Our Staff

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Susan Kapadia

Founder and Executive Director

What are the first thoughts that come to mind when a person hears the terrifying words, “you have cancer…?” Most people feel overwhelmed and immediately wonder how they will cope, how they will find answers to their questions, and how … Read More



Renee Mandala

Associate Director

Renee comes to OjaiCARES with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, a Certification in Consciousness, Health and Healing, a Bachelor’s in Social Work, and a lifelong career in human services.  She was a medical social worker at UCLA … Read More


Lori Clark Collins

Lori Collins

Massage Therapist

Lori is a licensed massage therapist with 20 years of experience.  Lori was recently trained in oncology massage and often incorporates Reiki in her massages with our clients. … Read More



Margaret Tarmy

Margaret Tarmy is a Council Circle Facilitator who holds our once-monthly drop-in "Together In Circle" Council meeting. She was drawn to volunteer with OjaiCARES after meeting Renee and Susan. “As someone who had breast cancer years ago, … Read More


Karal Gregory

Reiki Therapist

Karal received her Reiki certification in 2014 and is an Usui Reiki master in private practice here in Ojai. A Virginia native, she worked as a personal fitness trainer at gyms in Virginia Beach and Los Angeles before embarking on a more … Read More


Bailey Gaddis

Licensed Hypnotherapist

Bailey received her Hypnotherapy training through the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, where she graduated with honors. She specializes in pain management, anxiety, stress, and inner child work. In addition to her general Hypnotherapy … Read More


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Michele Delaplaine

Massage Therapist

Michele is originally from Utah, and has been living in beautiful Ojai since 2009. Her massage training began in college with some pre physical therapy classes, then in 1996, she attended the Utah College of Massage Therapy. She has since … Read More



Andre Ripa

André received his Reiki Master certification in 1998. He also went on to study with the respected Tibetan Teacher, Sogyal Rimpoche, author of "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.” Combining this background with a specialized focus in … Read More


Laurel Felice

Laurel brings twenty years of massage and bodywork experience to OjaiCARES. She is trained in oncology massage and is a longtime hospice and therapy dog volunteer.  She offers reiki and cranial-sacral therapy as well with a … Read More


Sharmila Mali

Reiki Master Teacher/Practitioner

Sharmila is a Reiki Master whose energy work is well known in the Ojai Valley.  In addition to Reiki, Sharmila is a licensed massage therapist trained in oncology massage. Our clients are very fortunate to have Sharmila's years of … Read More



Stacy Potter

As Stacy Margolin, my training began as a professional tennis player from 1977-1987. I competed in 25 Grand Slam Championships, including 8 Wimbledon Championships and 10 U.S. Open Championships, with victories over many top 10 players, … Read More

JoAnn Monak

Joann Monek

Front Desk Volunteer

Joann is one the first people that new clients have contact with when they visit the center.  She is very skilled at making our clients feel comfortable and supported. Her many years as the head of nursing at Ojai Community Hospital has … Read More



Leslie Bouche

Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Master of Therapeutic Imagery

  Leslie Bouche is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Master of Therapeutic Imagery. She has long ties to our community and facilitates the guided imagery programs,  "Turning up the Comfort" and "Finding Our Center"   … Read More

Kelli Loughman and her son

Kelli Loughman

Successful entrepreneur Kelli Loughman has been a licensed and practicing aesthetician since 1996, and owner/operator of two spas in Ventura County. In May 2015, when her husband was diagnosed with cancer, Kelli knew she needed advanced … Read More


Amy Schneider

Amy is a fine and graphic artist located in Ojai.  She has volunteered her time to help develop and maintain our eye catching and user friendly website, and all of our outreach materials. Amy also facilitates our art classes. … Read More

Paulette Mahurin

Advisory Board Member

Paulette is a retired Nurse Practitioner who offers her medical expertise to us when needed.  She and her husband Terry are on our advisory board. … Read More

Terrance Mahurin, Esq.

Advisory Board Member

Terry and his wife Paulette were two of the first people to step up and offer their expertise to our organization.  Terry is a retire lawyer and offers us his legal advice on a pro bono basis. … Read More