Ellen Fogel, M.S.W., is the founder of the National Center for Integrative Therapies and co-founder of the Center for Integrative Healing. The National Center for Integrative Therapies assists organizations in setting up their own hospital based Integrative Therapies programs based upon their specific models and prototypes. Ellen also founded and directs the Integrative Therapies Program at the Breast Cancer Resource Center in Santa Barbara, California. She served on the board of directors for the American Cancer Society in Santa Barbara for over 20 years and is an advisory board member for the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara. Ellen also serves on the board of directors for the Santa Barbara Summit for Tibet. She is currently completing her studies towards her medical degree (M.D.).
Ellen has dedicated herself to researching unique healing modalities around the world. She studied aspects of Tibetan medicine in the Himalayas while traveling throughout Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet. In Sweden she studied Nordic Seidr and ethnobotany and learned indigenous healing practices in Lapland and Fiji. She trained extensively in natural medicine in Peru and Brazil. Ellen has focused on anthropological medicine, bio-energetic therapies and Himalayan healing modalities and has traveled to many international sacred sites studying cultural rituals deeply rooted in ancient wisdom. She has integrated this breadth of experience in her clinical practice and in her teaching.
In addition to her extensive training, Ellen has a unique multidisciplinary background having studied nursing and medicine, obtaining a master’s degree in clinical social work, and receiving certification in all modalities included in the NCFIT model. Ellen utilizes her diversity of experience to enrich the lives of her students, clients, patients and colleagues.