Founder and Executive Director of the American Botanical Council
Mark Blumenthal is the Founder and Executive Director of the American Botanical Council (ABC), the leading independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating accurate, reliable, and responsible information on herbs and medicinal plants. He is the Editor/Publisher of HerbalGram, an international, peer-reviewed quarterly journal. For six years Mark Blumenthal was an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy, teaching the course "Herbs and Phytomedicines in Today's Pharmacy". Mark is the Senior Editor of the English translation of The Complete German Commission E Monographs – Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines (1998), Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs (2000) The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs (2003), and Rational Phytotherapy, 5th edition (2004). He has appeared on over 400 radio and television shows and has written over 500 articles, reviews and book chapters for many major publications. Recently, his name appeared with some of the most prestigious names in the natural health movement when he was awarded Natural Health Magazine's Hall of Fame Award for "…opening America's eye to the healing powers of herbs." He has been a leader in the concerns for more rational regulations of herbal and natural product manufacturing, and education on alternative medicines for over 36 years.
Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB
Chief Science Officer for Metagenics and President of MetaProteomics
Jeffrey S. Bland, has been an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional medicine field for over 30 years. Headquartered in Gig Harbor, Washington, Dr. Bland founded HealthComm International, Inc. in 1984, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until the merger with its strategic partner, Metagenics, in 2000. As the principal visionary of HealthComm, Dr. Bland had already distinguished the company as a leader in the development of medical foods by the time of the merger. In 1992, he established the internationally respected Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) to train health practitioners globally in the application of nutritional and functional medicine. He presently serves as Chairman of the Board for IFM.
Stephen Cowan, MD, FAAP
JAC - Riverside Pediatrics
Dr. Cowan is a board-certified pediatrician and certified medical acupuncturist with more than 20 years of clinical experience working with children. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a member of the AAP Section on Child Development, a member of the Autism Research Institute's "Defeat Autism Now" (DAN) practitioners and a founding member of the Holistic Pediatric Association. He co-founded Riverside Pediatrics in Croton, New York and has a consultation practice in Holistic Pediatrics in Mt Kisco, NY. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pediatric problems such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Migraine, Tourette's syndrome, Asthma and Allergies. Understanding the child as an inter-related part of family and environment is the central focus of his practice. This approach respects the inseparability of mind, body and spirit and promotes a deeper understanding of what it means to be healthy.
Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, is internationally recognized holistic nursing pioneer. She is International Co-Director and board member of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH), Washington, DC and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Director, Holistic Nursing Consultants in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a Florence Nightingale scholar and an author or co-author of 23 books. She has received numerous awards including an 8-time recipient of the prestigious American Journal of Nursing Award. Her collaborative global nursing project, the Nightingale Declaration Campaign (NDC) includes three UN Resolution proposals for adoption— 2010 Resolution to Mobilize Public Opinion on Global Public Health, 2010: International Year of the Nurse and 2011-2020: UN Decade for a Healthy World.
Robert Duggan MA, MAc (UK), Dipl.Ac. (NCCA)
President, Tai Sophia Institute
Robert M. Duggan, M.A., M.Ac. (UK), Dipl.Ac. (NCCA), a practitioner of acupuncture for more than 30 years, is President of Tai Sophia Institute, an accredited graduate school of the healing arts located in Laurel, Maryland. He received his Master's degree in Education from New York University in 1970, and holds degrees in Philosophy, Theology, Human Relations, and Community Organization. He has a special interest in the unique contribution that practitioners of complementary medicine bring to the emerging Wellness System in the United States. He is the author of Common Sense for the Healing Arts.
Joel M. Evans, MD
Founder and Director, Center for Women's Health
Joel M. Evans, MD, a board certified OB/GYN, is the Founder and Director of The Center for Women's Health, where he practices Integrative Obstetrics and Gynecology. His recently published book on the holistic approach to pregnancy, The Whole Pregnancy Handbook (Gotham, 2005), has received widespread critical acclaim and media attention.
