Meet the Board

Vimal R. Patel - RPh, CCN, CAd, DiHOM
Chairman of The Foundation for Living Medicine

patel.jpgVimal R. Patel is the Founder and Director of Time4Health, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Patel is a Registered Pharmacist, a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a Certified Addictionologist. He also holds a diploma in Homeopathy with additional certifications from the Health Trust Alliance and the International American Association of Clinical Nutritionists.

Mr. Patel is a third-generation Asian Indian and was born in Zambia, Africa. He was educated in the United Kingdom and the United States and attended Ohio Northern University earning degrees in Pharmacy and Biology with distinction.

Mr. Patel’s specialization is in personalized, client-centered health care that is supportive and an adjuvant to current medical protocols. His unique approach lies in his ability to assess underlying issues with respect to restoring the complex balance of the body, mind and spirit.

As an innovator and sought-after consultant in pharmaceutical and nutraceutical compounding, Mr. Patel has been instrumental in developing ground-breaking products for these industries. He has also developed a line of his own, proprietary clinical grade supplements and protein shakes that are sold exclusively through health care professionals.


Gladys Taylor McGarey, MD, MD(H)
President of the Board

Dr-Gladys-photo-1_mirror.pngDr. Gladys Taylor McGarey is internationally recognized as the Mother of Holistic Medicine. Dr. Gladys, as she is affectionately known, is board certified in Holistic and Integrated Medicine and has held a family practice for more than sixty years. She is the co-founder of the American Holistic Medical Association, as well as the co-founder of the Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine. She was the first to utilize acupuncture in the U.S. and trained other physicians how to use it.

Dr. Gladys is a pioneer. She has tirelessly pioneered work in holistic medicine, natural birthing, and the physician-patient partnership. Among Dr. Gladys' innovations for natural birthing was the Baby Buggy Program founded in 1978, featuring a fully-equipped paramedical and emergency transport vehicle for home deliveries. In 1970, she co-founded the A.R.E. Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, where she and her former husband pioneered the integration of allopathic and holistic medical practices, laying the groundwork for the cultural shift of recent years that recognizes alternative and holistic medical modalities. Her efforts worldwide continue to receive international acclaim.


Linda Larkey, MA, PhD

larkey.jpgDr. Linda Larkey’s graduate degrees (MA, and PhD) are in Organizational and Intercultural Communication from Arizona State University, with a BA in Business/Human Resource Management. Over the past 18 years, she has been funded as Principal Investigator in over a dozen research grants (totaling over $8 million) from numerous local and national agencies, including four large, multi-year research grants from the National Institutes of Health.

She was a member of the Arizona Cancer Center and faculty at the College of Medicine at University of Arizona for 15 years, and currently is a full professor at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University and Research Affiliate of the Mayo Clinic and member of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Dr. Larkey has been engaged at the state and national level in challenging and changing health policy and reimbursement structure through coalition building and evaluation reports.


Betsy Bombeck

bombeck.jpgBetsy Bombeck is a well known community leader with considerable experience in diverse fields. One of her primary interests is in the field of substance abuse. Currently, she is the Program Supervisor for East Valley Access Point of Community Bridges, working with patients with substance abuse, mental health, and/or co-occurring diagnoses. She is a board member of South of the Salt Board guiding the functioning of 4848 AA Meeting facility. Betsy is also the owner of BOMBECK DESIGN GROUP, where she is Involved in all aspects of operating a contracting company, from initial customer consultations, design of home remodels, to successful completion of construction.

As a community leader and in addition to her tireless work in the field of substance abuse, she has served on a number of boards that address issues she is also passionate. She was a Triple R Behavioral Health Board Member from 2006-2011 and currently is a Community Housing Board Member. She was a board member of the Phoenix Women’s Sports Association from 2002-2009, served as its Vice-President from 2006-2008 and also was the Annual Dinner Chairperson twice.

She has been a Charter 100 Member since 2006 and was an Executive Committee Board Member in 2009, responsible for salon committee and yearly activity planning. She works to continue her mother’s legacy through her efforts with the National Kidney Foundation of AZ Organ Donor Project, working to promote organ donation since 1997.

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