Menpa (Dr.) Sanggee Bohm is Tibetan Medical Doctor of Tso-Ngon Provincial Tibetan Medical Hospital and he is currently a visiting instructor of Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Born and raised in a traditional Tibetan farming family in Amdo region of Northeastern Tibet (Tso-Ngon Province, P.R. China,) he graduated from Tso-Ngon University Tibetan Medical College in 2012. Menpa Sanggee provides wellness and healing evaluations and Therapies such as Kunye, Hormey, and Moxibustion to improve conditions of fatigue, insomnia, stress, anxiety and depression. He is certified in Kunye from a Master teacher, Menpa Phuntsog Wangmo, Director of the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine.
Adam is a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc), Tibetan Medicine Practitioner and Certified Massage Therapist (CMT). He offers holistic health consultations and treatments in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Adam is a graduate of the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, and the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine. He has trained and interned at the Tso Ngon Tibetan Medicine Hospital in Amdo, Tibet. Adam has treated thousands of patients and worked with many esteemed senior Physicians of Tibetan and Chinese Medicine.
Menpa Kalsang Wangyal was born in 1966 in Ringpung Yakdey in central Tibet. Menpa Wangyal became a Buddhist monk and studied at the Jokhang monastery in Lhasa,Tibet. He graduated from the prestigious Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute in Dharamsala, India in 1994 and was awarded an honorary degree of Menrampa (T.M.D) in 2004. He is also one of the few Tibetan doctors who is certified to prepare Tsothel in Tibetan “Precious Pill”, which requires a complex formula forming an integral part of traditional medical practice.
Since completing his studies, Menpa Wangyal has pursued a clinical practice at several clinics in India and Nepal and has also specialized in pharmacology. Menpa Wangyal is also an expert in the use of Precious Jewel Medicines – the most unique medicine in the Tibetan pharmacopoeia. Menpa Wangyal has traveled extensively around the world, participating in medical conferences, seminars and exhibitions and treating patients in Kazakhstan, Poland and Germany. At UCSF, he gave a case-based presentation at Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. He currently resides in Berkeley, CA.
Dr. Lake is a Board certified psychiatrist. He has served on adjunct clinical faculty at Stanford, and the University of Arizona School of Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine. He founded and chaired the American Psychiatric Association’s Caucus on CAM from 2004 through 2010 and is a founding member and former chair of the International Network of Integrative Mental Health.
Dr. Lake has published articles and chapters on integrative medicine and psychiatry in peer-reviewed medical journals. He is the author, co-author or editor of four textbooks on complementary, alternative and integrative mental health care: Chinese Medical Psychiatry: A Clinical Manual, (with Bob Flaws), Blue Poppy Press, 2000; Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care, Thieme, 2006; and Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care (co-edited with David Spiegel), American Psychiatric Press, 2007, and Integrative Mental Health Care: A Therapist’s Handbook, Norton, 2009. His most recent project is a series of 10 e-books on integrative mental healthcare published in 2015."
Dr. Antoinette has been – and continues to be - a practicing Internal Medicine physician at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, for the last 23 years. She feels honored to be part of her patients’ lives, from adolescence to advanced age. She also loves writing, and feels privileged to have many writing opportunities, in her role as Medical Director for the Office of Communications at PAMF. Past experiences have included working as a journalist for a small-town newspaper in Massachusetts, teaching The Healers’ Art course at Stanford Medical School, and volunteering in many venues for people in need. She is married with two young adult children.
Bob Lin is the founder of Multi-Dimensional Venture Partners, an angel venture group from Silicon Valley and Chairman of Healthlink Services, a nation-wide medical assistance company in China. He also co-founded and served as General Partner for Acorn Campus and Acorn Angels since late 90’s. Bob has more than 25 years of angels and venture investment expertise with multiple IPOs. He also serves as a partner in PHYCOS Consulting, a very prestigious consulting firm for high level businesses, entrepreneurs, and government. He is also the author of four top selling books in Asia and a leading columnist for many business/ investment newspapers.
