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2016 Conference Speakers

7Song Clinical Herbalist, Director of Holistic Medicine

7Song is an herbalist, teacher and naturalist who lives in Ithaca, NY. He is the director and main instructor at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine. He is a founding member, Director of Holistic Medicine and an herbal practitioner at the Ithaca Free Clinic. This is a integrative free clinic with herbalists, doctors, nurses, acupuncturists and other health care workers offering their services for free. The clinic opened its doors in 2006.

Priscilla Abercrombie RN, NP, PhD

Dr. Abercrombie has been a women’s health nurse practitioner for 30 years with a focus on the health care needs of underserved multiethnic women. She has a doctorate in Nursing and has conducted research in women’s health. She completed a two-year fellowship in integrative medicine through the University of Arizona Tucson and is a board certified advanced holistic nurse. She also has a certificate in Integrative Imagery and Integrative Health Coaching. She provided care at the San Francisco General Hospital Women’s Health Center for 27 years. In addition, she saw patients at UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, was the lead clinician at the UCSF Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic, and was the gyn consultant at Laguna Honda Hospital. She was a Clinical Professor in the UCSF Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences in the School of Medicine and Community Health Systems Nursing where she lectured and mentored both medical and nursing students and residents. She has published numerous articles on a variety of women’s health–related topics and lectures nationally. She has a passion for caring for women using an integrative approach. She is now living in Healdsburg, California where she is re-establishing her private telemedicine practice called Women’s Health & Healing.

Elie Adler Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine; MS-4

Elie Adler is a fourth year medical student at Mount Sinai in New York City. She is currently on a scholarly year as a pre-doctoral research fellow at the Osher Center For Integrative Medicine at UCSF.
As a medical student, Elie has been a leader of Mount Sinai’s Students For Integrative Medicine. As a yoga teacher, she has led yoga classes and meditation sits for all members of the Mount Sinai community. During her third year of medical school, Elie was selected by her peers to receive The Art of Medicine Award, recognizing her ability to “demonstrate an exceptional ability to blend medical knowledge with an understanding of the multidimensional aspects of healing.” Elie has conducted field research in Nepal, India, China, South Africa, and East Harlem. She is particularly committed to the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved movement.

Abigaill Aiyepola ND, midwife

Abigail Aiyepola, ND is a naturopathic physician and trained midwife from Bastyr University. She maintains her ND licence in WA, OR and CA and currently practices and teaches on various women’s health-related topics at Bastyr University’s San Diego campus and at Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery. She is a board member of the Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council (MEAC), the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) and is active on several committees and task forces within the US Midwifery Education Regulation and Association (US MERA) collaboration.

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.

Ingrid W Bauer MD, MS (Resident)

Ingrid is a physician, herbalist, mother, and businesswoman who envisions integrating plant-based medicine into mainstream healthcare provision for people from all walks of life. She is a resident in the Internal Medicine Primary Care program at Highland Hospital, Alameda County's trauma center and safety-net hospital. A graduate of the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program, she conducted master's research about Latino health beliefs and traditional medicine at a bilingual clinic in Oakland, CA while simultaneously completing her medical training. She studied Western and Chinese herbal traditions at the American School of Herbalism in Santa Cruz, CA, and has taught workshops and fieldtrips about herbal medicine at schools, conferences, and UC Berkeley. She is an avid cook, yoga practitioner, gardener, and Spanish language enthusiast.

Michael S. Bennett, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, CNP

Michael S. Bennett, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, CNP is a Nurse Practitioner and Albert Schweitzer Fellow for Life (Chicago 2009-2010) who designed, implemented, researched, and voluntarily sustained a community-based health education and promotion program for low-income seniors residing at H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly), subsequently presenting a poster presentation on the project. He is also a Former Jesuit Volunteer, Reiki Master, Permaculture Designer, Wilderness First Responder, and holds a certificate in integrative and holistic health.
Michael currently works full-time as a Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Lead & Systems Management for University Hospitals of Cleveland, Center for Lifelong Health, Division of Post-Acute Care, and serves as the Director of Resilient Health (http://resilient-health.org/) - a fiscally sponsored non-profit association and aspiring 501(c)(3) dedicated to promoting, enriching and sustaining resilient human and environmental health. He writes periodic blog posts on the website and recently his article, “It’s About Resilience,” was published in the American Holistic Nurse’s Association magazine, Beginnings.
He and his wife Christine and their daughter Cora Luna live on a 23-acre permaculture homestead in Chardon, OH, where they raise bees, chickens and goats; grow food and medicine, provide permaculture and herbal education opportunities, and plan to open an integrative free clinic.

Karen Burt-Imira MD, Training Lead for Group Medical Visits

Karen Burt-Imira, MD has been has been student, teacher, patient, practitioner, and administrator of Integrative Medicine for over 40 years. She has always worked with underserved communities – most recently in the Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center in California since 1995 - as a family practice physician and preceptor for the residents. She founded the Integrative Health Program at CCRMC in 1998, expanding and directing this, as well as the Group Medical Visit program, until retiring this year. She continues to work as a trainer. Leading a team of group facilitators, she developed and implemented a comprehensive training workshop in Group Facilitation Skills for the healthcare system’s large, robust Group Visit Program.
Since first encountering Breema in 1985, the universal philosophy and revitalizing, balancing practices have been foundational in all her work, as well as in ordinary daily life. As a Certified Breema Instructor since 2001 – she has been leading workshops primarily in California and Oregon.

