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"It takes more than an idea and desire to bring healing to the world. It takes a dedicated team of like-minded, heart-centered, eager to ask the right questions, roll up their sleeves, work to open doors and share this work individuals.”
 What we are all about
We share the common belief that all healing is self-healing and that we all have the abilities to facilitate healing in ourselves and others. We are passionate about bringing healing to the world through our work. 

Healers come from all kinds of backgrounds - nurses, massage therapists, social workers, healthcare professionals, corporate, family makers and individuals who want to be in charge of their own health.

We know that self-care and natural healing can shift the world and how we care for each other. Our motivation comes from our hearts and we know Healing Touch can change people’s lives.

Our Beginnings....
Janet Mentgen, RN, BSN
Healing Touch Founder
1938 - 2005
In 1989, Janet Mentgen, RN, BSN  formally created Healing Touch as an energy medicine program. Janet was an energetically sensitive nurse, and her drive was to deepen and expand the connection between nurses and their patients. She saw the positive effect of touch while using various energy techniques and modalities. 

Janet was a practicing nurse for 43 years. Her early work was with the U.S. Navy, then as an emergency room nurse, and then a home health care nurse. Her real love of patients and the nurse connection began emerging as she developed her "healing touch" methods. 

She shared her methods by teaching continuing education classes for nurses at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado. Her research, with the application within her private practice, and her teaching of energy medicine earned her the Holistic Nurse of the Year Award from the American Holistic Nurses Association in 1988.

In 1990, the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) sponsored Janet's program as a Healing Touch certificate program and the Colorado Nurses Association provided continuing education hours for nurses. 

In 1993, certification of Healing Touch Practitioners began and was administered by AHNA. That same year, Janet formed The Colorado Center for Healing Touch, Inc. dedicated to bringing Healing Touch to millions of people throughout the world. In 2008, the certification process was moved to the Healing Touch Certification Board, whose purpose is to administer the Healing Touch certification process for Practitioners and Instructors. 

In 1997, the Healing Touch Worldwide Foundation, Inc., was founded by Janet as a non-profit charitable organization. Janet's intent for Healing Touch Worldwide Foundation is to receive and distribute funds to assist, encourage and advance the philosophy, objectives and techniques of Healing Touch. This is primarily accomplished through funding of grants for research and humanitarian projects around the world.

Within these few short years, Janet Mentgen revolutionized the medical model to include a clinical approach to energy based therapy. Her legacy lives on through the Certified Instructors and Certified Practitioners and thousands of students who are bringing a holistic approach to healing.

Due to the extraordinary success of the program, the company began using its other legal name, Healing Touch Program™, in June of 2005. This change recognizes the global expansion of Healing Touch in hospitals, communities, hospices, clinics, schools of nursing, and the long term care centers throughout North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, and New Zealand.

In 2003, Janet invited Dr. Cynthia Hutchison to train and carry on in her role as Program Director. Cynthia officially took on this leadership role at Janet’s passing in 2005, and maintained it through 2018. Cynthia joyfully carries on Janet’s work through her continued practice and teaching. Her website is

To ensure the continued growth of the Healing Touch Program™, Janet transferred the ownership of the Healing Touch Program™ to her children; Bill, Lynn and Lisa in May of 2005. 

Securing her legacy, Janet died on September 15, 2005.
What Drives Us....
Inspire and empower humanity to achieve holistic health, healing and well-being.
To establish Healing Touch in every home, school, and health care facility through heart-centered community, education and practice.
Our Core Values 
Healing Touch Program empowers holistic health and wellness through high quality education and services that expand and strengthen the field of Energy Medicine. We are honored and privileged to continue the legacy of Healing Touch created by Janet Mentgen. We are a strong community dedicated to the mission of bringing healing to the world.

Our core values define the best of who we are and the people we want to work with and serve. They help us attract the right people to fulfill our purpose and achieve our vision.

