Saybrook University student Monisha Rios tells us about her experiences as a U.S. veteran, concerns with the mental health industry, and how Saybrook has helped her.
Tell us about what life was life before Saybrook:
The foundation for my work was laid by my personal experiences in seeking services from the VA. It all began in 1998. I was freshly discharged from the Army and fully equipped with advice from one of my drill sergeants. She told me to go straight to the VA for counseling as soon as I got out, since going to mental health on active duty was certain death for your career. I did as instructed but was turned away because, according to the staff member I spoke with, despite my having been sexually harassed and assaulted multiple times, I had not been penetrably raped, so therefore I did not “deserve” to ask for help. To make matters worse, they told me I was not eligible for any care because I was discharged before 24 months, even though my service was honorable. The Army told me I was a veteran deserving of care, why was the VA disagreeing? The only way I could get care at that point was if I had been medically discharged or attained a disability rating. Since I had been conveniently denied a medical board evaluation prior to discharge there was only one choice. On I went through the ridiculous claims process.
Saybrook University Instructor Ruthann Russo: New Research Reveals that 86% of Patients Can be Treated with Integrative Medicine03/24/2015
Ruthann Russo, PhD, MPH, LAc, is an integrative health practitioner, consultant, and policy expert in integrative health and wellness. She teaches on an adjunct basis at Saybrook University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine, where she is also earning her second PhD. This blog posting will cover Integrative Population Health Management and is Part 1 of a four-part series.
Integrative population health management is the use of integrative health modalities (IHM) to adjunctively manage chronic conditions for all patient populations. Under the Affordable Care Act, the phrase “population health management” has become the new buzzword for administering the health of the public. With this new phraseology comes a shift in responsibility – from governmental agencies to private sector healthcare systems and providers. Population health management requires that each healthcare organization step back from its current position and view its geography and the people who give life to that geography from a different perspective. It requires identifying patterns in the population – not just disease patterns – life patterns. Patterns that if managed more effectively will reduce the escalating costs and decreasing quality associated with common chronic conditions such as increased blood glucose, depression, high blood pressure, obesity, tobacco use, obesity, chronic pain, and stress.
Saybrook University Doctoral Student Applies Breath Training, Imagery, and Stretching to Life-Threatening Blood Clots03/18/2015
Introduction: Arielle Denise Dance, with an MA in Women's Health, is a PhD student in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University. Diagnosed with endometriosis at 15 years old, Arielle has spent the majority of her academic career being an advocate in the women's health community focusing on topics of chronic pain, disability, and minority groups.
The Story: She couldn’t breathe. “ Just breathe … Deep breaths should help.” She could not manage even a shallow breath without sharp pains ripping through her body. That is how Arielle Dance, second year PhD student in the MBM program, felt when she was hit with a Pulmonary Embolism for the second time in her twenties. In August 2014, after a cross country trip back to New Jersey following the Fall Residential Conference, Arielle began feeling short of breath, and experiencing severe chest and back pain. Convinced that these were signs of an asthma attack, Arielle was not prepared for all that she would endure.
Saybrook Doctoral Student Jana Downum Presents Case Report on Biofeedback for Stroke Survivors at Austin Conference03/18/2015
Jana Downum is a doctoral student in the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine. Jana presented a case report at the Association for Applied Psychophysiology amd Biofeedback annual conference in Austin, Texas on March 11 to 14 (see http://www.aapb.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1).
Jana’s Case Report, which was presented in poster form, demonstrated her effective use of heart rate variability biofeedback with one of her patients, a stroke survivor. Within the field of biofeedback, Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback is a promising new intervention technique. Jana introduced the techniques to the patient during their first session. In subsequent sessions, the patient practiced and regularly applied mindful breathing, and used HRV strategies outside of sessions in all settings. The poster presents the data, progress, and how the patient successfully achieved higher levels of difficulty within the HRV program.
Jana has been a member of the Biofeedback Society of Texas (BST) for several years and has presented at prior Annual BST Conferences. She is a biofeedback therapist at Pate Rehabilitation, in the Dallas, Texas area.
Mind-Body Medicine Doctoral Student, Deborah Klein, Integrates Health Coaching and Mind-Body Skills with Dietician Practice03/17/2015
Deborah Klein, MS, RD, Certified Health & Wellness Coach, is the world’s first Livitician® coach, a term she coined as an alternative to Dietician, and has been counseling clients on nutrition and fitness for over 20 years. Her mission is to educate others on achieving optimal wellness through balanced eating, intrinsic coaching and exercise.
At the University of California, Davis, Deborah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a minor in Exercise Physiology. She then earned her Registered Dietitian license in Georgia. She also completed her Master’s of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition with an emphasis in sports nutrition at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. She is now a PhD candidate at Saybrook University Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine.