Reiki Symposium at the NY Open Center


Bios of Presenters

Jean Bromage, BFA, Reiki Master, began her Reiki journey in 2003 and received the master attunement from Margaret Ann Case in 2005. Jean is also a candle maker and her products are popular both locally and internationally. Weaving these two beautiful art forms together has been a real joy for her. Jean has her B.F.A. in dance from Purchase College and has performed and choreographed her own work in New York City.

For more than 14 years Margaret Ann Case, BA, Reiki Master, RPP, has been a recognized leader and innovator in the teaching of Reiki and spiritual healing, as well as an esteemed healing practitioner, intuitive-spiritual counselor, and mentor. She is a life-long student of holistic and wisdom traditions. Ms. Case is the founder and director of Reiki Arts Continuum, as well as director of the Reiki training program at the NY Open Center. Ms. Case maintains a private practice in New York City.

Maggie Connell, LMT, CR, Reiki Master, has been a student of the Healing Arts for 15 years and practitioner for 10. Maggie’s teachers include Rosalyn L. Bruyere, and Reiki Master Margaret Ann Case. She incorporates massage, reflexology, shiatsu, as well as shamanic techniques, into her Reiki sessions with clients. Also a veteran songwriter, Maggie continues to play and record original music.

Reiki Master and Thai Yoga Therapist Janet Dagley Dagley dedicated herself to natural healing after a journalism career that included a stint as "Keeping Fit" columnist for the Los Angeles Times and science and health reporting for such publications as the Orange County Register and Dayton Daily News. A qigong practitioner for 20 years, she is the proprietor of Healing Movement in Hoboken, NJ, and editor of The Reiki Digest and Qigong Digest.

Sinikka Laitamaki, MS, MEd, is a Reiki Master, Spiritual Healing Practitioner, Spiritual Counselor, and a Master–Teacher of Magnified Healing. She maintains a private practice in New Jersey. She is also a visiting lecturer in New York University. Prior to her Reiki journey, Sinikka successfully led corporate culture changes and the development of high- performance organizations with empowered employees for over 15 years. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Human Resources from Cornell University and a Masters in Education from Finland.

James Rosenow, MFA, Reiki Master, is an award-winning filmmaker and graduate of New York University's Graduate film school who left the film business to focus on a more spiritually centered life. James received his Reiki Master certification in 2006 and is the president of As a not-for-profit corporation, combining the written word and multi-media, explores Christian dogma, alternative concepts in spirituality, and the viability of a spiritually-based model of abundance.

Michelle Shinagawa, BFA, is a Reiki Master and certified Aroma Therapist. She is dedicated to spreading her knowledge about the importance of organic lifestyles and complimentary non-invasive healing therapies—for people as well as for dogs! Through her extensive background and trainings, Michelle has established a working relationship with the most recent developments in such fields as macrobiotics, ontology, animal communication, dog massage, esoteric healing, chakra theory, and crystals.

In 2005 Nicholas Sweeney, MFA, Reiki Master, made a life-long commitment to his own and others' personal healing journeys and began his formal Reiki training with Margaret Ann Case at the New York Open Center and Reiki Arts Continuum. In June 2006 he graduated from the Reiki Arts Continuum Reiki Master-Spiritual Healing Practitioner-Spiritual Counseling program. Nicholas is the founder of Phoenix Wisdom Healing. Currently, he serves the New York City area with Reiki, spiritual counseling, Tarot, and Astrology.


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