About CHI

Our Purpose

The Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) is a nonprofit collaborative of scientists, practitioners, educators, innovators and artists to lead humanity to heal ourselves. CHI augments and shares the knowledge and practice of consciousness and healing so that individuals and societies are empowered with the knowledge and tools to ignite their healing potential and thus lead to more healthy, fulfilling lives.

Our Vision

Our Vision is a healthy, peaceful society where people enjoy harmonious relationships not only within themselves and with each other, but also as sustainable stewards of our planet.

Our Values

Service

CHI is first and foremost about serving our communities –by providing resources to the general public, as well as scientists, educators and healthcare practitioners who are passionate about serving others through the understanding and practice of healing. We are dedicated toward serving all communities who may benefit from the science and practice of healing.

Multiple Perspectives

CHI welcomes the diversity and relativity of approaches to the study of consciousness and healing. We understand that no absolute scientific theory or practice can lead us to a complete knowledge of consciousness and healing; rather, it is through integrating the wisdom that exists in diverse communities, that we will come to a deeper understanding of consciousness and its applications.

Collaboration

CHI facilitates thriving collaborative relationships with communities and institutions, all who are integral to our efforts. CHI utilizes the best of its networks to facilitate transdisciplinary science, practice, and innovation in consciousness and healing. CHI’s collaborative accelerator model ensures that all stakeholders garner success and satisfaction, through their alignment with a common mission.

 

Integrity

CHI’s work is conducted for the best and highest good for all who may be touched by the work. Integrity is a fundamental shared value in our organization, and is reflected both in the work that we do and in our relationships with others.

Creative Rigor

CHI recognizes that scientific inquiry into the nature of consciousness and its role in healing requires a highly rigorous, interdisciplinary approach. Our collaborative is comprised of highly respected, rigorous scientists and educators who are well-placed across universities and institutions in the US and abroad, as well as seasoned practitioners and innovators who welcome unbiased, rigorous inquiry and research on their methods. As part of this, CHI welcomes and supports creative, frontier thinking. We understand that creativity, combined with rigor, seeds high innovation and scientific breakthroughs.

Shamini Jain
Shamini Jain
Ph.D., Founder and CEO

Shamini Jain

Dr. Shamini Jain is the Founder and CEO of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI), a collaborative accelerator that faciliates the transdisciplinary science and real-world application of consciousness and healing practices. As a clinical psychologist, as well as a research scientist in the fields of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) and integrative medicine for over a decade, Shamini formed CHI through a deep understanding that major systemic transformations, which will place healing at the center of medicine and scientific inquiry, will most rapidly occur through a networked approach that fosters collaboration and innovation among key stakeholders.

Shamini obtained her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from University, and her Ph.D. degree from the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She conducted her clinical residency at the La Jolla VA Hospital/UC San Diego, and her post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research. She has won numerous awards from scientific societies for her research in PNI and integrative medicine and lectures on these topics in varied venues. In addition to running CHI, Shamini is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at UC San Diego and is an active member of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine.
Richard Hammerschlag
Richard Hammerschlag
Ph.D., Co-Director of Research

Richard Hammerschlag

Richard’s initial research career in neurobiology was based at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope, Duarte CA, where he served as Associate Chair, Division of Neurosciences. His second research career, in acupuncture and CAM, led him to Portland OR, where he was Dean of Research at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. He served as co-president of the Society for Acupuncture Research and is an Executive Editor of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Since his ‘retirement’, he has pursued an interest in Biofield Physiology, as an Institute Scholar of The Institute for Integrative Health (Baltimore, MD) and as Director of Research for the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (San Diego, CA).
Molly Seligman
Molly Seligman
Executive Assistant molly@chi.is

CHI Board of Directors

Daniel Vicario
Daniel Vicario
M.D.

Daniel Vicario

Daniel Vicario, M.D. is a medical oncologist and integrative oncologist. He was co-founder and medical director of the San Diego Cancer Center for over 15 years and medical director at the U.C. San Diego Cancer Center for three years until February 2014. Dr. Vicario remains the Medical Director and Director of Integrative Oncology at the San Diego Cancer Research Institute (SDCRI) which he cofounded in 1998. Dr. Vicario conducts research in the area of evidenced based healing modalities to support cancer patients and Integrative Oncology in general. Dr. Vicario has received multiple recognitions and awards for his tireless and innovative support of cancer patients. Access Dr. Vicario’s complete bio here.
Cassandra Vieten
Cassandra Vieten
Ph.D.

Cassandra Vieten

Cassandra Vieten is Executive Director of the John W. Brick Foundation, Scholar-in-Residence at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at the University of California, San Diego, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where she served as President from 2013-2019. Her research has focused on spirituality and health, transformative experiences and practices, the development of mindfulness-based interventions for emotional well-being, and development of media technologies to inspire awe. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and completed her research training in behavioral genetics at UC San Francisco. She has authored three books, published numerous articles in scientific journals, and is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and workshop leader. Founded by Victor and Lynne Brick, in honor of Victor’s brother John who suffered from schizophrenia, the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation funds and promotes empirical research on fitness, nutrition, and mind-body approaches to foster mental health, and to better prevent and treat mental illness.
Dan Spinner - Photos by Stephen Steffler.
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Dan Spinner

