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Marty Rossman, M.D.
Marin Integrative Medicine and Medical Acupuncture


Physician, author, speaker, researcher, and consultant, Dr. Rossman founded The Healing Mind in order to raise awareness about the power of high quality Mind/Body self-care tools in self-healing and in the health professions. A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School in 1969, he has had a long-standing interest in the practical importance of attitudes, beliefs, emotions, and Mind/Body practices in medicine and health. In addition to a busy practice emphasizing non-drug medicine and patient participation, he has taught clinical guided imagery to over 10,000 health professionals since 1982.

Dr. Rossman is the author of FIGHTING CANCER FROM WITHIN (Holt, NY, 2003) and the award winning self-help book, GUIDED IMAGERY FOR SELF-HEALING (New World Library, Oct 2000), and THE WORRY SOLUTION (Crown Archetype, NY, 2011) and has authored numerous professional textbook chapters on imagery, Mind/Body medicine and integrative medicine. He is also the creator of dozens of guided imagery audios and home study courses for both public and professionals.

He is Founder and Director of Marin Integrative Medicine and Medical Acupuncture, Greenbrae, California; and is the Co-Founder and Past President of the Academy for Guided Imagery, Malibu, CA. He is a Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Ambulatory and Community Medicine at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco; Adjunct Teaching Faculty, California School for Professional Psychology; and a consultant to the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF and Dr. Andrew Weil's Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Rossman is a popular keynote speaker and workshop leader who has presented more than 600 invited lectures, keynote lectures and workshops, with consistently outstanding reviews from both lay and professional audiences. He has consulted on various issues involving integrative health care with organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, Tenet Health Systems, FCB HealthCare, Stanford University, the University of Arizona, and the University of California, San Francisco.

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.


Rachel Naomi Remen is the Founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal, which has legitimized values and spirit as a valid concern in medical education and trained 1000s of physicians and medical educators in the principles and practice of a medicine of healing. A board-certified pediatrician, she is a pioneer of holistic and Mind/Body medicine and was the first to recognize the spiritual and psychological impact of cancer on people and their families and develop effective approaches to meet these needs. She has been in the private practice of psycho-oncology for over twenty-five years.

Dr. Remen is Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine She is a pioneer in developing courses in medical education which expand ideas about the professional role of the physician and enable medical students to engage with the mind, emotions and spirit of their patients as central to the recovery of health In 1992 she designed the groundbreaking UCSF medical school course “The Healer's Art” featured in US News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools and now taught by faculty and associate deans at dozens of medical schools around the world. Dr. Remen has also been a pioneer in developing Continuing Medical Education programs for graduate physicians to enable them to be more present as whole persons in their work, deepen their satisfaction in and commitment to service and effectively engage with the whole person who is the patient.

Dr. Remen is a 1962 graduate of Cornell Medical School and holds three honorary degrees and many other honors. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal and national bestseller My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging. Her books have been translated into 14 languages and are presently used as textbooks in many nursing schools and a majority of American medical schools as well as health professional schools in Canada and Europe. As a master storyteller and public speaker, she has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country over the past thirty-five years, reminding them of the power of their humanity to heal both themselves and others and their ability to use their lives to make a difference. Dr. Remen has a 52-year personal history of Crohn's disease and her work is a unique blend of the viewpoint of physician and patient.

Emmett Miller, M.D.


Emmett Miller, one of the fathers of Mind/Body medicine, is a physician, scientist, musician, and master storyteller, whose multicultural heritage has given him a unique social, medical, and spiritual perspective.

A graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Miller has served as lecturer or preceptor at Stanford University, the University of California, and other universities and medical schools. He was a founder and medical director of the Cancer Support and Education Center in Menlo Park (1977), California, and a co-convener of the groundbreaking California State Task Force on Self-Esteem (1988).

He is probably best known for his invention and development of the first deep relaxation/guided imagery tapes (1973), combining music, nature sounds and his unique voice. Now on CDs and DVDs, these healing products are recommended and used by top health care organizations such as Kaiser Permanente and the May Clinic and by health professionals, business people, performers, and athletes, including the U. S. Olympic Track and Field Teams. He is the author of Deep Healing: The Essence of Mind/Body Medicine and a frequent speaker at professional and corporate conferences and universities.

