Group Medical Visit Conference 2021

Friday, September 17 2021 11:00 AM - 5:35 PM [EDT]

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Friday, September 17 2021 11:00 AM - 5:35 PM [EDT]

The Integrated Center for Group Medical Visits is excited to host the FIRST EVER conference dedicated to Group Medical Visits!  This one day event is for practitioners, scholars, administrators, leading organizations, and experts to come together and share their expertise on all things related to group medical visits.  

The inaugural theme, "Together, we heal" will explore the resiliency and adaptations of Group Medical Visits in a pandemic world with presentations focused on: 

  • Field reports from group medical practice
  • Innovation in groups
  • Reaching special populations using group medical visits
  • Research on group medical visits
  • Group medical visit logistics

 

Open to all health proviers, practitioners, administrators, scholars, organizations, and individuals from a variety of backgrounds, modalities, and specialties, this conference aims to provide valuable information for increasing access to ingtegrative health care through the group medical visit model.  The program will call attention to:

  • Addressing the social determinants of health with groups
  • Increasing access to group visits
  • Insights into new billing guidelines for groups
  • Adaptations to group visits in light of COVID-19
  • Confiddentiality and groups
  • The future of group visits

CME INFORMATION

 

The AAFP has reviewed ICGMV Inaugural Group Medical Visit Conference and deemed it acceptable for up to 5.00 Online Only, Live AAFP Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 09/17/2021 to 09/17/2021. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association ass equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1. 

 

Cancellation policy

Cancellations made prior to the start of the conference will incur a $15 cancellation fee.  The fees for cancellations made before September 1st will go directly towards the scholarship program to provide those undergoing financial hardship and/or those from underserved communities the opportunity to attend. Fees for cancellations made after September 1st will serve as a donation towards the ICGMV Capital Fund.  

Integrated Center for Group Medical Visits

The Integrated Center for Group Medical Visits (ICGMV) is a nonprofit organization and fully functional group medical visit practice based out of Lawrence, Massachusetts. The Center envisions a world where all people have access to evidence based, integrated primary care. In support of this vision, their team is dedicated to providing quality education, training, and support for clinical professionals at all levels to successfully implement and facilitate group medical visit programs.

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Jessica Barnhill, MD, MPH
Facilitator and Researcher
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

I co-facilitate and research Integrative Medical Group Visits at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. We are currently adapting the Our Whole Lives curriculum, designed for people with chronic pain, to support people with Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID.

About Jessica Barnhill, MD, MPH

Facilitator and Researcher
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Carol Squires, LCSW, LADC
Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment Counselor
Maine Behavioral Health Care

Carol Squires, LCSW, LADC works for Maine Behavioral Health Care on the Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment Team providing recovery treatment for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder who often time experience co-occurring mental health disorders. Carol also provides individual counseling at Westbrook Primary Care as part of the Behavioral Health Integration Model.

About Carol Squires, LCSW, LADC

Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment Counselor
Maine Behavioral Health Care
Randi Sokol, MD, MPH, MMedEd
Assistant Professor; Director of the Pain and Addiction curriculum; Director of Faculty Development
Tufts Family Medicine Residency Program

Randi Sokol is Assistant Professor at the Tufts Family Medicine Residency Program where she is the Director of the Pain and Addiction curriculum and Director of Faculty Development. She also leads Cambridge Health Alliance's Pain and Addiction Support Services (PASS) Interdisciplinary consultation service and has created STFM's National Addiction Curriculum. Randi has special interest around group-based opioid treatment (GBOT) and has lead efforts to implement this model of treatment across her health system, coaches others sites around GBOT implementation, and has published widely on it. She also has particular interest around medical education, publishing peer-reviewed articles around information mastery and serving on STFM's Graduate Medical Education committee and her residency's clinical competency committee.

About Randi Sokol, MD, MPH, MMedEd

Assistant Professor; Director of the Pain and Addiction curriculum; Director of Faculty Development
Tufts Family Medicine Residency Program
Matt Erb, PT
Physiotherapist; Associate Clinical Director; Instructor; Founder of Embody Your Mind
Simons Physical Therapy, Tuscon; The Center for MInd-Body Medicine, Washington DC; Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona

Matt Erb is a physiotherapist with Simons Physical Therapy, Tucson; Associate Clinical Director for The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington DC; instructor for Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona. Matt is also Founder of Embody Your Mind, focused on writing, teaching, and consulting in the areas of mind-body medicine and integrative health.

