Mary Ellen Hirschowitz, the founder of The Healer Next Door, is a member of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies, a Reiki Master, a certified Soul Realignment Practitioner, a student of Ayurveda, and a life-long practitioner of meditation. 

She has had a strong interest in healing since childhood. While pursuing a fulfilling career as a voice-over artist and professional writer, she remained true to her desire to heal herself and others, studying with gifted teachers of various healing arts for over twenty-five years. 

While working in the corporate world and the media, Mary Ellen noticed that many people in our culture carry the assumption that spiritual or psychic healing isn't serious and can't possibly have a place in our modern lives. A very practical person herself, Mary Ellen decided to make spiritual healing easily accessible to others as The Healer Next Door.