Health & Happiness Conference

Bernie Siegel, MD — Internationally acclaimed Mind/Body Medicine Pioneer


Presented by Mind/Body Medicine Pioneers and Physicians
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017  •  10:00am – 4:00pm

Hindu Cultural Center
450 Albany-Shaker Road, Albany NY

Saturday, April 29, 2017  *  10:00am – 4:00pm
(Includes full day of programs and a gourmet vegetarian lunch.)

Refresh!  •  Rejuvenate!  •  Renew!

When you change your perspective, you change your experience.  Attend this First Annual Self-Care Conference, and you’ll go home with a set of practical tools to enhance your health, creativity, well-being, happiness and success. Regardless of how challenging your circumstances might feel today, The American Meditation Institute’s Self-Care Program can help!

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES – Participants will receive these practical tools for healthy living:

  • An understanding of how Yoga Science as mind/body medicine can help heal disease, manage addictive habits, and alleviate inflammation, stress and burnout symptoms
  • The power to reduce negative thinking and other symptoms of stress and burnout through AMI meditation and mantra science
  • Access to contentment, discrimination, will power, creativity and energy through a daily practice of AMI Meditation and diaphragmatic breathing
  • How to incorporate long-term strategies for healthy lifestyle choices using Yoga Psychology
  • An understanding of the principles of Ayurveda and Epigenomics (DNA is not destiny!)
  • The ability to identity and employ yogic practices to enhance the immune system
  • The ability to recognize the physiological benefits of Easy-Gentle Yoga (exercises for lymph system detox, joints, glands, muscles and internal organs)
  • The ability to use Food as Medicine (Diet and Nutrition) to maximize personal well being
  • An understanding of how AMI Meditation and the practice of meditation-in-action can change the neural pathways in the brain


AGENDA – Select your own schedule

  • 9:45am – 10:00am         Welcoming Remarks
  • 10:00am – 10:45am       MEDITATION 101, Mary Holloway
  • 10:45am – 11:15am       BREATH AS MEDICINE, Beth Netter MD
  • 11:15am – 11:45pm       RELIEVING STRESS, Tony Santilli MD
  • 12:00am – 12:45pm       LUNCH (Gourmet Vegetarian)
  • 12:45pm – 1:15pm         FOOD AS MEDICINE, Susan Lord MD
  • 9:45am – 10:00am        Welcoming Remarks
  • 10:00am – 10:45am      DNA IS NOT DESTINY, Mark Pettus MD
  • 10:45am – 11:15am      WHO AM I?, Leonard Perlmutter
  • 11:30am – 12:15pm      MEDITATION & THE BRAIN, Sara Lazar
  • 12:30pm – 1:15pm        LUNCH (Gourmet Vegetarian)
  • 12:30pm – 1:00pm        EASY-GENTLE YOGA
  • 3:15pm – 3:45pm          EASY-GENTLE YOGA
  • 1:20pm – 2:15pm         MIND/BODY CONNECTION,
  •                                             Leonard Perlmutter
  • 2:20pm – 3:15pm         THE HEALING POWER OF LOVE,
  •                                             Bernie Siegel MD
  • 3:25pm – 4:00pm         PANEL DISCUSSION,
  •                                             Leonard Perlmutter, Bernie Siegel MD,
  •                                             Tony Santilli, Beth Netter MD, Mark Pettus MD,
  •                                             Susan Lord MD, Prashant Kaushik MD


BERNIE SIEGEL MD presenting The Healing Power of Love  (via Skype)
Acclaimed mind/body medicine pioneer Bernie Siegel MD will present a special keynote lecture, The Healing Power of Love. During his practice as a surgeon he learned how powerful the mind can be in healing the body. Since the 1970s and throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Siegel has worked with patients to help them heal and to deal with issues regarding disease and mortality. Bernie embraces a philosophy of living and dying that stands as a beacon of clarity for today’s medical ethics and spiritual issues. He is the originator of the “Exceptional Cancer Patients” therapy clinic and the award-winning author of Love, Medicine & Miracles; Peace, Love & Healing and How To Live Between Office Visits.

LEONARD PERLMUTTER presenting Using the Mind to Heal the Body
Founder and director of The American Meditation Institute in Averill Park, New York, Leonard is the author and editor of Transformation, the Journal of Meditation as Mind/Body Medicine and the award-winning book The Heart and Science of Yoga®: The American Meditation Institute’s Empowering Self-Care Program for a Happy, Healthy, Joyful Life. Over the past thirty-nine years, Leonard has served on the faculties of the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts and the International Himalayan Yoga Teachers Association in Calgary, Canada. He has studied in Rishikesh, India and is a direct disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas––the man who, in laboratory conditions at the Menninger Institute, demonstrated that blood pressure, heart rate and the autonomic nervous system can be voluntarily controlled. These research demonstrations have been one of the major cornerstones of the mind/body movement. Mr. Perlmutter has presented informative workshops on the benefits of meditation and Yoga Science at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The Albany Medical College, The New York Times forum on Yoga Science, the Commonwealth Club of California, the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing, the Washington University Medical School, the University of Colorado Medical School and the West Point Association of Graduates. Since 2009, Leonard’s Heart and Science of Yoga® empowering self-care program has been certified for continuing medical education credit by the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association.


Beth Netter, MD, MT

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...
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    Mark Pettus, MD

    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...
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      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....
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        Anthony Santilli, MD

        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...
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          Prashant Kaushik, MD

          Prashant 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...
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            Sara Lazar, PhD

            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...
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              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...
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                Jenness Cortez Perlmutter

                Jenness has studied Yoga Science and practiced meditation since 1977. She is the co-founder and faculty member of The American Meditation Institute and a direct disciple of Swami Rama of...
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