10th Annual Integrative Medicine Conference Spring 2022

2022 Featured Speakers


Andrew Weil, MD

Founder and Director
University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine
Tucson, AZ

The Evolution of Integrative Medicine

This review describes the fellowship, residency and medical student programs at AzCIM as well as other significant national drivers of IM education; it also points out the challenges faced in developing IM initiatives. The field of IM has matured with new national board certification in IM requiring fellowship training. Allied health professional IM educational courses, as well as integrative health coaching, assure that all members of the health care team can receive training.

Andrew Weil, M.D., is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. Combining a Harvard education and a lifetime of practicing natural and preventive medicine, he is the founder and director of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he is a clinical professor of medicine and professor of public health. A New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Weil is the author of 15 books on health and wellbeing, including Mind Over Meds: Know When Drugs Are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Better, and When to Let Your Body Heal on Its Own; Fast Food, Good Food; True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure; Spontaneous Happiness; Healthy Aging; and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health. He is the editorial director of DrWeil.com, the leading online resource for healthy living based on the philosophy of integrative medicine. He is also a founder and partner in the growing family of True Food Kitchen restaurants.


Deanna Minich, PhD, IFMCP

Teacher, Author, Scientist, Speaker, Artist
University of Western States
Seattle, WA

Why It’s Not Enough to “Eat a Healthy Diet”: How to Assess and Address the 10 Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies

Despite consistent public health recommendations communicating the plethora of benefits from eating a healthy diet, most Americans have serious shortfalls in meeting daily requirements for certain macronutrients, micronutrients, and phytonutrients. In this presentation, the overall spectrum of nutrient deficiencies will be described, especially in relationship to trending diets and fad foods, along with methods to assess intake and propose targeted foods and dietary supplements. Concepts such as nutrient density, botanical diversity score, dietary micro-rotation, and “eating the rainbow” to cover the widespread ‘phytonutrient gap’ will be discussed.

Dr. Deanna Minich is a health educator and author with more than twenty years of experience in nutrition, mind-body health, and functional medicine. Dr. Minich holds Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Human Nutrition and Medical Science, respectively, and has lectured extensively throughout the world on health topics, teaching patients and health professionals about health. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. She serves on the Board of Directors for the American Nutrition Association and is President of the American College of Nutrition. Her passion is bringing forth a colorful whole-self approach to nourishment called Whole Detox and bridging the gaps between science, soul, and art in medicine.


Anisha Durve, DOM, AP

Practitioner, Professor, Author
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Miami, FL

Traditional Chinese Medicine Tongue Diagnosis

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM uses tongue diagnosis to detect heat, cold, damp, and other conditions. Learn how the body’s organs are mapped out onto the tongue and some simple diagnostic tips to start using right away in your practice. In this fun experiential session get ready to diagnose your colleagues!

Anisha Durve is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncturist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayur-yoga teacher, and
meditation instructor with 20+ years experience. She is currently the co-director of The Art and Science of Acupuncture, 300 hour CME program at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Miami, where she co-developed and teaches. Anisha graduated in 2000 from the Southwest College of Acupuncture in New Mexico with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine degree and also interned at the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing. She has worked in free clinics for Acupuncturists without Borders in Ecuador and Mexico. Anisha also developed the acupuncture team for a new integrative medicine center at a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio in 2012. Anisha is the co-author of a clinical textbook on acupressure with Dr. Vasant Lad titled Marma Points of Ayurveda.


Michael Stone, MD, MS, IFMCP

Medical Director
Stone Medical, PC
Ashland, OR

Constellations to See on the Functional Nutrition Exam

The nutrition related physical exam findings are often a constellation of findings which display to the clinician the associated nutrient insufficiencies.  It can be a single nutrient involved in many systems that link to insufficiency of diet, absorption, transport, or increased metabolic need.  It may also be a group of nutrients which impact a metabolic pathway with many end organ consequences.  This presentation focuses on 6 constellations to see on the functional nutrition physical exam.

