Our Physicians, Providers, & Staff

Duke Integrative Medicine Physicians

Adam Perlman, MD, MPH - Executive Director; Integrative Medicine Physician; Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine

Susan P. Blackford, MD - Integrative Medicine Physician; Consulting Associate, Department of General Internal Medicine

Evangeline Lausier, MD - Integrative Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine; Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Sam Moon, MD, MPH - Integrative Medicine Physician; Associate Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Laura D. Varga, DAOM, LAc - Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist


Duke Integrative Medicine Providers and Staff

Myra Blackwell, LMBT - Massage Therapist

Jeffrey Brantley, MD - Teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Mary Matthews Brantley, MA, LMFT - Teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Annie Caulkins, MA, CPCC, PCC - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Kelly Cross, MFA, LMBT - Massage Therapist

Jennifer Davis, MS, LPC, CPCC - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Linda Duda, MSW, PCC, CPCC - Integrative Health Coach; Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Joanne Gardner, MS, RDN, LDN - Integrative Dietitian / Nutritionist

Monica Gulisano, RD, LDN - Integrative Dietitian / Nutritionist

Erin Gunter, MS - Distance Learning Coordinator

Phyllis Hicks, D-Min, NCLPC - Psychotherapist; Teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Tricia Karpfen, MAc, ACC - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

C.M. Eimer Kernan, MSW, LSMW, MBA, RYT - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Karen Kingsolver, PhD - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Julie Kosey, MS, PCC, RYT - Integrative Health Coach; Teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction; Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Carol Krucoff, E-RYT - Yoga Therapist

Rachel Kuliani, MPH, CHES - Program Coordinator

Deborah Lee, PhD, RN - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Katherine Mackintosh, MEd - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Maya McNeilly, PhD - Teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Annie Nedrow, MD, MBA - Associate Director, Integrative Medicine Physician

Mary B. Peterson, PCT - Medical Assistant

Andrea Shaw, PhD, MCC - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Catherine J. Smith, CDM, CFPP - Executive Chef

Linda L. Smith, PA-C, MS - Director of Professional and Public Programs

Noah St. John, MS, RD - Exercise Specialist

Kim Turk, LMBT - Lead Massage Therapist

Jeanne van Gemert, MFA, LMBT, MA, LPC - Mind/Body Therapist, Teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Ron Vereen, MD - Teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Riitta H Rutanen Whaley, MS, MSPH – Teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Chandra White, BA, E-RYT – Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD - Director of Research; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Clinical Health Psychologist

Shelley Wroth, MD - Integrative Medicine Physician, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Duke Integrative Medicine Physicians

Adam Perlman, M.D.Adam Perlman, MD, MPH - Executive Director; Integrative Medicine Physician; Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine

Dr. Perlman joined the staff of Duke Integrative Medicine in 2011. Prior, he was Executive Director of the Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ICAM) and associate professor of medicine within the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). In 2010, Dr. Perlman became chair for the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, a consortium comprising 50 leading academic medical centers around the country with integrative medical programs.

Dr. Perlman was chairperson for the Department of Primary Care within the School of Health Related Professions at UMDNJ, and he held the UMDNJ Hunterdon Endowed Professorship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine since 2004.

Dr. Perlman's scholarly activities include numerous grants and publications. He was guest editor for the Complementary and Alternative Medicine volume of Medical Clinics of North America, and is associate editor for the Complementary and Alternative Medicine section of the Physician Information and Education Resource (PIER), developed by the American College of Physicians and American Society for Internal Medicine. His diverse research interests have included a clinical trial evaluating the effect of multivitamin supplementation on school performance in underserved children, a trial assessing the efficacy of massage for osteoarthritis of the knee and a survey exploring the use of CAM in patients with cancer. Most recently, he was the recipient of an R01 Research Grant, funded by the NIH's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, to continue his research on massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee. Dr. Perlman's research has been published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and featured in the New York Times.

Back to Top

Susan P. Blackford, M.D.Susan P. Blackford, MD - Integrative Medicine Physician; Consulting Associate, Department of General Internal Medicine

Dr. Blackford obtained her medical doctorate at Duke University School of Medicine and completed her residency in General Internal Medicine at University of Virginia Hospital. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. She worked seven years in private practice in Green Bay, Wisconsin where she was one of few female primary care practitioners. Her practice quickly filled with women seeking an alternative approach to menopausal treatment and more open mindedness to alternative and complimentary practices in general. This helped spark her interest in Integrative Medicine. In 2002, she and her family set off for the warmer climate of North Carolina for a more ethnically diverse population and a longer growing season. She joined the faculty at Durham Medical Center, a part of Duke Primary Care.

Dr. Blackford was a recipient of the Bravewell Fellowship scholarship award and completed the 2 year Fellowship in Dr. Andrew Weil's Program in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona and Duke Integrative Medicine in 2010. She enjoys working with patients on lifestyle modification and managing complex medical issues. She has a special interest in mind body medicine and medical hypnotherapy.

Back to Top

Evangeline Lausier, M.D.Evangeline Lausier, MD - Integrative Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine; Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Dr. Lausier has been on the faculty at Duke General Internal Medicine since 1993, and transferred to Duke Integrative Medicine in 2006, after completing an associate fellowship at the Program in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, directed by Dr. Andrew Weil. She was named Director of Clinical Services in 2009. Dr. Lausier holds a degree in Medicine from the University of Vermont and completed a medical residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. She holds a pre-med degree in pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. Originally from Maine, she has a strong connection to naturalism and botany.

Areas of interest include botanical medicine and pharmacognosy, women's health, and complex multi-system illness, with an emphasis on preventative lifestyle and interdisciplinary approaches to complicated medical issues.