Bob served as Chairman of Global Monte Jade Association, considered one of the most influential Chinese hi-tech executive associations worldwide. He was the Chairman in Chinese Association of International Trade (CAIT) twice in a row and a Board member of Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce twice. He has also served both as the Commissioner and the Chairman of Santa Clara County – HsinChu County Commission. Bob has a MSEE degree from University of California at Santa Barbara. He has been very active in community services.
Dr.Ronesh Sinha is an internal medicine physician in Silicon Valley who works for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and leads their division for corporate wellness services. He has designed successful health education and wellness programs, in addition to onsite clinical services for over 16 major Silicon Valley companies. He co-created the South Asian medical consult program at PAMF and the PRANA South Asian website.
Dr. Sinha is passionate about engaging patients from diverse cultural backgrounds about health. He is the author of the South Asian Health Solution, a groundbreaking book being used around the world to help high risk individuals optimize their health through the use of culturally tailored lifestyle changes and the use of technology and apps to connect readers to their healthier ancestral roots.
Dr.Sinha’s work was featured in a Fortune magazine cover story and he received the 2013 Excellence in Healthcare Award by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for his work with diverse employees in Silicon Valley. He is a 2-time TEDx speaker, blogs actively at culturalhealthsolutions.com and co-hosts a popular weekly radio show on South Asian health at KLOK 1170 AM.
Matthew’s focus is on natural mental health with Tibetan Medicine and Tibetan Yantra Yoga. As a graduate of Shang Shung Institute, completing internship and exams at the Qinghai Medical College and Hospital in Tibet, he is one of the few certified Traditional Tibetan Medicine practitioners and Yantra Yoga instructors in the US. Matthew is co-founder of Sowa, a Tibetan Medicine partnership offering in-home therapeutic wellness treatments and Tibetan Kunye Massage as well as Corporate Wellness programs throughout the Bay Area. In his free time Matthew leads Khaita Joyful Dances to modern Tibetan tunes. Read more about Matthew’s work at http://sowa.care
Luke has been studying and practicing yoga for over 18 years and teaches Tibetan Yantra Yoga, Hatha yoga and Harmonious Breathing . He was authorized to teach Yantra Yoga through the Dzogchen teacher Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 2013. Luke is also a California licensed massage therapist and nationally certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor with a bodywork practice utilizing tui na, energetic and orthopedic manual therapy techniques. He lives in Oakland, California. Visit his website
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, is one of only a few masters of the Bön Dzogchen tradition presently living in the West. An accomplished scholar in the Bön Buddhist textual traditions of philosophy, exegesis, and debate, Tenzin Rinpoche completed a rigorous 11-year course of traditional studies at the Bönpo Monastic Center (Menri Monastery) in India, where he received his Geshe, degree. In 1992 Tenzin Rinpoche founded Ligmincha International in order to preserve and introduce to the West the religious teachings and arts of the ancient Tibetan Bön Buddhist tradition.
Rinpoche is known for his clear, lively, and insightful teaching style and his ability to make Tibetan practices easily accessible to the Western student. In addition to Ligmincha International’s affiliates in the United States, Rinpoche has established centers in Central and South America, Europe and India, and has authored 9 books.
Tawni Tidwell is a Tibetan medical doctor (Menpa) and biological and cultural anthropology doctoral candidate. She studied Tibetan medicine at Men-Tsee-Khang in northern India for the first part of her Tibetan medical education, and completed her last two years and internship in eastern Tibet at the Tibetan Medical College of Qinghai University in Xining, China, graduating there in July 2015. She completed her internship in gastroenterology at Qinghai Provincial Tibetan Medical Hospital. She is the first Westerner to complete the traditional Tibetan medical education alongside Tibetan peers, with Tibetan teachers, in Tibetan language. She is completing her doctoral work at Emory University, focusing her dissertation on the entrainment process for learning Tibetan medical diagnostics for Tibetan medical conceptions of cancer and related metabolic disorders. She is dedicated to facilitating dialogue and collaborations between Tibetan medicine and Western science. She studied physics and earth systems at Stanford graduating in 2004.
