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Juanita Bartel
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As of April 2012, last year, Juanita, was a certified pastoral counselor, and a a licensed professional counselor in Kansas and Missouri, specializing in addiction, post-traumatic stress disorders, and abuse. After 22 years as a chaplain at Shady Grove Adventist Medical Center and Shawnee Mission Medical Center, she left in 2005 to focus on her counseling ministry. She holds a BS in religious studies from Columbia Union College, an MA in guidance and counseling from Loma Linda University, certification from the Association of Professional Chaplains, and a ministerial license from the Kansas-Nebraska Conference. Juanita’s passion is for the healing of abused children. For abuse survivors, she and Roberta Fish developed a week-end retreat, Hope for Hurting Hearts.
They conducted retreats from 1995 until 2010. Juanita was married to Dean Bartel for 17 years. Grieving his April 2010 death, she has used a lot of music therapy, creating a love/hobby for the Irish singing group, Celtic Woman. Considering herself a 62-year-old “groupie,” she has followed their careers since August 2010 and happily diagnoses herself as having Obsessive Compulsive Celtic Woman Disorder. Juanita’s mantra is “Music is the praises of my heart to my Creator!”