About the Speakers

Physician and Patient Tools for Wellness

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Anjali Taneja, MD MPH FASAM (@losanjalis) is a family physician and DJ who is passionate about reimagining healthcare and healing in the US. She is the Executive Director of Casa de Salud — a culturally humble, anti-racist model of healthcare that aims to transform the biomedical model into one of solidarity with community and collective care. Casa integrates accessible and dignified primary care, queer/transgender care, harm reduction, addictions treatment, acupuncture, reiki, massage, and healing circles for uninsured, immigrant, and other marginalized communities in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The clinic runs a rigorous health apprenticeship that trains primarily young women of color interested in healthcare and healing; many go on to become healthcare leaders. Anjali is board certified in family medicine and in addiction medicine, and works in the emergency room of a small rural hospital in the Navajo Nation.

Anjali co-founded CureThis (2007-2013), an online community space bringing healthcare leaders, community members, and patients together, for discussion around new models of care. She is a 2016-2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar; a Next City Vanguard 40 under 40 Urban Leader; and a member of the Creating Health Collaborative - an international collaborative of health innovators invited to share their ideas and visions of health beyond healthcare. Anjali was selected as one of Go Magazine’s 100 Women we Love 2020, featuring LGBTQ+ women across the US who are working for change. And in the summer of 2020, she was appointed to the Health committee of the Governor’s Council on Racial Justice.


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 Physician and Patient Tools for Wellness. 

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Oren Jay Sofer teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication nationally. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, and co-author of Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents. Oren is co-founder of Mindful Healthcare and the founder of Next Step Dharma, an innovative online program that helps meditators integrate their retreat experiences into daily life. Find him on social media @Orenjaysofer

Join Oren for his presentation on Nonviolent Communication for Healthcare Providers.

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Dr. Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO is the current Assoociate Dean of Academic Affairs, and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her internship, residency  in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, and a Masters degree in Medical Education and Leadership at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Pierce-Talsma currently serves on the American Academy of Osteopathy's (AAO) Board of Governors, the Vice-Chair of the Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Review Committee (ONMM RC) at the ACGME, and AACOM's Ethics and Professionalism Task Force.  Dr. Pierce-Talsma is also a registered yoga teacher and a national lecturer on topics of medical education, yoga and osteopathic manipulative medicine.

Join Dr. Pierce-Talsma for her presentation on The Neurobiology of Mind Body Spirit Unity.

Complementary and Holistic Medicine

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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. 

Dr. Ingrid Bauer, MD, MS emphasizes affordable, effective, natural therapies with her patients. Board certified in Internal Medicine, Ingrid works in primary care and hospital medicine, and has been studying and practicing herbal medicine and nutrition for nearly 20 years. She enjoys teaching about herbal medicine for Western medical practitioners, and delights in sharing Western medical knowledge with the herbal community. Through practicing and teaching, she seeks to bridge conventional and alternative paradigms to expand access to holistic healthcare.

Join Dr. Bauer for her presentation on Inflammation and Herbs for Immune Health.

Kate Bentley, MS is an instructor and clinical practitioner at the Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda. She holds a Masters Degree with a thesis in women’s reproductive health. Kate was drawn to the classical teachings of Ayurveda and Yoga through her teacher Baba Hari Dass. She has studied the indigenous healing practices of Peruvian Shamanism as well as Tantric Buddhism through the Vajrayana lineage. Immersed in her love for plants, natural healing and the well being of all global communities, Kate blends these experiences in her practice to help others co-create long term solutions for inner and outer balance. Kate is a practicing member of NAMA, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Join Kate for her presentation on Immune Health and Ayurveda.

Kara Sigler and Emiliano Lemus are herbal collaborators, frequently working together on projects about herbs for trans health (including editing a book in the works!), and also serving as founding members of The Bay Area Herbal Response Team.

Kara Sigler, FNP, RN, PHN, RH is a genderqueer white anglo-Ashkenazi femme who works as a Registered Herbalist and a Nurse Practitioner on Chochenyo Ohlone territory of the San Francisco Bay Area and foothills Mi Wuk land of the California Sierra Nevadas. Kara has worked with herbs and clients for over 15 years, teaching classes at many local herb schools including Ancestral Apothecary and the California School of Herbal Studies. Find Kara online at www.sfherbalist.com 

Emiliano Lemus, MS (they/them) is a clinical energetic herbalist working on Chochenyo Ohlone territory, trained by Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine. They are also a UCSF medical student, a fourth-generation healer/plant meddler of mestizo chicano heritage (Chicimeca, Purepecha, and mixed/migrant Western European), and a host of the Herbal Highway. Find Emiliano online at www.emilianolemus.com and IG @trans.herbalist.

Join Kara and Emiliano for their presentation on Herbs for Whole Patient Transgender Care.

