Colorado Integrative Medicine Conference 2013

Registration is now closed.

This cIMc 2013 event is over. Our deepest gratitude to all the speakers, attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, and volunteers. The event was very successful as a result.

About the Conference 

Please join us at our 3rd biennial (2013) CME (Continuing Medical Education) conference to improve self-care and patient-care focusing on clinical applications and up-to-date research for mind-body medicine and lifestyle management. Learn the latest evidence-based integrative, holistic, nutritional,  culturally inclusive, stress & hormones management tools for optimum physical and mental health and for prevention. Also learn how positive psychology supports lifestyle change and ways to bring positive psychology interventions into practice. 

Dates: July 12th (Friday 7pm, check-in starts 3pm) to July 14, 2013 (Sunday 6pm) 

Assembly Hall  at the YMCA of the Rockies at Estes Park, Colorado, frequented by 250,000 visitors annually.  Address: 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO  

Conference Check-in Time: July 12, 2013 starts at 3pm.  Keynote starts at 7pm.

Educational Credits:

  • CME: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of University of Colorado School of Medicine and AlterMed Research Foundation. The University of Colorado School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Colorado School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • For non-physicians, a Certificate of Attendance will be issued. Please check with your licensing organizations to see if it is adequate for your credit requirements.
  • In Colorado, mental health professionals (except for Certified Addiction Counselors Level I,  Psychologists and Unlicensed Psychotherapists) need Professional Development Hours (PDH). For authoritative applicability and requirements, see  and also click on the relevant links for your profession under Continuing Professional Development Portfolio under Program Information section to the left of the page.

  • If you need other CEs or CEUs, feel free to contact us at or 970-310-3030
Keynote Speakers*: 
  • David Spiegel, MD, Renowned Psychiatrist and Expert in Hypnosis, Co-Author of Trance and Treatment: Clinical Uses of Hypnosis, Director  of Stanford Center on Stress and Health, Known for Breast Cancer Research, Willson Professor in the School of Medicine, Associate Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • James O. Hill, PhD, Co-Founder of National Weight Control Registry, Co-Founder of America on the Move, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Executive Director of Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, Director of the Center for Human Nutrition, Director of Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD, World's Leading Researcher of Flow and of Positive Psychology, Author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Noted for Happiness and Creativity Studies, Widely Published and Cited, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management, Claremont Graduate University

Guest Speakers*: 

  • Marianne Wamboldt, MD, RYT, The Leslie and William Vollbracht Family Chair in Stress and Anxiety Disorders; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Medical Director of Stress and Anxiety Disorders Program at Children's Hospital
  • Victor Sierpina, MD, University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor, WD & Laura Nell Nicholson Family Professor in Integrative Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch - Department of Family Medicine
  • Scott Shannon, MD, Author of Mental Health for the Whole Child; Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine; President of American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (2011-2013);  Founder & Holistic Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist at Wholeness Center
  • Nanette Santoro, MD, Professor and E. Stewart Taylor Chair of Ob/Gyn, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Mary Rondeau, ND, RH(AHG), Naturopathic Doctor and Registered Herbalist, Wholeness Center
  • Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM, President of American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Founder and President of Health Type, Board Member of American College of Preventive Medicine, Assistant Professor at University of California at Davis
  • Sara Lazar, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, Instructor in Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Blythe LaGasse, PhD, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, Colorado State University
  • Kathleen Jones, MA, Wellness Mentor, Analyst, LifeSynch Program, Humana
  • Bethann Bierer, PhD, RYT, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado at Denver. Senior Yoga Instructor

Topic Titles for lectures/workshops* and Syllabus:

;Evening of 7/12
  • Keynote #1: Mind Matters: Stress, Support, and Health (Spiegel)

    Morning of 7/13

  • Keynote #2: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles (Hill)
  • Keynote #3: Past and Future of Positive Psychology (Csikszentmihalyi)
  • Trance-formation: Hypnosis in Medicine (Spiegel)

    Workshops in the Afternoon of 7/13

  • 53 Lessons on Mindfulness and Other Delights (Sierpina)
  • Music Therapy for Rehabilitation and Mental Health (LaGasse)
  • Positive Psychology and Lifestyle Change (Lianov and Jones)

