Our Founder

Mia is certified by Isabell Gatto, founder and teacher of IGM® Intentional Wellness. Isabell was a practitioner of the healing arts from 1973 until retirement in 2016.

She worked as a nurse for a number of years before turning her time and efforts exclusively to training in alternative healing modalities.

She studied Therapeutic Touch with its creator, Delores Kreiger. She studied under Waturo Ohashi at the prestigious Ohashi Acupressure Institute, gaining certification. She gained certification in Jin Shin Jyutsu®, studying under Mary Burmeister, the master in the United States. Isabell has also studied reflexology and aromatherapy and is certified in hypnosis, the latter of which she uses primarily in her work with cancer patients. In addition, she has extensively studied metaphysics.

Isabell is recognized as a Certified Practitioner by the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia, is a senior member of the American Shiatsu Association, and is a member of both the International Association for Human Caring and the American Holistic Nurses Association.

She conducted a private practice in Hawthorne, New Jersey, for over twenty years, and in January 2001, she founded IGM® (Isabell Gatto Method of) Intentional Wellness, a method that draws the best from all of the above modalities. From 2001 to 2015, she, her husband, Jim Gatto, and her staff (including myself) taught the method at a series of intensive three-day classes and at Initiate/Advanced-Level classes.