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Ronald Peters, MD, MPH

Integrative and Preventive Medicine

Ronald Peters, MD, MPH

Integrative and Preventive Medicine

Ronald Peters, MD, MPH is trained in family medicine and has earned a Masters of Public Health in the prevention of disease. Dr. Ronald Peters has 30 years of experience in nutritional biochemistry and holistic health care.

He has studied with Master teachers, leading to a understanding of the formative power of the conscious and unconscious mind, which he summarized in his ground-breaking book, Edgework, Exploring the Psychology of Disease.

Dr. Ronald Peters is an accomplished writer and lecturer and is highly effective in helping people learn from their health problems and restore their health both physically and psychologically.

EDUCATION: He graduated from STANFORD UNIVERSITY in 1966 with Honors in Biology. He then entered the UCLA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE graduating in June of 1970. In 1977, he returned to UCLA, this time to the SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, studying epidemiology and preventive medicine under a post-doctoral training grant from the National Cancer Institute. He received a MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH degree in 1978.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Following medical school he began a rotating INTERNSHIP at the US Public Health Service Hospital in Boston, finishing in 1971. In 1972 he served as a general medical officer on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Gallup, New Mexico. After some travel and independent research, he started a private practice in family medicine in Denver, Colorado, in 1974. In 1977, Dr. Peters returned to Los Angeles for studies in disease prevention at the UCLA School of Public Health. During this time he assisted Dean Lester Breslow in research for a book entitled, Control of Non-infectious Disease in Man. During the same year he affiliated with CALIFORNIA PRIMARY PHYSICIANS, a large multi-specialty medical group, as Director of the Emergency Department at Encino Hospital in Encino, California.

In 1979, he became the Director of Preventive Medicine, for California Primary Physicians. These activities included medical staffing for the Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica.

Between 1980 and 1985, Dr. Peters was staff physician in the Emergency Department of California Hospital in downtown Los Angeles. As a major inner city Trauma Center, he gained valuable experience in the management of all types of medical and surgical emergencies.

In 1980, he developed and directed INNERHEALTH PROGRAMS- a physician supervised health promotion program of aerobic fitness, optimal nutrition and stress management. The Innerhealth Program is highly acclaimed and successful in helping people reverse common health problems such as high blood pressure, adult onset diabetes, and coronary artery disease, as well as preventing the development of such problems.

Also in 1980, Dr. Peters entered into the private practice of family and preventive medicine in Santa Monica. His practice emphasized behavioral, nutritional and other lifestyle services.

In 1990, he moved to Ashland, Oregon, opening a medical practice with appropriate emphasis on nutritional, behavioral and preventive medicine. He offered health promotion seminars under the title of THE PHYSICIAN WITHIN.

In 1999, he moved to Scottsdale, Arizona and completed a book titled, EDGEWORK, Exploring the Psychology of Disease, Beyond Diet and Fitness, which was published in 2003. Edgework reviews mindbody research, points to the power of emotions and beliefs on the body and redefines the humans stress response into an ally by marking inner boundaries for personal growth.

In 2002, he became Medical Director of New Hope Medical Center, an alternative cancer treatment center. New Hope provided a range of cancer therapies and helped people to reverse the conditions that permitted the cancer to grow in the first place, an important issue for all cancer patients especially for those in remission.

Since 2004, he has been in private practice in Scottsdale and continues to offer a variety of seminars on stress management, mindbody medicine, health promotion and cancer prevention.

SPECIALTY BOARD: Diplomat, American Board of Family Practice 1976-1983, with re-certification for 1983-1990.

MEDICAL LICENSURE: Arizona Board of Medical Examiners Arizona Homeopathic Medical Board

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Robert Zieve, MD

Integrative Cancer Physician

Robert Zieve, MD

Integrative Cancer Physician

Robert Zieve, MD is a practicing integrative cancer physician who is joining our team at MindBody Medicine in Scottsdale, AZ. He currently practices in Boulder, CO, and in Prescott, AZ, where he is the Medical Director of Partners in Integrative Cancer Therapies. Having practiced as an integrative medical doctor for over 35 years, and simultaneously as a board-certified specialist in emergency medicine from 1983-2003, Dr. Zieve is one of the most experienced and well-trained physicians in integrative cancer medicine in the United States.

