OUR STAFF

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Mary Benson-Landau

Ordained minister, teacher, and healing practitioner

Mary is committed to healing, body, mind, and spirit on a personal and planetary level. Assisting humankind to make peace with ourselves, one another, and creation, she considers healing and teaching to be both science and sacred art. Mary holds a certificate in Spiritual Mentoring and Intuitive Healing from the Stillpoint School of Integrated Healing. A licensed, ordained minister, she has also studied with two Native American elders. Mary was licensed as an RN in 1971 and completed her BSN in 1976 and MSN in 1978. For over 45 years she has worked in the health care field as a clinical nurse and nursing educator. She is a mother and grandmother of six.


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Linda Low Blackburn

Massage therapist, healing practitioner

Linda has been a licensed Massage Therapist since July 2002. Her specialties include Swedish Massage, Reiki, Sound Healing utilizing tuning forks and their beautiful tones to balance mind, body, spirit. Linda’s spiritual journey began 17 years ago, when she experienced for herself how therapeutic touch reaches into your soul and allows you to physically and mentally begin to heal. Along this path she has taken many classes, and continues to expand and grow on her journey. She has two beautiful married daughters, two grandchildren, and a sister who she loves with her heart and soul. Her family and friends continues to expand and she loves spending time with them. Her love of nature, gardening, taking long walks in the woods, or just sitting on her deck with a cup of coffee and listening to the birds, she gives gratitude for all the she has been blessed with in her life.


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Kathryn L. Brinkman

Community Leader and board member, ordained minister, teacher, and healing practitioner

Kay has been on her spiritual journey for over 15 years. Over the years she has taken several classes and workshops to develop her intuition/connection to all, including Spirit, Human and Animal. Her love of animals has led her to develop a special connection with them. Kay loves to bring joy to others. She is certified in several healing modalities. Her perseverance to overcome obstacles on her journey has included many different experiences which have strengthened her belief in Miracles, Faith, Love, and Compassion. Kay has two sisters and four nieces and nephews. She lives in Ft. Mitchell, KY with her two four-legged human cats, Abbey and Kubota.  She loves to read, sing, and spend time with family and friends.


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Douglas Blue Feather

Recording artist and performer, teacher

Douglas Blue Feather is an internationally known recording artist and performer of music featuring the Native American flute. Recognized as one of the most accomplished flutists of today, he has released 18 CDs which have been heard on radio stations and TV music channels worldwide including Pandora, Soundscape, Sirius, ReverbNation.com, and NativeRadio.com

As a multi-national award winner, the highlights of Doug's career include the 2015 Indian Summer Music Award for "Best Contemporary Instrumental", the 2013 Indian Summer Music Award for "Best Native American Flute," the 2012 Indian Summer Music Award for "Best Contemporary Instrumental," the 2010 Indian Summer Music Award for “Best Native American Flute,” four Native American Music Awards including “Flutist Of The Year” and “Best New Age CD,” and the Coalition Of Visionary Resources Music Award for “Best New Age CD.”  In total, Douglas has received over 50 various award nominations and has been a voting member of the Grammys since 2007.

As a world-class flutist, Douglas Blue Feather has been recognized by ReverbNation.com as a Top 10 Artist and comes with a proven track record of being one of the most talented performers on the Native American flute in the world. Douglas has performed at the Native American Awards, on Fox and NBC TV, and at numerous nationally advertised powwows, festivals, expos, universities and churches throughout the United States.


Sharry Cummins

Public Relations Representative, Wellness Clinic Coordinator, healing practitioner, and volunteer

Sharry retired from the Dayton Daily News after 23 years of service as a supervisor. She is a Reiki practitioner, working at White Dove Wellness Clinic. Her love for animals brought her to volunteer sending Reiki to dogs in need of healing at a local animal shelter. Sharry has a daughter who is a nurse and lives in Indiana. She loves music of all kinds and to read mysteries and metaphysical books, hiking, swimming, sewing, and making crafts.  


