2014 On-Site Leadership Team
Kami Nicole Veltri
LEAPS Student Director
Kami was born and raised in sunny South Florida and attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate education. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience, she explored interests such as yoga, organic farming, preventive care, and Arts in Medicine. Upon graduation, Kami moved to Guatemala for six months to learn the language and culture of Latin America while working in rural clinics and hiking the countryside. Her experience with a local acupuncturist in Quetzaltenango solidified her beliefs in the power of ancient healing wisdom. Following her passions for service, healing, and health care justice, Kami began medical school at the George Washington University where she is a student in the Integrative Medicine Track and works closely with the GW Center for Integrative Medicine. Living in DC has allowed her opportunities to represent Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for a National Health Program, and Public Citizen in the fight for health as a human right. In her free time, she loves playing soccer, riding her bike, and preparing healthy eats to share. Kami is honored to serve as the next LEAPS Student Director and looks forward to another inspiring week at Kripalu!
LEAPS Projects Advisor
Kristina focused on English Literature while earning her undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia and is currently a third year medical student at the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine. Prompted by a pivotal encounter with a Shaman in Peru, Kristina attended both Naturopathic and Oriental Medical College before deciding to pursue a conventional medical education. Kristina served as AMSA’s Integrative Medicine Coordinator and AMSA’s representative on the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium’s Board of Directors in 2012. Kristina is dedicated to the promotion of integrative health care and feels honored to serve the LEAPS team as the Projects Advisor. Kristina has worked as both a scuba diving and sailing instructor in Ecuador and the Caribbean, and as a hyperbaric chamber operator and technician in Canada. She is also a certified Doula, and first aid instructor. Kristina enjoys yoga, flying kites and looking forward to her next sailing adventure with her three-year-old son!
Mary P. Guerrera, MD
Program Director and Faculty Mentor
Mary is Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Integrative Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. In addition, she is Board Certified in Medical Acupuncture and is a Founding Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. Nationally Dr. Guerrera serves on the steering and executive committees of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and as past co-Chair of their education working group. At UCONN she directs the medical school electives: ‘The Healer’s Art’ and ‘Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine’ and served as Principal Investigator of the Educational Development for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (EDCAM) Project Grant awarded by the American Medical Student Association Foundation (2003-2007). She served as the catalyst and founding Principal Investigator that launched the LEAPS into IM program in 2010.
Aaron Cook is a licensed acupuncturist living and working in San Diego, California. He
received his Masters degree in Oriental medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental
Medicine in 2003. Aaron is a clinical supervisor at many of Pacific's off-site clinical
programs including Rady Children's Hospital, Downtown Geriatric clinic and the UCSD
free-clinic, and he has taught Pediatric acupuncture and massage at Pacific College.
Aaron serves as the Director of Acupuncture Services and Community Partnerships, and
is a founding member of the Executive Committee at the UCSD Center for Integrative
Medicine. As a WebMD Fellow and voluntary faculty member in the department of
Family and Preventive Medicine, Aaron has been instrumental in the development of
the acupuncture program at the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project, and the UCSD
Center for Integrative Medicine. Aaron has enjoyed being active in many community
projects. He has developed an integrative wellness program at Camp Agape, an annual
retreat for families of children with cancer, and has traveled internationally with the U.S.
Navy and with the UCSD School of Medicine to promote the use and the integration of
Traditional East Asian Medicine.
Darshan Mehta, MD
Dr. Mehta received his BA in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MD from University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency in internal medicine at University of Illinois-Chicago Hospital. He completed a clinical research fellowship in complementary and integrative medicine at the Harvard Medical School Osher Research Center (now based at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Division of General Medicine), during which he received a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.
His educational and research interests include curricular development in complementary and integrative medical therapies, mind-body educational interventions in health professions training, and promotion of professionalism in medical trainees. He directs medical student and resident rotational electives at BHI-MGH. Dr. Mehta sees patients in a consultative role for use of complementary and integrative medical therapies, as well as mind/body interventions for stress management and stress reduction.
Dr. Mehta is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also active in the Massachusetts Medical Society and is a member of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Mehta is a diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, and has completed professional training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Henri Roca, MD
grew up in New Orleans with the joie de vivre. Living life to the
fullest, Henri has visited with indigenous healers in Tibet, Australia,
Africa, and South America. His fascination with healing began in the
study of and participation in shamanic healing traditions of North
America and Europe. He decided late in life to become a physician. Henri
is the Program Manager of the Integrative Medicine Patient Aligned Care
Team for Pain and Chief of Integrative Medicine at the Central Arkansas
Veterans Healthcare System. He is a Diplomat of both the American Board
of Family Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Holistic
Medicine. He is certified in Functional Medicine. As Clinical Faculty at
Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Roca serves on the Executive Committee of
the Consortia of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. He
received his M.D. from LSU and completed his internship and residency
through Marshall University. Dr. Roca provides care to all ages and
specializes in the reversal of chronic disease.