Dan Spinner is the CEO and Co-Founder of Wacuri Inc. a San Francisco-based Mindfulness Tech social enterprise. Dan has his black belt in Aikido, is a 30-year Life Coach and Mindfulness Teacher, was the CEO for the (Deepak) Chopra Foundation and has acted as an advisor to the Esalen Institute, Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute and a wide variety of other organizations promoting personal growth and social change. Dan lives in a passive solar house on 11 acres of rainforest on the side of a mountain outside Victoria BC with his spouse and two large dogs.
Eva Patel
Eva Patel

Eva Patel

Eva Patel has founded several companies in the health and wellness arena over a span of 25 years. She shares her love, passion, dedication and commitment for humanity, through her gifts and talents of wisdom and knowledge. She is the Founder and CEO of Skin Rx Inc. A leading visionary in the medical aesthetic industry, she created a full line of conscious cosmeceutical skin care products by blending her gifts and talents with science and alchemy to create unique formulas. Author of “Soul Rx – Illuminating the Path of Ascension on Your Soul’s Journey.” She invites the Soul Seeker to accept the challenge of being an inspired, effective agent of institutional and systemic change, while creating better, healthier lifestyles and global sustainability in a highly conscious manner.
Lauren Evanow
Lauren Evanow

Lauren Evanow

Lauren has been an entrepreneur for all of her professional career, starting in the medical industry. She founded a medical device design and manufacturing company in which the need to understand the science of healing became apparent. Her desire to answer such questions as why people get sick and others didn’t, or what the actual mechanism of healing was led her to study integrative healing modalities from around the world. She is now focused on finding the answer to these and other questions to help better understand the role of consciousness in health, disease and in the healing process itself.
Stewart Borie
Stewart Borie

Stewart Borie

Mr. Borie is a Strategic Advisor, specializing in entrepreneurial management, strategic planning, business growth, finance, formation, startup and development. Mr. Borie has advised hundreds of organizations internationally, with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-up ventures.

He has a BA from The University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. As part of his passion for the field of entrepreneurial leadership, he is pursuing a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and the Psychology of Leadership.

CHI Founding Advisors

Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra
M.D., F.A.C.P.

Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He is the author of more than 80 books translated into over 43 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers.
Mimi Guarneri
Mimi Guarneri
M.D., F.A.C.C., A.B.I.H.M

Mimi Guarneri

Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABIHM, internationally renowned cardiologist, author and speaker, is President of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine and former President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. She is Senior Advisor to the Atlantic Health System for the Center for Well Being and Integrative Medicine. She also is Founder and Director of Guarneri Integrative Health, Inc. at Pacific Pearl La Jolla and Taylor Center for Integrative Medicine Education and Research. She co-founded the non-profit, Miraglo Foundation. Dr. Guarneri’s career began at Scripps Clinic as an interventional cardiologist, before founding the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and serving as Medical Director for 15 years.
Rauni Prittinen King
Rauni Prittinen King
R.N, M.I.H, B.S.N, C.H.I.P, I, H.N.B, B.C.

Rauni Prittinen King

Rauni Prittinen King, RN, MIH, BSN, CHTP / I, HNB – BC, a critical care nurse for 20 + years, she is Co – founder and Executive Director of Guarneri Integrative Health Inc.at Pacific Pearl La Jolla, President of Holistic and Integrative Medicine Resources Inc., and Board Member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.She is President and Co – founder of the non – profit, Miraglo Foundation; and founded and is former Director of Programs and Planning at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.Certified in Holistic Nursing, Hypnotherapy and Interior Design, Rauni’s a Certified Healing Touch (HT) Practitioner and Instructor, coordinating HT workshops at Scripps Hospitals since 1993.
Ruth Westreich
Ruth Westreich

Ruth Westreich

The Westreich Foundation is an initiative – based foundation. Ruth Westreich, the President, is a visionary thought leader, strategic thinker and collaborative partner in the areas of health creation, prevention of disease, and the research of human consciousness as the next frontier of exploration.Ruth, an artist by birth, an activist by accident believes in the power of connecting, collaborating and grassroots organizing, empowering systemic social change.

CHI Scientific Advisory Council

CHI’s network of scientists are highly prolific researchers.  See a list of their recent publications HERE.

Rosalyn Bruyere
Rosalyn Bruyere
D.D.

Rosalyn Bruyere

Rosalyn L. Bruyere, D.D., Founder, Director, and Teacher, Healing Light Center Touch; Visiting Faculty/Advisory Board, University of Arizona Fellows Program in Integrative Medicine Rosalyn L. Bruyere is an internationally acclaimed healer, clairvoyant and medicine woman. Her frequent collaborations with physicians and scientists reflect her belief that healing and health should be a cooperative effort between patient, physician and healer. Using her skills in perceiving and interpreting auric phenomenon, she was instrumental in research conducted at UCLA with Dr. Valerie Hunt in which the existence and significance of the human aura was first proven and measured scientifically. It was here Rosalyn’s capacity to ‘read’ the human energy field was first noted. Her ability to see patterns of disease and behavior in exquisite detail and to energetically transform tissue at a cellular level has brought her worldwide attention and a reputation as one of the nation’s most successful healers.
Gaetan Chevalier
Gaetan Chevalier
Ph.D.

Gaetan Chevalier

Dr. Gaétan Chevalier obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Montreal in Engineering Physics, specialization Atomic Physics and Laser Spectroscopy. Did 4 years of research at UCLA in nuclear fusion, then Director of Research at CIHS for 10 years. After leaving CIHS, invited researcher in the Department of Developmental and Cellular Biology at UC Irvine. Director of the Earthing Institute since 2009 and Research Director at Psy-Tek, a research company on the campus of CIHS, since 2010.
Lorenzo Cohen
Lorenzo Cohen
Ph.D.

