Wadud & Zaynab

Kathleen FitzPatrick, MSW, MPA, LCSW

Kathleen FitzPatrick  LCSW is a retired psychiatric social worker who enjoyed a long career working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings and consulting with people who serve them.  A long time martial artist, she continues to study karate and two forms of Japanese sword arts, as well as yoga.  Kathleen has studied mysticism in Sufi and Buddhist traditions for over 30 years, with a particular interest in healing.  In partnership with Henry, she continues to work with herself and others to integrate spirituality into daily life.

Henry E. Cretella, M.D.

Henry Cretella, M.D., graduated from Vanderbilt Medical School and completed his psychiatric training at Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.  His professional career spanned over 40 years as a general and child and adolescent psychiatrist and included teaching, administration, clinical practice and consultation in the greater Rochester and western NY areas.  This, along with his spiritual and especially mystical interests lead him to certification as a mind body practitioner through the Center for Mind Body Medicine and Dr. James Gordon.  He retired several years ago from active psychiatric practice, but continues to incorporate what he has learned into his spiritual practices and offerings.

Henry studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for several years along with training in martial arts.  He then immersed himself in the more universal Sufism of Inayat Khan, an Indian mystic, for close to twenty years. He functioned as a senior teacher in the Inayati Order and the Sufi Healing Order before pursuing  his independent practice and study of mysticism. He now integrates what he has learned and experienced over these many years.


Kathleen and Henry both remain involved and connected with their own spiritual guide, Murshid (Senior Teacher) Shahabuddin David Less, who approves of their course of action and initiatives. They also remain connected to experienced spiritual practitioners and teachers/guides/sheiks/murshids/friends within and outside of Sufi and other mystical lineages; psychiatric, social work, psychology  colleagues and those from other disciplines including the arts; and many with whom they share trainings, thoughts and experiences. They also consult with and advise each other and their colleagues when appropriate.