Advanced Physician Wellness

Our Team

All of the physicians on the Health Professionals Wellness team have seen first hand the high demands and stress prevalent in the healthcare workplace. The entire team also has extensive experience in mind-body practices that can bring profound renewal. All are committed to providing the most effective, high yield techniques possible to help physicians maintain peak performance in their work life while enhancing satisfaction in their personal life.

Dr. Aditi Dave MD
Program Director & Trainer

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Dr. Dave completed her dual residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan in 2008. She continued at UM as a hospitalist until 2012 and then at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital until 2016. She is currently practicing at the Center for Integrative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Dr. Emma Seppala Ph.D.
Board Member & Trainer

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Dr. Seppala graduated from Yale (BA), Columbia (MA), and Stanford (PhD). She is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and the author of The Happiness Track. She is also Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Lecturer at Yale College where she teaches The Psychology of Happiness.

Her research on yoga-based breathing for military veterans returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan at the University of Wisconsin Center for Healthy Minds was highlighted in Free the Mind, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Phie Ambo, as well as in Amy Cuddy’s New York Times bestselling book Presence and Congressman Tim Ryan’s book Mindful Nation. She is the recipient of a number of research grants and service awards including the James W. Lyons Award from Stanford University for founding Stanford’s first academic class on the psychology of happiness and teaching many well-being programs for Stanford students.

Dr Priya Narayanan, M.D
West Coast Director & Trainer

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Priya Narayanan, M.D is a psychiatrist with extensive experience working with the severely mentally ill particularly with patients suffering with Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Anxiety in community based programs in Los Angeles.
She has special interest in alternative modalities of healing and is involved in reviewing research pertaining to practice of yoga and meditation as an adjunct to conventional psychiatric treatment.

Dr. Robert Feeley MD
Board Member & Trainer

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Dr. Feeley graduated from Amherst College (BA), Boston University (MA), Boston University School of Medicine (MD), and completed both his residency in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at Yale. He will be joining Calabasas Behavioral Health in California in the summer of 2017. He has taught the SKY Breathing Meditation program to undergraduates at Harvard and MIT, as well as to medical students and attending faculty at Yale.

Dr. Shalab Chandra MD
Board Member & Trainer

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Dr. Shalabh Chandra attended medical School in India at ​the​ University of Mumbai. He obtained his Master’s of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and did his Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship at Michigan State University at East Lansing, MI. He also served as the chief cardiology fellow at MSU. He ​has advanced Cardiac electrophysiology ​fellowships from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and ​and at University of Massachusetts ​in Worcester, MA.

Dr. Chandra has a personal interest in mind-body wellness and has been an instructor of ​IAHV Advanced Wellness programs for last several years. He runs wellness programs for community, patients and physicians and has 9 years of experience in teaching meditation and yoga based techniques. ​He has successfully implemented wellness programs residency training and medical student curriculums.​

Dr. Nitya Sthalekar MD
Trainer and northeast regional program director

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Dr. Sthalekar is a Heart Failure Cardiologist and faculty at St. Francis hospital, Hartford and Yale University. She graduated from medical school at University of Mumbai and did her Internal Medicine Residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. She worked as a Hospitalist physician at Michigan State University for 4 years and then a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at St.Vincent hospital in MA, with subsequent training in Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant from Yale University of Medicine.

Dr. Sthalekar believes that physical wellness begins with the mind and with that, has been an instructor of SKY breathing and meditation techniques for the last 10 years. She teaches wellness programs for the community and has taught SKY Breathing Meditation to faculty and residents at Michigan State University.

Dr. Rose Marie Toussaint, MD
Trainer and southeaster regional director

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Dr. Rose Marie Toussaint, MD graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans, BS, and from Howard University College of Medicine, MD. She completed a general surgery residency from Howard University Hospital and liver and kidney transplant fellowship from the University of Pittsburg. She is practicing and committed to integrative and regenerative medicine. Since 2008, she has been training in SKY Breathing Meditation for use by physicians, the public and as an intervention for trauma relief.

Dr. Jason Cho MD
Board Member

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Dr. Cho is currently completing his child psychiatry fellowship at Duke University hospital. He previously served as executive chief resident for the Duke Adult Psychiatry residency and in this capacity, prioritized trainee wellness and resilience in his programming and leadership. He served as the co-chair of the Resiliency task force for the Duke Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, Graduate Medical Education committee. He has a B.A. from Harvard, an M.F.A. from Ohio State University and his M.D. from University of Toledo College of Medicine.

Dr. Kirti Carter MD
Board Member & Trainer

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Dr. Carter received her medical education in India where she practiced as an intensive care physician before she moved to Texas for her higher studies in Public Health. She received her M.P.H in Occupational Health from The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. She also has her graduate studies in Cardiovascular Physiology. She is passionate about researching the effectiveness of breathing and meditation techniques to improve human performance.

Dr. Robert Carter III Ph.D. (Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army)
Board Member

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Dr. Robert Carter III, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army is an adjunct professor of emergency medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center and has served 18 years as a US Army commissioned officer in a variety of clinical, medical research, command, and staff positions. He has published more than 100 papers in journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings related to human performance optimization, combat casualty care, and military operational medicine. His awards include the 9A Proficiency Designator, the highest level of professional achievement within the Army Medical Department by the Surgeon General. Dr. Carter serves on the Project Welcome Home Troops Advisory Board, is an American College of Sports Medicine fellow, and a Gates Millennium Scholar. He facilitates wellness seminars for combat veterans in an effort to empower them with techniques to manage Post Traumatic Stress.

