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Kristin Pederson

Erika Stenrick

Drew Gorton and Ronan Dowling of Gortons.Net

Garrick Willhite

Executive Producer
Catherine Allan

For The University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing

This content was made possible by Grant Number NIH #R25 AT00556 from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), PI Mary Jo Kreitzer. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Special thanks to
We gratefully acknowledge the pioneering work of Roger Jahnke and Rebecca McLean of Health Action in Santa Barbara. Their innovative Circle of Life program has served as a model for our work at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. For more information on the Circle of Life program, visit the Circle of Life website at

Karen Lawson, Barbara Leonard, Mary Jo Kreitzer, Raquel Rodriquez

Online Development Team
Louise Delagran, Instructional Design and Project Management
Sheila Hoover, Instructional and Graphic Design
Lixin Zhang: Research

Student Advisory Board
Sraddha Helfrich
Lisa Hillman
Scott Roethle
Rachana Sikka
Kerry Wangen

Based on Content Written by Karen Lawson, MD, the Director of Integrated Clinical Services at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of MN, is board certified in both Family Medicine and Holistic Medicine. She is the President of the American Holistic Medical Association and a founding Diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. Professionally, Dr. Lawson practiced both family medicine and emergency medicine before moving full-time into the holistic healthcare arena. She is the previous Medical Director of both Lamat Medical Corporation in San Diego CA, and the Wege Institute for Mind, Body and Spirit, at St. Mary's Mercy Medical Center in Grand Rapids MI. In her current position, Dr. Lawson is active in undergraduate and graduate medical education, collaborative clinical services, and integrated medicine research. Dr. Lawson is a published author and researcher and speaks nationally to diverse audiences on the power and potential of integrated and holistic healthcare practices.

Maureen Pelton, MSW, LICSW,
Sue Towey, MS, LP, CNS, Faculty: Center for Spirituality and Healing Graduate Minor Faculty