The Centering for Wellness Board is composed of individuals with a variety of talents and experience. The Board consists of:
- Marjorie Baker Price, RN President
- Dr. Leila Kirdani, MD, Vice-President and Secretary
- Deb Fitch, Treasurer
Marjorie Baker Price, President
Marjorie Baker Price, RN, BSN (with second completed major in English from the State University of New York at Brockport), Certified Hypnotherapist and Level III Reiki Master, is a psychiatric nurse clinician level III with over 9 years of experience at the University of Rochester Medical Center Strong Memorial Hospital specializing in behavioral inpatient, community mental health, chronic care and emergency psychiatric care. She has coordinated psychiatric and hospice discharge planning and patient care for rural community health. In addition, she has developed stress management and recovery programs for a new outpatient alcoholism treatment center.
She has taught at the State University of New York College at Brockport School of Nursing, Nazareth College Center for Lifelong Learning and St. John Fisher College community education center. She has worked as a geriatric nurse at the Jewish Home and Infirmary in Rochester, NY.
In 1987, she founded her private holistic counseling practice. She is a counselor and holistic practitioner as well as a spiritual/intuitive coach, group facilitator, speaker and trainer.
She specializes in regression, relaxation and recovery therapies, shamanic healing, therapeutic journaling, grief counseling, conflict resolution and intuitive/spiritual development. In addition, she has presented numerous staff development seminars through her current holistic counseling practice, on meditation, new leadership skills, hypnosis, therapeutic journaling, and energy healing, including her uniquely synthesized approach, compassionate touch therapy.
She has authored a nationally acclaimed series of audio guided meditation and self-hypnosis recordings as well as several related books and self-study courses on integrative healing and empowerment. Additionally, she has authored an inner child and children's fable, Merinda and the Magic Mirror, which includes a CD recording and two guided meditations; and a book of poems, Willing to be led Toward Your Heart.
She has been a featured columnist with Nature’s Wisdom magazine on counseling and integrated health topics, and was the recipient of the Florence R. Hallauer award for Psychiatric Nursing at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In addition, she coauthored an article for the New York State Nurses Association Journal called "The Spirit of Healing", and has contributed numerous holistic articles to local and national newspapers and magazines, including on line publications.
Marjorie presents numerous related workshops nationwide on self-healing, wellness, recovery therapies, goal achievement, creative expression and empowerment, as well as counseling and consulting for individuals and small groups. She is a sought after public speaker and frequently makes appearances nationally on radio and television.
Debra Fitch, Treasurer
Debra Fitch brings accounting professionalism & a heightened moral compass to our work. Her rich experience working with individuals needing medical and educational attention in Pakistan are inspirational and motivating.
Debra obtained a B.S. in Biology (1977) from Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduation, Debra was hired at the Genesee Hospital where she worked as a histotechnologist in the Pathology Department. While at Genesee Hospital she was awarded two certifications by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Registry as Histologic Technician, and Histotechologist.
From 1988 to 1989, Debra joined an overseas medical agency funded by the United States Agency for International Development in Peshawar, Pakistan. Freedom Medicine was specifically chartered to train and educate military Afghani soldiers, “Mujahedeen’s,” in the administration of medical procedures which helped save lives of the wounded during the Afghan Soviet war. Her experience working in an underdeveloped country such as Pakistan and the cultural differences that existed had a profound affect on her. She administered an annual budget to USAID and she developed a financial reporting format which was adopted by them for use by all contract agencies.
In 1991, Debra completed her program at RIT and received her MBA in accounting. and accrued experience as she worked for various local CPA firms. She performed bookkeeping services, cash management, and human resources support with an emphasis on corporate, partnership, individual and fiduciary income tax accounting.
During this time, Debra also bought LedgerPlus, where she marketed small businesses and individual clientele with a focus on financial reporting and tax reporting compliance. She sold the franchise in 1997. In 1997 she successfully completed all portions of the CPA exam.
After working for several years in a CPA environment, Debra worked from 2002 to 2007 for a local law firm performing daily bookkeeping activities. In this setting, she created a procedural manual for bookkeeping/accounting transaction and activities, she saved the company money by correcting an employee health contribution that was understated for prior years, and finally she brought their real estate account into compliance.
In 2007, Debra revisited the CPA working environment and she is currently working part time for a local CPA with a concentration in areas of tax accounting and bookkeeping management.
Leila Kirdani, MD, Vice-President and Secretary
Medical specializations and areas of interest include:
- Hormone Balancing,
- Adrenal Fatigue,
- Disease Management
- Nutrition Consulting
Dr. Leila Kirdani is the first Physician in Western New York to be Board Certified in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine. She graduated from SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1991 and went on to obtain a Board Certification in Family Medicine from York Hospital, Pennsylvania. Dr. Leila Moved to Rochester in 1997 to complete a Fellowship in Family Systems which allowed her to explore her interest in Family Therapy and Biopsychosocial Medicine. She practiced Family Medicine in Rochester's Inner City for over 9 years.