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Health Coaching and Nutrition Professionals,
Partnering for a Better Future:
A Conversation with Nicole Hodson

August 10, 2016 @ 7 pm EDT/ 4 pm PDT

Since health coaches work with diet and nutrition, we’ve asked Nicole Hodson, the Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals to discuss the role of nutrition professionals in the growing health and wellness perspectives in modern health care. Nicole will share topics including the difference between a Natural Chef and a Nutritional Consultant, the educational requirements to become a Nutritional Consultant, the role of certification in the holistic nutrition industry, and how nutritional professionals serve as a key resource for health coaches and health professionals in general. Join Teleosis’ Joel Kreisberg in this conversation with Nicole Hodson.


Nicole Hodson is a Nutrition Consultant graduate of Bauman College, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®, and the Executive Director of the NANP. After healing herself and her husband from several chronic health conditions through whole foods nutrition, Nicole left the managed “healthcare” industry to pursue a career where she could affect more positive change. She has been with the NANP since 2007. Her passion for the industry is infectious, and she has made it her life’s mission to promote whole foods nutrition and those who teach it, in every way possible. 

Nicole is wholly dedicated to putting holistic nutrition professionals to work, and to protecting their right to practice. Nicole is grateful to have found a career where she can meld her fifteen years of experience in the managed care arena with her education and enthusiasm for the holistic approach to health and wellness. She is a freelance nutrition writer, and dedicated ‘foodie’ who loves living in the Salinas Valley, also known as “the salad bowl.”

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Dr. Michael Brant DeMaria

PEACE WITHIN: Clear your mind, open your heart, embrace your soul and heal your life

July 20, 2016 @ 7 pm EDT/ 4 pm PDT

Michael wants to move the ongoing conversation from mind-body-soul-spirit to intentionally name the role of heart as the central missing dynamic in our human experience and current cultural struggles.  By returning to the centrality of living from and through the heart, we can experience the true nature of reality that is grounded in flow, process, and a deep interconnectedness among all phenomena.

Thought, particularly in our western, English-language system, is based on a metaphysics of logos (rational, strategic, analytic) that separates and abstracts the world into objects to be used or manipulated.  The feeling dimension flows like music and water – and is more in alignment with the new emerging paradigm, from quantum physics to depth psychology, that is more in touch with what we experience when we quiet the mind, open the heart and drop into the timeless now.  Michael’s newest book explores this truth using examples from his own journey from suicidal despair to becoming a multi-Grammy nominated musician and yoga/meditation teacher, as well as examples from his over 30 years as an integrative psychologist, author, expressive therapist and guide of the soul.”


For over 30 years Dr. Michael Brant DeMaria has been guiding others on their life journeys. As an author, yoga/meditation instructor, and 4-time Grammy® nominated recording artist he brings an integrative, holistic approach to helping the whole person throughout the life journey.   Michael is known for combining eastern, western and indigenous approaches in his healing work  bridging the worlds of depth psychology, mindfulness practice and expressive arts in a unique, dynamic and accessible way.   

In his latest book, Peace Within, he discusses his journey through his own dark night of the soul, which inspired him to write this companionable workbook for integrative wellness.  The book is also the basis for his new training program  Peace Within: Process for Integrative Wellness.

Dr. Joel KreisbergDr. Joel Kreisberg, DC, ACC

Why Narrative Health Coaching? Why Now?
The power of upgrading your story

May 11, 2016 @ 7 pm EDT/ 4 pm PDT

Join Dr. Joel Kreisberg in a conversation about Narrative Healing and how you can apply it to your everday life and/or coaching practice. Narrative healing invites us to ask, what’s really happening right now – what’s true in this moment? and then provides space to interpret this ‘truth,’ telling our story in a way that supports and nurtures us. This healing interpretation differs significantly from the conventional Western medicine concept of curing — when something is wrong we want it to be right again – to be fixed, gone, cured.   Narrative healing embraces what Aaron Antonovsky calls a “sense of coherence” about our situation, where coherence includes the extent to which we feel we can comprehend, manage and find meaning in what we face.


Dr. Joel Kreisberg, DC,ACC, received his doctorate from New York Chiropractic College, a Masters of Arts from Prescott College, AZ, and a Bachelors of Arts from Wesleyan University, CT. He is an Integral Master Coach ™ through Integral Coaching Canada Inc. “My commitment is help you recognize the potential for healing in our everyday aches and pains. By listening to your body, your feelings, and the power of nature, healing can be mastered naturally and powerfully. My passion for natural healing and healthy living supports this simplicity and allows for the flourishing of body, mind and soul.”

