We are those who have committed our lives and our resources to the glory of the Spirit of Life, and the healing of those who are stressed to the point of despair because of injury, loss, disease and hopelessness. We are here to serve those who want to be healed. We are the practitioners of healing arts and sciences motivated by love for our God, our neighbors, and ourselves in an economy of giving with a place for mercy and hope. We are the stewards of the knowledge and wisdom gleaned from indigenous people groups and healers worldwide. We are the dispensers of truths and blessings that restore to a Way of Life rather continuing to follow a path in the way of the spirit of disease and death. We are the light of the world believing what we have all been told and shown by the Spirit of Truth.
Do YOU want to be healed? Then we invite you to join us, the human spirits identified with and walking in the Spirit of Light. Find out who you are, where you are going, and how to have peace and complete health in the meantime. We are empowered by the Spirit of Help and able to dispense the blessing of healing to anyone who believes.
Wayne Nickens, Founder and Director
Dr. Wayne Nickens, M.D. received a B.S. from Howard University in 1968 and an M.D. from George Washington University in 1972. After beginning his practice as a family physician, Dr. Nickens experienced great frustration with his own and others’ inadequacy to serve those struggling with addictions and other stress related illness. It was this frustration that compelled him to set out on a lifelong career path in the field of addiction medicine in a search for understanding and an empowerment to do good for others.
In his 37 years of practice, Dr. Nickens has directed family practice clinics, served as Clinical Director and Medical Director of various hospitals, wellness centers, and chemical dependency treatment centers. Dr.Nickens is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) as an addiction medicine specialist. He has also served as medical consultant to corporations, governments, indigenous people groups, nonprofit foundations, professional legal organizations, psychiatric groups, mental health business development projects, churches, and spiritual counseling groups. He served as president and founder of the Foundation for National Education on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, 1984-87, member of American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), 1987- present, introduced the Employee Assistance Program services to the business community of Maui County, and established an Employee Assistance Process at the Pahio Resort in Kauai, Hawaii. He functioned as Life Coach in developing healthy business cultures for corporations.
He has trained numerous doctors, nurses, counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, ministers, program administrators, military chaplains, students, and educators. He has lectured at the National Library of Medicine at the National Institute of Health, testified before Congress on a Senate subcommittee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, served as a panelist for the White House Conference on Drugs in Omaha, Nebraska in 1988, and was the invited keynote speaker at the 1989 South Dakota Governors Conference on Substance Abuse. He has taught as a professor or instructor at the Washington Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Creighton University in Lincoln Nebraska, the Methodist College of Allied Health Science in Omaha Nebraska, and University of Southern California, and UCLA in Los Angeles California.
He is the author of “Not Guilty, Not Crazy”, Alcoholism is an Inherited Disease (1986) and wrote and developed the continuum of care program for chemical dependency treatment for Charter Hospital of Long Beach. He co-founded the Green Oak Healing Community as a service of the Union Rescue Mission of Los Angeles, for recovering, abused individuals and families in 1993 and established a Healing Ministry for the Union Rescue Mission of Los Angeles, CA at the Green Oaks Ranch near San Diego, CA. 1994-95. He presented an integrated model for treatment of alcoholism and diabetes at the Indian Health Service conference on Alcoholism and Diabetes in Portland, Oregon in 1994, provided consulting services to the Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations, in the development of the adolescent treatment facility of the Inland Tribal Consortium in Spokane, Washington, and wrote a plan for development of the Behavioral Health management and delivery of services, and systems for community based managed care for the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma. 1995 -96.
Dr. Nickens has pioneered holistic models of stress disease diagnosis and treatment management and designed technology and telecommunications systems to improve quality of care and access to health services. He has also developed spiritual and community components of a multidisciplinary team approach to facilitate healing for the individual and the community. Dr. Nickens has served as a consultant to the University of Oklahoma, College of Nursing, Director of Native American Student Success Program and the Healing Community, He serves as consultant to the Native Alaskan American Indian Nurses Association and Life Coach and trainer to business managers, pastors, chaplains, the homeless, military, veterans, government, and community leaders in Hawaii. He is also founder of the Healing Community Ministries, a nondenominational faith based health service organization that serves distressed communities worldwide. Dr. Nickens currently serves as advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the Center for Minority Veterans and researcher for Department of Defense and Congress; testifying before Congressional Caucases.
