Colorado Integrative Medicine Conference (cIMc 2009): Focus on Mind-Body Medicine
Photo and Bio of cIMc 2009 Speakers   

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Lisa Ware Corbin, MD, FACP

Associate Professor, Department of General Internal Medicine
  University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
Medical Director, the Center for Integrative Medicine
  University of Colorado Hospital

  • Session: Welcome and Introduction

Dr. Lisa Corbin received her medical degree with honors and distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a member of AOA Honor Medical Society.  She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) and is board certified in Internal Medicine. After serving as a Chief Medical Resident, she joined the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) faculty based at HealthONE Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital where she taught Internal Medicine residents and students and saw internal medicine patients until becoming the medical director of The Center for Integrative Medicine (TCFIM) at its inception in September 2001. 

Dr. Corbin also serves as the President of AlterMed Research Foundation Board.  

Dr. Corbin’s current clinical, educational, and research focus on complementary / alternative medicine (CAM) was sparked by a desire to answer her patients’ questions about CAM therapies.  She served on the steering committee for the creation of TCFIM at the University of Colorado Hospital.  Dr. Corbin counsels patients interested in CAM, provides course direction for the CAM electives offered to Internal Medicine residents and students, lectures on herbal medicine in the School of Medicine, enjoys speaking to physician and patient groups, and is involved in campus CAM research. She has published original research, scholarly reviews, CME materials and book chapters on this subject.

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Sona Dimidjian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder

  • Session: Mindfulness and Radical Acceptance in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Session: The Clinical Application of Meditation for Mental Health

Dr. Sona Dimidjian received her Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of Washington in Clinical Psychology. A recipient of numerous awards in the treatment of depression, her research focuses on both the treatment and prevention of depression, with a specific focus on perinatal depression. She has a strong interest in the clinical application of mindfulness, including both Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She has conducted numerous courses and workshops on mindfulness-based treatments for clinicians and has a longstanding mindfulness and yoga practice. 

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James S. Gordon, MD

Founder and Director, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), Washington, DC
Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School
Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy (2000-2002)

  • Session: Trauma and Transformation: Getting Unstuck and Taking the Healing Journey
  • Session: Mind-Body Medicine is the Heart of All Healthcare

Dr. James S. Gordon is a world-renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. 

Dr. Gordon has created ground-breaking programs of comprehensive mind-body healing for physicians, medical students, and other health professionals; for people with cancer, depression and other chronic illnesses; and for traumatized children and families in the middle East and in the Balkan peninsula, as well as in post-9/11 New York and post-Katrina Louisiana and with U.S. military returning from the middle East.  Dr. Gordon and his colleagues have trained 3,000 health and mental health professionals in the U.S. and overseas to more effectively address the psychological trauma within their communities, as well as to deal with chronic illness. He and his CMBM colleagues have also supervised and trained local leadership teams to match the CMBM model-a fully integrated and sustainable part of the local healthcare system. 

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Judith A. Green, Ph.D.

Biofeedback Therapist, Health Psychology Services
Pioneer in Clinical Biofeedback

  • Session: Biofeedback Therapy
  • Session: Biofeedback Therapy Workshop

Dr. Judith Green is a pioneer in the field of clinical biofeedback therapy and has worked for eight years at the Menninger Clinic as Director of biofeedback seminars and as a researcher and biofeedback therapist. Biofeedback therapy is a multi-modal approach to the treatment of stress related disorders and disorders that are exacerbated by stress, neuromuscular and neurological disorders and certain behavioral disorders Dr. Green has given workshops throughout the United States and in China and Thailand, and participated in research in India.  She has written extensively on the principles and practice of biofeedback therapy with adults and children, and co-authored The Dynamics of Health and Wellness:  A Biopsychosocial Approach, a college level textbook.  She is the recipient of awards from both national and state professional societies for outstanding contributions to the field.

Dr. Green recently retired from clinical practice and has Professor Emeritus status from Aims Community College in Greeley Colorado, the first educational institution to offer classes in biofeedback training and a clinical internship program.  Dr. Green continues to teach distance-learning classes for Master's students in consciousness studies.

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Lisa Kaley-Isley, Ph.D. RYT

Chief of Psychology, The Children's Hospital, Aurora, CO
Assistant Clinical Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
Clinical Director, Integrative Health Program, The Children's Hospital

  • Yoga Therapy for Pain, Fatigue, and Anxiety

Dr. Lisa Kaley-Isley earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tennessee.  She completed her internship at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.   Dr. Kaley-Isley has been a practicing pediatric psychologist for over 20 years and a dedicated yoga practitioner for 10 years.  Dr. Kaley-Isley continues to study with her teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker after having completed more than 500 hours of yoga teacher training.   Dr. Kaley-Isley is the Principle Investigator on two studies examining the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary treatment intervention for adolescents with co-morbid medical and mental health disorders.  She has been actively involved in leadership roles in the Colorado and American Psychological Associations and has received numerous awards for her mental health advocacy efforts. 

