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Joy's Holistic Healing Team


We are a diverse group of humans who are committed to serving others. We come from a variety of professional industries who share a desire to do good. The individuals below are a small part of a greater community who support and celebrate our work.  

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Rev. Denise (Joy) Ridner

Reverend Denise Joy is the founder of Joy's Angels and is passionate about helping others on their healing journey.


Denise Joy has extensive experience in many holistic modalities including specific training for cancer patients.  She is an ordained minister, licensed massage therapist, reiki master, energy worker and end of life doula.


Dog of Compassion

Doc the newest member of Joy's Angels started his first week at OHS . His name stands for Dog of Compassion. He provides patients with comfort during their treatments.  Some of the ways Doc helps patients is he brings them joy and comfort by taking their minds of stress of what they are going through. Doc also has ability to lower blood pressure and comforting bring comfort and easy. 


Joy's Angels has a fleet of fur friends at OHS . A team of Dogs of Compassion. These four leggers provide patients with comfort during their treatments.  Some of the ways our Doc's helps patients is when they bring their cold wet noses in for kisses. Each one of  them brings  joy and comfort by taking their patients minds off of the stresses patients are going through. Animals also have the ability to lower blood pressure and also bring comfort and easy. 


Mariam Khafi-Tahhan

Licensed massage therapist since 2009, Certified oncology massage therapist since 2010, Reiki master, Sound healer, Cranio Sacral therapy, and Somato Emotional release.


Lourdes Rosario-Ganguzza

Lourdes is a Medical Aesthetician with almost 20 years of experience working in the field of Medical Spa, Dermatology and Plastic surgeon. She has experience in many different skin care modalities such as, Medical Grade Facials and Body Treatment.  She holds certification for Permanent make-up and Mastering a Oncology Aesthetician Training.  Using Skin Care Therapy,  Lourdes wants to provide her experience and healing touch to Comfort Cancer Patients and their Caregivers on their Healing Journey. 


Nicole Magliaro 

Nicole is an RYT 200hr certified yoga instructor through Three Sisters Yoga in New York City and is currently working toward an advanced 500hr certification, studying at Become One Wholness in Lyndhurst. She is also kids yoga and yin yoga certified.  Nicole has taught vinyasa and hot yoga as well as yin and restorative, which have become her favorite. As she continues to study the brain and body, Nicole has taken a functional approach to teaching as well. She believes that yoga is for everyone and is passionate about bringing the practice to all ages and populations. Nicole's meditation classes are focused on the breath and include guided visualizations.

Rama Jonnalagadda

In 2015, Rama completed a teacher training at Nirvana Yoga and Wellness Center in Montville. She has also taught yoga at Montville Library for seniors. Since 2015, she has taught chair yoga classes at three different Adult Day Care Centers. Two years ago, she opened a yoga studio in Lake Hiawatha. Rama teaches meditation, Hatha yoga, Yoga nidra, Laughter yoga, and Mudhras. Sun salutations are her specialty as well as pranayam, kids yoga, and prenatal yoga. Rama loves to teach! Namaste. 

Krista Scott


Krista is graduate of SUNY Purchase Art school in New York. Krista earned a 4 year degree in Fine Arts. Her passion teaching art started in 1998 to all ages. As a Camp Art teacher, she landed an art teaching position in Bedford, New York. After working there for a few years, she worked with many private schools as an After School Art Teacher. She started a party business with art incorporated. Since art has always been her first love and passion a new chapter has started. In 2018 she became a self published author and illustrator to her first children's book Ollie. She has developed a passion to excite young readers by providing colorful pages and playful characters that engage children in the reading experience.  In 2019, Krista had been faced with Breast Cancer and soon became a patient at Joy's Angels Healing Center. The love and support that she found from all the amazing people who work there inspired her to become a member and volunteer for “Joy’s Angels, in Mountain Lakes, NJ.  She has been doing Art as therapy for young and old, which gives them something to focus on and also to help their healing process. Painting classes and other great activities the center provides are some of the many reasons why you will love being a part of this journey.

Ruth Ratliff,  VSTCP

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Ruth Ratliff, VSTCP, voice professional, sound healer, author and inspirational speaker. Her work is centered on the belief that the power of voice and sound can be an instrument of expression, healing and sacred connection. She uses a holistic approach, combining science and spirituality to help her clients access a conscious transformation to lead a healthy, fully expressed life.


Ruth Ratliff is a licensed, certified Vibrational Sound Therapist and holds certifications in Vocal Sound Healing and Shoden Reiki. Ruth has been a singer, performer and workshop leader for many years and a holistic voice teacher for the past 20 years. She studied vocal performance and pedagogy at Mannes Music College and Westminster Choir College. Ruth’s book “The Voice of Women’s Wisdom” can be found on

Elizabeth Sherpa,


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Elizabeth is a nationally certified NCCAOM diplomate and Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of New Jersey. She is a graduate of the Eastern School of Acupuncture where she trained in a variety of acupuncture styles including traditional Chinese, Japanese, Trigger point and Five Element.  Elizabeth has continued her education with Master Teachers Susan Johnson and Dr. Henry McCann, focusing on Master Tung style acupuncture, a style of acupuncture noted for it’s effectiveness and immediate results. She is also a Massage Therapist, Qi Gong Healer and Reiki Master and thus brings a bodyworker’s touch to the art of acupuncture.

“I share your vision of a life without pain and illness- of a life full of Health and the Vibrancy that is the truth of who you are.  I hold that vision for you even when you can not see it."


Donna Sky, 

License Hairstylist

If chemo treatment finds you losing your hair, let Donna help you to remove the rest in a beautiful private setting specifically designed to give you comfort and complete privacy. She will make the experience less painful and traumatic. At Joys Angels you will experience a spa like atmosphere, soft lighting soothing music and aromatherapy. Donna will conclude your service with a scalp massage with scented oils of your choice and a small gift bag will accompany you when you leave.

Please feel free to contact Donna for an appointment or with any  questions you may have.

Donna can be reached at 973-886-0438

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