Institute for Holistic Health Studies


Degree Option in Holistic and Integrative Health January 1, 2012 Program

Drumming circles: Please take a moment to complete this survey. We would like to determine the level of interest in our Health Promotion Studies Degree. We currently offer two options: Community Health and Wellness Management. We are considering adding a third option in Holistic and Integrative Health. Answer the questions to the best of your ability.

Community Health: Learn how to enhance the well-being of communities and public health systems by: assessing a community’s overall health through an examination of health status, behavioral risks, available health resources, and the quality of living conditions and development of programs that can lead to healthier environments and better health for individuals.

Wellness Management: Follows the same core curriculum as the Community Health Option. Physical activity, nutrition, and worksite wellness are the primary areas of focus for Wellness Management whereas the Community Health option is more general. Students are prepared to be wellness coaches and to manage wellness programs.

Holistic and Integrative Health: Follows the same core curriculum as above.  In addition students will explore the diverse systems that are considered complementary or integrative health and will gain an awareness of the philosophies of health and healing that unite all of these systems. The benefits of emphasizing wellness, building a strong relationship between provider and client, promoting self-healing, and using nutritional approaches, traditional methods and other natural healing techniques are the areas of focus.

Practical Strength Training for Older Adults:Designed for people 60 and older, this resistance training program incorporates free weights and body weight to promote muscle strength and endurance in a way that maintains functional ability and quality of life.

REIKI Training/Certification October 21, 2012 Program

Reiki I: Reiki, a simple method of hands-on healing that originated in Japan, is a gentle but powerful way to access pure, spiritually guided life-force energy for self-healing, stress and pain relief. Reiki supports physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing and complements conventional medical treatment and alternative therapies. It is easy to learn and use for self, others and pets/animals. In the Reiki I class, students receive information about what Reiki is, how it works, the history of Reiki, how to do a self-treatment, and full body treatment session for others. Students also receive an "attunement" which is a sacred ritual that passes on the ability to access Reiki energy for healing self and others. A detailed manual and certificate of completion are provided for each student.

Reiki II: Reiki II provides a deeper understanding of the healing power of Reiki. Students are shown how to use Reiki to heal others from a distance so that you can help friends, family, others and the planet no matter where you live. Learn to heal mental/emotional and spiritual imbalances more effectively. Gain access to sacred symbols for making Reiki treatments more powerful. Students also receive the second level Reiki attunement, pertinent information and certificate of completion. (Reiki I is a prerequisite for Reiki II)

Shamanic Reiki Level I: (For Level II Reiki practitioners and up) Experience connecting your Reiki practice with some wonderful, practical shamanic tools. The practice of shamanism is the most ancient spiritual path on the planet. It is a path that incorporates the belief that everything is sacred, that Nature has the power to help us heal, that everyone and everything contains a spark of God or the Divine and that we are all connected. In tribal cultures and in modern culture today, shamans act as the bridge between nature, the community and the realms of Spirit. Shamans engage with the healing power of nature, and their relationships with Spirit to help others to heal and to help the Earth herself. Learn to use some basic tools common in many shamanic traditions to deepen your Reiki practice and your connection to the sacred, the spiritual, and the natural worlds...

Shamanic Reiki Level II: Level two will include more crystal healing techniques, working with the elements, guided meditations, shamanic journeying to the reiki energy and reiki symbols, using Reiki drumming and chanting during healing sessions. (Sponsored by the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, Western Connecticut State University).

CHHA Danbury Branch September 14, 2004 Program

Panel Discussion of Case Studies Using a Holistic Health Model

Panel/Case Studies Discussion Participants: Drs.Tom Worden, moderator; David Johnson, Michael Gaszi, Tamara Sachs, Loreen Daigle.

This program will be a panel discussion about different health treatment approaches to a case history of a female with a potential hormonal related cancer, osteoporosis, stress, heart disease, overweight and fatigue. A male case history will be presented with abdominal obesity, lower back pain, digestive disorders, hypertension, and headaches. Come see how different practitioners approach our health problems and provide solutions!

