2018: Speakers

Bill Bengston

William Bengston


Dr. Bengston is a professor of sociology at St. Joseph’s College in New York and president of the Society for Scientific Exploration, an international group of scientists who study anomalies. His areas of specialization include research methods and statistics. His research into anomalous healing has produced the first successful full cures of transplanted mammary cancer and methylcholanthrene-induced sarcomas in experimental mice using energy healing techniques he helped develop. He has also investigated various correlates to healing, such as geomagnetic micropulsations and electroencephalography harmonics and entrainment. Learn more at  http://www.bengstonresearch.com/about. 

Lorne Brown


Dr. Brown is the clinical director of the Acubalance Wellness Center in Vancouver and founder of Healthy Seminars and the Integrative Fertility Symposium for acupuncturists and naturopaths. He received his doctor of TCM at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine with postgraduate training in clinical hypnosis, infertility, cold laser therapy, and functional medicine. He is the first Canadian to be certified as a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. His work in women’s health and fertility includes bringing acupuncture to in vitro fertilization clinics in Vancouver. Dr. Brown successfully integrates his entrepreneurial skills and CPA background with his passion for Chinese MedicineHe published the Acubalance Fertility Diet Plan and a practice management book for TCM practitioners called Missing the Point: Why Acupuncturists Fail and What They Need to Know to Succeed. His latest book for the public on treating infertility naturally is due late 2018. Learn more at http://www.acubalance.ca/the-clinic/your-care-team/dr-lorne-brown. 

Stephen Cowan


Dr. Cowan is a board-certified pediatrician with more than 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 Collegea member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, and author of Fire Child Water ChildHow Understanding the Five Types of ADHD Can Help You Improve Your Child’s Self-Esteem and AttentionDr. Cowan’s unique holistic approach to evaluating and treating children struggling with chronic physical, emotional, and cognitive disorders 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 body, mind, and spirit, and promotes a deeper understanding of what it means to be healthy. Learn more at www.stephencowanmd.com. 

Steven Druker


Mr. Druker is a public interest attorney who founded the Alliance for Bio-Integrity, and, as its executive director, initiated a lawsuit forcing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods. This revealed that politically influenced administrators had covered up extensive warnings of their own scientists about the abnormal risks, misrepresented the facts, and allowed these novel products on the market without the testing required by federal food safety law. He is a well-known speaker and media commentator on the risks and regulatory issues of genetically engineered foods and served on food safety panels at numerous high-profile conferences within the United States and around the world. His influential book, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public, was released in March 2015 with a foreword by Jane Goodall hailing it as “without doubt one of the most important books of the last 50 years.” Learn more at http://biointegrity.org. 

Thea Elijah

Thea Elijah


Thea Elijah has studied, taught, and been a practitioner 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 practice is rooted in Classics studies with Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee, Five Element studies in the Worsley tradition, pulse studies with Leon Hammer, and herbal studies with Ted Kaptchuk. She is the former director of Chinese herbal studies at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture and Maryland University of Integrative HealthAs a teacher of the Shaddhuliyyah Sufi Order, she can consider energy medicine from a cross-cultural perspective. Her body of work, called Whole Heart Connection, draws on the principles of both Chinese medicine and Sufism to bring these healing principles and practices into daily life. Elijah maintains a practice in southern Vermont and teaches in the United States and Canada. Learn more at www.perennialmedicine.com

Ellen F. Franklin


Dr. Franklin is co-founder of the Acutonics Institute of Integrative Medicine. For more than 20 years she has been involved in developing and teaching programs in sound therapy rooted in classical Chinese medicine, depth psychology, and science. She is co-author of Acutonics from Galaxies to CellsPlanetary Science, Harmony, and Medicine, the author of numerous articles, and a regular contributor to Oriental Medicine Journal. An avid photographer, she has contributed her work to Donna Carey’s poetry collection Traveler’s Advisory and Days of Endless Capture. Ellen received her Certificate in Jungian Studies and her PhD in psychology from Saybrook University. Her doctoral research focused on self-care with Acutonics to reduce severe stress and compassion fatigue in nurses. Previously, Ellen spent 25 years in senior leadership positions and served on numerous boards. She is a frequent presenter at conferences around the globe. Learn more at https://acutonics.com.

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 Nan 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 University of Chinese Medicine, 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 New York City for more than 15 years. 


