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Day One

Agenda for Friday, October 19, 2018

Session 1: 9:00am - 9:30am | Overview of Integrative Medicine in Dermatology by Lawrence F. Eichenfield, MD

Integrative medicine is a growing field within healthcare and its influence in skin disease diagnosis and management is evolving. Up to 70% of patients request complementary and alternative medicine therapies according to NIH surveys. With skin being the number one driver of doctor’s visits, exploring integrative medicine in dermatology is key to overall health management and patient care. Basic principles of integrative medicine and its application in dermatology will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define integrative medicine and its importance in patient care
  • Participants will interpret and arrange the evidence for integrative medicine within dermatology

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.

Session 2: 9:30am-10:00am | Overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Dermatology by Mazin al–Khafaji, Doctor of Chinese Medicine (Shanghai, China) FRCHM MATCM

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practiced for over 3,000 years. This session will provide an introduction to the principles of TCM and how it can accompany patient medical care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define the main principles of TCM
  • Participants will state the application and clinical evidence of TCM within dermatology


Mazin al–Khafaji is the founder and director of Avicenna Centre for Chinese Medicine, Avicenna Skin Clinic and Dermatology-M. He is recognized as the leading expert in the field of dermatology and Chinese medicine in the West, and over the past three decades has taught thousands of students worldwide.

Session 3: 10:00am-10:30am | Overview of Naturopathy in Dermatology by Michael Traub, ND

The profession of naturopathic medicine is flourishing, and its contribution to holistic healthcare is well recognized. Key principles of naturopathic medicine will be described within dermatology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define the main principles of naturopathic medicine
  • Participants will relate the use and clinical evidence of naturopathic medicine within dermatology

Dr. Michael Traub’s father was a dermatologist, and this inspired him to become the leading expert in skin in the naturopathic profession. He has taught dermatology at five of the seven accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America and is the author of “Essentials of Dermatologic Diagnosis and Integrative Therapeutics.”

Break: 10:30am-11:00am
Session 4: 11:00am-11:30am | Overview of Ayurveda in Dermatology by Marc Halpern, DC CAS PKS

Ayurveda has been practiced for over 5,000 years. This session will provide an introduction to the principles of Ayurveda and how it can be applied to dermatology care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define the main principles of Ayurveda as it relates to dermatology
  • Participants will identify the applications for use of Ayurveda within dermatology

Dr. Marc Halpern is the founder and President of the California College of Ayurveda, the oldest school of Ayurvedic Medicine in the United States and a leader in the development of Ayurvedic Medicine in the West. He is the co-founder of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, the National Council on Ayurvedic Education, and the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. He has written three textbooks on the principles and clinical practices of Ayurvedic Medicine, used at colleges across the United States, and the popular book, “Healing Your Life; Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda.”

Session 5: 11:30am-12:15pm | Patient Perspective and Integrative Approaches to Dermatology by All Speakers

Barriers for integration of alternative medicine and new horizons for collaboration will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will compare and contrast the approaches of Western, Naturopathic, TCM, and Ayurvedic approaches to dermatology
  • Participants will describe how different medical perspectives can be used synergistically for the care of patients with dermatological disease
Lunch: 12:15pm-1:30pm
Session 6: 1:30pm-2:00pm | Role of the Gut Microbiome by Robert Crawford, PhD

Shifts in phylogeny and relative abundance among resident gut bacteria belonging to the human microbiome have been implicated in a variety of clinical dysbioses, including metabolic and behavioral abnormalities and relapsing antibiotic resistant infections. This session will examine mechanistic studies linking gut and systemic health, including physiology of the brain and skin.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define the gut microbiome and understand how bacterial composition and function affect local and systemic physiology
  • Participants will assess skin diseases related to the skin gut axis and possible treatment approaches

Dr. Robert Crawford grew up in Northeast Ohio and is proud to call that area of the country his native land. At California State University Sacramento, Crawford makes it his persistent goal to honor the field of medical microbiology and pay forward the gifts of his life’s tutelage by providing undergraduate and master’s-level research. He is quick to celebrate the accomplishments of his students and how remarkable collaborators (including Raja Sivamani, MD) have facilitated an advanced agenda and led to the dissemination of exciting findings

