Andrea Lucie, MA, a certified holistic yoga teacher, has worked for the Marine Corps as a recreation specialist for the past 14 years. Her experience includes trauma sensitive yoga, tai chi, meditation, and martial arts. She has been featured in several publications, including the National Journal, U.S. Medicine: The Voice of Federal Medicine, and FIGHT magazine for her work on post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
While at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Andrea developed Life Enhancing Activities Program (LEAP), the first of its kind program for the Marine Corps. This comprehensive program provided fitness, recreation, and other complementary and alternative modalities to Marines and sailors diagnosed with PTSD and/or TBI. She also developed a partnership with Camp Lejeune Deployment Health to provide support activities to hundreds of combat stress and TBI patients, including yoga, relaxation and breathing techniques, meditation and martial arts. She also provided fitness, recreational and leisure activities support to the Back on Track Program; a two-week program from the Naval Hospital that focuses on patients with PTSD, the Outpatient Crisis Prevention Program and the Warrior Recovery After Concussion Program.
A native of Chile who migrated to the United States in 1992, Andrea has been a guest speaker to numerous conferences around the country on behalf of these programs. Likewise, she has received recognition and many awards for her work, including being named the Marine Corps recipient of the 2007 International Military Community Executives Association (IMCEA) Irvin Rubinstein Award as the top manager for MCCS in their first two years in their position.
For the past three years, Andrea has worked at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence for the diagnosis, treatment, and research of PTSD and TBI. As a recreational therapist and mind-body skills provider, she delivers individualized and group sessions of mind-body skills.