The word “wellness” best describes Linda Dieffenbach.
What is “wellness” anyway? It is a state of living a healthy life. It refers to physical, mental and social well-being. Along with emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational and intellectual well-being.
Linda embraces this concept with open arms.
Linda has over fifteen years of experience in health and human services, working as a counselor for adjudicated youth, a case manager for people living with HIV and AIDS, and as a crisis counselor for the Domestic Abuse Project in Delaware County, and later as a trainer for the staff at the Devereux Foundation.
In 2006 she started “Wellness in Harmony” which offers integrated energy healing therapies, acupressure, Reiki, coaching and training. The facility was located on Church Street in Phoenixville beginning in 2015. In 2018, she moved the practice to Wayne. She works primarily with people; however, she also loves working with the animal world.
Linda graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She also holds the title of Reiki Master Teacher (RMT), and is trained in Acupressure, Chakra Clearing with Applied Integration, as well as Life, Relationship and Holistic Health & Wellness Coaching.
Check out her web site at www.WellnessInHarmony.com.
She is originally from Downingtown; she now lives in Kimberton. She is still active in downtown Phoenixville. Currently, she is vice president of the Phoenixville Business Alliance. You can find her many nights somewhere in town.
This year was the 10th year for “Autumn Goddess Retreat Festival,” which Linda created and heads. The one-day fund raiser is held at Freedoms Foundation the last weekend in September. Funds raised go to Domestic Violence of Chester County. The festival is a community celebration of women and features live, interactive music and dancing, holistic and wellness practitioners, local artists and crafters, and free wellness workshops throughout the day. The event is a huge undertaking and Linda loves every moment from beginning to end.
She has a close-knit family and they enjoy family time. Her mother lives in Downingtown — her brother in Phoenixville and her sister in Birdsboro. At home are her two furry cat children — Reeces & Frito.
While in high school Linda took some art classes, as well as classes at the Chester County Art Association. After a hiatus of several years — last year she returned to work with oils. She is busy working on Christmas gifts for her family.
Because Linda lifestyle reflects healthy — she shares with us this modified recipe. She first received it from her mom. She has added her healthy touches.
LINDA’S BUFFALO CHILI
2 lbs. lean ground turkey or chicken*
1 cup Franks hot sauce
1 qt. low sodium chicken broth
(2) 28 oz. cans diced tomatoes with juice
40 oz. Great Northern Beans – drained
8 cloves garlic – minced
7 oz. can diced green chilies with juice
16 oz. tomato paste
crushed red pepper flakes - to taste
salt & pepper to taste
blue cheese crumbles – for garnish
In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, heat small amount of olive oil — brown the ground meat. Season with salt & pepper if desired. Once the meat is fully cooked — add the hot sauce, broth, tomatoes with juice, beans & garlic. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally — reduce heat to low & simmer for about an hour. Allowing the sauce to reduce by a third. Stir in green chilies with juice, tomato paste & crushed red pepper flakes. Simmer for additional 15 to 20 minutes. To serve — garish with blue cheese crumbles or any other cheese you desire.
*Linda prefers to use ground turkey as it has more flavor.