Keynote Speakers

Gladys McGarey, MD, MD(H)

100 Years in Modern Medicine as I Have Lived It

Dr. Gladys will share the history of modern medicine…the impact that it has had on her and the impact she has had on it. She will describe how medicine has continued to evolve and how evolutionary holistic medicine has been, yet how important it is that we don’t stay frozen in that time. She will talk about how every life changing idea and vision has its time. She will share how the next evolution is Living Medicine and how she has come to recognize that good medicine is life itself.
 

John Weeks

The Integrative Health Movement: How We Got Here, Where Are We Going

Over the past 50 years, many strains of activity across multiple healthcare stakeholders have converged and, at times, been consciously braided together to produce what many of like to call a “movement” for integrative health and medicine. Long-timers in the field concurrently express awe for how far we have come and exasperation that we have accomplished so little. In this session, we will examine the evolving landscape. We will look at examples of impactful organizing for change from members of diverse professions who are positively influencing the medical industry’s trajectory toward health. This session concludes with a look at openings and minefields for the movement in the emerging terrain.
 

Myles Spar, MD, MPH

Why Do Men Die Younger than Women?

In a TED-style talk, Dr. Spar will discuss the health issues that impact men differently than women, offering evidence that men are not genetically programed to die sooner. He will discuss gender specific heath risks and behaviors that contribute to risk of disease and how we can use understanding of these factors to help our male patients.
 

Tori Hudson, ND

Key Concepts & Treatment Essentials: PCOS / Perimenopause / Menopause

In this lecture, Dr. Hudson will share key assessment concepts and sample evidence based, integrative treatment plans for women with PCOS and perimenopause/menopause symptoms. Attendees will learn enhanced clinical management strategies, including botanicals/nutraceuticals for select women's health conditions.
 

Sara Gottfried, MD

Personalized Lifestyle Medicine for Breast Cancer Risk Reduction

The lifetime risk of breast cancer is 12.5 percent, meaning that one in eight women will be diagnosed. Diet, age, and genetic predisposition are established risk factors, although the majority of breast cancers occur with unknown etiology. Imbalanced microbiota (dysbiosis) are associated with obesity, diabetes, and cancer. In this talk, we will review the proven lifestyle strategies that may reduce breast cancer risk, including nutrition, time-restricted eating, correction of dyscircadianism, and the emerging therapeutic role of microbial management.
 

Rauni Prittinen King, MIH, RN, HNB-BC, CHTP/I

The Role of Holistic & Integrative Nurses in the New Health Paradigm

Explore the roles and skills that Holistic and Integrative Nurses bring to the emerging paradigm of health creation. Understand ways that holistic and integrative nurses can enrich integrative practices and improve patient outcomes. Appreciate the extended role of the nurse and their involvement in global health.
 

Lucia Thornton, ThD, MSN, RN, AHN-BC

The Role of Holistic & Integrative Nurses in the New Health Paradigm

Explore the roles and skills that Holistic and Integrative Nurses bring to the emerging paradigm of health creation. Understand ways that holistic and integrative nurses can enrich integrative practices and improve patient outcomes. Appreciate the extended role of the nurse and their involvement in global health.
 

Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN

The Role of Holistic & Integrative Nurses in the New Health Paradigm

Explore the roles and skills that Holistic and Integrative Nurses bring to the emerging paradigm of health creation. Understand ways that holistic and integrative nurses can enrich integrative practices and improve patient outcomes. Appreciate the extended role of the nurse and their involvement in global health.
 

Susan Haeger

Whole Person Health in the U.S. - How Advocacy for Policy Drives Change

The revolutionary movement of evolving from a health system focused on disease to one of prevention, wellness, and well- being is rapidly moving from crystallization to fruition. This presentation will discuss the present status, key opportunities and future trends at this critical time in history. It will address the fundamentals of this transformation in order to develop a health delivery system based on inter-professional collaboration, pluralism, and health creation for the population.
 

Bob Johansen, MDiv, PhD

The New Leadership Literacies

Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow with Institue for the Future, will discuss his latest book, which explores the new leadership literacies that will be needed to thrive in the transformative world of the next decade, especially focusing on the literacy of creating and sustaining positive energy. Bob will be seeding a conversation about how these new literacies can help top leaders focus ten years ahead and then work backwards from the future to seed transformation. He will use examples of recent custom forecasts he has done for a wide range of organizations.
 