Karen Wyatt, MD

The 7 Lessons Wisdom Path

April 20th, 2016 @ 7 pm EDT/ 4 pm PDT

Join physician Karen Wyatt in a conversation about the Wisdom Path- a transformational program based on the lessons learned through Dr. Wyatt’s experiences with end-of –life patients. We will discuss Dr. Wyatt’s teachings including how to use her 7 lessons model in your professional practice as well as ways in which to utilize her teachings for personal growth and development.  www.karenwyattmd.com/


Dr. Karen Wyatt is the author of the book What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Livingfrom the Stories of the Dying, which contains stories of patients she cared for as a hospicedoctor and the spiritual lessons she learned from them at the end of their lives.Dr. Wyatt also hosts End-of-Life University, an online interview series that featuresconversations with experts who work in all aspects of end-of-life care. She is widelyregarded as a thought-leader in the effort to transform the way we care for our dying inthe U.S. In addition, she is valued for her application of spiritual principles to illness andhealthcare and teaches that in order to live life fully we must each overcome our fear ofdeath and embrace the difficulties that life brings us.

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Narrative Healing & Poetry

With Gary Huffaker, MD & Reggie Marra, MA

March 9th, 2016 @ 7 pm EDT/ 4 pm PDT

Join board member Gary Huffaker and poet Reggie Marra, as they explore narrative healing with special guest physician Tom Janisse. Dr. Janisse will present original work for interpretation and conversation in this unique opportunity to listen and learn. Following a series of readings and discussions, participants will join the call with question and answer about the use of poetry and narrative in healing.


Tom Janisse, MD, MBA, is the founding editor-in-chief of The Permanente Journal – an international PubMed-indexed, medical and social science journal, in which is embedded a literary and arts journal, leaflet. He is also a publisher of Soul of the Healer: Art & Stories, and the forthcoming Narrative Medicine Anthology, both from The Permanente Press. During his nine years as associate medical director of Northwest Permanente Medical Group in Portland, Oregon, he conducted relationship research with physicians with the highest patient satisfaction. He sponsors Narrative Medicine writing workshops for doctors and health professionals and publishes their Quick Writes, and co-sponsors the annual Taos Writing Retreat for Health Professionals.


 Ruth Wolever, PhDRuth Wolever, PhD

Becoming a Certified Health Coach: The Journey Forward

February 10th, 2016 @ 7 pm EDT/ 4 pm PDT

For six years, the coaching leadership through the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC.org) has worked towards a standard for professional health and wellness coaching. In 2015, programs have been accredited in anticipation of a 2016 launch of a health and wellness coach certification. “While over 350 articles in the peer-reviewed literature describe health or wellness coaching interventions, careful scrutiny reveals enormous heterogeneity in use of the terms ‘health’ or ‘wellness’ coach.” Join Dr. Wolever in our next Vital Conversation discussing how these changes will impact the health coaching profession. Participants will have a chance to ask questions at the end of the discussion.


Ruth Wolever, PhD serves as the Director of Health: Education, Research & Practice Coaching and as an Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University Schools of Medicine and Nursing. Trained as a clinical health psychologist, she is a national leader in the study of mindfulness-based approaches to self-regulation and lifestyle change. Dr. Wolever is the Founding Research Director for Duke Integrative Medicine and the Chief Scientific Officer for eMindful. She is a nationally recognized expert on Health and Wellness Coaching and one of the elected leaders of the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (ncchwc.org).

Helayne Waldman_EdDHelayne Waldman, EdD

The Transition from Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor

January 13th 2016 @ 7 pm EDT/ 4 pm PDT

Have you successfully “beaten” cancer in your life? Do you know someone or are you with someone who has? Good chance you have. Cancer survivors are expected to return to their “normal” life without much thought by the medical system that geared up to beat the illness. With 10 million survivors in the US and growing, Helayne Waldman, author of Whole Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors is implementing a program that works with each person to help them move into the next phase of their cancer journey: Survivorship, as originally proposed by the Nat’l Institutes of Medicine in 2006.

Thank you for all that you do to make this world a healthier and more educated one. Your webinars and websites are so informative! I send much appreciation for all of your helpful and encouraging contributions in the health field.” – Beverly S.

In this Vital Conversation Helayne will tell us about her new program Renew: Care and Support for Cancer Survivors, that offers a complete approach- summarizing information critical to the individual’s long-term care, including remediating short and long term treatment side effects and developing proactive, productive strategies in the areas of nutrition and lifestyle. As a specialist in oncology nutrition Helayne will focus on recurrence prevention, addressing both fundamental topics such as hydration, physical activity and stress management as well as specific nutritional strategies designed to create an anti-cancer lifestyle.


