Faculty

The HEART Series was created by Dr. Charles Katzenberg, cardiologist at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and Edna Silva, Cardiac Rehabilitation RN and Tai Chi master. The HEART Series is provided by the Foundation for Cardiovascular Health, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The HEART Series has been offered for 20 years in the Tucson area. There have been hundreds of participants, many of whom have credited the program with life-saving changes in the quality and focus of their lives. The Series will empower you to make the changes you need to live a longer and healthier life.

Charles Katzenberg MD FACCCharles Katzenberg MD FACC
Dr Katzenberg has been practicing cardiology in Tucson since 1982.  After medical school at the University of Illinois, he completed Pulmonary and Cardiology fellowships.  He is a founder of Pima Heart Associates and the Fitness Institute of Tucson.  Dr Katzenberg was the Medical Director of the Tucson Heart Hospital from 1997 through 2005.   He specializes in preventive cardiology and has an active interest in reforming our health care system. Currently he is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center.

Edna Silva RNEdna Silva RN
Edna Silva has been an RN since 1965. She has worked in multiple settings including a 1000 bed military hospital in Germany to a 20 bed hospital in the mountains of Colorado. For the past 20 years she has worked in the field of Cardiac Rehabilitation. Her work as Heart Failure clinic coordinator for Northwest Medical Center showed that her patients reduced hospitalizations and hospital days by more then 80% Additionally her work also showed a 44% reduction in mortality. Her patients also showed an impressive improvement in their quality of life. Today her life is spent doing what she loves; keeping people out of hospitals through health teaching and T’ai Chi.

Janelle White MD
Dr Janelle White began her medical career as a conventional allopathic internal medicine physician. Inspired by her patients who were using alternative modalities with positive results, she began the study and use of complementary medicine. Dr White has helped people on a path to optimal health at Canyon Ranch Health Resort, Mirival Resort and in her own private practice. Her passions include Mind / Body Medicine, Nutritional Medication and Energy Medicine. She feels that balancing both biochemistry and energy are important for true vitality.

Jaimie Perkunas DPT 200RYT

Jaimie’s first introduction to yoga was watching her father practice headstands in the middle of their living room when she was  teenager. She began her yoga path in 1999 with Brian Kest’s Power Yoga tapes in the hopes of becoming more “fit”. While attending physical therapy school, she learned about her unique muscle imbalances that contributed to bouts of low back pain since the age of the 18. However, with a consistent yoga practice she has improved her muscle alignment and has little to no back pain.

Jaimie has been working in Physical Therapy since 1998 and graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in 2005. As a newly practicing Physical Therapist, she started using modified sun salutations as part of home exercise program for her patients.

Jaimie completed a 200hr Anusara Yoga Teacher training and started teaching public yoga classes with an emphasis on a therapeutic approach for those who have injuries, chronic conditions, and  have had surgeries. Jaimie is a Relax and Renew Trainer for restorative yoga and has completed a 300 hour Happy Back Certification. She enjoys teaching about anatomy and the therapeutic effects of yoga physically and emotionally.

She teaches trainings for Happy Back and Anatomy of Movement and Asana and she teaches workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. Her workshops focus on specific areas of the body with an emphasis on safety, awareness, and alignment. Jaimie offers students the opportunity to learn more about their unique anatomy and improve awareness in their bodies to help to heal or prevent injuries. She is has her own private practice and studio in Tucson, AZ. Learn more about her studio at yogaistherapy.com.

Jessica ByronJessica Byron MD, ERYT200, RYT500, PYT
Jessica Byron is a physician, registered yoga teacher and professional yoga therapist. She has been in the health care field for over 34 years and a practitioner of yoga and meditation for over 22 years. Jessica completed yoga and integrative yoga therapy training and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She has additional training in Yoga for Anxiety, Panic, and Trauma, as well as adaptive Aqua Yoga. Jessica is on the faculty for Hatha Teacher training programs at Tucson’s Yoga Connection and also faculty for Sundara Yoga Therapy which offers teaching programs for trauma informed yoga throughout the US. She retired from the practice of medicine in 2013. Jessica teaches in order to share with clients the experience of yoga as a path of self-discovery and transformation.

Jane JonesJane Jones PhD
Jane Jones is a psychologist who has recently moved to Tucson from Stevens Point Wisconsin, where she taught Behavior Change Facilitation in the Health Promotion major at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. She also taught High Level Wellness, Health Risk Reduction, and Healthy Relationships. She had a private practice as a psychologist, working primarily with adults helping them with behavior change, weight loss, depression and anxiety. She grew up in South Carolina, did her undergraduate work at Coker College, her master’s at Clemson, and her PhD at the University of Georgia, where she brought wellness concepts to the Faculty fitness program and worked with cardiac rehabilitation clients on stress reduction, imagery, and self hypnosis, as well as behavior change. She lives in Tucson with her life partner of 30 years, John Bailiff, who is an avid cyclist and a retired philosophy professor. Her interests include cycling, running, reading mysteries and the New York Times, and continuing her search for the world’s best chocolate dessert.