Back to Top

Sam Moon, M.D., M.P.H.Sam Moon, MD, MPH - Integrative Medicine Physician; Associate Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Division of Occupational an Environmental Medicine

Dr. Moon’s primary specialty is Preventive Medicine—Occupational and Environmental (OEM), in which he is board-certified. He served from 1998 to 2005 as OEM Chief in the Department of Community & Family Medicine at Duke. He is certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine, a non-ABMS board.

Dr. Moon's clinical background includes 9 years of rural primary care on the Oregon-Washington border, 4 years in a multi-disciplinary pain rehabilitation center in Atlanta, and 18 years in an academic occupational and environmental medicine practice at Duke. He has served a number of roles with Duke Integrative Medicine from its beginning in the late 1990’s to present. Dr. Moon lectures nationally and internationally. He has expertise in ergonomics, musculoskeletal disorders, general prevention, and the mind-body interaction. He provides clinical consultations and performs medical acupuncture.

Back to Top

Laura D. Varga, DAOM, LAcLaura D. Varga, DAOM, LAc - Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist

Dr. Varga holds a six year doctorate from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, a four year master’s degree combined with an additional two years specializing in integrative care and advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine training.

Prior to receiving her masters and doctorate degrees, Dr. Varga worked in clinical research at the University of Pennsylvania and University of California, San Diego where she coordinated trials in psychiatry, pediatrics, gastroenterology, and pulmonary medicine. Her internships for the doctoral program were in Family Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and treating Veterans. Her exposure to western medicine and experience collaborating with western medical doctors has readied her to help treat patients at Duke Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Varga was first introduced to Chinese Medicine in 1994 when she saw a Licensed Acupuncturist for the treatment of allergies and asthma. The experience sparked a love and respect for acupuncture and oriental medicine leading her down a twelve year journey studying and practicing complementary medicine before entering graduate school. Dr. Varga started treating patients in September 2009 at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine clinic. Since then she also has worked in private practice and group acupuncture settings. It is her joy to help people in their quest for better health and well-being.

Back to Top

Duke Integrative Medicine Faculty, Providers, and Staff

Myra Blackwell, L.M.B.T.Myra Blackwell, LMBT - Massage Therapist; NC License #6428

Myra is a graduate of the Body Therapy Institute in Siler City in 2004, and comes to Duke Integrative Medicine with a background in Swedish, Deep-Tissue, Reflexology, and Chair Massage modalities to help relieve the impacts of stress, tension, and injuries. She also provides massage services for the UNC football Department, to assist in the prevention of injuries and increase recovery time, and to help athletes to increase flexibility and ROM through various stretching techniques. She has experience in On-Site Chair Massage at festivals, expos, corporate events, and offices. Myra earned a B.A. in Psychology at UNC in 2002, and has used that background to tremendous advantage in her massage career.

Back to Top

Jeff Brantley, M.D.Jeffrey Brantley, MD - Teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Dr. Brantley is one of the founding faculty members of Duke Integrative Medicine, where he started the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program in 1998. He is also a member of the Community of Scholars of the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health at Duke University. He is a Consulting Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke Medical Center. He teaches intensive courses on mindfulness meditation and conducts extensive experiential programs and group lectures.

Dr. Brantley completed his psychiatry residency at the University of California at Irvine Medical Center. He is Board Certified in psychiatry and and was elected as a “Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association” in 2008. He worked for 14 years in community mental health and private practice. Dating back to medical school, meditation has been a focal point of Dr. Brantley's private life, as well as an integral part of his work with people seeking healing in their lives.

Dr. Brantley has participated in many intensive meditation retreats, practicing with a variety of teachers, including Joan Halifax, Thich Nhat Hanh, Larry Rosenberg, Christina Feldman, and members of the Amaravati Buddhist monastic community. He has also completed the professional training for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction offered by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. Dr. Brantley is the author of Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion can free you from Anxiety, Fear, and Panic and is the co-author, with Wendy Millstine, of the Five Good Minutes series and Daily Meditations for Calming Your Anxious Mind.

Back to Top

Mary Matthews Brantley, M.A., LMFTMary Matthews Brantley, MA, LMFT - Teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Mary Matthews Brantley has been practicing meditation for over 25 years. She has done many intensive retreats and her teachers have included Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Larry Rosenberg, Rodney Smith, Ruth Denison, Joan Halifax, and Thich Nhat Hanh. She has been an instructor in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at Duke Integrative Medicine since 2000. She has a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University of California.

In addition to teaching she has developed and taught a course based on loving-kindness meditation. She is co-author of The Gift of Loving-Kindness: 100 meditations on Compassion, Forgiveness, and Generosity from New Harbinger Publications.

Back to Top

Annie Caulkins, MA, CPCC, PCCAnnie Caulkins, MA, CPCC, PCC - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Annie Caulkins is an integrative health coach and co-lead instructor for the Duke Integrative Health Coaching Professional Training Program. Annie blends her passion for learning and experience in education and coaching to support new health coaches in developing their skills. She believes that people learn best by doing and strives to create meaningful experiential learning for students.

In her coaching practice, Annie supports individuals to discover and align their passion, values and goals in order to create fulfilling lives and sustainable change. Annie is known for her compassion, humor and insight in helping clients realize new possibilities for greater balance, health and well-being as well as improved interpersonal relationships. Annie skillfully integrates body-centered practices and creative process into her coaching to help clients tap into their innate wisdom, deepen their learning, and move into action. Mindfulness is central to Annie's personal life, and is reflected in her teaching and coaching as she supports others in applying mindful awareness to their daily lives.

Back to Top

Jennifer Davis, MS, LPC, CPCC Jennifer Davis, MS, LPC, CPCC - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Jennifer Davis is passionate about facilitating transformation for clients, teams and organizations.  She is a psychotherapist, coach, corporate mindfulness trainer, and is an instructor and supervisor for the Duke Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program.

