Our Speakers

EstoresIrene M. Estores, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Integrative Medicine Program
Division of General Internal Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine

Dr. Irene M. Estores completed her Integrative Medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, the nationally recognized program of Dr. Andrew Weil, as a Bravewell Fellow.  She is also a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and completed her residency training at the Sinai Hospital- Johns Hopkins Hospital Inter-institutional program in PM&R. She received her initial acupuncture training at the University of Miami Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine and has applied this to the management of both musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain.

Irene’s interest in integrative medicine grew out of self-exploration of other healing and belief systems, the deepening of her spiritual practice of prayer, self-reflection and meditation, and a mindful experience of both the good and bad things that have happened in her life as an individual and as a physician.  She considers her practice of medicine as a vocation and a spiritual path.

As part of her commitment to nurture her own body, mind, and spirit, she racewalks, keeps a daily prayer/journaling/meditative reading practice, laughs at her husband’s jokes, cooks with her sons, and walks any labyrinth she can find.

Keynote Speaker

9eb127b9-8089-4dbd-93e9-e5599d87bf73_w01Ather Ali, ND, MPH, MHS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine
Director, Yale Adult and Pediatric Integrative Medicine Clinic
Medical Director, Integrative Medicine, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven
Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Ali is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) and of Medicine (General Medicine) at the Yale School of Medicine and is Director of the Yale Adult and Pediatric Integrative Medicine Clinic, and Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven.

His clinical practice focuses on the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, including pain syndromes and medically unexplained conditions.

He is principal investigator of clinical and translational studies in fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, food sensitivity, nutritional interventions, diagnostic tests, the human microbiome, and integrative medicine outcomes, with support from federal, foundation, and industry sources. He has published a number of clinical studies of complementary therapies. He is currently supported by a NIH/NCCIH Career Development Award (K23) to study mindfulness meditation in chronic widespread pain/fibromyalgia in adolescents. He is a founding Director of Integrative Medicine at Yale. He has degrees and formal training in psychobiology, naturopathic medicine, integrative medicine, clinical trials, nutrition, clinical epidemiology, public health, health services research, community-based research, leadership, and healthcare economics.

He was previously Integrative Medicine Specialist at the Yale Stress Center, co-director of the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital, and Assistant Director of Complementary Medicine Research at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center.

Katherine Vogel AndersonKatherine Vogel Anderson, Pharm.D, BCACP

After completing a primary care pharmacy residency, Dr. Vogel Anderson accepted a clinical pharmacy specialist position at Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the pharmacotherapy clinic, where she specialized in anticoagulation management. She held this position for five years, before transferring to the VA geriatric primary care clinic, where she managed anticoagulation, hypertension, and diabetes, among other disease states, as part of a multi-disciplinary health-care team. Since her graduation from UF, Dr. Vogel Anderson maintained a relationship with the college through precepting clerkship students and lecturing in the Pharmacotherapy and Pharmaceutical Skills Lab course series. She was named Outstanding Young Alumnus for the UF College of Pharmacy in 2009. In 2010, she accepted a position as Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research; she has a joint appointment in the UF College of Medicine. Dr. Vogel Anderson practices at UF Health Internal Medicine at the Medical Plaza. Her research interests include anticoagulation therapy, pharmacist/physician collaboration, and improving medication management at each patient care transition. In 2012, she established an ASHP accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency program, for which she serves as program director. Vogel Anderson is faculty advisor for the UF student ACCP chapter, is co-advisor for KE, and serves as a UF faculty senator. In 2009, Vogel Anderson and her husband, Shawn Anderson, established the endowed Vogel Anderson Exceptional Leader Scholarship for third-year pharmacy students.

David McMahon, DOM

David received his Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and his Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Contemporary Oriental Medicine from the Dragon Rises College of Contemporary Medicine.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a minor in Music Performance from the University of Florida. David is certified to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is a primary care provider licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health. In 2002, David was diagnosed with cancer.  He began acupuncture treatments to enhance and supplement the healing process.  This first-hand experience, and its impact on his resilience and vitality, inspired him to pursue his dream of helping others through his work. Based on personal experience and belief that the human body has an innate ability to heal itself, David believes many patients desire more complimentary approaches to healing and simply need encouragement to get the process started.  Supplementing Chinese medicine with traditional healing therapies may be the gentle push that lets them know they can take an active role in directing their personal journey to reclaiming health and wellbeing.  This can make all the difference. David is a strong advocate for Integrative Medicine and often speaks to groups in the North Central Florida area on the benefits of acupuncture in cancer care. He believes that combining modern biomedicine, Chinese medicine, proper nutrition, massage, and mind body practices provide the best outcome for acute and chronic disease.

