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Specialty: , Internal Medicine
Dates: From Mar, 15, 2014 to Mar, 15, 2014
Location: Florida, USA
Type: Conference, Workshop
Registration Cost: From 25 to 200 USD
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The University of Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



This activity has been granted 5.75 continuing nursing education contact hours.

Shands Healthcare is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Approved provider status does not imply endorsement by the provider, ANCC,GNA of any products displayed in conjunction with this activity.


Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists are approved for 5.25 Contact Hours
Approved by Shands Healthcare OT Department – CE Broker Provider #50-1792


Physical Therapists

University of Florida, Department of Physical Therapy (CEH provider 50-5316) approves this course for 6 PT CEHs.


Social Workers & Mental Health Counselors

This activity has been approved for 5.75 Continuing Education units for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.



CE credit for Psychologists is pending approval.

Event Overview
Welcome message:

We happily announce the UF Health Integrative Medicine Inaugural Conference and Workshop! This year’s conference: Understanding the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection for Health offers an excellent opportunity for the healthcare practitioner to acquire current information on the science and research of mind-body medicine and spirituality and to apply this in clinical practice. The workshop, Tai Chi’s Eight Active Ingredients for Health and Wellness, will be taught by an internationally recognized Tai Chi teacher and researcher on the tranquil grounds of Casa Micanopy.

We expect an engaging dialogue from a diverse audience of healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, mental health practitioners, and others from both conventional and complementary fields.

Each year, we plan to highlight different areas of integrative health care such as: nutrition, mind-body medicine, traditional healing systems, preventive medicine, patient-centered care, exercise, botanicals and supplements, mind-body medicine, energy medicine, and integrative health care models. As partners and teachers to all who seek wholeness, we at the UF Health Integrative Medicine Program extend to you a heartfelt invitation to be part of this transformative event.

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Target Audience

The target audience for this conference is primary care physicians, specialty physicians, nurses, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and hospital-based chaplains.

Learning Objectives

As a result of participation in this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Apply mind-body practices and concepts of spirituality to enhance patient care and treatment outcomes.
  • Identify and refer patients most likely to benefit from integrative medicine services such as meditative movement, breathwork, meditation, art, yoga based on current evidence-based research and best practices.
  • Explore and develop a personal practice that promotes personal health, communication skills and relationships.

What is integrative medicine?

This is health care that combines mainstream medical therapies and complementary and alternative therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine). It is a healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative. (Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine).

Integrative Medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.  (Consortium of Academic Health Centers in Integrative Medicine, 2012)

What is Mind-Body Medicine?

According to the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine ( NCCAM), this covers a variety of techniques intended by practitioners to use the mind capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms. Techniques such as meditation, breathwork, guided imagery have been scientifically validated to support the healing process for conditions such as chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression. Other creative outlets such as art, music, and dance can also be used in a therapeutic setting. All of these practices utilize the powerful interactions between the mind, body, and spirit to directly affect our health.


EstoresIrene M. Estores, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Integrative Medicine Program
Division of General Internal Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine

Dr. Irene M. Estores completed her Integrative Medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, the nationally recognized program of Dr. Andrew Weil, as a Bravewell Fellow.  She is also a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and completed her residency training at the Sinai Hospital- Johns Hopkins Hospital Inter-institutional program in PM&R. She received her initial acupuncture training at the University of Miami Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine and has applied this to the management of both musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain.

Irene’s interest in integrative medicine grew out of self-exploration of other healing and belief systems, the deepening of her spiritual practice of prayer, self-reflection and meditation, and a mindful experience of both the good and bad things that have happened in her life as an individual and as a physician.  She considers her practice of medicine as a vocation and a spiritual path.

As part of her commitment to nurture her own body, mind, and spirit, she racewalks, keeps a daily prayer/journaling/meditative reading practice, laughs at her husband’s jokes, cooks with her sons, and walks any labyrinth she can find.


Integrative MedicineTammy Bernard, MEd, E-RYT

Yoga Therapist & Program Coordinator
UF Health Integrative Medicine Program
University of Florida

After completing a degree in English and a master’s in education from the University of Florida, Tammy enjoyed a 17-year career as an educator and a business owner, operating the Sylvan Learning Center of Gainesville. Tammy has extensive training in yoga and meditation, holding a certification in Kripalu yoga and having completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training Program for Healthcare Professionals. Her most recently completedtrainingsinclude yoga for oncology care at Duke Integrative Medicine (2011) and yoga therapist training (2013).