His most recent projects include LIGHT (Leadership Institute for Global Healing and Transformation), and a project to help give veterans returning from the war access to deep healing, as well as being the Producer of the documentary feature LIVE LIFE.

Kenneth R. Pelletier, Ph.D


Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of Arizona School of Medicine; and, a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco (UCSF). At the University of Arizona, he is Director of the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP), which is a collaborative research program between CHIP and 15 of the Fortune 500 corporations. Also, he is Chairman of the American Health Association and is a Vice President with Healthtrac Incorporated.

Prior to these positions, Dr. Pelletier served as Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine; was Director of the Stanford Corporate Health Program (SCHP); and, Director of the NIH funded Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at Stanford (CAMPS). From 1974 until joining the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1990, Dr. Pelletier held a dual appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco (UCSF).

In addition to his faculty positions, Dr Pelletier has served a member of the Board of Directors of the California Wellness Foundation, Foundation Health Systems (FHS), Health Systems International (HSI), and the Social Venture Network. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, studied at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland and has published over 300 professional journal articles in behavioral medicine, disease management, worksite interventions, and alternative/integrative medicine.

At the present time, Dr. Pelletier is a medical and business consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Business Group on Health, the Federation of State Medical Boards, and major corporations including IBM, American Airlines, Medtronic, Disney, Merck, Ford, NASA, Microsoft ENCARTA, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, United Healthcare, the Pasteur Institute of Lille, France, the Alpha Group of Mexico, and the Singapore Ministry of Health. He also serves on the boards of the Healthtrac Foundation, United Behavioral Health, American Institute of Stress, International Spa Association (ISPA), American Journal of Health Promotion, and as a peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), and Annals of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Pelletier is listed in Who's Who in America and in Who's Who in the World. His research, clinical practice, and publications have been the subject of numerous national television programs including several appearances on the ABC World News, the Today program, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, 48 Hours, the McNeil-Lehrer Newshour, CNN, FOX News, CBS Sunday Morning, Hour Magazine, the Time/Life video series, the award winning BBC series The Long Search, and the five-part Blue Cross/Blue Shield sponsored PBS series Healthy People, Healthy Business. Dr. Pelletier is the author of ten (10) major books including the international best seller Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer (New York: Delacorte and Delta, 1977; Revised in 1992); Holistic Medicine: From Stress to Optimum Health (New York: Delacorte and Delta, 1981; Revised in 1991); Healthy People in Unhealthy Places; Stress and Fitness at Work (New York: Delacorte, Delta, and Doubleday, 1984); Sound Mind - Sound Body: A New Model for Lifelong Health (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995); The Best Alternative Medicine: What Works? What Does Not? (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000); and Stress Free for Good: Ten Scientifically Proven Life Skills for Health and Happiness (New York: Harper Collins, 2005).

Jeanne Achterberg, Ph.D


The late Dr. Achterberg was a scientist who received international recognition for her pioneering research in medicine and psychology. A faculty member for 11 years at Southwestern Medical School, she was also a Professor of Psychology at Saybrook Institute, San Francisco. She co-chaired the Mind/Body interventions ad hoc advisory panel and the Research Technologies Conference of the Office of Alternative Medicine, and was a member of the Advisory Board, Unconventional Cancer Treatments Study Group, Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress. She was a research consultant and advisor to foundations and provided training in the use of Mind/Body therapies for health care professionals in Europe, Japan, Argentina, and to refugees in Kosova and Macedonia.

Dr. Achterberg authored over 100 papers and five books. Imagery in Healing is critically acclaimed as a classic in the field of Mind/Body studies, and Woman as Healer is described as a ground breaking work, surveying the activities of women from prehistoric times to the present. Rituals of Healing is a primer on the use of creative therapies for health and medicine, and won the Book of the Year Award from the American Nursing Association. Her most recent book, Lightning at the Gate, the story of her personal healing journey, was published in 2001.

Her awards include Healer of the Year, given by the Nurse Healers' Cooperative, the Gardner Murphy Scholar Award, and the Moncrieff Award for Burn Research. In April of 2001, she was featured in Time Magazine as one of the six innovators of alternative and complementary medicine for the coming century.

Dr. Achterberg was a past president of the Association of Transpersonal Psychology and a Senior Editor for Alternative Therapies, a peer-reviewed medical journal with an international circulation. Her groundbreaking research at North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea, Hawaii investigated aspects of prayer and distant healing.