Beth Downs

Teacher

Beth is a dental hygienist and science teacher (physics and other sciences). Beth especially loves coaching children and teenagers. Through her guidance, she has helped many teens struggling through their adolescent years turn out to be strong, successful young adults. Her interests are gardening and a holistic approach to health care. Beth has two children and one grandchild. She loves living in the country with her dogs, cats, and horses.


Monika Firth

Gift Shop Assistant, Volunteer

Monika is our 60's hippy that never wanted to grow up. She retired from Miami Valley Hospital after 30 years of service and now volunteers her time helping out at our front desk . Monika is a mother of two, grandmother of four, and a great-grandmother of six. Monika enjoys crystals and reading mystery, sci-fi, and spiritual books. 


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Denise D. Garber

Harpist

Denise Garber grew up with music being an important part of her life. She had a grandmother who played the accordion and a grandfather who played a trombone in the Shrine Band, both of great inspiration to her. Denise began her musical training as a youngster by taking piano lessons and later played several different instruments in the school band. She played organ and piano at church for years. Denise and her husband instilled the importance of music in their three children (who all play musical instruments) and will do the same for her grandchildren. Denise developed an interest in the harp in 2005 and is a member of the Dayton Area Harp Ensemble (DAHE). She also loves to collect and play antique musical instruments. Denise began her spiritual journey in 2000, taking Metaphysics and Spirituality classes since that time. She loves working with people, and volunteering has been a vital part of her life.


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Teresinha (Tere) Grilliot, ND

Healing Practitioner

A Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.) graduate from Trinity School of Natural Health, Tere is a Natural Health Professional (CNHP), certified in Iridology, Herbalism, pH of the body, and Nutrition Coach. She is a Certified Health Coach with Nature Sunshine. A dedicated provider, Tere's goal is to enable others to understand their potential for optimal health and how they can achieve it. She is married and has three adult children and two dogs. Tere's passion is working with people to attain health and happiness. Her interests include organic gardening, building things, doing arts & crafts projects, and creating medicinal skin care products.


Edwina Hatton

Teacher, jewelry designer, volunteer

Edwina's passion has always been jewelry-making. Having taken many classes in jewelry-making, silversmithing, and sewing bracelets, Edwina began making jewelry in 2006.  She even had her own jewelry-making business while working at the hospital. Edwina worked at a local hospital for six years in their healthcare unit before resigning, a result of cancer. Thanks to many prayers (hers and others), her spiritual training, and her extremely positive attitude, Edwina made it through some very challenging times successfully. She is here today to tell her story and to help others along a similar path! Edwina began studying metaphysics many years ago, knowing deep down inside there was more to learn than what she had been taught. Edwina soon became a student of life, learning to do Reiki and other forms of healing.


Bee Hergenrather

Healing practitioner, volunteer

Bee is a special person interested in life and family roots.  Her mother was a genealogist, from whom she has inherited her great desire to know her roots.  Bee has a daughter and three sons, 12 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.  Her oldest great grandchild (and the only female great grandchild) is getting ready to graduate magna cum laude from Wright State University this year. She and her brother are the fifth generation of Bee’s family to graduate from West Milton High School, her brother receiving a scholarship to play football at Wittenberg College.  Bee loves art, painting (oils, sketching, charcoal), reading most kinds of books (especially about ancient history and archeology).  Bee has always wanted to be a good healing practitioner and is working to be one now at White Dove Wellness Clinic. 


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Jane Herzog

Teacher

Jane is a registered respiratory therapist. During her career as a respiratory therapist, she has seen firsthand how important proper breathing techniques and movement improves qualify of life. Jane is a Stott Pilates Mat, advanced Mat and Reformer trained instructor with a concentration on breathing technique. As quoted by Joseph Pilates, "Pilates is a complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit." When not teaching Pilates, Jane loves to spend time with her family and friends, practicing Yoga, hiking, paddle boarding, gardening (canning), and biking.


