Bios for Speakers and Participants
Past and Present
Rev. Julia Bystrova MA (Era of Care producer/facilitator) is a local healing pracitioner, eco-social activist, health entrepeneur and an ordained Interfaith minister. She has organized hundreds of community events, activities and projects to seed positive change, promote conversation and inner transformation. She has been a leader in the Transition movement and many other community initiatives. She currently serves as a facilitator for "Inner Transition" on the Transition US website. She has been in the world of health and healing most of her life and is a local practitioner with a thriving practice in mind-body healing support and bodywork. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can learn more about her private practice at Deeper Healing
DeAnna Batdorff is the founder and director of The dhyana Center of Health Sciences in Sebastopol. She is an established and esteemed teacher of Ayurved. She is a seasoned Ayervedic Practitioner, Massage Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist, and Nutritionist. She has over 22 years of clinical experience in Therapeutic Massage, Estiology, Herbalogy, Aromatherapy, Tibetan & Ayurvedic Medicine, Childbirth Support, Auto-Immune Conditions and Whole Food Nutrition. Diana is well known and loved in the health community and students travel from all over the world to attend her classes. She recently opened up the "self-care" center as an important evolution of her work in the community, giving people a place to help them take better care of themselves.
Calen Daniel DC is a groundbreaking leader in the field of Whole Nutrition, and Holistic Health. After experiencing, in depth, the benefits of a Sattvic lifestyle and being a direct disciple of the brahmin Dr. Keshaba Bhat, Dr. Daniel promotes the use of food as medicine and Yoga Therapy. His work consolidates modern science and the most ancient Vedic philosophy. Dr. Daniel works closely with his clients on ongoing goals providing cooking workshops and nutritional consultations. His work includes a wide range of functional and practical lifestyle assessments and health research for serious health problems.
Elson Haas MD is a medical practitioner with nearly 40 years experience in patient care, always with in an interest in natural medicine. For the past 30 years, he has been instrumental in the development and practice of Integrated Medicine at the Preventive Medical Center of Marin (PMCM), which he founded in 1984 and where he is the Medical Director. Dr Haas has been perfecting a model of healthcare that integrates sophisticated Western diagnostics and Family Medicine with time-honored natural therapies from around the world. This multidisciplinary center offers a range of experienced practitioners and therapies. Patients receive quality cooperative care from a team committed to looking at the root causes of illness and disease and utilizing the most up to date techniques whether they are based in natural remedies, prescription drugs or state of the art relaxation, stress reduction, nutritional therapies and weight management.
Carlisle Holland DO received his medical degree from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1977 and is board certified in Family Practice with a special proficiency certification in osteopathic manipulation, or Osteopathic NeuroMusculoSkeletal Medicine. He is an internationally recognized authority on the use of osteopathic manipulation in the treatment of children as well as treatment of injuries to the head, nervous system and musculoskeletal system, and has over thirty years of clinical experience treating neurological disorders and complex medical conditions. Dr Holland sees patients at the Holonomic Institute in Sebastopol. CA
Pam Koppel LCSW began her health care career in 1991 working as a hospice social worker. She is the co-founder of the Integrative Medical Clinic of Santa Rosa. She was the Program Coordinator for Sutter’s Integrative Health and Healing Services for women with cancer and is the co-creator, Program Director and lead instructor for the Patient Navigation Certificate Program at Sonoma State University.
Ed Lark NMT is a well respected neuromuscular and deep tissue therapist. He has a distinguished teaching history and a loyal clientele. As a therapeutic massage specialist, he works closely with medical and complimentary health care providers in team approaches to the treatment of acute and chronic pain patients. An opportunity to hear Ed is not to be missed, his teaching style is humorous and extremely informative for anyone in the bodywork world. You won't find this information in very many places.
Gary Pace MD is a board certified physician at West County Health Centers in Sebastopol. He has an extensive background in integrative medicine and caring for the under-served population. Gary has been active in the community supporting environmental social causes. Well loved and respected by many, Dr Pace brings a caring, balanced and deep knowledge of medicine.
Gayle Swift RN is an advanced practice nurse, a clinical nurse specialist in integrative health practices. Her master's degree from UC Medical center was in cardiovascular disease focusing on mindbody medicine, stress management and the importance of social support in healing. She is considered a pioneer in holistic healing. Her model incorporates the whole person; body, mind, soul, our creative life purpose and our relationships. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in a wide range of health related subjects, clinical nursing, and the Masters program in Integrated Nursing at Dominican University. She currently heads the Integrative center at Sutter Health in Santa Rosa
Drs Majid and Emily Zeinal DC Vibrant Life Chiropractic and Family Wellness Center started through a joint effort by Drs. Emily and Majid Zeinal after graduating from Life Chiropractic College West. They had a vision to create a wellness center in their community where people could come for true health and wellness and education. Dr. Majid specializes in gentle Chiropractic care for the whole family. He combines deep tissue work (Active Release Technique) and relaxing energy work (Bio-Geometric Integration) with full spine and extremity adjustments to create a very thorough experience. In 2009 Dr. Emily started a new business specializing in pediatrics and pregnancy care. As a wellness center Vibrant Life also offers Acupuncture, Massage and Breathwork.
Christina Ness, LAc, is a California licensed and Nationally Certified acupuncturist and herbalist and the owner of Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness. She is passionate about helping people like you live an emotionally and physically balanced life filled with joy and vitality. Christina has helped thousands of patients with a variety of health issues ranging from chronic pain and sports injuries, allergies and sinusitis, to depression, anxiety, and insomnia. A background in biology, massage and Tai Chi has given Christina the unique balance of the scientific and energetic that she brings to her practice. She will help you bridge the gap between western science and Chinese Medicine by educating you on how these two worlds relate and how they can work together to improve your health. Christina is passionate about using Chinese medicine to improve your health and educating you about how you can live the fullest, most vibrant life so you can continue to thrive for as long as you live.
Hasna Wood LAP is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM certified in Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbal medicine. She brings decades of education and over 20 years of clinical experience to her Sebastopol based practice. Offering modalities such as cupping, tui na, shiatsu, needle-less acupuncture and medical herbalism. Her current speciality is apipuncture or bee sting therapy. Approaching health from an unusual blend of TCM, 5-Element, whole-body perspective, Hasna incorporates this unique therapy of progressive, organic bee venom treatment to effect optimal health in those who seek her care. Hasna, though offering treatment for the gamut of health concerns, has effected positive outcomes in illnesses such as migraines, fibromyalgia, insomnia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, Lyme's disease, chemo and radiation side effects, mental and emotional disorders and more. Her continued study of Sufism feeds her practice and life. She is devoted to serving her patients in their journey toward optimal health. For me information on bee venom therapy, please check out: apitherapy.org