Seth Ginsberg, President
Seth Ginsberg was diagnosed at age 13 with Spondyloarthropathy, a degenerative form of arthritis. He co-founded CreakyJoints at the age of 18, in order to help fellow arthritis sufferers understand the benefits of exercise, diet, a positive mental outlook, and a productive relationship with their doctor. CreakyJoints is now a part of the larger non-profit advocacy group, the Global Healthy Living Foundation (of which he is the President), which provides education about many forms of chronic illness.
As the primary company spokesperson, he is a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, and health and medical conferences. As a spokesperson for the Arthritis Huddle from the ages of 19-24, he and football legend Joe Namath traveled throughout the United States to over 100 cities -- speaking to healthcare providers, patients and caregivers about health and wellness. Ginsberg graduated from Babson College (Boston) with a B.S. in Social Entrepreneurship in 2003.
Dr. Jeff Gudin
Jeffrey Gudin MD is Board Certified in Pain Management, Anesthesiology, and Addiction Medicine. He trained in anesthesia at the Yale University School of Medicine, following which he completed an extended fellowship program at the Yale Center for Pain Management. While at Yale University , he was involved in teaching and research in Pain Management.
Dr. Gudin serves as the Director of Pain Management and Palliative Care at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, NJ, a teaching affiliate of the Mt Sinai University School of Medicine in NY. Dr. Gudin remains active in teaching and research, and serves as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry regarding novel pain management products. He has delivered over 300 Grand Rounds lectures and presentations to institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Cornell, NYU, Dartmouth and UCLA. He has been quoted in the New York Times, regional and international publications, has appeared on numerous local and national television stations and in numerous educational webcasts. Dr. Gudin also offers novel and investigational therapies to patients suffering with intractable pain through clinical research trials.
Dr. Akilesh Palanisamy
Dr. Akilesh Palanisamy is a board-certified family physician with a commitment to relationship-centered, holistic care for patients of all ages. Dr. Palanisamy has a longstanding interest in integrative medicine, particularly in Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine) and mind-body techniques. He trained in Ayurveda, both in India and the US. He completed the Mind-Body Medicine Training under Dr. James Gordon at Georgetown University Medical School and uses a variety of tools to address emotional and spiritual factors impacting health.
Dr. Palanisamy completed his residency in family medicine at Stanford, where he served as Chief Resident. He received his MD from the University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine in 2003. While at UCSF, he founded and directed the UCSF Integrative Medicine Forum, which recently completed its 10th successful year. He received his BA in Biochemical sciences from Harvard in 1998.
Dr. Palanisamy is a Clinical Instructor in the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine. He is currently in the final year of a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. Dr. Palanisamy offers a holistic practice that combines his expertise in conventional medicine with his knowledge of a variety of complementary therapies.
Dr. Stephen Rosenzwieg
Steven Rosenzweig, M.D. has practiced Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia for over 14 years. Dr. Rosenzweig graduated the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. He sees the integration of complementary and alternative therapies into mainstream medicine as a necessary means for treating symptoms and enhancing wellness.
Dr. Rosenzweig extended his medical training through the study of Anthroposophical Medicine, a European-based system of Integrative Medicine. He completed Professional Certification Training in Interactive Guided Imagerysm through the Academy for Guided Imagery. He participated in professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center (UMMC), and completed the Teacher Development Intensive in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through the Stress Reduction Clinic at UMMC. His most recent publication was: “Mindfulness-based stress reduction for chronic pain conditions: Variation in treatment outcomes and role of home meditation practice” published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Rosenzweig is Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine where he is Director of the Program in Medical Humanism and Professional Values in the Office of Educational Affairs. He directs curricula in Bioethics, Service Learning, and Professionalism and also teaches mindfulness meditation and Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Ron Glick
Ronald Glick, MD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is the Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at UPMC Shadyside. His practice centers around integrative approaches to the management of chronic pain conditions and he is involved in NIH-funded research on the use of complementary therapies.
Lisa Norris has over 15 years experience in healthcare billing administration. She has an MBA in Finance from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate School and is Co-President of the Alliance of Claims Assistance Professionals. She has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and O Magazine.
Steven Fleming, a minister, cancer survivor, and an insurance benefits expert serves as a national workshop and seminar leader for a large non-profit benefits plan which covers more than 50,000 people world-wide. A published author, he has been teaching and mentoring adults for more than 35 years. He brings to our event a wealth of personal and professional knowledge and expertise in dealing with medical insurance issues.
Laurie Ferguson, Ph.D.
Dr. Laurie Ferguson writes and gives presentations to audiences for the Global Healthy Living programs here and abroad. Her focus is on helping people become more resilient when dealing with the challenge of pain and illness.
Dr. Ferguson received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Derner Institute at Adelphi University (NY) in 2004. She graduated cum laude with high honors from Smith College in 1977, and received her Masters of Divinity from Princeton Seminary in 1980.