Integrative Health Studies Adjunct Faculty
Marcel Allbritton, PhD
Marcel is a mind-body practitioner; founder of the Mind-Body Foundation; and co-founder of Sustain Well, a consulting business for well-being in the workplace. He applies his background in organizational development and communication to professional development in integrative health and the role of practitioners and consumers in shaping the emerging field. He teaches workshops on stress-management, lifestyle management, and meditation at health clinics, Green Gulch Zen Center, and Stanford University.
Michael Arloski, PhD, PCC
Michael is a licensed psychologist, consultant and wellness coach with over 25 years in the wellness field. He has presented seminars, keynotes and consultations on four continents, pursuing his mission of taking the concept of wellness worldwide. Dr. Arloski is fascinated with how behavior, the environment and the human heart interact. In his book, Wellness Coaching For Lasting Lifestyle Change, he shows coaches and wellness professionals how to work with their clients to achieve lasting behavioral lifestyle change. Dr. Arloski is founder and CEO of Real Balance Global Wellness Services LLC, a company focused on educating and supporting quality wellness coaches.
Yosuke Chikamoto, PhD
Yosuke received his PhD in Health Education from the Pennsylvania State University. He has worked for over 20 year sin the fields of health education/promotion and employee wellness management. His previous appointment includes Research and Development at Stanford University School of Medicine Center for Research in Disease Prevention. Assistant Professor at American University, California State University-Fullerton, and Dokkyo Medical College, Director of Research at Health Fitness Corporation, and Director of Health Management at Keenan & Associates, and a Senior Consultant for Physician Education and Development at Kaiser Permanente.
Jim Cross, ND, LAc
Jim has taught anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, nutrition, and acupuncture for more than twenty-five years. He received this naturopathic doctorate degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, and acupuncture degree from San Francisco College of Acupuncture. His clinical practice specializes in weight loss, detoxification, general gastrointestinal disorders, and neurotransmitter adjustment.
Leslie Davenport, MA, MFT
Leslie is author of the leading text on guided imagery, Healing and Transformation through Self-Guided Imagery. She was the founder of the Humanities Program at Marin General Hospital, which evolved into The Institute for Health and Healing in collaboration with California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in practice for over 20 years she is an advocate for the role of guided imagery in psychotherapy and integrative medicine.
Mike Denney, MD, PhD
Mike was board certified in surgery with an emphasis in trauma surgery in 1966. He was given the Frederick Coller Award for outstanding research by the American College of Surgeons in 1965. He practiced medicine and surgery for more than 35 years, serving as assistant professor of surgery in charge of emergency and trauma at Wayne State University, Detroit, and later at the University of California, Davis, and as clinical faculty at the University of California, San Diego. He has also practiced in other countries, including Italy, Turkey, and Nepal. He has served as chief of staff and chairman of quality assurance at a number of hospitals, and from 1990 to 2001 was CEO of his small company that consulted and served rural hospitals in Northern California. He also is a founding member of the IHL program.
Christine Donohue, MA, MFT
Christine is a licensed marriage and family therapist, consultant, and educator. She earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from CIIS in 2006 and works with children, adults, couples, and families in her private psychotherapy practice in Mill Valley. Her work includes guest lecturing at CIIS, UCSF and other institutions specializing in somatic approaches to health. Christine served as a faculty member at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing from 1998 to 2003, consulted on behalf of United States Military Service Members and their families from 2009 to 2012, and currently is an adjunct faculty member at the American College of Chinese Medicine in San Francisco.
Ricky Fishman, DC
Ricky has been a Doctor of Chiropractic since 1986, and the co-director of Chiromedica, an integral holistic health care center since 1988. As a leader in the field of integral healing, he has brought together and assimilated the work of chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncturists, nurse practitioners, psychologists, physical therapist, and massage therapists. In addition to his private practice, Fishman worked as the staff chiropractor to the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic to deliver services to the uninsured population of San Francisco. To complement his clinical work, Fishman was a professor of the humanities at New College of California for more than twenty years, as well as at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley.
