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Lisa Wessan was most recently the Mind-Body Geriatric Specialist in the Senior Care Center at Elmhurst Hospital-Mt. Sinai Medical School in Elmhurst, New York, providing individual and family therapy, group work, and motivational programs for the elderly and their caregivers. Since she left New York City, Lisa has been in private practice in Westford, MA, and is working as an inspirational author, speaker, counselor and coach.

Prior to her career as a counselor, Lisa was an internationally published science and health journalist for 20 years, specializing as a biotechnology analyst. She had a successful career at Genetic Engineering News and as editor of the monthly Biotechnology Press Digest.

Her interest in immunology led her to the field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), better known as integrative or functional medicine. PNI led her to work with holistic MDs, eventually producing talk shows in radio and television. Lisa still has one foot in broadcasting as the producer and on-air host of the weekly cable television show The Lisa Wessan Show.

While doing research on stress management techniques in graduate school for clinical social work, Lisa explored the research on therapeutic uses of laughter for caregivers.  During post-graduate research on laughter therapy, Lisa became double certified to teach Laughter Yoga and Laughter Meditation in medical settings. Her work has been featured on CNN’s Paula Zahn Now, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, The Boston Globe, The Lowell Sun, ABC News 20/20, and in many television, print and radio interviews.

Lisa became interested in the robust results from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), so she studied with Dr. Marsha Linehan, founder and thought leader of DBT.  Lisa has been facilitating a thriving and ongoing weekly DBT Skills Group since November 2015. 

Lisa facilitates a variety of  inspirational keynotes including   
Team Building with Laughter,  Laughter Therapy for CaregiversSM,  Relaxation Techniques,  and Declutter Your Mind, Home & Office,  to name a few.

For further information, please visit her website,

Lisa Wessan

Inspirational Humorist/Speaker
Team Building Trainer/Coach
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (NY & MA)
DBT Skills Trainer and Consultant
Certified Reiki Master (RM)
Certified Therapeutic Laughter Coach and Laughter Yoga Teacher (CLL and CLYL)


“Thank you for sharing with us ‘The Psychological and Physiological Benefits of Laughter’ as a means to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. You have inspired those who offer medical and spiritual care with a renewed awakening of the power of positive emotions created by laughter.”

Tanya Atwood-Adams, M.Div.
Director, Spiritual Care Program
Crouse Hospital
Syracuse, New York

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