A yoga practitioner for almost 20 years, Tammy Bernard began at UF Health in 2008, delivering a single staff lunchtime class. Today, UF Health’s yoga offerings have expanded into a varietyof programs offered to patients, clinicians and the community.

Tammy’s work with patients supports individuals living with chronic health conditions ranging from arthritis to cancer. Through breathing exercises, gentle movement and focused attention, she encourages individuals to explore the inner landscape of mind, body and heart as pathways to self-discovery and self-nurturance. She continues to be encouraged by all the recent evidence-based research from the NIH and other organizations supporting the efficacy of yoga and meditation for wellness, and has recently completed a pilot study with UF Health nurses of CoreCARE- a self-healthcare curriculum for healthcare providers which she co-created.

Outside of work, Tammy enjoys time with family, being in nature, biking, walking and hiking the mountains of Colorado.

CraigieFrederic Craigie, PhD
Associate Professor, Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School
Visiting Associate Professor, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine

Fred grew up in northern New Jersey, fell in love with northern New England at Dartmouth College and spent several years in Utah at graduate school. As part of his doctorate program at the University of Utah, he did internships in the VA system in clinical psychology and in substance abuse rehabilitation.

Fred is the longest-serving Residency faculty member, having worked at the Residency for more years than he publicly admits… (think; Jimmy Carter, Jim Rice, The Complete Book of Running, Saturday Night Fever). He coordinates the behavioral health curriculum, provides a behavioral health consultation service in the Family Medicine Institute, and plays a variety of administrative roles.

Fred’s principal research and writing interests have to do with spirituality and health care, clinician well-being, and issues of culture and leadership in health care organizations. He is the author of Positive Spirituality in Health Care: Nine Practical Approaches to Pursuing Wholeness for Clinicians, Patients, and Health Care Organizations (Mill City Press, 2010). Fred presents nationally on these subjects and, in Maine, has coordinated an annual symposium on spirituality and health since 1987. He received a John Templeton Spirituality and Medicine Award for Primacy Care Residency Training Programs (in conjunction with the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health) in 2002. For several years, he has also been an adjunct faculty member at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School, where he conducts web-based and Tucson-based teaching in spirituality and in the “art of healing” for the AzCIM fellowship program in Integrative Medicine.

At an athletically venerable age, Fred plays basketball 3-4 times a week. He says that he spent much of his life into the college years either studying or playing baseball (not necessarily in that order) and is a lifelong major league baseball addict and 35-year Red Sox fan. Fred plays fiddle and mountain dulcimer, enjoys carpentry and, with wife Beth, eagerly follows the exploits of three grown children and an infant grandson.

Integrative MedicineNancy Lasseter, EdS, LMHC

Integrative Medicine Mindfulness Practitioner
UF Health Integrative Medicine Program
University of Florida

Nancy received both a Masters and Specialist degree from the University of Florida Counselor Education Department and has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 1987. She was in private practice specializing in anxiety and depression for over twenty years. Nancy is also an instructor of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program as designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts. As a founder of the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine Contemplative Arts Program, Nancy has been instrumental in bringing massage for caregivers, yoga, tai chi, gentle martial arts (Kids Kicking Cancer), guided relaxation and stress reduction programs into the healthcare setting.

As part of the UF Health Integrative Medicine Program, Nancy offers stress reduction interventions for patients and families that focus on caring communication, relaxation and coping skills training as well as guided imagery for dealing with depression, anxiety and chronic pain. She provides meditation instruction at the bedside, in the hospital’s Sanctuaries of Silence and Peace, and in the classroom. She also co-leads half-day retreats twice yearly, and offers the MBSR course three times yearly.

At home, Nancy finds great comfort in being with her husband of many years, in gardening, singing and learning the ukelele, and she loves a good travel adventure. She especially loves to go to Rwanda each summer to support the work that she and a team of volunteers do in her role as Director of Rwanda Sustainable Families, a microfinance program that changes lives one family at a time.

