Barbera’s career in the healing arts began over 40 years ago, in 1975, in her studies at Boise State University as a Respiratory Therapist. Her current approach to body, mind and spirit was sparked as she began studying the medical, physiological, and chemical systems of the body with her patients in neonatal and palliative care at St Alphonsus, St Lukes, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.
Working with this population, it became clear to Barbera that the holistic approach to healing was her true calling. This prompted her to begin her path in healing arts at the Idaho School of Massage in 1980. She ran a full and successful private practice for 36 years.
In 1990 she co-founded the Idaho Institute of Holistic Studies, helping to create a 500 hour graduate program within a nationally certified massage training school. She continued as director, teacher, and administrator for 10 years.
In 2007 Barbera began studying STAR. She found this unique method to be profoundly effective in helping clients release lifetime trauma.
Through 10 years of intensive practice and ongoing education Barbera created her highly effective approach to Life Recovery. This healing modality for trauma has been utilized as a new approach in Drug and Alcohol Addiction treatment with significant results in the recovery process.
Her medical knowledge, deep understanding of the mind/body connection, and how trauma effects the brain, the limbic system, and all parts of the human system has led her to create a session that can assist an individual in significant shifts in health and well being. Her holistic perspective helps her establish a working relationship with each and every client because she understands that every human has the capacity, strength, and ability to heal.
Barbera’s other passions include being an artist, an accomplished cellist, and a mother of three girls. She enjoys living in the intermountain west where she has been an avid white water enthusiast for over 30 years.