Marika Alois, M.D.Marika Alois, MD

Dr. Marika Alois received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and worked with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine during her time in Washington, DC.  She went on to complete her residency in Family Medicine and fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.  She was born and raised in Gainesville and is happy to be practicing medicine back in her hometown. Dr. Alois is passionate about taking a holistic approach to help her patients achieve and maintain optimal health.  Her clinical interests are broad and include women’s health, adolescent medicine, preventive medicine, and an integrative approach to common symptoms and conditions such as depression, anxiety, menstrual disorders, menopause, headaches, insomnia, gastrointestinal disorders, and fibromyalgia among others.

Stephen Bolduc, MD, MS, FAAP

Dr. Bolduc is a pediatric physician at Sacred Heart Hospital, who throughout his career has served as chairman of pediatrics at Riverside Regional Medical Center and at Mary Immaculate Hospital. Dr. Bolduc also served in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. Dr. Bolduc received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York, where he served as chief resident in his third year. Dr. Bolduc has also completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).Dr. Bolduc has special medical interests in asthma, special-needs children and sports medicine. He is an advocate for breastfeeding and prenatal health. Dr. Bolduc strives to help his patients achieve optimal wellness by incorporating nutrition, stress reduction and fitness into his well visits.

Mark S. McIntosh, M.D.Mark McIntosh, MD, MPH

Dr. Mark McIntosh is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine with the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville.  He is also the Medical Director for the Employee Wellness Program for UF Health Jacksonville. Dr. McIntosh is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Hospice-Palliative Care. He also a certified practitioner by the Institute for Functional Medicine.

He also participated in the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. McIntosh received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. In addition to Emergency Medicine his clinical interests include integrative and functional medicine, corporate health and palliative care. Since joining the faculty of the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, Dr. McIntosh has implemented an employee wellness program, a preoperative bariatric program and an inpatient palliative care consultation service.

Monica Aggarwal, MD

Dr. Aggarwal is an assistant professor of medicine in the University of Florida’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. She received her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and subsequently went on to complete residency in internal medicine at Tufts-New England Medical Center. She then completed a cardiology fellowship at the University of Maryland and later continued her training at the University of Arizona, completing an integrative medicine fellowship.

Rebecca Wayne, AP

Rebecca Wayne, AP has been offering gentle and healing adult and pediatric acupuncture services since 2012. While she is equipped to treat a variety of medical conditions, her specialties are in holistic pediatrics, reproductive health, acute and chronic disease, and mental-emotional health.

Rebecca has a team-oriented approach with her patients. She endeavors to meet each of them where they are at on their unique healing journey, with an awareness that the body knows how to heal itself. Rebecca uses a variety of tools to encourage healing such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, moxibustion, Contemporary Pulse Diagnosis, cupping, gua sha therapy, dietary and life-style counseling, and more.  With her warm and gentle nature, she is particularly gifted at working with children. Rebecca offers significant support and coaching to parents to create the best chances of success with a treatment plan.

Rebecca holds a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Bachelor of Health Sciences, which she attained from Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University. In addition, Rebecca has been in training with Satvatove Institute since 2011, practicing spiritually-based life coaching skills that further enhances her ability to hold a sacred space for her patients. With these coaching tools, patients feel heard and are empowered to create transformation physically, emotionally, and spiritually.


ar-604135300Misti Oxford-Pickeral, MAc, AP

Misti Oxford-Pickeral, MAc, AP is the Chief Executive Officer of the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture and a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. Misti provides leadership both for the school and at the national level, where she was recently named President of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM). She is an alumni and former admissions coordinator for the Academy. She consistently receives the highest possible marks for her teaching and clinical supervision in both the acupuncture and herbal studies programs. Prior to joining the Academy staff, Misti maintained a full­ time private practice in acupuncture and herbal medicine and served as an adjunct faculty member at Bluefield State College.

Lauren Kolansky

Serves as the program assistant for the integrative medicine program at UF Health and is a certified qigong instructor.

Workshop Leader

Susan Marynowski 2014

Susan Marynowski, MS

Susan Marynowski, M.S., is a professional herbalist engaged in teaching, writing, editing, and consulting. She has studied and practiced herbal medicine since the early 1990s. Susan holds certificates from Dr. Tieraona LowDog’s “Foundations in Herbal Medicine” and Susun Weed’s “Wise Woman Tradition.” She has advanced training in cancer therapeutics, metabolic syndrome, herbal botany, herbal first aid, and functional blood chemistry analysis. She is the Editor for the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild and teaches at Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, Florida Herbal Conference, and other venues. She counts herbalists Patricia Kyritsi Howell and Thomas Easley as her mentors and maintains annual continuing education credits. Susan has authored or edited a number of books, articles, reports, and scientific studies. Susan’s formal education includes degrees in Fine Arts and an M.S. degree in Ecology and Public Education. She exercises her artistic and ecological eye toward understanding the patterns of both natural and human ecosystems