Larken Bunce MS, Herbalist

Larken Bunce, MS is a clinical herbalist, educator, writer, gardener and photographer. She is a founding co-director of Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, a 501(c)3 non-profit which runs a full-time sliding-scale community clinic, as well as a 3-year training program for clinical herbalists in Montpelier, Vermont. Her work incorporates wisdom from Western herbal medicine, classical Chinese medicine, whole-food nutrition theory, mind-body medicine and social justice advocacy, reflecting her diverse experiences over 20 years in the field. Larken travels nationally as a conference presenter and guest lecturer for herbal, nursing and medical audiences and is honored to serve on the advisory council for IM4US. Larken is passionate about integrative mental health, bridging traditional medical systems with biomedical sciences, and restoring Nature to culture through herbal medicine.
For more about her work, visit LarkenBunce.com and vtherbcenter.org

Arti Chandra MD, MPH

Arti Chandra MD MPH is a Family Physician with a Masters of Public Health in the areas of Maternal and Child Health and International Health, who was also in the first group of practitioners in the US to be awarded Certification in Functional Medicine, an emerging field of medicine that seeks to find the root causes of chronic symptoms and disease and works with a personalized, lifestyle approach to bring patients back to optimal wellness and vitality. This approach has a core emphasis on using food, exercise, and mind-body-spirit approaches as foundational paths to health and healing. She strongly believes in bringing functional and integrative approaches to patients of all economic backgrounds, and enjoys working with patients who are low resourced and helping guide them back to wellness through these models of care.

Josephine Conte DO

Josephine Conte, DO is a graduate of University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicineclass of 2011. She trained in family medicine at the Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency and there completed her Plus One year in Neuro Muscular Medicine. Prior to medical school training she graduated from the Swedish Institute of Massage and practiced as a nationally certified massage therapist in New York State and Maine. She trained with Dr Kurt Schnaubelt of the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy completing a certification in 1995 as well as with Marcel LaVabre and Patricia Betty. She is now boarded through the AOBNMM and in Family Medicine with ABFM and ABOFP and is a diplomate of Integrative Medicine with the Academy of Integrative and Holistic Medicine.
She presently works as a faculty member and family physician with Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in Lewiston where she specializes in Integrative medicine and NMM/OMM. She has been trained in the therapeutic use of essential oils and other forms of plant medicine and often applies this in her treatments in both inpatient and outpatient settings along with breath and mind body techniques.

Renee Davis MA RH(AHG)

Renee Davis MA RH(AHG) is a clinical herbalist, researcher, and educator in botanical and mycological medicine. She is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, operates Goldroot Botanical Medicine, and works for a medicinal mushroom company in Washington state. She is currently a premedical student at the University of Washington. Previously, she was a clinical herbalist at the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic for 5 years and an Associate Scholar with the Center for World Indigenous Studies.

Sanaz K. Demehry PA-C, MS

Sanaz K. Demehry is a board certified Physician Assistant with a Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts of Health Sciences and Pharmacy. Recently completed a two (2) year fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Weil and also completing an 18 month course in the Foundations in Herbal Medicine with Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. She is active member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine where she is most passionate about educating and preventing exposure in young children. She is also a co-chair for the IM4US conference this year.
She is also trained in Reiki, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Energy Medicine, Meditation and Mindfulness. Sanaz has additionally helped coordinate Mindfulness research through the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UCI.
She spent five (5) years in Neurology at Kaiser Permanente co-managing the Headache and Dementia Management Program. She enjoyed giving presentations on Headache and Dementia to patients, fellow PA’s, NP’s, and MD at Kaiser and at the UCSD School of Medicine. She also gives regular presentation on various IM topics to local veterans and mom’s groups.
Currently Sanaz has an Integrative Medicine practice in Huntington Beach, CA: HB Integrative Medicine. She can be reached at skdemehry at gmail.com.

Connie Earl DO, ABIHM

Connie Earl, DO, is an osteopathic family physician in Sonoma County, CA. She believes that holistic, integrative care is just plain good medicine, and should be available to everyone, regardless of socioeconomic class or insurance status. Connie received her osteopathic medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she served an additional year as a teaching fellow in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM ) and Anatomy. After completing her residency training at the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency (SRFMR) in 2010, Connie served as the Integrative Medicine Fellow at SRFMR, a fellowship focused on providing integrative medicine for the underserved. During her fellowship year, Connie was instrumental in creating the 2011 Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4Us) Conference. She is currently the medical director of a community health center clinic that delivers integrative care to the underserved in Forestville, CA. Connie's professional passions include holism, reproductive health care, traditional healing modalities, natural childbirth and pregnancy, and physician wellness. She is passionately exploring the work-life balancing act, along with her loving partner, their two sons, their cat, and their overgrown garden.

