Amy Bauman, DO, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her medical school degree at A.T. Still University/Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009 and her family medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 202. She is currently working toward a fellowship in academic integrative medicine at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her interests include mind-body medicine, chronic pain, dietary supplements, and health practitioner self-care.
Apple Bodemer, MD, is a board certified dermatologist and Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She recently launched a dermatology specialty clinic focused on offering integrative approaches to dermatologic care. She completed medical school and residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her residency, she traveled to various parts of Asia where she learned about different systematic approaches to health care and broadened her understanding about health and well-being. After finishing her dermatology residency, she completed a two-year fellowship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at
the University of Arizona. She has written chapters for the Integrative Medicine textbook by Dave Rakel, MD, and has worked with the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Fellowship program as a facilitator and content editor of the fellowship’s dermatology curriculum.
Her primary clinical focus is the holistic care of general dermatology patients. She uses her expertise in integrative medicine to help people find their individual paths towards balance and health.
Cindy Burzinski, MS, is an Assistant Researcher in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and Master’s degree in Counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently working toward her licensure as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. She has experience in the delivery of evidence-based interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness Meditation based interventions for substance use disorders. She also is knowledgeable about the community-based 12-step model approach to addictive disorders. In her clinical work, she has provided care to patients with substance use disorders, who often have co-occurring mental health conditions.
During the past seven years, Burzinski has been involved in various aspects of research related to mental health and substance use disorders. Since 2012, she has worked as an Assistant Researcher in the UW Department of Family Medicine as a part of the research team evaluating mindfulness based interventions for improving outcomes among adults with addictive disorders and opioid treated chronic pain. Her interests include mind-body health, improving care for and outcomes in substance use disorders and mental health conditions, and the process of change and personal growth.
Robert Z. Edwards, MD, is a family physician at Wildwood Family Clinic in Cottage Grove, WI. He completed his medical training at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and an internship in family medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. After the internship, Dr. Edwards pursued his residency in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. He also completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Edwards’ medical interests include integrative medicine, men’s health, pediatrics, and environmental health. He is also interested in surgical procedures and is currently working towards credentials to add colonoscopies to the services he offers.
Russell H. Greenfield, MD, is Director of Greenfield Integrative Healthcare, PLLC and President of Greenfield Consulting, LLC. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center and subsequently entered into an administrative and teaching fellowship. He became involved in the emergency medicine residency program at Carolinas Medical Center, where he was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Greenfield later became one of the first four physicians worldwide to graduate from the fellowship in integrative medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the direct tutelage of Dr. Andrew Weil.
Dr. Greenfield was a consultant in the development of national model guidelines for the use of complementary and alternative therapies, is co-author of Healthy Child, Whole Child (2nd ed. HarperCollins, 2009), and was founding Medical Director of Carolinas Integrative Health, a freestanding center in Charlotte, NC owned and operated by the Carolinas HealthCare System. He currently maintains a medical practice in Charlotte and consults with businesses and organizations on integrative wellness initiatives.
Adrienne R. Hampton, MD, is an academic integrative medicine fellow in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her medical training at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, and her family medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Dr. Hampton is a registered yoga teacher, and a student of Zen meditation.
Dr. Hampton’s past work includes teaching yoga and meditation in low-income communities as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow. She teaches yoga and meditation theory and practice to health care providers. She is pursuing advanced certification in yoga therapeutics. Her research interests include yoga for the treatment of chronic pain.
David Kiefer, MD, is a board-certified family physician with extensive experience in botanical and integrative medicine. His research and teaching activities encompass both national and international universities and conferences, and he has a focus on Latin American ethnobotany and evidence-based herbal medicine. Dr. Kiefer has medical licenses in Washington, Arizona, and in his current residence, Wisconsin, where he is now a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. His family and integrative medicine clinical practice is at Group Health Cooperative of Southcentral Wisconsin.
Dr. Kiefer’s past work includes teaching naturopathic medical students at Bastyr University in Seattle, and supervising family medicine residents at a homeless youth clinic. He completed a fellowship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona where he is now an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine. Dr. Kiefer graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and completed his residency training at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.
Anne Kolan, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed the academic integrative medicine fellowship through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Continuously amazed at the complexity and mystery involved in health and well-being, Dr. Kolan practices full spectrum family medicine. She truly appreciates the stories and continuity that strengthen relationships and allow for optimal healing. She enjoys teaching, helping to facilitate The Healer’s Art elective for medical students and the Aware Medicine curriculum for residents, both of which provide opportunities to cultivate compassion, maintain awe, and develop sustainable approaches to self-care and wellness. For her leadership and service, she was named a Pisacano Scholar of Family Medicine and a McGovern-Tracy Scholar. She has a particular interest in women’s health and obstetrics, nutrition and movement, mind-body medicine and spiritual exploration.
