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Dr. Kristy M. Vanacore, Psy.D., P.C., Founder & Director

Dr. Vanacore, "Coach Kristy," is a warm, caring, and empowering Holistic Psychologist and Personal Development Coach. She is a well-respected leader in the community. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University and continued her studies at The Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology where she earned a Master of Science Degree and a  Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology and School Psychology. Kristy has worked in schools, hospitals, outpatient mental health centers, and community-based care settings.

Kristy has spent the last 20 years dedicated to empowering and nurturing the minds, bodies, and spirits of children, teens, adults and families.  With love, compassion, and genuine care,

 

Kristy offers a unique integrative approach to working with the whole person-mind, body, and spirit. By practicing what she has defined as "Root Cause Psychology," Kristy explores the underlying root causes of symptoms and illness and offers support to heal those root causes so that her clients can thrive. She has particular expertise in various evidenced-based practices and philosophies including Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Family Therapy & Parent Coaching, Neuropsychological Evaluations, Educational Advocacy, Ecopsychology, Biofeedback, Meditation, Empowerment Coaching, Nutritional Healing & Functional Medicine, Craniosacral Balancing, Somato-emotional release, trauma release work, Shamanic Practices, Buddhist Psychology, and Jungian Psychology. Kristy also has a ministerial license to provide hands on healing to those in need. 

Kristy is also a practitioner of Yoga, Reiki, and is a White and Green Belt certified NIA practitioner. Nia- Neuromuscular Integrative Action- is a fusion of Yoga, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, Martial Arts, and Dance, and she incorporates these treatment modalities into her work to help clients release trauma and stored emotions that create illness in the body, mind, and spirit.

 

As a certified Mindfulness in Schools Project leader, Kristy has spent the past decade bringing her mindfulness and wellness initiatives into schools to support students, as well as teachers and administrators.

Kristy has created a unique and innovative personal development and empowerment program for children, teens, and adults. In addition, Kristy has particular expertise in the area of spiritual development for parents, as she has researched and written extensively about the rebirth of parents after the birth of their children. Kristy believes that all challenges represent an opportunity for rebirth and rediscovery of the true authentic self, and she shares her own personal revelations and transformations in her upcoming book to be published in 2020.

As a mentor, Kristy provides supervision to colleagues; as well as psychology and education interns at the high school, college, and graduate levels. Kristy has also provided training for local schools and has presented on topics of interest to various parent organizations as well as for staff development programs for teachers, administrators, and related service providers.

She is a frequent speaker both in the community and nationally; as she offers workshops on topics including Mindful Parenting, Empowerment and Resiliency for children and teens, health and wellness for families, meditation, and spiritual development. 

"Be the Change You Wish to See in the World" is Kristy's mantra; and to that end she has developed a charitable initiative called "Be the Change for Families" in which money and books are raised to benefit various organizations supporting families locally and internationally. She invites her clients to volunteer their time in order to truly be the change they wish to see in the world—seeing firsthand how small acts of kindness create meaningful and far reaching change in the world.

Kristy enjoys spending time "off the grid" in nature with her husband and two spirited sons ages 11 and 8. She also loves practicing yoga, hiking, sculpting pottery, painting, and traveling. 

Her story:

 

Like all humans, I am wounded. Traumatic experiences at various times shaped my life and suffering ensued. I spent years --since early childhood--trying to manage severe anxiety, depression, OCD, addictive behaviors, compromised relationships, and significant physical illnesses. Once I understood the purpose of the trauma was to evolve my soul, the game changed. No longer was I victim. I was a warrior, and the purpose of my life’s trauma became clear. I am a conduit and spirit sent life experiences to me and through me as a vehicle to heal others.

I have used the light of my wounds to guide me in the creation of a safe, loving, and nurturing community in which individuals of all ages can come to discover their inner powers and learn how to use them for their highest good and the good of the world. Consistent with my whole-person, integrative approach, my mission is to integrate science with spirit, to empower each individual and family to thrive in mind, body, and spirit. Instead of seeing individuals as having problems and symptoms, my focus is on connecting individuals with their inner powers such that they become resilient, facing adversity with confidence, inner-grit, integrity, grace and poise. I believe illness or struggle of any kind represents an invitation for rebirth, renewal, and transformation, and that individuals can only truly thrive when they heal from the inside out. That is why my approach is designed to uncover and safely heal root causes. To guide others to use the light of their wounds to reveal outdated patterns of behaving and interacting with the world that no longer serves them, in order to release dis-ease and finally create a mind-body-spirit system that is healthy and well.

