Paula Petry, PhD
Dr. Petry has her doctorate degree in Teaching and Learning from the University of Miami. Her early career included the formation of the non-for-profit organization, Parent to Parent of Miami, to help other families who have a child with a disability. Parent to Parent continues to be one of the strongest grassroots parent advocacy and support organizations in the country. In 1992 she accepted a position, tailored for her, at the the Mailman Center for Child Development, one of the country’s long established University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. There she brought her passion, perspective, and training knowledge to pediatric residents and other disciplines. She became the Center’s Training Director and remained for 12 years.
With the death of her twelve-year-old daughter, Alexandra, Dr. Petry sought other healing modalities; she studied Jungian psychology, energy medicine, sound healing, and the expressive arts, which she now blends together in in retreats, workshops, and individual shamanic healing sessions. Her passion is to help others awaken to their inner truth and power, which she writes about in her book, A Mother’s Courage to Awaken: Hope and Inspiration from My Daughter’s Journey in the Afterlife. Paula resides in Cooperstown and is a co-founder of Lightwork Education & Wellness Center, a K-8 private school with a holistic approach to education. There, she teaches her Medicine Wheel & Me® and MindShop curriculum to children and teens.