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2017 Integrative Medicine Symposium

Friday, April 7, 2017

Integrative Medicine (IM) is defined by the leading IM training center at the University of Arizona as "healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle.  It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies".

 Interprofessional Education (IPE) is defined by the World Health Organization as when two or more professionals learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.  


Students participating in the interprofessional workshop sessions in the afternoon will receive a certificate for participation in a Registered IPE Activity.


The 2017 Integrative Medicine Symposium is sponsored by the Division of Integrative Medicine, the Office of Interprofessional Education, and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health.  


Register here for the 2017 Integrative Medicine Symposium

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Featured Keynote Speakers & Panelists:  

Keynote Speaker:  Alejandra Carrasco, MD

Keynote Presentation

Dr. Alejandra Carrasco, is the founder of Nourish Medicine, an innovative medical practice in Austin, Texas that attends to all aspects of each individual's life, including health, family, community, nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, self-care, and renewal.  Dr. Carrasco is passionate about helping patients tap into the awesome wisdom of the body through integrative and functional medicine.  She is board certified in Family Medicine, as well as Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and has spent hundreds of hours studying nutrition, functional medicine, and integrative medicine.  Her ultimate goal is to give people the tools, inspiration, and information to live vibrant and nourished lives.

 Keynote Speaker: Eric Ehle, DO

Presentation Information

Dr. Eric Ehle was born and raised in Texas.  He earned a Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Science from Texas A&M and went on to attend Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas.  Dr. Ehle received his family medicine training at Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency, one of only eight residency programs with an integrative medicine component.  He was elected Chief Resident during his third year at Dartmouth.  Dr. Ehle is board-certified in Family Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, and Integrative Medicine, an accomplishment only a few physicians across the country have achieved.  In addition to his private practice, Dr. Ehle is an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, supervising and teaching family medicine residents the importance of integrative family medicine.  In his spare time, Dr. Ehle enjoys spending time with family, soccer, church, photography, running, and biking. 

 Panel Discussion:  Mind-Body Wellness

Objective:  To engage the audience in a conversation between research, practitioner, and health provider regarding how mind-body practice may impact health and wellness.

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Moderator - John Pelley, Ph.D.

Dr. John Pelley is a Professor in the Department of Medical Education at TTUHSC School of Medicine.  During his tenure he has served for over a decade in the administration of the medical school curriculum.  Seeing the challenges associated with students with learning issues led to his strong interest in the learning process.  Dr. Pelley has devoted the last 30 years to educational projects to improve the ability of medical students to cope with their medical training.  His book, "SuccessTypes in Medical Education," summarizes his experience in learning styles and he speaks regularly at medical schools helping both faculty and students understand how to develop the self-awareness that promotes lifelong, self-directed learning.    His work has recently been recognized with the receipt of the Alpha Omega Alpha Distinguished Teacher Award and his Tedx Talk, "Bodybuilding for the Brain," was presented as an adaptation of the principles taught in his online Expert Skills program at TTUHSC.

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Panelist - Sharmila Dissanaike, MD

Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike is a Professor of Surgery and the Peter C. Canizaro Chair at TTUHSC.  She also serves as the Medical Director of the Level 1 Trauma Center and Assistant Director of the Regional Burn Center.  In addition to her clinical and research interests which focus on trauma, burns, critical care and acute care surgery, Dr. Dissanaike has an interest in ethics, humanism and personal development among surgeons.  Dr. Dissanaike serves on the Ethics committees of both the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Burn Association (Chair), and on the faculty at the McGovern Center for Ethics Humanity and Spirituality.  With over 30 years of personal experience with mindfulness meditation, she now teaches in the context of burnout prevention and person development to surgeons, physicians and medical trainees.  

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Panelist - Yi-Yuan Tang, Ph.D.

Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang is a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS), a Fellow in the American Psychological Association (APA), and Associate Editor for Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN).  His basic research covers cognitive, social and affective neuroscience and psychology.  In his transitional work, Dr. Tang has developed a mindfulness based preventive intervention (Integrative Body-Mind Training, IBMT) where its effects have been studied since the 1990's.  He is the author of six books and over 280 peer-reviewed articles.  Dr. Tang's research has proven that IBMT intervention reduces stress, improves attention and performance, helps regulate emotion and immune function, and improves social behavior and neuroplasticity over the life span.  

