Hats off to Pat Alandydy, RN, O.R. nurse, Reiki Master, health educator and integrative care innovator, who first approached the administration of Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth NH back in 1995, to establish integrative care services, starting with Reiki – part of her general mission to amp up the humanity, direct caring and high-touch healing for surgery patients, as counterweight to all the new high-tech machinery and methodology that was starting to define the hospital experience.
Some of the tools and techniques Pat introduced stuck and some came and went. But changes gradually began seeping into the culture of the hospital and the staff. Then, Pat says, integrative care really popped with the arrival of Anne Jamieson, PRH’s dynamic, new CEO, who is also a nurse, attorney and gifted administrator.
The resulting new Integrative Care Service at PRH now includes Reiki, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, nutrition education, reflexology, relaxation classes, yoga, meditation and even a Relaxation Hotline for patients, families and staff – you call a number and get a few minutes of guided breath work or relaxing music when you need some quick, guided chilling. (You can dial 603 433 5151 to check it out).
In addition, Pat is part of a hospital-wide committee to create a true healing environment that celebrates and supports the convergence of mind, body and spirit for health care providers. The goal is to help them stay connected to the joy and sacredness of their healing work, while functioning in the task-driven environment of today’s hospital. Yep, that’s the kind of nurse or doc we all want to have looking after us.
Thanks to Pat (and the triple-threat CEO) for sticking with her mission and helping to get more holistic, compassionate, patient centered care at PRH – and for helping to look after the hardworking staff too.
We salute our compassionate, Wonder Woman friend, Col. (R) Jill Chambers, who was the prime force at the Pentagon behind Comprehensive Soldier Fitness; and the founder of This Able Vet™, an organization that helps vets classified with disability find the right resources, training and expertise for cutting through the red tape that interferes with getting where they need to go.
She’s also an inspiring and impishly hilarious speaker on returning warrior issues, a supreme networker, collaborator and team builder; quite the jock, and one of the kindest, caring-est, most generous people on the planet.
Jill is particularly sensitive and responsive to those who suffer from posttraumatic stress, having experienced it and recovered from it herself after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, where she had worked directly for 4 Joint Chiefs.
Hats off to innovator and physician-pioneer, Martha H. Howard MD, the founder and Medical Director of Wellness Associates of Chicago, a practice that integrates Chinese medicine, acupuncture, guided imagery, sound-based therapy and herbal medicine with state-of-the-art Family Medicine.
Practicing since 1982, she has a Master's Degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Harvard University, and an M.D. from Loyola University. She’s also the creator of a wellness audio series (we carry several of her titles), and is a teacher of Tibetan Yoga.
Wellness Associates was founded in 1989 and is one of the earliest and most innovative centers of integrative medicine in the Windy City. The focus is on prevention, healthy aging, allergy and environmental medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and guided imagery for health.
For decades, Dr. Howard has inventively and productively treated chronic illnesses associated with undiagnosed allergies – Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease, Chronic Sinusitis, ADD/ADHD, Migraine Headache, Fibromyalgia, eczema, acne, restless leg syndrome, and various autoimmune diseases.
Kudos to her for treating these baffling conditions with a fresh approach, open mind, skillful hands and ingenious methods, long before “integrative medicine” was a household word!!
We enthusiastically salute an extraordinary coaches' coach, Dorothy Siminovitch PhD, MCC, a gifted and inspiring organizational and personal development trainer, who's a wizard at helping individuals, teams and organizations become their most effective and perform at the top of their game.
Dorothy's extensive Gestalt teaching experience, along with her own unique brand of intuitive insight, combines with several cutting edge coaching models to provide just the right platform for people to discover the most fertile conditions for thriving professionally.
We unabashedly admit that we are nuts about the work of Tucson-based holistic health goddess, Judith Lee Cohen, RN, MTh, RCST. More and more we are finding seasoned integrative healers like Judith, with a powerful range of holistic healing tools, making their mark on day-to-day health care.
Initially trained as a nurse with experience in critical care, this grounded, appealing, humorous healer with the big maternal energy went on to become a hugely popular massage therapist and gifted craniosacral therapist, as well as a sophisticated energy medicine practitioner. In fact, BR first became acquainted with her work in the 80’s, when they both were in intensive training with world-class energy healer, Rev. Rosalyn Bruyere, in a secluded monastery in western Massachusetts.
She has also been sited gracing the faculty of Andy Weil’s ground-breaking program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School.
A more recent focus of hers has been on her group, 4-day Birth Process Workshops, a method first developed by Raymond Castellino DC, where people work in an intimate, safe, supportive 7-person group to heal early trauma issues, in a program that integrates energetic bodywork, craniosacral work and psychodynamic personal growth. It’s intense but powerful.
Individual clients in her private practice go from neonates to 90-yr-olds, presenting a variety of issues for her to address. With her seasoned experience as an integrative healer, nurse, craniosacral and medical massage therapist, as well as a pre- and peri-natal therapist, she has an extraordinary amount to offer.
She can be reached at 520-241-8335 or JlCenergy@me.com.
We proudly salute Leon Paparella, MSW, CGP (Certified Group Psychotherapist) and clinical mainstay of The Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, an extraordinary organization that educates, supports, serves and advocates for the Parkinson’s community and PD carepartners.
We are proud to introduce you to Brad Larsen, a nurse anesthetist whose enthusiasm, knowledge, focus, drive and commitment to compassionate patient care resulted in his creating the Kaiser Santa Rosa Preparing for Successful Surgery Program in 2003, along with Dr. Manny Diaz. Every Kaiser member having surgery is offered a custom Health Journeys CD, containing guided imagery, affirmations, and Steve Kohn’s relaxing music.
We tip our holistic hats to psychiatrist Mark Gilbert MD, Director of The Integrated Pain Treatment Center and the Mind-Body Skills Program of Toronto. He used his wealth of experience in the field of mind-body medicine (having trained both at Harvard's Deaconess Hospital Mind-Body Program, and at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C.) to create this extraordinary clinic, where the staff works with chronic pain,
We are proud to salute the dynamic duo of Susan Ezra, RN, HNC and Terry Reed, RN, MS, HNC , the creators and directors of Beyond Ordinary Nursing, who have done so much to train hundreds of nurses in one-to-one interactive imagery with their extraordinary, 110-hour Nurses Certificate Program in Interactive Imagery.
We fondly salute the prolific, knowledgeable and endlessly resourceful holistic health writer, cancer guide and all-round sweetie-pie, Henry Dreher. Henry is a regular contributor to Natural Health and Advances in Mind-Body Medicine and has written for New York Magazine, Self, Shape and Tikkun.