For more information on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, please visit: |


LockSharen Lock, MS, E-RYT 500
Yoga Therapist
Meditation Teacher
Integrative Medicine Department, Moffitt Cancer Center.

Sharen believes that Yoga can enhance every phase of life and is dedicated to making it accessible to everyone, regardless of age and level of physical fitness or health. For over 15 years she has offered mind-body services in the TampaBay area, specializing in demystifying Yoga and integrating it into modern medical care. Her training includes Yoga therapy, meditation, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and relaxation therapy. She is also certified to teach Yoga for Cancer and Chronic Illness.

As a practitioner in the Integrative Department at MoffittCancerCenter in Tampa, Sharen provides therapeutic Yoga and meditation to hospitalized patients at all stages of illness, as well as group classes and specialized programs to survivors, caregivers and health-care providers. In addition, Sharen provides consulting and offers programs such as “Optimal Health and Healing through Yoga” and “Demystifying Yoga in the Medical Setting” for staff development and community outreach. She trains other Yoga teachers and health professionals nationwide and has collaborated in the production of a Yoga for Cancer DVD series.

SonkeJill Sonke-Henderson
Director, Center for Arts in Medicine
University of Florida College of Fine Arts

Jill Sonke is Director of the Center for the Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida, Assistant Director and Artist in Residence with Shands Arts in Medicine, is on the faculty of the School of Theatre and Dance, and is an affiliated faculty member in the Center for African Studies and the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. She is active in research, curriculum and program development at UF, and is a frequent presenter, consultant, and guest artist at universities, conferences, hospitals, and festivals throughout the United States and abroad. She is also a past president of hte Society for the Arts in Healthcare.

Jill studied dance at Interlochen Arts Academy, the Florida State University, in London, Paris and Athens with teachers of the Horton and Duncan techniques including Bella Lewitsky, Lynda Davis, Milton Meyers, Joy Kellman, Lori Belilove, Julia Levine and Hortense Koluris. She has been a principle dancer and soloist with Lori Belilove & Company in New York and a guest performer and choreographer with Dance Alive! and Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theatre. She is a soloist and regisseur of the historic works of Isadora Duncan as well as a recognized teacher of the Duncan and Horton techniques.

Jill is the recipient of a New Forms Florida Fellowship Award, an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the State of Florida, a 2001 Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), a UF Internationalizing the Curriculum Award, a Most Oustanding Service Learning Faculty Award, and over eighty five grant awards for her programs and research at the University of Florida and Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics.

WaynePeter Wayne, PhD
Research Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Peter Wayne is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is the Research Director for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Wayne served as the Director of Tai Chi and Mind-Body Research Programs at the Osher Research Center, and as the founding Research Director at the New England School of Acupuncture.

The primary focus of Dr. Wayne’s research is evaluating how mind-body and related complementary and alternative medicine practices clinically impact chronic health conditions, and understanding the physiological and psychological mechanisms underlying observed therapeutic effects. He has served as a principal or co-investigator on more than 20 NIH-funded studies. He has been involved in the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of Tai Chi exercise for balance disorders, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoporosis, and depression, and trials evaluating acupuncture for stroke-related paralysis, hypertension, endometriosis, and chemoradiation-related immune and swallowing side effects in cancer patients. He currently serves as Principal Investigator (with Dr. Buring) of an NCCAM-funded grant on the Use and Effectiveness of a Model Integrative Care Clinic in an Academic Hospital, to characterize referral and practice patterns and aspects of communication and decision-making in the use of conventional and CAM therapies at the Osher Clinical Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as to evaluate the effectiveness of an integrative care team in the treatment of chronic low back pain.

Dr. Wayne is actively involved in the teaching and training of students and fellows in integrative medicine research. He served as Principal Investigator of an NCCAM-funded Developmental Center Grant at the New England School of Acupuncture for which the Harvard Medical School Osher Research Center served as primary academic advisor; the center supported a cross-institutional training program for acupuncture research. He currently serves as Faculty for the NIH T32 research training grant in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, funded by NCCAM, and is a mentor for multiple NCCAM career award recipients, including Dr. Weidong Lu, who is the first recipient of the NCCAM/Bernard Osher Foundation CAM Practitioner Research Career Development Award.

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Paramount Plaza Hotel
2900 SW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608

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