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Herbert Benson, MD
Founding President, Mind/Body Medical Institute
Herbert Benson, MD

Herbert Benson, MD is the founding president of the Mind/Body Medical Institute and the Mind/Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

A graduate of Wesleyan University and the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Benson is the author or co-author of more than 170 scientific publications and ten books.

He is responsible for all research and clinical activities of the M/BMI.

Continue on to Dr. Benson's full bio and CV

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Aggie Casey, MS, RN, CCRN
Director, Cardiac Wellness Program
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Ms. Casey is director of the Cardiac Wellness Program and a clinical nurse specialist. She received her MSN degree in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Ms. Casey joined the M/BMI in 1991 and, overall, she has more than 25 years experience in acute cardiac care, cardiac rehabilitation, and health promotion.

Ms. Casey also is the director of Affiliate Cardiac Programs at the Mind/Body Medical Institute and an Associate in Medicine, Harvard Medical School. She is co-author of
Mind Your Heart, A Mind/Body Approach to Stress Management, Exercise and Nutrition for Heart Health (Harvard Health Publications; Simon and Schuster.)

She trains numerous healthcare professionals from around the country in cardiac wellness and has presented at national conferences.

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Eva Selhub, MD
Medical Director, Health and Wellness Center
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Dr. Selhub is medical director of the Health and Wellness Center at the Mind/Body Medical Institute. She is also a clinical trainer and researcher at the M/BMI.

Dr. Selhub received her BA degree from Tufts University and her MD degree from the Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Boston Medical Center in Boston, MA. She is on staff at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is an Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical School.

Dr. Selhub also is as an integrative health consultant who merges Eastern and Western approaches into her practice, and a professional guest lecturer and teacher.

She is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Holistic Medical Association, and The Forge Institute.

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Clinical Staff

Patricia Martin Arcari, PhD, RN
Director, Calm Mother, Happy Child Program
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Dr. Arcari is director of the Calm Mother, Happy Child Program and a clinical nurse specialist. She joined the M/BMI in 1993 and also serves as clinical director of Affiliate Programs and a researcher at the M/BMI.

She earned her MS degree at Boston University and her PhD degree in nursing at Boston College. Dr. Arcari is an Associate in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and an Associate at Boston College School of Nursing. She was a University Fellow at Boston College.

Dr. Arcari's specialty areas include parenting, infertility and mindfulness meditation.

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Peg Baim, MS, NP
Clinical Director, Center for Training
Director, Lighten Up Program
Director, Medical Symptom Reduction Program

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Ms. Baim is director of the Lighten Up Program and Medical Symptom Reduction Program, and a clinical nurse practitioner. She is also the clinical director of the Center for Training in Mind/Body Medicine and a researcher at the M/BMI.

Ms. Baim earned her MS degree and did postgraduate work in nursing at Boston College and has gained clinical experience at several major hospitals.

She is also an Associate in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Graduate Programs in Primary Health Care Nursing at Simmons College.

Ms. Baim joined the M/BMI in 1990 and her specialty areas include cognitive applications of positive psychology and contemplative meditation.

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Tara Fay, BS, EP
Exercise Physiologist
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Ms.Fay is the M/BMI clinical exercise physiologist and a personal trainer. She is also a staff research assistant and program coordinator.

She earned an undergraduate degree in exercise physiology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and performed post-graduate work with special needs children.

Her specialty areas include strength training and exercise prescription for weight management.

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Janet Fronk, MEd, CS
Staff Psychotherapist
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Ms. Fronk is a clinical nurse specialist and advanced practice nurse, licensed and certified to provide mental health services to individuals and couples. She has expertise in treating mood and anxiety disorders using mind/body techniques and cognitive/behavioral therapy. Her specialty areas include infertility and sexuality.

Ms. Fronk also is a clinical trainer at the M/BMI and has had experience directing infertility and medical symptom reduction programs.

She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in nursing and education at the University of Michigan and Antioch University. She has more than 25 years experience in mental health services and has held executive positions in nursing management and education at several Boston-area institutions.

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James S. Huddleston, MS, PT
Staff Physical Therapist
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Mr. Huddleston is a physical therapist and exercise specialist for the Health and Wellness Center and a clinical trainer and researcher for the M/BMI.

He earned his MS degree in exercise science from the University of New Hampshire, and a certificate of proficiency in physical therapy at the University of Pennsylvania.

