Debra Elder, The Swan Cottage, Old Hickory, TN

Up Close: Debra Elder and The Swan Cottage

Debra Elder was licensed by the PMA in July 2017 and operates The Swan Cottage Alternative & Holistic Health Services in Old Hickory, Tennessee. We interviewed Debra, and she wrote this article about her practice.


I joined the PMA because it is not lawful to offer/practice alternative health and wellness in my home state of Tennessee and I needed an umbrella organization to work under. I heard about the PMA from one of my instructors at the Trinity School of Natural Health and was thrilled when I find out that it is a bible based organization and offers client referral, support, education and business tools. As a new practitioner, these added benefits are priceless because it saves me time researching and doing all of this myself.

My practice is all about encouragement and education. My passion is to restore Hope and educate about frequencies and how they affect our lives. Everything in and around us, even our thoughts are all frequency based and we do have the ability to alter these frequencies thru our lifestyle choices (living environment, food choices, and our thought life) to restore harmony to our lives.

I utilize cutting edge technology in my practice called NUVision biofeedback software. It is software empowered by Scalin TM technology and is based on holographic scaling technology. This system is a powerful matching engine that finds resonant connections within the informational field being scanned, (individuals or groups of individuals, such as family units, and animals), which speeds up the process of finding the right approach to a given situation. To learn more

This journey started for me after the introduction of essential oils and noticing the profound difference I felt both emotionally and physically after being exposed to them. Out of curiosity, I started to research the ‘why’ of essential oils, which led me to hertz frequency and how they can affect our bodies and the rest is history.

What challenges are you finding in building your practice?

I am still in the process of growing my practice, but I prefer the referral based system, which gives me time to work out all the kinks in my daily processes and allows me time to transition into working full time with a full load of clients.

The most challenging thing in my practice today is trying to find balance with following up with my clients. Following up too often – you are pestering them or not often enough — they can get the impression you are too busy for them and seek out someone else to work with.

What excites you about your practice?

People need Hope! I find that individuals that seek out alternative health solutions do so after they have gone the traditional route and their Hope has been depleted.

I get really excited about encouraging people and helping them create or revive ‘hope’ in their hearts and lives. I love what the Wikipedia says about Hope; Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.

The scripture that comes to my mind is Zechariah 9:12

Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have hope! I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles.

If a teen walked up to you and asked for your best advice on health care, what would you say?

Be mindful of what you expose your body to because everything has the potential to alter our bodies energy/frequencies both positively or negatively.

What do you do outside of your practice?

I love to travel; experiencing diversity both in culture and topography is like music to my soul and creates a childlike wonder within me that refreshes me.