Integrative Energy &

Eastern Medicine


Integrative Medicine—an open-minded and evidence-based approach to health and healing.


Integrative Medicine with a focus on Energy and Eastern Medicine

  • Do you want to take charge of your own health in a natural and empowering way?

  • Are you intellectually curious about how energy and environment influence our body's functions?

  • Have you considered starting a business in the wellness field? Or would like to add new modalities to your existing practice?

This 11-credit certificate program is the perfect way to explore topics in energy and Eastern medicine. It will open up a world of possibilities for expanding your current thinking about the future of health and wellness



The Integrative Energy and Eastern Medicine certificate program examines health as the optimal alignment of body, mind, and spirit – not merely the absence of disease. It provides the opportunity for students to explore the latest forms of energy healing and Eastern Medicine, including Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. Delve into the contemporary, mind/body approaches to health and well-being under the support of forward-thinking practitioners and researchers. Self-contained, the program also satisfies the requirements for 11 credits toward the Master of Arts degree in Integrative Health and Healing offered by TGI. Thus, qualified students who complete the certificate may matriculate into the MA program with 11 credits.

Over the course of twelve months, a cohort of students meets monthly (Friday from 5 to 9 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm) to explore aspects of integrative medicine. Students engage in dialogue with fellow cohort members and faculty to develop a body of work in their electronic portfolio. Hands-on experiences with different modalities and treatment methods strengthen understanding, and the program's multiple approaches to instruction ensures that students of diverse learning styles are empowered to incorporate their knowledge effectively. 


The Certificate in Integrative Energy and Eastern Medicine utilizes an integrated curriculum, where course content is delivered holistically across each of the program’s weekend class sessions. 

Areas of focus include:

  • The Philosophy and Practice of Ayurvedic Medicine

  • The Philosophy and Practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • The Energy Body, the Chakra System, Dowsing, and Shamanism

  • Health of the Human Spirit: Holistic Stress Management

Courses and Descriptions (11 credits):

IH 506:     Eastern Medicine: Comparative Perspectives on Healing and Wellness - 4 credits

Classical philosophies of Eastern medicine, such as Ayurveda, Qigong, acupuncture, and acupressure, are analyzed in this course. Students also examine the emergence of Eastern medicine in the West, and are encouraged to explore the complementarity of Eastern and Western modalities. Students gain in-depth understanding of selected techniques through direct experience.

IH 508:    Aspects of Energy Medicine - 4 credits

The interconnection between energy, consciousness, and health is an important factor to consider in the development of optimum wellness. This course explores bio-energetic theory and the nature of energy flow. Students examine individual and collective energy systems and modalities such as chakra analysis, homeopathy, and electromagnetism. Consciousness studies are introduced, and students explore synergistic cognitive and affective energy systems that affect health and healing.

IH 510:    Spirituality and Health - 3 credits

Research demonstrates that spirituality, on both the individual and communal levels, has a profound influence on individuals’ ability to experience health and healing. This course explores the historic traditions of healing that relied primarily on spirituality, religion, and shamanism. Diverse schools of thought are analyzed and compared with major Western and non-Western perspectives. Individual and organized communal prayer and ritualistic practices which function to promote health and healing are also examined relative to their impact on health and wellness.


  Full course descriptions are available in our Catalog of Programs



The faculty for the MA in Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology is comprised of leading psychologists, educators, authors, coaches, practitioners, and theorists from across the globe. 

Core Faculty

Artemis Morris, ND - Academic Director


Dr.Artemis Morris is a Naturopathic Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist, professor of nutrition, researcher, author, and consultant in natural medicine, and is a faculty member of The Graduate Institute. She completed her Naturopathic Doctorate and Masters in Acupuncture at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Artemis is the medical director and founder of Revive Wellness Center, a multidisciplinary collaborative practice in New Haven, CT and has a private practice in Milford, CT. She served as the director of the natural health center at Masonic Healthcare Center in Wallingford, the largest geriatric healthcare center in CT. Dr. Artemis teaches clinical nutrition at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine and is a consultant for Bioimmesion, a nutriceutical company. Dr. Artemis has been researching the Mediterranean Diet and plants of Crete since 2005 and has lectured on Traditional Chinese Medicine, botanical medicine and various natural health topics. She authored the book with Molly Rossiter on The Anti-Inflammation Diet for Dummies and is working on her book on The Mediterranean Diet and other writing projects. Her practice philosophy is inspired by the quote from Paracelsus that states, "The art of healing comes from nature and not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind."

