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About the Speakers

optimizing recovery

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Dr. Jennifer Kinder PT, DPTSc, WCS is an associate professor at the University of California San Francisco and a board-certified women's health clinical specialist. Her clinical practice and research focuses on women's health in perinatal, peri/menopause, female athletes, and telehealth for pelvic health physical therapy. She is a member of the Academy of Pelvic Health, Global Health, and Technology Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Frontiers in Rehabilitation, Science, and Technology (FiRST) Council and serves as a pelvic health consultant for telehealth companies globally. She has given several national speaking engagements including The Female Athlete Conference and for the APTA including CSM and the Telehealth Elective. Her work has been published in The Journal Of Women’s and Pelvic Health Physical therapy and has been featured in popular magazines such as “Glamour” and “She’s Got Issues.” Dr. Kinder is passionate about putting women’s health at the forefront of healthcare.

Join Dr. Kinder for her presentation on Your (and your patient’s) Pelvic Health.


Dr. Linh Vuong, MD received her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. She completed her Family Medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship training at Harbor UCLA Medical Center with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. Dr Vuong also has extensive training in complementary and alternative medicine. She has an integrative musculoskeletal practice with her sister, Dr. Tinh Vuong, in the Los Angeles area called Acuprolo Institute, Center for Restorative Health, that utilizes a multimodality approach to treating pain. She has an interest in research and enjoys teaching.  Dr. Linh Vuong is an attending physician at Harbor UCLA Family Medicine & Sports Medicine Department. She teaches Regenerative Medicine in the United States and internationally through the Hackett Hemwall Patterson Foundation (HHPF) and the International Association for Regenerative Therapy (IART).

Join Dr. Vuong for her presentation on Prolotherapy, An Effective, Evidence-Based Treatment for Musculoskeletal Conditions.

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Dr. Daniel Shadoan, DO, FCA, has been in practice since 2005, combining traditional Osteopathy, including cranial approaches, with homeopathy, and natural and conventional medications as indicated. Dr. Shadoan is Board Certified in Neuro-Musculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM)  and has completed the Osteopathic Cranial Academy (OCA) Proficiency requirements. He is a part of the regular teaching faculty, a Past President and a Fellow of the OCA.


Born in San Francisco, Dr. Shadoan received his B.A. in History from Columbia University. He graduated from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo in 2002, followed by a traditional rotating Internship and Residency in NMM/OMM at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Shadoan completed homeopathic training with the CEDH in 2010. In addition to teaching with Dr. Eliott Blackman and the OCA, he has taught Osteopathy with Viola Frymann, DO, the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), and Touro University, where he is an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of OMM. Dr. Shadoan has given frequent lectures on Osteopathy including at UC Berkeley, UCSF, San Francisco State University, the Child Development Center at CPMC, and the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians.

Join Dr. Shadoan for his presentation on Levers, Arches, and Inherent Motions.


Dr. Melvin Friedman, DO, FCA


1975-1979   Attended University of California, San Diego.  Degree: BS, Chemistry

1979-1983     Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Degree:  D.O.

1983-1985     Internship/Residency in Family Practice.  Grandview Hospital, Dayton, Ohio

1985-1987   Joined Family Medical Cliinic of the Peninsula as a Family Practitioner.
                     Active staff at Seton Hospital, Daly City, CA and Mills-Peninsula Hospital,
                     San Mateo and Burlingame, CA.


                      Began private practice as a specialist in Osteopathic Manual Medicine

                       Board Certified through the American Osteopathic Association, via
                        AOBSPOMM ( American Osteopathic Board of Special Proficiency
                        In Osteopathic Manual Medicine, provided through the American
                        Academy of Osteopathy

                       Cranial Academy Certificate of Proficiency

                        Board Certified by the American College of Osteopathic Family
                       Practitioners (ACOFP)

                       Member of AOA, AAO, AAOFP, OPS&C

                        Lifetime  member of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy

                        Co Director of the 1992 Cranial Academy Annual Conference

                         Director of the 2014 Cranial Academy Annual Conference

                         Licensed to practice medicine in CA since 1985

                         Associate Professor, Western College of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
                         Department of OMM

                         Associate Professor, Touro University, Vallejo, CA, Department of OMM

                          Guest Lecturer in Osteopathy at UCSF, USF, UC Davis, SF State,
                          Stanford University

                          Member of Complementary Medicine Committee, Mills-Peninsula
                          Hospital, San Mateo/Burlingame, CA

                          Board of Directors, the OCA multiple terms
                          President-Elect, the OCA, 2007-2009

                          President, the OCA 2009-2011

                          Past President, the OCA 2011-2013

                          Chair, OCA Nominating Committee 2011-2015

                          Chair, OCA Grievance Committee 2007 to 2023

                          Attended and taught multiple courses in OCF, OMM

Personal            Married since 1988 to wife Sherrie Friedman, JD
                          Three Sons, Benji, Daniel, Jacob
                           Lives in San Mateo, CA

                          Written multiple professional articles, compiled the book,

                         “The Sutherland Memorial Lectures” and wrote the memoir

                         “Where Spirt Touches Matter”, a Journey to Wholeness ( 2022)

Join Dr. Friedman for his presentation on Spirituality & Osteopathy

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Dr. Victor Nuño, DO, 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.

