Annual Integrative Medicine Conference 2019

2019 Featured Speakers



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Stephen Anton, PhD

Associate Professor & Clinical Research Division Chief
Department of Aging and Geriatric Research

Institute on Aging

University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Effects of Intermittent Fasting on Mind-Body Health

In this presentation, Dr. Anton will review the metabolic changes that occur with aging and discuss potential intervention options to combat these changes, with a particular focus on calorie restriction and intermittent fasting. This presentation will also discuss the potential of intermittent fasting to improve mind-body health by activating signaling pathways that optimize physiological function, enhance performance, and slow aging and disease processes.

Dr. Stephen Anton, PhD has written over 150 published scientific articles and 10 book chapters over the past 20 years. He has received several awards for his research and publications, including being selected as an Outstanding Young Alumni of the University of Florida (2009), the recipient of the Thomas H. Maren Junior Investigator Award (2010), an award given to one Assistant Professor in the University of Florida’s College of Medicine each year, an invited member to the University of Florida’s Leadership Academy (2013), promoted to Associated Professor with Tenure (2014), recognized as a Master Mentor by the University of Florida’s Mentor Academy, selected as an Associate Editor for the Journal Obesity (2015), and most recently, he was recognized as a University Term Professor (2017), a distinction given to top professors at the University of Florida.  



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Tom Blue, MD

Director of Industry Strategy
Institute for Functional Medicine
Federal Way, Washington

The Future of Health

This presentation explores the conundrum of escalating healthcare costs against the backdrop of exponential efficiencies throughout the economy. This session proposes that root-cause focused practitioners are the most valuable engines of value creation in the healthcare economy, and provides 5 key mindset transitions for practitioners, patients, and payers to capitalize on the future of health.

Tom Blue has dedicated most of the last 20 years to intensively researching and synthesizing new approaches to accelerate the application of emerging science and research in the day-to-day practice of primary care and personal health management. Tom serves as the Director of Industry Strategy and Partnerships for The Institute for Functional Medicine, and for nearly ten years, he served as the Executive Director and Chief Strategy Officer of the American Academy of Private Physicians, the national professional association for concierge and direct primary care (DPC) physicians. He also developed and launched the nation’s first ACA exempt, DPC-integrated medical cost sharing program, Liberty Direct.  


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David Blyweiss, MD, IFMCP

Voluntary Faculty
University of Miami
Miami, Florida

Putting It All Together

This presentation will summarize clinical applications for emerging developments in microbiome research, novel therapeutic approaches for treatment of depression and PTSD, intermittent fasting, and other topics discussed at the 8th Annual Integrative Medicine Conference.

Dr. Blyweiss was a clinical pharmacist and presently is a certified Functional Medicine physician. These dual backgrounds allow him to appreciate the relevance of conventional pharmaceutical/surgical based treatments in acute medical conditions, but also recognize where they fall short in managing patients who suffer from the chronic degenerative diseases with a “western civilization origin.” Dr. Blyweiss is the Medical Director for the Clinical Nutrition program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and is currently in private practice.


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Sebastian Brandhorst, PhD

Research Professor
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

Fasting-Mimicking Diets in Health & Lifespan

This presentation focuses on the application of fasting-mimicking diets (FMD) in multiple mouse models, and their translation into clinical trials. In particular, the use of the FMD in a mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease demonstrates the efficacy of this diet in ameliorating intestinal inflammation, promoting intestinal regeneration, and stimulating the growth of protective microbial populations.

Sebastian Brandhorst’s scientific training is based on a vast background in cell biology, molecular biology, medicine, and biochemistry, all of which are highly relevant for his focus on biogerontology research to identify the mechanisms underlying cellular protection, as well as health- and lifespan-regulation, and their translation into clinical applications. Brandhorst has performed research related to aging in yeast and C. elegans since 2009, after which he began to utilize mouse models to study the role of growth hormone/Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) signaling as a major regulatory pathway that modulates lifespan and age-associated diseases/pathologies; particularly cancer. Subsequently, he focused on the role and application of short-term starvation, low calorie and/or low protein diets, so called fasting-mimicking diets, on health- and lifespan in pre-clinical to clinical studies.


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Sharon Hausman-Cohen,  MD

Chief Medical Officer
Austin, Texas

Genomics as a Tool for Addressing Chronic Disease and Environmentally Acquired Illness

This talk will focus on how genomics can provide a window into the etiology of chronic disease, as well as genomically targeted potential treatment and prevention strategies. Focus will be on the interplay between genes, diet, and the environment, and how we as integrative medicine clinicians can use genomics to personalize clinical decision making and achieve better outcomes.

Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen is board certified in Integrative and Family Medicine and loves practicing truly personalized medicine by using an individual’s genomics to guide her medical decision making.  Dr. Hausman-Cohen, started out her medical career working towards a PhD at Harvard Medical School, but “quit” after she got her masters and “switched” to Harvard’s medical school.  Her passion for research stayed with her and after over 20 years of practicing integrative medicine, she is now, in addition to seeing patients, the medical director of IntellxxDNA™ which is a unique medical genomics clinical decision support tool and genomics educational platform.


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Helen Messier,  MD, PhD

Chief Medical Officer
Open Medicine Institute
Mountain View, California

The Microbiome and Its Give and Take Relationship with Metabolic Rhythms

Our gut microbiome contains more microbes than cells in our body. Our lifetime, seasonal, and daily rhythms affect our microbiome and in turn the microbes affect how we experience the cycles of life – when we understand this dance, we can work with our microbes to optimize our overall health.

Dr. Messier’s focus is in closing the translational gap using a data-driven healthcare model. This real time translation of precision medicine integrates multi-omics technologies and applies them directly in clinical care, allowing patients with complex chronic disease to actively benefit from innovative biomedical technologies. Dr. Messier received a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in genetics and a PhD in Molecular Immunology from the University of Alberta. She completed post-doctoral studies at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in San Diego, CA, and received her MD from the University of Calgary and is certified in family medicine. She founded a series of national concierge practices, served as a Medical Director, Genomics at HLI and as CMO of Viome. 


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Sonia Michail, MD

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

What’s New in the World of Fecal Microbial Transplant

The gut microbiome has evolved as an important organ contributing to human health and disease. This presentation will provide an update on indications of fetal microbial transplant, which is the most effective and durable method to impact the microbiome.

Sonia Michail, MD is a member of the American Pediatric Society, a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, and an American Gastroenterology Association Fellow (AGAF), an honor bestowed by the AGA and AAP for superior professional achievement in field of Pediatrics and Gastroenterology. Dr. Michail is also a reviewer/chair reviewer for many institutions and societies, including the National Institute of Health, the American Gastroenterological Association, North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute, etc. Dr. Michail has an interest in understanding the role of the intestinal bacteria in children’s health. She is also a reviewer for major medical journals and abstract reviewer for several medical societies, and has served on the editorial board of journals.


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Andrew Newberg, MD

Director of Research
Marcus Institute of Integrative Health
Thomas Jefferson Hospital

Neurotheology and Health: Exploring the Brain, Body, and Spirit Connection

This presentation will explore the current evidence regarding the relationship between brain function, health, and health outcomes, and spiritual beliefs and practices. Data from brain scan studies will describe changes associated with various practices such as meditation and prayer, and the potential impact they have on mental and physical health..

Andrew B. Newberg, M.D. is currently the Director of Research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital in Philadelphia. He is a Professor in the Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University, and he is adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. Dr. Newberg has been particularly involved in the study of mystical and religious experiences, a field referred to as “neurotheology”.  He has published over 200 peer reviewed articles and chapters on brain function, brain imaging, and the study of religious and mystical experiences. 


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Scott Shannon MD

Clinical Investigator (site Principal Investigator), Study Physician & Therapist
MAPS MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Research, Wholeness Center Research
Fort Collins, Colorado

Ketamine, MDMA, and Psychedelics: A New Model for Mental Health

This presentation will summarize the basic research supporting ketamine for treatment resistant depression and outline the appropriate criteria for ketamine referrals. This presentation will also contrast the current treatment approach with antidepressants, versus the emerging model with ketamine and psychedelics, and outline the implications of the MDMA Phase II data on current treatments for PTSD.

Dr. Scott Shannon is a holistic physician, psychiatrist, acupuncturist, and teacher, He serves as the Principal Investigator at his clinic, Wholeness Center in Fort Collin, CO, which provides cross-disciplinary evaluation and care for mental health concerns. In 2001, Dr. Shannon published the first textbook on holistic psychiatry and continues to be published widely. He was a founding Board member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, and the American Board of Integrative Medicine. He lectures all over the world to professional groups interested in a deeper look at mental health issues, safer tools, and a paradigm-shifting perspective about how to offer transformative care.