Menas Kafatos


Dr. Kafatos is a quantum physicist, cosmologist, and climate change researcher who expanded his work to make close connections between science and spirituality, the nature of reality, and quantum implications for everyday life. He works extensively on consciousness, the nature of the mind, cosmic awareness, and topics bridging science, metaphysics, and philosophy, and teaches individuals and organizations about universal natural laws for well-being and success. Dr. Kafatos is the Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics and director of the Center of Excellence of Earth Systems Modeling and Observations at Chapman UniversityHe is also associated with Korea University, the National Observatory of Athens, Hellas, and the Nalanda Institute for Consciousness Studies and Research. Author of more than 300 articles, he also wrote or is editor of 17 books, including The Conscious Universe and Looking In, Seeing Out, and is co-author with Deepak Chopra of You Are the Universe. He maintains a Huffington Post blog. 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, Grand 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. 

Melissa Laborsky


Dr. Laborsky began her healing journey within the realm of traditional western medicine. While practicing as a board certified family medicine physician, she experienced a personal awakening to the connection between mind and body, prompting her to pursue certification in Mind Body Medicine under James Gordon, MD in 2008. To deepen healing to the level of Spirit, she began training in Tao of Medical Qigong in 2009 with Grand Master Nan Lu. She has since completed training in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, The Dragon’s Way®, and breast health. Following a oneyear apprenticeship with Grand Master Lu at the Tao of Healing in 2013, Melissa returned to her home state of Indiana. In 2014, she opened Indy Healing Center where she integrates quantum, functional, and spiritual medicine using the tools of acupuncture, Qigong, and Chinese herbs. Learn more at http://www.indyhealingcenter.com. 

Renee Lehman

Renee Lehman


Renee Lehman is a licensed acupuncturist, physical therapist, and Reiki master in private practice in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She received a master’s degree in acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and is NCCAOM Board Certified. With more than 25 years of experience in healthcareRenee provides professional therapy for the entire family. She is a practitioner of 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 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 is founding director and president of Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation, the country’s foremost educational organization for TCM. 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 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 the Hubei University of Chinese Medicine and is a clinical associate professor at the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University. 

Tatiana Phillippova

Tatiana Philippova


Tatiana’s unique background is grounded in her longtime master-student traditional training with Dr. Lu that encompasses 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, for which she is jointly certified by TCM World Foundation and the Hubei University of Chinese Medicine. 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 the foundation’s educational events and retreats. Tatiana holds a master’s degree in science and acupuncture from the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences. 

andy rosenfarb

Andy Rosenfarb


Dr. Rosenfarb is a world-renowned expert in Chinese medical ophthalmology. Since 1996, combining Traditional Chinese Medicine, naturopathic medicine, and functional medicine, he has led efforts to offer integrative treatments to help people manage debilitating eye diseases. He earned his master’s degree in TCM from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and his doctor of naturopathy from Canyon College, with post-graduate studies at Zhejiang College of Chinese Medicine. He recently teamed with researchers at John Hopkins University and NOVA Southeastern University to design the acupuncture protocols for the first-ever clinical studies on the efficacy of treating retinitis pigmentosa with acupuncture. He is also an Executive Council Member of the Specialty Committee of Ophthalmology of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine. Dr. Rosenfarb has published five books on Chinese medical ophthalmology and ophthalmic acupuncture. His clinical practice is located in Westfield, New Jersey. Learn more at www.acuvisiontherapy.com. 

Brother Bernard

Brother Bernard Seif


Brother and Doctor Seif is a Christian monk in the Roman Catholic and Salesian traditions and a 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 practices and teaches Medical Qigong, does spiritual direction, and enjoys giving retreats and workshops in the United States and abroadBrother Bernard is certified as an advanced clinical therapist and a Qigong teacher by the National Qigong Association (NQA), is a lifetime professional member of NQA as well as past ethics chair and board member, and is a member of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong. He has studied in both the United States and Asia, is well published in scientific and scholarly journals, and enjoys writing monastic mystery books. Learn more at www.gentlestrength.org. 

Larry S. Stoler


Dr. Stoler is a clinical psychologist and a leader in the integration of eastern and western healing practices. His lifelong focus is helping clients discover how they can thrive when faced with serious life challenges, like trauma, loss, pain, and life-threatening illness. A past president of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, he worked to help energy-based healing approaches gain credibility in the public and among mainstream professionals. He is a Qigong student of Grand Master Nan Lu, is a certified Dragon’s Way® Instructor, and offers other Wu Ming Qigong programs. He is an ongoing LifeForce: Tao of Medical Qigong student. His integrative practice, Budding Spring Healing, combines psychotherapy, Medical Qigong, and group wellness programs for the public. Learn more at www.buddingspringhealing.com.