Dr. Nuño completed his residency in Neuromusculoskeletal and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) in Southampton, NY in 2012. He accepted a faculty position at his alma mater, TUC-COM, in the OMM department starting in 2013. Along with his main teaching role at the university, he teaches clinical homeopathy through the Center for the Education and Development of Homeopathy (CEDH).

In addition to his role as CEO, Dr. Nuño also sees patients for osteopathic manipulation and integrative medicine at Seek Optimal Health, PC.

Dr. Nuño is Board Certifed in both NMM/OMM and Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Nuño's practice interests include nutritional counseling and customized supplementation, clinical homeopathy, ecologic medicine, bioidentical hormone replacement, alternative lightwire functional (ALF) appliance, and oral heavy metal chelation.

As the son of a U.S. airforce officer, Dr. Nuño lived in many different countries growing up (including Spain, Mexico, and Panama) before his family settled in the Monterey Bay area. He is fluent in Spanish as well as English.

When Dr. Nuño is not teaching or seeing patients, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing ice hockey or disc golf, and expanding his influence in fantasy hockey through a weekly podcast.

Join Dr. Nuño for his presentation on Refining Your HVLA.

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Dr. Stacia Sloane, DO, went to Touro University in Vallejo, CA where she graduated in 2014 with her DO degree. After three years of Residency in the Bronx for Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, she returned to Touro University as an Assistant Professor. She does some clinical work at health centers in Fairfield and Richmond as part of that appointment, working with medical students and residents to bring Osteopathy to communities that need it. She also works part time in Berkeley at the East Bay Osteopathic Medical Center in private practice.
      Though she grew up on the East Coast, in Hyattsville, Maryland, she moved to Berkeley when she was 20 years old and has been in the Bay Area most of the last 24 years outside of her training. She lives with her 16-year-old son, Makai, who is a senior at Berkeley High School. In addition to watching his soccer games, she does as much hot yoga, bike riding, and gardening as she can fit into her free time. She has put a lot into her own health and healing over the years and is excited to use her personal and professional experiences to create new paths toward understanding and practicing Osteopathic Medicine. She has special interests in treating trauma and working with addiction and making Osteopathic Cranial Manipulative Medicine a more integrated part of health care.

Join Dr. Sloane for her presentation on Experiential Anatomy

Dr. Lee Ann Cuny, DO, is a 2008 graduate of Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU-CCOM).

Dr. Cuny completed her residency training in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Southampton Hospital in Southampton, New York in 2012. She worked part-time teaching osteopathic medical students at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine from 2012 to 2018. With a desire to devote more time to developing a clinical practice, she transitioned to adjunct professorship in 2019.

She has Board Certifications in both Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Cuny has done coursework in clinical homeopathy, bioidentical hormone replacement, orofacial function optimization using the ALF appliance through the ALF Educational Institute (completed AEI level I and II), gentle myofascial release with laser therapy, nutritional optimization, and detoxification support (including mold/mycotoxins).

When she is not seeing patients in the practice or problem solving any of the other roles required of a VP, CFO, or IT specialist for the practice, Dr. Cuny enjoys cooking, knitting, and spending time in nature with her family.

Join Dr. Cuny for her presentation on The Osteopathic Dental Occlusion.

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Dr. Tinh Vuong, DO, received her medical training from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine residency at Harbor UCLA. She also has a Masters degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist. She is the founder of the Holistic Approach Pain Intervention (HAPI) clinic at Saban Community Clinic, the first and only Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the US that utilizes multimodal approaches including acupuncture, shockwave, trigger point injection, perineural injection and osteopathic manipulation techniques to manage pain in the underserved population. She also has a private practice in Los Angeles, called Acuprolo Institute, where she applies similar modalities as in HAPI clinic, with the addition of ultrasound guided prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) and extracorporeal magnetotransduction therapy (EMTT), to stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal and restore optimal health. She is a prolotherapy instructor for the Hackett Hemwall Patterson Foundation (HHPF) and the International Association for Regenerative Therapy (IART). She has taught prolotherapy nationally and internationally.

Join Dr. Vuong for her presentation on Introduction to Energy Medicine and Therapeutic Technologies: Extracorporeal Magnetotransduction Therapy (EMTT) and Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT).

other systems of healing

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Dr. Robert Yao, DAOM, M. Med., L.Ac.

  • Professor, Five Branches University (Graduate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine)

  • Visiting Professor, Nanjing TCM University Jing Fang Institute

  • In-House acupuncturist employed by Kaiser Medical Center for 25 years (starting from 1998- retired in 2023)

  • Started an Acupuncture & Herbal Service at the AIDS Clinic in Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in 1995

  • Received the Leslie David Burgess Lifetime Achievement Award from Santa Clara County Government in 1999 for "thoughtful, careful and comprehensive care to many thousands of patients afflicted with HIV".

