga! Keith started doing yoga seven years ago on a daily basis. He quickly received his Certification from Debbie Forrestt at Forest House Yoga, and currently teaches classes at multiple locations around town. We feel lucky to have Keith teaching at the Learning For …

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Lisa Johnston

Lisa Johnston has her national board certification and provides massage therapy and Reiki energy healing.  Lisa trained in a form of deep tissue, structural bodywork called Body Somatics, which is structural integration with the intent of balancing the body. Body Somatics works the deepest tissues of the body to release pain and restrictions and helps restore …

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Stephen Buckland

Stephen Buckland has been doing massage for friends – for fun – since high school in 1974.  After being struck by a bus in 1998 Stephen was no longer able to continue his employment doing mechanical maintenance, so he went to massage school.  Stephen completed training at the Kansas Massage Institute and by 2000 he …

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Verne Brien

Verne Brien is a gentleman, a musician, an artist and a believer in diversity and doing good in the world.  Verne has co-presented several Center workshops with LaVetta including Compassionate Communication and Self Integration. As a workshop presenter, and co-director of the Learning for Life Center, Verne focuses his talents on Restorative Justice and helping …

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