2017: Ringing in the New Year!

New Graduate! New Promotion!
New Team Member!  New Faculty Member!
New Instagram!





We are grateful for your continued support. 2016 moved at lightning speed at CGI - we saw so much growth in our students, faculty, organization, families, and hearts, and have great expectations for 2017!  We are cultivating a Tribe of #disruptiveinnovators;
magnetizing powerfully passionate and positive people together who believe in our Mission and Vision. Our amazing staff, faculty, and student body are an unstoppable force aimed at healthcare improvement!  We have a lot planned for 2017, and are very excited about what the future holds!

Together, we will reach great heights! 

Congratulations to Dr. D. Leolani Ah Quin!
Dr. D. Leolani Ah Quin defended her Culminating Project, entitled Addressing Integrated Behavioral Health In Public Health Care Settings, on Friday, January 13th, 2017! Dr. Ah Quin's project focused on her clinical observations and experiences as a Behavioral Health Consultant across five medical settings at varying degrees of integration. Recruited to work with populations of patients diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, and depression, Dr. Ah Quin became expert in delivering behavioral and lifestyle interventions, and in medical team collaboration. Dr. Ah Quin reported best practices for sites and providers attempting to integrate medical and behavioral health care for populations facing significant health equity challenges, and identified common barriers to these integration efforts. Dr. Ah Quin was recruited to serve as the Director of Behavioral Health for Elbowoods Memorial Health Center on the Ft. Berthold Reservation in North Dakota due to her unique experience, skill set, and hard-earned success as a DBH student. She will lead a team of staff and providers to build integrated primary care services both on-site at five clinics and via telemedicine in a very rural, Native American community. CGI congratulates Dr. Ah Quin on the completion of her Doctor of Behavioral Health degree, and feels that the Three Affiliated Tribes community is very lucky, indeed, to have recruited the perfect DBH for this job! We wish her the best in this critically important new role!
Congratulations to Melissa McGurgan!
Ms. Melissa McGurgan was recently promoted to Director of Student Services & Development.  Melissa brings extensive experience in student outreach and engagement, as well as a unique blend of right-brained, artistic talents and get 'er done organizational power that she has already put to use for our current and prospective students. Melissa is available for assistance with all admissions and enrollment needs. You can reach her at
Welcome Cece Maez!
Ms. Cece Maez MEd is one of the first voices a student will hear on the phone at Cummings Graduate Institute as Cummings’ Admissions, Engagement, and Alumni Coordinator. Cece’s focus is to guide students through the enrollment process and completion of their Doctor of Behavioral Health Degree. In addition to working with incoming and current DBH students, she also leads alumni engagement efforts.  You can reach Cece at or
Welcome Dr. Larry Ford!
Dr. Larry Ford  recently joined our CGI faculty and we're so proud to have him!  Dr. Ford received his Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science and Ethics from Mid-America Christian University in Moore, Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University.  Dr. Ford received his Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and he received his Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University.

Inspired by the volumes of study Dr. Ford completed as a DBH on how infinitely the psyche affects the body, Dr. Ford founded Hands to Guide You as he fulfilled his doctoral studies in November 2011.

Dr. Ford centers his practice on the certainty that there is no physical health without mental health, and correspondingly Dr. Ford has advanced Hands to Guide You as a preeminent leader in Integrated Care and Population Health.  Hands to Guide You, with Dr. Ford at the helm, enjoys distinction for engendering unparalleled patient rehabilitation and recovery rates, and expansive patient health literacy.

Providing and teaching the necessity of integrated care, and the entrenched correlation between emotional well-being and physical health have become Dr. Ford’s trademarks.  Hence, Dr. Ford’s esteemed reputation in integrating behavioral and medical health has yielded him requests from all over the nation to serve as a keynote speaker imparting erudition, expertise, and patient success stories. 

You can reach Dr. Ford at

Dr. Larry Ford on the Biodyne Mindset
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We wish you a positive, productive, and disruptive New Year!

Check out our new Instagram page here!  Please follow our fun in 2017 & share with like-minded disruptors in your circle!
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