Mind-Body Medicine


Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy—A Little Girl’s Journey to Wellness

Director of MS Degree in INtegrative and Functional Nutrition


     “I can run real fast and do a big poopy now,” said five-year old Lily, in the best thank you card Mary Beth Augustine ever received.

This case narrative was provided by Mary Beth Augustine, RDN, CDN, FAND, the Director of the Saybrook University Masters in Integrative and Functional Nutrition program.  The child’s name was change to protect her anonymity.

Lily was in preschool when Mary Beth Augustine met her and her parents at her initial nutrition consultation. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at three years of age, every day was a painful battle for Lily and her parents. Dressing, bathing, walking, getting in and out of a car seat, the normal activities of daily living, were all worsened by Lily’s cries of pain and her resistance to moving her swollen joints. Worse yet was the impact on her gross motor skills, speech, and social skills, as Lily preferred to sit quietly at a preschool table instead of running, interacting, and playing with her peers.

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Ellyn Hutton, Saybrook University Certificate Graduate, Offers Holistic Programs for Pregnant Women and Others Online and Onsite

Ellyn Stanek Hutton, BSN, RN

Ellyn Stanek Hutton, BSN, RN, is a practicing Certified Holistic Nurse. She completed her studies in Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine Certificate Program and is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge with others.  Her coursework in the Saybrook Certificate program included the health coaching course, an introduction to biofeedback, and the three part School of Mind-Body Medicine course sequence in using mind-body skills groups, based on the model developed by James S. Gordon, MD, of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.

As a yoga teacher and massage therapist, she has a unique interest in working with those in chronic pain.  She is creating a yoga teacher training program for pregnancy as well as an inpatient yoga, massage, and meditation program for high-risk pregnancies.

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Dr. Donald Moss, Head of Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine, to Chair Symposium on Chronic Illness at Biofeedback Conference

Drs. Erik Peper, Angele McGrady, and Donald Moss


On Friday March 13, Donald Moss will chair a symposium at the annual meeting of AAPB, in Austin, Texas, featuring presentations on “Mind-Body Approaches to Challenging and Chronic Cases.”  (AAPB is the Association for Biofeedback and Applied Psychophysiology, an international association promoting evidence based applications of biofeedback, neurofeedback, and self-regulation therapies).

Every day, human beings present in healthcare clinics with multiple conditions, chronic illnesses, and conditions that challenge the patient and the care team.  Biomedicine has limited solutions for chronic and complex conditions. Patients also vary greatly in their readiness to take an active role in their care.

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Doors to Opportunity—Dr. Lynne Shaner Describes Impact of her Saybrook Doctoral Degree

Lynne Shaner, PhD


In October 2014, Lynne Shaner defended her dissertation on the “Lived Experience of the Practice of Long-Term Meditation,” and is happy now to be credentialed as Dr. Shaner.  After resting and recovering from four surgeries and additional hospitalizations as well as completing her last stretch of coursework, doctoral study, and final dissertation work in 2014, she reports being relieved to be at this stage of her professional and academic career.  Dr. Shaner reports that she is already seeing her degree as a useful tool empowering her professional work.  She comments, “the degree is already opening doors and creating opportunities in my life”.   

In the fall of 2014, Dr. Shaner was invited to co-teach “Self-Care for Applied Well-Being” at George Mason University, and pending enrollment, may again serve as adjunct faculty there in 2015.  She is also an adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University.  “I really enjoy teaching,” she notes, and “watching the students discover mind-body experiences, from meditation to imagery to yoga.  It’s wonderful. Teaching a self-care course at George Mason---the first of its kind there---with my colleague, was a real gift.  It was great fun, also, to assign readings that I had drawn from classes that I had taken at Saybrook, and to also assign part of the dissertation done by Dr. Pegi Black (Saybrook, 2014) -- Pegi’s work on self-care inspired the students.”

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Center for Mind-Body Medicine Training Available at the School of Mind-Body Medicine Residential Conference

Center for Mind-Body Medicine Training Event

Hot off the Presses: There are a limited number of openings for non-students to take the Mind-Body Medicine training offered by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) as part of the January January MBM Residential Conference in Seattle. Both the Professional Training Program and the Advanced Training Programs will be given, and non-Saybrook students can register through CMBM.  

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Researcher Elena Gillespie Joins Faculty for School of Mind-Body Medicine

Elana Gillespie, PhD


Elena Gillespie, PhD, is a new addition to the research faculty in Saybrook University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine.  She will be teaching a course on Quantitative Research Resign for Healthcare.  Dr. Gillespie has been involved in research for nearly twenty years with a focus in Mind-Body techniques.  She was co-founder of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center at the University of Michigan funded by the National Institute of Health, now known as the University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Research Center.  Her study assessing the use of Reiki in the amelioration of pain in diabetic neuropathy was the second study utilizing Reiki as a healing modality funded by the NIH.  The results of that quantitative study were published in 2007. 

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Saybrook University Master's Student Daniel Gawrys Uses Executive Coaching to Maximize Employee Potential

UCLA Radiology Managers in Retreat Conducted by Gawrys and business partner

Daniel Gawrys is a master's degree student in Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine.  Gawrys is an Executive Coach whose niche is working with high functioning clients who have been successful thus far in their career.  These clients typically focus so intensely on their career that other areas of life become imbalanced, which causes personal issues to roll into their work life.  These clients are stuck in a perpetual cycle of professional/personal imbalance.  Instinctively, these clients try to work harder, and doing so, they only exacerbate the root issues.  Motivation is strongly present, but they’re at a loss for how to initiate change. 

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Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine Offers Four PhD Specializations in Mind-Body Medicine



In August 2009, James S. Gordon and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine collaborated with Saybrook University, founding the Graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine for individuals pursuing a master’s degree and/or doctoral degree.  As the program has grown over the years, the graduate school now provides four doctoral level specializations, to prepare graduates for careers in healthcare and mental healthcare.  Influenced by the humanistic philosophy of Saybrook University, the central focus of each degree program and specializations emphasize person-centered health care, and advocate the importance of integrating self-care, mind-body practices, and other alternative approaches within the mainstream of health and mental healthcare. The School of Mind-Body Medicine is designed as a hybrid program, which affords working professionals the opportunity to conveniently attend a maximum of three short residential conferences a year, as well as complete all of their coursework through online and videoconference technology.

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Saybrook now offers a Coaching for Health and Wellness Certificate approved by the International Coaching Foundation (ICF)

International Coaching Federation

Saybrook University, the world’s premier institution for humanistic graduate studies, now offers a Coaching for Health and Wellness Certificate program through the University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine (MBM). The coaching certificate program provides individuals coming from a variety of professional backgrounds with knowledge and practical experience in basic, intermediate, and advanced coaching skills and competencies. Upon completion of the certification process, participants will be adept at applying their knowledge and coaching skills within diverse contexts such as integrative health and wellness, leadership, and life coaching.

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Articulation Agreement between Saybrook University and the International Nurse Coach Association

Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC, and Susan Luck, RN, BS, MA, HNC

The International Nurse Coach Association (INCA) has signed an Articulation Agreement with Saybrook University to provide recognition of credits from the INCA Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (INCCP) for Saybrook University’s M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs in Psychology with a Specialization in Consciousness, Spirituality, & Integrative Health.

INCA has also signed an articulation with Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine to provide recognition of credits from the INCA Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (INCCP) for Saybrook’s master's and doctoral programs in the School of Mind-Body Medicine (School of MBM). 

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