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Our Team


Meet our multidisciplinary team of scientists, physicians, scholars, and theologians.

Scientific Advisory Board

Bernard Grossman, PhD
Theoretical Physicist, Educator

Dr. Grossman graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University before going to earn a PhD in physics from Harvard University.  As an educator, Dr. Grossman served as a post doctoral Fellow and assistant professor of Physics at Rockefeller University and again as an adjunct faculty member there.  As a theoretical physicist, Dr. Grossman was a visiting member of the prestigious Institute for Advanced study.  Dr. Grossman continues to support the Institute for Advanced Study as a member of A.M.I.A.S.  After some time working in the private sector, Dr. Grossman started his own company in 2010. He has strong interests in yoga practice, yogic philosophy, and the Sanskrit language. He has been engaged in spiritually-based practices (Iyengar in particular) for over 12 years. He is currently writing a book on the stock market from the perspective of yogic philosophy, which he has already published.  He has been studying the ancient Sanskrit grammarian Panini, in hopes of exploring the link between mathematical theory and grammar. He is currently working on bridging the study of the mathematics of gauge theory to the field of DNA research.

Niamh Joyce, MD
Physician, Research Scientist

Dr. Joyce earned her Medicine Degree from the Medical School of University College Dublin following a rigorous pre-medical program at Colombia University.  She earned her Masters of Science from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. She currently works in the UK for the “Medicines for Children Research Network” As an educator and lecturer, she has taught Pathophysiology and developed distance learning curriculums for biomedical students.  She has interned with Obstetrics, Cardiology, Gynecology, and Geriatric Care Departments at Hospitals.  As a researcher and presenter she has presented publications in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Neuropsychiatry.  In 2009 she was awarded a scholarship from University College Dublin to attend the Winship Institute of Oncology, Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta.  She has held internships in Breast Cancer Surgery, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In 2006, Dr. Joyce held an internship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery at Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital. As a pre-med clinical researcher, Dr. Joyce studied the use and relevance of yoga and mindfulness in heart failure and post cardiac surgery patients. She also served as an intern for the Cardiothoracic Research Laboratory. Ms. Joyce is an active yoga practitioner and teacher, and her passions, aside from healthcare research, include horseback riding and traditional Irish singing/dancing.

Terance Leers, MS
Board of Directors, Senior Research Coordinator, Educator

Terance Leers serves as the Director of Studies at the Institute for Spirituality and Healthcare, Princeton, N.J.  In his capacity, he serves as the chief liaison between the Institute’s board of research scientists, physicians, clinicians, and theologians.    He is a member of the interdisciplinary think tank at the institute that is engaged in building the bridge between and spirituality. With 30 years experience working in the aerospace and engineering industry, he brings a significant and seasoned understanding of the challenges related to overcoming obstacles associated with the implementation of new scientific innovations.
Leers served for 5 years as the leader of The Boeing Company’s Applied Learning Network where he was responsible for researching and implementing virtual collaboration and human sense-making technologies intended to create advanced decision support systems. With over 3 decades of experience in aerospace, his primary focus was large scale organizational systems change based on Organizational Learning and Action Research principles. He also has collaborated with David Snowden’s Cognitive Edge Organization of UK and Otto Scharmer’s The Presencing Institute at MIT to implement integrated advanced awareness-based social technologies. Leers also functioned as the corporate liaison to SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning founded by Peter Senge, author of “The Fifth Discipline: the Art and Practice of the Learning Organization.” As an educator, Leers served as faculty member at The Boeing Leadership Center in St. Louis, Mo. and as a graduate level and undergraduate level adjunct faculty member in Global Technology Management and Strategic Management, for Seattle Pacific University School of Information Management, City University, University of Phoenix, and University of Washington Information School. He also taught at Beijing’s Polytechnic Institute in Beijing, China. Leers graduated from Antioch University of Seattle with a M.S. in Management and from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Systems Management. He is currently a seminary student and doing his residency in hospital chaplaincy.  In addition to his research work at the Institute he serves as the Co-chair of the Curriculum Development committee. He is a father to 3 children, an avid cyclist, and a resident of Princeton.

David Muehsam, PhD
Advisory Board Member, Research Scientist, Educator, Bioelectromagnetics Expert

Dr. Muehsam earned his Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from University of Bologna in Italy.  He is currently engaged in pioneering research at the Ved Center at the University of Bologna.  As an educator Dr. Muehsam has been an Instructor in Quantum Mechanics. An expert in Bioelectromagnetics, his research has been published in leading peer-reviewed Scientific journals in his field, he served as a Research Associate in Bioelectrochemistry at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, NYC. He has consulted major corporations in the health industry like Ivivi Technologies in Northvale, NJ, and serves as a research consultant in Electromagnetic Frequency (EMF) Bioeffects. He has also worked closely with the prestigious Princeton University’s Engineering Anomalies Research Lab (P.E.A.R. Lab, Princeton, NJ). He is the founder of Fana Yoga teacher training and has worked with leading experts in the science behind the efficacy of spiritually-based practices like Yoga to achieve health and wellness—Dr. Muehsam has been a Yoga Teacher Trainer for over twenty years.