Lorenzo Cohen

Dr. Lorenzo Cohen is the Richard E. Haynes Distinguished Professor and Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Cohen leads a team conducting research and delivering clinical care of integrative medicine practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, massage, diet, exercise, acupuncture and other strategies aimed at reducing the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life and clinical outcomes.
Arnaud Delorme, PhD
Arnaud Delorme
Ph.D.

Arnaud Delorme

Arnaud Delorme, Ph.D., is a research scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a CNRS principal investigator in Toulouse, France, and a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego. He is a long-term Zen meditator, and has taught in India on the neural correlates of conscious experience in a Master’s degree program for the Birla Institute of Technology.
Blake Gurfein
Blake Gurfein
Ph.D.

Blake Gurfein

Dr. Gurfein is a neuroimmunologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where he is on the research faculty at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Gurfein currently serves as Chief Science Officer of Rio Grande Neurosciences, a neurotechnology company focused on developing non-invasive brain stimulation technologies for use in treating unmet needs in neurology.
Menas Kafatos
Menas Kafatos
Ph.D.

Menas Kafatos

Menas C. Kafatos, is the Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics, at Chapman University. He is a quantum physicist, cosmologist, writes extensively on consciousness, leads research in remote sensing, natural and anthropogenic hazards, regional and global climate change. He holds seminars and workshops in a variety of subjects on the natural laws that apply everywhere in the universe. His doctoral thesis advisor was the renowned M.I.T. professor Philip Morrison who studied under J. Robert Oppenheimer. He has authored 300+ articles, is author or editor of 15 books, including ‘The Conscious Universe’ (Springer) with Robert Nadeau, and is co-author with Deepak Chopra of the forthcoming book, ‘The Creative Cosmos’ (Harmony).

You can learn more at https://www.menaskafatos.com and follow him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/menas.kafatos Twitter:@mckafatos and LinkedIn: Menas Kafatos.
Kathi Kemper, MD
Kathi Kemper
M.D., M.P.H.

Kathi Kemper

Dr. Kemper is the founding Director of the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Ohio State University. Dr. Kemper has served on the faculty of the University of Washington, Yale, and Harvard University, and has founded three academic Centers for Integrative Medicine: in Boston, North Carolina, and Ohio. She has published over 170 peer-reviewed research papers and 4 books for the public (The Holistic Pediatrician; Mental Health Naturally; Addressing ADD Naturally) and most recently Authentic Healing. She is Past President of the Academic Pediatric Association, and she founded the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Integrative Medicine. She serves as the Editor in Chief of the international journal, Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Dr. Kemper is recognized internationally as the founder of the field of integrative pediatrics, and is frequently consulted by media including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, ABC News, the Wall Street Journal, Redbook, and USA Today.
Rollin McCraty
Rollin McCraty
Ph.D.

Rollin McCraty

My work focuses on the mechanisms by which emotions influence cognitive processes, behavior, and health as well as the global interconnectivity between people and the earth’s energetic systems.
Susan Lutgendorf
Susan Lutgendorf
Ph.D.

Susan Lutgendorf

Dr. Lutgendorf’s current research examines how behavioral factors are linked to biological processes involved in tumor growth in ovarian cancer. She also investigates mechanisms underlying chronic urologic pelvic pain. Her work has been recognized by a New Investigator Award from the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, an Early Career Award from the American Psychosomatic Society, and by anAmerican Psychological Association award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology.
Beverly Rubik
Beverly Rubik
Ph.D.

Beverly Rubik

Beverly Rubik, Ph.D. (University of California at Berkeley, biophysics) is president/founder of Institute for Frontier Science, a nonprofit laboratory in the San Francisco Bay Area; adjunct professor at three universities; and consultant to individual health clients as well as corporations. She conducts basic and clinical research on the biofield and energetic therapies. She has published over 100 papers and 2 books and serves on the editorial boards of three academic journals.
Paul Mills
Paul Mills
Ph.D.

Paul Mills

Paul is a long-standing National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported clinical investigator with expertise in psychoneuroimmune processes in wellness and in disease, with a current focus on integrative medicine. He is director of the UC San Diego Clinical Research Biomarker Laboratory and Co-director of the UC San Diego CTRI’s Translational Research Technology (TRT) Laboratories Program. He is currently serving as director of research at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.
Dean Radin, PhD
Dean Radin
Ph.D.

Dean Radin

Dean Radin, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Volunteer Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at AT&T Bell Labs, Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, and SRI International. He is author or coauthor of over 200 technical and popular articles, a dozen book chapters, and three books including The Conscious Universe, Entangled Minds, and Supernormal.
Cheryl Ritenbaugh
Cheryl Ritenbaugh
Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Div.

Cheryl Ritenbaugh

Cheryl Ritenbaugh, PhD MPH, MDiv, Professor Emerita of Family & Community Medicine, Anthropology, Nutritional Sciences, and Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, trained in medical anthropology and nutritional sciences. She spent her career in biomedical research, the preponderance focused on nutrition and disease prevention, especially cancer and diabetes. Over the past 15 years, she has been a leader in clinical research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), winning more than $7 million in research grants, and serving as President of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research, 2009-2011. She continues to work to develop relevant measures for CAM, evaluating the impacts of CAM therapies in everyday settings.

