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UMB's Launch Your Life

‌As part of the University of Maryland, Baltimore's Launch Your Life Program, our team offers Qigong, Massage, Meditation and Tai Chi sessions.

Learn more about Launch Your Life.

The Team

Kevin Chen, PhD, MPH

Dr. Chen is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and president of the World Institute for Self-Healing, Inc. With Chinese origin and a life-long Qigong meditation practice, Dr. Chen is among the few scientists in the U.S. who has both extensive knowledge of Qigong as well as active involvement in Qigong and meditation research. He is the associate editor-in-chief of the English version textbook “Chinese Medical Qigong” (2010), and the publisher of Yang-Sheng, a magazine that promotes self-healing of the body, mind and spirit. Dr. Chen has extensive experience using Qigong to facilitate health and healing.

Michelle Cohen, MA, LMT, CPMT, CIMT, RA

Michelle is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Aromatherapist. She is a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist and Certified Infant Massage Teacher through Liddle Kidz Foundation. She has trained and worked with Tina Allen, founder of Liddle Kidz Foundation, for over three years. Michelle’s advanced pediatric massage training includes Healing Touch for Trauma, Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz in the NICU, Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Cancer, Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism (ASD). Michelle is a volunteer for UMMC and the Integrative Care Team for special projects. She has provided massage therapy and aromatherapy to families and staff at the University of Maryland Medical Center and R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Michelle Peralta, BS

Michelle is the Education Coordinator at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She recently organized and coordinated the Health and Wellness Conference 2015. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Temple University in 2010. In 2015, Michelle attended the Center for Integrative Medicine’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. Additionally, she is a trained Reiki Master.  She has presented Yoga as Medicine to the University of Maryland medical students, taught high school students at Mission Thrive about fitness, health and yoga this past summer, and teaches yoga for UMB Launch and Learn Series.

In 2013, Michelle started Baltimore Foxette, a blog and community engagement for the city of Baltimore on healthy city living. She teaches monthly pop-yoga around Baltimore City. To find out more, visit Baltimore Foxette on Facebook or www.baltimorefoxette.com.  Prior to her position as Education Coordinator, Michelle worked as various non-profits in Philadelphia providing education on health, fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle changes. 

Sean Vasaitis, PhD, MS EHS

Dr. Vasaitis completed his doctoral work in Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2007.  He holds a Master’s degree in Exercise and Health Science from Miami University, Ohio and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

Dr. Vasaitis’ research goals follow the overarching concept of integrating Western approaches to medicine and pharmacological therapy with evidence-based complementary medicine to further a holistic approach to disease treatment.  In addition to his research in novel drug development and metabolic function, he has taught taijiquan (tai chi) to patients with stroke, cancer, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease and diabetes as part of studies with Johns Hopkins Prohealth, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and within his own business practice.

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