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Laura Mann Center and the University of Vermont Partnership

We are excited to share that the Laura Mann Center for Integrative Health has formally merged with UVM. In April 2015 The Laura Mann Center, the University Of Vermont College Of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Medicine and the University Of Vermont Medical Center have agreed to create a comprehensive Institute for Health and Healing at the University of Vermont. The Laura Mann Center will become a permanent unit within the Institute for Health and Healing. Bringing the Center’s extensive provider network and wealth of educational offerings under the Institute umbrella including our endowed Laura Mann Integrative Health

Integrative and Patient Centered Care:  Healthcare Improvement or True Transformation?

Dr. Gaudet will describe alarming trends in the health status of the US population and examine systemic problems facing our current health care delivery system. She contends that conventional healthcare today places too much emphasis on disease-management with insufficient attention paid to promoting health and wellbeing. Dr. Gaudet offers potential strategies to address these dilemmas, specifically focusing on the unique role that integrative approaches can serve in transforming health care. Dr. Gaudet’s patient centered perspective brings a fresh viewpoint with creative innovations. Her ideas and recommendations provide unique solutions to the healthcare crisis that should be seriously considered

Integrative Healthcare Lecture Series: Non-Pharmacological Management of Pain

If you missed our January Laura Mann Integrative Healthcare Lecture provided by Dr. Benjamin Kligler you can click to View the slides and  Watch the video.

Mindfulness Tools for Health and Wellness

Sign up for EITHER the EVENING or DAY series as indicated below: TUESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:00pm on the following dates: February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7 WEDNESDAY DAYS 1:00-3:00pm on the following dates: February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 (10:30- 12:30), April 1, 8 A RETREAT for both classes (included in the 8-weeks), will be held Saturday March 28th from 9:00am-3:00pm Location for 8-week Series: McClure Lobby Conference Room DIRECTIONS: Park in the hospital parking garage and follow the hallway to the McClure elevators and take to the Lobby. The McClure Lobby Conference Room is the first door on the right past the Café and hospital entrance. Parking

Integrative Health Week 2014:  Integrative Approaches to Substance Abuse

SBIRT HANDOUTS from Cara Feldman-Hunt

A Success Story:  Incorporating Integrative Medicine into the Hospital and Outpatient Care

Laura Mann Center Integrative Lecture Series: Fall 2014 from Cara Feldman-Hunt

Integrative Health Week:  Integrative Approaches to Nutrition

Integrative Nutrition: Integrative Health Week 2014 from Cara Feldman-Hunt

Join us for a screening of Escape Fire

Join the Laura Mann Center for Integrative Health for a cocktail reception followed by a screening of Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. 5:30 PM: Light Fare and Cash Bar 7:00 PM:  Film Free and Open to the Public We hope you will join the movement to explore ways to bring innovative high-touch, low-cost methods of prevention and healing into our high-tech, costly health care system. We hope you will support the Laura Mann Center as we continue to develop the platform to create an Institute for Integrative Health in Vermont that can reach all members of our community.

UVM President Tom Sullivan introduces Mary Jo Kreitzer at Integrative Lecture Series

If you were unable to make the presentation, you can see the recorded video here or the review the slides below.  Click here to learn more about MaryJo and her center.    

Integrative Health Week

November 11 - 15 The Laura Mann Center has partnered with the UVM College of Medicine Program in Integrative Helath and the Integrative Health Students Special Interest Group to bring you our second Integrative Health Week. Tuesday 6-8pm \ Escape Fire  \ Davis Auditorium  Join us for a viewing of this compelling movie that tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? Discussion following. View the trailer here Wednesday  12 - 1pm \ MIndfulness Tools for Cancer Patients and Supporters: A Panel Discussion \ Davis Auditorium Hear from three participants of the

The How of Happiness and Well Being, a 6 week study group

 “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln Well, it’s not quite that simple – but the intention to be happy is a fundamentally important starting point. This fall, Wendy Bratt and Ginny Sassaman -- two experienced, compassionate, knowledgeable, and fun facilitators -- invite you to bring your intention to be happier and join us for a six week study group designed to cultivate greater well being and contentment. And here’s the cool thing: our group, while aspirational in nature, will also be solidly grounded, thanks

Attention Health Care Practitioners:  take our survey -  win $300 to Healthy Living!

