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Brenda Karen Astor, American human services executive, counselor, consultant. Registered Nurse, Florida. Named to Who' Who in '82, Miami Magazine, 1982; Community Mental Health Center grantee, 1979-1982; recipient certified of appreciation Southern Dade Victims Center, 1988.


Astor, Brenda Karen was born on September 9, 1941 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of George Lee and Bertha (Dublin) Astor.


Diploma in nursing, Beth Israel Hospital School, Boston, 1962. Postgraduate school nursing and psychology, Indiana University and Purdue University, Indianapolis, 1975. Certified in gestalt methodology, Gestalt Institute Cleveland, 1978.

Also workshops, seminars.


Neurosurg. and clinical nurse Lahey Clinic, Boston, 1962-1964. Mental health nurse coordinator Gallaghue Mental Health Center Community hospital, Indianapolis, 1973-1975. Head nurse, coordinator pain center Community Hospital, 1975-1978.

Director Center for Healing Arts Northwest Dade Community Mental Health Center, Miami Lakes, Florida, 1979-1982. Program coordinator adolescent addiction program Dodge Hospital, Miami, 1983-1984. Program coordinator, holistic stress counselor, program director Alternate Lifestyle Center, Miami Beach, 1984-1986.

Psychiatric/addiction nurse specialist Charter Hospital, Miami, 1986-1995. Director, designer, developer Center for Healing Arts Imperial Point Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, since 1995. Consultant, lecturer, facilitator in healing arts, pain control, stress management.

Founder, director Healing Arts Associates, Miami, since 1981. Consultant World Living Center, Miami, 1983, Arvida, Miami, 1984, Larkin Institute, Miami, 1985, Victoria Hospital, Miami, 1986. Member board advisers Interlink Systems, Miami, 1984.


Active Center for Jungian Studies Southeast Florida, since 1990, board directors, since 1995. Active New Age Network, Inc., Miami, 1983, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Miami, 1983, Goddess Group, Miami, Friends of Emmanuel, Miami. Member American Holistic Nurses Association (charter), Holistic Health Learning Laboratories (founding member, board directors), Gestalt Institute Cleveland.


  • Other Interests

    Celebratory and contemplative study and practice of the healing arts in community, reading, dance, nature, travel.


Married Victor A. Freedman, May 30, 1963 (divorced April 1974). Children: Lori Shayne, Evan Jon (deceased).