Jill Frank FNPC

Jill Frank is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Seton McCarthy Community Health Center. She graduated with a BSN from University of Texas, Austin and worked for Capitol Anesthesiology as Pain Management Coordinator within Seton for 22 years prior to completing her Master's and FNP certification from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in 2010. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Pain Management Nursing, as a member of the American Pain Society, Texas Nursing Association, Texas Nurse Practitioners and is nursing board certified in pain management. In 2012 she began a Pain Assessment and Integrative Therapies specialty clinic which has expanded to include all three Seton Community Health Centers. Currently she is working to expand the integrative therapies program and is conducting a shared medical group for individuals with chronic pain.
“Over the 25 years that I have worked in pain management I have seen the pendulum swing from extreme fear and reluctance to use opioids to indiscriminate use and feel that now we are moving back towards center. I feel passionate about offering individuals evidence based, compassionate care that serves the whole person, body, mind and spirit. My personal experience with integrative therapies, years of work with individuals in chronic pain, and most recently primary care work with individuals with a variety of chronic conditions has created a passion for programs that empower individuals to make change.”

Anu French MD FAAP ABOIM

Dr. Anu French is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Member of the AAP’s Pediatric Integrative Medicine Leadership Committee and Section on Integrative Medicine. She is board-certified in Pediatrics and Integrative Medicine and has completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine. She serves on the IM4US Policy Subcommittee. She works at the SSM Cardinal Glennon Pediatrics at Depaul office in St Louis, MO and has been in practice for 20 years. The office serves an ethnically socioeconomically diverse and medically underserved population and is in the heart of Ferguson, MO. She is a member of the Trauma Informed Community Network of St Louis. She provides integrative primary pediatric care, integrative consultations and has a special interest and training in integrative pediatric psychiatry. She teaches a community elective in Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency for Saint Louis University pediatric residents in affiliation with the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine.
Anu is passionate about sharing resources through her website www.anufrench.com including her children’s book, ‘I Am You, You Are Me’, her music CD on meditative kirtan, ‘Wake Up My Divinity’ and her artwork, the ‘I Am’ series. She offers meditative music therapy/mindfulness workshops at local yoga centers and schools. She coauthored and published a review on Yoga in Children as part of the Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine series of the AAP’s journal Pediatrics In Review. Her choice of meditation is walking her backyard labyrinth and trying to be a mindful parent to her two daughters and her dog.

Jeffrey Geller MD

Dr. Geller is the current president of IM4US. He was awarded the title ‘Most Outstanding Electrical Engineer’ at the University of Massachusetts in 1988 and went to medical school at Tufts University in 1992. He used this background to become an innovator in delivery of health care by creating a sustainable empowerment based group medical visit model and Integrative Medicine practice. His work with group visits started in 1996 when he noticed that loneliness was a large factor in his patients well being. His research, including the AAFP resident research paper of the year in 1999, has shown a direct relationship of loneliness to increased health center and hospital utilization as well as poor health related quality of life. He has published many other papers on group visits since this time. This work has elevated group visits as a viable treatment model not only for loneliness, but for all chronic illness and is now replicated nationally. In 2008 GLFHC was visited by the U.S. Surgeon General and was awarded the Champion of Health Award for their innovation and leadership these approaches. More recently Dr. Geller received “The Power to Change Our World” award from the Family Medicine Educational Consortium for this work in October 2012.

Andrea Gordon MD

Andrea Gordon has been involved in family medicine medical education and integrative medicine for 20 year. An early realization of the limits of conventional medicine led her to explorations of IM modalities, including a teaching fellowship during which she ran a study on Therapeutic Touch for knee arthritis (later published) and also did the U. of AZ Fellowship in Integrative Medicine. Her time is now split between teaching family and integrative medicine to family medicine residents and medical students, doing office IM consultations and attempting to keep her home clear and child from living on Nutella.

Sandi Gordon, B.Sc., CEC

Sandi Gordon is the Senior Program Manager for Samueli Institute’s Collaborative Initiative, and is a leadership consultant and executive coach. Gordon joined Samueli Institute in 2010, performing needs assessments, program evaluation, interventions, proposal and protocol development, data collection and analysis, and disseminating findings. Gordon was educated at Western Governor’s University and Center for Executive Coaching in business management, executive coaching, marketing, and change management with over 20 years’ experience in those fields. Master-certified in facilitation, training and development, and curriculum design, she also had the designation “change agent” at the largest telecommunications corporation in America.
Gordon’s research interests include integrative medicine, change management, leadership, work-life balance, family health and wellness, and PTSD treatment. Her expertise includes strategic reviews, environmental scans, stakeholder analysis, qualitative and phenomenological interviewing, focus group facilitation, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analyses, intervention design and implementation. She has authored numerous articles, and is a contributing author to a best-selling anthology, Choosing Happiness.
She has conducted multi-million dollar grant reviews for the Corporation for National and Community Service, and previously co-owned a state-certified psychology clinic. She was associate investigator on numerous psychology-related studies focused on leadership, care of the care-giver, post-traumatic stress disorder psychological instruments, nurse reintegration after deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, and the behavioral health impact of enroute care nurses during deployment.

