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Directors / Faculty2018-05-29T13:47:15+00:00

DIRECTORS

Leonard Perlmutter
Bio
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 AMI MEDITATION 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.

Leonard Perlmutter

Founder & Director

Jenness Perlmutter
Bio
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.

Jenness Perlmutter

Co-Founder

FACULTY

Bernie Siegel, MD
Bio
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.

Bernie Siegel, MD

Susan B. Lord, MD
Bio
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.

Susan B. Lord, MD

Mary Holloway, AMI-MT
Bio
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 AMI’s Yoga of Medicine Program, and is responsible for coordinating all major teaching events at AMI.

Mary Holloway, AMI-MT

Mark Pettus, MD
Bio
Mark 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.

Mark Pettus, MD

Beth Netter, MD, AMI-MT
Bio
Beth 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.

Beth Netter, MD, AMI-MT

Anita Burock-Stotts, MD
Bio
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.

Anita Burock-Stotts, MD

Prashant Kaushik, MD
Bio
Prashant received a Bachelors of Medicine & Surgery degree from the All India Institute of Medical Services, New Delhi. A board-certified Rheumatologist, Prashant serves as Lead Rheumatologist at the Albany VA Medical Center, Associate Professor, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Albany Medical College, and is a member of AMI’s Department of Medical Education.

Prashant Kaushik, MD

Anthony Santilli, MD
Bio
Tony 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 and Amsterdam, NY, and serves as a member of the AMI’s Department of Medical Education.

Anthony Santilli, MD

Jesse Ritvo, MD
Bio
Jesse graduated from Harvard College and received his medical degree from the Brown-Dartmouth Medical Program. Jesse is currently the assistant medical director of inpatient psychiatry at the University of Vermont Health Center-Central Vermont Medical Center, as well as an assistant professor of medicine at UVM.

Jesse Ritvo, MD

Gustavo Grodnitzky, PhD
Bio
Gustavo is a speaker, author, consultant and psychologist. After obtaining his Ph.D. in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University, he completed post-doctorate degrees in both cognitive therapy and forensic psychology. He serves as Chair of The American Meditation Institute’s Psychological Education Department.

Gustavo Grodnitzky, PhD

Jyothi Bhatt, BAMS
Bio
Jyothi holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS) from the Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwar College of Ayurveda in Kuthpady, Karnataka, India. She is certified as a Physician’s Assistant and currently serves on the faculty of Kripalu School of Ayurveda.

Jyothi Bhatt, BAMS

Sara Lazar, PhD
Bio
Sara is an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a leading neuroscientist in the field, her team was the first to show how meditation and yoga influence both brain structure and human behavior.

Sara Lazar, PhD

MEDITATION INSTRUCTORS

Bob Iwaniec, DC
Bio
Dr. Bob Iwaniec is a chiropractor, a poet and a student of Ram Lev’s (Leonard Perlmutter) since 1996. He currently teaches Intro to AMI MEDITATION at AMI North in Clifton Park. Bob is passionate about the impact Meditation and Yoga Science have had in his life and in the lives of his loved ones. He is dedicated to sharing the teachings with others.

Bob Iwaniec, DC

André Tremblay
Bio
Having been educated in Switzerland, Andre has been a dedicated student at AMI since 2009, and currently serves as the manager of the AMI bookstore. His many years of dedicated study and earnest practice give Andre a sensitive perspective on all aspects of Yoga Science. In addition to teaching introductory meditation classes, Andre assists teaching easy-gentle yoga postures at the annual AMI’s annual Physicians’ CME Conference.

André Tremblay

Doreen Howe
Bio
A student at AMI since 1999, Doreen presently serves as the Director of the AMI 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. Doreen currently teaches meditation classes at AMI and to civic, hospice and business groups, as well as to New York government workers through the Employee Assistance Program.

Doreen Howe

Sandy Vo
Bio
Since 2013, Sandy has been a student in both The American Meditation Institute’s teacher training and meditational therapist certification programs. She currently teaches the Intro to AMI MEDITATION course and actively lectures to civic and educational organizations. Sandy also serves as the Chair of the annual “Women’s Wellness: It’s All About You” event which discusses how the tools of Yoga Science can positively affect a woman’s life and health in modern living. She graduated from The University at Albany with a degree in Communications.

Sandy Vo

YOGA INSTRUCTORS

Melanie Gloeckner, RYT
Bio
Melanie initiated her study of Yoga Science and Philosophy in 1998 as a student at The American Meditation Institute. In 2012, she completed her advanced level, yoga teacher training 500 hour certification. A skilled and sensitive professional, Melanie is currently bringing the joys and therapeutic benefits of a daily yoga practice to the 50 plus community.

Melanie Gloeckner, RYT

 SUPPORT & PUBLICITY

Elaine Peterson
Bio
Elaine has been working at AMI since its founding in 1996. She is the practical, common-sensical individual who makes it possible for every class, conference and event to seamlessly take place. Whenever you call The American Meditation Institute, it is Elaine’s friendly and knowledgeable voice you will hear. She is always ready to be of service.

Elaine Peterson, Office Manager

Heather Rivenburg
Bio
Heather has been a student of AMI since early 2017. She feels a strong connection with the teaching and is working hard on building her practice and conducting her Yoga Science experiments. A seasoned marketing professional, Heather is the primary architect in the development of our new website. She is passionate about helping AMI expand their reach and deliver an enriching and engaging experience through a variety of digital platforms.

Heather Rivenburg

Laurie Gold
Bio
Laurie has been a student at AMI since 2014. In her 25 years as a strategic copywriter and marketing consultant, she has created an impressive body of work for Time Warner Cable, Microsoft, Compaq, Verizon Wireless, Accenture and Siemens. Now Laurie is sharing her impressive talents in brand development, content strategy and web site copywriting to help AMI bring Yoga Science to modern life.

Laurie Gold