Beverly Rubik, Ph.D
Advisory Board Member, Research Scientist, Biophysicist, Educator

Dr. Rubik, biophysicist, is president and founder of the Institute for Frontier Science, a nonprofit institute for scientific research and education on the mind-body, subtle energies, and complementary medicine in Emeryville, CA.  In the 1990s, Dr. Rubik served on the Program Advisory Council to the Office of Alternative Medicine at NIH and chaired two panels on complementary medicine.  She has conducted NIH-sponsored research on healing in collaboration with the University of Arizona. Dr. Rubik serves on the editorial boards of two professional journals, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Integrative Medical Insights.  She is a professor at Union Institute and University in Cincinnati and at the new Energy Medicine University in Sausalito, CA.  Dr. Rubik has delivered invited keynote lectures worldwide.  She also advises clients at the Health Medicine Center, an integrative medical practice in Lafayette, CA.

Medical Advisory Board

Barry M. Belgorod, MD
Physician

Barry Belgorod, MD. As a physician, Dr. Belgorod is a renowned ophthalmologist who earned his medical degree from University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners.  As an educator, Dr. Belgorod currently serves as a faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical School. Dr. Belgorod is a member of the New York Academy of Medicine, and the American College of Surgeons.  He has held hospital appointments at Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital and New York Presbyterian Hospital.
 
 

Paul Berguson, MD
Physician, Advisory Board Member (Emeritus), Educator, Pioneer

Dr. Berguson earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, P.A. Dr. Berguson taught medicine and anesthesiology at Jefferson Medical College before going on to be Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at NYU University. Dr. Berguson practiced medicine for over 35 years and published articles and presented papers internationally. A Diplomat of the National Board of Medical examiners he was called an innovator and pioneer of new concepts in clinical care in his field that have resulted in better patient outcomes for thousands of patients. During his residencies he was a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and was also an instructor at the School of Respiratory Therapy. He was a polyglot and polymath with encyclopedic knowledge. He sat on the Board of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Procurement Department and was a devoted student of the history of ancient healing wisdom.

Bernard Brom, MD
Physician, Scholar, Pioneer

Dr. Bernard Brom has been a practicing physician for over 20 years and has served as an internal medicine MD at the University of Miami. He earned his medical degree from the University of Cape Town.   He is a founder and editor of the South Africa Journal of Natural Medicine; chairman of the South African Society of Integrative Medicine. He has studied homeopathy, taught Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and is an expert in low-energy laser and other energy treatments. He is experienced in nutritional therapy and lifestyle management, with a special interest in the psychospiritual aspect of illness, and still runs a busy practice. 

Larry Burk, MD
Radiologist, Advisory Board Member

Dr. Burk is Co-founder of the Duke Center for Integrative medicine and acted as education director there until setting up his consulting business, Healing Imager.  Dr. Larry Burk earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and went on to earn his Medical Degree and a radiology residency from University of Pittsburgh.  As a researcher, Dr. Burk spent a year as a pioneering MRI researcher at Pittsburgh before going to the University of Pennsylvania for a Musculoskeletal radiology fellowship.  As an educator, Dr. Burk has held faculty positions at Jefferson Medical College, Eastern Virginia Medical School. He also served has head of musculoskeletal radiology at Duke University School of Medicine, and was an associate professor.  Following his professional training in conventional medicine he complemented his practice by integrating imagery, acupuncture, integrative medicine, and energy psychology into his repertoire.  He now does teleradiology for NationalRad and integrative medicine for Oriental Health Solutions, LLC.

Peter Freylinghuysen, MD
Physician, Advisory Board Member

Peter Freylinghuysen M.D.  Dr. Freylinghuysen earned his Medical Degree from Georgetown School of Medicine.  After serving his General residency at New York Presbyterian-Cornell Weill, he served his Orthopedic residency at the New York Hospital for Special Surgery. A Princeton University alumnus, with roots in the Princeton community, he currently practices with the McCance Orthopedic Spine Surgery Practice in New York City. 