During her Masters in Divinity at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, she documented the longitudinal process of spiritual transformation among students. Her passion is to understand the physiological correlates of spiritual healing, both local and distant.
Garret Yount, PhD
Garret Yount
Ph.D.

Garret Yount

Garret Yount, Ph.D., is a Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute. Dr. Yount’s expertise is in molecular neurobiology and his primary interest is bridging human genomics with aspects of consciousness and the nonmaterial mind.
Marilyn Schlitz
Marilyn Schlitz
Ph.D.

Marilyn Schlitz

Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D. is a social anthropologist, researcher, writer, and charismatic public speaker. Her research and extensive publications focus on personal and social transformation, cultural pluralism, extended human capacities, and mind-body medicine. She is writer and producer of Death Makes Life Possible, a feature film, book, and series of educational programs on the topic of death and dying, and how engaging that topic in a deep and meaningful way informs the way we live our lives.
Rudy Tanzi
Rudy Tanzi
Ph.D.

Rudy Tanzi

Rudy Tanzi is a Professor of Neurology and holder of the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Neurology at Harvard University. At the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Dr. Tanzi serves as the Vice-Chair of Neurology (Research) and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit, which consists of eight laboratories investigating the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Tanzi has been investigating the molecular and genetic basis of neurological disease since when he participated in the pioneering study that led to location of the Huntington’s disease gene, the first disease gene to be found by genetic linkage analysis.
Herman van Wietmarschen
Herman van Wietmarschen
Ph.D.

Herman van Wietmarschen

Herman van Wietmarschen, Ph. D. (University of Leiden, systems biology) is researcher Integrative Medicine at the non-profit research institute Louis Bolk Institute in the Netherlands, board member of the Academy of Integrative Medicine and associate editor for the European Journal of Integrative Medicine. He is conducting fundamental research into the working mechanisms of whole medical systems using systems biology technologies such as metabolomics. Additionally he is conducting pragmatic implementation research in the area of integrative medicine, helping health care organisations implementing complementary medicine and evaluating the process and effects. His drive is to understand the interactions between biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of health in various health cultures as well as translating this understanding into practice.

CHI Healing Practitioners Council

CHI’s network of healing practitioners.

Laurie Thorp
Laurie Thorp
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Laurie Thorp

aurie Thorp is a teacher, healer, and artist who is devoted to the evolution of the human spirit. She has been exploring and integrating energy healing, self-awareness, and embodied awakening for more than three decades. Laurie began her work as a massage therapist in 1991 and went on to study at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing (BBSH), a professional four-year program in Energy Healing. She graduated in 1996 and then continued with the advanced studies/BIP program at BBSH. She was a senior faculty member of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing until 2016. She has been in private practice for over 25 years. Laurie has taught workshops and seminars both in the US and several other countries around the world. These experiences have given her the opportunity to expand her creative vision and to deepen her desire to share both the breadth of knowledge and the joy of life with others. Laurie is passionate about the infinite potential that lies within the human body and spirit and is committed to living her life from a place of integrity, authenticity, and vibrancy, and embodied presence: the heart-mind-body connection of deep awareness within the present moment. Dancing, meditating, collage-making, traveling, and gardening provide a foundation for her own spiritual practice.
Lisa Anselme
Lisa Anselme
RN, BLS, HN-BC, CHTP/I

Lisa Anselme

Lisa Anselme is Executive Director and Holistic Nurse Consultant for Integrative Health Care for Healing Beyond Borders. An HTI Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Instructor, she teaches Healing Touch Certificate Program Courses 1-5. A Certified Holistic Nurse through AHNCC, Usui Reiki Master/Teacher and Reiki Jin Ki Do practitioner, she has also held certification as a Clinical Transplant Coordinator. Through her nursing career, Lisa has served as a pediatric nurse clinician specialist within the nation’s largest teaching hospital with an expertise in women and children’s health, transplantation, and biomedical ethics. She has presented extensively to both professional and lay audiences on the topics of integrative health care, energy therapies, holistic consciousness, and biomedical and energy ethics. Lisa teaches and presents throughout the US and internationally, is on faculty at Red Rocks College, Denver, CO, and is Past President and Co-Founder of LifeSpark Cancer Resources and Energy Partners program, Denver, CO. Lisa is co-author of the textbook, Healing Touch: Enhancing Life Through Energy Therapies (2014) and Foundations and Practice of Healing Touch (2017). Formerly practicing in Iowa City, Iowa, Lisa maintains a private practice in holistic nursing and bioenergy therapies in Lakewood, Colorado.
Pamela Miles
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Pamela Miles

Pamela Miles is an internationally renowned Reiki master and the foremost pioneer introducing Reiki practice to conventional medicine. Over the course of nearly four decades of experience with this spiritual practice, she’s collaborated on various projects with academic medical centers including Yale, Harvard and the National Institutes of Health. Pamela has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals, including the preeminent Journal of the American College of Cardiology. She’s also brought her insight to corporate outlets such as Google and Unilever. Pamela’s expertise in Reiki and integrative health has been featured in mainstream media including The Dr. Oz Show, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, The Atlantic, Forbes, US News & World Report, New York Magazine, Allure, and Self. She is also the author of the award-winning REIKI: A Comprehensive Guide, the only Reiki book written for the mainstream public and healthcare professionals.
Eileen Day McKusick
Eileen Day McKusick
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Eileen Day McKusick