A frequent lecturer on Holistic Health Care, Dr. Evans is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was honored as a Founding Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, and recognized as the first physician in Connecticut to be Board Certified in both Holistic Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr Evans serves on the editorial advisory board of Bottom Line/Women's Health and as a peer reviewer for Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. He is a member of the senior faculty of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington D.C. and participated in the Mind-Body Medicine Mission to Macedonia, where he worked in United Nations Refugee Camps to help the Kosavar refugees heal their wounds of war.
Dr. Evans helped create a clinical study at Columbia University Medical Center on the use of the herb black cohosh in breast cancer, which was presented at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists and later published in their journal. Dr. Evans utilizes a wide variety of complementary and alternative therapies in his own practice, which blends the best of modern medicine with the wisdom of traditional healing.
Dr. Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA)
Member of Board of Directors for the National Center for Homeopathy
Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, is a Doctor of Chiropractic in family practice for over 24 years. Her practice is a holistic one combining herbs, nutrition, yoga and meditation along with structural correction for a variety of health issues. Dr. Gahles became a Certified Classical Homeopath when, twelve years ago, her son developed allergic asthma. Searching for alternative treatments to daily nebulizers and steroids, she discovered the "constitutional" curative powers of homeopathy. While homeschooling her daughter, a learning disability was discovered and this likewise was cured with homeopathy, cranial sacral therapy and nutrition and she has been an ardent patient advocate of Complementary and Alternative Medicine since that time. Dr. Gahles is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Homeopathy and chairs the Homeopathy Today committee, the magazine of the NCH. She has authored articles on a variety of health issues that have responded favorably to homeopathic treatment in this magazine. She is Founder and Director of Health & Harmony Wellness Education, a consultation and resource center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in New York City and Queens. She is the author of a bimonthly newspaper health column called Health & Harmony and has published articles for Big Apple Parent paper in Manhattan and Queens and in the American Homeopath, the Journal of the North American Society of Homeopaths as well as in the Digest of Chiropractic Economics.
Jeremy R. Geffen, MD, FACP
Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a pioneer in integrative medicine and oncology
Jeremy R. Geffen, MD, FACP is a board-certified medical oncologist, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a pioneer in integrative medicine and oncology. He is president of Geffen Visions International and director of integrative Oncology for P4 Healthcare and Caring4Cancer.com. He is also author of the highly acclaimed book The Journey Through Cancer: Healing and Transforming the Whole Person (Three River Press, 2006) and integrative medicine program The Seven Levels of Healing®. In 1994, he founded the Geffen Cancer Center and Research Institute in Vero Beach, Fla., which he directed until 2003. It was one of the first cancer centers in the United States explicitly designed to provide a working model of truly holistic, comprehensive cancer care for the twenty-first century. Dr. Geffen now lectures widely and offers seminars and retreats on the multidimensional aspects of medicine, wellness, and life.
James S. Gordon, MD
Founder and Director, Center for Mind-Body Medicine
James S. Gordon, MD, is a world-renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. He is the Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School, and recently served as Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.
Dr. Gordon has created ground-breaking programs of comprehensive mind-body healing for physicians, medical students, and other health professionals; for people with cancer, depression and other chronic illnesses; and for traumatized children and families in Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel and Gaza as well as in post-9/11 New York and post-Katrina southern Louisiana. Nearly 3,000 health and mental health professionals throughout these regions have been trained by Dr. Gordon to more effectively address the psychological trauma within their communities, including supervision and training of a local leadership group within each region which enables the CMBM model to be fully integrated into and sustainable within the local healthcare community.
Dr. Gordon's most recent book is Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression (Penguin). His also the author of Comprehensive Cancer Care: Integrating Alternative, Complementary and Conventional Therapies and Manifesto for a New Medicine: Your Guide to Healing Partnerships and the Wise Use of Alternative Therapies.
Erminia "Mimi" Guarneri, M.D., FACC
Medical Director and Founder of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine
Board-certified in cardiology, internal medicine, nuclear medicine and holistic medicine, Dr. Guarneri is the founder and medical director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Guarneri was an English Literature major as an undergraduate at New York University. Her medical degree is from SUNY Medical Center in New York where she graduated number one in her class.
