University of Florida Affiliated Presenters:
Manny Arciniega is on faculty at Levine Music in Washington, DC and works regularly with the Education Programs at the Kreeger Museum. As a percussionist, Manny has appeared in numerous award-winning musical theatre productions in the Washington, D.C. area, including performances at Roundhouse Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Constellation Theater Company, Arena Stage, and Keegan Theatre. Manny received his undergraduate degree in Music Education and Theory Composition from Texas Christian University and Master of Arts degree in Timpani and Percussion Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Dr. Bhanote, the founder of the Holistic Wellbeing Collective, is a quadruple board-certified physician and published author with expertise in Integrative Medicine and Anatomic/Clinical Pathology. Dr. Bhanote has additional certifications in Culinary Medicine, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Plant-Based Nutrition, and Yoga Medicine® where she applies a whole-body approach to healing. Her interests include nutrition and the microbiome, the role of stress and inflammation in disease manifestation, applying mindfulness as a lifestyle practice, and cancer and disease prevention.
Arts for the Aging Teaching Artist Christopher Brown is a bassist and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from the UK, he is established in Washington DC as a leading performer, session player, producer and educator, at home and internationally. His credits include renowned artists like Ron Holloway, John Mayer, Rev. Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ Top), Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, and Brian Blade. Brown is a Musical Director, TV/film/video-game composer, and internationally renowned educator and music technologist, consulting or creating for Levine Music, the Field School, Bach 2 Rock (US) and leading European school the Academy of Contemporary Music (UK).
With over 40 years of training and experience as an educator, healing arts practitioner, and family caregiver, Catherine Cerulli has been devoted to relieving pain, anxiety, and suffering. In hospitals, medical schools, and community settings, she has served thousands of patients, as well as family and professional caregivers, through her engaging, empowering, evidenced-based instruction in integrative techniques that deepen self-awareness, support self-care, and increase confidence and competence.
Dr. English is a an advanced practice nurse and is a credentialed pain practitioner with the American Academy of Pain Management. His experience includes pain management and neurology. He is a faculty member of the University of North Florida and a certified health coach. His passion lies in educating patients about self management and multimodal pain management options.
Dr. Kim Holton is an Instructional Assistant Professor in Department of Health Education and Behavior within the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida. Kim received her Ph.D. in Health Behavior at the University of Florida, M.S. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and B.S. in Ecology from the University of Georgia. She began studying yoga and meditation in 1998 and teaching in 2002. She has completed teacher trainings through Sivandanda, Nosara, and the Kundalini Research Institute and received her certification in yoga nidra through the Amrit Yoga Institute. Kim currently serves as the Associate Director for Teaching and Practice for UF Mindfulness and teaches regular classes throughout the community in Gainesville, FL.
Mitchell Kossak Ph.D., LMHC, REAT is a Professor and former director in the Expressive Therapies program at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a licensed clinical counselor and registered expressive arts therapist and has presented his work and research on rhythmic attunement, improvisation, psychospiritual and community-based approaches to working with trauma at conferences nationally and internationally. He is also a professional musician, performing for the past 35 years in the Boston area.
Dr. Justin Mann has been practicing in Pain Medicine since 2016 and has a passion for bringing the best care possible to his community. He enjoys fostering patient relationships built on trust and mutual respect. Skilled in advanced pain management interventions, ranging from ultrasound guided injections to nerve ablations and the newest forms of neuromodulation, he focuses on tailoring therapy and providing the right care at the right time. Dr. Mann is double board certified in Anesthesiology through the American Board of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine through the American Board of Medical Subspecialties. He earned his MD from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, GA and went on to complete internship in Internal Medicine through Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Brooke Stuart is the founder of Let Go & Grow® International and a holistic doctor in private practice, where she assists her patients in unlocking their own, intrinsic power to heal. Over the past twelve years, Dr. Stuart has worked with thousands of people through her online platform, speaking engagements and one on one in private practice.
Kathryn Thomas is the Executive Director of Yoga 4 Change. After being medically separated from the United States Navy in which she served as a Naval Aviator, she began studying to become a Yoga teacher through the Yoga School of Kailua (Kailua, Hawaii). Upon moving to Jacksonville, Florida, she witnessed the need for mental, emotional, and physical healing in her new community and started Yoga 4 Change to fill this void.
Shiva joined the Yoga 4 Change team in 2019, shortly after moving to Jacksonville and shifting gears from working in the nonprofit international development sector to the local nonprofit level. She is passionate about building Y4C's mission by bringing the benefits of our programming to anyone and everyone willing to give yoga a try! During her free time, Shiva enjoys cooking elaborate meals, gardening, traveling, DIY projects, and learning something new every day!
Megan Weigel, DNP, is a nurse practitioner specializing in neurological care in Jacksonville Beach, FL, where she brings a unique integrative medicine and holistic nursing perspective to her practice, First Coast Integrative Medicine. She has been a Multiple Sclerosis certified nurse since 2005, and an NP for over 20 years. She is also a board-certified Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse. She completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in the Fall of 2018 which complements her practice focus on wellness and holistic care.