Eileen McKusick has been researching the many facets of health and human potential for the past 35 years. In 1996, she picked up her first set of tuning forks and began incorporating them in her massage therapy practice. After witnessing the positive effects on her clients, she began researching the effects of therapeutic sound on the human body and energy field, ultimately creating the sound therapy method of Biofield Tuning. In 2012, she received an MA in Integrative Education and completed her master’s thesis, Exploring the Effects of Audible Sound on the Human Body. Eileen is the author of two books on sound therapy and biofield science. Her first book Tuning the Human Biofield: Healing with Vibrational Sound Therapy (based on her Master’s thesis) won the 2015 Nautilus Silver Award and 2017 Gold COVR award. Her second book, Electric Body, Electric Health is a groundbreaking look at the electric nature of the human body, emotions and life itself. Eileen is also the founder of Biofield Tuning Institute, which conducts grant-funded, peer-reviewed and published research on the human biofield in partnership with other research organizations.
Photo of Grace Alvarez Sesma
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Grace Sesma

Grace is Mexican/Chicana with ancestral Indigenous roots in Sonora and Baja California. Like many families in Mexico, her mother and tias (aunties) used cultural remedies to help keep their families healthy. She grew up experiencing the curing of empacho through the abdominal sobadas that her mother gave her and watching her auntie cure neighborhood children of mal de ojo and caida de mollera. As a child she was particularly influenced by watching and listening to another tia, a curandera, share stories about helping neighbors and friends with various spiritual illnesses as well as to her uncle who was a well-known sobador and huesero, bonesetter. Being raised within cultural ways she understood from an early age how demanding the path of Curanderismo can be and that one must be truly called to these healing ways by Spirit. Although the ancestors visited her in dreams during childhood, it wasn't until the mid-1990s after experiencing very clear warning dreams that failure to return to the traditional medicine ways of her family/ancestors would bring severe consequences (a story that she shares during some of her pláticas), that she formally undertook the study of Curanderismo and other healing traditions by undergoing rigorous training with healers in Baja California and the United States.
Joel Anderson
Joel Anderson
PhD, CHTP, FGSA

Joel G. Anderson

Joel G. Anderson, PhD, CHTP, FGSA, is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and a certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice from the University of Michigan. Joel completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral research fellowship in the conduct of clinical research at the Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies at the University of Virginia. Joel’s research program focuses on non-pharmacological interventions for symptom management and caregiver support in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care. This focus includes an exploration of the psychosocial impacts of dementia caregiving to develop person- and family-centered intervention strategies to alleviate caregiver strain and improve quality of life. He is currently involved in several studies to examine family quality of life in dementia and issues related to caregiving, including the use of social media as part of the family caregiving experience and the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ caregiver population and older adults. Joel recently received funding from the National Institute on Aging to examine family quality of life among LGBTQ+ caregivers of people with dementia. He also has received funding from the Pat Summitt Foundation and the Kavli Foundation. Joel consults on media strategies to promote public and patient involvement in research with the Centre for Medicine and Aging at the University of Stavanger in Stavanger, Norway. He also consults with the Inova Health System on the use of integrative medicine and holistic nursing approaches to care. Joel has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles in numerous academic journals, including The Gerontologist, Research in Gerontological Nursing, Brain Research, the Journal of Holistic Nursing, and the Journal of Family Nursing. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Family Nursing.
Kenneth Cohen
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Kenneth Cohen

Ken Cohen, MA, is a world-renowned qigong and tai chi master. A former collaborator with Alan Watts, he is the author of The Way of Qigong, best-selling Sounds True CDs and DVDs, and more than 200 journal articles. Ken is a dynamic and inspiring teacher with more than 45 years of experience whose work has been sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Mayo Clinic, Health Canada, and numerous universities. He is the winner of the Alyce and Elmer Green International Award for Innovation and Lifetime Achievement in Energy Medicine.
Tiffany Barsotti
Tiffany Barsotti
M.Th, C.Ht., M.C.P.L.T, CCT

Tiffany Barsotti

My work focuses on the mechanisms by which emotions influence cognitive processes, behavior, and health as well as the global interconnectivity between people and the earth’s energetic systems.
Mary Anne Hanley
Mary Anne Hanley
PhD, RN, SGAHN

Mary Anne Hanley

Mary Anne Hanley, PhD RN QTTT, a student of Dolores Krieger and Dora Kunz, has been practicing and teaching Therapeutic Touch(TT) since 1984 and has participated in and conducted research related to TT. Most recently, she has published about the Human Energy Field and the Theory of Healing. Currently, President of TTIA, she has served in the roles of Education Trustee and Research Trustee. She is the Chair of the Global Academy of Holistic Nursing Scholarship.
Wendie Colter
Wendie Colter
CWC,CMIP

Wendie Colter

Rev. Wendie Colter, CWC, CMIP®, is a Certified Medical Intuitive Practitioner, Certified Wellness Coach, and founder/CEO of The Practical Path, Inc., presenting intuitive development programs for wellness professionals. Wendie is a Fellowship faculty member for the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM), and rotating faculty at Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine’s IMER program. She also serves on the Bioenergy & Health Committee of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC), Washington, DC. Wendie has successfully trained doctors, nurses and wellness professionals from every discipline.
Shamini Jain
Shamini Jain
Ph.D.

