Healing Arts - Meet Our Staff

The Healing Arts staff at Albany Medical Center has made a paradigm shift from a curative healing approach by providing Healing Touch to patients and employees.  They educate patients and employees on the integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine while focusing on self care for the healthcare provider.

Sharon_Wheeler Sharon L. Wheeler, MS, MT-BC, LCAT, HTCP
As Healing Arts Program Manager, Sharon has developed and implemented a healing environment for patients, visitors, and employees via "The Arts."  By adding relaxation music to patient TV's, creating an art borrowing cart, providing diversional activities, music therapy and healing touch to her patients, she has created a more personalized touch to patient care. Her efforts go beyond treating patients.  She also serves the Medical Center and its employees by instituting 'Muzak' in the lobbies and various units, displaying artwork by employees, and coordinating "Wellness Wednesdays," which are lectures and musical offerings and  helped create employee tranquility rooms.  Sharon has a Master's degree in Health Education, a B.S. and board certification in music therapy,  licensure in creative arts therapy and is a certified Healing Touch practitioner.
Diane_Stredney Diane Stredny, BS, RN, HTCP, CCA
As Healing Touch Program Coordinator, Diane provides Healing Touch for an employee clinic as well as inpatient bedside treatments.  She mentors employees in Healing Touch and provides training and practice groups.  In addition, she coordinates volunteers who administer Healing Touch to inpatients at the bedside.  Diane formerly worked as a dialysis nurse, and has since completed her certifications in Healing Touch and Clinical Aromatherapy.  In addition to practicing Health Touch and Aromatherapy, she also teaches and conducts Reiki as a certified Reiki Master. 

Jennifer L. Kilinski, MT-BC, LCAT
Jenn specializes in pediatric music therapy on a part-time basis under the Starlight-Starbright Foundation Grant for The Children's Hospital.  She continues to work in various school districts providing music therapy based on IEP's.  She is completing her certification as the NICU specialized music therapist.  Jenn also holds level one certification in Reiki.