Dr. Kaley-Isley is drawn to find the points of interplay within individuals and systems and to promote integration.  In the Integrated Health program, she seeks to foster integrated utilization of evidence-based eastern and western treatment approaches.  Her clinical interests are treating adolescents with co-morbid physical and mental health disorders and bringing enhanced awareness of the mind-body interaction effects to the teens, their parents, and other treating professionals.  She has experienced the utility of offering a combination body and mindfulness based intervention such as yoga to youth who are experiencing stress, anxiety and depression, but who are primarily distressed by their physiological symptoms of pain and illness, and who are adverse to traditional psychological and psychiatric approaches.  Dr. Kaley-Isley integrates her experience as a clinical psychologist and a yoga teacher to provide individual and group yoga therapy and to lead Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups for teens and their parents.   She is currently evaluating the clinical outcomes of these two approaches to enhancing mindfulness and mind-body integration. 

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Jim Knipe, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Colorado

  • Session: Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Overview: Research Support, Cautions and Application Video 

Dr. Jim Knipe has been a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in Colorado since 1976 and has been using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) since 1992. EMDR is a well-known treatment intervention for stress related disorders that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. Dr. Knipe has written chapters for EMDR Casebook (P. Manfield, 2002), EMDR Solutions (R. Shapiro, 2005), and Healing the Heart of Trauma and Dissociation (C. Forgash & M. Copeley, 2007).  These writings have described specific procedures that can be utilized to extend EMDR to clients
who present with self-defeating psychological defenses and/or dissociative symptoms.  

Dr. Knipe is an EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program Trainer, an EMDR International Association Approved Consultant, Level II Trainer and Instructor, and was designated a “Master Clinician” by EMDRIA in 2007. He has been an invited guest speaker at the 2006 and 2007 EMDRIA Annual Conferences, the 2006 and 2008 EMDR-Europe Annual Conferences, and national EMDR conferences in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands and Turkey. He has been involved with the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs, serving on the Board of Directors and as Research and Training Director, and has also been involved in HAP programs in Oklahoma City, Turkey, New York (following 9/11), the Palestinian Territories, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. In addition, he is a co-author of published outcome research documenting the effects of EMDR with survivors of 9/11 and with those traumatized by the 1999 Marmara earthquake in Turkey.  

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James H Lake, M.D.

Board Certified Psychiatrist
Chairman of the APA Caucus on Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Mental Healthcare

  • Session: Qi Gong in Mental Healthcare
  • Session: The Role of Spirituality and  Religion on Mental Health

Dr. James Lake is a Board Certified psychiatrist who attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, and completed a residency in psychiatry at Stanford University Hospital. His long-standing interests include studying the interface between mental health and culture, and examining philosophical and scientific perspectives of different systems of medicine as they pertain to the assessment and treatment of mental illness. Dr. Lake is in private practice in Monterey, California, where he uses both conventional biomedical therapies and evidence-based alternative therapies. From 1998 through 2000 he was an attending physician at Stanford University Hospital, where he consulted on psychiatric cases in the Complementary Medicine Clinic. Dr. Lake is also on adjunct clinical faculty at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical School.

Dr. Lake's research and writing interests include the integration of Chinese and Western medicine in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, natural product-derived psychotropic medications, EEG neurofeedback in the treatment of anxiety disorders, ADHD and traumatic brain injury, and the roles of consciousness and directed intention in healing. With Bob Flaws, he co-authored Chinese Medical Psychiatry, A Textbook and Clinical Manual, Blue Poppy Press, 2000, and has written book chapters and articles on many areas of alternative and integrative medicine. Dr. Lake is on the advisory board, and contributes articles to the Alternative Medicine Research Report, and previously contributed to The Integrative Medicine Consult. He is on the editorial review board of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, and the Journal of Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology. His two most recent books are Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care: Foundations and Clinical Applications and Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care.

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Bennett R. Leslie,
Clinical Psychologist
Assistant Clinical Professor, Schools of Medicine and Psychiatry
  University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences

  • Session: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Talk and Introduction Workshop

Dr. Bennett Leslie, Psy.D. is a Psychologist with 20 years of clinical experience in a variety of health care settings.  Currently, Dr. Leslie is the Clinical Psychologist at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Colorado Hospital.  He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the schools of Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center.

His clinical focus is on using cognitive and behavioral therapies to help patients with a wide variety of health problems. These include adaptation to medical disease, end-of-life care, the impact of disease on relationships, depression, anxiety, work/life balance, and a desire to focus on wellness.  He also teaches physician-patient communication in the Foundations of Doctoring program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and in the General Internal Medicine residency.  His teaching interests include motivation and behavior change, mindfulness in psychotherapy, physician well being, behavioral sciences in primary care, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and end-of-life communication.  

Dr. Leslie is a faculty member for the Institute of HealthCare Communication and presents workshops on communication in health care settings throughout the country. In addition to his teaching and consulting responsibilities, Dr. Leslie sees patients in his private practice in Denver and Boulder. 

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Lee Lipsenthal, M.D.