Lisa Hardmeyer Gray Founder, Intrinsic, LLC

Lisa Hardmeyer Gray has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness training since 2010. She has practiced meditation and mindfulness for over two decades. She received Certification as a teacher of MBSR from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Lisa is completing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University in Seattle, WA and interning in behavioral health with Neighborcare Health (FQHC).
Clients:
International Community Health Services (FQHC)
Neighbor care Health (FQHC)
Washington Physicians Health Program
Veteran’s Administration Puget Sound Health Care System
King County Healthy Incentive Program
UW Center for Family and Child Well-Being 
Education:
Antioch University, Seattle, WA., Completing CMHC Master’s
University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA., Certified MBSR Instructor
Marquette University, Milwaukee WI., B.S. Health Sciences
Publications: Teaching Mindfulness to Veterans: A Resource. Contributing Author
Presentations:
National Association of Community Health Centers National Conference. Orlando, Fl. Aug, 2015. Mindfulness Training in Preventing Physician Burn-out, Improving Retention and Enhancing Patient Care.
Northwest Regional Primary Care Association Annual Fall Conference: Seattle, WA. Oct. 2015. Mindfulness Training in Preventing Physician Burn-out, Improving Retention and Enhancing Patient Care.
Texas Association of Community Health Centers Annual Conference.  Houston, TX. Oct. 2015. Key Note Address: Co-presented with Jackie Gaines from the Studer Group: The Real Deal - Moving from Strategy to Results; Addressing Burnout and Creating a Culture of Wellness to Meet the "Quadruple Aim".
Teaching: 
Assistant Teacher: Center for Mindfulness: Practicum for MBSR Teacher Training, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck NY, 2015.

Fasih Hameed MD

Fasih A. Hameed, MD, ABIHM
Associate Medical Director, Director: Wellness & Integrative Medicine Petaluma Health Center, Petaluma, CA
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF- Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency
After an exploration of East-West Philosophy at Brown University, Fasih completed medical school at Tulane, where he developed and implemented a curriculum in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Early in his training with the UCSF-Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency, Fasih helped found an Integrative Medicine task force, which subsequently led to the development of a new consult clinic, curriculum, and fellowship. This Fellowship in Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4U) was the second in the nation to specifically address the holistic health needs of the underserved populations common at community health centers. Fasih was then accepted as the first Integrative Medicine fellow, where he focused on lifestyle change, acupuncture, herbal and nutritional medicine, osteopathic manipulation, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. After fellowship, he was recruited to the Petaluma Health Center, an FQHC, where he began to develop programs in Integrative Medicine, Acupuncture, and Shared Medical Visits. The health center now has a robust Wellness department and offers over a dozen group visits, multiple days of acupuncture, Integrative consults, popular fitness classes, a demonstration kitchen, nutrition consults and a community garden. Fasih was also a founding member of The IM4Us Cooperative and has enjoyed watching it grow from a mere concept to a thriving revolution!

Jamie Harvie Executive Director

Jamie Harvie, P. E. is nationally recognized for his work as at the intersection of health, community and environment. He led the coordination of a national mercury campaign where he led negotiations with the top US retailers to voluntarily eliminate the sale of mercury thermometers, and the successful coordination and passage of mercury legislation across the United States. Jamie initiated the Healthy Food in Healthcare campaign in which he directed a nationwide collaboration of NGO, clinicians and healthcare partners, to create food policy and practice change prevention models. He founded the Commons Health network to advance place-based health creation models and is an "Executive" for the Creating Health Collaborative. Mr. Harvie has worked for clients including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, City of San Francisco, World Health Organization, Blue Green Alliance and the Chinese Environmental Protection Agency. He is the author on numerous health and prevention journal articles and is a contributor to the textbook Integrative Medicine. His awards and recognition include the NRDC “National Thought Leader” award for his work on healthcare and sustainable food systems, Food Service Director "Most Influential" and the Minnesota Public Health Association Sheila and Paul Wellstone Award for lifetime contributions.

Chanel Heermann MD

Chanel Heermann, MD, is an integrative psychiatrist who founded SynerGenius to empower individuals to improve their health and happiness by creating harmony in their lives.
Dr. Heermann helps people create a holistic recovery plan for their unique emotional challenges, using the best of conventional and alternative medicine. She provides her integrative psychiatry services via secure, high-quality videoconferencing technology, allowing clients convenient access to care from anywhere in AZ, CO, ND, or NE. She also offers consulting services worldwide.
Dr. Heermann was one of the first 121 physicians in the world certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine. She is also board certified in Psychiatry and Integrative-Holistic Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Heermann is certified in Mind-Body Medicine, is a graduate of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine’s fellowship program, and currently serves on the faculty of Saybrook University's College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences.
Dr. Heermann is the author of The 7 Foundations of Health and Happiness: Building a Bridge to Balance and multiple published peer-reviewed articles, including "Mind-Body Medicine for Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders: A Review of the Evidence".

Jonah Hershowitz Licensed Acupuncturist; Clinical Director

Jonah Hershowitz is passionate about taking care of people: people in pain, anxious, stressed, depressed, sleepless, and tired people, people with cancer, people who seek help to feel better, more alive, pain free. Jonah applies the best tools at his disposal from a lifetime of interest in health and pain relief that began when, as a child, he learned to massage and walk on the backs of those in his immediate and extended family to help alleviate their pains.
Jonah is an active member of the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM), the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), and San Francisco chapter organizer for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM). Jonah helped expand the grant funding for acupuncture and related services at Providence House Oakland, an assisted living environment for those living with HIV and chronic illness. Currently Jonah pursues numerous research interests, and is the clinical director for San Francisco Acupuncture Group.

