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2020 Integrative Dermatology Symposium

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Amy Branum, AHP

Amy Branum is an herbalist, Ayurvedic practitioner, and flower essence therapist. She holds a bachelors degree in Biology, a graduate degree from the California College of Ayurveda, and has been working with herbal medicine for 15 years. Amy has worked at the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism as a teacher and the resident Clinical Herbalist, is a founding board member of the North Carolina Chapter of United Plant Savers, and both organized and led the Wellness Center at the Southeastern Women’s Herbal Conference.
In the past, Amy developed and provided herbal remedies to people around the US through her body care company, Boutique Botanika. She currently teaches herbal programs at The Northern California School of Botanical Studies and has a clinical practice, Lasya Wellness and Vitality, in Grass Valley, CA.

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.

Emma Norton, ND

Dr. Norton is associate dean of clinical education as well as an assistant professor at Bastyr University California in San Diego. She is a faculty supervisor at Bastyr University Clinic and also teaches several courses including aspects of cardiovascular medicine and dermatology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of New Hampshire and her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine for the University of Bridgeport. Past experience includes private practice in the northeast as well as 10 years working in various roles for the College of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport.
Dr. Norton is certified in “First Line Therapy,” a proven program that incorporates personal lifestyle medicine and supports changes such as healthy nutrition, nutritional protocols, exercise and stress management. She is currently working on her certification in functional medicine, through the Institute of Functional Medicine. Other more specific interests include endocrine disorders (including thyroid disease, diabetes), cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, mental health issues (including depression and anxiety), autoimmune disease, allergies, skin disorders, intestinal disorders and women’s health. Her philosophy revolves around the fact that health is a state of homeostasis, where all systems of the body function optimally and waste is eliminated efficiently. She works with her student clinicians and their patients to uncover the cause of imbalance, enhance elimination of toxins and facilitate restoration of health. Together with the patient they work together to formulate a plan that is realistic and attainable and includes lifestyle recommendations, nutritional supplements, herbs, hydrotherapy and other remedies such as homeopathy.

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.” LearnSkin is his journey to a better understanding of his patients.

Anne Kennard, DO

Dr. Anne Kennard, DO, FACOG, is an OBGYN physician and Fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Science, is a registered Yoga and Prenatal Yoga instructor, and is an herbalist. She currently serves as an academic Integrative OBGYN and the Director of Integrative Medicine for Marian Regional Medical Center’s OBGYN and Family Medicine residency programs. She is the author of “Nourish: An Integrative Medicine Cookbook”, blending her passions for food as medicine, herbal medicine, and mind-body medicine. She lives on the Central Coast of California with her husband, 4-year-old daughter, and several adopted pets, where she enjoys gardening, cooking, herbal medicine making, and kayaking with the otters.

DeJarra Sims, ND

Dr. DeJarra K. Sims ND is a published author and licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the State of California. Known to her patients as Dr. DJ, she currently serves on staff at Nourish Medical Center in San Diego where she has a focus in Naturopathic Dermatology. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Prairie View A&M University, in Texas and completed her doctorate at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona. Additionally, Dr. DJ has special interest in community medicine and the prevention of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, and frequently works with community and faith organizations to bring principles of Naturopathic Medicine throughout the nation and abroad.
Dr. Sims is known for her lively presentations, in part due to her training in improvisational comedy at The Second City in Hollywood. When not treating patients, she can be found doing stand-up at various opens mics in and around San Diego.

Heather Zwickey, PhD

Heather Zwickey, PhD, earned a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Zwickey went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and teach medical school at Yale University. At the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, Dr. Zwickey launched the Helfgott Research Institute and established the School of Graduate Studies, developing programs in research, nutrition, and global health among others. She currently leads an NIH funded clinical research training program. She teaches at many universities and speaks at conferences world-wide. At Helfgott Research Institute, Dr. Zwickey applies her immunology expertise to natural medicine,with specific interest in the gut-brain axis in neuroinflammation.

