Photo and Bio of cIMc 2013 Speakers   

David Spiegel PhotoDavid 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
Professor in the School of Medicine, Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine

·         Keynote: Mind Matters: Stress, Support and Health
·         Keynote: Trance-formation: Hypnosis in Medicine

Dr. David Spiegel is the Jack, Lulu & Sam Willson Professor in the School of Medicine, Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been a member of the academic faculty since 1975. He has been selected to be a member of the Institute of Medicine.  He is Past President of the American College of Psychiatrists, and is Past President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.  He has published ten books, 368 scientific journal articles, and 158 book chapters on hypnosis, psychosocial oncology, stress physiology, trauma, and psychotherapy.   His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute,  the National Institute on Aging, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, the Dana Foundation for Brain Sciences, and the Nathan S. Cummings Foundation, among others.  He is winner of 22 awards, including the 2004 Judd Marmor Award from the American Psychiatric Association for biopsychosocial research and the Hilgard Award from the International Society of Hypnosis.  His research on cancer patients was featured in Bill Moyers' Emmy award-winning PBS series, Healing and the Mind, and on the Jane Pauley Show and Good Morning America.


Jim Hill PhotoJim 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

·         Keynote: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

James O. Hill, Ph.D. is the Founding Executive Director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  He also holds the Anschutz Endowed Chair in Health and Wellness. He is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine.  He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of New Hampshire in Physiological Psychology.  He served as Chair of the first World Health Organization Consultation on Obesity in 1997.  He was President of The Obesity Society (TOS) 1997-8 and President of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) 2008-9.  He was a member of the NIH Expert Panel on Obesity that developed first U.S guidelines for the treatment and prevention of obesity.  Dr. Hill has published more than 500 scientific articles and book chapters.  Many of these focus on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity in weight management. He is the recipient of the 2007 TOPS award and the 2012 George Bray Founders Award from TOS. He has received the Centrum Center, McCollum and Kritchevsky awards from the ASN.  He is the 2012 Atwater Lecturer for the US Department of Agriculture.  Dr. Hill is a cofounder of the National Weight Control Registry, a registry of individuals who have been successful in maintenance of a reduced body weight.  He is co-founder of America on the Move, a national weight gain prevention initiative that aims to inspire Americans to make small changes in how much they eat and how much they move to prevent weight gain.  He is the author of the Step Diet Book, published in June 2004.  He lectures widely throughout the world on obesity, health and wellness.  His current work focuses on developing science-based strategies to reduce obesity rates.  


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi PhotoMihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD
World’s Leading Researcher of Flow and 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

·         Keynote: Past and Future of Positive Psychology
·         Keynote: Implications of Flow Experience for Well-Being and Health


One of the world’s leading authorities on the psychology of creativity, Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is the C.S. and D.J. Davidson Professor of Psychology at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and Director of the Quality of Life Research Center.  He is also emeritus professor of human development at the University of Chicago, where he chaired the Department of Psychology.  

A former resident scholar at the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, resident fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto, and senior Fullbright Fellow in Brazil and New Zealand, Dr. Csikszentmihalyi holds honorary doctor of science degrees from Colorado College, Stevens Institute of Technology, and from Lake Forest College; and a doctor of fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The American Academy of Political and Social Science, the American Psychological Society, the National Academy of Education, and the National Academy of Leisure Studies and a foreign member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 

Serving on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals, he has been a consultant to business, government organizations, educational associations, and cultural institutions and given invited lectures throughout the world.  In addition to the hugely influential Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990), he is the author of thirteen other books translated into different 23 languages, and some 245 research articles. His latest book is Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, published by Viking Press in 2003.

Marianne Wamboldt PhotoMarianne Z. Wamboldt, MD, RYT
The Leslie and William Vollbracht Family Chair in Stress and Anxiety Disorders
Professor – Department of Psychiatry,
Medical Director of Stress and Anxiety Disorders Program – Children’s Hospital


·         Workshop: Yoga for Depression (Co-present with Bethann Bierer, PhD, RYT)

Dr. Marianne Wamboldt is a tenured Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Additionally, she is a Registered Yoga Teacher, and a practitioner of yoga for over 40 years. Her career has focused on understanding the interaction of genetics, family dynamics, and individual beliefs that lead to anxiety and depression in adolescents.  She has led or collaborated on numerous research grants involving adolescents with asthma, anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder, including studying the use of yoga for adolescents with symptoms of depression, anxiety and/or pain.   After ten years as Chair of Child Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Childrens Hospital Colorado, she is now focusing her time on clinical interventions and research for youth with anxiety and depression.

