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Near-Death Experience Background


  • My own near-death experience at age six in 1950.

  • Hospice Physician at Hospice at the Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas, 1990-1994.

  • Advisory Board of Hospice at Mercy Medical Center in Durango, Colorado, 1994-present.

  • Author of Love is the Link: A Hospice Doctor Shares Her Experience of Near-Death and Dying, published 1995.

  • National speaker on hospice, end-of-life issues, and near-death experiences, 1988-present. Over 170 talks and workshops given to date.

Certifications and Memberships:

  • Family Practice Board Certification. 1982-2007.

  • Hospice and Palliative Care Board Certification, 2001-2008.

  • Fellow in American Academy of Family Physicians since 1983.

  • Member of IANDS (International Association of Near-Death Studies), 1989-present.

  • Board member of IANDS 2001-2003.

Examples of topics of lectures and workshops I have given on NDEs:

  • Love is the link: a hospice physician's experience of near-death and dying.

  • NDEs in acute and hospice situations.

  • College level class in improvisational theater on end-of-life experiences, including NDEs.

  • Physicians' role in NDEs

  • NDEs in the hospice setting.

  • NDEs: what a psychologist needs to know

  • NDEs and mysticism: gateways to higher consciousness.

  • A paradigm shift on the horizon: the role of NDEs in the 'New Medicine

  • Relationships and the Near-Death Experiencer

  • The values of NDEs and how they apply to the business world.

  • What's new in NDE research?

  • How NDEs are Changing American Values

Examples of past venues for talks and workshops on NDEs:

  • Colleges and high schools

  • Churches

  • Community groups

  • Hospitals

  • Medical schools

  • Hospice organizations and conferences

  • Death and dying conferences

  • Consciousness conferences (IANDS, IONS, ISSEEM)

  • Radio interviews

  • Television talk shows

  • Power Places Tour

Samples of NDE talks:

  • May 8, 1996 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the American Holistic Medical Association's annual conference. A ninety-minute workshop on "NDEs in Acute and Hospice Situations."

  • August 9, 1996 in Sausalito, California. Interview with Michael Toms on "New Dimensions" for radio and tapes.

  • January 28, 1997 at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Taught a class in improvisational theater on end-of-life experiences, including NDEs.

  • March 5, 1997 at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Taught a class on "The Psychology of Compassion." "Love is the Link" was one of the textbooks for the course.

  • September 9 and 10, 1997 in Durham, North Carolina at the Hospice for the Carolinas annual conference. A workshop on "NDEs in Hospice Care" and the closing talk on "Integrating What We've Learned: What Hospice Patients Have to Teach Us about Living."

  • October 31, 1997 in San Antonio, Texas. Keynote talk on "Physicians' Role in NDEs" at the annual conference for the International Association of Near-Death Experiences.

  • November 4, 1997 at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston, Texas. Noon conference to medical staff and family practice residents on "NDEs and Hospice Care."

  • May 15, 1998 in Houston, Texas. Special address on "NDEs: What a Psychologist Needs to Know" at "Psychology and Spirituality" conference organized by the Houston Psychological Association.

  • June 21, 1998 in Boulder, Colorado. "NDEs in the Acute and Hospice Settings" at the annual ISSSEEM conference

  • July 15, 2000 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A keynote address on "A Paradigm Shift on the Horizon: The Role of NDEs in the 'New Medicine" at the annual IANDS conference.

  • May 17, 2002 in New York City, New York. "Near-Death Experiences: On the Journey Toward Understanding" at the 3rd International Congress of Projectiology and Conscientiology.

  • January 9, 2003 in Honolulu, Hawaii. "Integrating Divergent Paradigms" and "Practice Impact" at the "Healing and the NDE" conference sponsored by IANDS, the International Association of Near-Death Studies.

  • March 7, 2003 at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. "Children's Near-Death Experiences: Implications for Parents, Schools, and Health Care Professionals" and "Nearing-Death Experiences: The Needs of the Dying" as part of the daylong conference, "Counseling Approaches to Child and Adult Near-Death Experiences."

  • September 21, 2003 in Cortez, Colorado. "NDEs: Where Do We Go From Here?" at Institute of Noetic Science (IONS) meeting.

  • October 20, 2004, Crete, Greece. “NDEs and Hospice: Transforming Western Culture?” presentation as part of Power Places tour to Crete.

  • September 10, 2005 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Keynote presentation on “How Near Death Experiences and Hospice are Changing American Values: A Personal Perspective” at IANDS conference.

  • September 29, 2005 in Durango, Colorado. “An Insider’s Look at Near Death Experiences” at Life Long Learning at Fort Lewis College.

  • October 25-28, 2006 in Houston, Texas. “A Thirty Year Perspective: Medicine’s Changing Views Toward NDEs” keynote presentation at the “Near-Death Experiences: 30 Years of Research” conference co-sponsored by MD Anderson Cancer Center and IANDS. Perspective.

  • December 13, 2006 in Durango, Colorado. “The Practicalities of Near-Death Experiences: What Health Care Professionals Need to Know” as a Grand Rounds presentation at Mercy Regional Medical.