Alumni & Associates Conference 2023 Agenda

Friday, January 13, 2023

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Registration & Exhibitor Hall

Location: Arizona Foyer

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Adaptogen Infused Mocktail Happy Hour Sponsored by Gaia
Adaptogen infused beverages are the next big thing in health and wellness. At the happy hour you'll have an opportunity to taste two beverages made with Gaia Herbs.


Location: Arizona Foyer & Terrace

Phyto (Nutrient) Feast - Welcome Reception
The term "phyto" comes from Greek word meaning plant. The phytochemicals in plants contribute to the color, flavor, and aroma. At the Phyto (Nutrient) Feast you will experience a rainbow of foods and flavors. Savor a broad array of hors d'oeuvres rich in phytonutrients and enjoy connecting with classmates and colleagues.The colorful menu was created in collaboration with Fellowship graduate and culinary health expert, Dr. Monisha Bhanote.


Location: Arizona Foyer & Terrace

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Opening Activity

Presenter(s): Victoria Maizes, Ann Marie Chiasson, Lise Alschuler
Location: Canyon

Saturday, January 14, 2023

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
(Optional) Heart Centered Meditation

Presenter(s): Ann Marie Chiasson
Location: Sonoran I

(Optional) Tai Chi

Presenter(s): Heather Chalon
Location: Murphey

(Optional) Yoga

Presenter(s): Jaimie Perkunas
Location: Sonoran II

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Breakfast

Location: Grand

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
Welcome

Presenter(s): Victoria Maizes, Ann Marie Chiasson, Lise Alschuler
Location: Canyon

9:05 AM - 9:25 AM
Therapeutic Psychedelics
Research continues to document the therapeutic benefits of psychedelic therapy. This session will identify patients that will benefit from therapeutic psychedelics and discuss the legality of psychedelics for therapeutic use.

Presenter(s): Andrew Weil
Location: Canyon

9:25 AM - 10:10 AM
Psilocybin Mushrooms as Medicines for Neurogenesis
This session will explore an Integrative Medicine approach to supporting neurological health during aging. Topics discussed include: macrodosing and microdosing for PTSD and age related neuropathy, and safety of self-administering psilocybin mushrooms.

Presenter(s): Paul Stamets
Location: Canyon

10:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Fungi Panel and Q&A

Presenter(s): Andrew Weil, Paul Stamets
Location: Canyon

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM
Break & Exhibitor Hall

Location: Arizona Foyer

10:50 AM - 11:00 AM
Matcha Demonstration


Location: Canyon

11:10 AM - 12:10 PM
The Neuroscience of Healing Through Story
This session will introduce how integrative practitioners can use narrative in practice and expand upon it's role in empathy.

Presenter(s): Lewis Mehl-Madrona
Location: Canyon

12:10 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch

Location: Grand

1:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Grief Workshop
Clinicians are not trained to deal with personal grief in their training despite experiencing quite a bit of it. COVID-19 has increased burn out in many ways - including from unresolved grief from losing family members, patients and even jobs. In this workshop, Dr. Chiasson will briefly explore the impact of grief on health and well-being. We will then do a group experiential session to explore and release our grief for healing. Come with a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes.

Presenter(s): Ann Marie Chiasson
Location: Sonoran

The Heart of the Healer
Everyone's heart is unique and infinitely different. In this workshop, using breath, sound and guided imagery, you'll journey to your own heart and learn how to teach the heart and mind to communicate in order to stay balanced during busy schedules and difficult encounters. You'll discover tips to share with your patients, how to radiate equanimity to your coworkers and patients, and most importantly discover ways to cultivate those precious moments of compassion and kindness that fill us with grace and lift us into healing.

Presenter(s): Scotty Johnson
Location: Canyon

Sunday, January 15, 2023

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
(Optional) Heart Centered Meditation

Presenter(s): Ann Marie Chiasson
Location: Sonoran I

(Optional) Tai Chi & Power of Pause
During this morning session Dr. Robert Bonakdar will lead a session for beginners and beyond on the power of Tai Chi or the "Supreme Ultimate Way to Work with our Energy." While there are many meditative practices that use mental techniques to quiet the mind and body, Dr. Bonakdar will provide introduction on and how Tai Chi stands as a novel practice that helps us use mindful movement and breath to quiet and focus the mind. Beyond this, Dr. Bonakdar will provide instruction on how Tai Chi serves as a model for pausing our day at pivotal moments to be more in touch with our surroundings and to connect with our deeper purpose.

