September 18-20, 2021 | New York Hilton, NY

2020 Conference Program

The conference program for the 2021 Symposium will be posted here when it becomes available. Check back for more updates. 

Day 1
Feb 20 2020
Day 2
Feb 21 2020
Day 3
Feb 22 2020

Opening Remarks

Conference Opening Remarks

Keynote: Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Community and Our Planet—One Bite at a Time

It is increasingly clear that our food system drives crises in diverse but interconnected areas—chronic disease and its global economic burden, the environmental degradation of soil and water, climate change,...
Mark Hyman MD

Healthy People, Healthy Planet

The role of environmental toxins in disease.
Mimi Guarneri MD, FACC, ABOIM

Healing Touch

Healing Beyond Boarders hosts a relaxing, nurturing energy therapy break for those who need to wind down, and recharge. Healing Touch uses gentle, heart-centered touch to assist in balancing your...
David Rabinowitsch DNP RN CHTP/I CNE AHN-BC®

Bringing Nutrition Education to Life Through Culinary Instruction

According to the CDC, about half of the American population has been touched by one or more of the following health conditions: heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity (Ward BW...
Jeanne Petrucci MS, RDN

Breaking Down Silos: Integrating Clinical Specialties for Optimal Patient Outcomes

As practitioners, we all have different approaches to achieving optimal health, but we have a commonality in the human body. This panel of well-known experts—including a leading chef--will discuss how...
David Bouley
Moderator: Robert Silverman DC, DACBN, DCBCN, MS, CCN, CNS, CSCS, CIISN, CKTP
Carl Germano CNS, CDN
Marc Grossman OD, LAc
Mimi Guarneri MD, FACC, ABOIM
David Perlmutter MD, FACN, ABIHM

Adaptogens, Nootropics and Herbs for A Healthier Brain

As pharmaceuticals continue to be disappointing when it comes to prevention or treatment of dementia, or they are plagued with significant side effects, it is time to return to the...
Tereza Hubkova MD

East meets West: the NeuroGastroImmune Complex from Preconception and Beyond

Emerging research in epigenetics and nutrition is catching up to the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine that conceptualized a unity of function between nervous system, digestion and immune resilience. In...
Stephen Cowan MD
Geri Brewster RD, MPH, CDN, PC

CME APPROVED: The Application of SERMs to Advance Menopausal Treatment

There are five distinct hormonal phases that the female body goes through that create a specific biochemical environment affecting women in the different stages of their life- juvenile, puberty, reproduction,...
Lila Nachtigall MD

Mast Cell Activation: Neurology, Mood, Stress & Mitochondria

As clinicians, we all see patients who present with a wide array of confusing multi-system symptoms and frustrating intolerances, diagnostic challenges, and previous treatment failures. Symptoms can present as neurologic,...
Ann Haiden DO

Natural Eye Care: How to Maintain Healthy Vision

What is Natural Eye Care? In this session, we will discuss the vision-whole body-brain connection. Also, you will be able to identify were Western medicine is today on whole body...
Marc Grossman OD, LAc

Going Beyond CBD: Exploring The Endocannabinoid System & Hemp Phytocannabinoids

One of the most important medical achievements in recent history has been the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) - an intricate network of receptors and signaling molecules (endocannabinoids) found...
Carl Germano CNS, CDN

CME APPROVED: Electroceuticals: The Role of Electrical Stimulation In Pain Management

With increasing attention on identifying safe and effective nonpharmacological approaches to pain management there has been increasing interest on the potential role of electrical stimulation devices a.k.a. electroceuticals. Although not...
Robert Bonakdar MD, FACN, FAAFP

IFM Presents: Optimizing Cellular Energy Production: The Mito Food Plan

“Food First” is one of the key therapeutic approaches that Functional Medicine practitioners follow when supporting patients who have energy deficits. This session will review the Mito Food Plan and...
Elizabeth Boham MD, MS, RD

Is Cancer Stem Cell Research Relevant to Integrative Practice?

The answer, of course, is “yes!” and part of it involves practitioners continuing to recommend proper diets and lifestyle measures (still two of the best preventative measures of cancer) but...
Holly Lucille ND, RN

Probiotics are Simple Proxies for the Vastly Complex Human Microbiome – Just How Effective are They?

