The role of Heart Rate Variability in health and disease will be the topic presented by Valerie Holland of Brainwaves Kaua‘i, the newest member of the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i when it meets, Sept. 1 at the Regency at Puakea in Puhi.
The topic will introduce the Zonta Club to HRV biofeedback, demonstrated through research by the Institute of HeartMath, as having been applied successfully in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, pain and has recently become the treatment of choice for chronic fatigue in breast cancer survivors, states a release from the Zonta Club.
Holland, a graduate of Oberlin College, received a master of arts degree in social relations and a master of science degree in psychology from Lehigh University.
Following the completion of her graduate studies, Holland joined the management training program at Bethlehem Steel Corp., where she held a variety of positions until her retirement in 1992.
Retirement led her to a second career as a professor at Warren County Community College in New Jersey and, at the time of her retirement from college, Holland had attained the rank of associate professor of psychology and sociology, having served six years as an area chairperson in social sciences.
Holland and her husband, Dr. George Fritz, moved to Kaua‘i in 2010 with the intention of establishing BrainWaves Kaua‘i, a licensed psychological practice focused on providing scientifically validated biofeedback therapy to residents and visitors.
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