The Women with Wings Foundation is a teaching non-profit and 501 (c)(3) recognized organization that bridges the gap between the science and technology of medicine and holistic patient care by offering healing arts programs, products and services that can easily be integrated into a provider's existing protocol. Our products and services use all forms of art to inspire cancer, chronic pain patients and their families to heal emotionally, spiritually and physically. Discovering one's creative instincts brings empowerment, joy, faith and hope to the healing process.
Patricia Varga’s Creativity Workshops Help Individuals Meet the Challenges of Career and Life Transitions
A 25-year veteran of publishing and media, Patricia Varga (’79) has worked in sales, marketing, and content development for companies such as Times-Mirror, Tribune Co., Conde Nast, Hachette, Hearst, and The Economist Group. She also has worked for The New Yorker, The Economist/economist.com, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Outside Magazine, and The Los Angeles Times in sales and marketing. Currently, she is a partner with Professional Social Networks Inc., a social media company that provides professional social networks for chief information officers (www.ciozone.com) and chief financial officers (www.cfozone.com). Patricia helps corporate executives reach out to their peers to solve problems, exchange ideas, and keep up with changing trends.
Patricia is also the founder of A Woman with Wings (www.womanwwings.com), an organization and a social networking website that fosters creativity, compassion, and leadership skills in young girls and women. Wings was originally started to benefit organizations and causes that raise the status of women and children. It has evolved into a community of women for women who use their creativity and compassion to give back. Patricia also works with Haven House, a domestic violence crisis shelter, where she teaches creativity to abused women in transition. Similarly, at the Glendale Adventist Cancer Center, Patricia leads creativity workshops for patients with cancer and their families.
Patricia’s creativity workshop, “The Journey Within,” represents many years of personal research, writing, an witnessing how creativity (writing, drawing, and imaging) helps people heal on many different levels. By exploring a series of exercises, Patricia guides participants to define themselves, their lives, their wishes and dreams, and to move with -- rather than against -- the inevitable challenges that everyone faces at various life stages. The benefits of this workshop to individuals in transition can be great – self-insight, clarity, relief from stress and anxiety. Patricia’s overall goal for the workshop is to help participants feel connected and grounded in a way that allows for the best possible decisions.
Many of the principles that Patricia covers in her workshops at Haven House and Glendale Adventist Cancer Center can assist professional women navigate their career and life choices as well. Patricia says that the simple techniques used with pen and paper are meant to allow the participant to “get beyond the critical mind and ego to that creative and wise place within where they can see themselves and their lives clearly.”
Article Source: April 2010 Stanford Professional Women of Los Angeles Newsletter Page 3
Because integrative medicine and whole-patient care are now becoming more prevalent and sought after by patients, we offer The Create to Heal Train-the-Trainer program to hospitals, cancer and chronic pain centers and addiction clinics. The program encourages and empowers medical students, residents, nurses, doctors and other healthcare providers to use their natural instincts and listening abilities while tapping into the principles of The Create To Heal Program. The curriculum is based upon years of working with cancer and chronic pain patients, their families, pain management specialists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, chaplains, social workers, psychologists and hospital administrators.
During these years, Founder Patricia Varga witnessed the power of creativity, how it helps people to heal during the health challenges they face. When people "communicate from the heart," they have the opportunity to change their life and the lives of others. The goal of Train-the-traineris to teach health care providers how to prevent burnout and extend compassionate, holistic care to themselves first, then to their patients and family members.
We often hear that sharing is the best part of the Create to Heal class or workshop. Sharing and listening are both acts of compassion and compassion leads to healing. Healing on any level begins with hope. Create to Heal also respects patients' and their families' religious and spiritual beliefs. These beliefs can have a great impact on one's ability to heal and can influence a patient's ultimate outcome.
By now, some form of Create to Heal has been experienced by thousands of people going through serious illness and disease, chronic pain fear and anxiety. The benefits and results to you the provider are several-fold:
First of all, the program is turnkey. We train your staff to build a healing arts and survivorship program. Create to Heal enhances your standing in the community as a leader in whole patient care.
Other benefits include:
Stress reduction: The overwhelming fear and anxiety of going through cancer, chronic pain or addiction can be drastically reduced through Create to Heal. Now patients are in an optimum mindset to receive treatment and to recover.
Sense of Community: Pain, cancer and addiction can be isolating experiences. Create to Heal offers a consistent and safe place for patients to communicate and express their feelings and emotions with others faced with similar challenges. Another benefit is an ongoing sense of community and belonging. Treatment is over, now what? Patients need a community to return to.
Empowerment: Creativity helps patients regain their sense of power during a time when they feel powerless. They become mindful, tuned in to what they are going through and participate in their healing process. Communication skills are improved, provider and family relationships are improved.
A Shift in Perspective and Outlook: Through the creative process, patients see the good in what they are going through … a positive attitude helps achieve a positive outcome.
The Create to Heal program is also a wonderful way to enhance compassionate care with staff members. Stress and burnout are ongoing topics in medicine. Our simple techniques can easily be integrated into a busy day, offering relief from a fast paced, intense environment.
If you or your organization is interested in ourTrain-the-Trainer program, please contact The Women with Wings Foundation at (626) 403-7575 or via email click here.
