Wellness Speakers

For each Voyage to Wellness, Dr. Andrew Weil has assembled a hand-picked team of world-renowned physicians and award-winning educators.

Wellness Sailing

Wellness in Australia & New Zealand | February 21, 2020 | Auckland to Sydney

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Andrew Weil, M.D.

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Victoria Maizes M.D.

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Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD

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Julia Rucklidge, PhD

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Karen Koffler, M.D.

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Andrew Weil, M.D.

Andrew Weil, M.D.

 

Andrew Weil, M.D., is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing oriented approach to health care which encompasses body, mind, and spirit.

Combining a Harvard education and a lifetime of practicing natural and preventive medicine, Dr. Weil is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he also holds the Lovell-Jones endowed chair in integrative rheumatology and is clinical professor of medicine and professor of public health. The Center is the leading effort in the world to develop a comprehensive curriculum in integrative medicine. Graduates serve as directors of integrative medicine programs throughout the United States, and through its fellowship, the Center is now training doctors and nurse practitioners around the world.

Dr. Weil is an internationally-recognized expert for his views on leading a healthy lifestyle, his philosophy of healthy aging, and his critique of the future of medicine and health care.

Victoria Maizes, M.D.

Victoria Maizes, M.D.

Dr. Victoria Maizes is Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a Professor of Medicine, Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arizona.  Internationally recognized as a leader in integrative medicine, Dr Maizes is committed to helping individuals live healthier lives and pioneering change efforts that solve US health care system problems. For more than twenty years she has worked together with Dr Andrew Weil and their team at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine to create and implement educational programs that reach thousands of physicians, nurses, and other health professionals; developed an innovative, integrative primary care clinical model; and carried out research to assess the clinical and cost effectiveness of integrative care. A highly sought-after international speaker, she is the editor of the Oxford University textbook Integrative Women’s Health and the author of Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child. In 2009, she was named one of the world’s 25 intelligent optimists by ODE magazine.

Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD

Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD

Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD — is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine; Department of Family and Community Medicine; and Department of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine (UCSF) in San Francisco; and, a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Department Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine in Tuscon. At the University of California School of Medicine, he is Director of the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP) which is a collaborative research program between CHIP and 15 of the Fortune 500 corporations including Ford, Oracle, Prudential, Dow, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Pepsico, IBM, Cummins, Steelcase, and the Mayo Clinic. He also serves as Chairman of the American Health Association (AHA) and is a Vice President with American Specialty Health (ASH).

Prior to these positions, from 2001 to 2016, Dr. Pelletier served as Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Professor of Public Health, at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. From 1990 through 2001, Dr. Pelletier was a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine; was Director of the Stanford Corporate Health Improvement Program (SCHIP); and, Director of the NIH funded Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at Stanford (CAMPS). From 1974 until joining the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1990, Dr. Pelletier held a dual appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine and in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine (UCSF) in San Francisco. In addition to his faculty positions, Dr. Pelletier has served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the California Wellness Foundation, Foundation Health Systems (FHS), Health Systems International (HSI), and the Social Venture Network. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, studied at the CG Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland and has published over 300 professional journal articles in behavioral medicine, disease management, worksite interventions, alternative/integrative medicine, and epigenetics.

At the present time, Dr. Pelletier is a medical and business consultant to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Business Group on Health, the Federation of State Medical Boards, and major corporations including Cisco, IBM, American Airlines, Prudential, Dow, Disney, Ford, Mercer, Merck, Pepsico, Ford, Pfizer, Walgreens, NASA, Microsoft ENCARTA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Health Net, the Pasteur Institute of Lille, France, the Alpha Group of Mexico, and the Singapore Ministry of Health. He also serves on the boards of the Rancho la Puerta (Mexico), Fries Foundation, American Institute of Stress (AIS), American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP), as a Founding Board Member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM), and as a peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Affairs, and webMD.

Dr. Pelletier is listed in Who’s Who in America and in Who’s Who in the World. His research, clinical practice, and publications have been the subject of numerous national television programs including several appearances on the ABC World News, the Today program, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, 48 Hours, the McNeil-Lehrer Newshour, CNN, FOX News, CBS Sunday Morning, Hour Magazine, the Time/Life video series, the award winning BBC series The Long Search, and the five-part Blue Cross/Blue Shield sponsored PBS series Healthy People, Healthy Business.

