Our Advisory Board

Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier | PhD, MD(h)

Dr. Pelletier is one of the pioneers of integrative medicine research in the World. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Professor of Public health at the University Of Arizona School Of Medicine; and, a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and

in the Department of Psychiatry at the University Of California School Of Medicine, San Francisco (UCSF). At the University Of Arizona School Of Medicine, he is Director of the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP) which is a collaborative research program between CHIP and 15 of the Fortune 500 corporations including IBM, Ford, Dow, Prudential, Cisco, Pepsi, Mercer, Thomson Reuters, Walgreens, and NASA. Also, he is Chairman of the American Health Association and is a Vice President with American Specialty Health (ASH) in San Diego, California.

Prior to these positions, Dr. Pelletier served as Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine; was Director of the Stanford Corporate Health Program (SCHP); and, Director of the NIH funded Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at Stanford (CAMPS). From 1974 until joining the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1990, Dr. Pelletier held a dual appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco (UCSF).

In addition to his faculty positions, Dr. Pelletier has served a member of the Board of Directors of the California Wellness Foundation, Foundation Health Systems (FHS), Health Systems International (HSI), Health Net, and the Social Venture Network. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, studied at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland and has published over 300 professional journal articles in behavioral medicine, disease management, work site interventions, and alternative/integrative medicine.

At the present time, Dr. Pelletier is a medical and business consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Business Group on Health, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM), and major corporations including IBM, American Airlines, Medtronic, Disney, Merck, Ford, NASA, Microsoft , Blue Cross, Blue Shield, United Healthcare, the Pasteur Institute of Lille, France, the Alpha Group of Mexico, and the Singapore Ministry of Health. He also serves on the boards of the Healthtrac Foundation, Rancho la Puerta Spa, American Institute of Stress, International Spa Association (ISPA), American Journal of Health Promotion, and as a peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), and Annals of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Pelletier is listed in Who’s Who in America and in Who’s Who in the World. His research, clinical practice, and publications have been the subject of numerous national television programs including several appearances on the ABC World News, the Today program, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, 48 Hours, the McNeil-Lehrer Newshour, CNN, FOX News, CBS Sunday Morning, Hour Magazine, the Time/Life video series, the award winning BBC series The Long Search, and the five-part Blue Cross/Blue Shield sponsored PBS series Healthy People, Healthy Business.

Dr. Pelletier is the author of twelve (12) major books including the international best seller Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer (New York: Delacorte and Delta, 1977; Revised in 1992); Holistic Medicine: From Stress to Optimum Health (New York: Delacorte and Delta, 1981; Revised in 1991); Healthy People in Unhealthy Places; Stress and Fitness at Work (New York: Delacorte, Delta, and Doubleday, 1984); Sound Mind – Sound Body: A New Model for Lifelong Health (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995); The Best Alternative Medicine: What Works? What Does Not? (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000); and Stress Free for Good: Ten Scientifically Proven Life Skills for Health and Happiness (New York: Harper Collins, 2005); and New Medicine: Integrating Complementary, Alternative, and Conventional Medicine for the Safest and Most Effective Treatment (London and New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2007).

Dr. Linda Bark | PhD, RN, MCC, NC-BC

Dr. Bark is a nurse, Master Certified Coach, and a Board Certified Nurse Coach. She developed the Wisdom of the Whole™ coaching model, which is a holistic/integral approach that invites coaches and their clients to look through multiple windows for exploration and action.

Linda pioneered new professional health pathways by starting a nursing private practice in 1970 and by bringing holistic nursing to hospitals in the1980s. In the 1990s, her private practice changed as she integrated her coach-specific training into her work and practiced as a health coach. Her experience has varied including working with Dr. Rudolph Ballentine, a holistic physician in NYC; building a wellness group at a church in Harlem; acting as a health coach in a dot-com company in San Francisco; and providing wellness consultations at a health spa in the Catskills in New York.

Linda’s graduate work at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) was rooted in an East/West methodology. Fascinated by different cultures, she led medical tours to China for CIIS, New Dimensions Radio, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and her own company. As she expanded her learning to include Eastern philosophy and other holistic healing modalities, she integrated this knowledge into her coaching model.

At that same time, Linda served as a consultant for emerging holistic healing centers and began training healthcare providers and lay people in health coaching to join these centers. She continues to train coaches internationally through her own company, Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy (www.wisdomofthewhole.com), and as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota and the National Institute of Whole Health. Her coaching textbook, The Wisdom of the Whole: Coaching for Joy, Health, and Success, was named Book of the Year for professional development in 2012 by the American Journal of Nursing.

Dr. Bark was instrumental in creating the Nurse Coach certification and co-authored The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies that was published by the American Nurses Association in 2013. She is on the executive board of directors of the National Consortium for the Credentialing of Health and Wellness Coaches and has worked with that group since 2010.

Her passion for holistic/integral coaching not only includes her ongoing private practice and coach training, but also how organizations can use coaching skills and approaches to build and grow a healthy culture. Whatever the setting, nothing makes Linda happier than to co-create learning experiences that empower people and help them experience and maintain a sense of ease, community, fun and fulfillment.

