Melissa Carr, B.Sc., Dr.TCM
Melissa Carr is a registered Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), lecturer, and health writer. She has a degree in kinesiology and worked in medical research in Japan prior to her Traditional Chinese Medicine studies in both Canada and China. As a result, she loves to blend Eastern and Western natural health knowledge and therapies.
In practice since 2001, Dr. Carr enjoys working at integrative medicine clinics because she believes that coordinating health professionals can provide the best patient experience and outcomes. Having worked with some of the top names in sports and entertainment, Dr. Carr was chosen as one of the few acupuncturists for Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics and Paralympics, and also volunteered at the World Police and Fire Games.
As a passionate educator, Dr. Carr has been a teaching assistant for anatomy and an instructor for nutrition at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She now continues educating the public about natural health matters via lectures, including to Blue Cross, David Suzuki Foundation, Fraser Health Authority, and the University of British Columbia.
She is an advisory board member of Alive magazine, writes for several publications, and was a columnist for a Vancouver newspaper. She is now in the process of writing a book on nutrition from a TCM perspective.
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Corie Edwards, ND
Corie Edwards graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and received a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine with honors in research from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland. In the past, she has worked in private practice offering primary care, nutritional counseling, weight loss, pain management, and vitamin injections. Currently she is a staff physician at Kashi Clinical Laboratories where she helps to support and improve their genetic testing department. Dr. Edwards is also adjunct faculty at the National University of Natural Medicine were she teaches genetics and Oregon College of Oriental Medicine were she teaches Western Pathology.
Growing up in Eugene, Oregon, Dr. Edwards has a deep appreciation for the Pacific Northwest, its natural beauty, culture, and creative atmosphere. In her professional life, she takes an interest in functional medicine with a focus on the role genetics plays in health. Outside of work, she loves her role as a mother and wife, as well as spending time with friends and family.
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John Furlong, ND
John Furlong is a 1985 graduate of Bastyr University. Ten years of practicing naturopathy in a collaborative setting with acupuncture, SoTai, and massage therapy offerings were followed with six years as clinical laboratory educator with Genova diagnostics specializing in detoxification, preventive cardiology, and hormonal and genomic testing development.
Dr. Furlong has presented at national and international conferences on nutrition and naturopathic phytotherapy, integrative interventions in autism, and teaches a D.C. diplomate course in pediatric nutrition. Currently teaching and acting as clinical supervisor for third and fourth year students at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, he maintains a 15 year direct-pay hybrid practice of general naturopathic medicine.
Apart from recharging in the woodlands of the Last Green Valley area of eastern Connecticut, he aspires to a state of sustainable wellness via playing the Beautiful Game, acknowledging the Healing Power of Nature, and having much, much appreciation of three wonderful children, one grandson, two sisters, fantastic friends, and marvelous partner in adventure, Antonella, who reminds him of the value in taking a break now and then.
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Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM
Nancy Gahles is CEO and Founder of Health & Harmony Wellness Education and Center for Integrative and Holistic Healthcare, TeleHealth & Harmony and Spirit of Love~The Rockaway Sangha. She is a Chiropractor (Ret.), Certified Classical Homeopath, Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practitioner and Ordained Interfaith Minister in family practice since 1980 specializing in the stress that underlies disease, and pain management.
Gahles’ unique method, the Triumvirate Technique, integrates the best of the mind/body/spirit disciplines including nanomedicine, diet and lifestyle, meditation, yoga/QiGong, breath/bodywork, cognitive behavioral techniques, spirituality in health and medicine, palliative care, and end of life issues and positive potential practice.
Gahles is a member of the Board of Directors & Federal Policy Committee member of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium; the Advisory Board, Integrative Healthcare Symposium; and a Partner for Health for Council for Homeopathic Certification. Gahles is Pres. Emerita of the National Center for Homeopathy. She is a freelance healthcare journalist, newspaper columnist, member of the Association of Healthcare Journalists, author of The Power of $elf Care: A Common Sense Guide to YOUR Wellness Solution, and a public speaker and TEDXTalk presenter. Gahles practices in the New York City suburb of Rockaway Beach and via TeleHealth delivery.
