Speakers (Both Tracks) - 2018 Health and Wellness Symposium

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Listed in alphabetical order:

Jodi Baglien, CA, CST

Jodi Baglien is certified in clinical aromatherapy, Shiatsu therapy and aroma acupoint therapy.  Jodi is an experienced instructor and integrative health practitioner in the Twin Cities.  She consults and provides training and new innovative aromatherapy products for hospitals, senior care and other healthcare organizations to help them implement aromatherapy in patient/resident care.

Jennifer Blair, LAc, MaOM

Jennifer Blair, Penny George Institute for Health & Healing, Abbott Northwestern, holds a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University. She is NCCAOM certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbology and holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is trained in guided imagery, Reiki, Qi Gong and is a master practitioner of NLP, master practitioner of humanistic NLP and a master hypnotherapist.

Jennifer develops programming for primary care physicians at Allina seeking the opportunity to practice with a more integrative and holistic mindset. Jennifer is also adjunct faculty at Northwestern Health Sciences University. She has served as legislative chair and vice president for the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association of Minnesota. She served as the board secretary for the American Holistic Medical Association and as a board member for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.

Steven Collins, DOM, DAOM©

Steven Collins is faculty and attending physician at East-West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Florida, as well as in private practice.  He practiced Chinese medicine in Minnesota for a decade before returning to Florida.

He specializes in tui na and cosmetic acupuncture. He has lectured and been published both locally and nationally. Before practicing Chinese medicine, he was a paramedic, an RN, and the director of education at Highlands Hospital in North Carolina as well as the director of continuing education for Valencia College in Florida.

In 2007, Steven was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Dr. Collins is a doctoral candidate at the ATOM in Ft. Lauderdale. He can be reached at qidoc@qidoc.com.

Jeanne Douglas, Associate Advanced Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy® 

Jeanne Douglas is an associate advanced instructor and advanced practitioner of ortho-bionomy, Society of Ortho-Bionomy International. She began studying ortho-bionomy in 1988 and maintains a private practice in Shakopee, Minnesota.  She loves to teach orthro-bionomy and teaches classes on weekends in Shakopee. She has taught in various cities in the US, Hawaii and Mexico.  She is involved with the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International, SOBI, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and regularly teaches at the bi-annual conferences. 

She is a senior product development engineer for a medical components manufacturer where she predominately designs new guidewires.  Her specialty is wires that go into the heart or brain for balloon angioplasty and stenting.  She loves blending the structure of engineering with the structure of the body and the subtleties of ortho-bionomy.

Michael Egan, L.Ac., MaOM, Dipl.OM

Michael Egan is a licensed acupuncturist in Minnesota and nationally certified in acupuncture and Oriental medicine (NCCAOM). He graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University. He completed a Certificate of Study at Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, the Whitfield Reaves Sports Medicine Acupuncture Apprenticeship, and has done integrative oncology training through Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Michael practices at The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Plymouth, Minnesota, and Allina Primary Care Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is co-founder and facilitator of the Penny George Institute’s Integrative Pain Program at West Health. He studies the Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi Teacher Training Program taught by Peter Wayne, PhD.

A former adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Health Sciences University, Michael has served as a board member for the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association of Minnesota.

David Farrar, MPH, DC

David Farrar graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a BS in Biology in 2005, a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities School of Public Health in 2007, and from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2014.  Since 2007, he has taught anatomy, physiology and various courses, and was hired as an associate professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2015. He enjoys learning, teaching and discovering more about the human body and learning processes.

Jessica Frier, MaOM  Jessica Frier is a licensed acupuncturist and a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University, completing her Master of Oriental Medicine degree. Prior to attending the university, she worked as a director of sales with a focus on new business development strategies for more than 10 years. She has worked with companies from small start-ups to international organizations.
Daniel Gaustad, DC

Daniel Gaustad, DC has been in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 2005. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 2001 and his Acupuncture Certification through Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2005.

In 2011, Dr. Gaustad completed a 230-hour yoga teacher training program through the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. He has completed a 40-hour Introduction to Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training with David Emerson at Kripalu Yoga Center.

Dr. Gaustad has been teaching yoga to men in recovery at Progress Valley in Minneapolis since 2012. He is also participating in the three-year Somatic Experiencing Professional Trauma Training Program. He strives to integrate into his practice aspects of chiropractic, five element theory, yoga and Ayurveda, mindfulness, nervous system regulation and trauma work. 

