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Monday Evening Session: Integrative Health Conference

Monday Evening Session:  This event is now Free

Registration Form:

“It Takes an Integrative Health Approach to Achieve Optimal Health Outcomes”

 6:00 – 7:00 PM  Lori Giovannoni “The Hidden Rules of Healthcare and How They Impact  PatientSatisfaction”

7:00 – 8:00 PM  Jerry W. Sonkens, M.D. & Glenda Christiaens, Ph.D., RN “Obtaining Optimal Health Care Results”

Here's the Rest of the conference Info:

I've attended this conference a few times in the past and love seeing our conventional providers (M.D.s and Ph.D.s) talk about ways to integrate holistic wellness methods into healthcare.

TRAX will get us right to the location:  Library at the U of U.

A few discounts are available (includes both full days and Mon evening).  I'd like to get 2 or more people registering with me for the biggest discount.  $100 per person for both Mon and Tues when we register together.  "Together" means we each fill out the registration form and include each other's names.   Who's in?  Deadline for our group is Thursday 4/17 since I'm leaving the country the next week and will be sending in my registration before I leave.  See website for full price details.

Conference info (includes campus map):

Registration Form to print and mail check:

(prices for one day, Mon evening only, or both days available here)


MONDAY, May 5th

8:00 – 9:00 AM  REGISTRATION

9:00 – 9:10 AM  WELCOME

9:10 – 9:25 AM  COMMENTS: U of U VIP

9:25 – 9:45 AM   CONFERENCE OVERVIEW – Glenn Richardson, Ph.D.

9:45 – 10:45 AM  OPENING KEYNOTE:  Michael Spigarelli, M.D. – “The Future of Integrative Health”

10:45 – 11:05 PM   BREAK and EXHIBITORS

11:05 AM – 12:05 PM  BREAKOUT #1


Thomas McConkie, BA “Healing from the Still Point:  How Mindfulness Can Bring Us into Deeper Wholeness and Greater Health”


Joan Heusser, RD,CSR,CD“Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Veterans Health Administration (VHA)”


David Derezotes, Ph.D. "Dialogues of Spiritual and Religious Diversity"


Glenn Richardson, Ph.D.
, Moderator

“What’s Happening with Integrative Health  Organizations?”


 1:05 – 2:05 PM   KEYNOTE:  Yoshi Nakamura Ph.D./William Marchand, M.D./Eric Garland, Ph.D.  “Mindfulness: Why is Everyone Interested in It and Why Does It Matter?”

2:10 – 3:10 PM  BREAKOUT #2

Erica Lake, MLS & Alford Mowdood, MLS
  “YOU: The Owner’s Manual to Library Resources”


Cal Cazier, Ph.D.
  “Nobody Wants Me Down More Than I Want Me Up!”


Eric Trunnell, Ph.D.
“Tai Chi: The Evidence, The Experience, The Application”


Hugo Rodier, M.D.
“Physics in Health”


 3:30 – 4:30 PM  CLOSING KEYNOTE:  Rachel Jones, MPH, RD - “Full Spectrum Nutrition:  How World Cultures Define New Trends in Health And Nutrition.”

TUESDAY, May 6th

8:30 – 8:35 AM  WELCOME:  

8:35 – 8:55 AM  COMMENTS:

8:55 – 9:55 AM  OPENING KEYNOTE:  N. Lee Smith, M.D. -
“Meditative and Spiritual Interventionsfor     Health: How Do They Work?”

 10:00 – 11:00 AM   BREAKOUT #3


Mary Brown, Ph.D., CHES
“Live Like You Were Dying:  Lessons Learned as a Hospice Volunteer”


Stephanie Richardson, Ph.D., RN
“Using Relaxation and Imagery to Raise Pass Rates for Professional (Licensure and Board) Examinations:  A Description of the Process, Conceptual Basis and Outcomes”


Juliann Jeppsen, Ph.D
.“Resilience to the Rescue: Body Esteem Following Traumatic Military Combat Injuries”


Nick Galli, Ph.D.
“Gaining Strength through Adversity: The Science and Practice of Stress-Related Growth”

11:00 – 11:20 AM   BREAK and EXHIBITORS

11:20 AM – 12:20 PM BREAKOUT #4


Jeanie Goodman Farr, M. Ed. &
Trish Henrie-Barrus, Ph.D. “Positive Healing”


Jarrod Bagley, FNP
“How to Integrate Functional Medicine and Complementary Modalities in Today's Clinical Practice.  A Model of Increasing Patient Education and Compliance That Works for Both Clinician and Patient.”


Chaplain Jody Davis
“In the Eye of the Storm”  Finding spiritual healing and well-being in a hospital setting, which is symbolic of being in the eye of an emotional and overwhelming storm, wherever you may be.


Laura Shane-McWhorter,PharmD,BCPS,

“Dietary Supplements:  Understanding the Issues”


1:20 – 2:20 PM  BREAKOUT #5


Emily Christensen, CMT
  "Hardwired for Healing: Why Music Therapy Works”


David Jack, M.D.
  "Forestalling Fat and Favoring Fitness:  The Fundamentals of Weight Control"


Glenn Richardson, Ph.D.
“The Spiritual Postulates of Personal Resilience Applied to Integrative Health Coaching”



 2:25 – 3:25 PM  KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Pending

 3:30 – 4:30 PM   CLOSING PANEL: “Integrative Health Moving Forward”

Conference Purpose from the website

“2014 Utah Integrative Health Conference: The Evidence, The Experience, The Application” Monday & Tuesday ~ May 5th and 6th, 2014

Special Monday Evening Session ~ May 5th

General Public and Conference Attendees Invited

"It Takes an Integrative Health Approach to Achieve Optimal Health Outcomes"

The University of Utah Integrative Health Conference is a collaboration of educators, health care professionals, counselors, students and community networks.  The conference will endeavor to bring better understanding and promotion of optimal health, well-being and healthy lifestyles through comprehensive and integrative approaches.  By addressing social, cultural, political issues and beliefs, the conference intends to raise awareness, dispel myths and support evidence based methods which will improve the knowledge, understanding and well-being of students and professionals, as well as the greater community.

This conference will disseminate the most current and up-to-date evidence based research and support for Integrative Health practices to all healthcare professionals – conventional and integrative, educators and students in the healthcare field and anyone interested in learning about an integrative approach to healthcare and treatment. 

The National Institute of Health has predicted that all providers of health care will be versed in Integrative Health modalities by the year 2020.  The University of Utah recognizes and is responding to the burgeoning science driving interest in this field.

Conference Objectives:

Understand the nature of integrative health, and its future in medical practice and education.Understand which integrative health modalities are evidenced based, which are best practices, and which might be harmful.Learn practical skills to improve mental, physical, spiritual, and ecological wellbeing.  Experience concepts and skills that motivate people to adopt healthier lifestyles through integrative health modalities.  

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