    Morning of 7/14
  • Implications of the Flow Experience for Well-Being and Health (Csikszentmihalyi)
  • Healthy Gut and Key Concepts (Sierpina)
  • Creams, Gels, Pills, and Patches: How to Manage Hot Flashes and Other Challenges of Menopause - Overview (Santoro)
  • Anxiety and Depression - New Frontiers in Nutraceuticals (Shannon)

    Breakouts in the Afternoon of 7/14

  • Mindfulness and Psychotherapy - Applications and Clinical Outcomes (Lazar)
  • Meditation and Neuroplasticity (Lazar)
  • Applying Ayurvedic Principles to a Western Diet and Lifestyles (Rondeau)
  • Creams, Gels, Pills, and Patches Workshop (Santoro)
  • Yoga for Depression (Wamboldt and Bierer)

Hosted by: AlterMed Research Foundation  

Target Audience:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses, and allied health professionals
  • Mental/behavioral health professionals (psychologists, counselors, social workers, master level therapists, etc) 
  • Complementary and alternative medicine professionals
  • Residents, fellows, and full-time students
Conference Objectives:
  • Apply and promote evidence-based strategies for healthy lifestyle management
  • Implement mind-body therapies in clinical practice
  • Use positive psychology and lifestyle behavior change tools to improve health
  • Counsel patients on the use of diet and nutritional supplements for physical and mental health conditions

Course Development Committee:

  • Scott Shannon, MD, cIMc Course Director and Faculty, President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (2011-2013)
  • Lisa Corbin, MD, FACP, Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Colorado Hospital, Associate Professor, Department of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • James Seeton, MD, Family Physician and Director of Lifestyle Medicine at Miramont
  • Patricia Tahan, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, Stress Management Family Counseling Center
  • Marianne Wamboldt, MD, RYT, see credentials under Speakers
  • Kerri Diamant, Founder and Executive Director of AlterMed Research Foundation


  • Physicians - $495
  • Nurses and Allied Health Professionals - $395
  • Residents, Fellows, and Full-time Students (with letter for verification) - $265
  • Group Rate - for a group of 4 or more registrants registering together, each can get 20% discount

Tuition Cancellation Policy*:

Cancellation in-writing received (postmarked) by 6/12/13 will get full refunds minus $100 processing fee.  No refunds (postmarked) after 6/13/13.  Paid registration may be transferred to your designated alternate attendee of the same registrant type if written request is confirmed by July 5, 2013.

Refer-A-Friend Program

Effective May 13 to June 12, we are implementing a new refer-a-friend program. This program allows referrals from all cIMc 2013 conference participants (paid registrants, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, and sponsors). When you refer, you will receive a $35 credit after your friend/colleague registers and mentions your name on their cIMc registration (i.e. they mention they heard it from a friend and list your name under "How did you hear?" and select the "Please specify friend" from the drop down menu of the online registration form or by phone). By mentioning you - he/she also receives a $35 credit. There is no limit on how many people you can refer and save. Yes, it is possible that you can even make money in addition to attending the conference for free. A new registrant can only be referred by one person, however. This offer may not be combined with other offers.

The $35 savings per friend referral will be processed for qualified registrants (you and your referred registrants) starting June 13 until August 12. AlterMed reserves the right to determine and validate program eligibility. 

On Accommodations, July 12th to July 14th is a very popular weekend at Estes Park. Quite a few events are happening then. You and your family/friends/colleagues are encouraged to book lodging as soon as possible. Prior to May 13, 2013, you may reserve a room at the Central Lodges at the YMCA of the Rockies online at:

If you would like to come in earlier or stay longer than July 12-14, please make your reservation on-line first for the dates of the conference. Then please call Central Reservations at (888)613-9622 or (970)586-3341 x1010 to add the additional nights to your existing reservation. Please have your reservation number handy.