About Matt Erb, PT

Physiotherapist; Associate Clinical Director; Instructor; Founder of Embody Your Mind
Simons Physical Therapy, Tuscon; The Center for MInd-Body Medicine, Washington DC; Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona
Helen Delichatsios, MD, SM
Clinician-Educator
Massachusetts General Hospital

HELEN DELICHATSIOS, MD, SM is a clinician-educator at Massachusetts General Hospital. A graduate of Cornell University Medical College, Helen completed her Internal Medicine residency at Cornell New York Hospital and earned a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Helen has an active Primary Care practice, teaches students and residents, and her research interests and publications concern effective nutrition and obesity counseling methods in the Primary Care Office. Pre-pandemic, Helen offered Shared Medical Appointments in the office for patients with metabolic disorders with an emphasis on self-management and teaching through cooking. With Covid-19, she promptly transitioned to a Zoom platform where she runs Virtual Group Visits that include Culinary Medicine instruction.

About Helen Delichatsios, MD, SM

Clinician-Educator
Massachusetts General Hospital
Eleanor Belilos, BS
Medical Student (4th year)
Medstar Health's Fresh & Savory Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine Shared Medical Appointments

Ellie Belilos is a current 4th year medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and is currently pursuing a residency in Internal Medicine. She is passionate about empowering patients with healthy lifestyle skills, and volunteered regularly at MedStar Health's Fresh & Savory Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine Shared Medical Appointments throughout the past year. She hopes to someday incorporate culinary medicine and shared medical appointments into her practice.

About Eleanor Belilos, BS

Medical Student (4th year)
Medstar Health's Fresh & Savory Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine Shared Medical Appointments
Varsha Kottamasu, MHA
Program Manager
MedStar Institute for Innovation

Varsha’s involvement with group medical visits began during her administrative residency at MedStar Health, where she served as the Interim Project Manager for Fresh & Savory, a culinary and lifestyle medicine-based Shared Medical Appointment program. In this role, Varsha supported the transition of Fresh & Savory onto a virtual platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic, standardization of virtual workflows, and research activities focused on program scalability and sustainability. Varsha has a background in public health and health administration, and she currently is a Project Manager for the Translational Innovation team at the MedStar Institute for Innovation.

About Varsha Kottamasu, MHA

Program Manager
MedStar Institute for Innovation
Sarah Schumacher, BS
Medical Student (4th year)
MedStar Health's Fresh & Savory Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine Shared Medical Appointments

Sarah is a 4th year medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She has enjoyed volunteering over the past year with MedStar Health's Fresh & Savory Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine Shared Medical Appointments. She has discovered a passion for counseling patients on healthy lifestyle skills, and looks forward to incorporating these principals and the teaching kitchen model in her future practice.

About Sarah Schumacher, BS

Medical Student (4th year)
MedStar Health's Fresh & Savory Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine Shared Medical Appointments
Clare Viglione, MPH, RD
Research Manager
Vital Village Networks, Boston Medical Center

Ms. Clare Viglione is the Research Manager at the CRADLE Lab (Childhood Research to Advance Developmental-Health Learning and Equity) at Vital Village Networks, Boston Medical Center. She graduated from Columbia University in 2015 with an MPH and studied nutrition at Brooklyn College. Clare has held research positions at NYU Langone and Boston University in addition to health education roles with Harlem Children’s Zone and the New York City Department of Health.

About Clare Viglione, MPH, RD

Research Manager
Vital Village Networks, Boston Medical Center
Michelle Loy, MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor
Integrative Health and Well-Being-Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Michelle Loy, MD, FAAP is a nationally recognized double board-certified physician who received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College, her doctorate in medicine from Weill Cornell Medical College, her pediatrics residency training from New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell, and her integrative medicine fellowship training from Columbia University/Stamford Hospital. Dr. Loy utilizes evidence-based interventions from both modern medicine and time-tested traditional modalities including nutrition, movement, acupuncture, botanicals, and mind-body medicine to prevent and manage chronic medical conditions across all age groups at Integrative Health and Well-Being-Weill Cornell Medicine. As an assistant professor with joint appointments in Medicine and Pediatrics, she presents to physicians, patients, and the community on her clinical and research interests which include nutrition, culinary medicine, botanical medicine, cancer prevention, mental health, women’s health, and children’s health. Dr. Loy has achieved recognition in integrative medicine at national academic conferences and other peer-reviewed training opportunities. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, an elected executive board member of the AAP Section of Integrative Medicine, and a member of the Society of Integrative Oncology.

