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Brother / Doctor Bernard Seif, SMC, EdD, DNM is a Christian monk with private monastic vows in the Roman Catholic and Salesian traditions. He is also vowed and knighted in the Sacred Medical Order of the Knights of Hope. Brother Bernard is a Clinical Psychologist, Board Certified in Behavioral Medicine. He is a Doctor of Natural Medicine (Board Certified) specializing in Chinese Medicine with sub-specialties in Medical Qigong and Chinese medicinal herbs. Doctor Seif is a National Qigong Association Certified Level IV Qigong Teacher, an NQA Certified Advanced Clinical Therapist, a Lifetime Professional NQA member, a member of the NQA certification committee, former Ethics Chair, has served on the NQA Board of Directors, and is a member of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong (Beijing). He has authored numerous professional papers as well as the entertaining and informative OFFICE OF THE DEAD monastic mystery book series.
After earning his doctorate in Counseling at Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, Brother Bernard completed his post-doctoral clinical experience and examinations and was licensed as a Psychologist in both Maryland (presently inactive) and Pennsylvania. After five years of post-doctoral Behavioral Medicine experience, he was also Board Certified in Behavioral Medicine. Doctor Seif later entered the 4,200 hour Bridge Program for licensed health professionals of the state-authorized Arkansas College of Natural Health, Waldron, Arkansas and received his DNM degree. Doctor Seif's natural medicine hospital rotations were at the Army Hospital, Navy Hospital, and Xi Yuan Hospital, all in Beijing China.
Brother Bernard enjoys hiking, meditating, studying Mandarin, and is grateful for his friends and family. He maintains a clinical-pastoral practice, offers retreats and workshops throughout the United States and Asia, and does some medical missionary work there. His hermitage-style monastery is in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.