Scott Shannon, MD

Brain & Soul: The Future of Psychiatry

This program will explore the limitations and narrowness of the current paradigm in psychiatry. Recent innovations point psychiatry towards both a more realistic neuroscience, increasing respect for the body and a reasonable allowance for the psyche and soul. Combining elements like gut science, nutrition, neurofeedback, cognitive training, psychedelics, ketamine, music and ritual can usher in a new era in which body, mind and spirit work together for full expression of our human potential.
 

Lise Van Susteren, MD

The Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change

Dr. Lise Van Susteren is an American psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, DC with a special interest in the psychological effects of climate change. Dr. Van Susteren serves on the advisory board of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Federation and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Since 2009, she has served on the Climate Energy and Environmental Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in Washington, DC. She also serves on the Policy Advisory Board of Gender Rights Maryland.
 

Joseph Pizzorno, ND

How to Practice Environmental Medicine

Joseph E. Pizzorno Jr., ND, is one of the world's leading authorities on science-based natural/integrative medicine. He was appointed by President Clinton in December 2000 to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Bush's administration in 2002 to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee. A naturopathic physician, educator, researcher and expert spokesman, Pizzorno is founding president of Bastyr University.
 

Fonna Forman, JD, PhD

Climate Justice & Public Health: Practical Ethics in Urgent Times

In his encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis observed, “We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis, which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.” In this session, we will explore this claim through the disproportionate impact of climate change on the world's most vulnerable people, and explore how health practitioners can become agents of climate justice.
 

Greg Kawchuk, DC, MSc, PhD

Old Time Trick or New Age Science? The Mechanism of Spinal Manipulation

While centuries of gods, gurus and “green books” have all tried to answer how this popular body therapy may work, modern science is now revealing not only how spinal manipulation imparts its effect, but why it helps some people, and not others. Were the ancients right all along?
 

Wayne Jonas, MD

How Healing Works & What it Means for Healthcare

We now know that most of health – possibly up to 80% – comes from factors outside of what we usually do in the clinic or hospital. The primary determinants of health involve social, environmental, lifestyle and complementary medicine factors that few clinicians learn to deliver. How can we integrate these health determinants into our routine practice? In this talk, I will describe a simple, systematic approach called a HOPE (Healing Oriented Practices and Environments) visit that helps patients tap into their inherent healing capacity. Drawing on the most rigorous scientific evidence available, I will show that by adding some simple questions and tools to your office practice, you can quickly move toward more patient-centered, integrative healthcare and enhance your patients healing for any chronic disease.
 

Dale Bredesen, MD

General Session: Topic TBA

Dale E. Bredesen, MD, is internationally recognized as an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. He graduated from Caltech then earned his MD from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He served as chief resident in neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) before joining Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner’s laboratory at UCSF as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow. He has held faculty positions at UCSF; the University of California, Los Angeles; and the University of California, San Diego.
 

Patrick Hanaway, MD

The GUT Microbiome & the Brain: A Mind-Altering Paradigm Shift

In this session, Dr. Hanaway will describe the role of the gut microbiome as the principal mediator in the gut/brain relationship; through neurally and psycho-active metabolites, through promoting microglia development, and through modulating permeability in the blood-brain barrier.
 

Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM

Be the Change: The Power of Integrative Health & Medicine to Heal People and Planet

Dr. Mimi Guarneri is Board-certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology, and Integrative Holistic Medicine. Dr. Guarneri is a Founder and President of The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. She serves on the Founding Board of the American Board Physician Specialties in Integrative Medicine, and is a Clinical Associate Professor at University of California, San Diego. An award-winning physician and researcher, she has been recognized for her national leadership in Integrative Medicine by the Bravewell Collaborative, and she served as chair of the Bravewell Clinical Network for Integrative Medicine.
 

Pre-Conference Workshop Speakers

Rosalyn L. Bruyere, DD

Biofield Science Workshop

Brining together some of the leading pioneers in biofield medicine, this pre-conference workshop will explore cutting edge advancements as well as how the future of health and medicine will be impacted by the rich tapestry of knowledge and perspectives biofield science offers.
 

Larry Dossey, MD

Biofield Science Workshop

Brining together some of the leading pioneers in biofield medicine, this pre-conference workshop will explore cutting edge advancements as well as how the future of health and medicine will be impacted by the rich tapestry of knowledge and perspectives biofield science offers.
 

Shamini Jain, PhD

Biofield Science Workshop

Brining together some of the leading pioneers in biofield medicine, this pre-conference workshop will explore cutting edge advancements as well as how the future of health and medicine will be impacted by the rich tapestry of knowledge and perspectives biofield science offers.
 