J. David Forbes, MD - Academic Co-Director


J. David Forbes, MD, ABIHM, is the Founder and Director of Nashville Integrated Medicine. In addition to his practice in Nashville, he served past President of the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA).  David received his MD from the University of Tennessee at Memphis in 1990. In the year 2000 he became a board-certified Founding Diplomate of the American Board of Integrated Holistic Medicine (ABIHM), one of only a handful of board-certified holistic practitioners currently in Tennessee. Required training for doctors board-certified in Holistic Medicine includes natural, herbal, nutritional, body/mind, emotional and spiritual approaches to healing and their integration with traditional medicine. He has also practiced primary care medicine at the Lewis Ambulatory Care Center in Hohenwald, TN. During his years in ER, he pursued further study and education in various fields of integrative medicine. He is fully trained in PEER® Therapy (Primary Emotional Energy Recovery) by the founders Dan Jones and John Lee, and has continued study under their tutelage since 1993. On a more personal level he has cultivated a meditation-based spiritual practice for over 20 years that involves working with the energy of the body, developing intuitive skills, and allowing internal spiritual energy to guide the healing process.   David frequently serves as a consultant to businesses by developing ways to promote real health change in the workplace.

Bernie Siegel, MD - Academic Co-Director


Bernie Siegel, M.D. excelled at Colgate University and Cornell University Medical College. He completed his surgical residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. While a pediatric and general surgeon in New Haven, he authored Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned About Self-Healing from a Surgeon's Experience with Exceptional Patients, Humor and Healing, and Meditations for Difficult Times. He founded the Exceptional Cancer Patients therapy and healing program in New Haven in 1978. His book Prescriptions for Living was published by Harper Collins in 1998.  Bernie's insights on the nature of human experience and the science of medicine are integrated in his unique approach to the practice of healing, and in his view of storytelling and visual arts as paths for creating wellness.  His latest book, The Art of Healing (2013), reveals his insights into the healing power of drawings, dreams, and intuition.  Visit his website at

Karen Pace, MA - Program Coordinator


 Karen Pace, MA, has 25+ years in the Financial Services Industry, experience ranging from Computer Trainer to Technology Vice President. Prior to corporate life, she spent 4 years in education as a high school and community college business teacher. During her teaching tenure, Karen was responsible for setting up the first self-paced computer lab at Mount Hood Community College Center for Women. Karen is most proud of her participation in holistic transformative education at TGI and achieving her Master’s Degree in Integrative Health and Healing. Karen is also the founder and creator of the company Peacebar.

Paula Sutliffe, MA, RN, COHNS/CM, CWCP, CH, CRMT - Program Coordinator


Paula Sutliffe earned her RN degree from the United Hospital School for Nursing in Port Chester, NY, and holds a Master of Arts in Experiential Health and Healing from The Graduate Institute. Her experience ranges from Manager of Health Systems at Procter & Gamble in Stamford, CT, to Faculty Associate at Sacred Heart University, to Private Duty Nursing at Greenwich Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Registry, to Assistant Director of Nursing at Nathaniel Witherell, to holding several positions at the United Hospital in Port Chester, NY. Her accomplishments include: Board President at the Stamford Emergency Medical Services, President and Board of Directors at Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic, Corporate Relations Committee for the Connecticut American Red Cross, and Corporate Sponsor and Site Chairman for the Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure.

