Heather Rae

I am a functional health practitioner specializing in genomic analysis. I work in collaboration with my clients to reveal potential root causes of their chronic health conditions. Together we are health detectives, looking at emotional chemical and structural stress on the body and mind. My first client with an ALS diagnosis contacted me via my website with an interest in exploring his genetics. I offer a roadmap to navigate this journey which, for me, begins with the cards dealt at birth, neither good nor bad, but the enzymes (those genes) that are the machinery of inflammation. Chronic inflammation is at the root of countless serious diseases. This we know now. Oxidative stress and detoxification. They are at the heart of inflammation. In my coaching practice, we look deep into the genes associated with inflammation, like superoxide dismutase, or SOD, a gene in the inflammation pathway that has been associated with ALS. I do not start with a disease diagnosis and work backward into an explanation. I start with functional nutrition, your unique biochemistry. I also look at the integrity of the gut, and the balance of the microbiome and autonomic nervous system, and other essentials of health. I use nutrition, diet and lifestyle to detoxify, relieve oxidative stress, and calm the chronic inflammation that can lead to degeneration and other dysfunctions. I do this using targeted testing. I am not a doctor. I am not a nutritionist. I do not diagnose or treat or cure disease. I am a champion for my clients who want to understand themselves deeply and take responsibility for their own health.

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Laynie Dratch, ScM, CGC

Hi all! My name is Laynie, and I am so excited to be a part of the Penn FTD Center. I received my master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) genetic counseling training program. For my master’s thesis project, I interviewed individuals living with FTD or at genetic risk for developing FTD; some participants were even recruited from the Penn FTD Center, so I have already gotten to know some of you! Previously, I graduated summa cum laude from Colgate University with a BA in neuroscience and a minor in psychology. I also spent two summers interning with the Penn FTD Center in 2015 and 2016. I am always happy to answer any genetics questions that may come up for you and your family. You might interact with me in clinic or as part of a research study.

Dr. Pang Ming

As a doctor trained in Eastern and Western medicine as well as a Qi Gong und Tai Chi Grandmaster, Dr. Pang Ming was inspired to create a Qi Gong form which people could learn without much efforts and yet very effective. His intention was to support particularly people who aim to develop and uplift their own health and well-being. Dr. Pang Ming himself started to practice Tai Chi and Qigong at the age of 6. He was trained by 19 Grandmasters. He devoted several years in solitude in order to complete his own deep understanding of Qigong and be able to create the diverse principles, methods and profound and intelligent theories of Zhineng Qigong. He was one of the first to combine the old Chinese tradition with the modern science of medicine. In fact since the late 70s he is a pioneer in creating the new Qigong science. He was the founder and president of different scientific institutions, which focused on the research of impact and effects of Qigong. In 1979 he founded the Beijing Qigong Association and initiated the first national convention on Qigong. He was the first Qigong Master who broke with the tradition and started to share the power of Qigong with a broader mass of people. Therefore Zhineng Qigong is also referred to as an “open Qigong form”. At the beginning of the 20th century, Zhineng Qigong was officially recognized as the most effective Qigong form and over 10 million people at that time where practicing it. Dr. Pang has done a lot of pioneering work in many areas. A particular achievement was to describe the systematic Qigong theory in a well-founded manner and to undermine it with scientific research and studies. Zhineng Qigong and Hunyuan Qi Therapy is an effective system of methods and tools to achieve holistic health. In a natural way, vital functions of the body are restored, strengthened and improved. Many of the 4 million Chinese Zhineng Qigong practitioners were very sick before entering the Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Training Centre – also known as the first drug-free hospital in the world – but recovered during their stay. Between 1988-1994, over 130 000 Zhineng Qigong practitioners were enrolled as learners and were affected by up to 180 various, stubborn types of illness. During this period, the average cure rate was 85%. The traditional Chinese Medicine and Qigong Science believe that diseases are caused by Qi and blood deficiency and Qi and blood circulation disorders which results in an imbalance of various vital functions to occur. The Qigong practice and Hun Yuan Qi therapy increases Qi and blood in sufficient quantities and supports the uniform and smooth circulation of Qi and blood flow throughout the body. Research in the Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Training Centre has also shown that the use of Qi can improve the yield of various crops in agriculture as well as improve poultry production with virtually no additional costs. More than 3000 research papers have been published on this work in China. In 1997 the China State Sports General Administration published a book on 21 different styles of Qigong, which rated Zhineng Qigong as the most effective. One year later the same organization evaluated eleven Qigong styles and again rated Zhineng Qigong the most effective Qigong for improving health. Its efficacy drew an estimated 10 million people to practice it.

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Dr. Ashish Patel

Dr. Patel received his BAMS from Indore University and his MD degree at BHU in India in Ayurvedic Medicine with a specialty in neurological disorders and neuropsychiatry. He also has is diploma in Yogy at BHU, and has worked as an assistant professor at the Ayurvedic Medical College in Rewa. He is currently a government Ayurvedic Medical Officer. He runs an Ayurvedic clinic in Central India.

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