“Excellent topics, well-organized, speakers are excellent and engaging, and most desirable locations.”
– P. Hubert, MD

“Well-organized, great speakers, good choice of topics and locations.”
– J. Marks, CNM

“Very informative with useful information to incorporate into our practice.”
– A. Seinfeld, DO


Integrative Medicine focuses on the mind and body as a whole and the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient. Our 21st Annual Fall Conference on Integrative Medicine in Women’s Health is designed to take an in-depth look at how to achieve optimal health and healing for female patients through a variety of complementary alternative treatment modalities and provide mainstream medical and nursing professionals with evidence-based data. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of the 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.

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.

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 21st 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 Tucson.


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

State methods of non-pharmacologic approaches to aiding sleep

List examples of movement for musculoskeletal health

Assess clinically-relevant components of the Mediterranean diet that improve outcomes for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and glucose control

Offer integrative treatments for perimenopause and menopause symptoms

Formulate a treatment plan to reduce chronic and acute inflammation


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, surveys, 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.


Each registrant will have online access to session materials. The session materials will be available for download approximately one week 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.


Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Yoga Program Manager & Lead Yoga Therapist
Cleveland Clinic Wellness & Preventive Medicine
Director of Cleveland Clinic School of Yoga
Cleveland, Ohio

Paris Kharbat, DO, ABFM, ABoIM, IFMCP
Founder, Simply Functional Medicine
Concierge Medicine & Virtual Services (Acupuncture, Osteopathic Medicine, Frequency Specific Microcurrent)
Palm Springs, California

Iman Majd, MD, MS, L.Ac., ABoIM
Conference Co-Chair

Director, Osher Clinic for
Integrative Medicine at UW
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
University of Washington
Bastyr Center for Natural Health
Bastyr University
Seattle, Washington

Artemis Morris, ND, MS, L.Ac.
Founder & Medical Director
Artemis Wellness Center
Professor of Nutrition
University of Bridgeport
Human Nutrition Institute
Co-Academic Director, The Graduate Institute
Master in Integrative Health & Healing
Milford, Connecticut

Brenda Powell, MD, ABoIM
Conference Co-Chair

Integrative Family Medicine
Medical Director
The Lower Elwha Wellness Center
Port Angeles, Washington

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 9

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Brenda Powell, MD, ABoIM
8:15 Non-Pharmacological Pain Management
Iman Majd, MD, MS, L.Ac., ABoIM
9:00 Digestive Disease Disorders: How Yoga Can Help
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Supplements: Which Ones Do We Need?
Brenda Powell, MD, ABoIM
11:15 Mediterranean Diet for PCOS & Glucose Control
Artemis Morris, ND, MS, L.Ac.
Noon Functional Medicine Approach to Type 2 Diabetes
Paris Kharbat, DO, ABFM, ABoIM, IFMCP
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

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

Thursday, September 10

8:00am Microbiome & Women’s Health
Artemis Morris, ND, MS, L.Ac.
8:45 An Integrative Approach to Influenza
Paris Kharbat, DO, ABFM, ABoIM, IFMCP
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Stress & Women’s Health: Adaptogenic Herbs Uncovered
Artemis Morris, ND, MS, L.Ac.
11:00 Integrative Approach to Insomnia
Paris Kharbat, DO, ABFM, ABoIM, IFMCP
11:45 Inflammation & How It Affects Our Health
Iman Majd, MD, MS, L.Ac., ABoIM
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, September 11

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. Aromatherapy for Women’s Health
Artemis Morris, ND, MS, L.Ac.
. Care for the Caregiver: Addressing Burnout
Brenda Powell, MD, ABoIM
. Hands-On Ear Acupuncture for Pain Management
Iman Majd, MD, MS, L.Ac., ABoIM
. Intro to Tai Chi: The Basics & Practice Experience
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, September 12

8:00am My Aching Back: Yoga & the Physical, Mental, and Emotional Aspects of Pain
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
8:45 Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, and More
Brenda Powell, MD, ABoIM
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 An Integrative Approach to Perimenopause & Menopause
Brenda Powell, MD, ABoIM
11:00 Yoga for Bone, Joint, and Muscle Health
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
11:45 Functional Medicine & Fatigue
Paris Kharbat, DO, ABFM, ABoIM, IFMCP
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns



Twelve thousand years ago, Tucson was a Native American village by the name of “stukshon.” Loosely translated, it means, “springs from the foot of the black hill.” Situated along the banks of the Santa Cruz River and bordered by both the Sonoran Desert and the Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson owes much of its powerful allure to its ancient land, heritage, and spirituality.

