About the Speakers

Physician and Patient Tools for Wellness

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Ben Brown, MD is an associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco  and Stanford. He is the National Medical Director for Ornish Lifestyle Medicine and Clinical Faculty at Santa Rosa Family Medicine residency where he is co-director of the IM4Us Fellowship. He is the Founder of multiple non-profits, including Planet Care, the Burmese  Refugee Care Project, and Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4Us) and is an award winning Teacher, Author, Photographer and Humanitarian.

Join Dr. Brown for his presentation on Fast-Fun-Effective Behavior Change (in the Office Visit). 

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Dr. Victoria Maizes, MD is Executive Director of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine and a Professor of Medicine, Family Medicine and Public Health at The University of Arizona. Internationally recognized as a leader in integrative medicine, Dr Maizes is committed to helping individuals live healthier lives and pioneering change efforts that address US health care system challenges. Together with her team at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine Center she has created and implemented national educational programs that have trained thousands of health professionals who collectively serve millions of people. Dr Maizes graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University, received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco, completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and her Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. A highly sought-after speaker, Dr. Maizes lectures worldwide to academic and community audiences on integrative medical education, women's health, pain management, environmental issues, healthy aging, nutrition, and cancer. She is the co-editor of the Oxford University textbook Integrative Women’s Health (2010 and 2015) and the author of Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child (Scribner 2013). Dr. Maizes serves as co-host of the popular podcast Body of Wonder together with Dr Andrew Weil.

Join Dr. Maizes for her presentation on Finding Your Practice.

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Dr. Mona Masood, DO is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certified general outpatient psychiatrist practicing in the greater Philadelphia area. She is a member of Muslim Wellness Foundation, an American nonprofit mental health awareness and education organization. She often leads community mental health education events and is most recently the founder and chief organizer of the Physician Support Line - an anonymous and free peer to peer emotional support line run by over 700 volunteer psychiatrists to help physician colleagues navigate the many intersections of their personal and professional lives.

Join Dr. Masood for their presentation on Physician Wellness and Support Line.

 
 
 

COVID-19 and Structural Competency

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Dr. Vanessa Newman, DO is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine (her alma mater, c/o 2017), and has a private OMM practice in Albany, CA. She completed her residency training in OMM/Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where she spent three years working with a diverse population of patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Newman served as chief resident during the COVID surge in New York. She lives in Oakland, CA, where she ventures as often as possible into the redwoods with her husband, Max, and pup, Luna. Her professional interests include the osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) of women, children and athletes, and OMT for trauma. 

 
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Dr. Stacia Sloane, DO is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine. She arrived there after completing a Neuromusculoskeletal Residency Program at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where she spent three years working with a large variety of patients and surviving a Pandemic. Prior to that she did her medical training at Touro University Vallejo. She lives in Berkeley, CA, with her 15-year-old son and many plants. Her professional interests include addiction medicine and OMT for Trauma. 

Join Dr. Newman and Dr. Sloane for their presentation on Lessons from Using OMT for Acute COVID Pneumonia

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Dr. Devang Sanghavi, MD, MHA, FCCP is an intensivist in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at Mayo Clinic Florida with a joint appointment in Department of Transplantation. He holds the academic rank of Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. He is the Vice Chair of Critical Care Medicine and the Medical Director of the Medical ICU. He did his medical schooling in Topiwala National Medical College in Mumbai, India. He did his internal medicine residency and Chief Residency at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago. He graduated from the Critical Care fellowship training program at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. He also did his graduate training at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, having completed a two-year master’s program in Health Administration. He is passionate about taking care of complex, critically ill patient involving transplantation, ECMO, MARS and COVID 19. His area of interest is Post ICU Care syndrome, E-ICU, ECMO and health care tech. He specializes in health care delivery and innovation through multidisciplinary team approach.

Join Dr. Sanghavi for his presentation Approach to Caring for Inpatient COVID Patients at Mayo Clinic: Innovations, Challenges, and Lessons for the Future.

 
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Dr. Vanessa Quezada, PharmD is a chasqui with Kickapoo/Chichimeca roots from Yanaguana (San Antonio, TX). She grew up watching her grandmother heal her family and others and is a lifetime student of plants and the traditional healing arts. After completing a Doctorate of Pharmacy, an ambulatory care residency in HIV, and working in academic settings, she has found grounding in her community and various social justice organizations she walks with. She is passionate about healing herself and holding space for vicarious healing that allows her to bear witness to the power of building community that unveils our ancestral memory to right relations and sacred responsibilities.

Through organizing the 7-month Peace and Dignity Journey ceremonial run spanning 8,000+ miles from Alaska to Panama, she recognizes honoring and protecting Earth Mom as vital to the health of humanity.

