February 22-24, 2018 | New York Hilton Midtown, NY

Conference Program

This clinically relevant, evidence-based medical conference program is designed to educate, inspire and engage integrative practitioners and those interested in learning more about alternative and complementary approaches to healthcare. 

Don’t forget about our Pre-Conference workshops on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.    Pre-Conference Information

Please Note: This program is subject to change.  Please be sure to check back periodically for updates. Click below to view full current schedule.


Feb 22 2018
Feb 23 2018
Feb 24 2018

Opening Remarks- Welcome

Conference Opening Remarks
Woodson Merrell, - Conference Chair

Award Presentation

Session Date: Feb 22 2018 8:30 am – 8:45 am

Environmental Toxins and Neurodegeneration

The incidence of virtually all neurodegenerative diseases has been increasing relentlessly the past half century. While numerous causes, such as obesity and diabetes, have been proposed as the causes, the...
Joseph Pizzorno ND, Editor-in-Chief, Integrative Medicine, A Clinician's Journal - InnoVision Communications

Morning Break

Session Date: Feb 22 2018 10:00 am – 10:15 am

Is There a “One Best” Diet for Humans? The Experts Speak

As the science of nutrition distances itself from commercial influence in favor of scientific validation there remains a great deal of polarization amongst healthcare professionals with respect to the fundamentals...
David Perlmutter MD, Neurologist, Author, Lecturer - Empowering Neurologist LLC

Lunch Break

Session Date: Feb 22 2018 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Leading Well from Within: A Neuroscience and Mindfulness-Based Framework for Conscious Leadership

Conscious Leadership involves developing qualities to become more self-aware, present, resilient, authentic, compassionate, courageous, decisive and achievement oriented to lead with greater wisdom and a creative mindset. This results in...
Daniel Friedland MD, CEO, SuperSmartHealth - SuperSmartHealth

IFM Presents: Functional Medicine Based Group Visits: From Personalized Medicine to Public Health

Group Visits have been shown to improve patient and practitioner satisfaction, key biomarkers, and reduce cost in a shared medical visit format. Dr. Parker will present on how to enhance...
Kara Parker MD, AIHM, IFMPC, Integrative and Functional Medicine Family Physician - HCMC Whittier Clinic

Sleep Apnea in Health and Wellness

Sleep disorders are epidemic around the world, and in the US alone sleep apnea represents a $200 billion a year burden to the US economy. Every medical professional and health...
Jordan Stern MD, CEO and Founder, BlueSleep - BlueSleep

No Bones About It: Combining Nutrigenomics with the Culinary Arts in the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis

Each year 10 million post-menopausal American women are diagnosed with osteoporosis. Half of all post-menopausal women have an osteoporosis-related bone fracture during their lives. With millions of baby-boomer women going...
Amanda Archibald, RD, Principal - Field to Pate LLC
Susan Allen-Evenson RDN, CCN, Owner, Nutritional Counselor and Consultant - Nutriwellness, Inc dba Next Level Functional Nutrition

From Breath to Movement to Meaning

Our bodies are like a field resting in the sun. More than the vehicle that carries us through life, our body is a storehouse for our memories; a sensitive radar...
Carol Penn D.O., Physician - AllOne Consulting Group

Afternoon Break

Session Date: Feb 22 2018 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Integrating Functional and Main Stream Treatments in Chronic Endocrine Disorders

For Integrative Medicine practitioners, specifically MDs, facing the challenge of having to choose between Integrative tools (supplements, diet,...etc) and Medication commonly exists especially when dealing with chronic complex patients who...
Heba Elnazer MD, Internal Medicine Consultant/Director - Revive Medical Group

Using Culinary Herbs as Food and Medicine

Most people underestimate the power of food and herbs in supporting the body's healing processes. There is medicine in your kitchen. Culinary herbs have been used for centuries to help...
Andrea Beaman HHC, AADP, Chef, Natural Chef and Holistic Health Coach - Andrea Beaman

Florence Nightingale’s Legacy: Advocacy for Public Health and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

History is one of the most important aspects of any profession. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the philosophical founder of modern nursing, was a mystic, visionary, healer, scientist, practitioner, politician, environmentalist, and...
Deva-Marie Beck PhD, RN, International Co-Director - Nightingale Initiative for Global Health
Barbara Dossey PhD, Co-Director, International Nurse Coach Association and International Co-Director Nightingale Initiative for Global Health - International Nurse Coach Association and Nightingale Initiative for Global Health

Music Therapy for Stress and Pain Management

This session will introduce participants to the evidence-based practice of music therapy by first explaining some of the mechanisms underlying music therapy e.g., neuromatrix theory of pain, neurologic music therapy,...
Suzanne Hanser EdD, Chair Emerita, Professor - Berklee College of Music

Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Cutting Edge Understanding and New Insights Into Lowering Risk

Breakthrough research is providing us with insights into how to lower our risk for Alzheimer's and dementia. Recently, we could NOT scientifically say we could lower our risk of developing...
Marc Milstein PhD, Scientist, Researcher, Health and Wellness Speaker - Dr. Marc Milstein

Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Cardiovascular Health-Confessions of an Integrative Cardiologist

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Dennis Goodman MD, ABIHM, Director of Integrative Medicine - NYU

The State of Healthcare

IP Presents: The State of Healthcare -John Weeks will summarize the past year developments of the integrative healthcare industry.
John Weeks, -

FOOD: What the Heck Should I Eat?