Tamara Sachs, M.D. graduated with honors from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC and then completed a residency in Internal medicine at St Raphael Hospital and Yale University in CT.

Prior to obtaining her B.S. degree in Molecular Biology and Philosophy at Hunter College, Dr. Sachs Studied Naturopathy in France for 3 years. Dr. Sachs has studied Nutrition and Integrative Medicine and is a graduate member of the Institute of Functional Medicine..

Dr. Sachs lectures frequently in the U.S. and Canada. She has authored a chapter in a medical textbook on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and has served on various Medical Advisory Boards including the Scientific Advisory Board of Women Heart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. (See link for chapter.)

She practices Functional Medicine, which is a patient-focused approach on health management and treatment rather than a disease-focused approach, in New Milford, CT

Michael Gazsi is a licensed Naturopathic physician practicing in Danbury, CT. He graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR, where he received his clinical training and medical degree. Dr. Gazsi is the co-author of Self Care Anywhere and A Doctor in Your Suitcase. His goal is to bring back lost standards in Medicine.

As a child Dr, Gazsi was constantly sick. After following dietary advice of certain eating habits and dietary chemicals avoidance, he noticed a remarkable change. He wanted to help others realize the incredible machine that our bodies are. When given proper nutrients, exercise, rest etc, the human body has the ability to restore its own health.

David Johnston,D.O. is an Osteopathic physician in private practice in Ridgefield, Connecticut. After graduating from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine with honors, he completed an internship at Good Samaritan Hospital on Long Island and a two year residency in Osteopathic Medicine at St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, and is also a member of The Cranial Academy, The American Academy of Osteopathy, The Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation, and The American Osteopathic Association.

His practice focuses on Osteopathic and Cranial Manipulative treatment for infants, children, and adults. He also uses functional and nutritional medicine in maintaining optimal health for his patients. As a Holistic physician, he is a firm believer in the body-mind-spirit connection involved in disease and the healing process.

Loreen Daigle, D.C. attended The University of Connecticut and earned her BS and DC degrees summa cum laude from the National College of Chiropractors in Lombard, IL. She is a nationally certified chiropractic practitioner with 17 years of family practice in a home office setting in Middlebury. Dr. Dailgle is a LaLeche leader, has studied cross cultural communications at Columbia Bible College, conducts study groups, and is an avid hiker having climbed Mount Washington.

Moderator is Dr. Thomas Worden, an integrative health and wellness chiropractic practitioner of 22 years. He graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Rutgers College, attended NY Chiropractic College and began a journey towards integrating various natural health restoration techniques for his patients. He is a board eligible chiropractic internist and is the director of the Worden Chiropractic Health and Wellness Center in Danbury.

October 12, 2004, Networking, Irfan Kathwari Honors House, Mitch Prywes on Pain Management

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004
TOPIC: Holistic Approaches to Pain Management

The Connecticut Holistic Health Association Danbury Branch, in conjunction with Western Connecticut State University and the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, is offering an informative Fall program, Holistic Approaches to Pain Management in Warner Hall on Tuesday, October 12, 2004 at 6:30 pm. Mitchell Prywes, M.D. will discuss an integrative, non-pharmaceutical approach to pain management that incorporates medical acupuncture, osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, therapeutic exercise, and nutritional and homeopathic remedies into standard Western based allopathic medicine.

Dr. Prywes is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Medical Acupuncture and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. A graduate of Mt. Sinai Hospital’s program in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in NYC, he served as former Asssociate Director of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Danbury Hospital as well as on the Board of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Prywes is an attending physician at Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Putnam Hospital Center and is currently the Medical Director of the Center for Pain Rehabilitation in Danbury.

SPONSORS to date for the CT Holistic Health Association Danbury Branch and The Institute for Holistic Health Studies at WestConn's 2004-05 monthly programs include Topical BioMedics, Inc., WCSU Student Affairs, Associates in Kinleining, Inc.

