Our Team

Sacred Treehouse is blessed to have an incredible team of knowledgable professionals willing to share their insight and guidance to all who seek spiritual growth and inner peace.  

Patty Thomas Shutt, Psy. D.

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Dr. Shutt, founder of Sacred Treehouse, is a licensed psychologist and co-owner of Therapeutic Oasis of the Palm Beaches in Boca Raton. Dr. Shutt has over 15 years of experience working with individuals and groups to improve mental and emotional functioning. She is a deeply compassionate, genuine, and active therapist who helps individuals with a range of difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma related difficulties, stress management, and lifespan adjustment issues. She works in collaboration with her clients to create desired changes and reach important goals for lifelong mental wellness and believes everyone should live a life filled with love, health, peace and personal fulfillment.  

Dr. Shutt works hard to transform her dreams into substantive realities. Sacred Treehouse is a representation of this personal work and her deep desire to help others do the same in their life. Dr. Shutt’s personal journey led her to the teachings of Sri Eknath Easwaran, who offered all the tools necessary for living a life of meaning and purpose. She has studied much of Easwaran’s work and participated in several retreats sponsored by his Blue Mountain Center of Meditation. Additionally, Dr. Shutt has engaged in many workshops at the Omega Institute in New York to further her own personal growth. Her commitment to life-long learning and growth is apparent when working with individuals and groups. She truly practices what she teaches. Dr. Shutt is dedicated to bringing meditation and peaceful living to all who are interested.

(To make an appointment to see Dr. Shutt for professional services, call The Therapeutic Oasis at (561) 278-6033 to book a phone or in office consultation)

Alyana Ramirez, E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Yoga Therapy Candidate

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Alyana has been teaching adults and teens since 2012.  She believes that improving our relationships with both ourselves and those around us often starts with creating a more positive and accepting relationship with our bodies.  Her biopsychosocial approach to teaching is influenced by her background in ashtanga vinyasa, restorative yoga, Vipassana meditation, and therapeutic techniques for restoring physical and emotional wellness.  She has studied yoga for mental health with Dr. Ghada Osman and Bo Forbes, trauma with David Emerson, is certified in Dr. Fishman’s Method for Osteoporosis, and has additional training in working with disordered eating and body image issues, chronic pain, pelvic floor health, and cardiovascular disease.  Her SAFE Yoga program, created at the Sacred Treehouse, emphasizes the importance of celebrating the individual to ensure that they can find balance, connection, and wellbeing in their yoga practice.

“Yoga has become an integral part of my life, and my greatest joy comes in helping students discover the peace that comes from regular practice, both on and off the mat.

Ashley Leising, LMHC

Ashley Leising, LMHC, is both a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Personal Trainer.  She has a unique gift for energizing and motivating even the most resistant individuals.  At Sacred Treehouse, she’s paired her passion for healthy living with her experience working alongside individuals to improve their emotional well-being.  The result is a specialized approach to personal training that encourages clients to be fully present and mindful during the physical experience.  Through individual training sessions and her sensitive approach, she hopes to connect with, motivate, and energize individuals to incorporate movement into their daily lives for joy and as part of a greater mind-body-soul connection.

Anni Johnston, LMHC-S, BC-D/MT, CEDS, CYT

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After receiving her Masters in Psychology at the California State University at Hayward, Anni began her experience in the field of psychology working in research at the University of California, San Francisco and the California Department of Health in Family Therapy and Health Psychology respectively. She then returned to work on a second masters’ degree in Dance Movement Therapy to become a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist. After working 9 years as a Group and Creative Arts Therapist in Adolescent Psychiatry and with chronically mentally ill adults, she left inpatient psychiatry to co-found The Body Positive, a nationally recognized eating disorder prevention non-profit where she developed outreach programs, led pre-teen and teen support groups, lectured, and produced award-winning educational videos. After moving to South Florida, Anni joined the team at Therapeutic Oasis of the Palm Beaches as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Movement Therapist.  In addition to her therapy work, Anni has also taught Authentic Movement and led Dance Therapy workshops throughout South Florida.  Anni has advanced training in Authentic Movement from the Authentic Movement Institute, Chacian Dance/Movement Therapy, and is a Certified Kripaula Yoga Instructor.