Dr. Roca is also
an acupuncturist, hypnotherapist, and biofeedback practitioner. He is
trained by The Helms Medical Institute and The Center for Mind Body
Medicine. Dr. Roca keynotes locally and nationally. Visit Drhenriroca.com for more information.
Joe Hardman, MD
Joe is originally from California where he received his BS in Physiological Science from UCLA and his Medical Degree from UCSD. He completed his internal medicine residency and chief residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA and an integrative medicine fellowship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He is assistant professor of medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon where he serves as associate program director for the internal medicine residency program, medical director of the residency practice, and leader of the primary care college in the medical school. Joe is a faculty mentor for the school’s Integrative Self-Care Initiative for Students, a mindfulness-based resiliency elective, and he teaches mindfulness to internal medicine residents. He is course director for the integrative medicine curriculum at the medical school and has developed a nutrition and integrative medicine curriculum for the residency program. He has enthusiastically embraced the ethos of Portland- he is an avid bike commuter, vegetable gardener, and raises three chickens! He and his wife enjoy hiking and camping with their two beautiful children (seven year old Gus and one year old Ila May).
Karen Lawson, MD, ABIHM
Karen is the Director of Integrative Health Coaching and teaching faculty at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health. She is a physician, board certified in both Family Medicine and Holistic Medicine. She is the Past-President of the American Holistic Medical Association, and a founding Diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. Karen holds undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University in Biochemistry and Physiology, and completed her medical training at the University of Michigan, and Family Medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Subsequent trainings have included mind-body techniques (e.g. MBSR), yoga, dance/movement therapies, nutrition, homeopathy, and a 20-year study of shamanic practices.
In her current position, Dr. Lawson is active in undergraduate and graduate medical education, leading the areas of Integrative Medicine, Health Coaching, and Well-Being. Karen represents UMN in the Consortium of Academic Health Centers in Integrative Medicine, serving on the Education Committee. She also represents the Center for Spirituality and Healing on the advisory board of the Pillsbury House Integrative Medicine Clinic. Dr. Lawson is a published author and researcher, and speaks nationally to diverse audiences on the power and potential of holistic health care practices, and the role of spirituality in health and healing. She’s been on the teaching faculty for the AMSA HEART elective, offering expertise in shamanic journeying and healing ritual work.
Karen is a dancer in body and heart, and has had a 20-year yoga practice. She loves the out of doors and any activities around the water, including wilderness canoe camping. She has a passion for working with groups with ceremony and ritual for healing and life transitions. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Katherine Gergen Barnett, MD
Katherine is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and the Director of Integrative Medicine Clinical Services at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Gergen Barnett completing her Family Medicine Residency Program and her chief residency at Boston University. Originally from Washington, D.C. Katherine attended Yale University School of Medicine. While at Yale, Katherine worked at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the NIH (NCCAM) , studied holistic medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil, lived on a Pueblo Reservation, created a course for medical students on spirituality and medicine, and completed a fellowship studying a model of group prenatal care for underserved women. While at BUMC, she implemented this successful model of group prenatal care within the residency (Centering Pregnancy), served as chief resident, received the AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, was published by STFM’s poetry and prose contest, and was awarded the Family Medicine Resident Award for Scholarship. In 2008, Katherine completed Jon Kabat-Zinn’s intensive Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training at UMass Worcester. At Boston Medical Center, Katherine serves as a primary care clinician and an attending in the hospital, teaches medical students and residents, and is conducting research on Integrative Medicine Group Visits. Her primary interests are nutrition, mindfulness-based stress reduction, women’s health, social determinants of health, and group care. In her free time, Katherine enjoys running, dancing, reading, writing, cooking, spending time with friends, and being with her husband and three young children.
Michelle Dossett, MD, PhD, MPH
Michelle is a research fellow in integrative medicine and a general internist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She is also a clinical associate at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Dossett attended medical school and completed a PhD in immunology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington before moving to Boston where she completed both her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. As an integrative medicine fellow, Michelle has served as a Katherine Swan Ginsburg Humanism in Medicine Program Faculty, Healer’s Art faculty, and an integrative medicine consultant at the Cheng-Tsui Integrated Health Center. In addition, she designed a curriculum to teach meditation and mindfulness skills to residents and has lectured on the science of meditation to a variety of audiences in New England. Dr. Dossett's research interests include mind body medicine, homeopathy, the patient-provider relationship, physician well-being, and the nature of healing. In her spare time, she enjoys chanting on the harmonium, cooking, and hiking.