Jacqueline Gran, SFQ Master

Jacqueline Gran, Spring Forest Qigong Master, was awarded Qigong Master by International Qigong Master Chunyi Lin in 2015. She has been intensively studying and practicing Spring Forest Qigong since 1999.  International Qigong Master, Chunyi Lin, choose her to work as a healer in the Spring Forest Qigong Wellness Center in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and to be an instructor in Master Lin’s classes and workshops.

She is a Master Teacher, teaching Spring Forest Qigong Level One, Level Two, Level Three, Qi~ssage and Animal Healing classes locally and nationally. She serves as an instructor for Spring Forest Qigong certification programs including certified trainer and certified instructors. She has also taught internationally.

Her goal in sharing Spring Forest Qigong is to help others discover their natural, powerful ability to create health, abundant energy, and to unlock the wisdom within and awaken the healer within.

Brian Grosam, PhD, LAc, TCMD, FABORM

Brian Grosam graduated with a PhD in acupuncture from the Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2009, where he studied under Dr. Fudong Wu, the chief of acupuncture studies and a leading neurological acupuncture expert in China. He completed extensive clinical studies in gynecology, neurology and tui na. He completed his doctoral clinical research on the effects of acupuncture in the treatment of perimenopausal symptoms in 2008 at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

He is a member of ABORM, a licensed acupuncturist in Minnesota, a diplomate of Chinese medicine (NCCAOM), and a proud member of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Along with his wife Pam, he owns and operates Sun Acupuncture, an acupuncture and Chinese medicine clinic located in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD

Michele Maiers is the executive director of research and innovation, and professor, Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy at Northwestern.

Rutherford Rogers said, “We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge.” This axiom aptly characterizes how many see research as it relates to healthcare delivery.  Her professional goal is to facilitate the pragmatic use of research to inform clinical practice and shape public health policy.

Her research has focused on clinical trials that answer practical questions: Are patient outcomes improved with co-management by different provider types? Is short-term treatment or long-term management a better approach for chronic musculoskeletal conditions? What aspects of care matter most to patients? The information gained in these and other studies must be translated into knowledge that improves patient care, policy guidelines, access and reimbursement. She believes in the capacity for integrative and complementary professions to be a positive force to improve the landscape of health care. 

Diane Mastnardo, BS, LMT

Diane Mastnardo is the founding director of Massage Northern Ohio (MNO-PBRN), a massage therapy practice-based research network. Collaboration with The Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Case Western Reserve Practice-based Research Network Shared Resources developed an avenue for clinical massage therapists to collaborate.  The goal of MNO-PBRN is to support the generation of evidence-based knowledge on effective and consistent massage therapy treatments and to develop pathways for the integration of the practice of massage therapy into conventional health care.

Cynthia Miller, RN, LAc, MTOM

Cynthia Miller is a licensed acupuncturist at Abbott Northwestern Inpatient Acute Care andhas been practicing Chinese medicine since 1997.  She holds a master’s degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and is a graduate of the Minnesota Center for Shiatsu Studies.  Cynthia has been a registered nurse for more than 25 years and has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, home infusion and clinical research. 

She joined the Penny George Institute in 2005.  Her areas of interest include community-style acupuncture, research and education.  She helped to create the group acupuncture program in the Joint Replacement Center (JRC) at Abbott Northwestern.  She shares her enthusiasm for that program as a supervisor for acupuncture interns from the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University, who spend part of their rotation at the hospital working in the JRC.

Amy Moll, LAc, Dipl.Ac, Dipl.CH

Amy Moll is a doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine specializing in neurological disorders, chronic pain and concussion recovery. She is an associate professor of acupuncture at the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation.

She has lectured and taught courses for physical therapists, Chinese medicine practitioners, and doctorate programs in acupuncture on topics including concussion recovery, dysautonomia, and neurological exam techniques, and has been a featured speaker for veterans groups on the topic of brain health. 

Dr. Moll was the lead author on a randomized clinical trial on the effects of acupuncture on cerebral blood flow velocity in mixed martial arts fighters following concussion. She was the team acupuncturist for the professional MMA fighters at Fortis MMA in Dallas, Texas, working with UFC and Legacy fighters and is now currently in private practice in Bend, Oregon, providing a unique combination of acupuncture, Chinese medicine and functional neurology.

