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Conference Keynotes & Trauma Patterns with Healing Options Panel


JoelAndersonJoel G. Anderson PhD, CHTP, FGSA

Joel G. Anderson, PhD, CHTP, FGSA, is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and a certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice from the University of Michigan. Dr. Anderson completed a NIH-funded postdoctoral research fellowship in the conduct of clinical research at the Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies at the University of Virginia. Dr. Anderson’s research program focuses on non-pharmacological interventions for symptom management and caregiver support in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care. This focus includes the use of social media as part of the family caregiving experience, as well as the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ caregiver population and older adults. Dr. Anderson has received funding from the National Institute on Aging and the Pat Summitt Foundation. He consults on media strategies to promote public and patient involvement in research with the Centre for Medicine and Aging at the University of Stavanger in Stavanger, Norway. Dr. Anderson has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles in numerous academic journals, including Research in Gerontological Nursing, the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Brain Research, the Journal of Holistic Nursing, Holistic Nursing Practice, and the Journal of Family Nursing. He is an elected fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, an active member of the International Dementia Scholars Collaborative and the International Family Nursing Association, and member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Family Nursing. Dr. Anderson is the current President of Healing Beyond Borders.

Joan Borysenko

Joan Borysenko PhD

This distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. Eloquent and inspiring in settings that range from hospitals to hospices, from theaters to conference venues, and from boardrooms to houses of worship, she is a credible bridge between faith and reason. Her brilliance, humor, and authenticity—in combination with the latest research—make her a compelling and inspiring speaker and writer.

After graduating magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1967, Dr. Borysenko earned her doctorate in Medical Sciences from the Harvard Medical School, where she completed post-doctoral training in cancer cell biology. Her first faculty position was at the Tufts University College of Medicine in Boston. But after the death of her father from cancer, she became more interested in the person with the illness than in the disease itself, and returned to Harvard Medical School to complete a second postdoctoral fellowship, this time in the new field of behavioral medicine. Under the tutelage of Herbert Benson, M.D., who first identified the relaxation response and brought meditation into medicine, she was awarded a Medical Foundation Fellowship and completed her third post-doctoral fellowship in psychoneuroimmunology.

In the early 1980’s Dr. Borysenko co-founded a Mind/Body clinic with Dr. Benson and Dr. Ilan Kutz, became licensed as a psychologist, and was appointed instructor in medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Her years of clinical experience and research culminated in the 1987 publication of the New York Times best seller, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, which sold over 400,000 copies. Author or co-author of 16 other books and numerous audio and video programs, including the Public Television special Inner Peace for Busy People, she is the Founding Partner of Mind/Body Health Sciences, LLC located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dr. Borysenko’s warmth and credibility- plus her lively sense of humor- create a compelling presence. One of the most frequent comments from people at her programs is that her teaching is a transmission- a living experience- that transforms their life. One of the most popular and sought after speakers in the field of health, healing, and spirituality, Joan’s engaging and well researched presentations are perfect both for professionals and for the general public.

Richard Cowling

W. Richard Cowling, III, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, ANEF, FAAN

W. Richard Cowling, III is currently Academic Nursing Consultant and Editor of the Journal of Holistic Nursing. Dr. Cowling’s most outstanding contributions to nursing have been in the area of unitary research and practice relevant to women’s survivorship of childhood abuse and depression. Dr. Cowling’s work is exemplified by the integration of theory, research, and practice from a unique unitary nursing perspective. His unitary appreciative inquiry praxis methodology has been used in a variety of projects to generate knowledge for the purposes of transformation and emancipation of participants in the support of healing. He has published and presented extensively through a variety of national and international venues. Dr. Cowling is certified as an advanced practice nurse in holistic nursing. He was named the 2008 Holistic Nurse of the Year by the American Holistic Nurses Association and inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2010 and in the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education.

Victoria Menzies

Victoria Menzies PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, Family, Community and Health Systems Science, University of Florida


Dr. Menzies is a PhD prepared nurse researcher and educator. Her broad clinical training as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and her doctoral training in research methods have provided an ideal foundation for examining the biobehavioral factors in human health and disease. Over the past 15 years, her research program has focused on improved symptom self-management in individuals diagnosed with chronic pain conditions, including those with fibromyalgia. Her previous work in the field has centered on the development and testing of effective non-pharmacologic symptom self-management strategies for individuals suffering from non-malignant chronic pain (NMCP). Her current program of research (a), continues to focus on the use of non-pharmacologic interventions for pain and other symptom management and (b), has expanded to include investigating mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of NMCP using metabolomic approaches with an aim to determine the clinical and biological risks that contribute to the development and treatment of chronic pain conditions.