Niamh Joyce, MD
Physician, Research Scientist

Dr. Joyce earned her Medicine Degree from the Medical School of University College Dublin following a rigorous pre-medical program at Colombia University.  She earned her Masters of Science from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. She currently works in the UK for the “Medicines for Children Research Network” As an educator and lecturer, she has taught Pathophysiology and developed distance learning curriculums for biomedical students.  She has interned with Obstetrics, Cardiology, Gynecology, and Geriatric Care Departments at Hospitals.  As a researcher and presenter she has presented publications in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Neuropsychiatry.  In 2009 she was awarded a scholarship from University College Dublin to attend the Winship Institute of Oncology, Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta.  She has held internships in Breast Cancer Surgery, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In 2006, Dr. Joyce held an internship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery at Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital. As a pre-med clinical researcher, Dr. Joyce studied the use and relevance of yoga and mindfulness in heart failure and post cardiac surgery patients. She also served as an intern for the Cardiothoracic Research Laboratory. Ms. Joyce is an active yoga practitioner and teacher, and her passions, aside from healthcare research, include horseback riding and traditional Irish singing/dancing.

Ayman Matta, MD
Physician, Advisory Board Member, Ophthalmologist

Ayman is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, The international Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the New York Ophthalmological Society and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Matta is licensed to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida . Dr. Matta is a member of the staff of New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and Nyack Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Surgicare Center of Mahwah, St. Mary's Eye and Surgery Center and Hackensack University Medical Center.  Dr. Matta is the Director of the New York Eye Institute. Dr. Matta completed medical school and his internship at Ain Shams University , School of Medicine . Dr. Matta's residency was completed at Albert Einstein college of Medicine at the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens and the state University of New York , Stony Brook, at the Nassau University Medical Center . He then went on to complete a fellowship in Anterior Segment and Cornea & Refraction at the Bucci Cataract and Laser Vision Institute in Pennsylvania . Dr. Matta is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

David Matthews, MD
Physician, Reconstructive Surgeon, Advisory Board Member

Dr. Matthews is a renowned pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon who earned his medical degree from University of Cincinnati. He is board certified by the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons. As an educator, Dr. Matthews is a clinical professor, Division of Plastic Surgery at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. As a surgeon, Dr. Matthews’ general surgery and plastic surgery residencies were at prestigious University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Licensed to practice in North Carolina, Dr. Matthews is currently serving as a plastic surgeon in private practice in Charlotte, NC. Before becoming a physician he served in the United States Marine Corps. Since 1990, Dr. Matthews has been listed in America’s Best Doctors. Dr. Matthews specializes in pediatric craniofacial reconstructive surgery.  Dr. Matthews has held numerous hospital appointments and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals in his field.  Dr. Matthews is a strong proponent of exploring the integration of a mind-body-spirit approach to healthcare for improved patient outcomes.

Eric Rishe, MD
Physician, Integrative Oncologist, Advisory Board Member

As a physician, Dr. Rishe is Double Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Medical Oncology / Hematology Boards.  Dr. Rishe earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. As a researcher, Dr. Rishe served as a Bravewell Fellow in the Department of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.  Dr. Rishe serves as an integrative oncology representative for Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY. Dr. Rishe holds a hospital appointment as Staff Physician in Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and is Medical Director  for Heights Medical Group in New York, NY.  Dr. Rishe is a member of the American College of Physicians and numerous other medical societies. Dr. Rishe represents the next generation of physicians who embrace an integrative healthcare model.

Rick Sheff, MD
Physician, Medical Advisory, Author, Educator

Dr. Rick Sheff is a nationally recognized healthcare leader and change agent. He has dedicated his life to healing patients and healing healthcare. He currently serves as principal and chief medical officer for The Greeley Company, a highly respected consulting and professional services firm dedicated to helping physicians and hospitals provide outstanding care to the communities they serve. A prolific author and nationally recognized thought leader. Dr. Sheff has coauthored 15 books and numerous articles and white papers on healthcare leadership, patient safety, and physician performance. Most recently he has turned his cutting edge creative thinking to bridging the gap between science and spirituality, seeking to build a bridge from the science, religion, and medicine of today to the science, spirituality, and healing of tomorrow. His latest book, Joyfully Shattered: A Physician’s Awakening at the Crossroads of Science and Spirituality, tells the true story of his journey from passionate atheist to tentative seeker, and finally to profound mystic. Dr. Sheff is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Brown University residency program in family medicine. He was an undergraduate at Cornell University and recipient of the Keasbey Scholarship for the study of politics and philosophy at Oxford University. Richard Sheff, MD, known to most of his patients as Dr. Rick, is a family physician with over twenty five years of experience in medicine.  He chose the specialty of family medicine because he wanted to see and treat patients as whole people whose illness and wellness are a result of the complex interplay of their biological, psychological, social, and cultural circumstances.  The years have taught him that to this must be added recognition of each patient's spiritual circumstances if they are truly to be seen as a whole person, including understanding their illness and wellness. At the age of 60, Dr. Sheff professed vows as a monk in the Spirit of Peace interfaith monastic community.

