Dr. Alice Domar
Dr. Alice Domar
is a pioneer in the application of mind/body medicine to women’s health issues. She established the first Mind/Body Center for Women’s Health and conducts ongoing ground-breaking research in the field. Her research focuses on the relationship between stress and different women’s health conditions, and creating innovative programs to help women decrease physical and psychological symptoms. Dr. Domar has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments as an author, media authority and sought-after public speaker. She is the author of numerous books, a columnist for Health Magazine, on the advisory board for Parents Magazine. She is also the series editor for the new series of mind/body books by Harvard Medical Publications/Simon and Schuster.
Dr. Domar has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dateline NBC, CNN and the CBS and the NBC Evening News, to name a few. She presents lectures and conducts workshops throughout the US and around the world. Dr. Domar was named to the prestigious list of 15 “Women to Watch” by Lifetime TV. Her most recent book, How To Be Happy Without Being Perfect, has been featured in Newsweek and The Boston Globe.
To learn more about Alice D. Domar, visit BeWell.com and DomarCenter.com
is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research reveals how positive emotions, fleeting as they are, can tip the scales toward a life of flourishing.
Winner of several awards for her research and teaching – including the American Psychological Association’s inaugural Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology’s Career Trajectory Award – Barb created her broaden-and-build theory to describe how positive emotions evolved for our human ancestors and how, today, they vitally shape people’s health and well-being.
Barb’s scientific contributions have influenced scholars and practitioners worldwide. Her research has been featured in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, CNN, PBS, U.S. News & World Report and USA TODAY.
Neale Donald Walsch
Neale Donald Walsch
is the author of 27 books on practical spirituality, including the series, Conversations with God which have sold millions of copies worldwide. His books have been translated into 35 languages, and seven have made the New York Times bestseller list. The author’s internet television program, Talk to Neale, allows his readers to interact with him regularly in person at www.CWG.tv. Walsch lives with his wife, the American poet Em Claire, in Ashland, Oregon. He may be contacted at: www.nealedonaldwalsch.com.
Tom Sullivan is an actor, singer, author and producer. Tom’s guest stints on television led to two Emmy nominations. A major motion picture was made of his life based on his autobiography, If You Could See What I Hear. Tom’s act of courage and determination set him on his destiny to discover and experience life beyond what he believed to initially be a disability, but he later discovered to be a blessing – blindness. To learn more about Tom Sullivan visit his website www.sullivanalive.com
Steven Southwick, MD is the co-author, with Dennis S. Charney, MD, of “Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges”. He is the inaugural Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Resilience at the Yale Medical School and the Yale Child Study Center, adjunct professor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and medical director of the Clinical Neurosciences Division of the National Center for PTSD.
Garland Waller Producer, writer and educator Garland Waller has produced a wide array of award winning local, syndicated and independent documentaries. Her awards for her work at WBZ-TV Boston include the Grand Prize at the International Film Festival of New York, an American Women in Radio and Television Award, the Iris Award for Best Entertainment, two Ohio State Awards, five New England Emmys, and two Action for Children’s Television Awards. The institute of Violence, Trauma and Abuse presented Garland with the Award for Film and Media Excellence for No Way Out But One which she co-produced with Barry Nolan(Evening Magazine, Hard Copy, Extra, Nitebeat and Backstage)
Garland is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Television and Film at Boston University School of Communication.
M. Gary Neuman
M. GARY NEUMAN is a licensed psychotherapist and rabbi; he is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Truth about Cheating. His newest book is Connect to Love. He was a frequent guest on “The Oprah Show,” and Oprah referred to Gary as “One of the best psychotherapists in the world…” when she invited him on her Most Memorable Guests Show which was her 5th show from her finale. Gary has made many appearances on “Today,” “Good Morning America,” “Dateline,” “The View,” “The Early Show,” NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” “NBC Nightly News,” and “CBS Weekend News.” He and his work have also been featured inPeople, Time, O: The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, Redbook, Parents, Parenting,the Washington Post, Newsweek.com, the Chicago Tribune, and the Miami Herald.He is the creator of the Reconnect to Love Intensive Program, an all-day counseling program for couples.
