About Dr. Sward

Dr. Sward earned her PhD in exercise physiology and post-doctoral studies in psychoneuro-immunology (stress physiology) in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. She continued her training at Harvard University and the University of Pittsburgh in Mind/Body Medicine.  Seeking a broader understanding of health, she studied chronic disease, stress, and physical activity, Dr. Sward also earned her Master of Public Health in Chronic Disease and Physical Activity, at the University.

She served as Director of Lifestyle Medicine for 10 years at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, seeing patients, teaching, and performing research in her specialties. While a Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine,a need for alternative movement became important to provide for her patients. She studied and practiced Hatha Yoga and earned her certification (RYT-500) as well as certification in Restorative Yoga.  Dr. Sward continued her education and became a Reiki Master over a 5 year period.

Dr. Sward has over 20 years experience helping her patients and clients. HeartChange is in a lovely private setting, providing a comfortable, safe, and convenient personal experience.

On site you will have access to:

• Private Yoga/Yoga Therapeutics, and Reiki Area. Bolsters, mats, blocks, straps,- no need to bring your own. 

•300" All inclusive area including, free weights, strength training, 

• True Treadmil and aerobic equipment 


For a tour of these facilities, please visit the Gallery.