Integrative Approaches to Pediatric Anxiety

January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This event is intended for integrative practitioners of all disciplines.

You do not need to be a pediatrician, a mental health specialist, or an AIHM member to attend. 

Anxiety may be the top mental health issue affecting children and adolescents today.  By some estimates, it will become clinically significant in 1 of 12 children and 1 in 4 adolescents–hence a condition that will be seen in every pediatric office.

Complex in its origins, anxiety provides survival benefit when in healthy range, but paralyzing dysfunction when experienced to excess.

This panel will explore various factors that trigger and contribute to the mounting levels of dysfunctional anxiety in young people, ranging from birth circumstances, early life trauma, and chronic stress reactions, to the inner dialogues associated with anxiety; from neuroinflammation, including autoimmune responses, to chronic infections; from food and environmental  allergies and the state of the microbiome, to inadequate nutrition; and from concerns about global climate change, to other sources of “eco-anxiety.”

Through offering insights and integrative treatment strategies from both the modern literature base and their respective orientations in Traditional Chinese Medicine, holistic psychiatry, and naturopathic medicine, the panelists also will provide some practical, clinically relevant take-home tools for augmenting care of this population non-pharmacologically.

Please join us for a rich exploration of this pervasive pediatric health challenge, with an eye to expanding your understanding of the topic, and for practical tools that can quickly be integrated into the care of your own patients and loved ones.

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Panelist Bios:

Dr. David W. Miller, MD, L.Ac., is the founding Medical Director for Pediatric Integrative Medicine at the University Hospitals Connor Whole Health network and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is one of the only physicians dually board-certified in pediatrics (American Board of Pediatrics) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).  

Dr. Jodie Skillicorn, DO, is board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Integrative Medicine.  She is the author of the book Healing Depression Without Medication:  A Psychiatrist’s Guide to Balancing Mind, Body, and Soul.  At her private virtual practice in Ohio, she integrates conventional medical training with evidence-based holistic methods that include mindfulness and somatic-based therapy, along with mind-body skills, EMDR, EFT, qi gong, and nutrition.

Dr. Colin Miller, ND, uses functional neurology and natural medicine to enhance the body’s response to infections, injuries, and stress in adults and children.  A member of the PANDAS Physicians Network, Dr. Miller specializes in Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections, and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS). At his clinic in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, he treats these challenging syndromes with botanical medicine, homeopathy, mind-body exercises, and other naturopathic modalities.  

 

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Dr. David W. Miller, MD, L.Ac., is the founding Medical Director for Pediatric Integrative Medicine with University Hospitals Connor Whole Health and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 2021, he has also co-directed Rainbow’s Pediatric Long-Covid Recovery Clinic—one of just a few such facilities in the United States—where he coordinates the inclusion of integrative medicine techniques into patient care plans.

Dr. Miller is one of the only physicians dually board-certified in pediatrics (American Board of Pediatrics) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine–NCCAOM). Prior to joining Rainbow and UH Connor, he was in private practice for 14 years at East-West Integrated Medicine, LLC in Chicago, where he saw patients of all ages for holistic and integrative care.  He enjoys working with families to help create personalized health approaches that optimize health as naturally as possible, but which make use of all available and appropriate treatment options.

Dr. Miller also enjoys teaching.  He has taught the pediatrics curriculum for Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (now Pacific College of Health and Science) in Chicago, and integrative physiology and pediatrics for a number of acupuncture and Oriental medicine doctoral programs, including those of Five Branches University, Yo San University, and Pacific College. He has also been an educational contributor to the Fellowship program of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. 

In his talks, he frequently draws on the contrasting perspectives of Western and East Asian medicine to create a synthesized view that sheds fresh light on both paradigms.

Dr. Jodie Skillicorn, DO, is board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Integrative Medicine.  She is the author of the book Healing Depression Without Medication:  A Psychiatrist’s Guide to Balancing Mind, Body, and Soul. 

At her private virtual practice in Hudson, Ohio, Dr, Skillicorn integrates conventional medical training with evidence-based holistic methods that include mindfulness and somatic-based therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Mind-Body Medicine, nutrition, supplements, and qi gong. She believes strongly in the body’s ability to heal itself if given resources and support, and in the importance of empowering patients to take back their health through simple but effective lifestyle changes

Dr. Colin Miller, ND, received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.  He is the owner of the Dawning Light Health & Wellness clinic in Cleveland Heights, OH, where he uses functional neurology and natural medicine to augment the body’s response to infections, injuries, and stress in adults and children. 

In his pediatric work, Dr. Miller specializes in Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS).   A member of the PANDAS Physicians Network, he employs a variety of naturopathic modalities to treat these challenging conditions in young people, including botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutraceuticals, and various mind-body techniques.

Prior to his naturopathic education, Dr. Miller enrolled in the pre-med curriculum at Stanford University, where he earned a BA in medical anthropology.  In one of his classes, he was introduced to medical models outside the Western paradigm, including the Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine systems.  As a result of this exposure, he became interested in natural treatment modalities, and his first healing experience occurred during a medical qigong treatment.

He was excited to discover naturopathic medicine as the perfect blending of his background in science and his interest in traditional healing methods.

 

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AIHM Cleveland Chapter contact:  petergeller.lac@gmail.com