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Center for Integrative Medicine




April 7, 2011




WFBH CIM Members In The News 


  • Steven Feldman, MD, dermatology, was interviewed in a Fox 8 story discussing the effect of acne on teens' self-esteem and quality of life.

         Kim Hutchinson, EdD, RN, appointed to NC Nurses Association.




Welcome New CIM Members! 

Welcome to our newest members!


Katie Duckworth is a postdoctoral fellow with the Cancer Patient Support Program. She specializes in inpatient and outpatient mental health assessment and counseling for cancer patients and family members, including those on inpatient stem cell transplant, solid tumor, and surgical oncology services.  In addition to providing clinical coverage for patients in active and post-treatment phases, she is interested in psychosocial oncology descriptive and interventional research that pertains to quality of life, extreme treatments, sleep quality, grief, depression, and end of life care.  Through clinical work and research, she strives to improve quality of life and holistic patient care.


Patty Garigliano is a CIM volunteer who moved to NC  from Connecticut in 2009 after being a homemaker and mother of 4 children for 28 years.   Patty recently became certified as a Medical Administrative Assistant and Billing & Coding Specialist; and is looking forward to a career with WFBH.  Patty recently completed her first 5K for the Susan G Komen Race For The Cure.


Kylie Kavanagh, DVM MS MPH is a veterinarian that imigrated to the United States from Australia to pursue further study in the modeling and treatment of diabetes and obesity-related disorders. The spontaneous weight gain and diabetes present in nonhuman primate models has been the focus of her research, to understand how nutrition and lifestyle interventions affect health. Her current interest is in cellular stress responses and how they change in an aging, or unhealthy body. Interventions such as polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation and hyperthermia are being investigated for their ability to modify cellular stress as therapies that could be used in older, frail, and disabled patients.

Kyla Shea, PhD received her PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from Tufts University in 2008.  She is currently a research fellow at the Sticht Center on Aging. Her research interest is in the role of micronutrients in age-related disease and disability, with a specific interest in vitamin K and vitamin D. She is a member of the American Heart Association and the American Society for Nutrition.  Kyla is also Co-Investigator  for the CIM and Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center - Aging Center Vitamin D and Vitamin K Status and Physical Function in Heart Failure pilot project.


Nancy Tuohy, RN, MSN recently completed the Integrative Health Coach Program. She is also the local network leader for the American Holistic Nurses Association. Her nursing career includes 6 years with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) in Philadelphia, Brenner's Pediatric ICU, and emergency medical services. She has a particular interest in mindfulness and its effects on personal health, workplace satisfaction, and patient safety. She obtained her BSN at UNC Chapel Hill and her MSN at University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a BA in psychology from Wake Forest University.


 Vance, PhD is building bridges between medicine, midwifery and science.  As a midwifery student 15 years ago in El Paso, Texas, she was exposed to the terrible suffering caused by pre-eclampsia.  Since then, she has been working and studying to undercover the root causes of pre-eclampsia. During her PhD research at Berkeley and Stanford, she investigated the human placenta with MRI, and the epidemiology of nutrition in pregnant women in the US. Now, as medical student, she is excited to continue on a path of academic medicine, and look forward to fruitful discussions and collaborations through the Center for Integrative Medicine.




WFBH Integrative Medicine Student Group 

This year the WFUBH Integrative Medicine Medical Student Group, led by Brielle Paolini, has reestablished its presence.  Its mission is to increase student awareness to the field of integrative medicine through learning about various evidence-based therapies.  


Their goals include:

  • To increase student body awareness to the field of integrative medicine thru lunch talks, and eventually incorporating a curriculum day on integrative medicine for future physicians.
  • To provide medical students with experiential learning about integrative techniques beginning with weekly meditation meetings. 

View the "Integrative Medicine: What is it?" presentation from the March 23rd meeting.  For more information, or if you are interested in joining this group, contact Brielle Paolini.




As the Twig is Bent, So Grows the Tree

This quotation is often used to illustrate the theoretical basis of osteopathy - the intricate connection between structure and function, between foundation and development. It can also easily be extended to illustrate the usefulness of osteopathy in pediatrics, where young bodies are that much more malleable, impressionable, and responsive to treatments. Finally, it also can describe the state of many young physicians coming out of post-graduate training.  