Margaret "Peg" M. Huneke

Treasurer and board member, teacher

Peg has been a business advisor of White Dove Circle of Light and Love for many years. Peg keeps busy with her own business, Huneke Accounting Service, and doing charitable work to improve the human condition.  Peg has four sisters, one niece, and two nephews who live nearby. She loves Harry Potter and spending time with family and friends over a good meal. 


Erika Lemons

Gift Shop Coordinator, Volunteer

Erika’s interest in a broad array of subjects makes her an avid student of life. She believes in encouraging open conversation among diverse perspectives to answer life’s questions. As a member of the White Dove community, she experiences learning and teaching moments alike which reciprocally transform her own diverse perspective and spur her spiritual growth.


Barbara Markowski

Teacher, jewelry designer, volunteer

Barbara, a former accountant and travel agent, turned a long-time hobby into an adventure when Barbara began making gemstone jewelry as a fundraiser for White Dove Circle of Light and Love. She taught her first jewelry-making class in 2016, which was a success. All projects were completed beautifully, and it was a fun day for all. Barbara feels the Community of White Dove is a very special group; they are very caring for each other. 


Spring Moore

Teacher

Spring has been a Reiki practitioner for over 20 years. She grew up on farms her whole life and knew how to plant and grow things. She studied at Ohio State University to be Master Gardner, working at Strader’s Greenhouse facility while in school. Spring spends her spare time tutoring students and taking care of the elderly. Spring has been a referee, coach, and mentor for soccer students for over 17 years. She loves crystals, mushroom hunting, and spending time in the woods.


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Vince Moore

Teacher

Namaste. My name is Vincent. Twenty-five years ago I had dug a hole so deep that the walls of this hole began crumbling in upon my head. I had hit rock-bottom mentally, physically, and spiritually. I turned to the Divine Creator of us all for forgiveness and guidance. First came the forgiveness, a warm and nurturing inner feeling of love and support, and then I was led to the paths of yoga and meditation.  Through walking this path of daily practice, I began slowly but surely climbing from my hole of despair and darkness and emerging once again into the Divine Light, which is the birthright of us all.  If the Divine, Universal consciousness, God, can work in this way through me, my hope is to share these miracles with you. “If the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Please join me on my path to renew, restore, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit. Namaste. (The Spark of the Divine in my heart sees and recognizes the same in you.)


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James Ruttkay

Teacher

James Ruttkay has been teaching Alexander Technique lessons for over 15 years. He loves to teach the technique to others, as it was life-changing for him, and has proved to be a powerful change agent with long-lasting results for over 100 years.  He is certified through, and a member in good standing of the 'American Society for the Alexander Technique.'


Linda Springer

Public Relations Coordinator and board member

Married with five grown children and eight grandchildren, Linda was originally from Dayton, then moved to Lima, Ohio, in 1979. She will be moving back to the Dayton area in 2017 with her husband, Terry, and their three cats. Linda retired from a career in sales, marketing, retail, and management. She also spent five years in marketing and administration in long-term health care. Linda has always been interested in spirituality and knew there was something more since she was eight years old. Linda has been a member of White Dove Circle of Light and Love since 2013. She says, "It has been a life-changing event." Linda feels blessed to be a part of the family of White Dove and is looking forward to the opportunity to bring the Light and Love of White Dove Circle to many.


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Jencie Strausburg

Healing practitioner, volunteer

Jencie lives on a farm with horses, donkeys, guineas, cats, dogs, and parrots. She loves taking care of her animals and communicating with them. Jencie worked for an equine vet for over 9 years. In her spare time, she cares for dogs and cats while their caretakers are away. Jencie is a Reiki practitioner. She is married to her husband for over 30 years, with one living son and his wife and one deceased son. Jencie has dealt with more challenges in life than most people and has come out a better person as a result. She is willing to share her experiences with others in order to best help them.