Presenter(s): Robert Bonakdar
Location: Murphey

(Optional) Yoga

Presenter(s): Jaimie Perkunas
Location: Sonoran II

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Breakfast

Location: Grand

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
Welcome


Location: Canyon

9:05 AM - 10:05 AM
Newer Practices & Controversies in Integrative Medicine


Low Dose Naltrexone with Robert Bonakdar, MD
Peptide Therapy - What's the Evidence? with Myles Spar, MD
Continuous Glucose Monitoring - When, Who and Why? with Adi Benito, MD
Functional Medicine Testing - What's Ready for Prime Time? with Melinda Ring, MD

Presenter(s): Melinda Ring, Maria (Adi) Benito-Herrero, Myles Spar, Robert Bonakdar
Location: Canyon

10:05 AM - 10:30 AM
Break & Exhibitor Hall

Location: Arizona Foyer

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Food Intolerance & Allergy Testing Panel
This panel will discuss the reliability, validity and clinical utility of various methods of food allergy diagnosis. We will explore the differences between food allergies and food intolerance, identify the evidence, indications and limitations of the various methods of allergy diagnosis and discuss controversies regarding food allergy testing.

Presenter(s): Randy Horwitz, Lise Alschuler, Gary Soffer
Location: Canyon

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch

Location: Grand

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
(Optional) Lunch Table Discussion with Conscious Journeys
Join Integrative Health Coaching Alumna Alicia Kozuch and Elite Travel at lunch to learn about wellness-focused travel for health providers. Elite Travel facilitates workshops and retreats which incorporate mindfulness, consciousness awareness, meditation, yoga, community service work, plant work, shaman teachings in many worldwide destinations.


Location: Grand

1:00 PM - 2:05 PM
Science of Laughter Yoga
This experiential session will enhance the practitioner's knowledge of the science of laughter and ways to support their patients experience of the practice.

Presenter(s): Kasim Al-Mashat
Location: Murphey

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Medicinal Effects of Herbal Blending
This experiential session will help practitioners solicit patient disclosure of herbal dietary supplement use, identify potential safety concerns of herbal dietary supplements, and gain knowledge in the indications for herbal formulations.

Presenter(s): Lise Alschuler
Location: Canyon

Neurogenic Tremor

This experiential presentation will provide the substantiating literature as well as personal experience of self-induced mild body tremors. The combination of new academic insight as well as personal experience of a controlled body tremor process will combine neurological, psychological and physiological insight as well as personal experience for a potential 'cognitive reframing' of the etiology and purpose of body tremors after stressful/traumatic experiences.

Comfortable clothing and a yoga mat is suggested for this session

Presenter(s): Jonas Nordstrom
Location: Sonoran

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Break & Exhibitor Hall

Location: Arizona Foyer

3:00 PM - 4:05 PM
Science of Laughter Yoga
This experiential session will enhance the practitioner's knowledge of the science of laughter and ways to support their patients experience of the practice.

Presenter(s): Kasim Al-Mashat
Location: Murphey

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Medicinal Effects of Herbal Blending
This experiential session will help practitioners solicit patient disclosure of herbal dietary supplement use, identify potential safety concerns of herbal dietary supplements, and gain knowledge in the indications for herbal formulations.

Presenter(s): Lise Alschuler
Location: Canyon

Neurogenic Tremor

This experiential presentation will provide the substantiating literature as well as personal experience of self-induced mild body tremors. The combination of new academic insight as well as personal experience of a controlled body tremor process will combine neurological, psychological and physiological insight as well as personal experience for a potential 'cognitive reframing' of the etiology and purpose of body tremors after stressful/traumatic experiences.

Comfortable clothing and a yoga mat is suggested for this session

Presenter(s): Jonas Nordstrom
Location: Sonoran

Science of Laughter Yoga
This experiential session will enhance the practitioner's knowledge of the science of laughter and ways to support their patients experience of the practice.

Presenter(s): Kasim Al-Mashat
Location: Murphey

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Break & Exhibitor Hall

Location: Arizona Foyer

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Dinner & Dance presented by Fullscript

Location: Pavillion

Monday, January 16, 2023

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
(Optional) Abhyanga
An Ayurvedic practice of self-massage, participants are encouraged to dress in layers of clothing for this exercise. You will need access to your extremities (arms, legs, feet, neck). Scent-free lotion containing Ayurvedic oils will be provided to participants along with towels.

Presenter(s): Amita Nathwani
Location: Sonoran

(Optional) Heart Centered Meditation

Presenter(s): Ann Marie Chiasson
Location: Cottonwood

(Optional) Yoga

Presenter(s): Jaimie Perkunas
Location: Murphey

7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Breakfast

Location: Grand

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
Long Covid
This session will identify patients with Long Covid who could benefit from an Integrative Medicine consultation and preferred IM treatment options.

Presenter(s): Ceppie Merry
Location: Canyon

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Break & Exhibitor Hall

Location: Arizona Foyer

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Advocacy: How to Support or Make Local & National Policy Changes
This session will provide practitioners an understanding of the current coverage landscape, policy gaps that must be addressed if care delivery is to improve, and the ethical obligation that healthcare providers have to participate in the formation of healthcare policy. Practitioners will learn about the types of policies and policymakers that affect access to integrative care, the moral and ethical imperative for health care providers to participate in the creation of health care policy, and options for engaging in advocacy efforts related to expanding access to guideline-concordant integrative care.

Presenter(s): Amy Goldstein
Location: Canyon

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Break

Location: Arizona Foyer

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Closing Ceremony


Location: Sonoran


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