Mikhail (Misha) Kogan, MD
Mikhail, Medical Director of the GW Center for Integrative Medicine. Trained in internal medicine, geriatrics, and palliative care Misha has multiple research, clinical, and teaching responsibilities at the GW Medical Center. He serves as Associate Director of the Geriatrics Fellowship Program, Co-director of Integrative Medicine Track at GW School of Medicine. In addition to his formal training in alopathic medicine, he trained in craniosacral therapy, a subtle osteopathic modality and completed a four-year program at the Suluk Academy, a teaching center based on the principles and traditions of Sufism, where he learned how to incorporate meditation, mindfulness, and different spiritual practices into his daily life and his work with the patients. At GW Center for Integrative Medicine Dr. Kogan's provides comprehensive non pharmacological approaches to complex illnesses and common geriatric conditions, but also has busy integrative primary care practice, working side by side with variety of integrative practitioners. Recently Dr. Kogan has started local non profit organization to provide free integrative services to underserved communities around DC area. To learn more about Dr. Kogan's work visit http://www.gwcim.com/people/mikhail-kogan-md/.
Tobi Fishel, PhD
Tobi is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Clinical Pediatrics at Vanderbilt. She has been a faculty member of the departments of psychiatry, pediatrics and psychology since 1998. Her responsibilities include teaching, clinical practice, administrative, and research activities. She is one of the founders and director of psychological services for the Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health. As an educator, she directs small group sessions for first year medical students during their intercession which focuses on coping with chronic illness. In addition, she teaches integrative medicine concepts, narrative therapy (deep listening) and mindfulness – based practices (sitting meditation, mindful eating, walking, singing, and drumming) to psychiatry and psychology residents, psychiatric child fellows, and directs a behavioral medicine practicum for pre-doctoral students focusing on health psychology. In her very active clinic practice, she treats children, teens, and adults who are learning to cope with trauma, chronic illness, and chronic pain. In addition, a large proportion of her practice is devoted to helping physicians and their families better negotiate the stressful demands of home and the workplace. Moreover, Dr. Fishel is very active in integrative medicine on a national level as she served as the co-chair of the clinical committee of the consortium of academic health centers of integrative medicine (CAHCIM) for two years and is the psychologist representative for the task force for developing core competencies for integrative pain medicine. To balance work and home, and to nurture her spirit, she enjoys traveling, playing guitar, drumming, writing poetry, painting, singing, and dancing.
J. Adam Rindfleisch, MPhil, MD
Adam grew up in rural Idaho, where docs are scarce and seeking out non-biomedical approaches is commonplace. He merged philosophy, psychology, and comparative religion into his pre-medical studies. Traveling to India, Nepal, and Thailand during breaks from graduate school in England made him even more of an Integrative Medicine aficionado. Adam completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at University of Wisconsin, which incorporated the University of Arizona online fellowship as part of its curriculum. Currently, Adam directs the UW Integrative Medicine fellowship and is one of the Associate Program Directors for the UW Madison Family Medicine Residency. His interests include dietary supplements, epistemology, mindfulness in medicine, and shamanism. His wife Kirsten is also a family doc, and they have two rambunctious sons, a freakishly smart dog, and a kick-butt sledding hill. He would be outside all the time if he could be. One the most enjoyable aspects of his practice is taking care of health professionals from an array of traditions.
Dr. Rita Benn, PhD
Rita has been trained as developmental and clinical psychologist and is the Director of the Faculty Scholar's Program in Integrative Healthcare at the University of Michigan. She has held appointments in the Department of Family Medicine, Institute for Social Research and Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Dr. Benn has developed coursework, clinical electives and curriculum guides in integrative medicine and taught mind-body practices to students and professionals. She has also facilitated many group-based workshops and interventions using mindfulness-based meditation practices in the community. Dr. Benn has conducted evaluation research for several national programs and educational institutions, and recently conducted an RCT on the influence of meditation on well-being. Dr. Benn received her PhD from University of Michigan and completed advanced training programs with many gifted teachers and healers, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, James Gordon, Rachel Naomi Remen and Brian Weiss. Dr. Benn has three grown children who live in various parts of the US. While she grew up in Montreal Canada, she has lived much of her adult life in Ann Arbor. In her spare time, Dr. Benn practices yoga, paints, and writes short essays and poetry.