She is a co-creator of SanArte Healing and Cultura Clinic, LLC (www.sanartecommunity.com) a community-led cultural healing and empowerment collective that offers live and virtual programming, mobile clinics, education and facilitation to activate ancestral wisdom, traditional healing practices, and nurture a collaborative spirit in communities in Yanaguana (the greater San Antonio and Central Texas area). She is committed to rebuilding systems to protect and serve life on this planet.

Join Dr. Quezada for her presentation on Re~Indigenizing Medicine: Healing in Community. 

 

Nutrition

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Dr. Traci Stevenson, DO attended Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency in Family Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has had the privilege of working in various settings ranging from inner city Chicago to rural Molokai as well volunteering in countries including Fiji, Honduras and Cambodia. Despite very different locales and cultures she has noticed similarities at the root of health and happiness including the sense of community and relationships to food on the individual, community, medical and structural level. These experiences heightened her interest in osteopathic principles recognizing the reciprocal relationship between structure and function, the body's innate ability to heal itself, and treating people as a dynamic unit of mind body and spirit. She has a special interest in the importance of food and community as the basis of prevention and health and has Certification as a Culinary Health Specialist and is also an Institute of Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. Dr. Stevenson currently is an Assistant Professor of Primary Care at TU-COM.

Join Dr. Stevenson for her presentation on Optimizing Nutrition to Promote Health & Resilience in Times of COVID & beyond

or join for her Lunchtime Cooking Demo!

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Dr. Jacqueline Chan, DO Dr. Chan’s goal is to connect the patient to their truth, their wisdom and their own innate healing force within their body. Dr. Jacqueline Susanna Chan, DO’s background is in family practice where she graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in the top 10 of her class in 1997. She is board certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine and specializes in using cutting edge lab work to identify root causes of fatigue and diseases. She uses a number of different modalities to treat such as; medicinal herbal tinctures, HBOT, nutritional IV therapies, nutraceuticals, bio-identical hormones, osteopathic craniosacral therapy to optimize the body’s inherent healing forces. She is a recent author of the #1 new release bestseller "Regenerate Your Brain: A breakthrough plan to regain your brilliance". Other experiences include a medical missionary project with Mayan Indians in Belize Central America, Chinese Medical Qigong, Fire Ceremony with Mamma Nyguen of the Kogi Tribe in the Andes, Amerihealth television show, appearance on Community 21 TV, presenter for Dr. Oz as a panelist in 2009, Professor at Energy Medicine University, Core Faculty Member at the Academy of Intuition Medicine. Her honors include: Phi Kappa Phi 1995, Dean’s List 1995, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare 1995-2002, Ruth Purdy scholarship, George Tablack Scholarship, McCaughan Education Fund Scholarship. She has held three faculty positions: Part time Faculty at Touro Medical School in the Osteopathic Manipulation Department, Professor at Energy Medicine University and part of the core faculty at the Academy of Intuition Medicine in Sausalito. In 2012 she completed a pilot research study with co-principal investigator, Beverly Rubik at the Institute of Frontier Science in holistic medicine and energy medicine on chronic disease. Her special interests are in osteopath manipulative therapy, women’s health, mood disorders, detoxification, natural menopause, energy medicine, cognitive care, longevity medicine, stealth infections and indigenous wisdom. As a holistic medicine physician she believes that compassion, presence and grace are crucial healing forces along with intelligently applied clinical knowledge.

Join Dr. Chan for her presentation on The Mind Diet & Micronutrient Supplementation.

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Dr. Steven Chen, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of ALL IN Alameda County in California and brings an integrative health equity lens to ALL IN’s work on poverty. His areas of expertise include integrative medicine, health and racial equity, and innovative models of care that address social determinants of health (SDOH) and improve health outcomes. To this end, he is leading the scale and spread of a “Food as Medicine” initiative called Recipe4Health (https://allin.acgov.org/recipe4health-main-page/) across Alameda County health clinics, health systems and food systems. Dr. Chen is also involved in policy efforts to make Medically Supportive Food and Nutrition services a covered health insurance benefit. Dr. Chen’s commitments to a more just and inclusive world is informed by his experiences as a son of immigrants and a 2nd generation Taiwanese American. Dr. Chen recognizes the importance of language access, and he continues to develop more fluency in Taiwanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish to better serve our communities. A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford School of Medicine, Dr. Chen is a board-certified family medicine physician who completed his residency training at UCSF-San Francisco General Hospital. He has received additional fellowship training in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, the California Health Care Foundation’s Leadership Program, acupuncture training through the UCLA-HMI Physicians’ Medical Acupuncture program, and advanced training in a form of osteopathic manipulative medicine called Strain-Counterstrain.