Jennifer brings her sense of adventure and personal dedication to living in fulfillment to her work.  In 2010 she moved to Thailand, where she built an international coaching business.  Thailand provided a unique opportunity to explore the cross-cultural applications of coaching and psychotherapy.  Now in Singapore, she continues her international business providing coaching, leadership development, and corporate mindfulness training.

Prior to moving to Asia, she was a psychotherapist and manager of the Health Psychology Department for Duke Integrative Medicine.   While at Duke she coordinated three NIH funded research studies bridging mindfulness and mind-body techniques with Western medicine treatments for binge eating, weight loss and weight maintenance.  Her areas of expertise include coaching, health psychology, mindfulness, executive wellness, program management, clinical research coordination, and wellness program instructional design.

Jennifer received her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is a Certified CTI Coach, a Certified Duke Integrative Health Coach, and a QuitSmart Smoking Cessation Instructor.  She is also a LifeSkills trainer (Williams' LifeSkills), a credentialed medical hypnotherapist and is a registered yoga teacher (RYT).

Back to Top

Linda Duda, MSWLinda Duda, MSW, PCC, CPCC - Integrative Health Coach; Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Linda Duda joined the coaching team at Duke Integrative Medicine in 2003, initially providing group coaching experiences to Duke Prospective Health members interested in making significant lifestyle changes. She remains committed to using her skill to aid individuals interested in creating healthy, meaningful lives. In the past 10 years, Linda has worked in a variety of capacities at Duke Integrative Medicine (IM).  At present, she provides individual coaching in the Duke IM clinic. In addition to her presence in the clinic, Linda has taught in the Duke Integrative Health Coach Professional Training foundation and certification programs since 2008 as an instructor, coach and supervisor. The final aspect of Linda’s coaching at Duke IM includes her work (since 2004) in a variety of research studies focused on specific health conditions, such as Type II Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Tinnitus. At present, she is coaching in a two-year research study focused on genetic screening/life style change for individuals with Cardiovascular Disease and Type II Diabetes predisposition.  This research arm of Linda’s coaching work is very important also.  It supports the growing body of scientific evidence regarding the power of integrative health coaching in making and sustaining positive lifestyle changes.

Linda received her foundation and certification coach training from Coach Training Institute (CTI) and has been credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation. In addition, she received her integrative health coach certification from Duke IM.  In 1992, Linda completed Reiki training in the Usui Method and has completed the Master Level training. Reiki remains a part of her daily life. Linda has completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training and is currently enrolled in a graduate level MBSR course. Raising the client’s level of awareness and mindfulness remains an essential and integral part of her coaching strategy.  Also, she has become quite interested in the impact of somatic learning.  She completed a 5-month Somatic Teacher Education Course in May 2013 at the Body Therapy Institute and is currently enrolled in a graduate level Somatic Educational Leadership course.

Prior to her coach training, Linda maintained an active psychotherapy practice as a licensed clinical social worker in Connecticut for 15 years. She counseled adolescents, adults and families.  In addition to her clinical work, Linda spent eight years teaching an interview techniques course at Yale Medical School.  Throughout her years in Connecticut, she volunteered her time mentoring young teens and supporting a variety of educational projects.  Linda continues to develop this interest.

Linda’s curiosity, exploration and instruction in complementary and alternative medicine are longstanding.  She holds a deep belief in the magnificent healing power that is present when mind and body work together.

Back to Top

 

Joanne Gardner, MS, RDN, LDNJoanne Gardner, MS, RDN, LDN - Integrative Dietitian / Nutritionist

Joanne joined the Duke Integrative Medicine staff in 2013. Prior to arriving in North Carolina she was an adjunct faculty member in the Human Biology department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Since 1986 she has worked as a clinical dietitian in acute and outpatient healthcare settings and as an independent contractor providing nutrition consultation and education services to individuals, groups, sports teams and businesses.

Joanne graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Food Science and Nutrition and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a MS in Nutritional Science. She has completed integrative, functional and sports nutrition training and is a member of the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists and Hunger and Environmental Nutritionists, sub-groups of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a Certified Leap Therapist, specializing in food sensitivities.

Her special interests include cooking, running, cycling and other outdoor activities, mind/body practices and gardening. She is a yoga instructor registered with the Yoga Alliance.

She coaches clients toward thoughtful, customized selection and preparation of meals to maximize their ability to contribute to improved health and help overcome obstacles that can interfere with achieving with a healthy, mindful lifestyle.

Back to Top

Monica Gulisano, R.D., L.D.N.Monica Gulisano, RD, LDN - Integrative Dietitian / Nutritionist

Monica Gulisano received her undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Nutrition and completed a dietetic internship at Florida International University. She holds a Certificate in Adult Weight Management Training, has completed the Food As Medicine professional training through The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and has extensive clinical training from the Institute for Functional Medicine.

Monica blends her expertise in chronic disease management and weight management with her passion for integrating positive eating attitudes and whole foods to achieve mind and body healing. She can rely on her rich clinical background to assess, counsel, and develop personalized nutrition care plans for individuals, educate and empower groups, and solve clinical problems.

Monica’s previous work experience includes serving as a clinical dietitian in the hospital setting providing medical nutrition therapy to the acutely and critically ill. She has also worked at an outpatient diabetes center where she taught diabetes self-management training classes (DSMT) and in corporate wellness programs. She is a consultant to clinical research studies in eating disorders and tele-health diabetes education as an interventionist.

In addition to her work at Duke Integrative Medicine, Monica maintains a private practice where her emphasis centers around the premise that eating should be joyful and wellness can be achieved within a paradigm of positive and healthy attitudes toward eating and food.

Back to Top

Erin Gunter, M.S.Erin Gunter, MS - Distance Learning Coordinator

Erin Gunter came to work at Duke Integrative Medicine in 2010 with a background in instructional design and public education. Since beginning her work at Duke Integrative Medicine, Erin has managed the conversion of existing curricula into online courses for a number of professional training programs. Erin is responsible for overseeing the development of media-rich, online course materials as well as planning ways to offer education and training programs through online or blended online/face-to-face formats. Erin liaises with various units and individuals at Duke to ensure that online learning products are culturally and pedagogically appropriate, reliable, supported, and sustainable. In addition, Erin guides faculty, students, and alumni through the utilization of the online learning management system by providing training resources and individualized support.

