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Carolyn Rowley, Ph.D.
Dr. Rowley is the Founder and Executive Director of Cayenne Wellness Center and Children's Foundation (2000 - 2010). She received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology¹ from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She successfully completed an internship in Pediatric/Child Clinical Psychology with the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville School of Medicine as well as a post-doctoral fellowship in the Research Training Institute at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. Dr. Rowley went on from Drew to work as a project director at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research studying prostate cancer and prevention with ethnically diverse communities. Dr. Rowley also has teaching experience from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIU-C), having taught both Introduction to Psychology and Psychology of Personality.
In 2005, Dr. Rowley began another non-profit organization as a result of her missionary experience to Africa (The Machao Orphanage Foundation - www.machaoorphanage.org). The primary goal is to house and educate the orphaned children of Makueni, Kenya. We need educational sponsors for the children since education in Africa is not free. We are currently fundraising to complete a clean water project for the children.
Her current book, Creating Your Ultimate Self: The Body (2009), co-authored with Dr. Brenda Grice Laue, is based on her re-known 3-4-4 nutritional method of eating. She is a health and wellness consultant and a certified nutritionist that works with individual clients offering personalized recommendations and support while integrating appropriate food choices with lifestyle options.
Dr. Rowley travels speaking on nutrition for area community centers (i.e., Crenshaw Medical Center located in Los Angeles) and lectures and does book signings. Her latest project, The Faces of Sickle Cell Disease, takes her around the United States photographing and collecting audio recordings of those with sickle cell disease.
¹ Though Dr. Rowley is educated and trained as a clinical psychologist, she does not hold a license to practice in the State of California as a psychologist. She conducts consultations on nutrition and wellness.
Ruth joins the team at Cayenne Wellness Center and Children's Foundation and MACHAO in March of 2016, transitioning from a former career of 10 years of enterprise program management in the field of technology. She is a graduate student at Emperor’s College where she is currently pursuing her Masters of Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine. Her long-term research interests include nutritional therapy interventions using guiding philosophies of ancient Eastern medicine, supported by modern science, and disseminated through public health systems to bring healing resources to global communities, particularly those devastated by early- and middle-childhood adversity. She is particularly interested in exploring preconception and perinatal interventions designed to optimize fetal brain development, with the long-term goal of reversing the impact of diet and lifestyle trends that are the leading cause of the continuing rise in autism, behavioral disorders, birth defects, and infertility.
In Ruth's own words, “I was particularly compelled to join Dr. Rowley's organization because of the vision and mission she shares for developing wellness programs that emphasize living a balanced, holistic lifestyle inclusive of nutritional, mental, touch, movement, sound, spirituality, nature, and community -oriented healing practices, while recognizing the equal importance of the highly personalized support needed to help clients achieve and sustain the highest quality of life possible.”
Her personal interests include cooking, singing, painting, yoga, hiking, corgis, and being on the water. She moved to Los Angeles in January of 2016 from Seattle, Washington. Inspired by the plentiful sunshine, ocean, palm trees, and avocados native to SoCal, she is excited to explore all that the area has to offer and to call it her new home.