James S. Gordon, MD, Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine; founding Dean of the College of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University; Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Family Medicine; Georgetown University School of Medicine; former Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy; author, Manifesto for a New Medicine, Comprehensive Cancer Care, and Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey out of Depression
Amy Shinal, MSW, LCSW, Integrative Psychotherapist in private practice; Clinical Director at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine; and part-time faculty at Saybrook University in the College of Mind-Body Medicine
[/two_nineth] [four_nineth_last] Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, is a leading educator, innovator and practitioner in the field of integrative medical nutrition. She has been the Education Director of Food As Medicine since the programs founding in 2001. She is the author of The Swift Diet: 4 Weeks to Mend the Belly, Lost the Weight, and Get Rid of the Bloat and co-author with Gerard Mullin, MD, of The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health. She is also a Senior Nutritionist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and Dr. Mark Hyman’s Ultrawellness Center.
[/two_nineth] [four_nineth_last] Catherine McConkie, NC, Natural Chef Instructor and Nutrition Consultant; core faculty for the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal; founder of The Caregivers Table; co-founder of Cooks On Call; chef instructor at San Francisco General Hospital’s Wellness Center.
[/two_nineth] [four_nineth_last] Mark Pettus, MD, Board-certified internist & nephrologist; Director of medical education, wellness, & population health at Berkshire Health Systems; Associate Dean of medical education at University of Massachusetts Medical School.
[/two_nineth] [four_nineth_last] Drew Ramsey, MD, Assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University. Cofounder of National Kale Day and author of 50 Shades of Kale and The Happiness Diet.
Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS, Psychotherapist and Consultant; Executive Director, Mind-Body Center of Louisiana; Director of Behavioral Health Services, Baton Rouge OneStop Homeless Services Center, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Baton Rouge; Mind-Body Skills groups with displaced Katrina and Rita survivors, Horizon Oil Spill Disasters and school-based mental health
Susan Blum, MD, MPH, Board Certified, Preventive Medicine; Founder and Director of the Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, NY; Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
As the Founder and Director of Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York, Dr. Blum’s crusade for personalized medicine is paramount for treatment and prevention. A Preventive Medicine and Chronic Disease Specialist, Dr. Blum is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for The Dr. Oz Show. She has appeared on Fox 5 News, ABC Eyewitness News, and is regularly quoted in Real Simple, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook. Dr. Blum’s mission for Blum Center for Health is to facilitate a personalized healing experience by creating a partnership with her patients while providing cutting-edge Functional Medicine and teaching self-care skills for changing health habits.Dr. Blum completed her Internal Medicine training at St-Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, her residency in Preventive Medicine at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine. She received her Masters in Public Health at Columbia University, and her training in Functional Medicine from The Institute for Functional Medicine, in Gig Harbor, Washington.
In addition to her role as Founder of Blum Center for Health, Dr. Blum is on staff at Greenwich Hospital as an Integrative Medicine Specialist in the Medicine Department. She is also a member of the Senior Teaching Faculty at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. and teaches throughout the world in their training programs.
In her first book, The Immune System Recovery Plan, (April 2013) Dr. Blum offers her proven four-step program, which she has used to help thousands of patients reverse their symptoms and prevent future illness. Including 40 recipes and a workbook style approach to help readers design their own personal treatment plans based on their symptoms and individual lifestyle choices, The Immune System Recovery Plan is a groundbreaking, revolutionary program that shows how anyone can cure the causes of autoimmune disease, strengthen their immune systems, and bolster their overall health.
