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Iris Bell MD, MD(H), PhD
Chair of Research DepartmentDr. Bell graduated with an AB degree in biology from Harvard University, magna cum laude. She then received her PhD in Neuro- and Biobehavioral Sciences and her MD from Stanford University. After completing her psychiatry residency at the University of California - San Francisco, Dr. Bell served as a faculty member at the University of California - San Francisco and, later, at Harvard Medical School. She is board-certified in psychiatry, with added qualification in geriatric psychiatry. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, as well as over a dozen book chapters, and a monograph on environmental chemical sensitivity. She has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and numerous private foundations on topics ranging from nutrition in dementia and depression to the neurobiology of environmental illness to individual difference predictors of excellent outcomes during classical homeopathic treatment. Dr. Bell is currently Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Medicine, Family & Community Medicine, and Public Health as well as Director of Research for the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She also directs an NIH-funded T32 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Training Grant for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows.
Joie Rowles CCH
IRB Co-DirectorJoie Rowles earned a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX. She has over 20 years experience in biomedical research. She has been involved with homeopathy since 1994 and has attended seminars by A. U. Ramakrishnan, Jayesh Shah and Rajan Sankaran. She has directed her own proving of Sialia currocoides (Mountain Bluebird) and served as assistant proving director in past proving research at AMCH. She is also on faculty in pharmacology at Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ. She has been practicing homeopathy in Arizona since 2001 and is past Director of homeopathic research for the American Medical College of Homeopathy.
Lauri Grossman, DC, CCH
International Affairs Director; Chair of Department of HumanismA homeopath with a private practice in Manhattan, Lauri Grossman is also a thought leader and an advocate for humanizing medicine in the global healthcare discussion. When the holistic health movement was in its infancy in the 1980’s, she pioneered programs in integrative medicine that improved outcomes in hospitals and medical centers across America. Before the recent concerns about the safety of prescription medications, Grossman was training medical doctors and other health professionals in ways to modify treatment plans so as to avoid harmful side effects. Later on, she developed curricula in homeopathy for leading medical schools and teaching hospitals including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and New York University. An internationally renowned speaker, writer, and educator, Grossman was recently named Chair of the Healthcare Initiative for the Legends Institute and the United Global Leadership World Congress in 2011. She also serves as an Ambassador for Homeopaths Without Borders and has served in countries as diverse as France, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Trinidad. She has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and U.S. News and World Report and has appeared on Good Morning America and Fox and Friends.
AMCH Pharmacy ConsultantLeann Christian- Medicinary Director, RPh, B.S. Pharm, CCH(cand) is a wellness coach, specializing in supporting women in reaching optimal wellness through weight loss. Her ideal clients are women who have 50 pounds or more of weight to lose. Her unique background of more than 20 years in the medical field, combined with extensive training in energy medicine and knowledge of medicinal plants give her a powerful perspective in facilitating clients in achieving their weight loss goals.
Lesley Hesselmann DHM
Library Director; Distance Learning DirectorLesley Hesselmann spent the first half of her career as a secretary at Honeywell ending with five years as Executive Secretary to the CEO. She then took a series of supervisory assignments within the organization. For the last six years, she has worked as a technical writer, writing technical user manuals for our proprietary computer systems. She became interested in homeopathy in 1991 when the National Center for Homeopathy started an affiliated Study Group, the Phoenix Homeopathy Study Group (PHSG). She joined the PHSG board as secretary, and served in that position for many years. She became the National Center for Homeopathy (NCH) Regional Coordinator for the southwest region in about 1995 and held that position until this year. She has served on the advisory boards of both the Desert Institute and the Desert Institute School of Classical Homeopathy. She is the past president of the Desert Institute Development Group.
