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Diana Cantu-Reyna, RN, BSN, CCRN

Founder/President

Diana Cantu-Reyna is part of a new generation of nursing, representing and embodying what it is to be a holistic nurse. Through her own battle with burnout and moral injury early in her career, she is transmuting her suffering through a vision to revolutionize healthcare. Diana is an advocate for exceptional health and wellbeing among all healthcare providers, and her mission remains clear - how can we live a joyful life where our thoughts, words, and actions restore balance to ourselves, the planet, and all living beings and how do we remember to the sacredness that is us?

Four years after becoming a nurse, Diana suffered a severe health collapse forcing her to re-evaluate and question everything she had been told by doctors. It was through this mental and physical breakdown, where she was began to seek so-called "alternative therapies" including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, mindfulness and meditation. She weaned herself off of all of her prescribed psychiatric medications for depression, ADHD, and anxiety as she began to awaken and experience life in a whole new light. Diana could finally feel what is was to be alive and in relationship to the world around her. She felt more connected to herself and others than ever before. She questioned why none of these modalities of healing were offered to her by doctors or even understood by them. Why don't doctors discuss food as medicine when there is a direct link to what we eat and our mental health? As nurses, doctors, and caregivers, why are we not exemplifying the health we seek to inspire in others? Can one truly be of service to another while in a state of mental and physical dis-ease? 

 

Upon the realization that these wisdom traditions could be so transformative, Diana immersed herself in the studies of Ayurveda, Yoga, herbalism, entheogenic plant and fungi medicine, meditation, sound healing, breath work, energy healing, and non-violent communication apprenticing under world renowned teachers and healers. She remains a dedicated student of life, the earth, and has recently been exploring the indigenous medicines of her Taino and Mesoamerican lineage.  Diana is an integrative health coach offering a multidimensional, multi-philosophical, multidisciplinary and personal, root-cause approach to health. She is supporting clients with a wide range of needs including depression, stress, anxiety, trauma, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, hormone dysregulation, and gut dysbiosis. She weaves together mind-body medicine, Ayurveda, herbalism, Yoga, mindfulness and counseling to support her clients.

In 2018, with the vital support from her partner Indy Rishi Singh, Diana and Rishi began curating intentional spaces that empower nurses to cultivate harmony and explore what it means to feed and nourish their joy. With a radically compassionate approach, Diana and Rishi facilitate a loving and playful container grounded in an ethos of compassion and non-judgement. They believe in the power of practical, experiential and applied learning held within a supportive community. Through these methodologies and exposure to a diverse set of programs stimulating neuroplasticity, participants of these retreats become equipped to flourish, thrive, and integrate what is received, resulting in profound and transformational experiences. 

Diana spent over 7 years working as a bedside nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in one of California’s Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers. She is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and regularly travels internationally to Mexico, Central and South America as a nurse volunteer. Prior to becoming a nurse, Diana received a BA in Political Science from San Diego State University where she discovered her passion for social justice, labor rights, civic engagement, and community service. It was through a 3 year volunteer-ship with San Diego's only syringe exchange program where she was called to the nursing profession. At the start of her nursing career, she quickly merged these two industries by becoming active in her union as nurse representative and advocate. Diana was elected as one of five bargaining team members under the California Nurses Association to represent her nurse colleagues as they underwent a 6 month contract negotiation process in June 2018. The team won a stellar contract, bringing wage parity to nurses who were historically earning much less than the San Francisco/Bay Area standard, and giving nurses access to more robust educational opportunities through a new tuition reimbursement program.

Diana's self-care practices include supportive daily rituals, yoga, meditation, dance, song, drumming, communing with the trees and plants, dips in the ocean, hikes in the forests and jungles, soaking in herbal baths, and making herbal tea blends. 

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Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MD, PhD, MPH

Integrative Medicine

Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya is trained formally in Ayurveda, biomedical pharmacology & neuroscience, international public health, clinical research, holistic nutrition, yoga, botanical medicine, holistic health counseling and allopathic family medicine. After receiving her baccalaureate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Bhattacharya earned her master's in pharmacology from the pharmacology/neuroscience PhD program at Columbia University and her master's in international public health from Harvard University's School of Public Health and Kennedy School, where she was the first Indian and woman to speak at commencement ceremonies. Subsequently, she earned an MD at Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed a residency in family medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. 