Susan Strickland, MA - Program Coordinator


Susan Moore Strickland, MA, is a former student of the Integrative Health and Healing Master of Arts Degree program at The Graduate Institute. Susan has more than 30 years’ experience in marketing and television production, fundraising and event management, and she is the former Publisher of M.D. News Magazine. In addition, Susan’s experience includes an Internship at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital as an Art Leader in the Arts for Healing Program, and, leading art workshops for Hartford Hospital. Susan is deeply committed to guiding students to become more aware, inspired and empowered people; to be more self-sufficient in healing themselves, and in healing others.

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Visiting Faculty


Gene Ang, PhD



Gene Ang, PhD runs a healing practice based at the Mind Body Spirit Center in Westlake Village, CA and sees clients for Pranic Healing, Reconnective Healing, and the Reconnection. He teaches a number of seminars and workshops that focus on the integration of science, spirituality, and healing. Gene was formally trained as a Neurobiologist at Yale University, where he earned his PhD in basic mechanisms of brain development, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship on the effects of ultrasound on the developing cerebral cortex. After completing his post-doctoral fellowship, Gene decided to take on the role as a facilitator for healing through energy medicine. His work centers around aligning the subtle energy body and its channels, meridians, and energy centers to help restore balance and harmony so that healing can occur -- whether it be physical, emotional, mental, and/or spiritual healing.

Lilly Marie Blecher, ND



Lilly Marie Blecher earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine as well as her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. A native of New York City, she completed her residency in Family Medicine at Natural Health Associates. Lilly's 10 year apprenticeship in Traditional Chinese Medicine, her extensive work in community health clinics, and her teaching experience afford her a unique and outstanding perspective on health care. As a Naturopathic physician, she is experienced in treating most health conditions, but is especially focused on treating diabetes, addiction, and women's health.

Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MD



Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya is trained as a biomedical scientist, international public health specialist, and primary care clinician. She currently practices and teaches in New York City, and is board-certified in holistic medicine and preventive medicine. Bhaswati also serves as Director of the Dinacharya Institute in New York, leading workshops, seminars, and training programs for Ayurvedic Health Coaches. She was trained at the University of Pennsylvania in the Biological Basis of Behavior and holds a Master's degree in Pharmacology and Neuroscience from Columbia University and a Masters in International Public Health (MPH) from Harvard University. Bhaswati continues to serve the holistic community by providing workshops internationally and engaging in medical education projects and public health consulting assignments. Her role at The Graduate Institute focuses on the philosophy and integration of Ayurvedic Medicine through a Biomedical Model.

Denise Romano, MA, MSN, APRN



Denise Romano is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner whose professional experience includes family medicine, holistic health, and comprehensive women’s health. She currently serves as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Substance Abuse Treatment Research Unit at the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychology. Denise holds a Master of Arts in Experiential Health and Healing from The Graduate Institute, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Pace University/NY Medical College. Previous positions include family practice and clinical ecology at The Gesell Institute and Clinic Coordinator of Planned Parenthood of VA Beach, where she held an Adjunct Faculty position at Old Dominion University. She also holds certification as an Acupuncture Detox Specialist and has completed a 4 year program in Energy Medicine.

Steven Horowitz, MD



As Chief of Cardiology (Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT), Dr. Steven Horowitz has undertaken the development of an exceptional complementary and experiential model of cardiac care. He received his MD at New York Medical College and currently serves as Director of the Integrative Cardiology program at Stamford Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness. Having expanded this model to embrace diverse areas of medicine, he teaches and leads healthcare professionals in seeking new perspectives in integrative healing. Steve serves on the Board of Directors for Stamford Hospital’s Planetree Alliance, an organization dedicated to humanistic and patient-centered care. He was recently honored with the Planetree Alliance’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to cardiac health.