Community Medicine and Structural Racism

Dr. Behzadi, MD is a board-certified anesthesiologist with 7 years of experience practicing at Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. She is the founder of International Intercultural; a cultural consulting company focused on diversity, equity and inclusion learning programs. In 2009, she became inspired to pursue avenues for cultural understanding/unity and racial reconciliation after a delightfully  enchanting experience marrying across cultures. She is a published cultural writer & successfully ran an intercultural consulting business for 6 years before starting IIC FIRM. 

Join Dr. Behzadi for her presentation on Tools for Allyship.

Elizabeth Markle, PhD is a licensed psychologist, speaker, writer, researcher, and Associate Professor of Community Mental Health at California Institute of Integral Studies. Dedicated to multi-theoretical and multi-level approaches to individual and community health and healing, Elizabeth's current area of study and innovation is around combining clinical expertise with social entrepreneurship to create sustainable, thriving cultures of health and wellness. She is the co-founder of Open Source Wellness, a nonprofit initiative offering experiential behavioral health and wellness via a "Community As Medicine" approach in collaboration with healthcare providers and insurers.

Join Dr. Markle for her presentation on Community Medicine and The Behavioral Pharmacy: Bridging the Clinic-Community Divide.

Dr. Jessica Isom MD, MPH is a clinical instructor of the Yale University Department of Psychiatry and currently an attending psychiatrist at Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, MA as well as the Boston Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. She received her MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received her MPH with a focus on public health leadership. She currently serves as a member of the APA Assembly representing Early Career Psychiatrists where her contributions center on illuminating the need for health equity in organized psychiatry. She has also been elected to the Councilor Position for the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society where her focus on social justice and health equity provides an opportunity to improve the care provided to marginalized populations in the state. Her medical education involvement includes serving as a Faculty Track Leader for the Human Experience Track of the Yale Department of Psychiatry Social Justice and Health Equity Curriculum, a core offering for psychiatry residents. Her consultant work includes offering a race equity lens for curricular revisions and development as well as providing a diversity, equity and inclusion lens to VirginPulse as a science advisory board member. Her professional interests and publications include working towards eradicating racial and ethnic mental health disparities, mitigating the impact of implicit racial bias, and the use of a community focused population health approach in psychiatric practice.

Join Dr. Isom for her presentation on Essential Tools for Anti-Racism in Medicine.

Mercie DiGangi, DO is a Pediatrician at SCPMG Kaiser Downey and the Southern California Regional
Chair of the SCPMG Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP). She completed medical school at Western
University of Health Sciences: College of Osteopathic Medicine and then residency in Pediatrics at Los
Angeles County-USC Medical Center, with an initial separate internship in Surgery at Cedars Sinai
Medical Center.

She has worked at Kaiser SCPMG for 8 years and has been the lead of the child abuse prevention
program for 4 years. She also works on identifying and coordinating strategic activities to improve identification, documentation and appropriate referral of abuse patients, as well as working with the medical center Chiefs of Family Medicine, ED, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry/Addiction Medicine to improve child abuse referral and services. Dr. DiGangi’s current projects include an ACEs screening pilot in SCPMG involving 6 medical centers. In addition to the child abuse and ACEs work, Dr. DiGangi continues to see regular pediatrics patients full time. She also parents her 2 young boys with her husband, Mike, and they just finalized adoption of their daughter through the foster care system in Los Angeles.

Join Dr. DiGangi for her presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences and Structural Determinants of Health in the Pediatric Population.

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

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Dr. Shadoan received his D.O. degree from Touro University  College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, CA in 2002, after graduating from Columbia University in New York City and  fulfilling Pre-Med requirements at San Francisco State University. Following osteopathic medical school, he completed a rotating  internship and a residency in Neuro-Musculoskeletal  Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) in  2005 at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York where he was Chief  Resident during his final year. 

Dr. Shadoan has a full-time OMM private practice in San  Francisco and is an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department  of OMM at Touro University California. He is a Past President of  the Osteopathic Cranial Academy and is a member of its teaching  faculty.


Join Dr. Shadoan for his presentation on Clinical Relevance of the Mesenteric Lifts: Exploring Gut Tube Development and Attachments to the Body Wall and Cranium.  

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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 An Introduction to Cranial Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

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Dr. Kimberly Wolf, DO is the Director of Pediatric Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) and Associate Professor of OMM at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California (TUCOM-CA). Prior to this role, Dr. Wolf served as the co-program director of the Osteopathic Recognition Track of the Pediatric Residency Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital/Ohio State University, which was the first pediatric program to receive ACGME Osteopathic Recognition.

She received her medical degree from Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in 2010 and completed her internship and pediatrics residency training at the Nationwide Children's Hospital’s dually accredited program in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating, Dr. Wolf began her practice at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a general pediatrician and also developed a pediatric OMM clinic where she trained medical students and residents.

Join Dr. Wolf for her presentation on Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) for the Pediatric Population