At the age of 5 years old, I knew my path was already determined for me. I was going to be a Nurse and make a difference in the world. I told anyone who would listen who I was going to be when I grew up. I knew I would be a healing presence, much like the way my grandmother Lillian was to all who met her. She was not a nurse, but she cured people with the simple touch of her hands and love in her heart. She brushed away headaches with a gentle wave of her hands. I was in awe when I watched her. I never knew that what she was doing was considered Energy Healing and that one day I would follow in her footsteps.
My enthusiasm for nursing and aspirations to succeed helped me to graduate at the top of my class as Valedictorian at Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing with a Baccaulareate degree in May of 2003. This prestigious honor granted me a highly coveted position in a New Graduate ICU training program at Boston Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center in Boston, Massachusetts. My career as an Intensive Care Unit Nurse took me to
Andrea Mutascio Mills RN, BSN, CCRN, CHTP,
Usui/Karuna Reiki Master
My Healing Journey
many different hospitals in the next 15 years where I was able to specialize in Oncology, Neurosurgery, Pulmonary, Cardiac, and Surgical Nursing.
After experiencing life in San Diego as a Travel Nurse in 2007, I decided to permanently move to San Diego in early 2010 to continue working in the finest city in America. It was here in San Diego that I was first introduced to Holistic Nursing and Healing Touch. My coworkers, Sierra and Sasipa would utilize Healing Touch on their patients in the ICU. I watched on a few occasions as they practiced Healing Touch on our patients and knew I needed to learn this wonderful technique to help my patients find pain relief and relaxation during their difficult hospital stay.
A twist of fate happened in April 2011. Just days after passing the CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) exam, I woke up one afternoon in a hospital room with no memory of how I arrived there. I was told I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and had been unconscious for the past 12 hours. I spent the new few months fighting horrendous ice-pick headaches and migraines, extreme fatigue, photophobia, and more that accompanied Post Concussive Syndrome. I attempted returning to work only 3 months after my brain injury and suffered through unbearable headaches while putting on a smile and caring for my ICU patients. It was at this time that a friend, Sierra, had begun practicing her new techniques from Level 1 Healing Touch on me to diminish my headaches when we were on our break at work. I was amazed each time she lessened my headache. When my Post Concussive Syndrome worsened and sent me back on disability, she urged me to take Healing Touch Level 1 so that I could learn how to heal myself.
Barbara Brennan, a well known author and Energy Healer said “If you wish to become a healer, you can. Your first challenge is to heal yourself. Focus on that, then focus on finding ways to help others heal themselves. This will lead to your development as a healer. No one can bestow healership upon another. It is something that grows from the inside.” In October 2011, I took my first Healing Touch Level 1 class which propelled me into a life of Love and Healing that was more amazing than I could ever imagine. I realized the same qualities my grandmother possessed as an Energy Healer, were awakened inside of me. “From chaos comes clarity.”
My healing began immediately. I started living my life in perfect harmony, treating myself with daily self -chakra connections, repeating positive affirmations, and reading anything I could find on Holistic Medicine. My headaches quickly faded while my energy grew. I aligned my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being and realized all along I had the innate ability to heal myself. I soon began treating friends and family and sharing this wonderful gift of healing energy with miraculous results. I progressed along the Healing Touch International Certificate Program taking Levels 1-3 quickly, volunteering in the community sharing Healing Touch, and attending Healing Touch support groups. My Traumatic Brain Injury became a blessing in disguise as I found my true calling in life as a nurse and a healer, along with finding balance and wellness.
I became a Healing Touch International Practitioner Apprentice in April 2012 after taking Level 4 Healing Touch with Anne Day, the former president of Healing Touch International (now known as Healing Beyond Borders) I had a one year mentorship, where I completed rigorous training and preparation for my journey to become a practitioner. My mentor was Donna Cahill, who is the Healing Touch Practitioner at Scripps Mercy Hospital. In June 2013, I completed the final level of Healing Touch International Certificate Program, Level 5, to become a Healing Touch International Practitioner. I then completed extra requirements to achieve certification in the summer of 2013 to become a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. It has been the most amazing experience to fulfill my dreams and passion in life.
In September of 2014, I traveled to mystical Sedona, Arizona to attend Reiki 1st and 2nd degree classes to become a Reiki Practitioner. In February 2016, I once again traveled to Sedona to complete advanced training to become a Reiki Master. Reiki has helped to expand my knowledge of energy healing practices. This ancient Japanese hands on healing technique is a wonderful addition to Healing Touch treatments.
I had felt a calling to further expand my knowledge of Reiki and to tap into a higher vibration energy. In March 2018, I took advanced training with the President of the International Center for Reiki Training, William Lee Rand, and became a Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master. Karuna Reiki is a much deeper, divine power of energy. Karuna is a Sanskrit word that means to take compassionate action.
“That is the way it works. Healing starts at home and then holographically threads through the rest of life on the planet. In healing the self, one heals the planet. You find faith, truth, and self-love”.
With 17 years of Intensive Care Unit experience, I am currently a Surgical ICU Nurse at Sharp Memorial Hospital where I help my patients heal after life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Healing Touch and Reiki have become regular treatments for my patients. They exhibit less pain, less anxiety, and an overall sense of well-being after they receive a Healing Touch and Reiki Treatment. In August of 2019, I was awarded The Jim and Sally Haugh Spirit of Caring Award for Sharp Healthcare. This award is given annually to 5 employees out of the 22,000 employees within Sharp Healthcare. The award recognizes the outstanding commitment to serving others above self with compassion and respect. Outside of the hospital, I own a Healing Touch and Reiki practice where I provide my clients with the same relaxation and pain relief that helped to heal myself. I am also a member of Healing Beyond Borders, American Holistic Nurses Association, and American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
My mission is to provide heart-centered, holistic care to others through Healing Touch and Reiki Energy Therapies by addressing the four levels of well-being; physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, while empowering my clients to use their innate healing abilities to find optimal health and wellness.