Course: IDCP 2022 In-Person Intensives
IDCP 2022 In-Person Intensives
Raja Sivamani, MD MS AP +5

Welcome to the IDCP 2022 Intensives!

  • Please find the agenda linked here and course materials in the handouts section.

IDCP 2022 In-Person Intensives

Join us for private, small group hands-on workshops for IDCP students and alumni.

September 28-29, 2022

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, AZ

(Same location as IDS)

Here are a few travel tips to prepare for the trip:

  • Recommended arrival anytime on Tuesday, September 27 and departure after 4pm MT on Sunday, October 2
  • Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is approximately 19 miles from Tucson, AZ airport (TUS) 
  • Transportation can be reserved on our website here. Taxis, Uber, and Lyft also operate at the airport.
  • We will capture your dietary preferences in your IDS registration or please reply with any restrictions if not yet registered for IDS.

Followed by the IDS schedule from September 30-October 2.

Functional Medicine Testing and Gut Testing

With the growth of functional and microbiome based testing, there is growing interest in the use of functional tests. This lecture set will explore the use functional tests to assess for hormones, metabolic health, mitochondrial health, and gut health. Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the metabolic pathways involved in mitochondrial health and how to identify mitochondrial function in organic acid testing
  2. Describe the use of hormone and stress testing
  3. Discuss the use of microbiome and permeability based testing to assess gut health.

Reiki in Dermatology

In this session, participants will discuss reiki, a form of energy healing/therapeutic touch. The workshop will include activities for participants to experience energy healing firsthand, both giving and receiving, and discuss how to apply these concepts and practices in clinic. Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the evidence supporting reiki in dermatology
  2. Describe the principles of reiki and treatment procedure
  3. Practice mind-body medicine techniques in dermatology clinic
  4. Develop energy practices

Battlefield Acupuncture

In this session, participants will learn the evidence supporting battlefield acupuncture, a form of auricular acupuncture used to treat both acute and chronic pain. Participants will have the opportunity to practice the technique hands-on with supervision. Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the 5 specific sites of auricular acupuncture utilized in Battlefield Acupuncture
  2. Identify opportunities to utilize BFA in their dermatology practice, based on the available evidence
  3. Describe the evidence supporting BFA as a management for pain

Herbs, Oil Science, and Formulation Theory & Case Based Botanical Workshop

This session will discuss the use of herbs and herbal oils. The mechanism of action, dosing and side effects of multiple herbs will be discussed. Examples of formulations will be described. Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the different functions of herbs
  2. Diagram an herbal formulation based on clinical cases
  3. Describe how to perform an herbal oil extraction

Extraordinary Evidence: Skepticism and Discussing the Liminal

A deep dive into the concept of "Scientism" with an emphasis on how to talk about liminal and controversial topics, framed by the UFO phenomenon. Learning objectives

  1. Review subjective opinions masquerading as "objective fact"
  2. Discuss how preconceived notions can color definitions and thresholds
  3. Recall some of the key controversial aspects of the UFO phenomenon 


Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses pressure on specific points on the body to reduce pain, create relaxation, and help the body heal. This is an introduction to acupressure. We will be learning 9 acupressure points and practice its application. Learning Objectives:

  1. Review how acupressure works
  2. Recall 9 acupressure points - name, location, function
  3. Practice the points on yourself and describe its effects and/or sensations


User: Raja Sivamani
Raja Sivamani

Dr. Raja Sivamani is a board-certified dermatologist and practices as an integrative dermatologist at Pacific Skin Institute. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis and Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit.He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at California Northstate University, College of Medicine.He engages in clinical practice as well as both clinical and translational research that integrates bioengineering, nutrition, cosmetics, and skin biology. With training in both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, he takes an integrative approach to his patients and in his research.He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, 10 textbook chapters, and a textbook entitled Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics, 3rd Edition with a passion for expanding the evidence and boundaries of integrative medicine for skin care.

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User: Hadar Lev-Tov
Hadar Lev-Tov

Dr. Hadar Lev-Tov is a board-certified dermatologist with extensive research experience. Throughout his training and in daily practice, he has always believed that the key to achieving health for his patients is grounded in his ability to truly connect to their experiences and perceptions of health and well-being. Maimonides, one of the greatest philosophers of all time realized that human knowledge, often represented as "science," is limited. As a physician, he feels he would be a fool to believe all is known. Maimonides said, "The physician should not treat the disease but the patient who is suffering from it." LearnSkin is his journey to a better understanding of his patients.

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User: Steven Daveluy
Steve Daveluy

Dr. Daveluy is a professor and program director at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He earned a bachelor's in science from Michigan State University. He completed medical school and his dermatology residency at Wayne State University.

He holds special interests in teledermatology, noninvasive skin imaging, skin of color, integrative dermatology, and complex medical dermatology, including hidradenitis suppurativa. He is active on AAD committees, including Performance Measure and DataDerm Oversight. He is the past president of the Wayne County Medical Society and Michigan Dermatological Society. He serves on the board of directors of the HS Foundation and editorial board for the JAAD and JAAD Case Reports and is building a growing body of publications of his own. He lives across the border in Windsor, Ontario, Canada with his husband and two very spoiled dogs

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Yoon Lee
L.Ac., D.Ac.

Dr. Yoon Lee is a licensed acupuncturist and Certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner, currently practicing at Treatment by Lanshin in Brooklyn. One of her speciality is Constitutional Assessment, which helps to regulate the body-mind system for prevention, enhanced performances, pain and illnesses. She offers individualized treatment plans, diet modifications, and lifestyle adjustments.

For the past ten years, she focused her studies on psycho-sensory modalities to help people with stress, anxiety, trauma, and psycho-somatic disorders.The body holds all the events and thoughts that we have lived, most often shown in our tension patterns.

She believes that acupuncture is effective in addressing immediate health concerns, but it can go further to deepen one's understanding of thought patterns, habits, and emotions. It can help bring to consciousness the unconscious material of one’s psyche, in order to bring more awareness and freedom.

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User: Apple Bodemer
Apple Bodemer

After finishing Medical School and Dermatology Residency at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Bodemer completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She was the first Dermatologist to be board certified in both Dermatology and Integrative Medicine and currently is the only Dermatologist to serve on the Integrative Medicine Board. She has authored academic texts and curriculum and has spoken widely on a variety of topics related to Integrative Dermatology. She has always been drawn to exploring how lifestyle choices impact skin health and disease and feels that the most powerful role a physician can play is as an educator and guide, empowering people to get healthy and stay healthy.

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Peter Lio

Dr. Peter Lio is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his internship in Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, and his Dermatology training at Harvard where he served as Chief Resident in Dermatology. Dr. Lio is the founding director of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center and has spoken nationally and internationally about atopic dermatitis, as well as alternative medicine.

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