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April Gruzinsky

Assistant Admissions Director

April grew up in Hawaii and no matter where she lives ~ it is with aloha spirit and at an island pace! She values lifelong learning and enjoys working with students of all ages. 

While working 30 hours a week and co-raising a family with four children, she completed a Master of Science degree in Psychology.  Afterwards, she immensely enjoyed leading a peer mediation program with high school students as well as helping families with co-creating individualized education plans. 

She finds the more people she meets throughout life the more similar they are. While respecting and honoring our unique individuality, we can work together towards common goals.  She believes that when people work from the heart and the mind ~ with good intentions ~ many things are possible. 

In 2006, April and her family moved from Hawaii to Tucson, Arizona.  She enjoyed working with many pioneers and leaders in Integrative Medicine for ten years at the University of Arizona. Her initial work there was also with Fellows. In more recent years, she worked with medical students and residents. She helped with research on medical student and residency burnout and facilitated events that brought together practitioners, preceptors and presenters to guide the learners in practicing self-care and to explore numerous topics within Integrative Medicine. 

The Sonoran Desert taught her how to be more resilient and adapt ~ life skills that can always be honed. With gorgeous sunsets and blue, sunny skies Tucson will always hold a special place in her heart. However, she longed  to be closer to her Hawaii family and the Pacific Ocean.  In July 2016, she relocated to San Diego, CA and joined AIHM.  She is thrilled to be working in the same field with many of the same colleagues she has known for over 11 years.  

The Fellowship is a wonderful way for April to meet new people from all around the world and to work closely with them through ongoing phone calls, emails, and web-based meetings. The in-person events in the Fellowship and the annual conference are what she absolutely loves because nothing beats face to face interactions and human connection.

April loves spending time with her husband, extended family and her pets. She enjoys listening to music ~especially live music, Zumba, hula, cooking, traveling, and being on and near the water.  She hopes to dedicate more time to writing and possibly one day pursue a JD degree with a focus on Integrative Medicine Law or End of Life rights.