Corinne Basch, MD
Connie Basch, MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine and in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, has been practicing integrative medicine since 2000, functional medicine since 2003(Certified in 2013!), and conducting group medical visits since 2005. She practices inpatient and outpatient family medicine.
She worked in Community Clinics for 6 years after residency and believes the two-tiered system maintained by these subsidized ghettos is deeply flawed – she has been a member of Physicians for a National Health Plan since her first year out of residency. After leaving the clinic she formed a private practice and continued to care for many of her previous clinic patients for the next 9 years in a rural Northern California Community, struggling to work out the economics to make that sustainable. She left to teach in the family medicine residency at Family Medicine of Southwest Washington in Vancouver, WA from 2008 to 2013 and has now returned to Arcata, California where she again has a private practice.
Benjamin Brown, MD
Ben Brown MD double boarded in Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine. He has written and lectured extensively on reversing heart disease, physician wellbeing and facilitating life-style change. He is an award-winning educator and writer and is the author of the book, “50 Simple Things to Save Your Life During Residency”. Ben has more than 20 years caring for the underserved, has led more than 20 Global Service Missions in seven countries, is Medical Director of Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, and is co-director of the IM4Us Fellowship in Santa Rosa.
Karen Burt-Imira, MD
Karen Burt-Imira, MD – student, teacher, patient, practitioner, and administrator of Integrative Medicine 40+ years, She founded the Integrative Health Program in a county healthcare organization in 1998, and developed multiple services including a large Group Medical Visits program. Retired in 2015, she now leads training in Group Facilitation which rests upon Cultural Humility. She first encountered Breema, the “Art of Being Present,” in 1985 and became a certified Breema instructor in 2001. The universal philosophy and revitalizing, balancing practices have been foundational in her life and work. Further passions: family, music, and flower art.
Maria Chao, DrPH, MPA
Maria T. Chao, DrPH, MPA, is a UCSF Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital and Associate Director of Research and the Associate Director for Health Equity and Diversity at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Chao’s overarching research goal is to investigate how complementary and integrative medicine can advance health equity. Her current program of research focuses on non-pharmacologic approaches to improve quality of life among diverse and underserved populations living with chronic conditions. Dr. Chao’s recent studies aim to: (1) rigorously test integrative approaches to address the undertreatment of pain in diverse patient populations; and (2) apply health services research and implementation frameworks to broaden access to evidence-based integrative medicine. This includes studies of group-based models of integrative medicine; acupuncture in conventional healthcare settings serving diverse patients; and collaborations with safety net providers at the San Francisco Department of Public Health to develop and evaluate various integrative pain management programs. She received research training in socio-medical sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, New York and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in integrative medicine at University of California – San Francisco. Her work has received funding support through the NIH/National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, numerous foundations, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Gail Christopher, DN, ND
Dr. Gail C. Christopher is an award winning social change agent and former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), one of the world’s largest philanthropies.
She is the visionary for and architect of the WKKF led Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort for America. TRHT is an adaptation of the globally recognized Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) model. TRHT evolved from the decade long WKKF America Healing, racial equity and racial healing initiative, designed and led by Dr. Christopher. Over the last ten years she has had responsibility for several other areas of foundation programming. These include, Food, Health and Well-Being, Leadership, Public Policy, Community Engagement and place-based funding in New Orleans and New Mexico.
In August of 2017, Dr. Christopher left her leadership position with WKKF to launch the Maryland based Ntianu Center for Healing and Nature; and to devote more time to writing and speaking on issues of health, racial healing and human capacity for caring. She is currently Chair of the Board of the Trust for America’s Health and a Fellow of The National Academy of Public Administration.
Fasih Hameed, MD
Dr. Fasih Hameed believes in an innovative approach to combat chronic disease and build a healthier community. A dynamic Family Physician, Dr. Hameed strives to provide patients with health information, self-management skills and, most importantly, the inspiration they need to make important changes. Dr. Hameed helped spearhead the creation of the 4,000 sq. foot on-site vegetable and herb garden; a chronic pain management program; a diabetes prevention program; a mindful meditation program; integrative medicine consultations; and a low cost acupuncture program. He is now an associate medical director and oversees our Wellness and Integrative Medicine programs. A graduate of Brown University and Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Hameed first came to Sonoma County as a resident in the University of California San Francisco Family Medicine Residency in Santa Rosa. He and his wife Sarah liked the area and settled in Petaluma where they enjoy making music, surfing, gardening and getting silly with their two young children.
Mikhail Kogan, MD, ABIOM, RCST
Dr. Kogan is a leader in the newly-established field of Integrative Geriatrics. He is the chief editor of the first definitive textbook of the field entitled “Integrative Geriatric Medicine ”, published by Oxford University Press as part of Andrew Weil Integrative Medicine Library series and is frequent speaker at a variety of international conferences on the topics of Integrative Medicine and Geriatrics, healthy aging, and geriatrics, as well as neurodegenerative diseases, and use of medical cannabis. Additionally, he has published in both Integrative and Geriatric topics in leading US-based journals.
