Dewa Therapists

The Hudson Valley attracts some of the best therapists on the east coast, and Dewa Spa has been fortunate to choose from among the best of the best since our inception. Our practitioners are highly skilled in a wide range of bodywork modalities, with an overall focus on holistic health and deep healing. Most of our therapists have been in practice for 10-30 years.

Additionally, under the expert tutelage of Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and Eric Rosenbush, we have thoroughly trained our core team in the traditional external therapies of Tibet, unique to Dewa Spa in the West. They have also received additional training in Ayurveda, sound healing, and other therapies.

You can learn more about our therapists and the modalities they specialize in below. Whatever your need, our Dewa therapists are here to provide you with an unforgettable experience.


Lilly Atlihan

Lilly Atlihan is a highly-trained Tibetan language translator, Director of OSEL Tibetan Medicine, and a dedicated Tibetan Buddhist practitioner. At Menla’s Dewa Spa, Lilly translates for consultations with Dr. Jinpa. Her fluent Tibetan skills are complemented by her backgro...

Ina Becker, MD PhD

Ina Becker MD PhD is board certified in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine and has been practicing Meditation and Yoga for 25 years.  She is on faculty at Columbia University and has been working at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center Emergency Room, Consultation and Expert ...

Nicole Bernhardt, LMT

Specializes in Reiki, Deep Tissue, and Shiatsu Meridian Balancing. Nicole graduated from the Swedish Institute in NYC in 2005, realizing her dream to understand the body on a deeper level. Nicole combines Reiki, Deep Tissue, and Shiatsu Meridian Balancing into her sessions with a...

Dannah Chaifetz

Dannah is an Intuitive /Medium, Spirit Artist, and Intuitive Counselor who also shares her Intuitive Soul Guidance and messages from Spirit with a worldwide clientele. She teaches workshops regularly including at The Omega Institute and LilyDale. She has a BA in Psychology from U...

Kersten Chisti Dryden, HHC

Kersten is a certified Life Coach, Holistic Health Coach, NLP Practitioner, Interfaith Minister, and Vegetarian Chef, and has studied Dream work with Robert Moss and Guru Dharam Singh, and Ne Jang (Tibetan yoga for rejuvenation and healing) with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang. With 20 year...

Sandra Garfinkel, LMT

Specializes in Awakened Instinct Bodywork, Thai massage, Yoga, and Reiki. Certified as a massage therapist, yoga teacher, personal trainer, Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, and a Reiki and essential oil practitioner, Sandra seamlessly integrates all of her modalities into thoroug...

Kathryn Haber, LMT

Specializes in KuNye, Cranio-sacral Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Shiatsu, Pregnancy Massage, Oncology Massage. As a clinical social worker, Kathryn became curious about massage therapy through her work with clients enrolled in The Swedish Institute in NYC. Her curiosity led to a 2...

Duncan Heywood, LMT

Specializes in Shiatsu and Acupressure. Duncan Heywood is a nationally certified and New York state licensed massage therapist.  A highly intuitive and gifted bodyworker, he began his journey as a healing artist over 20 years ago upon completing the clairvoyant training program ...

Nidhi Huba

Specializes in sound healing, Reiki, and Yoga. Nidhi has been a light worker since a child, absorbing Vedic teachings from her family in her birthplace of India. Her practice incorporates Sound, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Yoga therapy (specializing in Kundalini & Tibetan Yoga), Kabbala...

Hilary Leitner, L.Ac, LMT

Specializes in acupuncture and massage therapy. Hilary Leitner is a New York Licensed and Board Certified Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist. She has a Master’s in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture and is a certified Massage Therapist from the Swedish Institute...

Jason Maloney, LMT

Specializes in Deep Tissue and Energetic/Intuitive Massage. Jason is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist with over 18 years of experience in his field. Although he’s been trained in many Eastern and Western modalities over the years, and enjoys giving a strong deep ...

Dr. Jinpa Palnam

Dr. Jinpa is a practitioner of Traditional Tibetan Medicine. Rigorously trained in Tibet and India, his practice brings the authentic wisdom lineage of Tibet to the West. The cornerstone of his training was an intensive apprenticeship under His Holiness Dalai Lama’s personal ph...

Justin Ram Das, LMT

Specializes in Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Sound Vibration, Energy Work, Massage Therapy, and Craniosacral Therapy. Uplifting and inspiring is Ram Das’s passion.  Ram Das’s ability to be present and compassionate sets the session for a unique experience.  Working with ...

Sarite Sanders, LMT

Specializes in Tibetan KuNye, Cupping, and GuaSha techniques; Swedish, Neuromuscular, and Deep Tissue techniques; Zen Shiatsu; Thai Yoga; Ayurvedic massage treatments; Myofascial Release; Osteopathic Massage techniques such as Craniosacral, Strain Counter-Strain, Muscle Energy, a...

Ron Van Beek, LMT

Specializes in KuNye, Shiatsu, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Bindegewebs Massage, Energy Work, and Vibrational Sound Therapy. Ron van Beek came to the US from the Netherlands in 2008. After working as a mechanic for years, Ron decided he wanted to make a change in his life...

Rebecca Wong, LCSWR

Rebecca Wong, LCSWR, is a relationship therapist, mentor, host of the Connectfulness Practice podcast, and creator of Connectfulness® method for restoring the connection to the self, others, and the world. Rebecca offers couple’s intensive retreat experiences — exclusively t...

Suzie Woods Brown, LMT

Specializes in Massage and Craniosacral Therapy, Shiatsu, Reiki, and Shamanic Journeys. One of the definitions of intuition is  “the faculty of gaining direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference”. Cognition for me is the instrument through w...


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