Watch these interviews with past participants!

2014 HEART-IM Planners

Sara Raiser 

Sara Raiser

Sara is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She is also a licensed massage therapist and plans to go into Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with the aim of specializing in musculoskeletal and sports medicine. She has been president of the Holistic Medicine Interest Group at UFCOM for the past two years and has had a passion for integrative and holistic medicine since the early years of medical school. She is thrilled to be a HEART planner this year and cannot wait to meet the new HEART crew and enjoy a month in Ben Lomond with the Redwoods and so many incredibly talented healthcare providers and educators!

Jen Perkins

Jen Perkins

Jen is a fourth year student from the University of WI School of Medicine and Public Health. After twelve years as a massage therapist, she returned to school in order to offer the broad perspective on paths of healing that she gained from her previous career to allopathic medicine. She had the opportunity to collaborate with many practitioners of both eastern and western medicine and recognizing their synergistic effect, intends to make both accessible to her patients. She is a strong supporter of the Physicians for a National Health Program and started a student chapter in WI outraged that everyone does not have access to basic medical care. She is excited to integrate all this medical knowledge and her previous practical experience into working tools to take into residency and beyond.

Michael Brenner 

Michael Brenner

Michael is a 4th year medical student from the University of WI - Madison. Mike grew up in rural Wisconsin on a family dairy farm and, after graduating from college, worked as a civil engineer for 7 years on projects throughout the United States. On his journey toward becoming a rural family medicine doctor, he was introduced to integrative medicine through electives such as Healer’s Art and through mentorship under physicians working on a collaborative wellness committee for the University of WI. Mike believes that the future of medicine will be doing more with less resources and that the art of Integrative Medicine will certainly be part of this solution. He is excited to be a part of this year’s HEART-IM community and is anxiously awaiting introductions when everyone arrives in the beautiful redwoods of California!

Ellie Wiener

Ellie WienerEllie is a 4th year student at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she was exposed to many different forms of healing from a young age. Collaborating with other students and faculty, she led Mount Sinai’s Student for Integrative Medicine organization, founded and ran an elective course in Holistic Healing and Integrative Medicine, clinic managed a student-run free clinic and planned annual Spirituality in Medicine retreats. She is passionate about creating new systems to improve the health and wellness of healthcare providers and provide excellent patient, family, and community-centered care for all people. She plans to continue her training in Family Medicine and has particularly strong interests in integrative medicine, reproductive health, birth, palliative care, and working with underserved populations in this country and other parts of the world. She is thrilled to be a part of the 2014 HEART-IM community and excited to spend a month together in the redwoods!

Eric Phillippi 

Eric Phillippi

Eric is a 4th year student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He grew up near Milwaukee, WI and went to UW-Madison for his undergrad. Before med school, Eric took a year to drain his remaining savings while island hopping on a 50-ft sailboat, climbing some mountains, living in Honduras for a few months to become a professional SCUBA diver, and visiting friends around the globe. Aspiring to be a jack-of-all-trades, Eric has rarely turned down an opportunity for new experiences: a quality that carried over into med school and has attracted him to Family Medicine. Through experiences in the Healer’s Art course as a student and a leader, by being part of a Meaning in Medicine group, and most importantly because of his faith, Eric has developed a strong desire to be both a physician and a healer. The Social History has become his favorite part of an H&P because it paints a picture of a patient’s life instead of their illness. If Eric ever gets time to enjoy life outside of medicine, you can find him riding bikes with his wife, taking photos, being a lumberjack, assisting in the kitchen (mainly taste-testing), and pretending to be a musician.

Faculty Advisors

Wendy Kohatsu, MD

Wendy Kohatsu, MDWendy, a graduate of the inaugural class of Fellows from the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, is a family medicine faculty member at Oregon Health Science University. Dr. Kohatsu is certified in shiatsu massage, a clinical researcher and lecturer locally and nationally, with the goal of promoting integrative medicine in the academic environment. She has worked to increase utilization of integrative medicine in underserved populations, and is the editor of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Secrets, (June 2002) and co-author of chapters on the History of CAM in the US, Nutrition, Supplements, Low Back Pain, and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Kohatsu will assist in HEART faculty selection and serve as lecturer.

Bill Manahan, MD

Bill Manahan, MDBill is assistant professor of the Center for Spirituality and Healing and of Family Practice and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center in Minneapolis. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Holistic Medicine as well as the board of directors for the Northwestern School of Homeopathy. He is on the editorial board for Alternative Therapies in Health Journal, Integrative Medicine Access, and Integrative Medicine Consult Newsletter. He has published numerous articles on the scientific evidence regarding the use of complementary and alternative modalities as well as community based health care in light of managed health care. He has served as the program director of the MN Rural Family practice Residency program and has served on numerous boards, councils, and coalitions for community based programs addressing drug use, education, and reaching the underserved. He currently is a member of the American Holistic Medical Association's Board of Trustees. Dr. Manahan will be a faculty advisor and a guest lecturer on integrative medicine in practice.

Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig

Nina is the Director of the Medical Humanities program at the University of Florida College of Medicine where she teaches a variety of electives and courses in narrative medicine, media and medicine, environmental health, history of medicine and international health issues, and creative expression. She runs the Thomas Maren Medical Student Reading Room and facilitates the development of projects and programs that reflect medical student interests and passions. She also is creating a Medical History Center at the University of Florida. She will serve as advisor and lecturer for the HEART elective.