Dr. Usha Peri MD
Board Member

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Dr. Peri completed her internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and nephrology fellowship at University of Texas Southwest Medical Center. She has been practicing medicine and nephrology for past 17 years and is the immediate past president and current board member at North Texas Kidney Disease Associates.

Through the experience of treating her patients she realized that allopathic medicine doesn't have a good way of dealing with stress, anxiety and depression. She came across the breathing practices and owned them with passion not only  for her own mental and physical health but for that of her community. She now teaches these techniques to youth and adults in her community.

Dr. Marilyn Granger MD
Board Member

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Dr. Marilyn Granger, MD is a practicing psychiatrist of 29 years and a RYT-500 yoga practitioner of 16 years. She received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1983 and completed her psychiatry training from Brown University in 1987. 

She received her first yoga teacher training certification at the 300hour level through Triad Yoga Institute in 2004. In 2009 she completed her 500hour yoga teacher training from the American Viniyoga Institute. She completed The American Viniyoga Institute 500hour Yoga Therapy Training in 2014. Her journey from the transpersonal experience to the science of medicine provides her with a rich perspective of body, mind, and spirit relation.  She likes to explore ways to apply the ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world of medicine and health.

Other Faculty

Ronnie Newman
Director of Research

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Ronnie Newman, Ed.M., C.A.S. is a Harvard University trained research scientist, and published author in the field of Mind/body Medicine. She is Director of Research and Health Promotion for the International Association for Human Values, Co-Director of the Advanced Physician Wellness Program, and serves on the faculty of Nova Southeastern University’s Lifelong Learning Institute in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

She is currently co-authoring four research projects investigating the use of Mind/Body techniques as adjunctive therapies , three of which are in the Department of Psychiatry at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine. These include use of meditation as adjunctive treatment for Late Life Depression, use of SKY Breathing Techniques for stress management and re-integration of homeless youth, and use of SKY Breathing Techniques as adjunctive therapies for civilians with treatment resistant PTSD. A fourth pilot study is being conducted through Nova Southeastern University’s Department of Optometry on the effects of complementary therapies o anxiety, depression, and quality of life in patients with degenerative eye disease.

John Osborne

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John Osborne is a graduate of Hamilton College and Yale University and is also the founder and CEO of Intermarket LLC, a venture capital firm based in Santa Monica, CA. Since 1975 John has taught specialized courses in human development and executive leadership for corporate and government leaders, diplomatic and military professionals. He has lectured at the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, Intel, Google, Amazon and Microsoft, and at the Harvard School of Business. He has been a speaker at Wharton Business School at University of Pennsylvania, the Anderson Business School at UCLA, and at Loyola Marymount University where he is a member of faculty.

Pam Brockman
Trainer and midwest program director

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Pam teaches trauma relief programs in the US, the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America to adults and youth. She has been studying and practicing mind/body and stress management techniques since 1971 and has been teaching since 1998. She lives in the Chicago area and is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

John Holiday JD

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John has a B.S. from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics and a J.D. from University of Michigan in Law and Computational Linguistics. He is the head of Holliday & Associates providing enterprise information management leadership, training & consulting and the executive director of the nonprofit Works of Wonder International. He has been teaching SKY Breathing Meditation for over 20 years.

Jim Larsen M.Ed.

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Jim Larsen, M.Ed. has 42 years of experience teaching meditation to thousands of people internationally. Jim began teaching Transcendental Meditation in 1975, and SKY Breathing Meditation in 1992. Since 2008 Jim has led the Power Breath Meditation Workshop for Veterans. He has led specialized breathing and meditation programs for prison inmates and for groups suffering from major depression and cancer. In 2009 he travelled to Haiti to help train a group of young people to teach trauma-relieving breathing practices to the Haitian population traumatized by a devastating earthquake.

Michael Fischman

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Michael Fischman is a leader in the field of personal development and the author of the multiple-award-winning memoir, Stumbling Into Infinity: An Ordinary Man in the Sphere of Enlightenment. A former advertising executive with Ogilvy & Mather, Michael is  an inspiring speaker who travels across the U.S. and around the world leading personal-development. seminars that bring greater peace, awareness, and fulfillment to daily life.

Jim Warner

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Jim has practiced stress management programs for 40 years and has been teaching them for 20 years. He is currently a senior instructor for Project Welcome Home Troops Power Breath Workshop. He has also taught similar programs in stress management and drug and alcohol rehabilitation for over 10 years in the federal prison system. In addition, Jim works in the software development field and has extensive background in technology, manufacturing and team programs.

Denise Richardson

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Denise is a senior instructor with Project Welcome Home Troops and the International Association of Human Values where for over 20 years she has taught hundreds of people a range of programs on meditation, breathing, and specialized programs for cancer and depression. She also teaches advanced graduate programs along with meditation retreats. Denise is a national leader in the human potential movement. She has over 40 years of meditation experience and she brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge of the mind, body complex.

Patricia A. Montella

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Patricia is a senior instructor and the former president of the International Association for Human Values USA (IAHV) and its United Nations representative (Geneva, New York). Patricia has extensive knowledge and experience in the training and successful implementation of well-being and transformational leadership programs.


Phone: 813-404-0003

Copyright © 2017 Advanced Physician Wellness Program®. All rights reserved.


Phone: 813-404-0003

Copyright © 2017 Advanced Physician Wellness Program®. All rights reserved.


Phone: 813-404-0003

Copyright © 2017 Advanced Physician Wellness Program®. All rights reserved.

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Advanced Physician Wellness (APW) works in partnership with the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) to provide physicians and healthcare organizations with tools that counter the effect of chronic stress prevalent in the healthcare environment while strengthening individual resiliency and well being. These tools succeed by acting quickly to deeply rest and rejuvenate the body and mind.

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Phone: 813-404-0003