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Sahara Rose

Sahara Rose

Sahara Rose, host of the Highest Self Podcast (the #1 spirituality podcast on iTunes with over 16 million downloads) and best-selling author of several books, including: Eat Feel Fresh; Idiot’s Guides to Ayurveda; A Yogic Path; and her current release—Discover Your Dharma, is the founder of Rose Gold Goddesses and is a highly sought-after speaker (including as the nutrition speaker for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign at Harvard Medical School). She has been widely covered in national media, including in such publications as Vogue, Forbes and Yoga Journal.

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Howard Schubiner

Howard Schubiner

Howard Schubiner, MD, who attained the rank of full Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1999, is an internist and the Director of the Mind Body Medicine Center at Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan. A Clinical Professor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics, he has authored more than 100 publications in scientific journals and books, and lectures regionally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Schubiner has consulted for the American Medical Association, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute on Mental Health. He is the author of three books: Unlearn Your Pain; Unlearn Your Anxiety and Depression; and Hidden From View, written with Dr. Allan Abbass.

 

He has collaborated extensively with Mark Lumley, a Professor of Psychology at Wayne State in a series of studies to develop psychological treatments for chronic pain, including Emotion Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET), now listed as a treatment option in the 2019 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Pain Management Best Practices Inter-agency Task Force Report.

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Fred Luskin

Fred Luskin

Fred Luskin, PhD, founded and currently serves as Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects, where he teaches classes on Positive Psychology, The Art and Science of Meditation, Forgiveness, Wellness, Flourishing and The Psychology of Storytelling to undergraduate and graduate students. He also conducts numerous workshops and staff development trainings in relationship enhancement, stress management and positive psychology through the Stanford Be Well program. He is also Senior Consultant in Health Promotion/Wellness at the Stanford University Health Center and Department Chair in Clinical Psychology at Sofia University.

He is the author of the best-selling books: Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness and Forgive for Love: The Missing Ingredient for a Healthy and Happy Relationship.

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Vania Apkarian

Vania Apkarian

Vania Apkarian, PhD, a professor of physiology, anesthesiology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University in the Feinberg School of Medicine, has been a pioneer in the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study the neurochemistry of the brain and the development of novel analytical approaches to studying consciousness. He has studied pain for two decades, both in animal models and in fMRI studies in humans. His current interests include the cortical dynamics of pain as well as brain plasticity. His overall goal is the uncovering of brain mechanisms underlying “pain qualia” In order to alleviate clinical pain conditions and achieve a more profound theoretical and mechanistic understanding of the brain.

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Stephen Porges

Stephen Porges

Stephen Porges, PhD, Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is founding Director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. A former President of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences, he was a recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award; has published more than 350 peer‐reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines cited in more than 38,000 peer-reviewed papers; holds several patents involved in monitoring and regulating autonomic states; and is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory, which emphasizes the importance of physiological states in the expression of behavioral, mental and health problems related to traumatic experiences.

 

He is the author of:

 

  • The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011)
  • The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, (Norton, 2017)
  • and co-editor of: Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018).

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David Hanscom

David Hanscom

David Hanscom, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon whose practice focused on patients with failed back surgeries, quit his practice in Seattle, WA to present his insights into solving chronic pain, which evolved from his own personal battle with it. He is the author of: Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain; and, most recently: Do You Really Need Spine Surgery?—Take Control with a Surgeon’s Advice.

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David R. Clawson

David R. Clawson

David R. Clawson, MD, a practicing physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor in Seattle, WA, believes in a conservative and holistic approach to treatment prior to more aggressive care. He believes that the body can frequently heal with activity modification, noninvasive therapies and modalities, safe and strategic use of medications, good nutrition, exercise, stress management and quality sleep. He is the current Medical Director of the Non-Operative Spine Care Center at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA.

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Les Aria

Les Aria

Les Aria, PhD, a pain psychologist who has been practicing for the past 16 years with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Northern California, served as the Lead Pain Psychologist for Kaiser Northern California to help redesign the chronic pain workshop curriculum to incorporate modern pain science, mindfulness and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Les specializes in treating psychophysiological disorders/persistent pain and medically unexplained problems. His passion for mind-body interventions promotes a unique style to help patients relate differently to their suffering, and thereby shift them into pain recovery and wellness.

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