“I have used Symposia Medicus for many years. They are extremely well-organized, on time, with excellent facilities, great locations, updated topics, and excellent speakers! Keep up the good work!”
– M. Cernaianu, MD

“This is my 7th Symposia Medicus conference in 9 years. I love their conferences, the speakers are engaging, and the locations are beautiful. The content is applicable.”
– Z. Thompson, PA-C

“Excellent conference; good mixture of learning and leisure. Accommodations were excellent. I will recommend to my colleagues.”
– S. Sett, MD


The use of preventive, integrative, and lifestyle approaches has greatly expanded during the last decade, along with the different types of therapies, patient populations, and conditions treated. As these therapies become more integrated into medicine, the volume of different types of therapy and their clinical profiles combine to create gaps among practitioners and patients regarding their clinical efficacy and optimal use in practice.

Our 18th Annual Fall Conference on Integrative Medicine in Women’s Health will focus on discussing the most recent data on these approaches, analyzing their impact, and assessing their best use in clinical practice.

This conference will also focus on evidence-based discussions by experts in preventive and integrative medicine. The goal is to provide learners with the knowledge to understand the benefits and risks of
these treatment options and how to integrate them into patient-specific management plans, which will ultimately translate into improved patient outcomes.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on the educational needs determined from the identified professional practice gaps. The gaps were derived from a variety of sources including evaluations and outcomes data from past participants; clinical expert input; Symposia Medicus’ online survey; and other medical and nursing data.

Conference format will include didactic lectures, smaller group breakout and interactive sessions, case studies, and question and answer sessions.

An outstanding faculty has been assembled for this conference. Each member was selected based on their individual area of expertise and ability to communicate current, evidence-based, and practical information to participants.

You are sure to enjoy our 18th Annual Fall Conference on Integrative Medicine in Women’s Health while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Ojai, California.


As a result of participating in this conference, you should have increased knowledge and enhanced competence to…

Advise patients on how to optimize estrogen metabolism and elimination using nutritional strategies

Recognize the role of acupuncture in pain management

Recommend specific prebiotics and probiotics to patients

Identify the main benefits of hatha yoga

Apply integrative therapies to patients with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia


At the conclusion of attending this conference, participants are entitled to a certificate of credit which will be available online. Successful completion of this activity is determined by attending the live activity, review of the educational session materials, and submission of the pre/post case study survey, evaluations, and attendance verification form. Each participant should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME and ANCC Essentials and Standards relating to continuing medical and nursing education.

Symposia Medicus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Symposia Medicus is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Symposia Medicus designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This CME activity meets the requirements under California Assembly Bill 1195, continuing education and cultural and linguistic competency.

Application has been made with the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) for cognates, Formal Learning. Please check our website for updated credit information.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. Please check our website for updated credit information.

Certified Nurse Midwives
The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

NCCPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 18 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 18.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 21.6 contact hours.


Smaller group sessions will be held Friday morning. These breakout sessions are organized to provide greater participant/faculty interaction, and will give you an opportunity to participate in discussions on subjects relating to your particular area of interest. Please indicate your breakout session topic choices on the conference registration form in this brochure. Space is limited so please reserve early.


Each registrant will have online access to session materials. The session materials will be available for download approximately two weeks prior to the conference (you’ll receive an email with instructions). If you wish to receive a hard copy of the session materials, please check the box on the registration form in this brochure.

If you are unable to attend this conference, extra copies of the session materials (either paper or digital copy) will be available one week after the conference. The cost is $60 for a hard copy and $25 for the digital copy. To place your order, please email publications@symposiamedicus.org.


To receive additional information about the conference hotel, location, tours and/or nearby attractions, and ground transportation, please visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.


