Warriors in the World: Amy Saltzman

Amy SaltzmanA warrior in the world, Dr. Amy Saltzman is devoted to exploring the ways in which mindfulness can enhance the human experience, especially to the experience of being a child or adolescent. As a trained medical doctor, she offers a holistic perspective in the field of mindfulness. As a mother, she offers compassion. She is a scientist and a poet, a physician and a meditator, and most of all a human being.

Dr. Saltzman’s research explores the connections between stress, aggression, emotional intelligence, communication, healthy relationships, peer influence and mindfulness practices in children and teenagers. Her research projects were conducted with the Department of Psychology at Stanford.

She has also worked in socioeconomically diverse school settings, undergrad programs, and community programs with people of all ages.

Dr. Saltzman is trained in Internal Medicine, a founding diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, founder and director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education, and a founding member of the Northern California Advisory Committee on Mindfulness. She served on the Board of Trustees of the American Holistic Medical Association for eight years, and was the first medical director of the integrative Health and Healing Clinic, at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco . In 2002, Dr. Saltzman established a private practice in Menlo Park , CA , where she provides holistic medical care and individual mindfulness instruction to children, teens and adults. She also offers presentations and courses for young children, teens, parents, educators, and health care professionals.

Bringing her inspiration into the world, Amy’s work helps to nurture children and thus nurture the future of our society. Asked about her motivation, Dr. Saltzman explains, “I am devoted to supporting children and adolescents discovering the Still Quiet Place (aka awareness) within. From this place they can learn to observe their thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, the people and circumstances of their lives. Ultimately these observations, allow them to choose their behavior— respond rather than react.”

She has recently published a new book, The Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions. You can check it out here. She also has created 2 CDs Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Young Children, and Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Teens, available through iTunes or amazon.