aboutme2Sabiha Pasha, M.D.

Sabiha Pasha, M.D., is board certified in Internal Medicine (1995), Hospice and Palliative Care (2008), and Integrative Medicine (2010).

She has been in practice for more than 22 years, the last 17 in San Diego. She currently practices as a hospitalist at Palomar Health, where she is also the Medical Director of the inpatient palliative care service. She is also current Chief of Staff elect at Palomar Medical Center Escondido.

In her interactions with patients at the hospital, she always offers a holistic interpretation of their illness, if they desire one. Acknowledging the whole person — body, mind, and energy — rather than just treating a diseased organ, is at the core of her patient care philosophy.

Sabiha grew up in Pakistan, where she finished her medical education. She came to the United States in 1992 and completed her residency in internal medicine at the Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. She practiced primary care for several years in rural Mississippi, before moving to San Diego. She has one son. She enjoys the outdoors, whether it is the beach, or hiking in nature. She is happiest reading and learning. She is an amateur painter and maintains  balance through the practice of yoga and meditation. Read about her journey to integrative health.

Kathryn Vasaeli


Kathryn has been a registered dietitian for 8 years with combined experience in clinical work, private consulting, corporate wellness, food sale and public health. She believes in a holistic and integrative approach to healing, that addresses mind, body and spirit. Food is her passion and she loves to teach others how to make cooking and healthy eating approachable, simple and delicious. Her focus is on balance and restorative practices to optimize health, inside and out.

Karen Kenyon

karenKaren’s writings are published in Redbook, The Ladies’ Home Journal, the Los Angeles Times, British Heritage, and other publications. Her books include Sunshower (a Memoir of the death of her husband, and the journey she and her son took afterwards); The Bronte Family/Passionate Literary Geniuses; Charles Dickens/Compassion and Contradiction; and Writing By Heart (a course reader available from UCSD). Her poetry has appeared in magazines and journals.

She has also taught Creative Writing for MiraCosta College for over 30 years, and currently teaches for UCSD Extension, as well as for SDSU’s OSHER program.

At Salutogenesis, she will be leading a “Healing Workshop,” in which participants will have the opportunity to create journal writings, poetry, or fiction which will address healing results for the writer, and possibly for others.

From Karen:

“My background is that writing has most definitely healed me from the grief
and sorrow I experienced with the death of my 6 month old baby daughter,
and later the suicide of my young husband, many years ago.

“Our group will be small and supportive, using poetry, short writings, music and art for inspiration. Sharing is encouraged, but not essential.
Please come to our group to explore your creativity in a healing atmosphere.”

Peter Peterson


Peter Petersen has been practicing Energy Healing for over 30 years both in Denmarkand the USA. He is a licensed healer from the

Danske Healers School (1977) and is certified in Energy Healing and associated therapies. Peter believes that all of life is energy, that all energy can be transformed to another energy, and when disease is being experienced, the energy flow is blocked. Energy healing can support the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. “I don’t put anything into you and I don’t take anything out of you, I am just pushing your own energy so your body can heal itself.”

Energy Healing is a holistic practice that works with the body’s subtle energy system. Illness can result in blockages in this energy system. Through healing touch a practitioner can safely and non invasively access the human bioenergetic matrix to treat physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues.

There are several energy systems in the human vibrational matrix the most well known being the meridians, chakras and biofields. Meditation accesses the same energy matrix and a regular meditation practice can help maintain the benefits of an Energy healing.

Elisabeth Cullaty


Elisabeth Cullaty has over 20 years of experience in the field of psychology, with Masters degrees in social work from Boston College and in Liberal Arts with a concentration in psychology from Harvard University. She is a certified Yoga instructor for Yin Yoga and Hatha Yoga.

It is Elisabeth’s belief that “During our life journey, there are times when we all can benefit from genuinely being heard and supported in our unique struggles as we grow with life’s ever presenting changes.” Her desire is to offer a safe, tranquil, healing space for self discovery and empowerment.

Elisabeth specializes in EMDR treatment, a memory-based approach focusing on reprocessing of experience which can can bring insights and more adaptive perspective. It is considered an “A” level treatment for trauma, recommended by the World Health Organization for depression, anxiety, trauma, major life changes, and grief/loss.

Her passion is to work with women and the elderly.