Aetna`s 2013 African-American History Calendar Highlights Complementary Medicine

Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:14am EST

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-- Twelve Practitioners from Around the Country Featured --
HARTFORD, Conn.--(Business Wire)--
Interest in complementary medicine has grown sizably in recent years as has the
number of individuals providing services in many of its sub-specialties. Aetna
(NYSE: AET) highlights some of the most fascinating African-Americans
contributing in this field of health care in its 32nd African-American history
calendar titled "Celebrating African Americans Practicing Physical and
Alternative Healing." 

Yvonne Bronner, Sc.D., R.D., a professor and founding director of the
M.P.H./Dr.PH. program at Morgan State University wrote in the calendar`s
introduction, "The NIH`s National Center for Complementary and Alternative
Medicine has supported research in this area since 1992. Positive effects of
some therapies can be explained and supported. Others can`t. But practitioners
continue to present positive experiences from their patients." Dr. Bronner
previously was director of the University`s complementary and alternative
medicine research training program. 

Mark T. Bertolini, chairman, CEO and president of Aetna said, "There is so much
we have yet to know about complementary medicine. There is a rather lengthy
history of medical research that either supports or negates traditional Western
medical practices, but the research conducted on complementary medicine is
relatively new. Still, there are many components of complementary medicine
providing beneficial results with many people living healthier. There is no
doubt that many of these therapies are alleviating pain and suffering." 

"Aetna is proud to focus on the accomplishments of African-Americans in these
healing arts. They are people making an important contribution, both to their
communities, as well as to their specialty," said Floyd W. Green III, Aetna`s
head of Community Relations and Urban Marketing. 

Practitioners featured in the calendar represent a wide diversity of practices.
For example, Lester L. Carter, Jr., a pharmacist who opened his own pharmacy in
Milwaukee in 1968, is also an herbologist, and ships homemade remedies all over
the country. Cynthia Shelby-Lane, M.D., is a Detroit doctor who promotes
therapeutic laughter and is developing a 12-step program to help people laugh
more and live longer. After earning a Ph.D. in sociology/criminology and
teaching at several universities in Washington, D.C., Andrea Sullivan sold
everything and moved to Seattle to earn a doctor of naturopathic medicine
degree. The author of "A Path to Healing: a Guide to Wellness for Body, Mind and
Soul," Sullivan moved back to Washington and opened the Center for Natural
Healing in 1988. 

Other practitioners profiled in the 2013 calendar are: 

Stella Stepney, M.S., A.T.R.-BC, L.C.A.T., who practices art therapy as a
clinician, educator, researcher and author; 

Wentworth Jarrett, M.D., who built an integrated medical center with a
traditional practice as well as biofeedback, massage therapy, yoga, Pilates and
skin care; 

Jamela Franklin, Ed.M., M.A., a certified aromatherapist who draws from 200
essential oils to help calm and heal the body; 

George Mumford, M.Ed., who left the corporate world to teach a mindfulness-based
stress-reduction program to prisoners and staff at Massachusetts correctional
facilities. He then went on to the NBA and NCAA where he worked as a sports

Angela Tatum Fairfax, Ph.D., who is CEO of a counseling and creative arts
psychotherapy practice, and a dance movement therapist; 

Ifeoma Ikenze, M.D., who has incorporated 25 years of homeopathy into her
medical practice; 

Rolf Gates, a yoga teacher and author. As one of the leading voices in modern
yoga, a former social worker and U.S. Army Airborne Ranger, he now teaches yoga
full time; 

Folashade Omole, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., C.P.E.H.R., a physician who also is a
licensed medical acupuncturist; and 

Juneau K. Robbins, D.C., a chiropractor who spends much of his time helping
patients manage pain. 

The 2013 calendar is available for $4 by calling 860-273-0509. The online
version of the calendar is available at the following website: 

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