Victor Sierpina PhotoVictor 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
Board Certified in Family and Holistic Medicine
Areas of Expertise and Interest include: Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Spirituality in Healthcare,
Nutritional Medicine, Mind-Body Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, CAM Curriculum Development, Web-Based Learning, Medical Informatics

·         Workshop: 53 Lessons on Mindfulness and Other Delights
·         Lecture: Healthy Gut and Key Concepts


Dr. Victor S. Sierpina, MD, is Professor of Family Medicine with tenure at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. He is the W.D. and Laura Nell Nicholson Family Professor of Integrative Medicine.  He graduated from the University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine as a James Scholar in Independent Study and completed Family Practice Residency at MacNeal Memorial Hospital in suburban Chicago.  Since medical school he has integrated holistic medicine, alternative therapies, and wellness promotion in primary care.  He has been recognized for the past four years as one of the Best Doctors in the USA in Family Medicine.  

Scott Shannon PhotoScott Shannon, MD
President of American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (2011-2013)
cIMc 2013 Course Director
Author of Mental Health for the Whole Child
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Founder and Holistic Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist, Wholeness Center

·         Lecture: Anxiety and Depression – New Frontiers in Nutraceuticals


Scott Shannon, MD, ABIHM, has been instrumental in the creation of a holistic and integrative perspective in psychiatry for well over a decade. Norton will release his third book - a guide for professionals, Mental Health for the Whole Child in 2013. Scott is the current President of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. In 2010 he founded the country’s largest and most comprehensive integrative mental health clinic, Wholeness Center in Fort Collins. An Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado-Children’s Hospital in Denver, Scott spends much of his time teaching health care professionals around the world.


Nanette Santoro PhotoNanette Santoro, MD
Professor E. Stewart Taylor Chair of Ob/Gyn – University of Colorado School of Medicine

·         Lecture: Creams, Gels, Pills and Patches: How to Manage Hot Flashes – Overview
·         Workshop: Creams, Gels, Pills and Patches

Dr. Nanette Santoro has been an active clinician and researcher in Reproductive Endocrinology since 1986. Prior to becoming Chair of the Department of Ob/Gyn at the University of Colorado, she directed the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at 2 medical schools: New Jersey Medical School and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both of which provided full-service care for women with reproductive problems of all kinds. At New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Santoro directed one of the nation’s first oocyte donation programs. She is the author of over 120 scientific publications and two books.


Dr. Santoro’s major research interests include the reproductive endocrinology of premature, peri-, and postmenopause, infertility, and the physiology of gonadotropin-releasing hormone secretion. She has been involved with numerous industry- and government-supported clinical trials, including the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS), and the Reproductive Physiology of Ovarian Failure, and is a co-editor of the Textbook of Perimenopausal Gynecology and the upcoming textbook Amenorrhea: A Clinician’s Guide.


Dr. Santoro’s laboratory has specialized in the development and measurement of urinary metabolites of reproductive hormones. In this way, field studies can be performed that allow for daily hormone assessments without the inconvenience of blood drawing. Urine sampling has been used to characterize the irregular hormone and bleeding patterns seen during puberty and across the transition into menopause. In collaboration with Dr. Lubna Pal, Dr. Santoro has recently assessed the daily urinary hormonal profiles of women in their 30’s who have diminished ovarian reserve (DOR), a fertility problem in which the egg supply in the ovary is prematurely low. Such women are at risk for early menopause, but prior to their menopause they go through a variable period of time when they have somewhat regular menstrual cycles, yet a lower chance of pregnancy compared to other women their age without this condition. This is an important clinical finding because such women may be at high risk for occult bone loss and may not have their bone density checked for many years.


Turning to another problem, the Santoro lab has recently been awarded a Project in the Center for Reproductive Biology’s Specialized Centers Program for Research in Reproduction (U54) Program Grant from the NIH. This project will follow up on intriguing findings from past work examining how obesity affects the reproductive axis in women. Initial studies found evidence for suppression of hypothalamic or pituitary function in obesity that is not due to known feedback mechanisms. Current studies will tease out the site of the defect and help clarify the relationship between fertility and body mass.

Mary Rondeau Photo

Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG)
Naturopathic Doctor and Registered Herbalist – Wholeness Center

·         Workshop: Applying Ayurvedic Principles to a Western Diet and Lifestyles


Dr. Mary Rondeau graduated with a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a Registered Herbalist through American Herbalist Guild. 

She is a faculty member at Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, CO and Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Boulder, CO. In addition, she developed and teach a series of educational courses which focuses on dietary intervention for managing specific disease conditions. She is on the Board of Directors for Global Natural Health Alliance which is a non-profit organization that helps develop healthcare resources for impoverished communities.

Following Dr. Mary Rondeau’s medical school training, internship in Tempe, Arizona, and specialty training in Salt Lake City, Utah, she continued her education in the southern region of India. Upon returning to her hometown of Fort Collins, she was able to leverage this specialty training and use the tools to practice a unique medical approach by combining the best of alternative and conventional medicine.