 

Edward Von Der Schmidt, MD
Physician, Neurosurgeon, Medical Advisory

Dr. Edward Von Der Schmidt is a neurosurgeon in Princeton, New Jersey and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton and University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. He received his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and has been in practice for 31 years. He is one of 7 doctors at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton and one of 6 at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro who specialize in Neurological Surgery. Dr. Edward Von Der Schmidt graduated from the UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School at Newark in 1984. He works in Princeton, NJ and specializes in Surgery, Neurological. Dr. Von Der Schmidt is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton and University Medical Center of Princeton At Plainsboro.

Mind-Body Advisory Board

Lynne Barclay-Jones, LCSW
Advisory Board Member, Mental Health Professional

Ms. Barclay-Jones' first passion was the love of movement and dance and she became a serious student of ballet. After graduating from college with a major in dance and psychology she continued her studies, earning an MSW from New York University and then completing 4 years of postgraduate training for my Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (Institute training) from Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in N.Y. At the Postgraduate level she taught in and directed the Counseling Training Program and was clinical supervisor of social work interns and supervisor in the Pastoral Counseling Program. Ms. Barclay-Jones was the Co-Director of Seminars for Professional Advancement, a non-profit organization offering continuing education seminars for mental health professionals for 10 years during the summer in Cape Cod. Throughout the years in her private practice she became increasingly aware and involved in the importance of integrating body-mind-spirit consciousness into psychotherapy practice. She became certified in EMDR in 2004 and has served as an EMDR therapist in the trauma clinic at National Institute for the Psychotherapies for 3 years. She has studied EFT and somatic experiencing. I am convinced that if we can incorporate a harmonized union between mind-body-spirit so that in our individual lives and in the healthcare systems we co-create we will become healthier and happier.

Mark Certo

Mark Certo is a recording engineer who specializes in the use of sound to invoke altered states of consciousness. For greater than  25 years he has been  engaged in the research and development of binaural beat technology to induce altered states of consciousness. Under the auspices of The Monroe Institute, Mark reverse engineered EEG readings of people in altered states, into audio recordings that could induce the same states in another. He has participated in various clinical studies exploring the enigmas of consciousness, rapid healing and psycho neuro immunology. His passion for consciousness studies and investigating consciousness anomalies drives his continued research. He is excited to be an advisory member at the Institute for Spirituality and Healthcare, Princeton.

Janice M. Dietert, MASS, HM
Advisory Board Member, Educator, Science Editor, Consultant, Mind-Body Specialist

Janice Dietert earned her MASS from Binghamton University.  She is a pioneering specialist in young adults with learning disabilities and neurological disorders.   She received a diploma from the Institute of Natural Healing in Herbal Medicine and is a certified Reiki Master Practitioner.  As an educator she lectures throughout the northeastern USA. She has co-authored several peer-reviewed Medical Journal Publications that focus on molecular biology, toxicology, and innovative learning strategies for youth and adults suffering from ADHD.  She has served as a consultant in innovative curriculum development at the University level.

Nathaniel Kerr MA
Webmaster, Founding Advisory Board Member, Educator, Researcher, Programs Coordinator

Mr. Kerr is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews, where he studied Classics and Sustainable Development, and has an M.A. in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology.  A long-time resident of New Jersey, he attended schools in the Princeton area, the Waldorf School of Princeton, and went on to attend the Lawrenceville School.  His interests focus on ancient spiritual practices and their relationship to health and agriculture. He has excavated in UPENN Etruscan digs in Tuscany, and with the Sorbonne, 12,000ft high in the Peruvian Andes. He has worked as a Writer-in-Residence at various Artist Colonies: The Edward Albee Foundation, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.   He has trained as a Rudolf Steiner Teacher in Edinburgh Scotland. He is a certified yoga instructor, and spends his weekends on a horse farm that focuses on therapeutic rehabilitation.  He research interests lie in "Symbols of Transformation and Metamorphosis in Spiritually-based traditions" and in creating new urban environments that encourage 'Research and a Love-of-learning.'  He is Programs Coordinator and Member Coordinator at the Institute.

Jampa Mackenzie Stewart, DOM
Advisory Board Member, Doctor of Oriental Medicine,, Educator

Dr. Stewart holds a Doctorate of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College and has taught Medical Qigong at both SWAC and the Academy of Oriental Medicine. He is a Certified Instructor in Medical Qigong Therapy and Chi Nei Tsang, and a Board Certified Diplomat in Acupuncture (Dipl. Ac. the National Certification Committee for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dr. Stewart served as co-chair of the National Qigong Association, Medical Qigong Committee and guided them in developing new national standards for Qigong professionals. He currently serves as President of the Healing Tao association.