Famous for its dramatic beauty, the Sonoran Desert covers this region with spectacular cacti – including the giant saguaro, a symbol of the American Southwest. But don’t be fooled by the term “desert” because mountain ranges in all directions offer scenic vistas. Tucson’s legendary year-round sunshine and saguaro-and-sunset landscape have romanced visitors for decades.

Relax and recharge at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, a top choice among Arizona luxury resorts. Named as one of the top hotels and resorts by US News and World Report 2019 rankings, Lowes Ventana is the perfect place to come back to after exploring historic downtown Tucson or the great outdoors on the resort’s beautiful nature trail.

Enjoy a delicious meal at the Flying Bar & Grill, featuring dishes from Executive Chef Ken Harvey, Food Network’s Chopped (2019) winner and grand finalist. Escape everyday distractions and discover a haven for rejuvenation, restoration, and indulgence at the Lakeside Spa & Fitness Center. Or relax and take in the panoramic views of the Santa Catalina Mountains at the resort’s two heated pools and Jacuzzi.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Tucson, at our 21st 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.

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


If postmarked by
July 1, 2020
If postmarked after
July 1, 2020
Physicians $695 $795
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $595 $695

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 email


Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

These special rates will only be available until Tuesday, August 11, 2020 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.

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 N. Resort Drive
Tucson, AZ 85750
Direct: (520) 299-2020

To make your reservations please call (800) 234-5117
You must refer to the group code SYM906 or #1542 to receive conference group rates.

To make your reservations online, please visit

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 Tucson.


Room Type/View Group Rates
(Single/Double Occupancy)


(View of hotel grounds)


Rooms differ by view and are
approximately 450 sq. ft. and include one king or two queen beds, mini-refrigerator, coffeemaker, work desk, arm chair(s) and/or couch, bath amenities, granite vanity, oversized tub and shower, hair dryer, flat-screen TV, and a furnished balcony or patio.

Ventana Patio

(Limited view of desert landscape)


Skyline/Mountain View

(Partial views of Santa Catalina Mountains or Tucson skyline)


Grand Skyline/Mountain View

(Best views of Santa Catalina Mountains or Tucson skyline)

By booking your lodging under the Symposia Medicus group code, the Resort Fee of $29 per room, per night is discounted to $15 per room, per night. The Resort Fee includes high speed internet access, unlimited local telephone calls, access to the Lakeside Spa with use of the lockers, fitness studio, dry sauna and steam room, Lakeside Spa tennis, yoga and aerobics classes, 24-hour shoe shine service, nightly turndown service upon request, daily tennis court access (one hour per day, based on availability), shuttle service to Sabino Canyon, bottled water in the main lobby, daily guided hike (weather permitting), and stargazing with University of Arizona Sky School (select nights). Items above are subject to change.


Hotel Policies

A credit or debit card is required upon making your reservation

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 12.05% tax
- $15 resort fee (discounted from $29)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is three in a room with a king bed and four in a room with two beds, regardless of age

Mandatory additional person charges (below) include additional lodging fee, daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities:
- Children 4 years and under are FREE
- Children 5 to 12 years old are $18/person, per night
- Children 13 to 17 years old are $32/person, per night
- Adults 18 years and older are $57/person, per night

Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $25 per night (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 noon. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Late check-outs are based on availability and additional charges may apply.

Early Departure Fee: Please notify the hotel at check-in if you have last minute changes to your scheduled departure date, as an early departure fee equal to 50% of your room rate, for each night you are departing early, will be charged to any guest who checks out prior to their confirmed departure date.

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: Self and valet parking are complimentary for conference guests

Hotel cancellations must be made directly with the hotel at least 72 hours prior to your confirmed arrival date or you will be charged a cancellation fee equal to one night’s room rate and tax.

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 5, 2020; 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 to the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is Tucson International Airport (TUS); however, lower fares can sometimes be found by flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Tucson is approximately a 40 minute drive to the hotel, while Phoenix is approximately a 2 hour drive. 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 ECMC981 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, enter in your travel plans and then click on the “Advanced Search” link located below the “Passenger” box. Once you click on this link, a panel will appear and you will need to insert NMT7R in the “Meeting Code” box. 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 Advanced Search, 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 ZH4W711859 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box at the end of the page. 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