Meet the Integrative Life Solutions Practitioners                                       

Pat Benfield: Clinical Neurofeedback Specialist

At ILS, our neurofeedback specialist is Pat Benfield, MHDL, CRT, CBIS-CI, CCAA. Pat is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has a Masters in Human Development. She is a qEEG NeuroPsychoPhysiology Clinician with more than 40 years of experience helping children, adolescents, and adults with cognitive, behavioral, physical, and adjustment challenges.

For the last 22 years, Pat has focused on helping those with brain injury, cognitive aging issues, and other neurophysiological disorders. She has used biofeedback for more than 20 years and neurofeedback for more than 10 years to successfully treat disrupted and dysregulated physiology associated with stress, trauma, brain injuries and the constellation of related emotional, cognitive, and physical disorders.

Pat also has worked as a Clinical Coordinator for neuropsychologists and was instrumental in establishing the first successful day-treatment programs for rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury in Hickory and Charlotte, NC, where she obtained her initial training and experience in biofeedback and then furthered her training through the Biofeedback Therapist Training Institute.

Pat has received didactic training to read qEEG brain maps and administer scientifically based neurofeedback training from Richard Soutar, PhD, her mentor, and other well-known experts in the field of neurofeedback such as Robert W. Thatcher, PhD (Z-Score training); Kirtley Thornton, PhD (qEEG activation model); Tom and Linda Brownback, PhDs (Neurodiagnostic Evaluation and Training); Mark Smith, LCSW (InfraLow Frequency and Advanced Z-Score training); and Siegfried Othmer, PhD, and Sue Othmer, BA (SMR and ILF training), among many others.

She is a qualified expert and leader in the field of brain injury rehabilitation in her professional and local communities and has been qualified as an Expert Witness in legal proceedings as a Neurocognitive Rehabilitation Therapist and Vocational Evaluator.

Pat was one of the first clinicians to obtain her certification as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and clinical instructor through the ACBIS.

Pat is a member in good standing in several professional organizations. She is an active Board member for the Southeast Biofeedback & Clinical Neuroscience Association (formerly known as the North Carolina Biofeedback Society), has served several terms as secretary and president and as Conference Planning Chair (2005-2012). She is an active Board member and treasurer (2007-present) with the International Society for Cognitive Rehabilitation. The organization’s primary focus is to assure high standards of ethical and professional practice in the evidence-based fields of biofeedback and neurofeedback and in cognitive rehabilitation.

Pat has written published and unpublished scientific papers on cognitive and psychosocial rehabilitation and use of qEEG and neurofeedback as efficacious treatments for brain injury and has made many conference presentations.


Paula Chiarmonte, MLS  
PSYCH-K®  Facilitator; Neurofeedback, Theragem™, 
and HeartQuest Technician

Serving as a senior consultant independently, and with national firms; Paula has advised nonprofit boards in major gift fundraising, for over fifteen years. Certified in planned giving, she trained library boards in California, funded by the California State Library.

Contributing to the arts, education, and business for over thirty years; she was recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities, funder of her definitive bibliography of American women artists, published in 1990. 

An academic librarian and nonprofit management consultant; more recently, Paula was a senior research analyst in economic development, specializing in healthcare. Studying transformational healthcare leadership at UCLA, she focused on complementary and integrative modalities.

Subsequently, she explored Dr. Bruce Lipton’s biology of belief, and Rob Williams’ PSYCH-K® technique; combining science and psychology. She trained extensively to become a facilitator, establishing her practice, Whole Brain Balancing in 2013.

Paula’s education includes an advanced degree in Library and Information Science and two undergraduate degrees in Design and Business Administration. She is certified in healthcare leadership, economic development, and planned giving. A lifelong learner, she volunteers for Hospice.


Charles Kirkman, CPC, LMBT #14450

As a massage and bodywork therapist, Charles enjoys the challenge in finding ways to help 
others live a more fulfilling, healthy life through the non-invasive use of therapeutic massage.

He graduated from Living Arts Institute and was trained in some of the latest techniques used in massage therapy today, such as deep tissue, myofascial release and trigger point therapy. These therapies can be very beneficial in relieving pain from many common issues relating to plantar fasciitis or muscle related nerve entrapment found with the brachial nerve plexus and sciatica.

Charles also has advanced certification in prenatal massage and can tailor a treatment for each trimester to provide drug-free relief from the physiological changes that occur during pregnancy.


Kathy Groce, E #6078

 

Kathy has always had a passion for skin care and helping others look their best. Over 5 years ago Kathy made the decision to better her education on skin care and enrolled in the Artistic Academy in North Wilkesboro where she graduated with her esthetics degree. She was taught a full range of skin care services, products, and techniques to help her clients put their best face forward.Kathy is also a Theragem technician.

 


 

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