Our 2018 Speakers!
Trupti Gokani, MD   

Opening Keynote: "The Purpose of Pain: How We Can Use it to Evolve"

An award-winning, board-certified neurologist, Trupti Gokani, MD has dedicated her life to developing a unique blend of modern medicine and ancient philosophy. By melding these approaches. she’s become a highly sought after speaker and health coach sharing holistic wellness strategies with larger-than-life media personalities like Dr. Oz, global pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer, and individuals with a wide range of symptoms, from debilitating migraines to chronic fatigue. 

She’s best known by those in Chicago’s North Shore for her revolutionary integrative approach to treating headache pain. The Zira Mind & Body Clinic’s patients swear by her unique methodology focused on healing the head by identifying the disconnect between the mind and the body. When not in the clinic, Dr. Gokani dedicates her insights to speaking and media engagements aiming to help Americans understand the “purpose” of their pain and how to heal themselves through a deeper appreciation of the mind- body-spirit connection.


Dr. Gokani earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also completed her training in neurology, was Chief Resident, and pursued additional post-doctoral training and certification as a Master Clinical Psychopharmacologist. She has continued to educate herself for the benefit of her patients, gaining experience and credentials in Ayurvedic medicine, clinical psychopharmacology and transcendental meditation. She has also pursued training in Functional Medicine. She is certified by the American Board of Neurology & Psychiatry, and is licensed to practice in Illinois and California.

She has also lectured extensively in the fields of neurology and psychiatry, specifically regarding headaches, mood disorders, insomnia, adrenal fatigue, hormonal issues and adult attention deficit disorder (ADD). She has spoken at the American Headache Society, the Midwest Pain Society, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Psychiatric Society. Her work — on topics ranging from Botox efficacy and safety, to the prevalence of bipolar disorder in cluster headache patients — has been published in esteemed journals such as the American Journal of Pain Management. She has also published abstracts pertaining to food allergies and headaches, along with the Ayurvedic approach to migraine, in the well- regarded Journal of Headache. She studied the prevalence of adrenal fatigue in her practice and presented her work at the Academy of Pain Annual Symposium.

Dr. Gokani recently published her first book, The Mysterious Mind, and is currently contributing to a health documentary on Ayurveda. She is available for speaking engagements and media appearances in addition to her ongoing work at the Zira Mind & Body Clinic and private coaching intensives. For more information, visit Dr. Gokani at https://truptigokanimd.com/. 

Sonia Oyola, MD

Afternoon Keynote: "How do we cultivate compassion and love in medicine"

Breakout session: "Mind-Body Medicine: Self Care for Healthcare"

Dr. Sonia Oyola is the director of the Family Medicine Clerkship at the University of Chicago. Throughout her career as a physician and humanitarian, she has focused on providing high quality, holistic medical care in under-resourced communities. Dr. Oyola's work with domestic violence victims and awareness led her to found a non-profit organization, Be Alright, dedicated to supporting survivors of domestic violence. After completing a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, she became board-certified in this sub-specialty and now shares her expertise clinically, academically and through her research. She herself engages in mindfulness meditation, yoga, food as medicine and singing as ways to express her joy and to help sustain a happy life and career.

John Saran, MD 

“The Biochemistry and Clinical Benefits of Omegas 3-5-6-7-9” 

Dr. John Saran is double board certified, specializing in Internal Medicine.  He attended Northwestern University, received his medical degree at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and completed residency at Loyola University Medical Center.  Dr. Saran has been granted a fellowship in the American College of Physicians (FACP). He has been caring for patients for over 30 years.  

Dr. Saran has partnered with MDVIP in a practice in Naperville, IL focusing on wellness and prevention. MDVIP is a personalized healthcare program that empowers people to reach their health and wellness goals through knowledge, expertise and one-on-one coaching.

He is a national speaker on Nutrition, Preventive Health and Nutritional Markers.

You may have seen Dr. Saran on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Fox and Friends, CNN and more. He is the doctor that delivered the baby boy on the Southwest Airlines plane, over Denver, and used his shoe strings to tie the umbilical cord.