Greta Kuphal, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and the medical director of UW Health’s Arboretum Family Medicine Clinic. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she completed a term of service through the AmeriCorps VISTA program where she worked to coordinate homeless service resources for the state of Wyoming and for a federally funded Healthcare for the Homeless Clinic.
She received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and continued at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Family Medicine for her family medicine residency training and academic integrative medicine fellowship. Dr. Kuphal’s interests include nutrition, child development, herbal medicine and incorporating an integrative approach to healthcare in the primary care setting.
Russell Lemmon, DO, completed his medical training at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and the MacNeal Hospital Family Medicine Residency in Illinois. Following residency he served as a family physician in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. While on active duty he was the medical director for the family medicine department and was deployed as a physician with the Special Forces in Iraq. Dr. Lemmon completed training in medical acupuncture while in the Air Force and used this modality to treat military personnel in both the United States and Iraq. After four years on active duty, he spent three years in private practice before joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.
In addition to working with family medicine residents, he maintains an active practice in family medicine, osteopathic manipulation and acupuncture. Dr. Lemmon is also pursuing additional training in integrative medicine through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Academic Integrative Medicine Fellowship program.
David Lessens, MD, MPH, is an integrative family physician at the Southcentral Foundation, an Alaskan Native-owned, non-profit health care organization based in Anchorage, Alaska. The Southcentral Foundation’s mission focuses on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness through a relationship-based “Nuka System of Care.”
Dr. Lessens attended the University of Michigan Medical School for his medical training and earned a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He concentrated his MPH studies on the interactions among food, sustainability, and culture. He then completed his family medicine residency and a fellowship in academic integrative medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.
Dr. Lessens’ interests include food and nutrition, the intersection between integrative medicine and public health, integrative medicine education, and mind-body medicine. He has provided leadership for the Humanistic Elective in Alternative Medicine, Activism, and Reflective Transformation (HEART) program as both a medical student and fellow.
Charlene Luchterhand MSSW, LCSW, completed undergraduate degrees in social work and sociology, graduating with distinction, and a Master of Science in Social Work degree at the University of WisconsinMadison. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin. Luchterhand has been the Education and Research Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health Integrative Medicine Program for the past nine years. For over 25 years, Luchterhand has been committed to health promotion in various capacities at the University of Wisconsin, in the areas of aging and developmental disabilities, integrative medicine, and oncology. Her work has emphasized personalized care, patient empowerment, health education, and health literacy. Grief following a death loss has been a particular focus of interest. She is nationally and internationally published in the area of grief and intellectual disabilities, and her website educational tools on grief for clinicians and the general public have been widely accessed.
Jill Mallory, MD, is triple board-certified in family medicine, holistic medicine, and also as an IBCLC. She practices the full spectrum of holistic family medicine, including low-risk obstetrics, newborn home-visiting, and lactation consultation. She is in private practice at Wildwood Family Clinic in Madison, WI.
John W. McBurney, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of South Carolina in Greenville, SC. He is a graduate of Auburn University (WDE) and Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. McBurney performed his neurology residency and EEG/Epilepsy fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He received the Erskine Graves award as the outstanding graduating fellow at Walter Reed in 1989. He is board certified in neurology, EEG/evoked potentials and sleep medicine.
Dr. McBurney held a variety of military assignments during his military career and co-founded the neurology residency at Madigan Army Medical Center. Military awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. Additional recognitions include Best Doctors since 2005. In January 2014, Dr. McBurney completed the fellowship in integrative medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He currently practices integrative medicine informed neurology, and sleep disorders medicine with the University Medical Group in Greenville, SC. He is passionate about integrative medicine and serves as the faculty advisor for the integrative medicine interest group at USC-Greenville School of Medicine. Personal interests include Ashtanga Yoga, meditation, cycling and music. His wife of 34 years, Jill, is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher and iRest teacher-in-training, level 1. They have 2 adult children, Chris and Erin.
Christine Milovani, MSW, LCSW, received her undergraduate degree in Social Work at Marquette University, and received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at University of Wisconsin Madison, while completing an independent study in CAM and Integrative Social Work. Milovani is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Reiki Master Teacher. She has maintained her private practice since 2000, integrating her skills in social work, counseling, spirituality, meditation, mindful awareness, reiki and qi gong. She has coordinated and facilitated groups, workshops, retreats and conferences for over 20 years in the areas of personal development, spirituality and health.
