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  • Emily Olson
    Posted January 19, 2024 at 8:11 pm

    Hello everyone! My name is Emily Olson. I live in Appleton, WI with my husband and three kids (8, 6 and 2). I went to St. Olaf College followed by medical school at the Medical College of WI in Milwaukee. I stayed in Milwaukee for my pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of WI. Following residency, I started a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology but after having my first child during my first year of fellowship I made the decision to switch paths into General Pediatrics. I am now in my 9th year of practice and have increasingly seen the need to incorporate Integrative Medicine. I am so excited for the opportunity to learn all I can from this program so I can better serve my patients and help bring Pediatric Integrative Medicine to my community.

  • Arati Malhotra
    Posted January 19, 2024 at 11:33 pm

    Hello everyone! My name is Arati Malhotra and I live in San Diego CA with my husband and 2 sons who are currently attending college away from home. I went to medical school at McGill University in Montreal and did my pediatric residency at Texas Children’s Hospital at Baylor in Houston. I have been in practice for over 20 years working with the underserved population in community health. Over time I have seen the health care needs of patients and families grow and become more complex. As we (medical providers ) strive to address those needs and provide more comprehensive and holistic care, I feel it’s important to incorporate evidence based integrative medicine in our practice to better serve our patients and their families. I am grateful and excited about this opportunity to learn from teachers and colleagues and look forward to interacting with you all.

    • Marina Capella
      Posted January 20, 2024 at 3:22 am

      Hi Arati! We worked together in the peds department at NCHS (now TrueCare) many years ago. I moved to Utah in late 2018. Nice to see you in this cohort!

  • Marina Capella
    Posted January 20, 2024 at 3:29 am

    Greetings! I am an integrative pediatrician in Salt Lake City, Utah. I received my education and training at Stanford, Harvard, UC San Diego, and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. I worked at a community health center in San Diego for many years after residency, then relocated to Utah where I practiced pediatric urgent care for a few more years. In 2021 I felt burned out due to the limitations of insurance-based care and opened my own direct primary care (DPC) clinic called Healing Arts Pediatrics. Having my own practice has enabled me to seek out further training in integrative modalities — including training in John Barnes myofascial release therapy, clinical hypnosis, and herbalism. I am completing my integrative fellowship through AIHM in early 2024. I am excited to deepen my understanding of pediatric-specific integrative medicine with all of you! Apart from being a pediatrician, I love cooking and baking, sewing, gardening, and running. I live in Salt Lake City with my husband and many rescue animals.

  • Violeta Radenovich
    Posted January 20, 2024 at 3:54 pm

    Hi! my name is Violeta Radenovich. I am a pediatric ophthalmologist originally from Peru. I did my medical school in Peru and my residency training in ophthalmology and fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at the University of Texas in Houston . I have a masters degree in Public Health and i just finished my integrative medicine fellowship with Andrew Weil at Tucson school of medicine. I am also an associate professor of Texas Tech University , practice in private practice and academics for 25 years. My clinic is Children”s Eye Center of El Paso and i have a passion in helping children see better. I am so glad i will be learning how to improve the health of my children with an integrative approach and help them to live a healthier and happy life . Proud and excited to be in this group of intellectuals and smart proffesionals pursuing the same goals. I am married and have 3 girls 42, 26, 20. Yubi is a pralegal in the court of Denver and made me a happy grandmother ,Hunter Mateo is 1 1/2 yo and he is so cute and lovely. My middle daughther Sophia is in Real state Sotheby’s International in West Hollywood and my baby Bella (20 ) she is in Caltech University Pasadena and she wants to be a pediatric ophthalmologist like mom. I love jogging, shooping,and going to the movies. I am grateful of having this opportunity to learn from you all.

  • Cammie Presler
    Posted January 21, 2024 at 7:22 pm

    Hi everyone! My name is Cammie Presler and I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a yoga teacher from Chapel Hill, NC. I currently work in bone marrow transplant (for 19 years!) and I teach at the school of nursing as well. I went back to school in my 40s to get my doctorate and studied the impact of teaching yoga and breathing techniques to new nurses as they make the transition from student nurse to new graduate. My division chef at UNC is very supportive of me starting an integrative program within our clinic so I am so excited to be learning all of this amazing information with you all. Our patients are asking for this information more and more and my colleagues are excited to have someone to refer to! Really looking forward to learning from you all!

  • Mashael Alqahtani
    Posted January 25, 2024 at 5:57 pm

    Hi- My name is Mashael (it its an arabic name rhyme with my smile), I am originally from Saudi Arabia, I am a mother of 2 boys 7 and 8. We live in Orlando on mini farm with chickens and goats, my dream to be able to have regenerative farm (only if I have the time and knowledge). I am a pediatric critical care physician with research focus on early mobility in critically ill patients and post ICU syndrome. I want to get as much knowledge and guidance to take use this practice in my everyday care and equip me for post ICU follow up clinic. I am excited to learn from the staff and my fellow colleagues!

  • Suzanne Tither
    Posted February 6, 2024 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Everyone! I am Suzanne Tither, a Family Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Acupuncturist trained at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, the University of Maryland School and the Traditional Acupuncture Institute. For over a decade I practiced as a nurse and an acupuncturist (one foot each in western and eastern medicine-lol!). Then, since 2012 after gaining my FNP degree, I have worked in several integrative medicine clinics across the country but more recently moved to rural Montana (to marry my husband) which inspired the need to build my own virtual integrative/functional medicine practice serving women and children. It’s been such a challenge to take on an entrepreneurial role, learn how to market etc -My true passion is seeing patients and I am recently launching a Pediatric Gut Optimization Program. That said, I adore children and over the years, saddened by the growth in chronic illnesses for our little ones. There is such a need for more tools to keep them well and I am here to grow my skills and learn more evidenced based approaches. Reading all of the bios here I am TOTALLY in awe at all of you-Excited to join this amazing group!!! 🙂

    • Laura McDermott
      Posted February 10, 2024 at 12:22 am

      Hi Suzanne –
      Had to comment as my husband’s family lives in Maryland and many of them went to University of Maryland – many “Fear the Turtle” and “Go Terps” shirts. ha-ha. Also, my parents grew up in Montana and I have a lot of family living there. If you don’t mind me asking, where do you live in Montana? I thought it was funny that I saw those 2 connections with you.

