Our certification advisory board include diverse leading clinicians and educators in the field of Integrative Medicine. The board oversees and ensures the highest standards of excellence in pedagogy and content in order to deliver outstanding personal and professional growth experience for our participants.
Learn more below about this dynamic team of people.
James Lake, M.D., is a Board-certified psychiatrist who completed residency training in psychiatry at Stanford University Hospital. He has served as a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Stanford and is currently a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He founded and chaired the American Psychiatric Association’s Caucus on Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Mental Health Care from 2004-2010 and is also a founding member and former chair of the International Network of Integrative Mental Health. Lake has published peer-reviewed articles and chapters on integrative medicine and psychiatry. He is the author or editor of four textbooks—Chinese Medical Psychiatry: A Clinical Manual, (with Bob Flaws); Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care; Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care (co-edited with David Spiegel); and Integrative Mental Health Care: A Therapist’s Handbook. His most recent writing project is a series of 10 e-books on integrative mental health care. His long-standing research interests include the role of culture in mental illness, the philosophy and history of medicine, and the role of consciousness and intentionality in healing.
Dr. Mary Ann Osborne, F.N.P., D.N.P. is an Integrative Medicine Nurse practitioner. She has been a Nurse Practitioner since 1986. In 2001, she became the first Nurse Practitioner to graduate from the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Mary Ann was born in North Carolina and later joined the Army Nurse Corps where she served across the nation and overseas for 21 years. She obtained a Master’s in Science at the University of South Carolina with a focus as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Mary Ann graduated from the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Colorado Denver.
Candace has been a practitioner of Complementary and Integrative Wellness therapies for over 20 years. She directs New Focus Therapies and Consulting, and consults with the National Institutes of Health on funded research in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). She is Director of Comfort Therapies, providing integrated CAM for patients receiving hospice care at Assured Hospice/LHC Group in WA. She consults with the Integrative Palliative Care Institute, and works with the WA State Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Keitha has a Ph.D. in Counseling Studies and an M.S. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, an M.A. degree in Liberal Studies from Duke University and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. She has a BS in Business and Management. Dr. Wright has worked for several Fortune 500 companies during the course of her corporate career. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a passion for online business and distance education. She is a counselor, coach and consultant.
Virginia is a clinical nutritionist with a specialty in integrative and functional nutrition. She is the founding owner of Nutrition for Wellness™. Virginia works with clients and gives presentations for both private government sector organizations such as the Baltimore Sun, the U.S. military, Blue Cross Blue Shield, US Airways, the United States Holocaust Museum, and the Natural Cooking School. Virginia is a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine, Functional Medicine University, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The American Association of Nutritional Consultants, the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, and the New Medicine for Women Institute, She is a practicing martial artist, who lives in Maryland with her greatest treasures: her husband and their two daughters.
Jill has an M.A. in Organizational Development and a Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision. She worked with Fortune 500 companies addressing culture and change. She specializes in working with neurodiverse adults and adults with ADHD. Her background includes using both the Gottman and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Jill is a clinical supervisor, consultant and trainer. She enjoys traveling, sailing and spending time with her family including a cat and a spirited Portuguese water dog.
Juliet received her MSc. in ethnobotany and MSc. in Therapeutic Herbalism, with an emphasis on patient-centered, evidence-based, phytotherapeutics. She resides in Los Angeles, CA, where she operates a clinical herbal practice that provides specific wellness interventions for clients, based on their unique needs, abilities, and socio-economic means. Her work is guided by the need for community-based initiatives, which integrate traditional knowledge, to support health equity.
As an International Psychologist, Joyce’s focus is on cultural diversity with a special emphasis on indigenous peoples around the world. She has a M.S. in Communication, and has taught psychology, diversity in human sexuality, communication, public speaking, and public relations at the university level. Her research with the Plains Cree Peoples in Canada was highlighted in Insight Magazine, at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She consults and advocates for indigenous peoples and for the health and well-being of Mother Earth. Joyce loves her canine companions.
Jill Charney received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. She has advocated for the mental health needs of children for all of her adult life. She was a School Social Worker in Somerville, M.A. for over 25 years and continues to supervise graduate students in the School Adjustment Counselor Program at Cambridge College. Jill is also a certified child yoga instructor and teaches toddlers and preschoolers the joys and benefits of yoga.
Irma Gutierrez is a physiotherapist and certified fitness trainer. She has special experience in prevention and rehabilitation of individuals with chronic diseases.
Her special gift is her attention to innovation movements that can be done anywhere by people at all stages of health.
Deborah has been a working occupational therapist since 1977. She has primarily worked with the disadvantaged populations in multiple settings including mental health, prisons, in patient and outpatient facilities and schools that address the physical and emotional health needs via rehabilitation. She has worked in multiple public schools settings, including a 20-year position in Boston Public Schools where the majority of the needs were neurological, trauma, sensory, learning disability or medical based. She has been an administrator for acute and subacute facilities along with other varied positions. Deborah believes that mental health and physical health are equally important, that caring relationships are essential for success and that “everyone needs to play” to be happy. Deborah is an artist whose current work can be seen online at Bayart.com – Art to Make You Happy.
Rudolph’s Ph.D. is in International Relations. He is the founding director of the Center for World Indigenous Studies. Has has served as a professor, educator, researcher and policy analyst for the federal government and Indian organizations for over 40 years. He specializes in indigenous knowledge systems and innovations in pedagogy. He directed a certification and M.A. degree program in concert with several universities for over 25 years and has mentored countless students at the graduate level. He has authored numerous papers, books and presented internationally. He is also a traditional food chef, rooted in Pacific Northwest cuisine and he has conducted research in climate change and nutrition.
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