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Meet Dr. Suzie Carmack

PhD, MFA, MEd, ERYT 500, NBC-HWC, PCC, C-IAYT

Named Executive Well-Being Coach of the Year by Finance Monthly (2024) and Alumnae of the Year by the Department of Communication of George Mason University (2018), Dr. Suzie Carmack is an American author, yoga therapist, professor and executive leadership coach. With 32 years of experience as an educator in both higher education and professional education, she is the Department Chair for Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda at the Maryland University of Integrative Health; Senior Scholar for the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University; and the CEO of YogaMedCo -- where she provides yoga therapy to clients and certifies professionals in her evidence-informed YogaMedco method. 

Known for her ground-breaking and pioneering efforts to destigmatize the practices of yoga and mindfulness in workplaces and government agency settings in the early 2000's, Dr. Carmack has been personally commissioned to support the teams and senior leadership of the U.S. Department of Defense; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the U.S. Treasury Executive Institute; the U.S. Air Force; the U.S. Department of Education; the U.S. Surgeon General; the U.S. Parks Service; the Health Resources and Services Administration; and the Pan American / World Health Organization. She has personally coached 100's of senior leaders in her evidence-informed YogaMedCo method, and she has trained and certified 1000+ coaches, leaders and teams in this method for their personal and professional development.

With a passion for helping servant leaders and service-driven healers to recover from burnout so they can get back to joy and serve the greater good, she is the author of the #1 best-selling books Well-Being Ultimatum (2015) and Genius Breaks (2017). She also was the senior science contributor on the topic of stress management for Weight Loss for Life by Hopkins Press (2021), and was invited to share her thoughtwork on addressing the growing prevalence of U.S. physician burnout in Embracing Complexity in Health by Springer (2019). Her next book Yoga for One: How to co-create an inclusive and evidence-informed practice on and off the mat will be published in August 2024 by Singing Dragon/Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London. In it, she shares her world-renowned YogaMedCo methodology -- to offer yoga, healthcare and wellness professionals her simple, systemic and scientific framework for co-creating evidence-informed and inclusive programs that integrate the practices of yoga, lifestyle medicine, and coaching.

DEGREES

  • PhD, Health Communication, George Mason University (2014)
  • MEd, Health and Kinesiology, University of Texas at Tyler (2009)
  • MFA, Theatre and Arts Administration, University of Alabama and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (1991)
  • BA, Communication Arts, Allegheny College (1989)

CERTIFICATIONS

  • C-IAYT, Certified Yoga Therapist (2022)
  • PCC, Executive Leadership Coach (2022)
  • NBC-HWC, Board-Certified Health Coach and Trainer of Health Coaches (2018)
  • ERYT 500, Trainer of Yoga Teachers (2006)

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