Yeshé Dawa (Connee Pike) holds a Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and a Masters Degree, also in Human Development and Family Studies, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. As a psychotherapist, she specialized in trauma, chronic illness, as well as death, dying and grief, working with individual clients, families, and groups. Later she expanded her focus, studying comparative religions and spiritual care to the dying, before working as a hospice chaplain, and later as spiritual care manager for Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Center. She has cared for thousands of individuals and their families through the process of dying. She has studied within the Lakota, Christian, Hindu, and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, completing a five-year meditation retreat within the Dzogchen tradition. She integrates her professional experience with her spiritual training to write and teach.