Family Practice Physician
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Lawrence, Massachusetts
Jeffrey Geller practices family medicine, integrative medicine, and group visits and is the immediate past president of IM4US. He has served as the Director of Integrative Medicine and Medical Group Visit Programs for the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence Massachusetts since 1999. GLFHC is a federally qualified community health center in the poorest city in New England. His practice integrates the most accessible of allopathic and alternative medicine including acupuncture, hypnosis, herbal medicine, mind body, nutrition, functional medicine, and OMT. He serves as faculty for the Lawrence Family Practice residency and lectures frequently as a clinical professor to medical students at Tufts and the University of Massachusetts medical schools. He is now mainly identified as an innovator in delivery of health care by creating and using an empowerment based model for group medical visits, which are a form of shared medical appointments. He created and is the director of the HIP Fellowship (Holistic, Integrative, and Pluristic), the first fellowship of its kind designed to train family physicians in integrative medicine skills specifically aimed at treating the underserved. He is one of the founding members of IM4US.
Dr. Geller has a background in electrical engineering and math and was awarded the title ‘Most Outstanding Electrical Engineer’ at the University of Massachusetts in 1988. He went on to medical school at Tufts University in 1992. His work with groups started in 1996 in his residency years when he noticed that loneliness was a large factor in his patients well being. He started medical group visits for his own patients soon after and using his statistics background began doing award winning research (AAFP research paper of the year 1999) showing the direct relationship of loneliness to increased health center and hospital utilization. He has been involved in community participatory research through REACH 2010 (CDC funded) to treat loneliness and depression in diabetic patients. His research showed that not only did loneliness and depression improve, but biometric health indicators as well. This elevated group visits as a viable treatment model for chronic illness. He has contributed the ideas of the ‘linked medical visit’ ,’open’ and ‘enclosed’ terminology, and the Group Visit Empowerment Model to the field. 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. Particular emphasis was given to the POEM (Pediatric Obesity Empowerment Model) which is funded by The New Balance Foundation and he continues to receive support. More recently Dr. Geller received “The Power to Change Our World” award from the Family Medicine Educational Consortium for this work in October 2012.
Today there are as many as 50 group medical visits weekly with over 8 medical providers and 4 HIP fellows. Dr. Geller’s current focus is on spreading these ideas and training others in the empowerment model. He has created several manuals to help those interested. These models are being replicated throughout the US providing efficient and effective healthcare in a financially sustainable way that eliminates barriers to health and provides services otherwise unavailable to many patients.
Live Healthy OC Irvine, CA
Rhonda M. Smith is an eight-year breast cancer survivor and the Founder of Breast Cancer Partner, a for-profit consulting organization with expertise in breast health education and breast cancer disparities, survivorship, and advocacy. She also has experience in developing and implementing community outreach, health promotion, and health behavior change strategies. She currently oversees a women’s health initiative focused on breast health, heart health, and diabetes to improve outcomes for underserved women in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Rhonda is also the Project Director for the LiveHealthy OC Initiative, a three-year initiative that aims to transform the model of care from disease-focused to prevention and wellness. She previously served as the Consultant/Statewide Project Manager for the Susan G. Komen® Circle of Promise California Initiative, an intensive two-year effort to identify evidence-based strategies to decrease the high mortality rate of African American women diagnosed with breast cancer, and address disparities at the system, community, and individual levels.
Rhonda has also consulted on an NIH/NCI funded breast cancer survivorship research study at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami targeting the diverse population of Black women in the South Florida community. The study focused on evaluating the impact of stress management and wellness education on survivors who were within twelve months of competing treatment. Her responsibilities included marketing, PR, community outreach and recruitment, and facilitating the study’s ten-week health and wellness education program to the control group cohorts.
Prior to her breast cancer diagnosis, Rhonda enjoyed a career that expanded more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, learning and development consulting, and business management, with companies such as Eli Lilly and DuPont. Rhonda has broad international consulting experience and has managed client engagements and projects on 5 continents and in more than 20 countries. Rhonda’s international consulting experience includes developing and implementing initiatives for companies such as GE, Office Depot, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Myers Squibb, Glaxo SmithKline, Abbott Laboratories, Novartis, Rolls Royce, and Xerox Corp.
Adjunct Faculty, Bastyr University
Co-Director, Center for Social Justice & Diversity at Bastyr University Seattle, Washington
Dr. Safiya McCarter is a Naturopathic Physician licensed to practice medicine in the state of Washington. She is in clinical practice specializing in Women’s Health and pediatrics at Masa Integrative Clinic in Seattle, WA and Northwest Wellness Clinic in Federal Way, WA. In addition to clinical practice she serves as adjunct faculty at Bastyr University for the School of Naturopathic Medicine and the School of Natural Health Arts & Sciences and serves as Co-Director of the Daniel K. Church Center for Social Justice and Diversity at Bastyr University. In these roles she has been involved in curriculum design, development and implementation, accreditation standards review and the development and delivery of workshops and trainings related to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion for staff, students and faculty. She has also had the pleasure of presenting on the topics of cultural competency and cultural humility as a featured panelist and conference presenter in the Seattle area.
Committed to increasing access to Naturopathic medicine she has provided care to women in a transitional housing program for formerly homeless women. Her clinical approach incorporates psychological and emotional health and forming a partnership with her patients to assist them in the attainment of their health goals.
Dr. McCarter received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2010 and her Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree in 2015 from Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA. Her undergraduate education was completed at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Mathematics.