Judi Bar, E-RYT 500
Yoga Program Manager
Employee Wellness
Centers for Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine
Reiki Master
Director & Lead Instructor of Cleveland Clinic School of Yoga
Wellness Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness Instructor
Yoga Specialist
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Nikole Maxey, L.Ac.
California State Licensed Acupuncturist
National Diplomat of Acupuncture
Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine
Tao to Wellness
Berkeley, California

Artemis Morris, ND, MS, L.Ac.
Founder & Medical Director
Revive Wellness Center
Professor of Nutrition
University of Bridgeport
Human Nutrition Institute
New Haven, Connecticut

Linda R. Olafson, MD, FAAFP, ABIHM
Conference Co-Chair

Founder & Medical Director, North Coast Integrative Medicine
Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine
UCSD School of Medicine
San Diego, California

Brenda Powell, MD, ABoIM
Conference Co-Chair

Integrative Family Medicine
Fellowship Director
Tanya I. Edwards Center for Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Consistent with ACCME and ANCC guidelines, it is the policy of Symposia Medicus to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all educational activities. Prior to the planning of this educational activity, all individuals in a position to influence and/or control the content of continuing education activities have been asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships within the past 12 months. Beyond disclosure of relevant financial relationships, faculty are required to disclose when they plan to discuss pharmaceuticals and/or medical devices that are not approved by the FDA and/or medical or surgical procedures that involve an unapproved or “off-label” use of an approved device or pharmaceutical. Symposia Medicus is committed to providing learners with commercially unbiased continuing education activities. This information is intended to assist learners in forming their own judgments about the content presented. Disclosure information will be included in the session materials for this activity, and speakers will provide a slide disclosure for each presentation, and will also verbally disclose on-site.


Wednesday, September 6

7:00am Registration & Check-in
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Brenda Powell, MD
8:15 Guidelines for Diagnosis & Treatment of Hypothyroidism
Linda R. Olafson, MD
9:00 An Integrative Approach to Anxiety, Depression, and ADD
Brenda Powell, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Integrating Evidence-Based Nutritional Supplements & Herbal Medicines for Women’s Health in Clinical Practice
Artemis Morris, ND, MS, L.Ac.
11:15 Eastern Medicine Concepts & Theory: An Introduction to Chinese Medicine
Nikole Maxey, L.Ac.
Noon Modern Medicine Meets Ancient Wisdom: Scientific Foundations of Yoga Practice
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day
5:30-6:30 Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Thursday, September 7

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Treating the Vaginal Microbiome to Improve Outcomes for Bacterial Vaginosis, Pregnancy, and Fertility
Artemis Morris, ND, MS, L.Ac.
8:45 Fertility & Virility in Chinese Medicine
Nikole Maxey, L.Ac.
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Prebiotics & Probiotics: Uses in Women’s Health
Artemis Morris, ND, MS, L.Ac.
11:00 Hormones 101: Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Linda R. Olafson, MD
11:45 Acupuncture: Best Clinical Trial Data or is it Placebo?
Nikole Maxey, L.Ac.
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, September 8

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Where There is No Toilet Paper: Avoiding Traveler’s Diarrhea, Zika Virus, and Other Tips for Female Travelers
Brenda Powell, MD
. B. Acupuncture Case Studies & Treatment Demonstrations
Nikole Maxey, L.Ac.
. C. Learn How To Teach Basic Yoga Moves at Your Office
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500
. D. The Mediterranean Diet: Health Benefits & Clinical Applications
Artemis Morris, ND, MS, L.Ac.
9:00 Break
9:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
11:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, September 9

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Natural Supplements in Cancer Care
Linda R. Olafson, MD
8:45 Integrative Approach to Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia
Brenda Powell, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Osteoporosis: Protecting & Strengthening Bones Naturally
Linda R. Olafson, MD
11:00 What is “Leaky Gut”?: The Digestive Tract & Inflammation
Brenda Powell, MD
11:45 Introduction to Reiki
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns


The city of Ojai is situated in a small east-west valley, north of Ventura and east of Santa Barbara, approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean coast. Since Ojai is lined up with an east-west mountain range, it is one of the few towns in the world to have a “Pink Moment” occur as the sun is setting. The fading sunlight creates a brilliant shade of pink for several minutes on the Topatopa Bluffs, over 6,000 feet above sea level at the east end of the Ojai Valley. It is a rare and magical moment that thousands of visitors come to Ojai annually to see.