Even as Emily Esmaili made a concerted effort through residency to keep up her personal practice of yoga and meditation, to get outdoors and in the wilderness as much as possible, to eat well, and maintain relationships, she can say that she has become no less bent than the rest. However, she has also had more adventures and has done, seen, and experienced more at Wake Forest than on many of her globe-trotting trips. And, she's managed to fit in a few conferences, a fascinating research elective with Dr. Kathi Kemper, and an international elective month in Nepal.


So where to next? After taking a few months to work, travel, hike, and sleep, she plans to start an osteopathic fellowship in Portland, Maine.  She will focus on the use of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine for infants and children, and will also work part-time at a pediatric clinic in conjunction with Maine Medical Center. They will do integrative medicine consults at the Medical Center, and hope to collaborate with the well-established Integrative Medicine Program that operates through the Family Medicine Residency.  She looks forward to living and working in a community and culture where Integrative Medicine is truly integrated into medicine, and where physician well-being is paramount.


Emily has visions of serving abroad and/or in the public health sector, and is excited about taking this year to focus and strengthen her skills, strengthen her foundation, and strengthen her personal practice.  Emily also plans to take with her all the experiences, resilience, and lessons she has learned at WFBH, along with many warm sweaters.  




Not Sleeping Like a Baby?
Volunteers are Needed for Insomnia Study

Wake Forest Baptist Health

Winston-Salem, NC


Volunteers are needed for a study on the effectiveness of a new investigational treatment for moderate to severe insomnia.

Treatment is High Resolution Relational Encephalic Mirroring, or Brainwave Optimization, a unique, innovative type of biofeedback, is intended to facilitate greater balance and harmony in brain functioning, which may result in improved symptoms.  For information, contact Linda Trimarchi at (336) 716-9482 or Ginger Mendenhall at (336) 716-9484.   View Study Flyer.





Integrative Medicine Podcasts 

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health offers a Digital Media Library with many Integrative Medicine Podcasts including:




Awakening the Best in the Human Spirit 

Through innovative educational experiences that awaken the best in the human spirit, Omega provides hope and healing for individuals and society.  


Founded in 1977 by Stephan Rechtschaffen, M.D., and Elizabeth Lesser, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies was inspired by scholar and Eastern meditation teacher, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. Together, they envisioned a dynamic "university of life" designed to foster personal growth and social change.   

View Redefining Green Values from their latest enewsletter, and  some of the conferences noted on their website:


Inner Revolution of Spiritual Awakening - April 17, New York

The Wise Heart and Mindful Brain - April 29, New York




Know the Glycemic Index of Foods You Eat

Not all carbohydrate foods are created equal. In fact, they behave quite differently in our bodies. The glycemic index (GI) describes this difference by ranking carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels.  You can also find the GI of various foods with their GI Database.  Visit their





Changing the Way People Eat

Oldways is an internationally-respected non-profit, changing the way people eat through practical and positive programs grounded in science, traditions, and delicious foods and drinks. It is also known for developing consumer-friendly health-promotion tools, including the Whole Grain Stamp and the well-known Mediterranean Diet Pyramid.   Oldways also creates and organizes a wide variety of other educational activities, conferences and materials about healthy eating, drinking, lifestyle and the traditional pleasures of the table. Its educational programs are for consumers, scientists, the food industry, health professionals, chefs, journalists and policy makers.  Visit Oldways for more information!




American Holistic Nursing Association

"Holistic nursing is defined as all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal".  AHNA, 1998.


As the definitive voice for holistic nursing, the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) promotes the education of nurses, other health care professionals, and the public in all aspects of holistic caring and healing.  View the AHNA website for research, education, resources, and directory information.


SPECIAL:  AHNA Memberships only $35 from May 1st until
                  June 20th.   Contact Nancy Tuohy for information.




Articles of  Interest

Influence of Benefits, Barriers and Cues to Action for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use among University Students


Regulation of the neural circuitry of emotion by compassion meditation: Effects of meditative expertise 


BOLD signal in insula is differentially related to cardiac function during compassion meditation in experts vs. novices


Effect of paced breathing on ventilator and cardiovascular variability parameters during short-term investigations of autonomic function 


The effects of metronome breathing on the variability of autonomic activity measurements 


Resonances on the cardiovascular system caused by rhythmical muscle tension 


Effects of complementary eurythmy therapy on heart rate variability


Effect of paced breathing on ventilatory and cardiovascular variability parameters during short-term investigations of autonomic function





NOTE:  Medscape REQUIRES a free login  

                  to access all articles.




