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Julie Douglas Kippins

Julie has developed ways of teaching ancient practices that are easy to learn and promote greater understanding of the mind-body connection. Her passion is to help people have a better life by relieving physical symptoms and managing stress. About 20 years ago, her interests led her from the fast-paced business world to healing work. She finds balance between the right and left brain, between the business world and mindfulness, and she loves helping others find that same balance. Julie founded First Health Works, Inc. and has loved every minute of its operation.

Julie has a Bachelors in Education and an MBA from Xavier University. She is a certified Craniosacral Therapist and is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She has trained at the Harvard Medical School in Mind/Body Clinical Practice, with Jon Kabat-Zinn in Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction, in energy work with Rosalyn Gruyere, and as a coach in Biofeedback.

Ellen Foley

Ellen’s affection for the natural world and her connection with the land around her childhood home inspired her to share the property by creating Broadwell Center.


Growing up among horses, dogs, and other pets, Ellen experienced the capability of animals to alleviate stress and bring joy to her life. Her relationship with animals drew her to work with mental health professionals in equine-assisted therapy. Her love for nature led to a career in landscape design and property management.


Ellen has a B.A. in Psychology, a Masters in Landscape Architecture, is Level 1 and 2 certified with Spring Forest Qigong, and has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training. She is a Forest Therapy Guide certified with The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. In addition to her family, several equines including a miniature donkey, a Newfoundland and a very small, white dog of uncertain breed live with her on the property where Broadwell Center is sited.

Opinions expressed on linked webpages do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Broadwell Center.

Broadwell Center is looking for professionals who are interested in providing evidence-based stress relieving activities for our participating groups. ​

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