Another important facet of Erin’s role at Duke Integrative Medicine is to serve as the social media manager for the Duke Integrative Medicine programs department. Erin is responsible for the implementation of a social media strategy that helps develop brand awareness, generates inbound traffic, and encourages engagement on social media platforms.

Prior to her work at Duke Integrative Medicine, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working for a nonprofit organization that provided services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 2 years, she enrolled in the Master of Science in Instructional Technology program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Back to Top

Phyllis Hicks, D-Min, NCLPCPhyllis Hicks, D-Min, NCLPC - Psychotherapist; Teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Phyllis Hicks is a psychotherapist, meditation teacher and minister. She directs the Pastoral Care and Counseling Institute, a nonprofit in Durham, NC and offers psychotherapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and clinical training. For twenty-five years she has melded eastern and western understandings of psychology and contemplative practice, studying with a variety of western Vipassana teachers since 1999. She trained intensively with Gregory Kramer in the practice of Insight Dialogue since 2004 and teaches Insight Dialogue retreats internationally. She is a guiding teacher for Triangle Insight and faculty for the Metta Foundation’s Whole Life Program.

Back to Top

Tricia Karpfen, MAcTricia Karpfen, MAc, ACC - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Tricia Karpfen has been providing group training and individual coaching for personal health and professional development since 1976. Tricia is certified as an integrative health coach and is a co-lead of the Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program Foundation Course at Duke Integrative Medicine.

Tricia's background is in holistic and preventive health care, having developed group education and individual health care programs while serving as Executive Director of Kripalu Center for Holistic Health in Summit Station, Pennsylvania, and Director of Programs at Kripalu Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. Formerly in private practice as a licensed acupuncturist, she has been guiding clients toward high-level wellness through a combination of treatment modalities, personalized lifestyle changes, and health coaching.

Tricia is the owner of a coaching and training business based in Durango, Colorado and is currently a Senior Facilitator and Associate of the Global Integrity Leadership Group. In her work with Global Integrity Leadership Group, Tricia leads public and corporate Leadership Development Intensives.

Tricia is a co-founder, with her husband Mike, of Shanta Foundation partnering with remote villages is Myanmar for sustainable community development.

Tricia has a BS in Health and Nutrition Education and a Masters Degree in Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland. The International Coach Federation credentials her as an Associate Certified Coach.

Back to Top

C.M. Eimer Kernan, MSW, LSMW, MBA, RYTC.M. Eimer Kernan, MSW, LSMW, MBA, RYT - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Eimer is a founding partner of WellSmart Solutions, LLC, a professional services company that is headquartered in Greenville, SC. WellSmart Solutions provides Integrative Health Coaching and education in Self-Care Wellness Tools to both the consumer and corporate markets.

Eimer’s career began in the non-profit sector where she worked as a medical social worker in a variety of clinical departments including the ER, Medicine, Surgery, Geriatrics and Maternity. She then moved to academic research at the University of Maryland, Center for Mental Health Services Research where she managed research projects focused on persons with serious and persistent mental illness funded by NIMH, Baltimore Mental Health Systems, and the Pharmaceutical Industry. Following the completion of her MBA, Eimer moved to the corporate sector where she worked as a Senior Management Consultant specializing in training and mentoring on Project Management for companies in IT, Financial Services, Telecoms, and Pharmaceuticals. For the past 11 years she has been an independent consultant and business owner.

Eimer graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland with degrees in Social Studies and Social Work. She earned a master’s degree in Social Science at University College Dublin, Ireland and an MBA in Entrepreneurship at the University of Baltimore, MD. She also holds a certificate in Clinical Training in Mind/Body Medicine from Harvard, a certificate in Integrative Health Coaching from Duke Integrative Medicine. In addition, she completed the MBSR Program for Professionals at Duke and is a certified Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.

Back to Top

Karen Kingsolver, PhD Karen Kingsolver, PhD - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Karen Kingsolver is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in behavioral health, psychotherapy and health coaching for nearly 25 years. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon, where she led groups, trained trainers, and conducted research on health enhancement programs. She has been on the faculty in the Family Medicine programs at Brown University, University of Washington, and Duke University. In addition to teaching Behavioral Health, her role is to supervise and train psychologists, medical students, nurses and residents. She has 24 years of experience as a psychotherapist.

Karen is a Certified Integrative Health Coach who is passionate about helping people discover how to live their best lives. During the past 12 years at Duke, she has worked with physicians and other health care providers to discover and pursue their optimal well-being. In recent years she has been coaching individuals in leadership positions at Duke. Her experience in the practicalities of aligning body, mind, and spirit allows her to help physicians and other health care providers to move toward resilient coping with the challenging environment of our current health care system.

Karen is the Principal Investigator on two recent grants from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to improve resilience, well-being, and humanism in physicians. She is one of the founders and facilitators for The Refuge, a mindfulness-based service in Integrative Medicine for all health care providers at Duke. She frequently gives presentations and leads workshops at Duke centered on the transformative spirit and philosophy of Integrative Health Coaching.

Back to Top

Julie Kosey, MS, PCC, RYTJulie Kosey, MS, PCC, RYT - Integrative Health Coach; Teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction; Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Julie Kosey, MS, PCC, RYT is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation. As a co-creator of the Duke Integrative Health Coach Professional Training, she is also among the first certified integrative health coaches. She was an original trainer for the IHCPT program, co-leading the foundational program and teaching as well as supervising in the certification program. She has supported people with health behavior change since 1988 and specifically in a coaching capacity for the past 10 years. Over the years, Julie has consulted with companies to create nationally award-winning worksite wellness programs. She has offered health coaching to employees both individually and in groups, showing positive outcomes in worksite wellness programs.