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Panelist - David Trotter, Ph.D.

Dr. David Trotter is an Assistant Professor at TTUHSC in the Departments of Family Medicine and Medical Education.  He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Texas Tech University.  Dr. Trotter completed his internship in Behavioral Medicine from the Alpert Medical School at Brown University and post-doctoral fellowship training in Primary Care Psychology and Motivational Interviewing from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  His clinical areas of expertise include mindfulness based interventions, health behavior change, tobacco cessation, and chronic pain.  He also has extensive experience in medical education at the medical school and residency levels.  


Afternoon Workshops

Each presented workshop has been designed to give students across each health profession a better understanding of the professional roles and responsibilities of each presented modality.  Empirical exposure and personal interactions across all health profession disciplines has proven to be important in building effective interdisciplinary teams.


The afternoon workshops have been registered as an approved TTUHSC Interprofessional Education (IPE) learning activity.  Students will receive a certificate upon completion of the workshops.

Students will be placed into interprofessional teams according to their workshop preferences and will participate with their team during the workshop learning activities and facilitator debrief.  When registering for the symposium, please select your top workshop preferences.  A confirmation email will be sent confirming your placement prior to the event. 




Workshop #1:    TTUHSC ACB 260D                                                                                                     Limit of 20 particpants

Better Health with Reflexology

Reflexology is a practice in which different amounts of pressure are applied to specific points on the feet or hands.  Thse points are believed to match up with certain other parts of the body  to keep the body in balance and to help activate the body's natural abilities in healing.  Reflexology may be used to reduce pain, enhance relaxation, and can be used to reduce psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression.  

This workshop will present a brief history of reflexology and its benefits to the body.  Students will learn the basic zones for reflexology and how to apply pressure to those areas for healing benefits. Following the discussion, students will work in interprofessional teams practicing the art of reflexology and determine what patients would be best suited for this modality. Discussion will also include how a reflexologist can be included as part of the healthcare team and how reflexology can benefit patients within their specific discipline. 

     Learning Objectives:

  •      Experience what a hand reflexology session feels like and learn the concepts of why it works.
  •      Identify the benefits of reflexology in patient care.
  •      Discuss as an interprofessional team opportunities of how reflexology can be included in team-based care.

Instructor:  Kelly Garry

Kelly Garry has been a certified reflexologist since 1995.  She learned this modality to help her son who had ADD, ADHD and food sensitivity.  She was successful in keeping him off medication for this condition.  Kelly created her own curriculum in 2008 and teaches Reflexology within her private practice.  Kelly is a Cranial Sacral practitioner and also does raindrop therapy with essential oils.  

workshop #2:     TTUHSC ACB 260J                                                                                                    limit of 16 participants

Dry Needling in Physical Therapy

Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.  This is a technique used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue, and diminish persistent peripheral nociceptive input, and reduce or restore impairments of body structure and function leading to improved activity and participation. 

This workshop will provide a brief history and introduction to how dry needling is utilized by physical therapists in the comprehensive management of patients, including a demonstration of the dry needling technique.  Students will work in interprofessional teams to discuss the benefits of dry needling, discuss what patients would benefit from dry needling therapy, and how it can be used to improve patient care.  

     Learning Objectives:

  •       Identify potential risks associated with dry needling.
  •       Identify the benefits of dry needling in the comprehensive management of patients with neuromusculoskeletal diagnoses.
  •       Discuss as an interprofessional team how dry needling might be used by a physical therapist and included in team-based care.

Instructors:  Gary Kearns and Brad Allen

Gary Kearns is a 2002 graduate from TTUHSC where he earned his Master's in Physical Therapy.  He began his manual therapy training with the North American Institute for Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) in 2005, becoming a Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist (COMPT) in 2010.Graduating from the NAIOMT Fellowship Program, he was recognized as a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) in 2010.  His fellowship project entitled Medical Diagnosis of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Ameliorated with Thrust Manipulation of the Elbow and Carpals was published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2012.  He graduated with his Doctor of Science (ScD) in Physical Therapy through TTUHSC in 2015.  He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at TTUHSC.  Gary is a guest faulty member for NAIOMT, teaching Dry Needling.  Most recently, he became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist (OCS) in 2016.