“I help people as a way to work on myself , and I work on myself to help people. To me, that’s what this emerging game is all about.” -Ram Dass

Creating an innovative center for collective healing and community has been my birthright and life’s mission. This is a sacred space in which I integrate science with soul to bring ancient healing medicine to modern people of all ages and stages. It’s where I share the wisdom that I have collected along my own healing journey, offering others an invitation to grow and evolve their own souls on their journey.

 

I offer Individual and Group mentoring and coaching; Root-cause Psychology; Somatic/Body/Movement-based therapies; Craniosacral Balancing; Reiki: empowerment workshops; Mindful/Conscious Parenting; Somatic experiencing; Mindfulness and Yoga; Shamanic practices; Ecopsychology; creative expressive arts; sacred storytelling; collective healing for communities and organizations such as schools and businesses.

Whether you feel called to work me, or are just stopping by this page to browse, I am honored that you have chosen to read my words and I sincerely hope they offer you an invitation to go within to find your gifts and to shine your inner light on the world.

kristy.vanacore@kmvgroup.org

Dr. Jeanmarie Sandford, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Sandford is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in helping children, adolescents and their families thrive. Above all, she believes that children are born with an innate ability to succeed 

and live happy, meaningful lives. She is grateful for opportunities to help families connect with paths that will bring them peace and joy. 

 

Dr. Sandford received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC, and her Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. Over the last ten years, Dr. Sandford has served as an Affiliate Professor of Child and Adolescent Development at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland, supervised numerous Masters and Doctoral level students, served as a Training Coordinator and written protocols on topics such as suicide prevention and child abuse at a large Outpatient Mental Health Center, presented several professional trainings on evidence-based therapeutic practices with children and adolescents, conducted a variety of psychological and neuropsychological evaluations, and most importantly, worked with some of the most resilient and empowered children and families and assisted them in reaching their full potential. 

 

In her free time, Dr. Sandford enjoys basking in the goodness that each season offers, painting, doing art projects with her children, going out to dinner with her husband, and being sure to get in extra cuddle time with her dog. 

jeanmarie.sandford@kmvgroup.org

Beth Patane, MS, ATR, Licensed Art Therapist

Beth  is a talented and attuned Art Therapist with years of experience supporting the healing & wellbeing of individuals through art.  Beth uses various modalities of art to elicit different experiences.  She helps individuals of all ages to recognize the  nonverbal symbols and metaphors that are expressed through art and in the creative process.  Concepts that are usually difficult to express with words can be visually seen and recognized through art.  Beth is also a mom of three boys who are fun-loving  & creative  like their mama! Beth enjoys cooking and baking, and makes fantastic gluten-free treats!

beth.patane@kmvgroup.org

Dominick A. Vanacore, Director of STEAM Program

Dominick is the director of our Full STEAM Ahead Program. As a technology director for a major financial firm, and a children's health and wellness advocate, Dominick's mission is to integrate his engineering and technology background in order to help children learn, create, and grow. After witnessing firsthand the decline of hands-on learning in education, as well as the misuse of technology by today's youth, Dominick sought to find ways of bringing multisensory approaches that foster independent thinking and adaptive problem solving to youth of all ages. Through a careful integration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math, Dominick creates opportunities for children to explore, imagine, and evolve. His innovative programs support the development of inner resiliency, cognitive and physical "grit," and self-esteem and confidence. Dominick is also a hockey skills and development coach at the Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford, NY where he manages a competitive Mites Division team of 5-8 year olds, and also teaches young children ages 3-5 basic introductory hockey skills. Dominick enjoys spending time with his two sons, playing hockey, and challenging himself in obstacle course races. He also maintains a daily yoga practice. 

dominick.vanacore@kmvgroup.org

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