Julie began working with Duke Integrative Medicine as part of a worksite wellness initiative in 2004. She served for several years as Integrative Health Coaching Manager for the Duke IM Clinic, helping to define the role of coaching within a healthcare system. She has coached in research studies exploring the role of integrative health coaching with health issues including tinnitus, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome. Julie has also co-presented Duke's health coaching research at international conferences.

Julie is also a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher for Duke Integrative Medicine. She has been teaching MBSR through healthcare systems for 18 years. She originally trained with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1995 and since then has participated in numerous intensive mindfulness retreats and trainings. Julie has taught classes for research studies exploring the role of mindfulness in the treatment of IBS, weight management, tinnitus, stress physiology and sleep.

Additionally, Julie is a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher (since 1999) and has participated in many advanced yoga teacher trainings. She has been registered through the Yoga Alliance (RYT) since its inception. She has also completed a year-long Teacher Certification Program for Massage, Somatic & Healthcare Educators through the Body Therapy Institute as well as Reiki Level 1 Training.

Julie's academic credentials include an MS in Wellness Management with minors in Business and Counseling, a BA in Psychology, and a Graduate Certificate in Alternative Health and Healing. Outside the conventional classroom, Julie completed a month-long photography training and service project in South Africa. This work has inspired her to use her nature photography in presentations!

She blends all of these aspects of her background to continue to forge the frontier of wellness, creating new possibilities for health and well-being for individuals and organizations.

Back to Top

Carol Krucoff, RYTCarol Krucoff, E-RYT - Yoga Therapist

Carol Krucoff is a yoga instructor/therapist who specializes in therapeutic applications of yoga for medical concerns. She creates individualized yoga practices for people with health challenges. A frequent contributor to Yoga Journal magazine and founding editor of The Washington Post’s Health Section, Carol is co-author of Healing Moves: How to Cure, Relieve and Prevent Common Ailments with Exercise. She is co-director of the Yoga Therapy Intensive, Teaching Yoga to Seniors, held annually at Duke Integrative Medicine to train yoga teachers how to work safely and effectively with older adults.

A registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise, Carol is a graduate of Esther Myers’ Yoga Teacher Training and Nischala Joy Devi’s Yoga of the Heart Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training, which focuses on adapting yoga for people with heart disease, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. She has practiced yoga for more than 30 years and is grateful to have taken classes and workshops with a broad array of senior teachers from around the United States and in India.

A member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Carol is on the Peer Review Board for the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. She also teaches yoga at Duke University’s Center for Living and at a senior residential community near her home in Chapel Hill—where her students are in their 70s and 80s. Her passion for sharing the gifts of yoga with older adults began in 2001, when she created and taught a yoga program for seniors enrolled in a Gerontology Rehabilitation program at the Durham, NC, Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Carol also spent a decade studying martial arts, earned a second-degree black belt and the honored title of Sensei and taught karate for four years. Before moving to North Carolina in 1988, Carol spent 10 years as a reporter and editor at The Washington Post. An award-winning journalist, she has published hundreds of articles in a wide variety of national media outlets including The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Prevention, Glamour, and Health. Most recently, she has written a new book, Healing Yoga for Neck & Shoulder Pain. She is also creator of the audio home Yoga practice CD, Healing Moves Yoga.

Back to Top

Rachel Kuliani, MPH, CHES Rachel Kuliani, MPH, CHES - Program Coordinator

Rachel Kuliani is a program coordinator with a background in public health and health education. Since 2010, Rachel has managed program logistics and administration for a number of programs at Duke Integrative Medicine. Chief among these is the Integrative Health Coach Professional Training (IHCPT) Program’s Certification Course – a 6-month intensive training for integrative health coaches wishing to develop advanced coaching skills and earn a certification in integrative health coaching. Rachel is responsible for supervising and managing the development of course curricula, guiding students through this distance learning course, and providing individual assistance to support students throughout the learning process.

Another primary area of focus for Rachel is working directly with organizations to develop customized programs that are tailored to a group’s professional or personal needs on a variety of health related topics. For these programs she works collaboratively with the organization’s leaders to determine the goals for the program and to design a program utilizing the faculty, staff, and amenities at Duke Integrative Medicine. Clients for customized programs have included government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, professional associations, and other Duke entities.

Rachel received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on Health Behavior and Health Education. She maintains the professional credential of Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Prior to her focus on public health, Rachel graduated with a B.A. in Industrial Design from North Carolina State University.

Back to Top

Deborah Lee, PhD, RNDeborah Lee, PhD, RN - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Deborah is a Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach and President of Better Choices Health Coaching based in Naples, Florida. She has worked in a variety of health care settings throughout her 30-plus year career. Her roles have spanned working as a hospital and home care nurse, researcher, university professor, public health professional and health care administrator in the U.S. and Canada.

In 2011, Deborah made a career change and decided to combine her professional knowledge with her personal “mid-life opportunity” to become an integrative health coach. She has co-developed programs that provide integrative health coaching with mindfulness practices for workers in hospital settings, workshops that assist in the development of self-compassion skills, and courses for mindful eating that combine integrative health coaching with mindfulness meditation practices. She also maintains a private coaching practice and currently serves as adjunct faculty for the community and public health course at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Deborah received her BSN from Western Kentucky University. Her Master of Nursing degree with specialization in Neonatal Nursing is from Emory University. She was in the first class of PhD nursing students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1996.

She enjoys living in Naples where the weather supports being outdoors almost daily for activity.

