About Us

Maryland Center for Reiki Training was founded in 2015. MDCRT offers classes in all levels and leads you along an exciting path where you discover your unlimited potential in energy work. The 600th student has been celebrated and classes continue to fill.

In 2019, MDCRT traveled to Japan to explore the history of Reiki founder Mikao Usui.

Click here to view pictures from the event ».

Our Team

Kandi Austin

Kandi Austin

Founder & Teacher

Kandi has been a Reiki Master practitioner for 11 years and has 16 years of experience practicing Reiki. She became a Reiki Master Teacher in 2014. She is a professional member of the International Center for Reiki Training. In August, 2014 she received certification in Sacred Childbirth with Reiki. In October 2016, she received her certification in Karuna Holy Fire ll from William Lee Rand, founder of International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT). Having been recently upgraded to Karuna Holy Fire lll, she is now offering Karuna Holy Fire lll to Master practitioners. In May 2017, she received her certification as a Medical Reiki™ Master with the Gold Standards & Practices of Raven Keyes Medical Reiki International and now offers Reiki in Pre Op. & Post Op. This can make a big difference in recovery for the patient as well as comfort and peace for the family. In 2018 she completed a Crystal Healing Intensive, in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. 2018 also brought the great joy of certification in Vibrational Sound Therapy and first level of Energy Medicine Yoga training, added to her already 500hr yoga teacher training. She has recently completed Pamela Miles Reiki and Medicine Intensive in March 2019. In November 2019 Kandi visited the sacred Reiki sites in Japan including the burial site and memorial stone erected for the founder of the Usui Reiki system., Mikao Usui, and Mount Kurama where he received the gift of Reiki.  Please click on the link on the 'about' page to see some of those pictures. It was an amazing experience. In 2021 Kandi took the first level of Dar Shem Reiki,  She took another 3 day Master Class, in 2021, with the International House of Reiki. In February of 2022, she completed a course in Trauma Informed Reiki.

She continues to develop her expertise in Reiki and shares the grace and peace of Reiki in her daily life as a yoga instructor a Reiki teacher, a friend, wife and mother.

Reiki is a way of life.

The joy of teaching is an ongoing inspiration in Kandi's life.

"Reiki allows us to extend compassion to ourselves, the community and the planet by offering a loving touch." – Kandi Austin, Founder

Mehmet Oz, MD has famously suggested, "Energy medicine is the last great frontier in medicine."
Kandi offers expert training in all levels of the Usui/Holy Fire lll system of Natural Healing.

    Miyako Zeng

    Miyako Zeng

    Teacher, M.Ed.

    Miyako has been practicing Reiki since 2014 and became a Master Teacher 2016 after completing the Mentor Program through MdCRT.  In May 2017, she received her certification as a Medical Reiki™ Master with the Gold Standards & Practices of Raven Keyes Medical Reiki International and now offers Reiki in Pre Op. & Post Op.  As a curious and adventurous girl in her twenties, Miyako started to take private meditation lessons in her hometown of Tokyo, Japan. Soon she was introduced to Yoga, QiGong, Tai Chi, Alexander technique, therapeutic massage, and healing touch. When she looks back, she realized she knew the power of touch since she was a child and has been using it for self-healing through all her life. Now she can call it Reiki. She loves teaching ( she teaches piano and yoga). She recognized the teaching as her life mission, so she completed her certification as a Reiki Master Teacher through Maryland Center for Reiki Training and became a new addition to the MDCRT teaching staff.


      Terry Roder


      Terry took her first Reiki class in early July 2018. Through daily self-practice and practicing with others, she received the benefits of Reiki and chose to complete the Level 2 class in late July 2018. In May 2019 Terry completed her Master class, and with the help of Reiki, she eased through many changes in her life, including leaving her position as Director of Human Resources for 25 years. She enjoys teaching; having done so for the many years in her previous job. She is now in the mentor program with MdCRT, teaching with ease and joy.

      In 2019 Terry completed Animal Reiki Teacher training with Kathleen Prasad and received her certification as a Medical Reiki Master with the Gold Standards and Practices of Raven Keyes Medical Reiki International. Terry is available to provide Reiki in the pre-op and post-op, providing a smoother experience for patient and family.

      She currently volunteers as a tutor teaching English As A Second Language. In addition, she has completed End of Life Doula training and volunteers with both Hospice and Memory Care organizations.

      Terry believes in the healing power of Reiki, whether it is shared in person or at a distance.

        Chris Gamble

        Chris Gamble


        Chris has completed her Reiki training at the Maryland Center for Reiki Training taking her first class in April, 2019. Through daily self-practice and practicing with others, she experienced the benefits of Reiki and went on to complete the Level II class in September, 2019, the Master Level class in November, 2020 and the Animal Reiki Level I class in June, 2021. She is now part of the MdCRT team, and enjoys teaching Reiki classes and sharing Reiki with clients.

        Chris is also a yoga and meditation teacher and teaches essential oils workshops. She is passionate about teaching others how to bring health and balance to their lives naturally.

        Chris holds a B.A. in Sociology/Social Work from Mary Baldwin University and a Kindergarten – Eighth Grade Teaching Certification from the University of Maine in Orono. She spent many years early in her career teaching elementary school.

        Chris’ teaching style is warm and nurturing. She is passionate about learning and teaching and continues to develop her knowledge of Reiki through practice, reading and course work.