Session 7: 2:00pm-2:30pm | Diet in Dermatology by Rajani Katta, MD

Patients often ask about the best ways to achieve youthful, glowing skin. This session will delve into the role of diet in dermatology and will describe foods that are helpful and those that are harmful to the skin.
• Participants will learn about the role of diet in aging skin
• Participants will learn about the impact of oxidation, inflammation, and glycation in aging skin, along with the foods that can combat these processes
• Participants will be able to identify food “triggers” and food “helpers” for several inflammatory skin conditions

Dr. Rajani Katta is a board-certified dermatologist, the author of seven books, and a member of the clinical faculty of both the Baylor College of Medicine and the McGovern Medical School. She is the author of numerous medical journal articles on the link between skin and diet and allergic reactions of the skin. Her latest book, Glow: The Dermatologist’s Guide to a Whole Foods Younger Skin Diet, provides an evidence-based and practical approach to eating for younger skin. She maintains a blog at www.SkinAndDiet.com.

Session 8: 2:30pm-3:00pm | Oral and Topical Approaches for Dry Skin by Vivian Shi, MD

Several skin conditions can lead to dry skin. An evidence-based approach to managing dry skin, including oral and topical therapies, such as natural oils, bathing additives, and systemic modalities, will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will compare the role of oral and topical therapies for dry skin
  • Participants will review new and emerging treatment options for dry skin

Dr. Vivian Shi is a board-certified dermatologist and an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Dermatology at the University of Arizona where she directs the Eczema and Skin Barrier Specialty Clinic. She has extensive clinical and research experience in eczema and repair of the skin’s natural protective barrier. She also specializes in medical and surgical treatments for patients with hidradenitits suppurativa. Vivian has published and presented her research in international journals and conferences.

Break: 3:00pm-3:30pm
Session 9: 3:30pm-4:00pm | Cosmeceuticals for Skin Care by Jared Jagdeo, MD

Cosmeceuticals incorporative bioactive ingredients that allow for medicinal benefits, such as anti-aging. This session will evaluate trending botanicals and therapies for optimizing skin care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will discuss the various types of cosmeceuticals
  • Participants will identify the types of ingredients associated with clinical evidence for use in dermatology

Dr. Jared Jagdeo is a board certified dermatologist and physician-scientist with a passion for natural products and anti-oxidants for skin health. Dr. Jagdeo has engaged in skin research for over twenty years and loves helping educate patients and other physicians on how to combine treatment approaches in unique ways to achieve skin wellness. Dr. Jagdeo was part of a team of skin care researchers that discovered that resveratrol, the key ingredient in red wine and grapes, serves as an anti-oxidant in skin.

Session 10: 4:00pm-4:30pm | Cosmetic Approaches in TCM by Sandra Chiu, LAc

The popularity of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) tools and techniques for skincare as anti-aging, esthetic treatments is growing rapidly as a natural alternative to chemical or conventional invasive procedures. This session will review the techniques, strategies, and corresponding evidence for the use of TCM based procedures: facial acupuncture, gua sha, cupping.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will review the various TCM based approaches for skincare and esthetics
  • Participants will evaluate the evidence for such TCM based therapies

Sandra is an acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist, and the founder of Treatment by Lanshin. In practice for over a decade, she now focuses on treating skin disorders and skin rejuvenation because she believes the future of skin health will greatly evolve with the unique approach of Chinese medicine. Specially trained in dermatology, she uses Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture to resolve common skin problems like acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.