Linda McCarthy, PhD
Advisory Board Member, Holistic Practitioner, Author

Linda M. McCarthy has studied “Mind-Body” medicine for over 20 years, with a particular interest in the field of Metaphysics and Psychology. Dr. McCarthy received her doctorate from University of Sedona. Her pursuit began while observing the significant changes in the health and lives of individuals as it related to their thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.  Linda began to focus her attention on the biology of beliefs, and the critical role perception plays in all aspects of our life. Her interest in health and healing began as a certified Doula Birthing Coach, and a Art & Science of Shifting Consciousness' syllabus with Dr. Bruce Lipton, her passion was reignited for pursuing the connection between emotions, and the well being of an individual's physiology. She is co-Author of 'The Wellness Code'. She continues her education with Dr. Lipton on topics which include Epigenetics, the New Biology, and Belief Change Modalities. She completed course work in Environmental Medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and Classical Homeopathy with The British Institute of Homeopathy, Currently she is studying Clinical Neurology at the University of CA. Linda has a private practice in Scottsdale and Phoenix AZ area. Dr. McCarthy is a Board Certified Holistic Practitioner with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is a member of the American Metaphysical Doctors Association, the American Holistic Medical Association.

Alison Montgomery
Advisory Board Member, Yoga Teacher

Alison was born in England and grew up on the east coast of Australia. Prior to becoming a professional integrative practitioner, Ms. Montgomery spent around 15 years in corporate business in Sydney, taking time off to study and teach yoga, practice massage and reiki. In 2006 she left the corporate world to manage a yoga studio, and in 2007 moved to New York. Her passion is helping people to shine.  She has been teaching yoga since 2001, lectures regularly on meditation.  She currently lives, teaches, and maintains a practice in the San Francisco Bay area.

Ruth Rosenbaum, PhD, LP

Dr. Ruth Rosenbaum is a licensed psychoanalyst in private practice with individuals and couples for over 25 years. Dr. Rosenbaum earned her PhD from Columbia University. She is also a certified biofeedback therapist and a certified yoga and meditation instructor.  She is a faculty member, supervisor and training analyst at NPAP (National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis) in New York, and has also taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia Teachers College in the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department.  She has published articles and chapters on psychotherapy and spirituality, on the process of change in psychotherapy, and on new scientific paradigms for psychotherapy; she is also an international lecturer on such topics.  Her writing and lectures address the integration of mind, body and spirit.  Her most recent publication appeared in The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality.

Amy Saxe Luke
Advisory Board Member, Educator, Yoga Teacher

Ms. Luke is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Energy Healer. She has been practicing integrative modalities for over 15 years.  She is the founder of Heart Wisdom Yoga and teaches at leading integrative healthcare facilities in N.Y.C., Westchester, Illinois, and L.A. 

Spiritual Advisory Board

Sousan Abadian PhD
Advisory Board Member, Educator, Author, Research Fellow

As an Educator, Dr. Sousan Abadian served as a Fellow at the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds two masters degrees and a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University. Her doctoral work was principally supervised by Nobel laureate in economics Amartya Sen. In her writings, she explores what it takes to heal collective trauma, a key contributing factor in ongoing violence and impoverishment worldwide. Her areas of expertise include international development, leadership, conflict transformation, and Earth-honoring spiritual practices. She is one of the Guiding Voices for the interfaith initiative, Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, spearheaded by Sufi Pir Zia Inayat-Khan. A Zoroastrian by birth, a Jew by choice, a Sufi by initiation, Sousan is also ordained as a Peace Minister in the Beloved Community, an ancient lineage reformed by James Twyman. Dr. Abadian now engages communities affected by violence and poverty to heal and revitalize themselves. She trains change agents from all levels of society to initiate and sustain transformative processes.

Ilene Cooper
Advisory Board Member, Writer, Author, Editor, Historian

Long interested in biblical studies and archaeology, Ms. Cooper is especially intrigued by the questions surrounding the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Her dream to visit the caves where the scrolls were found was realized during a recent visit to Israel.  Ms. Cooper is the author of the illustrated "The Dead Sea Scrolls and over thirty books for children and young adults, including the popular Kids from Kennedy Middle School series. 2007 Prairie State Award winner for Excellence in Writing for Children.

Peter Roche De Coppens, PhD
Board of Directors (Emeritus), Founding Board Member, Scholar, Educator, Author

Peter Roche De Coppens, PhD  was an esteemed Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychotherapy at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania since 1970, also teaching at Sorbonne University (Paris) and McGill University (Montreal) and lecturing at other universities and research centers around the world. He dedicated the last 50 years of his life to the study of spirituality, the awakening of spiritual consciousness, holistic education and holistic health, and he was a prolific author on the role of spirituality in the healing process. For over 30 years, he served as a consultant and Board member to various health organizations including the United Nations, GUNA in Rome and Milan, and Global Health Centers.