Atava Garcia-Swiecicki, MA, RH
Atava is dedicated to remembering and reclaiming the indigenous healing traditions of her ancestors. She has been studying and practicing healing arts for over 20 years. Atava has apprenticed with traditional healers, Mexican curis, is certified in both Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu, and is a clinical herbalist. Atava's teaching and healing work is a unique and powerful combination of herbal medicine, curanderismo, dream work, energetic bodywork and ancestral healing. She also runs a small herbal product company that specializes in hand-crafted herbal remedies and potions. Her website is www.ancestralapothecary.com.
Barbara Harris, MA, MDiv
Barbara is an ordained interfaith minister with the intent of supporting each person's deepening spirituality and search for meaning. Having spent twenty years in fitness and wellness as editor of a women's health and fitness magazine, she has a lifelong commitment to holistic health and well-being. since receiving her MA in Integrative Health Studies from CIIS, she has become most interested in addressing health inequities by advocating for health and healthcare for all persons as a human right.
Farzad Khayam-Bashi, MD
Farzad is a biotechnology professional and physician, with a diverse medical background encompassing research, clinical knowledge, health-related technology, and organizational leadership. Dr. Khayam-Bashi enjoys using his creativity and problem-solving skills to improve health-care management, and to promote health and wellness through effective outreach, patient education, and novel program development. He currently enjoys his work as Special Projects Coordinator at San Mateo Medical Center, in which he serves as the leader for community-wide special projects, including highly innovative new programs focused on expanding health-care access to under-served populations, reducing health-care costs, and streamlining operations so that greater benefits will reach more patients in the County of San Mateo. It is his hope to continue to positively impact community health and wellness through creative, effective, and meaningful ways.
Sally LaMont, ND, PhD
Sally is a naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist, educator and writer who has devoted the last twenty-seven years to teaching the principles of healthy living. She blends the science of naturopathic medicine with the ancient wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine, bringing them both to life in her work as a doctor and educator. Dr. LaMont's practice focuses on helping people identify the root causes of their condition, removing the obstacles to cure, and developing personalized natural treatment protocols to resolve symptoms and promote health. She assesses her patients through a variety of state-of-the-art laboratory tests and integrates nutritional medicine and dietary detoxification with herbal medicine and acupuncture.
Kate Leahy, MA
Kate serves as the program manager and internship supervisor for the IHL program. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Leahy has expanded the service learning and community engagement program to include more than ten new sites, such as the San Francisco Department of Health's Healing Project, Laguna Honda Hospital and UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, making the 200-hour internship a central pillar within IHL. She teaches professional career preparation, community application of learning goals, and the building of reciprocal relationships within the internship sites.
Megan Lipsett, MA
Megan is a recent graduate of the IHL program. Her original academic research developed an assessment scale for integrative medicine clinics to examine essential conditions for optimal and sustained well-being. She assisted Elliot Dacher, MD, in the presentation of a beta workshop on human flourishing. That workshop has now been developed into a required course for IHL with the intention of providing a meditative foundation for incoming cohorts. In addition, she has a deep interest in Ayurvedic Medicine.
Beverly Rubik, PhD
Beverly is an internationally recognized pioneer in integrative medicine and subtle energy research, and the founder and director of the Institute for Frontier Science. She holds several faculty positions, is the editor of The Interrelationship Between Mind and Matter, and a consultant to National Institutes of Health's founding Office of Alternative Medicine. Her research laboratory in Emeryville, CA, has explored the effects of wellness lifestyles on Reiki practitioners, the healing signature of water, and bioelectromagnetic therapeutics of various subtle energy devices. Dr. Rubik is a recipient of an NIH grant on subtle energy, shared with Dr. Gary Schwartz. She is a faculty member at Union Institute & University, and at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center.
John W. Travis, MD, MPH
John is recognized as one of the founders of the wellness movement. Dr. Travis opened the first holistic wellness center in the U.S. in Mill Valley, CA in 1975, creating the first edition of the Wellness Inventory assessment that same year. He is the coauthor of the classic Wellness Workbook (3rd Edition, Celestial Arts, 2004), the support and companion book to the online Wellness Inventory Program. Dr. Travis teaches Health Assessment and Evaluation. He also teaches at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.