The past 15 years has witnessed a remarkable surge of interest in the human microbiome, now reflected by the annual publication of circa 3000 scientific articles. The reasons are clear:...
Nigel Plummer PhD

The Inflammation Spectrum

Understanding inflammation is one of the most important aspects of understanding how to optimize and restore health in an individual. When you dive deeply into just about every health problem...
Will Cole DC, IFMCP

Hormones and Fascia: Why Perimenopausal Women Hurt and What To Do About It

The fascial system is a three-dimensional continuum of soft, collagen-containing, loose and dense fibrous connective tissue that permeates the body and enables all body systems to operate in an integrated...
Kathleen O’Neil-Smith MD, FAARM, ABIM

CME APPROVED: The Emerging Field of Culinary Medicine: Cooking is Medicine

Culinary Medicine (CM) is defined as “a new evidence-based field in medicine that blends the art of food and cooking with the science of medicine”. Obesity and unhealthy nutrition are...
Robert Graham MD, MPH, FACP, ABOIM, Chef

Recipes and Remedies for Thyroid Health

There are many healthful foods and herbs that can support the thyroid and endocrine system, BUT, if they are prepared incorrectly, or they are applied to the wrong condition/constitution of...
Andrea Beaman HHC, AADP, Chef

Hope Is a Verb: 50 Years in the Furrows for Integrative Health and Medicine

Vaclav Havel, the Czech poet and revolutionary political leader, has famously argued that “hope is not the same as optimism” to explain how people can be activists despite compelling evidence...
John Weeks

Qigong for Staying Young and Fit

With a desire to stay young and fit, why would we turn to one of most ancient, yet revered wellness practices that has stood the test of 5000 years? In...
Marleen Colangelo-Lunior RN, BS, LMT, AP

Conscious Dying: An Integrative Approach at the End of Life

Since the inception of hospice in America in the 1980s, care of the dying has dramatically improved to meet the unique needs of dying people, with a focus on comfort...
Stephanie Hope DNP, RN, NC-BC
William Rosa PhD(c), APRN-BC, FCCM, FAANP, FAAN

Herpes Virus and Autoimmunity

The incidence of autoimmune (AI) conditions is rapidly rising and viral agents have been implicated in the onset of many of these conditions. Epstein Barr Virus, (EBV), also known as...
Christopher Bump DC, MS, IFMCP, CNS, DABCN

CME APPROVED: The Role of Lifestyle Choices in Decision-Making: Becoming a Conscious Architect of Your Brain

Fundamental to the practice of medicine is the acquisition and dissemination of the most validated and impactful recommendations for those in our care. But all too commonly, this information goes...
Austin Perlmutter MD
David Perlmutter MD, FACN, ABIHM

Qigong- WAKE UP!

Revitalize your energy in the morning in this natural energy practice. Experience Revitalized Energy with the Ancient Body/Mind/Spirit breathing and exercise practice of Qigong. You will be guided through this...
Marleen Colangelo-Lunior RN, BS, LMT, AP

CME APPROVED: Microbiome And Its Epigenetic Role In Dictating The Balance Between Health and Disease

Improved hygiene leading to a reduced exposure to microorganisms have been implicated as one possible cause for the recent ‘epidemic’ of chronic inflammatory diseases (CID) in industrialized countries. That is...
Alessio Fasano, MD

Leeches and Maggots and Bees, Oh My! – Biotherapy is Here; Are you ready?

