Who Is The Reiki School + Clinic?

The Reiki School + Clinic was founded in 1999 by Reiki Masters Kimberly Fleisher and George Barrick. We humbly offer to you, our dear community, a faculty of professional, dedicated, passionate healers and educators. We are pleased to meet you and look forward to sharing our practice with you! Learn more about what makes our practice unique…

What is Reiki?
Reiki is a completely non-invasive, Japanese healing practice that helps move the body, mind and spirit towards balance and wellness. It’s generally facilitated through gentle touch and performed on a massage table. A typical session lasts anywhere from 30-60 minutes and gives attention to the whole body.
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Our Mission
We share The Reiki School + Clinic experience with as many people as possible, offering an environment of welcome, caring, acceptance and appreciation.
We create a community of wellness and healing, bringing Reiki practitioners together for a common goal.
We increase the accessibility of Reiki, integrative therapies and holistic health practices to the general public.
We provide reliable, responsible, credible, capable practitioners and educators.
We speak and act from a place of love and integrity.
Core Values
  • INTEGRITY
  • COMMUNITY
  • COLLABORATION
  • HEART
  • SUSTAINABILITY
  • PASSION
  • INCLUSIVITY
  • MUTUALITY
  • CREDIBILITY
  • ACCESSIBLIITY
  • RESPECT
Our Teaching Philosophy

The Reiki School + Clinic was founded by educators. Kim, our school’s director, has a master’s in education and is a former elementary and preschool teacher. George, our school’s co-founder, taught, directed and created curriculum for preschool for nearly 20 years before he passed away. Kim always says, “If I can teach a first-grader math I can teach anyone anything.” We took a fresh look at Reiki education and created a new way of training that’s more in line with how people learn. Take a look at the following educational principles that drive our practice and support our longer style of training:

Practice: In order to learn we need to do… and, do again. In fact, the best questions and answers come from hands-on experience with the subject matter. You can’t even think of good questions about practice when you haven’t practiced. The two-day workshop model without follow-up doesn’t support this. We built extra practice/integration time right into our training, so you don’t have to seek it out on your own.

Patience/Process: Learning takes time; Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s easy to integrate any new tool if the information is given slowly, with time to digest it, process it, ask questions and practice.

People: We learn from each other. Our peers ask questions that are on our minds, they show us examples of what to do/what not to do, they listen to us and provide mirrors for our growth. Our teachers give us ongoing support, direction and guidance. With our teachers and peers we create an understanding community of learners — especially when we may be learning something that others in our lives may not accept or understand.

Community Impact
History of the School

Kimberly FleisherIn 1995, Kim Fleisher was studying Cultural Anthropology through her university’s exchange program in Israel. During her studies, she made a friend whose mother was a Reiki Master. The friend told Kim that he was going to take a Reiki class with his mother, and he invited her to take the class too. Kim knew nothing about Reiki, except that it made energy come out of the hands and the energy helped heal people. She thought it sounded weird and unlikely, but she really liked and respected her friend’s Mom, so she decided to take the class.

That class changed her life.

Through her studies in Anthropology, Kim learned about other cultures practices with nature, spirit, healing and love. She always admired and respected other cultures embrace of life, living, spirit and a connectedness to something bigger. Before Reiki, she was intrigued by these ideas but never thought she could bring them into her own life. Then Reiki really worked, and it was a simple, practical, non-religious practice that gave her a context to explore her own relationship with the universe and her own heart.

Eventually Kim returned to the states to finish her undergraduate degree, but returned again to Israel two weeks after graduation to finish her studies as a Reiki Master.

In 1997 Kim came back to Philadelphia and began teaching and practicing Reiki. One of her first students in Philly, George Barrick, eventually became a Reiki Master and co-taught with Kim. Meanwhile, Kim’s teacher back in Israel, Yehudit Gruber, was busy crafting a method of training that extended the typical weekend workshop into a several week endeavor that included clinical practice.

