Symposium 2018 Press release

Maine’s Top Physicians and the Center for Wellness Leadership host the State’s
Second Integrative Health Symposium on Chronic Pain on May 18th 2018

May 18th, 2018 – Portland, Maine –The Center for Wellness Leadership (CWL), a Portland-based nonprofit will host its second signature event to explore how complementary and alternative therapies can enhance the treatment of one of the primary issues facing Americans today: chronic pain management. Through research, education and outreach, CWL aims to increase mainstream awareness for the benefits of using Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine. Such practices and modalities include Naturopathy, Acupuncture, Yoga, Mind-body medicine, Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.

Dr. Steven Hull, Mercy’s Hospital Pain Center will present the keynote speech, introducing the neuroscience of pain; he will be followed by panels of Maine’s Top integrative physicians focusing on proactive solutions to address both the management of chronic pain and alternatives to highly addictive opiates.

“It’s an impressive line-up of practitioners involved with this nonprofit and I’m happy to be presenting this symposium,” Dr. Lisa Belisle, editor of Maine Magazine and host of Love Maine Radio.

“I believe Integrative Medicine is the champion of prevention,” Dan Katz, PT L.Ac, founder of WildwoodMedicine, Maine’s largest community acupuncture clinic. Katz will present his work on acupuncture treatment for Chronic Pain. “My training in physical therapy combined with Chinese Medicine taught me to look beyond the symptoms and focus on whole body health. Sometimes digestive issues or stress can cause chronic pain. With the help of acupuncture sessions focused on these issues and traditional herbal remedies, we can help patients manage the symptoms and improve their quality of life.”

Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors (MAND) is partnering with CWL and will be represented at the symposium through Dr Juliane Forbes who will be part of a panel where homeopathy, Ayurveda and Qi Gong will be presented to the audience.

The Cancer Community Center and the Island Institute for Trauma recovery will explain how complementary therapies can help treatment of Cancer or PTSD through case studies and Medical Cannabis will also be addressed as a substitute for Opiates by Dr Michael Eng and Brian Piper, two leading physicians and researchers in the field of alternative health.

Attendees will enjoy the premiere of HEAL, a documentary on Mind-Body Medicine in the afternoon. Guests will be personally welcomed by University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings. The symposium will be held USM’s Hannaford Hall, Portland, Maine, from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Friday, May 18th, 2018.

Practitioners, physicians, Yogis, students and the general public are encouraged to attend.
For ticket information, register on by clicking here.


Established in 2014, Center for Wellness Leadership is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit providing communities with educational resources and research to empower individuals to reach optimal wellbeing through the application of Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine. CWL is home to an online, searchable database that includes; provider directories, event calendars and resources.