Heather Hammerstedt, MD

Heather Hammerstedt MD MPH is a board certified emergency physician and lifestyle medicine physician, as well as a certified integrative nutrition health coach. As CEO and Founder of Wholist, she creates transformative personalized coaching programs around weight, exercise, food, sleep, mindset, by connecting tech, flexibility and mindfulness to curate health futures. Additionally, she offers telemedicine consults and is a nationally known speaker and author.

Jason Hawkes, MD MS FAAD

Dr. Jason Hawkes is a board-certified dermatologist and Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of California Davis. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. During medical school, he was selected for a one-year research fellowship year at the National Institutes of Health as part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholars Program. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of Washington/Boise VA Medical Center. He returned to the University of Utah School of Medicine for his dermatology residency training and graduated from the Program’s 2+2 Translational Research Track. He then completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical Investigation at the Rockefeller University in New York City, where he was also the Chief Clinical Scholar and member of the Laboratory for Investigative Dermatology. Dr. Hawkes was also a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Dermatology in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he saw patients and taught residents, fellows, and physician assistants.
Dr. Hawkes has served as the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator of multiple pharmaceutical-sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical trial protocols. He is also currently serving on the Medical Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation and is the recipient of multiple teaching awards. He is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and 6 book chapters. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and is a member of multiple national and international organizations, including the National Psoriasis Foundation, Dermatology Foundation, and Society of Investigative Dermatology. His research has previously been funded by the Dermatology Foundation, Melanoma Research Foundation, National Psoriasis Foundation, and National Institutes of Health. Dr. Hawkes’ principal clinical and research interests are the treatment of complex inflammatory diseases, such as psoriasis and eczema, using novel, targeted systemic or biologic therapies.

Jennifer Hsiao, MD

Dr. Jennifer Hsiao is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she directs the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Specialty Clinic. She is dedicated to improving the medical care and quality of life for patients with this challenging disease through direct patient interaction as well as research. She is also interested in management of skin conditions in pregnant and breastfeeding patients. In addition to her clinical work, she is also passionate about medical education, and enjoys teaching medical students and residents.

Jennifer Ornelas, MD

Dr. Jennifer Ornelas is a board-certified dermatologist and pediatric dermatology fellow in the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. She conducted translational research investigating botanical extracts as novel treatment options for acne and earned a master’s in clinical and translational research. She is passionate about working with children and hopes to sub-specialize in pediatric dermatology. She is committed to serving the medically underserved populations of the region and hopes to provide culturally competent specialist care in her future practice.

Judith Hong, MD

Judith Hong M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist at a private practice in Santa Rosa, California. After completing medical school and residency training at UCSF, she moved to Sonoma County and developed an interest in mindfulness, meditation, qigong, and reiki practices. She is a certified reiki-teacher master and enjoys doing reiki for friends, colleagues, and patients.

Jennifer Soung, MD

Dr. Jennifer Soung is a board certified dermatologist and the director of clinical research at Southern California Dermatology in Santa Ana, CA. Dr. Soung has a strong interest in medical dermatology and clinical research. She is an expert in treating chronic autoimmune skin diseases and has extensive experience using phototherapy, systemic medications and biologics. She has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles, and lectured at professional meetings to talk about new advances in the treatment of chronic skin diseases. She previously served on the UCI School of Medicine faculty as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology and the Director of Dermatology Clinical Research from 2010 until 2015. And now she is a clinical professor at Harbor University of California, Los Angeles.

Joseph Alban, MS LAc

Dr. Joseph Alban is a New York State Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine. He holds a masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Touro College. He has trained with leading Traditional Chinese Medicine dermatologists in China, Europe, and the United States. He is one of the few acupuncturists to be awarded a training grant in alternative medicine research from the National Institutes of Health which he completed in the Pediatric Immunology Department of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Joseph has a thriving acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice in New York City focused on treating skin conditions and improving health holistically. He is passionate about making acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine accessible to his patients and the public. You can find more about his practice at AlbanAcupuncture.com.

Julie Greenberg, ND RH(AHG) MBA

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.

Keira Barr, MD

Dr. Keira Barr believes that going through menopause shouldn’t mean you have to push pause on feeling comfortable, confident and sexy in your skin. As a dual-board certified dermatologist, global speaker and best- selling author, she founded the Resilient Health Institute and created “The Skinny Dipping Method” to help midlife women strip away the fatigue, stress and shame surrounding menopause and uncover the secrets to making midlife the best time of their life.