 Core Value #1 Dedication
We show dedication in all we do. We are loyal to the company and each other, committed to our customers, and focused on the goals that move our company towards achieving our vision. 
 Core Value #2: Honest
We are honest and transparent with our communication with co-workers and customers. We use our best judgment to do the right thing. We take responsibility for our actions.  
 Core Value #3: Smart
We are thinkers and innovators. We are dedicated to solving problems, we consider how situations impact others and the company, and we have a strong desire to learn new skills to grow in and through our work. We make thoughtful decisions and give considerate advice.
 Core Value #4: “Just Do the Work”
We get things done! We are pragmatic and efficient. We are self-motivated hard workers and have an excellent work ethic, demonstrate personal responsibility and will persevere to get things done right and on time. 
 Core Value #5: Leadership
Our attitude and aptitude are those that exemplify leadership. We are determined, courageous, and fearless. We encourage others by inspiring and modeling, are interested in supporting the development of others, and respect and protect our co-workers and customers.   
 Core Value #6: Fun!
We are FUN to work with! Our life is a reflection of our attitude. We are playful and humorous, and above all we have positive energy and attitudes. We use positive words to describe our co-workers, our opportunities and our company.  
 Our Inclusion Commitment: Healing Touch for All
At Healing Touch Program, diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of who we are. Our commitment to these values is unwavering – across all of our work, our classes and community around the world. They are central to our mission and to our impact. We strive to create space that reflects the clients and customers we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves forward. More importantly, creating an environment where everyone, from any background, feels welcome, valued and safe. 
Lisa Mentgen-Gordon
Leadership Team Member

Lisa believes that Healing Touch, founded by her mother, Janet Mentgen, is a profound and significant gift to the world. Lisa is passionate about  expanding, enhancing, and spreading this program. Her love lies in helping others to spread the work of Healing Touch to all. She is dedicated to awaken the idea of deliberate living, and to raise the vibration and quality of life worldwide through Healing Touch. Lisa began working with Janet in Healing Touch Program in 1993 and now as CEO continues to share her inner passion with everyone involved in helping to spread Healing Touch.  
 Chris Gordon
Strategic Manager/Owner
Leadership Team Member

Chris joined the Healing Touch Program team in 2008. Chris is the current Office Manager and Accountant, and is instrumental in handling the special projects that propel Healing Touch to new visibility and acceptance. Chris was the lead principle in the NCCA Accreditation for Healing Touch Program. He is also responsible for office systems, policies and procedures. Chris comes from an electrical engineering background and brings his skill of project planning, implementation and technical procedural writing to our organization.

Sue Walker
Education Director
Leadership Team Member

Sue has been part of our HTP team since 2010 and currently manages the Education Department. She is passionate about bringing Healing Touch to healthcare and the public. As an experienced Healing Touch Certified Practitioner and Instructor, and Qualified Mentor, Sue has provided Healing Touch to clients in a private practice, for hospice patients and in a clinic setting. Her former position as Clinic Director for a nonprofit that provides Healing Touch to veterans and their families gave her the wonderful opportunity to serve those who have served. Many years working in Information Technology in the corporate arena combined with a degree in social work and work for nonprofits gives Sue a broad and unique perspective.

Ann Darmstetter
Director of Service
Leadership Team Member

Ann became part of the Healing Touch Program team in February 2010. Ann is the Certification Administrator who is responsible for handling all the certification packets, assisting with the Certification Panel, and is in charge of all notifications that involve the certification process. She is also our Insurance Administrator, responsible for processing applications, issuing reminders and generating certificates of insurance. Ann is also in charge of HTPA membership. She can assist you in joining or renewing your membership or making changes to your account. She is responsible for the reminder letters and membership kits. Her background is in education and wellness. She has lived in San Antonio since 1991 and stays busy with her two children, Devyn and Dylan.

