Course Director

James S. Gordon, MD

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

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Clinical Director

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

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Nutrition Faculty


[two_nineth] Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN
[/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.

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[two_nineth] Catherine McConkie, NC
[/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.

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Catherine McConkie, NC is the founder of The Caregivers Table; a Natural Chef Instructor and Nutrition Consultant; core faculty for the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal Research Institute in Bolinas, CA; co-founder of Cooks On Call; chef instructor at San Francisco General Hospital’s Wellness Center, and a faculty member of the Food As Medicine professional nutrition training program.Read more at www.thecaregiverstable.com

[two_nineth] Mark Pettus, MD
[/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.

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Mark Pettus, MD, is a board-certified internist and nephrologist who has been practicing for more than 25 years. He serves as director of medical education, wellness, and population health at Berkshire Health Systems and associate dean of medical education at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is author of The Savvy Patient: The Ultimate Advocate for Quality Health Care and It’s All in Your Head: Change Your Mind, Change Your Health, and Change Your Life. Mark has been featured on numerous television and radio programs nationally, including Good Morning America, The 700 Club, NPR, and PBS.Read more at www.savvypatient.com

[two_nineth] Drew Ramsey, MD
[/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.

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Drew Ramsey, MD, is a leading proponent of using dietary change to help balance moods, sharpen brain function, and improve mental health. An assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, Drew’s clinical work focuses on the treatment of depression and anxiety with a combination of psychotherapy, lifestyle modification, and psychopharmacology. He uses modern psychological concepts and the latest brain science to help people live their healthiest, happiest lives. Drew is cofounder of National Kale Day and author of 50 Shades of Kale and The Happiness Diet.Read more at www.drewramseymd.com

Course Faculty

Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS

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

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Toni Q. Bankston, LCSW, psychotherapist and consultant, is the Executive Director of Mind-Body Center of Louisiana; Director of Behavioral Health Services, Baton Rouge OneStop Homeless Services Center, and Facilitator of Mind-Body Skills Groups for Teens and Adults. She has over 21 years experience as a child, adolescent and family psychotherapist, and now integrates mind-body skills, art and play therapy, movement and drama in her work with children and adults exposed to violence, trauma and disaster. She is skilled in curriculum and program development and worked with the Children’s Health Fund and LSU Health Sciences in co-authoring and implementing a mobile model of mental health care as part of a Medical Home for children in schools and FEMA villages in the aftermath of the Katrina Disaster.

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

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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

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Chad is a licensed clinical social worker that specializes in medical and radiation oncology. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois where his training included psychopathology, psychodiagnostics and school based mental health. Following graduation, Chad relocated to South Carolina where he worked extensively with psychiatric and substance abuse patients in an inpatient hospital setting. There, he was the lead therapist providing individual, family and marital therapy for both adults and adolescents. In 2003, Chad transitioned to the field of oncology. He is an oncology certified social worker at the Gibbs Cancer Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina and primarily works with individuals and families who are struggling with a cancer diagnosis. He has a special interest in guided imagery and meditation for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Chad is also the manager for psychosocial oncology services at the Gibbs Center. Currently, Chad facilitates Mind-Body skills groups through the newly developed Center for Health and Healing at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. Chad is an avid triathlete and enjoys traveling with his family.

Matt Erb, PT, Physical Therapist, specialist in migraine, headache, dizziness and chronic pain conditions; mind-body skills group facilitator, Minneapolis, MN

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Matt Erb, PT, is a physical therapist with an integrative approach to patient care. He currently specializes in working with headache, migraine, and other types of chronic pain. He also has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of dizziness, vertigo and vestibular disorders. He incorporates biofeedback, therapeutic exercise, yoga, self-care training, craniosacral therapy and other manual therapies alongside mind-body integration. He has an interest in expanding the role of integrative physiotherapy in mental health and trauma care.

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

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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

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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

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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

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Jerrol Kimmel, RN, MA began her career in community mental health and the healing arts in 1975 with a BA in psychology from UC Berkeley. In 1983 she completed a nursing program to integrate Western Medicine with holistic practices. She received her Master’s degree in Integrative Health Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. She is a faculty member of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s professional training programs and is also part of the Center’s Global Trauma Relief team providing training for health and mental professionals in Israel, Gaza and Haiti. She also serves as faculty mentor for Saybrook University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine Master’s students. Ms. Kimmel has maintained a private practice since 1980 integrating massage therapy, mind-body techniques and other holistic modalities in assisting her clients in attaining physical, emotional and spiritual health with a specific interest in working with clients around the country in her program Filling Up On Wholeness, a personal inquiry into emotional eating. She currently works as an integrative nurse navigator at Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute in Spartanburg, South Carolina in women’s health.
Rita Anita Linger

Rita Anita Linger, PhD Candidate, Founder and Principal of The Gnosis Center, Founder & Director of SERA, Inc’s “The People’s Integrative Health Center”

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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

Lora Matz, MS, LICSW, Psychotherapist; Faculty member at the Center for Spirituality and Healing; University of MN

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Lora Matz, MS, LICSW, is a psychotherapist, lecturer and writer who has worked for many years in the areas of mind-body Medicine and transpersonal development. Lora is a Senior Faculty Member of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and teaches in the Professional Training Programs, CancerGuides® and the Global Trauma Relief program. Lora has extensive history working with children of all ages as well as adults. She has post-graduate training in transpersonal development, clinical hypnosis, guided imagery, and several other healing modalities. Lora incorporates imagery, breath work, meditation, and transpersonal development into her work as well as the Center’s model of working with groups. Lora is skilled in curriculum and program development. She created a pilot curriculum teaching inner city pre-school teachers and their small students stress reduction techniques and the principals of emotional intelligence. She worked for a year co-leading a team of facilitators working with the children who were on the bus when the I 35 W bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. Lora works at Prairie Care in MN as the Clinical Education Specialist, conducting leadership trainings, mentoring and supervision within PrairieCare and provides workshops through that role throughout the twin cities and MN. Lora has extensive experience in the area of death and dying, as well as integrative cancer care and conducts trainings for health care professionals and others in the area of midwifing of death and integrative practices for the dying and their loved ones.

