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School of Mind-Body Medicine Student Applies Mind-Body Approach with Major League Baseball Players and the Chronically Ill: Introducing Rowan Silverberg

04/16/2013
Rowan Silverberg Conducts a Corporate Workshop on Well Lifestyles

Rowan Silverberg is a student in the master's program in Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine.  She has been working in the field of Mind-Body Medicine for over 20 years.  Since 2005, she has worked as a Mental Skills Coach for professional baseball players, teaching them how to leverage the mind-body connection, using meditation, breathing techniques, and yoga.   She is also employed by a Fortune 500 Company, as a massage/yoga therapist in an on-site holistic primary care center, where she has worked since 1991.  Patients she sees in the primary care center have a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions, ranging from neck and back pain to rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and migraines.  In addition to her work in the clinic, she leads stress management presentations throughout the company and offers personal coaching.  

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Peter Amato, PhD Student in Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine, Operates Integrative Healing Centers in Pennsylvania and St. Maarten

04/09/2013
Peter Amato in St. Maarten

Peter Amato operates two integrative wellness centers, both named Inner Harmony. The first is in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania and the second is on the island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean. The Scranton center is situated on the campus of the Regional Hospital of Scranton (formerly Mercy Hospital).   Both centers provide holistic healthcare, based on a model of healing mind, body, and spirit.

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Jana Downum, PhD, Student in the Saybrook School of Mind-Body Medicine, Carries Mind-Body Learning into her Work with Head-Injured Population

04/08/2013
Jana Downum in Biofeedback Office

Jana Downum is a PhD student in the School of Mind-Body Medicine, with a specialization in healthcare practice.  She is also a biofeedback therapist working for Pate Rehabilitation in Dallas, Texas. Her patients at Pate Rehabilitation typically present with traumatic brain injury, and she is able to help patients better manage their stress and pain, and improve their sleep.

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Saybrook University PhD Graduate in Mind-Body Medicine Addresses Work as a Spiritual Practice: Beth A. Haggett, PhD

04/02/2013
Beth Haggett, PhD, at Zenger-Folkman

Beth A. Haggett completed her Ph.D. in Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine in January 2013, with a specialization in Health Care Systems.  She accepted a position as Director of Product Development for Zenger-Folkman, a well-respected company specializing in Strengths-Based Leadership. This was an unexpected career move that was both exciting and intimidating. Transitioning from a demanding but flexible research and study schedule to a 40 plus hour workweek with much less flexibility was a concern for her.

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Saybrook University Faculty Member Dr. Lisa Kelly Participates in Humanitarian Outreach to Dominican Republic

04/01/2013
Dr. Lisa Kelly Collage of Photos

Lisa Kelly, PhD, is a Saybrook University graduate, a member of the Saybrook University faculty, and the Director of Instructional Excellence in the School of Mind-Body Medicine.  In November of 2012 Dr. Kelly returned to Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic ,to work with the children sponsored by the Dove Mission Youth Development Center (http://dovemissions.org/). This was Lisa’s sixth trip to work with the disenfranchised children of Puerto Plata.

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Physician and Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine Student Pete Buecker Creates Wellness Center

03/26/2013
Dr. Pete Buecker

Dr. Pete Buecker initially became interested in mind-body medicine as a way to manage his own stress and health.  His interest led him to study Mindfulness Meditation and he completed an 8-day Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training retreat with Jon Kabat Zinn and Saki Santorelli from the University of Massachusetts.  While he found the course personally transformative and continues to practice mindfulness, he wanted to learn more.  His quest to learn more about the interface between the mind and the body to promote healing led him to consult the wise advice of Google.  The search terms mind-body medicine led Pete to the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and the professional training programs that the Center offers.  It was on the CMBM website where Pete began reading about the founder, Jim Gordon, MD, and his affiliation with Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine as founding Dean.  Pete was intrigued by the CMBM faculty profiles and the inspiring work people affiliated with the center are doing all over the world.

After researching the training programs offered through Saybrook School of Mind-Body Medicine, Pete initially enrolled to complete a Certificate in Mind-Body Medicine.&nbs

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MBM PhD Student Applies Hypnosis with Medical and Dental Patients

03/25/2013
School of MBM PhD Student Lynne Shaner

 

From the time she was accepted into the Mind-Body Medicine PhD program, doors began to open a little wider for Lynne Shaner.  She is a mind-body medicine practitioner, working in private practice in Washington, DC.  She has a practice specializing in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques, or “tapping”), hypnosis, and Reiki.  Her participation in the Saybrook PhD program has deepened her knowledge of the areas she works in, and has opened up an entire range of mind-body skills and techniques, which she now uses regularly with clients.

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Saybrook University announces a fully accredited PhD program in Integrative Mental Health – the only program of its kind in the country.

02/19/2013

This new doctoral degree program in Mind-Body Medicine for mental health professionals provides evidence-based training in techniques that hospitals and the public are demanding.

The public increasingly wants to know about all of its mental health care options: not just therapy and drugs, but hypnosis, biofeedback, spiritual practices, nutrition, and more.

Hospitals and clinics are increasingly advertising for mental health professionals who have these skills – but aren’t finding them. There simply isn’t an opportunity for practitioners to get these skills in a way that is rigorous, evidence-based, and accredited.

Saybrook, a fully accredited university which for forty years has had faculty in the vanguard of developing complementary medicine and integrative health care, is meeting this demand with the announcement of its new PhD program in Integrative Mental Health – the only program of its kind.

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New Student Describes her Pathway into Study of Mind-Body Medicine: Helen Paczkowski Andersen

02/18/2013
Helen and New Spouse

 

Students enrolled in the Saybrook University’s School of Mind Body Medicine often tell stories of how they found their way to Saybrook.  Many describe their path as a calling, or as an answer to their quest for finding a new way of working with people, one that addresses the many dimensions of human experience.   Helen’s story is about meeting a fellow Saybrook student, Beth Haggett, who is also the first student to receive a PhD from Saybrook University School of Mind Body Medicine.  While attending a conference facilitated by the Berkana Institute, Helen met Beth, and was moved by Beth’s inspiration to make a difference in the world via her experiences and knowledge gained at Saybrook.  During the three days they spent together, Beth generously guided some of the conference participants in Qi gong and a shaking exercise.  Experiencing these new methods to bring greater mind-body connection as well as hearing about the degree-program at Saybrook planted a seed in Helen’s head, which held fast even as Helen returned home to work and her personal and community commitments. 

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Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine faculty interviewed in Washington Times

02/14/2013

There’s a problem, says Dr. Eric Willmarth, when patients get their expectations for recovery set by “a Xanax commercial.”

In much of medicine, it really is “mind over matter.”  The trouble is most doctors and hospitals don’t practice that way.

That’s why Dr. Donald Moss, chair of Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine, told the Washington Times a story about a patient who had a heart attack, and whose “ejection faction”  (a measure of how well the heart was pumping) was at 60%.  His doctor told him “Your ejection fraction is 60%,” and left.

The patient assumed this meant his heart was functioning at 60% of capacity, and suffered a pronounced decline in his physical health.

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