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C. Picara Vassallo

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My Story

My own personal quest for healing began at a young age.  I was chronically sick with strep throat, sinus and bladder infections, digestive problems and by 18, hypothyroidism and depression.  This began my interest in the human body and how healing occurs.  Simultaneously, I had a fascination with spirituality, eastern philosophy, and psychology.  This combination lead to studying neuroscience/psychology and religion in college at University of Pennsylvania.  In my free time, I was always reading about and learning self-healing, meditation, and looking for practical ways to live a healthier, happier life

It was through working with acupuncturists and herbalists that I began to feel a drastic improvement in my health. More fascinating to me was that I noticed healing often happened subconsciously and sometimes spontaneously. The experience was not only physical but also emotional and spiritual.  I realized that health can't be separated from who I am, how I show up in the world, who I'm in contact with, and the decisions I make.  The more I focused on being in harmony with my true self and with my environment, the more I healed.  I learned the wisdom in the words of Thea Elijah, "You can be you or you can be sick."

I still struggle at times with my own health, with my own life challenges and inner demons, but many of my previous symptoms are gone, including my thyroid disorder.  My health isn't always perfect and my path is not always easy, but it is my path and it has brought me more in touch with my destiny, my truth, my happiness, my love. I know the tough spots in life are opportunities to access my true nature, to grow more fully into my life as only I can.  They also allow me to relate to client's struggles and in this way I can offer my own experiential insights to aid in their healing. 

I often ask myself: How do I make every interaction, every moment, a healing moment? How do I find a way to help others to find healing in every aspect of their life?  How do I take thousands of years of mind, body and spirit knowledge and transform it into practical practices for more joy and health in modern life?  How do I bring my personal experience and the wisdom I've gained to benefit others? These are the questions I passionately strive to find the answers to in my practice. 

When I'm not with clients, I can be found playing with my frisky cats, eating exotic international cuisine, doing numerous forms of physical activity including yoga, spinning, running, weight lifting and Pilates.  I love having new experiences, traveling internationally, and going on adventures.   I also enjoy throwing the Iching and interpreting tarot cards and astrology, drinking fine Asian teas, long walks and hikes in nature, quiet nights reading, and laughing as much as possible. 

Some generous and poetic people have described me as a unique and intuitive, powerful and precise, curious and kind, elegant and enthusiastic, warm and playful.  I hope to spend my life growing into a wise priestess and healer, serving others along the way with loving truth.

Thank you for sharing your journey with me.  It’s an honor, privilege, and joy!

In gratitude,

Dr. Picara