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Meet Dr. Maria Danilychev of San Diego Reiki

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Maria Danilychev.

Dr. Danilychev, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a medical doctor (Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, and clinical research). I was working at an inpatient hospice unit between 2004 and 2013. It was through nearly a decade of direct observation of complementary therapies that are readily available in the hospice setting, that I was no longer able to deny the effectiveness of some of those holistic modalities. I wanted to know what it was that the alternative medicine practitioners knew that I didn’t know, and that’s why I decided to learn Reiki.

Reiki is a traditional Japanese healing art that enhances natural mind-body healing through light touch. There is no medical explanation for how it works, but the effects are often surprisingly powerful. Clients report feeling better on multiple levels (improvement in pain, gaining clarity, feeling rejuvenated, even remarkable healing after injuries and resolution of disabling conditions such as panic attacks). If I did not observe or experience some of those effects myself, I would have trouble believing it, because some of these positive changes should be medically impossible, but surprisingly do happen.

In 2013, I started learning Reiki, while I continued working as a hospice medical director and a clinical research physician. In 2014, I have opened San Diego Reiki – and it was a huge growth curve for me, both as a new Reiki practitioner and as a someone completely new to business (I have never taken a single business class in my life and had zero practical business experience).

My Reiki practice gradually grew, a year later I moved to a full time location, and in 2015 I became a certified Reiki instructor and started teaching Reiki. I am dedicated to preserving Reiki tradition, by teaching Reiki exactly how I was taught. Currently, most of the Reiki styles that are being practiced around the world have been significantly diluted and modified from the original, in part because a lot of the information was literally lost in translation over the years. By pure chance, I was fortunate to learn Reiki in its most authentic style, as it was preserved in its original tradition through the efforts of the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Japan.

In addition to teaching Reiki, I also help my students by offering advanced classes that can help them should they choose to start their own practice (these classes help with regulations that govern the practice of Reiki, business aspects of starting a Reiki practice, as well as helping maximize professionalism in Reiki).

I am currently looking for additional Reiki practitioners to join my practice, which is very exciting!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Learning Reiki and developing business skills from scratch while working full time as a Medical Doctor.

Getting clients – Most people don’t see Reiki as a necessity. In our society we’d rather spend money on beauty than on mind-body wellness (Reiki is not covered by insurance).

San Diego Reiki – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am proud of being persistent and not giving up when I was facing challenges.

I am proud to be able to connect my medical knowledge and scientific mindset with various concepts of holistic healing and its process.

I am honored to be able to share and continue the disappearing art of the pure traditional form of Reiki as it was preserved in its country of origin Japan.

What sets me apart is the fact that I am the only practicing medical doctor in San Diego and one of very few in the world who is practicing and teaching Reiki, which brings a different level of understanding of human body and wellness and a different level of professionalism to the practice of Reiki.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
When my Reiki clients say, “Wow! This was amazing!” or “I haven’t felt this way since childhood!” or “I don’t know how you do it, but my pain is gone!”.

Being able to help people feel better in a whole-person, mind-body and often profound way and without any side effects makes me feel happy.


  • Introductory session 60 minutes – $95
  • Follow up sessions 45-120 minutes ~ $225/hr
  • Complete Reiki training and certification – $775
  • Reiki Review Course – $250
  • Initial consultation 30 minutes – FREE

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