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.

Schedule-at-a-Glance

Day 1
Feb 22 2018
Day 2
Feb 23 2018
Day 3
Feb 24 2018

Opening Remarks- Welcome

Conference Opening Remarks
Woodson Merrell MD

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

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...
Loren Cordain, PhD
David Perlmutter MD
Dominic D’Agostino PhD

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

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

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

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

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.

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...
Heba Elnazer MD

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, RDN
Susan Allen-Evenson RDN, CCN

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
Barbara Dossey PhD, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC

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, MT-BC

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

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

There are tens and thousands of supplements ! It is over a $30 billion industry. This presentation will address ways in which we can navigate the maze of information and...
Dennis Goodman MD, ABIHM

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 diets...
Mark Hyman MD

The Future of Wellbeing

There is a new revolution occurring in health today. That revolution is you. In the face of environmental toxins, potential epidemics, superbugs, and the accelerated aging process, the significance of...
Deepak Chopra MD, FACP

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: The power of an Integrative Approach

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) -- which is the administration of 100% oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure -- is one of the most powerful ways to decreasing inflammation, fight infection,...
Scott Sherr MD

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...
Susan Penque’ PhD, RN, CNP
Joanne Turnier DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, HN-BC, HWNC-BC, CT
Dena Alberti MSN, RN-BC
Deborah McElligott DNP, ANP-BC, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, CDE

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, Loretta Butehorn...
Loretta Butehorn PhD, CCH

BurnOut Syndrome (BOS)

Stress in the healthcare profession has reached epidemic proportions. Physician BurnOut (BOS) is on the rise. Almost 1/2 of doctors experience at least 1 symptom of BurnOut and 1/3 of...
Lorraine Gahles-Kildow PhD
Nancy Gahles DC, CCH, MBSR

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

Making the Invisable Visable – Biomarkers in Brain Disorders

Most psychiatric diseases are made clinically without any objective testing. This leads to symptomatic management and untoward side effects, as well as intractability in a significant number of patients. Biomarkers...
Jay Lombard, D.O.

Chronic Disease and Lymph Flow

“The Role of Lymphstasis in Atherogenesis” appeared in the Annals Of Thoracic Surgery in the March 1981 issue. It examined the significance of lymphatic involvement in arteriosclerosis. Presently, the underlying...
Gerald Lemole MD

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

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 will review a proactive integrative, systems biology, approach for the integrative...
David Brady ND, DC, CCN, DACBN

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
Kristi Poehlmann

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

This workshop covers the following topics: • How can meditation and acceptance strategies ease diabetes distress and activate a deeper sense of peace? • How do strategies that enlist values...
Barry Simon MD, FRCP, CDE

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

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 will...
Kelly Armstrong OTR/L, SIPT, MPP

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

How Healing Works: And What it Means for Healthcare

We now know that most of health – possibly up to 80% – comes from factors outside of what we usually do in the clinic or hospital. The primary determinants...
Wayne Jonas MD

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

Illness and Spirituality: Transpersonal Nurse Coaching Skills

Medical crises generate feelings of anxiety and loss of control. Recognizing that this vulnerability is occurring in their patients, nurses can use meditation and imagery practices that tap patients' deeper...
Mary Beth White MS, RN, APHN-BC, HWNC-BC
Bonney Schaub RN, MS, PMHCNS-BC, NC-BC

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

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.

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

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

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, MSN, RN, HWNC-BC

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...
Michael Kurisu D.O.
Michael Cronin ND
Bill Reddy L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Gerard Clum DC

Energy Meditations for Professional Self-Care

There is increasing recognition that health professionals 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
Richard Schaub PhD
Bonney Schaub RN, MS, PMHCNS-BC, NC-BC

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

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

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

Leveraging Lifestyle for Brain Health

Neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are having an ever-increasing impact on society. Despite the recent emergence of novel and effective interventional protocols, by and large attention dedicated to...
David Perlmutter MD
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