Session 11: 4:30pm-5:00pm | Sunscreens and the Effects of High Energy Blue Light by Iltefat Hamzavi, MD

Blue light is everywhere. Sunlight is the main source of blue light and is important in understanding sun protection. Patients offer wonder about mineral versus chemical sunscreens and how they differ. This session will delve into the latest scientific research on sunscreens and high energy blue light.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will identify the role and consequences of high energy blue light in relation to oxidative stress, hyperpigmentation, and photoaging
  • Participants will review types of sunscreens and their ability to protect against UVA, UVB, and blue light

Dr. Iltefat Hamzavi is a dermatologist who works at Henry Ford Hospital and Hamzavi/Dermatology Specialists. His work has a focus on vitiligo, photmedicine, and hidradenitis suppurativa. Within vitiligo his work has focused on improving phototherapy options for vitiligo patients. His group has also led North American efforts in developing surgical treatments for vitiligo. He has participated in developing the VASI score and updated scores as a way to measure treatment response for vitiligo patients. He is also one of the founders and Co-chair of the Global Vitiligo Foundation. This is a group which aims to improve the lives of vitiligo patients by supporting initiatives like the World Vitiligo Day and vitiligo research updates. He is a passionate metro Detroiter, husband, and father of 3

Cocktail Reception: 5:30-7:30pm

Closing out the first night of the Integrative Dermatology Symposium will be a relaxed cocktail reception at The Mix around the corner from the Sheraton symposium venue at 1525 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814. Registration is required and space is limited. $25 includes two drink tickets and Sacramento signature farm to fork cuisine: http://2018.integrativedermatologysymposium.com/register/

Day Two

Agenda for Saturday, October 20, 2018

Session 1: 8:00am-8:30am | Prebiotics and Probiotics in Dermatology by Raja Sivamani, MD MS CAT

Studies have shown that our skin’s bacterial community changes when going from one part of the body to another. For example, our facial bacterial community is different from the bacteria on our arms. While the awareness for the benefits of probiotics have been explored, research is finding that prebiotics are equally as important. Learn about ways to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria through pre-and probiotics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define the mechanisms of action of prebiotics and probiotics
  • Participants will review the clinical evidence for the use of prebiotics and probiotics in dermatology

Raja Sivamani, MD MS CAT is a board-certified dermatologist and an 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. 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.

Session 2: 8:30am-9:00am | The Use of Botanicals in Dermatology by Cassandra Quave, PhD

Medicinal plants are used to treat diseases around the world. Growing research is discovering the source of these ingredients and their effects on skin health. This session will highlight botanicals for skin care, wound care, hydration, and other applications for botanicals within the field of Dermatology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will identify different types of botanicals and different extraction techniques
  • Participants will review applications for botanicals within the field of Dermatology

Dr. Cassandra Quave is Curator of the Emory University Herbarium and Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Human Health at Emory University, where she leads antibiotic drug discovery research initiatives and teaches undergraduate courses on medicinal plants, food, and health. Trained as a medical ethnobotanist, her research is focused on the documentation and biochemical analysis of botanical remedies used in the traditional treatment of infectious and inflammatory skin disease. To date, she has authored more than 60 publications, 2 edited books, and 3 patents.

Session 3: 9:00am-9:30am | Perils of Skin Care During Pregnancy by Jenny Murase, MD

The skin can change during pregnancy, due to fluctuating hormones and other major shifts in the body and lifestyle. Certain medications need to be used with caution in pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding. Best practices for skin care during pregnancy will be discussed in this session.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will review safety precautions and recent changes in pregnancy safety assessment for medications
  • Participants will recall new and emerging topical and systemic therapies for acne, dry skin, and melsama during pregnancy

Dr. Jenny Murase is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Director of Medical Dermatology Consultative Services and Patch Testing for the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is the Chair of the San Francisco Dermatological Society, an organization of 550 dermatologists in the Bay Area, for the past five years, and represents northern California on the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Advisory Board. She also serves on the executive board of the Women’s Dermatologic Society, the AAD Council on Education and Maintenance of Certification, and is the founding member of the AAD Women’s Health Expert Resource Group.

