Speakers

Margaret “Peg” Baim, Julianne Benvie, Vicky Dennis, Jeff Jones, Rebecca Love, Leslie Salmon Jones, Erin Taylor

Margaret “Peg” Baim, MS, ANP-BC

Clinical Director, Center for Training
Director, Stress Management and Resiliency
Training Program, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body
Medicine (BHI) at Massachusetts General Hospital

Peg Baim is the Clinical Director of the Center for Training at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital where she has earned international recognition as a leading educator and lecturer in the field of mind/body medicine. She is also the Clinical Director of the Stress Management and Resiliency Training Program which is a copyrighted, manualized curriculum that is being offered by certified healthcare providers to patients worldwide. Peg began her nursing career upon graduation from the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in 1974. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Boston College, where she earned her graduate and post-graduate degrees and was awarded the Rita P. Kelleher Award and the Alumna Award.

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Julianne Benvie, RN, BSN

Julianne graduated from Northeastern University in 2014 and has experience in Maternal/Newborn Health, currently working in the NICU at Boston Medical Center. She is a member of the Integrative Nursing Council of BMC and is Reiki 1 certified. Julianne is educated in Hatha Yoga through Maha Yoga Center, and has experience teaching Pranayama (yogic breathing).

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Vicky Dennis, MBA, MSN, RN, CPNP(c)

Vicky started medical training in heart research, as a pacemaker/ICD cardiac consultant and educator for patients, nurses and physicians in the early 2000s. She’s NASPE certified, a Reiki Master and with years of experience with all ages. Vicky is yin yoga and meditation certified with trainings in all ages. She has studied with Alberto Villoldo and Incan Shamans from Peru as well as Sound healer with Ashana. Recently Vicky has received her MSN through Regis College’s Accelerated BSN/MSN full time program and is a candidate to be a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner as of May 2019. In her free time she spends with her two daughters and her Australian Shepherd and enjoys trips to San Diego and NYC. Her passion for holistic health and meditation practices at home.

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Jeff Jones

Afro Flow Yoga® co-founder, Jeff Jones is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, musical director, composer and co-creator with his wife and founder, Leslie Salmon Jones. Jeff creates an intuitive dynamic flow through a stream of consciousness and the mastery of African inspired rhythms, instruments and vocals, synergizing the class collective. His use of the Djembe, which he brought back from Ghana, congas, bongos, Sudanese acholi lyre, Indian bells, tamborine along with an eclectic array of tonal instruments, makes for a healing musical journey.

He has co-facilitated classes, workshops and retreats at the Omega Institute, Kripalu Center, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Boston Yoga and Chant Festival, Caribbean Yoga Conference, Maui yoga retreat, Forestdance to name a few.

In addition to his role at Afro Flow Yoga®, Jeff has enjoyed a career as a professional musician for over 30 years and comes from a lineage of three generations of accomplished musicians. He has been blessed to travel the world performing on many continents and has played various musical genres and venues such as Scullers Jazz Club, The Supper Club NYC, Windows on the World, Berklee College of Music and Mile High Stadium. He has performed for the inaugurations of President Barack Obama and Governor Deval Patrick and has opened for greats such as Little Richard and Al Green. Jeff has been a musical director for Zap Mama at the Outside the Box Festival 2016.

Jeff produced and engineered two DVD’s Core Strength: back to basics and Core Power: radiate the energy within, which he co-created with Leslie Salmon Jones.

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Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN

Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN, is a nurse entrepreneur, inventor, TedX Speaker and first nurse featured on Ted.com, and part of the inagural nursing panel featured at SXSW 2018. Rebecca, was the first Director of Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the United States at Northeastern School of Nursing – the founding initiative in the Country designed to empower nurses as innovators and entrepreneurs, where she founded the Nurse Hackathon, the movement has led to transformational change in the Nursing Profession. Rebecca is an experienced Nurse Entrepreneur, founding HireNurses.com in 2013 which was acquired in 2018, and currently serves as the Managing Director, US Markets for Ryalto. In early 2019, Rebecca, along with a group of leading nurses in the world, founded SONSIEL: The Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders. Rebecca is passionate about empowering nurses and creating communities to help nurses innovate, create and collaborate to start businesses and inventions to transform healthcare.
Rebecca holds a M.S. in Nursing from Northeastern University, B.A. in International Relations/Spanish from Boston University, and is currently Faculty at Norwich University, sits on the board of NextGen Ventures & the Host Committee for the Massachusetts ACLU. She currently lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts with her husband and 3 children.

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Leslie Salmon Jones

Afro Flow Yoga® founder, Leslie Salmon Jones is committed to the empowerment of all people and communities of diverse backgrounds to develop mastery over their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. As a former professional dancer, certified holistic personal trainer, wellness coach, yoga instructor, public speaker and activist, Leslie has had the opportunity to study and train with world-renowned masters of dance, yoga and spirituality. It was through her intensive dance training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center that Leslie was first introduced to yoga. With over twenty-five years of experience, she remains a dedicated practitioner and teacher. It was the connection of yogic principals, spirituality and dances of the African Diaspora and the intrinsic expression of movement through nature’s elements that inspired Leslie to create Afro Flow Yoga®.

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Erin Taylor, DNP, MSN, RN, CNOR

Erin has been a nurse for approximately 20 years. Currently she is the Director of the Operating Room at Northshore Medical Center Salem Hospital. She is also an adjunct professor at Regis College in Weston Massachusetts where she teaches a graduate nursing course titled: Complimentary Therapies and the role of the Nurse. In addition to working full time as a nurse educator, she is a certified Spinning® instructor which she has been doing for 17 years. She is also a level 2 Certified Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or Tapping) Practitioner, and sees client’s multiple times per month in a private practice. As an EFT practitioner for 6 years, she has seen the positive outcomes of having EFT therapy for patients who suffer from emotional and physical pain. Her professional goal is to bring this method into mainstream medicine, and teach nurses not only how to perform this with patients but also to teach patients this technique.

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