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The instructors for our Health and Wellness Professions classes are healthcare and medical industry experts who enjoy sharing their knowledge, skills, and expertise. As part of their continued commitment to the industry, they stay informed on the newest technologies, and methods.

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Jennifer Cady, MA, LPCC, LADAC has been on the faculty of the Substance Abuse Studies Training Program since 2000. She received her B.S. from Ohio University in Community Health Education and shortly thereafter a M.A. in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling from Case Western Reserve University and Ashland Theological Seminary. Her work includes Case Manager/Resident Advisor in Ohio and New Mexico, Mental Health Worker and UNM CASAA Counselor, Family Services Specialist and Clinical Coordinator for both adolescents and adults needing psycho social assessment, treatment planning, group and individual therapy to patients. Jennifer received her M.A. in counseling psychology in 1989 and is currently completing her doctoral studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is actively involved with the New Mexico Addiction Education Network to help those entering this field become educated. Jennifer goes the extra mile with joy to guide those with a passion for this challenging but satisfying work.

Upcoming Classes:

Evidence-Based Treatment (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 4/22/17

Ms. Chavez has been employed in the Health Care Industry for over 28 years. Her experience ranges from coding and billing to compliance and education. She received her CPC (certified professional coder) certification in 1991 and her CPC-H (certified professional coder-hospital) certification in 1998 from the American Academy of Professional Coders. In 1998, Ms. Chavez is credited for initiating the Albuquerque AAPC Chapter in which she served as chapter president for 2 years. In 2007, Ms. Chavez received her CCP-P (certified compliance professional-physician) certification from the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and her CMAS (certified medical administrative specialist) from the American Medical Technologists. Ms. Chavez was the co-founder of Medical Academy Services LLC and in 2008 became the sole founder of New Mexico HealthCare Consulting Services LLC.

Upcoming Classes:

CPT-4 Coding Specialist (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 5/4/17
ICD-10-CM Coding Specialist (Section SUA-PD) ‐ 7/17/17
HCPCS Level II Coding (Section SUA-PD) ‐ 8/29/17

Michael DeBernardi, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health Services at The Life Link in Santa Fe. He received degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse settings. A clinician, supervisor, researcher, teacher, and consultant, Dr. DeBernardi also serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists and has conducted a variety of CBT trainings around the country. His agency, The Life Link, is a major provider of mental health, substance abuse, case management, housing, employment, and a variety of other services for homeless and indigent clients in the Santa Fe area.

Upcoming Classes:

Clinical Supervision (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 4/8/17

This instructor bio is currently being updated.

Upcoming Classes:

Dialysis Technician (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 6/3/17
Clinical Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 6/3/17
Certified Professional Medical Auditor (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 6/3/17
Dental Assistant with Clinical Externship (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 6/3/17
Certified Professional Healthcare Compliance Officer (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 6/3/17
Pharmacy Technician + MAA with Clinical Externship (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 6/3/17
Physician's Office Assistant + EHRM with Clinical Externship (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 6/3/17
Medical Billing and Coding + MAA (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 6/3/17
Pharmacy Technician with Clinical Externship (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 6/3/17
Medical Billing and Coding (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 6/3/17
Medical Administrative Assistant (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 6/3/17
EKG Technician (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 6/3/17
Electronic Health Records Management (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 6/3/17

Sonia Masocco, LDT, C.Ay.P., CAH is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy as well as a member of the American Herbalist Guild. For the past 14 years, Sonia has had a private practice in Albuquerque; she also participates in lectures and conferences worldwide.

Upcoming Classes:

Ayurveda Assessment Techniques (Section SPA-PE) ‐ 4/4/17
Clinical Herbalism 102 (Section SPA-PE) ‐ 4/5/17
Food as Medicine (Section SPA-PE) ‐ 4/6/17

This instructor bio is currently being updated.

Upcoming Classes:

Clinical Medical Assistant (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 4/3/17

Institute of Community Wellness and Athletics - 4110 Ellison St. NE, Suite A Albuquerque, NM 87109 Jonathan Smith, RD, LD Fitness courses are held at the Institute of Community Wellness and Athletics, a non-profit dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to improve their quality of life. The institute has a 2600 square foot training floor where participants will engage in the principals being taught in the lecture portion of the course. The facility allows for all hands on work needed to pass the exam and begin working as a Personal Trainer.

Upcoming Classes:

Accelerated Fitness Trainer Clinic (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 4/21/17

Robert M. Tanner, M.A., MPA, Ph.D., LMFT is the coordinator of the counseling and human development department at Albuquerque Academy. He has a myriad of experiences in mental health that spans a 30-year period, including independent schools, inpatient and outpatient services, and addictions/dual diagnosis treatment. He has also taught counseling and psychology courses at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate level. Bob is a member of the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team and has been deployed on a number of national disasters. He has worked with families of victims lost in the World Trade Center, and more recently, with victims of Hurricane Katrina. In recognition of Bob's many volunteer disaster preparedness and response activities with the American Red Cross, the New Mexico Psychological Association in 2009 appointed him to lead its Disaster Response Network program. Bob holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Michigan State University, a master's degree in counseling from the University of New Mexico, a master's degree in public health administration, also from UNM, and master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the Fielding Institute.

Upcoming Classes:

Working with Family Members (Section SPA-PD) ‐ 5/6/17


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