INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE de TAOS

Integrative Medicine de Taos (IMdT) is a recently established New Mexico non-profit. Our primary goal is to facilitate bringing various educational conferences to Taos, primarily for continuing medical education (CME) for physicians and advanced practice clinicians and specifically in the area of Integrative Medicine.

Vision: Taos – a global center for Integrative Medicine.

Mission: Integrating diverse wisdom and knowledge through education and collaboration to promote the health of all.

Taos is a community of multicultural diversity and traditions, already offering a unique synthesis of traditional, complementary, and western healing practices. That combined with Taos’ reputation as a destination for natural beauty, outdoor recreation and the arts makes our town an ideal place for Integrative Medicine conferences.

Our vision is that Taos becomes known as a place where medical professionals from around the globe can be exposed to and learn about various modalities of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in the form of conferences featuring leaders in the field, and receive their required CME credits while their families enjoy exploring our enchanted land.

The second and equally important part of this vision is the Taos community benefiting from the wealth of health and wellness information which will become available as a result of these conferences, as well as the economic opportunities.

We aim to provide a platform for ongoing sponsored Integrative Medicine symposia in Taos; events that will draw medical professionals seeking CME credits, enhancing Taos’ economic development and enriching the health of our community through exposure to the most current information in this burgeoning field of medicine.

ABOUT THE TEAM

Dawn Redpath – IMdT Organizational Consultant

As IMdT’s Organizational Consultant Dawn Redpath supports IMdT in developing a sustainable business model as well as securing funding through grants. With IMdT’s sustainable business of bringing Integrative Medical conferences to Taos, Dawn supports visiting Conference staff in connecting to local businesses and professionals.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Rob Hawley, Chair
Lilly-Marie Blecher, ND, DOM
Bob Fies, Former MD
Rasa Lila, ND
Isobel O'Hare
Fred Peralta

Rob Hawley

Rob Hawley, Chair

After I studied briefly with herbalist Michael Moore, I became fascinated with herbal medicine and began Taos Herb Company with my sister and brother-in-law. We manufacture over 300 herbal products, which we sell in our retail store as well as wholesale to natural food stores.

In 1984, I began teaching local wild medicinal plant identification and lecturing. I have lectured in the public schools, for garden clubs, historical societies, elder hostels, and the University Of New Mexico Medical School.

As an herbalist, I am familiar with and use plants from all over the globe. Specifically, I am familiar with the ethno-botanical medicine of the Hispanic northern New Mexico. My knowledge comes to me through self-teaching and the shared wisdom of elder Hispanic folks of northern New Mexico.

Website: www.taosherb.com

Lilly-Marie Blecher, ND, DOM

Dr. Lilly-Marie Blecher is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and a Naturopathic physician. She completed ten years of apprenticeship in Chinese medicine in a public health clinic. She received a certificate in Homeopathy from the New England School of Homeopathy. She currently teaches and has a private practice in Taos.

Website: www.drlillymarie.com

Bob Fies, Former MD

Bob Fies received his MD from Stanford and raised his family in Santa Rosa, CA, where he practiced as a board-certified internist.Personal and professional flameout led him to explore healing with pioneers in wellness and mind-body medicine, eventually practicing in a wholistic clinic before retiring to enjoy the natural wonders and cultural riches of Taos.  He passionately wants to lower the crushing burden of life-style-induced chronic diseases by empowering people to create their own health rather than carrying out our assigned roles as healthcare consumers.

Rasa Lila, ND and UNM-Taos Coordinator for SUNPATH Taos

Dr. Lila graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003. She served in an integrative urgent care clinic until 2006. She has since been actively involved in community-based health initiatives in New Mexico to educate and empower individuals in underprivileged communities. Her specialties include addiction recovery, detoxification and women’s health.

Website: rasa-lila.squarespace.com

Isobel O’Hare

Isobel O’Hare is a published author and aspiring herbalist with a BA in English from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has been the recipient of writing awards from Split This Rock and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. She is currently pursuing a certification in herbalism through Milagro School of Herbal Medicine in Santa Fe. Her creative and health interests lie at the intersections of gender, grief, and trauma. She creates and sells herbal remedies through Labyrinth Botanicals.

Websites: isobelohare.com / labyrinthbotanicals.etsy.com

Fred Peralta

Fred Peralta

Fred was born in San Francisco, California, but moved to Taos while he was still an infant. He is a graduate of Taos High School, attended the University of New Mexico, and received a BA with Honor in Philosophy and Psychology in 1968 from Aquinas Institute in River Forest, IL. He attended UNM to work on a doctorate in Foundation of Education from 1968-1972. From 1973-76 he was Vice President and Chief Loan Officer for Centinel Bank of Taos. Beginning in 1976 Fred was co-owner of several businesses in Taos, including a floor and window covering business, the Lilac Shoppe Flower and Garden Center and is the current owner of the Sears Dealer Store.

Fred served as a Member of the New Mexico State Legislature from 1987-1994, was elected
Mayor of the Town of Taos in 1994 and reelected in 2002. In February 2003 He resigned when
he was appointed Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Tourism. He also
served as General Manager of Expo New Mexico and retied December 2007.
He has served twice as interim Executive Director of the Millicent Rogers Museum. He was
elected to the Town of Taos Council in March of 2012.