Chad Dingman, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Oncology Certified Social Worker; Mind-Body Skills Group facilitator at Gibbs Cancer Center Spartanburg, SC
Matt Erb, PT, Physical Therapist, specialist in migraine, headache, dizziness and chronic pain conditions; mind-body skills group facilitator, Minneapolis, MN
Kathleen Farah, MD, Mind-Body Skills Group facilitator, Integrative Medicine Clinic, Children’s Hospitals and Clinic in Minneapolis; Board certified in family practice and holistic medicine
Kathleen Farah, MD, has been practicing family medicine in western Wisconsin for over 25 years, currently with Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Red Cedar. Kathy received her medical training at the University of Minnesota and completed her family practice residency at St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center. Kathy a Senior Faculty Member of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s Initial and Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Training, CancerGuides®, Children’s Training and Global Trauma Relief programs. She has led mind-body skills groups in her practice and community, and at the Integrative Medicine Clinic at Children’s Hospitals and Clinic in Minneapolis. She is board certified in both family practice and holistic medicine. She has an interest in functional medicine and nutrition. Kathy also completed extensive training in CranioSacral therapy through Upledger Institute and uses it in her practice.
In the last several years, Kathy has helped to bring mind body techniques to Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations, and Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center.
Margaret Gavian, PhD, LP, Psychologist at Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program at North Memorial Hospital, Minneapolis, MN. She focuses on mind-body skills and treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, including PTSD
Dr. Gavian is a Licensed Psychologist with an emphasis on integrative care and health psychology. She specializes in mind-body skills, trauma treatment and working in medical settings. A graduate from the University of Minnesota, she currently is Lead Psychologist at North Memorial Medical Center – working to develop behavioral health services within their Primary Care clinics, Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program, and outpatient psychiatry clinics. She is trained in evidence-based interventions and has worked with a variety of populations including veterans, sexual abuse/assault, refugees, and those in international areas of conflict. She is particularly interested in demonstrating the effectiveness of mind-body approaches. In her free time, she is a busy mom of two and enjoys cultural experiences and exploring the outdoors with her family.
Debra Lewis Kaplan, LCSW, LMFT, FAPA, BCPC, Diplomat, College of Mental Health of American Association of Integrative Medicine; Fellowship status of American Psychotherapy Association; Faculty for the Center’s CancerGuides®, Global Trauma Relief, MBM Trainings; co-authored the Center’s Mind-Body Skills Program for Children and Teenagers; Healing Center in Plano, TX and private practice as an integrative psychotherapist with specialties of Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine and Spiritual Psychology
Debra Lewis Kaplan, LCSW, LMFT, FAPA, BCPC is a lecturer on Mind-Body Medicine and spiritual psychology. She is a Senior faculty member of The Center For Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. and her international work for the Center has included training health and mental health professionals in Mind-Body Medicine, trauma relief, and integrative cancer care. She recently co-authored and implemented the Center’s Mind-Body Skills Professional Training Program for Children and Teenagers. She teaches in the Center’s CancerGuides®, Healing The Wounds Of War, and Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Programs.Debra is also an integrative psychotherapist with a private practice in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for over 30 years as a child, adult, marriage, and family therapist and her techniques combine many holistic healing practices along with traditional approaches to psychotherapy. Her specialties include stress reduction, spiritual growth and intuition development, grief and crisis counseling, regression therapy, and Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine. She also runs Mind-Body Skills Groups for children, teens, and adults. Debra has developed a Mind-Body-Spirit Program that focuses on the potential of the mind to affect the quality of life and teaches workshops on how to utilize the power of thought to enhance healing on all levels. She also offers Spirituality Intensive weekend retreats.
Debra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a Board
Certified Professional Counselor and holds Fellowship status with the American Psychotherapy Association. She is a Diplomat of the College of Mental Health with the American Association of Integrative Medicine. She has served on the Alternative Medicine Research Foundation Board of Directors, the Advisory Board of Directors for Aids Arms, and as a Trustee for the Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She is currently on the Advisory Board for the CMBM CancerGuides® training program and the Amuta for Israel CMBM.
Jerrol Kimmel, RN, MA, Integrative Medicine Practitioner and Mind-Body Skills Group facilitator; Faculty Mentor for Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine; Oncology Nurse Navigator for Women’s Health, Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute, South Carolina
Rita Anita Linger, PhD Candidate, Founder and Principal of The Gnosis Center, Founder & Director of SERA, Inc’s “The People’s Integrative Health Center”
Rita Anita Linger is a Human Scientist and the Principal Partner, and founder of a health care systems, corporate effectiveness, individual health, and leadership development consulting firm “The Gnosis Center for Professional and Personal Excellence.”