Robin Abrahams Ph.d
Dr. Irving Kirsch
Irving Kirsch is Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies at the Harvard Medical School and Professor Emeritus at the University of Hull and the University of Connecticut. He has published 10 books and more than 200 scientific journal articles and book chapters on placebo effects, antidepressant medication, hypnosis, and suggestion. His meta-analyses on the efficacy of antidepressants were covered extensively in the international media and influenced official guidelines for the treatment of depression in the United Kingdom. His book, The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth, which has been published in English, French, and Japanese, was shortlisted for the prestigious Mind Book of the Year award. It was the topic of a 5-page cover story in Newsweek, and was favorably reviewed in the New York Review of Books by Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Salah Salman
Dr. Salman studied and trained at the American University of Beirut and at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He spent his professional life in academic medicine. He is a former Professor & Chariman of the Department of Otolaryngology at his Alma Mater. In 2009 and after 23 years, he retired from being a Surgeon and Director of the Sinus Center at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, and a lecturer at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He has published 53 papers in scientific journals and authored chapters in medical textbooks. He served as Guest Editor and as Section Editor in Medical Journals. He also authored 2 textbooks, “An Atlas of the Nasopharynx” and “An Atlas of Diagnostic Nasal Endoscopy”.He served as a Visiting Professor in several medical schools. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and received many awards including the prestigious Penrose Award for the Faculties of Medical Sciences, on graduation from the American University of Beirut.In 1972, he was the Lebanese Minister of Public Health. During the Lebanese war, he also served as Minister of the Interior, and minister of Housing and Cooperatives, from 1976 to 1979.
Dr. Jed Diamond
Dr. Jed Diamond is Founder and Director of the MenAlive, a health program that helps men live long and well. Though focused on men’s health, MenAlive is also for women who care about the health of the men in their lives. “My passion in life,” says Diamond “is to support men, and the women who love them, in eliminating the stresses that undermine their health and wreck their relationships.” Diamond’s book, MenAlive: Stop Killer Stress with Simple Energy Healing Tools, brings together the wisdom accumulated in 40 years helping more than 20,000 men, women, and children.His work has been featured in major newspapers throughout the United States including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. He has been featured on more than 1,000 radio and T.V. programs including The View with Barbara Walters, Good Morning America, Today Show, CNN-360 with Anderson Cooper, CNN with Glenn Beck, CBS, NBC, Fox News, and To Tell the Truth.
Christiane Northrup, Ph.d
Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and the world’s leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, Dr. Northrup helps empower women to tune into their innate inner wisdom to transform their health and truly flourish.
Dr. Northrup is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause. In 2005, Mother-Daughter Wisdom, her third book, was voted Amazon’s #1 book of the year in both parenting and mind-body health and was nominated for a Quill Award. In her latest books, The Secret Pleasures of Menopause and The Secret Pleasures of Menopause Playbook, Dr. Northrup outlines the crucial link between health and pleasure. Her books, which have been translated into 20 languages, have taught women worldwide how to create joyous and vibrant health throughout their lives.Dr. Northrup has also hosted seven highly successfully public television specials. Dr. Northrup has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, The View, the Rachael Ray Show, Good Morning America, ABC’s 20/20, and The Dr. Oz Show.
Travis Roy started a foundation in 1997 called “The Travis Roy Foundation” to help spinal cord injury survivors and to fund research for a cure. Inspired by Travis’ own story, the lifeblood of the Travis Roy Foundation has been the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations across North America. This generosity has made an immediate impact on the lives of many individuals.
Since 1997 the Travis Roy Foundation has distributed more than $2.5 million in individual grants and to research projects and rehabilitation institutions across North America. The individual grant funds have been used to modify vans and to purchase wheelchairs, computers, ramps, shower chairs, and other adaptive equipment to help paraplegics and quadriplegics live their lives.
According to The Travis Roy Foundation, The Travis Roy Foundation is uniquely positioned to touch individual lives with its focus on providing adaptive equipment and sponsoring research. In the US alone, there are approximately 250,000 people currently living with a spinal cord injury and 13,000 new injuries each year.
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, a MacArthur prize-winning sociologist, is the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University, where, since 1972, she has studied the culture of families, communities, and schools, and the relationships between human development and social change. She is the author of ten books, including The Third Chapter, Respect, The Essential Conversation, and Balm in Gilead, which won the 1988 Christopher Award for “literary merit and humanitarian achievement.” In 1993, she was awarded Harvard’s George Ledlie Prize for research that makes “the most valuable contribution to science” and is to “the benefit of mankind.” She is the recipient of twenty-eight honorary degrees and is the first African American woman in Harvard’s history to have an endowed professorship named in her honor.
