his retirement in 2010, Dr. Sylvest practiced pathology in the Richmond
area for 36 years. He is currently developing the Healing Waters Lodge
in the Mountains of Highland County, Virginia where the holistic
approach to health maintenance and health recovery is addressed.
Growing up as a preacher’s kid in Louisiana, Dr. Sylvest became aware
at an early age of a wide range of human problems, including disease
and death. This exposure sparked a search for answers and solutions
which led to the study of medicine and, ultimately, pathology.
Initially frustrated in his quest for understanding and motivated by
his own illness, Dr. Sylvest began to explore beyond conventional
medicine into the realm of physics and the energetic relationship
between mind and body, including the role of spirituality. His study
and application of what he learned resulted in his own healing and took
him into direct patient care, in addition to his pathology practice.
His first book, which includes much of his experience, The Formula: Who Gets Sick; Who Gets Well;
Who is Unhappy; Who is Happy and Why, was published by SunStar
in 1996. His second book, The End of
Fear, includes the information in his first book. Interest in
his work has led to lecture tours across the country and abroad. He has
also participated in the integrative medicine curriculum at the Medical
College of Virginia.
Dr. Sylvest attended LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, finishing first in his class, did a clinical internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital of Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, served in a surgery clinic for the Public Health Service in Washington, D.C. and practiced emergency medicine at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Maryland. He completed his pathology training at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Dr. Sylvest served as a pathologist on the staff of Johnston-Willis and Chippenham Hospitals in Richmond, Virginia. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Holistic Medical Association. He served as the director of the Institute for Higher Healing where he practiced primary care medicine. He served as medical director of Laboratory Corporation of America’s Richmond laboratory and as associate medical director of Bostwick Laboratories, Inc. He is a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists. He has also participated in the integrative medicine curriculum at the VCU Medical Center.