Michael's Gift  dedicated to healing from trauma
Brent M. Baum
Board Chair
Karen H. Lewis
Executive Director
"If we do not lay out ourselves in
  the service of mankind, then
  whom should we serve?"
  
  
John Adams 
Board Chair:
    Brent M. Baum,
STB, SSL, ICADC, LISAC, CCH
    mailto:brent@michaelsgift.org
   

   
Executive Director & Board Member:
   Karen H. Lewis, CH, CHMRP
    mailto:karen@michaelsgift.org


Board Members:
    Domenic Aversa, LLB
    Wailua Brandman, MSN APRN-Rx PMHNP BC
    Dr. Mary Gaddy, MD
    Judy LeFevour, MA, LCPC
    Dr. Lawrence Steinberg, MD
    Jeanette Savage
   
Advisors:
    Dr. James Kowal, MD
    Jim Nichols, PhD
    Mary Ellen Nichols, LICSW, BD
  
    

 BIOS and CONTACT INFO


     Domenic Aversa, LLB
    
mailto:daversa@morrisanderson.com  

Domenic Aversa has actively assisted companies in dramatic transition for more than 18 years. His experience with restructurings ranges from crisis management to assisting companies in making the transition from a command to a market economy in Russia and China. Domenic has served as an educational speaker and a managerial advisor on international business development and insolvency issues for business and academic institutions. Audiences have included the Harvard Business School and the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He has worked nationally and internationally in the middle market, having his work featured in numerous publications, including BusinessWeek and Forbes. Recently, he was named to Turnarounds and Workouts, 2009 list of “People To Watch”. In 1999, he was invited by the Economic Development Ministers of Shanghai and Jiangxi provinces in China, to serve as an operational and financial advisor for several State Owned Enterprises.

He is a member of both the Canadian and Ohio Bar associations. As a former owner of a semi-professional soccer team, he is a former Director of the Canadian National Soccer League.

    Brent M. Baum STB, SSL, ICADC, LISAC, CCH
    mailto:brent@michaelsgift.org
    www.HealingDimensions.com
    847-372-8894  
   

Brent Baum is an internationally recognized instructor, trauma resolution specialist, and psychotherapist. Brent's development of Holographic Memory Resolution® (HMR), founded on the principles of Quantum Physics, has led to his involvement internationally in crisis intervention.  Completing post-graduate training at the Gregorian University in Rome, Brent served as a Catholic priest, a faculty member of Notre Dame seminary, an archeologist in the Near East, clinical director for Cottonwood Treatment Centers, Inc., and is a certified addictions counselor and a clinical hypnotherapist.  Brent maintains a private practice in Tucson, Arizona. His book, The Healing Dimensions, chronicles his discovery of the principles of HMR and trauma survivors whose experiences paved the way for these revolutionary breakthroughs.   He is the co-founder of Michael’s Gift and teh developer of Memory Mapping software used to demonstrate the innate wisdom of the body-mind. He travels throughout the world providing workshops, training and lectures on new and innovative strategies for resolving the trauma.

   Wailua Brandman, MSM, APRN, FAANP,CHMRP, PMHCNS/NP BC
    mailto:wailua@aya.yale.edu

A Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Wailua was the first Registered Nurse to be certified as a practitioner of Holographic Memory Resolution (2005).  He has served on the Boards of Directors of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), the Hawaii Association of Professional Nurses and the APNA Hawaii Chapter, both of which he co-founded and served as President.  He is on Advisory Committees of the Hawaii Board of Nursing, The Hawaii State Center for Nursing and the CVS Minute Clinics.  He is currently a Board Member of the Yale University School of Nursing Alumni Association.


Wailua is a transpersonal psychiatric/mental health clinician, consultant and mentor.  He has published peer-reviewed articles, a chapter on alternative/complementary therapies for an advance practice nursing text, and is the author of Misery or Happiness: It’s ALL About ENERGY, a self-help manual for the management of personal energy.  He is featured in Profiles of Nurse Healers by Keegan and Dossey and in Nursing Illuminations: A Book of Days by Van Betten and Moriarity.  He introduced HMR to the nursing community in presentations to the APNA and twice to the AANP, the latest event co-presented with Brent Baum.

