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2019 Annual International Conference (AIC)


Stress, Pain, and Addiction: Transformative Treatments and Innovative Solutions

Up to 17.5 CME Credits
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Stress, pain, and addictions form an intersecting triad of problems plaguing all modern industrial societies. Each of these can be a cause and an effect, a trigger and a mediator. All three are fundamental underlying causes of morbidity and mortality, and can be linked together in various ways. At IFM’s 2019 Annual International Conference (AIC), Stress, Pain, and Addiction: Transformative Treatments and Innovative Solutions, researchers and clinicians will delve into the myriad of ways in which these issues, individually and collectively, impact health. IFM will connect the research on how we can help our patients overcome the chronic diseases that result.

Chronic stress can both exacerbate chronic pain conditions and trigger various states of physical or emotional pain. There is also solid evidence for a strong link between early-life and later-life chronic stress and increased risk of various addictions. The link between chronic pain and drug addiction is well known. This conference will present the cutting-edge science regarding the interactions among this triad and demonstrate how the Functional Medicine approach can help with these drivers of modern, chronic disease.

Schedule and Educators

8:00 am - 8:15 am
8:15 am - 9:15 am
David Haase, MD Navigating the Intersections of Stress, Pain, and Addiction – Seeing Hope through the Functional Medicine Lens
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Stephen Loyd, MD Addiction: A Personal and Professional Journey (Addiction is not a Moral Failure)
11:00 am - 11:45 am
John Kelly, PhD Addiction, Treatment, and Behavior Change (Facilitating Recovery from Substance Use Disorder: From Theory to Science and Practice)
11:45 am - 12:15 pm
David S. Jones, MD Linus Pauling Award Presentation –Optional, Non-CME
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Sponsored Lunch by TSI USA, Inc.Limited Seating Available, Optional, Non-CME
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Jeffrey Bland, PhD Keynote Presentation by IFM Co-founder: What is Evidence Based Functional Medicine in the 21st Century?–Limited Seating Available, Optional, Non-CME
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jeffrey Mogil, PhD Pain in Mice and Man: Ironic Adventures in Translation
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
David Haase, MD Questions and Answers
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Heather Tick, MD Rethinking Chronic Pain
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Elizabeth Mumper, MD Stress, Addictions, and the Young Mind
6:45 am - 7:45 am
Shilpa P. Saxena, MD Adrian Boer, DC, ND Sponsored Breakfast – Limited Seating Available, Optional, Non-CME: Ortho Molecular Products – Pain in Practice: Leveraging Nutraceutical Therapies and Group Visits to Tackle the Pain Epidemic
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW The Art and Science of Well-Being: Healing the Pathophysiology of Stress, Pain, and Addiction with Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement
8:45 am - 9:30 am
Wayne Jonas, MD How Healing Works: What it means for your education, your practice, your patients and the future of healthcare
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Cecilia Hillard, PhD Therapeutic Potential of Cannabinoids in Stress and Pain Management
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Roland Griffiths, PhD Therapeutic Potential of Psilocybin in Anxiety, Depression and Addiction Disorders
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mark Newman, MS Nathan MD Choice of Sponsored Lunches – Limited Seating Available, Optional, Non-CME: DUTCH Test by Precision Analytical–Hormone Testing – Functional Medicine Best Practices•Pure Encapsulations – Genetic Insights into Habit-Forming Behavior: How to Address Five Polymorphisms Affecting Dopamine Response
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Early Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Nancy Cotter, MD, CNS Concurrent Session 1 - Update on Nutrition and Supplementation for Pain Management