We are thrilled to have Dr. Zieve join our team at MindBody Medicine every month to offer his expertise in integrative cancer medicine. He is now taking new patients and is excited to serve Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix area. If you are interested in obtaining a consultation with Dr. Zieve, please contact our offices at 480-607-7999 for guidance on how to set this up.

Your Initial Visit

An initial visit with Dr. Zieve includes a comprehensive consultation as well as a detailed written consultation and program provided to you after your visit. This will include nutritional guidance, advice on integrative cancer therapies, recommendations on tests you may need, and guidance on how to interact with your oncologist or surgeon.

Dr. Zieve will provide you with a list of oral therapies that he has put some of his patients with your particular type of cancer on, as well as therapies that address imbalances that could interfere with the progress of your oncology therapies. He will also make testing recommendations that your Medicare physician or oncologist can do on your original biopsy slides, to learn more about your particular cancer — where its weaknesses and strengths are and how these can be successfully addressed.

When an oncologist is not receptive to integrative oncology practices, Dr. Zieve can compose an email to your oncologist or family doctor with particular suggestions to support your program

For the past twenty-five years, Dr. Zieve has been blessed with the opportunity to have studied with some of the best minds and most experienced practitioners worldwide in integrative medicine and integrative cancer medicine. He uses many treatment modalities with his patients, including IV Vitamin C therapy;
mistletoe therapy, cancer-specific applications of herbs, nutrients, and food programs, repurposed drugs for oncology, along with the broad range of lab tests, scans, and procedures that are often required when one has a cancer diagnosis.

Immeasurable Benefits from Working with Dr. Robert Zieve

You will benefit immeasurably from Dr. Zieve’s collaboration with highly skilled national cancer practitioners, who participate in the Mederi Foundation Monthly Phone Roundtable. There may be times when he will discuss your case with his esteemed national colleagues.

Dr. Zieve’s mentors include:

  • Dr. Dwight Mckee, M.D., Board Certified Integrative Oncologist and Hematologist, and Board Certified in Holistic Medicine and Nutrition, who is teaching internationally and is no longer in active practice.
  • Donnie Yance, internationally recognized cancer herbalist and nutritionist, and President of the Mederi Foundation.
  • Kenneth Proefrock, N.D., Board Certified Naturopathic Oncologist, Phoenix, Az
  • Jon Murphy, M.D. , Tempe, Az.
  • Barry Boyd, M.D., Board Certified Integrative Oncologist and Hematologist, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

In an effort to further the national education of physicians in integrative cancer medicine, Dr. Zieve was the Medical Director of Healthy Medicine Academy and the Editor-In-Chief of the Cancer Strategies Journal. He was the host of Healthy Medicine Radio in Northern Arizona on FM 90.1 when he lived in Prescott. Many past shows are available online on his website at robertzievemd.com.

From 2008-2013, Dr. Zieve was the supervising physician at EuroMed Foundation integrative cancer clinic in Phoenix, and also served as staff physician at An Oasis of Healing integrative cancer clinic in Mesa.

Dr. Robert Zieve has served in many ways nationally in the field of integrative and alternative medicine. He was an instructor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ in the 1990’s, and was President of the Arizona Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association for two terms in the late 1990’s. From 1999-2001 he was Medical Director of Paracelsus Fox Hollow Clinic near Louisville, KY, which was the US affiliate of Paracelsus Klinik, an internationally known cancer clinic in Lustmuhle, Switzerland.

Dr. Robert Zieve is the author of two books: Healthy Medicine: A Guide to the Emergence of Sensible Comprehensive Care, and Beyond the Medical Meltdown: Working Together for Sustainable Health Care. He was interviewed on his approach to integrative cancer medicine for a chapter in the book Defeat Cancer.

