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Integrator People: Laxton/NCB, Burke-APHA Plan, Molony Honored, Noe's VT Award, Weeks/ABC, plus PDF Print E-mail
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Integrator People: Laxton to NCBTMB, Noe's 2nd Vermont Gold Award, Burke's Sabbatical and APHA Event, Molony Honored by Chinese, Rosner Leaves FCER, Weeks on ABC and CBN Boards

Summary:  The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork has brought in a skilled executive in Chris Laxton to run their national operation ...  David Molony, OMD, is the first non-Asian to be honored by the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies ... The wellness program led by Bernie Noe, ND, awarded again by Vermont Governor Jim Douglas' ... Ayurvedic medicine leader Felicia Tomasko takes new role at LA Yoga magazine ... Anthony Rosner, PhD, long-time researcher with the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research leaves under restructuring ... Integrator editor John Weeks named to boards of American Botanical Council and Code Blue Now ...
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Chris Laxton, at the NCBTMB helm
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork recently selected a new CEO. Chris Laxton comes to the organization
with more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, management and communications, most recently served as chief executive officer of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Laxton has also served as executive director of the Washington-based Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and in leadership positions with the National Association for Home Care. Laxton has been widely published in healthcare journals, and has been a frequent lecturer on strategic planning, decision-making and the role of professional and trade associations to national and international audiences.

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David Molony, OMD
David Molony, OMD, a long-time leader in the evolution of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the United States, has become the first non-Asian to be honored by the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS). In early May, Molony was awarded with the Renji Cup for international contributions to Chinese medicine. Molony served for 10 years as executive director of the American Association for Oriental Medicine during the era prior to the re-integration of two national associations as the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. According to a press release, Molony's service to his profession has included offering "strategic recommendations" to diverse US government panels, service on a World Health Organization committee, and supporting the growth of acupuncture licensing. Molony and his wife Ming operate Lehigh Valley Oriental Medicine Centre, Catasauqua, PA. www.WFCMS.org

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Felicia Tomasko
Felicia Tomasko
, a board member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association has been selected to serve as editor of the LA Yoga Ayurveda and Health magazine. The magazine, with a circulation of over 60,000, is the largest yoga journal in the Los Angeles area. The magazine was purchased by Goodman Media Group, which also publishes FitYoga and Pilates Style. Julie Deife remains as editorial director.


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Adam Burke, PhD, MPH, LAc
The Integrator recently picked the brain of Adam Burke, PhD, MPH, LAc regarding his plans for a short sabbatical. The man needs one. His diverse portfolio under his various degrees includes associate professor and director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Under his LAc, Burke serves on the California Acupuncture Board. Under his MPH, he serves on the governing council of the American Public Health Association (APHA). With the two combined, Burke serves as senior research adviser to the American Association for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. And under his multiple degrees, and background in education, Burke will be hosting a meeting entitled "Alternative and Complementary Health Curriculum in Higher Education" on November 4th, 2-5 PM, at the fall meeting of the APHA. Burke has been studying Sanskrit during his break, and concludes his sabbatical with research in Nepal examining the role of imagery in Tibetan Buddhist meditation traditions.

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Awarded wellness entrepreneur Bernie Noe, ND,
Speaking of cross-over roles, naturopathic physician and employee benefits entrepreneur Bernie Noe, ND recently learned that his health promotion program won a "gold award" for the second consecutive year from Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. The program, organized for the Vermont Automobile Dealers Association, was the feature of two Integrator articles  when it won a similar award in 2006. Noe's wellness business is called Green Mountain Wellness Solutions, Inc . A unique aspect of the program, built into the program in 2006, is the use of naturopathic physicians to provide "targeted disease management services to employees with hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease." Noe told the Integrator that he does not yet have outcomes of that component to report. The over-all program has had significant benefits for the association's member companies. Overall medical claims costs have decreased 1.2% and 1.3% in 2005 and 2006, respectively. These outcomes are especially compelling given average increases of more than 25% in prior years.


Harvard-educated Anthony Rosner, PhD, a leading force in chiropractic research, is leaving the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER) after a 15 year tenure. Rosner told the Integrator that the move was related to a restructuring of FCER. During that period, many key FCER projects have been funded with significant grants from NCMIC Group, an Integrator sponsor. Rosner is looking inside and outside the integrative medicine fields for his next position.

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ABC board member Fredi Kronenberg, PhD, exec Mark Blumenthal and Weeks during induction rites
John Weeks
, a long-time participant in the integrative medicine field, has recently accepted two offers to join boards of healthcare organizations. His long respect for, and friendship with, Mark Blumenthal, executive director, and
Peggy Brevoort, chair for the board of trustees of the American Botanical Council led Weeks to accept an invitation to join the organization's board of trustees. Weeks reportedly immediately sent the organization's announcement of his election to his mother, knowing she would enjoy reading the nice things said about her son. Weeks anticipates working closely with the organization on ABC's recently announced Legacy Campaign. Weeks also responded affirmatively to an invitation to join the board of Code Blue Now, a Seattle-based, national organization which has as its mission stimulating the involvement of citizens in health reform action. Code Blue Now's founder Kathleen O'Connor has been a colleague of Weeks on various projects since serving on a Seattle City Club Forum Committee  in 1985-1987. Code Blue Now's Opinionnaire, viewed by many as the best tool for capturing citizen views on health reform, was recently embraced by the National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC). The 75 member organizations of NCHC represent over 150 million individuals.

Disclosure note: The John Weeks referenced in the previous item bears a strong resemblance to the present writer. The notice is included partly for those interested in tracking some of the interests that show up in Integrator stories ...

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