Milovani excels at heart-centered patient care while improving the effectiveness of health care systems. She has worked as a Medical and Clinical Social Worker in hospital and clinic settings in the areas of Mental Health, Emergency Services, Cardiology and Wellness while bringing integrative and healing practices into the medical setting.
Coming out of 15 years of martial arts training and teaching, Vinny began developing his interest in integrative health and healing as an undergraduate at Boston University, studying biology as well as East Asian Studies, with a focus on Chinese language and culture. Studying abroad in China he had the opportunity to explore and practice Chinese medicine. He then spent a year studying traditional Chinese medicine at the New England School of Acupuncture prior to attending the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. During medical school he partnered with local practitioners of integrative therapies to host an annual Complementary and Integrative Therapies Health Expo. He also collaborated with the UMass Cancer Center to integrate mind-body therapies into a weekly student-led meeting for breast cancer survivors and their support persons. With a desire to care for people in their entirety—body, mind, spirit, families, and communities—he eagerly pursued training at the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH), completing both his family medicine residency training and then the Academic Integrative Health Fellowship, offered within the same department. He has completed medical acupuncture training through the Helms Medical Institute, a Mindfulness Teaching Internship through the University of Wisconsin Mindfulness Program, and the University of California-San Diego Mindfulness Teacher Training Intensive. He currently practices as a family physician and integrative health consultant through the University of Wisconsin’s DFMCH in Madison, WI. Vinny’s research has focused on developing and teaching mindfulness training programs for resident physicians.
Vinny is blessed to have been married to his wife, Annmae, since May 2013, and their first child, Skylar Mae (“Sky”) Minichiello, was born on August 8, 2017. He is grateful to his father, mother, and sister for their inspiration and encouragement to trust his heart along the way.
Shilagh Mirgain, PhD, is a Senior Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She received her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Clinical and Community Psychology, completed her clinical internship at the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry and her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University Department of Psychiatry. She is a sought after public speaker, leader, and clinical psychologist.
Dr Mirgain is a frequent contributor to WMTV News in Madison, speaking on health, wellness, and peak performance. Often called on to represent University of Wisconsin-Madison in the media, she writes and speaks on mind-body skills to foster optimal health. She provides public education through UW’s Active Hearts, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, and UW’s Active Living and Learning series. As a mentor and lecturer, she offers support and didactic training to interns, residents, faculty and staff, and state-wide organizations, and is a regular presenter at national conferences. She also serves on the faculty for the UW Annual Comprehensive Pain Board Review Symposium.
Grant awards and program development have included the Interdisciplinary Neck Pain Program and the Shared Medical Appointment for Chronic Low Back Pain, state of the art pilot treatment programs for patients. As an integral part of the Mindfulness Meditation for Health research grant project, she has led mindfulness meditation interventions, as well as developed a manual for use with chronic pain populations.
In her practice, Dr. Mirgain uses both individual and group formats to provide innovative and cost effective programming for patients with a variety of medical conditions and adjustment issues. She also developed the sports psychology program in the University of Wisconsin system, offering services for injury rehabilitation and peak performance training to athletes. She is one of the sports psychologists to the UW Badger athletes. Her areas of expertise include cognitive behavioral interventions, hypnosis, acceptance and commitment therapy, forgiveness and compassion, and mindfulness meditation, as well as mind-body skills training. Dr. Mirgain is certified in Clinical Hypnosis by the American Association for Clinical Hypnosis.
Surya Pierce, MD, is an integrative family physician and yoga meditation teacher. He is board certified in family medicine and integrative/holistic medicine (ABIHM), as well as a registered Yoga Alliance teacher (RYT). He was raised in a small Minnesota town and introduced to yoga by his parents at a young age. Surya’s first interest in medicine arose as he began to teach hatha yoga in 2000. He completed medical school and residency at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and stayed briefly to work with the UW Academic Integrative Medicine Program. Amongst the formative experiences in Surya’s integrative medical education were preceptorships with Tsetan Sadutshang (personal physician to the Dalai Lama) and teaching yoga to medical trainees.
Surya is currently a staff physician at the University of Oklahoma Health Services and serves on the health board of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. He teaches community classes in yoga meditation and continues to work to integrate the worlds of yoga and biomedicine in varied contexts. His interests include Ayurvedic medicine, botanical medicine and care for underserved populations.
