Directors

Leonard Perlmutter


Founder and director of The American Meditation Institute, Leonard is the author of "Transformation,"  The Journal of Meditation as Mind/Body Medicine and the award-winning book "The Heart and Science of Yoga™ : A Blueprint for Peace, Happiness and Freedom from Fear." His Heart and Science of Yoga™ entry-level course has been accredited by the Albany Medical College, American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses and American Nurses Association to recieve medical education credit. Leonard has been a student of Yoga Science since 1975 and a direct disciple of mind/body medicine pioneer Swami Rama of the Himalayas.


Jenness Perlmutter


A world-renowned artist whose paintings have often graced the covers of “Transformation” journal, Jenness is co-founder of The American Meditation Institute. She has been a student of Yoga Science since 1975, and is a direct disciple of mind/body medicine pioneer Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Jenness is a gifted teacher who shares her practical understanding and insights into the similarities between Eastern and Western philosophies.


Faculty

Bernie Siegel, MD


Mind/body medicine pioneer Dr. Bernie Siegel did his surgery training at Yale New Haven Hospital. During his practice as a surgeon Bernie learned how powerful the mind can be in healing the body. Since the 1970s, he has worked with patients to help them heal––often teaching them how to deal with issues regarding disease and mortality. His first book, published in 1986, was the popularly acclaimed Love, Medicine & Miracles. As a member of the AMI faculty, Bernie has taught continuing medical education classes to physicians and healthcare professionals.


Susan B. Lord, MD


Susan B. Lord, MD, is currently a faculty member, holistic health consultant and retreat facilitator for Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She served as Associate Director for Professional Training at the Center for Mind/Body Medicine in Washington, DC from 1996-2007, and was the Course Director for the Food as Medicine program.


Mary Holloway, AMI-MT


A student at AMI since 2006, Mary Helen is a graduate of both The American Meditation Institute teacher training program and Meditational Therapist Certification Program. Drawing upon an intuitive understanding of mind/body medicine, Mary Helen currently teaches all levels of meditation courses, actively lectures to civic, medical and religious organizations, serves as Director of the AMI Teacher Training Program, and is responsible for coordinating all major teaching events at AMI.


Doreen Howe


A student at AMI since 1999, Doreen is a graduate of The American Meditation Institute teacher training program. Her many years of study and practice, together with her insights and humor, give Doreen a refreshingly practical perspective on mind/body medicine. Doe currently teaches meditation to civic, hospice and business groups, as well as to New York government workers through the Employee Assistance Program.


Mark Pettus, MD


Mark Pettus, MD, is a board-certified internist and nephrologist currently serving as Director of Medical Education and Population Health at Berkshire Health Systems, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at UMass Medical School. Mark is the author of The Savvy Patient and It’s All in Your Head: Change Your Mind, Change Your Health, & Change Your Life.


Rudolph Ballentine, MD


A graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine with specialty training in psychiatry, Dr. Ballentine a pioneer of the holistic health movement. He established the Centers for Holistic Medicine and served as its director for 25 years––offering an integrative approach to treatment using psychotherapy, meditation, homeopathy, Ayurveda and yoga. Rudy served as president of the Himalayan Institute for 12 years and the director of its Combined Therapy Department for 18 years. He has authored numerous acclaimed books including Diet and Nutrition, Radical Healing, Transition to Vegetarianism and Science of Breath.


Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN


Kathie Swift is a leading educator and practitioner in the field of integrative nutrition. She is author of The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health and the chief nutrition advisor for myfoodmyhealth.com. Kathie is a Licensed Registered Dietitian with 30 years of clinical experience and a founding member of the Institute for Functional Medicine Nutrition Advisory Board.


Rosy Mann, BAMS


Rosy Mann, BMS holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from the Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, India. She has practiced clinical Ayurveda for over 15 years specializing in women's health. She currently serves as a senior faculty member of Kripalu School of Ayurveda, and offers personal consults as well as workshops and programs as an Ayurvedic educator.


Beth Netter, MD, MT


Beth Netter, MD is an holistic physician and acupuncturist in Albany, NY. She graduated from the University at Buffalo’s School of Biomedical Sciences, and completed her residency in anesthesiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Beth is an AMI certified meditational therapist, and currently serves as Chair of the AMI Medical Education Committee.


Anita Burock-Stotts, MD


A student at AMI since 2003, Anita Burock-Stotts is board certified in Internal Medicine.  She currently practices Functional Medicine in Guilderland, New York, and serves as a member of the AMI Medical Education Committee. Anita is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University (BS in pre-med, Phi Beta Kappa, 1976). She graduated Medical College of Pennsylvania (Alpha Omega Alpha, 1980). She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1983.


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