Nov. 9, 2004: Robin Spiegel, Aromatherapy, Warner Hall

Aromatherapy: Nourishing Your Body & Soul with Nature

Robin Spiegel, LMT, will present “Aromatherapy: Nourishing Your Body and Soul with Nature” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Irfan Kathwari Honors House. Essential oils are the concentrated extracts distilled from plants, leaves, trees and rinds of fruit, which offer many dimensions for healing through aromatherapy. In this hands-on workshop, participants will experience the ways therapeutic-grade essential oils can support the body, mind and spirit. A certified aromatherapist, licensed massage therapist, reflexologist, and sound and color practitioner, Spiegel has been offering her services for nearly 20 years. Her private practice is based in Greenwich and New York City. She is the owner of both the Lotus Wellness Center and Ancient Aromatics, a company in Greenwich offering high-quality, organic, therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Tuesday, December 7, 2004
Nancy Humphreys, LPC and Richard Pecoroni, LPC
TOPIC: “Stress Less and Enjoy Life More!”

Lou Paradise, Researcher and CEO of Topical BioMedics, Inc. TOPIC: "The Pain Cycle Research: Homeopathic Medicines for Pain Management"

"Stress Less and Enjoy Life More"

Do you want to feel good, have more energy, work more efficiently, and get along better with others? Instead, are you experiencing fatigue, insomnia, stomach tension, muscle aches, worry, irritability, intolerance, or apathy? What do you do with life's everyday stress before it becomes even more distress?

Come and learn two methods that can help you with life's daily stressors. Experience and understand how you can apply simple Gestalt and Rational Emotive Behavioral techniques to reduce stress in your daily life.

Presenters: Nancy D. Humphreys, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 26 years experience. She specializes in the mind/body/spirit connection by combining traditional counseling and psychotherapy with energy healing and stress management. Her private practice is located in Newtown, CT where she works with individuals and groups helping them to reach their potential. She holds Master Degrees in Counseling and Social Work and is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. She is a Certified Gestalt therapist.

Richard Pecoroni, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in Rational Emotive Behavior therapy. He holds a Master Degree in Counseling Psychology and is currently a Fellow at the Albert Ellis Institute. He has 32 years of experience in the Counseling field in several capacities.

"The Pain Cycle Research: Homeopathic Medicines for Pain Management"

Lou Paradise, CEO of Rhinebeck, New York-based Topical BioMedics, Inc., is a researcher of natural medicines for relieving pain associated with soft tissue and nerve related injuries, e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome. He will discuss the pain cycle and his research findings on the use of homeopathic medicines in topical solution for managing pain associated with acute injuries and chronic conditions. Topical BioMedics, Inc. specializes in research and development of topical medicines, e.g., Topricin CTS.

"Solutions to Life", the company's popular call-in talk radio program has been broadcast in Boston on WRPT, in Poughkeepsie, NY on WEOK, and in Manhattan on WEVD and WWRL, and most recently heard in NJ on 99.7FM WJUX. Lou Paradise presents a balanced educational forum for helping persons in pain to seek medical attention and use homeopathic products as part of an overall health regimen.

SPONSORS to date for the CT Holistic Health Association Danbury Branch and The Institute for Holistic Health Studies at WestConn's 2004-05 monthly programs include Waterbury Hospital, Topical BioMedics, Webster Bank, WCSU Student Affairs, NY Katonah Study Group, Take Time Relaxation Center, Inc., Associates in Kinleining, Inc., LOTUS (

Tuesday, February 8, 2005
Naaz Hosseini
TOPIC: "Your Voice is Your Power"

Contact person: Dr. Jeanette Tedesco at
Phone: 203-753-0868 or 203-837-8612 (Denise Donovan)

Registration and Networking 6:30 P.M.- 7:00 P.M.
7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. Warner Hall
Students and Faculty: FREE
CHHA Members: $5; Non-CHHA Members: $10
Senior Citizens: $1

Your Voice is Your Power
Naaz Hosseini, Voice Healer, Gestalt Therapist, Performing Artist, and Educational Consultant

Naaz Hosseini combines her skills as gestalt therapist and educator with her professional talents as singer, dancer, and violinist to deliver a unique, transformative experience to groups and individuals that affirms, “Your Voice is Your Power.”

