Creating Wellness, Finding Balance

Course & Faculty Descriptions



What Matters to YOU: Imagine YOU As You Want to Be

These goal-setting techniques start with identifying what is important to you and how you see yourself with your best health.. With these personal motivating factors in mind, creating the steps to reach your goals follows. Ellen Barnett, MD


Mindfulness: A Path to Stress Reduction

The pivotal work of Jon Kabot-Zinn showed mindfulness practice brings numerous health benefits. Several simple meditation techniques will be presented which can be used in counseling patients Rosalyn White, BFA


Making Healthy Habits

A simplified model of habit change is presented: Think, Plan, Act, Rest, Re-start. Counseling tools will be reviewed and practiced including starting with small steps of change, Motivational Interviewing techniques and Postiive Reinforcement tools – Ellen Barnett, MD


Counseling Skills

Counseling skills regarding listening for readiness, and motivational interviewing will be covered in this course. Even though time with patients is limited, quick and targeted techniques have been proven successful. – Ellen Barnett, MD



Compassion is at the heart of primary care. The data support the concept that we are hard-wired for compassion. There is also concern re compassion burn-out and the risks to providers when compassion for self is not heeded. We will explore compassion, the data and the impact on our own practices. . Robert B. Dozor, MD and Faculty.


Healthy Movement: Tools for Keeping Us Healthy

Incorporating strength, endurance and flexibility practices into our exercise routines has been shown to enhance mood, energy, even cognitive function. These sessions bring awareness of how small changes in each area can be added to existing patterns to bring added benefits. Robert B. Dozor, MD and Shari Sunshine, MA, CMT


Teaching Skills in the Clinic

Visit Role playing practice with feedback regarding listening for readiness and resistance, using motivational interviewing positive reinforcement and other tools. Even though time with patients is limited, these quick and targeted techniques have been proven to be successful. Ellen Barnett, MD

Taking it Home: Making New Habits Our Own

Actually integrating new skills into clinical practice is challenging. Participants will identify a “To Do” list of tangible, achievable steps to apply these new skills. Patient situations, team support, and personal rewards will be identified. Follow up 6 months after the retreat will be conducted.


dozor 2014Bob Dozor, MD

Dr. Bob Dozor  is the founder of the Integrative Medical Clinic and has practiced Family Medicine for over thirty years in Napa and Sonoma counties. Even before attending medical school, he has held a consistent vision of building a healthy life style as the core of our best health, and applies this in both his professional practice and personal life. With his wife Ellen Barnett they have three children and three granddaughters.



Ellen Barnett, MD, PhD

Dr. Ellen Barnett is a family doctor who has been practicing in Santa Rosa, CA for over thirty years. A major emphasis of her practice is working with individuals to clarify and support their health goals. She is on the clinical faculty at the Sutter Family Practice  Residency and developed the Imagine YOU program of the Integrative Medical Clinic Foundation.



RosRosalyn White, BFA

Rosalyn White has studied meditation and Tibetan art under the guidance of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Tarthang Tulku, for over forty years. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the California College of Art and a teaching credential from UC Berkeley. She is currently Co-Director of Ratna Ling and has been teaching classes in meditation and sacred art for over 25 years. The depth and breadth of the Tibetan teachings have had a profound influence on her life, and inspired her to share her knowledge in order to help others to find the beauty and purpose in their lives. Her goal is that in your time with her you will get in touch with a stiller, deeper part of yourself and a gain sense of health and balance.

shariwebsitephotoShari Sunshine, CMT

Shari has a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from World Medicine Institute, Honolulu, HI, and is a Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist. She has taught Mindful Movements and Healing Qi Gung for three decades. She is the founder of Syntropy Insight Bodywork, an awareness-based healing art.