Break: 10:00am-10:30am
Session 5: 10:30am-11:00am | Multi–Ethnic Approaches to Skin and Hair Health by Oma Agbai, MD

Increasing diversity and growing multi-ethnic communities in the country and worldwide has led to a shift in dermatology practice. Treatment plans need to be tailored to different skin types and skin colors. Hair health is particularly differentiated amongst patient populations. This session will discuss the factors for consideration in multi-ethnic dermatology and how to begin incorporating them into patient care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will summarize the unique conditions and concerns that arise in multi-ethnic dermatology
  • Participants will describe hair health and its variation across patient populations

Dr. Oma Agbai, a Board-Certified Dermatologist located in Sacramento, California, is the Director of the service for Multicultural Dermatology and Hair Disorders at the University of California, Davis. She has special interests in pigmentary disorders, hair loss disorders, and conditions unique to ethnic skin. Additionally, Dr. Agbai offers medical dermatology care and cosmetic procedures to patients of all skin types. Examples of conditions treated by Dr. Agbai include acne-induced skin discoloration, melasma and alopecia.

Session 6: 11:00am -11:20am | Integrative Trends in Acne and Hidradentis Suppurativa by Ali Alikhan, MD

Hidradenitis suppurativa and acne are chronic inflammatory conditions that are accompanied by profound social impact and scarring. Treatment approaches have traditionally included the use of long courses of antibiotics. The evidence for non-antibiotic approaches that include the use of oral, hormonal, biologic, and dietary approaches will be discussed.

Learning objectives:

  •        Participants will summarize the social impact of hidradenitis suppurativa and severe acne
  •        Participants will restate the evidence for the use of non-antibiotic approaches for hidradenitis suppurativa and acne including the use of oral, hormonal, biologic, and dietary approaches

After completing his residency in dermatology at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Ali Alikhan, joined the dermatology staff at the University of Cincinnati, where he was director of clinical trials, co-director of the residency program, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology. He is now practicing at Sutter Health in Sacramento, CA.

Lunch: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Session 7: 1:30pm-2:00pm | Emerging Therapies for Psoriasis by Tina Bhutani, MD

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that can be localized or spread over the entire body. It is characterized by red, scaly lesions and often requires a multi-pronged approach for management. A patient’s joints, cardiovascular system, and psychological state can also be affected. This session will examine emerging therapies for psoriasis management with an emphasis on the recent development of new biologic therapies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will identify key indicators for psoriasis diagnosis and how to differentiate need for more aggressive therapy
  • Participants will evaluate new treatment options for psoriasis with a focus on the clinical evidence for biologic therapies

Dr. Tina Bhutani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology as well as Co-Director of the Psoriasis and Skin Treatment here at UCSF. She is passionate about improving the care and lives of patients with psoriasis, eczema, and other inflammatory skin disorders. In addition to patient care, she has an expertise in clinical research and is involved in many trials focusing on the development of new treatments for these diseases and learning more about mechanisms of disease initiation and maintenance. She has a particular interest in the impact of disease on patient quality of life and finding methods for improving patient education and counseling. She received her medical training at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and completed her residency in dermatology at UCSF.

Session 8: 2:00pm-2:30pm | Emerging Therapies for Atopic Dermatitis by Peter Lio, MD

The prevalence of Atopic Dermatitis (AD) has been growing, with up to 25% of children and adults reportedly to have eczema. Treatment for AD focuses on skin moisturization, anti-inflammatory treatments, and anti-microbials, and lifestyle modification. Targeted topical and systemic treatment options are also emerging. This session will delve into new and emerging western and alternative and complementary therapeutic modalities for atopic dermatitis.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will review the diagnostic criteria for AD and the typical factors that are involved in AD development
  • Participants will discuss new topical and systemic therapies and approaches for management of AD

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.

Session 9: 2:30pm-3:00pm | Use of Acupuncture within Dermatology by Joseph Alban, MS LAc

Acupuncture is gaining popularity for managing skin conditions, such as acne and eczema. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses acupuncture for both identification of the type of disease as well as care. This session will demonstrate common protocol for acupuncturists and its application in dermatology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define acupuncture and its use in TCM
  • Participants will review acupuncture treatment options for common skin conditions and their clinical evidence

Joseph Alban, MS LAc 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.

