Dispatch 94: Student Spotlight - Leneé Braxton


This month’s Saybrook University student spotlight is Leneé Braxton. We asked the brand new Mind-Body Medicine Ph.D. student about her journey to Saybrook.  

Leneé has been dancing since she learned how to walk. Born in Los Angeles, CA (a worldwide dance hub) and raised in Durham, NC (home of the American Dance Festival), movement is a part of Leneé’s spirit. In 1996, Leneé made history as the youngest captain for the Inaugural NFL Carolina Panthers Cheerleader Squad. In August of 2000, after experiencing paralysis on the left side of her body, Leneé received a heartbreaking diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Grateful to utilize her dance and Kinesiology education, Leneé regained mobility and strength in what her doctors deemed "record timing". Leneé is a Two-Time (2016 & 2017) "Best Barre Instructor" Nominee in Best Self Atlanta Magazine and a Featured Contributor/Writer for Best Kept Self Magazine. Leneé obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Dance in 1997, her Master's Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sport Psychology in 2018, and believes that she was drawn to Saybrook’s Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine as a way to further her education and become more empowered to inspire others through her life experiences and health challenges.

Leneé says that she never knew that a doctoral program in Mind-Body Medicine existed. According to Leneé, “I knew that I wanted to further my education and utilize my passions of dance, movement, psychology, and science to help others. However, I never imagined that I could actually focus on ALL of these areas in one Ph.D. program. I feel as if Saybrook is a dream come true. I have finally found “my tribe”. The relationships that I formed during our first Residential Conference have been life-changing. Instructors are always accessible. My first semester with Saybrook has been the most enriching academic experience that I have ever had.” 

Leneé says that she looks forward to delving into her Integrative Wellness Coaching Specialization coursework during the January 2019 Residential Conference. She also looks forward to re-connecting with classmates and professors in person. 

Leneé is passionate about sharing the life changing benefits of therapeutic exercise with others, especially those facing illness, injury, or body image challenges. Leneé currently resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband and daughter.