Dr. Lisa Conboy | MA, MS, ScD

Dr. Conboy is a health researcher who has been teaching research methods for fifteen years. Lisa is currently Clinical Instructor Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In addition, she is the Co-Director of Research and Chair of Biomedicine at The New England School of Acupuncture.

She received her MA from UMASS Amherst, and her MS and ScD from Harvard School of Public Health. A sociologist and epidemiologist, she became interested in Chinese medicine about twenty years ago due to its positive effects on her own health. As a result, she has focused her research questions on acupuncture and Chinese medicine over the last ten years.

In her research and teaching, Lisa utilizes and teaches multiple methods and various forms of analyses to best ask and answer questions about acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She has published analyses using qualitative, survey, and biological data. Lisa is striving to produce work and train researchers that can address novel questions in scientifically sound ways. She is currently involved in a number of studies investigating Ayurveda, yoga, and traditional Chinese medicine, including one entitled “Ayurveda and Panchakarma: Measuring the Effects of a Holistic Health Intervention,” which is under peer review.

Joel Cooper | MA, MS, ScD

Joel has been involved in the Health Insurance Business for over 25 years.  He has an MBA, and Advanced combined Law and Criminology master’s degree.   He is a Certified Health Consultant by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association, Health Insurance Associate of the Health Insurance Association of America and has sat on the Advisory Board of the R.I. state Health Insurance Commissioner as well as founder and V.P. of the Rhode Island Health Care Advisory Group (RIBHAC).

Joel has been an AVP of Blue Cross & Blue Shield-Rhode Island, President of his own company, Benefits Unlimited; once Rhode Island’s largest Health Benefits Agency, President of USI of Rhode Island, a large Insurance Agency, and Executive Vice President of USI New England; an insurance division of Goldman Sachs.

Dr. Scott Denny | PhD, DC, MS, AP, DOM, Dipl Ac & NMT, FAAIM, DAAPM, CWC, CFLT

Dr. Denny holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior College, and a Bachelor of Professional Studies and Master Science degree from Tri-State College of Acupuncture (TSCA) in New York City. He also holds a Ph.D. in Electromedical Science and has had the honor of being the past President of American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM).

He is a past member of the AAPM Board of Directors, and a current member of the AAPM Board of Advisors. He has served on numerous AAPM committees including; membership, education, planning, scientific posters, certification standards, examination writing, utilization, Pain Program Accreditation (PPA), and the technology and integrative medicine committees. He is also a 1984 graduate of the New York Chiropractic College and is past faculty of New York Chiropractic College, and is a founding Trustee of the University of Integrated Studies. Dr. Denny is the former head of acupuncture services at Holy Cross Hospital Feldman Center for Optimal Health. He is the inventor and developer of Dodai Fusion Therapy.

Dr. Denny is an eleven time recipient of the Continuing Education Excellence Award in Pain Management. He has also received the 2007 Outstanding Acupuncture Associate Award from The Zachariah Family Wellness Pavilion at Holy Cross Hospital. He is certified in many other areas including: homotoxicology/homeopathy, functional medicine, lifestyle medicine, cosmetic acupuncture and laser techniques.

Dr. Denny has lectured nationally and internationally on numerous topics including; surface electromyography in soft tissue injury assessment, manual medicine assessment and management of whiplash injury, biopuncture in the management of aesthetic conditions, biological medicine in complementary care, acupuncture in pain management, and Dr. Denny is FAME Program Certified (Fibromyalgia Assessment, Management and Education).

Dr. Denny holds several certifications including a Diplomate in Pain Management, a Diplomate in Acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and a Diplomate from the American Association of Integrative Medicine’s College of Acupuncture & Neuromuscular Therapy.

Dr. Denny externed at the Sidney Hillman Center, Institute for Urban Family Health, an outpatient facility affiliated with Beth Israel Hospital while attending Tri-State College of Acupuncture. In addition, he has also worked with the Center for Positive Connections, an HIV support and resource center in Miami. Dr. Denny also served as an advisor to The Health and Wellness Center, Inc., a not-for-profit resource and outreach center for patients suffering from chronic illness and disease.

Dr. Denny is a Fellow of the American Back Society and a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine. He is a past Clinical Research Fellow of the Institute of Pain Management and contributed data to the National Pain Data Bank (NPDB). He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Florida State Oriental Medical Association. He is a member of the International Society of Homotoxicology and Homeopathy, the American Society of BioRegulatory Medicine, and the Australian Association of Homotoxicology.

Dr. Denny has received post graduate training and certification in Acupuncture Injection Therapy (AIT) from the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Florida. He has received his certification in traditional mesotherapy from the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine.

Dr. Denny’s current practice focus is acupuncture and oriental medicine in pain management, the treatment of conditions with oriental and integrative medicine, laser pain treatment, functional homotoxicology, mesotherapy, biopuncture in pain management, anti-aging nutrition, homeopathy and herbs. He is also the developer of The Painless Acupuncture Method. In addition, Dr. Denny is the co-founder of Spinetronics, the manufacturer of the Antalgic-Trak spinal decompression system, and the co-developer of the technique called Kinetic Decompression Mobilization (KDM).

