Her journey began at a young age when she was introduced to the power of transcendental meditation and underwent a radical lifestyle shift, embracing yoga, herbal medicine, and the Ayurvedic diet. As part of a U. S. military family, she had the opportunity to explore the diverse ways of living, eating, and perceiving the world.
After working for the Navy in a stress research lab for four years, Rita pursued graduate school and earned her Master’s degree in physical therapy in 1997. In 2001, she established Integrative Wellness, LLC, a private practice based in the Washington DC area. Over the years, Rita has accumulated numerous certifications and trainings in various healing practices, including lymphatic drainage therapy, craniosacral therapy, biomechanics, neurophysiology, energy medicine, pranayama, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, Reiki Master Teacher, Ayurveda, and the Feldenkrais Method.
Rita’s Connection to Nature
Rita’s deep connection with nature is evident in her role as a leader of an integrative nature school for both children and adults. Together with her 14-year-old son, she has embarked on extensive journeys through the United States National Park system since 2016. Having explored over 265 national parks and monuments, she continues to lead nature studies in the National Park system. Her practices have been enriched by the shamanic traditions from her Filipino and Nordic ancestors, which have become an integral part of her holistic approach to healing. Her gift as a medical intuitive was deeply shaped by her living in nature, helping her to manage her sensitive and empathic inner nature.
Diverse Healing Experience
Throughout her career, Rita has worked with a diverse range of populations, including general orthopedic injuries, pre and post-surgical care, veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, active-duty military and diplomat families navigating loss and transitional issues, individuals with bruxism, chronic pain, acute and chronic edema (with a particular focus on breast cancer), and acute and chronic inflammatory conditions. She also specializes in women’s pelvic floor health.
NAOMI Healing Method
From her life experiences and decades of practice, Rita developed the NAOMI Healing Method, an integrative, balanced, and unique approach to wellness and health. NAOMI Healing incorporates Nature’s rhythms, Awareness-based practices, Observation with curiosity, movement, and integration. These elements draw from the wisdom and teachings of Eastern traditions and the academic knowledge of Western traditions, creating a safe and inclusive space for all who participate in her classes. Rita leads group sessions for self and group healing and offers individualized care.
Rita’s mission is to create safe spaces both inside and out, allowing individuals to awaken their inherent healing potential. By doing so, they can nurture optimal health and happiness for themselves, their families, and the world around them. Rita derives great joy from inspiring people to transform through nature exploration, yoga, mindful movement, spiritual journeys, and the expressive arts.