Steven E. Handwerker Ph.D. D. Div received his doctorate degree from New York University. He is licensed in psychology in N.Y., Florida and South Dakota. He started practice as the head of Psychological Services at "The Wholistic Health Center" in Manhasset N.Y. an institution which he help found and which has now developed into a four year University for the study of Alternative medicine, located in Syosset, N.Y. He is presently on the executive committee for the Division of Peace Psychology in the American Psychological Association and a member of the professional board of The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress based in N.Y.
He has authored two books and many articles in Peace Psychology. He lectures regularly at APA conventions and local colleges and interfaith organizations on Peace and Spiritual Psychology. In addition, he has a private practice in Boca Raton. He he practices Soo Bak Do Karate and is an advanced black belt rank. and is a Reiki master. He and his wife Michelle have been married for over 3 decades and have two children Diana and Lucas.
Michelle Handwerker Ph.D. LMT CAAT has a doctorate with high honors, in Wholistic Nutrition from the Clayton College of Natural Health. She is licensed in massage in N.Y. and Florida and has been practicing Amma Therapeutic massage since her early 20's. She learned this art from Mrs. Tina Sohn who was a "healing sensitive" and the creator of the art. Michelle's study with Mrs. Sohn was as her apprentice from 1971-1988, a very long and intimate relationship and involved study on many levels and much inner work.
Along with her husband, Steve, Michelle was part of a group of healers and teachers together from 1971 who founded "The Wholistic Health Center" and "The Institute for Self Development" in 1976, in Manhasset, N.Y. She was part of its faculty from 1976-1988. Michelle holds a black belt in Tang Soo Do Karate. Her Ph.D.dissertation is entitled "Balance is Health the multidimensional reality of healing and health".