About Cynthia

Cynthia Backer founded and directs Purple Shoes Wellness  in Portland, Oregon. Using her innovative FRAMES™ program, she works with businesses, schools, and families to provide integrative wellness tools for children through adults. Cynthia specializes in easy, practical ways to create happier, healthier lifestyles.

Cynthia’s credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Art Teaching and Master of Integrative Health. She is a Board Certified Holistic Nurse, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Reiki Master.  She has over 30 years experience in nursing, leadership and education.  She is an author and speaker.

Cynthia Backer’s creativity extends into fiber arts and art quilts. Her work has received honors at several art shows in the United States.


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing – St. Olaf College
  • Masters in Art of Teaching – Lewis & Clark College
  • Masters in Integrative Health – National University


  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • American Holistic Nurses Association
  • Healing Touch International
  • International Association of Reiki Professionals
  • San Diego Reiki Corp