Meet Your Facilitators
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Heather Haslem, MS, NBC-HWC, RYT

Heather Haslem received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno, in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies. She is a Duke Integrative Medicine trained Integrative Health Coach and a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). Heather is a qualified Mindful-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher. In addition, she is a certified yoga instructor. With over a decade of experience in building programs that enhance whole-person wellbeing, Heather has worked as a program director, researcher, educator, advocate, and leader, always working to enhance the well-being of others. She is passionate about helping people prevent and/or overcome chronic conditions through an integrative approach, and she works to help people age well – at all ages - by working with individuals to understand that the health decisions they make today will impact their future older self.

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"Heather is amazing. We worked together for over two months and during that time I've had major life changes.  With her wisdom, intuitive awareness, and gentle guidance I now exercise every day, eat healthy meals, and drink endless glasses of healthy infused water and lost 15 pounds of the goal of losing 30 pounds. Heather's knowledge, training, and commitment to helping people be more self-aware and her desire to make a difference in the one’s she works with in the world is remarkable. Many times she would know what I was thinking and feeling. It was spooky and reassuring at the same. Heather is a gift to me and the world.  I am truly blessed to have found her and been forever changed by her ability to touch people at a very deep level." - Current Client


Theresa B. Skaar, MA

Theresa B. Skaar is a Ph.D candidate in the Interdisciplinary Social Psychology program at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and a UMASS Center for Mindfulness Qualified (MBSR) Instructor.  Theresa focuses on connection, communication and mindfulness in her research. Specifically, she explores sensitive topics such as grief, aging, and death and dying.  Professors, organizations, and healthcare professionals have invited Theresa to teach and lead sessions on these topics. Theresa is passionate about connection, and the experiences that we all share that can be difficult to talk about. For example, death is a common denominator of being human. Because of this shared, yet infrequently discussed part of life, Theresa is committed to bringing light to these challenging topics. In all of these conversations, she brings her extensive mindfulness training. Her education in this area includes MBSR, mindful eating, and mindful leadership. Theresa is deeply interested in sharing mindfulness practices with others. She leads a monthly meditation group, teaches MBSR, and mindfulness meditation to organizations. When she’s not speaking, teaching, or learning – she enjoys rousing Skip-Bo matches and road trips with her husband Charlie. She maintains her own meditation and mindfulness practice by attending retreats, yoga sessions, and continuously tweaking her morning ritual.  

"Heather and Theresa were absolutely wonderful in presenting evidence-based information in all sessions that is so wonderfully applicable to my personal and professional life. 

-Previous retreat participant


Melissa Piasecki, MD

Melissa Piasecki, M.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry at University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at University of Vermont and a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at University of Hawaii. Dr. Piasecki teaches medical students and residents as well as physicians in practice and legal professionals. Her practice, teaching and research includes implicit attitudes, wellness and burnout among medical and legal professionals.