Jacqueline Redmer, MD, MPH, was born and raised in Wisconsin. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995 with a degree in botany and zoology she served as a public health Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan. She returned from the Peace Corps with renewed interest in social justice and community health and completed her medical and public health degrees through the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health prior to joining the UW Department of Family Medicine Residency Program.
During medical school and residency she spent time working in underserved communities in the United States and abroad including rural Guatemala, Lesotho and the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin. After residency she completed the two-year UW fellowship in academic integrative medicine. She is currently practicing integrative primary care with the Northlakes Community Clinic in Iron River, WI. Her interests in integrative medicine include nutrition and supplements and she has completed her Level I Training through the Academy for Guided Imagery. Her academic work has focused on diabetes management and integrative medicine. She enjoys outdoor recreation including running, biking, canoeing, camping and skiing, as well as spending time with her husband and twin girls Eliza and Hazel.
J. Adam Rindfleisch
J. Adam Rindfleisch, MPhil, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. He graduated from College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho and completed a Masters of Philosophy at Oxford in Comparative Social Research. He completed his medical training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his family medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2005, Dr. Rindfleisch completed the University of Arizona Online Integrative Medicine Fellowship and a UW Fellowship in Academic Integrative Medicine. Since that time, in the role of Integrative Medicine Fellowship Director, he has been developing a comprehensive integrative medicine curriculum for fellows, residents and faculty colleagues.
Dr. Rindfleisch has received the resident clinical teacher award, and the Marc Hansen lecture award. He directs the Humanistic Elective in Alternative Medicine, Activism, and Reflective Transformation (HEART) program for fourth-year medical students interested in Integrative Medicine. His interests include dietary supplements, mind-body medicine, health care practitioner self-care, and shamanism.
Annie Robinson, MS, completed a Master of Science in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She obtained her undergraduate degree from The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU in 2009, where she designed a major entitled “Stories of Self: Realization, Empowerment, and Wellbeing.”
Trained in 2008 as a birth doula, she now provides compassionate care for women across the spectrum of pregnancy, including experiences of abortion, miscarriage, perinatal loss, and adoption. Robinson also curates Inside Stories, an oral narrative podcast that invites medical students to share their experiences in medical school. She is the Assistant Director of the Center for Narrative Practice, which “provides deep critical training in how stories work and the ability to apply this knowledge to everyday life by using narrative practice, the creative arts, and the study of story as a bridge towards deeper connections in interdisciplinary and inter-professional education.” Robinson is also the Program Officer at Health Story Collaborative, a non-profit that creates forums for individuals to tell their stories of personal
health challenges, and is a founding member of International Integrators, a global integrative health community. She is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher, and works remotely as an Executive Assistant for the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.
Mario Salguero, MD, PhD, is a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, where he supervises residents in training. In addition, Dr. Salguero has a private practice with a focus in personalizing the relationship with patients, promoting self-healing, and integrating treatments from different healing disciplines as evidence supports. Dr. Salguero graduated from the University
of Guadalajara Medical School. After graduating he earned a Diploma of Clinical Nutrition at the National Institute of Nutrition and a PhD in Molecular Biology in Medicine, with a focus on personalized medicine and the clinical applications of genetic polymorphisms and epigenetics. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of
California-San Diego, where he received, for three years in a row, the “Best Resident Clinician” award and the prestigious “Lewis L. Judd” Research Award for his research in implementing a mindfulness self-compassion intervention for residents. Dr. Salguero is a recipient of international awards and grants for his work. He has authored articles and chapters in scientific journals and in textbooks and fostered international collaborations, especially around integrative medicine.
He appreciates establishing a balance between work and spending time with his family. They like to go for walks on the beach, play tennis and soccer, and take pleasure in traveling, trying new food, and meeting people from different cultures.
Samantha N. Sharp
Samantha N. Sharp, MD, grew up in northern Nevada, and was fortunate to have exposure to a broad range of healers in her youth, ranging from acupuncture to homeopathy to the care of a wonderful family physician. Through her own healing path, Dr. Sharp has learned firsthand the importance of self-care, healing touch, and trusting your body. She also traveled to India in medical school to learn more about alternative therapies, fueling an interest in acupressure and Ayurveda.
After completing her residency in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, she began her fellowship in the UW Academic Integrative Medicine Program with an emphasis in medical hypnosis, nutrition, osteopathic manipulative therapy, spirituality, and mind-body medicine. Areas of medicine that she is particularly passionate about include preventive care, women’s health and maternity care, chronic headaches and transgender medicine.
