Geoff DePaula M.Ac., Lic.Ac., Dipl. Ac., Dipl.C.H. – Executive Director
Geoff began his journey in the healing arts in 1993 starting with Tai Chi & Qi Gong. He received a Masters Degree in Acupuncture in 2000 from The New England School of Acupuncture. He subsequently went on to study with Sharon Weisenbaum at the White Pine Healing Arts 3 year Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine training program. He has received National (NCCAOM) Board Certification in Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbal Medicine and has been in clinical practice since 2000. Geoff’s clinical experience has made him keenly aware that fundamental holistic lifestyle changes in his patients healing process, leads to deep and lasting changes in their health, improved quality of life, and the subsequent reduction in their health care costs.
He has worked collaboratively with many other medical and healing practitioners for his patients optimal care including: Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Nutritionists, Herbalists, Naturopathic Doctors, Homeopathic practitioners, Massage Therapists, Functional Medicine practitioners, Physical & Occupational Therapists, Yoga Therapists, Mental Health practitioners, and many others.
His 12+ years of clinical experience, and deep appreciation for medicine that uses the “Best of Both Worlds” is in part, what inspired him to create a “new paradigm” of health care which is manifested in the Integrative Medicine Strategist and Integrative Medicine & Holistic Health Association businesses.
His vision is the complete transformation of health care in this country to an integrative medicine model of care. He intends to demonstrate that an integrative approach to health care is more cost-effective, and has superior health outcomes than the current conventional model of health care in the US. This will be accomplished in the real World, with real people, and real money, through the Integrative Medicine Strategist’s comprehensive data and analytics tracking platform.
He has complied a dynamic Leadership Team and Advisory Board, including practitioners of many integrative & holistic healing modalities. This “Mastermind” group includes many seasoned experts in the field of insurance such as former BCBS health insurance executives, pioneers in integrative medicine research, a Harvard MBA professor, attorneys, accountants, and numerous business specialists, to name a few. He has spent years diving deeply into the health care industry, to understand how it works, and what it needs to be “healed”, in order to achieve a truely sustainable health care system in the US.
Joel Cooper MBA
Joel has been involved in the Health Insurance Business for over 25 years. He has an MBA, and Advanced combined Law and Criminology master’s degree. He is a Certified Health Consultant by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association, Health Insurance Associate of the Health Insurance Association of America and has sat on the Advisory Board of the R.I. state Health Insurance Commissioner as well as founder and V.P. of the Rhode Island Health Care Advisory Group (RIBHAC).
Joel has been an AVP of Blue Cross & Blue Shield-Rhode Island, President of his own company, Benefits Unlimited; once Rhode Island’s largest Health Benefits Agency, President of USI of Rhode Island, a large Insurance Agency, and Executive Vice President of USI New England; an insurance division of Goldman Sachs.
He has been an adjunct faculty member at University of Connecticut, Anna Maria College, Bryant University and currently is an Adjunct Professor at Roger Williams University. Additionally he is the Director of the Small Business Development Center of Roger Williams University.
Peri Ozker MS, MS, M.Ac., Lic.Ac.
As a longtime scientist, Peri’s training in acupuncture and Asian medicine combines with her successful career in cell biology and microbiology. This allows her to uniquely bridge both Eastern and Western disciplines. She holds three graduate degrees in the sciences and acupuncture, and was previously honored as a Distinguished Alumni from her undergraduate alma mater in 1997 for her contributions to the emerging field of biotechnology. Her career in biotechnology spanned from small start-up to global operations, as she came to serve as Director of Quality Laboratories and QC Technology, excelling in management, quality, innovation, global regulatory compliance, and organizational development ( 23 years with Genetics Institute/Wyeth BioPharma).
Now, she focuses her efforts and skills on patient care through the emerging fields of acupuncture and Asian energy medicine. She is Principal and Owner of Peri Ozker Acupuncture, with offices in Newton and Andover MA. She has also been welcomed as an invited speaker/panelist at Tufts University, Harvard Medical School and the New England School of Acupuncture.