Shima Chayvet – Master of Reiki Masters

Founder, Healer, Teacher.

While working as a Vice President in the home care arena Shima was searching for something as a diversion to relieve some of the stress she was having on a job that took up most of her time. In a conversation with a friend she found out there was an Energy Healing Class at Westchester Community College being led by Gene Krackehl, Healer, Composer and Author.  Instantly she fell in love and became involved in this concept of Energy Healing.  Shima was certified as an Energy Healer in May of 2005. In November of the same year Shima found out there was a Reiki 1 and 2 certification course being offered at Wainwright House in Rye. Curious she went to the class and met Libby Barnett who studied and was attuned by John Harvey Gray one of the original Reiki Masters who was taught in this country in 1973 by Hawayo Takata. Libby then became attuned as a Reiki Master by Judy Carol Stewart who was the 35th Reiki Master. Shima took the Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 class with Libby and in 2006 Shima went to New Hampshire and was attuned to Reiki Master by Libby Barnett. In 2008 Shima again went back to Libby to become attuned as a Master of Reiki Masters.

As you can see Shima has a rare and close connection to the original 22 Reiki Masters attuned in this country and believes in maintaining the integrity of this ancient hands on healing technique. Over the years Shima has taught more than 150 students to this art and attuned many to become  Reiki Masters. She is now holding classes for children in Reiki 1 and is currently teaching Reiki in an after school program in Westchester. She was asked to be a guest on a local TV show by the host,  Colette Lopane-Capella of New Day Vitality speaking about Reiki and it’s benefits. Many come to Shima for Reiki Healing on a mental, emotional and spiritual level. Shima believes that Reiki is not just something that you do it is who you become because of it. Eventually Shima left home care with a dream to eventually open a healing arts center that would serve the community and those needing to be inspired to enlighten their minds, heal their bodies and nourish their souls. One step into Universal Healing Arts at 4 Crestview Avenue in Cortlandt Manor it becomes apparent that the dream has become realized. 

Grisella Ramos Santiago, LCSW PC

My name is Grisella. I am a New York state licensed clinician with over 15 years of experience working with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship and general life issues. I have learned in my years of working with a diverse group of clients that we are all searching to become whole in all aspects of our lives. Because of this, I have expanded my clinical practice to a HOLISTIC THERAPUTIC EXPERIENCE which includes Akashic Record readings, I  can utilize not only my clinical skills, but also your personal akashic record information to assist you in knowing yourself at soul level in order to help you understand why certain unhealthy patterns keep reoccurring in your life and how to make positive changes to help you live your best life, the life you were meant to live. I work with my clients on a weekly, and biweekly basis supporting them on their path to wellness. I offer in person and remote services. Based on your specific needs.

Cindy Bautista

For the last 13 years Cindy has been working with families and children who have experienced trauma. This passion has lead her to seek alternative methods to help her clients heal. Cindy is a Reiki Master who has also been trained and certified to do Past Life Regression with Dr. Brian Weiss M.D. and the Weiss Institute. Past Life Regression (PLR) is a powerful healing modality that helps to resolve present day issues through experiencing past lifetimes. When doing this kind of work it assists clients in living fully in the present understanding problems and patterns that may be rooted in a past life.

This work uses hypnotic techniques along with deep relaxation. Many experience immediate recall and others may find it more helpful to do a series of sessions to experience optimum benefits on all levels. While everyone’s experience is unique, it is common for people to feel and to realize the eternal and loving energy of the Universe and to understand the continuity of significant relationships throughout their lifetime.

Michele Lent

Through experience Michele Lent has learned that massage is not only a means of income, but also serves as her passion.  Massage is what inspires her to stay grounded, while she fulfills the need to help others. In search of a new beginning and wanting to leave behind the stress of her previous employment, she decided to change her lifestyle and her profession to be able to focus on something that would be inspirational and beneficial to herself and others.