Sean X Hesler ND, Director of Community Medicine

Sean X. Hesler, ND is the Division Director of Community Medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Executive Director of Naturopaths Without Borders. Before graduating from SCNM, Dr. Sean accumulated over 300 clinical hours in global health while elevating NWB from a student organization to the global organization it is today. He co-founded the MamaBaby Haiti birth center in Cap Haitien as Medical Director and Staff Physician. SCNM bestowed upon him the SCNM Alumni Award for Community Service and he has written for Naturopathic Doctor News and Review and spoken for the Naturopathic Medical Student Association, New York University, the University of Arizona, AT Still University, University of Bridgeport, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University, and National College of Natural Medicine. Now steering SCNM's 8 free community clinics and expanding SCNM's role as a leader in community health, Dr. Sean also teaches medical students at NWB's sites in Haiti, Mexico, and Phoenix, and creates all of NWB’s pictures and movies. Dr. Sean has chosen to dedicate his life to global Naturopathic Medicine, striving to bridge the gap between Naturopathic Physicians/students and underserved communities worldwide.

Meg Jordan PhD, RN, CWP, Chair, Professor, Integrative Health Studies

Professor Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP, is Department Chair of Integrative Health Studies, Somatic Psychology and Human Sexuality at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where her focus is preparing graduate students as catalysts for positive change in health care, wellness and health promotion. Dr. Jordan is a clinical medical anthropologist, an award-winning international health journalist, behavioral health specialist, RN, author, and President of Global Medicine Enterprises, Inc.
Her areas of expertise include integrative health, behavioral health, health promotion, wellness, and fitness. As a medical anthropologist, she specializes in the study of collaborative models for integrative medicine and the emergence of health coaches as novel agents in health behavior change. Other specialties include her ethnographic research on multidisciplinary healing circles and health coaching.
In 2012 she received a grant from Aetna Foundation to bring a unique model of Integrative Wellness Coaching to public housing residents. She launched the CIIS Certificate for Integrative Wellness Coaching in 2008, which is embedded within the M.A. in Integrative Health Studies which she chairs. Dr Jordan is also on faculty at the Integrative Health Coaching program at the Center for Integrative Medicine at University of Arizona. She is Editor-in-Chief and founder of American Fitness Magazine, and author of numerous journal articles and several books, including The Fitness Instinct, and How to be a Health Coach: An Integrative Wellness Approach, and the forthcoming Adventures of a Global Medicine Hunter.

Anuj Khattar MD

Anuj Khattar MD is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician who completed an Integrative Medicine Fellowship at Swedish Family Medicine, Cherry Hill, in Seattle, WA. He is pursuing training Functional Medicine, Mind-Body Medicine, and Osteopathic medicine. He currently practices full spectrum family medicine including obstetrics in Seattle.

David Kiefer MD

David Kiefer, M.D., is a board-certified family physician with extensive experience in botanical and integrative medicine. His research and teaching activities encompass both national and international universities and conferences, and he has a focus on Latin American ethnobotany and evidence-based herbal medicine. Dr. Kiefer has medical licenses in Washington, Arizona, and, his current residence, Wisconsin, where he is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Kiefer’s past work included teaching naturopathic medical students at Bastyr University in Seattle, and supervising family medicine residents at a homeless youth clinic. He completed a fellowship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he is now an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine. Dr. Kiefer graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, and completed his residency training at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

Patricia Lebensohn MD

Dr. Lebensohn is Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UA and the Director and developer of the Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) at AzCIM. She is the Principal Investigator on the HRSA-funded National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare project. She facilitated implementation of the IMR curriculum in over 50 family medicine residency programs throughout the country and assisted in the incorporation of the IMR into other primary care specialties including internal medicine, preventive medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Every year since 2007 she has led an annual 3-day faculty development program for IMR site leaders. Dr. Lebensohn, a native of Argentina with Spanish as her first language, completed Psychiatry and Family Therapy training in Argentina and Family Medicine in the United States. She also completed a faculty development fellowship at the UA and the IM fellowship at AzCIM. She has taught and published on multi-cultural aspects in primary care, and had an 8-year tenure as the Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency at the UA. Dr. Lebensohn continues to teach at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson and the Family Medicine Residency.