Rita Anita has over 25 years of experience in designing, implementing and overseeing organizational effectiveness initiatives in healthcare systems, major for-profit corporations and non-profits, including working with organizations to identify and execute business imperatives, develop and implement strategic plans, assist in the organization and development of working teams and improving patient/doctor relationships and patient compliance.
Ms. Linger is also the Founder and Director of SERA, Inc.’s “The People’s Integrative Health Center.” The center focuses on caring for the whole human being—body, mind, spirit, and community.
Ms. Linger is a certified Mind Body Medicine practitioner, a doctorate level Integrative Health and Wellness Coach as well as an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant and Executive Coach. She is a PhD Candidate in Human Science from Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA with Specializations in Integrative Health, Organizational Systems and Mind-Body Medicine. She has expertise in psychophysiology and contemporary neuroscience.
Rita Anita is a graduate of Duke University Integrative Medicine’s Health Coach Professional Training Program in Durham, NC. Rita Anita is a licensed HeartMath biofeedback provider, receiving licensure at the Institute of HeartMath, Boulder Creek, CA. She is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator and practitioner for over 16 years as well as a personality/temperament typology expert having been trained by True Colors International in Santa Ana, California.
Ms. Linger is a member of the Global Research and Education Team of the Columbia University hosted Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HDHS).
Lora Matz, MS, LICSW, Psychotherapist; Faculty member at the Center for Spirituality and Healing; University of MN
Sabrina N’Diaye (pronounced “In-Jie”) is the founder of the Heart Nest Wellness Center in Baltimore, Maryland. For the past 25 years, she has served as a guide for trauma survivors, couples, and women in recovery.
Sabrina is currently pursuing a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University, where she is exploring the connection between mental, physical, and spiritual health. Her current research is on the embodiment of shame in African-American women with chronic STDs.Sabrina is a highly-respected member of the treatment community, and frequently lectures on Cultural Diversity, Spirituality and Psychotherapy, Stress Management, Couples Work, Self-Care for Healers, and Addictions. She mentors young therapists, and runs regular retreats for women healers.
She is a wife, mother, and lifelong learner, who remains humbled by the healing power of compassion, love and forgiveness.
Carol A. Penn DO, MA, Presently Dr. Penn is the Acting Medical Director at Quality Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Philadelphia, PA. Served as Chief Resident Family Practice Medicine, St. Joseph’s Hospital/North Philadelphia Hospital System (2012-2013); National Health Corps Scholar; Preceptor Faculty, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine; Faculty, Center for Mind Body Medicine, Washington, DC; Mind Body Skills Group Facilitator; Nationally Certified Health, Wellness, and Fitness Coach (Wellcoaches Inc.); Nationally Certified Personal Trainer; (National Council on Strength and Fitness); Certified Yoga Instructor; member of the National QiGong Association; Reiki Master/Teacher. Dr. Penn is a graduate of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ/SOM).
Presently Dr. Penn is the Acting Medical Director at Quality Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Philadelphia, PA. Served as Chief Resident Family Practice Medicine, St. Joseph’s Hospital/North Philadelphia Hospital System (2012-2013); National Health Corps Scholar; Preceptor Faculty, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine; Faculty, Center for Mind Body Medicine, Washington, DC; Mind Body Skills Group Facilitator; Nationally Certified Health, Wellness, and Fitness Coach (Wellcoaches Inc.); Nationally Certified Personal Trainer; (National Council on Strength and Fitness); Certified Yoga Instructor; member of the National QiGong Association; Reiki Master/Teacher. Dr. Penn is a graduate of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ/SOM).
Dr. Carol Penn is a physician specializing in integrative Family Practice Medicine with a focus on mind-body medicine, arts medicine, and nutrition medicine with an emphasis on prevention and wellness to optimize human potential. Additionally, Dr. Penn, has a strong interest in integrative approaches to palliative care medicine and is a published researcher in End of Life Care and Mind Body Medicine.