About Michelle Loy, MD, FAAP

Assistant Professor
Integrative Health and Well-Being-Weill Cornell Medicine
Bethany Kavalakatt, BS
Medical Student (2nd year); Group Visit Coordinator
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine; University of North Carolina Integrative Medicine Clinic

Bethany Kavalakatt is a second-year medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. She completed her Bachelors of Science degree in biological sciences at California State University, Fullerton. She is currently the group visit coordinator for the integrative medical group visits run by the University of North Carolina Integrative Medicine Clinic.

About Bethany Kavalakatt, BS

Medical Student (2nd year); Group Visit Coordinator
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine; University of North Carolina Integrative Medicine Clinic
Mia Casciani, BA, MPH candidate
Research Assistant; MPH Student
UC San Diego Health's SLIM Program

Mia Casciani is a MPH student at UC San Diego concentrating in Epidemiology. As a Research Assistant for UC San Diego Health's SLIM Program, she has gained experience working with virtual group medical visits during the pandemic. Her research interests include predictors of obesity and modalities of care for treating obesity .

About Mia Casciani, BA, MPH candidate

Research Assistant; MPH Student
UC San Diego Health's SLIM Program
Kryztal Pena
Group Visit Coordinator
MiMedico Clinic

Kryztal Pena currently works at MiMedico Clinic, located in Chicago, as a Group Visit Coordinator and Medical Assistant. She is also a recent graduate of the University of Illinois where she received her Bachelors degree in Public Health. Kryztal has received various awards for her research on cancer disparities and since then has continued her research on other disparities within the Latinx community. While continuing her research Kryztal hopes to pursue a career as a future physician scientist.

About Kryztal Pena

Group Visit Coordinator
MiMedico Clinic
Sophia Gerontakos, ND, BHSc, PhD Candidate
Australian naturopath and PhD candidate
National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, Southern Cross University

Sophia Gerontakos is an Australian naturopath and PhD candidate with the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, Southern Cross University. Sophia’s research is investigating a new model of delivering naturopathic consultations to women and gender-diverse people with endometriosis, using group visits, to address issues of access and integration of naturopathy. Sophia has been involved in establishing an inner-city free naturopathic community clinic in Brisbane, Australia and co-ordinating local professional development events with the community chapters of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia. Sophia holds an Honours degree in Naturopathy and has authored several peer-reviewed articles on naturopathy and herbal medicine.

About Sophia Gerontakos, ND, BHSc, PhD Candidate

Australian naturopath and PhD candidate
National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, Southern Cross University
Bonnie Kwok, MD, MPH
Group Medical Visits Site Lead and Resident Group Facilitation Training Lead
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center

Bonnie Kwok, MD, MPH is a family physician and diabetes group medical visits facilitator at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Clinical Teaching Faculty at Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program where she completed her residency training. She currently serves as the Group Medical Visits Site Lead and Resident Group Facilitation Training Lead. Her medical training commenced at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health where she facilitated diabetes groups with an interdisciplinary team for low-income patients in Milwaukee as part of the program Chronic Illness Management in Teams of Urban Multidisciplinary Scholars (CIMTUMS). Her passion for the care of underserved communities dealing with chronic medical conditions particularly Type 2 Diabetes stems from the love of her grandfather who had diabetes and whose resiliency was immeasurable. Dr. Kwok has special interest in narrative medicine and poetry.

About Bonnie Kwok, MD, MPH

Group Medical Visits Site Lead and Resident Group Facilitation Training Lead
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center
Elizabeth Markle, PhD
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Open Source Wellness
Open Source Wellness

Dr. Elizabeth Markle is a licensed psychologist, speaker, writer, researcher, and Professor of Community Mental Health at California Institute of Integral Studies. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Open Source Wellness, an Oakland-based nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming health care and health outcomes via "Community As Medicine."

About Elizabeth Markle, PhD

Co-Founder and Executive Director of Open Source Wellness
Open Source Wellness
Benjamin Emmert-Aronson, PhD
Co-Founder of Open Source Wellnes
Open Source Wellness

Benjamin Emmert-Aronson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, researcher, and advocate. He earned his M.S. in Statistics from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Boston University. He co-founded Open Source Wellness, a non-profit nationally recognized for innovation in health.

About Benjamin Emmert-Aronson, PhD

Co-Founder of Open Source Wellnes
Open Source Wellness
Olivia Weinstein, MS, RD, LDN
Culinary Nutrition Director
Teaching Kitchen at Boston Medical Center

Olivia Weinstein, MS, RD, LDN, is the culinary nutrition director in the Teaching Kitchen at Boston Medical Center (BMC), Boston, MA where she teaches patients how to apply nutrition recommendations to real food and how to better utilize the food receive from the BMC food pantry. Through her work in the award-winning BMC Teaching Kitchen, which earned the Future Practice's award for "Innovations in Dietetics Practice" at FNCE 2016, Olivia is helping to bring to fruition BMC’s mission of "exceptional care, without exception".