She currently works as part of the collaborative team at Wholeness Center which focuses on integrative mental health.  In addition to mental health, she has a special interest in environmental and food allergies/intolerances, digestive disorders, asthma, women’s health and pre-pregnancy health.

Liana Lianov PhotoLiana 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 – University of California at Davis

·         Workshop: Positive Psychology and Lifestyle Change (Co-present with Kathleen Jones, MA)


Dr. Liana Lianov is the current President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and the General Preventive Medicine/Public Health Regent on the board of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM). She chairs the Lifestyle Medicine Task Force of ACPM and serves as Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of California Davis. Her company HealthTypeTM offers consulting services and innovative interventions, including mobile technologies, to support sustainable health behavior changes. She is also coordinator for the Health and Wellness Special Interest Group of the Association of Psychological Type International. Dr. Lianov’s previous roles include Vice President of Clinical Operations at Berkeley HeartLab-- where she directed a national cardiovascular disease and lifestyle management program, Director of the Healthy Lifestyles Division at the American Medical Association, Chief Medical Officer for Quality at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and chief of the California Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program and women’s cancer screening programs at the California Department of Health Services. She is board certified in both preventive medicine/public health and internal medicine and has completed a consultation-liaison psychiatry fellowship.


Sara Lazar PhotoSara Lazar, PhD
Associate Research Scientist
Instructor in Psychology – Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

·         Lecture: Mindfulness and Psychotherapy – Applications and Clinical Outcomes
·         Lecture: Meditation and Neuroplasticity


Sara W. Lazar, PhD is an Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. The focus of her research is to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals. She is a Board member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and is a contributing author to Meditation and Psychotherapy (Guilford Press). She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation since 1994. Her research has been covered by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, Time Magazine, CNN, ABC Evening News, National Public Radio, WebMD, and the Huffington Post, and is featured in an information kiosk at the Boston Museum of Science. More information can be found at

Blythe LaGasse PhotoBlythe LaGasse, PhD, MT-BC 
Neurologic Music Therapist
Assistant Professor of Music Therapy – Colorado State University

·         Workshop: Music Therapy for Rehabilitation and Mental Health


Dr. Blythe LaGasse is Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Music Therapy at Colorado State University. She has been a music therapist for over 11 years, working with populations including medical, mental health, and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. LaGasse holds degrees from the University of Kansas (Ph.D. with Music Therapy and Communication Neuroscience emphasis), Colorado State University (M.M. in Music, Music Therapy), and University of Kansas (B.M. in Music Therapy). Additionally, she holds Certification in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and is a trainer for the NMT Academy. With a strong background in communication neuroscience, her research interests include the use of music to improve communication and cognitive skills in children with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. At CSU, Dr. LaGasse teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in Music Therapy and Directs the Music Therapy Distance Learning Program. Dr. LaGasse has contributed to several texts including Music, Health and Wellbeing: Therapy Education, and Communication (2012), Developments in Music Therapy Practice: Case Study Perspectives (2011), An Introduction to Music Therapy: Theory and Practice (2008) and Introduction to Approaches in Music Therapy (2004).

Kathleen Jones PhotoKathleen Jones, MA
Wellness Mentor, Analyst, Hummingbird Coaching – Humana

·         Workshop: Positive Psychology and Lifestyle Change (Co-present with Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM)

Kathleen Jones, MA, is the founder of Embody Change and has over 20 years of experience in coaching clients toward improved health and well-being. A Wellness Coach Mentor with Hummingbird Coaching (at Humana), she holds certifications in Intrinsic Coaching®, Motivational Interviewing, Wellness 360 Coaching, and has completed a certification course through the Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine. Areas of expertise include behavior change theory and practice, the mind/body connection, and life balance and well-being.  In 2011-2012, Kathleen served as the Managing Editor of Lifestyle Medicine in Action, the monthly online publication of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

For over twenty years, Kathleen served as faculty at the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency Program where she taught lifestyle medicine, spirituality in medicine, and worked with resident physicians and patients in all areas of wellness. Along with her residency colleagues, she established the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic at the Family Medicine Center.

As a certified yoga instructor, she teaches a centering style of yoga and has taught mindfulness classes through Miramont Lifestyle Medicine.

Bethann Bierer PhotoBethann Bierer, PhD, RYT
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Lecturer – Department of Psychology, University of Colorado at Denver
Senior Yoga Instructor

·         Workshop: Yoga for Depression (Co-present with Marianne Wamboldt, MD, RYT)


Dr. Bethann Bierer is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her PhD in Child Clinical Psychology from University of Denver and is currently a lecturer at the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado at Denver and at the Department of Psychology at Metro State University of Denver. As a private practitioner, she specializes in outpatient mindfulness-based psychotherapy and the evaluation of children, adolescents, and adults. She is also a senior yoga instructor and meditation teacher and conducts workshops on yoga, mindfulness and positive psychology at national and international conferences.