Jennifer Edwards – MA, LPCC, R-DMT
Jennifer Edwards is a dance/movement therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor, and shamanic healer currently in private practice. Prior to launching her private practice, Jennifer spent seven years working as a dance/movement therapist and counselor for a residential treatment center for people suffering from eating disorders. She held multiple roles at this facility including Clinical Director, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Outpatient Program Director and Primary Therapist. Jennifer studied with renowned shaman, Jon Rasmussen, teach and graduate of the Healing the Light Body School through the Four Winds. With him, she traveled to Peru where she worked intensively with Jon and Andean shamans, receiving rites to begin her work in shamanic practice. For her undergraduate education, Jennifer attended the University of Maryland and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Dance and Psychology. From there, she went on to pursue her graduate studies in Chicago at Columbia College where she received a dual Masters of Arts degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling.
Vice-President – Gail Frizzell, MA, BC-DMT, LCSW, CMA, RYT
Ms. Frizzell's career as a dance/movement therapist spans three decades working in mental health, mediation, health services, education, training, and wellness. She holds a MA in Dance Therapy from UCLA, MA in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, Certified Movement Analyst, and Register Yoga Teacher. Her clinical experience includes diverse settings and populations: 16 years working in California state hospitals working with severely mentally ill forensic clients; Napa Superior Court, facilitating conflict resolution as a family mediator; Veterans Affairs (Martinez, CA), working with Iraq and Afghanistan ware combat veterans dealing with PTSD and traumatic brain injury and WW II and Vietnam veterans, seeking wound care; Center for Behavioral Health (Vallejo, CA), working with psychiatric patients; and Wellness Centers for cancer treatment (Walnut Creek & Roseville, CA), promoting wellness interventions for cancer survivors. Ms. Frizzell has worked as adjunct faculty within Solano and East Bay Community Colleges since 2000 teaching Modern Dance, Yoga, and Pilates. She has provided DMT training courses in Europe, offers supervision to R-DMT and BC-DMT applicants seeking credentialing, and has a private practice (www.moveforwellness.net) working with high functioning clients in Benicia, CA.
Norlyn Asprec – MA
Norlyn Asprec is a California native. She earned a Master of Arts degree in creative arts therapy specializing in dance/movement therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia. While at Drexel University, she developed a patient support program at Hahnemann University Hospital’s Cancer Support Center called “Healing through Movement.” This program focused on improving the physical and emotional well-being of patients diagnosed with cancer. After completing her graduate degree, she returned to California. As an advocate for access to quality health care, she was appointed by Govenor Brown as the marketing and outreach director for the California Health Professions Education Foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to improve access to healthcare in underserved areas of California by providing scholarships and loan repayments to health professional students and graduates who are dedicated to providing medical and mental health services in those areas. Noryln joined CCADTA board in 2012 and serves as the Program Chair for Northern CA. She currently resides in Sacremento and in her spare tiem enjoys yoga and dance.
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.
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.
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.