Dr. Menzies serves as an Ambassor to the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, 2016 to present. In this role she works with other members of the nursing profession to advocate for generous funding of nursing research to state and federal congressional representatives.

Dr. Menzies is an active member of the American College of Rheumatology(ACR)/Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP)and has served on the ACR Government Affairs Committee (2016-2019), the ARP Executive Committee (2018-2019), and is currently serving as a member of ACR’s RheumPac, the committee that provides funding for advocacy issues related to improved patient outcomes championed by the ACR/ARP membership.

Lars Howlett

Lars Howlett
Professional Labyrinth Designer & Master Labyrinth Builder, Veriditas Faculty Member & Certified Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator

Lars Howlett builds, walks, and photographs labyrinths as a practice in mindfulness. He is a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator having trained with the leader of the labyrinth movement, Lauren Artress, at Grace and Chartres Cathedrals. He is the apprentice to master builder Robert Ferre, designing and building labyrinths for universities, offices, churches, health centers, retreats, and private residences. He has traveled to France, Scotland, and Sweden to study the history and spiritual resonance of labyrinth sites and sacred geometry.

Lars creates labyrinths for personal and public use including recent installations for Sofia University, Bonny Doon Winery, the Friends of the SF Public Library, and a Coastside apple orchard. He has been an invited speaker at high schools, yoga studios, art galleries, and at Grace Cathedral, as well as the 2011 - 2014 international conferences of the Labyrinth Society. He specializes in the design and installation of permanent and temporary labyrinths, leading workshops and teaching walking meditation in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond.

Susan Morales-KosinecSusan Morales-Kosinec RN, MSN

Susan Morales-Kosinec RN, MSN is one of the first Certified Healing Touch Practitioners / Instructors having been the International Director of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) in the years that Janet Mentgen and the AHNA Board of Directors were launching the Healing Touch Certificate Program. Susan identified the name “Healing Touch” for this modality. She is a founding board member of Healing Touch International, Inc. now doing business as Healing Beyond Borders. She helped bring the Healing Touch Certificate Program to Canada and with Janet established Healing Touch Canada. Her nursing background is Palliative Care & currently she is a Professor of Nursing in the Ryerson University Collaborative Nursing Degree Program. She has been a student of Bnei Baruch Kabbalah for 20 years.

Tony KosinecTony Kosinec

Tony Kosinec is a senior instructor at KabU, the online university of Bnei Baruch Education and Research Institute in Israel. His courses, videos and VLOG have been seen by hundreds of thousands world-wide. Tony has studied and taught for 20 years under his Rav, Dr. Michael Laitman who is in the direct teaching lineage of Rav Baruch Ashlag, and his father Rav Yehuda Ashlag, the preeminent Kabbalist of the 20th Century and author of the only commentary on the Zohar.

A former singer/songwriter, Tony opened for popular acts like Blood, Sweat & Tears in New York City, and released recordings under the Columbia Records label as well as wrote scores for television shows.

Lorrie Webb Grillo

Lorrie Webb Grillo
Certified Practitioner of Essential Feng Shui®* since 2008. Feng Shui writer, practitioner, educator.

Lorrie is a consultant and practitioner of Essential Feng Shui®. As a graduate of the Western School of Feng Shui™, she practices a Western cultural interpretation of the ancient Eastern principles of Form School Feng Shui.

As an educator of the principles of Feng Shui, one of her goals is to teach these principles to clients so they can bring Feng Shui into their lives as a process and a practice - not just a project, but for change.

A writer and speaker about the ancient wisdom of Feng Shui and its practicality for today’s world she speaks at business meetings, book groups, amd leads group. Her Restful/Zestful blog offers ideas and tips, and to read about my experiences as a Feng Shui traveler. Lorrie sees Feng Shui in action everywhere!

Lorrie created Thriving Spaces Feng Shui to help people change their lives by changing the energy in their living and working spaces. Feng Shui is the practice of spatial arrangement to support energy flow and can be used to increase prosperity, move a career forward, support a relationship, create a balanced and harmonious home, bring in customers, or revitalize a workspace.

Since 2009, Lorrie has helped clients do all of that and more. She considers it a privilege to be invited into someone’s home, office, store, or restaurant to help them see it in a new light and to give them tools to make changes that will support their life goals. From one-bedroom condos to multistoried homes on large lots, from office cubicles to office suites, from small retail shops to large restaurants, Lorrie has helped clients use the tools of Feng Shui to align their environments with their personal goals - on their schedule and within their budget.

Practicing Feng Shui can vary from moving a piece of furniture to repainting or reorganizing the entire space. Frequently, a small act will start to move energy that inspires bigger action! I always try to give my clients a range of choices in my recommendations. For Lorrie, Feng Shui is practical, sensible, doable, and fun, and I try to make each client visit feel that way. I want to show you how to make the adjustments in your living and working spaces that will help you transform your life.