Nestled in the hills of Southern California, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is a premier luxury resort that features an award winning on-site spa and golf course. First awarded the coveted Five Diamond Award for excellence in the hospitality industry in 2006, the resort continues to achieve this distinguished accolade annually. Throughout the years, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has retained its sense of place, staying true to the people who first built it, while hosting many celebrities, musicians, dignitaries, and politicians. Amid an unsurpassed natural landscape with diverse appeal to families, couples, and multi-generational guests, the Inn remains one of the finest resorts in North America.

At the resort, embrace the creative side of life at the Artist Cottage & Apothecary, discover your inner chi in the Mind & Body Fitness Studio, or explore the best of Ojai via bike or on foot. Or, there is always the option of just doing nothing at all! With four delightful pool experiences, from the family-friendly Pixie Pool full of excitement and pool games, to the exclusive adult’s only Indigo Pool & Bar that offers a luxurious environment of pure relaxation, there is plenty of room to simply unwind.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Ojai, California, at our 18th Annual Fall Conference on Integrative Medicine in Women’s Health.


Enrollment for this conference is limited in order to provide the best possible learning environment.
Early registration is advised.

You can register the following ways:

On-line at our website, www.symposiamedicus.org; OR

Call Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), (925) 969-1789 with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover; OR

By mail, make check payable to Symposia Medicus and send with registration form to 399 Taylor Blvd., Suite 201, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287.

For additional conference or lodging information, call Symposia Medicus at (925) 969-1789, or visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.


If postmarked by
June 28, 2017
If postmarked after
June 28, 2017
Physicians $660 $760
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $560 $660

Discounts are available for retired healthcare providers, active U.S. military, and groups of three or more. For more information, please contact Symposia Medicus prior to registering.

Tuition includes continuing education, online access to session materials, continental breakfast on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

Conference registration will be confirmed via email

This conference meets the requirements for CE tax deductibility; however, we suggest you consult your financial authority for more information


Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

These special rates will only be available until Friday, August 11, 2017 and will only be available after that date on a space and rate available basis. We recommend you reserve your lodging as soon as possible, as rooms at the conference group rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Rooms may sell out and/or room rates may increase prior to the release date.

The conference group rates will also be available three days before and three days after the conference (based on availability) if you wish to extend your stay in Ojai.

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
905 Country Club Road
Ojai, California 93023
Direct: (805) 646-5511

To make your reservations by phone, please call (888) 697-9116
press option #5, and refer to group code SYMIWH

To make your reservations online, please visit http://goo.gl/Z594PF

Room Type/View Group Rates
All of the rooms below feature the following: views of the resort & surrounding grounds, 300-count Egyptian cotton bedding, fine bamboo terry towels, plush bathrobes, flat screen HD TV, Blu-Ray/DVD players, multimedia station with Audio/Visual plug-ins, Audio/PC, HDMI or USB ports, oversized work desk, 2-line cordless phone, in-room pantry and honor bar, Keurig personal brewer with coffee and tea K-cups.
Wallace Neff Room
(Limited availability, reserve early)
$289/night These historical 400 sq. ft. rooms are connected to the original Clubhouse, which was built in 1934. These rooms offer king-size beds.
Ojai Room $299/night These 425 sq. ft. rooms are located throughout the property and offer a king or two double beds.
Vista Room $329/night These 445 sq. ft. rooms feature a king or two double beds with a furnished patio or balcony.
Fireplace Shangri-La Room $369/night These 550 sq. ft. rooms feature a king bed with a gas-burning fireplace, expansive bathroom with double vanity sinks, and soaking tub and shower, with a furnished balcony or patio. Two beds may be requested, however, are very limited.
Fireplace Mini Suite $399/night These 625 sq. ft. mini-suites feature a king bed, gas-burning fireplace, expansive bathroom with double vanity sinks, and soaking tub and shower, with a furnished balcony or patio. Two beds may be requested, however, are very limited.
Fireplace Suite
(Very limited availability, reserve early)
$489/night These 800 sq. ft. suites feature a living room with a beautiful gas-burning fireplace & seating area, separate guestroom with a king bed, and its very own fireplace. Expansive bathroom with double vanity sinks, and soaking tub and shower, with a furnished balcony or patio. Two beds may be requested, however, are very limited.
By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $35.00 per room, per night is discounted to $15.00 per night. The Resort Fee includes (subject to change): high speed WI-FI in guestroom, pool area, and lobby, 24-hour Valet & self-parking, unlimited local & toll-free phone calls, nightly turn down service, full access to the fitness center and daily Mind & Body classes, daily newspaper delivered upon request, in-room Keurig coffee & tea, unlimited use of the tennis courts (reservations required), business center access, and issues of the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa magazine.