P. Michael Stone, MD, MS, IFMCP   finished his undergraduate and graduate degrees in nutrition prior to receiving his medical degree from University of Washington followed with residency and fellowship completion at UCLA Ventura and board certification in Family Medicine.  He was the IFM Linus Pauling award recipient in 2019. He completed his first nutrition physical exam study while in the jungle at the headwaters of the River Kwai in 1983, has helped developed and apply the functional nutrition physical exam to clinical practice as the ABCD Functional Nutrition Evaluation for the Institute for Functional Medicine.


Todd LePine, MD, IFMCP

The UltraWellness Center
Lenox, MA

Diagnostic Nutritional Lab Assessment: Testing not Guessing

This presentation will summarize how to use nutritional diagnostic testing to eliminate guessing on what to recommend for patients for both dietary interventions and nutritional supplements to go from the RDA of “one size fits all medicine” to truly personalized medicine

Dr. LePine is a staff physician with Dr. Mark Hyman at The UltraWellness Center located in Lenox, Massachusetts in the Berkshires. Prior to joining the UltraWellness Center, Dr. LePine worked as a staff physician at Canyon Ranch Health Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts consulting with patients from around the world looking for optimal health.  He is a faculty member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the Institute for Metabolic Medicine. He is the Senior Medical Advisor for Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory and on the head of the scientific advisory board for Designs for Health. His areas of interest within medicine include: Optimal Aging, Bio-Detoxification, Exploration of the Human Microbiome and its effect in both health and disease, autoimmune disorders and the neurobiology of mood and cognitive disorders.


Romila Mushtaq, MD, ABIHM

Neurologist, Speaker, Corporate Consultant
Founder, brainSHIFT Institute
Orlando, FL

Power of Pause: Mindfulness to Heal Teams & Cultures

How will you lead your life without the fear and stress of change? Mindfulness teaches us that we are not just coping with “a new normal,” but creating a new way of being.. When we practice “The Power of Pause”, we can face our fears, rises above the panic, and lead with calm consciousness. In this interactive mindfulness session,  We will practice scientifically proven breath and meditation techniques to use personally and in the workplace.

Dr. Romie is a board-certified physician, award-winning wellness speaker, and the founder of “brainSHIFT at Work.”  She brings together over 20 years of authority in neurology, integrative medicine, and mindfulness to not just deliver programs, but create cultural change. Dr. Romie is on a mission to transform mental health in the workplace and currently works with Fortune 500 companies, professional athletes, & global associations. Dr. Romie is also the Chief Wellness Officer for Evolution Hospitality, where she scaled a mindfulness & wellness program to over 7000 employees.  Her expertise is featured in the national media such as NPR, NBC, TED talks, and Forbes


Kulreet Chadhaury, MD

Practitioner, Author, Researcher
WellSpring Health
San Diego, CA

Sound Medicine: A New Frontier In Human Potential

Sound is a vibration that travels through air, water and solids and therefore through the human body. Sound has the capacity to shift neurochemistry and neurobiology in a profound and unprecedented way as a therapeutic tool as well as a technique to unleash human potential.  Our brains are wired to immediately shift in response to sound; yet there is a hidden power within sound that has only begun to be investigated by modern medicine but was well understood by ancient cultures.

Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary’s combined expertise in both modern neurology and the ancient science of health known as Ayurveda has uniquely positioned her as an expert able to pull from the broadest possible base to treat her clients. Dr. Chaudhary was the Director of Wellspring Health in Scripps Memorial Hospital for ten years. She is the author of The Prime and Sound Medicine and has appeared as a medical expert on numerous programs including The Dr. Oz Show and Home & Family.  She is also a neuroscientist and has participated in over twenty clinical research studies. Her research includes groundbreaking work in stem cell therapies for diabetic peripheral neuropathy and drug development for the treatment of ALS. Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary spends her time doing research in Siddha Medicine in Tamil Nadu, India and seeing patients for Integrative Medicine consultations from San Diego, California. 


