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Peter Wayne, Ph.D.Peter Wayne, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Research Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine jointly based at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Peter has been trained and certified to teach by numerous internal arts masters including Robert Morningstar, Arthur Goodridge, Mantak Chia, and Michael Winn. During 2000, he studied in China and received certification from the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong. He has also completed a training course in Gesture of Awareness with Charles Genoud. A seasoned nationally recognized practitioner and teacher with more than 35 years of experience, Peter enjoys sharing his knowledge of the internal arts with all interested students. He particularly enjoys drawing on the principles of Western Science to help elucidate the ancient principles of traditional Oriental healing arts.

Between 2000-2007, Peter was the Research Director of the New England School of Acupuncture, where he developed and oversaw studies evaluating all branches of Chinese medicine. Peter's current research at the Harvard Medical School includes clinical and basic research evaluating the effectiveness of Tai Chi and related complementary and alternative medical therapies for numerous medical conditions including balance disorders, cardiovascular health, osteoporosis, depression, and pulmonary disease. Peter has played a leading or collaborative role on more than 20 National of Institutes of Health funded studies, and his research has been published in a number of leading medical journals.

 

Jane Moss, B.A., M.Ed.Jane Moss, B.A., M.Ed., is a certified instructor of the Tree of Life Tai Chi System and is a long-time student of Tai Chi, Hatha Yoga, and other mind-body practices. She teaches at the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center in Lincoln, MA, and at the Harvard Medical School-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

An educator and curriculum developer for her whole life, she draws on her experience of playing and coaching chamber music and teaching literature and writing to people of all ages. Jane received a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Education, and studied flute with James Pappousakis and Lois Schaeffer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She studied Reiki with Arthur Goodridge, received Reiki Master Certification from Louise Chochran, and trained in the Enneagram with Helen Palmer and Janet Levine. Jane has extensive teaching and professional counseling experience with teens and with homeless and formerly homeless men and women.

A practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, Jane brings these and other meditative techniques together with the principles of Tai Chi and Qigong to explore and facilitate the mind-body connection. She is currently engaged in a three-year training with Charles Genoud in the practice of Gestures of Awareness.

 

Stanwood ChangStanwood Chang is an avid student and practitioner of the internal martial arts. He has been studying Tai Chi since 2002, and is a graduate of the Tree of Life Teacher Training program.

In addition to teaching at Tree of Life, Stanwood also teaches the Tree of Life Tai Chi curriculum at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General Hospital, and at Defense-Wise Martial Arts in Grafton.

Stanwood also studies Sun style Tai Chi with Master Thomas Duterme and Chen style Tai Chi with Master Wang Haijun. He is the founder and director of the Sun Tai Chi Institute of Boston and Silk Reeling.

Stanwood's teaching style is warm and playful, yet mindful to detail. His devotion to his Tai Chi practice inspires others to integrate Tai Chi into their lives.

 

Regina GibbonsRegina Gibbons MBA, M.Ac., Lic. Ac. is a certified graduate of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Program taught by Peter Wayne, and teaches at the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center in Somerville. Regina has also served as a Tai Chi instructor in a Harvard Medical School-based NIH-funded trial evaluating Tai Chi for chronic heart failure and teaches private and public classes on the North Shore.

Regina began studying and practicing Tai Chi and Qigong over a decade ago while earning her Masters of Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture. Her formal education in both classic East Asian medical literature and conventional medicine allows Regina to translate the ancient principles of Tai Chi and Qigong into a language that makes it easily accessible to students.

Regina is also a seasoned clinician, having maintained a private acupuncture practice in Marblehead, MA since 2000. She is currently credentialed at Massachusetts General Hospital and serves as a clinical acupuncturist at the MGH Community Health Center in Revere, MA.

 
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