Session 10: 3:00pm-3:30pm | Ayurvedic Abhyanga and Skin Care Body Work Therapies by Jayagopal Parla, BAMS Ayurveda C-IAYT

A common body work practice in Ayurveda is the application of oils and self-massage through abhyanga. The natural oils and touch stimulation have been shown to improve skin health without irritating the skin and can be an effective at-home remedy for patients. This session will demonstrate the application of abhyanga and how it can be combined with herbs for optimal performance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define abhyanga and its application in skin care
  • Participants will be able to recall different oils used for abhyanga and how they are selected and used as adjunctive therapy for skin disease

Professor Jayagopal Parla is an internationally known speaker, educator, and practitioner of Ayurveda, with extensive clinical, teaching, and research experience. He is a Professor of Ayurveda at the American University of Complementary Medicine where he also serves as the Chair of the Department of Ayurveda. He is founder director of Athreya Ayurvedic Integrative Health Center, Long Beach and vice president of Letsallbehealthy.com.

Session 11: 3:30pm-4:10pm | From Food to Skin by Francene Steinberg, PhD RDN

This session will focus on how nutritional research has expanded our knowledge of how foods affect our skin. Recent studies of the role of nutrition on the skin will be emphasized and summarized.

Learning Objectives:

  •         Participants will be able to restate the different types of phytochemicals that are contained within foods
  •         Participants will recall the mechanisms for direct and indirect effects that food can have on the skin.

Dr. Francene Steinberg is a Professor of Nutrition and Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the University of California, Davis. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and directs the Didactic Program in Dietetics at UC Davis. Dr. Steinberg’s research program focuses on foods, food components and food choices which impact health outcomes. She has over 20 years of research expertise in conducting human randomized clinical trials to study endothelial function, inflammation, markers of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, and metabolic homeostasis. Her particular areas of interest are the physiologic effects of bioactive food components on health, including skin health, and on decreasing chronic disease risk markers.

Closing Remarks: 4:15pm-4:30pm by Raja Sivamani, MD MS CAT

Dr. Raja Sivamani is a board-certified dermatologist and an 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. 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 80 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.

Group Discussion: 4:30pm-5:30pm | Eczema Young Professionals Forum

Group discussion on integrative approaches to eczema. Supported by Pfizer.

Public Event: Skin Care Wellness Fair 5:30pm – 8:30pm

The Integrative Dermatology Symposium concludes with a Skin Care Wellness Fair open to the public, featuring a product marketplace, DIY stations, and an expert panel of speakers. Symposium attendees are welcome to attend for free. Members of the public can register at: bit.ly/SCWFair

Day Three

Agenda for Sunday, October 21, 2018

Workshop Session I: 8:00am – 10:00am

Workshop A: Quality Issues in Natural Products for Dermatology: From Seed to Success – James and Michael Traub, ND

Dr. Traub and his son James will take attendees on a journey from seed and soil to clinical trials and practice in addressing quality issues in natural products for dermatological conditions. James, with his background in natural product quality control and quality assurance, will discuss various aspects of manufacturing, FDA regulations, and advanced analytical tools to help clinicians recommend high-quality products for their patients. Dr. Traub, with over 35 years of experience in research and clinical practice as a naturopathic physician, will discuss examples of poor and good quality scientific investigations and some practical applications of safe and effective natural products for skin conditions. James Traub is QA Director, Herbalife HIM-WS in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Michael Traub ND is Medical Director, Lokahi Health Center, Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Workshop B: Strategies for Anti-Aging Using Acupuncture – Sandra Chiu, LAc