Equally passionate about holistic birthing practices, Dr. Penn served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Lamaze International for 12 years and continues to teach prepared childbirth education classes to encourage and support families embracing self care from the beginning of life.
Prior to beginning her career in medicine, Dr. Penn, an award winning choreographer, trained in New York City with the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a performing artist and an educator. In the company’s acclaimed Children’s School, she applied her passion for healing, working with Ailey’s Visually Impaired Program for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Dr. Penn received her BS in Dance Education and MA in Humanities from New York University.
Dr. Penn was selected from a national pool of applicants to become a Teaching Fellow at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. While in DC she formed her company Pennvisions and The New Visions Dance Theater. She won numerous awards for her choreography, became tenured faculty in the DC Public Schools and served an International Consultant for the Kennedy Center’s Very Special Arts Program.
Dr. Penn is co-founder and director of The Core of Fire, an interfaith women’s dance ensemble. Living one’s life as if it is a masterpiece and a work of art is a message that she extends to her patients, her students, and her audiences.
Jane Reilly, MS, LICSW, Psychotherapist and Trauma Counselor, private practice; Coordinator, Center for Victims of Torture; Culinary Teacher; currently Chief Psychotherapy Officer at PrairieCare Medical Group clinic in Minnesota
Lynda Richtsmeier Cyr, PhD, LP, Integrative Clinical Psychologist and Consultant; Senior Clinical Supervisor, Center for Mind Body Medicine; Core Faculty, National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute; Former Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota School of Medicine; and part-time faculty, College of Mind-Body Medicine, Saybrook University.
Tanmeet Sethi, MD Board Certified Family Physician Specializing in Integrative Medicine; Faculty Physician and Director of Integrative Medicine Fellowship, Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency; Alumni of University of Arizona Fellowship in Integrative Medicine; Mind Body Skills Group Facilitator with Patients and Medical Residents; and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington
Tanmeet Sethi, MD is a board-certified family physician faculty attending at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency in Seattle, WA. There she practices full-spectrum family/integrative medicine including obstetrics. She is the creator and director of the program’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship which started August 2012. She directs the overall Integrative Medicine curriculum at the program which includes an Area of Concentration in Integrative Medicine for the residents that they can choose as a track within their three years. She is also faculty advisor for the Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) program through the University of Arizona. She leads an Integrative Medicine consultation clinic along with a primary care practice. Her practice is a rich mix of nutrition, mind-body medicine, botanical and vitamin supplements, functional medicine and group visits in mindfulness meditation. Her professional focus has been on underserved communities and continues to feel privileged to offer integrative medicine and mind body medicine skills to this population.She completed a two year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in 2008 and is certified as faculty for the Center of Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. She has also received training in Ayurvedic Medicine in India and the U.S. Dr. Sethi completed her undergraduate work at Northwestern University in Evanston, Il., where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in African history. She worked in China after college and studied traditional Chinese Medicine there. She attended Rush Medical College in Chicago and then moved to Seattle to complete her residency. She also co-founded Chaya, an organization created to support South Asian women in domestic violence situations and educate the South Asian community on domestic violence issues. She is a writer and has published her non-medical work in anthologies and currently has a blog, www.motheringmindfully.blogspot.com. She has conducted workshops on physicians and writing as well as workshops for women to use writing as healing from chronic illness. She has three young children and enjoys traveling and playing with her family in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Cherie Snyder, MSS, MA, Professor, Director of Integrative Health program, Director of the Human Service Associate curriculum, Chair of the Integrative Health Team, Allegany College of Maryland
Eva Weinlander, MD, associate professor, Stanford University Medical School, facilitating Mind-Body Skills groups in CA
Claire Wheeler, MD, PhD, Physician, Psychologist in Portland, Oregon; Founder of MindBody Medicine of Portland; Instructor, Portland State University School of Community Health; author, 10 Simple Solutions to Stress