For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 2020

Learn How Integrative Medicine Can Help You and Your Communities Well-Being at Touro University’s 3rd Annual Integrative Medicine Symposium  

Vallejo, CA: On Sunday, January 10, 2021, join Touro University California (TUC) online for its 3rd annual Integrative Medicine Symposium where experts from around the US will share evidence-based complementary and integrative approaches to healthcare with a special focus on providing clinicians with the tools to nurture their patients’ well-being and to recognize the systemic and structural inequities in the healthcare system so that they can better serve the health of their communities. Community members will also gain a wide range of holistic practices they can incorporate into their healing journey to increase their overall well-being

This year’s theme is “Nurturing the Individual and Sustaining Communities” and the program has been divided into four tracks: Physician and Patient Wellness, Complementary and Holistic Medicine, Community Medicine and Structural Racism, and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. In addition to these, the symposium will offer ample opportunities for self-care through cooking workshops, movement workshops, yoga, and mindfulness practices. There will also be time set aside for interpersonal connection through additional Q&A time during presentations and a dedicated social lounge.

The symposium will run from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. All are welcome to attend, but advance registration is required. For clinicians, AMA PRA and AOA CME credits are available.  Scholarships are also available for interested community members who need help with the registration fees.


  • Physician and Patient Tool for Wellness Track
    • Anjali Taneja, MD, MPH, FASAM, Family Physician and Executive Director of Casa de Salud
    • Ben Brown, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, UC San Francisco and Stanford
    • Oren Jay Sofer, Co-Founder, Mindful Healthcare and Founder, Next Step Dharma
    • Dr. Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Clinical Professor, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine 
  • Complementary and Holistic Medicine
    • Dr. Vanessa Quezada, PharmD, Co-Creator of SanArte Healing and Cultura Clinic
    • Dr. Ingrid Bauer, MD, MS, Primary Care Physician, Western Sierra Medical Clinic
    • Kate Bentley, MS, Instructor and Clinical Practitioner, Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda
    • Kara Sigler, Clinical Herbalist and Founder, The Bay Area Herbal Response Team
    • Emiliano Lemus, Clinical Energetic Herbalist and Founder, The Bay Area Herbal Response Team
  • Community Medicine and Structural Racism
    • Dr. Behzadi, MD, Board-Certified Anesthesiologist, Methodist Hospital, Texas Medical Center and Founder, International Intercultural
    • Elizabeth Markle, PhD, Associate Professor of Community Mental Health, California Institute of Integral Studies and Licensed Psychologist
    • Dr. Jessica Isom, MD, MPH, Clinical Instructor, Yale University Department of Psychiatry and Attending Psychiatrist, Codman Square Health Center and the Boston Medical Center Department of Psychology
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
    • Dr. Nicole Peña, DO, Assistant Professor and Director of Distance Learning, TUC Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Department
    • Dr. Daniel Shadoan, DO, Adjunct Clinical Professor, TUC OMM Department
    • Dr. Annette Hulse, DO, President and teaching faculty of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy
    • Dr. Kimberly Wolf, DO, Associate Professor, TUC OMM Department

For more detailed speaker bios, please visit:


  • Interested physicians and members of the community
  • TUC faculty, staff, and students

WHERE: Visit to register for the course. The online login information will be made available to you after registration.

WHEN: Sunday, January 10, 2021 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: For clinicians, AMA PRA and AOA CME credits are available.

COST: For students and community members, registration is being offered at the reduced rate of $20! For physicians and other providers interested in CME credits, registration is $200.

Additional discounts are being offered for TUC students, faculty and affiliates and several scholarships will be offered for community members interested in attending the symposium. Email for more information. Should you wish to apply for a scholarship, please include a brief statement of why you want to attend.

WHY: Through a full-day immersion into the study of integrative medicine, TUC seeks to increase knowledge and equip clinicians by providing them with the tools and strategies to more effectively incorporate integrative medicine into their daily practice and better serve the community through a greater understanding of the systemic and structural inequities in the healthcare system. Interested community members will learn holistic practices they can incorporate in order to lead more engaged, energized and balanced lives as well as help empower them through their healing process.

About the Touro College and University System: Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The University, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit or call 707-638-5200.