Joyce Hawkes, Ph.D., a respected biophysicist for over 15 years, received her doctorate in 1971. Her professional life as a scientist included being a Postdoctoral Fellow with the National Institutes of Health. She has published 36 peer-reviewed scientific documents in her field and was elected a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her scientific contributions in the field of ultra high-speed laser effects on cells, and the effect of environmental pollution on cells. Following a near-death experience, she changed careers in 1984 and embarked on an extensive exploration of spiritual and healing traditions.
Nearly three months living in the Philippines working with a native healer preceded her exploration of additional Southeast Asian healing traditions. A month- long stay in South India and six trips to Bali to work intensively with two native Hindu priests/shamans immersed her in Eastern philosophy and practice. With these teachers, she explored the previously uncharted borderlands that divide biology from spirituality – and discovered that emotional, mental, and spiritual feelings can have a profound impact on our bodies at the cellular level.
In 1990, Joyce published a small volume of poetry, Stirring the Waters, and has papers in the 19th and 20th Proceedings of the International Society for the Study of Shamanism and Alternative Healing (Publisher: The Independent Scholars of Asia). Her papers are “Trance and Healing in Bali” (2002) and “The Bridge from Soul to Cell” (2003).
Along with her speaking, writing, and teaching schedule, Dr. Hawkes is the founder of Healing Arts Associates in Seattle, Washington, and keeps a busy private practice at her office in Seattle and via telephone from her retreat center at the edge of the Mt. Baker wilderness in northern Washington State. She combines her scientific expertise and knowledge of the cellular function of the body with her guidance and experience as a healer to touch body, mind, and spirit for the best possible health.