 Jeannette Nienaber
HTP Instructor Manager

Jeannette brings a diverse wealth of experience and training in both the fields of education and energy medicine. She worked as a teacher, athletics coach and educational consultant for over thirty-five years. She has always been energy sensitive and her passion for energy work crystallized when she took Level 1 Healing Touch almost twenty years ago. She has been an HTCP/I for over ten years and currently teaches Intros, Levels 1 & 2, and Anatomy for Healers. 
 Jennifer Lane
HTP Class Manager

Jennifer has joined our amazing team at Healing Touch Program as the HTP Class Coordinator.  Jennifer is the mother of two daughters, shares her life with two exceptionally cool canines, an avid foodie who loves exploring the local farmers’ markets, and when you cannot find her there she is often found at museums or places of rich history. Jennifer being a “Jack” (more accurately “Jane”) of many trades and master of none, brings a myriad of skills she hopes to improve upon and grow through working at Healing Touch Program. She believes strongly in the power of each individual and how it can affect everyone, therefore each day is a new chance to improve oneself and let go of yesterday’s shortcomings.

Jeanine Weise
HTP Client Services Administrator

Jeanine joined the HTP team in 2023 as our Client Services Administrator. As an avid barefooter and energy worker, Jeanine is passionate about connecting people and planet. With many years of experience in administrative services, she looks forward to working with students, instructors, coordinators, and the HTP community to grow and share Healing Touch with the world.

Jeanine spends as much time in nature as possible, and may often be found with a camera in hand trying to get that perfect shot! She lives to travel, especially to National Parks and anywhere with her family. She is blessed to be the mother of two great children, Janessa and Logan.

Raymond Gordon
HT Store Manager

Raymond joined HTP in 2016 as our store manager. He manages our inventory and handles all the shipping and receiving for HTP. Raymond has a passion for building and flying model airplanes, programing video games,  and has a black-belt in Taekwondo.  Raymond is proudly supporting the family business. 
Christine Salas
HTPA Community Director

Christine has been the HTPA Community Director since April 2021. Christine is passionate about nurturing others to bring their best and brightest self forward and aspires to amplify the healing in this world through facilitating connection and support for Healing Touch students, mentees, and professionals. Christine currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, daughter and dog. She enjoys spending time in nature with her family including hiking, gardening, and camping. 

Nancy Lester
Curriculum Review Board

Nancy Lester, BSPA, HTCP/I, LMT  brings to her work over 35 years of nursing experience, including trauma and critical care, hospice, home health, rehabilitation, and administration. She became certified in Holistic Nursing, Healing Touch and Therapeutic Massage in 1995, Founding Healing Arts, Inc. Nancy continues in private practice using her holistic nursing background providing Healing Touch, and Therapeutic Massage. She is a member of HTPA and a HTCI since 1998. She served on the Ethics Committee for the Healing Touch Program including vice chair and chair. Nancy teaches Anatomy for Healers Level 1, is a qualified mentor, teaches Healing Touch Levels 1-5 and is co-lead instructor for Levels 4/5.

Jean Pruett
Curriculum Review Board

Jean is a Charter Member of the Healing Touch Program Association (HTPA); Pastoral Psychotherapist; Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, Instructor, and Qualified Mentor; and Retired Administrative Staff Chaplain and Healing Touch Specialist from Carolinas HealthCare System. Jean holds a B.A. in Sociology from Winthrop University, an M.R.E. in Education and Social Work from New Orleans Theological Seminary, a M.Div. in Theology from Erskine Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. in Marriage and Family Studies from Erskine Theological Seminary. Jean currently has a private practice and teaches Levels 1-4 of Healing Touch at every opportunity.
Donna Ackerman
Curriculum Review Board

Donna is a Holistic Nurse – Board Certified and also holds certification as a Hospice and Palliative Nurse. She is a HTCP/I with over 23 years of energy medicine experience. Donna teaches Healing Touch Levels 1 through 3 and serves as a Supervising Instructor. She also serves on the HTWF Scholarship Committee. Donna is trained in Integrative Reflexology, Myofascial Release, Cranio-Sacral, Vibrational Sound Therapy and is a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. She has a passion for incorporating energy medicine therapies as an integrative approach in conjunction with traditional medicine and holistic care. One of her greatest joys is to bring light to the world through teaching and sharing the gifts of energy medicine practices.