Brad Allen, PT, ScD, COMT is an Assistant Program Director and Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at TTUHSC.  His responsibilities are split between the Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy and the Doctor of Physical Therapy programs.  His primary areas of teaching are related to curriculum design, orthopedic assessment of the spine, upper extremities, and lower extremities, therapeutic modalities and therapeutic exercise.  He has almost 25 years of experience as a physical therapist and was the owner of a private outpatient physical therapy practice for 19 years. He completed his Doctor of Science (ScD) program through TTUHSC in 2010. 

WORKSHOP #3:     TTUHSC ACB 250                                                                                                     LIMIT OF 24 PARTICIPANTS

Introduction to Reiki Therapy

Reiki Therapy is a complementary health approach in which practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above a person, with the goal of facilitating the person's own healing response.  It is based on a Eastern belief in an energy that supports the body's innate or natural healing abilities than can promote relaxation, and foster mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.   The healing energy of Reiki may be used to provide relief from conditions such a fatigue, pain, anxiety, negative side effects of treatments and medications, and other health concerns.

This workshop will discuss the history and healing benefits of Reiki Therapy and look at how it can be used across various healthcare needs.   Students will experience the healing benefits of Reiki firsthand through a demonstration of how to Reiki Therapy works and will demonstrate Reiki Therapy within their interprofessional teams.  Teams will also discuss the types of patients that would benefit from Reiki Therapy, how to incorporate the therapy into their profession as well as the healthcare team as a whole. 

     Learning Objectives:

  •      Understand what happens during a Reiki Therapy Session
  •      Discuss as an interprofessional team the benefits of Reiki Therapy and how it can be incorporated into team-based care.

Instructors:  Robert Payne and Lesley Shelton

Robert Payne is a certified Master Teacher in both Usui Reiki and Sekhem-Seichim Reiki.  He offers private Reiki sessions, as well as, participates in giving free Reiki sessions once a month.  Robert's association with the Center for Reiki Research has enabled him to promote Reiki as a viable modality in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 

Lesley Shelton has been practicing Reiki energy healing techniques since 2011.  She is a Certified Master Teacher of Sekhem-Seichim Reiki and Usui Reiki.  Lesley offers Reiki sessions and classes part-time in the College of Education at Texas Tech University at the Doctoral Support Center for Writing & Research Excellence as a Writing Coach.  

WORKSHOP #4:     TTUHSC ACB 260C                                                                                                  LIMIT OF 14 PARTICIPANTS

Kinesio Taping

Kinesio taping is designed to help the body's natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body's range of motion. Kinesio taping can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis (back to normal).

This interactive workshop will discuss Kinesio taping therapy’s history, origin, and health benefits the therapy brings. There will also be a demonstration of basic techniques of taping therapy. Students will participate as a member of an interprofessional team and discuss the health benefits to taping, its applicability in patient care, the types of patients that could benefit from taping therapy, and how a taping therapist could be a member of the healthcare team.  

     Learning Objectives:

  •      Understand the history of Kinesio taping therapy
  •      Identify basic taping therapy techniques
  •      Discuss as an interprofessional team the benefits of Kensio Taping Therory and how it can be incorporated into team-based care.

Instructor:  PJ Sullivan, CCT, LMT, CKTP 

PJ is a Texas board licensed massage therapist, and a Certified KinesioTaping® Practitioner.  She Attended South Plains college and Texas Tech. Pj worked at TTUHSC as director of the Heart Station at Thompson Hall. PJ was the first cardiac ultrasound specialist in West Texas, trained in San Francisco, Ca. in 1975. PJ worked as director of the non-invasive department for Cardiology Associates of Lubbock, from 1977 to 1991. She was elected "Woman of the Year" for Lubbock in 1977. She won the "Nightingale Nurse of the Year" award in 2004 for Lubbock and was also elected "Best of Lubbock" Massage Therapist of the year in 2008. PJ has run 39 marathons and numerous bike events, and has used Kinesio taping on herself, since getting her certification in 2012. The positive results of Kinesio taping have been the most rewarding experience of her practice.

