PhD, MFA, MEd, ERYT, NBC-HWC, C-IAYT, PCC
Dr. Suzie Carmack is an award-winning yoga therapist, well-being promotion researcher, and trusted c-suite advisor to federal and global government agencies. She is the best-selling author of Well-Being Ultimatum (2015) and Genius Breaks (2017), and was the leading science contributor on the topic of stress management for Weight Loss for Life (2022) published by Johns Hopkins Press.
Dr. Carmack serves as the Department Chair of Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda for the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH); Senior Scholar for the Center for the Advancement (CWB) of Well-being at George Mason University; and Education Advisory Board Member for the MedFit Education Foundation. She also travels globally to support leaders and teams as a speaker, c-suite coach, course developer and consultant. She is an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists; the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching; and the American Public Health Association.
Over the course of her 30-year career, Dr. Carmack has served as the personal yoga therapist and leadership well-being coach for 100's of senior c-suite leaders and their teams in the healthcare, military and education fields while concurrently teaching in higher education and developing evidence-based, enterprise-level health campaigns at state, federal and global levels. She has trained 1000's of yoga teachers, yoga therapists, fitness professionals and health coaches on 5 continents in applied practice. Her current applied research explores the efficacy of bringing yoga and other contemplative practices into healthcare, education, and military workforce settings to reduce the prevalence of diseases of despair while improving leadership and team performance. Her mixed methods doctoral research (Carmack, 2014) explored the role of sense-making and social support in the co-creation of well-being.
Dr. Carmack is based in Summerville, South Carolina, a suburb of Charleston, SC, where she practices a daily sadhana and lives with her husband Bob Shircliff. They love visiting their five children and one grandchild; traveling; and trying new restaurants.