Prior to launching Resilient Health Institute, Dr. Barr was on the faculty at the University of California-Davis, School of Medicine in the departments of dermatology and pathology. Dr. Barr is internationally recognized for her creative research and has numerous peer reviewed publications and book chapters.

Dr. Barr’s expertise has been featured on national tv, radio, podcasts as well as popular outlets including MindBodyGreen, Reader’s Digest, Glamour, SELF, and Oprah magazine.

Lauren Vreeland, ND

Dr. Vreeland is a California licensed naturopathic doctor specializing in women’s health and naturopathic dermatology. Dr. Vreeland earned her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego. She completed her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. Applying her biochemical background with the principles of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Vreeland views health problems through a combined lens of science and nature. This allows her to help patients recover from complex health issues.

Paradi Mirmirani, MD

Dr. Paradi Mirmirani completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Dermatology and a clinical hair research fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. She is practicing at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo, California where she serves as the assistant chief of dermatology, the regional director for hair disorders and the local research chair. In addition to having faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco and Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Mirmirani has over 50 peer review publications and regularly lectures at national and international conferences on various hair disorders topics. 

Dr. Mirmirani co-authored “Cicatricial Alopecia: An Approach to Diagnosis and Management”, the first book dedicated to the topic. Her awards include the UCSF Outstanding Clinical Teacher, and the San Francisco Dermatologic Society’s Key Dermatology Leader for hair. Along with her clinical and research activities, she serves on the scientific advisory board of the Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation, is on the clinical research advisory board for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the North American Hair Research Society

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.

Olivia Hsu Friedman, DACM LAc

Dr. Olivia Hsu Friedman holds a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, completed an additional diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine Dermatology and is a NCCAOM board licensed Illinois acupuncturist. She is the owner of Amethyst Holistic Skin Solutions and treats dermatology patients in office and via video conference using only herbal medicine. Outside of the office, Olivia serves as a Board Member for the American Society of Acupuncturists and as faculty for the Chicago Eczema Support Center.

Shellie Goldstein, MS LAc

Shellie Goldstein, cosmetic facial acupuncturist, is the author of her book Your Best Face Now: Look Younger in 20 Days With The Do-It-Yourself Acupressure Facelift and creator of Touch+Glow®: The Do-It-Yourself Acupressure Facelift Kit. As a leading authority of cosmetic facial acupuncture Shellie founded the Academy of Advanced Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture where she teaches advanced cosmetic facial acupuncture to post graduate acupuncturists and physicians.

Professional Excellence

Shellie Goldstein is widely considered one of the leading worldwide experts on cosmetic facial acupuncture. She has been dubbed “the face whisperer” and “acupuncturist to the stars” by her executive patients and celebrity clientele in Manhattan and the Hamptons. Ms. Goldstein has been featured on major television and cable networks including ABC, NBC, and Bravo. Her innovative appearance enhancing techniques have also drawn the attention of prestigious media such as Harpers Bazaar, New York Magazine, Hamptons Magazine, Manhattan Magazine, Body + Soul, Health, Lucky, More, American Spa, Town & Country, Town and Country Travel, More, Elle Italia, and the Japanese Press. 

She is regularly highlighted in newspapers, journals, websites, and blogs such as Vogue.com, Town and Country.com, Pret a- porter.com, cosmeticsurgery.com, columbianews.com, healthday.com, and more.

Lela Altman ND, MSA, LAc

Lela Altman ND, MSA, LAc began working in the medical field in 1998, first as a nursing assistant, then as a medical assistant. This experience inspired her to pursue an education in the natural health sciences. Dr. Altman earned her Bachelor’s in Science from The Evergreen State College where she focused on ethnobotany, biology and chemistry. She then earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Acupuncture at Bastyr University in 2011. She went on to complete a 3-year residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. While working as a chief resident she completed additional training in evidence-based medicine and carried out diabetes research. She created the Digestive Wellness clinic at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health which she currently supervises.