Join Dr. Chen for his presentation on Tools to Help Patients with Nutritional Disparities & Food Deserts. 

 
 
 

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

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Dr. Annette Hulse, DO is an osteopath in private practice in Los Altos CA, where she treats patients with chronic pain, TMJ and craniofacial disorders, sports injuries, and traumatic brain injuries using osteopathic manipulative medicine and osteopathy in the cranial field.  Dr. Hulse is a graduate of MIT, Stanford University, and Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed a medical internship at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland CA.  She is currently President of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy, and serves on the teaching faculty for the OCA.    

Join Dr. Hulse for her presentation on Evidence Based Medicine & OMT

 
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Dr. Stefan Hagopian, DO currently practices osteopathic medicine in Los Angeles, California. He continues research and teaching in a wide variety of settings, local and international, clinical and academic, outdoors and indoors. He also benefits from lifelong explorations in the nature of agriculture and human health to inform and elevate his understanding of humanity. After more than 30 years in the clinical setting, his practice has evolved more and more into an integrative health practice - in which the wholeness or integration of each patient is an ultimate goal. The reasons for this goal are obvious, but the methods may seem elusive. Traditional osteopathic medicine can be that method of integration, when we employ the use of our hands in diagnosis and treatment, along with a philosophical approach to each patient that strives to find cause of disease as well as cause of health. In another effort toward integration of the patient into a state of greater wholeness and harmony of function, Dr. Hagopian teaches his patients a variety of body awareness methods. These often involve sensing, breathing, and relaxation which can enhance treatments and provide home exercises for healing. The key to success here has consistently been the specificity of each individual instruction, which is based on what we perceive through our hands. There are other methods to gather information and understanding, but none are as efficient, far-reaching or unerring as our hands when the goal is to integrate the patient into a greater state of wholeness.

 

Join Dr. Hagopian for his presentation on Osteopathic Treatment as Way of Integrating the Patient vs. Integrating the Medicine.   

 
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Dr. Alyssa Cole, DO is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician in Virginia, sub-specialized in Cancer Rehabilitation. She focuses on caring for patients with cancer before, during, and after their treatment. She manages a variety of neurologic, musculoskeletal, and lymphatic conditions and side effects while working to optimize patients' functional capacity and quality of life. She serves patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Dr. Cole was born and raised in New England, where she attended college. With a passion for the arts and sciences, she earned a dual-degree in Biology and Classics. Following this, she matriculated to the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she was eager to learn more about Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and the Osteopathic medical approach of treating the patient as a whole person: body, mind, and spirit. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Cole moved to Philadelphia, PA for her PM&R residency. She then went on to become the first Cancer Rehabilitation Fellow Physician in Philadelphia. During this time, she also completed her MBA and was awarded the American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of Emerging Leaders Scholarship for her advocacy work. Dr. Cole is active on social media (@doctor.cole), where she strives to educate the public about life as a physician, inspire future physicians, and advocate for her colleagues. She shares more insight into her lifestyle, career, health, and wellness on her blog Daily Dose of Vita.

Join Dr. Cole for her presentation on PM&R: Soft Tissue & Myofascial Release for Skeletal Muscle Pain Associated with Cancer

 
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Dr. Victor Nuno, DO: As the son of an airforce officer, Dr. Nuño lived in many different countries growing up (including the Spain, Mexico, and Panama) before his family settled in the Monterey Bay area. He is a 2008 graduate of Touro University California – College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCCOM) where he received honors as the “Outstanding Student in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.” After medical school, Dr. Nuño migrated east and completed his residency in Neuromusculoskeletal and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) in Southampton, NY in 2012. After residency, he was recruited to return to the west coast and teach at his alma mater TUCCOM in the OMM department. Dr. Nuño has dual Board Certification in both NMM/OMM and Integrative Medicine. In addition, he has been selected to teach Clinical Homeopathy through the Center for the Education and Development of Homeopathy (CEDH). Dr. Nuño has many interests relating to health optimization including nutritional counseling and customized supplementation, clinical homeopathy, ecologic medicine, bioidentical hormone replacement, alternative lightwire functional (ALF) appliance, and oral heavy metal chelation. In addition to his clinical practice at Seek Optimal Health, P.C., Dr. Nuño enjoys teaching osteopathic principles and practice to first through fourth year osteopathic medical students and seeing patients at Federally Qualified Health Services through his full time appointment at TUCCOM since 2013.

Dr. Nuno is Faculty Supervisor for the Integrative Medicine Club. He will be presenting the opening and closing remarks at the Symposium.