Joseph (JP) Pierce Farrell, D.Th.,BCC.
Board of Directors, Director of Research, Spiritually-Based Practices in Clinical Care, Research Scientist, Educator, Chaplain, Author

Joseph Pierce Farrell is an award-winning pioneer in Integrative Healthcare. He is known for his landmark research in documenting the efficacy of mind-body-spirit practices and interventions to achieve tangible health benefits in both hard and soft tissue. In recognition for his pioneering work, he was the recipient of the 2007 CIIMA Award for Courage in Integrative Medicine, and in 2008 was endowed with the Ambassador's Chair in Consciousness Studies, GHI, NY. As a philanthropist he has served as an NGO representative to the United Nations, and as a special advisor to multiple health related working groups. Farrell has provided pro bono care, worldwide, to the disfigured and disabled. As a practitioner, he is sought after for his reputation to integrate advanced mind-body-spirit practices and interventions into patient care for improved health and wellness. Farrell is a Professor of Applied Theology at Disciples Seminary, Princeton, NJ. He lectures at universities domestically and internationally on the benefits of a healthcare model that embraces a mind, body, and spirit approach to deliver improved health outcomes. His work has been published in numerous periodicals and he is the international best-selling author of "Manifesting Michelangelo" (Simon & Schuster). Training: Farrell began his formal study of healthcare as a medical corpsman while serving as a Midshipmen in the U.S.M.A., where he attaining the rank of commander. Farrell went on to study mind-body modalities in 1988 with clinically standardized meditation under professor Patricia Carrington of Princeton University.  Farrell served as lead clinician on a landmark outcome study (2002-2003): "Evaluating the efficacy of Consciousness-Based Healthcare to achieve benevolent effect,” under the supervision of Pulitzer-Prize-winning Harvard Medical School professor John E. Mack M.D. Farrell continued his training with the traditional Taoist energy-cultivating practices of Tai Chi and Nei Kung in the Internal Arts Energy Systems taught by the renowned Master C.K. Chu. He rounded out his study of the interrelationship of mind, body, and spirit by attending seminary in New York, where he studied theology and the ancient healing wisdom of Christianity, and Taoism. In addition to his private practice he serves as a Hospital Chaplain visiting patients domestically and internationally.

Catherine Pellecchia Perry, M. Ed DD CHt
Advisory Board Member, Integrative Healthcare Practitioner, Educator, Author

Dr. Perry holds a master’s degree in counseling and counselor education and a doctorate of divinity. She is board certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors. She is the author of Courageous Wake, which chronicles her personal experience in observing the power of spirituality in the emotional healing process. While practicing mental health counseling and conventional psychotherapy, she gradually integrated and observed the effectiveness of spiritual healing methods such as Reiki, Karuna Ki, and Shamanism.  Advancing the evolution of healthcare is a priority for Dr. Perry since she comes from a long line of medical doctors. Her maternal grandfather is the late Rear Admiral Dr. Charles S. Stephenson, after whom the prestigious RADM Charles S. Stephenson Award was named. The award recognizes an individual for excellence in Navy Occupational Health, Preventive Medicine, and/or Health Promotion programs. Dr. Perry maintains a private practice in Paramus, New Jersey focusing on life coaching, writing inspirational books, facilitating spiritual growth workshops.

D. Andrew Snyder, PhD, MDiv
Advisory Board Member, Scholar, Educator, Researcher

Dr. Andrew Snyder holds a Masters of Divinity from the University of Chicago.  Currently serving as lead Pastor of United Church of Christ, Rev Snyder focuses there on outreach to young artists and musicians.  For nearly a decade, Rev. Snyder has been an instructor for Nature of Religion, Introduction to Philosophy, Critical Thinking, Ethics and Moral Issues, and  Philosophy of Religion.  Dr. Snyder organized efforts to facilitate the entry of many Chicago public schools into the debate program and taught debate classes at numerous Chicago schools, trained debate coaches, and led judge training sessions.  Earlier Dr. Snyder was President of Emory’s national championship debate team, 1995-1996, he taught debate courses at inner city Atlanta Public Schools and was an instructor at the Emory Debate Institute.

Rev. Liso Starrett, MDiv.
Advisory Board Member, Hospital Chaplain, Educator

Rev. Liso Starrett Is currently Chaplain at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, she formerly served as senior staff chaplain at Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care and chaplain at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division (Psychiatric Units) as group leader,  and individual spiritual counselor. She has served as a  member on certification committees for APC (Association of Professional Chaplains) candidates.  As a result of having worked at Ground Zero during the aftermath of 9/11, she became a member of Disaster Chaplaincy for New York. Rev. Starrett is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary (NYC) and has a Doctorate in Ministry degree from Wisdom University (San Francisco, CA). 