Ms. Hosseini delivers her combination of Voice Power Interactive Workshops and Voice Healing Performances to small and large groups across the country. The workshops teach people how to connect with their voice energy, which allows them to overcome physical, emotional and spiritual blocks to wellness. Her therapeutic work has benefited numerous clients including cancer patients; those struggling with anxiety, depression, and psychosomatic complaints; individuals in search of their voice; and those whose analytical thoughts disconnect them from their own authentic experience. Naaz will share her story and introduce her use of voice as a healing modality through a variety of experiential activities.

Tuesday, March 8, 2005
Irene Mardal
TOPIC: "Creating Mind-Body-Spiritual Balance in Busy Lives"

Contact person: Dr. Jeanette Tedesco at
Phone: 203-753-0868 or 203-837-8612 (Denise Donovan)

Registration and Networking 6:30 P.M.
7:00 - 8:15 P.M. Panel Discussion: Questions: 8:15 P.M. Irfan Kathwari Honors House
Students and Faculty: FREE
CHHA Members: $5; Non-CHHA Members: $10
Senior Citizens: $1

Creating Mind-Body-Spirit Balance
with Irene Mardal and Nancy Opgaard

How are you doing these days?Feeling good? Weight where you want it? Sleeping well? Body toned and flexible?

How are you creating balance in your life? Do you sigh and wish you had time to: get a massage, do yoga, eat well, walk everyday, meditate, take supplements, see a therapist, talk to your children, friends, significant other... Paint, cook, garden, pet the dog/cat, swim, meditate, pray. Yes, meditate twice.

Committing to your values, living with integrity is not just an idea, it's your choice.

Join Irene Mardal, Owner/Take Time Relaxation Center, Reiki Master, LMT and mom and Nancy Opgaard, Certified Yoga Teacher, LMT, Feng Shui consultant and mom, for a lively discussion on Creating Balance and experience methods that work.

Dr. Judith OrloffApril 7, 2005
Dr. Judith Orloff, (
Ives Concert Hall, White Hall.

Tickets: $20 plus $1 for postage and handling. Ticket sales begin February 1, 2005. Contact Helen Masterson: 203-837-8800.


You possess an innate intuitive intelligence so powerful that it can tell you how to heal and prevent illness. Judith Orloff, MD, a pioneer in the new field of Energy Psychiatry shows how to reclaim this intelligence. She passionately believes that the future of medicine lies in using intuition to access your body’s subtle energies for greater wellness. This sacred energy is with you at birth, throughout life and continues after death—a marker of your soul’s journey. You can learn to draw upon it.

This talk, based on Dr. Orloff's new book, Positive Energy, offers practical ways to increase total wellbeing. You’ll discover how to:

  • Use intuition to access energies from physical to spiritual

  • Read energy fields

  • Combat "energy vampires", people who drain you

  • Avoid fatigue by not absorbing people’s pain or negativity

  • Prevent energy defensive eating, a major reason diets fail

  • Prevent energetic overload and exhaustion from being in crowds

  • Maintain your body’s physical health and subtle energy system

Too many of us walk around exhausted, irritable, or stressed out by the pressures of daily life and the demands we put on ourselves. There is a better, easier way to live and it’s available to you now. Let Dr. Judith Orloff show you ways to reconnect with subtle energies in daily life to become more joyful and healthy. For more information about Judith Orloff M.D. visit

Book signing following the presentation.

CHHA/IHHS 3rd Annual Holistic Health Fair
Saturday April 9, 2005



Energization Movement with Michael Casko
Through the use of soothing movement, deep breathing and powerful visualizations, this class provides healing techniques to soothe the nervous system & rejuvenate mind, body & spirit.
Rm 102
Relaxation is Elementary by Irene Mardal
Teach your children wellness - designed for parents and elementary grade teachers… children will learn breathing techniques, meditation, visualization and affirmations to create wellbeing and peace.
Rm 103


12:00- 1:15

Art of Belly Dancing with Karla Diamond
Have fun while you shape up and increase your stamina, strength and self-esteem. Everyone is invited to dance and laugh.

