2014 On-Site Faculty Team
Kami Nicole Veltri was born and raised in sunny South Florida and attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate education. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience, she explored interests such as yoga, organic farming, preventive care, and Arts in Medicine. Upon graduation, Kami moved to Guatemala for six months to learn the language and culture of Latin America while working in rural clinics and hiking the countryside. Her experience with a local acupuncturist in Quetzaltenango solidified her beliefs in the power of ancient healing wisdom. Following her passions for service, healing, and health care justice, Kami began medical school at the George Washington University where she is a student in the Integrative Medicine Track and works closely with the GW Center for Integrative Medicine. Living in DC has allowed her opportunities to represent Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for a National Health Program, and Public Citizen in the fight for health as a human right. In her free time, she loves playing soccer, riding her bike, and preparing healthy eats to share. Kami is honored to serve as the next LEAPS Student Director and looks forward to another inspiring week at Kripalu!
Kristina King focused on English Literature while earning her undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia and is currently a third year medical student at the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine. Prompted by a pivotal encounter with a Shaman in Peru, Kristina attended both Naturopathic and Oriental Medical College before deciding to pursue a conventional medical education. Kristina served as AMSA’s Integrative Medicine Coordinator and AMSA’s representative on the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium’s Board of Directors in 2012. Kristina is dedicated to the promotion of integrative health care and feels honored to join the LEAPS Team as Student Director. Kristina has worked as both a scuba diving and sailing instructor in Ecuador and the Caribbean, and as a hyperbaric chamber operator and technician in Canada. She is also a certified Doula, and first aid instructor. Kristina enjoys yoga, flying kites and looking forward to her next sailing adventure with her three-year-old son!
J. Adam Rindfleisch, MPhil, MD grew up in rural Idaho, where docs are scarce and seeking out non-biomedical approaches is commonplace. He merged philosophy, psychology, and comparative religion into his pre-medical studies. Traveling to India, Nepal, and Thailand during breaks from graduate school in England made him even more of an Integrative Medicine aficionado. Adam completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at University of Wisconsin, which incorporated the University of Arizona online fellowship as part of its curriculum. Currently, Adam directs the UW Integrative Medicine fellowship and is one of the Associate Program Directors for the UW Madison Family Medicine Residency. His interests include dietary supplements, epistemology, mindfulness in medicine, and shamanism. His wife Kirsten is also a family doc, and they have two rambunctious sons, a freakishly smart dog, and a kick-butt sledding hill. He would be outside all the time if he could be. One the most enjoyable aspects of his practice is taking care of health professionals from an array of traditions.
Mary P. Guerrera, MD is Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Integrative Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. In addition, she is Board Certified in Medical Acupuncture and is a Founding Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. Nationally Dr. Guerrera serves on the steering and executive committees of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and as past co-Chair of their education working group. At UCONN she directs the medical school electives: ‘The Healer’s Art’ and ‘Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine’ and served as Principal Investigator of the Educational Development for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (EDCAM) Project Grant awarded by the American Medical Student Association Foundation (2003-2007). She served as the catalyst and founding Principal Investigator that launched the LEAPS into IM program in 2010.
Dr. Rita Benn, PhD has been trained as developmental and clinical psychologist and is the Director of the Faculty Scholar's Program in Integrative Healthcare at the University of Michigan. She has held appointments in the Department of Family Medicine, Institute for Social Research and Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Dr. Benn has developed coursework, clinical electives and curriculum guides in integrative medicine and taught mind-body practices to students and professionals. She has also facilitated many group-based workshops and interventions using mindfulness-based meditation practices in the community. Dr. Benn has conducted evaluation research for several national programs and educational institutions, and recently conducted an RCT on the influence of meditation on well-being. Dr. Benn received her PhD from University of Michigan and completed advanced training programs with many gifted teachers and healers, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, James Gordon, Rachel Naomi Remen and Brian Weiss. Dr. Benn has three grown children who live in various parts of the US. While she grew up in Montreal Canada, she has lived much of her adult life in Ann Arbor. In her spare time, Dr. Benn practices yoga, paints, and writes short essays and poetry.