Greg Hedler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Infant Massage Teacher with advanced training in pediatric and infant massage for healthcare applications and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).
He has worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over ten years in the field of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology, and peesently works collaboratively at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) with an outstanding team of medical and psychosocial personnel. Greg's favorite part of the workday usually involves the chance to build a fort, talk about SpongeBob or Disney Princesses, and find true resilience expressed in the laughter of the patients he supports. “I am constantly reminded of the honored role I get to play in witnessing the true paradox of life reflected in the experience of these children.”
As a registered yoga teacher with over 500 hours of training (which includes his study with Radiant Child Yoga), Greg has been able to integrate this practice into his clinical work at CHOP so that patients, caregivers, and staff have the opportunity to experience the benefits of yoga and mindful movement.
His partnerships with prominent colleagues within the Integrative Health Field at CHOP lead him to the fortunate opportunity to train with Tina Allen and obtain certification in Infant and Pediatric Massage Therapy.
Inspired by Tina Allen and her work, Greg looks to create additional programs at the hospital that will empower caregivers to provide comfort, healing and healthy touch, and emotional connection to their children.
Aside from his work in oncology, Greg’s career has afforded him the chance to work with children and young adults in various capacities including the areas of bereavement, domestic violence, youth leadership, mentorship, palliative care, as well as work with those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Each of these experiences inform his personal perspective on life and have propelled him forward to implement programs that invite individuals to live to their full capacity and embody their true, authentic self.
Through his constant drive for expansion of his heart and mind, Greg cultivates an on-going sense of adventure, compassion, and playfulness in his day to day life. He consistently seeks opportunities and experiences that embody one of the predominate driving forces in his life: service.
Aside from his work at the hospital or flow on a yoga mat, Greg’s smile can be attributed to a trip to Disney World, vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles, and most often, his recent newlywed status!
Greg is humbled by the chance to join the team traveling to the Philippines and by the opportunity to support children and caregivers through the practice of providing healthy touch.
Why do you feel you would be an asset to the Liddle Kidz Foundation volunteer team?
I believe that my previous volunteer experiences, along with my various certifications and degrees focused on the support, care, and empowerment of others, would be a support and asset to the team. I feel as though I am at a professional place in my life that has afforded me the chance to experience and understand “loss" and with that knowledge, I can confidently sit and bear witness to others who are amidst their own loss and together experience human compassion and connection.
Why would you like to participate in this outreach event?
My dharma, as I have come to know it, is built and directed towards the service of others. All of my personal and professional interests connect back to this intention, which offers my life deep meaning and a sense of purpose. As soon as I saw the opportunity with the Liddle Kidz Foundation Global Volunteer team, I felt a surge of energy and inspiration.
This outreach effort aligns with my desire to serve and to use my certifications and skills in ways that are beneficial to another. I consistently seek out opportunities, training, or experiences that will expand myself mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in new and exciting ways and challenge me to grow. I truly believe that given the chance to participate in this outreach event I will cultivate deeper understanding of who I am and my part in the world.
On another note, my spouse’s family is from the Philippines, which adds an additional personalization and sense of service to a community that resonates with me and my family.
There are millions of infants and children worldwide who are struggling to live to their fullest potential. Would you like an opportunity to bring nurturing touch and pediatric massage to orphaned and displaced children around the globe?
Do you wish to share your skills with children who are affected by Cerebral Palsy, AIDS/HIV, landmines, Agent Orange, developmental disabilities, genetic birth defects, mental and emotional trauma?
Just ask yourself . . . can one person make a difference?
Take this moment to make a difference in the life of a child.
Apply now to be part of our next international volunteer team . . .you too, can be a Liddle Kidz Global Ambassador!