George was a preschool teacher. Kim started teaching preschool and later elementary school. Yehudit came to visit them and explained the method of Reiki training she’d been developing. It made so much sense! Together, over the course of a few years, the three of them developed the curriculum, based in principles of education, for extensive training and clinical practice that The Reiki School + Clinic teaches today.

The Reiki School + Clinic was founded out of a desire to create a community of wellness and to provide people with thorough, quality Reiki training and sessions that could be easily integrated into their everyday lives. We also wanted to help educate the public about this modality by providing accurate information about Reiki.

In 2003, George left The Reiki School. Kim left elementary teaching to devote more of her time to Reiki. Today, The Reiki School is growing and developing programs, sessions and community outreach for adults, children and animals. Our team is growing too, and it now includes a wonderful staff of amazing practitioners and teachers!

Our Reiki Lineage
Our Reiki Lineage dates directly back to Mikao Usui, the founder of our practice. Usui’s Method of Natural Healing is the practice that today we simply refer to as Reiki. Usui taught Chujiro Hayashi who taught Hawayo Takata, the woman who brought Reiki out of Japan to the USA. Before Ms. Takata died, she taught 22 Reiki Masters who helped to spread Reiki all over the world.
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Our Logo (and why we love bees)

Our logo is quite meaningful for us. It represents who we are: an amazing community of individuals coming together, with hearts and hands, to help heal ourselves and make the world a better place.

Our logo is also a honeycomb, because bees are wonderfully symbolic of community. Bees are well known for working together for the greatest good. The result of their efforts is literally soooo sweet! Each worker bee goes out into the world, spreads her gifts, collects something new and brings it back to the hive to share. What a wonderful metaphor for life!

They are also pretty cute.

And they remind us to “Just Be(e).”

The bee’s honeycomb signifies unity and building community. In the center of the honeycomb you will see two hands holding a heart, and within the center there is a peace sign. The hands around the center all have the same image, and they are all linked together, joining to make something bigger and beautiful.

Recently bees have been in the news because they are rapidly disappearing.

You can also help support the continuance of beekeeping internationally while helping a family earn a sustainable living. Visit Heifer International to provide families from Uganda to El Salvador with a package of bees, the box and hive, plus training in beekeeping.

Our Home(s)

Philadelphia

Our home base is on historic fabric row, on 4th street in Philadelphia, just a few doors away from Essene Market and Cafe’, on top of the shoe store Bus Stop Boutique. Located on the 2nd floor of 727 South 4th Street, our new space is custom designed to meet our community’s needs. Features include quiet treatment rooms, a roomy office/waiting area, kitchen area, outdoor deck, energy efficient fixtures/appliances, and a roomy classroom. The building features restored/reclaimed doors, vents, flooring, fixtures and other unique features. Painting, faux finishing, and custom kitchen by local artists. We can’t wait for you to see it!

Our Second Home in New Jersey

In the fall of 2006, Kim was consulting with her dear friend Jill on the opening of her new, fabulous yoga studio in Collingswood, NJ. From the moment Kim walked through the doors of the studio she knew she was home. It took Jill and Kim about two minutes to decide that the Reiki School + Clinic needed to be a part of the new studio, named “Yogawood.” Fortunately, Yogawood had a second floor with a treatment room and classroom just waiting for The Reiki School!

It seemed like a natural fit to bring our programs and sessions over the bridge to South Jersey. We couldn’t be happier. For more information about Yogawood, and what we’re doing there, check out the Yogawood website.

We are pleased as punch to offer Reiki services, classes and shares for our friends over the bridge!

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Our Crazy Skills

  • Reiki Education; Program/curriculum creation
  • Top-Notch Reiki Clinical Practice
  • Creating community!
  • Healthcare Collaboration