Read Dr. Zieve’s article, Integrative Cancer Medicine: The Second Birth of Medicine

What to Expect When You Consult with Dr. Zieve

Because Dr. Zieve is very thorough in his evaluation and development of treatment protocols, he requests that each new patient make every attempt to provide scans, lab tests, pathology reports, surgical reports, and physician consultations that are pertinent to your cancer, at least 3 days prior to your initial consultation. This will give him an opportunity to review your records prior to speaking.

  1. Your initial consultation will last approximately 1- 1.5 hours and is $525.
  2. At the end of your initial consultation, Dr. Zieve will likely provide a patient with a form for additional lab requests that are required to evaluate a patient’s biological terrain.
  3. In the days after your initial consultation, Dr. Zieve will send you a comprehensive initial consultation report, which will include his thoughts, comments, and suggestions. He will also provide you with an initial therapy protocol.
  4. Schedule your first follow-up consultation approximately one month after your initial consultation. The purpose of this visit is to review any lab results, help you plan and strategize your future care, whether that be at our clinic or with your oncologist or surgeon, and answer any questions you have after reading your consultation report and therapeutic program.
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Vesna Cupara-Peters

Macrobiotic Instructor & Certified Yoga Teacher

Vesna Cupara-Peters

Macrobiotic Instructor & Certified Yoga Teacher

Vesna Cupara-Peters
Macrobiotic Instructor and Certified Yoga Teacher

Vesna graduated from the University of Belgrade in Economics. In 1990, she turned her attention to health and healing. She studied and researched a wide range of healing methods and eventually became the personal assistant to the renowned Macrobiotic and yoga teacher Vera Pilipovic from 1994 to 1997. She wrote articles for magazines and newspapers as well as appearing on television. She traveled to England, France, Sweden and other countries researching macrobiotics and nutrition as well as offering her services to many people in both group courses and individual training. In 1996 she became Chief Assistant Cook at the Old Street Macrobiotic Centre in London, England. In November 2004, she received a Diploma as Yoga Teacher from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts.

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Sunanda Harrell-Stokes, L.Ac., LCSW

Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine & Harmonic Medicine

Sunanda Harrell-Stokes, L.Ac., LCSW

Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine & Harmonic Medicine

Sunanda Harrell-Stokes, L.Ac., LCSW
Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine & Harmonic Medicine

Sunanda Harrell-Stokes, L.Ac., LCSW – Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine & Harmonic Medicine in 1995.

Sunanda’s inspiration and motivation for Oriental Medicine comes from her direct experience of healing from a chronic condition diagnosed as ‘neurodermatitis’. Since the age of 5, Sunanda suffered from this condition that caused the skin on the inside of her joints and neck to itch, crack, bleed and take on a rough leathery texture. Medications did not help and generally resulted in an adverse affect on her health. This took a toll on her emotionally, as well as physically.

In 1983 she received her first acupuncture treatment in combination with recommended herbal teas that began to relieve the itching and the pain. By the end of 1984, her skin rarely itched, was smooth, free of pain and the discoloration began to resolve.

Inspired, by 1985, Sunanda began her study of Traditional Chinese Medicine at The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, CA. The curriculum included the study of both acupuncture, traditional Chinese formulas, herbal medicine and the ‘Spirit’ of the medicine which refers to the life-giving power inherent in all life forms.

Sunanda Harrell-Stokes comes to MindBody from Tucson, Arizona where she served as the senior Oriental Medicine Practitioner at Canyon Ranch Health Resort and Spa for 17 years. She is a licensed acupuncturist in four states, certified by NCCAOM and trained in Harmonic Medicine (the use of sound frequencies to balance energy) by the Kairos Institute of Sound Healing in New Mexico and by Keilchiro Kita in Tokyo, Japan. Sunanda is one of three practitioners in the United States who is certified in Kita Peace Creating Sound Healing.

Addressing the source, not just the symptoms

Sunanda’s vision is to support the emergence of health, wholeness and deep inner peace by bringing you a unique synthesis of Eastern and Western healing traditions. Sessions are tailored to your needs and designed to heal and balance your mind-body system to effectively release the stress and imbalances that are the root cause of so many modern ailments.