About Olivia Weinstein, MS, RD, LDN

Culinary Nutrition Director
Teaching Kitchen at Boston Medical Center
Ted Wissink, MD
Primary Care Provider and INtegrative Medicine Consultant
Maine Medical Center

Ted completed residency training in Family Medicine at Maine Medical Center and after residency went on to do a fellowship in Integrative Medicine through Andrew Weil’s Center for Integrative Medicine at University of Arizona. He serves as both a primary care provider and an Integrative Medicine consultant at MMP. His clinical interests are focused on health promotion and addressing health problems with both lifestyle behaviors and other integrative approaches based on a patient’s individual values. He started doing Wellness and Prevention Group Visits several years ago as these allow a deeper focus with more time for patients who desire to make lifestyle changes.

About Ted Wissink, MD

Primary Care Provider and INtegrative Medicine Consultant
Maine Medical Center
Neha Goyal, PhD
Psychologist
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Goyal is a psychologist who cares for patients with cancer at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. She uses cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches to help patients and their family members cope with the emotional and physical challenges of a cancer diagnosis. She provides care at all stages, from active treatment to survivorship and end of life.

About Neha Goyal, PhD

Psychologist
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Stephanie Cheng, MD
Palliative Care Physician
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center's Symptom Management Service

Dr. Stephanie Cheng is a palliative care physician who provides supportive care for patients with terminal or life-altering illnesses. She devotes most of her practice to outpatient care in the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center's Symptom Management Service. Dr. Cheng has special interests in integrative medicine, mindfulness, group medical visits, forest therapy, and self-compassion practices. She serves as one of the principal investigators for a pilot study evaluating innovative medical visits pairing psycho-oncology and integrative palliative care for patients with advanced cancer. With colleagues at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, she also studies integrative approaches to treating common cancer-related symptoms.

About Stephanie Cheng, MD

Palliative Care Physician
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center's Symptom Management Service
A. Udaya Thomas, MSN, MPH, APRN, PhD-C
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner; Board President of IM4U
IM4US

Udaya is a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in an FQHC in Southeastern Florida, a recent SAMHSA Fellow from ANA Minority Fellowship Program and in her final term of her PhD in Nursing program at Walden University. She is also the Board President of IM4US. She created this video as a therapeutic outlet to symbolize the voices from her anonymous data and share the key results of her quantitative research on Integrative Group Medical Visits in a creative and simple format.

About A. Udaya Thomas, MSN, MPH, APRN, PhD-C

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner; Board President of IM4U
IM4US
Ariana Thompson-Lastad, PhD
Medical Sociologist
UC San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and Department of Family and Community Medicine; IM4US

Ariana Thompson-Lastad, PhD is a faculty member at the UC San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is a medical sociologist whose research focuses on group medical visits, with a focus on integrative healthcare in community health centers. Dr. Thompson-Lastad is a board member of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved and a member of the ICGMV conference planning committee.

About Ariana Thompson-Lastad, PhD

Medical Sociologist
UC San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and Department of Family and Community Medicine; IM4US
Chanel Heermann, MD
Integrative Psychiatrist
Rocky Mountain VA Medical Center

Chanel Heermann, MD, is an integrative psychiatrist who helps people create a holistic recovery plan for their unique emotional challenges using the best of conventional and alternative medicine. She proudly serves the veterans of Eastern Colorado at the Rocky Mountain VA Medical Center, as well as offering private integrative psychiatry services via telemedicine across Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Nebraska.

About Chanel Heermann, MD

Integrative Psychiatrist
Rocky Mountain VA Medical Center
Rachel Moyer, BS
Medical Student (4th year)
University of Rochester School of Medicine; Highland Family Medicine - FoodLink Cooking Matters

Rachel Moyer is a fourth year medical student at University of Rochester School of Medicine. In medical school, she has worked alongside Dr. Holly Russell at the Highland Family Medicine - FoodLink Cooking Matters partnership. She became involved in this project to continue exploring the role of food insecurity in healthcare, and interest which began as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Good Shepherd Foodbank in Maine.