Mary Adelyn Kauffman, DMA, MM, MT-BC, NMT

Music Therapist Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Miami
Miami, FL

Music Therapy for Concentration, Rehabilitation, and Relaxation

Since the dawn of mankind, people have recognized that music can both soothe and stimulate. Advances in imaging technology have enabled research into and perception of the parallel and shared neural mechanisms that drive therapeutic change through music interventions. This brief presentation will focus on the interaction between elements of music and neural pathways that can be used to train concentration, rehabilitate motor skills, and induce relaxation.

Mary Adelyn Kauffman earned master’s and doctoral degrees in music from the University of Miami before embarking on a career as an opera and musical theater conductor and vocal coach both in the United States and in Germany. An increasing desire to find out just how and why music affects so many performers and listeners so profoundly led Dr. Kauffman back to school for an additional degree and board certification in music therapy. She has presented locally and internationally on the mental and physical benefits of choral singing. Currently, Dr. Kauffman leads the music therapy division of Cancer Support Services at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and is conducting a study on the effects of regular choral singing on resilience, benefit-finding, and stress reduction in cancer survivors and caregivers.


Tiffany Field, PhD

Director, Touch Research Institute
University of Miami, Dept of Pediatrics
Miami, FL

Touch and Touch Therapy

Touch is critical for physical and mental health. Moving the skin, as in touch therapy (massage therapy) reduces depression, pain and symptoms of chronic illnesses. The stimulation of pressure receptors leads to increased vagal activity, reduced cortisol, increased serotonin and natural killer cells that in turn ward off bacterial, viral and cancer cells.

Tiffany Field, PhD, is a professor in the department of Pediatrics and Psychiatry   and founder and director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami/Miller School of Medicine. She has had an NIH Research Scientist Award for her research career. She is the author of more than 400 journal papers and 38 books including The Amazing Infant, several volumes on Stress and Coping, Complementary and Alternative Therapies, Yoga Research and Touch. She is the first psychologist to receive the Golden Goose award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her research on helping preterm infants grow by massaging them.


Carol Davis, DPT, EdD, MS, FAPTA

Professor Emerita, Physical Therapy
University of Miami
Miami, FL

Fascia and Biotensegrity – Foundation for Wholistic Care

Fascia with its dynamic biotensegral structure forms the foundation of all of life.  In humans and animals, the effectiveness of every wholistic integrative therapy depends on an unrestricted semi-conducting, liquid crystal matrix to convey healing vibration to appropriate receptors embedded within its structure.  Let’s take a look at what science is describing about how all of this works for healing and well being.

Carol M. Davis, DPT, EdD, MS, FAPTA is Professor Emerita and immediate past Vice Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Miami. She is also a clinician in active clinical practice, primarily treating patients with cervical and lumbar spine pain utilizing energy-based manual therapy, myofascial release, along with exercise. 


David Rakel, MD

Professor and Chair, Family Medicine
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Albuquerque, NM

Towards a Salutogenic Science

Dr. Rakel was the founder and director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine Program where he was awarded tenure in the department of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2010. Dr. Rakel is co-editor of the Textbook of Family Medicine (8th and 9th eds), Editor of Integrative Medicine (1-5 eds), co-editor of Conn’s Current Therapy and editor-in-chief of Primary Care Practice Update. He is author of a book on the power of the therapeutic relationship titled, The Compassionate Connection (WW. Norton Publishing). He has received NIH funding to study the ‘clinician effect’ and to incorporate healing modalities into medical school curricula. He has been awarded a number of teaching awards including the Leonard Tow Faculty Compassion Award and has been elected to the Gold Humanism Medical Society. In 2016 Dr. Rakel moved to Albuquerque, where he was the Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. In 2021 he will be returning to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health where he will be the Esther Millard Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.


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.