Board of Directors

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Joe Tafur, MD

Over the years, Joe Tafur has been active in the Integrative Medicine community participating in a variety of community and academic projects with his colleagues at UCSD, UCLA, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the Alternative Healing Network, and the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. In addition to Family Medicine Residency, Dr. Tafur has also completed two years of post-doctoral research at the UCSD Dept. of Psychiatry/Behavioral Medicine.

Since 2007, Dr. Tafur, a has been travelling to Peru to work with Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine and to study with Master Shipibo Healers. He has completed his shamanic initiation under Maestro Ricardo Amaringo and worked alongside him for years in ayahuasca healing ceremony at Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual.

Here in the United States, he is working to promote the value of spiritual healing in modern healthcare and to demonstrate the intersection between traditional healing and allopathic medicine.


Mario Tafur

Mario has long held in interest in spirituality and its relationship to our health.

Mario started his career in the non-profit sector working for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) in Los Angeles from 1999-2005. During his time at AIUSA he became very familiar with how non-profits handle a wide array of administrator and human resources issues. In addition, Mario organized many fundraising events and initiatives necessary to the ongoing sustainability of any non-profit.

Mario was involved with AIUSA as a volunteer beginning 26 years ago, and he continues to be involved with the organization. During his time with AIUSA as a volunteer he served on many different committees looking at budget, strategic planning, and volunteer leadership cultivation and training.

His legal education from the University of Arizona in 1998, and work in the entertainment over the past 10 years working in the area of contracts, business affairs, creative development and running an independent production company have provided him with valuable skills and experience that will assist with the organization and day-to-day management of Modern Spirit.

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Shamini Jain, PhD

Dr. Shamini Jain is a psychologist, scientist, and social entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Director of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI), a collaborative accelerator which links scientists, practitioners, artists, entrepreneurs, and educators to facilitate the transdisciplinary science and real-world application of consciousness and healing practices.

Dr. Jain obtained her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. degree from the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, with a research focus in psychoneuroimmunology. She conducted her clinical residency at the La Jolla VA Hospital/UC San Diego, and her post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, and a core member of the UCSD Center of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Jain is also a student of Rev. Rosalyn Bruyere in the healing arts.

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Rachel Harris, PhD

Rachel Harris, PhD is a psychologist with both a research and a clinical background. She was in the 1968 Residential Program at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA and remained on the staff for a number of years. During the decade she worked in academic research, Rachel received a New Investigator’s Award from the National Institutes of Health and published over forty scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals. She also worked as a psychological consultant to Fortune 500 companies including the UN.

Rachel was in private psychotherapy practice for thirty-five years specializing in people interested in psychospiritual development. Rachel is the author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety. Visit Rachel at her website,