Gaye Grissom Sandler
Gaye Grissom Sandler is an author and educator living in Nashville. Gaye holds a B.A. in Humanities from New College of California and completed one of the first alternative programs for holistic educators at Holistic Life University in San Francisco. After training with movement pioneer, Judith Aston, and becoming a practitioner of muscle and movement re-education, she worked for many years in physical therapy and wellness clinics. While living in Boston, Gaye and her husband, Andrew, facilitated an IC support group at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital and, in conjunction with the ICA, produced an exercise video for IC patients. They have also given separate workshops and presentations at ICA National Meetings and had a column on the IC Network, called LifeStyles. In 2000, Gaye and Andrew published Patient to Patient: Managing Interstitial Cystitis and Overlapping Conditions. Other publications include Stretch into a Better Shape: Stretching and Strengthening for Interstitial Cystitis and Fibromyalgia Patients, which was co-authored with physical therapist, Merrilee Kullman, and The Interstitial Cystitis Guide for Partners, which Gaye and Andrew co-authored with former IC support group leader Molly Hanna Glidden and her husband William Glidden.
Andrew Sandler is the Executive Director of Park Manor and Chief Executive Officer of Abe’s Garden, a national model of residential living and day care programs for those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. Andrew holds three graduate degrees, including a Masters of Health Administration from Tulane University, a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of New Orleans, and a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Farleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He has written numerous journal articles that have appeared in publications such as Advances in Special Education, the Journal of Behavioral Education, The Urban Review, and the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. His article "American Tragedy: New Orleans Under Water" was published in Callaloo in 2007. Andrew has served as a board member of the Gulf States Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and as the President of the Alzheimer’s Association New Orleans Regional Advisory Committee.
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