Integrative health is a holistic approach to healthcare that:
Integrative therapies, such as massage therapy, acupuncture, guided imagery and aroma therapy with essential oils, fall under the broader category of integrative health.
St. Francis has partnered with the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing to provide integrative therapies for you. Founded in 2003 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, the Penny George Institute is the largest integrative health center embedded in a health system in the country. The institute is a national leader in holistic care and has helped tens of thousands of individuals on their path to health or healing. St. Francis was the first Allina-managed hospital outside of Abbott Northwestern to establish an inpatient integrative medicine services program in partnership with the institute.
Leaders of the Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing describe what guides their work as they use a holistic approach to health focused on the mind, body and spirit.Back to top
If you are interested in getting integrative therapies while you are in the hospital, ask your nurse about an integrative therapy consultation. The integrative health practitioners will assess you to determine what therapy will best meet your needs. They may use one or more of these methods:
Services are provided based on clinical needs at no cost to the patient.
Once you have a care plan that supports your hospital stay, St. Francis' integrative health practitioners will provide you with tools for self-care after you leave.
Services also are available at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing's outpatient center by calling 612.863.3333.Back to top
Kristianne Seelye holds a master's degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine, having graduated cum laude from Northwestern Health Sciences University.
She offers acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, guided imagery and healing touch. She helps patients with such health issues as allergies, insomnia, nausea, anxiety, migraines, fibromyalgia, respiratory disorders, digestive disorders, spinal cord injuries, stroke, cancer symptoms, and side effects from radiation and chemotherapy.
Seelye is board-certified in oriental medicine, including both acupuncture and Chinese herbology, by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Seelye pursued advanced studies at Tianjin University and Hospital in China in 2009. She serves as an adjunct clinical faculty member for the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University and is an inpatient practitioner at Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.
Seelye is passionate about supporting the body's natural ability to heal itself and encouraging a person's transition into balance.
Pauline Buller has a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and is a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University's massage therapy program. She is a nationally certified therapeutic massage and bodywork practitioner, certified manual lymph drainage therapist, certified pediatric massage therapist and certified infant massage teacher.
Buller is an inpatient practitioner at Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee and practices at Pediatric Integrative Medicine, a pediatric specialty clinic. Buller is passionate about holistic health for women and children, the integration of healing methods for inpatient and clinical settings, and preventive health.
Ann Stocker has been an integrative practitioner at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing (PGIHH) at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, the largest hospital-based integrative therapy program in the country, since 2006. At Abbott, she worked at PGIHH's outpatient clinic and at the inpatient hospital program as an integrative health practitioner and medical massage and bodywork therapist. In 2013, Stocker was part of the inpatient start-up team for the PGIHH integrative therapy program at St. Francis.
Stocker is a nationally certified therapeutic massage and bodywork therapist providing integrative therapies to patients at Abbott Northwestern and St Francis. She specializes in medical/hospital massage, aromatherapy, guided imagery, Korean hand therapy, massage for cancer patients, lymphatic drainage, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, pregnancy massage, relaxation techniques, healing touch, acupressure, deep tissue massage, Swedish massage and trigger point therapy.
Each integrative hospital session is designed to meet each patient's unique needs and medical conditions to minimize or eliminate symptoms such as pain, anxiety, nausea, muscular tension and other illness/surgery/procedure-related symptoms. Through the application of these therapies and techniques, the patient's well-being and ability to cope with his or her acute or chronic medical conditions typically improve. Stocker focuses her work on educating patients on the power of mind, body and spirit and their bodies' innate ability to heal when it is balanced. She promotes self-care and educates patients on tools and techniques to create balance that bring about health and wellness of the individual through a holistic approach.
She completed her massage training in 2001 through Northern Lights School of Massage in Minneapolis (currently CenterPoint) and holds a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University.
Karen Gillespie Haeg is a massage therapist with national certification, a certified infant massage teacher and certified pediatric massage therapist. She has worked at Children's Hospitals in the Pain, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine department. Here she taught massage therapy classes to parents and caregivers to manage child’s pain and discomfort. Most recently, she worked at Unity Hospital as an inpatient integrative health practitioner and has a private practice.