Dr. Guarneri served her internship and residency at Cornell Medical Center, where she later became chief medical resident. She served cardiology fellowships at both New York University Medical Center and Scripps Clinic. Dr. Guarneri served as an attending in interventional cardiology at Scripps Clinic where she placed thousands of coronary stents. Recognizing the need for a more comprehensive and more holistic approach to cardiovascular disease she pioneered the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine where she uses state-of-the-art cardiac imaging technology and lifestyle change programs to aggressively diagnose, prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology, Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Medical Women's Association, and a diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine.
Dr. Guarneri has authored several articles that have appeared in professional journals such as the Journal of Echocardiography and the Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Guarneri participated as a member of the writing committee for the American College of Cardiology Foundation Complementary Medicine Expert Consensus Document. This expert consensus statement on integrating complementary medicine into cardiovascular medicine was published in 2005. She is the author of The Heart Speaks, a poignant collection of stories from heart patients who have benefited from integrative medicine approaches. The Heart Speaks and her clinical work have been featured on The Today Show. She has been recognized for her national leadership in integrative medicine by the Bravewell Collaborative.
Laurie Hofman, MPH
Executive Director, Institute for Functional Medicine
Laurie Hofmann, MPH is the Executive Director of the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) and an advisor and consultant to several public healthcare and health education initiatives across the country. She has been a leader in IFM since its inception, serving as a member of the founding Board of Directors, Board Vice Chairman from 2006?2008, and Director of Marketing and Development from 2008 to January 2010, when she assumed the role of Executive Director. She has been instrumental in helping the Institute for Functional Medicine move forward with national and international strategic partnerships, global outreach, pilot programs, and new functional medicine education initiatives.
Mark Hyman, MD
Vice Chair, Institute for Functional Medicine
Dr. Hyman is editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most prestigious journal in the field of Integrative Medicine, and the Medical Editor of Alternative Medicine, the Art and Science of Healthy Living. He has co-authored several books. His latest book is, on the New York Times Bestseller and discusses metabolism and weight loss. It focuses on a cutting-edge personalized – or "nutrigenomic" – approach to weight loss and metabolism. A companion PBS pledge special produced by WLIW features this approach.
A guest on The Today show, The Early Show, and The View with Barbara Walters, Dr. Hyman has also appeared on CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR, as well as many other television and radio stations. He has written for and is quoted regularly in leading consumer magazines including Parade, Elle, Fitness, Glamour, Family Circle, US, Women's World, Health, Natural Health, Self, Shape, and Town & Country.
For almost 10 years, Dr. Hyman was the Co-Medical Director at Canyon Ranch Lenox an internationally acclaimed Health Resort. His website, www.drhyman.com, empowers health care consumers and allowing them to take advantage of the medicine of the future, today. He is on the Board of Advisors and faculty of Food as Medicine, Center for Mind Body Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is also on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and collaborates with the Harvard Medical School's Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medicine.
Bradly Jacobs, MD, MPH
Founder and Director, Institute for Healthy Living
As a senior health and wellness industry executive, Brad Jacobs MD MPH has broad-based experience in healthcare services and technology positions in academic, consulting, start-up and corporate settings. Primary areas of expertise and national leadership include developing innovative models for healthcare delivery incorporating Health 2.0 and health information technology, integrative medicine, and personalized medicine in both direct to consumer and employer health environments.
Most recently, Dr Jacobs was Senior Medical Director for Revolution Health Networks (RHN), a company dedicated to empowering consumers to live healthier lives through providing on-line access to credible health information, interactive tools, and a community of experts and fellow consumers. His responsibilities included clinical strategic development, clinical director of RH.com product innovation, chief architect of the Medicine ChestTM and Dietary Supplement Recommendation tools, management of the integrative medicine expert consultant team, creative content generation, and spokesperson for major strategic marketing and public relations campaigns.
