Carrie Phelps, Mind-Body Medicine PhD student

Carrie Phelps

Carrie Phelps

Mind-Body Medicine Student

“Saybrook fits so well with my job.”

Carrie Phelps is the Health and Well-Being Technical Advisor for the YMCA of the USA. She designs health programs that YMCAs across the country take on, and then she helps them adjust the programs to fit their specific populations.

Carrie, who received her masters degree in Exercise Science from Denver University, is also a PhD student studying Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook, with a focus on healthcare systems.

“I hadn’t even thought about going back to school,” she remembers. “But I was sitting in an orientation given by the College of Mind-Body Medicine, and I just knew that it was what I wanted to do.”

The Mind-Body Medicine program is a perfect fit for Carrie: one that emphasizes the individual person, centers on research and practice, and allows her to specialize in organizational systems and change.

It’s lived up to her expectations.  “Saybrook has truly been one of the most extraordinary experiences in my life,” she says.  

“The faculty is amazing and the classes are about practicing what we preach and are very experiential. We’re all going through the program together; we support and challenge each other and help each other grow and develop.”

Even though she already had 30 years of experience in the health and wellness field, Carrie knew that going back to graduate school would be a big step, but it’s one that she’s never regretted.