Menpa (Dr.) Phuntsog Wangmo is the Academic Director of the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine, located in Conway, MA. Menpa Phuntsog received her advanced degree in Tibetan Medicine from Lhasa Tibetan Medicine College (Men-Tsee-Khang) and trained with two of Tibet’s foremost doctors (Khenpos Troru Tsenam and Gyaltsen). Menpa Phuntsog had the exceptional opportunity of extensive clinical training under Khenpo Troru Tsenam for four years. Since 1996, Menpa Phuntsog dedicated many years of work as a doctor in the Eastern Tibet where she collaborated and directed the implementation of A.S.I.A (Association for International Solidarity in Asia), a non-profit organization founded by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and dedicated to serving the Tibetan people in the sectors of education, health, training, disaster relief, and sustainable economic development. She has been practicing Tibetan Medicine for over 30 years and she speaks and lectures regularly throughout the US, Europe and Russia.
Phuoc V. Le, MD, MPH, DTM&H
Phuoc Le graduated from Dartmouth with a double major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures. He then matriculated at Stanford Medical School where he earned his MD. He completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Global Health Equity at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. During residency he has worked with the NGO Partners in Health (PIH) to provide equitable health care.
Currently, Phuoc is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF, where he is a hospitalist splitting his time between both departments. He co-directs the Global Health-Hospital Medicine Fellowship at UCSF, directs the Global Health Pathway for the Pediatric Residency, and is director of international rotations for the Internal Medicine Residency. He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, where he directs the Interdisciplinary Masters of Public Health Program. Most recently, he co-founded the HEAL Initiative, an interprofessional 2-year global health delivery fellowship.
Menpa Kunga Wangdue was born in Tibet, and began his Buddhist studies at the ripe age of eight and studied Tibetan Language and Buddhist Philosophy at Drapung Monastery in Lhasa. Menpa Wangdue then began his extensive study of Tibetan Medicine and graduated from Tibetan Medical and Astrology College in India in 1996. He had the privilege of completing a year-long internship under Senior Menpa Kunga Gyurme, former personal physician of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. From 1998 to 2002, he served as a clinical practitioner in Nepal. Menpa Wangdue has been practicing Tibetan Medicine in New York, and he is the Vice President of Traditional Tibetan Medical & Astro Association New York.
Geshe Lobsang is a Tibetan Medicine practitioner and a candidate of Traditional Chinese Medicine at University of East West Medicine in Sunnyvale, California. Lobsang studied Tibetan medicine at the International Academy for Tibetan Traditional Medicine and he has been practicing in Kunde Institute's clinic in South San Francisco. Having completed over 20 years of study in Buddhism, he received his Geshe Ngarampa degree at Gyudmed Tantric Monastic University in South India. More recently, however, he has been serving as a Buddhist Chaplain at Santa Clara County Jail since 2011, teaching mindfulness sessions. He teaches Buddhism, meditation and the art of compassion.
Joanna Adler PsyD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and has specialized in working with individuals and groups in business and private settings since 1993.
Joanna studied Romance Languages at the undergraduate level at Colorado College, and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, with an emphasis in Transpersonal Studies. She has gone on to study and teach in the field of Transpersonal Psychology, is certified as a Depth Hypnosis Practitioner, and serves on the faculty at the Foundation of the Sacred Stream. Joanna is also an executive coach with Leadership Landing Inc.
Joanna has 25 years of training in Buddhist Psychology and advanced meditation techniques, and was the Principle Investigator for a two-year quantitative research study on the spiritual counseling model of Depth Hypnosis. Joanna has taught symposia at the national and international levels on Depth Hypnosis, including at the UC San Francisco Medical Center and the International Symposium of Contemplative Studies with Mind and Life among others.
Assistant Professor, Institute for Holistic Health Studies, Department of Health Education, San Francisco State University
Dr. Daubenmier is Assistant Professor in the Holistic Health Studies program in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University. She has conducted research in the field of integrative medicine for the past 15 years. Her primary interest has been to understand the impact of mind-body practices including meditation and yoga on health outcomes among individuals with chronic diseases. Her NIH-funded research focuses on the development and evaluation of mindfulness-based lifestyle interventions to improve metabolic health in individuals with obesity. More recently, she is interested in traditional Asian medical approaches to holistic health. In 2015, she was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award to study Tibetan Medicine and Buddhist approaches to mind-body health in India. She is now teaching courses on Eastern health perspectives and Tibetan medical and meditation approaches to health to undergraduate students at San Francisco State University.