Christine StevensChristine Stevens MSW, MA, MT-BC

Christine Stevens is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and music therapist. Holding masters degrees in both social work and music therapy, Christine inspires people all over the world with her message of music for holistic health, spirituality and wellness.

Christine is the author of Music Medicine, The Healing Drum Kit, and The Art and Heart of Drum Circles book and DVD. She has recorded two play-along CDs; Reviving Rhythms, and Drumming Up Diva.

Christine is the founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, offering diversity training, teambuilding, and wellness presentations world-wide. She has trained facilitators and led workshops in more than twenty countries, including Iraq, Hong Kong, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, and Western Europe. Christine trains HealthRHYTHMS facilitators throughout the United States, England and Japan through Remo, the world’s largest drum company. A leader in the music and wellness movement, Christine also serves on the editorial board of Explore: A Journal of Science and Healing.

Christine’s work in Iraq was recently featured in the book and DVD Discover the Gift. Televised media credits include: PBS, NBC, KABC-Los Angeles, KTLA - Los Angeles, Tournament of Roses Parade, London Tonight, Living Better TV, Discovery Health, & Hong Kong News. As a contributing writer, Christine’s has been featured in Fitness Magazine, Spirituality & Health, Body & Soul, Fast Company, First for Women Magazine, The Oriental News, The Christian Science Monitor, US News & World Report, Yogi Times, and Natural Beauty and Health.


Pat-CheeksPatricia “Pat” A. Cheeks PMHCNS-BC, CHTP

As a board-certified Psychiatric/Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pat has gained practical knowledge in a variety of hospital, trauma, and care settings. She has used her skills in in-patient, out-patient, and private practice settings. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, is a Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise and Childbirth Educator, Midlife Services Coordinator, and has expertise in Geriatric and Medical/Surgical Nusing, and is a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. While volunteering with the Sexual Assault Resource Agency and Shelter for Help in Emergency, she helped rape and assault victims transition from trauma back into normal life. Pat has also volunteered in classrooms and worked on committees for preschool, elementary, middle, high schools, and college—helping with challenges faced by parents, teachers, school boards, and sports staffs.

VictoriaCorneliusVictoria E. Cornelius MD, CHTP, RYT

Dr. Victoria Cornelius is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine, at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  She has served as Staff Physician and Educator in Emergency Medicine and Ambulatory Care at Newark Beth Israel Hospital, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

She has served on the Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Advisory Committee, Pediatric Residency Evaluation Committee, and Internal Medicine Residency Evaluation Committee. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She has been given numerous Internal Medicine House Staff Teaching Awards, Pediatric House Staff Teaching Award 1993, Kentucky ACP Teaching Award 1995 and has been frequently named one of the Best Pediatricians by St. Louis Magazine. She serves on the Board of Directors, Healing Beyond Borders.

Dr. Cornelius specializes in treating adolescent patients, with a particular focus on nutrition, eating disorders, menstrual disorders, and obesity. Dr. Cornelius offers primary and preventive care and treatment for adolescent conditions such as acne, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sexual development and health, depressive disorders, concussion, and spirituality and health. In her practice, Dr. Cornelius offers goal-setting, relaxation techniques, and yoga as part of her approach to treatment. She is a yoga instructor and volunteer teacher of yoga for medical students. She is also a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner through Healing Beyond Borders.

“My experiences as a physician, medical educator, and program director have laid the foundation for my medical practice in the traditional sense. My experiences as a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and a yoga instructor have made me more aware of the need for experiences to co-create wellness."

Vicki SlaterVictoria Slater PhD, RN, AHN-BC, CHTP/I

Vicki Slater discovered Healing Touch in 1989 and during her first class, she became convinced that this phenomenon was based upon identifiable laws of physics. Since then, she has worked with physicists, engineers, and electricians to try to match physics concepts to what she experiences in both giving and receiving treatments. The results of her discoveries are most recently published in Dossey and Keegan’s (2009) 5th edition of Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice and Wardell, Kagel, and Anselme (2014) Healing Touch Enhancing Life through Energy Therapy.

MarySzczepanskiMary Szczepanski RN, MS, CHTP/I, HNB-BC

Mary Szczepanski has worked in nursing in psychiatric mental health, addictions recovery, and education. She also has a private practice as a certified holistic nurse, in Juneau, AK. Mary is a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Instructor through Healing Beyond Borders and a Board Certified Holistic Nurse through the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. She provides Healing touch treatments, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) sessions and imagery, and various holistic classes. She is the author of two fiction books about healing: A Path of Healing and Strands; and a non-fiction book called Energy Healing: Reflections on a Journey.