Professional Training Program

Taking Women’s Health to Heart


The Center for Mind-Body Medicine presents a free Food As Medicine for Women’s Health webinar presented by Cindy Gyer. Hosted by CMBM’s Food As Medicine Education Director, Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, this webinar will cover the latest information surrounding cardiovascular disease in women. This webinar was presented on February 6, 2019.

About the Webinar

We now know that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women over the age of 55, and both symptoms and risk factors can be different for women. This webinar will cover risk factors beyond cholesterol, and focus on the power of foods, movement, sleep, and connection in keeping women’s hearts healthy.

This webinar, presented by Cindy Geyer, MD is the fifth in a series of Food As Medicine webinars presented by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and hosted by leading nutrition author, speaker and integrative nutritionist Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN.

Learning Objectives

In this webinar, we will:

  1. Review risk factors for cardiovascular disease in women.
  2. Explain the function of the endothelium and the impact of diet and lifestyle on artery elasticity.
  3. Understand the connection between menstrual/ pregnancy history (such as PCOS, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes) as predictors of elevated cardiovascular risk.
  4. List the key lifestyle strategies for reducing cardiovascular risk and improving outcomes.

About the Presenter, Cindy Geyer MD, ABIM, ABOIM, ABLM

Dr. Cindy Geyer received her bachelor of science and her doctor of medicine degrees, with honors, from the Ohio State University. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In addition to her role as the medical director at Canyon Ranch, Dr. Geyer has been one of the core faculty members at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s (CMBM) “Food as Medicine” conference for 17 years.

She serves on the Pittsfield Board of Health and is also a board member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. A clinician, educator, and mother, she is passionate about collaborative approaches to health and wellness: from the integrative team model in working with individual patients to community partnerships that together can effect healthy changes in the places people live and work.

About the Host, Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN

Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, EBQ  is the co-founder of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy,, a comprehensive, online, educational program for dietitians interested in functional medicine.

CMBM Food As Medicine faculty and director Kathie Madonna SwiftShe received her Master of Science  in Nutrition from Arizona State University and has held diverse positions throughout her career. Kathie pioneered innovative nutrition programs at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Dr. Mark Hyman’s UltraWellness Center and continues to consult at all three organizations today.

Notable in her dietetic career, Kathie has served as the Education Director for the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s highly acclaimed “Food As Medicine” professional training program for almost two decades. She is a contributing author for medical textbooks including  Integrative Gastroenterology  and  Integrative Women’s Health published by Oxford University Press and the clinical nutrition textbook  Krause’s Food & Nutrition Care Process.  She  serves on the Advisory Board for Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal and the Integrative Healthcare Symposium. Kathie is a scientific reviewer for  Military Medicine  and was a founding member of the Nutrition Advisory Board for the Institute for Functional Medicine.

For her many years of service and dedication to advancing the field of integrative and functional medicine, Kathie received the first Visionary Leadership Award and more recently, the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group.

Kathie is the co-author of  The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Health with Dr. Gerard Mullin. Her most recent book,  The Swift Diet: 4 Weeks to Mend the Belly, Lose the Weight, and Get Rid of the Bloat, with co-author Joseph Hooper features the latest science on the microbiome. Connect with Kathie at