Why are there so many different views on a healthy diet. Should your diet be plant based, or vegan, or paleo, or raw, or any other of the dozens of...
Mark Hyman MD, Director - Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

Morning Break – Exhibits Open

Session Date: Feb 23 2018 9:45 am – 10:45 am

Increasing Spirituality Through Yoga As We Age

This interactive presentation will invite the participant to sample 3 of the 8 branches of yoga, including; Pranayama (breathing), Asanas (gentle poses/movement), and a short Dhyana (meditation). Participants will remain...
Carol Hahn MSN, RN, CPT, RYT, CDP, Wellness and Fitness Nurse - Wellness and Fitness Nurse

Transforming Healthcare through Innovative Partnerships

The GO TO IT Model for patient-centered care may have the potential to serve as a framework for program implementation within hospitals and health care systems. The whole person and...
Joanne Turnier DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, HN-BC, HWNC-BC, CT, - Joanne Turnier Integrative Healing Network
Dena Alberti MSN, RN-BC, Nursing Professional Development Specialist - South Nassau Communities Hospital

Curing Root Decay and Salivary Acidity in an Aging Population

High rates of dental root decay and periodontal disease are a common problem in an aging population. The only solution to date has been Fluoride and Chlorine products. The main...
Lewis Gross DDS, Holistic dentist - ALKA-WHITE mouthwash

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: The power of an Integrative Approach

Learning Objectives: What is HBOT HBOT indications HBOT in functional Medicine Health Optimization Medicine HBOT costs, risks, and contraindications Track Name: General Track Session Date: Feb 23 2018 1:30 pm...
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Scott Sherr, Head of Innovation & Protocol Development at Hyperbaric Medical Solutions - Hyperbaric Medical Solutions

BurnOut Syndrome (BOS)

Learning Objectives: Identify who is at risk for BurnOut Syndrome (BOS) Learn the signs and symptoms of BurnOut Syndrome (BOS) Explain evidence-based/informed interventions for BurnOut Syndrome (BOS) across the spectrum...
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Lorraine Gahles-Kildow PhD, Licensed Psychologist -
Nancy Gahles DC, CCH, MBSR, CEO HEALTH & HARMONY WELLNESS EDUCATION CENTER - Health & Harmony Wellness Center

Integrating Music Therapy Practices into Wellness Models

The treatment of dis-ease has become increasingly reliant on the everyday practices of patients and families when they are well. As a result, clinics and centers are increasingly seeking to...
Joanne Loewy MT-BC, LCAT, Director/Associate Professor - Louis Armstrong Ctr for Music and Medicine

Integrative Therapies for Relapse Prevention in Opioid Treatment

This presentation will focus on Integrative therapies used as adjuncts in early recovery from opioid and other drug addicted clients. With a review of Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, we will...
Loretta Butehorn PhD, Psychologist, Adjunct Professor Boston College - Commonwealth Mental Health and Wellness

Afternoon Break – Exhibits Open

Session Date: Feb 23 2018 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

An Integrative & Proactive Approach to Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune disease is growing at epidemic proportions. Standard interventions are based on symptom control and immune suppression. This presentation with review a proactive integrative, systems biology, approach for the integrative...
David Brady NC, DC, DACBN, Vice President for Health Sciences, Director of Nutrition Institute - University of Bridgeport-Division of Health Sciences

A Psyco-Spiritual Approach to the Distress of Living with Diabetes

This workshop takes up the following topics: • How can meditation and acceptance strategies ease diabetes distress and activate a deeper sense of peace? • How do strategies that enlist...
Barry Simon MD, FRCP, CDE, Psychiatric Consultant with the Leadership Centre for Diabetes at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto Canada -

Innovative Solutions in Community Health Nursing for the Aging Population

This advanced level session will describe the rationale behind the SASH (Support And Services at Home, Burlington VT) program, how it is being utilized as a platform to transform the...
Amy Moore PhD, APRN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Connecticut Storrs; Managing Member, Personalized Wellness LLC, Bloomfield, CT - University of Connecticut School of Nursing
Kristi Poehlmann, SASH Health Systems Educator/Statewide Nurse Consultant - Cathedral Square Corporation / Support and Services at Home (SASH) program

Lymphatic System/Chronic Disease & Inflammation

Coming Soon!
Gerald Lemole MD, Cardiac Surgeon - Lemole & Spagna, P. C.

