About the Forum

The Integrative Practitioner Forum provides an ongoing structure for local health care providers, faculty and students to learn from and network with each other, and for practitioners who are working collaboratively to present their findings and successes. We intend this forum to be a more casual complement to our Laura Mann Integrative Health Lecture series, allowing for questions and sharing among participants. Presentations are free and open to the public.

Sessions are held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the UVM Medical Center Davis Auditorium unless otherwise noted.

Featured Topics

Self Care and the Climate Crisis: Healing the Internal and External Environment

Join acupuncturist and herbalist Brendan Kelly from Jade Mountain Wellness to hear how the overheating of the planet mirrors a similar overstimulation in our culture and within us individually—through the lens of Chinese medicine. Kelly will also discuss the importance of differentiating aspects of self-care in our era of climate crisis.  View video >>


Past Lectures

Jan. 27, 2020 - Olfactory Virtual Reality

Olfactory Virtual Reality (OVR) emerged from the urgent need for powerful new approaches to cognitive therapy and stress inoculation for victims of trauma. To meet this need, OVR has brought together an alliance of researchers, practitioners, and technologists using scent to stimulate and access memory in ways that transform cognition, emotion and behavioral responses. With Aaron Wisniewski.

Oct. 24 - Bringing the Whole to Reductionist Medical Science

Timothy McCall M.D. is a board-certified physician specializing in internal medicine. He is the author of three books: Examining Your Doctor: A Patient's Guide to Avoiding Harmful Medical Care; Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing; and Saving My Neck: A Doctor's East/West Journey Through Cancer. He is co-editor of the first medical textbook on yoga therapy, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care. He practiced medicine for more than ten years in the Boston area before devoting himself full-time to investigating and teaching yoga therapy. Certified as a yoga therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, he is the Founder/Director of Yoga As Medicine Seminars and Teacher Trainings.

Nov. 12 - Brainwaves, Stress Response, and Trauma

With Bryn Perkins P.A., certified brainwave optimization technologist, and Jody McGrath, Ph.D.


Up-streaming Stress to Improve Wellbeing for Provider, Patient & Life - Mar. 12, 2019

Learn why organizations all over the world are integrating tools to improve wellbeing and reduce stress into the workplace along with ways to integrate them into health care for providers, patients and life. View slideshow (PDF) >>

Above and Beyond Opioids: Non-Controlled Medications for the Management of Chronic Pain - Jan. 15, 2019

This presentation will classify appropriate indications for non-scheduled pain medications based on underlying pharmacology and nature of pain; summarize the evidence for using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anticonvulsants, skeletal muscle relaxants, and glutamate antagonists for the management of chronic pain; and compare and contrast the safety and efficacy of available antidepressants utilized in the management of chronic pain. With Clayton D. English, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and practicing board-certified psychiatric pharmacist at University of Vermont Medical Center.

Integrative Approaches for Trauma-Informed Care - Dec. 6, 2018

A panel discussion featuring psychotherapist Jay Gleason, EMDR consultant Kira Krier and Somatic Experiencing practitioner Eva Simon. View EMDR therapy slideshow (PDF) >> or Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (PDF) >> or panel video >>


The Geometry of Emotions: How Chakra Archetypes Can Be Used Clinically - Nov. 28, 2018

Featuring Christopher R. Chase, M.D. View video >>


Lyme Disease: What you Need to Know (Prevention/Diagnosis/Treatment) - Oct. 24, 2018

Featuring Ronald Stram, M.D., founder of The Stram Center for Integrative Medicine. View slideshow (PDF) >> and abstracts >> or video >>


Integrative Approaches for Addiction and Recovery - May 17, 2018

Featuring acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist Rachel Edwards, M.S., L.Ac.; registered dietician Ellen Albertson, Ph.D., RDN, CD, CPHWC; and Meg Tipper, who has used yoga in 12-step recovery since 1985. View presentation 1 (PDF) and presentation 2 (PDF) >>


Integrating Music Therapy into Palliative and Hospice Care, Alleviating Distress and Improving Comfort - February 13, 2018

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions by a board-certified music therapist. In the hospice and palliative settings, music therapists work with patients, families, caregivers, and the bereaved to address physical, emotional and spiritual needs. This presentation will discuss music therapy interventions designed to address individual patient needs within the context of a therapeutic relationship. During the presentation, Jennifer K. DeBedout will speak about her experiences working with children and families as part of the integrated services provided by the Vermont Pediatric Palliative Care Program. View slideshow (PDF) >>


Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) for People with Chronic Conditions - January 3, 2018

Stress management supports good health for everyone, but it’s especially important for people dealing with chronic illness, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders or autoimmune disease. Research shows that mind-body techniques including meditation, mindful awareness and yoga along with sound sleep and good nutrition can alleviate medical symptoms and promote wellbeing. View slideshow (PDF) or video >>


From Opioid Replacement to Managing Chronic Pain: What is CBD? -  Nov. 8, 2017

This non-intoxicating compound found in the hemp plant has been shown to provide a host of therapeutic benefits. Chronic pain relief in adults - from cannabinoids - has been cited by the 2017 study of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine after rigorous review of scientific research. Come hear about the history of CBD, why it can work so well and how individuals and patients are using it for chronic pain, MS pain, insomnia, acne, and numerous other conditions. View slideshow 1 (PDF) and slideshow 2 (PDF) or video >>


