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Linda Diane Feldt
NCTMB, Holistic Health Practitioner and Herbalist
The Ann Arbor Center for Holistic Health and Traditional Wisdom
Curriculum Vitae June 2008
Linda Diane Feldt
Self-employed as a Holistic Health Practitioner beginning in 1979, full-time since 1981.This practice has included seeing clients, teaching locally and nationally, writing, service to the bodywork community through national boards, peer supervision, and consulting.
Education is abbreviated, a comprehensive portfolio is available.
Certifications and honors are in italics
Polarity Therapy: Since 1978 — primary training with Jim Said, D.C., D.N., R.P.P. 1980-82, and additional training in Ann Arbor MI, Boulder CO, Orcas Island WA, and other locations, 1979-present. Began teaching in 1982.
Registered Polarity Practitioner, The American Polarity Therapy Association* 1991
Certified Polarity Educator, The American Polarity therapy Association* 2003
(*not currently a member of this organization)
Craniosacral Therapy: Since 1982 — Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine 1982 and Ann Arbor MI 1982 with John Upledger D.O. F.A.O.O., Director of The Upledger Institute, Palm Beach FL; Peter Armitage, D.O., Ann Arbor MI 1989, and additional consultations and trainings 1990-present. Began teaching in 1990
Certified, completion of Beginning Craniosacral Therapy, John Upledger, D.O., F.A.O.O. 1982
Certified, completion of Intermediate Craniosacral Therapy, John Upledger, D.O., F.A.O.O. 1982
Herbology: Since 1983 — private study and classes Ann Arbor, MI 1983-1987; workshops and apprenticeship with Susun S. Weed, author and herbalist, Ann Arbor MI and Woodstock, NY 1986-1989. Began teaching in 1986
Completed an apprenticeship with Susun S. Weed 1989
Massage: Since 1973 — training through classes and workshops, Ann Arbor MI 1973 and 1979; apprenticeship, Southfield MI 1981. Additional training , 1981-present. Began teaching in 1982
Certified in Basic Myomassology, International Myomassethics Federation* 1982
Certified in Therapeutic Myomassology, International Myomassethics Federation* 1982
Certified in Prenatal Myomassology, International Myomassethics Federation* 1982
(*not currently a member of this organization)
Counseling: since 1973 — trained on the federal, regional, state and local level for crisis counseling, youth counseling, ongoing counseling, family counseling. Worked two years as a volunteer counselor for youth, families, and street people 1973 and 1980; employed as Program Coordinator of Ozone House for 1977-1980, responsible for shared supervision of counseling staff. Received supervision by staff M.S.W. for two years while on staff, Trainer of volunteer counselors and paid staff which included developing training materials, arranging for special trainings, and being a trainer for more than 40 trainings with more than 1000 individuals 1977-1981, and occasionally for the next few years. Volunteer and paid counseling experience totals more than 15,000 hours. Began teaching in 1973.
Doula since 1981— informal training with lay midwives, involved with over 150 pregnancies. Provided a range of services including prenatal bodywork and support, labor support, assistance with delivery, cranialsacral therapy before, during and after labor, nursing support, and post partum bodywork. Taught prenatal and infant massage, presented at midwifery conference. Present for over 100 actual births at home and hospital settings.
Religious and Spiritual Studies: Since 1980 — workshops, conferences, and retreats with teachers including Marilyn Ferguson, Thich Nhat Hanh, Bernie Siegal, Jean Houston, Joseph Chilton Pierce, H.H. The Dalai Lama. Attended the 8th Annual International Human Unity Conference, Vancouver B.C. Attended the Centennial Parliament of the World’s Religions, Chicago IL. Founded and coordinated a lecture series with a spiritual and holistic focus for over 200 programs with local and nationally known speakers including Galek Rinpoche, Larry Brilliant, Susun Weed, Patch Adams, and numerous others 1986-1993. Have presided at weddings, births, initiations, and numerous other rituals.
Music: Since 1966 — classes and workshops in Ithaca NY, Ann Arbor MI, and throughout the country including studies in guitar, piano, violin, percussion, and voice. Began teaching in 1972.
Kinesiology: Since 1981 — classes and workshops Ann Arbor MI.
Certified Beginning Touch For Health, Touch For Health Foundation 1982
Certified Advanced Touch For Health, Touch For Health Foundation 1982
Certified Nutritional Consultant, Biokinesiology Institute of Oregon 1982
Certified in Basic Biokinesiology, Biokinesiology Institute of Oregon 1982
Additional adjunct training through seminars, workshops, classes. totaling more than 2000 hours. ongoing
University of Michigan, School of Literature Science and the Arts, 1979.
