Sunday, January 10 2021
8:45 AM - 4:00 PM PST

Thank you for your interest in the Integrative Medicine Symposium. The full schedule is below.

All live attendees will be provided free access to conference recordings after the event once they have been accredited as enduring materials— this could offer as much as 10+ additional hours of CME after the live event.


Sessions that will not be recorded are notated accordingly with an asterisk (*). Please check the final schedule before making your selections for the live program. Final credit determination for the enduring recording materials will be made after the live conference.

Events denoted with two asteriks (**) are not eligible for CME accreditation. 


Community Medicine and Structural Racism

Physician and Patient Tools for Wellness

Complementary and Holistic Medicine

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine


8:45 am to 9 am (PST)

Welcome and Introduction to Integrative Medicine

Introductions and welcome to the Integrative Medicine Symposium. After a brief overview on navigating the conference participants will learn more about the importance of integrative medicine in modern healthcare. 


9 am to 10:15 am

Community Medicine and The Behavioral Pharmacy: Bridging the Clinic-Community Divide

Dr. Liz Markle, Ph.D.

Dr. Markle’s presentation will discuss the concept of the Behavioral Pharmacy and the significance of closing the divide between the clinician and the community in primary care and chronic disease care. Attendees will learn principles necessary to integrate the “Community As Medicine” model into their own practices and community.

Inflammation and Herbs for Immune Health

Dr. Ingrid Bauer, MD 

This presentation will highlight the use of herbs in improving immune system function and for the reduction of systemic inflammation. Dr. Bauer will review common herbs used in the treatment of inflammation, describe potential herb-drug interactions and review the current research in the efficacy and safety of medicinal herbs. 

The Neurobiology of Mind Body Spirit Unity

Dr. Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO

Join Dr. Pierce-Talsma in a discussion on the neurobiologic foundations of mind, body, and spirit unity in whole-person healthcare and osteopathic philosophy. Participants will learn about the relationship of stress and trauma on the body, the physiologic, mental, and emotional benefits of movement, the benefits of mindfulness and more.


12pm to 1 pm

Healthy Cooking for Busy People**

Dr. Traci Stevenson DO

Please join alongside Dr. Stevenson for an interactive cooking demonstration. Participants will learn to cook a recipe that is healthy, inexpensive, and quick to make! Ingredients list will be provided to be able to follow along. 

Please Note: This event is not eligible for CME accreditation. 


1pm to 2:15pm

Essential Tools for Anti-racism in Medicine 

Dr. Jessica Isom, MD

Dr. Isom’s presentation will discuss racism in medicine through the lens of cultural, social, organizational and psychological barriers to change in clinical encounters. Her talk will educate attendees on applying diagnostic tools for racial equity to common dilemmas that represent racism within medicine, while also providing strategies to overcome resistance to structural change.   

Re~indigenizing Medicine: Healing in Community

Dr. Vanessa Quezada, PharmD

Dr. Quezada addresses the emergence of the SanArte Healing and Cultura Clinic (, an interdisciplinary health initiative created to empower the community in sharing knowledge, education and support. Together, we will create respective plans to uplift LGBTQIA, BICPOC, migrant communities to foster community resilience. 

Why is it important?

We are in a process of remembering our sacred responsibilities to all of life on this planet. Quarantine and isolation from COVID-19 are showing us we need to preemptively envision and enact structural changes in order to avoid the overwhelm of the healthcare system.

How did you come to get involved in it?

In response to a city initiative to fence a public park to “clean up” heroin use, sexual assault and crime in the community, 8 community members co-created the SanArte Healing and Cultura clinic ( SanArte is a community-led cultural healing and empowerment collective that offers live and virtual clinics, education and facilitation to activate ancestral wisdom and nurture collaborative spirit in Yanaguana (San Antonio/Central Texas area). This programming is a response from people with skills spanning different sectors such as food, native medicine, social justice, education, carpentry and the medical industrial complex to form a model that activates people’s brain stems to actively connect with their own healing process in a culturally relevant way. 

Building Power with Community and Undoing Harm: Lessons from an Integrative Healthcare Model in New Mexico

Dr. Anjali Taneja, MD

This session embodies community wellness and physician wellness through a structural approach, in that building generative models of care that respond to our healers and to our community allow us all to thrive. 

