Course: W40: Running an Integrative Dermatology Practice
W40: Running an Integrative Dermatology Practice
Raja Sivamani, MD MS AP +4

Welcome to week 40 digging into the nuts and bolts of running an integrative dermatology practice!

Choosing Commercial Products and Customized Compounds

This lecture will cover the basics of evaluating ingredient lists on commercial products and strategies for creating customized compounds.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the quality standards of commercial products
  2. Consider the options for customizing your own product approaches

Incorporating Integrative Dermatology Into Your Practice

In this panel discussion, Dr. Apple Bodemer, Dr. Peter Lio, and Dr. Raja Sivamani share their journey into integrative medicine and how they practically incorporate integrative approaches into their practice.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Review approaches to integrating integrative discussions into a practice visit
  2. Recognize the role of studies and case reports in adding to the body of literature within integrative dermatology

Integrative Medicine Legal Overview for Dermatologists

This session will provide an overview of some of the legal, ethical, and business issues impacting the practice of Integrative Dermatology.   After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the different types of business model structures for integrative medical practices
  2. Understand best practices and legal risks involved with integrative medical practices
  3. Review the importance of staying within scope of practice


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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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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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Susan G. Etheridge

Susan is an attorney with over 25 years of experience. She is the founding member of the Alternative Health Law Firm. Susan’s legal practice is focused in the areas of healthcare law, business transactions, consumer products, and regulatory and advertising law. Susan represents various alternative healthcare practitioners and providers, medical associations, and natural product manufacturers and distributers. Susan regularly serves in a leadership role on projects involving access to plant medicine. In addition to practicing law, Susan is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist.

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Paul G. Prince

Paul is a corporate attorney with almost 30 years of experience. While his practice is broad, he has focused principally in the financial, technology and healthcare sectors. He began practicing as a public M&A and securities lawyer, primarily representing public companies, boards, special committees and executive officers. He currently represents founders, investors and other equity holders, as well as start-up and other closely held companies, in a wide range of strategic planning and legal analysis and implementation from formation, investment, financing, operation through, if applicable, ultimate sale. Paul is barred in New York, Florida, and California.

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