She holds a bachelor’s degree and is working on her masters of art in marriage and family/art therapy. Karen loves to create awareness on how integrative practices, art and healing influence health and illness. She uses art therapy, along with other integrative skills, in her care of patients at St. Francis. She works Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Peggy Miller, a licensed acupuncturist, has worked at Penny George Institute for Health and Healing and continues to provide outpatient care at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Unity Hospital. She has her masters in oriental medicine, a certificate in massage therapy (with special focus on geriatric massage) and a certificate in essential oils. She serves on the MN Board of Medical Practice, Acupuncture Advisory Board and teaches at the Acupuncture College. She is skilled in many integrative therapy modalities. Peggy works Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at St. Francis.Back to top
"The nursing staff and certified nursing assistants were very respectful in honoring my wishes for a drug-free delivery. They gave my husband tips in helping me cope with labor and were very calm and relaxed. My breathing techniques, music and the tub all helped with my pain management."
"I remember saying, 'I can't do this surgery…this thing's got me.' My integrative health therapist said, ‘Let's use some guided imagery.' By the time she was done I was calm, I was relaxed, I quit shaking and I could breathe, and I knew going into that surgery I was going to be OK."
"As she was working on my lower legs, I could feel a difference in how my abdomen felt, so instead of my body working against me and being tense, I was able to relax and let my body do what it needed to. This labor was such a contrast to my previous 2 births as far as the ease of delivery; acupressure made it shorter, smoother and less stressful. I definitely noticed a difference in my baby. He seemed a little more responsive and calmer."
"I think I started my first chemotherapy session with 30 anti-nausea pills that were prescribed to me, and by the 2nd round, with the aid of acupuncture, I was able to take just 6. It completely turned the experience around. The healing power of our own bodies is just amazing to me."
"I loved how supportive they were. I absolutely loved how one nurse gave me massages with lavender oil and helped me stretch and walk down the hall. My back labor pain was managed very well so that it was minimal and bearable. I will never forget that amazing nurse."
"Integrative health practitioner Pauline Buller was the most helpful. She took time with me, listened, and used various healing techniques to reduce my pain and nervous anxiety about some upcoming procedures. It was truly the most positive experience I've had at St. Francis."
"As [integrative health practitioners] we know better than anyone the impact of our work and feel rather compelled to pass along a testimony extension of our work to patients' everyday life once they leave the hospital." —Pauline Buller, integrative health practitioner at St. Francis
"I was charting on a patient today on Care North when a nurse approached me to say that she put in a new consult for IH [integrative health]. 'Great,' I said, and before I knew it she was off and running. I proceeded to finish my charting and then looked for the new consult. (Huh, no new consult.) I approached the nurse to let her know that her consult had not yet come through; she said the patient stated, 'I thought about the IH consult, and after I asked for a consult I realized from a previous visit with IH during a previous hospital admission that I had the tools to know what to do for my nausea.
"This patient had been taught self-care and the use and benefit of ginger [alternative therapy] and deep breathing, so she had asked her nurse to cancel the consult because she felt empowered and knew what to do for herself. We have provided this patient an immeasurable tool of self-care." —a provider
"Integrative health is oftentimes able to touch aspects of a patient's care that Western medicine is not able to in a way that has very few side effects and some very strong benefits." —Bryan Hoff, MD
"I had such a good experience with aromatherapy the past night; I just wanted to share it with you. Another nurse had a patient that was pressing the call light frequently complaining of severe pain after receiving IV narcotics. I asked if he thought the patient would want to try some lavender. I approached the patient and explained aromatherapy. He rated his pain 10 out of 10 and was anxious. I turned on the Care Channel, started giving him a back massage, and incorporated some guided imagery and deep breathing techniques. Within 7 minutes, he was fast asleep and didn't even wake up when his nurse entered the room and started talking to him. It was amazing! I'm so proud that we offer these integrative therapies!" —a providerBack to top