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What have I seen in Sue? I've seen hair that will wipe away the tears of a child. ...the eyes that invite a stranger to confide, and a smile that can invite a young person to share their burdens. I've heard a voice of compassion, words of wisdom and a laugh that welcomes friendship. I've sensed the hands of a healer, the mind of a scholar and the heart of a saint. ~* R.B. (a classmate)

Healing Hands

Meet Susan Dancing Star

Professional Education 

Degrees: Licensed Practical Nurse since 1976
Assoc. degree in Psychology
Bachelors degree with minor in psychology, from Eastern Illinois University (EIU)
MS in Family and Consumer Sciences


National Guild of Hypnotists (1996)
Emotional Healing Hypnosis by New England Ethical Hypnosis Inst. (1998)
Complementary Medical Hypnosis (NGH, 2000)
Therapeutic Touch by Leidecker Inst. (2001)
ULC Ordained Minister 2000
Order of Melchiezedek Ordained 2010

Susan Dancing Star is originally from Westville, Illinois and has lived and worked mostly in the Danville area. She graduated from Westville Township High School, Danville Area Community College School of Practical Nursing, and Eastern Illinois University.

A Licensed Practical Nurse since 1976, Susan has had an ongoing interest in the mind-body connection and how thoughts and emotions affect one's health. She received her basic certification in hypnotherapy from the National Guild of Hypnotists in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1996. Her advanced certifications include Emotional Healing Hypnosis and Complementary Medical Hypnosis. Susan is also certified in Therapeutic Touch Therapy. 

In 1997 Susan started Danville's first holistic wellness center, The Comfort Zone. She has authored numerous articles for the Danville Commercial-News, as well as "Lifelines", a column about health and wellness. She offers presentations for civic and church groups in the community, and teaches an ongoing series of meditation classes at her office. She also created and taught "Walk A Path To Wellness", a natural wellness series at DACC.

Susan is a past Chairman of the Vermilion County AIDS Task Force, and a graduate of Eastern Illinois University. She has been inducted into the honor societies Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Lambda.

Community Service

Susan's community involvement has included the Vermilion County Animal Shelter Foundation board, the Danville Symphony Orchestra Guild board, Executive Club of Danville board, the HALO project, the YWCA homeless shelter, the Readers Route adult literacy program, the Uncle Joe Cannon Toastmasters Club, Provena United Samaritan Hospital's Meals on Wheels, Old Town Preservation Association, and Altrusa International. She is a member of the Danville Area Vermilion Advantage and an alumnus of the Leadership Danville program, class XVI. She completed her internship at the YMCA after school leadership program.

On a Personal Note

Susan is a graduate of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program. This led her to found Earth Friendly Growers Network, a group dedicated to communication, education and implementation of sustainable gardening and farming techniques that result in high yields and pest control without the use of synthetic chemicals. She grows herbs, makes organic herbal health and beauty products and, with her partner Jim Tanner, sells organic produce to restaurants, stores and families in the area. She has authored her first cookbook, Cooking With The Seasons, a companion cookbook and workbook for Midwest farmers' markets. 

In her spare time, Susan enjoys photography, and has won awards in local amateur art shows. She also enjoys traveling and has been to England twice to visit sacred sites.

Susan Dancing Star works with a hypnosis client. Susan specializes in the use of hypnosis to stop smoking, lose weight, manage stress and more. She is also a Licensed Practical Nurse and certified Reiki Master. Susan Dancing Star is also a recognized authority on end-of-life care, assisting families in the most difficult of times. 
Susan Dancing Star, M.S.
Licensed Practical Nurse
Certified Hypnotherapist
Ordained Minister


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