Our Valuable Team Members

Danica Arizola, LMT, RM
Danica Arizola, LMT, RMDirector of Operations, Reiki Practitioner/Teacher, Massage Therapist
Reiki has made a profound difference in my life. Having practiced Reiki for several years now, I am more empowered as a human, as a woman. My wish is to offer everyone I know and those I’ve yet to meet the opportunity to nurture and care for themselves through Reiki practice.
I am also a licensed massage therapist. A typical session with me can incorporate a blend of massage techniques, Reiki and intuitive guidance. I offer massage and Reiki treatments at The Reiki School + Clinic, Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center and at Penn Therapy and Fitnesses’ Radnor office.
Alexandra DiFilippo, HHC
Alexandra DiFilippo, HHCCommunity Development Director, Events Coordinator, Holistic Health Counselor, Medical Intuitive
Alexandra DiFilippo is an Holistic Health Counselor specializing in digestive health and candida. The digestive system is the cradle of health and correcting digestion plays a vital role in healing and balancing the entire body. Manage your health through private or group counseling, group cleanses, and classes.
Alexandra also specializes in Medical Intuitive Readings which are available by appointment. Intuitive Development classes are also available at The Reiki School, and are a fun and supportive way to develop your intuitive gifts.
Stephanie Palmer, RM
Stephanie Palmer, RMSchool Director, Reiki Practitioner/Teacher and Shiatsu Practitioner
I am a traditional Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master. My Reiki practice has fostered profound shifts in my life and has given me a new way of thinking about health and wellness, focusing on treating the whole person rather than their symptoms. As a dedicated Reiki teacher and School Director, I use my own experiences with the practice to create a safe place for growth and healing while supporting students as they the develop the skills needed to be a responsible practitioner. My classes can go deep so I make sure to bring balance with lighthearted humor into the mix. I’m also a Shiatsu Shin Tai practitioner. Shiatsu is a natural compliment to Reiki, encouraging overall balance and flow of Qi. My goal as a practitioner and teacher is to help clients and students regain the will to stand in their authenticity and embrace their true power.
Laurie Elder, RM
Laurie Elder, RMReiki Practitioner/Teacher, Webmaster
Laurie Elder has been practicing Reiki since 2000. As a teacher, she creates a safe environment for learning, growing and sharing through a balance of structure and light-hearted play. As a practitioner (and a mother), Laurie has a passion for treating women in all stages of motherhood, including family planning, fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and on. She also has experience treating people who are working through creative blocks, undergoing cancer treatment, living with depression and anxiety, going through career changes, dealing with stressful situations and suffering from pain. Recently, Laurie has deepened and renewed her practice by studying Jikiden Reiki with Frank Arjava Petter.
Michael Murphy, LMT, RM
Michael Murphy, LMT, RMReiki Practitioner/Teacher, Massage Therapist
Michael Murphy has been practicing Reiki since 2004 and massage since 2005. He completed his Reiki training at The Reiki School + Clinic, where he now enjoys teaching and treating clients. Michael also holds a certificate of achievement from Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Medical Massage for the Cancer Patient. Michael is passionate about providing integrative care for diverse populations including people living with cancer, depression, substance abuse and HIV, as well as those in palliative and hospice care.
Sharon Edelman, RM
Sharon Edelman, RMReiki Practitioner/Teacher
Sharon is filled with gratitude to have received her training with The Reiki School + Clinic and to be on staff as practitioner and teacher for their location in Collingswood, NJ. She is also incredibly privileged to have served since September 2009 as a practitioner and mentor in the Reiki volunteer program at the UPHS Abramson Cancer Center. Her passion is to serve others on their journey towards balance and well-being! “The day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was greater than the risk it takes to blossom.” Anais Nin
Helaina Johnson, LMT, RM
Helaina Johnson, LMT, RMReiki Practitioner, Massage Therapist
Helaina was trained in the traditional Usui Shiki Ryoho style of Reiki at the Reiki School + Clinic. She has been using her hands for healing ever since (2004). Two years after becoming a Reiki Master Practitioner, Helaina graduated from Massage School (2006) and has been working in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Chair and Prenatal Massage. Helaina would love to bring Reiki and Massage to those who wouldn’t normally be able to afford it. She believes that everyone has a right to feel what it’s like to breathe in deeply and truly feel relaxed.
