WCSU to host ‘Holistic and Integrative Health Initiatives: Part Two’ panel

DANBURY, CONN. — The Western Connecticut State University Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) will host “Holistic and Integrative Health Initiatives: Part Two,” a panel discussion on holistic health and fitness, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

The panel discussion, which will be held in Room 127 of White Hall, will be free and open to the public. The event will offer an opportunity for members of the community to learn about alternative approaches to health and wellness, as well as to meet practitioners in the Greater Danbury area. The panelists will provide an introduction to functional and integrative medicine, osteopathy, naturopathy and chiropractic care.

Panelists will include:

  • Dr. Shawn Carney, a naturopathic physician in Newtown. Carney received a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the University of Bridgeport after having worked for several engineering and environmental science firms and serving as a full-time emergency medical technician. He has lectured widely in northern Fairfield and New Haven counties and has been a featured guest on television and radio programs. Carney employs botanical medicine, nutrition, nutraceuticals, homeopathy, counseling and physical medicine in his approach to optimizing health.
  • Dr. Brian Applebee, a chiropractor in Danbury. Applebee is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician and holds an advanced degree in human nutrition. He is among the few chiropractors who are board certified in pediatrics and nutrition. Applebee also serves as a faculty member at two area universities, teaching courses at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.
  • Dr. David Johnston, an osteopathic physician in Ridgefield. Johnston, a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, is a licensed osteopathic physician in Connecticut and New York, providing osteopathic and cranio-sacral treatment to activate the body’s natural healing process. Johnston works with many types of health conditions, including injury and surgery recovery, trauma, fibromyalgia, depression, migraine and tension headaches, and learning disorders in children.
  • Dr. Tamara Sachs, an integrative and functional medicine practitioner in New Milford. Sachs graduated from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed her residency in internal medicine at St. Raphael Hospital and Yale University in New Haven. Sachs focuses exclusively on a comprehensive, holistic, personalized approach to uncover the root causes of chronic illness, accelerated aging and general lack of vitality.


The IHHS is housed within WCSU's Department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences (HPX). The mission of the IHHS is to provide the university and Greater Danbury area communities with an opportunity to engage in and explore different aspects of holistic and integrative health through programming and instruction. The holistic perspective on health and healing integrates conventional healing with traditional and modern alternative practices from around the world.

The HPX department at WCSU offers Bachelor of Science degrees in health education, providing certification for instruction from Pre-K through grade 12, and in health promotion studies. The health promotion studies program offers students the choice of one of four concentrations: wellness management, community health, allied health professions, and holistic and integrative health. Students in these degree programs are prepared for entry-level, certified health education specialist positions.

The event is sponsored by the School of Professional Studies and the HPX department. For more information about the panel, contact IHHS Director Christel Autuori at autuoric@wcsu.edu, or at (203) 837–8559. For information about WCSU HPX programs, contact department Co-chairs Dr. Robyn Housemann at housemannr@wcsu.edu or Dr. Jeffrey Schlicht at schlichtj@wcsu.edu



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