Shamini Jain

Dr. Shamini Jain is the Founder and CEO of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI), a collaborative accelerator that faciliates the transdisciplinary science and real-world application of consciousness and healing practices. As a clinical psychologist, as well as a research scientist in the fields of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) and integrative medicine for over a decade, Shamini formed CHI through a deep understanding that major systemic transformations, which will place healing at the center of medicine and scientific inquiry, will most rapidly occur through a networked approach that fosters collaboration and innovation among key stakeholders. Shamini obtained her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from University, and her Ph.D. degree from the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She conducted her clinical residency at the La Jolla VA Hospital/UC San Diego, and her post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research. She has won numerous awards from scientific societies for her research in PNI and integrative medicine and lectures on these topics in varied venues. In addition to running CHI, Shamini is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at UC San Diego and is an active member of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine.
Rauni Prittinen King
Rauni Prittinen King
R.N, M.I.H, B.S.N, C.H.I.P, I, H.N.B, B.C.

Rauni Prittinen King

Rauni Prittinen King, RN, MIH, BSN, CHTP / I, HNB – BC, a critical care nurse for 20 + years, she is Co – founder and Executive Director of Guarneri Integrative Health Inc.at Pacific Pearl La Jolla, President of Holistic and Integrative Medicine Resources Inc., and Board Member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.She is President and Co – founder of the non – profit, Miraglo Foundation; and founded and is former Director of Programs and Planning at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.Certified in Holistic Nursing, Hypnotherapy and Interior Design, Rauni’s a Certified Healing Touch (HT) Practitioner and Instructor, coordinating HT workshops at Scripps Hospitals since 1993.

CHI Partners & Sponsors

The Emerald Gate Foundation
The Emerald Gate Foundation
The Emerald Gate Foundation is a not for profit enterprise focused on improvement of the human condition and expansion of the conscious mind through scientific discovery and empowerment at the individual and local community level.

The Emerald Gate Foundation

The Emerald Gate Foundation is a not for profit enterprise focused on improvement of the human condition and expansion of the conscious mind through scientific discovery and empowerment at the individual and local community level.
The Foundation’s mission is to assist with human transformation, individually and socially, solving real world problems in a practical, applied fashion.
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Walker Family Foundation
Walker Family Foundation
Chopra Foundation
Chopra Foundation
The Chopra Foundation’s Mission is to participate with individuals and organizations in creating a critical mass for a peaceful, just, sustainable, and healthy world through scientifically and experientially exploring non-dual consciousness as the ground of existence and applying this understanding in the enhancement of health, business, leadership and conflict resolution.

Chopra Foundation

The Chopra Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving health and well-being, cultivating spiritual knowledge, expanding consciousness, and promoting world peace to all members of the human family. The Chopra Foundation’s Mission is to participate with individuals and organizations in creating a critical mass for a peaceful, just, sustainable, and healthy world through scientifically and experientially exploring non-dual consciousness as the ground of existence and applying this understanding in the enhancement of health, business, leadership and conflict resolution.
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Rob and Melani Walton Foundation
Rob and Melani Walton Foundation
The mission of the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation is to elevate people, planet, and purpose by changing what people feel is possible and know is doable.
Wake Forest University
Wake Forest University
One of the nation's most respected private schools, Wake Forest University is a collegiate university recognized for its outstanding academic reputation and challenging liberal arts curriculum. Founded in 1834, Wake Forest is committed to personal education, inquiry and exploration, and service.

Wake Forest University

One of the nation's most respected private schools, Wake Forest University is a collegiate university recognized for its outstanding academic reputation and challenging liberal arts curriculum. Founded in 1834, Wake Forest is committed to personal education, inquiry and exploration, and service.
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Miraglo Foundation
The mission of Miraglo Foundation is, "Health care and communities will be transformed nationally and internationally through research, education and service. New models of holistic patient centered care that embrace the wisdom of all global healing traditions will be designed, researched and implemented. Underserved communities will be provided essential health care and service, educational grants and scholarships as a step toward the alleviation of poverty."

Miraglo Foundation

The mission of Miraglo Foundation is, "Health care and communities will be transformed nationally and internationally through research, education and service. New models of holistic patient centered care that embrace the wisdom of all global healing traditions will be designed, researched and implemented. Underserved communities will be provided essential health care and service, educational grants and scholarships as a step toward the alleviation of poverty."
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Institute of Noetic Sciences
Institute of Noetic Sciences
The Institute of Noetic Sciences™, founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research, education, and membership organization whose mission is supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, educational outreach, and engaging a global learning community in the realization of our human potential.

Institute of Noetic Sciences

The Institute of Noetic Sciences™, founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research, education, and membership organization whose mission is supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, educational outreach, and engaging a global learning community in the realization of our human potential. “Noetic” comes from the Greek word nous, which means “intuitive mind” or “inner knowing.” IONS™ conducts, sponsors, and collaborates on leading-edge research into the potentials and powers of consciousness, exploring phenomena that do not necessarily fit conventional scientific models while maintaining a commitment to scientific rigor. The Institute’s primary program areas are consciousness and healing, extended human capacities, and emerging worldviews.
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The Institute for Integrative Health
The Institute for Integrative Health
The Institute for Integrative Health, a nonprofit founded by Brian Berman, MD, in Baltimore, provides an environment for innovative thinking and action to create an epidemic of health.

The Institute for Integrative Health

The Institute for Integrative Health, a nonprofit founded by Brian Berman, MD, in Baltimore, provides an environment for innovative thinking and action to create an epidemic of health.
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Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM)
AIHM unites the many voices in integrative health to build bridges between professions and offer credible education and training to healthcare providers.

Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM)

AIHM unites the many voices in integrative health to build bridges between professions and offer credible education and training to healthcare providers.
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Greenheart International
Greenheart International
Greenheart International connects people and planet to create global leaders through personal development, volunteer service, environmentalism, fair trade, and cultural exchange. This is achieved through the branches Greenheart Travel, Greenheart Shop, Greenheart Transforms, and CCI Greenheart.

Greenheart International

Greenheart International connects people and planet to create global leaders through personal development, volunteer service, environmentalism, fair trade, and cultural exchange. This is achieved through the branches Greenheart Travel, Greenheart Shop, Greenheart Transforms, and CCI Greenheart. Greenheart envisions a world in which communities come together as agents of change to create a more peaceful and sustainable future for all. Founded in 1985, Greenheart International is endorsed by the city of Chicago for the promotion of international education, environmental awareness, and citizen diplomacy. Greenheart is designated by the U.S. Dept. of State as an Exchange Visitor Program visa sponsor for Secondary School, Intern, Trainee, and Summer Work Travel programs. Specific branches are currently granted full listing by the Council of Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), and are members of organizations including the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSTC), The Alliance for International Exchange, Association for International Educators (NAFSA), Fair Trade Federation, Chicago Fair Trade, Chicago Social Enterprise Alliance, and Green America. Greenheart International is committed to sustainability and contracts a private recycling company, purchases Renewable Energy Certificates, uses a third party green auditor, and conducts a Carbon Offset Program for all staff travel.
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The WholeWorld-View
The WholeWorld-View
Our purpose is to empower the emergence of our conscious evolution. The WholeWorld-View community is a growing interdependent co-operative of global change agents in service to nurturing our personal and collective need for meaning and belonging, celebrating our innate diversity within a unified whole.

The WholeWorld-View

Our purpose is to empower the emergence of our conscious evolution. The WholeWorld-View community is a growing interdependent co-operative of global change agents in service to nurturing our personal and collective need for meaning and belonging, celebrating our innate diversity within a unified whole.
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THE RISING FOUNDATION
THE RISING FOUNDATION
Living in a world rooted in compassion, creativity and cooperation such that all basic human needs are met. Through financial grants we support projects which are building new social structures and technologies replacing the status quo.

THE RISING FOUNDATION

Living in a world rooted in compassion, creativity and cooperation such that all basic human needs are met. Through financial grants we support projects which are building new social structures and technologies replacing the status quo.
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San Diego Cancer Research Institute
San Diego Cancer Research Institute
The San Diego Cancer Research Institute was co-founded by Dr. Mark J. Adler and Dr. Daniel Vicario in 1998 after several years of looking into better ways to help people with cancer. We believe in a multi-disciplinary approach to wellness. Our primary goals are to help cancer patients gain quick access to state-of-the-art ‘bench-to-bedside’ medical treatment, and to provide them with optimal physical, emotional and spiritual guidance to challenge their illness.

San Diego Cancer Research Institute

The San Diego Cancer Research Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to accelerating the development and availability of cutting-edge cancer therapies, and to improving through comprehensive integrative approaches, the quality of life for cancer patients. The San Diego Cancer Research Institute was co-founded by Dr. Mark J. Adler and Dr. Daniel Vicario in 1998 after several years of looking into better ways to help people with cancer. We believe in a multi-disciplinary approach to wellness. Our primary goals are to help cancer patients gain quick access to state-of-the-art ‘bench-to-bedside’ medical treatment, and to provide them with optimal physical, emotional and spiritual guidance to challenge their illness.
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Westreich Foundation
Westreich Foundation
The Westreich Foundation is an initiative based foundation committed to furthering health, wellness, putting the patient at the center of quality care, be it integrated, natural, palliative or allopathic. Hopefully, someday it will be referred to as "just good medicine" and we can drop the labels that keep us in silos and separated.

Westreich Foundation

The Westreich Foundation is an initiative based foundation committed to furthering health, wellness, putting the patient at the center of quality care, be it integrated, natural, palliative or allopathic. Hopefully, someday it will be referred to as "just good medicine" and we can drop the labels that keep us in silos and separated.
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1440 MULTIVERSITY
1440 Multiversity
1440 Multiversity is a place to experience time differently—exploring what matters to you, while surrounded by fresh air, delicious food, wellness classes, many ways to unwind, and opportunities to connect with yourself and others. Whether you come for a program with world-renowned faculty or spend a weekend on campus taking 1440 specialty classes, you can look forward to the perfect blend of learning, vacation, and space for reflection.

1440 Multiversity

1440 Multiversity is a place to experience time differently—exploring what matters to you, while surrounded by fresh air, delicious food, wellness classes, many ways to unwind, and opportunities to connect with yourself and others. Whether you come for a program with world-renowned faculty or spend a weekend on campus taking 1440 specialty classes, you can look forward to the perfect blend of learning, vacation, and space for reflection.
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MUSE
muse
Muse is a powerful, compact electroencephalography (EEG) system. By leveraging improvements in dry sensor technology, bluetooth and battery life, as well as significant advances in digital signal processing, Muse makes it easy to access and use brainwave data, inside and outside the laboratory and in real world environments.

muse

Muse is a powerful, compact electroencephalography (EEG) system. By leveraging improvements in dry sensor technology, bluetooth and battery life, as well as significant advances in digital signal processing, Muse makes it easy to access and use brainwave data, inside and outside the laboratory and in real world environments.
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CHI Collaborators

Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP)
Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP)
Formed as a non-profit in 1999, ACEP has a global membership of over 1,200 licensed mental health professionals and allied health practitioners. ACEP members are dedicated to exploring, developing, researching and applying energy psychology methods to alleviate human suffering, enhance human performance and access human potential.

Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP)

Formed as a non-profit in 1999, ACEP has a global membership of over 1,200 licensed mental health professionals and allied health practitioners. ACEP members are dedicated to exploring, developing, researching and applying energy psychology methods to alleviate human suffering, enhance human performance and access human potential.
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Consciousness Hacking
Consciousness Hacking
Consciousness Hacking is a hands-on approach to making new tools for self-exploration, in order to positively change the way we think, feel, and live. It’s an inside out perspective on how technology can serve us by changing our relationship to both ourselves and the world.

Consciousness Hacking

Consciousness Hacking is a hands-on approach to making new tools for self-exploration, in order to positively change the way we think, feel, and live. It’s an inside out perspective on how technology can serve us by changing our relationship to both ourselves and the world.
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Global Coherence Initiative
Global Coherence Initiative
The Global Coherence Initiative is an international effort that seeks to help activate the heart of humanity and promote peace, harmony and a shift in global consciousness. GCI conducts groundbreaking research on the interconnection between humanity and Earth’s magnetic fields and energetic systems.

Global Coherence Initiative

The Global Coherence Initiative is an international effort that seeks to help activate the heart of humanity and promote peace, harmony and a shift in global consciousness. GCI conducts groundbreaking research on the interconnection between humanity and Earth’s magnetic fields and energetic systems.
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Healing Beyond Borders
Healing Beyond Borders
Healing Beyond Borders’ mission is to spread healing light worldwide through the heart-centered practice of Healing Touch. We are a non-profit membership and educational organization that: Administers the Certification process for Healing Touch Practitioners and Instructors; Sets international standards of practice and international code of ethics for practitioners and instructors; Supports Healing Touch Practitioners and Instructors as they develop, practice and serve communities worldwide; Promotes and provides resources in health care integration and research in Healing Touch; Provides opportunities for promotion of and education about Healing Touch.

Healing Beyond Borders

Healing Beyond Borders’ mission is to spread healing light worldwide through the heart-centered practice of Healing Touch. We are a non-profit membership and educational organization that: Administers the Certification process for Healing Touch Practitioners and Instructors; Sets international standards of practice and international code of ethics for practitioners and instructors; Supports Healing Touch Practitioners and Instructors as they develop, practice and serve communities worldwide; Promotes and provides resources in health care integration and research in Healing Touch; Provides opportunities for promotion of and education about Healing Touch.
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ISHAR
ISHAR
ISHAR stands for the Integrative Studies Historical Archive and Respository. This website provides access to many studies in consciousness, healing and integrative medicine.

ISHAR

ISHAR stands for the Integrative Studies Historical Archive and Repository. This website provides access to many studies in consciousness, healing and integrative medicine.
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Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM)
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM)
Pacific College improves lives by educating and inspiring compassionate, skilled leaders of patient-centered, traditional East Asian and integrative healthcare.

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM)

Pacific College improves lives by educating and inspiring compassionate, skilled leaders of patient-centered, traditional East Asian and integrative healthcare.
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Prison Yoga Project
Prison Yoga Project
The Prison Yoga Project's objective is to provide prisoners with a mindfulness tool to draw on their yoga practice when they’re not doing yoga. If they’re tangled in a confrontation on the yard, or upon release, or tempted to go back to using, they can draw on what they have learned from yoga for practical solutions.

Prison Yoga Project

The Prison Yoga Project's objective is to provide prisoners with a mindfulness tool to draw on their yoga practice when they’re not doing yoga. If they’re tangled in a confrontation on the yard, or upon release, or tempted to go back to using, they can draw on what they have learned from yoga for practical solutions.
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Science and Nonduality (SAND)
Science and Nonduality (SAND)
The mission of Science and Nonduality (SAND) is to forge a new paradigm in spirituality, one that is not dictated by religious dogma, but rather is based on timeless wisdom traditions of the world, informed by cutting-edge science, and grounded in direct experience.

Science and Nonduality (SAND)

The mission of Science and Nonduality (SAND) is to forge a new paradigm in spirituality, one that is not dictated by religious dogma, but rather is based on timeless wisdom traditions of the world, informed by cutting-edge science, and grounded in direct experience.
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Sean O' Shea Foundation
Sean O' Shea Foundation
The Sean O' Shea Foundation supports San Diego and Los Angeles youth to develop life skills that support them to take responsibility for their life, develop respect for themselves and others, and have confidence in their own potential, by empowering youth through yoga, nutrition and optimistic teachings.

Sean O' Shea Foundation

The Sean O' Shea Foundation supports San Diego and Los Angeles youth to develop life skills that support them to take responsibility for their life, develop respect for themselves and others, and have confidence in their own potential, by empowering youth through yoga, nutrition and optimistic teachings.
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UC San Diego Center For Integrative Medicine

UC San Diego Center For Integrative Medicine

The UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine is dedicated to healing-oriented medicine that engages each individual's unique values and needs to promote whole-person wellness in all aspects of life.
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VID Art/Science
VID Art/Science
VID promotes transdisciplinary approaches in Arts and Sciences. VID encourages the common journey of Artists and Scientists to bring about a consciousness shift towards recognizing the inherent unity of Arts and Sciences.

VID Art/Science

VID promotes transdisciplinary approaches in Arts and Sciences. VID encourages the common journey of Artists and Scientists to bring about a consciousness shift towards recognizing the inherent unity of Arts and Sciences.
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