Women’s Healing Clinics

Meet the Women’s Healing Clinic Organizing Committees

2015 Womb Wellness & Maternal Health Healing Clinic

CARLA M. PEREZ, Healing Clinic Collective Core member (Bio found on About page)
SAMYIAH FRANKLIN, Healing Clinic Collective Core member (Bio found on About page)
SUZANNE SNYDER, Healing Clinic Collective Core member (Bio found on About page)
SARA FLORES, Healing Clinic Collective Core member (Bio found on About page)

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GINGI ALLEN supports women in their own personal journey and transformation as woman into mother.  Throughout her environmental health and herbal medicine studies, doula and midwifery training, and personal experience with birthing and raising two sons, Gingi remains connected to her essence through dance and compassionate listening.  With deep respect for her ancestors, Gingi continues to learn and share her medicine and intuitive knowledge of herbs, ritual, movement, and womb wellness into the next generations.

Laura M. Perez, CPM, LM
LAURA M. PEREZ
is a midwife and student of curanderismo. She is honored to serve and work with women to heal our bodies and heal the Earth. Laura offers her midwifery services through her business, Espiritu Midwifery, and is the proud mama of a seven year-old named Romero.

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VANDELL
is a queer writer and decolonial herbalist/healer of African and Indigenous Coharie descent. Their work emphasizes revitalizing the remembrance of ancestral languages and knowledge used to connect to the plant, animal and spiritual worlds. In their writing, ceremonial and community resistance work, Van focuses on the empowerment of communities of colors, while bringing significance to the ways settler colonialism of the Americas have impacted people of Indigenous and African descent. Much of their healing work is around the transgenerational traumas that are entrenched in personal and familial traumas common within communities of color.
Currently, Van is one of the core collective members who help run a West Oakland community social center and infoshop called Qilombo, a space that is largely run by and serving the communities of West Oakland. Van is also a member of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC), a community collective working to build and support transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse.
After obtaining their B.A in English, African American studies and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Occaneechi territories), Van began to study under various Elders that greatly surpassed any knowledge they could have gained in academia. Van is part of a small collective that offers counseling to marginalized peoples, borrowing from their organizing with and for Indigenous and Black/African peoples, with survivors of gender violence and people with thought processing and mental/physical health differences.

2014 Richmond Women’s Healing Clinic

CARLA M. PEREZ, Healing Clinic Collective Core member (Bio found on About page)
SAMYIAH FRANKLIN, Healing Clinic Collective Core member (Bio found on About page)
SUZANNE SNYDER, Healing Clinic Collective Core member (Bio found on About page)
SARA FLORES, Healing Clinic Collective Core member (Bio found on About page)
ATAVA GARCIA-SWIECICKI
, Healing Clinic Collective Core member (Bio found on About page)

JoAnn Ford of Building Blocks for Kids advocates for community health in Richmond's Iron Triangle. (Photo by: Jake Nicol)
JOANN FORD
is a Richmond native and has raised 7 children in the Iron Triangle area of the city. After battling several health issues herself, JoAnn has become an advocate for improving health outcomes in Richmond. Through her work with the Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative, JoAnn raises awareness in her community about issues such as access to healthy food and increasing recreational activity.

MARIA MONTES is a mother of 4 living in the Iron Triangle area of Richmond. Originally from Mexico, Maria is often found riding her bike and working with community organizations around community issues ranging from women’s health, economic justice and securing essential services for immigrants and Richmond residents.

2014 East Oakland Women’s Healing Clinic

CARLA M. PEREZ, Healing Clinic Collective Core member (Bio found on About page)
SAMYIAH FRANKLIN, Healing Clinic Collective Core member (Bio found on About page)
SUZANNE SNYDER, Healing Clinic Collective Core member (Bio found on About page)
SARA FLORES, Healing Clinic Collective Core member (Bio found on About page)
ATAVA GARCIA-SWIECICKI
, Healing Clinic Collective Core member (Bio found on About page)

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SHARENA THOMAS
is a proud mother of four children and a dedicated grassroots organizer with roots in San Francisco and Arkansas.  After experiencing police brutality in her own family in 2007 against her brother, Sharena became dedicated to the fight for community safety and police accountability and founded an organization called Please Stop Taking Our People (PSTOP). PSTOP joined the Oscar Grant committee when it formed in 2010.  Later, in 2011, Sharena helped co-found the People’s Community Medics, a collective of nurses, students, parents and other community members. The medics works closely with a network of mother in E. Oakland who have all lost family members to police brutality.
After experiencing the Women’s Healing Clinic in 2013 Sharena joined the Organizing Committee for a future clinic in East Oakland to serve her community.  Sharena is a trained medical assistant and is Red Cross certified in CPR and Wilderness First Aid for the urban environment.

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ANGELA ANGEL
is a healer, medium/channeler and ceremonialist.   She has continued her indigenous lineage as a young traditional healer (Bontoc and Ibaloi tribes- Igorot, Philippines). Angela received a vision directing her to explore how ritual and our innate psychic abilities can translate in the “modern world” as a step to bridge our ancestral knowledge and to begin healing historical trauma. She has since worked to integrate this directly with her social justice work.
Angela began leading meditations intertwined with art and sound therapy techniques at the age of 18.   She is trained in several modalities including in sound healing, art & color and crystal/gemstone therapy.  In 2007 she began studying plant medicine in the Curanderismo tradition.  However she considers her most potent healing work as being a psychic medium.  Angela uses psychic sensing, dreamwork, trance, deep meditation– and combines this with the more sensory modalities in her work.  Angela channels and communicates with ancestors and other beings.  She is a seer and energy reader and travels dimensions in which she interprets visions, messages and dreams for the planet.  She is humbled to serve as a vessel in this lifetime.
Angela has worked for numerous organizations focusing on youth organizing, immigrant rights and ecological justice. These organizations include Movement Generation, Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solutions, Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative, World Bridges, Filipino Advocates for Justice and the Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action.
Angela is also a multi-disciplinary storyteller, designer and art maker.  Her focus has been as a documentary photographer and writer/poet. Angela has covered a wide collage of stories, documenting everyone from musicians to the plight of workers and farmers around the world.  Life itself has been her medium, which has manifested into other disciplines including her work as a mixed-media visual artist, textile crafter and mastering the art/science of place-based gardening/ farming or what is referred to as Permaculture.  She has exhibited and performed across the country and belongs to local art-activists collectives.  Her most recent work, together with painter, Robin David of Bulan Adi Ko (My Sister Moon Collective) explores global issues through neo-realism within the low-brow and street art scene.  Angela is the designer for Nature As Muse, a craft business dedicated to using sustainable materials.  You can find her at otherwaysofseeing.com.

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