Professors

Miriam Garay Foronda

Adjunct Faculty

Miriam Garay Foronda, MA Miriam Garay Foronda’s family ancestry is from Honduras, Central America. She was born and raised in New York City, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the City University of New York. As long as she can remember she had the gift of healing through her hands or channeling.  […]

Daniel Pretends Eagle

Adjunct Faculty

Daniel Pretends Eagle, LMT Daniel Pretends Eagle is a licensed massage therapist with over 35 years of experience in meditative movement that includes tai chi, aikido, yoga and Japanese sword. Through the use of easily learned martial arts forms students in my classes experience increased relaxation, coordination and flexibility. The curriculum also encourages the student […]

Gary Cook

Adjunct Faculty

Gary Cook, MFA Gary Cook is a tenured Associate Professor of Art with forty years of university teaching experience, 17 of those years at UNM-Taos. He was Head of the UNM-Taos Art Department from 2005 to 2010. He teaches painting, drawing and printmaking in the Art Department, as well as, courses on creativity and consciousness in the Holistic […]

Ana Chavez

Sobadora/Adjunct Faculty

Ana Chavez, Sobadora Ana Chavez is a native New Mexican Sobadora, born and raised in the Land of Enchantment. A Sobadora, or native healer by birth, Ana learned the healing traditions from both of her grandmothers. Ana recognized at an early age that she was a conduit for healing energy. Focusing that energy Ana investigated […]

Lily-Marie Blecher

Adjunct Faculty

Lily-Marie Blecher, DOM Dr. Lilly-Marie Blecher is a Doctor of Oriental medicine and a Naturopathic physician. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Portland State University.  Then she graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, the oldest Naturopathic medical school in the country.  She completed ten years […]

Jean Ellis-Sankari

Associate Professor, Program Coordinator of HHHA

Jean Ellis-Sankari, MSW, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator of HHHA Professor Ellis-Sankari has been a practitioner of the healing arts for over twenty-five years. Her practice is an amalgam of Kundalini Yoga, Reiki, and meditative dance. She developed the introductory courses in the Holistic Health and Healing Arts curriculum at UNM-Taos. Jean is an Associate Professor of […]

Kirstie Bender Segarra

Department Chair of Integrative Health & Medical Massage

Kirstie Bender Segarra, Ph.D., LMT, RMTI, E-RYT, Department Chair of Integrative Health & Medical Massage Dr. Kirstie Segarra, began studying yoga and Balinese Traditional Massage in 1996 in Bali, Indonesia while completing her Masters Degree in Whole Systems Design, in the field of second order biological systems. She is the lead instructor for the Yoga Teacher […]

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