What can you expect?

During your first session, Sunanda will listen carefully to your concerns and create an assessment using Traditional Chinese Medicine Tongue and Pulse diagnosis and modern Biofeedback technology. This, coupled with information specific to how the imbalance is manifesting in your body, will guide her selection of healing modalities to re-establish flow and balance in your life. She combines her expertise in Acupuncture, Harmonic Medicine, Acutonics, Biofeedback, Moxibustion, Cupping and Chinese herbal formulas to assist each individual to reach his or her optimal health. She will then provide a session and review with you a treatment plan that includes a suggested number of sessions to reach healing.

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Colleen Dugie, LMT

Integrative Massage

Colleen Dugie, LMT

Integrative Massage

Colleen Dugie, LMT
Integrative Massage

Colleen Dugie, LMT – Integrative MassageColleen is an advanced bodywork practitioner with 17 years of professional massage experience. Having studied intently the body-mind paradigm for 25 years, her deep understanding of the physiological as well as energetic makeup allows each session to be a complete, integrated experience.

“I have a deep belief that healing is available on all levels. This is not just conceptual to me, but based on a healing experience I achieved 20 years ago. I support clients in connecting to their truth and releasing any blocks that are suppressing them from being fully realized and authentic in their life.”

Specialties include deep-tissue massage, Thai Massage, Reiki, Awakening Breathwork, Chakra Balancing and Watsu. Colleen is also a Health Advocate, empowering clients to trust their inner wisdom and unravel conscious and unconscious beliefs that lead to stress and imbalances in the body.

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Rebecca Hardcastle Wright, MDiv, PhD

Holistic Hypnotherapist and Transformational Coach

Rebecca Hardcastle Wright, MDiv, PhD

Holistic Hypnotherapist and Transformational Coach

Rebecca Hardcastle Wright, MDiv, PhD

Consciousness Psychologist

Rebecca Hardcastle Wright, PhD, has over 30 years experience as a Counselor, Hypnotherapist, and Coach; specializing in Consciousness Psychology.

Dr. Hardcastle Wright combines hypnotherapy and coaching to effectively heal her clients’ emotional issues that may be causing health problems. Hypnotherapy sources subconscious information from the client’s higher self. The Coaching protocols open the conscious mind to integrate this information and knowledge. She shares and provides tools and practices that clients can use in their daily life to provide health and self-knowledge.

Dr. Hardcastle Wright assists clients in recognizing and releasing their emotional trauma, which is often the source of disease and suffering. With caring support, she works with her clients to bring forth their innate ability to create a personal path to health and well-being. Each client is unique. Each client’s path to health is multifaceted and personal. Each client weaves their chosen path with new values, mindsets, and lifestyle.

Dr. Hardcastle Wright has professional expertise in the field of parapsychic science, principally consciousness. As a senior member for Apollo 14 Astronaut, Dr. Edgar Mitchell’s, Quantrek organization in their Washington, DC, office, she worked with a team of international scientists researching and applying zero-point energy, consciousness, and the extraterrestrial presence.

As a writer, speaker, and futurist, Dr. Hardcastle Wright is the author of Exoconsciousness: Your 21st Century Mind. A frequent guest on radio, television, and conferences she shares ways to manage life’s personal and professional ordeals and transform them into a positive beneficial life.

Professionally, Dr. Hardcastle Wright is affiliated with International Metaphysical University, American Philosophical Association, and the Institute for Exopolitics. In 2014, she founded the Institute for Exoconsciousness which facilitates the international Community of the Exoconscious, promoting the value of psychic intelligence and cosmic consciousness for human-centered, Earth-nurturing health and peace.

Dr. Hardcastle Wright’s graduate degrees include a MDiv in Philosophical Theology from Boston University School of Theology and a PhD in Parapsychic Science from American Institute of Holistic Theology. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy of Religion from Otterbein University, including a year studying Continental Philosophy in Basel, Switzerland. She is certified in hypnotherapy and coaching by Southwest Institute for Healing Arts. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Wright served for fifteen years as an Ecumenical Chaplain at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.