  • Visiting Scholar, Stanford University School of Medicine (1991 to 1994, Funded Scholarship)

  • Visiting Scientist, Palermo University School of Medicine in Italy, 1990 (Full Scholarship from ICSC-World Lab.)

  • Earned DAOM (Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) from Five Branches University under the guidance and mentorship of Prof. Huang Huang (黄煌), a world well-known Master of Classic Formulas

  • Selected as an apprentice by Professor Wang Qi (王琦),a National Master of TCM, and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

  • Master of Medicine (M. Med.) in internal medicine from Beijing TB and Lung Tumor Institute, Capital Medical University in 1988

  • Attending Physician at Dept. Internal Medicine and Central Research Lab. In Shanghai Second Pulmonary Hospital (1988-1990)

Join Dr. Yao for his presentation on Traditional Chinese Medicine: Classic Formulas.

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Dr. Angela Lim, DO, is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, she is AOBFP and AOBNMM board certified, and completed her combined Family Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine residency in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After residency, Angela accepted a position with a small Northern California community health system as a family medicine physician. About a year went by and Angela decided that OMM is truly her calling and passion, so she worked with NorthBay to establish a full time OMM practice, which has been quite successful. In 2016, Angela was exposed to FDM during a pre-Convo course and it changed the trajectory of her practice. During the course, she experienced firsthand what a remarkable difference FDM techniques made for her chronic problems. Bringing FDM back to her practice, she noticed rapid, significant improvements in patient outcomes. Since that first module, Angela has been spreading FDM to anyone willing to listen. Third year students from Touro California who rotate with Angela have expressed how grateful they are being taught FDM and how to incorporate it in their basic OMM foundation. Fellow physicians, DOs and MDs alike, are highly interested in FDM as well as the physical therapists working with Angela at NorthBay. Angela hopes to continue working on her FDM knowledge and skills as well as to help spread the knowledge through teaching and publications.

Join Dr. Lim for her presentation on Fascial Distortion Model (FDM). 

self care

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Dr. Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, MS, FNAOME, is an MSUCOM graduate who completed internship, neuromusculoskeletal medicine residency program and a master's in medical education and leadership at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) where she currently serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Clinical Professor.  Dr. Pierce-Talsma is a past AOA Health Policy Fellow, Fellow in the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME) and completed AACOM's Senior Leadership Development Program (SLDP).   Dr. Pierce-Talsma currently serves on the American Academy of Osteopathy's Board of Governors and is the Chair of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)'s Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Review Committee.  She is a national speaker on the topics of medical education, osteopathic manipulative medicine and yoga, and is the founder of the "Resiliency in Leadership" distinction program for medical students at UNECOM.

Join Dr. Pierce-Talsma for her presentation on The Neurobiology of our Work- How Productivity and Efficiency can help us Work Deeply.

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Dr. Sara Modlin-Tucker, DO, is a family medicine physician with a focus on Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM). She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor at Touro University and serves as an attending physician at West County Health Clinics a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). In these roles, she has the opportunity to provide Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and medical acupuncture to underserved individuals, a responsibility she finds immensely rewarding.
Additionally, Dr. Modlin-Tucker works as a locums adult hospitalist, a role that allows her to offer comprehensive care to a wide range of patients.
Her educational journey began at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), where she embraced the Banana Slug spirit during her undergraduate studies. Following this, she attended Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine California to delve into osteopathic medicine. Her keen interest in osteopathic principles led her to an additional year of study through the undergraduate ONMM fellowship.
Dr. Modlin-Tucker then moved to Maine to complete her family medicine residency at Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency. Her passion for osteopathic medicine drove her to extend her stay for an additional year to complete an ONMM residency, during her time in Maine she explored the benefits of medical acupuncture.
With an appreciation towards mind-body medicine, Dr. Modlin-Tucker believes in the potential of harnessing the brain's capability to manage pain. She is continually inspired by the resilience and strength of her patients and is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to their wellness journey. Through education and hands-on care, she hopes to foster a more integrative approach to healing, promoting the holistic well-being of individuals and communities alike.
If you are interested in checking out more feel free to visit her website at

Join Dr. Modlin for her presentation on Shifting pain with your brain: using a biopsychosocial model for pain reduction.

Symposium Faculty Supervisor

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Dr. Nuno is Faculty Supervisor for the Integrative Medicine Club. He will be presenting "Refining Your HVLA" in the OMM Track, along with the opening and closing remarks at the Symposium. 

For more information on Dr. Nuño and his presentation, please see his bio above.

Meet the students

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Jia-Min Ooi, MS, OMS2

Symposium Co-creator


Pia Garewal, MS, OMS2

Symposium Co-creator

Misbah Shafi

Community Outreach Coordinator

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Yasameen Sadati

Event Coordinator & Marketing Lead

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