Mind-Body Medicine


John H. "Jack" Zenger offers Webinar on Leadership Development and Consulting through Saybrook University on April 29

Jack Zenger


Legendary executive coach and corporate consultant Dr. "Jack" Zenger will provide a Webinar on leadership development and the consulting process, for Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine on April 29, 2015 at 5:30 PM Pacific.  He will address students in a healthcare consulting skills class taught by Beth Haggett, LCSW, PhD, and others are welcome to participate in the Webinar.

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Saybrook Instructor Carrie Phelps Addresses Mind-Body Medicine for Holistic Cancer Care

Carrie Phelps, PhD, Saybrook Instructor


Carrie Phelps, PhD, BCC, CWWS, is a cancer survivor and an integrative wellness entrepreneur. She has over 25 years of experience in the wellness and integrative medicine profession. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at Saybrook University’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. She also serves on faculty for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and is board certified coach. Carrie was recently appointed to the National Wellness Institute Board of Directors. Her mission to co-create the next evolution of health promotion that energizes well-being, expands potential, fosters fulfillment, and enriches lives.

Mind-Body Medicine

Mind-Body Medicine is an aspect of an integrative healthcare model that includes various evidence-based healing modalities that utilize the mind’s capacity to improve the body’s function, and vice versa. The science of mind-body medicine shows how the workings of the mind—to include emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes—directly affects biological health.

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Saybrook University Has Huge Impact at Recent National Hypnosis Conference

Eric Willmarth receives ASCH Presidential Award for 2015

Saybrook University faculty and students made a major impact at the recent annual conference of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis in Jacksonville, Florida, held March 27-31. Long-term faculty member Stanley Krippner, PhD, made the opening plenary address of the conference with a speech entitled, “Healing Ceremonies of Shamans and Survival of the Suggestibles”.

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Self-Care is at the Heart of All Healthcare: Podcasts from Saybrook Doctoral Student Francinne Lawrence and Graduate Dr. Lynne Shaner

Lynne Shaner and Francinne Lawrence


In conjunction with Cancer Awareness month, national media is focusing on innovation and advancements for those living with cancer.  BlogTalk Radio tapped into the expertise and wisdom of two Saybrook University trained practitioners in recent radio interviews (April 6 & 7). 

Starting with the perspective that self-care is at the heart of all healthcare, both interviews demonstrate how people are interested in learning new skills and adopting a better way of looking at wellness.   Dr. Shaner’s interview reports her research that provides new evidence on the efficacy of meditation for better living, not only for oncology patients but for caretakers, family members, and humans.  Francinne Lawrence’s innovation launched THRIVE, improving the experience of cancer survivors in her region every day through self-care and creative expression.

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Saybrook Doctoral Student Deborah Klein Undertakes Case Study Research on Individuals who Have Successfully Maintained Weight Loss Goals

Deborah Klein, MS, RD, Conducts Nutrition Seminar


Deborah Klein, MS, RD, calls herself a Livitician® coach, a term she coined as an alternative to dietician, because she bases her practice on a holistic, mind-body-spirit approach to living well and living fully.  She 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. 

Deborah works closely with a gynecologist, Dr. Prudence Hall, who specializes in Integrative Medicine. With Dr. Hall’s patients, Deborah uses her knowledge of nutrition and exercise in conjunction with various mind-body medicine techniques to help these patients generate successful and meaningful life changes.

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Saybrook University Doctoral Student Alexis Blount Describes the Patient Experience Under ACA



“When doctors and other health care providers can work together to coordinate patient care, patients receive higher quality care and we all see lower costs.”  (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

Alexis Blount is a doctoral student at Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine. She is also a family nurse practitioner providing care coordination and integrated health services at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland.  

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Saybrook University Instructor Ruthann Russo: New Research Reveals that 86% of Patients Can be Treated with Integrative Medicine

Ruthann Russo, PhD, MPH, LAc


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.

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Saybrook University Doctoral Student Applies Breath Training, Imagery, and Stretching to Life-Threatening Blood Clots

Arielle Dance


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.

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Saybrook Doctoral Student Jana Downum Presents Case Report on Biofeedback for Stroke Survivors at Austin Conference

Poster by Jana Downum


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.

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Mind-Body Medicine Doctoral Student, Deborah Klein, Integrates Health Coaching and Mind-Body Skills with Dietician Practice

Deborah Klein, MS, RD


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. 

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