  

    Dr. Mary Gaddy, MD
    mailto:mgaddy@billingsclinic.org
    
Mary Gaddy is a Neurologist and a Certified HMR Practitioner. She has been an avid supporter and educator on HMR and works in the Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana. She is a Board Certified Neurologist since 2001. Her areas on interest include: adult neurology, electroencephalography, electromyography, epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, and related disorders. She joined the Billings Clinic in 1988 and has been practicing there for 28 years. She attended the University of Missouri for Medical School, did her residency at Georgetown, her internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. She received a fellowship to Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN. Her professional activities include: Adjunct Professor, University of Washington Department of Medicine; Certified American Society of Addiction Medicine; Medical Director, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Billings, Montana


    Judy Lefevour
    mailto:judy.m.lefevour@gmail.com

I’m a masters level LCPC, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.   I came to Brent personally with a family trauma and was so taken with HMR that I got the training and was certified about 5 years ago; I use it extensively in my private practice. I come from a pretty extensive hospital experiences, working with people with addictions and eating disorders and trauma. HMR has worked so beautifully in treatment and so I want to really expand that and get officially involved in research and education areas.  (Brent speaking) Judy is fabulous and some of her adaptations and innovations with HMR with people with eating disorders and so on have been extremely helpful for improving the quality of delivery of HMR.


    Karen H. Lewis, CPA, CH
    mailto:Karen@michaelsgift.org
    601-431-1935

Karen Lewis' titles during her career have included Certified Public Accountant; Assistant Controller, Information Service Manager, and Director of Human Resources at a public oil and gas company; and Senior Vice President and Internal Auditor at a community bank.   She is currently honored to be a Certified Holographic Memory Resolution Practitioner and Executive Director of Michael's Gift.   Karen has written a play with HMR in the core script, demonstrating how it changed her life.


    Dr. James Kowal
    mailto:jkowal@traumaticstress.org

A trauma specialist. It’s a second career for me.  I’m formerly the head of systems engineering at Bell Laboratories. Retired from that. Started in counseling as a trauma specialist, specializing in abuse and dissociative disorders and then was the co-founder of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Naperville, IL. Once we got that up and running, I retired from Bell Laboratories, I went back to graduate school and got my Ph.D. in psychology, however, I discovered Neurotherapy and became a neurotherapist. Got my Ph.D. in 2004 and have been doing research by looking at Quantitative Electro-Encephalograms of the brain before and after treatment. We demonstrated the effectiveness of EMDR before and after: we saw the typical hallmark of trauma, initially treated the patient, and then the symptoms disappeared, and the person resumed their normal life. We did a follow-up EEG and the person had a perfectly normal brain. Since then I’ve been a part of several studies, the most recent involving fetal alcohol syndrome that I’m presenting at the International Society for Neural Feedback and Research at the end of September. That’s what we’re looking forward to doing with HMR. I have been trained in HMR and have used it in my trauma practice. And am excited about doing some quantitative measurements that demonstrate what we see happening in the clinic.



     Jim Nicholls

Jim Nicholls is a psychologist and neuropsychologist. I specialize in geriatrics; most of my practice is in treating or working with people in nursing homes and have a private practice where I see elderly people. I have a contract where I see people in nursing homes and consult with a Rehab. Hospital and do a lot of cognitive evaluations for people with dementia,  strokes, and MS, as well as trying to help sort out what kind of dementia people may  be experiencing. I’ve done some research with cancer: basically how people cope with cancer: several years ago. I’ve been involved with Brent for 5 years or so and have been through some of the training and I’ve used the training. find it particularly helpful with elderly people who have held trauma for such a long, long time in helping them to find some peace before they die. I’m looking forward to doing some work, helping out with the research, it’s kind of something I do enjoy, though I don’t do a great deal of it, I look forward to what we can do that will help provide some real good data and real good results for this treatment modality.   


     
    Jeanette Savage
    
mailto:jsavage521@gmail.com

Jeanette Savage currently works as an Information Technology Administrator for a public oil and gas company.   During her career she has worked in the fields of information technology, accounting, and newspaper production.    Her work with HMR over the last 20 years has included development and support of the Healing Dimensions website and HMR Memory Mapping software.


    Lawrence Steinberg
    mailto:drenigma613@gmail.com
    
Lawrence Steinberg is a native of Chicago.  He graduated from Northwestern University Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Biomedical Medical Engineering and a minor in Economics.  He then studied medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed his residency in Anesthesiology. Since becoming an attending anesthesiologist in 2010, Lawrence has cultivated an interest in how laboring women with trauma experience to pain during childbirth with and without an epidural.  He is also interested in how the autonomic nervous system, brainstem and limbic system contribute to pain perioperatively as well as in chronic pain patients and how alternative psychotherapies, like HMR, are able to modulate these parts of the brain and nervous system to bring relief from pain and other symptoms.

 

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