Mind / Body





Prizms Center for Mind/Body Integration

Prizms, LLC, located in Winston-Salem, NC offers opportunities for both personal and professional growth.  Workshops are provided on a variety of subjects including:   Anxiety, Moods, Trauma, Codependency, Meditation and Reiki.  CE's are also offered for massage/bodyworkers, and medical professionals.  For information, visit Prizms.




Botanical Solutions for Dealing with Everyday Stress ~ FREE Webinar TODAY!!

April 7 ~ 2:00 PM (EST)


Stress is an underlying causal factor for many acute and chronic disease states and can impact the immune, nervous and inflammatory pathways in the body.  Dr. Keri Marshall will focus on current and past research as it examines the effects of botanical Adaptogens and their effect on the neuroendocrine and other systems in the body.   Register for Webinar.





Health, Wellness and Green Living Show 





The Nurse as an Instrument of Healing 

 The Essence of Presence


April 11th

Asheville, North Carolina


The holistic nurse is an instrument of healing and communicates authentically to facilitate another person's healing and growth through presence - "being with" as well as "doing to".  Since Florence Nightingale introduced the philosophy of holism, nurses inherently focus on interrelationships of human beings, events, and the environment.  This conference will examine the essence of presence and its influence on healing outcomes.  Emphasis will be placed on practical skills nurses may use on an ongoing basis for their patients and themselves.  Speakers include Janet Quinn, Lourdes Lorenz, Gregory Lathrop, and Andi Williams.  For information, visit or view conference brochure.




 Planet Party 2011

 April 16

10 am - 5 pm

Winston-Salem, NC


  The NC Piedmont

  Environmental Alliance

  announces the 2011 Piedmont Earth Day Fair

at the Dixie Classic Fair Grounds.  The Fair promotes environmental stewardship through practical applications.  For more information, visit 




Fusion:  Blending the Past, Present, and Future of Dietetics!


North Carolina Dietetic Association's 

78th Annual Meeting


April 17 - 19  ~  Winston-Salem, NC  


A great opportunity to learn about the latest nutrition science, foodservice, and community trends, while networking with colleagues and friends!  19 Hours of CEUs.  View website or brochure for information.




Terrain, Tolerance, and Susceptibility

April 28 - 30

Bellevue, Washington



The Challenge of Emerging Infections in the 21st Century: Terrain, Tolerance, and Susceptibility Symposium is about cracking the code of how susceptibility to infection or dysfunction is created.  They will explore how a "hospitable host" is established through continuous and complex interplay between microbe exposure and an individual's environment, lifestyle, and genetic profile. 





Integrative Healing Practices for the Individual

May 5 thru 8  


 San Juan Islands, Washington



Each of us can participate in shaping our own wellness and healing.  In this workshop, Erik Peper, PhD, will teach self-guided techniques and concepts that promote health.  The emphasis will be on mind-body integration and will include somatics, breathing, imagery and Therapeutic Touch.


Erik is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation.  Since 1971 he has been researching factors that promote healing.  He is Professor of Holistic Health Studies at San Francisco State University, and President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe.   For information, visit the Indralaya website.




6th International Congress on Complementary Medicine Research (ICCMR)

 Evidence-Based Decision Making for Traditional 
and Integrative Medicine 

May 7 thru 9   ~   Chengdu, China


The 2011 ICCMR is organized by the International Society of Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR), Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Academy of Chinese Medical Science, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Journal of Integrative Medicine, Chinese Evidence-Based Medicine Centre, and Chinese Network of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CNCAM).  Speakers include: Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH.




Unique Mindfulness Retreat and Talk

Mindfulness teacher Chan Huy, MS, MBA, CPC will be coming to North Carolina at the end of May to facilitate a weekend retreat at St. Francis Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC, and to give a public talk on Mindful Eating in Greensboro.   For information, view flyers below.


Mindfulness Eating - May 25


Mindfulness Retreat - May 28 - 30




Mission Hospital's Integrative Medicine Events

June 24 - 26, or July 29 - 31

Holistic Resource Nurse Certification Prep Course   


May 20 or June 10

The Body's Balance - The Mind's Presence: the Alexander Technique

Contact Nancy Rankins at or (828) 213-1042 for more information. 




Calendar of Events


Local and Regional Events 


National and International Events 


Natural Triad / Wake Forest Integrative Medicine Seminar Series




In Closing ...

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