“I love Symposia Medicus and have been going to their conferences for the last ten years. Very, very helpful staff.”
– S. Bennett, MD

“I had an opportunity to spend time with colleagues in a relaxing, meaningful, and fun environment while taking away tools and pearls to enrich my patient’s care.”
– K. Kernan, FNP-C

“Knowledgeable speakers, dynamic presentations, and a very holistic approach to medicine healing.”
– S. Rhoads, CNM


Our 6th Annual Spring Conference on Integrative Medicine in Women’s Health is designed to provide the most current clinical information about the care of the female patient to OB/GYNs, family physicians, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses and all other healthcare professionals involved with the care of women. The goal of this conference is to increase knowledge and enhance the competence of attendees. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of the evidence-based topics presented.

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 6th Annual Spring Conference on Integrative Medicine in Women’s Health while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.


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

Identify and describe prebiotics and probiotics found in food and nutraceuticals

Determine the most effective benefits of yoga for your patients

Apply key lifestyle measures to prevent and treat chronic inflammation

Identify non-pharmacologic treatment modalities as primary options or adjuncts in the treatment of female chronic pelvic pain

Recognize women’s health conditions that could benefit from acupuncture


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 case studies test, 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.

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 afternoon. 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, flash drive, or digital copy) will be available one week after the conference. The cost is $65 for a hard copy, $30 for a flash drive, 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.

A shuttle to the Rail Runner can be requested if you book your room at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa through Symposia Medicus.


Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
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

Susan Darling Veleber, MSAOM, L.Ac., LCH, FABORM
Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist
Center for Integrative Medicine
Wellness Institute - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Artemis Morris, ND, MS, L.Ac.
Conference Co-Chair

Founder & Medical Director
Revive Wellness Center
Professor of Nutrition
University of Bridgeport
Human Nutrition Institute
New Haven, Connecticut

Kathryn Witzeman, MD, FACOG
Associate Professor
Associate Director, Women’s Health
Ambulatory Care Services
Director, Women’s Integrative
Pelvic Health Program
Department of OB/GYN
Denver Health Medical Center
Denver, Colorado

Melissa C. Young, MD, IFMCP
Conference Co-Chair

Graduate, Integrative Medicine Fellowship
Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Certified Functional Medicine Provider
Institute for Functional Medicine
Federal Way, Washington
Clinical Assistant Professor
Lerner College of Medicine of
Case Western Reserve
Center for Functional 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, May 8

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Melissa C. Young, MD, IFMCP
8:15 Prebiotics & Probiotics: Uses in Women’s Health
Artemis Morris, ND, MS, L.Ac.
9:00 Vulvodynia: Impact, Evaluation, and Treatment
Kathryn Witzeman, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Healthy Aging: An Integrative & Functional Medicine Approach
Melissa C. Young, MD, IFMCP
11:15 Traditional Chinese Medicine Through the Decades: Menarche to Menopause
Susan Darling Veleber, MSAOM, L.Ac., LCH
Noon Modern Medicine Meets Ancient Wisdom: Scientific Foundations of Yoga Practice
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500
1:00pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:45 Adjourn for the Day
5:30-7:00 Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Thursday, May 9

8:00am An Evidence-Based Approach to Dyspareunia (What to Do When Sex Hurts)
Kathryn Witzeman, MD
8:45 An Integrative Approach to Common Sleep Complaints
Melissa C. Young, MD, IFMCP
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Painful Bladder Syndrome
Kathryn Witzeman, MD
11:00 Gluten: Friend or Foe?
Melissa C. Young, MD, IFMCP
11:45 Acupuncture: What Does the Evidence Say?
Susan Darling Veleber, MSAOM, L.Ac., LCH
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, May 10

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Learn How to Teach Basic Yoga Moves at Your Office
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500
. B. The World of Nutritional Supplements & Essential Oils in Women’s Health
Artemis Morris, ND, MS, L.Ac.
. C. Strengthening the Mind-Body Connection: Tools for Daily Living
Melissa C. Young, MD, IFMCP
. D. Acupressure: Who, What, Where, When, Why: Easy Protocols for Everyday Life
Susan Darling Veleber, MSAOM, L.Ac., LCH
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, May 11

8:00am Stress: The Impacts on Women’s Health, Fertility, and Wellness
Artemis Morris, ND, MS, L.Ac.
9:00 Beyond Pharmacotherapy: An Integrative Approach to the Management of Female Chronic Pelvic Pain
Kathryn Witzeman, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:30 Nutritional Diets: Which One Will Help Improve Your Preventive Health
Artemis Morris, ND, MS, L.Ac.
11:30 Introduction to Reiki
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns



Nestled on 550 acres of the Native American Santa Ana Pueblo, between the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande River, Tamaya is steeped in over one thousand years of rich history and culture. Located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Santa Ana Pueblo is home to the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa. Enjoy the chance to relax and unwind at one of the resort’s heated outdoor pools, fitness center, or yoga studio. The resort’s Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon offers a chance for relaxation and pampering, while the nationally ranked Twin Warriors Golf Club will challenge you on their 18-hole championship course! Choose from five restaurants at the resort, with many featuring not only delicious food, but also spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains. You can also make copper jewelry or learn to bake traditional Pueblo oven bread as part of the Srai Wi activities offered by the hotel. Guests can explore the Santa Ana Pueblo either through the use of the hiking and biking trails that surround the resort, or by riding one of the many rescue horses from the Stables at Tamaya.