She enrolled in the Finger Lakes School of Massage and found this to be a place where she not only received an amazing education but also contributes her evolvement as a person to everything she learned while studying there. Michele graduated and received her NY State License as a Massage Therapist. Michele’s Certifications include: Connective Tissue Therapy (CTT), Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) and Hydrotherapy. Some of her specialties include Prenatal, Swedish, Medical, Sports and Deep Tissue Massages. Michele also offers Aromatherapy, Relaxation, Hot Stone and Teen Anxiety Massages.

Karen M. Shaw

With a childhood background in Gymnastics & Weight Training, Karen’s goal as a yoga teacher is to guide her students to reach their full potential.  Through years of extensive training and personal experience with her own health and the health of her clients, Karen uses different modalities ranging from the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of each individual person.

“For the whole person to be healthy your mind needs to be free of negative thoughts and the body free of unwanted stress. Your body has to be nurtured, strengthened and free of toxins. Your spiritual self has to be developed and aware. When any one of these personal aspects is not performing optimally, one’s ability to function optimally is affected.”

Karen’s journey started out as a Certified Personal Trainer/Aerobics Instructor through the American Fitness Association of America 30 years ago.  Since then Karen’s unparalleled teaching approach started in 1998 as a Certified Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master/Teacher through the Usui System of Natural Healing, and an Ordained Interfaith Minister.  While living on the west coast Karen studied yoga under Brian Kest Power Yoga, YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide and Shamanism under the Huichol Indian Tribe of Mexico.  In 2009 when Karen left the west coast, she became an appointed Shaman.


Amy Lee Flower

Amy Lee Flower began exploring the practice of yoga and meditation at the age of 14.  During her adolescent years, there was an awakening of her light within, cultivated from the continuous growth of absorbing yoga from within. After 10 years of practice, Amy became certified to teach yoga. In 2017 she founded Shanti Students, a leading organization teaching mindfulness skills, meditation and stress management throughout schools for staff, students and families. Known for her vibrant outlook on life, illuminating wisdom and a grateful heart Amy is continuously studying and learning, creating new workshops and classes to connect with both adults and children. Being present for her students is what fuels Amy’s inspiration. Her greatest gift is seeing the growth of others through their practice. Amy is passionate about living a prosperous life using the tools of yoga, meditation, pranayama, journaling, painting, writing poetry and eating a plant based diet. Amy also loves learning about ancient healing ceremonies from various countries. Mindfully connected to each passing moment of the day Amy always remembers to stop and appreciate the beauty of nature and to smile at the sun. Amyleeflower has shared practices with more than 5,000+ people of all ages throughout the country. She looks forward to the opportunity of sharing her many gifts to all who want to enhance their quality of life and to offer this opportunity to their children.

Itsa Aravena

Itsa wanted to spread the spiritual benefits of Yoga, as it had been very beneficial to her in her personal life especially when she was younger. In 2013 Itsa was certified as a Bikram Yoga Instructor.  In 2015 Itsa had a car accident that fractured her neck and Yoga was there to heal her through this period of her life. After her pregnancy in 2017 Itsa became certified in “Baby Om” and became an instructor, which is Yoga for post-natal women and their new babies. In 2018 she took level 1 of “Little Flower Yoga” at River Stone, which is Yoga for children and young adults, which eventually led her to become trained in Yin Yoga. There was no stopping Itsa and her interest in fitness brought her to becoming an AFAA Group Exercise Instructor where she specialized in both perinatal fitness and midlife fitness for women. At Universal Healing Arts Connection under Reiki Master, Shima Chayvet Itsa became certified in Reiki 1 and Reiki 2. Itsa is a dedicated student and teacher who is full of love and committed to bringing peace and balance into everyone’s day.


Itsa Aravena

Melissa Mace

Melissa studied traditional photography at Rochester Institute of Technology which led her to live and work in NYC for several years working as an independent Photo-Illustrator for a variety of magazines.

