Lisa and Heidi met when their daughters became fast friends in elementary school. They soon discovered that they had a lot in common besides shared occupations in the field of mental health. Their daughters went on to attend high school together in Maine, and their sons headed out to Colorado for college. A shared love of the outdoors often found both families in the White Mountains, skiing or hiking.
Lisa, a therapist, and Heidi, a psychiatric nurse practitioner managing medications, have worked together in two facilities over the past 16 years. In their experience helping hundreds of clients, Lisa and Heidi came to see the major role that stress plays in the development of many mental health disorders and chronic illnesses. This realization sparked the creation of Do East.
The programs that Lisa and Heidi have developed are designed to help clients discover how to live more mindfully and to better navigate stressful times using integrative and evidence-based strategies. Heidi and Lisa are dedicated to getting people out of the chronic stress cycle and into a life of energy, resilience, and balance.
Meet Lisa Dorval
MSW, LICSW, Qualified MBSR Instructor, CSME
Lisa is a licensed independent clinical social worker with her master’s degree from Boston University and a Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor designation from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Since 1989, she has devoted her clinical work to empowering children and adults to cultivate positive self-worth and create fulfilling lives.
Like many members of the so-called “sandwich generation,” Lisa found herself overwhelmed caring for her three children as well as her aging parents, and had lost the ability to slow down and enjoy life outside of her ever growing and unpredictable to-do list. It was during this period that she fully explored mindfulness and MBSR, and experienced its benefits for herself. This has inspired her to combine her clinical training with mindfulness practices to help people achieve greater balance and serenity in their lives.
Lisa strives to live mindfully and compassionately by cultivating a daily meditation practice and attending annual silent meditation retreats. She has also continued her own education, becoming a Stress Mastery Educator through the American Institute of Stress in 2019.
Meet Heidi Kelleher
PMHNP-BC, NC-BC, CSME
Heidi graduated from St. Anselm College and began her nursing career in the United States Navy. With the onset of the Gulf War in 1990, she was deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm to serve as a critical care nurse. Following her service in the Navy, Heidi worked in several areas including emergency care, cardiology and post-anesthesia care. The late 1990s found Heidi facing personal challenges related to mental health; anxiety, in particular. This experience became a call to action prompting her to begin her Master’s degree program in psychiatric/mental health nursing at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell which she completed in 2003.
Heidi’s role as a nurse practitioner has involved managing the psychiatric medication needs of her clients. It became quite evident that stress is a consistent theme in most of her client’s stories. Therefore, with the intention of providing a more pro-active approach to both mental and physical health, Heidi became an Integrative Nurse Coach through the Integrative Nurse Coaching Association in 2018 as well as a Stress Mastery Educator through the American Institute of Stress in 2019.