Sophia Hoffer-Perkins, LMT, RM, BA
Sophia Hoffer-Perkins, LMT, RM, BAReiki Practitioner/Teacher
Wise-Woman. Life-lover. Hilarity-Bringer.
Sophia brings over 25 years of healing experience to an authentic and dynamic spiritual perspective. As a proponent of self discovery, Sophia’s Reiki classes focus on developing your own personal connection to, understanding and expression of your practice. Treasuring the human experience, intuitive wisdom and the power of lineage, she holds a space where you can feel safe and empowered to learn and deepen as you go, as a beginner or an experienced teacher. Sophia is known for digging deep and laughing the whole way.
Rachel Davis, RN, BSN, RM
Rachel Davis, RN, BSN, RMReiki Practitioner and Teacher
Rachel discovered the practice of Reiki after witnessing the comfort it brought to a close friend in his last weeks of life. She began a spiritual journey towards her own well being at the Reiki School + Clinic in 2011 and is now training to become a Reiki Instructor. Throughout her life and work, Rachel has been blessed to witness the strength of the human spirit as well as the deep healing and restoration that comes from an awareness of self, compassion towards others, and connection with spirituality. She loves that the practice of Reiki can assist others on their own unique journeys towards healing and wellness.
Shawn Rybacki, RM
Shawn Rybacki, RMReiki Practitioner
Shawn recently graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has aspirations of a future career involving talk therapy with a foundation of holistic care. Shawn has a deep knowledge of gemstones and minerals, often incorporating them into her Reiki practice. Also a jeweler, she loves creating talismans that she feels serve a purpose. She welcomes fellow crystal enthusiasts and those wishing to learn more!
Tanya Manilla, RM, M.Ed
Tanya Manilla, RM, M.EdReiki Practitioner/Teacher, Eminent Reiki Practitioner, IET
Tanya has been practicing Reiki since 2003. She was lead to practice Reiki by the desire to heal herself and others, as well as a curiosity about energy. She completed her Reiki training at The Reiki School + Clinic. Tanya holds a masters degree in education and is a former elementary school teacher. She is passionate about creating a space for people to heal and grow. In addition to traditional Usui Reiki, Tanya is also level two, Eminent Reiki practitioner and a level two, IET practitioner.
Fran Staret, RM
Fran Staret, RMReiki Practitioner/Teacher, Shamanic Healer, Para-Psychic, Medium
Fran Staret is an internationally certified Usui and Karuna® Reiki MasterTeacher with 17 years of personal practice and providing professional Reiki services within diverse community, organizational and corporate populations. As an integrative energy consciousness educator, shamanic healer, para-psychic and medium, Fran enjoys sharing her skills and experience to encourage and empower others in discovering and living their authentic truth, love, wisdom, power and purpose.
Leigh Seelman, RM, LMT
Leigh Seelman, RM, LMTReiki Practitioner/Teacher Trainee, Licensed Massage Therapist
Leigh’s practice of Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki began in (2007) and supported her in reclaiming her deeply intuitive nature. Reiki sessions with Leigh incorporate light touch, hovering, and traditional Japanese techniques akin to bodywork/massage. Leigh has (6) years of experience as a massage therapist and listens to the wisdom of each person’s body to integrate a variety of techniques including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, and Reiki to support dissolution of pain and blockage, embodiment of ease and relaxation, and the cultivation of vibrancy.  Leigh loves offering massage and Reiki as tools to support each individual’s alignment with soul purpose, transformations and life passages, wellness and healing, embodiment, empowerment, and grace.
Joan Pouch, RM,
Joan Pouch, RM,Reiki Practitioner/Teacher Trainee
Joan has been studying Reiki since 2012. Her path and Reiki first aligned during her chemotherapy treatment for Breast Cancer in 2011. The Reiki sessions Joan received provided her with an extraordinarily deep sense of core balance and positive focus, and have since become an essential part of her wellness and survivorship. In addition to practicing professionally at The Reiki School, Joan also volunteers at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center and The Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, providing Reiki sessions to cancer patients and caregivers. Joan’s career path began in pharmaceutical research/safety assessment and followed a course through several medical specialties. Joan’s Reiki practice and commitment to serving others embodies gentleness, joy, compassion, kindness, grace, and gratitude.