Karen Pischke, BSN, RN, CCRN Alumnus, Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Master Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Founder, Owner/Manager of Dreamtime Wellness™
With an extensive background in both conventional healthcare and integrative therapies, I combine evidence-based practices with a focus on the whole person – mind, body, spirit, family, community.
Born into a family of nurses – My career in healthcare began in 1978. After graduating from nursing school in 1983, I began working as a registered nurse in critical care. First in Chicago, then around the country working in intensive care units (ICU’s) coast-to-coast. Travel nursing offered a multitude of experiences, taught me to be flexible, brought me to Boston and eventually, to beautiful Cape Ann.
Critical Care Nursing – To become a certified critical care nurse (CCRN) requires additional training, experience, the passing of a national exam, and a high # of hours of annual continuing education (100 hours every 3 years.) Honing critical thinking and assessment skills and passing the CCRN exam was a personal goal and professional achievement. Working in the ICU brought me great joy for many years.
‘Shift Happens’ – Over the years, my nursing practice shifted from a focus on disease and illness to one of wellness and prevention. Seeing so many patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) admitted with stress-related illnesses that were largely preventable, caused the shift. I wondered – What can be done to improve my own health as well as decrease stress to help keep people out of the hospital?
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies that promote relaxation, stress reduction, behavioral changes, and healthy lifestyle management seemed to be the answer. In 1997 I began a new direction in healthcare, both personally and professionally. First, stopping smoking through the combination of conventional smoking cessation counseling, nicotine replacement therapy, hypnosis and yoga. This integrative, collaborative approach made it possible for me to finally end a 22-year ‘pack+ a day’ habit. I am happy and proud to be smoke-free since 1997.
How Reiki ‘Found Me’ – A year after stopping smoking, I learned about Reiki at a Nursing Spectrum job fair and educational conference. Here, the presenter said – “Reiki could improve energy and promote self-healing,” Faced with a newly diagnosed illness, I decided to try it. My first session was so profoundly relaxing I asked the provider – “Why aren’t we doing that in healthcare?? That was amazing!” At that same conference, motivational speaker Rita Losee RN encouraged, “Live Life the Skinny Branches.” The seeds were planted that day for a goal to help bring Reiki into mainstream healthcare.
Self-Reiki for Self-Care and Self- Healing – Initially, my goal for Reiki practice was strictly for myself, as a tool for relaxation and stress reduction, and aid in my smoking cessation. Never in my wildest dreams would I have known it would become part of my professional nursing practice.
Reiki Provider – My goal to help bring reiki into mainstream healthcare was quickly realized when I was asked to be the Reiki Provider for the North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) Heart & Wellness Department. I began offering Reiki as part of a comprehensive cardiac risk factor reduction program. Teaching Reiki and lecturing on Reiki were part of this role. I went on to offer Reiki at NSMC’s Women’s Center, Shaunnessy- Kaplan (Spaulding) Rehabilitation, NSPG Neuro-surgery and Spine, and Cancer Center (now MGH North.)
Dreamtime Wellness™ was launched in 2000 in Gloucester MA on beautiful Cape Ann. My goal – promoting optimal health for mind, body and spirit for others. Wellness and Integrative medicine (IM) was fairly new at the time. IM combines complementary therapies that have been rigorously studied for ‘safety and efficacy,’ with conventional healthcare (Known as ‘evidence-based practice.’) Through IM, patients may receive care that is more supportive and collaborative, with the potential for improved outcomes and increased patient satisfaction. Since its inception, Dreamtime Wellness™ has grown and evolved to include an international client base.
Bringing Reiki into Hospitals – Offering reiki in a hospital was very new in 1999 when I began as the RN/Reiki Provider at the North Shore Medical Center. Few people knew about reiki. Since then, it has been an uphill but extremely rewarding climb. Many Reiki pioneers before me helped to lay the stepping stones, for which I am most grateful. In some settings I helped to expand existing programs (North Shore Medical Center.) In other settings, I began pilot Reiki programs (Mass General, Essex Park Nursing and Rehabilitation, Golden Living Gloucester, and Tufts Medical Center where I currently offer reiki in oncology.)
Reiki in Healthcare – Today, reiki is offered in some manner at most major teaching hospitals around the country, as part of Integrative Medicine. Reiki is offered in some settings for Pain Management, Stress Management, Before and After Surgery. A pilot study ‘Combining Reiki and Hypnotherapy Before Gastric Bypass Surgery’ was completed and presented at the American Holistic Nurses (AHNA) Conference and Massachusetts General Hospital in 2012.
My Role in Integrative Medicine – Since 1999 I have been employed to offer integrative therapy sessions and lectures (Reiki or Hypnosis) in a variety of settings –
- Addison Gilbert Hospital (Gloucester MA)
- Essex Park Nursing and Rehabilitation (Beverly MA)
- Golden Living Center Gloucester, MA
- Lahey Healthcare (Beverly, Danvers and Burlington)
- Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center (Danvers, and Boston MA,)
- North Shore Medical Center/NSMC (Salem and Lynn MA)
- NSPG North Shore NeuroSurgery and Spine (PeabodyMA)
- Shaughnessy Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital (Spaulding North) (Salem MA)
- Tufts Medical Center (Boston MA)
… and lectures on Integrative Therapies at these and many other healthcare settings –
- Mercy Hospital (Springfield MA)
- Peabody Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation (Peabody MA)
- Providence Behavioral Health Hospital (Holyoke, MA)
… and have offered Reiki ‘sample sessions’ for charity fund raising events and conferences-
- Reid’s Ride (Gloucester MA)
- Mass General Brain Tumor Center, ‘Strides of Survival’ (Newburyport MA)
- Relay for Life Cape Ann (Gloucester MA)
- Friend’s of Mel (Quincy MA)
My Goal for My Patients and Clients – to support and empower you to take a more active role in your overall health care. With the ultimate goal – Your Optimal Health and Happiness.
My healthcare experience includes –
- Critical Care Nursing
- Cardiac Rehabilitation and Risk Factor Reduction
- Wellness and Integrative Medicine
- Tobacco Treatment and Smoking Cessation
- Clinical Hypnotherapy
- Traditional (Western) Usui Reiki and Japanese Komyo Reiki
Currently offering Private Reiki and Hypnotherapy Sessions (Danvers and Peabody,) Monthly Reiki Clinics and Reiki Shares (Manchester-by-the-Sea) serving the Massachusetts comminities of:
- Cape Ann (Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport)
Lectures, Workshops, Trainings, Home, Hospital and Hospice Reiki – Available Locally, Nationally, and Internationally.
Thorough and Supportive Reiki Training Offered – Trained to the Reiki Teacher/Shihan level in 2 Reiki Systems – Traditional (Western) Usui and Komyo Reiki. All levels of Reiki offered with ongoing practice opportunity and mentoring available. From Level 1 to Reiki Master over 2-3 years. (200 Training hours.) Reiki 1 to Reiki Teacher (500 hours.) Always learning – ‘Mastery’ consists of life-long learning and practice.
Certified Member of:
- American Association of Critical Care Nurses
- International Association of Reiki Professionals
- National Guild of Hypnotists
- Komyo ReikiDo™ (Formerly Komyo Reiki Kai™)
- American Nurses Association
- American Holistic Nurses Association
- Sigma Theta Tau/International Honor Society of Nursing
- Japan Society of Boston
Certified, Licensed and Insured. Vendormate Credentialed.
Hear more about my experience with Reiki in Hospitals –
Reiki Radio Interview with Phyllis Fukumoto of the Reiki Alliance and Karen Pischke