The Women with Wings Foundation is a teaching non-profit and 501 (c)(3) recognized organization that bridges the gap between the science and technology of medicine and patient care by offering healing arts programs, products and services that can easily be integrated into a provider's existing protocol. Our products and services use all forms of art to inspire cancer, chronic pain patients and their families to heal emotionally, spiritually and physically. Discovering one's creative instincts brings Joy, Faith and Hope to the healing process.
Our extended mission includes supporting the efforts of chaplains, hospice and oncology nurses and staff. Stress reduction for the provider is as important as it is for the patient.
Our goal is to offer the highest respect and compassion to providers and caregivers on the front lines of healthcare and to their patients and families who are dealing with the enormity of a diagnosis that is often challenging, overwhelming and life-threatening.
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Patricia's career in sales, marketing and content development includes working with some of the finest publishing companies: The Economist Group, Hearst, Hachette, Time, Inc., Conde Nast, Rodale, Times-Mirror and Mariah Media, publishers of Outside Magazine.
Her love for the creative process, years of education and experience led her to "scribble and doodle" her way to discovering a teaching method that allows people to "get out of their heads and into their hearts," where the healing process begins. Her work is now being taught in over 800 domestic violence shelters around the world, through A Window between Worlds (awbw.org) and her signature Create to Heal (TM) program is being used in hospitals and cancer centers in Southern California, the Pacific Northwest and East Coast.
Patricia is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard's Publishing Program, now being taught at Columbia School of Journalism. She continued her love for the creative process and visual communication through Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA.
Mauro W. Zappaterra, MD, PhD | Chief Medical Officer
Mauro W. Zappaterra, MD, PhD graduated from Harvard Medical School and specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a particular focus on optimizing human performance through regenerative medicine, nutrition, mind-body exercises, mind-training, and biofield therapies.
He completed his PhD at Harvard, studying neuronal stem cells and the effects of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in brain development and in adults. He has published numerous scientific and medical articles and his work on the CSF was chosen as the cover image for the prestigious Neuron journal. He has been featured in the New England Journal of Medicine in regards to teaching medical students about living with life threatening diseases and in Psychology Today on an article titled “Joy: The Art of Loving Life."
He combines his training in rehabilitation medicine, evidence-based research, nutrition, and various complementary and alternative medicine modalities such as polarity therapy, reiki and biodynamic craniosacral therapy to work holistically with individuals to optimize their potential and improve their quality of life.
Colleen Coleman | Treasurer
Colleen Coleman is a communications specialist with over 20 years of experience in community and public relations, marketing, and business development for environmental, architecture, civic and arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Her strengths lie in successful development of new markets, business planning, fundraising, and strategies for beneficial collaboration. Throughout her career, she has supported organizations that have pioneered the concepts and practice of sustainability. She is often called upon to increase an organization's visibility and develop partnerships between like-minded organizations. Colleen is also the Board Treasurer for Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute, and a Board Member of Columbia Riverkeeper. Colleen lives and works in Hood River, Oregon.
Carolyn Cooper | VP, Medical Liaison
Carolyn Cooper is a RN, Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with 30 years of experience in a variety of settings. Carolyn started her career at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic caring for patients with Head and Neck cancers. She moved to California to work at UCSD Pediatric Intensive Care unit as a staff nurse, administrative nurse and clinical nurse specialist where she developed numerous programs including a Pediatric Oncology Nurse Certification program. She received her Masters degree as a Family Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and Family and Pediatric Nurse practitioner from the University of San Diego and worked in (General Pediatrics) private practice for 10 years. Relocating to the Bay Area brought her again to a tertiary care center at Stanford Children's hospital as a PNP in Hematology Oncology.
As a stage 3 breast cancer survivor, undergoing surgery, chemo and radiation therapy, Carolyn has developed a passion for a holistic approach to patient care. Carolyn meditates daily and is pursuing a Healing Touch Certification.
Trina Marie Smith | Director of Development
Trina Marie Smith started her career as a pre-school teacher then studied Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA. Through her work with a teen parenthood prevention program, she found a perfect marriage between her interests in adolescent development and social justice for communities of color. This program developed into a non-profit and in 1995 became TEEN FUTURES, a youth empowerment organization committed to interrupting the cycles of disadvantage. Trina served as Executive Director since its inception and continues in an advisory role.
Trina brings a wealth of non-profit experience to Wings, along with excellent leadership and organizational skills. She is currently the executive director for The Foundation for Living Beauty, livingbeauty.org, a non-profit based in Pasadena, CA that is dedicated to uplifting the lives of cancer survivors and women living with cancer.
Chaplain Mary D. Farah | Secretary
Chaplain Mary Farah was born in Beirut, Lebanon and as a child, experienced some of the best and worst in humanity. At age 12, her home was bombed, but her family escaped harm and found refuge. During the Lebanese War, Mary’s innate compassion and caregiving skills emerged.
Chaplain Mary began her education in Beirut, but finished here in the States, receiving her MA in Religious Studies and Certified Family Education at Andrews University, and her Clinical Pastoral Education at Stanford Medical Center. Part of her education and “ministry” at Stanford included a residency in Spiritual Care Services, attending to bone marrow transplant and cancer patients.
Mary has extensive experience working as Chaplain for Adventist Health System at Florida Hospital and Adventist Health West, directing Spiritual Care, Community and Volunteer Services at Adventist Health Hospice of Southern California.