Healing Garden Staff

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Margaret Koch, BS, Executive Director, has a deep understanding and passionate commitment to the Healing Garden which stems from a long and active role as an officer on the Board of Directors. She brings great enthusiasm and expertise to implement the strategic plans for expanding The Garden to include all those affected by cancer, and those interested in learning to live well. She previously served as the Manager of Cancer Services at the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital-Bethke, following many years in clinical trials research in the field of oncology. Margaret@HealingGarden.net

Brianne Carter, LICSW, MTS, Co-Director of Wellness & Integrative Care, joins The Healing Garden bringing an expansive breadth of experience and expertise to help support our growing client community and foster the expansion of our remarkable programs and therapeutic services. Following a Masters Degree in Theology from Harvard Divinity School and a Masters in Social Work from Smith School for Social Work, Brianne worked in community mental health, Emerson Hospital, and the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital-Bethke. Brianne@HealingGarden.net

Marcia Lewin-Berlin LICSW, AHPC-SW, Co-Directorof Wellness and Integrative Care comes to us with more than 10 years of clinical experience in home based hospice and palliative care. Her private practice and group facilitation practice spans the last 25 years. Her focus is to provide clinical support to patients with life changing illness and their families utilizing skills in family systems work, EMDR and strength perspective counseling. She is a Masters Level Reiki practitioner and uses mindfulness practices in her work with groups and with clients. She brings her whole heart and her life work as a empathic listener to everything she does at the Garden. She currently runs four ongoing support groups at the Garden.


Kelly Marchand, Care Coordinator, is a warm and vital presence at The Healing Garden. Kelly joined the Healing Garden in June 2015 is the the key contact and liaison for our clients and therapists, helping them to understand our programs and services, schedule appointments and manage the day to day operations. Kelly welcomes you to reach out! Kelly@HealingGarden.net
Alison Peterson, BS, Business Manager, joined The Healing Garden in January 2013. For the past decade, she has been a volunteer board member for several nonprofits — including the Arlington Education Foundation and John A. Bishop Parent Teacher Organization. In 2012, she was named East Coast Region Outstanding Financial Advisor for the MIT chapter of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. Her career spans from beginning with Ernst & Young to serving as the treasurer for four political campaigns in Massachusetts; and she is thrilled that it has ultimately brought her to work at The Healing Garden. Alison@HealingGarden.net
Nanci Bishop, Director of Development, is thrilled to join The Healing Garden. She brings with her over 30 years of Business Development in the Financial Services area. She has been responsible for creating large social events, attended by several hundred, in the local area to promote businesses and celebrate community. With a deep and enthusiastic commitment to Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley which promotes service above self, she has created and hosted successful fund raisers. She is genuinely invested in all facets of growth at The Garden and looks forward to watching it continue to expand and thrive. Nanci@HealingGarden.net

Maria LaCreta, Lesley University Expressive Arts Intern. Maria is very excited to beat the Healing Garden this year. She has a breadth of experience in teaching in the visual arts from a variety of classes at deCordova, to being adjunct faculty at Mt. Ida College. In addition, she has most recently worked in home health and hospice care, as well as running a number of supportive groups at her first clinical placement last year. Maria has a distinct interest in working with clients around topics regarding the merger of where physical health needs meet mental health wellness, and how to navigate it all mindfully. Maria@healinggarden.net



You are a person, not a disease, and you can live well with cancer, and beyond. We are here to help you.

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