Science behind Acupuncture and Pain Management

Science equals truth. There is no evidenced based science documenting the stress hormone and key autonomic nervous system (ANS) changes that occur with commonly applied pain therapy modalities. This course...
Kelly Armstrong OTR/L, SIPT, MPP, Occupational Therapist, Author, Speaker, Researcher - Women's Integrative Healing, LLC

Raising our Voices: Leading in Uncertain and Chaotic Times

In this session, Dr. Kreitzer will discuss the dynamics of system change and the importance of whole systems healing at all levels of the organization. She will highlight the opportunity...
Mary Jo Kreitzer PhD, Director, Center for Spirituality & Healing University of Minnesota - University of Minnesota

The Ketogenic Diet – The Latest Fad or Therapeutic Tool?

We're in the midst of a growing epidemic of dementia and Alzheimer's in the ageing population. A growing body of research is highlighting these conditions have a strong association with...
Marc Bubbs ND, CISSN, CSCS, Naturopathic Physician, Director of Nutrition Men's Olympic Basketball Canada -

Integrative Pain Panel: Four Professions’ Approach to Acute and Chronic Pain

The United States is experiencing an opioid epidemic. A number of government agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health and Human Services (HHS) produced guidelines...
Gerard Clum, Director, The Octagon, Life University - Life University
Bill Reddy L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist - Integrative Health Policy Consortium

IFM Presents: Approach to Reversal of Cognitive Decline

The current state of medical therapy for cognitive decline and dementia is focused on single drug therapy. This approach has yielded unsatisfactory outcomes. A Functional Medicine approach utilizes a model...
Mark Menolascino MD, MS, ABIHM, ABAARM, IFMCP, Medical Director, Meno Clinic Center for Functional Medicine -

Meditative Mind – Open Heart: Enhancing Healing Capacity for Practitioners

Integrative health practitioners are aware of the fast-growing body of research correlating favorable physiological changes with the cognitive and psychosocial effects of meditation and mind-body practices. The challenge often lies...
Isaac Eliaz MD, MS, L.Ac., Medical Director - Amitabha Medical Clinic and Healing Center

Cannabidiol (CBD) and Brain Health

Recently, there is much renewed interest in industrial hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD for health maintenance and certain medical indications. Seventeen years ago, a Nobel prize winning neuroscientist at the National...
Michael Lewis MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM, FACN, Physician/Researcher - Brain Health Education and Research Institute

Dietary Needs of the Cognitively Impaired

Cognitive impairment encompasses deficiencies in early development as well as neurological decline that is age-related. Both pathways may be impacted by nutrient deficiencies that suppress neuronal development. While enhancing the...
Laura Rokosz PhD, Owner/Healthcare Practitioner - EGGLRock Nutrition, LLC

The Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu® Self-Care for Nurses

Nurse employee stress and burnout costs are estimated at approximately $250 to $300 billion annually. The combination of the pressing need to retain qualified registered nurses in the workforce with...
Catherine Errico Holistic HWNC-BC, Holistic Nurse/Integrative Medicine Practitioner - Morristown Medical Center

Energy Meditations for Professional Self-Care

There is increasing recogntion that health professionbals experience burn-out, compassion fatigue and vicarious suffering. Practical energy meditations, based in the energy sciences of Chinese medicine and modernized in kiology (the...
Ching-tse Lee PhD, Director, American Kiology Research Center - American Kiology Research Center
Richard Schaub PhD, Co-director, Huntington Meditation and Imagery Center - Huntington Meditation and Imagery Center
Bonney Schaub RN, MS, PMHCNS-BC, NC-BC, Co-Director, Huntington Meditation and Imagery Center - Huntington Meditation and Imagery Center

The Future of Medicine: An Integrative Perspective

Medicine is undergoing a major paradigm shift from a reactive, organ based diagnosis and disease management system to an engaged, proactive, molecularly based systems approach. This is being called “4P...
Lawrence Cheng MD, CCFP (EM), MPH, Functional Medicine Physician - Connect Health Center For Iintegrative + Functional Medicine

Lunch Break – Exhibits Open

Session Date: Feb 24 2018 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Energy Break!

Conference fatigue and energy depletion are common challenges to learning for conference attendees, especially at mid-morning and after lunch. After sitting and concentrating for hours, muscles tighten, attention declines, patience...
Nicole Vienneau MSN, RN, NC-BC, Lead Integrative Nurse Coach & Founder - Blue Monarch Health, PLLC

Aging is Not a Disease: Promoting Optimal Function Throughout Life

It is well known that people are more likely to get sick as they age, and therefore there is an assumption that aging is a disease. There is no data...
Jeffrey Bland PhD, President - Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute
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