Students and Alumni of Integrative Health Studies
Integrative Health Studies (MA)
Stephanie Goldstein, BA, Anthropology and Sociology, Rhodes College. Stephanie has dedicated many years of her young adult life to experiencing and researching diverse holistic approaches to end-of-life care by working as a hospice patient companion in both Memphis and San Francisco.
Most recently, she started to incorporate banjo playing with her patients and helped to create a restorative yoga class to support the hospice staff.
Stephanie is a certified hatha yoga instructor at the 200-hour level and is currently working on a yearlong in-depth training with senior teacher Judith Hirt to deepen her knowledge and practice of yoga.
Restorative and gentle beginning yoga classes are her favorite to teach, and through them she promotes self-care and healing through conscious and creative movement of the body and breath.
Stephanie will be graduating in May, taking with her many creative and integral models of care for the end-of-life population.
Barb Harris, BA, Physical Education, Florida State University; and MA Physical Education, Northeast Missouri State (now Truman) University. Barb is a recently ordained interfaith minister with the intent of recognizing the Divine in each person, and supporting each person’s deepening spirituality and search for meaning.
Having spent 20 years in fitness and wellness as editor of a women’s health and fitness magazine, Barb has a lifelong commitment to holistic health and well-being. Since her studies at CIIS, Barb has become most interested in addressing inequities in health by advocating for health and health care for all persons as a human right.
Her passions are hiking, mountaineering, and nature photography. She has climbed Hunai Potosi in the Bolivian Andes, twice climbed Washington’s Mt. Rainier, and welcomed the millennium from atop Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.
Chanda Williams, BS, Mechanical Engineering, Kettering University. After her first yoga class in 1996, Chanda felt compelled to deepen her practice and completed the yoga teacher training program at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City.
With more than a decade in engineering design and consulting work tandem to her interest in wellness and personal development, Chanda decided to pursue a career in wellness full-time.
She teaches yoga to both adults and children, and hopes to design a holistic health center to empower individuals to seek a healthier, happier life. Chanda serves as the program coordinator for the Integrative Health Studies Department.
Jennifer Yee, BA, with honors in Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz. Jennifer joined the IHL program in Fall 2008 because of a long-standing passion for complementary and alternative medicine.
Her professional background is in finance, IT, and marketing in several different industries; and she is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP). She has been an avid yoga practitioner since 1994, a second-degree Reiki practitioner since 1997, and a massage therapist since 2000.
Her goal in the IHL program is to explore mind-body therapies and find ways to marry allopathic medicine and CAM into integrative and efficacious solutions to health issues.
Jennifer also loves to travel just about anywhere, scuba dive, ride her motorcycle, and take the dogs.
India Harville (MA, ’06) is the manager and co-owner of Vara Healing Arts Wellness Sanctuary, which promotes holistic health via alternative wellness therapies and services. India received her BA in Psychology from New College in 2003.
India sees massage clients and is furthering her training in Rosen Method Bodywork. India has conducted research on the efficacy of massage with Dr. Tiffany Field, the founder and director of the Touch Research Institute.
In addition, India conducts research on people’s relationship to touch and on ethical issues surrounding touch in psychotherapy.
Jeanne Kettles (MA ’07) 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
Jerrol Kimmel, RN (MA ’08) 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) 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) 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) is research coordinator for Preventive Medicine Research Institute. She has been a research coordinator for cancer investigation at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and has worked for environmental justice nonprofit organizations.