Dr. Benyshek is an artist, a mental health counselor, and a scholar on contemporary artists as shamans. Her creative presentations integrate research with the arts, providing the audience with an authentic experience of shamanistic art.
She earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in psychology from Saybrook University, an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington. Her artwork was exhibited in 60 national and international group exhibits, including Redefining Visionary Art in New York City. Publications include Shamanhood and Art, an English language anthology published in Poland and Hungary and the Encyclopedia of Shamanism published in China.