February 2017 Inaugural Functional Forum Meetup
Dr. Mark Hyman’s TEDMED Talk : The Functional Roadmap
The first Delaware Valley Functional Forum Meetup group convenes February 20, at 7:00 pm at the Willow Grove Community Center inside the Giant Supermarket, 315 York Road in Willow Grove.
“The Forum” is the world’s largest integrative medicine conference, bringing together current health news, functional medicine research, practice development and health technology from leaders in the healthcare revolution, such as Drs. Jeffrey Bland, Mark Hyman, and Dean Ornish, and their contemporaries.
Each Forum meeting will provide practitioners with the clinical keys and practical emerging models to deliver effective predictive, preventive and participatory medicine. The program is presented in a mixed-media format that combines interviews and TED-style talks, videos, music and a YouTube channel. There are currently Functional Forum Meetups in eight countries and 100 cities around the world, including over 60 groups meeting monthly in the U.S.
Each month’s meeting will focus on a different medical specialty and connect the value of a functional medicine approach to its evolution. Upcoming sessions planned for 2017 will focus on Primary Care, Oncology, Psychology, Cardiology, Environmental Medicine and Neurology.
Our first dinner meeting will include a screening of Dr. Mark Hyman at TEDMED where he shared the groundbreaking, personalized, systems- based approach that he used to heal himself, and can be used to treat people with chronic disease on a mass scale.
We’ll be talking as a collective as well as in small groups about how this can be applied to what we are doing locally in our own practices as healthcare practitioners.
Why should I attend?
Network and learn as you become a part of a community of like-minded, local providers. Build referral networks and stay on the cutting edge of the movement locally and globally.
Who Should Attend?
This event is free and open to health professional that practice Functional, Preventative, Integrative or Holistic Medicine, including MDs, DOs, NDs, PAs, DCs, RNs, NPs, LAc.s, CHTs, CCNs, DDSs, PsyDs, SWs, LCSWs, midwives, pharmacists, veterinarians, colon hydrotherapists and health coaches, as well as digital health innovators and medical stakeholders with an interest in functional, preventative, holistic and integrative medicine.
Register for Local Meetup
Date & Time: Monday, March 20, 2017
7:00PM -8:30PM ET
315 York Road (at the intersection of York & Easton Roads)
Willow Grove, PA 19090
This local meetup is sponsored by:
Meet your hosts:
Karen G. Meshkov
Karen Meshkov, MBA is the owner, publisher and director of advertising partnerships of Natural Awakenings Magazine of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, the area’s leading health and wellness publication, with a monthly circulation of 50,000 readers. A Montgomery County native, Karen is a graduate of Abington Friends School, George Washington, and LaSalle Universities. She has spent 20 years as a sales and marketing professional for such organizations as Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management, the Kimmel Center, Inc., and the Philadelphia Auto Show, and the last 10 years in healthcare, as VP of Marketing and Sales for a multi-location optometric practice.
Karen has studied yoga and meditation since 1996, and received her 200-hr certification from Integral Yoga in Princeton, New Jersey. Karen is also training to be a certified facilitator of Nonviolent Communication, a practical method for fostering authentic inter- and intrapersonal connection. Her vision for Natural Awakenings includes creating closer cooperation and integration between the holistic, complementary and allopathic medical communities. She lives with her husband, Matt, and son, Asa, in Eastern Montgomery County.
Kathleen has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. She received her nursing education from The Chester County School of Nursing, followed by a BA in business at Eastern University. In the beginning of her nursing career she developed her clinical knowledge and skills working in diverse medical settings, which included medical/surgical units, neurological and cardiac intensive care units, emergency rooms, case management, home health care and rehabilitation. Continuing to expand her knowledge and skills while looking for a new nursing challenge, she transitioned into pharmaceutical industry as a pharmacovigilance associate, assisting to provide safe drugs to patients. Throughout her pharmaceutical career, she missed the connection that that actively assisting someone during their healing journey provided. This feeling, as well as her own personal experience, led her to once again expand her nursing education, becoming a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner.
Kathleen has a private practice, seeing clients in both her office and various outlying locations, including but not limited to assisted livings facilities, private homes, hospitals and outpatient facilities. Additionally, she provides Healing Touch to cancer patients and their caregivers at the Bryn Mawr Cancer Center. Additionally, Kathleen is an approved Healing Touch wellness provider for the Unite for HER organization, supporting their mission to empower and restore women with breast cancer. She is a professional member of Healing Beyond Borders, American Holistic Nursing Association and the Healing Touch Professional Association .