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 A Message from our Advisory Board

Welcome to Whole Person Health

From a culminating 30+ years as an innovative leader in Education, Support and Advocacy, today represents a pivotal chapter for those working hard to Live There Best Life. With new Partners in support, a new Board of Advisors and renewed energy, we are committed to our mission of Supporting The Whole You. 


Thank you for engaging with us. We hope you’ll check back often for updated Education and Support, join our community, interact through our social media, share our valued resources with others and let us know what topics you would like more information on. With your input and support, together we can make a difference in Health, Wellness and Support for years to come.

Robert H. Aseltine, Jr., PhD  |  Advisor

Dr Robert H. Aseltine, Jr., is Professor and Chair in the Division of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health and Director of the Center for Population Health at UConn Health.


Dr. Aseltine is a medical sociologist whose work is broadly focused on the utilization of healthcare claims, EHR, and patient reported outcome data for health surveillance and monitoring, and the development of innovative clinical data systems to improve patient care.


His three most recent awards from the National Institute of Mental Health are focused on developing predictive algorithms and creating EHR based tools to assist clinicians in identifying patient suicide risk. 


He chairs the advisory board for CTHealthLink, Connecticut’s first health information exchange, serves on the advisory board for Connecticut’s All Payer Claims Database, and is a panel member and former chair of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council.


Over the past 20 years he has led a number of studies investigating mental health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Department of Defense, the William T. Grant Foundation, and the Connecticut Health Foundation. 


Dr. Aseltine received his BA from Wesleyan University and his PhD from the University of Michigan. 

Dr James R. Clemens, MD  |  Advisor

Dr. James Clemens finished residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck surgery at the University of Cincinnati in 1997. 


After residency, Dr Clemens moved to Green Bay, WI and joined Prevea Clinic, a multispecialty clinic affiliated with HSHS, a Catholic health care system based in Springfield, IL. For the last 24 years he has had full time practice and served in senior leadership roles including Chair of Surgery, Compensation Committee, Prevea's Board, and presently serves on the Board of St Clare's Hospital in Oconto Falls, WI. 


He is also currently the surgical director of the OR for St. Mary's and St. Vincent Hospitals.  In this role he is the liaison between surgeons, and Operating Room staff, and Hospital Administration. 


With the recent pandemic he has witnessed the stress and fatigue that many healthcare and human services colleagues have experienced.

Dr Elizabeth Higgins, MD. |  Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Higgins is originally from Upstate New York and completed her medical degree at Upstate Medical Center.


After completing a residency in internal medicine and pediatrics, she joined the Albany Medical Center where she practiced primary care. She came to Medical University of South Carolina after completing a fellowship in palliative care at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.


Her interests include providing patient centered care and symptom management especially at the end of life.  As an important ongoing professional interest Liz works with medical students, nursing students, residents and fellows on building resiliency skills to avoid burnout.

Dr William Novick, MD MS. |  Advisor

Dr William Novick is a graduate of University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his General Surgical Residency at the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania before entering the Cardiothoracic Residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He completed the cardiothoracic program and remained for 2 years as Congenital Cardiac Fellow.

After 2 years as the sole pediatric cardiac surgeon at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children he joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee as a pediatric cardiac surgeon where he was made the Paul Nemir Professor of Surgery and International Child Health in 1999.

In 1993 Dr Novick Founded and then lead the International Children’s Heart Foundation until October 2014 when he resigned to create the Novick Cardiac Alliance. Dr Novick is a member of the STS, EACTS, STSA, WSPCHS and serves on the Executive Committee of the IQIC.

Over the past twenty-four years, his non-profit medical teams have performed over 7,400 pediatric heart surgeries in more than 30 countries worldwide including in places like Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Morocco, and Russia. 

He has authored multiple papers on congenital heart disease, contributed to several books on pediatric heart disease, intensive care and thoracic trauma, as well as co-authored “Healing the Heart of Croatia”.

Dr Novick lives in Memphis with his wife Elizabeth and two sons, Nicholas and Jackson, his older children are enrolled in University of Alabama (Celena), University of Alabama-Birmingham (Bryant) and his oldest is an artist living in Birmingham (Alessandra).

Here is a great video of Dr Novick and the work he is doing:

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