Ernie Bodai, M.D. F.A.C.S.
Ernie Bodai, M.D. was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1951. He and his family lived in a bomb shelter for nearly a year, before they managed to escape during the Hungarian Revolution in 1957. Following immigration to the United States, Dr. Bodai served as Chief of Surgery, Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento for 15 years and today directs the Breast Health Center at the Kaiser Permanente Sacramento, which has been recognized, nationally as a “Center of Excellence”. He holds a number of medical device patents, is a member of numerous prestigious surgical societies and is the recipient of many national awards. After treating thousands of patients with breast cancer he became frustrated at the pace of funding for research. In a remarkable one-man lobbying effort he was able to convince Congress and the U.S. Postal Service to issue the Breast Cancer Research Stamp – the first ever stamp in U.S. history that sells at more than face value (55 cents) with the surplus amount donated directly to breast cancer research. Over 950 million stamps have been sold raising nearly $73 million for crucial research.He is currently introducing the first ever “global stamp” raising awareness and funding to conquer the disease worldwide. To date over 70 countries have begun work on this important project. Belize, Croatia, El Salvador, Grenada, Hungary, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Macedonia, Micronesia, Serbia and The Gambia have already issued the stamp. Together we will find a cure in the near future – that is his hope.
In July 2010, Dr. Bodai was nominated for the Congressional Gold Medal.
Francine Shapiro Ph.d
Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., is the developer of EMDR, which has been so well researched that it is now recommended as an effective treatment for trauma in the Practice Guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association. She is the founder and President Emeritus of the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs.She is a recipient of the International Sigmund Freud Award for distinguished contribution to psychotherapy presented by the City of Vienna in conjunction with the World Council, the American Psychological Association Trauma Division Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology, and the Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology Award presented by the California Psychological Association. Dr. Shapiro has written and co-authored more than 60 articles, chapters, and books about EMDR, including her newest publication, Getting Past Your Past: Taking Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy.
Dr. Frank Lipman
Dr. Frank Lipman is one of the country’s top pioneers in the field of integrative medicine. Focused on sustainable health and wellness, his approach is based on the science of epigenetics, which teaches us that our genes are not set in stone and we can change how they are expressed by the lifestyle choices we make. Dr. Lipman’s interest in integrative medicine began more than three decades ago, while working as a doctor in the impoverished rural areas of his native South Africa. The traditional, non-Western healing practices he witnessed were unlike anything he learned in medical school, yet he observed how these methods helped many of his patients. Recognizing the importance of alternative healing modalities, he began to study age-old healing techniques and integrating them with his science-based modern medical training.In 1992 he founded the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, which quickly gained a loyal following and attracts high profile patients, including Donna Karan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, and Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Dr. Lipman is the author of two books outlining his approach to wellness: Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again and Total Renewal: Seven Key Steps to Resilience, Vitality, and Long-Term Health.
Tara Brach, Ph.d
Tara Brach is a leading western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. She has practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years, with an emphasis on vipassana (mindfulness or insight)meditation. Tara is the senior teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. A clinical psychologist, Tara is the author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha.Tara is nationally known for her skill in weaving western psychologicalwisdom with a range of meditative practices. Her approach emphasizescompassion for oneself and others, mindful presence and the directrealization and embodiment of natural awareness.
Dr Marcia Angell
In 1999, Dr. Marcia Angell became the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, the premier journal of medical science in the United States. Currently serving as a senior lecturer in the department of social medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Angell has devoted her life to researching, writing and speaking on topics incorporating medical ethics, health policy, the nature of medical evidence, the interface of medicine and the law, and end-of-life care. “My most fundamental belief,” wrote Dr. Angell in the preface to her 1996 book on the breast implant controversy in the United States, ”is that one should follow the evidence wherever it leads.”
A board-certified pathologist, Angell joined the editorial staff of the New England Journal of Medicine in 1979. A decade later she was named executive editor and, in 1999, she became the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the prestigious journal. Dr. Angell has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, The Washington Post, and other national publications.
Dr. Angell is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. In 1997 Time Magazine named her one of the twenty-five most influential Americans.