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herbs and potionsThursday evenings in April

What’s the Big Idea?
Spring 2014
Complementary and Alternative Medicine:
Its Role in Twenty-First-Century Health Care

Join us for four evenings of lectures in April that will provide an overview and specific examinations of aspects of complementary and alternative medicine from an array of eminent researchers and practitioners. For the opening lecture on April 3, we invite you to a 6 pm reception that will precede the 7 pm lecture. 

Thursdays, April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 7–8:30 pm, at the Friday Center.
Fees: $10 per session or the entire series for $30. 

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Its Role in Twenty-First-Century Health Care

An Overview of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Thursday, April 3, 7-8:30 pm, Course #3155

(Reception at 6 pm)

We will examine the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the United States and some rationales for its growth in popularity, and get an overview through brief descriptions of CAM practices and research.

Susan Gaylord, PhD, is a research psychologist and director of the Program on Integrative Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also director of the UNC Mindfulness based Stress and Pain Management Program and co-director of UNC’s NIH T-32 Research Fellowship Program in complementary and alternative medicine. She has taught CAM courses for medical and other health professions students at UNC-Chapel Hill since 1995. Her research interests focus on mindfulness meditation and CAM therapies for pain management.

Dan Chartier, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and health service provider. He is co-Director of Life Quality Resources in Raleigh, North Carolina, a therapy and consulting practice. Dr. Chartier's academic preparation includes a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s in counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a doctorate in psychology from North Carolina State University. 

He has been in private practice in Raleigh since 1983. 

As a psychotherapist, in addition to traditional therapeutic techniques, Dr. Chartier uses psychophysiological methods of biofeedback, neurofeedback, and trans-cranial electrical stimulation to facilitate mind-body healing and promote peak performance. 

In his work, deepening awareness and release of non-productive behaviors is a primary process. By learning to enter neutral cognitive and emotional space, clients come to more clearly recognize options and choices that result in improved health. In addition to treating clients with psychological and emotional distress, Dr. Chartier works with patients coping with chronic pain or recovering from brain injury. In this process he draws upon more than three decades of clinical experience and training in multiple forms of therapy including cognitive-behavioral methods, mindfulness/meditative experience, EMD/R trauma recovery, and awareness/focusing techniques.

Dr. Chartier is a past president of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research and currently serves on the Boards for Quantitative EEG Certification, the Society for Advanced Brain Analysis, and the Southeastern Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association.



Thursday, April 10, 7-8:30 pm, Course # 3156

Mindfulness Meditation: Research on Mechanisms and Outcomes

This presentation describes the evidence showing how mindfulness meditation can improve coping and reduce distress, how mindfulness can alleviate pain and other symptoms, and how mindfullness can generally promote mental and physical health and wellbeing in both healthy individuals and those with a broad range of health conditions. It also explores findings on the proposed mechanisms of mindfulness.

Laura Kiken, PhD, MPH, is a social and health psychologist and an NIH post-doctoral fellow at the UNC Program on Integrative Medicine. Her primary area of research is on mindfulness, both as a dispositional tendency and as a meditative practice. Much of this work has examined whether being mindful reduces bias toward the types of negative cognitions and attitudes that contribute to distress. She currently is building on this research by examining mindfulness and positive cognitions that promote wellbeing.


Mindfulness and Self-Compassion in Improving Adolescents’ Wellbeing

This presentation will illuminate how mindfulness and self-compassion programs have been adapted for use with adolescent populations and how these programs hold promise for improving symptoms of anxiety and depression and promoting enhanced wellbeing in this population.

Karen Bluth, PhD, is a researcher in child and family studies and NIH post-doctoral fellow with the UNC Program on Integrative Medicine. Dr. Bluth’s research focuses on improving adolescent and family wellbeing through mindfulness interventions, and is particularly interested in how mindfulness practice can help adolescents navigate what can be a challenging developmental period. She has been practicing mindfulness for more than thirty-five years, is a trained mindfulness instructor, and former educator with eighteen years of classroom teaching experience with children and adolescents. 


What is Acupuncture? Explanations from Traditional and Scientific Perspectives

Thursday, April 17, 7-8:30 pm, Course #3157

This presentation will describe the fundamentals of oriental medicine, specifically acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine; scientific research on their mechanisms of action; evidence of clinical efficacy; and their application across a wide range of conditions.

Fang Cai, MAOM, LAc, Dipl OM, is a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and is nationally certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbology. She began her studies of oriental medicine in Shanghai, China, in 1998, and later received a master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture. She is a partner of Oriental Health Solutions, LLC, in Durham, NC, where she specializes in internal medicine with focuses on dermatology, digestive disorders, headaches, and women’s health.

Dagmar Ehling, LAc, has been a licensed doctor of oriental medicine since 1989. She holds a master’s degree in acupuncture from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM; is North Carolina State licensed; and is nationally certified in oriental medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is a founding partner of Oriental Health Solutions, LLC, in Durham, NC, where she specializes in women’s health issues such as menstrual disorders, fertility, pregnancy, and menopause.


Modern Medical Practice

Thursday, April 24, 7-8:30 pm, Course #3158

The Role of Botanicals in Modern Medical Practice

This presentation describes the role of botanical medicine, including herbal and supplements, in the US health care system.

Gary Asher, MD, MPH, is assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine. As director of integrative medicine services at the NC Cancer Hospital, Dr. Asher oversees the delivery of complementary and alternative therapies and provides integrative medicine consultations for patients. Dr. Asher has an extensive background in herbal medicine in addition to his expertise in other CAM therapies. 

Integrating Complementary and Alternative medicine into our Future Health Care System: Where Do We Go from Here?

This presentation discusses the possibilities and challenges of integrating complementary and alternative medicine therapies into our current and future health care system.

Remy Coeytaux, MD, PhD, is an associate professor at Duke University, on the faculty of Duke’s Evidence-based Practice Center and the Department of Community and Family Medicine. He is a board-certified family physician who received his MD from Stanford Medical School, and his PhD in epidemiology from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. He was previously on faculty at UNC School of Medicine and is director of Chapel Hill Doctors Health Care Center in Chapel Hill, NC, where he offers integrative medicine consultations to people who would like to learn how they might incorporate complementary or alternative medicine approaches into their healthcare plans.



Lectures are held at the Friday Center, which offers ample free parking. The Friday Center is located approximately three miles east of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, just off Highway 54 East (Raleigh Road). The Center is a short distance from Interstate 40 (from Raleigh, I-40 exit 273A; from Greensboro, I-40 exit 273). See Map and Directions to the Friday Center.


For information, contact:

Jill Conrad (, Program Facilitator
Professional Development and Enrichment Programs
The Friday Center
800-845-8640 or 919-962-2643

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