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Let’s Dance: A Holistic Approach to Treating Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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The authors thank the many people involved in Dance for Veterans. Robert Rubin, MD, had the creative foresight to assemble the program; Donna Ames, MD, invited her coauthors to undergo training and provided them with research support; Sarah Wilbur, PhD, (program in Culture and Performance, Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, University of California, Los Angeles) developed the class and handbook as well as showed the authors how to run it; Sandra Robertson, RN, MSN, PH-CNS, (principal investigator, Integrative Health and Healing Project, VA T21 Center of Innovation Grant for Patient-Centered Care) provided the funding and initiative to develop and implement the class; and (Christine Suarez Suarez Dance Theatre, Santa Monica, California) developed the class and the handbook and trained instructors.

The authors also thank all the VAGLAHS veterans and staff for their help with the class—especially Andrea Serafin, LCSW; Rosie Dominguez, LCSW; Retha de Johnette, LCSW; and Donna Ames, MD, all part of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Programs; Dana Melching, LCSW, Mental Health Intensive Case Management; and Vanessa Baumann, PhD (Vet Center).


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