Integrative Dermatology Symposium

Making Integrative Dermatology Inclusive for All

Sacramento, CA + Live Stream
October 22-24, 2021

Early Bird pricing ends July 31, 2021

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IDS Is Now Hybrid

Whether you’re attending in-person or virtually this year, IDS offers an exciting interactive hybrid event with even more ways to learn and engage. Virtual attendance includes the opportunity to join us from the convenience of your desktop or mobile app to connect with conference attendees, submit your questions to speakers, explore the exhibit hall, and win prizes. Experience our best event yet!  

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About IDS 2021

Hosted by LearnSkin, the annual Integrative Dermatology Symposium (IDS) is designed to be an interactive and interdisciplinary educational getaway. The goal of IDS is to support your care of patients from common skin concerns to dermatology diseases, and aesthetics.

By bridging world experts from Western, Naturopathic, Ayurvedic, and Traditional Chinese Medicine together under one roof, IDS creates an experience unlike any other dermatology conference. Come with questions, and leave with practical pearls and a peer group of like-minded colleagues.

Educational Sessions

Exhibit Hall

Workshops

Expert Panels

Integrative Toolkit

Community Building

Fitness Sessions

Hear from past attendees, exhibitors, and speakers

Contribute to the growing movement of Integrative Dermatology and share your research at the 2021 IDS!

Taught by board-certified dermatologist and complementary medicine practitioners, topics include:

Pediatric Dermatology

Hair and Nail Health

Managing Moderate to Severe Atopic Dermatitis

Gut and Skin Health

Psoriasis Whole Patient Care

Cosmeceuticals and Cannabinoids

Integrating Pharmaceuticals and Probiotics in Acne and Rosacea

IDS 2021 is Hosted by

LearnSkin is a dedicated group of dermatologists and integrative medicine practitioners with a mission to support professionals in dermatology. Their goal is to share the latest scientific research and treatment options in dermatology for both Western and Eastern medicine to meet the growing demand for responsible, high quality, and evidence-based education bridging conventional and complementary medical approaches.

LearnSkin programs are designed to provide clinicians like you with skills that expand past what was learned in school, residency, and traditional conferences with the hope you inspire change in your patients and reach better outcomes in their overall care.

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Advisory Board

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Apple Bodemer
MD
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Hadar Lev-Tov
MD MAS
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Julie Greenberg
ND
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Michael Traub, ND DHANP FABNO
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Peter Lio
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Raja Sivamani
MD MS AP
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Meet Our 2021 Ambassadors

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Alicia Cardenas Azevedo
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Brennan Dedecker
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Emma Furze
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Harpinder Dhinsa
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Ghazal Ghafari
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Pooja Shah
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Morgan Woods
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Nina Komarov
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Zakiya Cush
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Samiya Khan
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Saloumeh (Sally) Rounaghi
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Swetha Atluri
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Apple Bodemer, MD

After finishing Medical School and Dermatology Residency at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Bodemer completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She was the first Dermatologist to be board certified in both Dermatology and Integrative Medicine and currently is the only Dermatologist to serve on the Integrative Medicine Board. She has authored academic texts and curriculum and has spoken widely on a variety of topics related to Integrative Dermatology. She has always been drawn to exploring how lifestyle choices impact skin health and disease and feels that the most powerful role a physician can play is as an educator and guide, empowering people to get healthy and stay healthy.

Hadar Lev-Tov, MD MAS

Dr. Hadar Lev-Tov is a board-certified dermatologist with extensive research experience. Throughout his training and in daily practice, he has always believed that the key to achieving health for his patients is grounded in his ability to truly connect to their experiences and perceptions of health and well-being. Maimonides, one of the greatest philosophers of all time realized that human knowledge, often represented as “science,” is limited. As a physician, he feels he would be a fool to believe all is known. Maimonides said, “The physician should not treat the disease but the patient who is suffering from it.” Dr. Lev-Tov is on a continuous journey to a better understanding of his patients.