Back to Top

Katherine Mackintosh, MEdKatherine Mackintosh, MEd - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

After being diagnosed with a chronic, lifelong disease in 2002 at the age of 50, Kathy Mackintosh took a long look at all aspects of her health. The inventory of her problems was extensive – obesity, arthritis, sleep problems and more. Many of her health problems could be improved or eliminated by making important behavior changes. Over the following 6 years, she gradually lost over 100 pounds, and began a true exercise regime, including aerobic as well as strength training, for the first time in her life. She also has completed ten 50 mile walks for charity, beginning at age 54. Her success eventually led her to Duke Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Health Coach Professional Training program, which enables her to now partner with others to realize their own personal health goals.

Her education background includes a BS and MEd from the University of Virginia. She is the founder and owner of Clear Path Health Coaching, LLC, and a provider at Open Branches Wellness Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also does public speaking for charities, has facilitated a course in positive psychology for MS patients, and frequently supports the Duke Integrative Medicine IHCPT Foundation Course as a coach mentor.

Back to Top

Maya McNeilly, Ph.D.Maya McNeilly, PhD - Teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Maya McNeilly, Ph.D., is a licensed Clinical and Health Psychologist with nearly thirty years of clinical, research, and teaching experience, including full time faculty at Duke University Medical Center Departments of Psychiatry, Medical Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, and the Center for Aging.  She currently teaches MBSR Foundation courses and a Graduate course in Interpersonal Mindfulness through Duke Integrative Medicine.

Dr. McNeilly has practiced meditation since childhood in Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, and Judeo-Christian Contemplative traditions.   Since 1982, she has formally studied and practiced Mindfulness in the Vipassana, Zen, and Judeo-Christian contemplative traditions with teachers in the United States (Joan Halifax, Larry Rosenberg, Christina Feldman, Andy Olendzki, Mu Soeng, Pat Hawk, Nelson Foster, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield), India, China, Nepal, Tibet and Israel, and has done a number of intensive long-term retreats.  She also completed several Mindfulness Trainings for Professionals with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli; has integrated mindfulness into her psychotherapy practice since 1982; taught MBSR at Duke and Durham Regional Hospital since 1998; and co-facilitated the Mindfulness Training for Professionals at Duke with Dr. Jeffrey Brantley, Director of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program at Duke.

Clinically, Dr. McNeilly practices psychotherapy at Holly Springs Wellness, which is a collaborative network of caring practitioners whose mission is to promote Integrative health and well being in the Triangle and surrounding area.  At present, the services of this network include psychotherapy; mindful self and wellness education, energetic and spiritual approaches to healing, creative expressive arts, bodywork, physical therapy, nutritional counseling, horticulture therapy, and animal assisted therapy as adjuncts to psychotherapy. Dr. McNeilly has also consulted in the corporate sector, developing and delivering work-site wellness programs for a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Academically, Dr. McNeilly has conducted research since 1982, investigating the effects of stress and racism on blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and renal sodium handling, along with developing instruments to measure perceptions of racism among ethnic populations and experiences of death and dying.  This research has been presented at national and international conferences, and published in scientific journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Psychophysiology, Health Psychology, Hypertension, Circulation, along with a number of published book chapters.

This research has also been cited in national newspapers and magazines such as Oprah, Men's Health, Ms., Jet, Heart and Soul, Essence, and broadcast on national and local radio and television programs.  In addition, Dr McNeilly has taught and mentored a number of undergraduate and graduate students at Duke, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and Wayne State University.

Philanthropically, Dr McNeilly and her husband established a non-profit, charitable 501 (c) 3 foundation, called the Hope James Foundation, whose mission is to support humanitarian, spiritual, and educational causes.  Donations are welcome, and 100% of all proceeds go directly to those in need; none are used for administrative or salary purposes, since all staff and services are volunteer-based.

Back to Top

Annie Nedrow, M.D., M.B.A.Annie Nedrow, MD, MBA - Associate Director, Integrative Medicine Physician

Dr. Nedrow recently moved to North Carolina from Portland, Oregon where she has practiced medicine for the past 26 years. For the past eleven years, Dr. Nedrow has served as Medical Director of Women’s Primary Care and Integrative Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland. Board Certified in Internal Medicine and an alumnus of the Bravewell Fellowship program at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, she was also Associate Professor in both Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology at OHSU. Her business background helped her develop new clinical initiatives at OHSU that withstand the test of challenging economic times and the ever-changing healthcare landscape.

Dr. Nedrow has a special interest in lifestyle medicine, internal medicine and integrative medicine. She chose a career in Internal Medicine because it provides the continuity of seeing patients over their lifespan. She believes that assisting patients toward healthier lifestyles is the central approach to improving quality of life whether it relates to chronic illness or general health.

Back to Top

Mary B. Peterson, PCTMary B. Peterson, PCT - Medical Assistant

Mary’s love of the pregnancy and birthing processes led her to become a Certified Hypnobabies Childbirth Instructor in May, 2005. The use of hypnosis during the birthing process awoke her desire to learn more about other modalities of health and healing. She earned her Master’s degree in Experiential Health and Healing from the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. This program recognizes the interdependence of body, mind, spirit, and energy, as well as environmental factors, beliefs, and lifestyle choices that have an impact on wellness.

Back to Top

Andrea Shaw, PhD, MCCAndrea Shaw, PhD, MCC - Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Andrea has two vocations she loves: coaching and psychotherapy. She is a certified integrative health coach, life coach, supervisor, and instructor , and she is a psychotherapist.

In 2002, Andrea joined the Health Coaching team at Duke Integrative Medicine, as one of the first coaches in the department. Her work was participation in an inaugural research project, a randomized, controlled study of participants at moderate risk for coronary heart disease. In 2007, she was one of the creators of the Integrative Health Coach Professional Training.

Andrea partners with people who want to develop themselves and maximize their attention in order to live and work in the ways they most desire. She provides expert coaching for health, performance, empowerment, and life balance. Her expertise lies in the areas of eliminating stress, managing anxiety and time issues, pin-pointing and supporting strengths, cultivating personal awareness, creating balance in life and work, emotion and mood self-management, clarifying values, maximizing leadership skills, and pursuing one’s vocation.