Andrea Lee MD, FACOG

Ob/Gyn physician employed at Erie Family Health Center, Chicago, IL for the past 12 years.
Clinical Instructor at Northwestern University
Currently enrolled in the inaugural class of the Northwestern University Integrative Scholars Program through the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Chicago
Owner / Developer of Lifecycle birth center (in process of opening first birth center in Chicago). www.Lifecyclecenter.com (in the works, website not yet live, but will be active by spring/ summer)

Onna Lo MD, ABIHM

Onna Lo is an Integrative Family Medicine physician in SF and Berkeley. She completed her Residency and Integrative Medicine Fellowship at Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency. She is passionate about creating groups, and has helped support medical providers to develop Group Medical Visits models in community clinic systems for the last 10 years.
Until recently, she worked in Asian Health Services both as a family doctor and an integrative medicine specialist that offered acupuncture, osteopathy and functional medicine consults. She also developed a diabetes group and a chronic pain group.
A long time meditation teacher, an avid osteopathic practitioner (Craniosacral therapy and Strain counter-strain techniques), and trained Functional medicine doctor, Onna melds these systems into her medical practice that focus on preventing and healing physically and emotionally burnt out patients.
She is now pursuing a variety of projects that can disseminate the group model in a virtual way. Along with bringing self-empowerment and self care skills to as many people as possible to help prevent isolation and burn out.
Onna now lives in East Bay, CA with her husband and her 4 and 6 years old.

Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP

Ana María López, MD, MPH, FACP
Associate Vice President for Health Equity and Inclusion, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Director of Cancer Health Equity, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Professor of Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine
Dr. López, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College (A.B. Philosophy) and Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (M.D.), is dedicated to translational research that improves access to care and the reduction of health disparities. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine, served as a Chief Resident and completed fellowships in General Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at the University of Arizona. Concurrent with her subspecialty training, she completed a MPH at the University of Arizona. Upon completion of her training, she joined the University of Arizona College of Medicine faculty. In 1997, she was named founding Medical Director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program. She was later appointed Associate Dean for Outreach and Multicultural Affairs and earned tenure as a Professor of Medicine. She has served as the Governor of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and currently serves on the ACP Board of Regents.
A passion for ameliorating health inequities and addressing human suffering characterizes the body of her work, which range from clinical research with molecular targets to health services research. All efforts consistently contribute to optimizing the health of individuals and their communities.
Recent recognitions include: Leadership Award, National Hispanic Medical Association (2013), Service Recognition Award, American Medical Women’s Association (2013), Best Doctors in America (1998-present).

Bonney Lynch LAc, CMT

Bonney Lynch works at a LifeLong community health clinic in Berkeley, CA, and also supervises ACTCM acupuncture interns (American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine @ California Institute for Integral Studies, SF, CA ). She has been in private practice as a CMT since 1989 and 2002 as an acupuncturist.
She often combines modalities and is very appreciative of creative opportunities, mystery and humor, which are often often allies in our discovery of what is helpful and how to work together.

Harry McIlroy MD

Shortly after finishing undergraduate education at UC Santa Cruz, Harry completed a masters degree in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Harry also has extensive training in ashtanga yoga and ayurveda and returns to India frequently to continue his studies. While integrative and preventive medicine have long been his passion, he elected to return to school at the University of Arizona where he received his medical degree. Following medical school he completed a residency in Family Medicine at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, CA. His training focused around providing care to the underserved community in the East Bay. He practices integrative medicine at the West County Health Center in San Pablo, CA and at San Francisco Acupuncture Group.

Christina Miller MD, MPH

Christina Miller graduated from UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine in 2012 and embarked on a combined Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine residency at in Loma Linda, California. As she earned her MPH over the course of her 4-year residency, she applied each concept of population medicine to a fledgling free clinic in San Bernardino. Christina became the first resident to win the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation’s Family Medicine Cares Grant for Free Clinics as well as the AAFP Foundations Resident Service Project Award. She has presented the outcomes of her programs and research at local and national conferences.

Donna H Odierna DrpH, MS, CH(AHG)

Donna H Odierna, DrPH, MS, RH(AHG), is a public health researcher, clinical herbalist, and social epidemiologist. Her research focuses on social exclusion and health equity, with an emphasis on how structural and individual factors interact to affect population health. Dr. Odierna studied clinical herbalism at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, and public health at UC Berkeley, and health policy and health services research University of California, San Francisco. She is a member of the research faculty at LifeChiropractic College West, where she teaches, serves on the Institutional Review Board for protection of human research subjects, and is co-developing faculty and student research programs. She has worked with diverse populations including indigent women in Latin America, needle exchange participants in New York and California, and low-income women living with cancer. She maintains an independent research consulting practice in Oakland, California.

Maryclaire O'Neill DO

Maryclaire O’Neill, D.O. is a board-certified osteopathic family physician, fellowship-trained in Integrative Medicine for Underserved Populations (GLFHC HIP Fellowship, Lawrence, MA). Her current practice at a rural healthcare facility on the Navajo Nation incorporates functional medicine, osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture, school-based clinics and group medical visits in the context of providing comprehensive primary care to patients of all ages.
Dr. O’Neill received her degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM), the founding school of osteopathy; spent her osteopathic internship at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency (MDFMR); and finished her residency training at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Throughout her training years she provided integrative care to a largely underserved population, including diverse refugee and immigrant populations, in hospital and community clinic settings.
A certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Dr. O’Neill is also certified in medical acupuncture and yoga. She is on faculty for the International Primary Care Educational Alliance of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (IPCEA/ACOFP), through which she teaches family medicine in China. Dr. O’Neill has previously lectured at the annual conferences of the Institute for Functional Medicine and IM4US.