Dr. Kogan currently serves as medical director of the GW Center for Integrative Medicine and associate director of the Geriatrics Fellowship Program. He is the founder and director othe George Washington University Integrative Geriatrics Fellowship Track and the director of the Integrative Medicine Track program at the George Washington University School of Medicine, as well as serving as part-time faculty member of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, and the GW Center for Aging, Health and Humanities.
In addition to his academic roles at George Washington University Dr. Kogan serves on a number of national boards and organizations including: the American Board of Integrative Medicine within the American Board of Physician Subspecialists (ABPS), ProCure Art, PlantMed, and others. Dr Kogan is also the founder and the chair of the board of AIM Health Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that provides integrative medicine services to low-income and terminally ill patients regardless of their ability to pay.
Rick McKinney, MD
Now retired, Rick McKinney was a faculty member at UCSF, teaching in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and practicing at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. He came to that role after practicing privately for nearly twenty years, having experienced the full spectrum of family medicine in a wide range of settings. Practices have included both rural and frontier practices, small town settings, and busy inner city clinics.
Rick lives on a houseboat in Sausalito with his wife Katharine, their pets, and a huge number of potted plants. He loves to laugh, to cook, to paint, to spend time with family and friends, and to enjoy the many blessings of life.
Myles Spar, MD, MPH
Myles Spar, MD, MPH is board-certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Spar graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1993 and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Tulane University, followed by a fellowship in Health Services Research and Masters in Public Health at UCLA. He then completed his fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, under the guidance of his mentor, Andrew Weil, MD.
Dr. Spar practices Integrative Medicine at his office in West Hollywood, California. In addition, Dr. Spar also directs the Integrative Medicine Program at Venice Family Clinic’s Simms-Mann Health and Wellness Center. This center is the only one of it’s kind in the country, serving the less fortunate in need. Dr. Spar also serves as the clinic’s Director of HIV Services.
As a faculty member of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Spar teaches Integrative Medicine to medical students and residents. He also serves as a principal research investigator, on the care of patients using an integrative medicine approach. Dr. Spar has published and presented on subjects related to integrative medicine, ranging from men’s nutrition, to the use of a multi-disciplinary approaches, to patients with chronic pain.
His commitment to the benefits of Integrative Medicine is also reflected in his role as the President of Integrative Medicine Access (IMA). This non-profit organization focuses on providing affordable integrative medicine services to low income and medically underserved Americans. In 2013 Dr. Oz presented Dr. Spar with the prestigious Bravewell Leadership Award for Dr. Spar’s work in Integrative Medicine.
Kim Tippens, ND, MS, MPH
Dr. Tippens is a research scientist and adjunct associate professor at the National University of Natural Medicine. She is a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, where she received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine and a master’s degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. She completed a family practice residency in naturopathic medicine with an emphasis on community health. After residency, Dr. Tippens was awarded a National Institutes of Health-funded post-doctoral research fellowship, during which she received a Master of Public Health with emphasis on epidemiology and biostatistics from Oregon Health & Science University.
Dr. Tippens’ research has explored the role that integrative medicine can play in meeting the needs of uninsured and medically underserved communities. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Tippens has worked with medical students and faculty to incorporate coursework and training in public health and the delivery of culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare services. Dr. Tippens has also worked with state health officials to develop guidelines for continuing education in cultural competency for health professionals and to review evidence to inform Medicaid coverage decisions. She currently works in public health and remains a strong advocate for health equity and social justice.
John Weeks is a writer, speaker, chronicler and organizer whose work in the movement for integrative health and medicine began in 1983. He is publisher-editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports, which since 1995 – in various prior forms – has created primary connective terrain for the diverse stakeholders and professions in the field.
He contributes regular columns to Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Today’s Practitioner and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. Over the years has been published widely in such venues as the Huffington Post, Altarum Institute, the AHA’s Health Forum Journal, Medical Economics, Physician Executive, Journal of the Institute for Health and Productivity Management, and elsewhere.
Since May 2016 he has been honored to serve as the editor-in-chief of JACM – Paradigm, Practice and Policy Advancing Integrative Health (The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine), the longest-running peer-reviewed and indexed publication in the field.
Since mid-2015, John has re-focused his work on presenting, teaching and mentoring. He has keynoted, led plenary sessions, breakouts and offered guest lectures for dozens of organizations. These range from the Association of American Medical Colleges and Harvard University to Bastyr University and American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine; the UCLA School of Medicine to the Institute for Health and Productivity Management and Palmer College of Chiropractic; from the International Congress for Research on Integrative Medicine and Health to the American Hospital Association and the Midwives Alliance of North America. He has consulted with insurers, employers, professional organizations, universities, and government agencies at all levels. He serves on the faculty of the Leadership Program in Integrative Medicine at Duke University.
As an organizer, Weeks convened the Integrative Medicine Industry Leadership Summits (2000-2002), directed the National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Care (2004-2006), fund-raised the start-up and was on the founding steering committee of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (2002-). He co-founded the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health, which he directed 2007-2015, and was on the founding board of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.
In 2014, three consortia and others combined to grant him a Lifetime Achievement Living Tribute Award.
Four academic institutions have granted Weeks honorary doctorates for his work. Seattle-based, he considers himself a particularly lucky soul to have worked remotely while living with his spouse Jeana Kimball, ND, MPH, and their children in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico for 6 of the last 15 years.