Robert Bonakdar, MD

Non-Pharmacological Pain Management

Join Dr. Bonakdar, Dr. Kurisu and Dr. Mignosa for a full day of practical knowledge in non-pharmacological pain management. Learn dietary and mind-body approaches to pain management, examine the role of physiological motion in developmental kinesiology, and discuss the different clinical applications of manual medicine.
 

Michael Kurisu, DO

Non-Pharmacological Pain Management

Join Dr. Bonakdar, Dr. Kurisu and Dr. Mignosa for a full day of practical knowledge in non-pharmacological pain management. Learn dietary and mind-body approaches to pain management, examine the role of physiological motion in developmental kinesiology, and discuss the different clinical applications of manual medicine.
 

Roger Mignosa, DO

Non-Pharmacological Pain Management

Join Dr. Bonakdar, Dr. Kurisu and Dr. Mignosa for a full day of practical knowledge in non-pharmacological pain management. Learn dietary and mind-body approaches to pain management, examine the role of physiological motion in developmental kinesiology, and discuss the different clinical applications of manual medicine.
 

Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM

Cardiovascular Disease: Clinical Pearls, Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Join Dr. Guarneri, Dr. Houston and an esteemed faculty for a full day of practical knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Learn treatment pearls, and how to treat cardio metabolic challenges with a unique combination of nutrition, nutraceuticals, mind body therapies. Learn to identify risk and apply advanced approaches to dyslipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, inflammation and oxidative stress.
 

Mark Houston, MD

Cardiovascular Disease: Clinical Pearls, Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Join Dr. Guarneri, Dr. Houston and an esteemed faculty for a full day of practical knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Learn treatment pearls, and how to treat cardio metabolic challenges with a unique combination of nutrition, nutraceuticals, mind body therapies. Learn to identify risk and apply advanced approaches to dyslipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, inflammation and oxidative stress.
 

Kristi Hughes, ND, IFMCP

Cardiovascular Disease: Clinical Pearls, Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Join Dr. Guarneri, Dr. Houston and an esteemed faculty for a full day of practical knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Learn treatment pearls, and how to treat cardio metabolic challenges with a unique combination of nutrition, nutraceuticals, mind body therapies. Learn to identify risk and apply advanced approaches to dyslipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, inflammation and oxidative stress.
 

Timothy Culbert, MD

Natural Approaches to Mental Health: Nourish, Move, Awaken

Over the past decades the rates of anxiety, depression and ADHD have increased steadily, especially among children and adolescents. What are the preventable causes of these conditions? What has eroded the natural ability to bounce back from adversity? And what can be done to regain resilience and sustain it throughout a lifetime?

As integrative and holistic physicians, Doctors Emmons, Culbert and Shannon will take a broad and refreshing look at these questions. Blending natural, integrative approaches and mind/body skills with Western medicine, we will describe the resilience model, natural therapies, a judicious role for medication and a systematic approach to using skills, not pills, as the foundation of good mental health. We will discuss the core factors in resilience, their scientific basis, and how they can help one achieve greater vitality, equanimity, openness and connection.
 

Henry Emmons, MD

Natural Approaches to Mental Health: Nourish, Move, Awaken

Over the past decades the rates of anxiety, depression and ADHD have increased steadily, especially among children and adolescents. What are the preventable causes of these conditions? What has eroded the natural ability to bounce back from adversity? And what can be done to regain resilience and sustain it throughout a lifetime?

As integrative and holistic physicians, Doctors Emmons, Culbert and Shannon will take a broad and refreshing look at these questions. Blending natural, integrative approaches and mind/body skills with Western medicine, we will describe the resilience model, natural therapies, a judicious role for medication and a systematic approach to using skills, not pills, as the foundation of good mental health. We will discuss the core factors in resilience, their scientific basis, and how they can help one achieve greater vitality, equanimity, openness and connection.
 

Scott Shannon, MD

Natural Approaches to Mental Health: Nourish, Move, Awaken

Over the past decades the rates of anxiety, depression and ADHD have increased steadily, especially among children and adolescents. What are the preventable causes of these conditions? What has eroded the natural ability to bounce back from adversity? And what can be done to regain resilience and sustain it throughout a lifetime?

As integrative and holistic physicians, Doctors Emmons, Culbert and Shannon will take a broad and refreshing look at these questions. Blending natural, integrative approaches and mind/body skills with Western medicine, we will describe the resilience model, natural therapies, a judicious role for medication and a systematic approach to using skills, not pills, as the foundation of good mental health. We will discuss the core factors in resilience, their scientific basis, and how they can help one achieve greater vitality, equanimity, openness and connection.
 

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