This session aims to give historical context about medicine in the United States, share models of care and structures of financing, and analyze healthcare's response or lack of response to community needs. From there, a 15 year old model of low-cost integrative care built from the ground up, will be shared. Casa de Salud is a healing space in the south valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico that serves its community with an understanding of the political and structural determinants of health; a culturally humble and anti-racist approach to healthcare and healing; an intentional integration of primary care, opioid addiction treatment, harm reduction/syringe exchange, acupuncture, massage, healing circles, limpias, ear acudetox, yoga, and nutrition (with a business model that prioritizes supporting clinicians of all these modalities as employees with benefits); and a solidarity and liberation model that aims to share power and build power with the surrounding community.

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) for the Pediatric Population

Dr. Kimberly Wolf, DO

Dr. Wolf specializes in osteopathic manipulative treatment for the pediatric population. This presentation will highlight common treatment modalities utilized with the pediatric patient and cover considerations for care. 


2:30pm to 3:45pm

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Structural Determinants of Health in the Pediatric Population

Dr. Merci DiGangi DO

Dr. DiGangi’s talk will discuss adverse childhood experiences both in etiology and impact. Attendees will learn to identify ACEs and help to improve the patient care. Additionally, structural determinants of health and their impacts on care and compliance will be discussed. 

Herbs for Whole Patient Transgender Care

Kara Sigler, RH, RN and Emliano Lemus, MS

Kara and Emiliano will explore the scope of use of medicinal herbs in gender transition, from an evidence base and from a traditional wisdoms approach, including how to use several common medicinal herbs for transgender patients to assist in gender transition and to mitigate negative health risks from hormones. Participants will learn how the inclusion of herbalism in Western healthcare settings promotes accessible self-care and culturally-relevant care, particularly for transgender communities experiencing multiple intersections of vulnerabilities.


Nonviolent Communication for Healthcare Providers

Oren Jay Sofer BA, SAP, CT

In the session, author, communication trainer and meditation teacher Oren Jay Sofer will explore how improving interpersonal communication can support clinician-patient relationships, better health outcomes, as well as clinician wellness, resilience and satisfaction. Participants will learn how empathy and skilled listening enhances and supports one’s work and efficacy. Participants will also learn key practices for presence and intention in building relationship and communicating, and how to effectively deescalate tense situations whether its with a patient, colleague or staff member.

Clinical Relevance of the Mesenteric Lifts: Exploring Gut Tube Development and Attachments to the Body Wall and Cranium

Dr. Daniel Shadoan, DO

Dr. Shadoan will discuss developmental embryology in the context of facial development. He will provide osteopathic perspectives and approaches to treatment of fascia in the context of facial relationships with the function of spine, pelvic, and cranial motion.


10:15 am to 10:30 am
11:45 am to 12 pm
2:15 pm to 2:30 pm

Breaks - Movement, Mindfulness and Social Networking Lounge**

Offered for 15 minutes at the end of each session. 

Take time away from the computer, join us in a movement & mindfulness practice, or connect with other attendees in our Networking Lounge.

Please note: Breaks, movement & mindfulness practices, and the social networking lounge are not eligible for CME accreditation. 


Closing Remarks for the Integrative Medicine Symposium

A final learning session integrating the knowledge from the days speakers. Goodbyes and closing of the Integrative Medicine Symposium.



10:30 am to 11:45 am

Tools for Allyship*

Dr. Christen Behzadi, MD

Dr. Behzadi’s approach to diversity, equity and inclusion programming is rooted in cultural humility, an approach that emphasizes we are the learner and not the authority on cultures outside of our own. This discussion will help attendees become expert listeners and allies in supporting communities in the ways they are asking us to support them. By broadening skills in allyship, healthcare practitioners will be able to ensure equitable outcomes in medicine. 

Please click here to submit questions you have on allyship. 

*NOTE: This session will not be recorded. 

A Whole Systems Approach to Inflammation and Digestive Health

Kate Bentley, MA

This presentation will introduce the Ayurvedic perspective and the concept of inflammation and its complication in disease. Participants will learn about the common pathologic features of inflammation and how Ayurveda can strengthen a whole body integration approach to its treatment.  

Physician and Patient Tools for Wellness

Dr. Ben Brown, MD

Burnout is on the rise in the medical field, in part due to increased systemic pressures on medical providers that may not align with our integrity or values. This ultimately results in negative outcomes for both patients and clinicians. Dr. Brown will discuss tools for healthcare providers on growth frameworks that combat burnout and help providers start and stick to new behaviors. This new framework will help foster creative and intentional wellness routines that may impact our entire practice of medicine.

Intro to Cranial Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Dr. Annette Hulse, DO

Join Dr. Hulse as she leads participants through palpation exercises to help develop diagnostic and therapeutic skills in the clinical practice of Osteopathic Cranial Manipulative Medicine.