Julie Greenberg, ND

Dr. Julie Greenberg is a licensed ND who specializes in integrative dermatology. She is the founder of the Center for Integrative Dermatology, a holistic dermatology clinic that approaches skin problems by finding and treating the root cause. Dr. Greenberg holds degrees from Northwestern University, Stanford University, and Bastyr University, and received advanced clinical training at the Dermatology Clinic at the University of Washington Medical School and at the Pediatric Dermatology Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She lectures at medical schools and speaks at conferences across the U.S. on dermatology and is the Program Chair of the Naturopathic & Integrative Dermatology series on LearnSkin.com.

Michael Traub, ND DHANP FABNO

Michael Traub ND is medical director of Lokahi Health Center, an integrative clinic in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. His father was a dermatologist, and Dr. Traub was inspired to undertake extra study in this subject and become the leading expert in dermatology in the naturopathic profession. He has taught dermatology at 5 of the 7 accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America, and is author of “Essentials of Dermatologic Diagnosis and Integrative Therapeutics. Dr. Traub is past-president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), and was recognized as Physician of the Year by the AANP in 2006.

Peter Lio, MD

Dr. Peter Lio is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his internship in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and his Dermatology training at Harvard where he served as Chief Resident in Dermatology. Dr. Lio is the founding director of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center, and has spoken nationally and internationally about atopic dermatitis, as well as alternative medicine.

Raja Sivamani, MD MS AP

Dr. Raja Sivamani is a board-certified dermatologist and practices as an integrative dermatologist at Pacific Skin Institute. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis and Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at California Northstate University, College of Medicine. He engages in clinical practice as well as both clinical and translational research that integrates bioengineering, nutrition, cosmetics, and skin biology. 

With training in both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, he takes an integrative approach to his patients and in his research. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, 10 textbook chapters, and a textbook entitled Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics, 3rd Edition with a passion for expanding the evidence and boundaries of integrative medicine for skin care.

Alicia Cardenas Azevedo

Alicia Cardenas Azevedo is a fourth-year naturopathic medical student at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Her interest in integrative and holistic medicine is what led her to study naturopathic medicine. Alicia’s goal is to work with patients individually to create patient-focused plans that can be easily integrated into daily routines. She hopes to focus on integrative dermatology, with a concentration in women’s health and pediatric populations. She is also very interested in integrative medicine and nutrition research and enjoys reading and educating herself on this topic.

Brennan Dedecker

Born and raised in Wallaceburg, Ontario, Brennan has always had a passion for health and well-being. This passion brought him to Western University where he earned his BHSc with an Honors Specialization in Health Promotion. During this time, Brennan served as an Executive member on the Learning It Together Program and the Faculty of Health Sciences Students’ Council. In these roles he actively collaborated with his peers and fellow Executive team members, organized and executed a number of faculty-wide events, developed promotional materials and merchandise, coordinated and mobilized program volunteers, and managed the associated social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter. Upon graduating, Brennan worked as the Local Project Manager for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent for one year. However, after realizing that his passion for prevention was best met when combined with his desire to serve and help others one-on-one, Brennan decided to pursue a career in Naturopathic Medicine.
Around the same time, Brennan also began working for Lululemon and Cyto-Matrix, where he found a love for product and innovation. In both roles he’s had the chance to share his passion for the respective brands, and teach people about what they have to offer. For Cyto-Matrix specifically, this role allowed him to create invaluable relationships with students and faculty at CCNM, and has allowed him connect meaningfully with the larger Naturopathic community in a way he couldn’t have otherwise. From organizing events to hosting information sessions about a wide array of topics, Brennan has positioned himself as the point of contact for students and has become a familiar face on campus. As an active LearnSkin member, and having attended IDS 2020 along with other continuing education courses in dermatology, he has enjoyed supporting the Integrative Dermatology Club at CCNM this year and is excited to take over the club with another student in May. Now in his fourth year of study at CCNM, Brennan is eager to bring his enthusiasm for student engagement and his passion for integrative dermatology and health promotion to the IDS Team and to the CCNM community as a whole.

Emma Furze

Emma is a third year student at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, with a background in cell and molecular biology. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec while playing varsity soccer. Emma has a special interest in naturopathic dermatology, and treating chronic skin conditions with clean products, herbal medicine and nutritional intervention.

Outside of school, she enjoys hiking the BC mountains, skiing, reading on the beach or visiting local breweries. Emma is looking forward to meeting you all at this year’s symposium!