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James J. Wachter

Vice President and founding board member, ordained minister, teacher, shaman, and healing practitioner

Jim is an ordained minister in the Order of Melchizedek through White Dove Circle of Light and Love. His spiritual awakening journey began in 1980 with reading and courses in personal mind control and the Silva UltraMind ESP System. Jim spent vacations during the last ten years at the Tom Brown Jr. Tracking, Nature and Wilderness Survival School, in intense classes of nature awareness and spirituality, tracking, healing, philosophy and shamanism, classes and ceremonies with Native teachers, home study and many classes in other metaphysical schools. Jim is certified in many different healing modalities, is an active shamanic practitioner, teaches courses in awareness and healing, and assists with the ascension ceremonies. He is also an avid gardener and promoter of Native bee keeping. Jim is married, with three adult sons, and two grandchildren.


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Eric Watrous

Ordained minister, shaman, healing practitioner, and channel

Eric, a shamanic practitioner who lives in Florida, is trained as a Reiki master and practices the modalities of past life healing of the physical, spiritual, mental and emotional being, as well as, healing of past traumas and healing of the soul with alignment to the soul's contract. His healing can connect with the spirits in the bloodline of the individual whom he is working on and help to heal family relationships. He uses Reiki healing in order to accomplish these healing methods in conjunction with the shamanic energies that flows through his being. Eric, an ordained minister, is capable of clearing places and spaces and sends protection around people and places in need of assistance. Eric is a channel of divine healing energy and information.


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Donna Wilbers

Teacher

Donna married the love of her life in 1990, and in 1992 gave birth to their only child, a beautiful son and very great blessing.  Their son has autism, as well as other afflictions, and has been the driving force behind their spiritual journey, which they've been on for over 20 years now. Many read and applied spiritual books of truth, many years of learning from spiritual healers, and many experiences from life itself has brought Donna to a place of healing, understanding, gratitude, and peace.  She is here to share her life wisdoms with anyone who is searching for their own answers, for their own healing, and for their own peace.

Many mothers and fathers of special needs children suffer very great depression.  Many feel inner guilt, and a loss of hope.  Many have lost any joy in life.  Donna has experienced and made it through years of these very dark days.  She learned to look at life from a spiritual perspective, from the perspective of truth.  And she wants parents to know and experience release in the truth that "It's not your fault." That everything is in perfect divine order, that there is reason and purpose for everything, and that freedom of choice is the greatest gift that we all have, given to us from our Source, our Creator.

Donna lives with her family in Erlanger Ky., and invites anyone who so desires, to join her support group of sharing, inspiration, healing, hope, and peace.


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Allison Zimmerman

Teacher

Allison is a student at Youngstown State University majoring in Art Education. She lives on a farm where she raises dairy goats and other animals. She has worked with teaching art to students of all ages and all types of media and volunteers with her church's youth group and other youth organizations in the Youngstown area. While Allison loves spending time with her animals, friends, and family, her passion is art. The mural in the Gathering Room at White Dove Wellness Center was painted by Allison, along with other pieces of art found around the center.


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Patricia M. Zimmerman

Founder, ordained minister, teacher, healing practitioner, and author

Pat Zimmerman was ordained a minister in the Order of Melchizedek through the Center of Light and Serenity in May of 2004. She has been on her spiritual journey her entire life, desiring to be a nun when she grew up. Instead she married her husband and has two grown children and five grandchilden. Pat began her spiritual journey over 25 years ago and throughout this time has spent time reading a countless number of spiritual books and taking numerous courses in spirituality, metaphysics, and healing. Pat began working as an energy practitioner in 2003 and began teaching in 2004; she became an ordained minister and spiritual counselor also in 2004. Pat is certified in many different healing modalities and teaches courses in healing, metaphysics, and the spiritual path. She is also a published author. Her book, Self-Empowerment: The Only Way to Heal, is available nationally and internationally. She teaches classes on how to live life, looking at the “self” to bring about change. Her greatest teacher is life itself.