About the UF Health Integrative Medicine 5th Annual Conference on April 21, 2018: 7:00am – 4:30pm

The 5th Annual Integrative Medicine Conference will take place this year on April 21, 2018 at the Harrell Medical Education Building in Gainesville, FL. As part of our program’s commitment to promote health and wellbeing, we are focusing our fifth annual conference on integrative pain management.   “Flow: “Mind, Movement and Energy” offers both content and practical application of recent information in the field of mindfulness and movement-based therapies. It provides an excellent opportunity for the healthcare professional and interested public audience to understand the relationship of the mind and the body and how it can be utilized as an effective non-pharmacologic adjunct to pain management.

The conference will equip physicians and other healthcare professionals with knowledge, skills and resources needed to use these therapies to decrease improper utilization  prescription drugs, particularly opioids, for pain management.

Our intended audience is primary care and specialty care physicians, rehabilitation professionals, nurses, nurse practitioners, athletic trainers, manual  and massage therapists, meditation and yoga  instructors and acupuncturists.

Local and national experts will be speaking at this conference. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Peter Dorsher, MD, faculty at Mayo Clinic, in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Dorsher has primary research interests in the application of ancient healing traditions, including acupuncture to modern health care … through understanding their physiologic mechanisms. Dr. Dorsher’s research aims to translate 5000 years of clinical knowledge into contemporary terminology to allow endogenous treatment of pain, physical disorders and psychological disorders.

Please view our Agenda page to view the all of the topics that will be presented and speakers who are participating in this event.

What is integrative medicine?

This is healthcare that combines mainstream medical therapies and complementary and alternative therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine). It is a healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative. (Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine).

Integrative Medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.  (Consortium of Academic Health Centers in Integrative Medicine, 2012)

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About the Pre-Conference Workshop on April 20, 2018: 7:00am – 3:00pm

Fascial Foundations: Intro to the Low Back
Presented by:
David Lesondak, BSCI, KMI, FFT, LMT
Board Certified Structural Integrator, Visceral Manipulator, and Fascial Fitness Trainer
Allied Health Professional Staff | Department of Family and Community Medicine | University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


We are increasingly gaining more understanding of pain as a biopsychosocial construct.  However, pain mechanisms are still being elucidated and debated by researchers. Clinicians continue to follow diagnostic algorithms to identify pain generators using imaging or inflammatory markers.  Several pain generators have been identified, including local tissues damage, referral patterns generated by tissue changes, abnormal nervous system discharges, or dysfunctional central nervous system modulation. Exploring the contribution of abnormal body alignment to these pain generators provides us with another avenue to alleviate chronic pain. Fascia, a ubiquitous connective tissue found in the human body is now emerging as an interesting pain generator and fascially oriented manual therapy is being physical therapy,  massage therapy, chiropractic and athletic training protocols as a way to improve alignment and soft tissue mobility to enhance movement, performance or reduce pain. This workshop aims to enhance the understanding of fascia as a pain generator and the development of skills for management of chronic pain.

This workshop is appropriate for conference attendees, medical practitioners, educators and the general public.