Lynne Seibel-Whitlock
Accredited Program Provider Director

Lynne became an HTCP in 2010 and a certified instructor in 2017. She is also a Qualified Mentor. Her nursing background is in oncology, holistic nursing, palliative and hospice care. Lynne recently retired after 24 years in U.S. Navy Nurse Corps and 17 years with Sentara Healthcare. She has a background in education, program creation and accreditation working with multiple companies and standards. Lynne started a Complementary Therapies program in two hospitals, in 2008 and 2011. She currently volunteers running one of the programs to ensure its continuation.

Walle Adams-Gerdts 
Lead Mentor 

Walle Adams-Gerdts is the HTP Lead Mentor. She is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner and Instructor, Qualified Mentor (QM) and active nurse. Walle was instrumental in designing and implementing the Healing Touch program at Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. She also serves as a QM and has an active mentoring program with mentees from coast to coast! Walle is proud to be part of the national Healing Touch Certification Review Panel, and serves as Chairperson for the HT Certification Governing Committee which establishes certification policies and procedures. She instructs HT Levels 1 through 4. Walle loves sharing her energy and Healing Touch throughout the state of Delaware and beyond!
JoAnne Veith
Integrative Care Program Manger 

JoAnne is a Registered Nurse, and a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner and Instructor. She has experience in both long-term care and rehabilitation nursing. JoAnne enjoyed a long career with the New York State Department of Health as a nurse auditor investigating Medicaid fraud and overseeing regulatory processes, quality assurance and risk management. She was the Director for the Center for Complementary Therapies at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, NY and currently works part-time in a local hospital as an Integrative Care Coordinator providing Healing Touch treatment to Cancer patients and their families. JoAnne also maintains a private practice in Upstate New York. JoAnne is passionate about bringing Healing Touch and integrative care into mainstream healthcare. 
Anya Charles
Energy Magazine Editor-in-Chief

Anya was brought up in a home that put an emphasis on health and wellness, mixed with the cultural teachings of meditation and Ayurveda from her Indian heritage, the importance of well-being took root. Anya worked in the holistic health world for over six years. In this time, she expanded her knowledge about the vast, inspiring field, and often found herself leading loved ones to overcome their own health challenges. 

Anya is a passionate storyteller and an advocate for sharing insight and wisdom that bring happiness and healing. Needless to say, she is honored to be a part of the Energy Magazine team. Anya looks forward to serving this community with professionalism, integrity, and a little bit of fun! 

Billy Courtney
Graphic Designer

Billy joined the Healing Touch Program office staff when the office moved to San Antonio in 2009. Billy was on the original team that founded and developed Energy Magazine in 2006. Her background in graphic design allows her to create beauty in everything she touches. Billy is responsible for the HTP regional conference logos, design and layout of the HTP notebooks and other class room materials. Her touch is apparent on all of the HTP publications. ~ Billy believes that Healing Touch is changing the world!

Matt Courtney
Website Administrator

Matt has been an integral part of our team since 2010 helping us with all of our websites and IT/Networking needs. 
Endorsements & Accreditations
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Healing Touch Program is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

ANCC is the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). HTP is the first Energy Medicine education provider to achieve this status.
ANCC Accreditation distinguishes organizations that demonstrate quality and excellence in the curriculum design and delivery of continuing nursing education (CNE). Accredited organizations, like Healing Touch Program meet comprehensive, evidenced-based criteria to ensure CNE activities are effectively planned, implemented and evaluated. Nurses in the field of Energy Medicine now gain access to the highest caliber of education to meet certification or licensure requirements, which in turn contributes to improved health care outcomes.
American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)
Healing Touch Program has been peer-reviewed, and is endorsed by American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). We are proud to be one of approximately 10 programs endorsed by AHNA.
Canadian Holistic Nurses Association 
Healing Touch Program is proud to be one of the programs endorsed by the Canadian Holistic Nurses Association. 
Watson Caring Science Institute 
Healing Touch Program is a Watson Caring Science Institute Endorsed Program.
Better Business Bureau Accredited Business
Healing Touch Program has been an BBB accredited business since 2010 with A+ rating. The BBB has determined that Healing Touch Program meets their accreditation standards, which includes a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints.
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