Head to the nearby Sandia and Manzano Mountains to enjoy great trails for both hiking and mountain biking. Enjoy delicious New Mexican cuisine, live music, and maybe book a hot air balloon ride in the city that hosts the world’s largest hot air balloon festival!

Downtown Albuquerque is a mere 20 minute drive from the resort, and is home to over a hundred art galleries and studios. After admiring work from local and international artists, visit one of the many museums Albuquerque has to offer, or explore nearby restaurants and shops.

A 45 minute drive north will lead you to the nation’s oldest capital city, Santa Fe. Explore Santa Fe’s impressive past by visiting one of the many historic sites, such as the Loretto Chapel and its miraculous staircase or the Palace of Governors. Book a walking tour to explore the city’s many public art installations or to find the best coffee and chocolate in the city. Take time to visit the place that USA Today declared the “Best Destination for Culturephiles” and one of the “Top 10 Historic Cities in the U.S.”

Join us for an unforgettable experience in Santa Ana Pueblo, at our 6th Annual Spring 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 and receive conference lodging group rates by reserving 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.

Visit www.symposiamedicus.org or call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


If postmarked by
February 27, 2019
If postmarked after
February 27, 2019
Physicians $685 $785
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $585 $685

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, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

Conference registration will be confirmed via emaill


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa. Rooms at our group rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis. PLEASE RESERVE EARLY as rooms may sell out and/or room rates may increase. If you wish to extend your stay, group rates may be available three days before and three days after the conference.

Two nights’ deposit (room rate only) must accompany your reservation. The balance of your lodging, hotel fees as stated below, and all incidental charges are due to the hotel. The hotel accepts most major credit cards.


Type of Room Group Rates (Single/Double) Description
Golf View $269/night All rooms are 377 sq. ft., differ by view and feature a king or two beds, patio or balcony, laptop-sized safe, bathrobes, refrigerator, and coffee maker.
Courtyard/Pool View $299/night
Mountain View $349/night

Junior 1-Bedroom Suite

(*Very limited, must call Symposia Medicus to reserve)

$459/night This one-bedroom suite offers 755 sq. ft. of space and includes all amenities mentioned above, plus a pull-out sofa bed in the parlor area.

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $28 per room, per night plus tax is discounted to $10 per room, per night, plus 6.25% tax.

The Resort Fee includes (subject to change) 24 hour fitness center access, yoga and aerobic room with video classes on demand, signature cocktail upon check-in, use of the putting green at Twin Warriors Golf Club, spa water stations and two bottles of water in-room (replenished daily), swimming pools, whirlpool, waterslide, and towel service, tennis & basketball courts (balls & racquets included), horseshoe pits, bicycles & helmets, nature/jogging trails with fitness stations, daily tours of the Cultural Learning Center, daily nature walks, golf bag storage, self-parking, local and 800 phone calls & incoming faxes, daily newspaper (available in the lobby), and by request shuttle service to Twin Warriors Golf Club, Santa Ana Golf Club, Santa Ana Star Casino, Starlight Bowling Center, and the Rio Metro Rail Runner station.

Complimentary wireless internet is included for all hotel guests, however, by booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus you will receive upgraded high-speed wireless internet access.

*Please call Symposia Medicus at (925) 969-1789 to reserve


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 14.75% applicable taxes
- $10 plus 6.25% tax, resort fee (discounted from $28 plus tax)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four and maximum Junior 1-Bedroom Suite occupancy is six (with two beds in the bedroom), regardless of age

Mandatory additional occupant charges (below) include additional lodging fee, daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities (not to exceed maximum occupancy as stated above):
- Children 4 years and under are FREE
- Children 5 to 12 years are $12 each, per night
- Children 13 to 18 years are $21 each, per night
- Adults 19 years and older are $46 each, per night

Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in

Rollaway beds are normally an additional cost of $30 per night, however, this fee is waived when booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus (subject to availability and change)

Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability and change)

Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out time is 11:00am. 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 Symposia Medicus before, or the hotel at, check-in, if there are any changes to your length of stay. If you check-out of the hotel before your confirmed departure date you will be charged an early departure fee of one night’s room & tax.

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, plus $100/day for incidental charges; 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: Self-parking is complimentary. Valet is $18 per day for overnight hotel guests and $10 per day for
non-hotel guests (subject to change).

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 April 3, 2019; however, tuition, less 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

Per our hotel contract, hotel reservation cancellations must be made in writing to Symposia Medicus and you will receive a full refund if emailed/postmarked by March 6, 2019. Between March 7, 2019 and April 3, 2019, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After April 3, 2019, no hotel refunds can be made.

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

In the unlikely event of conference cancellation by Symposia Medicus, full tuition and, if reservation was made with Symposia Medicus, hotel deposit refunds will be made. Symposia Medicus will not be responsible for refunding travel or any other expenses.


The Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ) is approximately 35 minutes from the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa and the Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF) is approximately 45 minutes from the resort. 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 ECMZ879 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 NMQC4 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 ZFMB292493 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 online or by phone; please refer to the conference code and the conference/airport location when making your reservations. Please see below:

AVIS www.avis.com 800-331-1600 AWD # B766625
Budget www.budget.com 800-772-3773 BCD # U076767