Debu Tripathy, MD is Professor of Medicine and Chair, Department of Breast Medical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His clinical research focuses on the evaluation and development of novel therapeutics in breast cancer, specifically, growth factor receptor pathway targeting as well as biomarkers that predict sensitivity and resistance. He has also developed and conducted trial to assess integrative medicine including natural products for the treatment of breast cancer and symptom management. Dr. Tripathy has published numerous original laboratory and clinical research articles in the area of breast cancer and serves on several editorial boards, study sections, and societies as well as Editor-in-Chief of CURE Magazine and The American Journal of Hematology/ Oncology. He has previously served as the Presidents of the American Society of Breast Disease and the Society of Integrative Oncology.
Dr. David Spiegel is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been a member of the academic faculty since 1975, and was Chair of the Faculty Senate from 2010-2011. Dr. Spiegel has 40 years of clinical and research experience studying psycho-oncology, stress and health, pain control, psychoneuroendocrinology, sleep, hypnosis, and conducting randomized clinical trials involving psychotherapy for cancer patients. He has published twelve books, 383 scientific journal articles, and 167 book chapters on hypnosis, psychosocial oncology, stress physiology, trauma, and psychotherapy. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, the Dana Foundation for Brain Sciences, and the Nathan S. Cummings Foundation. He was a member of the work groups on stressor and trauma-related disorders for the DSM-IV and DSM-5. He is Past President of the American College of Psychiatrists and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Alejandro Chaoul is an assistant professor and Director of Education, Integrative Medicine Program, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He conducts research using mind-body techniques with cancer patients, holds group meditation classes for cancer patients and their support system, has a meditation clinic consultation as part of the Integrative Medicine Center, and directs the education programs. He is also an associate faculty member at The McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end of life care.
His research and publications focus on mind-body practices in integrative care, examining how these practices can reduce chronic stress, anxiety and sleep disorders and improve quality of life. He has published in the area of religion and medicine, medical anthropology and the interface of spirituality and healing, and his upcoming book is on “Tibetan Yogas for Health and Wellbeing” (Hay House, 2018).
Dr. Erica Weirich is the founder and director of Global Health Research Foundation (GHRF). She is in her 17th year of practice in Family Medicine at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and serves as Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, at Stanford University School of Medicine. Prior to graduating from Stanford 1998 with Doctor of Medicine and Masters in International Development Policy degrees, Dr. Weirich worked with traditional birth attendants and community health workers in Northern Pakistan, worked on health access for refugees as a Graduate Scholar in London, and on rising maternal mortality as a Traveling Scholar in the country of Georgia, together with Stanford and the Zhordania Institute of Human Reproduction. Dr. Weirich co-founded GHRF in 2007 with Dr. Christopher Traver, with the mission to provide key sustainability support to health providers working in medically underserved areas. Collaboratively with local and academic partners, GHRF programs facilitate the integration of appropriate technology and process toward community-identified health and eco-health goals.
Yangdron is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, as well as a Doctor of Tibetan Medicine (in Tibetan: Menpa). She has been practicing Tibetan Medicine for over 20 years and she founded Kunde Institute in Daly City, California in 2005. The center is committed to preserving and continuing efficacious healing with Tibetan Medicine, Acupuncture, and Traditional Chinese Medicine practices in the context of the modern world. Yangdron was born in Lhasa, Tibet and earned her Tibetan Medicine Doctor degree from the Tibetan Medical University in Lhasa, Tibet. She has been teaching and receiving medical students from Stanford University School of Medicine for clerkships since 2008. Yangdron is fluent in Tibetan, English and Mandarin Chinese. She speaks and teaches regularly throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Dr. Sakti Srivastava has been teaching and conducting research at the Stanford University School of Medicine since 1999. During this period, he has been affiliated with the Department of Surgery and with the Stanford University Medical Media and Information Technologies (SUMMIT) group. His core interest is in combining computer technology and medicine for innovative applications. He has developed solutions for computer-aided instruction aimed at medical and allied health professionals including stereoscopic imagery, advanced 3D graphics, haptics, and simulations. Dr. Srivastava has also worked in the area of databases, image processing, and networked applications for telemedicine and tele-education.