Meet Our Team


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Founder and Director

Sandra G. Carey, PsyD, MS, HTCP

Sandra is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Nutrition and Health Educator and Healing Touch Certified Practitioner.  She offers client-centered, compassionate, and collaborative therapy believing each person has inherent wisdom to heal, grow, and become. Sandra specializes in issues related to depression and anxiety, grief and loss, women's issues, mindfulness, nutrition and mental health and living vitally throughout the life span.

As a Nutrition and Health Educator, Sandra offers assessment, information, guidance, and support on many issues pertaining to dietary patterns. This enhances the work done in psychotherapy, decreasing symptoms of depression and anxiety, and strengthening mind, body, and soul.  In addition, she offers instruction on choosing healthy foods, cooking meals that meet individual needs, and working through various barriers to a healthy relationship to food and body image, with a focus on Binge Eating Disorder.

Sandra is a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. Healing Touch is an energetic modality that promotes healing at a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level.  She has found this work especially meaningful to assist individuals recovering from trauma, both past and current.  She has used Healing Touch as an adjunct to psychotherapy to quicken healing and deepen recovery.  She also uses Healing Touch to support the healing process from pain and illness in the body.

Sandra’s work is ultimately motivated by a desire to equip others to live with the greatest amount of vitality and balance.  In addition, Sandra enjoys time with her family and thrives as a musician, athlete, healer and loves traveling this life journey with others.


Featured Facilitators

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Jen Frazer

Jen Frazer is a professionally trained yoga instructor currently teaching classes at Shine Studio in Batavia, NAMI in Wheaton, and now the Center for Vitality and Balance in Naperville! Jen is passionate about sharing the healing power of yoga with anyone and especially those who feel shy about yoga because of skill or body image.

One of Jen’s favorite teaching experiences was at a halfway house for women. Many of them had never experienced yoga before and Jen had the privilege of introducing them to a gentle and restorative practice to support them in their daily life. It was her honor to guide this group of women toward self-care and to witness them reconnecting to their bodies through breath and awareness.

Jen’s classes are inspired by the Hatha Yoga style and are great for students at all levels of practice. She strives to create a supportive and nurturing healing space for her students to learn the techniques and philosophy of yoga. Consistent yoga practice creates an opportunity for a deep and nourishing relationship with body, mind and spirit. Jen’s restorative approach to yoga is sure to awaken your muscles, calm your mind, and inspire your spirit.


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Annette Licitra

Annette Licitra is an Integrative Health Coach + Wellness Chef, and owner of Passionette Palate. After spending 12+ years in various corporate finance positions she is now following her true passion – specializing in helping women restore their energy, alleviate digestive distress, and simplify nutrition with easy & nourishing recipes so that they can keep powering through on their journeys. She is passionate about providing unique education experiences and support as you invest in your health so that your body can shine for you!

At the Center for Vitality and Balance, Annette co-teaches classes targeted toward achieving maximum mental health and wellness through the use of nutritious food.

The services she offers through her business include personal health & wellness coaching, personal kitchen tours, grocery store tours, personalized cooking sessions, meal prep workshops, and corporate speaking opportunities.