Students and Alumni of Integrative Health Studies
Michaele Kruger, BA
Cultural Anthropology, SF State
Michaele Kruger is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Nutrition Consultant practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She believes that real, whole food has the power to change your life and partners with her clients to help them achieve their health and wellness goals. She is a graduate of Bauman College of Nutrition and a member of both the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is currently seeking her Masters at CIIS in Integrative Health Studies and spends her free time in the yoga studio or hiking with her husband and cattle dog.
Lara Morgan, BA
Anthropology, Law, Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz
Lara entered IHL to tie together her holistic health background, spiritual work, and community-focused non-profit passion. Currently working at the SF and Marin Food Bank, she plans on obtaining a holistic nutrition counseling certification, to add to her offerings as an integrative health practitioner. Her outstanding undergraduate paper was awarded the Jeremy Damian Marx honor in Cultural Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz. Post-graduation, Lara will continue her work in the non-profit sector while also building a worksite wellness practice. Her passions include meditation, travel, running with her dog, and nutritious cooking.
Christine Imfeld, BA
English and Psychology, SUNY Albany
After 2 years of graduate work in Holistic Health Education at JFK University, Christine joined the Master's program in Integrative Health at CIIS in 2011. With a background in event planning and music promotion, Christine believes in the power of creating community, promoting positive change, and recognizing the energetics of relationships.
Her background as a Holistic Nutritional Consultant has led her to program development and community leadership in the fields of self-care, performance athletics, and addiction recovery. Christine is further committed to sustainable living and marine conservation, contributing to these causes worldwide through education, fundraising efforts and coastal cleanups. This yogini, rock climber, sea diver, dancer, research writer, and singer is on a never ending mission to prove that we can all strike a living and breathing balance between purpose and passion.
Laura Matteliano, BFA
Dance, Temple University
With over 20 years of dance experience Laura is intimately aware of the mind-body connection. After discovering yoga as a means to supplement her dance training, the practice ultimately changed her career path. After teaching children, teens and older adults, Laura moved to San Francisco to pursue more career opportunities. Currently, she teaches Yoga at the YMCA and a worksite wellness initiative for employees at San Francisco Ballet. Her concentration within the IHL program is on mind-body therapies and how it affects health and healing. Upon graduating, Laura hopes to use yoga as a vehicle for stress reduction and address the need for holistic health practices within the health care system. In her free time you can find Laura at farmer's markets, at the grocery store or in the kitchen, dancing and playing outside in nature.
Diana Prince (MA '12)
Diana is employed by the University of California, Davis, in Occupational Health Services as a Co-Program Coordinator for Work Strong, and is also the Smoke and Tobacco free Program Coordinator. She provides leadership and strategic services to several organizations in health, wellness and education, integrating her integrative wellness coaching, experience as an exercise physiologist and passion for being an Ayurvedic practitioner. Diana is developing a reputation for her skill in working with large systems change.
Jeanne Kettles (MA ’07)
Jeanne is currently health manager of Alameda Head Start, a comprehensive child development program serving low-income children and their families.
Jeanne also works as a health policy consultant, coordinating a community health initiative for Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker with the unincorporated area of San Lorenzo to eliminate health disparities in their community.
She serves on many interdisciplinary types of councils for Alameda County on diverse community health projects and in an integrative public health work group called Health Is Not Just Healthcare.
Prior to her studies in the IHS program, Jeanne practiced as a professional home-birth midwife and collaborated statewide and across the nation on policy and legislation to support the midwifery model of care. She lives in Alameda with her daughter and son.
Jerrol Kimmel, RN (MA ’08)
Jerrol began her career in community mental health and the healing arts in 1975 with a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley. She is a nationally certified massage therapist and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
In 1983 she completed a nursing program to integrate Western medicine with holistic practices. She is a faculty member of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s professional training programs and is also part of the Center’s international team, Healing the Wounds of War, providing training for trauma relief for health and mental health professionals in Israel and Gaza.
Jerrol has maintained a private counseling and bodywork practice since 1980, working with groups and individuals, integrating mind-body skills, massage therapy, and other holistic modalities in assisting her clients in attaining emotional and physical health and healthy lifestyle change.
She currently is in private practice as an integrative health practitioner in the office of Dr. Ricki Pollycove, a board certified OB/GYN at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA.
Jake Pollack (MA ’06)
Jake is currently in India serving as faculty for Living Routes, an educational program, teaching Sustainability in Practice at Auroville, India. He has also worked for the University of Denver’s South India Term Abroad program in Madurai.
His research includes the 20th-century transformations of South Asian traditions of yoga and healing, especially the professionalization of yoga therapy, and the globalization of Siddha medicine and Ayurveda. He has also taught yoga and worked as a yoga therapist for more than six years in various clinical settings, including the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF.
Diana Walters (MA ’07)
Diana is starting up an integrative health coaching and integrative health bodywork practice, specializing in brain injury recovery and patient-centered-care techniques, and began her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Saybrook Graduate and Research Center, San Francisco, CA.
After completing her MA with a focus on patient-centered care, Diana started the Feldenkrais training program through the Feldenkrais Resources Centre in Berkeley, CA, as well as started and completed a certification in life coaching through Coach Training Alliance, CO.
She practices integrative health coaching and integrative health bodywork, predominantly in two locations in the San Francisco East Bay: the Malya Center in Pleasant Hill, CA, and the Massage Cottage in Lafayette, CA.
The predominant techniques that she practices, in which she is trained, are craniosacral therapy (through the Upledger institute, Palm Beach, FL), Cortical Field Re-education® (located in Laguna Beach, CA), and biofeedback (through the Biofeedback Society of California).
Katie Wilson (MA ’08)
Katie is currently CUNY faculty and immersed in doctoral studies. She has been a research coordinator for the Preventitive Medicine Research Institute and for cancer investigation at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, as well worked for environmental justice nonprofit organizations.