Beverly Patchell, RN, PhD, APRN PMH-BC - Consultant
Dr. Patchell is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, with advanced practice certification in Child/Adolescent Mental Health. Her doctoral degree is in Nursing Science with a focus on health disparities. She is currently president of the National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association and serves on the Commission to End Healthcare Disparities for the American Medical Association. She has a private practice in traditional Native American healing and complementary and alternative therapies in Oklahoma City and is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Univ. of OK College of Nursing (OUCN).
She was the Project Director for the American Indian Nursing Student Success Program for 8 years and also served as Site Coordinator for Univ. of MN American Indian/Alaska Native MS to PhD Nursing Science Bridge Program at OUCN. Dr. Patchell is a graduate of the Cultural Competency Leadership Fellowship through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the recipient of a pre-doctoral fellowship through the Minority Fellowship Program of the American Nurses Association and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She is a certified HeartMath and Buzan Mind Mapping trainer for improved health and performance. Other areas of expertise include systems planning, home health care, substance abuse in adolescents, domestic violence and historical trauma.
Derek Kanoa - Consultant
A sales and marketing executive in the global hospitality industry for the past two decades, Derek has been a member of the Healing Community since 2001.
“We were able to use many of the components of the Healing Community in our day- to-day operations at the Embassy Vacation resort in Maui and on Kauai in 2001 thru 2003,” Derek commented. “As a native Hawaiian, it was important for me to blend in our island culture and the Spirit of healing in every aspect of our resorts. This gave each team member a sense of belonging and they understood that the leaders truly cared about their welfare and working to become as healthy as possible. Caring for each team member allowed them to work more passionately which resulted in improved productivity. The philosophies and purpose of the Healing Community has been an integral part of team member development at these Hawaiian resorts.“
Derek has been married for 18 years and has four children . He teaches his kids the fine art of basketball and loves the ocean. Every summer growing up his family camped at Ka’a’awa beach park on the Northeast corner of Oahu from Memorial day until Labor day. There were usually 8-10 campsites, half of which were part of his extended family. “ You learn how to be a true community when you live in tents next to 10 families for three straight months. As my dad used to say, ‘You find the good, the bad and the ugly about everyone.’” Little did Derek know that in the future, this yearly summer experience would give him valuable conceptual insight into the purpose and objectives of the Healing Community.
“Working with Dr Nickens and the members of the Healing Community has been joyful,” Derek says . “We rely on each other but we mostly rely on the Lord to show us the way. When God’s love is there all kinds of incredible things start to happen! ” As a senior Vice President of a global hospitality company, he has had the opportunity to work side by side with some incredibly talented people, in diverse cultures spanning two continents and 12 time zones. He uses these experiences and the things he has learned to grow the “Community” as each member has committed to being “Stewards of Transformation”.
Paul Nelson - Consultant
Healing Community member since 2003, Mr. Nelson is a husband and father of four (grandfather of 2) with 35 years experience in business development, project funding, management, consulting and Non-profit administration. Alumnus of Arts, Humanities and Business programs at Western Washington State University and Fairhaven College. Current responsibilities include asset management for the Healing Community and management of a domestic mining and energy trading company. Business experience includes management and operation of international seafood catcher/processor/distributor, import/export, international business consultancy, commercial real estate and project finance, project management of automated control systems, startups in telecommunications and fractional jet ownership, development of international banking relations.
Mr. Nelson is a musician, giving back to local communities through the Laguna Concert Band, Swing Set and Laguna Swing Society, (http://lccb.weebly.com), the Orange County Wind Ensemble, (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=352972115100) , Bones West <http://boneswest.org/> and others.
David Webster - Consultant
David Webster has worked 35 years in the alternative health and medical field. The last 7 years were spent developing and working with the Mesosphere Medical Center in Newport Beach, California. He was the Marketing Director for the clinic and helped develop the training facility to train other doctors in the medical modalities of Mesotherapy and Lipodisolve. He helped design new profit centers and formatted a business plan to model future clinics nationwide.