WORKSHOP #5:     ACB 260A                                                                                                                   LIMIT OF 14 PARTICIPANTS

Acupuncture for Abdominal/Pelvic Pain

Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body - most often by inserting thin needles through the skin.  Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine.  Acupuncture may help with various types of conditions such as the side effects of chemotherapy, digestive problems, facial nerve paralysis, headaches and migraines, insomnia and stress, muscle and joint pain, and pain management.  

This workshop will explain the benefits of acupuncture, explain the differences between various styles, and provide a demonstration of its effects for abdominal and/or pelvic pain.  Students will participate in the demonstration within an interprofessional team and discuss the benefits of acupuncture within their discipline, how an acupuncturist can included in the healthcare team, and what patients might benefit from the therapy.

     Learning Objectives:

  •      Understand different styles of acupuncture and varying assessment techniques
  •      Witness the effectiveness of an acupuncture demonstration
  •      Discuss as an interprofessional team the benefits of Acupuncture and how it can be incorporated into team-based care. 

Instructor:  Blake Gafford, Doctor of Oriental Medicine

Dr. Gafford is a graduate of the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, where he received top honors.  He is also a Texas Tech alumni.  Dr. Gafford is in private practice in Lubbock where he specializes in acupuncture and herbal therapy.




workshop #6:     TTUHSC ACB 120                                                                                                     Limit of 88 participants

Mindfulness:  Train your ATTENTION, calm your MIND

Mindfulness is the act of being aware of what you're sensing and feeling at every moment.  Mindfulness-based clinical therapies are increasingly becoming well-known as effective interventions for a range of conditions.  Over the last decade, the topic of mindfulness has gotten routine coverage, both in popular press and mind-body medicine research literature.  The benefits of mindfulness practices that are theorized and/or empirically supported include:  improved emotional regulation, reduced rumination, stress reduction, reduced emotional reactivity, and reduced distractibility.

In this workshop, participants will be given a working definition of mindfulness and a description of its key components. Participants will also learn the simple steps of what constitutes mindfulness meditation with a demonstration of experiential exercises using guided discussion.  Following the exercises, interprofessional teams of students will discuss the health benefits of mindfulness and share ways that mindfulness can be used in patient care.  As a team, students will discuss which patients would benefit the most from the practice of mindfulness and how to include this therapy within an interprofessional team.  

     Learning Objectives:

  •      Define mindfulness and list the key components
  •      Specify the important steps in mindfulness practices
  •      Participate as an interprofessional team in an experiential mindfulness exercise
  •      Discuss as an interprofessional team the benefits of mindfulness and how it can be incorporated into team-based care.

Instructor:  Neetu Smith, LMFT

In her practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Neetu works with individuals with emotional, psychological, or behavioral challenges, and with couples who are experiencing high levels of distress or conflict. Neetu holds a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy and has obtained advanced training in mindfulness and clinical hypnosis over the last several years.  Her interest in mind-body medicine continues to grow, owing bother to her own meditation/yoga practice and the rapid progress and improvement of clients she works with.  In her clinical work, she uses mind-body methods (e.g. mindfulness-based interventions, clinical hypnosis) to treat anxiety, depression, attention and sleep difficulties, and teach clients how to alleviate distress resulting from conditions either brought on by or made worse due to chronic stress states (such as insomnia, headaches, IBS, chronic fatigue, or distress from auto-immune disorders).

WORKSHOP #7:     TTUHSC ACB 100                                                                                                     LIMIT OF 210 PARTICIPANTS

The Healing Power of Therapy Dogs

Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that uses dogs or other animals to assist in patient healing and lessen the burden of illness, depression, and fatigue.  It is a guided interaction between patient, animal, and handler that can result in the release of endorphins, producing a calming effect on the patient while improving their overall psychological state.  

This interactive workshop will present the benefits of patient interaction with Therapy Pets.  Participants will be engaged in the experiences of the team, participate in a hands on learning activity within their interprofessional team, and understand current Therapy Pet research. Each interprofessional team will also discuss the advantages of including Therapy Dogs as part of the healthcare team, discuss the patients that would benefit most from their treatment, and share how they can incorporate Pet Therapy into their discipline. 

     Learning Objectives:

  •      Achieve a strong understanding of how Pet Therapy can physically and emotionally benefit patients and health care workers
  •      Understand the requirements and training of Therapy Pet Teams
  •      Distinguish between Therapy Pets and Service Animals
  •      Discuss as an interprofessional team the benefits of Pet Therapy and how it can be incorporated into team-based care.