Dr. Pelletier is the author of thirteen (13) major books including the international bestseller Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer (New York: Delacorte and Delta, 1977; Revised in 1992); Holistic Medicine: From Stress to Optimum Health (New York: Delacorte and Delta, 1981; Revised in 1991); Healthy People in Unhealthy Places; Stress and Fitness at Work (New York: Delacorte, Delta, and Doubleday, 1984); Sound Mind – Sound Body: A New Model for Lifelong Health (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995); The Best Alternative Medicine: What Works? What Does Not? (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000); Stress Free for Good: Ten Scientifically Proven Life Skills for Health and Happiness (New York: Harper Collins, 2005); New Medicine: How to Integrate Conventional and Alternative Medicine for the Safest and Most Effective Treatment (London & New York: Penguin – Dorling Kindersley, 2007); and Change Your Genes – Change Your Life: The Hope and Hype of Genetics (New York: 2018).

Julia Rucklidge, PhD

Julia Rucklidge, PhD

Julia is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury and the Director of the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Lab. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she completed her PhD at the University of Calgary in clinical psychology followed by a two year post-doctoral Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In 2000, she immigrated to New Zealand. Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of research showing poor outcomes for individuals with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. In the last decade, she and her lab have been running clinical trials investigating the role of broad-spectrum micronutrients in the treatment of mental illness, specifically ADHD, mood disorders, addictions, anxiety and stress. She is most proud of the studies conducted within the context of the Christchurch earthquakes that highlighted the importance of nutrients in recovery. Julia has over 100 peer reviewed publications, including the Lancet Psychiatry, British Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, PLoS One, and Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. She has given invited talks all over the world on her work on nutrition and mental health and is frequently featured in the media on her work. She is currently on the Executive Committee for the International Society of Nutritional Psychiatry Research. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Ballin Award from the NZ Psychologist Society, an award that recognises notably significant contributions to the development or enhancement of clinical psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand, a Braveheart award for her contribution to making Christchurch a better place to live, and was named in the top 100 Most Influential Women in New Zealand in 2018. Her 2014 TEDx talk has been viewed over a million times. Having witnessed personally and professionally current conventional treatments fail so many people, Julia is passionate about helping people find alternative treatments for their psychiatric symptoms and being a voice for those who have been let down by the current public healthcare system. She loves to travel, tramp, cycle, kayak, eat delicious nourishing food (her husband is the cook) and do yoga. She is currently learning her 5thlanguage, Te Reo Māori. She loves the relaxed lifestyle New Zealand offers and lives overlooking the Pacific ocean with her husband and 2 teenage sons.

Karen Koffler, M.D.

Karen Koffler, M.D.

I completed my medical training at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, and the University of Colorado. All three hospital systems took care of people with incredibly complex health issues. This gave me an appreciation for what people endure while sick, the value of colleagues with subspecialty training that could help me treat tough cases, and the harm that a thoughtless lifestyle can wreak on the human body. I also had questions during that time about the treatment approaches we used and how hospitals operated, but shelved them as the volume of patients was so demanding.

My initial positions out of training included working in the emergency room on Indian reservations, where I was often the only physician for hundreds of miles, as well as in an inner-city hospital. After a few years, I joined the staff of Kaiser Permanente and together we created the first hospitalist system in Denver.

I loved the work and loved my team. But I began to seriously question how we were doing things.

Call it kismet, synchronicity, or just plain good fortune but a chance meeting with Dr. Andrew Weil led me to be admitted into the first class of physicians in the United States trained directly by Dr. Weil at the University of Arizona in the new specialty of Integrative Medicine. This two-year experience blew open my understanding of how we get sick and how we heal. I was trained directly by some of the best in the field. It was a remarkable and life-altering few years.

From there, learning has never stopped: I was one of the first physicians certified by the Institute for Functional Medicine, trained in acupuncture, in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and by Dr. Dale Bredesen in the Recode Program to prevent and reverse dementia. I have studied nutrition, herbs, genomics, guided imagery, chi gong, yoga and more. I believe artificial intelligence is going to reshape medicine in the not-too-distant future.

My positions have included creating and acting as Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Center at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in Chicago, Medical Director of Canyon Ranch Miami Beach, Director of Functional Medicine at Rezilir Health and now Medical Director for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Miami.

Aside from a commitment to life-long learning, I am married to a brilliant massage therapist/body worker and have two teenaged kids that are a source of humility and pride. I keep my own brain engaged be reading the latest literature and trying (forever) to learn Hebrew. I am passionate about healthy, tasty food, the outdoors, moving my body, recycling everything and a great night’s sleep.

My practice philosophy is simple: we have an intrinsic capacity to heal. My job is to work with you to optimize this.