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Healing Strides combines walk/run-based therapy with a therapeutic grief group focusing on grief, resiliency, mindfulness, and healthy coping skills.


Each week participants will spend 1 hour in a grief group facilitated by Kelly Daugherty, LCSW-R, FT and the second hour will be spent training for a 5k race facilitated by Lisa Millis, MA, CHC, CRC. A 5k Race will be completed by all participants at the end of the 7-week program. This program is open to women of all fitness levels.  The training program is a beginning training program to help you be able to run, run/walk or run the 5k goal race.

When: Every Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm beginning April 15, 2024

Must attend the 1st session and attend 5 out of the 7 Sessions

Must be available and willing to participate in the 5k Race at the end of the Program

Who: Women who have experienced the death of someone significant in their life

Where: 100 Saratoga Village Blvd, Suite 21, Malta, NY

Why join Healing Strides?

  • Proven Benefits: Past participants have reported an increase in healthy coping skills, feeling less isolated in their grief, and the powerful impact of setting and achieving a tangible goal.

  • Goal Setting & Achievement: There’s something incredibly powerful about setting a goal for yourself and witnessing its fruition on race day.

  • Mentor Support: Our team of dedicated volunteer mentors will be by your side—during group sessions, throughout the training, and cheering you on during the race.

  • Private Facebook Group: Share your journey, seek support, and stay connected with members in a safe, online community.

  • Expert Support:  The grief group is led by Kelly Daugherty, an expert in grief counseling with over 20 years of experience.  The training component is led by Lisa Millis, a proven running coach with years of experience helping people complete their first 5k.

Healing Strides is not just a program—it's a community.

The goal Race is Saturday, June 1st in Albany

Most Insurances Accepted for the Therapeutic Group

$30 per session for the Training Component

Healing Strides T-Shirt is Included

To Register or for More Information, Contact Kelly Daugherty at 518-219-8625 or

About Our Healing Strides Facilitators

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Grief Group Facilitator- Certified Grief Counselor,

Kelly Daugherty, LCSW-R, FT


Run/Walk Coach,

Lisa Millis, MA, CHC, CRC

About our Run/Walk Coach: Lisa Millis:

Lisa Millis, M.A. in Psychology Counseling, is a Certified Health Coach and Wellness Counselor with American Council on Exercise and a Certified Running Coach. Her grief work spans 25 years and includes Hospice Bereavement & Spiritual Care Coordination, as well as Cindy’s Comfort Camp and Cindy’s Retreat with C.R. Wood Cancer Center through Glens Falls Hospital.


Lisa has always had a personal interest in fitness and health but credits the “father” of run therapy, Dr. Thaddeus Kostrubala, for helping her find her passion in walk-run-based therapy. Coaching hundreds of individuals for their first 5k, 10k, half & full marathons, she created a private practice to merge moving in nature with healing the mind & body. Lisa understands firsthand that grief can be a difficult road to navigate, but she believes Healing Strides is the perfect balance of education and wellness to help people create a safe, supportive path forward.


She provides support across a wide range of platforms and works full-time as a crisis clinician with Northern Rivers. She continues adding to her resume with Mindfulness of Mortality and End of Life Planning Certification.


She can be seen daily trail running with her dogs or negotiating the parent pick-up line for her twin boys.

Our fantastic team including our volunteer mentors will be with you through the whole program and during the goal race to support, encourage and motivate you.


We are beyond grateful for our dedicated group of mentors!!

Another Mother Runner Podcast Featuring Healing Strides Co-Founders Kelly Daugherty and Lisa Millis

Check out Another Mother Podcast which featured

co-founders of Healing Strides, Kelly Daugherty and Lisa Millis.  

Another Mother Runner Podcast Featuring Healing Strides Co-Founders Kelly Daugherty and Lisa Millis

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  about Healing Strides

  • Can I participate in this group if I've never run before?

    • Yes, this group welcomes participants of all fitness levels. Some participants choose to walk, while others walk and run or solely run. A mentor will be available to support you throughout your training.

  • Does my insurance cover this group?

    • Most insurances cover the therapeutic group with the exception of your individual copay and/or deductible. Insurance does not cover The training component; the fee is $30 per session.

  • Can I participate in the group if I can only attend the grief support portion and not the training portion?

    • You must attend the therapeutic grief support session and the training portion to participate in this group.

  • Do I have to participate in the goal race to join the group?

    • Attending the goal race is an essential part of the group, and achieving this goal is seen as a significant part of your grief journey.

  • What if I feel I need more support?

    • Healing Strides is facilitated by two qualified professionals and a group of volunteer mentors to help support you throughout the group and are available outside the group for additional support.  A private Facebook group is also utilized to help provide additional support and allow for opportunities of connection between the participants. ​

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