Guest Speakers and Practitioners

Patricia Cavenaugh

Featured Speakers

Patricia Cavanaugh, MA, MFT

Patricia’s company, The 3rd Act, promotes positive aging through individual and couples coaching, corporate workshops and retreats for women and couples. Since 2008, Patricia has worked with hundreds of clients guiding their transition to retirement and to a well-lived life. She is committed to helping people discover and develop their hidden potential for a vibrant and more purposeful life than they ever imagined – “The 3rd Act”.

From the mid 1970’s to the mid 80’s, Patricia was instrumental in the development and implementation of the workshop “Money and You” and the Burklyn Business School.

Patricia has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1984.  She is also a certified Third Age Coach and serves clients in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. She received her BA from the University of Maryland and her MA from John F. Kennedy University. She is licensed by the State of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).

Private Consultations Available:

Private consultations will be available with Patricia and will be added to the add-on pricing page at a later date.

Ellie Klevins

Ellie Klevins

Ellie brings over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and Organizational Development and Coaching experience to the 3rd Act.

Her passion is supporting people through transition to create satisfying and rewarding lifestyles.  She has an engaging facilitation style, and is known for her ability to guide people towards achieving challenging goals, and overcome obstacles to success.

Ellie received her Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from San Jose State University, and her Master of Science in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.  She is also a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute.

Catie Fitzgerald

Catie Fitzgerald

Catie Fitzgerald is a three-time THF retreat participant and recently opened Enhanced Health Solutions, a holistic nutrition coaching practice.  She specializes in helping  people (especially women) physically support the transition into mid and late life through whole-food ancestral nutrition and lifestyle.  Her M.S. thesis is focused on helping women use holistic nutrition to gracefully transition into menopause.

In 1996, Catie resigned from her job as an investment advisor at Paine Webber and opened Financially Savvy, a company dedicated to providing women with the education and resources necessary to gain confidence in making sound financial decisions.  Today, 20+ years later, she continues to help women and men learn how to fund their goals, especially living in retirement without running out of money.   

Catie has a passion for educating others, transforming complex and intimidating topics (i.e., health, nutrition, personal finance) into easily understood and applicable concepts no matter what level of knowledge you have on the topic.  As a coach, she pairs her know-how with your drive and ambition to make physical and fiscal change happen. During her talks:

  • Discover how eating a whole food ancestral diet can support your health and stave off the diseases associated with mid to late life such as atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and Alzheimer's disease. Catie Fitzgerald, a holistic nutrition coach, will share an easy-to-follow meal planning formula plus a list of nourishing foods and recipes to help you maintain or achieve optimal health in mid to late life. 
  • Learn smart moves you can make with your money as you prepare to retire and during retirement so you can fund your third-act life plan.  During this session, Catie Fitzgerald will share strategies for managing your money in retirement and provide a “Funding My 3rd Act” tool kit you can use at home to get started.  She brings to this discussion over 20 years of experience as a personal finance coach.
  • Women in mid-life have some very specific needs, especially in regards to building/maintaining healthy bones, regulating hormones (i.e., thyroid, adrenal, etc.), preserving flexibility and balance, and preventing heart disease so we've included a 30-minute functional strength training class lead by Catie.

Yoga, Chi Quong and Massage Practitioners TBD

In the past we have enjoyed massages by:

Diane Gibbs

Bodywork and Feldenkrais

Diane Gibbs - On Site Bodywork and Intro. to Feldenkrais

After experiencing a radical, instantaneous healing of a severe illness via meditation in a Thai Buddhist monastery, Diane went north to study Thai yoga massage, and thus began her bodywork career. She returned to California and trained in Deep Tissue/Sports, Swedish, reflexology, Prenatal massage and reiki.  She delved into the wonders of Craniosacral Therapy in Bali. Her most beloved modality is the Feldenkrais Method.  Bodywork sessions with Diane often blend flavors of all these modalites, or we can devote a session to just your favorite style. Diane has been in practice sine 2002 and can’t think of anything more delicious than sinking into the healing journey of a bodywork session with you. Complete biography and credentials available here:

Massages are available for booking on the deposit page and also will be sent to you as a link.


Angela Bausch - Massage for Humans: Bodywork for Joyful Living

Angela is originally from Kansas, but has been living and working in the Bay Area for the last 25 years.  Her background includes dance, Pilates, and anatomy studies.  She spent the last 2 years studying biodynamic cranial sacral and is happy to be integrating that into her massage sessions. Her work tends to be a custom blend of nurturing massage with specific targeted bodywork to address injuries or restrictions.  One of her gifts is a holistic intuition, which spans the micro and macro levels and allows her to deeply tune into each person.  From that sensing, she brings a gentle curiosity about how to support her client to feel empowered in their body and their life.  She recently moved from Berkeley to Sebastopol and keeps an office in both locations.