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Richard L. Shames M.D.
Pioneering Integrative Medicine

Dr. Shames graduated from Harvard and University of Pennsylvania Medical School. After research at NIH and internship at San Francisco Public Health Hospital, he created one of the first integrative medical centers in the U.S. in 1974. He served as Marin County Health Department physician for several years, as well as preceptor for medical students from UCSF, where he also lectured on integrative medicine. The author is well known for his prominence and pioneering work in the field of holistic healing.

Dr. Shames, co-author of "Healing with Mind Power" (Rodale Press, 1978), "The Gift of Health" (Bantam 1982), and "Thyroid Power" (HarperCollins, 2001) has lectured and written extensively to health professionals and the lay public on a variety of topics related to health promotion and integrative medicine.  In addition, he is a popular speaker and local media personality, and has created his own audio and video tape series.

Dr. Shames has been in private practice for 25 years, presently at the Preventive Medicine Center of Marin. He currently consults with health consumers nationally and internationally, promoting a new model of medical care that empowers both patients and practitioners.

Harvard University, BA College of Arts & Sciences
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Organizational Affliliations
Founding member American Holistic Medical Association
Bay Area NutriMedicine Association

Who’s Who in California
Who’s Who in American Professionals
Awarded the Rose Meadow Levinson Memorial Prize for Research at University of Pennsylvania Medical School

Karilee H. Shames Ph.D., RN
Promoting Holistic Healing Through Education and Leadership

Dr. Shames is a Certified Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Nursing and in Holistic Nursing. In 1977 she co-founded Nurses in Transition, a national nursing support network. She created a unique nursing program co-sponsored by a university and an integrative medical clinic; has been certified in several healing modalities; has served as Administrator of psychiatric facilities; and as mentor to other nurses in creative higher educational programs for nurses.  Karilee served on the National Leadership Council for the American Holistic Nurses Association from 1995-1998. She was Assistant Professor of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University from 1999-2002. Previously she was California Coordinator, Director-at-Large, and Public Relations Chair for the American Holistic Nurses Association

Her books include: "The Nightingale Conspiracy" (Enlightenment Press 1993), "Creative Imagery in Nursing" (Delmar Publishers 1995), "Energetic Approaches to Emotional Healing" (Delmar, 1996), "The Gift of Health" (Bantam 1982, with Richard Shames), and "Thyroid Power" (2001, with R. Shames), and numerous chapters for professional volumes.

She is presently in private practice in collaboration with Richard Shames at the Preventive Medicine Center of Marin in San Rafael , CA .

University of Maryland, BA Sociology
University of Maryland, BS Nursing
University of Maryland, MS Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health
Columbia Pacific University, PhD, Holistic Studies

Organizational Affliliations
National Leadership Council of American Holistic Nurses Association
American Holistic Nurses Association
Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society

Graduated "cum laude" in Sociology from University of Maryland
Initiated into Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society


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