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My Story

Over a decade ago, a fire swept through our high-rise apartment building, killing our neighbors and
Michele La Gamba-Himmel
their pets, and almost claiming the lives of myself and my family. We escaped unharmed but with our priorities profoundly altered. I found myself jarred loose from old ways of thinking and open to viewing the world in a different and deeper manner.

In the immediate aftermath of the fire, I learned that a close friend had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer. He refused all traditional medical treatment and instead opted to use an alternative approach to healing. Within three months of his diagnosis, he eradicated the disease in its entirety and learned how to stave off any recurrence. My friend had used a spiritual healer near Stanford University, where I was working that summer in the Art Department. I felt compelled to meet this healer and learn about the techniques he employed.

So I made an appointment with the healer because of my deep intellectual curiosity concerning his knowledge. When we met, he offered me a "healing," where he would move energy through my body. I told him that I was feeling fine and had no need for any kind of treatment. He responded: "Everyone needs a healing" and assured me that the process would be beneficial to my spirit and well-being.

During the healing, I felt a subtle, calming energy move through me, as if it lifted me over 100 stories high without leaving the ground floor. When I "awoke" from the healing, I felt that an enormous burden had been shifted from my soul. All of the trauma from the fire, from the deaths of our neighbors, from the disruption of dislocation and loss of our possessions, immediately dispersed. I was enveloped by an unprecedented and overwhelming peace and tranquility.

Following the healing, the healer and I spoke for hours. As I was leaving, he said to me: "I've been waiting for you." I responded, "I know." Thereafter, I became his student and also embarked upon an intense journey, both with him and other masters, of the teachings of meditation, energy healing and spiritual evolution.


I graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Psychology and a Master of Arts in Education.

I have studied for many years with various well known photographers, including Ansel Adams and Philippe Halsman. I have had numerous photography shows in New York City, was accepted into MOMA's Art Lending Collection, and have exhibited at the Stanford Museum of Art Gallery in California and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida. My 25 years of teaching experience include creating and administering the photography department at The Trinity School, teaching visual literacy at The New School, assisting in a summer program in the Art Department at Stanford University as well as giving workshops for groups and individuals for developing the photographer's eye. I was the official photographer for the New York Parents League for ten years, where my photographs appeared in the League's newsletter. I taught in the after-school program at the Chapin and Brearley schools in New York City for eleven years.

I have worked for Estee Lauder as their national promotion manager. I launched the Capsela toy which I marketed in over 25 countries, developed a hands-on science curriculum used in the U.S., England and France and promoted the product on national television, including the Today Show and the David Letterman Show. I designed the Capsela Color Whizz toy and guidebook, an educational product that teaches children the basic laws of color mixing and color relationships.

I have been meditating for over thirty years, originally learning Maharishi Transcendental Meditation. I have studied the techniques of Mankind, Enlightenment and Love and am a "Universal Energy" Practitioner, as well as a Certified Medical QiGong Healer. As a Whole Life Integration Facilitator, I use neurolinguistic programming. I have committed myself intensely to study with masters, gurus, prominent healers and spiritual teachers and have read extensively the literature of spiritual transformation. I am a member of the United Nations Society for Enlightenment and Transformation and a board member of Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. I see people as a healer and teacher, working privately, in groups or remotely. I have worked with a diverse group of people, including CEOs, contractors, nurses, teachers, prominent MDs, housekeepers, lawyers, handymen, victims of abuse, physical therapists, professors, authors, musicians and many others. People have come to me with a variety of conditions, including Crohn's Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, cancer, learning disabilities, kidney failure, chronic pain, migraines, depression, insomnia, and artistic blocks, while other individuals seek my assistance to either manifest change in their lives, increase their potential or connect with their life purpose.

As a healer, I identify and move energy. But as a teacher, I offer how you can access energy and heal yourself, your families, your friends and your community. Once you acquire the knowledge of how to use energy, the universe magically unfolds. My wish for everyone is to feel their best, so that we can all co-create a more balanced, healthy and happy world.