Pamela Potter

Dr. Potter is a Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher certified in the lineage of Usui, Takata, and Barnett (Reiki Healing Connection) since 1999. As a psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist, in practice she integrates complementary energy therapies (Reiki) with psychological counseling for people facing challenging mental and physical health diagnoses and treatment.

She is an Associate Professor at University of Portland School of Nursing who focuses on teaching and curriculum development in Integrative Health in undergraduate and graduate nursing education. She has taught a Reiki experiential course for undergraduate nursing students and has presented at national and international conferences on approaches for teaching Integrative Health. Her program of scholarly inquiry addresses the integration of complementary alternative medicine therapies into conventional health care.

Little know facts about Pamela Potter……..

Pamela has two grown children: a daughter, Joy Elaine (AKA Joystrous) is an artist in Portland, and a son, Brian Hughes, is a television news writer and  product reporter in Japan.

Her current furry child – Bella, the albino Chihuahua is four years old and adopted Pamela one year ago. Bella loves people. She actually smiles when she is happy and frowns when she is worried. Her bark is little.  When she is really excited to greet you, she just shakes all over! She loves to play fetch with her many small stuffed toys. She is often called “Belly” because her favorite thing is to roll over and have her belly rubbed!

Pamela keeps herself busy in her spare time by knitting sweaters for Bella and baby sweaters for friends. She also enjoys putting together easy jigsaw puzzles and reading young adult fiction. She loves the ocean and walking in the waves. Pamela is currently studying Ayurveda and Yoga and has an unusual taste for avocado chocolate pudding. You can ask her how to make that, I’m sure she knows how.

Pamela believes her interest in nursing is genetic.  With a mother and sister who are nurses and her grandmother wanting to be a nurse, it has to be in her genes. Her mother’s touch could help anyone feel better and Pamela became a nurse to continue that legacy and help people heal.

Just recently Pamela went to India for three weeks to enjoy the lived experience of integrative health. She is very sensitive to healing energy and at several places she visited she could feel the healing vibration from years of prayer and devotion.

Reiki Level 1 Certification – This course presents introductory Reiki, a non-pharmacological, non-invasive energy field therapy, which is offered to patients and others to decrease anxiety and promote relaxation, ease distress and facilitate well-being. Students will participate in experiential opportunities and critically appraise the evidence on effectiveness. This activity provides nurses with the opportunity to acquire the theory and hands-on skill needed to discuss Reiki and practice Reiki Level 1 techniques to reduce anxiety, relieve pain, and promote healing in self and others. Nurses taking this course will receive a Level 1 Notebook, a certificate suitable for framing from the Reiki Healing Connection, and a pin recognizing completion. Nurses will leave this course with a basic foundation for practicing Reiki on themselves and others.

Reiki Level 2 Certification – Reiki Level 2 Certification extends the introductory level practice with three Reiki symbols (empowerment, mental/emotional, and distance) that allows the practitioner to connect more deeply to universal energy and to draw upon the qualities that the symbols represent. These highly effective symbols support healing and expansion in all areas of life, both for the practitioner and others. Students learn how to use the symbols within practice sessions and for distance healing. Participants will receive a Level 2 Notebook and a certificate suitable for framing from the Reiki Healing Connection. Nurses will leave this course with advanced techniques for practicing Reiki on themselves and others. This activity provides students with the opportunity to acquire the theory and hands-on skill needed to discuss Reiki and practice Reiki Level 1 techniques to reduce anxiety, relieve pain, and promote healing in self and others.