Our Team and Culture
Mari Anderson is an Idaho native who recently returned from the island of Kauai where she practiced Hawaiian Healing Arts, massage, meditation and yoga for the past 21 years. She was originally drawn to Kauai to study Hawaiian Shamanism (Huna) under the direction of Dr. Serge Kahili King, founder of Aloha International. She blended ancient Hawaiian wisdom with her previous studies of massage and self-healing.
Prior to her time on Kauai she studied massage at the Idaho Institute of Holistic Studies in Boise, Idaho, under the direction of Barbera Bashan. During this training, she found both a path of personal healing and a way to assist others.
Mari’s passion for healing and wholeness began with her personal experience with addiction and eating disorders. Her introduction to 12 step Recovery and her ongoing commitment to wellness were the beginnings of a life-long journey of self-exploration, surrender and service to others. In her quest to understand underlying causes of addiction, depression and other manifestations of dis-ease, she was introduced to the Neu Genesis Method. The results of this process were astounding, producing immediate and transformative results. Upon discovery of this revolutionary tool, she chose to devote her energies and studies to this work. Mari is currently a Neu Genesis practitioner.
Mari’s other interests include playing tennis and pickleball with her husband, art, hiking, organic gardening and caring for her family of animals.
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 creating what is now the NeuGenesis (Δ) method. She found this unique approach 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.
Lesley Sand, PhD
Lesley is a Cognitive Neuroscientist and provides NeuGenesis practitioners with theoretical, evidence-based findings and methods of measuring client outcomes. She is currently gathering data to test the effects of NeuGenesis treatment. This study will augment the subjective reports of improved well-being and symptom reduction reported by clients.
Lesley’s primary research interests include language and reading development in individuals with and without learning- and neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism. Her emphasis is on the neurocognitive mechanisms that underlie social-emotional language processing. Dr. Sand also has many years of remediation experience with students having a range of learning disorders, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and attention deficits. She has consulted with parents and teachers to develop adaptive learning strategies.
Lesley is CEO of Sunstone Networks AS, a Norwegian company developing software applications to support early screening and multiple-disciplinary training interventions for children with autism.