Biotherapy is the use of live animals to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Though most of us are familiar with biotherapeutic modalities like leech therapy or guide...
Ronald Sherman MD, MSc, DTM&H

Integrative Practitioner Presents: Health Coaching in Integrative Care: A Panel Discussion

In the integrative healthcare industry, there is a growing demand for health coaching in medical practice. Health coaches specialize in skillful conversation and strategies to actively and safely engage patients...
Katherine Rushlau
Gemma Nastasi CAPP, CHNC
Laura Calascione-Nguyen FMCHC, NBC-HWC
Jennifer Hanawald NBC-HWC

Psychedelic Research: Implications for Palliative Care and End-of-Life Existential Distress

This presentation will review findings and implications from FDA-approved research with the naturally occurring psychedelic compound psilocybin. The NYU School of Medicine clinical trial demonstrated efficacy of a single psilocybin-generated...
Anthony Bossis PhD

Practical Nutrition Strategies to Support Planetary Health Guidelines

The recent report from the EAT Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets From Sustainable Food Systems makes an excellent case for substantial dietary shifts needed to support both human and environmental...
Mary Purdy MS, RDN

CME APPROVED: Trauma and Transformation

Traumatic and stressful events affect our emotional and physical health, social functioning, and overall well-being. This discussion is designed to give participants evidence-based practical tools for preventing and managing life’s...
James Gordon MD

Creating an Acupressure-based program in a Boston Institute

Background Healthcare providers are chronically under high stress in their everyday practice. Chronic stress reduces resiliency and creates imbalance in the body-mind-spirit. Providers roles to create healing relationships with patients...
Shanna Sullivan RN, MSN, AGCNS-BC
Eileen Kelly Vallatini RN

We Are Doing It All Wrong When It Comes To Men

It’s hard to be a man. In fact, just being a man is a risk factor for early death. And Integrative Medicine, by and large, is failing at doing much...
Myles Spar MD, MPH

How Can Ketamine Best Teach Us to Use Natural Remedies for Chronic Depression?

Ketamine is well- known to be the quickest acting anti-depressant, with profound effects after 40 minutes. While helpful, it is also known that ketamine has significant toxicity and questionable duration...
Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc

IFM Presents: A Functional Approach to Pain: Clinical Considerations and Case-Based Applications

This session offers an overview of peripheral vs. centralized pain and how pain presentations are unique to the individual. Clinicians will also learn how the Functional Medicine Timeline and Matrix...
Lisa Portera-Perry DC

Presented by the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA):Embodiment, Health and Wellness: An Introduction to Somatic Movement

Come join the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association for an interactive lecture demonstration of three different somatic movement methods. Somatic Movement enhances human function and body-mind integration through...
Anastasi Siotas GCFP,RSME
Sara K. Vogeler BMC, RSMT, LMT
Martha Eddy RSMT/E, CMA, DEP

Using CBD for Recovery from Addiction and Weaning Off Psychotropic Medications

Participants will be able to define nutrigenomics and nutritional epigenetics. Participants will be able to demonstrate, using historical information linking diet to disease, how nutrigenomic profiling can be applied to...
Hyla Cass MD

Creating a Path to Sustainable Integrative Pain Management: An Innovative Educational Program

Background: Integrative approaches to pain management (IAPM) are becoming valued and sought after in part due to the opioid crisis and current opioid shortages. Many front-line practicing nurses lack skills...
Shanna Sullivan RN, MSN, AGCNS-BC
Nicole Lincoln MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CCNS

Tricks to Teach Meal Planning to Patients without Breaking a Sweat

Did you know that Americans spend more than half of their food budget in bars and restaurants? And that ninety percent of our $3.3 trillion in annual healthcare spending is...
Tina Marinaccio RDN

Nutrigenomics and Precision Lifestyle Medicine (Lessons from Big Data Made Simple and Clinically Actionable with Opus-23 Explorer)

While complex chronic disease is growing at epidemic proportions in the Western industrialized counties, clinical medicine is generally at a loss stem the tide of this epidemic. Big data, machine...

Internal Peace as the Precursor for Peace Between Warring Parties in South Sudan

A renowned expert on trauma, Dr. James Gordon, founder and executive director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) in Washington, D.C., has created and implemented the world’s largest and...
James Gordon MD

Just Breathe

Movement and Breathing Exercise For Rapid Refreshed Alertness
Marleen Colangelo-Lunior RN, BS, LMT, AP

Ancient Wisdom, Nutrigenomics and the Future of Health Care

Sometimes we can learn about the future by studying the past. With nutrition we might ask why certain diets, foods and nutrients have been associated in traditional cultures with long...
Jeffrey Bland PhD, FACN, FACB, CNS
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