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
Our Teaching Philosophy

The Reiki School + Clinic was founded by educators. Kim, our school’s co-founder, 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
The Reiki School + Clinic has a longstanding tradition of community development,
service, and support. We collaborate with healthcare groups, nonprofit organizations,
and companies to bring health and wellness initiatives, provider services, as well as education to employees, caregivers, patients, families, and underserved communities.

Learn more about our current projects…

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.

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)

Center City, Philadelphia

Our home base is in the heart of center city Philadelphia. Located at 1500 Chestnut street in the Ellington Building, our new space is adjacent to the Philadelphia Massage School. Features include peaceful treatment rooms, an office/waiting area, a full kitchen and a roomy classroom. Our whole facility is accessible and comfortable. We can’t wait for you to see it! We offer all of our services at this location.

New Jersey (Audubon and Moorestown)

Since the Fall of 2006 we have enjoyed offering Reiki services to our community in New Jersey. We currently have a location in Audubon at 118 W Merchant Street, Audubon, NJ 08106 and in Moorestown at 100 W Camden Avenue, Moorestown, NJ 0805. We are thrilled to have Sharon Edelman, RMT, LMT offering Reiki Sessions and Massage at our homes across the bridge.

Mt Airy, Philadelphia

In November 2017 we expanded our our home to the Mt Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia at 7056 Germantown Ave, Suite 201, Philadelphia, PA 19119. We are pleased to offer all of our services at this location.


Our Crazy Skills

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

Our Valuable Team Members

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.
Alexandra Kurowski, RM, HHC
Alexandra Kurowski, RM, HHCReiki Master and Teacher, Holistic Health Counselor, Medical Intuitive, Intuitive Reader, Reiki Sound Practitioner
Alexandra Kurowski is a Reiki Master and Intuitive Reader specializing in Medical Intuition. As a bodyworker, she incorporates her holistic health and intuitive background for a well-rounded Medical Intuitive session addressing the imbalances and blockages in body, mind, & spirit. Sessions are highly individual, tailored to the needs of the client and may include sound healing, chakra balancing, nutritional or lifestyle guidance, intentional clearing or shadow work.
Alexandra offers Intuitive Development classes or individualized coaching for those seeking to strengthen and understand themselves through the healing process. She brings her years of personal training and development to attend to the individual needs of her clients’ growth and empowerment.
Sharon Edelman, RM, LMT
Sharon Edelman, RM, LMTReiki 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 and currently serves as the team leader. 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
Laurie Elder, RM
Laurie Elder, RMReiki Practitioner/Teacher, ReikiSound™ Practitioner, Graphic Designer
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. Over the past 4 years, Laurie has deepened and renewed her practice by studying Jikiden Reiki with Frank Arjava Petter and ReikiSound™ with Natalie Bliss. She also holds a BA in Graphic Design from The University of the Arts and lovingly takes care of our promotional material.
Vicki Zaharopoulos, LMT, RM
Vicki Zaharopoulos, LMT, RMNationally certified and Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner, Holistic Heath Coach, Ayurvedic Health Counselor
I have had the pleasure of being a Massage Therapist since 1999. From the age of 20, I have been practicing massage and other amazing alternative modalities that have really shaped the person I am today. I have worked for an amazing retreat and spa for 7 years and continue to do so today. It was there that I have learned how to expand my mind in the art of bodywork and alternative healing. I have learned many unique modalities such as Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, Mu-Xing bamboo massage. I also studied Lomi-Lomi Hawaiian massage in Maui, which I have been practicing for 6 years now. For the last year or so, I have been a Holistic health coach and have incorporated an Ayurvedic approach into the mix. I am currently in Reiki teacher training and hope to be teacher this time next year. I am also in school for nutrition at CCP and will continue to further my education in alternative medicine and healing for many years to come. I am very passionate about what I do and have dedicated my life to this work.


Kara Cappello, RM
Kara Cappello, RMReiki Practitioner/Teacher
Starting in 2014, Kara has had the privilege of learning and teaching the system of Reiki practice at The Reiki School + Clinic. A perpetual learner, she is also studying the art of Vedic Thai Yogic Stretching and has other trainings in her site, as well. Her focus is to incorporate all of the facets of her education, experience, and practices into a form of service that is pleasing to the physical body in addition to the more subtle energetic bodies. Her intention with this is to support others on their paths just as she has received immeasurable support and guidance from her teachers and peers. The Reiki School + Clinic community has been invaluable and crucial to her growth as an individual, and she is thrilled to be a part of the team!


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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.