Fraser Smith, ND 
"The Toxic Burden : The threat to human health and what we can do about it

Fraser Smith, MATD, ND is the chief academic officer for the ND program serving as Assistant Dean of Naturopathic Medicine at the National University of Health Sciences’ College of Professionals Studies. He is a Professor and author of the textbook, Introduction to Principles and Practices of Naturopathic Medicine.
Dr. Smith is also the author of three additional book for the public, Keep Your Brain YoungThe pH Balance Health & Diet Guide for GERD, IBS and IBD; and The Complete Brain Exercise Book.
He is an editorial board member of the Natural Medicine Journal, and teaches Botanical Medicine, Pharmacology and Naturopathic History, Philosophy and Principles at NUHS. Dr. Smith is licensed to practice as a naturopathic physician in Vermont. He is past president (2008 to 2013) of the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Zhanxiang Wang, MD (China), PhD, Lac

"New RCT evidencesproper interpretation: Acupuncture for women infertility"

Dr. Wang, originally from China, studied for 6 years at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, the country's most prestigious traditional medicine university. There he specialized in internal medicine, including hematology and immunology.

Later, he worked at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences for 12 years, where he received a PhD in integrative medicine. At the academy, he worked mainly with patients who had leukemia and immune disorders, and did several research projects, some of which were funded by national grants.

After working for a year in Sweden, Dr. Wang came to the U. S. so that he could do deeper research on conditions such as leukemia, taking advantage of more advanced technology here.

In 2002, he joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine. There he worked at the Well Center for Pediatric Research, and also in the departments of microbiology and immunology, biochemistry and molecular biology. In addition to receiving the Walther Cancer Institute award for post-doctoral research, Dr. Wang also received NIH funding for several projects as an assistant professor for research at IU.

Eventually Dr. Wang felt it was time to bring his knowledge back to the field of oriental medicine and joined National University of Health Sciences.

In addition to supervising students in the clinic, Dr. Wang teaches medical biochemistry, western nutrition, an introduction to oriental medicine, diagnosis skills, and evidence-based practice course.



"Functional Medicine: A Paradigm Shift"

Tulika Singh is an Emergency Medicine physician at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, IL, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Emergency Medicine, and Lecturer at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.  Dr. Singh serves as a Whole Health National Education Champion for the VHA’s Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation.  She is also a Women’s Health Champion for Jesse Brown VAMC and has been actively involved as emergency medicine provider subject matter expert and faculty for VHA’s Women’s Health Mini-Residency for Emergency Providers.  In addition, Dr. Singh is the founder of The Healing Way Chicago, an Integrative and Functional Medicine consultancy practice.

 Dr. Singh completed her medical training at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, and subsequent Pediatric and Emergency Medicine residencies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, followed by an Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona under Dr. Andrew Weil.   She is board certified in Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Integrative Medicine.  In addition, Dr. Singh is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and is a registered yoga teacher.   She is also certified in Battlefield Acupuncture.

Dr. Singh is passionate about the mind-body-spirit connection, work-life balance and the human body’s innate healing abilities.  Her other interests include clinician resilience, mindfulness and food as medicine.  She is happily married to Tim, a flight nurse and they have a darling son, Jacob.

Erica Hornthal, LCPC, BC-DMT

“Movement Matters: Integrating the body into physical and emotional health”

Erica Hornthal is a licensed professional clinical counselor and board certified dance/movement therapist based in Chicago, IL.  She received her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago and her BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.  Erica is the founder and CEO of Chicago Dance Therapy, the premier dance therapy and counseling practice in Chicago, IL.  As a body-centered psychotherapist, Erica assists clients of all ages and abilities in harnessing the power of the mind-body connection to create greater awareness and understanding of emotional and mental health.



Youngran Chung, MD

Dr Chung is currently on faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg school of Medicine, in the division of Pulmonary Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. 

She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker school of Medicine and completed her fellowship in Pediatric pulmonology at Case Western Reserve Rainbow Babies & Children’s in 1990. 

While practicing standard pulmonary medicine, she has been able to integrate various alternative medicine modalities in her practice over the past 20 years.    Prior to becoming board certified by the The American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM), she first trained in acupuncture and became board certified by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.  She also trained in Medical Hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and holds a diplomat from the Center for Education & Development of Homeopathy (CEDH), a clinical homeopathy training program for clinicians.  She is one of the senior instructors for the CEDH.        

Dr Chung has a number of publications in the area of Complementary & Alternative Medicine, including a State-of-the-Art review article in Pediatric Pulmonology (2011) on Complementary & Alternative Medicine use in pulmonary medicine. 

