Guillermo Ortiz

Guillermo Ortiz is an initiated curandero who completed his apprenticeship under the tutelage of Elena Avila, RN, MSW curandera and international practitioner of integrative medicine.  He began his work as a psychiatric corpsman in the Navy then continued in the field as a mental health worker for ten years at UCLA Neuro-Psychiatric Institute and  Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.  During that time he cultivated a strong interest in martial arts and eventually was certified as a t’ai chi ch’uan instructor. With over 40 years experience in the moving arts, he brings into his healing work the importance of body awareness & creative expression. Guillermo is also a founding member of Xochipilli, a latino men’s ritual group, which has taught classes, performed dances & conducted ceremonies throughout the Bay Area since it’s inception in 1992.”


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