Kara Parker MD

Dr. Kara Parker is a faculty physician in the Integrative Health Clinic at Whittier Clinic, part of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Parker is Director of the Group Visits Program where principles of Functional Medicine and personalized lifestyle are shared in a GV format. She teaches wellbeing and integrative medicine to Family Medicine residents, and practices Functional Medicine and integrative primary care with her colleagues in a large medical system co-located with chiropractors and acupuncturists. Dr. Parker works to grow patient-centered, functional, collaborative care for all patients.

Chris Perkowska Physician Assistant, Ayurvedic Practitioner

Chris Perkowska became a Physician Assistant in 1990 and worked in rural New Mexico in a primary care clinics with the underserved. She then followed her passion for women's health and studied in NYC and Cuba to be a Certified Nurse Midwife. She worked in birth centers in Maine, the Texas border and northern California.
Once settled into a community with a school of Ayurveda in northern California, she picked up a thread of interest from her studies as an undergrad in Nepal and dove into this next chapter of her her career!
Six years later, she is working in a fabulous position with a great team, where she wears many hats: Physician Assistant, Ayurvedic Practitioner specializing in women's health, and Group Coordinator at the Forestville Wellness Center in northern California.

Laura Polak DC

Dr. Laura Polak, D.C. is the founder and director of Radiant Health Center in Sebastopol, and founder and director of the Community Holistic Clinic (CHC). (CHC) is a non-profit that has partnered with Burbank Housing in Sonoma County to bring natural and alternative healthcare to underserved communities at no cost to low-income patients and clients. Through natural and alternative healthcare education and treatment, a multi-disciplinary healthcare team is committed to shifting the current paradigm towards wellness, patient empowerment, and self-care.
Dr. Laura Polak, D.C. has been in practice in Sonoma county for 13 years, and has helped thousands of individuals move from pain to progress. She holds a BA, in global education, a BS, a doctorate in chiropractic and is certified to the highest level in Network Spinal Analysis. She is a quantum level member of the Association for Re-Organizational Healing, and a lecturer for the foundation for Wellness Professionals. She spent a lot of her childhood traveling with her father helping people in developing countries and is thrilled to be finally utilizing both passions in one field.

Elizabeth Rocco MD

Elizabeth Rocco, MD, has worked for over 20 years with under served populations internationally in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Brazil, and nationally with Native Americans, white Appalachians, white and African-American urban poor, migrant farm workers and Central American, S.E. Asian, Brazilian, and Caribbean immigrants in community health clinics. In 2005 she became probably the first Integrative Family Medicine Fellow for the Under Served at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) where she combined her passions for working with under served immigrants, studying the mind-body connection and exploring alternative therapeutic health care relationships, i.e. empowerment groups and peer listening communities. Since 2006 she has been practicing integrative family medicine in the poorest community in New England and mentoring a growing number of physicians who are choosing a similar path in Integrative Family Medicine for the Under Served at the GLFHC HIP fellowship. She is especially interested in inspiring patients and physicians alike to initiate the healing process from the negative chronic health impacts of poverty, environmental toxins, poor nutrition, chronic stress and trauma through the use of groups, nutrition, exercise, mind-body therapies, counseling and activism.

Elena Rosenbaum MD, Assistant Professor

Elena Rosenbaum M.D., Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Albany Medical College and Director of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Rosenbaum graduated from University of Pennsylvania Medical School and completed her Residency training at Lawrence Family Medicine Residency. She completed the HIP Fellowship in 2008 and joined as Faculty at AMC. She completed the Harvard Structural Acupuncture for Physicians 2008 and the Advanced Acupuncture Course in 2014. She teaches residents and medical students and continues to provide both inpatient and outpatient care. She integrates nutritional counseling, mindfulness based meditation, acupuncture, osteopathic manipulation and other modalities to her Primary Care Practice. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Rosenbaum is part of the Albany Public School District Wellness Committee and the Albany County Department of Health Strategic Alliance for Health, and University of Albany School of Public Health Community Advisory Committee. She is also a board member of Soul Fire Farm Institute.

Diana C. Shakarian PhD

Diana Shakarian is a former university professor of Kinesiology and Coordinator of Teacher Education, with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. She has worked with universities nationwide to improve college teaching, has consulted with state and national agencies (e.g., California State Department of Education, National Science Foundation, etc.) in the area of kinesiology, education and health promotion, and has published peer-reviewed articles on teaching, learning and cognitive motivational styles.
Dr. Shakarian has taught at the university level for over 25 years. She has been a student of Eastern philosophy and the energy arts since 1974. She is a 6th generation Usui Reiki Master, a Tai Chi/Qigong Master, an Eden Energy Medicine Authorized Teacher and Certified Practitioner, and a UCLA Certified Mindfulness Facilitator. Dr. Shakarian operates a Reiki/Energy Medicine private practice in Huntington Beach, CA and teaches Reiki, Energy Medicine, Tai Chi, Qigong, Mindfulness Meditation and other health promotion classes at local colleges and venues.