SELECTED AWARDS, HONORS, SERVICE
2007 to present
Board member, People's Food Co-op, Ann Arbor MI
President, Board of Directors, People's Food Co-op, Ann Arbor MI
2005 to present
Board member, Partners in Expanding Health Quality and Access, non-profit 501(c)3 international service organization for reproductive health
Community High School Community Resource Award given in the name of Linda Diane Feldt to high school student for outstanding use of the community resource program.
2004 to present
Appointment as Adjunct Clinical Instructor, University of Michigan, College of Pharmacy
Special recognition for five years of volunteer service providing Pet Therapy, Arbor Hospice, Ann Arbor
Invited Guest Author, Ann Arbor Book Festival
2004 to present
Health Instructor, Rudolph Steiner High School Ann Arbor,
“Bringing Community CAM Practitioners into the Research Process: Bridging the Gap Between Practice and Research” American Public Health Association Annual Meeting , presenter with Suzanne Zick, ND, MPH.
“ Herbal Therapy “ University of Michigan Nursing Grand Rounds co-presenter with Sara Warber, M.D.
Panelist, presentation to the Center Directors National Meeting, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institute of Health, on behalf of the University of Michigan Complementary and Research Center and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Class
Certified Polarity Educator, The American Polarity Therapy Association
Presenter, University of Michigan Faculty Scholars Program in Integrated Medicine
2003 – 2004
Elected President, Board of Directors, People's Food Co-op, Ann Arbor MI
Provided placements for University of Michigan Medical School Doctor Patient Relationship Course and facilitated discussion groups for the medical students
Faculty for “Complementary Therapies and Alternative Healing”, University of Michigan Nursing School, cross listed with The School of Public Health and also available to Social Work and Pharmacy Students
Elected to the Board of Directors, People's Food Co-op, Ann Arbor MI
Panelist, "Women's Herbal Medicine Conference", University of Michigan Educational Services for Nurses and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center, Ann Arbor MI
Invited presenter, "Herbal Allies 'Til the End: Death and Life-Threatening Illness " for the Women's Herbal Wisdom 2000: A Gathering to Heal Ourselves and the Earth, Flint," Michigan
Invited Guest Faculty member, "Nourishing the Immune System: Do Herbs Really Work?" conference Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice: An Evidence Based Approach, University of Michigan Medical School, Office of Continuing Medical Education and the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center
Invited contributor to an article in Massage Magazine "Massage in the New Millennium 46 notables share their insights on where the massage field has been, where it's going, and all points in-between" (Massage Magazine Inc. Spokane WA) Issue 83 invited contributor to the article.
Invited Guest Faculty member conference on "Seventh Annual Primary Health Care of Women", University of Michigan Medical School, Office of Continuing Medical Education and Department of Family Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Invited Guest Faculty Member, Conference on "Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice: An Evidence Based Approach", Department of Medical Education, University of Michigan Medical School and University of Michigan Continuing Medical Education and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center
Elected President, The American Polarity Therapy Association (two terms)
Keynote Speaker, American Polarity Therapy Association Conference, Keystone CO
Representative for the American Polarity Therapy Association to The Federation of Therapeutic Massage, Bodywork, and Somatic Practice Organizations
1998 - present
Founder, Director and Coordinator the Ann Arbor Center for Holistic Health and Traditional Wisdom
Elected to the Board of Directors, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Member, and then Board Liaison, Job Analysis Survey Task Force, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
1996 to 2003
Regular invited presenter for the American Polarity Therapy Association Annual Conference, Boulder and Keystone CO, Toronto, New York, and other locations. on a variety of topics including Death and dying, Birth, and Repetitive Strain Injuries,
Elected Treasurer, The American Polarity Therapy Association,
Elected to The Board of Directors, The American Polarity Therapy Association (two three year terms)
Member, Legislative Committee, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Member, Item Review Committee, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Registered Polarity Practitioner
Volunteer Contractor, commercial kitchen build for Blossom Foods Inc.
University of Michigan Regents-Alumini Scholar
Appointed by The Governor to The Michigan Department of Social Services Office of Children and Youth Services Youth Advisory Commission
Appointed by The Governor to The Office of Criminal Justice Services Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee
Appointed by The Governor to The Office of Juvenile Justice Services Advisory commission
Semifinalist, State of Michigan Competitive Scholarship Program
Received the Community High School Community Resource Award for outstanding use of the Community Resource Program.
Co-founder and Grant Director, member of the Board of Directors and Steering Committee The Three O’Clock Lobby Inc.
Member, Board of Directors, Ozone House Inc.