Acupuncture/Acupressure for Health and Wellness with Carole O'Toole
Discover how Traditional Chinese Medicine balances energy for health and treats conditions e.g., back pain, fibromyalgia, and injuries by tapping into the 12 major meridians of the body.

Rm 102

Rm 103

1:30 - 2:45

Creating Balance of Mind, Body, Spirit with Nancy Opgaard & Irene Mardal
Find ways to create space for all the things that are important to you. Experience meditation, yoga, as well as fabulous tips for your daily life.

Rm 102
1:30- 2:45
Top Ten Nutritional Factors You Must Know To Keep Healthy with Dr. Brian Applebee, DC This session is designed for those who have an interest in learning what they may be doing nutritionally to sabotage their health Berkshire
Rm 103



Feng Shui with Denise Chicoine
Learn simple feng shui, an ancient practice to expand our perception of who we are through greater awareness of our personal spaces.

Ayurvedic Concept of Health and Wellness
Dr.Amala Guha, Director of Complementary & Alternative Supportive Care, U-CONN School of Medicine, dicusses the world's oldest Health

Rm 102

Berkshire Rm 103

The participation of practitioners, businesses and sponsors at this event should not be considered an endorsement by WCSU, CHHA or our sponsors.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Rosemary and Denis Bouffard
TOPIC: "Countering Environmental Influences on Health"

Contact person: Dr. Jeanette Tedesco at
Phone: 203-753-0868 or 203-837-8612 (Denise Donovan)

Registration and Networking 6:30 P.M.- 7:00 P.M.
7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. Irfan Kathwari Honors House
Students and Faculty: FREE
CHHA Members: $5; Non-CHHA Members: $10
Senior Citizens: $1

How Magnetic and Far-Infrared Technologies Counter Environmental Influences on Health

Wellness consultants, Denis and Rosemary Bouffard, will present a hands-on demonstration of magnetic and far-infrared technologies. The focus will be on how the body responds to the negative effects of today’s environmental influences and how these technologies restore energy and well being to the body. Specific applications will be made to athletic and occupational wellness. Emphasis will focus on prevention and repair through non-invasive means.

Rosemary Bouffard, MA, Wellness Consultant, taught secondary level for 10 years and 11 years in FCI prison education department. Denis Bouffard, MA., Fordham University, taught secondary school for 34 years, retired to work as Wellness Consultant .

Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Diana Gubbay
TOPIC: "Homeopathy in Health Care and Treatment":

Contact person: Dr. Jeanette Tedesco at
Phone: 203-753-0868 or 203-837-8612 (Denise Donovan)

Time: 6:30 P.M. Registration and Networking
7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. Warner Hall
Students and Faculty: FREE
CHHA Members: $5; Non-CHHA Members: $10
Senior Citizens: $1

June 14, 2005: Diana Gubbay, "Homeopathy in Health Care and Treatment", Warner Hall

Diana Gubbay, BA, M.F.A., CCH, has had a family practice in Classical Homeopathy in New York City since 1996. Her foundation studies included completion of programs through the Devon School of Homeopathy and the National Institute of Classical Homeopathy. Subsequently, she graduated from the Dynamis School for Advanced Homeopathic Studies. Additional clinical training was gained through 3 years of study with Edward C. Whitmont, renowned Jungian analyst and author of The Alchemy of Healing. In the fall of 2002 Ms. Gubbay was one of a small group of homeopaths from the U.S., Europe and Asia to attend pioneering clinical work presented by Dr. Rajan Sanfaran in Bombay, India. Currently, Diana is on the faculty of the School of Homeopathy, NY, where she is also a clinical supervisor. She is a member of the Registered Society of Homeopaths and is certified by the Council for Homeopathic Certification. Before pursuing her passion to become a homeopathic practitioner, Ms. Gubbay was an artist. She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree. In the study and practice of homeopathy, she has found an immensely satisfying union of art and science.


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