With the M/BMI since 1988, Mr. Huddleston has more than 25 years of clinical experience in the areas of physical disabilities and acute and chronic exercise needs.

Mr. Huddleston co-teaches a graduate course at Simmons College and trained U.S. health professionals in mind/body medicine and cardiac wellness. He has contributed to several books, including two Harvard Health Publications, Mind Your Heart and Mind Over Menopause.

His specialty areas include promoting a mind/body approach to physical activity, and cardiovascular health and wellness.

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Jennifer Johnston, LMHC, RYT
Director, Education Initiative
Director, Yoga Programs

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Ms. Johnston is the director of the Education Initiative, director of Yoga Programs, and a researcher at the M/BMI. As a licensed clinical mental health counselor and a Kripalu-certified yoga instructor, she integrates the emotional as well as the physical benefits of yoga into her teaching.

Ms. Johnston, who is fluent in Spanish, also directs the Education Initiative, which brings mind/body skills into schools for teachers, staff, and students.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her LMHC degree from Lesley University.

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Leslee Kagan, MS, NP
Director, Mind/Body Program for Menopause,
Mind/Body Program for Infertility, and
Medical Symptom Reduction Program

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Ms. Kagan is director of the Mind/Body Program for Menopause and co-director of the Mind/Body Program for Infertility and the Medical Symptom Reduction Program. She also is a clinical nurse practitioner and a researcher at the M/BMI.

She earned her BS degree from the State University of New York at StonyBrook and completed her MS degree and postgraduate nurse practitioner training at Pace University and Harvard Community Health Plan.

With the M/BMI since 1998, she has 20 years experience in providing health care for women in institutions such as Harvard Vanguard Medical Center and Somerville Hospital.

Her work in menopause has been recognized by the North American Menopause Society and she is first author of Mind Over Menopause, The Complete Mind-Body Approach to Coping with Menopause, (Harvard Health Publications; Simon and Schuster).

Ms. Kagan has trained numerous health care professionals around the country in mind/body medicine and women's health, and has presented at national conferences. Her specialty areas include preventive medicine, and the application of mind/body techniques to infertility and menopause. She is an Associate in Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

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Ellen A. Slawsby, PhD
Director, Mind/Body Chronic Pain Service
Staff Psychotherapist

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Dr. Slawsby is director of the Mind/Body Chronic Pain Service and provides individual therapy, specializing in individuals with chronic illness, chronic fatigue, or pain. She received her MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

With the M/BMI since 1996, she is also a researcher and clinical trainer at the Mind/Body Medical Institute and an Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Slawsby has published and presented research on chronic medical illness and infertility.


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Laura Steele, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
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Dr. Steele is a psychiatrist with additional training in child and adolescent psychiatry. She has experience in treating patients with psychopharmacology as well as cognitive/behavioral and insight-oriented therapies. She has special expertise with anxiety and mood disorders.

Dr. Steele earned her MD degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was a fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital. She also is a Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School.

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Narmin Virani, RD, LDN
Staff Dietitian
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Ms.Virani is the clinical dietitian for the Cardiac Wellness Program and other programs of the Health and Wellness Center.

She earned an undergraduate degree in nutrition from the University of Mumbai, India, and Texas Woman's University and completed a postgraduate dietetic internship at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also holds a certificate of training in adult weight management from the American Dietetic Association.

Her specialty areas include nutritional management of cardiac and diabetes patients, weight management, and digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

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Ann Webster, PhD
Director, Mind/Body Program for Cancer
Staff Psychotherapist

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Dr. Webster is the director of the Mind/Body Programs for Cancer and for HIV+/AIDS. She is a health psychologist who also provides individual psychotherapy and is a researcher and clinical/corporate trainer for the M/BMI.

With the M/BMI since 1987, she earned her PhD degree in health psychology at Albert Einstein School of Medicine/Yeshiva University. She is an Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and an Instructor at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Webster has received several awards, most notably from the AIDS Action Committee and the Northern Lights Alternatives, for her work with HIV+/AIDS patients. She also was a finalist for the Compassionate Caregiver Award from the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center.

Dr. Webster sits on the boards of The Medical Foundation, the Community Research Initiative, and the Institute for Body, Mind, and Spirituality at Lesley University.

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Herbert Benson, MD President,
Mind Body Medical Institute and
Mind Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School.