Myles Spar, MD, MPH, Director of Integrative Medicine

Myles Spar, MD, MPH is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Integrative 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. Dr. Spar directs the Integrative Medicine Program at Venice Family Clinic’s Simms-Mann Health and Wellness Center. In addition, Dr. Spar practices Integrative Medicine at his office in West Hollywood, California. He is a member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine.
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 Principal Investigator on clinical research studies investigating the integrative approach to patient care. 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.
Dr. Spar blogs for the Huffington Post and has written for the Los Angeles Times. He edited a comprehensive book on Integrative Men’s Health for The Oxford University Press, part of the Andrew Weil series on Integrative Medicine. He is the recipient of the Bravewell Award for Leadership in Integrative Medicine and founded Integrative Medicine Access (IMA), a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to facilitating access to Integrative Medicine among the underserved.

Michelle Steinberg MS in Human Nutrition & Herbalist

Michelle Steinberg, MS, founded the Consultas Naturistas program at Street Level Health Project (www.streetlevelhealth.org) in 2009, where she works collaboratively with primary care practitioners to provide holistic nutrition and Western herbal medicine to underserved immigrant communities in Oakland, CA. Michelle believes deeply in the importance of accessibility and integration in public health care and strives to ground her practice in patient-centeredness and cross-cultural awareness. She has a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and completed a three-year clinical internship program in Western herbalism. Her Bachelor's degree is in Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University. Michelle won the 2015 American Herbalist Guild award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and has written for the Medical Herbalism journal. She is also a documentary filmmaker; her latest film, Beyond Recognition (www.beyondrecognitionfilm.com), on the formation of the first women-led urban indigenous land trust, is currently on PBS stations nationwide and in film festivals.

Dina Tyler Director

Dina Tyler is a peer specialist and advocate working in mental health in Alameda County. Since 2010, Dina has worked for PREP Alameda County (Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis), an early psychosis program that works with young adults (16-24) who were recently given a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform or Schizoaffective disorder where she is now the Director of Peer and Family Support Services. She is a Co-Founder and Board Member of the Bay Area Hearing Voices Network. She is also a facilitator of the Voices, Visions, and Different Realities Support group in San Francisco, California. She is the Director of the Bay Area Mandala Project, a group working to create whole health alternatives for people experiencing extreme states. She has served on the advisory committee for the Alameda County Social Inclusion Campaign, Transition Age Youth Initiative, the Consumer and Family Member Alliance for Alternatives to AB1421, and is a member of the Pool of Consumer Champions. Dina has a degree from UC Berkeley in Sociology, with a focus on mental health and stigma. Dina has also been trained in Emotional CPR, Intentional Peer Support, Being With Extreme States, WRAP, Coming Out Proud, and as a Hearing Voices Group Facilitator. She was awarded the prestigious Peer Specialist of the Year by the National Council for Behavioral Health in 2015.

Bill Walter ND

Dr. Bill Walter is a naturopathic physician practicing as a primary care provider at Community Health Centers of Lane County, a government-run FQHC in Eugene, Oregon - he is one of the first NDs practicing primary care at a government-run clinic in the US. He graduated from Bastyr University, where he stayed to complete his residency in general naturopathic practice.
In his community, he works closely with the Coordinated Care Organization administering Medicaid in his county. Through the CCO, he has served as past chair of the "Chronic Non-Cancer Pain" workgroup, which developed a community-wide, multidisciplinary plan to tackle the intersecting challenge of pain, mental illness, and substance abuse. He currently sits on the Peer Review and Credentialing Committee at his CCO.
He is co-chair of the Scientific Affairs Committee of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, of which he is a member. He is a member of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP). He is a founding member of the Naturopathic Academy of Primary Care Physicians (NAPCP).
He has lectured at the OANP, NAPCP, Scripps Conference on Natural Supplements, and the Integrative Health Symposium.
He lives in Eugene with his wife (an artist) and child.

Laura Wise MD, MPH

Laura Wise, MD, MPH is a family doctor and group visit facilitator. She has been facilitating empowerment oriented group medical visits for the last 15 years. During that time she has facilitated and taught facilitation of CenteringParenting groups, diabetes groups, metabolic syndrome groups and depression groups. Over the last 3 years, Laura has increasingly integrated mindfulness into her groups and her personal life.

Hansie Wong MD

Hansie Wong, MD studied medicine at Georgetown University in Washington DC and trained in Family Practice in San Bernardino, California. After residency, she completed a course in medical acupuncture and went on to obtain a fellowship in Integrative Medicine in the underserved community of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Deciding that she needed a change in scenery and lifestyle, she worked in rural New Zealand for 3 years before returning the states. She currently works at Health Point Community Health Center and has her own Integrative Health Coaching practice outside Seattle, WA.
Hansie enjoys bringing health to the underserved and integrates acupuncture, healing touch, guided imagery/hypnosis, and osteopathy into her current practice. She believes that practicing good medicine means treating the patient as a whole, taking into consideration the mind, body, and spirit. This involves having discussions with the patient regarding all aspects of health (mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical) and necessitates patience, compassion, and open-mindedness. She is part of a movement to make integrative holistic medicine the gold standard of medical practice. For more information, visit her website at: www.integrativehealthandwellness.net

Benjamin Zappin LAc

Benjamin has been working with individuals with significant mental health challenges with herbs, acupuncture, food, and mind body medicine for twenty years. He is on the board of directors of IM4US, has a private practice in Oakland, CA. and is director of Five Flavors Herbs.

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