She has lectured on various topics related to Complementary & Alternative Medicine at local, national and international conferences. 

Jennifer Allison Brostrom

Guided Meditation Workshop


As an educator, author, and parent, Jennifer Allison Brostrom draws upon years of experience honing the practice of meditation to create a peaceful internal environment regardless of outer stresses. She credits meditation with reducing anxiety while promoting healing, creativity, and collaborative relationships. In an introductory workshop, Ms. Brostrom will discuss how meditation can help us achieve greater awareness and control over the impulses of our minds, bodies, and emotions, after which she will lead the group through a guided meditation session to promote a relaxed and highly focused internal state.

Louise Edwards, ND, FAc       

Breakout session: "Sexuality, Beyond Hormones, Taking the History and Treatment Options"

 and Panel member for closing session 

Dr. Louise Edwards is a graduate of National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1988 and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, 1989.  She had a full time private practice in Durango, CO until 2005 when she chose to primarily focus on teaching and writing.  Dr. Edwards is an adjunct faculty member at National University of Health Sciences and Bastyr University.  She teaches Naturopathic Philosophy, Case Analysis and Case Management, Intro to Counseling, as well as Cell Salts, Oriental Medicine and Practice Management.    She also teaches in the clinic at NUHS.  Dr. Edwards in a founding member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), served on the AANP board for 3 years and for 15 years in the House of Delegates.  She received the AANP’s “Vis Award” in 2011. 

Closing Panel: Student wellness and preventing burnout in healthcare 

Thomas (TJ) Harrington, DO       Panel Moderator 
PGY 1, Family Medicine Resident at Aurora Health 
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

Family medicine is a unique opportunity to provide holistic, long-term, and relationship-based care. I believe including a patient's family in the decision making and care plan reduces uncertainty and anxiety while improving the health care experience and outcome. As a family physician, I want to be considered part my patient's family and someone they can depend on in time of need. I strive to deliver integrative health care, which I define as the intelligent blending of lifestyle medicine (nutrition, exercise, stress management) with my osteopathic medical education while emphasizing the patient-provider relationship.

Outside of medicine my enjoyment comes from spending time with my wife and 4 children, reading, exercising, gardening, automotive restoration, fishing, and coaching sports.


Mary (Caitlin) St. Clair, DO      Panel Member 

PGY 2, Family Medicine Resident at Aurora Health 
Medical School: Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Throughout my third year clinical experience, I identified most with the soul of a family doctor. I carry that "in it for the long haul" spirit with my patients, and I am ready to help them overcome their barriers to optimum health. Through continuous, therapeutic relationships, coordination of care, and connection to the community, family medicine provides the best platform to promote preventive medicine over a lifetime. Strong family medicine has the opportunity to make significant change in the health of our nation, and I am excited to join a field with others who support the future of primary care. 

When I finish residency, I will consider further fellowship training in integrative medicine and sports medicine. My long term goal is to work in and potentially build a multidisciplinary, integrative medicine wellness practice. This practice will offer broad spectrum family medicine, evidence-based alternative medicine, a gym, yoga studio, psychological counseling, and health education, nutrition, and cooking classes. As a tea enthusiast, I would also love to add a tea room to the practice!

Caley Scott, ND  WholeHealth Chicago      Panel Member 

Caley Scott is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. She earned her degree from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL. Dr. Scott developed a passion for naturopathic medicine while working as a medical assistant at an integrative clinic in the Chicago suburbs after completing her bachelor’s degree in human nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Seeing first-hand the incredible success of using nutrition and natural therapies with her patients helped shape her view on healthcare and compelled her to seek a unique route in medicine. Her goal as a naturopathic doctor is to educate patients about their health, explain why making lifestyle modifications is essential, and empower them to make these changes. She strives to be a healer, motivator, teacher, and cheerleader.

Morning yoga with Angelique Nelson

Angelique began practicing yoga in 2004 and has been teaching since 2009 after completing her certification through Moksha Yoga Center. She is also a Thai Bodyworker and Reiki energy healer. In her classes you will find a strong focus on alignment in an intention based flow. You can also expect a playful mix of more subtle practices such as mudras, bandhas, kriyas, and meditation/visualization techniques all dynamically woven together through the breath in a sequence meant to guide students into a greater understanding of their most optimal selves.