Advisory Board

Terri Beavers
Founding Advisory Board Member, Media and Public Relations Advisor

Ms. Beavers is a strong advocate and supporter of advancing the evolution of healthcare. Committed to advancing knowledge and integration of healing into healthcare, she is recognized for bringing leaders in the exciting and emerging field of consciousness studies together to discuss how consciousness research relates to health and wellness.  After witnessing the painful healthcare struggle of a close family member, Ms. Beavers was determined to discover solutions. Over the past decade, her research not only found solutions for her loved ones, but for others suffering from unrelated conditions as well. She was instrumental in opening doors for, and collaborated with, other leading pioneers in the evolution of healthcare. In addition to her passion for advancing healthcare, Ms. Beavers has successfully licensed her design concepts to Fortune 500 companies. Her professional design experience has helped equip her to create her own media platform “Consciousness Channel”. Ms. Beavers is currently engaged in media productions that feature leading thinkers and authors in the field discussing their books, ideas, experiences, and studies that are advancing efforts in the exploration of consciousness and healing.  She has mentored recognized leaders and voices in the field including Eben Alexander MD, Dr Kunchok Gyaltsen of Arura Medicine of Tibet, and Joseph Pierce Farrell of the Institute of Spirituality and Healthcare. The Institute for Spirituality and Healthcare is grateful to Ms. Beavers for her commitment to advancing knowledge and integration of healing into healthcare.

Owsley Brown, III
Advisory Board Member

Mr. Brown embodies the characteristics of the next generation of business professionals who promote corporate accountability, growth, and sustainability. He has been a kindred soul and supporter of not-for-profit institutions that have sought to advance the raising of consciousness in both business and social arenas. He has served on the Boards for multiple for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. In addition to business ventures, Mr. Brown produced and directed the film “Night Waltz: the biography of Paul Bowles” which won the Best Documentary Award at Southampton Film Festival, was featured at the Berlin Film Festival, and had its well-received New York City debut at Lincoln Center. The institute is in gratitude for Mr. Brown’s continued support of the mission of the Institute.

Nancy Howar O’Sullivan
Advisory Board Member

Nancy Howar O’Sullivan is a well-respected businesswoman in bio/tech and commercial real estate. She has a successful track record in Development Technology Transfer through the formation of research space, and providing financial start-up for medical and healthcare ventures.  Nancy Howar O’Sullivan also helps develop bio/tech companies at their early stages through her firm Wesley Associates.  The Institute is in gratitude for Nancy’s presence on our Advisory Board and her contributions in advancing innovations in healthcare.

Dee Dee Zack
Advisory Board

Ms. Zack was a founding Board Member and Trustee (2012-2014) of the Institute. A graduate of Rutgers University, she brings integrity and business skills to the administration of non-profit organizations. With deep roots in the New Jersey business sector, her much-needed skills are allowing our Institute to operate in a fiscally conservative, and transparent way. As a long time philanthropist, she has served an integral role in assisting our charitable organization, as well as others, to grow in this challenging economic climate.  Ms. Zack has served on the Committee for Covenant House--a charity providing assistance and spiritual counseling to runaway children. Ms. Zack served on the Board of the “Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen’s Club” a not-for-profit organization assisting active and retired military service men and women in finding subsidized temporary lodgings. She is also a devoted supporter of the St. Hubert's program that seeks to provide comfort for  elderly hospital patients.

Board Of Directors & Staff

Michael La Corte
Executive Director

Michael La Corte serves as the Executive Director of the Institute, a seasoned business executive with 30 years of experience.  Mr. La Corte was trained as a CPA and currently focuses on providing management consulting to the nonprofit sector as well as business turnaround strategy and implementation. Mr. La Corte is a Principal at La Corte Associates. His most recent organization management  consulting clients, in the for profit and not-for-profit  sectors were WAF USA, Intuit (Fortune 1000), Eisner Amper LLP, and Fatima Family Apostolate International.  Mr. La Corte served for a decade as CEO of Micro Computer Solutions. Mr. La Corte was also CEO of La Corte Brothers Construction which successfully constructed over 200 single family homes. A Mercer County, New Jersey resident, with deep roots in the community, Mr. La Corte was educated at Rider University. The Institute is pleased to benefit from Mr. La Corte’s experience, expertise, oversight and stewardship as the organization continues to grow.  His seasoned skills assist the Institute with producing operating plans, research budgets, development materials, and Gantt Charts to meet the needs for the future research and education initiatives. The Institute is honored to have Mr. La Corte assist the Institute in its growth while observing best practices, compliance, and transparency for the Institute and its patrons.

Joseph (JP) Pierce Farrell, D.Th.,BCC.
Board of Directors, Director of Research, Spiritually-Based Practices in Clinical Care, Research Scientist, Educator, Chaplain, Author

