Dr. Kathryn Hayward Bio
Kathryn co-founded and developed International Integrators because she loves to collaborate with others who share her vision for global integrative health. She brings to International Integrators her experience in the practice of conventional medicine as a primary care internist, and in integrative health, as well as her connection to the natural world. Kathryn marvels at the power of collective, conscious action on the part of like-minded individuals to manifest change, and loves contributing to that action.
Kathryn lives in Mallorca, Spain and practices Integrative Health in Europe and the U.S. In 2012, she retired from her positions as Associate Physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She practiced primary care internal medicine at MGH from 1992 until 2009, then consulted with Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine until 2010. She and her husband David L.Thomas Jr. co-founded and coordinated The Integrative Health Collaborative in Boston, which began in 2007.
In 2004, Kathryn created a private integrative health practice, Odyssey Journey: A Collaborative Approach to Wellness (www.odysseyjourney.com), which brings together what she regards as the four disciplines that comprise integrative health (conventional medicine, movement, food and mind/body/spirit disciplines). In 2013, she published her first book, “Odyssey Family Systems Companion Guide,” which is available on Amazon Kindle.
Kathryn has served as one of the Harvard representatives to the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM). From 2011-2013, she served that group as core faculty, and for the final year, as Program Director, of the Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS into IM). More recently, she joined the core faculty of the Humanistic Elective in Activism and Reflective Transformation and Integrative Medicine (HEART-IM). Both of these programs are supported by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).
As a result of her experiences teaching integrative health to medical students and practitioners, she now devotes herself to expanding this educational approach by offering it to groups beyond those in the medical field in North America, thus inspiring her to co-found International Integrators.