Hotel Policies

A deposit equal to three night’s room & tax is due to the hotel with major credit card, upon making your reservation

Hotel Cancellations must be made directly with the hotel 25 days prior to your scheduled arrival date, or a cancellation fee equal to three night’s deposit, plus tax, will be charged.

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 10% State & local taxes
- 0.45% California Tourism Assessment Fee
- 1% Ojai Valley Business Improvement District Fee
- $15 Resort Fee (discounted from $35)

Suggested bellman gratuity is $10 per room, and suggested maid gratuities are $4 per room, per day

Guestroom and suite occupancy is four (4), regardless of age. The hotel does have a limited number of rooms and suites that include a pull-out, double-size, sleeper sofa, which would allow for a 5th and possibly a 6th occupant. If you require this, please ask the hotel upon making your reservation, as it is based on availability.

Rollaways & Cribs: Rollaway beds and cribs are both complimentary (based on availability and subject to change)

Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out time is noon. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Additional charges may apply for late check-outs and are based upon availability.

Early Departure Fee: Please notify the hotel at or before check-in if there are any changes to your scheduled departure date as an early departure fee of one night’s room and tax will be charged to any guest who checks out prior to their confirmed departure.

Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit card or debit card to ensure that funds are available. Holds are placed on your account for your entire stay; however, the amount may be immediately deducted from your account. The length of time for which these holds remain on your credit or debit account varies from bank to bank.

Parking: 24-hour Valet & self-parking are included in the discounted Resort Fee as stated above

Cancellation Policies

Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email or mail) to Symposia Medicus and a refund, less a 10% processing fee, will be given. No refunds will be made if cancellation is received after August 2, 2017; however, tuition, less 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

All cancellations must be emailed to registrar@symposiamedicus.org OR mailed to Symposia Medicus. If mailed, it must be postmarked by the date stated above.

In the unlikely event of conference cancellation by Symposia Medicus, full tuition refunds will be made. Symposia Medicus will not be responsible for refunding travel or any other expenses.


The closest airport is the Santa Barbara International Airport (SBA), which is an approximate 45 minute drive to the hotel; however, lower fares can often be found by flying into Burbank (Bob Hope) Airport (BUR), which is an approximate 90 minute drive to the hotel, or the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is an approximate two hour drive to the hotel. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, Delta, and United airlines for this conference. Reservations can be made either through your travel agency or through the airlines at the website or Convention Desk numbers listed below.

In order to receive the discounted rate, you or your travel agent must refer to the Symposia Medicus Group ID number listed here.

Alaska Airlines For discounts on Alaska Airlines flights, please book online at www.alaskaair.com and click on the link “Use Discount Code,” located at the bottom of the “Book Flights” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. On this page, you will need to insert ECMX397 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.
Delta Airlines For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit www.delta.com and click on the link “Advanced Search,” located at the bottom of the “Book a Trip” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. On this page, you will need to insert NMNP8 in the “Meeting Event Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page. For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.
United Airlines For discounts on United Airlines, please visit www.united.com and click on “All Search Options”, located on the bottom left corner of the “Book Travel” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. At the bottom of this page, you will insert ZX32764574 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box. For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.


For conference discounts, Symposia Medicus has made arrangements with AVIS and Budget Car Rentals. Reservations can be made by phone; please refer to the conference code and the conference/airport location when making your reservations. Please see below:

AVIS 800-331-1600 AWD # B766625
Budget 800-772-3773 BCD # U076767