In addition to a national reputation for developing innovative models for healthcare delivery, Dr. Jacobs lectures on Integrative Medicine, Health 2.0 and Health Information Technology, Work/Life Balance, Stress Management, and on his 5 Principles of Healthy Living. Dr. Jacobs is trained in Internal Medicine and has studied acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine, stress management, yoga and martial arts.
Rauni Prittinen King, RN, BSN, HNC, CHTP/I
Co-Founder, Director of Programs and Planning,Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine
Rauni Prittinen King is the former Nurse Case Manager for the Scripps Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease. Rauni has over 20 years of experience in critical care nursing. In addition, she is a Certified Healing Touch practitioner and instructor, who has been coordinating Healing Touch workshops at Scripps Hospitals since 1993. Rauni teaches Healing Touch, provides holistic consultations, writes about holistic health and integrative medicine, designs programs and gives presentations on Life Style Changes and Healing Environments in the USA, Canada and Europe. Rauni received a BSN cum laude from Arizona State University. She is Holistic Nurse Certified and certified in hypnotherapy. She is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and Healing Touch International.
Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN
As founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing, Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer brings more than 20 years of leadership and expertise to the field of integrative health and medicine. She was the principal investigator of a $1.6 million National Institutes of Health (NCCAM) education grant and a Fetzer Institute funded evaluation of the Inner Life of Healers Program and the co-PI of a five year $2.1 million NIH (NINR) clinical trial of mindfulness meditation with solid organ transplant patients. She is currently the co-PI of a clinical trial funded by BlueCross/Blue Shield Minnesota on the impact of an integrated residential treatment program on women with eating disorders, the co-PI of an NIH NCCAM R21 grant on mind/body interventions for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients and is the co-investigator of a clinical trial comparing mindfulness meditation with pharmacotherapy for people with chronic insomnia. She is also the co-PI of a newly funded NCCAM R25 grant focused on integrating research in a CAM educational institution. In addition to her administrative responsibilities in the Center for Spirituality and Healing, Mary Jo teaches a course on optimal healing environments in the graduate minor in integrative therapies and healing practices and is a tenured professor in the School of Nursing where she is co-director of the doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) program in integrative health and healing. From 2004-2007, she served as the vice-chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. In 2008, she was named by Minnesota Physician as one of the 100 most influential health care leaders in the state. In 2009, she testified at a US Senate hearing titled "Integrative Health: Pathway to Health Reform" as well as the Institute of Medicine Summit titled "Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public". Dr. Kreitzer earned her doctoral degree in health services research and her masters and bachelor's degrees in nursing.
David Leopold, MD
Director of Integrative Medical Education, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine
David C. Leopold, MD is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Family Medicine and is board certified in family medicine. He is a certified medical acupuncturist, has completed advanced training in osteopathic manual manipulation, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine.
Dr. Leopold is the recipient of a Bravewell Scholarship for Integrative Medicine, and is an associate fellow with the University of Arizona School of Medicine Program in Integrative Medicine. He is the recipient of the American Medical Association's Physician Recognition award.
Dr. Leopold practices integrative pain management along with wellness and lifestyle management. He has lectured nationally, including at the American Academy of Family Physician's Scientific Assembly, the American Academy of Pain Management, and the Natural Supplements: Evidence Based Update. Dr. Leopold completed his medical internship and residency in family medicine at the University of Southern California School of Medicine.
Frank Lipman, MD
Founder and Director, Eleven Eleven Wellness Center
Dr. Lipman is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, a center whose emphasis is on preventive health care and patient education.
Nan Lu, OMD, LAc
Founding Director, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) World Foundation and its sister organization, the American Taoist Healing Center
Nan Lu, OMD holds a doctorate from Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hubei, China, and is a New York State-licensed acupuncturist. Dr. Lu is a master herbalist as well as a Taiji expert and Qigong master. He is also the best-selling author of three TCM books published by HarperCollins. His specialties include women's health, cancer and immune system disorders, and sport injuries. He helps educate health-seekers through his foundation's websites: www.tcmworld.org, www.tcmconference.org, and www.breastcancer.com. He is the founder of Building Bridges of Integration for Traditional Chinese Medicine, a landmark conference for healthcare professionals.
