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The Latest: IT’S HERE! After months, and hundred of hours of passionate attention, we are pleased to announce that the online Foundations of Integrative Rehab Practice (IRP) course has arrived. Go to the IRP main website to learn more about this exciting opportunity for self-paced learning that meets the needs of your demanding life and schedule. Live mentoring via webinar or phone, for those wishing more personalized guidance while delving into a biopsychosocial-spiritual practice, is available to complement your learning needs.

Additional advanced topic modules are in the works, as well as complementary modules on Integrative Headache Management and Integrative Rehab Practice in Mental Health Care. Check back regularly, and sign up for announcements below.

To continue to contribute to the worldwide movement for more integrative care models, a contract has been signed with Singing Dragon/Jessica Kingsley Publishers (England) to develop and edit a book further delineating the construct of integrative medicine as applies to rehabilitation and therapy professions. This will be submitted the summer of 2020 with publication later that year or in early 2021.

I recently presented an overview of this work to the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health on February 21st via webinar.

An important peer-reviewed paper on ACEs and trauma-informed care, co-authored with Embody Your Mind faculty Matt Erb, PT and Noshene Ranjbar, MD, has been accepted/approved and is now published online through the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s (ACRM) journal: Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation. It is in its “early” form (final typesetting/copy editing not completed, but paper content accepted). Go here to read the paper. Also, find us at ACRM’s fall conference in Chicago, presenting a full-day workshop on mind-body integration in rehab practice and a plenary on the paper.

Check out this recent 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, 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. The latest installment was in April 2019 on the Navajo Reservation in Window Rock, AZ, see here for registration information. We are also working to organize another version of the conference in Minneapolis for later in 2019 or 2020, stay tuned…

I am currently looking for host sites for LIVE/on-site 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. Join us May 4-5 in Phoenix!

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 ; a community resilience program for Sonoma/Northern California in relationship to the wildfires through 2019; and a unique VA program in Florida and Georgia combining the VA’s integrative health coaching model with CMBM’s small group model, to improve care for our veterans. 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

For a short interview with the Watered Grass Podcast, go here:

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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