Robert Carter III, PhD, MPH, FACSM
Dr. Robert Carter III (Lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army) is a medical scientist specializing in trauma and injury related research. As an adjunct professor, Dr. Carter has taught numerous courses in nutrition, human performance, health and human disease, genetics, and bioethics at several universities. Dr. Carter has a Ph.D. in Physiology and Master of Public Health in chronic disease epidemiology. He received his postgraduate training in epidemiology at Harvard School Public Health and in Physiology at the United States Army Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, MA.
He serves on several scientific editorial boards, and is a scientific reviewer for 14 scientific and medical journals. He has published over 50 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on human performance, trauma, and environmental medicine. He is the Director for Research for the Take A Breath Texas Initiative He also serves on the board of advisors for Project Welcome Home Troops an educational non-profit organization geared towards bringing peace of mind to veterans. He is a volunteer and Power Breath Workshop facilitator with the International Association for Human Value. Dr. Carter and his wife, Dr.Kirti Carter, are meditators and are dedicated to helping individuals counteract stress and build resiliency in daily life by facilitating educational seminars on breath-based meditation and mind-body resiliency.
Jim Larsen, M.Ed.
Jim Larsen is a national and international personal development teacher who has devoted his life to uplifting people through training in meditation and other mind-body practices. He has taught beginning and advanced programs to thousands of people over the last 40 years. While many people today learn meditation for health benefits, these same practices have been used for ages to develop one's full potential. Jim has also taught programs for people in diverse circumstances including workshops on stress-relief for combat veterans, courses for trauma relief in Haiti, and courses for prison inmates.
Aditi Dave, MD
Aditi Dave completed her undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of South Florida and her dual residencies in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan. She has worked as faculty physician in Hospital Medicine and Internal Medicine for the past 8 years, at both the University of Michigan, and now as assistant professor at Wake Forest University Hospital. Her Pediatric activities focus on global health expeditions in third world countries. Her clinical focus includes compassion and patient centered medicine delivery in the hospital.
Dr. Dave became interested in practicing breath based meditation techniques about 20 years ago after practicing other forms of meditation. Over the past 20 years, her long term interests and pursuits in yoga, meditation and the use of breath are synergistic to her interest in enhancing individual wellbeing for body, mind and spirit to produce personal excellence, resilience, and wholehearted living. Her unique perspective on the tendencies of stress on the mind and body comes from firsthand experience of not only treating patients, but also working in highly stressful and demanding hospital environment. Over the past 15 years, she has formalized her training in the power of breath and meditation to foster ultimate health and vitality by teaching the unique SKY Breath Meditation and Sound Based Meditation (called Sahaj Samadhi) for the International Association of Human Values, a nonprofit organization serving to empower the individual.
Shirley has been teaching Meditation since 1973. She brings love and joy to her deep passion for SKY Meditation. She has also taught advanced meditation programs to thousands of people over the last two decades. She has represented the International Association for Human Values at the United Nations. She has traveled the world for the past 25 years sharing wisdom and techniques taught in the SKY Meditation course. Shirley has spearheaded efforts for the International Women's Conference, a forum that aims to promote women as agents of peace, development and ethical leadership thus creating a global network bringing together women leaders in government, multilateral organizations, the private and non-governmental sectors.
She loves to make a life a celebration and her laughter is contagious. Laugh, Dance, and Meditate is her motto for life!
Kirti Carter, MD, MPH
Kirti Carter received her M.D. in Mumbai, India. She practiced as an Intensive Care physician before she moved to Texas for her higher studies in Public Health. She received her Master of Public Health (M.P.H) in Environmental Health and Occupational Health from The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Holistic health and wellness has been her passion and is a strong proponent of stress free and health living. Dr. Carter has over 14 years of experience in meditation and breathing techniques. She has been facilitating wellness seminars for over 6 years. A philanthropist at heart, she has been instrumental in bringing yoga, breathing and meditation programs to refugees, low income groups and inner city middle school students in Fort Worth, TX.
Dr. Carter is the president of Carter Antiques. She is also the Director of Operations, Take a Breath Texas and a faculty for SKY Meditation, a program of the International Association for Human Values (IAHV). Along with her husband LTC Robert Carter III, a medical researcher for US Army, she also volunteers her time to facilitate and organize the mind-body resilience program, ‘Power Breath Workshop’ offered by Project Welcome Home troops for veterans with PTS. Dr. Carter offers workshops on breath-centered meditation and mind-body resiliency in an effort to create a stress free society.
Dean Harmison, D.D.S.
Dean’s professional life has been as a private practice dentist in San Antonio, Texas. The last 25 years, he was a part of several non-profit educational and charitable foundations as secretary and president. These include The Art of Living Foundation and The International Association for Human Values. He teaches relaxation and stress management techniques and processes along with yoga and meditation to people from all walks of life.
His most recent passion is serving on the Board of Advisors of Project Welcome Home Troops and facilitating Power Breath Meditation workshops for Vets and their families.