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 receive 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.


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 graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and is in private practice in Great Barrington, MA focusing on prevention and treatment through mindful living and lifestyle changes. She served as Course Director for the Food as Medicine program at the Center for Mind/Body Medicine from 1996-2007.

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.

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 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 AMI's Department of Medical Education.

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 Department. 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.

Prashant Kaushik, MD

Prashant Kaushik, MD, received Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery degrees from the All India Institute of Medical Services (AIIMS), New Delhi. He is a board-certified Rheumatologist in Albany NY, serves as interim Rheumatology Program Director at the Albany Medical College and Stratton VA Hospital, and is a member of the AMI Medical Education Department.

Anthony Santilli, MD

Anthony Santilli, MD, received his medical degree from the University at Buffalo, having completed his fellowship at Weill Cornell University and his post graduate training at Brown University. He is board-certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine in Schenectady NY, and serves as a member of the AMI Medical Education Department.


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