Harpinder Dhinsa

Harpinder is a third year medical student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine interested in integrative dermatology. She is currently doing research in examining diet in psoriasis patients and how nutritional changes can impact severity of the disease.

Ghazal Ghafari

Ghazal Ghafari is a medical student at LMU-DCOM, a visiting research fellow at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and an active hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) awareness advocate. As part of her advocacy work, she is a team member with HS Connect, a passionate group working to improve access to reliable information, research, resources, and awareness for the HS community. With over a decade of experience with HS, Ghazal has a firm belief in the importance of compassionate and integrative care delivery. She is interested in the intersection of mental health, nutrition, and environment on chronic dermatological disease with a particular focus on pediatric populations. In the future, she plans to continue to deepen her understanding of complementary and alternative medicine treatments to help design impactful early interventions for debilitating conditions such as HS.

Pooja Shah

Pooja Shah is a fourth year medical student at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology and a 200-hour Yoga and Meditation Teacher certification. The combination of her scientific and medical education and her passion for sharing practices in mindfulness have driven her interest in Integrative Dermatology. Her research and career interests include burnout in medicine and dermatology, healthcare disparities, women’s health, and global health. Pooja has spent time in Peru and India conducting studies on healthcare access and complementary and alternative medical therapies. She hopes to continue these international and integrative medicine pursuits with a focus on dermatologic health.

Morgan Woods

Morgan Woods is a fourth-year student of naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University California and a first-year acupuncture student at Pacific College of Health and Sciences for Acupuncture who is striving to become a naturopathic and Chinese medicine practitioner. With her passion for holistic health, and obsession with dermatology, she plans to run her own medical practice one day where she can put her skills to use as an engaging physician for patients who want to approach their health from a more holistic and personable perspective.
Morgan spent her undergraduate career at Winston-Salem State University where she studied chemistry and fine arts and developed her love for studying abroad and volunteer work. During her undergraduate career, she had the amazing experience of participating in Semester at Sea and studied global public health in various countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Morgan studied film and fine arts in the heart of Istanbul attending Bahcesehir University. Lastly, she conducted socioeconomic and political public health research in South Africa with Duke University and Organization of Tropical Studies. Outside of her academic career, she loves spending her time creating art, cooking, listening to music, shopping, and participating in local events held around her community.

Zakiya Cush

Zakiya Cush is a future holistic dermatologist, who is happy to pursue her studies in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Health & Sciences. She looks forward to giving back to the community and going into private practice upon graduation. Zakiya has an extensive biomedical dermatology background and aims to combine both eastern and western medicine in her holistic dermatology practice. She is passionate about public health disparities, especially in medicine and in the field of dermatology. And her study on “The Upper East Side vs Central Harlem: What is responsible for the Dermatology Disparities that shaped these Communities?” was recently published by her school New York Medical College, where she is also obtaining her MPH degree.

Samiya Khan

Samiya Khan is a third-year medical student at the Long School of Medicine in San Antonio. Her interest in dermatology stems from her interest in integrative medicine and treating the body as a whole. During medical school, she worked on a variety of research projects looking at the role of complementary therapies and nutrition in dermatologic disease. As an IDS Ambassador, she hopes to gain more knowledge in integrative medicine to someday guide patients.

Saloumeh (Sally) Rounaghi

Saloumeh (Sally) Rounaghi is a Naturopathic doctor interested in the mind-skin-gut connection and autoimmune conditions such as Psoriatic arthritis and Lyme. She believes that, to better our health, we need to reach the root of the problem.

Being a Naturopathic Physician allows her to focus on personalized health needs using a broad background of knowledge from personally tailored diets, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, botanical medicine, homeopathy, and lifestyle management. She believes in the collaborative efforts within all facets of healthcare to better the wellbeing of patients.

Swetha Atluri

Swetha Atluri is a second year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minored in Mathematics and Biochemistry. Swetha is passionate about finding ways to reduce healthcare disparities and address the quality of life concerns among patients suffering from debilitating diseases. She is a volunteer at the UA Women’s Clinic to help low income and uninsured women in the Tucson community. She is also doing research on Hidradenitis Suppurativa and the pharmacoeconomics of immunomodulators. Swetha is interested in dermatology as a career and would like to help empower patients through integrative approaches.