Mind-Body Medicine


SUPERKIDS FOR SUPERFOODS: Nutrition-Based Service Learning Addresses Food Insecurity-Obesity Paradox and Promotes Health Easting in School-Aged Youth: Ruthi Solari, MS, CN

Ruthi Solari with SUPERKIDS



As a nutritionist, Ruthi Solari began Saybrook’s Masters program in Mind Body Medicine with a keen interest in the important role food plays in preventative healthcare and holistic wellness for individuals and communities. When Solari learned that 15% of Americans rely on emergency food sources as a primary source for household food and U.S. schools receive significant support from foodbanks to help provide meals for food-insecure students, she saw an opportunity to improve the nutritional quality of food distributed through food banks. In 2009, Solari founded a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called SuperFood Drive to focus on healthy hunger relief initiatives. Traditionally, food banks have struggled just to fill empty stomachs – often with no focus on nutrition. Solari had a vision to infuse existing hunger relief organizations (food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens) with healthy food and nutrition education.

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College of Mind-Body Medicine Mentor and Instructor Serves as Advocate for Massage Therapy Profession: Luann Fortune, PhD

Dr. Luann Fortune

Luann Fortune is a new mentor and instructor in Saybrook University’s College of Mind-Body Medicine.  She is thrilled to be assisting the MBM students to reach their academic and personal goals.  Luann has eight unique mentees that bring their own history and knowledge to Saybrook.  It is Luann’s intention to act as a coach and an advocate for the students throughout their entire degree program.  As she engages with this new position she will be present for her students, however, she is also aware that the interactions will impact her as well. 

Luann Fortune will also be teaching “Fundamentals of Research” in the Fall Term B with Connie Corley, and “Assessing Systems and Processes in Healthcare” in Spring 2013.

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MBM Mentor Studied How Long Distance Running Affects Women’s Lives: Introducing Alison Boudreau, Ph.D.

Alison Boudreau at her First Marathon at Big Sur


Sometimes life’s most challenging events are the ones that help to initiate meaningful change in one’s life. This was the case for Dr. Alison Boudreau, a new mentor guiding students in the College of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University.  Alison experienced a convergence of profound life events all around the same time -- the loss of a friend and the loss of her job in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorism event.  These experiences had a transformative effect on her and changed her life’s path.

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College of MBM Mentor and Faculty Member Applies Expressive Arts Approach to Workplace: Introducing Terri Goslin-Jones, PhD

Terri Goslin-Jones, PhD, surrounded by expressive arts material.

Recently Terri Goslin-Jones, PhD, a Saybrook University graduate, agreed to serve as a mentor for students in the College of Mind-Body Medicine. Terri’s main reason for becoming a mentor is to give back to other people, who are on a personal quest to nurture and develop their unique desire to change their part of the world. 

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College of Mind-Body Medicine PhD Student Completes a Clinical Practicum at the California College of Ayurveda: Introducing Avn Sturm

Avn Sturm Tends Medicinal Plants at California College of Ayurvedic Medicine


Avn Sturm’s dissertation interest is in Ayurveda, with a focus on the doctor-patient healing relationship in Ayurvedic Medicine. Ayruveda is the traditional medicine of India, based originally in the second millennium BCE, and further developed in the millennia since that time.  Ayruvedic Medicine treats the whole person, not the disease, and draws heavily on herbs, dietary change, meditation, and life style changes, to draw on the healing resources of the patient.

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College of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University Graduates Fourteen with MS Degree

The August 2012 Graduates of the College of Mind-Body Medicine



On August 14, 2012 Saybrook University's College of Mind-Body Medicine held its first independent graduation ceremony as a College! The Commencement Ceremony took place in San Diego, California. University Provost Dan Sewell, College Dean James Gordon, and College Chair Donald Moss bestowed the master’s degree in mind-body medicine on fourteen individuals.  Ten of the 14 graduates were present for the ceremony, and are pictured in the accompanying photo.

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"Where is the Unified Japan?" College of MBM Master's Student Tamami Shirai Reports on the Post-Tsunami Developments

Post-Tsunami Devastation

Tamami Shirai conducted her master's thesis research in the College of Mind-Body Medicine on the psychophysiological impact of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in her native Japan.

Almost a year after her first visit to Hanamaki, Iwate prefecture, Japan, after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Tamami Shirai visited Tohoku (Japan's northeast) again in March 2012. This time, she visited Tohoku's Iwate and Miyagi prefectures as well as two cities in the western part of Japan. This blog entry is based on her eye witness accounts. 

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The College of Mind-Body Medicine Certificate for Health and Wellness Coaching

Pursuing Personal Transformation and Achievement

This College of Mind-Body Medicine Certificate provides a comprehensive training in health and wellness coaching.  The Certificate includes five key courses, four residential conferences, and a capstone integrative essay.

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College of Mind-Body Medicine PhD student, Ramona Rolle-Berg, Completes Practicum Placement in Chiropractic Clinic.

Ramona and Dr. Marquardt


Ramona Rolle-Berg, a PhD student in the Saybrook University College of Mind-Body Medicine, recently completed a practicum placement with chiropractor Mark R. Marquardt, JD, DC, FACO.  That placement was filled almost to-the-brim with copious learning opportunities that smoothly mixed the experiential with the didactic.  Dr. Marquardt opened his office and practice to her, bringing her into patient interactions multiple times each day of her placement, exposures which afforded her the opportunity to develop a good understanding of the broad range of presenting complaints in a practice that caters to an array of afflictions and ages.  

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College of Mind-Body Medicine PhD Student, Renee Rolle-Whatley, Completes Practicum Placement in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

PhD Student Renee Rolle-Whatley and Timothy Sam Kit Tin, L.Ac

Renee Rolle-Whatley, a PhD student in the Saybrook University College of Mind-Body Medicine, recently completed a practicum placement with acupuncture practitioner Timothy Sam Kit Tin, L.Ac. This practicum provided her with the unique opportunity to experience firsthand the real-time use of a medical system of diagnosis and treatment already several thousands of years old. Acupuncture as practiced by Tin and his colleagues at Joyee Acupuncture and Herb, was both grounded in ancient Chinese medical wisdom and focused to treat common modern physical complaints. Mr. Tin was an enthusiastic mentor, jumping in with both feet, even though he and Ms. Rolle-Whatley differed in language, culture, and healthcare profession. By allowing her to learn by observation, discussion, and comparison, he provided a memorable and beneficial internship experience. 


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