Sagar Shah is a board certified family medicine physician with fellowship training in integrative medicine. He graduated from Northwestern University, completed a post-baccalaureate program at Johns Hopkins University, and studied medicine at Jefferson Medical College (now the Sidney Kimmel Medical College). He finished his family medicine residency and the Academic Integrative Health Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Currently, he is practicing outpatient family medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii and pursuing a Master of Public Health through Emory University’s Executive MPH program. He also plans to perform physical and psychological evaluations for asylum seekers while in Hawaii. Special interests in medicine include nutrition and weight management, exercise physiology, and refugee and immigrant care. His hobbies outside of medicine include swimming, bicycling, kayaking, traveling, watching movies, playing billiards, and spending time with his family.
Janice Singles, PsyD, is a Distinguished Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She competed her graduate training in clinical psychology at the Virginia Consortium (Eastern Virginia Medical School, College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University). Interning at the University of Virginia Hospital, she became passionate about health psychology, pain management and mind-body skills. Since 2006, Dr. Singles has supervised health psychologists in spine, pain clinic, as well as areas of preventive cardiac, gastroenterology and sports medicine. She provides didactic training to interns, residents, faculty, staff, and professional organizations. With over 25 years of experience in health psychology, Dr. Singles presents regularly to patient groups on a variety of topics, as well as developing programming for integrative medicine public and staff retreats.
Dr. Singles is certified in both Clinical Hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and in Biofeedback from the Association for the Advancement in Applied Physiology (AAPB). Her clinical interests include providing services to patients with a variety of health problems including pain, headaches, IBS and other GI conditions, hypertension, nausea, TMJ and insomnia. Areas of expertise include developing coping skills for managing chronic health conditions, hypnosis, biofeedback, EMDR and trauma interventions, cognitive-behavioral applications to health, meditation, anxiety and stress management, group interventions for health enhancement, and shared medical appointments. Grant awards have included the development of the pilot Interdisciplinary Neck Pain Program, and the Shared Medical Appointment for Chronic Back Pain. In a mindfulness meditation research grant project, she co-led the interventions, as well as revised the manual for use with a chronic pain population.
Srivani Sridhar, MD, practices family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. She graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. After completing family medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, she pursued a two-year academic integrative medicine fellowship with the UW Department of Family Medicine. She is currently a primary care physician for the SwedishAmerican Medical Group in Rockford, IL.
Dr. Sridhar is currently developing an Integrative Oncology program at the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center, which is affiliated with UW Health. The program encompasses Integrative Oncology consultations by Dr. Sridhar, classes for patients and family members in nutrition, guided imagery, and meditation, and complementary and alternative services, including massage, aromatherapy, and art therapy. Her interests include dietary supplements, gut-immune health, nutrition, and mind-body medicine.
Julia Yates (LCSW) is a lead faculty for the Whole Health and Mental Wellbeing course. Julia has served as a National Education Champion for Whole Health since 2016 and was an original contributor to the Whole Health Mental Health Course and served as course director overseeing its virtual redesign. Julia also designed content and is lead faculty for the Whole Health and Mental Wellbeing Short course. Finally, Julia is part of the faculty development team and has specialized training in cultivating audience engagement, providing constructive feedback, and using improv strategies in building facilitation skills.
Julia is an experienced psychotherapist and teaching faculty with the University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH). Julia is the Director of Behavioral Health for the DFMCH’s Family Medicine Residency Program and the current Director of Wellness and Wellbeing for the DFMCH. She completed her graduate training at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and her professional interests include integrated behavioral health in primary care, a Whole Health approach to patient care, mindfulness practices in resiliency development, and experiential learning models in teaching and public speaking.
Aleksandra Zgierska, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She earned medical and PhD degrees in Warsaw, Poland before moving to Madison, WI, where she earned board certifications in family medicine and addiction medicine. She received additional training through an NIH-funded fellowship and career development award in the conduct of clinical research. In 2009, Dr. Zgierska joined the UW Department of Family Medicine as an Assistant Professor. She is a Co-Director of the UW Center for Addictive Disorders and Director of the UW Program for Opioid Education, Therapy and Studies (POETS).
Dr. Zgierska provides full-spectrum primary care and addiction medicine consultations at UW Health, and teaches students, residents and fellows in the UW Addiction Medicine, Pain Medicine and Integrative Medicine fellowships. Her NIH-funded research is focused on substance use disorders, chronic pain, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities. Her current randomized clinical trials evaluate mindfulness meditation-based interventions for improving outcomes among adults with addictive disorders and opioidtreated chronic pain. Her interests include promoting an integrated, whole-health approach to patient care, education, and research.