As a global educational authority, the Academy of Integrated Health & Medicine (AIHM) is an interprofessional community of healthcare providers, researchers and academics. We are singularly united by the common goal of advancing the knowledge, practice and policies that champion treating the “whole” person — mind, body, spirit, community and planet.

Inviting and unifying conventional, traditional and interprofessional practitioners, alike, AIHM remains grounded in the fundamental tenets of health: equity, diversity and justice. Driven to integrate care disciplines for improving patient, provider and practice outcomes, AIHM is a welcome home to all proponents of Whole Health.

A history of integrative health

As an academic, archival and community-building organization, our charter is to more holistically unify the diverse voices of traditional, complementary and integrative healthcare — known globally as TCIH. AIHM is the nexus where the latest evidence-based care models of conventional allopathic medicine, traditional healing practices, and complementary integrative health are explored, evaluated and seamlessly integrated toward the goal of prioritizing Whole Health — for the patient, the practitioner and the practice. Individuals and organizations that join AIHM are committed to the highest levels of scientific rigor in TCIH worldwide. United, we’re creating a healthier world for humanity and the planet. But we didn’t get here overnight.

Early leaders in holistic health

In the late 1970s, remarkable groupings of new energy and interest began to take shape in USA health and medicine. Within a few short years, from 1977-1983, new organizations and initiatives to advance the philosophies and practices of holistic doctors, holistic nurses, naturopathic doctors, licensed East Asian practitioners, chiropractic doctors, mind-body research in academic medicine, related herb and natural products industries, and others, were each independently founded.

Thirty-five years later, AIHM was created to provide the first, inclusive, unifying vehicle to advance the movement for the shared values and practices of each of these, then, separate interests.

In 1977, a group of visionary physicians, including Norman Shealy, Gladys Taylor McGarey, Bill McGarey, Gerald Looney, and Evarts Loomis gathered at Meadowlark in Hemet, CA, to lay the foundation for the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA). Norm Shealy became the first president of AHMA, and in 1978, the first meeting was held in Denver, CO. At the 1980 AHMA Conference, Norm and his wife, Chardy, met Charlotte McGuire, RN, and encouraged her to start a holistic nursing association. In 1981, Charlotte held the first national meeting of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). Over the next four decades, pioneers within AHMA and AHNA advanced holistic medicine and holistic nursing. Simultaneously, pioneers from naturopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine and East Asian medicine were advancing their professions in the USA.

Holistic physicians had another important organization, the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). ABIHM was working alongside AHMA in developing certification for physicians.

In 2013, leaders from other licensed integrative health professions, including chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, licensed acupuncturists, and holistic nurses, joined to form the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM).

AIHM unified, for the first time in history, all of the holistic and integrative health professions under one common and inclusive organization – holistic medical doctors, holistic nurses, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, licensed acupuncturists and many more professions.

Transforming the future of healthcare for all.

The formation of AIHM represents the bridging of once disparate silos across health and medicine, which we are now seeing, in real time, more inclusively come together. AIHM is a call to action to guide and accelerate that change — to transform the way we think about health and healthcare by seeing and treating the patient as a whole. While that unifying and transformative work will always be ongoing, we celebrate the bridges that continue being built, the exciting progress we are witnessing every day and AIHM’s privileged role in fostering the impact we are all making together.

Today, the Academy remains a welcoming home to an ever-broadening international interprofessional community of healthcare practitioners, health seekers and health advocates, all connected by a shared holistic philosophy of prioritizing Whole Health care. Our community of passionate and purpose-driven professionals recognize the link between Whole Health and the social and cultural determinants that impact it. Unified in one voice and vision, we strive to better understand, demonstrate, educate and improve the essential quality of our most valued relationships — to our “whole” selves, to one another and to the planet we all share.

… and we invite you to join your voice and vision with ours.

Advancing the cause of Whole Health

Fast forward to 2021, AIHM merged with the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health. This truly represented a historic moment in the movement, because it formally brought together the integrative holistic MD community with the formal licensed integrative professions of integrative health — acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, direct-entry midwives and massage therapists. This merger also represented the coming together of individual clinicians, researchers, academics AND organizations, all with the one transformative purpose of advancing integrative health globally toward the greater goal of prioritizing Whole Health.


Core Values

Relationship-Centered Care

True practioner/patient partnership respects patient autonomy and the insights of both parties. We teach by example, and practice grace, kindness and acceptance.

Optimal Health

We pursue the highest physical, environmental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the human experience, resulting in a dynamic state of being fully alive.

Whole Person

We view the person through the lens of Whole Health, where there is unity of body, mind, spirit and the systems in which they live.

Prevention, Wellbeing & Integrated Treatment

We promote health rather than merely managing symptoms of illness. We embrace a lifetime of learning, considering all safe and effective care options from a variety of healing traditions.

Innate Healing Power

We believe all people have innate healing powers in their bodies, minds and spirits. We help patients utilize these powers to affect the healing process.


We focus patient care on the unique needs and nature of the person who has an illness, rather than the illness that has the person.


Erika Cappelluti, MD, PhD, MA, FCCP, ABOIM, ABIHM
Director of Fellowship & Education
Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD, MHS, ABOIM
Chair of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine
Jean Davis PhD, DC, PA, MSCR, FAIHM
Board Member, BIPOC Committee Co-Chair
Elizabeth “Liza” Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA
National & Global Projects Director
Stacy Gomes, EdD, MAEd
Board Member
Sara Gottfried, MD
April Gruzinsky, MS
Director of Admissions
Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM
Founding President, Conference Committee Chair
Bryan Hauf, MEd
Director of Online Education
Dale Healey, DC, PhD
Board Member, ACIH Council Chair
Heidi Honegger Rogers, DNP, FNP C, APHN BC
Bill Meeker, DC, MPH
Executive Director
Stephan Nobs, CHTP
Chief Operating Officer
Scarlet Soriano, MD, ABOIM, FAIHM
Board Member
JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH, CAE
Board Member, ACIH Voting Council Rep