Founder and Director of the Finding Balance in a Medical Life Program
Past President of the American Board of Holistic Medicine

  • Session: Finding Balance in Healthcare
  • Session: The Science of Connection

Dr. Lee Lipsenthal is a world recognized leader in Physician Health and Integrative Holistic Medicine. He is a board-certified internist with postgraduate training in cholesterol disorders and served as the Medical Director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California for ten years, with Dr. Dean Ornish. His research area is heart disease prevention. Dr. Lipsenthal consults with major medical centers, health research organizations, and corporations on health and wellness.

He is the author of Finding Balance in a Medical Life and the founder and CEO of Finding Balance, a company dedicated to improving the health and well-being of physicians, nurses and medical systems. He delivers seminars world-wide on physician health, trains faculty from medical schools and residency programs in this area and also serves on the American Medical Association’s Physician Wellness Committee. 

Dr. Lipsenthal will lecture on “Finding Balance in Healthcare.” This lecture will review the core issues of a health professional’s work satisfaction and work/home balance. The participants will learn how the personality of a health professional and their way of managing stress contributes to imbalance. They will then be given tips and tools on how to enhance life balance, communication and to manage change. 

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Rollin McCraty, Ph.D
Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Institute of HeartMath

  • Session: The Relationship between Heart-Brain Dynamics, Positive Emotions, Coherence, Optimal  Health and Cognitive Function
  • Session: Practical Heart-Based Coherence Building Tools and Technologies for Improving Patient Outcomes

Dr. Rollin McCraty is Director of Research at the Institute of HeartMath. His research interests include the physiology of emotion, with a focus on the mechanisms by which emotions influence cognitive processes, behavior, and health as well as the global energetic effect between people and the earth’s energetic output.

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David Rakel, M.D.

Medical Director, Integrative Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

  • Session: The Healer Within
  • Session: Guided Imagery Talk and Workshop

Dr. David Rakel started his career near the Teton Mountains in Driggs, Idaho where he was in rural private practice for five years before completing a two-year residential fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He is the founder and director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine Program and Assistant Professor in the department on family medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. 

Dr. Rakel is editor of one of the premier texts in this field titled, “Integrative Medicine” now in its second edition. He is involved in NIH funding to study the placebo effect and to incorporate healing modalities into medical school curricula. He is board certified in family and holistic medicine and sits on the board of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and is on the executive committee for the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. He has a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine and is certified in interactive guided imagery.

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Scott Shannon, M.D.
Author of “Please Do Not Label My Child”
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

  • Session: Welcome and Intro
  • Session: The Ecology of the Mind: An Overview of the Power of Our Mind in Physical Health

Dr. Scott Shannon practices as a holistic child psychiatrist in Fort Collins, Colorado and at CU Children’s Hospital in Denver at the new Integrative Child Psychiatry Clinic.  Dr. Shannon joined the American Holistic Medical Association in 1978 as a founding member and served as president of that group from 2000-2001.  He currently serves on the American Board of Holistic Medicine.   Dr. Shannon also serves as a Director of AlterMed Research Foundation Board and the course director for Colorado Integrative Medicine Conference (cIMc 2009): focus on mind-body medicine.

Academic Press published his textbook for professionals, Handbook of Complementary Therapies in Mental Health in 2002. Rodale Press published Please Don’t Label My Child, a book on holistic child psychiatry for parents in 2007. Dr. Shannon lectures widely to professionals on the integrative treatment of psychiatric problems.  

Marianne Wamboldt

Marianne Wamboldt, M.D. RYT
Cy and Lyndia Harvey Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Children's Hospital, Aurora, CO
Professor & Vice Chair for Child Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
  University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
Chair of Psychaitry and Behavioral Sciences, The Children's Hospital

  • Yoga Therapy for Pain, Fatigue, and Anxiety

Marianne Z. Wamboldt, M.D. received her Medical Degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she also did her internship and residency training.  Her fellowship training was with the National Institute of Mental Health in research and with the University of Colorado in child psychiatry. She is Board certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry, and serves as an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Dr. Wamboldt was the recipient of an NIH Career Development Award to study the genetic and social determinants of child and adolescent health behaviors, has received several awards and honors in her field of study, and has authored over 70 medical publications.

Dr. Wamboldt has always been interested in the mind-body interface, and the reciprocal effects of mental and physical illnesses in children and adolescents.  She has studied the genetic overlap of anxiety and depression symptoms with allergic disorders, stress response systems in allergic children, and symptom perception in children with asthma.  Her clinical specialty is the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety and/or mood disorders, comorbid medical conditions, and/or psychosomatic conditions.  Her interests in treating these patients led her to study yoga as an intervention that can help with all levels of distress in these patients.  She received her formal training as a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga teacher in 2008 from the Prana Yoga and Ayurveda Mandala in Denver, Colorado.  Currently, she is Medical Director of the Integrative Health Clinic at The Children’s Hospital, and co-investigator on a study of yoga as a therapeutic intervention for adolescents.