Instructors:  Team Denver Therapy Dog Team - Matt and Genene Driskill and duo Denver and Echo

Matt and Genene Driskill along with their duo of Therapy Pets, Denver and Echo, have been providing Pet Therapy at UMC, Covenant, Texas Tech Physicians Clinics, TTUHSC, and other locations for over five years for up to two hours per week.  Denver (7 years old) and Echo (5 years old) are both Goldendoodles, a dog breed that is half golden retriever and half poodle.  Denver and Echo, who are loveable and sweet, have undergone both general and specific therapy dog training and are both registered.  Denver has achieved Certified Therapy Dog status (the highest level recognized).  

Matt is the Administrator at Texas Tech Physicians department of Surgery and Otolaryngology and Chief Innovations Officer for Texas Tech Physicians.  Genene is a Financial Officer at Monterey Church of Christ (where they lead Love on a Leash - a Pet Therapy Ministry).  

workshop #8:     TTUHSC ACB 240                                                                                                     limit of 55 participants

Performing Arts Methodologies in Practice: Healing Through Mindfulness & Action

Creative engagement in the arts has the potential to contribute towards the reduction of stress and depression, foster overall health, and provide intrinsic benefits in healthcare. Those benefits lead to improved physiological and psychological conditions and improves patient outcomes while supporting the patient's physical, mental, and emotional recovery.

This workshop will explore a series of performing arts methodologies that are being used in various collaborative research protocols for Arts in Medicine Initiatives currently being investigated at Texas Tech University.  A brief power point presentation will support embodied key concepts and introduce research collaborators across seven distinct disciplines at Texas Tech University, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, and Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute (TTNI).  Participants will be guided through a sample of Fitzmaurice Voicework postures, a variation of Sanford Meisners', The Reality of Doing, and a partnered subtle energy exploration. Following the demonstrations, students will work together in interprofessional teams to discuss how to incorporate the arts into patient care, discuss the patients that would benefit most from its therapy, and share how they can incorporate the arts into their own discipline.

Please wear loose fitting clothing.  This workshop will involve physical touch and light movement.  

     Learning Objectives:

  •      Gain a greater understanding of performing arts methodologies that have been found to generously support healing and self-care
  •      Discuss as an interprofessional team the benefits of performing arts methodologies and how it can be incorporated into team-based care.

Instructor:  Rachel Hirshorn, MFA

Rachel Hirshorn, MFA is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech in the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University.  She is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, an active member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), and Actors' Equity Association (AEA).  Rachel is a professional actor and dialect coach for stage and screen, and works with individuals, government and corporate clients in voice, breath support, dialect modification, and public speaking and presentation skills. 

workshop #9:     TTUHSC ACB 220                                                                                                    limit of 56 participants

Tools and Application of Yoga Therapy as CAM 

Yoga is a mind and body practice with various styles focusing on physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation.  Therapeutic yoga focuses on the application of yoga postures and practice to treat health conditions that prevent, reduce, or alleviate structural, physiological or emotional pain and suffering. Yoga encourages relaxation and results in lower heart rates, decreased blood pressure, and increased blood flow to the intestines and vital organs.  

This workshop will present the history, use, and evidence of the effectiveness of yoga therapy as a healing modality.  Students will work in interprofessional teams to try several experiential interactions with the tools of yoga therapy.  Student interprofessional teams will also discuss the advantages of adding a Yoga Therapist to the healthcare team and the type of patients that would be a good candidate for yoga therapy within their discipline and across the healthcare team.

     Learning Objectives:

  •      Understand the differences between yoga and yoga therapy
  •      Identify the tools of yoga therapy
  •      Experience the application of yoga therapy
  •      Identify patients who could benefit from yoga therapy
  •     Discuss as an interprofessional team the benefits of Yoga Therapy and how it can be incorporated into team-based care.

