Meet Our Staff


Our Staff

Max Stanley Chartrand, Ph.D. (Behavioral Medicine)

A noted researcher and educator in behavioral medicine and communicative disorders, Dr. Chartrand has published numerous manuals, textbooks, and hundreds of professional journal articles. He lectures internationally to undergraduate, graduate, and professional CE/CME seminars. Severely hearing impaired since age three, and becoming profoundly deaf as an adult, he utilizes a cochlear implant and assistive technology for auditory communication. Despite tremendous academic challenges presented from deafness, he has successfully completed, with honors in most cases, several advanced degrees. In 1994, he was honored with the international Joel S. Wernick Excellence in Education Award, and is a professional member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, American Tinnitus Association, and the International Hearing Society. Recently, he published "Video Otoscopy: A Quantitative View" that adds to the area of biomarker assessment for a number of disciplines. He inspires his doctoral students to expand their research and healing skills, so that they may step outside the failed modalities of today's allopathic health care system. "It is entirely arguable that the aggressive marketing of side-effect laden prescription drugs has been the most successful commercial scheme in history. It has distorted consumer perceptions, bribed physicians & researchers, and has forced insurers, educators, and institutions to support the fallacy that powerful drugs can heal chronic disease. Real healing occurs when underlying causes are discovered and treated, and when mind and body achieve homeostasis."

Glenys Anne Chartrand, OTR (Occupational Health Consultation)

Mrs. Chartrand was born and raised in New Zealand, and is one of the most innovative and successful Occupational Therapists internationally and in the United States. She is the innovator of Stress-induced or Related Conditions: Lifestyle Education (SIRCLE) program, which utilizes mind-body/body-mind principles to nurture pain sufferers back to normal health and function. She recently added cold laser therapy--which utilizes light instead of heat to stimulate the restorative powers of the body--to actually heal, not just manage chronic conditions that cause pain and suffering. Areas of specialty include the Over-use Syndromes, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Peripheral & Diabetic Neuropathies, Bone Spurs and other bone abnormalities, Head, Neck,and Back Pain, Rotator Cuff injuries, Tendonitis, and other repairable conditions. She is published in trade journals, and is Clinical Supervisor at SIRCLE Pain Relief Center in Casa Grande, Arizona.


Vanessa Dahn, M.A. (Ph.D.-candidate), Special Projects Research


Vanessa brings a rich and varied professional background as a licensed psychotherapist. She serves as Executive Director of Safe Landing Group Center, and as adjunct faculty at Pikes Peak Community College. She is currently at the dissertation research stage of her doctorate in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine at Northcentral University. She specializes in Existential, Morita, Imagery and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She has a special interest in children development, and in helping children with challenges develop into productive, successful, happy adults.



Alex Ruiz

Alex Ruiz is a research assistant and graduate student who studied under Dr. Chartrand at Northcentral University. He currently works as a Systems Analyst at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD, focusing on operational studies, risk analysis, policy research and conflict resolution for the National Security Agency. A former Air Force Officer, Alex served years on crew as a Nuclear Launch Officer, Cryptographic Codes Controller, Technical Instructor and Staff Officer. He has taken his graduate studies to the heart of professional operations-entrusted by senior military leaders in developing and improving highly diverse group collaboration, Joint-arena technical instruction and high-level project representation. He has had the benefit of having to apply his understanding of group dynamics, cognition and how we learn in highly challenging and technical environments in over 30-different countries; leading and liaising to meet some of the nation's toughest problems. An APA member, Alex has a great interest in military-focused psychology, crew resource management and the changing nature of human learning. He is also a member of Division 55, which seeks to advance research and practice of pharmacology. Alex has also played the violin for over 25 years and plays in various ensembles in the greater Washington, D.C. area.


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SIRCLE Pain Clinic

820 West Cottonwood Lane, Suite #6

Casa Grande, AZ 85122