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Roberta L. Kline, MD, FACOG
Roberta Kline is a physician, author, teacher, and entrepreneur who is passionate about empowering others with the knowledge and tools they need to create health of mind, body, and spirit. She is a board-certified OB-GYN and an expert in functional medicine, genomics, and multiple healing modalities.
Dr. Kline served seven years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force, where she earned accolades for outstanding service and improving health of the community. After more than 10 years practicing OB-GYN, she created an innovative health practice for women, incorporating functional and energy medicine. She has since added functional genomics to her repertoire, realizing its power to transform personalized medicine.
Dr. Kline is an assistant clinical professor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and was part of a select team that created a functional medicine didactic curriculum for a new Family Practice residency program, the first program in the U.S. to offer this at the outset. She also created and taught the Functional & Genomic Medicine module for master’s degree students as a Guest Faculty Instructor for The Graduate Institute.
Dr. Kline cofounded Genomic Solutions Now and NCG Health Solutions with Dr. Joe Veltmann. She and Dr. Veltmann have recently merged these two companies, and Dr. Kline is currently CEO of Genoma International. Here they provide comprehensive and clinically relevant genomic testing to clinicians, plus training and certification programs that teach clinicians how to create successful practices using personalized genomic medicine and nutrition within a holistic health model.Dr. Kline maintains a private practice with Dr. Veltmann, the GENESIS Center for Personalized Health, consulting with people around the world who want to use their DNA blueprint to get and stay healthy. Dr Kline’s vision is a future in which collaborative, personalized genomic medicine within a holistic health model is the standard of care.
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Robert Silverman, DC, MS, CNS, CSCS, CKTP, CES, CIISN, DACBN, HKC, SASTM
Robert Silverman graduated magna cum laude from the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic and has a Masters of Science in human nutrition. His extensive list of educational accomplishments includes designations as a certified nutrition specialist, certified clinical nutritionist, certified sports nutritionist. Silverman is a diplomate with the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition.
He is an internationally-known speaker and author with a full-time private practice in White Plains, NY, where he specializes in the treatment of joint pain with innovative, science-based, nonsurgical approaches and functional nutrition.
Silverman is also on the advisory board for the Functional Medicine University. He is a health contributor to Fox News Radio and has appeared on Fox & Friends, Fox News, NBC News, CBS News, NewsMax TV, WPIX, and Wall Street Journal Live.
He was awarded the prestigious 2015 Sports Chiropractor of the Year by the ACA Sports Council. In 2016 he published Inside/Out Health: A Revolutionary Approach to Your Body.
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John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News and Reports
John Weeks is a writer, speaker, chronicler and organizer with 32 years of experience in the movement for integrative health and medicine. the long-time founder/editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports, a primary connective terrain for the diverse stakeholders and professions in the field and was invited in May 2016 to serve as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Besides his Integrative Practitioner column, he presently writes for Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, the Huffington Post and elsewhere.
He increasingly enjoys teaching and mentoring. He has keynoted, led plenary sessions, breakouts, and offered guest lectures for dozens of organizations ranging from the Bastyr University to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the UCLA School of Medicine to the Institute for Health and Productivity Management, the AANP and AIHM to the American Hospital Association. He has consulted with insurers, employers, professional organizations, universities and government agencies at all levels.
As an organizer, Weeks convened the Integrative Medicine Industry Leadership Summits (2000-2002), directed the National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Care (2004-2006), fund-raised the start-up of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (2002), and co-founded the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health, which he directed 2007-2015. In 2014, three consortia and others combined to grant him a Lifetime Achievement Living Tribute Award. Four academic institutions have granted Weeks honorary doctorates for his work. Seattle-based, he considers himself a particularly lucky soul to have worked remotely while living with his spouse Jeana Kimball, ND, MPH, and their children in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico for 6 of the last 15 years.
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