Heather Palleiko

“Live creatively and with purpose.” -Amy Shah, MD

HEATHER S. SWEENEY, CMT, GT, AIHM, FOUNDER & CEO SADHANA HEALTH INC., MANAGING DIRECTOR, SIMT

Heather Sweeney (formerly Palleiko) is the Founder & CEO of Sadhana Health Inc., and the Managing Director of Sadhana Integrative Manual Therapies (SIMT), a subsidiary of Sadhana Health Inc. Heather founded SIMT in 2015 when she realized there was a community need for accessible high-quality care for those seeking preventative, holistic, non-invasive well-care.

In addition to her private practice, Heat...

HEATHER S. SWEENEY, CMT, GT, AIHM, FOUNDER & CEO SADHANA HEALTH INC., MANAGING DIRECTOR, SIMT

Heather Sweeney (formerly Palleiko) is the Founder & CEO of Sadhana Health Inc., and the Managing Director of Sadhana Integrative Manual Therapies (SIMT), a subsidiary of Sadhana Health Inc. Heather founded SIMT in 2015 when she realized there was a community need for accessible high-quality care for those seeking preventative, holistic, non-invasive well-care.

In addition to her private practice, Heather worked in integrative medicine at UCLA's renowned Center for East-West Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles where she served as a clinical specialist in manual therapy for 5 1/2 years, treating patients as well as providing instruction to medical students and residents.

Prior to her commitment to UCLA, Heather worked as a manual therapist in a boutique physical therapy practice and taught movement re-education and "deep tissue massage" at a healing arts college in West Los Angeles. Heather specializes in Autoimmune Diseases, Rheumatological Conditions including Fibromyalgia, Head, Neck & Shoulder Disorders, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care. She has had her own private practice accepting patients on a limited basis since 2011.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS
After spending over a decade in the arts (jewelry design & metalsmithing, photography), Heather received her Master Massage Therapist certification from California Healing Arts College in Los Angeles, California. Additionally, Heather is a certified GrastonTechnique® Provider. She is licensed and certified by the California Massage Therapy Council and has been nationally certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Heather is also a member of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) and the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP).

Originally from the Midwest, Heather is a long-time resident of Santa Monica, CA where she resides with her family and their Bernese Mountain Dog, Zeke. She remains actively involved in both professional and community education through public speaking engagements, workshops, and consulting on holistic lifestyle & stress management, and how to incorporate integrative manual therapy into an allopathic medicine setting.

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Where I Work
Licenses
Massage

CA # 33675

Education
2011

California Healing Arts College

Master Massage Therapist

Experience
Bodywork

UCLA Center for East-West Medicine - Clinical Specialist

Work closely with physicians as part of a team approach to complementary integrative patient healthcare, blending western medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Duties include patient care, education, and follow-up. Instruct medical students and residents in soft tissue manipulation (manual therapy techniques) and the benefits of a variety of modalities for the management and treatment of medical conditions. Actively involved with community and caregiver education through public speaking engagements and workshops. Additional areas of interest: MedSEA Facilitation (Medical Social Emotional Arts) Research, Program Development

UCLA Center for East-West Medicine - Clinical Specialist

Myofascial Pain Presenting as Idiopathic Testicular Pain: An Integrative East-West Approach: Reporting two cases of referred myofascial pain presenting as idiopathic testicular pain. Poster Session presentation at 2014 AIHM Conference. Co-Authored with Dr. Andrew Shubov, MD and Dr. Lawrence Taw, MD

UCLA 2015 STAR Award

Awarded in acknowledgment of excellent performance, contributions made, and goals achieved on behalf of the Department of Medicine and Center for East-West Medicine.

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Peter on Jul 07
Heather has the skills and knowledge for a therapy of this kind. The convenience of home treatments is very welcome and eliminates the anxiety of you having to drive or find parking, or fight the ftraffic.
by Anonymous on Jun 17
Seeing Heather is the only thing that controls my migraines. She is a miracle worker.
by Anonymous on Jun 05
Heather conveys both warmth and professionalism. She is both knowledgeable and sensitive to levels of pain. She makes the experience a collaborative one between patient and therapist.
by Anonymous on May 11
Heather is a miracle worker.
by Laura on May 09
Heather is a highly skilled practitioner. She knows bodies and how to fix them. She is also a terrific person!
by Elfreide “Friedle” on May 08
The massages I receive from Sadhana are the best massages I ever received and I am enjoying them now already for 4 yrs. and will not be without them. It was a tremendous help after my car accident. Elfriede Podeyn
by Nina on Apr 29
Heather is an amazing professional person and her manual therapy has really benefitted me over the last 4 years.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Myofascial Release