SimplyAware Advisory Board
One of my favorite sayings is: "You can never set foot in the same river twice". The same is true of our bodies. From moment to moment, we are simply not the same beings. Our bodies, minds and spirits are ever changing, evolving and either moving into or away from health. Because of these dynamic forces of change, the techniques and insights of healers must be dynamic and intuitive to effectively serve their clients.
Over the years, in their relentless search for the most effective healing modalities and practices available for their clients, Sifu Chris and Fayne have worked with some amazing healers from all over the world. As a result, the SimplyAware Advisory Board reflects a broad range of talents and experience through both Western and Eastern modalities. We are most grateful to these special people for lending their continued encouragement and support to our education, teaching and healing efforts.
A 3rd generation healer who began learning at the heels of his beloved grandfather, Dr.Chen spent many years studying Traditional Chinese Medicine at Oriental Medical School in China, then went on to Oriental Orthopedic Specialist School in Shanghai. In addition, he has furthered his medical knowledge through formal training in Chiropractic Medicine in the United States. Dr. Chen's medical knowledge is focused on understanding both the external physical body and the intrinsic relationship between the universe and man. In compliment to his deep compassion and innate healing talents, Dr. Chen is also Master Chen, with over 30 years of training in the arts of KungFu, Yang Tai Chi and Qigong. His TCM and other medical education combined with many years of experience has given Dr. Chen a highly skilled hand in the practice of acupuncture and herbology.
Rheumotology - Dr. Scott Zashin
Arthritis Specialist, Doctor Scott J. Zashin is presently on the staff at Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas Medical City Hospital, Dallas, Presbyterian Hospital, Plano, and Zale Lipshy Hospital, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr. Zashin is a member of the Texas Medical Association and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He has served on the board of the Arthritis Foundation, and is a past President of the Lupus Foundation.
Physical Therapy - Joan C. Firra, PT, MA, PhD
Joan C. Firra, PT, MA, PhD - Owner and Director of Firra Therapeutics, Physical Therapy Professionals of North Texas, member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Texas Physical Therapy Association, The Section of Private Practice, Orthopedics Section and Women's Health Section. With over 50 years experience, Joan has treated tens of thousands of patients throughout her career. As a pioneer in her field, she has implemented many physical therapy programs in hospital settings before going into private practice in 1984. Joan specializes in geriatrics and women's health holding a PhD in Women's Health in Physical Therapy. She is a frequent guest and exercise consultant on Your Health with Dr. Richard and Cindy Becker on the Family Network.
Physical Therapy - Ross Querry Ph.D., M.P.T.
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at the UT Southwestern School of Health Professionals. Board member of the Texas Board of Physical Therapy.
Specialties: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Pain Medicine
Clinical Interests: Amputation; Foot And Ankle Pain; Physical Therapy; Rotator Cuff Injury; Sports Injury.
Research Interests: Lifestyle wellness and fitness components that contribute to physical disability or disease; Neural control of cardiovascular regulation.
Neurological Surgery - Duke Samson, MD
Education and Qualifications:
Undergraduate Degree: BS, Stanford University
Medical School: MD, Washington University School of Medicine
Surgical Internship: Duke University Medical Center
Neurosurgical Residency: UT Southwestern Medical School
Board Certification: Neurological Surgery - September 1978
Fellowships: Hospital Foch, University Hospital of Paris
Katonsspital, University of Zurich
Republic of France Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Neurosurgical Specialty Interests:
Microvascular Surgery, Cerebrovascular Disease, Cervical Spondylosis
Research Project Interests:
Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformation, Cerebral Ischemia, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
Duke entered Stanford University on football scholarship September 1961, and became an Honors psychology undergraduate, playing football and rugby until his third knee injury in 1963. A year later Duke learned to speak French (poorly) and drink wine (well) during six-month sojourn at Stanford-in-France. Returning to Palo Alto, he substituted parachute jumping for varsity football and graduated relatively intact June 1965.
Graduating as Outstanding Senior Student in Surgery from Washington University School of Medicine in 1969, Duke completed a straight surgical internship at Duke University Medical Center the following year. His neurosurgical residency was done at UT Southwestern (1970-1975) during which he spent six months with Gerard Guiot in Paris and seven months with MG Yasargil in Zurich. Switching sports again he won a distant third in the European Tae Kwon Do championships, Paris 1972.
Duke entered active duty in the US Army Medical Corps July 1975 with duty station Western Pacific Neurosurgical Service - Clark Air Force Base, Republic of the Philippines. During this fascinating year he also played a slow wing forward for the Clark Diplomats and the Manila Nomads rugby sides. He was transferred August 1976 to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, with honorable discharge July 1977.
Dr Samson returned to Southwestern’s faculty August 1977 as assistant professor of surgery in the division of neurosurgery, was promoted to associate professor 1981 and to full professor in 1985. En route he acquired his Judo brown belt in 1979. He became division chairman in 1985 and engineered the division’s transition to departmental status in 1989. He currently is professor and chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery, and the Director of UT Center for Clinical Research in Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury. He holds the Kimberly Clark Chair in Mobility Research, and the Lois and Darwin Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery. The author of over two hundred medical articles, sixty-five book chapters and two textbooks, he’s now struggling to get one small adventure novel (“Gray Dogs”) in print.
Duke’s greatest fortune is his wife, Patricia C Bergen MD, Professor of Surgery at UT Southwestern; they have two wonderful sons; Lorne Daniel age 20, and Gabriel Stanford age 18. Currently, if pressed, Duke would describe himself as a senior neurosurgeon, a world class pistol shot (large caliber), fair-to-middling Western horseman, retired skier and doting father.