While studying for a dissertation in behavioral science at Oxford University
in England in the early 1990's, Dr. Tice
was particularly interested in stress as it occurs in the workplace.She
also learned to appreciate the British custom of tea time.
"One of the biggest ways to alleviate stress is to take time for a cup of tea
in the afternoon and just a light snack," Tice
said."It hits us at about the time we used to nap as children."Dr. Tice
particularly advocates taking afternoon tea in place of the traditional 'three-martini' business lunches at the workplace.The setting of the tea
, including the use of nice cups and silver, helps workers feel a bit more special about their place in the meeting, and sets the tone for civility.Afternoon tea
also comes at a time when many people feel the lull of the day, and the tea and snack provide a lift.
Afternoon tea, as Dr. Tice
creates its, includes fresh seasonal fruit, small desserts, and finger sandwiches.To accompany these tasty bites, Dr. Tice
takes pains to be sure that her
guests are enjoying very good teas.
"Most people have never had a good cup of tea
, and they are surprised to find how delicious it can be," says The Tea Doctor
also advises her
clients how to choose high quality tea and locate sources for it.There is a wrong way to brew tea
, and a better way, as Dr. Tice
explains, "Cold water, straight from the tap, brought to a boil on the stove, makes the best tea.The water should not be heated in the microwave."
background as a therapist, counselor, and teacher she
is capably equipped to help business clients arrange successful teas.Dr. Tice has worked for several corporate clients, and is also the tea advisor to Iowa's First Lady, Mrs. Christy Vilsack.
A recent bride-to-be found herself surrounded by friends enjoying Dr. Tice's tea
carried out in a Scottish theme, as befitted her
groom's ancestral families.
Stories about the health benefits of tea
have appeared in the media more and more over the last few years.Dr. Tice
could be considered proof of that also, as she
is a breast cancer survivor and speaks publicly about the physical and emotional effects of that disease.She
has recently appeared before a Scientific Peer Review Panel for the U.S. Department of Defense
.The government funds breast cancer research programs and must decide among dozens of proposals.Survivors of the disease are regularly included in the decision-making process.Dr. Tice
assisted the panel by traveling to Virginia this month to help them understand the emotional, physical, and social issues of the disease.
You can share a cup of tea
with Dr. Patricia Tice
and First Lady Christy Vilsack on August 25 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore in West Des Moines, or at Schaffer's Bridal Shop
in Des Moines on September 8.Other upcoming appearances can be found on her
website, www.theteadoctor.com, or you can contact her
at 515-457-7590.Be sure and watch for Dr. Tice's
first book, "Give Stress a Rest," which will be published in September.