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.

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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 Penn, MA, DO

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).

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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

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Jane Elizabeth Reilly, MS, LICSW is a psychotherapist and teacher of the culinary arts. She received her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University, New York, NY, The Grand Diplome de Cuisine from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine, Paris, France and certification in Food & Healing from The Natural Gourmet, New York, NY. She specializes in working with individuals of all ages and communities that have experienced severe trauma (including war trauma, working with refugee children & adults), as well as individuals with chronic health problems – integrating mind-body and nutritional approaches into her psychotherapy practice in the treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) anxiety and depression – often using the kitchen as the arena for healing. Jane created and directed a program for refugees and asylum seekers in New York City that focused on the preservation of cultural cuisine, strengthening/healing the individual and community as well as teaching cooking skills and sound nutrition. Recently, Jane co-directed a year-long program, Minimizing Trauma and Building Resiliency using a mind-body skills model specifically developed for children who have experienced a traumatic event. The recipients of this work were the children, ranging in age from 5-16, who were on the school bus returning from an outing, August 1, 2007, when the I35W Bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. Currently, Jane coordinates the Center for Victims of Torture school-based mental health project for refugee children who have experienced war trauma and sees clients in her private practice. Jane has worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with refugees and internally displaced persons who experienced war. After returning from Africa, Jane worked with North Memorial Medical Center Department of Psychiatry & Integrative Care to develop a Partial Psychiatric Hospitalization Program where she served as their lead clinician.

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.

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Lynda Richtsmeier Cyr, PhD, LP, is an Integrative Clinical Psychologist and Consultant in Private Practice in Minneapolis, MN. She is a Senior Faculty Member for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s professional training programs, both nationally and internationally. Lynda is also a Senior Clinical Supervisor for candidates enrolled in the Center’s Certification Program and she is the Coordinator for the Mind-Body Medicine Internship Program for Certification Graduates. Lynda also currently teaches as part of the Core Faculty for the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute (NPHTI) and as part-time faculty at Saybrook University, College of Mind-Body Medicine. Lynda is a former Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School and she was the Lead Psychologist and Program Manager for the Integrative Medicine Department at Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota from 2001-2010. Lynda incorporates mind-body medicine, including biofeedback, guided imagery, and meditation, into her holistic psychotherapy practice with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Lynda facilitates regular mind-body skills groups, workshops and provides clinical consultation.

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

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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

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Cherie Snyder, MSS, MA holds the rank of Professor at Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) in Cumberland, Maryland where she has taught since 1987. Prior to assuming her faculty position at ACM, Ms. Snyder directed a large multi-service program for the elderly in Philadelphia (1975- 1984). Her program was recognized by foundations and government funding agencies as an exemplary model for community-based services to older people. Ms. Snyder currently is the Director of the Human Service Associate curriculum and the Integrative Health program. As Chair of the Integrative Health Team, she has spearheaded an effort to create a national model for allied health education based on a whole person, integrative approach to care. Included in her leadership positions at ACM have been service as the Co-chair for the College’s Middle States Accreditation (1992-1994), Chair of the Learning Community Project (1995-2000) and Chair of the Vision/Mission Task Force which oversaw the college-wide process of developing a new mission statement (2001-2003). A social worker since 1974, Cherie received her BA from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa (1972), her MSS from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research (1974), and an MA in Social Gerontology from the University of Pennsylvania (1984). Ms. Snyder is committed to building a deep sense of community where peace, social justice, and healing are powerful forces for change.
Eva Weinlander

Eva Weinlander, MD, associate professor, Stanford University Medical School, facilitating Mind-Body Skills groups in CA

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Eva Weinlander, MD has been practicing and teaching family medicine at Stanford University Medical School for 24 years. Eva received her medical training at Queen’s University in Ontario and completed her family medicine residency at McGill University Medical School in Montreal, Quebec, both in Canada. She is an associate professor of medicine at Stanford where she splits her time between patient care, medical student teaching, clerkship innovation and directing. She received her Professional and Advanced Training with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and has since led mind-body skills groups for medical students, physicians and within her physician faculty practice.

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

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Claire Wheeler, MD, PhD, is a physician and psychologist living in Portland, Oregon. After practicing Emergency Medicine for several years, she was the Primary Investigator in a 4-year study of the emotional, social, and psychological effects of traumatic injury and stress at the University of Michigan and the Legacy Health System in Portland. She went on to found MindBody Medicine of Portland, providing integrative medical services, including Mind-Body Skills groups, to the public and other health professionals in the Portland area. Claire served as key personnel for a grant from NCCAM to Oregon Health & Science University to integrate mind-body medicine and other integrative practices into the curriculum of the medical and nursing schools. She is now a faculty member at the School of Community Health at Portland State University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in health behaviors, integrative medicine, and stress. She is the author of 10 Simple Solutions to Stress, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Belly Fat Weight Loss as well as the “Head-to-Toe Happiness” blog on psychologytoday.com. Claire has three children who live with her half time, and her favorite stress reliever is dancing around the living room to whatever comes up on her iPod.