Facial acupuncture is the Chinese medical answer to anti-aging. In fact, historical records going back all the way to 900 BC describe its use in cosmetic treatments. In recent years as holistic healing and wellness become increasingly mainstream, interest in Chinese medicine based anti-aging solutions like facial acupuncture, gua sha, and herbal medicine is also on the rise. By now many are aware of facial acupuncture and what it entails. But what are the strategies used by acupuncturists to effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and facial muscle tone, diminish hyperpigmentation, and improve skin texture? The answers include not only needling techniques applied to the face, but also treatment methods to restore proper functioning of deeper systems necessary for healthy skin – including digestion, hormonal, nervous system regulation and posture. In this presentation we will cover the basic components and strategies of acupuncture treatment for facial rejuvenation, including case studies from Sandra’s direct work. She will share her unique way of visually evaluating patients – which not only includes observation of the face but the entire body to determine postural patterns that offset proper alignment of head to spine – which are what she believes are the deeper roots of the undesired appearances of aging on the face. We will also explore the clinical research that supports the efficacy of using acupuncture for various anti-aging goals presented here.

Workshop C: How to Create Ayurvedic Herbal Formulations – Raja Sivamani, MD MS CAT

Herbal formulations in Ayurveda are tailored to support each person’s Ayurvedic constitutions. This workshop will review the basics of the Ayurvedic evaluation and constitution for the skin and how this can be used to develop herbal formulations. The workshop will review basic formulation theory with several practical examples. 

Break: 10:00am – 10:30am
Workshop Session II: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Workshop A: Microneedling Techniques – Tom S. Liu, MD, MBA

Use of needles for therapeutic benefits has ancient roots dating back to the Chinese dynasty with the practice of acupuncture with modern applications in wound healing. Cosmetic microneedling has gained increased popularity as a mechanical skin rejuvenation treatment for improvement of skin tone, texture and pigmentation. This workshop will discuss the historical background of microneedling and review the scientific studies and physiology of the treatment. Treatment indications, clinical applications and post-treatment care will be reviewed. An interactive live microneedling demonstration will also be performed to illustrate all aspects of the treatment from start to finish.

Dr. Liu is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dr. Liu has been invited to participate in advanced injectable seminars by several leading aesthetic injectable companies. Dr. Liu has an active aesthetic-focused practice in Los Gatos and Sacramento, CA where he performs the full range of non-surgical injectables and skin care treatments. He is also a volunteer clinical faculty at the University of California at Davis Department of Dermatology where he teaches residents advanced injectable techniques.

Workshop B:  Ancient Method, Modern Cure: Treating Atopic Eczema with Chinese Medicine – Mazin al–Khafaji, Doctor of Chinese Medicine (Shanghai, China) FRCHM MATCM
In this workshop, attendees will delve into the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach to atopic eczema. Learn how to recognize the most common pattern types seen in clinical practice and outline effective approaches to treating the different patterns according to Chinese medicine. Several case examples of different pattern types will be presented along with the successful formulae used. Attendees will learn the importance of adjusting formulae to mirror the ongoing changes that occur with treatment in order to achieve long-term remission through numerous clinical photos to illustrate the variety of clinical manifestation that are the bases of successful treatment.

Mazin al–Khafaji, Doctor of Chinese Medicine (Shanghai, China), FRCHM, MATCM is recognized as one of the leading experts in the field of dermatology and Chinese medicine, and over the past two decades has taught hundreds of students worldwide.

Workshop C: Ayurvedic Beauty and Skin Care – Manisha Kshirsagar, BAMS, DY&A, Esthetician

In this workshop, attendees will explore Ayurvedic Skin types and daily rituals for radiant and flawless skin. Manisha will blend her 25 years of experience in the field in integrating Yogic techniques, Nutrition, Detox and Kitchen Pharmacy to restore and maintain vibrant skin. The is an interactive session that will include Ayurvedic Marma Facial, Facial Exercise, Yogic Mudras, and home remedies for common skin ailments.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to locate the facial marma points, learn how to use spices and herbs for their own skin care ritual, and will receive a handout based on her book “Enchanting Beauty.

Director of Ayurvedic Healing in Santa Cruz, California, Manisha is a classically trained Ayurvedic practitioner who will lead you on a fascinating journey to explore the true meaning of Enchanting Beauty.