About Rachel Moyer, BS

Medical Student (4th year)
University of Rochester School of Medicine; Highland Family Medicine - FoodLink Cooking Matters
Scarlet Soriano, MD, ABOIM
Medical Director
Hopespring Holistic Health Institute in Maine

Dr. Soriano is an Integrative Medicine leader, educator, speaker and consultant. She is passionate about re-imagining health-related paradigms and bringing to life new healthcare structures that support greater equity and deeper healing and wellbeing among individuals and collectives. She is co-founder of a widely successful Mindfulness Initiative at Boston Medical Center that has embedded mindfulness into the organization. Dr. Soriano has focused her clinical practice on wellness-based group visits and has designed and led innovative group visit models that increase access to Integrative health services for underserved populations. Dr. Soriano is the former Director of Group Visits and Wellness-Based Healthcare Transformation at Boston Medical Center, and former Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic's Tanya I Edwards MD Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine. She currently serves as Medical Director for Hopespring Holistic Health Institute in Maine.

About Scarlet Soriano, MD, ABOIM

Medical Director
Hopespring Holistic Health Institute in Maine
Rita Anita Linger, PhD, CPC, CMBP
Human Scientist, Psycho-physiologist, University Professor; Executive Director
UNC Integrative Medicine and Rehabilitation Department; Recovery Communities of North Carolina

Dr. Rita Anita Linger, is a Human Scientist, Psycho-physiologist, University Professor at UNC Integrative Medicine and Rehabilitation Dept. with a background and practice in, contemporary neuroscience, integrative medicine and health, MBSR, Mind-Body skills and organizational effectiveness for non profits and for profit institutions. She is the Executive Director of Recovery Communities of North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina (a statewide organizations that provides holistic direct recovery services and training programs/technical support, mentoring to those struggling with substance use disorders, trauma, chronic illness, mental illness, their families, allies and providers of services). Principal at Mindfully Human Center for Personal and Professional Development.

About Rita Anita Linger, PhD, CPC, CMBP

Human Scientist, Psycho-physiologist, University Professor; Executive Director
UNC Integrative Medicine and Rehabilitation Department; Recovery Communities of North Carolina
Holly Russell, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine; Medical Director
Center for Community Health and Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Russell earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from Boston College, and went on to serve in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps for a year in Oakland, California working as a counselor and nursing assistant at a residential treatment center for adolescents with substance abuse disorders. She obtained her M.D. degree with a Distinction in Community Service from the University of Rochester in 2007, and completed internship and residency in Family Medicine with an Area of Concentration in Research at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 2010, she returned to the University of Rochester and completed a faculty development fellowship and a Master’s of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Russell is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and currently splits her time between the Department of Family Medicine and is the Medical Director at the Center for Community Health and Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

About Holly Russell, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine; Medical Director
Center for Community Health and Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center
Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, IFMCP
Chief Medical Officer
Forum Health

Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, IFMCP is a Board-Certified family physician who serves as Chief Medical Officer at Forum Health, a nationwide provider of personalized health services. She is internationally known for her contributions in functional and integrative medicine through her teaching roles with The Institute for Functional Medicine, The Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, George Washington University’s Department of Integrative Medicine, and more. As a firm believer in models that promote clinical, financial and operational success, she created Group Visit Toolkits- the most widely used lifestyle-based group visit resources.

About Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, IFMCP

Chief Medical Officer
Forum Health
Deepa Sannidhi, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Deepa Sannidhi MD is a Associate Clinical Professor at the UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Sannidhi teaches and mentors Family and Preventive Medicine residents, medical students and public health students in the principles and practice of Lifestyle Medicine and Obesity Medicine. She runs a program for the treatment of Obesity called the Supervised Lifestyle and Integrative Medicine (SLIM) Program for the Treatment of Obesity. She is Chair of the Research Committee at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

About Deepa Sannidhi, MD

Associate Clinical Professor
UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine
Maria Chao, DrPH, MPA
Associate Professor of Medicine; Associate Director of Research; Associate Director for Health Equity and Diversity
University of California San Francisco; UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Maria Chao, DrPH, MPA, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco and the Associate Director of Research and the Associate Director for Health Equity and Diversity at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Chao’s overarching research goal is to investigate how complementary and integrative medicine can advance health equity. She has conducted clinical trials of group-based integrative approaches for prenatal care, stress management among young adults, chronic pain conditions, and diabetes self-management.

About Maria Chao, DrPH, MPA

Associate Professor of Medicine; Associate Director of Research; Associate Director for Health Equity and Diversity
University of California San Francisco; UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Katie Sharp, MD
Leadership in Preventive Medicine Fellow
Maine Medical Center

Katie completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Maine Medical Center. She is currently a Leadership in Preventive Medicine Fellow at Maine Medical Center. She is completing her Masters in Public Health at the University of New England. She has an interest in public health, primary care, nutrition, lifestyle medicine, group medical visits and wellness. She is also interested in food insecurity and expanding access to healthy foods. She is looking forward to combining public health, lifestyle group medical visits and primary care in the future.