A photo-retouching career currently allows her to live in the Hudson Valley and work remotely with commercial clients and individuals.

Her life long interests in nature, art, energy work, and metaphysics combine with her digital photography skills to create an on-going body of art entitled “Enfolded Nature: The Symmetry of Unbounded Time” (

Melissa is trained in Reiki Level 2 and is a graduate of the Debra Silverman Astrology School.

Her greatest inspiration is connecting with nature and practicing all of her learned modalities (yoga, meditation, Qi Gong, EFT/Tapping, Energy Medicine, Kundalini yoga, Astrology and breath work) to keep in alignment with a balance of light and space within our inner reaches of outer space.

Sifu Gary Renza

As quoted by the Hudson Valley Martial Arts Orginization,

“Sifu Gary Renza has been actively involved in the Chinese healing and martial arts for the past 30 years. He has competed in numerous tournaments, is a published writer, lecturer, herbalist and one of the most sought after teachers in the tri-state area

Sifu Renza has extensive training in the Chinese martial arts including Northern and Southern Shao’lin Ch’uan, Tai Chi Ch’uan, Hsing-I Ch’uan, Pa Kua Chang, Ching Na and Chinese Kenpo. He is also well versed in Taoist and Buddhist meditations and philosophies as well as the healing arts of Chi Kung, Chinese medicine, Tui Na and Chinese herbology. He has also written articles for some of the leading martial arts magazines in the country.

Over the years Sifu Renza has received numerous awards for his excellence and perseverance in the Chinese martial arts. At the present time Sifu Renza is teaching in the Cold Spring and Cortlandt Manor regions in southern New York.”

Aaron Mace

Aaron Mace discovered his passion for storytelling and children’s education in 2004 as a Film Educator and Teaching Artist at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY. Aaron developed and taught programs in filmmaking, photography, animation, and storytelling. He worked closely with master storyteller Bill Gordh for a decade to bring the art of storytelling into local elementary schools. This is where his love for ancient folktales from around the world found a way to come alive and be expressed through his present-day personality. With guitar in hand, Aaron brings these stories to life in an interactive, fun, and engaging way for kids of all ages.
In 2019 Aaron graduated from Pace University with a MST in Childhood Education and has begun a new journey as a 3rd grade teacher in the Ossining, NY public schools.

Ali Alvarez

Ali Alvarez stumbled into the healing world as she was grappling with how to handle the destructiveness of an eating disorder. The slow journey back from this dark edge brought her lovingly into the worlds of yoga, meditation, bodywork, visualization and process work as well as Reiki and Cranial Sacral Balancing. All of these modalities became layers upon each other bringing more light and clarity into her own healing process.

We do not receive just one opportunity to handle a crisis, we receive many teachers in the form of challenges. When faced with the death of a marriage, Ali found herself walking on fire at a Tony Robbins 4 day event. This became the birth of curiosity of the mind, and truly how powerful we are. She explored birthing with a doula training after the challenges of childbirth with her son. A lifetime of journaling and dream-catching brought a deep interest in channeled writing and archetypes of symbolism. She spent time at The Esalen Institute in California working with Laura Day, a highly recognizable intuitive, to work with her own intuitive development. Healing, growth and process work can be quite subtle, simple and profound. Sometimes all we need are some good basic tools and to be shown the direction to move in.

Holly Horner-Lovegrove is an Artist, Reiki Master and High School Art Teacher of 25 years.

She seeks to inspire students to re-connect with their inner artists. She is currently offering two Watercolor Workshops. The Chakra Watercolor Workshop introduces students to the colors associated with the Chakras while they explore the associated feelings through guided meditations and the creation of Watercolor Paintings.  The Mandala Watercolor Drawing Workshop which engages artists in the creation of a personal Mandala for meditation purposes. Artists will look at a variety of cultural Mandalas and become inspired to create their own. When the pencil and ink Mandala drawing is complete, artists will paint them using watercolor pencils.