In her private coaching business, Andrea works with individuals, leads on-going groups and teleclasses, gives workshops, and does public speaking on a variety of skill-building and life-enhancing topics.

In addition to a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California Graduate School of Psychology, Andrea graduated from Coach University and trained at The Coaches Training Institute. She is a Master Certified Coach, which is the highest designation awarded by the International Coach Federation. She has been coaching for fifteen years and has worked as a psychotherapist for thirty. Her work now is primarily as a coach.

Back to Top

Catherine Smith, CDM, CFPPCatherine J. Smith, CDM, CFPP - Executive Chef

Cate is the Executive Chef at Duke Integrative Medicine’s café, which is a critical link in the services and programs offered by Duke Integrative Medicine. Cate is a Certified Dietary Manager and Food Protection Professional, and brings more than 20 years of culinary and management experience to Duke Integrative Medicine. Cate is responsible for ensuring that the café and food services serve as a touchstone for the nutritional philosophy of Duke Integrative Medicine’s services and programs.

Cate has been employed by Meriwether-Godsey, a premier regional food service management company, for more than seven years in a variety of settings.

Back to Top

Linda L. Smith, PA, MSLinda L. Smith, PA-C, MS - Director of Professional and Public Programs

Ms. Smith is the Director of Professional and Public Programs for Duke Integrative Medicine (Duke IM), a Physician Assistant, and the founder and director of Duke’s Integrative Health Coach Professional Training (IHCPT). She is also a faculty member of Duke’s Practice Course, a 2-year introduction to patient care for first and second year medical students. As one of the founding executive team members of Duke IM, she is a core collaborator in bringing the vision of this new field of medicine to fruition at Duke from conception through operational planning and program development.

For more than 30 years, Ms. Smith has worked as a trainer, facilitator, designer and director of health and wellness programs. Her depth of understanding of the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit in healthcare influences her comprehensive development of “whole person,” customized health and wellness plans for medical patients and program participants. Ms. Smith is a member of the leadership team developing national certification standards for the field of health coaching. She is a chief medical editor for the book The Duke Encyclopedia of New Medicine: Conventional & Alternative Medicine for All Ages.

Linda Smith received her Physician Assistant Certification from Philadelphia University and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska.

Back to Top

Noah St. John, MS, RDNoah St. John, MS, RD - Exercise Specialist

Noah St. John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his work as an integrative exercise specialist. Noah earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Penn State University and his master’s degree in Clinical and Sport Nutrition at Florida State University. Noah is also a Registered Dietitian, which makes his contribution to the integrative care team even more valuable.

Noah has worked extensively with a variety of populations, from elite athletes to the elderly and disabled. Highlights include extensive strength and conditioning work with Penn State athletes, as well as three years of professional personal training in both Florida and North Carolina, during which he provided teaching, motivation and assistance to clients wishing to lose significant weight and increase fitness. He also spent two years providing personal training support for an academic research project investigating the effects of resistance training on chronic pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia.

Noah believes that, while exercise and the prescription of exercise is largely mechanical in dealing with the body, understanding the complexities of motivation, emotion and spirit are critical in order to achieve optimal health.

Back to Top

Kim Turk, LMBTKim Turk, LMBT - Lead Massage Therapist; NC License#2568

Kim leads the massage therapy team at Duke Integrative Medicine. She has been in practice since 1998. Kim has worked in various hospital settings, in private practice, and currently is also the lead therapist at Duke Health & Fitness Center. She has coordinated massage at Duke Diet and Fitness Center as well.

Kim uses a wide range of techniques to get to the heart of the matter in bodywork. She is well versed in several modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Thai, Reflexology and scar tissue management. She specializes in Repetitive Use Injury Therapy ® through Muscle Release Technique. Medical massage for those recovering from surgery or trauma is a particular passion. She is also a second level Reiki practitioner. Kim enjoys co-creating individualized sessions tailored to each client's specific needs. She is also a lifestyle maintenance coach for Duke's Diet & Fitness Center.

Kim has a BA in Psychology from Midwestern State University. She received her massage therapy training in 1998 from the Body Therapy Institute (BTI). Kim is a member of AMTA—the American Massage Therapy Association.

Back to Top

Jeanne van Gemert, MFA, LMBT, MA, LPCJeanne van Gemert, MFA, LMBT, MA, LPC - Mind/Body Therapist

Jeanne van Gemert is a Mind/Body Therapist utilizing Body-Centered and Expressive Arts modalities as well as Mindfulness Meditation. Jeanne assists individuals and groups to understand, transform and integrate their emotions, beliefs, thoughts and spirit.

Using skilled attention, Jeanne offers collaborative multi-modality interventions that promote the unfolding of individuals' psyches and provide deeply meaningful experiences. Jeanne has been an Instructor in the Duke Integrative Medicine Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program since 1999 and is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Jeanne is a co-founder and teacher at Triangle Insight Meditation Community in Durham, NC.

Jeanne holds an MFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University with specializations in Holistic Health, the Expressive Therapies of Art, Movement and Sand Tray work, and Group Dynamics. She received Bodywork training at the Baltimore Holistic Health Center and is certified in CranioSacral Therapy, Zero Balancing and Massage. She is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and has trained in other body energy systems and shamanic practices.

Back to Top

Ron Vereen, M.D.Ron Vereen, MD - Teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Ron Vereen is a board-certified psychiatrist with a private practice in Durham, NC, and serves as a Consulting Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University. A practitioner of mindfulness meditation since 1992, he participated in a professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, and has been teaching in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at Duke Integrative Medicine since 1999. In addition, he completed the Community Dharma Leader Program though Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2007, and has been teaching introductory meditation classes throughout the community, along with leading a weekly sitting group in Durham. His interests are in exploring the interface between contemplative practices and Western psychology.