About Katie Sharp, MD

Leadership in Preventive Medicine Fellow
Maine Medical Center
Amy Pearl, RN
Registered Nurses and Health Coach
Maine Medical Partners

Amy's background is in social work and nursing, along with additional training in holistic nursing care. She pursued a master's degree in Health and Wellness Coaching from Maryland University of Integrative Health. She serves as a registered nurse and health coach at Maine Medical Partners. Her focus is to help support patients make health behavior changes leading to better health outcomes.

About Amy Pearl, RN

Registered Nurses and Health Coach
Maine Medical Partners
Ray Mendez, MD
Founding Physician of MiMedico

Ray Mendez, MD, MA is a family physician from Chicago dedicated to serving the global Latinx community. Dr. Mendez is the founding physician of MiMedico, a primary care clinic located in Chicago's predominantly Mexican neighborhood of Pilsen. Dr. Mendez also works at the Emergency Department Extension at Ingalls Memorial Hospital and spends time as an clinical educator in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine as well as Rush Medical College. Dr. Mendez is honored to serve on the Executive Board of Directors at the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, an organization that conducts research, educates, and collaborates with stakeholders to advocate for equitable health policies that impact health systems. Dr. Mendez takes annual trips to work in Nicaragua with aspirations of creating a sustainable, community-run primary care clinic in the country.

About Ray Mendez, MD

Founding Physician of MiMedico
Erika Meraz
Practice Manager
MiMedico

Erika Meraz is the current Practice Manager for MiMedico, a primary care clinic located in Chicago's predominantly Mexican neighborhood of Pilsen. Erika graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2020. While at MiMedico, Erika directly supports all aspects of the clinic including group visit care coordination, one-on-one patient visits, grant acquisitions, scheduling, revenue cycle management, and ensures the clinic delivers culturally-appropriate care to all patients it serves. In the coming year, Erika plans to pursue a graduate degree in the biomedical sciences while continuing her journey towards medical school.

About Erika Meraz

Practice Manager
MiMedico
Erica Mintzer, MD
Medical Director
Cambridge Health Alliance

Dr. Erica Mintzer is the Medical Director for Malden Family Medicine Center, which is Cambridge Health Alliance’s largest primary care site and home of the Tufts Family Medicine Residency. Her clinical interests include Group Medical Visits and Perinatal Care. Dr. Mintzer received a BA in Latin American Literature from Dartmouth College and then worked for three years at Tellus Institute, an environmental consulting firm. She graduated from Yale School of Medicine and Boston University Family Medicine Residency. From 2012- 2019, she practiced primary care at Codman Square Health Center and labor and delivery at Boston Medical Center. At Codman, she was Perinatal Provider Champion and Family Medicine Department Director.

About Erica Mintzer, MD

Medical Director
Cambridge Health Alliance
Emily Benedetto, MSW, LCSW
Program Manager, Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration
Cambridge Health Alliance

Emily Benedetto is Program Manager for the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration program (PCBHI), where she has facilitated the implementation of the program across 13 primary care practices over seven years. This has included creating a shared governance structure, implementing evidence-based screening and follow-up workflows, co-creating an EMR and reporting infrastructure, coordinating training of primary care teams and integrating behavioral health staff, including supervising 16 behavioral care managers. With Emily’s leadership, CHA Primary Care patients experienced a significant reduction in depression symptoms and primary care providers reported significant improvement in knowledge and confidence in mental health services. The PCBHI program is currently piloting new initiatives to include mental health integration for pediatric and adolescent patients and programming for safe opioid prescribing and chronic pain.

About Emily Benedetto, MSW, LCSW

Program Manager, Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration
Cambridge Health Alliance
Mladen Golubic, MD, PhD, FACLM
Medical Director and Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine
Center for Integrative Health and Wellness; University of Cincinnati

Since January 2021, Dr. Golubic is Medical Director at the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness and Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine, University of Cincinnati. During the past 3 decades, Dr. Golubic has been at the Cleveland Clinic both as scientist and physician. Dr. Golubic is a graduate of the University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Croatia and earned his doctorate at the same University after 5 years of post-doctoral fellowship at the Max-Planck Institute for Biology, Germany in the field of immunogenetics. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. He is also Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

