Universal Health Solutions produces Rethinking Brain Health


The annual Medicine Beyond Medications Conference is produced by Universal Health Solutions, an organization that advocates for integrative medicine. Photo via fb.com

An organization dedicated to integrative medicine is producing a conference next week on brain health.

Universal Health Solutions, or UHS, is hosting its Medicine Beyond Medication Conference: Rethinking Brain Health in Grand Rapids on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

The event

The conference features six keynote presentations and 10 breakout sessions in the field of neurology, psychiatry, cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, nuclear medicine and holistic medicine.

The two-day event also features roundtable discussions, exhibits and a cocktail and networking reception.

The Medicine Beyond Medication Conference: Rethinking Brain Health will explore a number of brain-related topics: digital toxicity; stress; traumatic brain injury; pain management; healing the brain, especially post-concussion; compassion in medicine; neurofeedback; and the role of meditation in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Laurie Angell, founder of UHS and conference coordinator, said the organization focuses on a theme resonating with the medical community for its annual conference.

“We have world-renowned doctors, researchers, authors and more converging on Grand Rapids,” Angell said. “Each year, the event attracts medical professionals from throughout the United States to discuss integrative medicine.”


Day one will feature three keynote speakers: Dr. Daniel Amen, founder and medical director of Amen Clinics and TEDx presenter; Dr. Mimi Garneri, president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine; and Brian Luke Seaward, TEDx speaker and expert on stress management, corporate health promotion and mind-body-spirit healing.

Day two will also feature three speakers: Richard Harris, associate professor in anesthesiology and the internal medicine division of rheumatology at the University of Michigan; Jill Bolte Taylor, published neuroanatomist, founder of BRAINS and a TED speaker; and Dr. Jay Shah, physiatrist and clinical investigator in the pathophysiology of myofascial pain and the integration of physical medicine techniques.


More than 200 people are expected to attend the event, which is intended for an audience of medical professionals: M.D.s, D.O.s, Ph.D.s, psychiatrists, physiatrists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dieticians, homeopaths, acupuncturists, chiropractors, full-time medical students, holistic practitioners and more.


UHS is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, or NCBTMB, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, or NCCAOM, and American Academy of Family Physicians, or AAFP.

While those in attendance can claim 11.25 CME credits through the AAFP or 11.25 CE credits through the NCBTMB, approval for course credit from the NCCAOM is still pending.


Tickets to the conference are $349 by Oct. 8, $399 at the door and $99 for students.

People can register for the event online

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