Dear Vermont Health Care Practitioner, We need your feedback. And you just might need a $300 gift card to Healthy Living! Everyone who completes the survey will have an opportunity to win a $300 gift card to Healthy Living in South Burlington. Please consider completing a 10-minute survey that will help the Laura Mann Center for Integrative Health serve you and your patients more efficiently and effectively. We’d like to know the statewide trends are in healthcare, the issues that directly impact your practice, and specifically what supports you need to continue or enhance your practice of integrative medicine. Our

The Yin of Health

Brendan Kelly, L. Ac., M. Ac. Jade Mountain Wellness  Burlington, VT Copyright Brendan Kelly, 2013 So much of what we hear about health is that we need to do things. We hear about foods we need to eat, exercises we should try, herbs and supplements we should take. For many of us, there are things that we could be doing that would promote health in the short and long term. But from the view of Chinese medicine, this is only one part of the picture. Another part of wellness and healing is the importance of doing less, and not-doing. For

Staying Connected from Diagnosis through Survivorship: 7 Ideas to Guide Your Way

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” ~unknown   What is life without connections? Staying connected to our family, our friends, even ourselves—it’s what grounds us and brings us joy. Not only do connections feel good, they keep us healthy. Michael Lerner writes in his comprehensive guide, Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer, “ . . . human studies show that


We wanted to welcome you to check out our new website! This is something that has been in progress for awhile and we are very excited to launch it now http://rwssupport.com/ We also are currently attempting to gather funding for a creative writing/art workshop for our clients. We started a campaign on indiegogo.com...please consider following the link and making a donation! THANK YOU! http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/310993/x/2091007?fb_action_ids=10200172792184028&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582


The Reproductive Wellness Support Program provides free therapy and massage to women (and their partners) who are experiencing emotional distress associated with reproductive health issues. this includes postpartum depression/anxiety, infant mortality, traumatic birth experiences, multiple miscarriages, fertility struggles and more.. All services provided by RWSP are at no cost to the clients. Health insurance companies often set guidelines and limitations around reimbursement and treatment. One such guideline is that all psychotherapy clients must be given a diagnosis. When an individual is experiencing stress associated with an acute physical condition, like a reproductive health issue, they are often "caught off

Meditation Made Simple: Seven Considerations to Get You Started

Take a look at this custom-illustrated meditation primer written by Arnie Kozak.  It's a fun little introduction to meditation.

Mindfulness for Common Problems: Seven Things to Know About Stress Read more: http://blog.beliefnet

Let’s start with stress: Not all stress is bad. Without stress we couldn’t get out of bed in the morning. Our stress systems are well-equipped to deal with challenges. Stress is a combination of circumstances and our perception of those circumstances. One person’s stress is another person’s adventure. Our goal is not to get rid of stress (impossible today or in any era) but to manage stress better. Our stress system is best suited to immediate situations–we get a rise in energy to tackle a situaiton and then the body

Mindfulness for Common Problems: Seven Things to Know About Anxiety Read more: http://blog.beliefne

Here are seven things to know about anxiety: Anxiety as a feeling is normal and necessary Anxiety feels bad for a good reason Anxiety is closely linked to depression We vary as individuals in our anxiety tendencies. Anxiety can become disordered when it becomes overgeneralized or generates too many false positives Anxiety requires oxygen to burn and mindfulness is like a vacuum chamber where anxiety cannot burn We can live happy and productive lives without eradicating anxiety   Without anxiety we would not be here–a species dominating the planet. If our ancestors did not have highly tuned threat

Integrative Oncology:  Comprehensive Care of the Patient with Cancer

Integrative Oncology from lauramanncenter

Laura Mann Center part of a Dana Medical Library Exhibit

If you missed the exhibit at the Dana Medical Library you can view it here!

The Science of Yoga

Great article in Forbes magazine ....

Obstacles to Practice: Discomfort, Pain, and Intensity

Today I continue the series on obstacles to practice with a focus on affective factors that may keep us off the cushion. The other day, I talked about difficult experiences that may arise during practice--in a sense what comes to us unbidden. Today, I’ll focus on what we bring to the practice rather than what the practice brings to us. Every moment we are alive is a moment tinged with agendas, expectations, and strivings. The agenda can be an obvious one–”I want to meditate.” Yet, there are always subtle agendas active–”I

Bravewell Collaborative

http://www.bravewell.org/current_projects/mapping_field/ Sponsored by The Bravewell Collaborative, Integrative Medicine in America: How Integrative Medicine Is Being Practiced in Clinical Centers Across the United States provides current data on the patient populations and health conditions most commonly treated with integrative strategies.