After receiving a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Illinois and postdoctoral training in cancer biology at Baylor College of Medicine, I joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in 1972. I began to lecture in the general pharmacology course in the medical curriculum early in my career. It was my role as Course Coordinator for the department’s Medical Pharmacology course and my membership on the Medical Admissions Committee that marked the beginning of my interests and involvement in medical education.
The following experiences have contributed to my current medical education interests: (1) leadership roles in Baylor’s 1995 curriculum revision process, (2) initiation of Baylor’s Curriculum Database Program, and (3) directing Baylor’s problem-based learning program and (4) completion of Baylor’s Master Teacher Fellowship Program.
As Director of Baylor’s problem-based learning program, I tried to create an environment that fosters innovation and creativity. As a result, the IPS program has served as the basis for a successful National Board of Medical Examiner’s grant applications, an ‘In Progress’ publication in Academic Medicine, and two Research in Medical Education abstracts. I continued to innovate through the development of a course strategic plan, Web-based advanced facilitator training, introduction of teaming exercises, and creation of a peer assessment program.
These accomplishments, and my continued commitment to them, represent the basis for my continued interest in medical education in the areas of problem-based learning, curriculum databasing, and cancer prevention education.
Susan Linke MBA MS RDN LD CLT CGP has practiced in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 2005 with a focus on chronic inflammatory conditions as well as gastrointestinal conditions such as IBS, SIBO, and IBD. She is the owner of Food Sensitivity Specialists LLC and practices as an integrative and functional dietitian, helping patients develop customized solutions that empower them to take control of their health challenges. She earned a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University and has completed the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP) certification with the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy. She is also a Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT) with a specialty in food sensitivities and chronic inflammatory conditions and a Certified Gluten Practitioner.
In addition to seeing patients in her own practice, she serves as an advisory board member of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy and Oxford Biomedical Technologies Inc. Over the last 17 years, she has mentored thousands of dietitians through the Nutrition Entrepreneurs dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as Oxford Biomedical Technologies.
Using her knowledge and experience with supplements and herbs, she edited the Herbal and Dietary Supplements section of the Texas Association of Nutrition and Dietetics 2013 Medical Nutrition Therapy Manual. She has been quoted in multiple publications such as Today’s Dietitian, Epicurious, SCORE, Smart Briefs for Nutritionists and others.
Leadership roles include multiple terms on the Executive Boards of the Dallas Dietetic Association, Nutrition Entrepreneurs and Dietitians in Functional and Integrative Medicine.
Arlene is thrilled and honored to be part of the Avellino Group (Nutritional and Integrative Medicine). Her participation began as a result of her 24 year association and friendship with Carla Heiser. Her contribution to the group is the result of her 43 years of ongoing training and development with Landmark Education… Listening and supporting these colleagues to
accomplish creating a new paradigm in healthcare!
Arlene serves on the Board of Directors for Cherish Our Children International (COCI) as a lifetime Board Member. She began participating in 1993 when COCI began and served as the first Executive Director for 7 years and as National Fundraising Coordinator for 7 years. Her focus has always been in supporting the volunteers accomplish their fundraising goals and growing from the experience. She has also helped provide the Nikifit fitness course for 15 years, by registering and supporting the participants with nutritional guidelines. She provides the Grocery Store Workshop, benefitting COCI. Arlene was married to the extraordinary Jerome Levy for 41+ years, has 2 wonderful daughters, 1great son-in-law and 2 of the best grandchildren!
Michele Helland is a nationally certified Wellness Coach through the Human Kinetics ASEP Coach Training Program and has earned her Lifestyle Educating certificate from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Michele taught elementary school for ten years and is happily married and the mother of two boys. She has a strong interest in wellness, health, nutrition and exercise. Michele applies this to her life and home. As your PHS lifestyle educator , she will help educate you on lifestyle changes with a focus on nutrition and exercise.