Instructor:  Rachelle Atkinson

Rachelle is a holistically trained nutrition and yoga therapist with a passion for the brilliant mind/body connection.  A Texas Tech alumni with an education degree, Rachelle has an innate gift for teaching.  She spent ten years in Colorado where she discovered and pursued her passions in holistic health, training as a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and holistic nutrition therapist at Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado and Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurved in Boulder, Colorado.  Rachelle is in private practice in Lubbock and delights in teaching the simple medicines of whole food, the breath, and inner peace. 

workshop #10:     ACB 110                                                                                                                   limit of 88 participants

Express Yourself:  Integrating Creative Arts Experiences into the Healthcare Setting

During this workshop participants will learn how the creative arts (music, art, creative writing) can enhance coping and recovery for patients and their families.  Student will participate in interprofessional teams in experiential opportunities to illustrate how the creative arts promote expression, social connectedness, and mindfulness.  In their discussion, teams will discuss the benefits of integrating creative arts within the healthcare team, the types of patients that would benefit from the therapy, and how they creative arts therapy can be used in their discipline. 

     Learning Objectives: 

  •      Identify three ways of how creative arts can enhance a patient's healthcare experience
  •      Learn to utilize one creative modality for self-care practice
  •      Discuss as an interprofessional team the benefits of creative arts and how it can be incorporated into team-based care. 

Instructor:  Christine Neugebauer, MS, MT-BC, LPC

Chrisstine Neugebauer has over 20 years of experience using music therapy with hospitalized children and families.  Currently the manager of Integrative Care at Covenant Children's Hospital, she trains and supervises creative artist volunteers as part of the department's Arts in Medicine program.  She is a Clinical Instructor with TTUHSC's Depart of Pediatrics and is also a doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University. 


Integrative Medicine Symposium Art & Wellness Exhibit

Submission is now open for the 2017 Integrative Art Exhibit.  TTUHSC and TTU students with a talent in art and a heart for wellness are encouraged to submit their best works to be displayed in the ACB lobby during the symposium. Deadline to enter is April 4, 2017.                 

 Register Your Entry Today on Eventbrite                       Art Exhibit Registration

Contest Rules and Information:

The Integrative Medicine Symposium, scheduled for Friday, April 7, is pleased to provide those with art talent and a heart for wellness an opportunity to showcase their work.  The theme of the exhibit is Art and Wellness, so artwork that conflicts with the theme or setting of the exhibition will not be accepted. 

Acceptable Art Forms: Art should be original and represent the artist’s own creation.  Submissions should have been completed within the last two years and be suitable for all ages. Entries can include any of the following media:

  • Painting – oil, acrylic, mixed-media, watercolor
  • Works on Paper – drawings, prints, collages
  • Fiber Works – weaving, surface designs, original stitchery
  • Photography –black and white or color.  Printed photographs should be 5x7 or larger. TTUHSC Educational Media Services has also agreed to print digital submissions; guidelines are below.
  • Sculpture/Ceramics – Any original sculptures or ceramics are accepted.

Specifications for Entry:

  • All works must be adequately prepared for hanging or installation. A limited number of easels will be available. Works that present hanging or installation problems (e.g. oversized or overweight) may not be accepted.    
  • The exhibition committee maintains the right to determine whether entries are appropriate for this exhibition.
  • The Symposium will take every reasonable precaution with submitted works, but will not be responsible for any loss or damage.

Awards:   The exhibition committee will make awards to recognize outstanding submissions from both TTUHSC and TTU artists. The awards will be announced and award certificates will be presented at the Symposium.  

Artwork Submission Deadlines:

  • Each art work should be submitted with one entry form.  Artwork other than those digital files submitted for printing by Educational Media Services entries must be delivered to the Department of Medical Education in HSC 5C186 on Monday, April 3 or Tuesday, April 4.

Art Work Display:  All accepted art work will be displayed at the TTUHSC Academic Classroom Building first floor lobby during the Integrative Medicine Symposium (9am to 4pm) on April 7, 2017. You can remove your artwork between 4pm and 5pm on April 7.  Please contact if you won’t be able to retrieve your artwork yourself in time.

Educational Media Service Printing Guidelines:

  • To have TTUHSC Educational Media Services (EMS) print digital work at no cost to the artist, hand-deliver the file on a jump drive or CD-ROM to Educational Media Services located in HSC BC200 (basement of Wing C).
  • Photographs will be printed and mounted for display as 16”x20” prints.
  • Depending on the number of digital submissions, EMS reserves the right to limit the number of images printed for any one artist.
  • Files must be received in Educational Media Services by Friday, March 24.
  • Contact or for more information.