Meet the Integrative Life Solutions Wellness Center Staff                                         

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.


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 a number of 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

As a neurofeedback and biofeedback facilitator, Paula assists youth and adults with attention, mood, and memory challenges at Integrative Life Solutions wellness center in Clemmons, North Carolina. Her PSYCH-K® biofeedback practice, Whole Brain Balancing, is a “deep change” technique aligning conscious mind intentions with  subconscious beliefs.

She is a Preferred Affiliate with PSYCH-K International, having studied with Bruce Lipton (The Biology of Belief) and Rob Williams. PSYCH-K is a brain integration technique; synchronizing the conscious, subconscious and super conscious aspects of the mind; to release self-limiting beliefs held in the subconscious.

Based on neuroscience split-brain research and validated by neurofeedback, it blends the psychology of self-empowerment, with the new biology of intention. Featuring a “balance” to create equilibrium across the brain’s right and left hemisphere, the resulting “whole brain state” also connects the conscious and subconscious mind, to transform deep-seated beliefs. Whole brain balancing alleviates stress, addresses trauma, fosters emotional resiliency and enhances mental flexibility.

Originally trained as a research librarian, Paula later served as senior analyst in economic development, specializing in healthcare informatics.  A librarian at Cornell University, she also trained California public librarians to deliver eHealth information services. As an independent scholar, she published the definitive bibliography of American women artists in 1990, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

A former consultant to nonprofit organizations nationally; she was capital campaign director for Community Counseling Services in San Francisco, senior campaign director at Custom Development Solutions in Charleston, and managing consultant at Skystone Partners in Sacramento. While leading multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns in California, she trained library foundation boards statewide in major gift fundraising, sponsored by the California State Library.

Holding an advanced degree and two undergraduate degrees, she studied at the University of California (Los Angeles and Long Beach); State University of New York at Buffalo; and University of Siena, Italy. Professional certifications include transformational healthcare leadership, healthcare disparities, economic development and charitable planned giving.

Her major publications range from the scholarly bibliography, Women Artists in the United States:  A Selective Bibliography and Resource Guide on the Fine and Decorative Arts, 1850-1986; to Handbook of Volunteer Management (North Carolina Governor’s Office); and Create a Planned Giving Bequest Program for Your Library (Friends and Foundations of California Libraries).

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. 



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