Mary Treacy O’Keefe, MA

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Mary Treacy O’Keefe is a national speaker, spiritual director, former radio show host, hospice volunteer and author. She is the award-winning co-founder of Well Within, a nonprofit holistic wellness resource center that served over 30,000 people during the past 11 years. Because of her commitment to people living with life-threatening illnesses and other challenging situations, Mary is passionate about helping individuals become ‘well within’ and live as fully as possible, especially when they or their loved ones are facing health crises and other life transitions. Her presentations and writings are designed to help reduce stress and anxiety and foster hope, healing and spiritual growth for a variety of audiences. Mary is available for keynote addresses, seminars, breakout sessions, retreats, and workshops. Her presentations have been enthusiastically received by religious groups, healthcare and hospice organizations, women’s groups, wellness expos, associations and various other public and private sector organizations.

Mary’s heartwarming stories have been included in several books, including three Chicken Soup for the Soul books, plus in Women’s Day, Catholic Digest and other publications. Her first book, Thin Places: Where Faith is Affirmed and Hope Dwells, received Honorable Mention from the national Independent Publishers Book Awards. Her second book, Meant to Be: Discovering What We Are Called to Do and Be was published in September, 2014.

What people are saying…

“Mary’s presentation on Thin Places: Where Faith is Affirmed and Hope Dwells was well-received by participants and generated a lively discussion on Celtic spirituality, including the concept of thin places, where the veil between this world and the next one is very ‘thin’ and anam caras-the gaelic word for soul friends. The stories she shared from her book allowed participants to delve into their own stories of synchronicity, intuition, and the sacred time before, during and after the death of loved ones.”

–Cass McLaughlin, University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing

“Mary’s stories are poignant, tender, humorous and compassionate. I was most impressed with her “presence” before, during and after her presentation and I’m recalling a moment of grace that she shared with an audience member who was struggling with her own terminal illness. This woman was able to share a private recollection of a “thin place” and was very comforted by Mary’s genuine compassion, insight and understanding. I highly recommend Mary as an outstanding presenter, gifted writer and caring spiritual companion.”

—Mary Conway-Jast, HealthEast Care System

“Mary Treacy O’Keefe is one of the most skillful, sensitive interviewers I’ve encountered. Talking with her is an effortless, fun experience, in large measure because of her thorough approach to planning and preparation, and the rich life experience she brings to her task.”

~ Larry Dossey, MD Author of Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions

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Hope, Healing and WellBeing – The Worrywart’s Companion with Dr. Beverly Potter

Do you lie awake up at night, fretting about things that could happen in the future? Dr. Beverly Potter, author of The Worrywart’s Companion: Twenty-one Ways to Soothe Yourself and Worry Smart, shares numerous ideas for calming your fears, letting them go, and discovering peace of mind. For more information, please visit www.docpotter.com.

Listen: http://wellwithinradio.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/dr-beverly-potter.mp3

Hope, Healing and WellBeing – The Chemistry of Calm with Dr. Henry Emmons

Anxiety disorders affect nearly 1 in 5 Americans each year. In his new book, The Chemistry of Calm: A Powerful, Drug-free Plan to Quiet Your Fears and Overcome Your Anxiety, Dr. Henry Emmons explores the anxiety epidemic as a breakdown in resilience. In this week’s show, he shares ideas from his insightful and holistic approach to overcoming stress and anxiety by integrating body, mind, heart and soul. For more information, please visit www.partnersinresilience.com.

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Hope, Healing and WellBeing – The Emergence of Optimal Healing Environments

This week’s guest, Valerie Lincoln, PhD, will describe the optimal healing environment created at Woodwinds Hospital and Health Campus. Learn how various integrative healing therapies, holistic nurses, and a soothing physical environment help reduce pain and anxiety, and improve patient outcomes. Dr. Lincoln also will share ideas for how to optimize healing at home.

Listen: http://wellwithinradio.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/optimalhealing.mp3

Your Host: Mary Treacy O’Keefe, MA

Learn to live each day to the fullest by enhancing mental, physical, and spiritual healing as well as overall wellness. Discover how to strengthen your immune system, reduce stress and anxiety, and foster hope and spiritual growth. Be inspired by the stories of people who have not just survived, but have thrived, while finding meaning and purpose within challenging situations. It’s time for hope to return and healing to begin. Join us.

Sponsored By: Well Within

“Hope, Healing and WellBeing” is dedicated to helping you live each day to the fullest by enhancing mental, physical, and spiritual healing and overall wellbeing. Learn new skills and coping techniques to develop effective self-care practices for yourself and others. Discover how to strengthen your immune system, reduce stress and anxiety, and foster hope and spiritual growth in your life. Gain insight from highly regarded professionals from the field of integrative medicine, including physicians, therapists, holistic practitioners, best-selling authors and others. Be inspired by the stories of people who have not just survived, but have thrived, while finding meaning and purpose within challenging situations. Join us each week and become “well within.” Hosted by Mary Treacy O’Keefe.

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11-20-09: What to Use and When: Integrative or Conventional Medicine or Both? – Guests: Bill Manahan, MD and Pat Cullitan, MA, Lac

When illness strikes, how do we know which type of medicine will be most effective: conventional or alternative treatments? Or both? And how can we best prevent many illnesses in the first place? Our first guest, Bill Manahan, MD, will discuss the difference between conventional Western medicine and integrative treatments, which focus on healing of mind, body and spirit. He will demonstrate the importance of listening closely to people’s stories to discover what might be contributing to their illnesses before determining the best treatment protocol. During the second segment, Patricia Culliton, MA, L.Ac, will provide information about various complementary therapies that can help us stay healthy, especially during the flu season and stressful times, including the upcoming holiday season.

 Listen: 11-20-09: What to Use and When: Integrative or Conventional Medicine or Both? – Guests: Bill Manahan, MD and Pat Cullitan, MA, Lac

Bill Manahan, MD

Bill Manahan, MD, is past president of the American Holistic Medical Association and a founding member of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. He was a family practice physician from 1973-1994, then Medical Director of a clinic for the underserved. He later taught at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the U of MN. Bill now is involved in efforts to transform our health care system, working toward merging high-touch care and high-tech care with the best of conventional and complementary modalities and philosophies. 

Patricia D. Culliton M.A., L. Ac. –

Patricia D. Culliton M.A., L. Ac. is Director of the Alternative Medicine Division at Hennepin Faculty Associates in Mpls, MN where she directs a clinical staff of Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, massage therapists, herbalists, chiropractors, PTs and others. She also teaches at the U of MN, Center for Spirituality and Healing. She has an MA degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Nationally Board Certified Acupuncturist.