Past Board Members
Loretta Ortiz y Pino, M.D., FAAP –Founder
Luis Constantin, MD, Vice Chair
Jim Cardasis, DO, Secretary & Treasurer
Richard Kaye
Wanda Lucero
Lucy Whyte-Ferguson

Loretta Ortiz y Pino, M.D., FAAP –Founder

January 31, 1954 – February 28, 2017

Founder and Board Chair of Integrative Medicine de Taos, Loretta was born in Santa Fe, NM. She graduated from Stanford Medical School and completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Colorado. Loretta was a practicing physician for over 34 years. After working four years on the Navajo reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico, she worked in Nicaragua serving as a liaison between the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine and the Managua and Leon Medical schools. From 1991-2005 she was in private Pediatric practice in Taos, New Mexico as co-owner of Taos Clinic for Children and Youth. She founded Sustainable Health Innovations (SHI) in 2006, a company whose primary focus is educating physicians and nurses in the area of Integrative Medicine. She worked as a consultant Pediatrician at the Taos/Picuris Indian Health Center from 2007-2011. Dr. Ortiz y Pino served as the first Chief Medical Officer at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos from 2011-2015 and served as the Medical Director of the HCH CARE Team. Her long standing interest in Integrative Medicine is derived from extensive personal study in the field, as well as a strong family history in New Mexico including curanderos and herbalists. She apprenticed with a curandera for over 10 years. In addition, she recently completed her certification as a Medical Hypnotherapist.

Jim Cardasis, DO, Secretary & Treasurer

I was born into a loving Greek/American family in Queens, New York in 1956. and am as product of the NY City public schools. After attending Emory University in Atlanta, Ga for my undergraduate degree in biology and a Masters in Physiology program at Georgetown, I opted for training at the NY College of Osteopathic Medicine back on Long Island,NY. In addition to a traditional medical education, I received 500 hours of training in manipulative medicine and a wholistic philosophy of medicine, The training was ideal for a career in family medicine, and I completed a residency in that field at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. I entered the national health service corp. and fulfilled my commitment with 5 years of service in the southern Appalachian Mountains, practicing womb to tomb small town medicine. There, I earned about herbs, poltices and country wisdom. I helped heal folks with my hands and visited patients in old tar paper shacks and converted buses. I began to understand the art of healing and that many modalities of treatments which worked could not always be proven.

Twenty five years ago I came to Taos,NM and practiced emergency and family medicine. Here, the lessons continued. I have had the priveledge of treating patients who also received care from currenderos, herbalists, massage therapists, chiropractors, midwives, Doctors of Oriental Medicine, Naturopaths and others. Currently, I am interested in Functional Medicine or root cause medicine. The variety of healing modalities and the opportunity for learning new ideas here are endless. I look forward to serving on this board of directors for the Integrative Medicine de Taos

Luis Constantin, MD, FACC, FHRS, Vice Chair

Dr. Constantin, a NM resident since late 2001, practices Cardiology in Taos and Albuquerque. He is most interested in the roles of nutrition, emotions and personal responsibility in the creation of health.

“I believe that achieving optimal individual, collective and planetary health will require the bridging of old traditions with leading edge healing methods. Integrative Medicine de Taos aims to cultivate a true Integral Medicine, drawing on the rich diversity of conventional, traditional and alternative disciplines present in our community”.

Website: heartandbiofield.com

Richard Kaye, DC

Dr. Richard Kaye had a private Chiropractic practice for 30-years in in San Diego, California. Prior to entering the field of health care, he was an electronics engineer working in the field of communications. Richard is the author of the acclaimed “The Secrets of Creating Customers for Life”, and speaks around the Nation about the Secrets of Empowering Communication and Negotiation.

Wanda Lucero, LUTCF

Wanda Lucero is a Native New Mexican who has lived in Taos the majority of her life. Wanda is Owner and CEO of the Wanda Lucero State Farm Insurance Agency and has been in the Insurance & Financial Services industries for over 30 years. She was educated at the University of New Mexico, New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics, American College and Leadership New Mexico.

Wanda currently serves on boards of several organizations including: Taos Community Foundation, Taos Public Education Fund, Taos Entrepreneurial Network and National Hispanic Agent Network. Among her accomplishments, Wanda served as President of the Taos Municipal School Board, Secretary of the Executive Board of the Association of Commerce and Industry, was appointed to the State of New Mexico Workers Compensation Insurance Pool Board of Governors, is founding member of the National Hispanic Agent Network. Wanda holds numerous licenses in Insurance and Financial Services in the State of New Mexico and has received her Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) designation. Wanda is a strong advocate for community issues and has been involved with many organization including some of the following: Taos Municipal Schools, Holy Cross Hospital fundraising efforts, Rotary International, Rocky Mountain Youth Corp, Taos County Chamber of Commerce, Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, Taos Public Education Fund, Women In Philanthropy and National Association of Latino Elected Officials, Wanda believes deeply in integrative medicine having been raised in a family whose roots go back many generations in Taos and who relied on natural ways of healing. Wanda’s great grandmother, Manuelita Anaya, was a healer and midwife who traveled and worked side by side employing integrative medicine techniques during the late 1800’s/early 1900’s in the Taos area with Dr. Thomas “Doc” Martin (Taos’ first practicing physician).

Website: http://www.wandalucero.com/

Lucy Whyte-Ferguson, DC

“Dr. Lucy” as she is affectionately called in Taos is the owner of Colonias Chiropractic Center. She graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in Whittier, California in 1981. She received the 1996 Janet Travell, M.D. Soft Tissue Pain Management Award from the American Academy of Pain Management and was the first chiropractor to receive this award. She has been practicing in Taos, NM since 1992.

She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNMSOM).

Website: https://www.coloniaschiropractic.com

IMdT would like to acknowledge Steve Kenin’s invaluable role as Founding Member and Visionary Emeritus!