If you have any questions or would like to book lodging starting May 13, 2013, please contact the Central Reservations Office at the YMCA of the Rockies at (888)613-9622 or (970)586-3341 x1010, and refer to the cIMc Mind-Body Medicine Conference. The day rate includes parking as well as 3 daily buffet meals starting dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday. Please bring your personal toiletries such as lotion, toothpaste, etc. For shuttle info from Denver International Airport (DIA), please check out or call (970)586-5151. Please allow 2 hours of driving time from DIA to YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park. For transportation within Estes Park, click HERE For Estes Park Activities, click HERE Directions to YMCA of the Rockies Map for driving from the Denver International Airport Map for finding the Assembly Hall at YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center for conference registration. Sponsors & Exhibitors

Interested sponsors and exhibitors - please contact

Exhibitors Hours at Assembly Hall:
  • 7/12 3pm -10pm
  • 7/13 7:30am - 6pm
  • 7/14 8am - 4pm
Exhibitor spaces are almost all reserved in the Assembly Hall. Exhibitor set up is scheduled for July 12th from 1pm to 3pm in the Assembly Hall of YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park  Email for more exhibitor information. 

Exhibitors List as of July 1, 2013
  • Metagenics
  • Open Sky Wilderness Therapy
  • AlterMed Research Foundation
  • Barry Helm
  • The BioMat Company
  • Bridging the Gaps
  • Courage to Change Ranch
  • Aura Photo and Reading
  • doTERRA
  • Green Emerald Arts and Oils
  • LifeSpark Cancer Resources
  • Mentor Books
  • Backcountry Recording
  • Baro-Therpies, Inc.
  • Wholeness Center
  • Begin Again Ranch
  • SleepImage
  • MHP Vitamins
  • PEMF- PUlse4Life
  • Xocai Healthy Chocolate
  • TrueStar Health and Wellness
  • Me Fit and Healthy
  • Golden Sunshine International, Inc.
  • Wholeness Center
Conference is sponsored by:
  • AlterMed Research Foundation
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Aschutz Foundation Scholarships Grant - needs based, email
  • Metagenics sponsoring a talk and lunch on 7/13
  • Open Sky Wilderness sponsoring Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD
  • Natural Standard - conference attendees receive a two-week free access of NS database from 7/12 to 7/26

Additional Conference Information

Interested volunteers - please contact

Conference flyer for you to spread the word about this conference

*AlterMed reserves the right to change cIMc program content and faculty at any time

Past 2013 Colorado Integrative Medicine Conference (cIMc 2013): Focus on Mind-Body Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine
  •    Sponsored by University of Colorado School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education
  •    Close to 300 attendees (close to half are physicians, the rest of allied health professionals and students)
  •    94% of the survey respondents rated the conference quality to be good to excellent
  •    87% said they would change the way they practice
  •    95% said the course was based on the best scientific and rigorous evidence available

Past 2011 Colorado Integrative Medicine Conference (cIMc 2011): Focus on Mind-Body Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine
  •    Sponsored by University of Colorado School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education
  •    Over 300 attendees (1/3 physicians, 1/2 nurses & allied health professionals, rest are students and the public)
  •    93% of the survey respondents rated the conference quality to be very good or excellent
  •    A few quotes from previous faculty and attendees:
       "Quality of speakers was excellent."
       "Very relevant information, clinically useful and applicable."
       "Good balance of empirical evidence and clinical practicality."
       "All speakers were great - informative, thoughtful, etc."
  •    View details of 2011 conference

Past 2009 Colorado Integrative Medicine Conference (cIMc 2009): Focus on Mind-Body Medicine
  •    Sponsored by University of Colorado School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education
  •    Over 250 attendees (1/3 physicians, 1/2 nurses & allied health professionals, rest are students and the public)
  •    95% of the survey respondents rated the conference quality to be very good or excellent
  •    91% of the survey respondents rated the conference usefulness to be very good or excellent
  •    A few quotes from previous faculty and attendees:
       "Congrats on outstanding success of conference.  Great marks!" from a MD
       "Brilliant conference.  It was VERY worth my travel from Tennessee.  Thank you for all the time, love, and energy you put into it."
       from a PhD
       "This conference was over the top, the speakers were such high caliber and cutting edge for us in the field." from a PhD
  •    View details of 2009 conference