Malini Nagpal – MA, LPCC, R-DMT
Malini obtained her MA in dance/movement therapy in 1998 from University of California, Los Angeles, MA in science in 2005 from California School of Professional Psychology, and in 2012 a PhD specializing in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Elizabeth Fluck, MA, R-DMT
Elizabeth received her BA in dance from Point Park University. She obtained her MA in dance/movement therapy from University of California, Los Angeles and her MA in Clinical Psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.
Megan Shaffer – MA, R-DMT
Megan is a dance/movement therapist at Patton State Hospital, a forensic psychiatric hospital in San Bernardino, CA. She obtained her M.A. in clinical counseling with a specialization in dance/movement therapy at Lesley University and holds a B.F.A. in dance performance from California State University. As a dance/movement therapist Megan has worked with children, adolescents, and adults, focusing on crisis and trauma and severe mental illness. She is currently interested in investigating utilizing the creative process and performance as intervention tools to help patients learn about and make sense of their past, heal, and move forward. Megan is working towards her board certification as a dance/movement therapist (BC-DMT), as well as her licensure as a professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Megan is excited to flourish in her first year as a practicing dance/movement therapist.
Anna O'Connell – MA, R-DMT, GL-CMA
Anna O'Connell moved to CA from Chicago in 2014 and is currently working with the acute adult inpatient psychiatric population as a dance movement therapist. She is working towards obtaining her BC-DMT as well as her LPCC in the next few years. Anna has various clinical experiences with several types of populations including children and adolescents, teen mothers and women with addiction, physically and cognitively developmentally challenged individuals, out-patient adults with mental illness, and geriatric psych. In addition to her R-DMT she holds and graduate certificate in Laban movement analysis. Anna loves the sun and all the wonderful activities that we are fortunate enough to enjoy every day here in CA.
Chandra Chaikin – MS, LMFT, R-DMT
Chandra Chaikin earned her M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton and her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. She trained in dance therapy with Danielle Fraenkel, Ph.D. via the Alternate Route Dance Therapy Program at Kinections in Rochester, NY. She is a Spanish-speaking Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Chandra has spoken widely on the healing potential of Dance Therapy (having given presentations at Cal Optima, NAMI, the South Bay Therapist Network and in the community through the South Bay Eating Disorder Coalition) and has facilitated dance and movement workshops for people suffering from eating disorders and chronic mental illness, for dual diagnosis adolescents and for survivors of sexual assault. Chandra has interned with Alison Salter, BC-DMT and the Prime Hospital Group, the Victorian Residential Treatment Center for Eating Disorders, Newport Academy and Project RENEW. Chandra is currently in private practice in Redondo Beach, CA and does a weekly DMT group for adults with eating disorders at Center For Discovery, Palos Verdes.
Stefanie Endler (Northern California) – BC-DMT, LPCC
Stefanie Endler is currently in private practice as a body oriented psychotherapist, as a supervisor, and as a workshop presenter. She received her Master’s Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy at Hunter College under Claire Schmais, Elissa White and Forestine Paulay. She received a Fellowship in Infant/Toddler Development and Interaction, from Columbia University Teachers College. She is a Practitioner of Bodynamic Cognitive- Somatic Psychotherapy, which also adds a specialty in Trauma Resolution. Stefanie worked as a DMT for many years with an adult psychiatric population in residential treatment (at St. Elizabeth’s Hosp. and at Chestnut Lodge Psychoanalytic Hospital in the Washington, D.C. area), and as a Parent-Infant Therapist in several hospitals and clinics, on both coasts. Stefanie has been a visiting teacher of Dance Movement Therapy courses in the Goucher College DMT Masters program, George Washington University, and Naropa U. summer program. She served as a member of the ADTA Credentialing Committee from 1984-1989. Yoga and meditation have been very important paths informing Stefanie’s life and her approach as a therapist. She has several years of experience as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, and as a hatha yoga teacher. In recent years she has been developing and presenting workshops on her pet project … How to Have Healthy Boundaries. Stefanie started out as a dancer/choreographer and excitedly senses there is one more dance in her, just waiting to be created.
Sara Broussard (Northern California) – MA, R-DMT
Sara earned her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago, and her BA in Religion from Mount Holyoke College. For her master's thesis, she developed a program for adolescent girls to explore embodied sexual subjectivity through dance/movement therapy. Sara previously worked as a dance/movement therapist in Chicago, IL with developmentally delayed adolescents and adolescent mothers. She currently works as a dance/movement therapist at Napa State Hospital, a forensic hospital in Napa, CA with patients deemed incompetent to stand trial. She also tutors writers and edits papers in APA style. In the future, Sara looks forward to exploring the intersection of reproductive health and dance/movement therapy.
Erin Howe (Southern California) - MA, R-DMT
Erin Howe is a dance/movement therapist at Aurora Behavioral Health Hospital in San Diego, California providing movement therapies for inpatient behavioral health and chemical dependency services for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Erin obtained her M.A. in dance/movement therapy and counseling from Columbia College Chicago, IL, and holds a B.A. is psychology with a minor in dance from CSU San Marcos, San Diego, California. Erin currently resides in San Diego, California and is committed to helping spread knowledge about DMT to the San Diego area. She has been spending her time as a guest artist/presenter at CSUSM regarding DMT and wishes to continue leading presentations. Erin looks forward to completing her hours for California state licensure (LPCC) and moving into private practice.