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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Hyde Park Resident Changes Career 180 Degrees from Finance to Healing

By Laura A. Hobson
Daniel Snyder

“Plenty of people are doing tax work, not a lot of people are doing healing work,” said Hyde Park resident Daniel C. Snyder.  

Snyder was originally an auditor and tax consultant.  He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Cincinnati.  With that background, he went on to work at such organizations as the State of Ohio Department of Taxation for 14 years and DuCharme McMillen & Associates, a US-based tax consulting company, for 13 years.  Although he was well compensated for his work, he found something missing in his life.  A break-up of a four-year relationship meant he was dealing with emotional issues that go with the end of a committed relationship.  

“A voice in me said I could come out of the pain with knowledge,” Snyder said.  In a conversation with two Procter & Gamble managers, he discovered the book Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins.  It was a book centered on Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  “I read the book and then found training in NLP,” he said.

For six months on the weekends, he traveled to Columbus and became certified as an NLP practitioner.  NLP of the Rockies in Colorado offered the course.  “It came relatively easy to me.  I was drawn to the work and felt a passion for the work,” he said.  

During the training, each weekend featured a different specialist.  One offered additional Shamanic training in Utah.  Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and a way of life. It is a way to connect with nature and all of creation, according to its website.

After the Shamanic training, “I began to realize I was a healer,” Snyder said.

“This is about energy.  I felt energy moving in,” he added.  He still worked as a tax consultant, taking vacations and weekends to obtain training.  He spent two weeks in the desert in Utah and one in Peru.
His journey from finance to healing represented a 180 degree turn from left brain to right brain work.   “I needed to turn my life around.  I wasn’t happy with it,” he said.     
Snyder talked to a nurse friend who took him to a Healing Touch practice group at Xavier University School of Nursing.  “As soon as I stepped in the door, I knew I was in the right place,” he said.  

People often describe ‘aha’ moments.  Snyder found his as he explored knowledge and found energy in the desert.  

He was financially set to sustain a career change.  “It did take courage,” Snyder said.  “I knew I wasn’t happy in the job.”

“There is a calling greater than working for a consulting company,” he added.

Snyder became a certified practitioner in Healing Touch in 1998.  He also received a diploma in medical massage in 2006 from the SHI School of Medical Massage, Lebanon, Ohio.  From 2004 to 2006, he worked from his home.

By 2005, he became a certified instructor from the Healing Touch Program in San Antonio, Texas.  Snyder acquired a four-year diploma in 2015 from the Brennan School of Healing Science, Boca Raton, Florida.  He is now working on his master’s degree from Brennan.

In Healing Touch, practitioners use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and self-healing, according to its literature.
“Everyone does benefit from Healing Touch in all stages of wellness or illness,” he added.

Healing Touch is accepted, validated and utilized in hospitals, hospice, long-term care, integrative health centers, private practices and clinics.  

Snyder has been a Healing Touch instructor at TriHealth since 2016 and has taught formal classes since 2007.  He teaches and trains students, ensuring a consistent informational and complete education in Healing Touch.

After resigning from his senior tax consulting position, he volunteered at Hospice of Cincinnati (2007 – 2012), Redwood Rehabilitation Center, Ft. Wright, Kentucky (2004-2009), Good Samaritan Hospital (2003 – 2009), and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (2016 – 2017).

In 2012, he settled in The Madison House.  “I had dreams about moving to this building,” he said.  
Cancer Family Care contacted him and asked if he wanted to be a provider for patients.  “That was a gift,” he said, which lasted five years.  

Cancer patients continue to be some of his major clients.  Snyder provides support during chemotherapy, strengthens the immune system and creates a sense of well-being, reduces effects of trauma and chronic pain.

In Snyder’s practice, he facilitates pain relief and removal; assists in stress, depression, anxiety relief and removal; engages in the acceleration of post-operative recovery and assists in peaceful transformation.  

When he was working full-time in tax, he had plenty of funds.  “Now, I know I had to budget,” said Snyder.

Janet Mentgen, RN and a holistic nurse, founded Healing Touch in 1989.  It is now an international program taught in a variety of settings.  The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) and the Canadian Holistics Nurses Association (CHNA) endorse Healing Touch.

Of his path to instruct and practice healing touch, Snyder said, “The journey is inward to know who I am and why I am here.”  

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