Rita has been certified as a Healing Touch instructor and practitioner since 1994. She is certified in Holistic Nursing, and was honored as the 1994 American Holistic Nurse of the Year. She introduced Healing Touch into Omega Institute for Holistic Studies’ Wellness Center, where she spent seven seasons giving private sessions to staff and workshop attendees of all ages. Rita has over 35 years of nursing experience in Neonatal Intensive Care. She created Healing Touch for Babies in January 2000, to meet the needs of babies at a deeper level. Her true passion is to give babies the best start in life. She envisions HTB to be integrated into all areas of pre and perinatal care. She introduces the Principles of Infant Compassionate Care, and helps nurses, understand babies at a deeper level, and accelerate their recovery process. An active member in American Holistic Nurses Association, Healing Touch Professional Associates, and the Association for Pre&Perinatal Psychology and Health.