Ed Rubenstein, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Director of Education

As the Co-Founder of Heart Based Institute and a licensed psychologist, Ed has been at the forefront of the human potential field for over 30 years.  Ed’s focus within psychology is on developing and introducing Heart Based Therapeutics® – a transformative, evidence-based psychological approach that provides a natural way to grow resiliency, manage emotions, build positive relationships, and enhance personal and professional fulfillment.

Over the years, Ed has worked with a multiplicity of client populations and has conducted innovative Heart Based Therapeutics workshops and training sessions across the U.S. and abroad. He has successfully presented at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Pan American World Health Organization (PAHO), Pfizer, Inc., and other agencies and corporations.

Since 2015, Ed along has led HBI in partnering with the University of Maryland, School of Medicine to study the effects of a particular form of Heart Based Meditation on prostate cancer cells. While the findings of this groundbreaking research will be released and discussed in detail soon, the study repeatedly demonstrated that cell samples which were exposed to subjects practicing this specific form of Heart Based Meditation resulted in a marked decrease in cell migration (the spread of cancer cells).

Ed received his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Florida State University, and holds a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Florida State University, a Masters in Psychology from Radford University, and a Masters in Spiritual Studies from Goddard College.

Read more about Ed’s personal journey, professional inspiration, and the founding of Heart Based Institute.

Ed Rubenstein

Jim Van Huysse

Executive Director

Jim joined Heart Based Institute as a member of the Board of Directors in 2015 before moving into his current role as Executive Director in late 2018. Jim brings over 25 years of operational experience to HBI, having lead organizations as well as strategic planning, marketing, business development functions within Fortune 100 companies and numerous startups. He has also served in a number of non-profit organizations, including as a Trustee and Step One School where he chaired the preschool’s first capital campaign, raising over $1.5M. 

Jim has been practicing heart based meditation since 2006, and is grateful to be able to combine his business experience with his spiritual practice, helping individuals, service providers, business professionals, and organizations realize the transformative effects of the heart.

Read more about Jim’s inspirational personal and professional journey. 

Jim Van Huysse

Board of Advisors

Stephanie Bloom

Stephanie Bloom, JD

Stephanie brings a wealth of business expertise and solutions-oriented creativity to every project and client relationship. She is not only an accomplished corporate attorney, but a successful marketing entrepreneur, multimedia content developer, and award-winning children’s author. "A Place to Grow" is currently featured in schools across the country as part of the evidence-based "Learn, Grow, Eat & Go" curriculum project of the International Junior Master Gardener® Program. Stephanie received her BA from Northwestern University and her JD from American University Washington College of Law. Stephanie is a former Board Member of Heart Based Institute and a longtime heart based meditation practitioner, and enjoys helping others discover new and special places to grow.

Louise Carmichael

Louise Carmichael, MSW

Louise Carmichael is a clinical social worker in Australia. She received a master’s degree in clinical social work from Finders University and an advanced diploma in transpersonal psychotherapy at the Inner Journey Training Centre. In 2012, she received the prestigious Prime Ministers Australia Asia Academic Award to study, research and train social services in India. Louise had developed cross-cultural psychotherapeutic skills while working with Australian Aboriginal People for over 19 years. She has worked with vulnerable populations to develop culturally specific adaptations of western psychotherapeutic processes that resonate with indigenous wisdom, teaching these approaches across India and Australia. Louise has several publications in International and Indian peer-reviewed academic and research journals.

Cathy Faherty

Catherine Faherty

Over the last 30 years, Catherine Faherty become a leading lecturer and trainer in the field of autism, mentoring teachers, therapists, parents, and autistic adults worldwide. She has written professional training manuals, co-developed training programs, and is the author of four groundbreaking books in the field of autism, translated into 9 languages, including the winner of the 2009 Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Literary Work. Early on in her career she taught students with very diverse learning styles before creating a model classroom in 1985 where she developed autism-friendly learning strategies that are now widely accepted as the standard in most autism programs worldwide. From 1990 to 2012, Catherine served as an autism specialist with the internationally recognized TEACCH Program with the University of North Carolina.

Jacqui Gascoyne

Jacqueline Gascoyne, M.Sc.

Jacqueline Gascoyne has over 25 years of experience facilitating change at the individual and organizational levels, drawing on psychotherapeutic and psychodynamic processes. She holds a master’s degree in change facilitation from Surrey University. This is complemented by a strong background in learning and development, initially as human resources manager and training and development manager at both Diageo and Grand Metropolitan Foods. Jacqui’s career to date has encompassed a variety of settings and industry sectors, from small privately owned businesses to large international organizations, non-profit, healthcare, central government departments and agencies as well as academia, including Birmingham University and Henley Management College. Over the last 12 years Jacqui has specialized in helping teams and organizations implement innovative well-being practices that radically change the prevailing culture, putting people, collaborative working relationships and a heart based ethos at the core of sustainable business. This has led to a number of her clients winning national and regional Employer of the Year awards. Others have been quoted as best practice case studies, with the work featuring in several published articles.