Back to Top

Riitta H Rutanen Whaley, M.S., M.S.P.H.Riitta H Rutanen Whaley, MS, MSPH – Teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Riitta H. Rutanen Whaley is a health professional with a comprehensive educational background and professional experience in the health sciences and integrative body-mind approaches/therapies, including stress reduction, yoga, Reiki, and meditation. Riitta has studied, worked, and lived for extended periods in Europe, the U.S., South Asia, and the Middle East, serving in various capacities, including as an officer of various governmental and international organizations. She has maintained a regular meditation practice since 1987. Over the past 11 years she has engaged in private teaching practice, guiding individuals from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and with varying degrees of physical health in the practical application of mindfulness-based techniques to cope with bodily limitations and/or to mitigate the stresses of modern life.

Riitta holds a Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Eastern Finland, and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (USA), having earned her yoga teacher certificate at Yogalife (India), and is a member of the Himalayan Institute Teachers Association (USA), as well as the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Her training in mindfulness includes four professional Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction intensives from University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness (including one led by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli), Duke Integrative Medicine, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a number of silent meditation retreats.

Riitta is the founder of Yoga for Life LLC, where her work is grounded in a range of mindfulness and awareness enhancing approaches, including the application of therapeutic yoga for clients with health challenges. She has personally experienced meditation and yoga to be invaluable tools for dealing with intense pain and the limitations it imposes on everyday life. This approach has been informed by her intensive yoga therapy training at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (India), Himalayan Institute (USA), and Auroville (India). She has produced a mindfulness practice CD, Trusting the Experience I, for home use.

Back to Top

Chandra White, BA, E-RYTChandra White, BA, E-RYT – Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Chandra is a founding partner of WellSmart Solutions, LLC, a professional services company that is headquartered in Greenville, SC. WellSmart Solutions provides Integrative Health Coaching and education in Self-Care Wellness Tools to both the consumer and corporate markets.

Chandra’s career began in the hospitality industry with management positions including Director of Events at a Corporate Country Club in the Northeast. She then moved into business, working over the last twenty-five years with executives in the Engineering & Construction and Medical Device markets in Sales & Operations Management, Marketing and Education. Combining her project and customer relationship management skills with her studies in emotional and physical health, she also ran her own coaching and business consulting company for ten of those years. Among the many initiatives she started was the Women’s Conversation Network, a forum for wise women of all ages to learn, grow and connect. As her interest in helping people to be healthy grew, Chandra added certifications in Integrative Health Coaching and in Shamanic Studies with an emphasis on energy work to her advanced training in yoga and professional training in MBSR.

Chandra graduated from Middlesex College in NJ with an Associate's Degree in Restaurant Management and from Fairleigh Dickinson University in NJ with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. She is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.

Back to Top

Ruth Q. Wolever, Ph.D.Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD - Director of Research; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Wolever is a clinical health psychologist and the Research Director of Duke Integrative Medicine (Duke IM). She specializes in behavior change, treatment of stress-related problems, and mind-body health. Both her research and her clinical practice focus on the application of integrative medicine techniques to affect lifestyle change. She is specifically interested in utilizing the connection between mind and body to improve health. Dr. Wolever consults with companies to help executives identify strategies to better manage their challenging environments. She also serves as the Chief Scientific Officer for eMindful.

From a research perspective, Dr. Wolever studies the integration of innovative Mind-Body-Spirit treatments into mainstream medicine. She has studied treatments to improve sleep, exercise, weight management, diabetes control, medication adherence and other health indices; some of this work focuses on the role of integrative health coaching in creating sustainable lifestyle change. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Office of Women’s Health), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, by GlaxoSmithKline and by the Bravewell Philanthropic Collaborative.

Dr. Wolever has been working in the field of Health Psychology since 1989 and at the Duke University School of Medicine since 1994. She received her PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Miami in 1994, and completed her Clinical Internship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill the same year. She is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist (State of NC), is certified as a Health Services Provider (NC), a PAIRS Facilitator (PAIRS Foundation, Fairfax, VA), a Lifeskills trainer (Williams’ Lifeskills Inc., Durham, NC), and is credentialed in Medical Hypnotherapy as well.

Dr. Wolever is also the Director of Health Psychology at Duke Integrative Medicine and the Director of Behavioral Health & Lifestyle Coaching at the Duke Diet & Fitness Center.  Prior to entering the field of Health Psychology, Dr. Wolever earned her B.A. in Spanish at the University of Virginia, taught in the Dade County Public High Schools and directed a youth program in South Florida. She and her husband Mark are active in educating the public on Rett Syndrome. Her deepest delight is her daughter Emma.

Back to Top

Shelley Wroth, M.D.Shelley Wroth, MD - Integrative Medicine Physician and Integrative Health Coach, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lead Instructor, Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program

Dr. Wroth obtained her medical doctorate from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University Medical Center. She was a recipient of the Bravewell Fellowship and completed a two year fellowship in Integrative Medicine through Dr. Andrew Weil's program at the University of Arizona. She is also trained as an integrative health coach through the Duke Integrative Health Coach Professional Training. Dr. Wroth is a medical acupuncturist, and completed the UCLA/Helms Medical Institute training, and is a certified yoga instructor. In addition, she teaches clinical skills to first and second year Duke medical students in the Practice Course, a 2 year introduction to patient care.

Dr. Wroth has practiced as a general Ob/Gyn and as an integrative women's health physician at Duke. In this work, she focused on partnering with patients to create a plan for their health using the best of conventional medicine, evidence-based complementary medicine, and self-care. She currently teaches the Foundations Course of the Duke Integrative Health Coach Training Program. She is a program designer and teacher in integrative medicine training for health professionals, customized integrative health programs for executives, and brief effective interventions for health behavior change and preventive care reimbursement for primary care providers.

Back to Top