Leena S. Guptha is the Academic Dean of Online Education at Pacific College of Health and Science. She graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, holds a master’s in Complementary Therapy/Medical Science from the University of Westminster, graduated valedictorian of her MBA cohort, and trained in integrative health coaching at Duke University. Leena is also an ICF certified coach and an NGH certified hypnotherapist. She embarked on a PhD in Health Sciences with a concentration in global health education in 2016 and expects to graduate by 2021. At PCHS Leena has taught Biophysics of Acupuncture in the MSTOM program and a range of courses in the transitional DACM doctorate program. She currently teaches Integrative Pain Management, Applications of Inter-professional Communication and Health and Human Performance: Personal Growth.
Leena has over 25 years of clinical experience and maintains a health and peak performance coaching practice in San Diego and online. Leena’s experience in health coaching began through a very personal journey of coaching her mother 2B well from her early childhood. As a professional the journey manifested as peak performance and lifestyle counseling, in the 90’s supported by her osteopathic medicine background, she worked with a range of patients/clients including athletes training for the London and Chicago marathons. The next decade she translated her business skills and practice experience into coaching executives and CEOs for financial health and longevity. Today she is passionate to facilitate/teach individuals, groups, businesses, and birthing mothers to thrive to their greatest power through health, peak performance, executive and birth coaching.
In addition, to her work at Pacific College, she has served as Vice President and President of the American Massage Therapy Association, Chair and CEO of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and served on various boards including the Academic Collaborative of Integrative Health (formerly ACCAHC). Leena has directly managed budgets over $10 million in for profit and non-profit arenas, owned and operated four integrative health private practices. Leena has taught in various professional programs including osteopathic medicine, naturopathic medicine, MSN/DNP nursing, massage therapy, physical therapy, and hypnotherapy at various colleges and universities including the International College of Osteopathic Medicine, National University of Health Science, and De Sales University, among others. Leena has over a decade of experience as an academic dean and was first ranked as a full professor in 2007. She was inducted into the World Massage Hall of Fame in 2015 and received an employee excellence award in 2006 for “contributing to the success of students”.
Leena’s mission is to educate and inspire a global community as to the value of optimal health and happiness through innovative solutions to be well for life. Her vision is to live in a world where therapies are integrated and offered with equal availability to all, where healthcare focuses on balancing mind, body, and spirit, utilizing the best of all medicines, interventions, and modern-day technologies through evidence-inspired practice.
Leena moved her family to San Diego to be part of Pacific College of Health & Science and the online education team. She is very happily married, a grandmother of 2, has an 87 old father who exhibits the same positive mindset for longevity as Leena, and he enjoys San Diego too. Leena’s hobbies include embroidery, tapestry, painting, meditation, positive affirmations, math and life-long learning.