Wayne Jonas, MD Concurrent Session 2 - Doing an Integrative Health Visit with the PHI and the HOPE Note
Dustin Sulak, DO Concurrent Session 3 - Pain, Stress, and Cannabinoids
Arwen Podesta, MD Concurrent Session 4 - Addiction Medicine and Integrative Psychiatry
Bryan , MD, MPH Mylene Huynh, MD, MPH Concurrent Session 5 - Functional Medicine Approaches to Chronic Pain in the Military Health System
Joy Weydert, MD Concurrent Session 6 - A Multi Modal Approach to Managing Stress, Addictions and Chronic Pain Syndromes in Children
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Late Afternoon Breakout Sessions
David Musnick, MD Concurrent Session 7 - Functional Medicine Approach to Chronic Pain: Sensitization, Genomics and Narcotic
Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW Concurrent Session 8 - Eating Disorders: A Strengths-Based Approach to Recovery
Lonnie Zeltzer, MD Concurrent Session 9 - Pediatric Pain in the Age of the Opioid Epidemic: Why Functional Medicine Matter
David Hagedorn, PhD, BCN Concurrent Session 10 - Electrophysiologic Assessment and Neuro-Stimulatory Approaches to the Treatment of Pain
Heather Tick, MD Concurrent Session 11 - Common Myofascial Pain Injuries: Assessment and Treatment
Mylene Huynh, MD, MPH Elijah Sacra Geoffrey Dardia Bryan , MD, MPH Concurrent Session 12 - Panel Discussion - Pain in the Military: Patient and Practitioner Perspectives
Sara Gottfried, MD Dana Parish Priya Kamani, MD, MBA Bassem El-Khodor, PhD Mark Allison Sponsored Receptions and Educational Discussions –Available to All Attendees,Optional, Non-CME•Metagenics – Three Things Your Gut Wants Your Brain to Know•Pure Encapsulations – PureGenomics Presents: A DNA Soiree •Standard Process & LivingMatrix –The Whole Food Advantage: Crops to Clinic to Culinary - Evidence-based Approaches to Personalized and Lifestyle Solutions
6:45 am - 7:45 am
Michael Chapman, ND Sponsored Breakfast – Limited Seating Available, Optional, Non-CME: Genova Diagnostics – Updates in the Clinical Evaluation of Methylation
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Early Morning Breakout Sessions
Michael Lewis, MD Concurrent Session 13 - Evaluating and Treating Traumatic Brain Injury
Robert J. Hedaya, MD Concurrent Session 14 - PTSD: New Directions
Bradley Fullerton, MD, FAAPMR Concurrent Session 15 - Prolotherapy and the Clinical Application of Biotensegrity
Robert Luby, MD Concurrent Session 16 - Working with Patients in Pain: An Interactive Case based, Functional Approach –Optional, Non-CME
Paul Thomas, MD, FAAP Concurrent Session 17 - The Addiction Spectrum
Dustin Sulak, DO Cecilia Hillard, PhD John Neely, MD Concurrent Session 18 - Panel Discussion: Endocannabinoids
Henri Roca, MD David Musnick, MD Concurrent Session 19 - Panel Discussion: The Opioid Crisis
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Late Morning Breakout Sessions
Henri Roca, MD Concurrent Session 20 - Creating Change With Patients in Pain
Judy Crane, , LMHC Concurrent Session 21 - The Nuts and Bolts of Trauma: The Missing Link in Managing Addiction and Pa
Georgia Tetlow, MD, ABOIM Concurrent Session 22 - Honor Self: The Key to Provider Stress Reduction and a Thriving Practice
David Rakel, MD Concurrent Session 23 - Science of Perception
Kara Parker, MD Bryan , MD, MPH Sandra Darling, MD Concurrent Session 24 - Implementing a Shared Medical Appointment for Pain in Your Practice
Lonnie Zeltzer, MD Paul Thomas, MD, FAAP Joy Weydert, MD Concurrent Session 25 - Panel Discussion: Children, Drugs, Stress, and Addictions
Chanin Kelly-Rae Sharad Kohli, MD Maggie Mills, MS, CN Concurrent Session 26 - Panel Discussion: Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Evolving our Understanding of the Social Determinants of Health
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jill Carnahan, MD, ABFM, ABIHM Sponsored Lunch – Limited Seating Available, Optional, Non-CME: Microbiome Labs – The Most Common Dysfunctions of the Standard American Gut in Chronic Illness
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
David Rakel, MD Transforming Health Care and Transforming Ourselves
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Robert Sapolsky, PhD Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: An Updated Guide to Stress, Stress Related Diseases, and Coping