Dr. Lu has served as an adviser to the Rosenthal Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He currently serves on the boards of the National Association of Transpersonal Psychology, and the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology and is an executive board member of the Center for Culturally Competent Education and Training, School of Social Welfare, State University of NY at Stony Brook.
Susan Luck RN, MS, HNC, CCN
Holistic Nurse Educator, Medical Anthropologist, and Clinical Nutritionist
Susan Luck has worked in the field of nutrition and immunology for over 25 years. As a holistic nurse educator, medical anthropologist, and clinical nutritionist, she has worked in integrative healthcare models in the U.S. and abroad. She is founder of the Earthrose Institute, a 501c3 organization involved in education and research on the environmental links to women's and children's health. She is director of the Integrative Nursing Institute and has been a leader in the field of holistic nursing education for over 20 years. Currently, she is adjunct faculty at the University of Miami, and is involved in research through an NIH funded program on integrative approaches for women with HIV. Ms. Luck also is a nutrition consultant for Special Immunology Services at Mercy Hospital, Miami, Florida and maintains a private practice.
David Matteson, MPH, MURP, MS
President, Early-Edge Direction
David is President of Early-Edge Direction, a consultancy that works with innovators, entrepreneurs, and visionaries in health. David brings to this position over 20 years of business experience working with executive teams and rapid growth companies. He served as Senior Vice President for Hill and Knowlton and worked with Fortune 500 companies in public affairs, marketing communications, and issues management. He has been a prime architect in the startup of over a dozen organizations and companies.
At Bastyr University, the country's pre-eminent university for natural medicine, he served for eight years as the Director of Public Affairs and Executive Advisor to the President. Today, he provides strategic business consulting to a variety of natural health sciences colleges and natural product companies, works with the boards and executive teams of four national professional organizations representing natural health practitioners, and is on several leadership teams striving to protect public choice and access to natural products.
David has written business plans and raised money for start-ups; designed and implemented effective policy and regulatory strategies; developed balanced management teams; and created well-crafted marketing communications campaigns. He is an entrepreneur in his own right, and is co-founder of pH Sciences, which markets an innovative line of mineral-based alkalization products that promote healthy body pH.
William Meeker, DC, MPH
Vice President of Research
Principal investigator of the Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research. He has nearly two decades of experience in chiropractic and related areas of research, and for six years was the President of the Consortium for Chiropractic Research, advocating the development of chiropractic research infrastructure. Active in public health, he currently serves on the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association. His broad expertise in the research and health fields has also led to his present appointments in several functions; namely, Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research Consultant, American Chiropractic Association Research and Review Advisor, U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Peer Review Panel Member, and U.S. National Institutes of Health Peer Review Consultant.
Chris D. Meletis, ND
Senior Science Officer, National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM)
Dr. Chris D. Meletis is an educator, international author and lecturer. His personal mission is "Changing America's Health One Person at a Time." He believes that when people become educated about their bodies, that is the moment that change begins.
Woodson Merrell, MD
M. Anthony Fisher Director of Integrative Medicine at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing (CCHH)
Woodson C. Merrell, MD, Sc.D (hc) is the M. Anthony Fisher Director of Integrative Medicine at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing (CCHH) in New York City. This Center is part of Beth Israel Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The facility, the nation's largest and most comprehensive academic integrative medical center, is dedicated to providing the highest quality clinical care, education, and research for both health consumers and medical professionals, combining the best of evidence-based conventional medicine, complementary/alternative medicine and indigenous medical traditions.
David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM
Board-certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition
Dr. Perlmutter was awarded the 2002 Linus Pauling Award for his work in innovative approaches to neurological disorders. In addition, he received the 2002 Denham Harmon Award from the American College for the Advancement in Medicine and is the recipient of the 2006 National Nutritional Foods Association Clinician of the Year award. He also has his own blog, entitled Renegade Neurologist. More information can be found at www.perlhealth.com.