Hansa May, Massage Therapist (FL MA49779)

A creative and intuitive spirit, Hansa May brings forth a unique and extensively developed style with an impressive array of massage and wellness techniques, as well as an extensive knowledge base of healthy lifestyle practices. She creates a space for clients to find ease and comfort through dynamic, healing touch. Hansa’s desire to join the healing profession began with her own personal triumph over illness. When she was eight months old, she was diagnosed with polio. Unable to walk, Hansa’s parents turned to Ayurvedic medicine and massage to facilitate her healing. Having experienced the power of therapeutic touch, Hansa has since been dedicated to a holistic lifestyle that includes bodywork, yoga, meditation, and a vegetarian raw food diet.

Hansa has practiced in England and Australia before moving to Florida to join the staff of the Hippocrates Health Institute.  As residential manager, she crafted individual treatment plans for patients, which encompassed a variety of natural therapies. Hansa has a strong belief in the power of human touch and the body’s ability to heal through therapeutic touch. Through massage and caring communication, she helps others tap into their body’s innate wisdom. Her massage techniques promote relaxation, pampering, healing and rejuvenation.

Clara Bossie, LMFT

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Clara’s love for education, children and families is evident in her career achievements. She has earned both a Bachelor’s Degree in Exceptional Education with a special focus on Mental Disabilities and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with special focus in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. As a licensed educator, she worked closely with Very Special Arts (VSA), Special Olympics, and Autism Speaks. Clara has over 10 years of experience treating a variety of social-emotional challenges, behavior issues, developmental disorders and addiction. Additionally, Clara enjoys helping children and families as a child ‘Coach’, using a mix of traditional and creative methods to improve family relationships and help children cope with changes and challenges.

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In collaboration with Sacred Treehouse, Clara has developed a series of lectures, book studies and workshops designed to bring harmony to family life.  Clara also practices and teaches yoga.  She obtained her E-RYT 200 certification through the Yoga Alliance.  Both parents and children have the opportunity to benefit from her wealth of experience, practical skills and innovative approach.

Christie Caggiani, RDN, LDN, CEDRD-S


Christie’s mission has been to work with individuals and families on their journey toward a balanced and fulfilling life with food, and to challenge the intense cultural and societal pressures around eating and bodies. Her mindfulness-based, non-diet approach allows clients to identify, understand and move beyond their eating struggles, as they reconnect with their internal signals of hunger and satiety. She is passionate about teaching clients to eat intuitively and move joyfully. As a Nutrition Therapist, Ms. Caggiani speaks regularly to groups of children and adults, and counsels individuals in such areas as disordered eating, eating disorders, preventive nutrition, women’s health, and wellness. As part of Sacred Treehouse Creative Expression series, Christie has designed a series of fun and educational nutrition and cooking workshops for both children and teens. She also offers cooking and nutrition workshops for adults.

Dr. Nicole Friedman, CEDS

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Dr. Friedman is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder of the Therapeutic Oasis of the Palm Beaches. Dr. Friedman earned her degree in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University. She has also been intensively trained in EMDR and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dr. Friedman specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mood disorders, addiction, and personality disorders. Caring and compassionate, she strives to help her clients cultivate their life worth living. Dr. Friedman has created a Living Up to Your Values workshop and the Eating In the Light of the Moon bookstudy especially for Sacred Treehouse.

Cathi Marcus

Cathi Marcus, ICF Certified Divine Intelligence Coach, is an intuitive, experienced coach (20+ years) with a heartfelt presence and interest in your personal transformation. A graduate of the University of Florida and of The Divine Intelligence Institute in Texas, Cathi is certified as a facilitator of the Divine Intelligence Process.

One of Cathi’s greatest assets is the safe and warm space she offers you to connect with your deepest truth. This presence is based, in part, on her Siddha Yoga meditation practice. Cathi regularly engages in and embraces the spiritual practices of meditation, yoga, contemplation and study, and selfless service and, as a result, has the wisdom to guide others on their individual paths.

Cathi is a lifelong learner and has attended programs like the TLEX Mind Matters program where she learned empirically validated breathing techniques to change the way you feel about, perceive and handle life’s challenges and opportunities. Her “why” for getting up each day is to live more consciously, purposefully and joyfully and to help as many other people live that way as well.