Dr. Christine Dougherty | ND

Dr. Doherty specializes in the natural medicine approach to gluten intolerance and celiac disease. Her extensive knowledge of the symptoms and treatment of celiac disease, and her own personal experience with the illness have allowed her to help thousands of people recover and lead full lives.

She was one of the top 50 international celiac experts invited to contribute to the American Gastroenterological Association’s award-winning 2010 book Real Life With Celiac Disease. She started GlutenFreeVitamins.com in 2005, where she formulates C-liac Vitality vitamins, a line of supplements for the specific needs of people who are gluten free because she has found the gluten free diet isn’t always enough to make a complete recovery.

Dr. Doherty is a sought-after national speaker and the author of countless articles on celiac disease and gluten intolerance. She has lectured nationally at the New England Celiac Conference, The Gluten Intolerance Groups conferences, the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, The Teton Wellness Festival, The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians convention, the Northwest Naturopathic Physicians conference and the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors conference to name a few. She wrote a column called “Super Supplements” for *Living Without*, a national magazine on food allergies and intolerance. One of her articles on super foods inspired an article in the *Chicago Tribune* in 2009.

She was interviewed by the founder of Functional Medicine, Jeffrey Bland, PhD and was honored to be named “Clinician of the month” in June 2009, for the Functional Medicine Update series.

Dr. Doherty has been honored with appointments by two New Hampshire Governors, first to the Osteoporosis Advisory Council in 2000 and again to the New Hampshire Board of Naturopathic Examiners in 2008. She is a medical advisor to the Southern New Hampshire Gluten Intolerance Association, and to Living Without magazine. Dr. Doherty is also a celiac disease expert for Pinnacle Care, an exclusive private health advisory service that seeks out top doctors internationally for their clients. She is a consultant for the Gerson Lehrman, a pool of experts including premier thought-leaders and shapers of industry from around the world. She represents the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians as one of their experts on food allergies and celiac disease.

Christine Doherty graduated with her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences from Bastyr and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Dr. Doherty has been a licensed naturopathic doctor in private practice in New Hampshire since 1999. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors, where she served as vice president for several years. Dr. Doherty has been privileged to work with thousands of people from all over the United States and from Japan, Australia, England, Denmark, Bermuda, France, The Virgin Islands, Dubai, Canada and Nepal.

Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa | PhD

Dr. Khalsa received his doctorate in human physiology and neuroscience at the University of Toronto and has conducted research in neuroscience, biological rhythms, sleep and sleep disorders for over 30 years. For over ten years he has been fully engaged in basic and clinical research on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation practices in improving physical and psychological health.

He has also been personally involved in the practice of a yoga lifestyle for over 40 years and is a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. He is currently the Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute, Research Director of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

He has conducted clinical research trials evaluating a yoga treatment for insomnia funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health. This research was targeted at examining not only the efficacy of yoga for the treatment of chronic insomnia, but also the neuroendocrine and neuropsychological mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of yoga practices in this population. He has also been involved in yoga research for addiction, back pain, depression, music performance anxiety, and generalized anxiety disorder.

He is currently involved in two major research projects. One of these is serving as a coinvestigator on an NCCAM-funded study of yoga and meditation for chronic stress in collaboration with Dr. Herbert Benson. The other project at the center of his interest is an evaluation of a yoga program within the academic curriculum of public schools to determine the benefits to students in mental health characteristics such as perceived stress, resilience, emotion regulation and anxiety. This study is funded by grants from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the Institute for Extraordinary Living of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

Dr. Khalsa has established relationships with fellow yoga researchers in the U.S. as well as in Europe and in India. In India he routinely attends and presents at international yoga research conferences and in the U.S. he is actively working with the International Association of Yoga Therapists to promote research on yoga therapy. For over six years he has also been teaching an elective course at Harvard Medical School in Mind Body Medicine.

Arden Schneider

Ms. Schneider is a Human Resources leader with an extensive background in start-up, technology and high-growth global environments in industries including healthcare IT and green products.

Currently an advisor and consultant to several start-ups, Arden was most recently the SVP of Human Resources and Facilities at Medidata Solutions, a leading global provider of cloud-based clinical development solutions that enhance the efficiency of clinical trials. She joined Medidata when it was an early stage start-up and over 10 years, grew the company to 1,000 employees, built offices and teams in London, Tokyo and across the U.S., and was part of the executive team that completed two acquisitions and a successful IPO.

Prior to Medidata, Arden co-founded Spring Point Imaging, a company that specialized in green office consumables. At Spring Point, she was responsible for corporate functions including HR and Facilities. After nine years, Mitsubishi Chemical America acquired the company and she worked for Mitsubishi for four years.

Arden graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English, with additional coursework in the Wharton School of Business, and earned a professional certificate in Human Resource Management from New York University.