      – Laura McDermott

      • Suzanne Tither
        Posted February 14, 2024 at 3:35 pm

        Hi Laura!
        I have always loved the U of MD’s mascot and “Fear the Turtle”-Always makes me laugh!!! We recently moved from Bozeman to Whitehall Montana which is about 30 minutes from Butte. More rural than I have ever lived with antelope out the back window. LOL! Where did your parents grow up?

        I love your bio and story! And best of luck with business development. If you have a website or once it’s up and running please send the link-I would love to see and also support any of your social media activity etc. I only recently opened my virtual practice and wow, the learning curve is high for marketing, education, etc. It would be great to support one another along this journey. Take care and I will see you online in class. 🙂

  • Kathrine Conliffe
    Posted February 6, 2024 at 11:02 pm

    Hi- My name is Kathrine Conliffe. I’m a general pediatrician in Louisville, KY. I grew up in Michigan. I attended Michigan State University’s Osteopathic School of medicine and did my pediatric residency in Grand Rapids, MI with Helen Devos Children’s Hospital. I worked as a general outpatient pediatrician for a large hospital owned medical group for 8 years and was feeling burned out. I left in 2022 and have been home with my kids (12, 9, 7, 5) since then. We bought a farm (goats, sheep, donkey) and started homeschooling. I’ve had a great time but I’m feeling the itch to get out there again to put my knowledge and passion to good use. I’m in the planning stages of opening my own practice where I hope to make a difference in a way that is meaningful to me as well. I’m grateful to be a part of this cohort and look forward to getting to know you.

  • Laura McDermott
    Posted February 10, 2024 at 12:45 am

    Hi all! My name is Laura McDermott. I’ve been an outpatient Pediatrician for 12+ years. I started off as a Division I soccer player at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA and then went to work for Bayer Biologics in Berkeley, CA to bolster my medical school application. After several promotions and an international project that took me to New York and Germany, I blinked and realized ten years had passed. I was great at my job and loved what I was doing, but my passion and dream was to become a Pediatrician and make a direct difference in the life of children. As a result, I left Bayer and went to medical school at Creighton (Omaha, NE) and did my residency at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, CA (where I grew up). Fun fact – I had my 1st son 10 weeks before first year of medical school and had my 2nd son end of 3rd year – they are now 16 and 13 years old. I worked for a large medical group in CA and had a busy outpatient practice where I saw 60-85 patients over 3 days each week as well as covering newborn rounds. My family moved to Idaho about 1.5 years ago and initially I was flying back and forth each week to cover clinic. Afterwards, I took some time off to get my family settled. This past Fall, I started working at a brand new outpatient clinic. I am in the process of opening up my own clinic – Bridging The Gap-Whole Health where I can blend Western and Integrative Medicine. There is a huge request/need for it here in Idaho. What I have realized in my journey is that medical school and residency taught me a lot on how to handle acute situations and symptom management. I am hopeful with APIM that I can provide a more robust preventative medicine approach, dive deeper into symptoms and identify root cause issues without always prescribing medications. I’m really looking forward to APIM and learning safe and effective options for patients. Happy to join all of you!

  • elham raker
    Posted February 15, 2024 at 11:16 am

    Hello, my name is Elham Raker. I am a general pediatrician. I lived in LA my whole life and never thought I’d leave until I met my now husband, I did my residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, then got married and moved to Denver, back to LA, Phoenix and now I live in So Cal again in a beach city near LAX. During my past 20 years post training I have worked in almost every capacity (outpatient, UC, ER, inpatient, different patient demographics and a few years of in home house calls. During Covid I committed fully to being a mom, became a certified parent coach and then spent the past 2 years as the primary caretaker to my daughter who developed Long Covid. My journey to Integrative Medicine was both professional and personal. Wanting to provide more answers for my patient and looking for more answers for my daughter. I currently see clients via zoom and some tele-med but hope to incorporate IM into my virtual offerings, but I’m open to whatever opportunities may arise from this training! Looking forward to learning with and getting to know this cohort! Everyone’s background and stories are so rich and relatable!

  • Ann Ming Yeh
    Posted February 15, 2024 at 4:38 pm

    Hello all! I’m Ann Ming Yeh (first name – Ann Ming, last name Yeh (sounds like YAY). I’m a pediatric gastroenterologist and I practice at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health at Stanford in Palo Alto, CA. I also did my peds residency and GI fellowship training at Stanford. I’ve also completed the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine Fellowship in 2014 and Helms Medical Acupuncture training in 2011. My clinical practice is primarily in integrative pediatric gastroenterology, where I use lots of integrative tools (acupuncture, herbs, supplements, mind-body) to treat kids mostly with Disorders of the Gut Brain Interaction (previously known as Functional GI disorders) and some Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I love all topics related to culinary medicine/food as medicine, gut health, SIBO, and gut microbiome. At Stanford, I’m the program director for our in person 1-year clinical fellowship in Pediatric Integrative Medicine. Feel free to find me on social media (@integrative_peds on IG; @annmingyeh on Twitter/X). I’m super excited to be the APIM academy scholars course associate program director and looking forward to working with you all!!

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