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LATEST: A contract has been signed to develop and edit a book delineating the construct of integrative medicine as applies to rehabilitation and therapy professions: IRP – Integrative Rehab Practice… stay tuned! This will be submitted the summer of 2020 with publication later that year or in early 2021. I am simultaneously hard at work developing comprehensive online CE learning modules to define integrative therapy practice constructs. Look for the first course (15 modules with ~ 30 hours of on-demand, self-paced learning) to be up and running by Spring of 2019! I will also present an overview of this work to the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health on February 21st via webinar.

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Check out my latest publication – a new article co-authored with Kristine Weber of Subtle Yoga, Asheville, NC, on understanding the relevance and impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences/ACEs, in this case geared for the yoga therapy community. This topic is near to my heart and fundamental to how I work with myself, my patients, and those that I teach. I am also working on another similar paper for peer-review publication focused on ACEs and trauma-informed care within the physical therapy and rehabilitation medicine/therapy professions… check back on that one!

Also consider this a review of this novel paper that I had the honor of co-authoring on with my esteemed colleagues in yoga, mind-body medicine, and neuroscience, exploring theoretical parallels between ancient yogic teachings and contemporary neuroscience – in particular, a favorite teaching topic of mine: Polyvagal Theory. It has received extensive attention at the Frontiers in Neuroscience website, garnering over 50,000 views so far!

I will have two chapters (one co-authored on polyvagal theory, yoga, and pain, and the other that I authored on nutrition, pain, and yoga) in a forthcoming book on a yogic approach to managing pain, in 2019, pre-order here. I also submitted a co-authored chapter with Dr. Noshene Ranjbar and Dr. Justin Otis, in a forthcoming book geared towards medical residency programs on burnout and resilience.

Several colleagues and I recently presented at the “Calling Upon the Warrior Spirit to Heal Historical Trauma” Conference and Ceremony at the Gila River Indian Community, Sacaton AZ, April 21-22 and again October 8-10 at Viejas near San Diego, overviewing the work we are doing with CMBM in Indian Country in relation to trauma-informed care and historical trauma. We are also working to organize another version of the conference in Minneapolis for Spring of 2019, stay tuned…

I am currently looking for host sites for Integrative Headache Management and Integrative Rehab Practice courses, geared towards PT and other Rehab Professions, please contact via email for inquiries… as noted above, these courses are being redeveloped for an online/remote viewing format.  My most recent presentation was for the New York Physical Therapy Association regional fall September 2018 conference, which was well-received. In addition, after these courses are completed, the next project will create a new CE course on Integrative Physiotherapy in Psychiatry & Mental Health… if this is of interest to your practice, let me know.

UPCOMING COURSES: Arizona PTA Spring Conference on Pain where I will present a series of presentations on various facets of biopsychosocial and integrative constructs applied to rehabilitation and pain.

Check back for new opportunities. In the meantime, you might want to watch a recent webinar presentation I gave for The Center for Mind-Body Medicine on exploring the topic of chronic pain through an integrative, mind-body lens.

Look for me at the Mind-Body Medicine Professional Trainings, offered by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. The next open enrollment program will be the Fundamentals training at beautiful Esalen in Northern California. I will also be teaching and working on a Community Healing Collaborative for the Greater Houston area through 2018 and 2019; in Kyle, South Dakota for Little Wound School under an ANA grant; Broward County, Florida for community-wide resilience building ; and a community resilience program for Sonoma/Northern California in relationship to the wildfires through 2019. Stay tuned for more CMBM trainings and be sure to check out the highly rated FAM (Food As Medicine) programs – with the next installment at beautiful Esalen in California.

I recently completed guest lecturing at Southern California University of Health Sciences on the topic of burnout and resilience as well as in the New York Medical College, Emory University and University of Southern California DPT programs. I continue to reach out to all DPT programs in the US to expand the inclusion of mind-body medicine in core DPT education. I am also currently teaching for the University of Arizona College of Medicine, as well as the Department of Psychiatry in their pioneering Integrative Medicine Residency program in collaboration with the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (UACIM). I also recently became more involved with UACIM, authoring segments of the integrative mental health modules for 2017-2018. This course is available online for those interested in the topic. Reminder: I am available for lecturing and teaching in all levels of academia.

Read a recent article in Yoga Therapy Today on Understanding Opioids, May 2016 edition, co-authored with colleague Fred Taylor, MD, professor of neurology, University of Minnesota… And the latest: another feature article in the Yoga Therapy Today Spring 2017 issue, co-written with Marlysa Sullivan on understanding placebo in relation to yoga

Teaching Experience and Services:

  • Faculty, Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Professional Training Programs
  • Instructor and Content Reviewer, UACIM
  • Academic Lectures, a few examples include:
    • Polyvagal Theory and Mind-Body Medicine
    • Placebo – The Elephant in the Room
    • Understanding Burnout and Resilience
    • Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma-Informed Care
    • Historical Trauma
    • Exploring Pain
    • Music in Medicine and Healing, Polyvagal Theory and Music
    • Intro to Mind-Body Medicine for Rehab Therapy Education
    • Wellness & Self-Care programs in Medical Education and Residency
  • Professional Continuing Education & Workshops, a few examples include:
    • Integrative Headache Treatment (Geared to Physical Therapists, open to Occupational Therapists and Physicians) (HACEBrochureGeneric)
    • Building a Mind-Body Integrated Therapy Practice (All Rehab Therapists, medical providers also welcome to attend) (MBMTherapistsGeneric)
    • Clinical Considerations of the Polyvagal Theory (Rehab and Mental Health Therapists, Allied Professions, Medical Providers)
    • Understanding Stress Through Yoga
    • Physiotherapy in Psychiatry & Mental Health (under development)
    • Resiliency for Healthcare Providers

Comments from past participants of continuing education programs:

  • “Evidence-based with excellent knowledge of the subject.”
  • “Very well researched, applicable, and handouts are wonderful.”
  • “Great intro to mind-body concepts and ideas for treatment.”
  • “Very knowledgeable instructor and presents material well.” 
  • “This is the best course I have taken in several years. Lots of great ideas for working with chronic pain patients.”

Contact me via email for additional information and/or for pricing/quotes.

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