Veterans, Trauma & Treatment Speakers
Dawson Church, PhD, is founder of Soul Medicine Institute, which researches and teaches emerging psychological and medical techniques, such as EFT, that can yield quick and lasting relief. He is author of many books, including The Genie in Your Genes and Soul Medicine; editor of Energy Psychology, a peer-reviewed journal; and director of the Iraq Vets Stress Project.
Tracy Gaudet, MD, is the director of the Veterans Affairs’ (VA) new Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. She has become widely recognized as a leader in the emerging field of integrative medicine through her work and contributions to numerous journals, publications, and television programs.
Peter A. Levine, PhD, is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing® and the director of The Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute, a nonprofit, educational, and research organization focusing on worldwide healing and prevention of trauma. He is also the founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment in Boulder, Colorado, which now has a membership of 5,000 Somatic Experiencing® training practitioners worldwide.
Gabor Maté, MD, is a renowned physician and expert on mind-body wellness. An acclaimed public speaker, he was in family practice for two decades, served for years as medical coordinator of the palliative care unit at Vancouver Hospital, and is author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction.
Maj. (fmr) Nisha Money, MD, is the director of the Global Healing Initiatives Institute. She is a physician specialized in a global health and integrative medicine and uses mind-body-spirit therapeutics to help with trauma-related problems.
Frank Ochberg, MD, pioneering psychiatrist in trauma science and editor of the first text on the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is a cofounder of modern psychotraumatology and served on the committee that first defined PTSD.
Col. Richard P. Petri, MD, is chief of Physical Medicine and Integrative Health Services at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas. When it opened in 2004, the Center for Integrative Medicine was the first physical health and integrative medicine clinic in the Department of Defense.
Capt. (fmr) Elizabeth A. Stanley, PhD, professor of security studies at Georgetown University and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT), the first mindfulness-based training program to have its beneficial effects with military populations documented in peer-reviewed scientific journals Training Institute. The ninth-generation in her family to serve in the U.S. Army, Stanley served as a military intelligence officer during the 1990s in Korea, Germany, and the Balkans.
Brigadier General (fmr) Loree K. Sutton, MD, was the highest ranking psychiatrist in the United States Army and is the former director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. She has served as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.
Captain (Ret.) Richard Welton, MD, MHA, PhD, is senior director of Military Medical Programs at the Samueli Institute. With more than 30 years of military service in the United States Army and Navy, he is also an experienced medical doctor and senior health-care administrator in both civilian and military health-care systems.
Concurrent Workshop Presenters
Carla Cassler, DAOM, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist who also uses homeopathy and Chinese herbs. She has a strong medical background that includes pediatric training in homeopathy.
David Feinstein, PhD, a clinical psychologist, has served on the faculties of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Antioch College. He has contributed seminal journal articles on innovative psychotherapeutic approaches and is author of seven books, including The Promise of Energy Psychology, Rituals for Living and Dying, and Personal Mythology.
E.C. Hurley, PhD, is director of Soldier Center in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he and his staff treat active duty military, veterans, and family members. A retired Army Colonel with more than 33 years of military service in United States Army and Reserve, Hurley also serves as the EMDR trainer for the Army Medical Department. soldier-center.com.
Roger Jahnke, OMD, has practiced Chinese medicine clinically for more than 25 years. Author of two best-selling books, The Healer Within and The Healing Promise of Qi, he is director of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi.
David J. Kearney, MD, is a staff physician at Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health-Care System and associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He offers highly regarded 8-week programs for veterans at the Seattle Veterans Administration Medical Center, based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Charles R. Kennedy, PhD, has served as staff clinician and program director in the Stratton Veterans Administration Medical Center Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Program for the past 23 years. Recently, he was invited as a special guest to appear on Public Health Live, the monthly webinar produced and distributed by the New York State Public Health Department.
Laurie Leitch, PhD, is a psychologist and cofounder of the Trauma Resource Institute based in Claremont, California. She has worked with victims of trauma and natural disasters in Thailand, China, Rwanda, and post-9/11 New York City.
Col. (ret) Pat Lillis, MD, MHA, RYT, cofounder of Warriors at Ease, has a 32-year military career, including her oncology practice and involvement with combat field hospitals in Kosovo and Iraq.
Susan Lynch, JD, E-RYT, serves as a Major in the United States Army Reserve in the Judge Advocate General Corps and is executive director of There & Back Again, a nonprofit reintegration support services program for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, she also serves on the Massachusetts Women Veterans’ Network, Operation Homefront, Black Lotus Yoga Project, and is the owner of Charlestown Yoga in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Michael Marks, PhD, is the lead psychologist, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) outpatient clinic team leader, and evidence-based practices coordinator at the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Healthcare System. An associate clinical professor at the University of Arizona, he is also involved in the Supportive Education for Returning Veterans (SERV) program.
Annie Okerlin, RYT, is a certified yoga instructor and owner and president of Yogani Studio in Tampa, Florida. She is founder and director of the therapeutic yoga program Exalted Warrior Foundation.
Claude AnShin Thomas received numerous awards, including the Purple Heart, for his service in the Vietnam War. After struggling with re-entry into society, Thomas studied mindfulness meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh. He was ordained as a Zen Buddhist monk in the Japanese Soto Zen Tradition by Baisen Tetsugen Roshi. He is author of At Hell's Gate: A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace, and is founder of the Zaltho Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes nonviolence and change.
Teachers are subject to change.