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Heather Friedman Rivera, RN, JD, PhD

Heather Friedman Rivera, RN, JD, PhD

Image: Dr. Heather Rivera is a mid-fifties Caucasian woman with long brown hair, glasses, and freckles. She dresses causally.

Contact Heather: drheatherrivera at gmail.com 

Dr. Heather Friedman Rivera obtained her Ph.D. in Parapsychic Science in 2011, her Doctorate in Law in 2002 and is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist specializing in Past-life Regression. She trained with Dr. Brian Weiss at The Weiss Institute. Heather is also a Registered Nurse with over twenty-five years of experience. 

Heather served on the Board of Directors for the International Association for Regression Research and Therapies (IARRT) as Co-Director of Research. Heather is an adjunct faculty member at the Institute of Interfaith and Holistic Theology and she and PLR institute have provided dissertation mentoring for the students. She is a reviewer/editor for the International Journal of Regression Therapy. Mark Rivera and Heather Rivera founded an organization for advancing past life research, PLR Institute. 

Her personal history with chronic illness prompted her to publish several articles on managing chronic illness, evaluating nutritional supplements, and utilizing holistic health approaches. She authored a book on her recent research and her journey of healing from past life regression. Her book Healing the Present from the Past: The Personal Journey of a Past Life Researcher, an Amazon best seller, was released Jan. 1, 2013. She has an article on her research that is available for viewing in the Journal of Regression Therapy Vol XXI, Number 1, March 2012. She also writes fiction and books for young readers. She has authored seven books. Her story is in Dr. Brian Weiss’ book Miracles Happen (Page 56) and she is a contributing author (Chapter 25) in the book Your Soaring Phoenix. She is also a contributing author in The Yes Book released November 2014, a contributing author in Destination Unknown, released May 2015, and a contributing author in The Present Power of Past Lives: The Experts Speak (2016). 

Dr. Heather is deaf. Being deaf and having cochlear implants has taught her valuable lessons of perseverance and overcoming obstacles. Heather hosts past life retreats and writing retreats. She has numerous speaking events throughout the year and has been featured in print, radio and web television. 

Heather received her Creative Writing Specialization certificate from Wesleyan University. Dr. Heather has a Life Coaching certificate and offers coaching in the following areas: book coaching, preparing a non-fiction book proposal, workshop presenting, and dissertation/study preparation in complementary/alternative medicine and related fields.

You can find Heather at her website, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn

Heather is available as a source and for reported features

Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference (video and voice)

Languages: English

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