David also has a strong background in product development, advertising and marketing expansion.
Mr. Webster is certified in the following: Derma Wave Technology, Guna Medical Products, MIT Physician Training and Marketing, Counseling Troubled Teens and Interventions.
Throughout the late 70's and 80's David was involved in the motion picture business securing funding for notable films such as Out of Africa, Suspect, Witness, Breakfast Club, Against All Odds, and Never Say Never Again. He is currently involved in procuring the funding on a slate of films with budgets ranging from $50M to $200M for domestic and international shooting.
Jennifer Nelson - Consultant
Jennifer Nelson is founder and owner of NutritionMasters, LLC. She is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with over 35 years of experience working in the field of nutrition. She provides Medical Nutrition Therapy to adults and children for diabetes, weight management, eating disorders, pregnancy, and all high risk and low risk therapeutic nutrition needs.
She works as a consultant to individuals, businesses, and community programs, including family medical clinics, pediatric clinics, prenatal clinics, medical research clinics, as well as preschools and acute and long-term care hospitals. She also recruits, trains, and oversees other Registered Dietitians for consultant positions.
Jennifer is frequently asked to be a speaker. She has developed and delivered curriculums for many audiences, including trainings and consultation to physicians, nurses, and nurse practitioners; She has often been interviewed on radio and television and has been consulted for magazine and newspaper articles.
Jennifer also works in Christian ministry using Biblical principles to help people to improve nutrition, health, and well-being. She speaks Spanish and French fluently, as well as some Italian and Russian.
Jennifer completed a Bachelor degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of British Columbia in Canada and a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA. She completed a Maternal and Pediatric Internship at the University Affiliated Programs at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and USC’s Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She is a Certified Health Fitness Instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine, a Certified Lactation Educator, and has a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management as well as a Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management.
Elle Kawata - Consultant
Elle has been involved in real estate sales, finance and development for over 25 years. In 2008 she founded S3 – Smart Sustainable Solutions – to develop a sustainable modular building system primarily to address the tremendous need for affordable housing in her home state of Hawaii. Her company received a Green Design Award for its first project—the Waldorf School of Orange County’s 10,000 square foot high school expansion. She has since assembled a solid team of professionals who are ready to create healthy communities anywhere in the world. S3’s mission, “to successfully develop low-cost building solutions to aid in creating green and sustainable communities globally,” fits in perfectly with the goals and ambitions of the Healing Community.
Further information about S3 and Elle’s project contributions can be viewed at http://www.afghanistanworldfoundation.org/
Faye Docuyanan, Ph.D. - Consultant
Faye Docuyanan Estrada received a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach, 1992, an M.A. from the School of Social Ecology (Emphasis in Psychology and Social Behavior) University of California Irvine. 1996 , and a Ph.D. School of Social Ecology (Emphasis in Environmental Analysis and Design) University of California Irvine. 2002. She currently works as a Youth Development Specialist for World Vision’s Transformational Engagement Programs. She provides training and capacity development for youth and community organizations in the southern California area. Part of her work is coordinating the Los Angeles Youth Empowerment Project in the MacArthur Park neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles. The Youth Empowerment Project is a comprehensive program training high school students in Leadership, Community Youth Development, Community Organizing, and Advocacy. The program partners with local organizations to develop youth leaders who can mobilize and speak out on behalf of their community.
Consulting Projects include The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, Sacramento, Hydracraft Inc. San Pedro, The Advancement Project, Toberman Settlement House, Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, Hispanic Outreach Taskforce, Church of the City Ministries, Catch the Flame/ Jim Hood Ministries, Community, Civic, and Neighborhood Development Organizing, Positive Light Ministries, Crossroads Project Family Literacy Advocates of Southern California, Earn Respect Intervention Program, St. Francis Hospital, Youth and Gang Violence Intervention Specialist Certificate Training Program at California State University, Los Angeles, Northern Ireland Peace Exchange, Public Health Foundation Enterprises, and the University of California Irvine.