About this Event
Join us for an afternoon of innovative presentations on new integrative modalities in oncology moderated by USC IIHW’s Irene Kang, MD and followed by a Q&A session. Participate and learn about evidence-based holistic practices and integrative modalities from three clinical practitioners as they guide patients through their healing journey.
Mary Hardy, MD, former medical director of the UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, discusses how integrative medicine can be incorporated in a standard oncology clinic. Aaron Cook, LAc, Director of Acupuncture Services for the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, explores how acupuncture can supplement oncology treatment, including pediatric and family care. Marisa Perdomo, PT, DPT, presents the enhanced power of combining complementary healing modalities such yoga, tai chi, and qi gong alongside traditional aerobic and strength training during recovery.
1.5 CME Credits Available!
About Mary Hard, MD
Dr. Mary Hardy is board certified in internal medicine and a specialist in botanical and integrative medicine. After completing her undergraduate studies at Vassar College, she attended Louisiana State University Medical School. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Tufts New England Medical Center.
Dr. Hardy is a recognized leader in the field of Integrative Oncology. She is a founder of the Integrative Medicine Clinic at Cedars-Sinai and has been co-director of a fourth year medical school elective in Integrative Oncology. Additionally, Dr. Hardy served for two and half years as Associate Director of the UCLA Botanical Research Center where she identified botanical extracts to be used in studies on the efficacy of herbal products to interrupt carcinogenesis.
Dr. Hardy is currently teaching in the Integrative Fellowship Program of the Academy of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Dr. Hardy’s current research interests include conducting clinical trials of dietary supplements and lifestyle choices to reduce toxicity and to improve outcomes of conventional cancer treatment.
About Aaron Cook, LAc
Aaron Cook, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional East Asian Medicine, specializing in pediatrics and Integrative Healthcare. Aaron earned a Masters of Science of Traditional Oriental Medicine degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. While working at the UCSD student-run free clinic project, Aaron became passionate about Integrative Medicine and healthcare for the underserved. After graduating, Aaron taught pediatric acupuncture at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He continued his work with the UCSD student-run free clinic and became a founding member of the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine.
At UCSD, Aaron served as the Director of Acupuncture and Massage Services, and directed courses in Integrative Medicine for medical students and residents. Aaron is active in several volunteer activities including Camp Agape for Kids with Cancer, Fiji medical outreach team, LEAPS into Integrative Medicine, and US Navy Humanitarian missions. Aaron currently lives and works in Tucson, Arizona, where he teaches at the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
About Marisa Perdomo, PT, DPT
Marisa Perdomo, PT, DPT, is board certified as an Oncology Physical Therapy Specialist and is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. She has over 35 years of clinical practice focusing on orthopedic, oncologic, lymphatic dysfunctions and integrated health. She received her Master’s and Clinical Doctorate degrees at USC, where she developed a physical therapy practice for cancer survivors at the USC Faculty Practice. She received her lymphedema training and certification in 1997. She became a certified kundalini yoga instructor in 2013, and a certified Reiki Master in 2016. Other specialized certifications include a certified cancer exercise specialist in 2003.
Dr. Perdomo integrates her orthopedic manual therapy skills, manual lymphatic mobilization techniques and her yoga and meditation training to provide unique interventions that address the mind, body and spirit for individuals diagnosed with cancer. At USC, Dr. Perdomo developed the curricular content regarding the comprehensive management of oncological related impairments. Her teaching responsibilities include Differential Diagnosis, Cardiopulmonary and Medical Conditions, and Pharmacology. Her scholarly interests include oncology rehabilitation and management of peripheral edema.
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