Acupuncture for Chronic Pain in the Vermont Medicaid Population -  Sept. 19, 2017

Does acupuncture have a role to play in the treatment of chronic pain? In this presentation you’ll learn the results of a study of 156 Vermont Medicaid patients with chronic pain who were treated by 28 acupuncturists in three regions of Vermont from January to May of 2017. This study was funded by the Vermont Legislature in the 2016 opioid bill in order to assess acupuncture as an adjunct therapy for the treatment of chronic pain. Presenter Robert Davis, M.S., L.Ac., has delivered more than 35,000 acupuncture treatments over the past 18 years and serves as principal investigator and co-president for the Society for Acupuncture Research. Davis has served as principal investigator for six National Institutes of Health grants relating to acupuncture needling and maintains a clinical practice at Acupuncture Vermont in South Burlington. View slideshow (PDF) or video >>


Arts in Health: Research, Practice and Experience -  May 18, 2017

How art in health care is making an impact on health outcomes, staff well-being and the patient care experience. This session features Art from the Heart coordinator Rebecca Schwarz. View slideshow (PDF) or video >>


Langevin UVM Integrative Health lectureConnective Tissue, Stretching, Inflammation and Musculoskeletal Pain -  Mar. 16, 2017

Helene Langevin, M.D. is director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. View slideshow (PDF) or video >>


Heather Finley UVM Integrative Health lectureSleep and Pain: Top Five Non-Pharmacological Strategies for Patients - Jan. 10, 2017

Heather Finley, Ph.D., CBSM developed the UVM Medical Center's Sleep Program and is the only practitioner in Vermont who is certified in behavioral sleep medicine. View slideshow (PDF) or video >>


Kim Evans UVM Integrative Health lectureDianne Villani UVM Integrative Health lecturerAnti-Inflammatory Diet to Address Chronic Pain - Nov. 15, 2016

With Kimberly Evans, M.S., RD and Dianne M. Villani, M.S., FNP-C. View slideshow (PDF) or video >>


Janet Carscadden UVM Integrative Health lectureYoga in Health Care: History, Science and Practice - Oct. 6, 2016

Janet Carscadden, PT, D.P.T., E-RYT discusses treatment with evidence-based physical therapy and Eastern yoga therapy methods. View slideshow (PDF) or video >>


Janet Kahn UVM Integrative Health lectureMission Reconnect: Approaching Complex Suffering with a Multidimensional Program - Jun. 20, 2016

With Janet Kahn, Ph.D., senior policy advisor for the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health and research assistant professor, University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine and College of Nursing and Health Sciences.


Anne Bower UVM Integrative health lectureTai Chi and Ai Chi for Health and Wellness - Mar. 30, 2016

Featuring physical therapist Edie Bernhardt, Tai Chi instructor Anne Bower, Mary West of the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, and Ge We, Ph.D., professor of rehabilitation and movement science.


Michael Stadtmauer UVM Integrative Health lectureExploring Functional Medicine Approaches to IBS - Feb. 9, 2016

With Michael Stadtmauer, N.D., L.Ac. View slideshow (PDF).


Allison Bransfield Morse UVM Integrative Health lectureGuido Mase UVM Integrative Health lectureAyurveda and Herbal Medicine in a Modern Health Care Context - Oct. 28, 2015

With Ayurvedic practitioner Allison Bransfield Morse and clinical herbalist Guido Mase.


Michele Lash UVM Integrative Health lectureActivating Personal Resilience Using HeartMath Technology - Sep. 2, 2015

With Michele Lash, M.Ed., ATR, BCB Fellow. resilience trainer, mentor and coach in self-regulation, energy management and optimal performance.


 Peter Bingham M.D. UVM Integrative Health lectureIntegrative Approaches to Brain Health - May 12, 2015

With Peter Bingham. M.D, division chief, University of Vermont Medical Center Pediatric Neurology, pediatric neurologist and Larner College of Medicine professor. View presentation (PDF).


Molly Fleming, N.D., L.Ac. UVM Integrative Health lectureCAM Approaches to Brain Health - May 12, 2015

With Molly Fleming, N.D., L.Ac. View presentation (PDF).


Parminder Padgett UVM Integrative Health LectureUtilizing Neuroplasticity in Rehabilitation - May 12, 2015

With Parminder Padgett, PT, D.P.T., NCS. View presentation (PDF).


Bryn Perkins UVM Integrative Health LectureBrainwave Optimization - May 12, 2015

With Bryn W. Perkins, P.A., CBS. View presentation (PDF).



Richard Pinckney, M.D., M.P.H. UVM Integrative Health lectureJeanette W. Moy, UVM Integrative Health lectureCyclic Vomiting: Medical Mystery or Routine Case? - Mar. 23, 2015

With Richard Pickney, M.D., M.P.H. and Jeanette W. Moy, BSME, M.S., L.Ac.



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