Additional Information

Registration and Cancellation Policies

Cancellations must be received in writing no later than May 18, 2020, to be eligible for a refund, less a $150 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after May 18 and before May 28, 2020, are eligible for a refund less a $300 late cancellation fee. Tuition is non-transferable. Failure to appear at the program with no prior written cancellation will result in complete forfeiture of tuition (nonrefundable, nontransferable, no exceptions). Program materials are available only to onsite attendees. Cancellation requests must be received in writing by email or fax: jenniferstroh@ifm.org or 253.661.3065. IFM will reply with a written acknowledgement.

Jennifer is taking over as the POC for cancellation and switch requests so I have outlined her contact information above. Please let us know if you have any questions about this.

Exhibiting Information

Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at the 2019 Annual International Conference.

The IFM Annual International Conference in Los Angeles, CA.

IFM is proud to assemble a variety of companies that offer products and services to assist practitioners implement Functional Medicine. To that end, the exhibit hall is a Practice Implementation Showroom, with companies arranged by primary business category so attendees can easily locate what they’re looking for.

To be added to our database for 2019 notifications, please email exhibiting@ifm.org.

Poster Sessions

Call for Posters:
The submission deadline for posters has now passed. Thank you to everyone who submitted poster applications for AIC 2019.


  • April 7, 2019 – Poster session applications due; decisions to be announced after this date.
  • May 20, 2019 – All iPosters must be published.
  • May 29, 2019 – onsite to review your iPosters in the afternoon before the welcome reception.

The format for the poster sessions will be electronic. All posters will be submitted via a web-based platform. There will be six touch-screen monitors each capable of displaying whichever poster a given attendee selects. During scheduled times, each poster’s presenter will be expected to be present in the poster session area to discuss their session and answer attendees’ questions.


CME Information

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

MD/DO: The Institute for Functional Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCME-accredited courses for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are eligible for Category 2 credit through the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). To obtain the Category 2 credit, please email, fax or mail certificates of attendance to the AOA Department of Client and Member Services. For more information click here.

ABIM MOC Points Available: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 11.5 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

DC: Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) provides continuing education credit for chiropractic physicians. An application was submitted to NWHSU who applied to all states, except AZ, KY, OK, NY, TN, and TX. Applications were submitted for 18 continuing education hours. For a complete list of states and approval hours, please contact IFM.

ND: Generally, programs that are accredited through the ACCME for CME credits are approved by  naturopathic state licensing boards. Contact your state naturopathic board to inquire if CME credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

PA: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts all continuing education credits from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Contact your state physician assistant board to inquire if CME credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

NURSING PROFESSIONAL: For the purpose of re-certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), hours approved through ACCME can be used. Contact your state nursing board to inquire if CME credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

RD: The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) automatically accepts CME courses accredited for AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM through the ACCME. Therefore, pre-approval is not required of IFM. Please check with your state licensing board to inquire if prior approval by CDR is required to obtain continuing education credits for an activity despite this circumstance.

LAc: IFM is a continuing education provider (provider #0232) of the California Acupuncture Board (CAB). CAB approved this course for 17.5 Category 1 hours. Per the Recertification Handbook of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), if a course is approved by a state acupuncture regulatory board, then it is eligible to submit with the re-certification application. Contact your state acupuncture board to inquire if continuing education credits approved by the CAB are accepted. Note: California acupuncturists must attend this course in full to receive CPEUs. Partial credit will not be provided.

Other: Please contact your healthcare licensing board to inquire if CME credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are recognized and can be used toward fulfilling your continuing education requirements.

CME credits are subject to change.

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