About Mladen Golubic, MD, PhD, FACLM

Medical Director and Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine
Center for Integrative Health and Wellness; University of Cincinnati
Michelle Beidelschies, PhD
Research and Education Director; Assistant Professor of Medicine
Center for Functional Medicine, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Michelle Beidelschies, PhD is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Staff in the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine where she is the Research and Education Director. As Education Director, Dr. Beidelschies is responsible for developing medical school and residency elective programming that offer online curricula to complement experiential learning for those interested in pursuing Functional Medicine. She also designs in-person and online curricula for the Center’s shared medical appointment program offerings. As Research Director, Dr. Beidelschies is responsible for developing the evidence base for the Functional Medicine model of care as well as other innovative delivery models developed at the Center. Current research involves understanding the impact of the Functional Medicine model on value-based care – specifically, can it improve health-related quality of life (HRQoL) or biometrics while reducing cost.

About Michelle Beidelschies, PhD

Research and Education Director; Assistant Professor of Medicine
Center for Functional Medicine, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Shante Cruz-Delaney
Group Visit Coordinator
Cambridge Health Alliance

Shante Cruz Delaney is Group Visit Coordinator for Cambridge Health Alliance Primary Care sites, where she has aided in the implementation of telehealth groups and the scaling up of group visits across primary care practices over the past year. This includes streamlining clinic workflows, co-collaboration of defining new positions, increasing access to primary care groups, coordinating and training of group champions, being actively involved with interdisciplinary projects, and championing innovative data collection. The Group Medical Visits program here at CHA is currently focused on increasing, improving, and pioneering group visits and models while sparking patient engagement and satisfaction.

About Shante Cruz-Delaney

Group Visit Coordinator
Cambridge Health Alliance
Terri Stone, MD
Co-founder and Medical Director of Fresh & Savory
Fresh & Savory Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine Shared Medical Appointment Virtual Teaching Kitchen at MedStar Health

Terri Stone is Co-founder and Medical Director of Fresh & Savory Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine Shared Medical Appointment Virtual Teaching Kitchen at MedStar Health in Washington DC. Fresh & Savory is a Medstar Institute for Innovation initiative designed to introduce patients, students, employees to culinary and living skills that promote longevity and wellbeing. As a member of the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative, American College of Lifestyle Medicine Board of Directors and co-chair of ACLM HEAL initiative (Health Equity Achieved through Lifestyle), Terri is committed to empowering and engaging URM communities with tools to build health equity

About Terri Stone, MD

Co-founder and Medical Director of Fresh & Savory
Fresh & Savory Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine Shared Medical Appointment Virtual Teaching Kitchen at MedStar Health

About Fullscript

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About Samueli Foundation

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About Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center

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About Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians

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About The Institute for Functional Medicine

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About Integrated Center for Group Medical Visits

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11:00 AM

Welcome Ceremony

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
11:20 AM
Main

Key Note Speaker

11:20 AM - 11:35 AM
11:40 AM
Health Support

Cleveland Clinic Lifestyle Essentials: Lifestyle Medicine-focused Shared Medical Appointments

11:40 AM - 12:30 PMRoom A
Research

Research on Group Visits: Methods, Questions, Contexts

11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
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  • Benjamin Emmert-Aronson, PhD

    Co-Founder of Open Source Wellnes

Implementation

Operationalizing and Scaling Up Telehealth Group Medical Visits

11:40 AM - 12:30 PMMain Room
  • +2
  • Erica Mintzer, MD

    Medical Director

12:35 PM
Health Support

Integrative and Functional Medicine-Based Shared Medical Appointments: Academic Medical Center Perspectives

12:35 PM - 01:15 PM
  • +1
  • Michelle Loy, MD, FAAP

    Assistant Professor

Research

CenteringParenting Research Network: Advancing Child Health Equity through Community Engagement and Research Collaboration

12:35 PM - 01:15 PM
  • Clare Viglione, MPH, RD

    Research Manager

Implementation

Virtual Mind-Body Skills Groups for Pandemic Relief

12:35 PM - 01:15 PM
  • +2
  • Matt Erb, PT

    Physiotherapist; Associate Clinical Director; Instructor; Founder of Embody Your Mind

01:20 PM
Main

Interactive Group Visit & Town Halls

01:20 PM - 02:00 PM
02:00 PM
Health Support

POSTER: Using Virtual Group Visits to Integrate Nutrition and Culinary Medicine into Clinical Practice

02:00 PM - 02:10 PM
  • +1
  • Helen Delichatsios, MD, SM

    Clinician-Educator

Research

POSTER/ VIDEO: Ana and Fay's Journey to Optimal Wellness: A Story Illustration of a Retrospective Quantitative Study