Katherine Grant

Katherine Grant, MBA

Kathy is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Catholic Charities of Rochester, NY, and has held leadership roles in Fortune 50 and start up corporations. She led a business unit focused on developing and selling software solutions to Xerox’s healthcare clients, advancing annual revenues from $15 to $300 million over the course of 5 years. A Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, she has been frequently recognized for her contributions to mission-based, non-profit organizations. Kathy received the Home Care of New York State’s “Trustee of the Year” Award for her work with Visiting Nurse Hospice. She received both her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Duke University, and her Masters in Music from New England Conservatory. She delights in sharing her passion for music with her husband, who has played and taught the clarinet over a successful 30+ year career. Kathy is a former Board Member of Heart Based Institute.

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Marilou V. Inocalla, MD, ND

Marilou Inocalla received her medical degree from Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines. She completed her residency with a sub-specialty in child and adolescent psychiatry at Wayne State University in Michigan. Marilou has held the position of medical director for three psychiatric facilities, and for twenty years she practiced psychiatry at Mount Rogers Mental Health in Marion Virginia. Using her extensive experience in clinical psychiatry, preventive medicine, psychopharmacology and integrative medicine, Marilou currently supervises doctors, nurses and therapists in two different psychiatric facilities. She has conducted phenomenological research in family therapy and comparative studies on conventional and indigenous healing in the Philippines, leading to her publication of numerous studies including to an award winning paper on borderline personality. Marilou continues to be involved in relief operations and non-profit medical missions overseas.

Patrick McHugh

Patrick McHugh, MD

Patrick McHugh completed his medical degree at the University of Otago, New Zealand in 1986 and then returned to Gisborne where he has largely worked since. Patrick has vocational registration in general practice (GP), urgent care and rural hospital medicine. He currently works as a GP medical educator/program leader for the Tairawhiti inter-professional education program along with part time work in the Gisborne Hospital Emergency Department. Patrick also has extensive experience in addiction and has completed numerous trainings in a variety of holistic modalities including various forms of meditative practice. As a founding trustee of the Tairawhiti Complementary and Traditional Therapies Research Trust, he has carried out and published evidence-based research into the safety and efficacy of different complementary and traditional therapies and is passionate about patient-centered medicine.

Sally P. Mydlowec, M.Ed.

Sally Mydlowec received a Master of Education in biology from Temple University. After a career in teaching she became Executive Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at Manor College, in Pennsylvania. Her responsibilities cover all credit degree programs, curriculum, faculty, budgets, learning outcomes, and academic support services. She earned a certificate in higher education strategic and integrated planning from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Institute and is the president’s chief advisor on institutional strategic planning and assessment. Sally is also a member of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and has implemented new initiatives for adult learning on campus. She is a facilitator of workshops in the field of education including effective communication, integrated planning and developing academic program and course goals. She also facilitates workshops incorporating a heart based approach for enhancing personal well-being, communication, and teaching effectiveness.

Steve Ray

Steve Ray

Steve Ray is the founding co-director of Vox Bandicoot Pty. Ltd. and has an advanced diploma of group facilitation from the Groupwork Institute of Australia. He has worked in the environment and community sector for 25 years with a focus on environmental education and community engagement. Steve was the executive director at the Environs Australia, and has worked with Environmental Victoria, the Victorian Association for Environmental Education, and Manningham City Council. Steve is passionate about the power of groups as vehicles for social change and brings a heart based protocol into his group facilitation process.

Pamela Raymond

Pamela Raymond, MA, RN, LPC

Pamela Raymond has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Western Carolina University and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Vermont College of Norwich University. She has extensive experience in the field of occupational health and human resources. She coordinated health, wellness and safety programs at Westinghouse Electric Corporation and served as a human resources/occupational health consultant at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, facilitating corporate-wide occupational health procedures, programs and professional development. Pamela has over 20 years of experience in corporate training, development and participative leadership as well as having provided psychotherapy and professional counseling services in a variety of settings, including a non-profit counseling center, an addictions recovery program and an employee assistance program. She currently has a thriving private practice in downtown Asheville, NC.

Joe Rogers, PMP, PMI-ACP

Joe is a Harvard-educated serial entrepreneur with over two decades of starting and growing technology, consulting and wellness businesses. He is currently the founder of WorkDone.AI, a Digital Workforce platform. WorkDone was created as a Public Benefit Corporation with the mission of facilitating the proactive transition of workers displaced by AI into their next area of vitality. Joe is also an executive coach, implementing heart based training for organizations such as Fox Television.

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Kuldeep Singh, MD

Kuldeep Singh, M.D. received her medical degree from Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India. She completed her residency at the University of Kansas and is board certified in psychiatry and neurology. Kuldeep has worked in outpatient and inpatient settings, including practicing at a community mental health center for the past 35 years. In 2014, she received an award given by the Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas State to recognize her exemplary work embodying patient-centered care. Kuldeep has incorporated transpersonal psychology as an adjunct to treatment and finds it to be very valuable in facilitating growth and self-determination.

Aixia Zhang, Ph.D.

Aixia Zhang is a senior staff scientist at the National Institutes of Health, where she has worked for over 20 years. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the State University of New York at Albany in 1994, and then carried out postdoctoral research at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. During the past two decades, her research has been focused on studying the mechanisms of how small, non-coding RNAs regulate gene expression and play an important role in cell metabolism and growth under environmental stresses. Aixia is also passionately exploring and sharing holistic heart based approaches to improve health and well-being.

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