Joseph Pierce Farrell is an award-winning pioneer in Integrative Healthcare. He is known for his landmark research in documenting the efficacy of mind-body-spirit practices and interventions to achieve tangible health benefits in both hard and soft tissue. In recognition for his pioneering work, he was the recipient of the 2007 CIIMA Award for Courage in Integrative Medicine, and in 2008 was endowed with the Ambassador's Chair in Consciousness Studies, GHI, NY. As a philanthropist he has served as an NGO representative to the United Nations, and as a special advisor to multiple health related working groups. Farrell has provided pro bono care, worldwide, to the disfigured and disabled. As a practitioner, he is sought after for his reputation to integrate advanced mind-body-spirit practices and interventions into patient care for improved health and wellness. Farrell is a Professor of Applied Theology at Disciples Seminary, Princeton, NJ. He lectures at universities domestically and internationally on the benefits of a healthcare model that embraces a mind, body, and spirit approach to deliver improved health outcomes. His work has been published in numerous periodicals and he is the international best-selling author of "Manifesting Michelangelo" (Simon & Schuster). Training: Farrell began his formal study of healthcare as a medical corpsman while serving as a Midshipmen in the U.S.M.A., where he attaining the rank of commander. Farrell went on to study mind-body modalities in 1988 with clinically standardized meditation under professor Patricia Carrington of Princeton University.  Farrell served as lead clinician on a landmark outcome study (2002-2003): "Evaluating the efficacy of Consciousness-Based Healthcare to achieve benevolent effect,” under the supervision of Pulitzer-Prize-winning Harvard Medical School professor John E. Mack M.D. Farrell continued his training with the traditional Taoist energy-cultivating practices of Tai Chi and Nei Kung in the Internal Arts Energy Systems taught by the renowned Master C.K. Chu. He rounded out his study of the interrelationship of mind, body, and spirit by attending seminary in New York, where he studied theology and the ancient healing wisdom of Christianity, and Taoism. In addition to his private practice he serves as a Hospital Chaplain visiting patients domestically and internationally.

Terance Leers, MS
Board of Directors, Senior Research Coordinator, Educator

Terance Leers serves as the Director of Studies at the Institute for Spirituality and Healthcare, Princeton, N.J.  In his capacity, he serves as the chief liaison between the Institute’s board of research scientists, physicians, clinicians, and theologians.    He is a member of the interdisciplinary think tank at the institute that is engaged in building the bridge between and spirituality. With 30 years experience working in the aerospace and engineering industry, he brings a significant and seasoned understanding of the challenges related to overcoming obstacles associated with the implementation of new scientific innovations.
Leers served for 5 years as the leader of The Boeing Company’s Applied Learning Network where he was responsible for researching and implementing virtual collaboration and human sense-making technologies intended to create advanced decision support systems. With over 3 decades of experience in aerospace, his primary focus was large scale organizational systems change based on Organizational Learning and Action Research principles. He also has collaborated with David Snowden’s Cognitive Edge Organization of UK and Otto Scharmer’s The Presencing Institute at MIT to implement integrated advanced awareness-based social technologies. Leers also functioned as the corporate liaison to SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning founded by Peter Senge, author of “The Fifth Discipline: the Art and Practice of the Learning Organization.” As an educator, Leers served as faculty member at The Boeing Leadership Center in St. Louis, Mo. and as a graduate level and undergraduate level adjunct faculty member in Global Technology Management and Strategic Management, for Seattle Pacific University School of Information Management, City University, University of Phoenix, and University of Washington Information School. He also taught at Beijing’s Polytechnic Institute in Beijing, China. Leers graduated from Antioch University of Seattle with a M.S. in Management and from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Systems Management. He is currently a seminary student and doing his residency in hospital chaplaincy.  In addition to his research work at the Institute he serves as the Co-chair of the Curriculum Development committee. He is a father to 3 children, an avid cyclist, and a resident of Princeton.

Peter Roche De Coppens, PhD
Board of Directors (Emeritus), Founding Board Member, Scholar, Educator, Author

Peter Roche De Coppens, PhD  was an esteemed Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychotherapy at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania since 1970, also teaching at Sorbonne University (Paris) and McGill University (Montreal) and lecturing at other universities and research centers around the world. He dedicated the last 50 years of his life to the study of spirituality, the awakening of spiritual consciousness, holistic education and holistic health, and he was a prolific author on the role of spirituality in the healing process. For over 30 years, he served as a consultant and Board member to various health organizations including the United Nations, GUNA in Rome and Milan, and Global Health Centers.

Marc Wishengrad
Staff Archivist, Medical Cinematographer, Filmmaker, Film Director

As an award-winning cinematographer, Marc Wishengrad has worked on award-winning features, documentaries, short films, and television programs. Wishengrad has worked for many years with renowned physician Mehmet Oz, M.D. (“Dr. Oz”).  Awards include HDfest’s “deffie” – best cinematography for a HD short “The Curse of Micah Rood,” and an Emmy nomination for Discovery Channel’s “Trauma Life in the ER” – documenting helicopter rescues and the tension of the Emergency Room. Wishengrad is currently in production of “The Healing World”  a documentary draws on a growing body of archival footage spanning a decade of filming cultural ceremonies and places of natural beauty.  A mainstay of Wishengrad’s work has been the production of fund-raising and training films over the past 13 years for New York Presbyterian Hospital.