Humanitarian Clowning is the Core of What We Do
We use clowning as the vehicle to promote spontaneous, heartfelt connections.
Set the stage to open lines of communication.
Learn to face vulnerability and embarrassment.
Share your truth
Share your truth in words, in silence, and pantomime.
Open your unconscious mind
Access your unconscious mind and its wisdom
Trust the heart
Trust that the heart knows things the mind can’t conceive.
Develop a clown character
Develop a clown character, use props, voices, puppets.
Meet our Leadership Team
Carl Hammerschlag, MD
Carl A. Hammerschlag is a master storyteller and internationally recognized author, physician, speaker, healer, and humanitarian clown. A Yale-trained psychiatrist; he has spent more than twenty years working with Native Americans. He is an expert on community-based health care, how to survive in rapidly changing cultures, and a leading authority in the practical applications of Psychoneuroimmunology (mind-body-spirit medicine). A faculty member at the University of Arizona Medical School, the Chief of Community Mental Health, Gesundheit! Institute, and founder of the Turtle Island Project, a non-profit, multidisciplinary organization whose programs integrate the principles of mind/body/spirit medicine with Native American rituals and ceremonies.
Dr. Hammerschlag’s life work has been chronicled in five critically acclaimed books: The Dancing Healers, The Theft of the Spirit, Healing Ceremonies, Kindling Spirit: Healing From Within, and two children’s books.
For the last 25 years he has been a humanitarian clown, joining Patch Adams MD the world’s most recognized humanitarian clown/doctor, spreading clown joy and healing in disaster areas, refugee camps, and institutions all over the world. He is a recipient of the National Caring Award. Selected by the Caring Institute of Washington D.C. from more than a quarter million nominations, the award honors “the ten most caring adults in America.” In his presentations, Dr. Carl Hammerschlag brings his gift of storytelling, a wealth of legends, and unique insights which bridge the worlds of science, spirit, and culture. With poignancy and humor, he leads his audiences on a joyful journey that will stimulate and renew their creative potential.
Carl Hammerschlag, MD
Bio to come
Charlotte Smith Huggins, MA
Charlotte is a multi media artist, mother, clown, ritualist, massage therapist, and professional communicator. Charlotte has had the nearly-unbelievable good fortune of being an internationally traveling humanitarian clown for her entire adult life. That lens of joyful possibility helped her to develop a keen sense of awareness, multi sensorial listening skills, and deep trust in the ability of people to connect and share, whatever the physical and/or social barriers. In addition to this radical, experiential global education, Charlotte has pursued a higher degree in Transpersonal Ecopsychology and has sought out spiritual teachers with intact cultural lineages to better understand human relationships with the larger world(s).
Charlotte brings her intense curiosity, compassion, and love for the world to each project she joins, and she is delighted to continue the work of the Belén Community Mental Health Clinics as a Program Designer and Truth Fairy Ambassador for The Healing Corps. See you there.
Charlotte’s personal work can be found at sphericaleducation.com
Program Development and Creative Design
Doctor Dawn Augusta is registered nurse and clinical associate professor at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Rooted in Phoenix and she has a strong affinity to serve and cultivate neighborhood wellness. She is a firm believer that the strength of a community is found in the weave of its people, the tighter- the better.
As a community cultivator Dawn remains deeply engaged in the work of improving the behavioral health system in Maricopa County. As a nurse-coach her life mission is to enhance health and wellness of families through relationship centered connections. Serving on the board of The Healing Corps is in alignment with Dr. Augusta’s heart mission to foster community resilience by weaving people together.
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Meet our Board of Directors
Bowen White, MD
At the age of 23 when free to make choices post college and the military I left Kansas with $1200 in cash and travelers checks, a back pack and sleeping bag. I returned a year later after traveling half way around the world and back. Longest stay 2 1/2 months in Nepal. Needless to say, the guy who left returned a different individual in terms of self knowledge gained. However, he didn’t learn much about relationships.
The next 50 years have been spent learning about relationships and sharing what I’ve been taught and am still learning with others. My experience includes learning that when it comes to relationships, normal isn’t healthy!! That included medical school, post graduate training in family medicine, patient care as a family physician, changing to 90 minute appointments per patient and 30 years ago with some trepidation becoming a humanitarian clown. This latter education involves traveling the world to connect in solidarity with other suffering folks with the intention of bringing a little joy into their lives. Where? ….in refugee camps, hospitals, hospices, schools for the handicapped, prisons, homes for the elderly orphanages, on the street and much more.
The Healing Corps is another vehicle for me to continue sharing and learning about this most important of all human activities. Why is it so important? Because everything gets done through human relationships. How we lead, serve, communicate, team, parent, sell, doctor, joyfully participate in the suffering of the world and with the help of others, joyfully participate in our own. Perhaps you’d like to join us. We’d love to play and learn with you more about being suspiciously healthy and infecting others with a heart opening, joyful contagion!
Bowen White, MD
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Dominique Fontaine, BSN, RN, HNB-BC, HWNC-BC is a double board-certified bachelors prepared holistic registered nurse and health and wellness nurse coach and founder of Sage Integrative Wellness, LLC. Her work focuses specifically on homeostasis regulation, healing, and wellbeing in psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology ailments integrating complementary integrative health approaches such as natural products, mind-body medicine, movement therapies, energy therapies, and partnering with clients to rediscover purpose, empowerment, and enhance quality of life.
Dominique finds balance in being rooted and grounded in helping others cultivate their sustenance and creating wellness from anywhere. As a holistic nurse and health and wellness nurse coach, her soul purpose is to elevate higher vibrational healing through authentic connection internally and externally with ourselves and with others in the world. Serving on the board of The Healing Corps was such an intuitive decision for her to facilitate interconnectedness for intentional healing, compassion, and unity locally and globally. Dominique is a passionate nurse disability advocate who enjoys spending quality playtime with her emotional service animal, Xena while striving to transform healthcare and culture through whole person awareness, holistic education, innovation, and transformational experiences.
Tom Cheek, MD
Meet our Advisors
Hayley Sklar Shapiro
Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH
Howard Silverman, MD
Ben Bobrow, MD
Patch Adams, MD
John Glick, MD
Drew Dietle, MD
3104 East Camelback Rd #614
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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