Pacific Pearl La Jolla Legacy Series – Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM Interviews Luminaries & Leaders in Health & Healing


Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM, internationally-renowned Integrative Cardiologist, Co-Founder and Medical Director of Guarneri Integrative Health, Inc. at Pacific Pearl La Jolla, and founding President of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM), interviews the pioneering leaders and luminaries of health and healing. These individuals have transformed the way we think about treating the whole person, body, mind, emotions and spirit. Dr. Guarneri’s nterviews are taped at Pacific Pearl La Jolla, unless otherwise noted, and funded by Miraglo Foundation with funding from the Taylor Advised Endowment Fund.

Gladys Taylor McGarey, MD, MD(H) is internationally recognized as the “Mother of Holistic Medicine.” She is the Co-Founder of the American Holistic Medical Association, as well as the co-founder of the Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine. She was the first to utilize acupuncture in the U.S. and trained other physicians how to use it. She tirelessly pioneered work in holistic medicine, natural birthing, and the physician-patient partnership. In addition to co-founding the A.R.E. Clinic in Phoenix, she also co-founded The Scottsdale Holistic Medical Group. Dr. McGarey’s work lives on through The Foundation for Living Medicine (formerly, The Gladys Taylor McGarey Medical Foundation), which has helped to expand the knowledge and application of holistic principles through scientific research and education. Dr. Guarneri interviewed Dr. McGarey in 2015.

Deborah Szekely is regarded as the “Godmother of the Modern-day Fitness Movement.” Deborah Szekely has been a lifelong warrior for wellness and leadership training. Deborah, aged 94 at this video in 2016, has been organic farming since 1930. She has run for Congress, served on the President’s Council of Physical Fitness for Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and Ford, and served as a delegate for UNESCO. In 1940, she co-founded Rancho La Puerta, the vibrant fitness and spa retreat in northwestern Mexico with its organic gardens — a forerunner of the global health/fitness resort and spa movement. It continues to evolve, remaining in the vanguard of health & wellness philosophy. In 2012, Deborah founded a non-profit called Wellness Warriors to support wellness initiatives in Congress. Her remarkable fundraising has supported these national projects along with local initiatives. Dr. Guarneri interviewed Deborah Szekely in 2016.

Howard Wills is an internationally-renowned guide and teacher for mental, physical, emotional and spiritual transformation. Howard Wills was born May 1, 1953, in Columbia, South Carolina. At 20 years old while attending the University of South Carolina, he had a transformational experience with “The Light.” This opened his perceptions, allowing him to see deeply into the nature of life. His insights into the art of well being and higher consciousness came out of this experience. For more than 40 years, Howard has guided people from all over the world, and has witnessed marvelous transformations. His life-empowering gatherings, private sessions and personal retreats assist people in releasing the obstacles that block them from living expansive, healthy, joy-filled lives. Personal freedom, greater love, higher consciousness and overall well being are the direct effects of these practices. He is author of “Prayer for Life” in Japanese. Dr. Guarneri interviewed Howard Wills in 2017, Kauai, Hawaii.

Natasha Josefowitz, PhD epitomizes the terms trailblazer and has spent her life as an educator both within and outside of academia. She is a business consultant, keynote speaker, poet and author of 20 books. Born in Paris, France in 1926, Dr. Josefowitz immigrated to the United States as a 12-year-old with her Russian-born parents in 1939. She earned her master’s degree at 40 and her Ph.D. at age 50. In 1980, she wrote “Paths to Power: A Woman’s Guide from First Job to Top Executive” which quickly became a best-selling guide for women in the workplace. She taught the first college course in the country on women in management. In the mid-1980s, she became one of the first female members of Rotary International in California. A longtime supporter of empowering women, she worked as a consultant with government, for-profit, and non-profit organizations to help women enter male-dominated workplaces. A longtime supporter, friend, and volunteer at the UC San Diego Stein Institute for Research on Aging and the Center for Healthy Aging, Dr. Josefowitz was inducted into the Women of San Diego County Hall of Fame. Her award-winning work has been published in twenty business and poetry books and more than one hundred journals, newspapers, and magazines, including the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today,and London Times. Dr. Josefowitz is also a regular blogger on the Huffington Post. Her twentieth book, Living Without the One You Cannot Live Without: Hope and Healing after Loss, was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013. Dr. Guarneri interviewed Dr. Josefowitz in 2017.