Additionally, she teaches full-time at Bastyr University, has a private practice at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health and sees patients at the Center for Integrative Medicine at Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle, WA.

Dr. Altman also is considered an expert in the field of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). She has written articles, given continuing medical education lectures and performed interviews in several venues on this topic.

Reena Rupani, MD

Dr Reena Rupani earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from Harvard University, followed by an MD from Yale. She completed her internship at NYU and went on to serve as Chief Resident in Dermatology at Brown University. After several years of academic medical practice, she completed the University of Arizona’s Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, and co-authored the volume on Integrative Dermatology as part of Dr Andrew Weil’s textbook series through Oxford University Press. She practices traditional and integrative dermatology on faculty at the ICAHN School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, in New York City.

Lawrence Eichenfield, MD

Dr. Lawrence Eichenfield is chief of pediatric and adolescent dermatology at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, as well as vice chair of the Department of Dermatology and a professor of dermatology and pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Eichenfield earned his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, was a pediatric resident and chief resident at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and completed dermatology training at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in pediatrics, dermatology and pediatric dermatology.

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.

Trevor Erikson, D-TCM

Trevor Erikson is a Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the province of British Columbia, Canada, where he has been practicing for the past 14 years (2005). He has focused the majority of his post-graduate training on dermatology, allergy and inflammatory disease, which includes observing in the busy dermatology department in Hunan’s #1 TCM Hospital in Chengsha, China (2005), as well as completing Mazin Al-Khafaji’s prestigious Chinese medicine dermatology diploma program in London, England (2007). For more than a decade, Trevor has been using herbal medicines to help patients overcome a wide range of complicated skin diseases, allergic rhinitis and asthma, as well as other inflammatory disorders such as Colitis. Trevor currently practices out of his own private clinic in South Surrey, BC.

Vivian Shi, MD

Vivian Shi is an Associate Professor of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), where she directs the Eczema Clinic and Hidradenitis Suppurativa Clinic.

Dr. Shi received her undergraduate degree in physiological sciences from UCLA, and subsequently spent a year performing research on gene regulation in pathogenic bacteria in the department of microbiology at UCLA. She learned her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During that time, she also completed a fellowship in the Skin Immunology Laboratory. She was an integral part of the team characterizing the pathophysiology of atopic dermatitis. She then completed her internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago – NorthShore Health System, followed by a dermatology residency at the University of California, Davis, where she also served as chief resident.

Dr. Shi’s research and clinical interests are in complex inflammatory skin conditions (such atopic dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, and psoriasis), skin barrier repair, transepidermal drug delivery, and integrative dermatology. She has served as the principal investigator for numerous industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical and translational studies. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and is the editor for two reference dermatology textbooks on atopic dermatitis and hidradenitis suppurativa. She is on the Board of Directors for the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation, advisory board of the National Eczema Association, and is a member of the International Eczema Council.

Sophia Kogan, MD

Dr. Sophia Kogan, M.D. is the co-founder and Chief Medical Advisor of Nutrafol, the first clinically effective hair wellness supplement to use medical-grade, bio-optimized ingredients to multi-target the root causes of hair thinning.

Dr. Kogan earned her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She did residency training at Tufts New England Medical Center and at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she completed a research fellowship in pediatric dermatology.

In search for answers on issues of her own health and hair thinning during stressful times of medical school and residency, Dr. Kogan discovered the benefits of an integrative approach with botanicals. She has dedicated years of study on the effects of herbs, nutrition, and stress management on overall wellness, and particularly how they manifest in the health of hair.

In 2015, she partnered with Giorgos Tsetis and Roland Peralta to co-found Nutrafol, a multi-targeted nutraceutical patented formulation that uses a blend of bio-optimized botanicals to address key underlying factors of hair issues – including stress, hormones and gut health.

Dr. Kogan has spent the past decade researching hair loss and has been coined by her peers as an expert in integrative hair health. She has published and co-authored numerous publications on the topic of integrative approaches to hair and clinically effective botanical medicine. She speaks frequently as an expert on this topic at meetings and conferences.

In her free time, Dr. Kogan actively practices self-care through dance, yoga, meditation, and clean eating. She is also a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher.

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.