Dr. Helayne Waldman, EdD, CNE is passionate about empowering cancer survivors to take charge of their health.  An expert nutritionist and co-author of the Whole Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors, she brings you cutting-edge survivorship wisdom honed as an acclaimed lecturer for Hawthorn University, the University of Western States and the Cancer Support Community. She is an active blogger for health sites such as GreenMedInfo.com and JoanLunden.com.

Bob KeganRobert Kegan, PhD

Right Weight, Right Mind: The Immunity-to-Change Approach to Sustained Weight-Loss

December 2nd, 2015

If you ask any group of people, “Raise your hand if you’d like to lose some weight,” it is always the same-­‐ -­‐ a majority of hands will instantly reach for the sky. Losing weight is actually not that hard. Most of those who raise their hands have lost weight, some of them many times. You, yourself, have lost weight, haven’t you? Probably many times. The big uncracked problem with weight is not really about how to lose it—but how to keep it off. The average dieter regains 107% of the weight they take off!

Being able to do what you intend is not primarily a matter of having a big enough pay-­‐off, or a great enough sense of urgency. It is primarily about uncovering a hidden mechanism in your mind, which this book will teach you about. Once you know it—and can make concrete, practical use of it-­‐-­‐you will see before you the bridge from what you want to do to what you can do, and you will be able to walk across this bridge as often as you like.  www.mindsatwork.com


Robert Kegan, is the Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.  The recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, his thirty years of research and writing on adult development have contributed to the recognition that ongoing psychological development is at once possible and necessary to meet the demands of modern life.  His seminal books, The Evolving Self and In Over Our Heads, have been published in several languages throughout the world.  With long-time colleague, Lisa Lahey, he is also the author of How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work, and, most recently, Immunity to Change, which has now been published in seven languages.[endaccordion]

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD

Healing the Mind through the Power of Story

November 11th, 2015

“My personal goals include the furthering of a paradigm shift within medicine, psychiatry, and psychology toward aligning with indigenous knowledge systems and providing healing activities more in line with what traditional cultures have offered.  I am interested in our creating new science that is not the same old, same old linear boredom of Newton and conventional statistics, but that uses complexity theory and quantum physics concepts to explore our world, and, more importantly, to find ways to help each other to heal and to grow and change.”


Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, and Coyote Wisdom, a trilogy of books on what Native culture has to offer the modern world. He has also written Narrative Medicine, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry, and, his most recent book with Barbara Mainguy, Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story.[endaccordion]



Jeremy Youst

The Physiology of Breathwork:
Transforming Stress, Anxiety, and Resistance into Relaxation and Focus

October 14th, 2015

What does it mean to really take a deep breath? How does bringing our awareness to our breath regulate our autonomic nervous system, and how can breathing be a useful tool in regulating stressful situations? These are some of the questions master of somatic breath therapist, Jeremy Youst, discusses with us in this chapter of Vital Conversations. Jeremy takes you on a journey of open, healthy breathwork including experiential exercises you can use yourself and with clients.


Jeremy Youst is the Founder of the Power of Breath Institute. A Master Somatic Breath Therapy Practitioner.

Meg Jordan

Meg Jordan, PhD

The Essence of Health Coaching: Nourishing the National Dialogue

September 16th, 2015

The vision of a National Certification for health and wellness coaches will officially begin in the next  month representing a consensus drawn by leaders through the National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC).  Dr. Meg Jordan, author of How to Be a Health Coach: An Integrative Wellness Approach has been instrumental in leading this dialogue, building consensus and demonstrating integrative leadership.  Join Meg as she shares the latest news about the process as well as her vision of the opportunities that lie ahead for health and wellness coaches



Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP, is Department Chair of Integrative Health Studies and Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where her focus is preparing graduate students as catalysts for positive change in health care, wellness and health promotion. As a medical anthropologist, holistic RN specializing in integrative health and behavioral medicine, and journalist, Meg has traveled the world and realized that good medicine is the one that works for you, no matter if it’s alternative, complementary or conventional. With over 25 years experience in the health field, she is committed to finding the safest, most reliable and scientifically valid approaches.

The Future of Health Coaching is a free monthly online conversation offering tools and perspectives to revitalize and inform health coaches and health professionals working with Integrative Health.  Registered participants will receive  access to current 60-minute conversation hosted by Teleosis’ Directors, Dr. Joel Kreisberg and Reggie Marra. The dialogues are available for  24 hour access.  Enrolled participants will have ongoing access to the archives of previous conversatons.

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