2017: Speakers

lillian bridges

Lillian Pearl Bridges

Lillian Pearl Bridges is the world’s leading authority on Face Reading and Facial Diagnosis. She is credited for reawakening Chinese Medicine to this body of ancient knowledge and introducing it to Western Medicine and Business. She has taught widely to Complimentary and Allopathic Doctors, Acupuncturists and other Natural Health Practitioners, CEO’s and Executive Management Teams. She has developed a Golden Path Program to help her individual clients discover their life’s purpose. Lillian is the founder of The Lotus Institute, Inc. and The Lotus Institute Press based in Seattle, WA. She is a lineage holder from a long line of Master Chinese practitioners in her Chen Family and received her degree in Psychology from UCLA. She is the author of Face Reading in Chinese Medicine, 2nd Edition.

Stephen Cowan

Stephen Cowan


Stephen Cowan, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician with over 25 years of clinical experience working with children. He has a subspecialty in Developmental Pediatrics and is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, serving as a member of the section on Developmental Disabilities. He is a clinical instructor at New York Medical College and a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He is the author of Fire Child Water Child, how understanding the five types of ADHD can help you improve your child’s self-esteem and attention.  Dr. Cowan has developed a unique holistic approach to evaluating and treating children struggling with chronic physical, emotional and cognitive disorders that integrates the principles of Chinese medicine and homeopathy. Considering the child as a reflection of the inter-related forces of family and environment is the central focus of his practice. This approach respects the inseparability of mind, body and spirit and promotes a deeper understanding of what it means to be healthy. He is a long-time recurring presenter at Building Bridges for TCM. www.stephencowanmd.com

Thea Elijah

Thea Elijah


Thea Elijah has been a student, practitioner and teacher of acupuncture, herbal studies,

Qigong and Sufi healing for more than 25 years. She is most interested in the intersections of different lineages, where we can explore diversity while maintaining rigor. Her own practice is rooted in Classics studies with Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee, five element studies in the Worsley tradition, pulse studies with Leon Hammer, herbal studies with Ted Kaptchuk, and many others.  Elijah is the former director of Chinese herbal studies at Academy for Five Element Acupuncture and MUIH (formerly Traditional Acupuncture Institute). Elijah is also a teacher of the Shaddhuliyyah Sufi Order, and, as such, she is in a position to consider energy medicine from a cross-cultural perspective. At her students’ request, she has created a body of work called Whole Heart Connection, which draws upon the principles of both Chinese medicine and Sufism, to allow us to bring these healing principles and practices into daily life. Currently Elijah maintains a practice in southern Vermont and travels to teach in the United States and Canada.

Irma Jenne

Irma Jenne

With her 25 years of classical training in Taoist philosophy, traditional Chinese medicine and internal martial arts under the guidance of Grand Master Lu, Irma’s background is unique. She works with a core team at TCM World Foundation, where she coordinates and teaches health and wellness programs as well as instructor training programs based on traditional medicine and Wu Ming Qigong. Her certifications include Qigong Meridian Therapy, jointly granted by TCM World Foundation and Hubei College (University) of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China, and LifeForce: Tao of Medical Qigong. A gold medalist in several international competitions, Irma has directed and served as lead instructor of the Taiji program at Tao of Healing in NYC for more than 15 years.


Menas Kafatos


Menas C. Kafatos, Ph.D., is a quantum physicist, cosmologist, climate change researcher and works extensively on consciousness. He teaches individuals and organizations on the natural laws that apply everywhere and are the foundations of the universe, for well-being and success. Heis the Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics, and Director of the Center of Excellence of Earth Systems Modeling and Observations at Chapman University; Visiting Professor, Division of Environmental Science & Ecological Engineering, and Advisor BK21 Plus Eco-Leader Education Center, Korea University, Seoul, Korea; and Affiliated Researcher, National Observatory of Athens, Greece.He has authored 315+ articles, is author or editor of 17 books, including The Conscious Universe (Springer), Looking In, Seeing Out(Theosophical Publishing House), and isco-author with Deepak Chopra of the 2017 book, You Are the Universe (Harmony). He maintains a Huffington Post blog. You can learn more at http://www.menaskafatos.com.

