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The Center for Healing and Expression was born out of a shared vision between Ian Wilkerson and Shelley Tsao, inspired by the legacy of Ian’s late mother, Michele Newmark. Michele was a renowned Reichian therapist, nutritionist, and healer who devoted her life to helping others achieve holistic wellness. She owned and operated the original Center for Healing and Expression in San Francisco, CA, where she touched many lives through her compassionate care and innovative therapies.

Ian and his mother often dreamed of creating a collaborative space for healing that would bring together a community of healing arts practitioners. In April 2016, after Michele’s passing, Ian and Shelley expanded the center’s reach, with in-person services in California, Idaho, and virtual offerings available worldwide.

Ian and Shelley combined their extensive backgrounds in music therapy, holistic healing and operations to create a unique multi-modal wellness and learning organization. Dedicated to fostering holistic well-being through a network of practitioners and teachers. We offer a wide range of services designed to support individuals and communities in their journeys toward better health, growth, and fulfillment. We are committed to providing integrative services and products that promote expression, creativity and personal sovereignty.

Our logo symbolizes Michele’s legacy with a hummingbird, representing resilience, adaptability, and the pursuit of joy and beauty in life. It reminds us to be present, playful, and to cherish each moment.

Today, the Center for Healing and Expression stands as a testament to Michele Newmark’s legacy and the collaborative vision of Ian and Shelley. It serves as a sanctuary for those seeking holistic wellness, creative expression, and a supportive community, continuing to inspire and heal individuals worldwide. Together, we can create a world where everyone has the opportunity to express their true selves and achieve their fullest potential.

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At the Center for Healing and Expression, we empower individuals to explore their unique paths to wellness and creativity through holistic practices. We provide a supportive community that fosters personal sovereignty, authentic relationships, and the freedom to express and heal.


To cultivate a global network of holistic practitioners dedicated to enhancing well-being through creativity, community, and holistic healing. We envision a world where every individual feels empowered to express their true self and find harmony in mind, body, and spirit.


  • Holistic Wellness: We believe in treating the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—through integrative and complementary practices.

  • Sovereignty: We honor and respect each individual's autonomy and unique journey toward healing and self-discovery.

  • Community: We foster a supportive and inclusive community that encourages connection, collaboration, and mutual growth.

  • Creativity: We embrace and nurture creativity as a vital component of self-expression and personal transformation.

  • Empowerment: We strive to empower individuals to find their voices and strengths, guiding them toward self-empowerment and resilience.

  • Compassion: We approach our work with empathy, kindness, and a deep commitment to understanding and supporting others.

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