Mario Fontes L.Ac., MSOM, CCH
Technology DirectorMario Fontes is a licensed medical professional in the state of Arizona. Mario is a vital member of the American Medical College of Homeopathy and a natural leader, role model, and mentor to AMCH students and patient population in the provision of clinical homeopathic health care. He maintains a non-invasive approach to his medical practice at the American Medical College of Homeopathy. His practice is based on a firm academic and practical foundation using the fundamental principles and philosophy of both Homeopathic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with emphasis on a non-invasive approach to treatment. $75 Appointments. www.altmedctr.com (602) 332-8079
Mary Grace Warner MD, MD(H), CCH
Faculty Member; Dean of Medical CenterMary Grace Warner received her medical degree from the University of Michigan where she completed post-graduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, followed by a research fellowship at the Cox Heart Institute, Dayton, Ohio. Then Medical Director of the School of Cardiovascular Ultrasound for sixteen years at the Arizona Heart Institute, Dr. Warner was a leader in vascular and cardiac ultrasound and one of the first physicians in Arizona to perform transesophageal echocardiography. For the following 10 years in her practice, Integrative Cardiology PLLC, in Scottsdale Arizona, Dr. Warner combined the best of conventional cardiology with holistic heart care. But the continued erosion of the art of medicine by insurance and pharmaceutical companies, as well as government guidelines for medical practice, led Dr. Warner to search for other paradigms of healing. In 2001, Dr. Warner began a healing and educational journey at the American Medical College of Homeopathy. In 2008 she received State of Arizona certification (MD(H) and in 2010, national certification (CCH). “I have always viewed the patient as a whole person experiencing an illness, rather than focusing only on the illness. In Homeopathy the whole person and his entire life are the basis of treatment.” Dr. Warner practices classical homeopathy and consults in cardiovascular diseases as needed.
Maryann Ivons, NDDr. Ivons is a Registered Nurse and a Naturopathic Physician. She has worked in critical care and emergency nursing, and has taught in nursing programs in both California and Washington State, including nursing and coronary care courses at Everett (WA) Community College and the College of the Redwoods (CA). She has also been adjunct academic faculty at Bastyr University for many years, teaching Physical/Clinical Diagnosis and several homeopathy courses, and has taught Homeopathy for Acute Medical Conditions through Bastyr’s Continuing Ed. program. She was a clinical instructor in homeopathy and in naturopathic medicine at the Bastyr Clinic for many years, and has served as a clinical preceptor for Bastyr ND students for nearly fifteen years. Dr. Ivons has had a private practice in family medicine, with an emphasis on homeopathy, in Monroe, Washington for 23 years. Her professional ties include former Chairperson of Minor Surgery, and Homeopathy and current Chairperson of, Emergency Medicine for the International Naturopathic Medical Board Tests, NPLEX. She is author of Homeopathy for Nurses (Bandito Press), and contributing author to Integrated Cardiology. When not practicing or teaching homeopathic or naturopathic medicine, Dr. Ivons enjoys tennis, cooking, gardening, or anything involving warm water and colorful fish. She has recently moved to Phoenix, Arizona to teach and head the Practitioner Program at AMCH.
Neepa Sevak CCH, DHMS, DIHom
International Affairs Committee Asia LiaisonNeepa Sevak [D.H.M.S., DIHom, DHom, DHM, HMA, CCH, RSHom(NA)] Neepa is a charming, welcoming Homeopath from India, with post graduate Homeopathic education gained in India and England. She has been practicing natural and effective healing to promote health with a Holistic, Totalistic, and Individualistic approach for over 24 years now. She is a mother of two children who have never taken any allopathic medicines. Neepa specializes in treating the spiritual vital force using Homeopathic remedies in harmony with the Hahnemanian principles and has successfully helped many patients with various chronic conditions. Neepa is a supervisor at the American Medical College of Homeopathy, is also a Clinical Faculty and on the Board of International Affairs at the American Medical College of Homeopathy. Neepa is also serving as a specialist at ACA (Autism Community of Africa, an organization that is helping heal Autistic children in Africa with the help of Homeopathic remedies).