 

In addition to 30 years of experience in health and medicine, Dr. Bhattacharya has consulted with healthcare industry companies and served on the boards of associations involved with Ayurveda credentialing and oversight in the US and India. She has written over 20 publications, spoken to over 500 national and international conferences, and received leadership and teaching awards. Alongside her private holistic and Ayurvedic medical practice in New York City, she is dedicated to teaching allopaths and scientists about authentic Ayurveda through the Dinacharya Institute in New York City and the Dinacharya Foundation in Kolkata, India and recently completed a Fulbright project exploring the importance of metals in healthcare.

http://www.dinacharya.org/

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Maysa Alavi, MD

Integrative & Functional Medicine

Dr. Alavi is a board certified Family Medicine physician and clinical researcher experienced in psychedelic assisted therapies, inpatient (hospitalist) medicine, outpatient medicine (chronic disease management, concierge medicine, and preventative care), Functional Medicine, integrative medicine, emergency medicine, Reiki, and Yoga. I am grateful to have trained at the University of Southern California, The University of Texas, and UCLA, as well as with the Dr. Andrew Weil Foundation, the Institute for Functional Medicine, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, and COMPASS Pathways.

My niche is combining Functional Medicine, which is aimed at figuring out the "why" of illness and solving the root problem of dis-ease, with the power of "psychedelics," or "mind manifesting" medicines which loosely include, but are not limited to, breathwork, entheogens, indigenous and plant medicines, dissociatives, classical psychedelics and non-classical psychedelics. 


Although on the surface this may sound complex, the approach is actually very simple: address the root cause of the problem with awareness and intention. Simple changes can yield meaningful results. The simplest approach starts with the basics, which, incidentally, are all to often ignored: sunlight, breath/air, water, environment, food, movement, mental-spiritual-emotional wellness, sleep, interpersonal relations and communication, and everything else we consume including our entertainment, beliefs, and most importantly our thoughts. Learn more about Dr. Alavi and connect with her at www.drmaysa.com

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Sara Yarbrough, MS

Nutritionist & Plant-based chef

Sara is a Nutrition Educator, Research Writer, and Cookbook Author. She attended Nursing school as an undergraduate, passionate to help and serve others, and stumbled upon a healing journey with food and long-term health outcomes that has now lasted well over a decade. During her educational career she specialized in the fields of Neuroscience, Yoga, Meditation, Medical Biochemistry, Food Science, and Nutrition, eventually achieving a Master's of Science in Clinical Nutrition. Completed through Stonybrook University School of Medicine, this degree focused on utilizing evidence-based natural medicine practices in Western medicine settings while providing an understanding of clinical practice and management.

 

During her college education, she trained and worked professionally as a Plant-Based Chef and culinary teacher. She has personally graduated over 1000 plant-based chefs worldwide, designed dozens of courses, and published 2 cookbooks.


She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with precious Onyx Ivory. They write most of their cookbooks together. She creates recipes and menus, distributing herbal tonics and other plant medicines, works one-on-one with clients, and enjoys writing and producing meditation music. Order some of her tasty treats and learn more about healing through food with Sara at www.kosmickoala.net

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Indy Rishi Singh, RYT, CHT

Advisor & Technical Lead

Indy Rishi Singh is a neuroplastician. He presents neuroplasticity playshops to organizations, schools and various institutions. Indy has a background in medicine and has developed creative monasteries in Manhattan and the SF Bay Area. Indy is passionate about relieving burnout syndrome and compassion fatigue in corporations and within communities that suffer from it the most. He's currently co-creating a tool to improve civic engagement: www.DemocraSEE.club

Indy is passionate about creating edutainment that supports the social-emotional-cultural wellbeing of children and teenagers. This is a project he is immersed in that support educators and parents: www.CosmicLabyrinth.world

 

He is on the board of a unique orphanage in Varanasi, India which focuses on teaching children yoga, meditation, Sanskrit and philosophy. Learn more about his efforts at www.YogaMission.uk

Here is the ABC news piece about Indy's work supporting burnout with the SFPD: ABC news piece link

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