Mind-Body Medicine


Saybrook PhD Student Provides a Testimony to Destiny: “You Don’t Choose Saybrook, Saybrook Chooses You”

Natasha Pantti-Dulberg


Natasha Pantti-Dulberg wasn’t sure the timing was right to pursue a PhD degree, but after seeing countless “signs,” she could no longer ignore her apparent destiny.  Natasha reported that she wasn’t initially drawn to Saybrook University.  That all changed when she attended the Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s Advanced Training Program in San Antonio, Texas, and met the Chair of Saybrook’s Mind-Body Medicine program, Dr. Donald Moss, when they participated in the same small group.  

Natasha concluded that it was inevitable that she become a Saybrook PhD student in the Integrative Mental Health specialization, because it seemed to provide exactly the curriculum and credentials she was seeking to support her confidence in herself as a competent integrative mental healthcare provider in the currently shifting healthcare world.  Although she was initially unsure of her decision to enroll, due to her already busy life working full-time with two small children at home, all hesitant feelings were quickly assuaged when she was introduced to her cohort at that first conference.  She knew this group of  “movers and shakers” was special; she sensed their uncommon drive to passionately commit to health and service. This cohort was “her tribe,” and so began a powerful and transformative journey for Natasha.

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Saybrook Instructor Chanel Helgasen is One of 121 Physicians to Become Board Certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine

Physician Chanel Helgasen Board Certified in Integrative Medicine


The American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM - http://www.abpsus.org/integrative-medicine) recently announced the certification of its first class of 121 integrative medicine specialists. Chanel Helgasen, an instructor in the School of Mind-Body Medicine is proud to be a part of this first class of board certified integrative medicine physicians.  Dr. Helgason is a Colorado-based integrative psychiatrist, who has pioneered in the use of telemedicine to provide care to mental health patients throughout the rural areas from Colorado to Nebraska to North Dakota.  She is also a leader in the organization, International Network for Integrative Mental Health.

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School of Mind-Body Medicine Instructor, Dr. Stephanie Shelburne, and the Bohemian Mojo Project

Stephanie Shelburne, PhD, in Rural England


“The whole day had an illicit feel to it. Stephanie and I felt like a couple of city types in search of hooch from an illegal still during the days of prohibition. We were in the lush green pastures and hidden valleys of the county of Somerset. It wasn’t booze we were looking for but a commodity that’s much harder to find these days. We were hunting for raw milk.” That may sound like the opening lines of a detective novel but don’t be fooled. It’s the start of a Bohemian Mojo adventure.

What do old world blacksmithing, adventures in raw milk, and freakishly fun foraging have to do with Mind Body Medicine? “Everything”, says recent Saybrook graduate Dr. Stephanie Shelburne.  Dr. Shelburne has found that “disconnection seems to be a major contributor to our current health crisis. We seem to be inundated with influences that take us farther and farther away from understanding how to keep our bodies, minds and spirits well.” Enter the Bohemian Mojo Project. What’s Bohemian Mojo? Well, Stephanie and the MojoMakers think it’s something like pixie dust for vibrant and vital living, only so much more.

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Saybrook’s Francinne Lawrence on Complementary Practices for Cancer Survivors

Saybrook Ph.D. Student Francinne Lawrence

As National Cancer Survivorship Month approaches, Francinne Lawrence, a Ph.D. candidate at Saybrook University, discussed the use of complementary health approaches to address the long-term and late-developing side-effects of cancer treatment. 

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Shawn Tassone, MD, Doctoral Candidate in Saybrook's School of Mind-Body Medicine, Launches Web-Based Educational Initiative on Holistic Care

Dr. Shawn Tassone


Saybrook's Shawn Tassone, MD, a PhD candidate in the School of Mind-Body Medicine, has launched a new partnership as a thought leader in Integrative Medicine, with a web-based educational effort to provide evidence-based  information about proper nutritional supplementation, treatment, and training in holistic care. In conjunction with the support of INNATE Response, a company that distributes whole food based nutritional supplements, Dr. Tassone is the author and presenter in a series of educational videos that are available free  online.  Eventually, this partnership will contain more lectures on mind-body medicine, women's health, and how to integrate alternative therapies into your professional practice.

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Watch 60 Minutes Sunday May 3 for Report on the Gaza Trauma Work of the Center for Mind-Body

James S. Gordon (top left) and Jamil Abdel Atti, to his right, Gaza, Oct. '14

Watch 60 Minutes Sunday for Report on the Gaza Trauma Work of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine

On Sunday May 3, 2015, 60 Minutes will be airing a report on recovery from last summer’s war in Gaza that includes The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, a U.S. nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. The CBS segment provides a worldwide audience a glimpse of CMBM’s groundbreaking trauma work.

The coverage includes footage of CMBM Director, psychiatrist James S. Gordon, MD, using CMBM’s innovative model of self-care and group support with children who have lost parents in Gaza, and those affected by the conflict in southern Israel. The words and drawings of the children demonstrate the devastation they have experienced, and the power of the CMBM model to heal trauma and restore hope. Included as well are brief interviews with some of these children, and with Dr. Gordon, and CMBM Gaza program director Jamil Abdel Atti.

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Healing from Within: Saybrook’s Dr. Beth Haggett Blogtalk Radio Interview

Saybrook Alumna and Faculty Member Beth Haggett, Ph.D.

In conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month which both take place in April, Saybrook’s Dr. Beth Haggett, one of the leading advocates of using Mind-Body Medicine techniques to address the trauma of sexual abuse, was featured on Cyrus Web’s Blogtalk Radio April 27. 

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Mary Beth Augustine Speaks at WAND 2015

Mary Beth Augustine

Saybrook University Faculty Mary Beth Augustine spoke on April 16 and 17th at the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2015 annual meeting. She presented the opening session on "Introduction to Integrative and Functional Nutrition: Standards of Practice and Professional Performance," and the closing session on the "Science, Art & Practice of Dietary Supplements."

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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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