02:00 PM - 02:10 PMRoom A
  • A. Udaya Thomas, MSN, MPH, APRN, PhD-C

    Primary Care Nurse Practitioner; Board President of IM4U

Implementation

POSTER: Adapting an Integrative Medical Group Visit Program for Patients with Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID

02:00 PM - 02:10 PM
  • Jessica Barnhill, MD, MPH

    Facilitator and Researcher

02:10 PM
Health Support

POSTER: Lessons Learned from Adapting Prevention and Wellness Group Medical Visits to the Virtual World

02:10 PM - 02:20 PM
  • +2
  • Ted Wissink, MD

    Primary Care Provider and INtegrative Medicine Consultant

Research

POSTER: Naturopathic Medicine for Endometriosis (NatME) Program: Encompassing clinical care, education and peer support. A pilot feasibility study.

02:10 PM - 02:20 PM
  • Sophia Gerontakos, ND, BHSc, PhD Candidate

    Australian naturopath and PhD candidate

Implementation

POSTER: The Role of a Medical Student Intern in Integrative Medical Group Visits for Chronic Pain Patients

02:10 PM - 02:20 PM
  • Bethany Kavalakatt, BS

    Medical Student (2nd year); Group Visit Coordinator

02:20 PM
Health Support

POSTER: Interprofessional Group Visits for Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder: Caring for a Vulnerable Population during the Pandemic

02:20 PM - 02:30 PM
  • Carol Squires, LCSW, LADC

    Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment Counselor

Research

POSTER: Predictors of Obesity in Patients enrolled in a Lifestyle Medicine Program with Virtual Shared Medical Appointments and the role of Adverse Childhood Experiences

02:20 PM - 02:30 PM
  • Mia Casciani, BA, MPH candidate

    Research Assistant; MPH Student

Implementation

POSTER: Transitioning to a Virtual Teaching Kitchen within the Shared Medical Appointment Model Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

02:20 PM - 02:30 PM
  • +3
  • Eleanor Belilos, BS

    Medical Student (4th year)

02:30 PM
Health Support

Health Support Poster Q&A Session

02:30 PM - 02:40 PM
Research

POSTER: Bringing Telehealth Group Medical Visits to Cancer Care: Interim Analysis of an Innovative Collaboration between Palliative Care and Psycho-oncology

02:30 PM - 02:40 PM
  • +1
  • Neha Goyal, PhD

    Psychologist

Implementation

Implementation Poster Q&A Session

02:30 PM - 02:40 PM
02:40 PM
Research

Research Poster Q&A Session

02:40 PM - 02:50 PM
02:55 PM
Health Support

Love as the Central Therapeutic Element for Personal Transformation in a Lifestyle Group Visit

02:55 PM - 03:35 PM
  • Scarlet Soriano, MD, ABOIM

    Medical Director

Research

FUN, FULL, and EASY: Leveraging Clinic-Community Integration to Create Thriving GMV's

02:55 PM - 03:35 PMTrack 3 / Research Link
  • +1
  • Elizabeth Markle, PhD

    Co-Founder and Executive Director of Open Source Wellness

Implementation

A Novel Transition: Lessons Learned during the rapid implementation and evolution of Telehealth-Group Based Opioid Treatment (t-GBOT) during the COVID-19 Pandemic

02:55 PM - 03:35 PMTrack 1/ Main Room
  • Randi Sokol, MD, MPH, MMedEd

    Assistant Professor; Director of the Pain and Addiction curriculum; Director of Faculty Development

03:40 PM
Main

Main Room Gathering

03:40 PM - 03:55 PM
03:55 PM
Health Support

Joint Session: Lifestyle Medicine Treatment Through Shared Medical Appointments: A Model for Chronic Disease Management

03:55 PM - 04:35 PMTrack 2
  • +2
  • Rachel Moyer, BS

    Medical Student (4th year)

Research

Virtual Group Visits Sourced from a National Network of Integrative Providers

03:55 PM - 04:35 PMTrack 3 / Research Link
  • Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, IFMCP

    Chief Medical Officer

Implementation

2 Part Session: (1) MiMedico Group Visits: Planning and Implementation of Group Visits Among Latinx Adolescents & (2) Adapting Diabetes Group Medical Visits in an Urban Family Medicine Residency Progr

03:55 PM - 04:35 PMTrack 1/ Main Room
  • +3
  • Kryztal Pena

    Group Visit Coordinator

04:45 PM
Main

GMV Summit Meeting

04:45 PM - 05:25 PM
05:25 PM
Main

Closing Remarks

05:25 PM - 05:35 PM
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