“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” – Elon Musk
Integrative Health, Complementary and Alternative Medicine represent a number of disciplines and sciences. Before adding information to the inventory and database, or promoting various practices, it is important to ensure that the information about its use is reliable. CWL, through the Advisory Board, will review the relative strength of the evidence supporting the use of specific forms of complementary and alternative medicine and attach a scale on the inventory/database reflecting that strength. As funds allow, CWL will sponsor expert research into science.
(NB : It is not the intended role of the Advisory Board to provide medical or other advice to CWL’s members.)
In addition to providing resources concerning complementary and alternative approaches to integrative health, CWL will on occasion request funding or grant funding on various issues.
The Advisory Board provides input on priorities and review study approaches and make recommendations to CWL’s management and Board of Directors.
As an organization whose purpose is to enhance education, the Advisory Board recommends opportunities or ideas for sponsoring educational forums.
Advisory Board members can be presenters, or partner with CWL on content development such as webinars, blogs, etc., to promote an interactive educational forum.
Susan Cooper, Registered Nurse and Herbalist
Susan has been working with herbs in her own life for wellness and healing for over 40 years. During the past 8 years, she continued her herbal education, studying under various teachers, most recently Aviva Romm. When working with clients, Susan combines her experiences as an RN and an herbalist with a holistic practice. Susan is based in Auburn, Maine and travels to meet with clients in southern Maine.
Deb Grant, LCSW, RSMT, Psychotherapist and Body Mind Centering Somatic Movement Educator
LCSW, RSMT, psychotherapist and Body Mind Centering Somatic Movement Educator. A psychotherapist since 1996, Deb specializes in working with complex traumatic stress and teaches professional development workshops to therapists and helping professionals on integrating body-oriented work with traditional psychotherapy. She is also a somatic movement educator and therapist and teaches improvisational dance as a psychospiritual -and joyful- practice.
Deb is a licensed clinical social worker, is certified as a Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Educator, holds two yoga teacher certifications, and has clocked thousands of hours in bodywork and somatic movement in addition to 20 years of personal yoga practice in yoga, movement and dance.
Jennifer Hilton, D.O., and Osteopatic Practitioner
DO, and Osteopatic practitioner. Dr. Jen Hilton completed her medical education in her home state of Maine at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), where she discovered her passion for osteopathic philosophy and manipulation. Dr. Hilton was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in Osteopathic Principles and Practice for her work to inspire and facilitate her classmates’ appreciation for osteopathy. She completed a traditional osteopathic rotating internship and Neuromusculoskeletal (NMM)/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.
Following her residency, Dr. Hilton practiced and taught in New York. She also pursued her interest in homeopathic medicine by completing a two year course of study at the New England School of Homeopathy. Her professional interests include meditation, mind-body medicine (or psychoneuroimmunology), nutrition and functional medicine. She has a strong background in medical Spanish. She returned to Maine in 2008, along with her husband, also an osteopathic physician, and son. She is happy to be back in her native state practicing at Osteopathic Healthcare of Maine.
Jennifer Hilton’s Website
Dan Katz, Physical Therapist, Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner
Physical therapist, Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner. Daniel Katz combines the ancient art of acupuncture and herbal medicine with the contemporary modalities and manual techniques of physical therapy.
Daniel received clinical training and a Masters of Science of Oriental Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College. He has many years of experience practicing in hospitals and private clinics. Daniel has worked in several unique settings, including the Immune Enhancement Program at the Institute for Traditional Medicine, which is nationally known for its work with cancer, autoimmune and neurological disorders. He has also worked as a mentor in the Maine Medical Center Integrative Medicine Department.
Daniel gives lectures presenting both physical therapy and Chinese Medicine topics to professional and community groups. In addition to being part of the Wildwood lecture series, he has been a guest lecturer at Maine Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and The University of Southern Maine.
Devra Krassner, ND
Dr. Devra Krassner offers comprehensive naturopathic medicine to families, women, men and children. Treatment plans are individualized to address the full range of acute and chronic conditions, as well as to support people wishing to optimize their health.
After graduating from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 1987, Dr. Krassner returned to the east coast to practice. In addition to her practice, Dr. Krassner is an adjunct professor at Kaplan University, where she teaches in the Medical Assistant program. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Maine Association of Homeopaths, and past president of the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
Renee Lang, N.D., Naturopathic Doctor, FABNO, MPH, Specialization in Oncology
Naturopathic Doctor, FABNO, MPH, specialisation in Oncology. Renee Lang, ND, FABNO, MPH is licensed as a naturopathic physician in the state of Maine and is board certified in naturopathic oncology (Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology- FABNO). She received her naturopathic doctorate from National College of Natural Medicine in 2003 and holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, she received her MPH in 2013 from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and obtained additional certification in epidemiology and environmental health.
In addition to providing naturopathic consultations at Wildwood Medicine in Portland, ME, Dr. Lang contracts as a clinical trials consultant. She previously worked as a naturopathic oncology consultant at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Philadelphia from 2009 to 2013. While at the hospital, Dr. Lang provided integrative, evidence-based naturopathic care in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Her knowledge of, and experience with, conventional cancer treatment allows her to safely and effectively recommend natural therapies to reduce side effects, enhance immune function, and improve overall health.
In addition to her integrative oncology experience, Dr. Lang practiced as a primary care physician in Brattleboro, Vermont for over five years. While practicing in Vermont, she provided effective naturopathic care for multiple conditions including menopause and other women’s health concerns, mood disorders, digestive complaints, Lyme disease and other chronic illnesses. Dr. Lang received her Reiki Master training in 2002. Since then, she’s offered Reiki sessions to clients as a complementary therapeutic modality to support optimal health and healing.
Gina Mastroluca, Board Certified Polarity Practitioner and Therapist
Board Certified Polarity Practitioner and therapist. Gina is a Board Certified Polarity Practitioner and was an instructor of Polarity Therapy for 9 years. Polarity Therapy, with its philosophical roots in India’s Ayurvedic Medicine, provided a foundation for Gina to continue studying Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad and other influential teachers. A writer and avid researcher, Gina has published articles on Ayurveda, Energy Medicine, Aromatherapy and Meditation. Gina enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for mind/body health and has presented various workshops over the years including classes for Maine Audubon, Avena Botanicals, and The University of New England. She also finds great joy in tending her backyard garden of over 50 medicinal plants and trees.
Matthew Stevens, D., D.O. in Hosteopathic Medicine
D., D.O. in Hosteopathic medicine. Dr. Matthew Stevens is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences/COM – Pomona, CA. Dr. Stevens completed his Residency in Family Medicine and Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Maine Medical Center.
Brian Piper completed his doctorate in neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst followed by postdoctoral fellowships in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience at the University of Oregon and Oregon Health and Science University. He has published over 40 scientific manuscripts. His neuropharmacology research has been generously supported by various government, particularly the National Institutes of Health, and private sources. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor with the neuroscience program at Bowdoin College.
The CWL Board: Jacques Santucci, Cathy Cobb, & Dan Walker