Joan Palmer, MS



Joan Palmer is the founder and director of The Institute Of Sustainable Nutrition, an innovative model for nutrition education, and owner of Real Food Matters, LLC. She has been spreading the seeds of Real Food Matters for more than a decade through counseling and presenting educational programs to schools, businesses, organizations, families, and individuals. She has been growing and using herbs and kitchen medicine since the 1990s. In 2011, Joan received her Certification in Herbology from Rosemary Gladstar, the godmother of the herbal renaissance in America. She raises plants, chickens, bees, and boys in the beautiful hills of West Granby, CT. Visit her websites at: and

Caroline Myss, PhD



Caroline Myss is a five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition. Myss established her own educational institute in 2003, CMED (Caroline Myss Education), which offers a diverse array of programs devoted to personal development and draws students from all over the world. In addition to hosting a weekly radio show on the Hay House network, she maintains a rigorous international workshop and lecture schedule. After completing her Master's degree, Myss co-founded Stillpoint Publishing and headed the editorial department, producing an average of ten books a year in the field of human consciousness and holistic health. Simultaneously she refined her skills as a medical intuitive, with the assistance of C. Norman Shealy, M., PhD, a Harvard-trained neurosurgeon. Myss developed the field of Energy Anatomy, a science that correlates specific emotional/psychological/physical/spiritual stress patterns with diseases. Her research proved so accurate that it became the subject matter of a book co-written by Myss and Shealy: The Creation of Health. Her latest book, Defy Gravity, was released in October 2009, a book exploring the mystical phenomenon of healing that transcends reason. Visit her website at

Perry Perretz, DO



Perry Perretz practices pain medicine, neuromusculoskeletal medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation in Redding, Connecticut. He is a graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his post-graduate residency at the University of Chicago. His work at The Graduate Institute focuses on understanding the biophysics of energy medicine.

Brian Luke Seaward, PhD



Brian Luke Seaward is a renowned and respected international expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and corporate health promotion. He is respected throughout the international community as an accomplished teacher, consultant, motivational speaker, author, award-winning filmmaker, visionary, and mentor. The wisdom of Brian Luke Seaward, a TEDx speaker, can be found quoted in PBS specials, college graduation speeches, medical seminars, boardroom meetings, church sermons, and keynote addresses all over the world. His corporate clients include Hewlett Packard, Procter & Gamble, Conoco Oil, Motorola, Quaker Oats, John Deere, BP-Amoco, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Maxtor-Seagate, Organic Valley Dairy, US ARMY, and many others. Dr. Seaward has authored more than fourteen books, including the classic best sellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, The Art of Calm and Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, as well as the top-selling college textbook, Managing Stress (7e). Visit his website at

James Sensenig, ND


James Sensenig has been practicing Naturopathic Medicine for nearly thirty years, having helped thousands of people regain their health. He is particularly interested in the treatment of digestive diseases, headaches and migraine, joint and muscle complaints, and chronic fatigue. He also sees children with health problems ranging from asthma and eczema to developmental delays and autism. Jim graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon where he later served as Dean of Education. He was the founding President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Chairman of its Government Affairs Committee for a decade, and the founding Dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport (Connecticut). He is on the faculty of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona and the University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine.

C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD



C. Norman Shealy attended medical school at Duke University in Durham, NC and completed graduate study at the Humanistic Psychology Institute (Saybrook Institute). He is currently President of Holos Institute of Health, President of Holos University Graduate School, Professor Emeritus of Energy Medicine at Greenwich University, and was the Founding President of the American Holistic Medical Association. Norm is one of the world's leading experts in pain management. He was among the first physicians to specialize in the resolution of chronic pain. A pioneer in developing safe and effective treatments such as Biogenics, he founded the first comprehensive pain and stress management facility in the country, The Shealy Institute. He is respected world-wide for his innovative and successful approaches to rehabilitation. Visit his website at

 Erika Cappelluti, MD, Ph.D., FCCP

 Robert De Matteo, M.A.

 Kathleen Des Maison, Ph.D

 Misty Ginicola, Ph.D.

 Henry Grayson, Ph.D.

 Marc Grossman, O.D.

 Pat Heavren, M.A.

 Florence McPherson, N.D.

 Catherine Sweet, D.C.

 Lisa Zaccheo, M.A.

The Graduate Institute


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