Jeff Nagel, MA, LAc

Jeff Nagel lives and practices in San Diego, California, and is trained in the Eight Branches of Chinese Daoist Healing Arts, medicine-internal martial arts. He is an experienced long-time practitioner-teacher-researcher of acupuncture/Chinese medicine and a qigong cultivator. Jeff has studied extensively with several well-known masters and doctors including Daoist Grand Master Share K. Lew of the Yellow Dragon Monastery, China.

John Pirog, MSOM, LAc

John Pirog has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine for 35 years. In addition to his clinical practice at the Bloomington Natural Care Center, he serves as a professor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University. Professor Pirog graduated from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine (Chicago, Ill.) in 1983 and interned at Lincoln Hospital (New York), where he trained in the use of acupuncture for substance withdrawal. He later completed a clinical residency at Chengdu College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Chengdu, China).

Professor Pirog has taught acupuncture throughout his career, has lectured throughout the United States, and is the author of the widely used textbooks “Practical Applications of Meridian Style Acupuncture” and “The Dark Warrior Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine.”

Susan Salvo, MEd, NBTMB, CMT

Susan is a board certified massage therapist with over 35 years of experience. Susan has a doctorate of education and shares her expertise as an author of two widely used textbooks and as a presenter at seminars across the country. Susan reviews case reports for the Massage Therapy Foundation, is a member of the Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge project, and is a legal expert witness. In 2014, Susan was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the AMTA. In her free time, Susan loves to travel, cook for family and friends, and watch old movies.

Nancy K. Smith, LMT

Nancy K. Smith, an MLD therapist, has coauthored Traumatic Scar Tissue Management and is a board certified licensed massage therapist, certified lymph drainage therapist, and a Florida and NCTMB provider of scar management workshops. She has taught LMTs, PTs and OTs internationally. Nancy is former vice president of AMTA Florida and a member of the National Lymphedema Network.

Since 2005, she has been the program Leader for TALK Project: massage therapy for pediatric burn survivors. In 2006, she was the project leader of the Massage Therapy Foundation Grant funded pilot program for pediatric burn scars and massage therapy.

In 2008, she published her research paper “Range of Motion Improves After Massage in Children with Burns: A Pilot Study.”  Since 2013, she has presented at numerous conferences.  She authored “Traumatic Scar Management Techniques: Principles, Practice and Protocol” and contributed to “Integrative Pain Management.”

Julie Streeter, BSN, RN, HNB-BC, BCTMB

Julie Streeter is a clinical aromatherapist, senior trainer for the Center for Training and Innovation at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, part of Allina Health.  She has worked at Penny George since 2010 and is in charge of the aromatherapy program throughout Allina Health.  

In 2011, she received her aromatherapy certification from the Aromahead Institute.  She has studied aromatherapy with some of the leading aromatherapists throughout the world. Julie has presented aromatherapy research at several international conferences and was honored to attend the Second International Integrative Nursing Symposium in Tucson, Arizona, in April 2017, where she highlighted improved Allina Health patient outcomes for pain, nausea and anxiety using essential oils.

As a board certified holistic nurse, Julie also travels and teaches holistic nursing philosophy and integrative therapies including guided imagery, massage and relaxation breathing techniques.

Kim Swineheart, DC

Kim SwineheartKim Swineheart, DC combines many years of practical experience as a chiropractor with years of teaching anatomy to bring the muscular-skeletal system to life.  Hands-on and eyes-on exploration and observation of the movement and connections beneath the skin lead to a deeper understanding of both healthy and challenged bodies.

Kim has taught massage therapists for over a decade and brings a broad range of intuitive and practical knowledge, offering specific problem-solving insights for particular patients as well as general anatomical principles in treatment.

Nancy Van Sloun, MD

Nancy Van Sloun is an internal medicine physician who sees patients for integrative medicine consultations at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at WestHealth in Plymouth.  She uses a holistic approach to help patients prevent and treat conditions such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes.  She also works with people to manage stress, anxiety and chronic pain.‚Äč

Ann Zimmermann-Hohn, EMT

Ann Zimmermann-Hohn, an AHA instructor and DOT instructor, has been in emergency medical services (EMS) for over 40 years, and has been teaching in the field for almost as long. Her background is fire service.  She still works part time in the field, but her full-time position is coordinator of EMS programs for continuing education and customized training for Inver Hills Community College and Dakota County Technical College.  She has been teaching for Northwestern Health Sciences University since 1999.

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