2015 HEART-IM Planning Team
Lauren is a 4th year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and will be pursuing a residency program in Family Medicine with Obstetrics. She grew up in Madison, WI with three siblings and a large, closely-knit extended family nearby. Lauren went to Winona State University in Minnesota for her undergraduate degree and competed on the Women’s Volleyball and Track and Field teams there. While working as a Medical Assistant for a year after college, Lauren watched physicians masterfully lead their healthcare teams, much like captains urge and encourage their teammates to reach a common goal. From that point on, she has been eager to take in any and every positive experience that will best help her develop as a compassionate physician, including leadership roles in the Healer’s Art elective, MEDiC Free Clinics, and the Christian Medical Association. She hopes to always work to understand her patients’ values, goals, and motivations and to facilitate discovery within themselves to live a life that matches their priorities. Outside of medicine, you can find Lauren laughing with her family, snuggling with her dogs, learning new sports, cooking up a tasty treat, or pretending she knows how to dance. Lauren is enthusiastically anticipating April 2015 and looks forward to cultivating the HEARTie family!!
Jack is a fourth-year medical student at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. He first became interested in Integrative Medicine when his college organic chemistry professor lectured on the use of medicinal plants in South American tribal communities. This experience opened his eyes to the myriad ways that people heal themselves around the world. At that same time, he was volunteering at a free clinic in his hometown of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and he began to see the importance of patient-centered, open-minded approaches to healing. Since starting medical school, he has taken on many leadership roles in Integrative Medicine, namely he recently served as the director for the National Student Conference on Integrative Medicine held at Northwestern University in 2013. He is in pursuit of a career in Integrative Gastroenterology and hopes to incorporate mindfulness, healthy nutrition, and stress-reduction practices in his future work. His hobbies include photography, cooking, and soccer.
Nathan is a fourth year medical student at Creighton University planning to go into psychiatry. He recently returned from a year away from med school to pursue his MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has also worked in public health as an intern at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Nathan’s first exposure to public health was at AMSA’s Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine, a one week seminar held at the Kripalu center in Massachusetts. Since then he has been interested in a variety of healing traditions for himself, and his patients. He practices zen meditation and yoga, though not as often as he should. He has been an avid skier since age 6, and also loves rock climbing, mountain biking, and pretty much any excuse to play outside, especially in his home state of Utah. His Black Lab, Robbins, likes to join him when ever she is invited.
Analise is a fourth year medical student at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She grew up working on her family dairy farm in central Wisconsin & upon entering medical school, chose the rural training track, which has allowed her to complete her clinical rotations in central Wisconsin where she grew up. On her journey through medical school, Analise developed an interest in integrative medicine when introduced to the practice by some of the family medicine residents and faculty. During her 3rd year of medical, she really began to desire to learn even more about alternative modalities of medicine to help patients who haven’t been helped by Western medicine approaches. She is so excited to be a part of the HEART-IM community and can’t wait to spend a month in the Redwoods learning about integrative medicine as well as herself, with outstanding students and faculty.
Mariah is a 4th year medical student at the University of Connecticut who loves learning, laughing, traveling, and being outside. Her fascination with nature, cultures, and languages led her to study Anthropology, Environmental Science, and Brazilian Studies at Tulane University, and to study abroad during high school, college, and afterwards in Brazil, New Zealand, Malta, and Guatemala. She completed a pre-medical post-baccalaureate at San Francisco State University, during which she created a group named Students for Integrative Medicine. At UConn, Mariah led the Integrative Healthcare Interest Group, she was the Grassroots Regional Coordinator for the American Medical Student Association's Wellness and Student Life Action Committee, she co-founded ReachOut: LGBT Students and Allies, and she is an Event Organizer for the Family Medicine Interest Group. Mariah recently completed a self-designed Enrichment Year entitled Integrative Medicine for a Future Primary Care Physician, in which she worked with holistic practitioners throughout the Americas. As she begins her fourth year at UConn, she is thrilled to be one of the planners for the HEART-IM 2015 elective and can't wait to spend a month in the Redwoods with like-minded students and mentors!
Wendy Kohatsu, MD
Wendy, a graduate of the inaugural class of Fellows from the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, is a family medicine faculty member at Oregon Health Science University. Dr. Kohatsu is certified in shiatsu massage, a clinical researcher and lecturer locally and nationally, with the goal of promoting integrative medicine in the academic environment. She has worked to increase utilization of integrative medicine in underserved populations, and is the editor of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Secrets, (June 2002) and co-author of chapters on the History of CAM in the US, Nutrition, Supplements, Low Back Pain, and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Kohatsu will assist in HEART faculty selection and serve as lecturer.
Bill Manahan, MD
Bill is assistant professor of the Center for Spirituality and Healing and of Family Practice and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center in Minneapolis. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Holistic Medicine as well as the board of directors for the Northwestern School of Homeopathy. He is on the editorial board for Alternative Therapies in Health Journal, Integrative Medicine Access, and Integrative Medicine Consult Newsletter. He has published numerous articles on the scientific evidence regarding the use of complementary and alternative modalities as well as community based health care in light of managed health care. He has served as the program director of the MN Rural Family practice Residency program and has served on numerous boards, councils, and coalitions for community based programs addressing drug use, education, and reaching the underserved. He currently is a member of the American Holistic Medical Association's Board of Trustees. Dr. Manahan will be a faculty advisor and a guest lecturer on integrative medicine in practice.
Nina is the Director of the Medical Humanities program at the University of Florida College of Medicine where she teaches a variety of electives and courses in narrative medicine, media and medicine, environmental health, history of medicine and international health issues, and creative expression. She runs the Thomas Maren Medical Student Reading Room and facilitates the development of projects and programs that reflect medical student interests and passions. She also is creating a Medical History Center at the University of Florida. She will serve as advisor and lecturer for the HEART elective.