Dr. Suzie Carmack, PhD, MFA, MEd, ERYT
“Dr. C” is a well-being thought-leader dedicated to moving the world to well-being.
Dr. Suzie Carmack, PhD, MFA, MEd, ERYT is an author, thought-leader, scholar/practitioner, author, strategist and socialpreneur who enjoys working with individuals, teams, organizations, and national agencies to promote and protect well-being. With applied expertise in community-based intervention design, development, execution and evaluation, Dr. Carmack currently serves on the adjunct faculty of George Mason University -- developing and teaching in-person and online courses for the Department of Global Health and the School of Integrative Studies in integrative health coaching, compassion in the workplace, stress management, and well-being promotion. She is the author of Genius Breaks: Optimizing Your Workday Performance and Well-being: (2017) and Well-Being Ultimatum: A Self-Care Guide to Strategic Healers (2015) and the founder of the recently-launched Mindful Movement Academy and its parent platform, the Well-Being Online Academy.
As a well-being subject matter expert and media spokesperson, she is regularly asked to consult government agencies in the areas of well-being promotion, health communication and change management -- and has shared her thought-leadership in mindful leadership, change management, social marketing and health communication in the development of solutions for local, regional and national agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Park Service and the Pan American/World Health Organization. In 2015, she was the lead thought architect for the Operation Live Well program for the Department of Defense, designing a 20-year implementation plan for the DoD to shift to a prevention model (in keeping with the Triple Aim). She regularly responds to press inquiries for thought-leadership in well-being, and has been featured locally, nationally, and internationally in publications like the Washington Post, and Washingtonian Magazine.
As a keynote speaker and conference presenter, Dr. Carmack has delivered over 100 live and virtual keynotes for the public and private organizations, including Pan American / World Health Organization's wellness week, the National Institutes of Health, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Heart Association, Kaiser Mid-Atlantic Physician Wellness Conference, Club Spa and Fitness Association, the DCAC fitness conference, the DC Health Communication Conference, Junior League International, and Professional Women in Healthcare. She has also presented her research at a variety of adjudicated (scholarly) conferences, including the International Conference for Systems and Complexity in Health, sponsored by George Washington University (2017); the American Public Health Association's national conference (2017, 2015, 2012); HIMSS (2018); National Academies of (Medical) Practice (2012), and the National Institutes of Health's Mind/Body Week (2009).
As a coach, teacher trainer, CEC workshop developer, and facilitator, Dr. Carmack has consistently received international acclaim and professional endorsement for her pioneering training programs, and she has also developed college courses since 1993. She regularly trains instructors and leaders in CEC and tailored workshops, and has presented her approach to teaching and coaching at the George Mason University's annual teaching conference, DC's Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, Fairfax County Parks and Recreation, Booz Allen Hamilton, and BHS. As a popular international CEC workshop presenter, she has trained over 2000 yoga and Pilates teachers and yoga teacher trainers for the Yoga Alliance, Pilates Method Alliance, and the American Council on Exercise.She has developed professional education workshops for teachers for the Fairfax County (VA) and Howard County (MD) Public School Districts, and regularly volunteers her time to promote teacher well-being with solutions for classroom engagement and teacher burnout. She has also led C-sutie Convenings for federal agencies and private industry -- bringing leaders from the C-suite together for problem-solving and innovation-generating discussions that reach beyond silos for the greater good.
As a multi-disciplinary artist and scientist, Dr. Carmack holds advanced degrees in the social sciences (PhD, Health Communication, George Mason University, 2014); natural sciences (MEd, Kinesiology, University of Texas at Tyler, 2009); and humanities (MFA, Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival / University of Alabama, 1991). She has also been an ERYT (experienced yoga teacher) with the Yoga Alliance since 2006; a trainer of fitness professionals for the American Council on Exercise since 2006; a classically and comprehensively trained Pilates teacher with the Pilates Method Alliance since 2003 (PMA-CPT), and a coach trainer for the International Association of Health and Wellness Coaches since 2016. Her mixed-methods doctoral research (2014) explores the ways we define and measure well-being, and positions it not as an experience or state (as other scholars suggest), but instead as a communicative act and process of sense-making, and one that is dependent upon social support.
As a Community Change Agent, Dr. Carmack has previously served on the national and founding board of the K-12 School Yoga and Mindfulness organization, and the advisory boards of Action for Healthy Kids and the Northern Virginia Kids Coalition. In addition to serving as an advisor to the Northern Virginia Conscious Business Association, she is also an advisor to the GMU's forthcoming Chief Well-Being Officer graduate certificate program. She is also currently leading a grass-roots effort to bring her Genius Breaks model to classrooms around the country through mentor trainings and CEC workshops. Over 31 states have already begun moving their children mindfully during the school day thanks to this effort, with more developed programming along the way.
As a mother-fiancee-daughter-sister-friend, Dr. Carmack lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her fiancee Bob Shircliff and daughter. Her sons attend Virginia Commonwealth University. When she isn't moving the world to well-being, she enjoys spending uplanned time with family and friends, practicing yoga and Pilates, and learning more about wine. She gets back to her hometown of Pittsburgh whenever she can and loves traveling (for local day trips and internationally) for fun.
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