Joseph Pizzorno, ND
President Emeritus, Bastyr University
Dr. Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., N.D., appointed by President Clinton in December 2000 to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Bush's administration to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee in November 2002, is one of the world's leading authorities on science-based natural medicine. A naturopathic physician, educator, researcher and expert spokesperson, Dr. Pizzorno is founding president of Bastyr University. Dr. Pizzorno is the author of Total Wellness and co-author of the internationally acclaimed Handbook of Natural Medicine, the best-selling Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Natural Medicine For the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer and the Encyclopedia of Healing.
Lawrence D. Rosen, MD
Chair, Integrative Pediatrics Council
Dr. Lawrence D. Rosen is a board-certified general pediatrician committed to family-centered, holistic child health care. He practices primary care at the Whole Child Center in Oradell, NJ and consults at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, serving as Chief of Pediatric Integrative Medicine and as medical advisor to the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology.
Dr. Rosen is a nationally recognized expert in Pediatric Integrative Medicine, acting as Chair of the Integrative Pediatrics Council (IPC), a non-profit group dedicated to transforming children's health care. The IPC coordinates the annual Pangea Conference and hosts a professional integrative pediatrics listserv and the integrative pediatrics blog, "The Whole Child." He is a founding member and vice-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Rosen is appointed as Clinical Assistant Professor at New Jersey Medical School. He is a graduate of New York Medical College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he completed his residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Kathie Madonna Swift, MS RD LDN
Kathie shares her passion for the power of food as the curriculum designer of "Food As Medicine" offered by the Center for Mind Body Medicine and a teacher of Healthy Living Programs at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA. She helped establish Dr. Mark Hyman's UltraWellness Center and continues to help individuals with chronic, complex health problems.
Kathie recently co-authored a guide to digestive health with Gerard Mullin, MD, and an online comprehensive, whole foods gluten and casein free elimination diet.
Publisher-Editor, Integrator Blog News & Reports
John Weeks is publisher-editor of the Integrator Blog News & Reports, a news and comment site that links the leadership of the diverse stakeholders with the various disciplines involved in the integration of natural healthcare and conventional practice. Weeks is a writer, organizer and consultant. His diverse work experience in integration includes: contractor for the National Institutes of Health and the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner; panelist for the White House Commission on CAM Policy; presenter for the American Hospital Association and the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine; and service as a resource for the US Institute of Medicine, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, Modern Health Care and others. Weeks co-convened the Integrative Medicine Industry Leadership Summits (2000-2002), co-founded and directed the National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care, and currently serves as executive director of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care.
Robert Rountree, MD
Founder, Boulder Wellcare
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1976, Dr. Bob Rountree received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill in 1980. He subsequently completed a three-year residency in family and community medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, after which he was certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He is currently board-certified by the American Board of Holistic Medicine.
Early on in his studies, he became deeply interested in a "patient-centered" approach to health and healing. Instead of following rigid protocols prescribed for specific diseases, he focused on the unique biochemical and emotional needs of individuals. To that end, he has augmented his training with extensive post-graduate studies in nutritional and herbal pharmacology along with certification as a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Dr. Rountree has been providing his unique combination of traditional family medicine, nutrition, medical herbology, and mind-body therapy in Boulder, Colorado, since 1983. In January, 2002, he opened Boulder Wellcare, a private practice specializing in individual healthcare consulting. He is coauthor of five books on Integrative and Nutritional Medicine. His articles have appeared regularly in Let's Live and numerous other popular health magazines. He is the medical editor for Delicious! Living and serves as a technical editor for Alternative and Complementary Therapies and Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association.
Dr. Rountree was appointed to Strathmore's Who's Who for Outstanding Professionals in 2006. In November 2005, he was given the Healthcare Heroes Distinguished Service Award by the Boulder County Business Report, for his "dedicated, holistic, personal approach" to medicine. He has lectured widely to professional audiences as well as the general public, and frequently appears on radio shows throughout the United States and Canada. He is a long-standing member of the adjunct faculty for AFMCP training of the Institute for Functional Medicine in Gig Harbor, WA. A Professional Member of the American Herbalists Guild and the American Nutraceutical Association, he is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, sea kayaking, scuba diving, and world travel.