Elaine Katen

Elaine Katen

Elaine is program director at Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation where she co-develops and teaches educational programs based on her unique training with Grand Master Nan Lu. For more than 14 years, she has been privileged to study TCM and internal martial arts with him in the traditional master-student apprenticeship model. During this time, Master Lu has imparted profound insights, particularly regarding one’s inseparable connection to Nature and the Universe that she feels passionate about sharing: “My life changed when I was introduced to Chinese medicine. Today, my role in the Foundation allows me to share TCM’s life-affirming teachings through our unique self-healing programs.” Elaine gives professional trainings in LifeForce: Tao of Medical Qigong, Instructor Certification for the Dragon’s Way® Program and Wu Ming Qigong for Breast Health.

Renee Lehman

Renee Lehman


Renee Lehman is a licensed acupuncturist and physical therapist, with more than 25 years of experience in healthcare. She is in private practice in Gettysburg, PA.  She has studied LifeForce: Tao of Medical Qigong and is a certified instructor of The Dragon’s Way® Weight Loss and Stress Management Program. With a deep love of nature, Renee understands that the body is wise and has the intrinsic ability to heal and return itself to a place of balance.

Nan Lu

Nan Lu


Nan Lu, OMD is founding director and president of Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation, the country’s foremost educational organization for traditional Chinese medicine. He is also founder of breastcancer.com and The Breast Cancer Prevention Project. As Grand Master of Wu Ming Qigong, he is a lineage holder of ancient knowledge not found in today’s textbooks. He has devoted his life to preserving the unique body–mind–spirit wisdom of TCM and Wu Ming Qigong. A longtime TCM practitioner, his mission is to help patients and his Qigong students discover their healing abilities and the effect of consciousness in everyday health. Dr. Lu’s latest book is Digesting the Universe: A Revolutionary Framework for Healthy Metabolism Function, a major work that addresses the multidimensional aspects of today’s chronic health issues. He holds a doctorate in traditional Chinese medicine from Hubei College (University) of TCM, China, and is a clinical associate professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, School of Social Welfare.

christine page

Christine Page


Known as a mystical physician, Dr. Christine Page has been a pioneer in the field of healthcare for over 35 years, working in particular with women. As an international speaker and gifted intuitive, she sees herself as a bridge builder whether between different modalities of wellbeing or states of consciousness. She is the author of eight books including Frontiers of Health and her latest The Handbook of Women’s Mysteries. www.christinepage.com.

Tatiana Phillippova

Tatiana Philippova


Tatiana’s unique background is grounded in her longtime master-student traditional training with Dr. Lu encompassing TCM, acupuncture, martial arts and Wu Ming Qigong. She has spent more than 15 years practicing acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine under his guidance. Tatiana’s extensive experience encompasses continuing study of Wu Ming Qigong, as well as teaching expertise in Qigong Meridian Therapy (QTM), for which she is jointly certified by TCM World Foundation and Hubei College (University) of TCM, China. She is a certified Lifeforce: Tao of Medical Qigong instructor and is a certified instructor of the Dragons Way® program. Tatiana is a frequent presenter on whole-person health and the Five Element Framework at TCM World Foundation educational events and retreats. Tatiana holds a master’s degree in Science and Acupuncture from the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences in New York.

Evan Rabinowitz


Evan Rabinowitz is the director of Chinese herbal studies at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. He is also on the acupuncture faculty at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts. Evan is a longtime student of Jeffrey Yuen and has studied a wide range of medical and Daoist traditions for the last thirteen years. He has also studied herbs and energy work with Thea Elijah, and traditional philosophy and Eastern religions with Seyyed Hossein Nasr. He is a graduate of the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, and is the founder of Yao Shan Center for Chinese Medicine in Washington, DC, where he maintains his clinical practice.

Brother Bernard

Brother Bernard Seif


Brother/Doctor Bernard Seif, SMC, EdD, DNM, is a Christian monk in the Roman Catholic and Salesian traditions and clinical psychologist, board certified in behavioral medicine. He is also a doctor of natural medicine specializing in Chinese medicine with subspecialties in medical Qigong and Chinese medicinal herbs. Brother Bernard is certified as an advanced clinical therapist and a Qigong teacher by the National Qigong Association (NQA) and is a lifetime professional member of that organization, past ethics chair, has served on the NQA board of directors, and is a member of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong. Doctor Seif enjoys writing monastic mystery books and has studied in both the U.S. and Asia, and offers workshops and retreats here and abroad. www.gentlestrength.org